Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has officially launched her 2020 presidential bid.
In an online video the senator for New York took aim at Trump saying: “Brave doesn’t pit people against each other. Brave doesn’t put money over lives. Brave doesn’t spread hate. Cloud truth. Build a wall. That’s what fear does.”
Also in the video Ms Gillibrand, who rose to prominence campaigning against sexual harassment and sponsoring a bill to change how sexual assault is prosecuted in the military, voices her support for paid family leave, universal healthcare and the Green New Deal.
She ends with an invitation to her first major campaign speech outside the Trump International Hotel in New York on 24th March.
R Kelly has filed a motion in Cook County Circuit Court asking to be allowed to travel to Dubai to perform concerts and meet members of the United Arab Emirates’ royal family next month.
The motion claims Kelly has been battling to pay child support, legal fees and everyday expenses after the cancellation of his record contract and two US concerts.
His songs have also been removed from several streaming services.
The five page document states: “He cannot work, and consequently cannot make a living if he is confined to Illinois, or even the United States. Denying him the opportunity to work would be a hardship on his children.”
It also questioned the impartiality of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and accused her of using the trial “to thrust herself into the spotlight of the #metoo movement”.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed a law banning abortion after a fetal heart rate can be detected, which is around the sixth week of pregnancy.
This means that the procedure will be unavailable to many women before they even know they are pregnant.
Critics in Mississippi say that the bill will probably be overturned and that the state is wasting money by mounting a legal defence.
Only one Republican in the chamber voted against the bill.
Representative Missy McGee said: “I cannot support legislation that makes such hard-line, final decisions for other women.”