A week after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
McCain's office released a statement Wednesday from the Mayo Clinic, which says after the procedure, "subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation." McCain, 80, has represented Arizona since 1987, and battled melanoma in the past. Catherine Garcia
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced Monday night they will not support the motion to proceed on the current version of the Republicans' health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Moran released a statement saying "we should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy," while Lee said he won't back the BCRA because it does not repeal "all of the ObamaCare taxes, it doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families, nor does it create enough free space from the most costly ObamaCare regulations." Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already come out as "no" votes.
The vote was postponed due to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) needing to recover from surgery, and now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not have the votes to pass the bill. Catherine Garcia
A federal judge in Hawaii ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot stop grandparents and other close relatives from entering the United States under the president's travel ban.
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's 90-day travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations and 120-day refugee ban could go through, as long as it was not enforced against travelers who had a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. The Trump administration decided that only spouses, parents, children, siblings, and fiancés counted as close family members, and the state of Hawaii requested an injunction, arguing that this was too narrow of a list. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson agreed, saying "common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members."
An ice shelf weighing more than a trillion metric tons, containing twice the volume of Lake Erie, and stretching nearly the size of Delaware separated from Antarctica on Wednesday after being monitored by scientists for months, The New York Times reports.
"The remaining shelf will be at its smallest ever known size," said British researcher Adrian Luckman, who is studying the peninsula for Project Midas. "This is a big change. Maps will need to be redrawn."
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) July 12, 2017
Scientists have followed the Antarctic Peninsula's warming for decades, and whether the ice shelf's divorce was expedited by human-caused climate change is disputed. "While it might not be caused by global warming, it's at least a natural laboratory to study how breakups will occur at other ice shelves to improve the theoretical basis for our projections of future sea level rise," said NASA's Thomas P. Wagner. Jeva Lange
Cardinal George Pell, the third-ranking official in the Vatican, responsible for the Holy See's finances, is facing at least three sexual assault charges related to historic abuse allegations, Australian police said Thursday.
Pell's legal representatives in Melbourne were served the charges, and he will appear in court July 18. Police say there are "multiple complainants," but would not reveal the allegations; The Sydney Morning Herald reports he is being charged with at least one count of rape. Pell, 75, was made a cardinal in 2003, and has served as the archbishop of both Sydney and Melbourne. He is expected to return to Australia to face the charges, and when rumors of the allegations first surfaced, Pell told reporters he is innocent. Catherine Garcia
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice, five people with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Post.
As part of the expanded investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, senior intelligence officials — including Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, and Rogers' former deputy Richard Ledgett — have agreed to be interviewed by investigators, possibly as early as this week. Trump had wanted former FBI Director James Comey to publicly announce he was not personally being investigated, and after Comey didn't do so during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Trump asked Coats and Rogers separately to issue public statements denying any collusion between his campaign and Russia, the Post previously reported. Coats also reportedly told associates that Trump asked him if he could get Comey to step back from the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; he later said he did not feel pressured by Trump to do this.
It's unclear how many other officials have already been questioned as part of the probe. The obstruction of justice investigation started a few days after the firing of Comey last month, the Post reports, and officials are also looking into possible financial crimes committed by Trump associates. A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, told the Post the "FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal." Catherine Garcia
Manuel Noriega, who ruled Panama as a military dictator from 1983 until he was ousted by U.S. troops in 1989, has died, the government of Panama announced early Tuesday. He was 83.
Noriega was in poor health, and after undergoing brain surgery in March, he suffered a brain hemorrhage and was placed in a medically induced coma. Born in Panama City on Feb. 11, 1934, Noriega was a career soldier. Beginning in the late 1950s up until the 1980s, Noriega worked with the CIA, while at the same time trafficking cocaine. He was indicted by the United States in early 1989 on charges of racketeering, laundering drug money, and drug smuggling, and in 1990, after spending 10 days in the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City, he surrendered.
Noriega was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 1992, and was convicted in absentia of murder and laundering $2.8 million in drug money by purchasing property in France. He was extradited back to Panama in 2011. Catherine Garcia
The Republican candidate for an open House seat in Montana, Greg Gianforte, allegedly assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at a campaign event Wednesday night. Jacobs described the situation on Twitter:
Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017
BuzzFeed News reporter Alexis Levinson was directly outside the room in question, and she described "angry yelling" and a "giant crash." The Guardian posted audio of the encounter, where Gianforte can be heard shouting angrily, "I'm sick and tired of you guys!"
Gianforte's campaign put out a response accusing Jacobs of having "grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground." This account is rather divergent from the recorded one, not least because it says Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower his recorder and he refused, which cannot be heard in the posted audio.
Jacobs wrote an article detailing Gianforte's ties to sanctioned Russian companies last month. The election is tomorrow. Ryan Cooper