The Brief

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner leaves after a press briefing July 31, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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House GOP Abandons Bill

Less than 3 hours after the symbolic farewell of outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the John Boehner and other GOP leaders pulled a much-touted bill meant to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors streaming across the country's southwest border by the thousands


WH: Shelling Was 'Indefensible'

The Obama administration issued a tough critique of the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school-turned-shelter for Palestinian civilians on Wednesday

IDF soldiers of the Paratroopers Brigade guarding and neutralizing tunnels that were dug by the Hamas organization and leading into Israel, Khan Younis, Gaza, July 30, 2014.

'Determined' to Destroy Tunnels

Israel has pledged to keep up the offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza until the tunnels it claims are facilitating Hamas' attacks are destroyed

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Doctor Who Season Premiere Will Debut on Big Screen

BBC America announced Thursday that it will hold midnight theatrical screenings of the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who on August 23 in 12 cities. Season eight is the first to star Peter Capaldi in the lead role

Women's Own Currency: How Much Would it Be Worth?

When Obama said that adding female faces to our cash sounded like a "pretty good idea," the Internet came alive with suggestions--from Ruth Bader Ginsberg to Beyonce. But then there's that old gender wage gap to consider. So here's what the bills might really look like

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan delivers remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in Washington on March 11, 2014.

Hacking Bad: CIA Says Sorry for Senate Snooping

A report from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General faulted agency employees for improperly accessing Senate staffers' computers during an investigation into Bush-era CIA interrogation practices

Locals watch workers with Doctors Without Borders as they disinfect after leaving a private clinic working to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Teldou, Guinea on July 10, 2014.

CDC Issues Travel Warning in Face of Ebola Outbreak

Calling the disease a "dreadful and merciless virus," the CDC director advised against all non-essential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to the outbreak ravaging those West African countries

Alexander Hug deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine, looks on next to armed pro-Russian separatists on the way to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site, near Donetsk on July 30, 2014.

Investigators Reach MH17 Site

International investigators have reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for the first time since the jet was downed by a missile in eastern Ukraine on July 17; they had been blocked by fighting between pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian military

Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York, July 30, 2014. Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York

Argentina Defaults After Debt Talks Collapse

The South American nation failed to strike a deal to avert its second debt default in 13 years, leaving political leaders in a state of deep denial. "Who believes in credit rating agencies at this stage?" said the nation's Economy Minister

Tylenol Pills Spilling Out Of Bottle

It’s Easier Than You Think to Overdose on Tylenol

A new analysis from Consumer Reports calls out the Food and Drug Administration for inconsistent and potentially dangerous labeling of acetaminophen painkillers, finding that nearly 17,000 people die each year from overdosing on them


Exclusive: Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing

The Attorney General told TIME in an interview he now opposes certain statistical tools used to determine jail time, citing concerns about equal justice in sentencing, which puts the White House at odds with an increasingly effective method for managing prison populations