“When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage, or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions -- the cancer survivor, the expecting mom or the child with autism, or asthma, for whom coverage once again would be almost unattainable -- it is aggravating,” Obama said at the Gates Foundation’s "Goalkeepers" event in New York. Obama joked about recent disagreements in the United States about universal health care coverage, a tenet of Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign platform in 2016 that has since gained steam in the Democratic Party. “Those of you who live in countries that already have universal health care are trying to figure out what's the controversy here,” Obama said to laughter.
The Hand in Hand hurricane relief benefit is estimated to have raised more than $55 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The star-studded telethon was broadcast on Sept. 12 and raised $14 million in the first hour, organizers said today, and within a few hours increased that amount to $44 million. Comic Relief USA will manage the grants made from the telethon and distribute them to charities including the Rebuild Texas Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, Direct Relief, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, United Way of Greater Houston, United Way Irma Recovery Fund and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief, which is administered through the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he has made a decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal, but refused to offer additional information. "I have decided," Trump told reporters three times this morning as he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. What are Trump's options for the Iran nuclear deal?
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reached their highest point in years over the course of this summer, and they don’t look as if they will diminish anytime soon. Increased missile tests by the North Koreans and a change in approach by the Trump administration have taken the two countries’ leaders into uncharted territory. Ahead, what we know about the North Korean threat.
For Republicans who worked around the clock in July to try to pass an repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, it’s déjà vu. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are on the fence once more about supporting the GOP’s latest health care proposal. This time, those Republicans are considering a very different option with the Graham-Cassidy bill, a repeal effort led by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La.
Three years ago when Rauiya Saed was in the third grade, ISIS militants took over her neighborhood in West Mosul and closed the school. In her diary, she wrote about life under ISIS -- about other children who were starving while living under siege and about the restrictions the terrorist group imposed on her family's way of life. “I was seeing children who were dying from hunger and couldn’t even get milk to drink,” Rauiya, 11, told ABC News by phone in her native Arabic.
Boxing legend Jake LaMotta, who inspired the 1980 Oscar-winning film "Raging Bull," died on Tuesday. LaMotta's wife, Denise Baker, confirmed his death to ABC News and said he died from complications of pneumonia. LaMotta was a world middleweight championship in the late 1940s, but was a well-known brawler before winning the title.
The Republican National Committee spent over $230,000 last month to cover President Donald Trump's legal fees related to the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, an RNC official confirmed for ABC News. The money went to two members of Trump's personal legal team: $131,250 to Jay Sekulow and $100,000 to John Dowd through their law firms. Fees to Sekulow's firm covered work by other attorneys at his firm, the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it would be a "great pity" if the agreement is "destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics."
It's been 26 years since the critically-acclaimed film "Terminator 2: Judgement Day," the last time Linda Hamilton played Sarah Connor, the warrior mother doing her best to keep her son John away from time-traveling robots sent to kill him. Cameron commented on guys like Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and asked why women in their 50's and 60's couldn't also be headlining action films today. Cameron won't be behind the camera for this film, it will be "Deadpool" director Tim Miller, but he'll be producing and writing the story.
"It worked," Haley laughed. In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S. is "forced to defend itself or its allies," prompting astonished gasps from the audience.
Five football players from Wheaton College -- a Christian school in Illinois -- are facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting another student last year. The alleged incident happened in March 2016 in Wheaton, about 25 miles west of Chicago, during which the alleged victim claims he was taken forcefully out of his dorm room, restrained against his will and left at a baseball field, Wheaton Police Chief Jim Volpe said Tuesday. According to an investigation report obtained by ABC News, the alleged victim told school investigators that he was in a dorm when several people burst in, held him down, "violently" pulled his arms behind him and wrapped duct tape around his ankles and wrists.
London Metropolitan police arrested two more men early Wednesday in connection with last week's bombing of a subway car in Parsons Green. Police said they arrested two men, ages 48 and 30, in Newport, Wales just after 5 a.m. local time. The men were arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act after officers executed a warrant at the address where the two men were located.
Maria, which has left at least two people dead in the Caribbean, is forecast to "remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane" as it approaches Puerto Rico early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Maria could bring life-threatening flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous regions in Puerto Rico, as well as a 6-to-9-foot storm surge in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's staff has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the Justice Department's Russia probe, ABC News has confirmed. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Rosenstein had been interviewed. Mueller's investigators report to Rosenstein, who oversaw the Justice Department's Russia investigation following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The 25-year-old drummed up major attention after he co-created the smash hit song honoring the late actor Paul Walker, a project that hit home for him.