State and National Government
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, will be joining the Trump administration.A White House official confirms Cuccinelli will be taking a position at the Homeland Security Department, focusing on immigration. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement.The Associated Press first reported last month Trump was considering bringing on Cuccinelli as an “immigration czar” to coordinate immigration policy across federal agencies. But the official said Cuccinelli will not be assuming that role.The hire comes as Trump is struggling with a migrant surge at the southern border that is straining federal resources.Cuccinelli has in the past advocated for denying citizenship to the American-born children of parents living in the U.S. illegally.He didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit filed by women’s health groups seeking to overturn restrictions on abortion providers in Virginia.The lawsuit is among legal challenges filed in at least a dozen states over what abortion-rights groups call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers.The trial is scheduled to begin today in federal court in Richmond as a handful of states have recently passed tough new anti-abortion laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky.The lawsuit challenges four Virginia laws, including a physician-only law that bars nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants from performing first-trimester abortions.Another law requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before it is performed.The case will be decided by a judge, not a jury.
Vice-President Mike Pence told Liberty University’s 2019 graduating class that freedom of religion is under assault in the United States, and attacks on people of faith must stop. Pence delivered the commencement ceremony’s keynote address at Williams Stadium, two years after President Trump spoke to the 2017 graduates. Pence said the Trump administration will always work to protect religious liberty. Here is a portion of his address: