More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)
On a recent Friday morning, Dana Rohrabacher, the colorful Republican congressman who has represented a ritzy sliver of Southern California coastline for nearly 30 years, slipped quietly onto the green, lakefront grounds of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce in a blue blazer, blue baseball cap and blue Tommy Bahama-style shirt to accept the Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award. The crowd was genteel: Orange County executives in suits, shades and heels. “There are two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” read a third, quoting House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, one of Rohrabacher’s fellow California Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks with an aide as he leaves the Senate floor Thursday. WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at long last introduced the text of his “skinny repeal” health care plan for a midnight vote. The bill dramatically scales back the conference’s initial ambitions to repeal and replace Obamacare, and Republican senators who plan to vote for it openly admit they do not want it to become law because it would be a “disaster” for individual insurance markets.
Angry over CBO projections, some GOP House members tried to scale back the influence of the nonpartisan budget analysts. They failed.
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza to pursue the source of a leak in a conversation that quickly devolved into a vulgar tirade against his colleagues.
As a vote neared Thursday on a proposed "skinny repeal" of Obamacare, three key Republican senators said they would only vote for it if they are assured it won't actually become law.
Three people have been killed in clashes between Venezuelan security forces and protesters during an opposition-led strike against President Nicolas Maduro that entered a second day on Thursday. Many streets around Venezuela remained barricaded and deserted during the second day of an opposition-led shutdown. “People are working out of necessity,” said coffee seller Jose Vazquez, 46, in Caracas though he had fewer customers than usual and there was little traffic on the streets around him.
President Trump holds a rally with supporters in Youngstown, Ohio, July 25, 2017. Whether or not the alt-right-provocateur-turned-chief-White-House-strategist orchestrated the chaos that was kicked off last Thursday with President Trump’s hair-raising interview with the New York Times, it certainly advanced the “creative destruction” that he reportedly favors. To most observers, though, the destruction part was more apparent than the creative effort, as Trump launched an unprecedented campaign to undermine Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with the explicit goal of controlling the special counsel’s investigation into Russian influence in last year’s election.
Sen. Lisa Murkowsk confirmed that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke contacted her after her vote against a health care bill earlier this week. The conversation reportedly involved threats of administrative retribution against her home state.
Michael Surbaugh, the chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts, was forced to apologize Thursday for President Trump’s address at the group’s annual jamboree.
The book is weeks away, but the title and cover of the candidate’s campaign memoir have already been found wanting by detractors.
Republican senators say they want assurances that their House colleagues won't push the Senate's "skinny repeal" bill into law before first fixing the legislation in a joint conference committee.
Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Thursday on “Fox & Friends” that having to complete financial disclosure forms demoralizes qualified people from serving in government.
The Ohio State Fair will open Thursday one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart, but the rides won’t be running until they all are deemed safe, officials state. Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off. Ohio State Medical Center said three of the injured were being treated there.
The White House communications director called into CNN's "New Day" early Thursday to explain his Twitter message that reportedly suggested he wants the FBI to investigate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the "leak" of Scaramucci's financial disclosure form.
After the president announced an unexpected reversal of current policy, demonstrators gathered to protest. Here are photos from three cities.
The lesson of President Trump's breach with AG Jeff Sessions: The guy who held himself out on TV as the world's toughest CEO is surprisingly ineffectual.
After President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people would be barred from serving in the military, the Canadian Armed Forces took a different tack. In an apparent jab at its southern neighbor, the Canadian military invited individuals “of all sexual orientations and gender identities” to join the ranks. Join us! #DiversityIsOurStrength #ForcesJobs,” a tweet sent from the official Canadian Armed Forces handle read.
WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened to shut down Wednesday’s briefing after several reporters asked for details on President Trump’s new policy
Transgender Navy SEAL Kristin Beck says that President Trump’s announcement barring transgender people from the military is robbing thousands of liberty.
From a king cobra in a chip container to cockatoos in water bottles and fish under a dress, some of the exotic animals that are illegally trafficked around the world. (Reuters)
Republicans are abandoning their ambitions to repeal and replace the ACA, instead hoping they can get 50 votes for a so-called skinny repeal of aspects of current law.
Since taking sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Mancos, Colo., Rosa Sabido has lived in a cramped room with a makeshift shower, sleeping beneath a mural of Noah’s Ark.
If House Republicans vote to advance a $788 billion spending bill this week, Congress could find itself in a budget quagmire due to a provision that allocates funds for President Trump’s controversial border wall.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.