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Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi reportedly collapsed and died after a court hearing

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi collapsed during a court hearing on Monday and later died, Egyptian state media reports. Morsi, who once was a top member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was in a court hearing facing espionage charges when he collapsed, BBC reports via Egyptian state media. He soon died and his body was taken to a hospital, The Associated Press continues . While appearing in...

In an unusual split, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to findings of racial gerrymandering in Virginia districts

The Supreme Court split in what The Washington Post called an "unusual alignment" on Monday to dismiss a challenge to a lower court's findings on a Virginia gerrymandering issue. Virginia's House Republicans were attempting to fight a ruling that said some of Virginia's legislative districts were racially gerrymandered, but the Supreme Court ruled they had no legal standing to continue doing so...

Mitch McConnell: Jon Stewart is 'looking for some way to take offense' over 9/11 victims fund

Jon Stewart doesn't need his own show to continue lambasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — and McConnell now has a response. Stewart last week delivered a fiery speech in a House Judiciary Committee hearing, urging Congress to permanently authorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. During the hearing, he blasted Congress for the hearing's low attendance, saying the sight of ...

Texas voters are evenly split on reelecting Trump

There's an actual chance Texas will go blue in 2020. Half of registered Texas voters said they "definitely" or "probably" will not reelect President Trump next year, per a University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tribune poll published Monday. The other half answered that they "definitely" or "probably" will, lending more credence to Texas' designation as a 2020 swing state . In the poll of 1,20...

David Axelrod says Elizabeth Warren needs to stop 'talking down' to voters. Warren agrees.

It's been a big week for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The presidential candidate is gaining momentum, even surpassing her good friend Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in some recent polls, putting her in second place behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries. The Trump re-election campaign is starting to take notice , as well, after dismissing her in the past. A profile ...

Gloria Vanderbilt has died at 95. Watch her son Anderson Cooper's tribute.

Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday, her son Anderson Cooper announced on CNN. She was 95. Vanderbilt was the only daughter of railroad magnate Reginald Vanderbilt, who died when she was young, making her the subject a famous custody battle between her mother and aunt. Her first marriage, which Cooper calls a "mistake from the get-go" in his video tribute, was at 17 to a man she later alleged was abu...

Michael Cohen apparently wanted Trump's 2015 campaign launch to feature elephants and women in bikinis

It turns out President Trump's wild 2015 campaign launch was actually the tame version. The Washington Post is out with a new look back at the start of Trump's presidential campaign, which began with that unforgettable ride down a golden escalator in Trump Tower. But this whole event was nearly even more over-the-top, as the report says that some Trump associates, including his lawyer at the ti...

Pete Buttigieg brought in an eye-popping $7 million in April

Pete Buttigieg apparently didn't think his first quarter haul was impressive enough. Over the first three months of 2019, the South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 Democrat pulled in $7 million in fundraising dollars. But in the next month, he managed to double his total with another $7 million in April alone, Politico reports . Buttigieg's first quarter intake was already intimidating, seeing as ...

Suicide attack kills 30 in northeastern Nigeria

A triple suicide attack killed 30 people and injured at least 40 more in northeast Nigeria on Sunday night, officials said Monday. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside of a cinema hall in Konduga, a town in Nigeria's Borno state. People were gathered at the hall to watch a soccer game, Al Jazeera reports . The owner of the hall reportedly prevented one of the bombers from entering, ...

Taylor Swift's new music video calls on the Senate to support the Equality Act

Taylor Swift is ready for the Senate to pass the Equality Act, and she's keeping up her fight for the bill in her latest music video. The pop star on Monday dropped the cameo-filled video for her new single "You Need to Calm Down," which targets opponents of LGBTQ rights and ends with a message in support of the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in a...

A Hunger Games prequel novel is set for a 2020 release

Suzanne Collins isn't finished with the world of The Hunger Games just yet. After publishing the ostensibly final book in the bestselling young adult series in 2010, Collins is set to release a Hunger Games prequel novel in May 2020, The Associated Press reports . This prequel will be set 64 years before the original novel, which takes place in a dystopian society in which representatives from ...

The daily business briefing: June 17, 2019

1. Caravans of Americans are heading to Canada to purchase affordable life-saving drugs, The Washington Post reported. Insulin, which can cost hundreds of dollars per vial in the U.S., can be purchased for one-tenth of the price and without a prescription in Canada. Lija Greenseid, a "rule-abiding Minnesota mom" and the mother of a 13-year-old daughter with Type 1 Diabetes, guided five other Am...

The Catholic Church just took a baby step toward married priests, 'official ministry' for women

A group of Catholic bishops representing the Amazon region have asked the Vatican to consider ordaining married men as priests and creating an unspecified "official ministry" for women in remote areas of South America, according to a Vatican document released Monday. The South American bishops will gather for a regional meeting, or synod, in October to consider the proposals, and if they vote t...

10 things you need to know today: June 17, 2019

1. The Trump re-election campaign has fired several internal pollsters after leaked polling data showed President Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in several key states in 2020. The polls showed Trump losing to Biden by double-digits in battleground states including Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and holding only a small lead in Texas. Trump disavowed the leaked data last w...

House Democrats think Chris Christie could help them get around Trump's executive privilege

House Democrats reportedly have a new plan for getting around executive privilege in their obstruction of justice investigation — and it involves former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Lawmakers are planning on "expanding their circle of testimony" and bringing in individuals who made appearances in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report but never actually served in President Trump's admin...
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