RT America -- May 21, 2014
The White House will not appeal a federal court's order to release the memo outlining the administration's legal arguments for the use of lethal drone strikes against American citizens. The announcement was made Tuesday on the eve of a key Senate vote. David Barron, President Barack Obama's nominee for a seat on the US Court of Appeals, cleared a procedural Senate vote Wednesday. Voting 52 to 43, Barron will now proceed to a formal confirmation vote. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voiced his opposition, saying anyone who argues the president has the power to kill an American citizen without trial "is not worthy of being placed one step away from the Supreme Court." Lindsay France discusses these and other breaking developments on Capitol Hill with RT's Sam Sacks.
An increase in suicides may be tied to an increase in the number of foreclosures, according to a newly released study from leading reserachers. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Purdue, Dartmouth and other universities, shows a correlation between suicide and foreclosures rates between 2005 and 2010. Those who are middle-aged and have the "most to lose" were most likely to have committed suicide as a result of losing their home. Although not able to prove a direct cause and effect relationship, the study raises troubling questions about the effects of the economy on individuals. RT's Lindsay France discussed these findings with a co-author of the report, Purdue University Professor Michael Light.