The Brief

John McCain Honored With Liberty Medal For A Lifetime Of Service

John McCain Slams 'Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism'

Sen. John McCain jabbed at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America's role as an international leader is "unpatriotic"

Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake Kirkuk, Iraq

Kurds Feel Betrayed as Iraqi Forces Take Kirkuk

The Kurds have lost control of Kirkuk, Iraq’s most contested city — and many feel betrayed as Iraq takes over. Kurdish leadership said they wouldn't let the city fall without a fight, but it appears they did just that

Review: Google's Pixel 2 a Great Samsung Alternative

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are more Google catching up than edging past the competition. But With its easy-to-navigate interface, long battery life and great camera, the larger Pixel 2 XL may in fact be the smartphone of choice for Android fans

Online Streaming Services

Netflix Is Spending $8 Billion on Programming

Netflix plans to spend $8 billion on programming in 2018, marking about a third more in spending from 2017, according to a new report. The company will put the money toward a slew of new original movies, ramping up audiences worldwide

A tanker helicopter drops water on a wildfire California

Firefighters See Progress Against Wildfires

The winds eased, some of the smoke began to clear and the forecast offered a tantalizing chance of rain to thousands of firefighters trying to corral the wildfires that have laid waste to the nation's most celebrated wine-making region

President Trump And Senate Majority Leader McConnell Deliver Remarks After Meeting At The White House

Trump Blames Senate Republicans for Stalled Agenda

President Donald Trump blamed Senate Republicans for the stalled GOP agenda and also expressed understanding for former senior aide Steve Bannon's all-out war on the GOP establishment. "I'll be honest they are not getting the job done"

Preparations Ahead of the 19th Communist Party Congress

Propaganda Reaches Fever Pitch in China

Nothing is being left to chance as China's president Xi Jinping prepares to secure a second five-year term at the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CPP), which kicks off Wednesday. The nation is being swamped with propaganda extolling his achievements

Government troops fight against Maute rebels in Philippines

Duterte Declares Philippine City 'Liberated' From ISIS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Marawi City liberated from terrorists, signalling an end to almost five months of fighting in the southern Philippine city. More than 1000 people, including over 800 militants, have died

Bergdahl Being Treated At U.S. Military Hospital In Germany

Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban after walking off his military base in Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the high-profile incident. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009 and held for years

Alyssa Milano

'Me Too' Sexual Assault Campaign Goes Viral

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the hashtag #MeToo trended in a social media campaign to illustrate the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. Actress Alyssa Milano launched the campaign and called on others to speak up