What's Next: April 18, 2016

Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the US Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, in this file photo taken on Nov 20, 2015.
Immigrants and community leaders rally in front of the US Supreme Court to mark the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration in Washington, in this file photo taken on Nov 20, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

Supreme Court to hear Obama case

The United States Supreme Court will hear a case today that tests the boundaries of presidential powers, confronting the question of whether US President Barack Obama exceeded his authority with unilateral action to spare millions of people in the country illegally from deportation.

The case pits Mr Obama against 26 states led by Texas, which filed suit to block his 2014 immigration plan.


Public hearings on elected presidency

At least five individuals will give their views on proposed changes to the elected presidency at public hearings that start today.

They are human rights researcher Brian Chang, Singapore Management University law professors Eugene Tan and Jack Lee, Institute of Policy Studies senior research fellow Mathew Mathews and academic Loke Hoe Yeong from the European Union Centre in Singapore.


S'pore export data may yield clues

Data for Singapore's March exports will be released today, with economists hoping for some indication of global demand so far.

Last week, advance estimates showed the economy grew by 1.8 per cent in the first three months of the year, compared with the same period last year. Should exports do better than expected, growth forecasts could be upgraded, although analysts say the possibility is low.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: April 18, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe