This broom is no match for this pack of cute German shepherd puppies. (Click to view.)
Don McGahn heads for the exits. The departure of the White House counsel was announced by President Trump on Twitter. McGahn will leave this fall after the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (which start Tuesday). McGahn’s had an interesting ride. He has been a huge part of Trump’s successful conservative reshaping of the federal courts, but he’s also clashed with the President over the Russia investigation. And the disclosure that McGahn had cooperated extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller didn’t help his relationship with Trump, either.
2. Domestic extremism
Syria is prepping for a final assault on the last rebel stronghold in the country, and the US is worried that chemical weapons are part of its plans. Syria moved armed helicopters closer to Idlib in the past couple weeks, two defense officials tell CNN. Those could be used to launch chlorine-filled barrel bombs on Idlib. The concern has also sparked a new tussle with Syrian ally Russia. The Russians claim the US and its allies are using the alleged chemical weapons threat as an excuse to launch airstrikes in Syria.
A federal investigation has started into the tragic sinking of a duck boat on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people in July. The feds got involved after the US Coast Guard determined that the deaths resulted from “misconduct, negligence or inattention to the duties” by the captain of the duck boat. The probe will also look at the company that operates the tourist ride. It’s one of many investigations into the tragedy. Survivors of those who perished are also suing Ripley Entertainment, which operated the duck boat tour.
President Trump signed an executive order that intends to punish foreign entities for meddling in US elections. The order lets the director of national intelligence identify groups responsible for election interference and direct the Treasury Department to apply sanctions. This order aims to hit more than just the Russians. But Democrats and Republicans criticized it as insufficient and want to see mandatory sanctions instead.
4. Greece elections
5. Hong Kong
Snowfall at the bottom of the world has been increasing. Researchers analyzing ice cores on the continent say snowfall increased 10% over the past 200 years. But, wait a minute. Isn’t global warming melting Antarctic sea ice at a rapid clip? Yes, but researchers think that’s actually contributing to the higher snowfall rates because more melted sea ice means more moisture to feed snowfall. The bottom line is that the ice melt is raising the sea level, but it’s reduced somewhat by the snow falling back onto the continent.
That’s the number of years to which a Texas jury sentenced ex-police officer Roy Oliver after he was convicted in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, an unarmed black 15-year-old, in a Dallas suburb
Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate US Rep. Ron DeSantis, who was accused of using racist language while talking about his black Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
A spry 35! At least that’s how old soccer legend Clint Dempsey is, now that he’s calling it quits after a “prolific” career in Seattle and on the world stage.
US Open organizers apologized for penalizing a female tennis player who briefly took off her shirt on the court after she realized she’d put it on wrong.
Not throwing away his shot
Prince Harry stole the show in London when he burst into song during “Hamilton.” And of course, he picked a number sung by the George III character, his sixth-great-grandfather.
Warm up the toaster
A new study will pay you to eat avocados every day for six months. You don’t have to feel guilty – this is for science.
If your travel dreams include spending the night in an old WWII gun tower, you’ll want to head to the Channel Islands.
Feels so good
Cuteness alert! You’ll get all the feels watching this seal chase a butterfly. (Click to view.)