Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker as Democrats prepare to wield new powers – live

8.36pm GMT

Democratic state attorneys general are appealing the ruling from a Texas judge finding Obamacare unconstitutional.

“Our goal is simple: to stand up for the law of the land — the Affordable Care Act — in order to keep health care affordable and accessible for millions of Americans,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the group, said Thursday, according to CNN. “This shouldn’t be a debate.”

8.28pm GMT

Donald Trump is considering former Senator Jim Webb to become his next Secretary of Defense, the New York Times reports.

James Mattis resigned from the post in protest after Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, citing fundamental disagreements between them over the US role in the world.

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Source: theguardian