Legislative agenda — President Donald Trump’s attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell come at the worst possible time, if the president’s goal is actually to advance his agenda on health care, infrastructure and taxes that he’s goading his GOP ally to pass. Congress, now on summer break, will return next month to confront a brutal workload that includes two absolute must-do items: funding the government to head off a shutdown, and raising the federal borrowing limit to avert a potentially catastrophic first-ever default on U.S. obligations. Both will require bipartisan cooperation, something in short supply on Capitol Hill this year. That’s in addition to Trump’s demand for a tax rewrite to lower rates, a public works bill, and renewed efforts to repeal the Obama-era health law. McConnell, R-Ky., tried but failed last month to replace the Affordable Care Act — an outcome that Trump called “a disgrace.”
Abortion coverage — The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching choices because no exceptions will be made in cases of rape and incest. The 20-10 party-line vote for preliminary approval requires women to purchase extra insurance to cover abortions except amid medical emergencies. A final vote Sunday will see the measure clear the chamber, meaning it’s now on a fast track to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law.
Russia inquiry — In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any transcripts or documents about them, two of the people said. Mueller wants to ask about President Donald Trump’s decision in May to fire FBI Director James Comey.
Log kills football player — The death of a teenage football player on Long Island, New York, has raised questions as to why students were asked to carry what the police described as an approximately 400-pound, 10-foot log while participating in an offseason conditioning camp. Joshua Mileto, a 16-year-old football player from Farmingville, New York, was performing the training exercise at Sachem East High School with four other students. The boys were hoisting the log above their heads Thursday morning when it fell and struck Joshua, the Suffolk County Police Department said.
Woman shoved in bus’ path — A man who was arrested after a woman was shoved into the path of a London bus has been released and eliminated as a suspect in the incident, police said Saturday. Eric Bellquist, 41, a U.S. investment banker, was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after police published a video of the encounter. The woman suffered minor injuries. Bellquist denied being the man in the video. His lawyers said their client had been wrongly implicated and there was “irrefutable proof” that he was in the United States during the time of the May 5 incident.
Guam tourism — If there’s one thing that Guam does not have to worry about while the island is in the nuclear cross hairs of North Korea, it’s tourism, President Donald Trump told the island’s governor in a phone call made public Saturday. The threat by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to create “an enveloping fire” around the U.S. territory in the Western Pacific will bolster Guam tourism “tenfold,” Trump said in the recorded conversation with Gov. Eddie Calvo. The recording was put on the Republican governor’s Facebook page and other social media accounts. Calvo also invited the president to the island.
Submarine suspicion — The question of whether a Danish submarine inventor killed his only passenger, a Swedish journalist who had accompanied him onboard for a story, is making headlines in Denmark and Sweden. Peter Madsen, an amateur space rocket and submarine builder, was arrested and jailed on charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to local media, even though the journalist, Kim Wall, 30, remains missing. Madsen, 46, appeared before a judge Saturday, but the prosecution did not say how, where or why Wall was killed. The defendant denied any wrongdoing. Wall, a freelance journalist, vanished Thursday after leaving the port of Copenhagen.