The White House and Mitch McConnell?s office tell very different stories about the failure of the health care bill
As the dust settled following Monday night?s collapse of the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, a flurry of finger-pointing and competing narratives emerged with both the White House and the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell trying to minimize their own roles in the debacle. Some White House staffers threw McConnell under the proverbial bus, suggesting that the majority leader rushed the vote and limited President Trump?s involvement. McConnell?s allies denied he sought to dictate the process or have the president take a back seat.
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Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Four days after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape, the officer has yet to talk with investigators, and his attorney has given no indication he ever will.
News of John McCain?s illness broke during meeting to save GOP health care plan
Republican senators attempting to save their stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in a late-night meeting Wednesday were interrupted with news of Sen. John McCain?s brain cancer diagnosis. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told reporters that the senators learned of McCain?s brain cancer diagnosis during the meeting and asked Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to say a prayer for McCain. ?It was very emotional, almost kind of stunned disbelief for a minute, then we asked James Lankford to lead us in prayer,? Hoeven said.
Wildfire burning near Yosemite destroys 45 structures
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) ? A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
'Loud sound' preceded US police shooting Australian woman
Police in the US state of Minnesota were startled by a loud sound prior to shooting an Australian woman who had called them to report a possible assault, investigators revealed on Tuesday. The state agency probing the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond, also known by her maiden name Justine Ruszczyk, interviewed one of the two officers who responded to her emergency call on Saturday night in Minneapolis. It was the first time since the shooting that authorities offered more information about the circumstances, as community leaders and Damond's family complained they had received few details.
Israel's Netanyahu confident German submarines deal will be signed
By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he believed that a $2 billion submarine deal with Germany will be signed after a police investigation into corruption allegations in the affair is completed. The German Defence Ministry and Israeli Foreign Ministry have declined to comment. "Matters will be cleared up and I believe the deal will go ahead," Netanyahu said in Budapest in a briefing to Israeli reporters traveling with him on an Eastern European visit.
Charlie Gard doctors remain 'unconvinced' after flying visit by US neurosurgeon who said he could treat him
The British doctors caring for Charlie Gard are understood to remain unconvinced by an American neurosurgeon who claimed he could treat the little boy. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) staff spent five and half hours on Tuesday locked in discussions with Dr Michio Hirano, a US specialist who flew back to the US on Tuesday night. Charlie?s mother Connie Yates was also present at the meeting to determine the best course of action for her 11-month-old son. Dr Hirano had flown to London on Monday to examine the boy and assess brain scans carried out at the weekend. Timeline: Charlie Gard's parents' battle 02:17 Dr Hirano had said his experimental therapy could help treat Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic disease. GOSH believes that Charlie has suffered irreversible brain damage and that life support should be withdrawn but his parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from Bedfont in west London, argue he should be transferred to a New York hospital for treatment from Dr Hirano. A High Court has already ruled that Charlie be allowed to ?die with dignity? but agreed to further examination after hearing Dr Hirano?s therapy could significantly improve his quality of life. Dr Michio Hirano Miss Yates, 31, thanked Dr Hirano and another specialist, who cannot be named, for flying in to see her child. She said: ?Our gorgeous baby boy is still stable. We are at his bedside and feel satisfied he is not suffering or in any pain. As Charlie?s loving parents we are doing the right thing for our son in exploring all treatment options.? She said that Dr Hirano had requested a new MRI scan and a 30-minute EEG scan but that ?GOSH preferred a longer EEG which the judge ordered?. Miss Yates added: ?Our son has now undergone the scans. We have facilitated the experts in every possible way. Charlie will be having some more tests shortly.? It is not clear what those tests are. Connie Yates and Chris Gard with baby Charlie Great Ormond Street has declined to comment on the discussions with Dr Hirano while the court case is ongoing. But it is understood the hospital failed to be persuaded by claims he had made in the High Court last week that he could help Charlie and that he had seen no evidence of irreversible brain damage. The hospital is understood to be sticking by its position statement issued last Thursday. In that statement, the hospital said: ?It has been and remains the unanimous view of all those caring for charlie at Great Ormond Street that withdrawal of ventilation and palliative care are all that the hospital can offer him consistent with his welfare. "That is because in the view of his treating team and all those from whom GOSH obtained second opinions, he has no quality of life and no real prospect of any quality of life.? The case will come back to the High Court on Friday with further hearings expected next week that will finally decide the fate of Charlie,who suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His doctors say he is blind, deaf, unable to move and badly brain damaged, with no hope of recovery. The case has become a cause celebre with interventions from Donald trump and the Vatican in support of Charlie?s parents. The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have both uphold the decision of Mr Justice Francis in the High Court that Charlie?s life support be withdrawn.
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