Nigeria's election commission postponed the country's presidential election early Saturday morning, announcing the delay only hours before polls were set to open. The vote has been rescheduled for next Saturday, Feb. 23.
Both Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and the leading opposition candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, urged the public to remain calm about the delay, though Abubakar also accused Buhari of orchestrating the postponement to disenfranchise opposition voters.
Election officials attributed the wait to difficulty transporting ballots to all polling locations in time for voting to begin. "This was a difficult decision to take but necessary for successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy," said the election commission's chair, Mahmood Yakubu, who will explain the postponement further in an afternoon press conference. Bonnie Kristian
The Supreme Court delayed implementation of a Louisiana abortion law late Friday night, putting the legislation on hold until Thursday.
An order from Justice Samuel Alito said the court needs more time to review the case concerning the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facilities. The delay "does not reflect any view regarding the merits" of the case, Alito noted.
Supporters say the law, which was enacted in 2014, is an important safety measure to ensure a high caliber of care. Critics argue it is an attempt to limit abortion access in the state, claiming only a single physician in Louisiana meets the act's requirements.
The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act was struck down by a U.S. district court in 2017 on the grounds that it would shutter too many abortion providers in Louisiana. But that ruling was reversed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which found the law would not "impose a substantial burden on a large fraction of women" because Louisiana has relatively lax rules for granting admitting privileges and many abortion providers simply have not applied. Bonnie Kristian
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended President Trump's budget proposal's plan to slash funding for programs like Meals on Wheels, insisting the food delivery program is among those "not showing any results." "We can't do that anymore. We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good," Mulvaney said of the program that provides meals for the impoverished elderly.
In a statement Thursday, Meals on Wheels noted Trump's budget cuts could have serious implications for its network that operates more than 5,000 local programs, though it pointed out further details on the budget have yet to be released. "So, while we don't know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced health-care expenses," said Meals on Wheels America CEO and President Ellie Hollander.
The Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham highlighted that numerous peer-reviewed studies have found "home-delivered meal programs to significantly improve diet quality, increase nutrient intakes, and reduce food insecurity and nutritional risk among participants." Becca Stanek