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Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans' long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive "yes" vote.
President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully.
All through a day of anything-but-subtle tweets and statements, Trump rued his decision to choose Sessions for his Cabinet and left the former senator's future prospects dangling.
"We will see what happens," Trump said. "Time will tell. Time will tell."
A startling new study by Boston University researchers found that after an examination of 111 deceased former NFL players, 99 percent of them had a progressive degenerative brain disease.
The study, which involved 202 deceased American football players whose brains were donated to research, found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in 177 American football players across all levels of play. That included 110 of 111 former NFL players, 48 of 53 college players and three of 14 high school players. The study also examined the brains of Canadian Football League players and semi-professional players.
Researchers stressed that their study has a lack of a comparison group that would represent everyone involved in American football. They also pointed out that the majority of donated brains belonged to individuals who had played at a professional and college level, while most people who played American football participated only at a youth or a high school level.
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At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain delivered for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years.
It's a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona senator returned to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast the deciding vote to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare."
McCain has not been overly enthusiastic about the GOP health bill or the partisan process through which it's emerged. Following his vote to open the debate on health care, McCain delivered remarks, urging his colleagues to come together for the sake of the country.
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Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.
Lawmakers passed the legislation, 419-3, clearing the far-reaching measure for action by the Senate. If senators move quickly, the bill could be ready for Trump's signature before Congress exits Washington for its regular August recess. The Senate, like the House, is expected to pass the legislation by a veto-proof margin. The bill also slaps Iran and North Korea with sanctions.
A Connecticut mother who has taken refuge in a church to avoid deportation is one of a dozen immigrants staying in houses of worship nationwide under a sanctuary movement invigorated by President Trump’s positions on undocumented immigration.
The case of Nury Chavarria, which has received national attention, comes after the Trump administration expanded the categories of people to be deported and specified that no one was protected.
Chavarria refused to leave for Guatemala last week as ordered by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, instead fleeing to Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal in New Haven.
President Donald Trump's appearance at a national Boy Scout event has hit a nerve with former scouts and organizers after his speech turned political.
At the Boys Scouts of America's National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday, the president brought up issues such as health care, "fake media," and "the swamp" in Washington.
Former scouts have taken to social media to express their outrage at the politicized speech.
President Donald Trump continued to push for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border during a Tuesday Ohio rally, stopped midway to heckle a Trump protester who booed him, calling him a "weak...
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A Monterey Park, California, man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday stemming from the seizure of a package that contained three king cobras hidden in potato chip canisters.
Rodrigo Franco, 34, was taken into custody without incident by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after he was named in a federal criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles last week, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A suspected bank robber, in the buff, was captured on cellphone video making a run for it in Fort Lauderdale.
The naked suspect was seen jogging along the streets in the downtown area after a robbery at the Regions Bank along Southeast 3rd Avenue.
Orange County Sheriff's Department
A video obtained by NBC4 shows the first-person vantage point, taken on a contraband cellphone, of the escape of three men last year from a maximum-security wing at an Orange County, California, jail and scenes from their days on the run.
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A special counsel is overseeing the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also examining whether anyone in President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.
Here's a look at some of the Americans whose names come up often in connection with the investigation.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
A video posted on social media that appears to show a shark tied to the back of a boat being dragged across water at high speeds has sparked an investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"The FWC takes this very seriously and is currently investigating this incident," FWC spokesperson Rob Klepper said in an email Tuesday.
The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying it will no longer award coveted grant money to cities unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.
President Donald Trump's startlingly public criticism of Jeff Sessions over the last week suggests an effort to pressure the attorney general into resigning with a possible eye toward replacing him and ending the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump has shown one attorney general the door already. His January dismissal of Sally Yates had limited repercussions since she was an Obama administration holdover days away from her own departure. But firing or forcing out Sessions could set off a frenzied — and confusing — chain reaction of monumental consequences.