Police fired pepper spray to disperse thousands demonstrating against a Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona. The incident followed a fiery speech by the US president in which he blamed media for his troubles over white supremacism.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis says the Pentagon will undertake a broad investigation into multiple accidents after the second severe collision involving a US Navy ship in two months.
Any new plan would likely require a 60-vote majority in the Senate to move forward, making Democrat support necessary in any future attempt to change the Affordable Care Act.
Three Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats in a 49-to-51 vote that killed the bill in a stinging blow to President Donald Trump who had vowed to replace the policy that brought insurance to 20 million previously uninsured Americans.
The 80-year-old lawmaker has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye.
Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran each announced they could not support the bill in its current form, bringing to four the number of Republican senators opposed and effectively killing the revised version of the bill.
Mattis gave this grim assessment of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan when addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said the Taliban were "surging"and this would be addressed.
Republican Senator John McCain, the chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, calls Russia the "greatest challenge" faced by the US.
US Vice President Mike Pence also called on European allies to carry their share of the burden, saying "the promise of sharing the burden of our defence has gone unfulfilled by too many for too long and it erodes the very foundation of our alliance."
Polarised coverage of Trump makes it difficult to cut through the noise and figure out what the ban is actually about. What does Trump say of the ban – and what do his detractors believe?
Pompeo's confirmation came despite concerns of some lawmakers that he might expand surveillance and allow the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" widely considered torture.
Given a boost by Donald Trump's victory in the November 8 presidential election, Republicans hope to dismantle the Obama administration's healthcare policies as well as environmental and financial industry regulations.
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