The Brief


House to Boehner: Sue Away

A House GOP measure granting Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue Obama passed 225 to 201, without a single Democrat's support

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio is sworn in during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 22, 2014.

House Approves VA Overhaul

The $16.3 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors, and make firing senior executives at the VA easier

Creator and executive producer David Simon attends the "Treme" New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

HBO Slated to Run 6-Hour David Simon Miniseries

The miniseries will be based off the 1999 book Show Me a Hero by Lisa Belkin and will star Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis and Catherine Keener of Captain Philips will star. The show is slated to run for six hours on the premium cable network

Evan Reed of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.

Former Detroit Tiger Charged With Sexual Assault

Evan Reed is accused of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman in Michigan in late March, while knowing the victim was "physically helpless or mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable to consent." Reed's lawyer called the charges "ridiculous"

The Johnson & Johnson logo is arranged for a photograph in New York on April 15, 2013.

Doctors Urged Not to Use Hysterectomy Device

Johnson and Johnson is urging surgeons not to use a surgical tool that has in studies been shown to spread some forms of uterine cancer and lower chances of survival. The company is also urging those who have purchased the device to return it


Peace Corps Exits West Africa Amid Ebola Scare

The Peace Corps announced on Wednesday that it's pulling volunteers out of parts of West Africa amid an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Volunteers stationed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are being recalled until further notice

Marketplace guide Jim Prim works on the federal enrollment website as he helps a resident sign up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act at an enrollment event in Milford, Delaware on March 27, 2014.

HealthCare.Gov Diagnosis: $$$

Feds badly managed the development of a website to sell health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, according to testimony that will be delivered to a House subcommittee Thursday

Sean Haugh Libertarian Candidate From US Senate From North Carolina

Third-Party Candidates Could Disrupt 2014 Midterms

In the 1990s and 2000s combined, only six Senate races were impacted by third-party candidates, but all that is changing. In the past four years, the outcomes of four Senate races have been impacted by outsiders, and this year is lining up to deliver more shakeups

Worried man blues

Study: Depression a Risk of Dementia

The two conditions have been linked before, but a new study, which looked at 1,764 people with no memory problems around age 77, and followed them for about eight years, says depression may be an independent risk factor for the disease

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' To Be Auctioned At Christie's

Tracey Emin's My Bed Returns to the Tate

The artist's controversial installation — consisting of an unmade bed surrounded by piles of discarded condoms, old liquor bottles and pregnancy tests — will be exhibited at the Tate for at least 10 years, on long-term loan from its most recent owner


'Stop Laughing' Advice Makes Turkish Women LOL

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc did not intend his Monday speech on "moral corruption" to get big laughs, but when he advised women to suppress their laughter in public, it landed on the public like a well-crafted punch line