In our news wrap Friday, President Trump says he plans to announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9. Also, Iowa’s state Supreme Court has struck down a law requiring women to wait three days before getting an abortion. The court found the law violates the state constitution, and could make abortions unobtainable.
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President Trump now says he plans to announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, one week from Monday.
He spoke to reporters today as he flew from Washington to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the weekend. The president said he has already narrowed his choices to five to seven finalists, and that two are women. He said he will not ask the candidates if they would overturn Roe vs. Wade. That's the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
The state Supreme Court of Iowa has struck down a law that women wait three days before getting an abortion. The court found it violates the state constitution and it could make abortions unobtainable. State Justice Edward Mansfield dissented. He is on the president's list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.
The man accused of shooting five people to death at a Maryland newspaper was denied bail today. Jarrod Ramos faces murder charges. Officials say he had had a long vendetta against The Capital Gazette in Annapolis.
At a White House event today, President Trump said the newspaper attack was horrific.
President Donald Trump:
This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.
In the past, the president has routinely described news reporters as enemies of the people.
We will have a full report on the Annapolis shooting and its aftermath later in the program.
The U.N.'s International Organization for Migration today snubbed President Trump's pick for director-general. Ken Isaacs faced criticism that U.S. immigration policies were too harsh, and that his online postings were anti-Muslim. Members of the IOM eliminated Isaacs in the early rounds of voting in Geneva. A Portuguese candidate ultimately won.
It is only the second time since 1951 that an American won't be leading the group.
In Syria, a new refugee crisis is exploding, as government forces assault rebels in the southwest. U.N. officials now say the fighting has driven 160,000 civilians from their homes. The Israeli military said today that it delivered 60 tons of aid and medicine to refugees on the Golan Heights, but they will not be allowed to enter Israel.
A federal judge in Washington today blocked the state of Kentucky from imposing new work requirements for Medicaid recipients. The judge today said that no consideration was given to an estimated 95,000 people who would lose benefits as a result. Kentucky was the first state to impose the work requirements.
Canada has announced tariffs totaling $12.6 billion on U.S. steel and aluminum, plus ketchup, lawn mowers and whiskey. They take effect July 1, in retaliation for U.S. tariffs. Meanwhile, China formally announced that it is easing limits on foreign ownership of Chinese auto plants, insurance and other sectors.
And Wall Street closed out the week with modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 55 points to close at 24271 today. The Nasdaq rose six points, and the S&P 500 added two. For the quarter, the Dow gained just over half-a-percent. The Nasdaq rose 6 percent. The S&P 500 added nearly 3 percent.
Still to come on the "NewsHour," a 17-year-old immigrant's struggle to reunite with his father; the White House legislative affairs director on immigration and the Supreme Court; the latest on the shooting in The Capital Gazette newsroom; and much more.