Today in 5 Lines
Dean Heller became the fifth Republican senator to oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill. President Trump signed a bill that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, as part of an effort to overhaul the agency. A Cincinnati judge declared a mistrial in the retrial of former Officer Raymond M. Tensing, who fatally shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, in 2015. The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to review allegations of abuse at prisons in Yemen, “including U.S. support to the Emirati and Yemeni partner forces that were purportedly involved.” Senator Steve Scalise, who was shot earlier this month in an attack at a congressional baseball practice, has been transferred out of the intensive care unit and is in fair condition.
- President Donald Trump said he is “very supportive” of the Senate GOP’s health care legislation. He said the four Republican senators who are not on board with the measure are “good guys,” and that there is a “narrow path” to gaining their support and passing the bill. (Roll Call)
- A dozen House Democrats met on Thursday to discuss the possibility of replacing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has come under fire in the wake of the party’s special election losses this year. Pelosi said earlier that day that she is “worth the trouble.” (Politico)
- Trump said he does not have tapes of his conversations with now-former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey. He also said he has “no idea” whether such tapes exist. (Bloomberg News)
- Near the end of his term, former President Barack Obama authorized the planting of cyber weapons in Russian infrastructure, part of his response to the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved with meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Some former administration officials expressed remorse that the United States response did not retaliate further. (The Washington Post)