Supreme Court: Democrats and Republicans seek hints for how Barrett will rule on health care law

For the second day of Barrett’s questioning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the health care law was a dominant topic on both sides of the aisle thanks to the looming November case the Supreme Court will hear on a Republican effort to strike down the law.

Both Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, asked President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee about the legal doctrine of “severability,” or whether the entire law can stand if one part of it is deemed unconstitutional, during Barrett’s second day of questions before the committee on Wednesday.

It’s a concept that could play a key factor in the case from Republican attorneys general and the Trump administration that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act case next month. They argue the entire law, commonly known as Obamacare, should be struck down because the law’s individual coverage mandate is … Read More

UK culture minister hints government may sell Channel 4

Ministers are considering whether there is still a need for Channel 4 to exist in its current form, raising the prospect that the broadcaster will be privatised.



Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith sitting at a table: Photograph: Channel 4/PA


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John Whittingdale, the culture minister with responsibility for broadcast policy, told a fringe event at the Conservative party conference that the channel was struggling financially and hinted that a sell-off could be on the cards.



Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith are posing for a picture: Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding on The Great British Bake Off, which is Channel 4’s biggest ratings winner.


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Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding on The Great British Bake Off, which is Channel 4’s biggest ratings winner.

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He said: “Unlike the BBC, Channel 4 survives as an advertising-funded model. With the advent of the streamers and other competing services that model is under considerable strain.

“We do need to think about Channel 4 and whether there is still a need for a

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