Explosion In Japan Hurts Dozens
1 Dozens of people are recovering after an explosion near a pub in the Japanese city of Sapporo. The Sunday night blast injured at least 42 people - one of them critically. As for what happened exactly, officials are trying to figure that out. An employee of a real estate agency in the building reportedly told police that spray cans weren't properly disposed of - and that perhaps the gas from the cans ignited when someone switched on water heater. What we know for sure is that a fire following the explosion caused the building to collapse - and that the injured range in age from 1 - 60. The investigation continues.
2 President Trump Calls Obamacare Ruling A Victory
President Trump is commending a federal court ruling that declared Obamacare unconstitutional. At an unplanned visit to Arlington Cemetery yesterday, President Trump applauded U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's decision. The President also said he plans to work with Democrats on a new health care plan that will be great for the country should the Supreme Court eventually uphold this ruling. Speaking at an unannounced wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery over the weekend, Trump cheered the news and added, "We’ll sit down with the Democrats, if the Supreme Court upholds, we’ll be sitting down with the Democrats and we will get great health care for our people, that’s a repeal and replace, handled a little bit differently." Judge Reed O'Connor ruled the law was unconstitutional after Congress removed the individual coverage mandate last year. The decision came just before the deadline for the 2019 open enrollment coverage. Obamacare is still in effect, despite the ruling, as it will be appealed to higher courts.
3 President Trump Names Mick Mulvaney His Acting Chief Of Staff
President Trump is naming an acting chief of staff after a number of people reportedly turned down the position - and the President tweeted the announcement himself saying that Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney will fill the role...at least for now. And he's not giving up up his OMB gig to do it. This will be Trump's third chief of staff in two years. Current Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the post at the end of this month. One speedbump already? Back in 2016, then-Congressman Mulvaney was facing off with a congressional challenger in a debate. It’s come to light that after railing against the liberal policies of Candidate Hillary Clinton, Mulvaney essentially admitted he was pulling a ‘hold your nose’ vote in relation to then-candidate Trump. “Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump,” he offered. “But I’m doing so despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being.”