Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Feb. 27-March 5
1. Planned Parenthood is temporarily protected
A judge has temporarily lifted a ban by Texas authorities that withheld Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood. Their funding cuts were made two months ago after being lead to believe that the medical center was selling fetal body parts. Read more here.
2. New Democratic National Convention chair chosen
Former labor administrator under Obama, Thomas Perez has been chosen to lead the DNC, beating out Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison. Perez beat Ellison on a second ballot vote. Read more here.
3. Trump drafts budget proposal
In the upcoming weeks, President Trump will draft a budget outline to increase military spending for the next fiscal year. By cutting funding to the EPA and other domestic agencies, he plans to avoid reducing Social Security and Medicare funding. According to the New York Times, White House authorities are assuming there will be a 2.4 percent economic growth in the next two years. Read more here.
4. Secretary of the Navy nominee withdraws from consideration
Philip Bilden, who was a nominee to lead the Secretary of the Navy has reconsidered his position citing that business relations are interfering with the work that would have to be done. Last week, Press Secretary tweeted that Bilden was 100 percent committed to working as the next Secretary. Read more about it here.
5. Bill Paxton dies
Famed American actor Bill Paxton has died following complications during surgery. The actor starred in “Aliens,” “Titanic,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Apollo 13.” Read more about it here.