5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump slams Jeff Sessions for being 'weak' on Hillary Clinton

  • McCain to return to Washington to vote on nebulous health-care bill

  • After clashes, Israel removing metal detectors from sacred site

  • Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenas Manafort to appear Wednesday

  • Michael Kors to buy shoe brand Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion

President Trump has been publicly criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter, calling him "beleaguered" on Monday and accusing him early Tuesday of having "taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes." Privately, Trump has been talking with advisers about possibly replacing Sessions, people familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post. They are contemplating several scenarios, including what to do if he were to resign or be fired, the Post reports. Trump's beef with Sessions, laid out in a New York Times interview, is that Sessions recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Moscow. Two people possibly under consideration to replace Sessions, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, have both indicated they would not take the job.

Source: The Washington Post

Late Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced he will return to Washington on Tuesday to vote to advance the Republican health-care legislation, whatever that turns out to be. Senate Republicans will vote Tuesday afternoon on a motion to proceed on some health-care plan, and they will likely need the vote of McCain, who is battling aggressive brain cancer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has requested a procedural vote on a House-passed repeal bill, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) offered the vague assurance that "everybody's gonna get a chance to vote on everything." On Monday, President Trump urged Republicans to "fulfill that solemn promise to the voters to repeal and replace" ObamaCare, pushing for a plan that replaces the health law immediately.

Source: The New York Times, HuffPost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted on Monday to remove metal detectors installed at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, but Sheikh Najeh Bakirat, the mosque's director, said that's not enough to please Muslim worshippers who also want security cameras to come down, Al Jazeera reports. The metal detectors were installed at entry points to the mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, after two police officers were shot and killed there on July 14. The new security measures sparked protests and clashes between Palestinians and security forces, with at least five Palestinians killed and hundreds more injured.

Source: Al Jazeera

The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to publicly testify at Wednesday's hearing on the ongoing Russia probe. Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that they requested Manafort's participation after they were "unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee." Manafort has agreed to a single interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee about his participation in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer, but his notes and comments would unavailable to the Judiciary Committee. Grassley and Feinstein said they may excuse Manafort from the hearing if he agrees to an interview.

Source: Politico, NBC News

On Tuesday, fashion brand Michael Kors said it has agreed to buy upscale shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $1.17 billion in cash, in a bid to shore up its narrowing profits amid slow growth in its core handbag business. Jimmy Choo has been up for sale since April, when European firm JAB Holding put it on the market. Michael Kors and other fashion brands are trying to come up with strategies to get U.S. consumers to pay full price for luxury handbags, as customers become accustomed to steep discounts and women are switching to smaller purses. In May, when Michael Kors unveiled a turnaround plan, rival Coach agreed to buy Kate Spade for $2.4 billion. The Michael Kors-Jimmy Choo deal requires shareholder approval.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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