The Brief


He's Back

Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail Thursday to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. The events will be the first time the former president steps back into the political spotlight since leaving the White House

Trump's Selection For Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Testifies During Her Senate Confirmation Hearing

Senate Moves Ahead With Health Care Deal

After a bipartisan group of Senators crafted a deal to stabilize the insurance markets, selling it to the Republicans in Congress and the White House who want the Affordable Care Act repealed began presenting its own set of challenges

President Donald Trump Speaks At Heritage Foundation Meeting

Trump Denies Disrespecting Widow of Slain Soldier

President Donald Trump pushed back against reports that he told the widow of a slain American soldier that her husband "knew what he signed up for," dismissing a Democratic lawmaker's account of the phone call as "totally fabricated"

Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet - Show

Chelsea Handler Drops Show to Focus on Activism

Comedian Chelsea Handler has announced over social media that she is moving on from her eponymous late night talk show in order to pursue more political activism. "The past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me," she says

Senate Attorney General

Jeff Sessions Says He Urged Firing of James Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he urged the firing of former FBI Director James Comey because of Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. He said Comey usurped prosecutors when he announced Clinton would not face criminal charges

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern Will Be New Zealand's Next Prime Minister

At 37 years old, Ardern will be the nation's youngest leader in more than 150 years. She has been compared to other young, charismatic leaders such as President Emmanuel Macron in France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada

NFL: APR 27 2017 NFL Draft

Goodell: NFL Won't Force Players to Stand

The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell said altering the language in league rules to say players "must stand" was not discussed in a recent meeting

Mass Shooting At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas

Las Vegas Security Guard Breaks Silence

"I'm doing better each day," the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard shot during Stephen Paddock's Oct. 1 shooting spree said during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Maryland shoting

Maryland Gunman Involved in Later Shooting

A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said. He is also suspected in a later shooting in Delaware

CFDA (FASHION INCUBATOR) Cocktail Party At W Atlanta - Buckhead With Designers Daniel Vosovic, WHIT, Burkman Brothers And Emanuela Duca

Project Runway Star Mychael Knight Has Died at 39

Mychael Knight, a fashion designer and former contestant on the show Project Runway, has died. He was 39, and his friend Jerris Madison confirmed that he died outside of Atlanta, Ga. The cause of death was not immediately released

EPA Administrator Pruitt Joins Sean Spicer For Daily White House Press Briefing

Sean Spicer Interviewed in Russia Probe: Report

Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's former Press Secretary, was reportedly questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Monday as part of its Russia probe, according to Politico, which cited unnamed sources close to the matter