August 14, 2019

Some members of the U.K.'s Labour party are nixing the idea of a second referendum and instead turning back to a familiar face to avoid a no-deal Brexit as the Oct. 31 deadline approaches, The Guardian reports.

Stephen Kinnock, a Labour MP who heads a group of around 30 of fellow party members called Respect the Results, which, as its name implies, is opposed to a second referendum, said that he and his political allies are considering a "radical and dramatic intervention" in Parliament to prevent both no-deal and a second referendum, which has support from Labour.

Kinnock reportedly estimates that dozens of his colleagues are ready to back the withdrawal agreement, originally negotiated between former Prime Minister Theresa May and the leaders of the 27 remaining European Union leaders in 2018 before it was defeated several times in Parliament.

"It means a large number of us going to see [Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn] and trying as hard as we can possibly can telling him to make that big, bold offer, to face down the second referendum campaign and say there's no time for that," Kinnock said. "We've got get this deal over the line."

Other Labour MPs have said they are at a point where they "will take whatever is on the table" because "a second referendum is so divisive and no deal is damaging." That means they would, presumably, be willing to support a backstop-less deal as orchestrated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well. However, Kinnock maintains that "once it's clear there is no parliamentary or legislative route to preventing no deal" then the withdrawal agreement will prove to be the "only game in town." Read more at The Guardian. Tim O'Donnell

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.