The Brief

Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, John Barrasso
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Can the Health Bill Be Saved?

Mitch McConnell faces what is arguably his toughest test as Republican leader: steering a wildly unpopular health care bill through the Senate in the face of crushing deadlines. But allies and critics agree: don't underestimate him

Judge in Laquan McDonald shooting case grills city over protective order

Officers Indicted in Laquan McDonald's Fatal Shooting

hree Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer. A Cook County special grand jury approved the three-count indictment

Cropped Hand Of Computer Hacker Typing On Keyboard

Massive Cyberattack Spreads Disruption Across Europe

A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard. The second-largest drugmaker in the United States has confirmed it's been affected by the cyberattack

In a Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to students during an special assembly at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Calif. The Facebook founder and CEO announced on his page that he has vowed to read a book every other week in 2015, with an emphasis on learning about different beliefs and cultures. Zuckerberg created a "Year in Book" page and urged his friends to join him in the project.

More Than 2 Billion People Use Facebook Each Month

The social network is commemorating its community with a series of new features, including personalized videos for users. It revealed in a post that an average of more than 800 million people click "like" on Facebook content every day


Trump Press Aide Attacks CNN During Briefing

Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged all Americans to watch an online video posted by a conservative provocateur with a CNN producer commenting on his network's coverage of Trump's connections to Russia. Sanders called producer John Bonifield's statements a disgrace to journalism.

Key Speakers at the WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions

Chinese Premier Stresses Benefits of Globalization at WEF

Li Keqiang stressed the benefits of globalization and need to combat climate change during the opening address in a clear rebuke of the protectionist economic measures and retrograde environmental policies advocated by Donald Trump


Look Inside This Japanese Teahouse-Style Starbucks

The new store, located in Kyoto's Higashiyama district, will blend into a city filled with traditional temples and shrines. It will be housed in a building that is more than 100 years old and that served as a teahouse until it went out of business in 2005

President Trump Hosts Romanian President Klaus Iohannis At White House

Survey: U.S. Global Image Has Plummeted Under Trump

The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center shows

Yersinia Pestis SEM

2 New Cases of Human Plague Confirmed in New Mexico

Two new cases of plague have been confirmed in New Mexico, bringing the total number of cases of human plague in the state this year to three. The state Department of Health reported that two women from Santa Fe County were diagnosed with plague

Baton Rouge Tense As DOJ Prepares To Announce Findings In Alton Sterling Case

Alton Sterling's Family Sues Baton Rouge

Relatives of a black man who was gunned down by a white police officer are suing the city on Tuesday, claiming the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by its police force. Attorneys for Alton Sterling's five children planned to file the suit

President Trump And Indian PM Modi Hold Joint Statement At White House

Trump and Modi Exchange Hugs and Herald Ties

During his summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Trump declared he was "true friend" of India and said relations between the two largest democracies have never been better. But there were tensions in the inaugural meeting

Here's How You Can Watch a Solar Eclipse From the Sky

Alaska Airlines is planning to charter a flight to allow space enthusiasts to watch "The Great American Eclipse" from the sky on Aug. 21. It will mark the first total solar eclipse to be visible coast-to-coast in America since 1918