5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump: 'Major, major' conflict with North Korea possible

  • Arkansas executes 4th inmate in 11 days

  • House won't vote on health care this week

  • Alexander Acosta confirmed as labor secretary

  • Myles Garrett selected No. 1 in NFL Draft

In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, President Trump said "there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea," but he is hopeful that the U.S. can find other ways to work with the country regarding its nuclear and missile programs. "We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult," Trump said. The Trump administration has called North Korea an "urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority," and on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to urge the U.N. Security Council to enact more sanctions against Pyongyang. When asked about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump noted that he was 27 when his father died and he took over as ruler. "So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age," Trump said. "I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit. I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational."

Source: Reuters

On Thursday night, Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams, 38, marking the fourth of eight scheduled executions over 11 days; courts stayed four of the executions. The U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for the execution about 10 p.m., declining to issue a stay, and Williams was administered the lethal-injection drugs starting at 10:52 p.m.; he was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson had ordered the unusually aggressive execution schedule because one of the state's three execution drugs expires at the end of the month, and states are having trouble procuring new supplies amid opposition from drugmakers.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Associated Press

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Thursday that there will not be a vote on health care legislation this week, as Republicans are "still educating members." Politico reports the vote is now delayed until next week at the earliest. A vote was slated to be held on the GOP's American Health Care Act last month, but after several members of the conservative Freedom Caucus said they didn't support it, the bill was yanked from the floor. A revised bill was written by Freedom Caucus and centrist Tuesday Group members this week, but more than 15 Republican lawmakers have publicly said they will not vote for this new version of the AHCA. President Trump, nearing his 100th day in office, had said he would immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare once in office.

Source: Politico

The Senate voted 60-38 on Thursday to confirm Alexander Acosta, a former U.S. attorney, as labor secretary. The 48-year-old is the only Latino in President Trump's Cabinet. Trump's first choice for the job, former CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination after it became clear he would not get enough votes for confirmation. The labor secretary enforces laws involving the workplace and unions.

Source: The Washington Post

On Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns selected Myles Garrett as the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Garrett, a 6-foot-4, 272 pound defensive lineman at Texas A&M, is the first player from the university to be the top overall pick. An All-American, he recorded 31 sacks over three years, and is the fourth defensive player since 2000 to be the draft's first selection. The 21-year-old was with friends and family at the Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington, Texas, when he heard the news.

Source: SportsDay
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