White House Chief of Staff John Kelly starts his new gig
Now-former Homeland Security secretary John Kelly will begin his new job Monday as chief of staff in a White House where "the entire administration loves him and no one is comparable.” The statement from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders provides a stark contrast from how his predecessor, Reince Priebus, was regarded. Priebus was a frequent target of criticism from President Trump's loyalists, and now Kelly will face the challenge of bringing order to a White House staff mired in chaos.. Though Kelly sides with the president on many issues, he recently broke with his new boss on the issue of Russia’s election hacking.
McCain heads home for chemotherapy
After returning to Washington to cast critical votes that ultimately helped block the GOP repeal of Obamacare last week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will begin a regimen of radiation and chemotherapy Monday to treat his brain cancer. McCain announced that he had been diagnosed with a primary brain tumor earlier this month, which was discovered during cranial surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye. The Arizona congressman said he will continue working around his treatment, and is expected to return to the Senate when the August recess is over.
Jury to decide fate of 'Pharma-bro' Shkreli
“Pharma-bro” Martin Shkreli’s days in court may be coming to an end. A Brooklyn jury will begin deliberations Monday on the health care entrepreneur’s fraud charges. The controversial former CEO, who gained recognition in 2015 for hiking up by 5,000% the price of a medication that can treat a parasitic disease typically striking those with the HIV virus , allegedly defrauded health care hedge fund investors by lying about how the funds were performing. If convicted, Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison.
Koch brothers step up campaign to pass Trump tax plan
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House aide Marc Short will appear Monday with leaders of the Koch brothers' conservative network to promote Trump's tax plan, the latest sign of closer collaboration between the Kochs and President Trump. The high-profile session comes as the political empire tied to billionaire industrialists Charles Koch and his brother David Koch launches a multimillion-dollar campaign to advance Trump's blueprint for slashing the corporate tax rate and enacting broader cuts.
Legal pot fueling black market marijuana in other states
Nearly 65 million Americans live in eight states and the District of Columbia where adults can legally consume marijuana, but police in nearby states that haven't relaxed their laws on cannabis are feeling the effects, according to a multi-state USA TODAY Network investigation published Monday. One reason: The pot is starting out in states where growing it is legal, but the profit on a joint or bud elsewhere is far more lucrative — and way too tempting for those who don't mind skirting the law.
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