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White House briefs Republicans on Russian bounties on US soldiers, Democrats left out

Seven House Republicans have been briefed by White House officials on the ongoing case of alleged Russian bounties for killing soldiers of the United States by Afghani militants. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both demanded to be brief on the matter as the investigations are still ongoing and it is yet unclear if Vice President Pence and President Trump have known of the Russian activities, the Democrats have been left out of the briefing by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, and national security adviser Robert O'Brien.

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Trump announces that the US will halt funding for the World Health Oranisation

The president of the United States Donald Trump has announced in a press briefing that the country will halt funding for the World Health Organisation. Trump said that the WHO had "failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable", referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

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SNAP requirement changes blocked by court

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the changes by the Trump administration to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can not go into effect. The judge called the new rules "capricious, arbitrary and likely unlawful". The Judge further expands and refers to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as a reason to block the changes. "Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is essential".

Trump administration is planning on tighten work requirements for SNAP

With the beginning of April, the administration under Donald Trump is planning on tightening the work requirements for the SNAP - the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as Food Stamps. People that are healthy and able and don't raise children need to work at least 20 hours a week if they are between 18-49 years old in order to qualify. The government estimates that around 700,000 people will lose access to the SNAP program following this change.