Show Notes for Friday, August 29, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated Columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about LGBT civil rights around the world

• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• President Obama admitted that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria. When the president was asked if he would seek Congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria, he responded, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

• Ukraine’s president today declared that a “Russian invasion” of his country was underway and the United Nations’ Security Council called an emergency session to discuss the latest crisis involving allegations of Russia’s overt support for Ukrainian rebels.

• Hillary Clinton, speaking in San Francisco yesterday, addressed the situation in Ferguson, applauding President Obama for his response to the protests and calling for a nationwide effort to improve racial inequalities that she said still persist in the American justice system.

• Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” after she was hospitalized Thursday, her daughter said. “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement released by Mount Sinai Hospital. “She is with our family.”

Show Notes for Thursday, August 28, 2014

• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the GOP’s expensive lawyers to sue President Obama

• Filmmmaker CC Goldwater calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the political news of the day

Schechner• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• A second American from the Minneapolis area has been killed while fighting for the Islamic State of of Iraq and Syria, according to family and friends. The death follows that of Douglas McCain, an American who grew up in Minnesota, who was killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria over the weekend.

• Shirley Sotloff, the mother of an American writer being held hostage by ISIS, pleaded directly with the leader of the Iraqi terror group in a new video, begging him to “please, release my child.”

• President Obama has yet to decide whether to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, the White House insists. More and more, though, the signals and nuance from the administration and the military suggest such a campaign could be coming.

• The death toll of the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to accelerate with 1,552 now dead, according to the World Health Organization.

Show Notes for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Alazraqui• Comedian and actor Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• U.S. officials say an American has died fighting with ISIS terrorists in Syria. The death of Douglas McAuthur McCain was confirmed Tuesday by National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. McCain, using the Twitter name “Duale Khalid,” had often praised ISIS and defended Jihad.

• A Boston journalist who was held hostage in Syria is back home. Peter Theo Curtis was reunited with his family last night. The 45-year-old, who wrote under the name Theo Padnos, had been held captive in Syria for almost two years before being released this past weekend.

• An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.

• Burger King announced that it has reached a deal to buy Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons and base itself in Canada, a controversial transaction that raises questions about business taxes and corporate patriotism.

• The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police on August 9. In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots.

Show Notes for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about failed efforts to bash Hillary Clinton

Cesca2• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Sarah Palin’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

• Syria said today it’s willing to cooperate with the United States to put down the Sunni Muslim terrorist group known as ISIS. But the foreign minister warned against any attacks against ISIS targets in Syria — without Syrian permission. The US Military has said it will be ready for anything.

• Michael Brown’s relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.”

• The earthquake that jarred Napa caused $1 billion in damage, officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer’s final holiday weekend.

• “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” won the Emmys for best drama series and best comedy series at last night’s Emmys 2014 awards hosted by Seth Meyers.

Show Notes for Monday, August 25, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP and race in Ferguson

Dean Obeidallah, columnist for The Daily Beast, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Rick Perry possibly doing time

jim_ward• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• The father of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson more than two weeks ago, pleaded yesterday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest today.

• The U.S. government says an American journalist held hostage for about two years by an al Qaeda-linked group in Syria has been released. The Obama administration and the hostage’s family identified the man as Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts.

• The San Francisco Bay Area’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

• Sir Richard Attenborough, actor in such movies as “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Jurassic Park” and Oscar-winning director of “Ghandi”, died yesterday at age 90.

Show Notes for Friday, August 22, 2014

• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the failed U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, but warned that the Islamic extremists who executed the American journalist are “beyond just a terrorist group” and “beyond anything that we’ve seen.”

• Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, have recovered and have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials announced Thursday. Brantly called it a “miraculous day.”

• An AP reporter has seen the first trucks in a Russian aid convoy crossing into eastern Ukraine after more than a week’s delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an invasion by Moscow. The Red Cross says that no personnel from the organization were accompanying the convoy.

• Gay and lesbian rights advocates continued their undefeated run Thursday when a federal judge ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional — though he didn’t go so far to allow such marriages as to take place right away.

Show Notes for Thursday, August 21, 2014

• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the GOP’s reaction to Ferguson

• Filmmaker CC Goldwater calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the events in Ferguson

Bloom• Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the legal issues going on in Ferguson

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who has been in charge of security in Ferguson for nearly a week, told reporters early Thursday there were six arrests last night, compared to 47 the previous night, and called it “a very good night.”

• President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

• The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia have scheduled a news conference for this morning to discuss the recovery and release of Dr. Kent Brantly.

Show Notes for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kluwe• Former Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his settlement with the team over their alleged anti-gay behavior

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president-elect of the National Education Association, joins us in studio at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT

• Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Coffee With Carlos

• Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled that time on previous nights. Tensions did rise briefly. But the overall scene was more subdued than on the past five nights.

• The Islamic extremist group that has overrun parts of Syria and Iraq released a video Tuesday that apparently shows the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The militant group also threatened to kill another U.S. journalist if the U.S. does not halt its airstrikes in Iraq.

• Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon to be booked and have his mug shot taken at the Travis County Justice Center. The governor was indicted last Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power, which he called “baseless political charges.”

• Crews rescued residents and motorists after a monsoon surge that brought extensive flooding to Arizona, trapped residents in their homes and closed a major freeway in Phoenix.

Show Notes for Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the events in Ferguson, Missouri

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Sarah Palin Channel

• Protesters filled the streets of Ferguson, Missouri again after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.

• Amid ongoing tension in Ferguson, President Obama announced on Monday that he’s sending Attorney General Eric Holder there on Wednesday to work with community leaders through the issues dredged up by the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

• Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.

• Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose booming baritone on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Jeopardy” became as much a part of the cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, died Monday in Arizona. He was 96.

Show Notes for Monday, August 18, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the events in Ferguson, Missouri

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Texas governor Rick Perry’s indictment

jim_ward• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called out the National Guard after another night of trouble in Ferguson, Missouri. Police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets late Sunday, a week after demonstrations over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer filled the St. Louis suburb with angry, defiant crowds.

• Iraqi state television reported Monday that Iraqi national and Kurdish “peshmerga” forces had retaken the key Mosul dam from Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the fighting didn’t appear to be over.

• Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors.

• Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Egypt-mediated Gaza truce talks have hardened their positions today ahead of the expiration of a five-day cease-fire.

Show Notes for Friday, August 15, 2014

Hale• Actor Tony Hale (VEEP, Arrested Development) calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to talk about his new children’s book, “Archibald’s Next Big Thing”

• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer overwhelmingly avoided violence Thursday after nearly a week of unrest and mounting public tension.

• Robin Williams faced the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his death, his wife revealed in a statement on Thursday. News of Williams’ battle with early stages of Parkinson’s disease sheds some light on his last days as fans, family and friends grapple with the loss.

• Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister for the past eight years, relinquished the post to his nominated replacement late Thursday, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

• Ukraine said its customs and border service officials on Friday began inspecting a Russian aid convoy parked just beyond its border, a sign that the two countries were taking steps to ease mounting tensions over the shipment.

Show Notes for Thursday, August 14, 2014

Frisch 2013• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the loss of two great Progressives in Hollywood this week

• Filmmaker CC Goldwater calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Dems’ changing chances for the 2014 elections

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Jacki’s Healthcare Corner

• Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds they say threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the weekend shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown.

• Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Wednesday, potentially averting renewed violence and permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza.

• An American team flew to Iraq’s Mount Sinjar on Wednesday to consider possible ways to rescue stranded refugees, but the Pentagon said later it was “far less likely” that the U.S. would try to evacuate the refugees.

Show Notes for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about whining among the GOP about Obama’s vacation

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about why Liberals should back the Iraq intervention

Overton• Comedian and actor Rick Overton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt Monday at his California home, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday during a press conference. The actor also had superficial cuts on his wrist and a pocketknife was found nearby.

• Police in St. Louis County, Missouri say an officer shot and critically wounded a suspect early Wednesday near Ferguson, the suburb of the city of St. Louis where a fatal weekend police shooting sparked two nights of violent protests.

• The Obama administration is sending 130 U.S. military personnel into northern Iraq to assess the scope of the humanitarian mission and develop additional humanitarian assistance options there

• Lauren Bacall, the model-turned-actress who starred with husband Humphrey Bogart in classic movies such as “Key Largo” and “To Have and Have Not,” has died at age 89.

Show Notes for Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Madigan• Comedian Kathleen Madigan joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am PT / 6am PT to hang with us all three hours

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the debts the Bush Family left America

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Dems’ ability to stay “fact-based”

• The actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif. Police say it appears to have been a suicide. Williams was 63 years old. Officials say the cause of death is suspected to be asphyxiation, but a forensic exam and toxicology tests will be conducted.

• President Obama said Monday that the incoming Iraqi leadership “has a difficult task” ahead as it works to form a new government and battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but pledged his support as long as the new government works to govern inclusively.

• The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation into Ukraine’s conflict-stricken province of Luhansk with assistance from Russia, the European Union and the United States, Ukraine said Monday.

• The United Nations on Monday named experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israel has dismissed the inquiry as a “kangaroo court”.

Show Notes for Monday, August 11, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about President Obama’s acknowledgement of torture

Overton• Comedian Rick Overton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Israel said a new cease-fire with the militant Hamas group was holding in the Gaza Strip Monday morning, a day after the two sides agreed to resume talks in Cairo for a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in Gaza that has killed More than 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

• Iraq’s embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a surprise speech late Sunday, resisted calls for his resignation and accused the country’s new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into a political crisis.

• President Obama said Saturday that airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq “successfully destroyed arms and equipment” used by fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He also suggested the U.S. military campaign could persist for several months.

• People smashed car windows and carried away armloads of looted goods from stores Sunday night after thousands of people packed a suburban St. Louis area at a vigil for an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a police officer.

• An investigation into what happened at a NASCAR race in upstate New York is under way after a 20-year-old driver named Kevin Ward Jr. was killed when he got out of his vehicle. He was run over by three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

Show Notes for Friday, August 8, 2014

Fugelsang2• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for an hour of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• President Obama authorized airstrikes “if necessary” against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.

• Gaza militants renewed rocket fire on Israel after a three-day truce expired Friday and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a deadlock. Israel, in turn, fired rockets at missile sites across the Gaza Strip.

• The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May.

• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday opened a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country from collapsing into political chaos after disputed elections.

• The National Weather Service has downgraded Iselle, barreling toward the Big Island of Hawaii to a tropical storm from a hurricane. Residents are still urged to take precautions.

Show Notes for Thursday, August 7, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the GOP’s continuing calls for impeachment of President Obama

• Filmmaker CC Goldwater calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the politics of the 2012 mid-term elections

Schechner• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• An Israeli Cabinet minister warned Thursday that Israel will respond if Hamas resumes fire after a temporary truce expires in the Gaza Strip. The statement, along with Hamas’ earlier threats, signals that both sides are digging in their positions as negotiations continue in Cairo on a lasting truce.

• Russia on Thursday banned most food imports from the West in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine — a sweeping move that will cost Western farmers billions of dollars but could also lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

• The worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history could actually be much worse than the official death toll reflects. Already, the World Health Organization says 887 people have died, but a top doctor working at the heart of the outbreak in West Africa says many cases are going unreported.

SHOW NOTE 08-06-2014

· Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP taking money in dubious ways

· Voice actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

· A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that ended a month of war was holding for a second day Wednesday, ahead of negotiations in Cairo on a long-term truce and a broader deal for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

· A U.S. general was killed and more than a dozen people including a German general were wounded in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, in the latest insider attack by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier, U.S., German and Afghan officials said.

· The 6th US Circuit Court Of Appeals in Cincinnati today is set to hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — in the biggest such session on the issue so far.

· Sen. Pat Roberts fended off an aggressive challenger Tuesday in the Kansas Republican primary, dealing another blow to a national tea party movement that has targeted longtime Washington incumbents.

SHOW NOTES 08-05-2014

  • Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about George Will’s stupidity

 

  • Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage

 

  • The second American missionary to contract Ebola in West Africa left Liberia early Tuesday en route to the United States, authorities said. Nancy Writebol, 59, from Charlotte, N.C., will be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

 

  • A man who visited West Africa last month and is at a New York City hospital being tested for possible Ebola likely doesn’t have it, doctors said Monday.

 

  • A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days and end nearly a month of fighting went into effect in the Gaza Strip Tuesday. The truce came ahead of talks in Cairo aimed at brokering a deal that would prevent future cross-border violence.

 

  • The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate.

 

  • James Brady, the spokesman for former President Ronald Reagan who was shot during a 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan, has died at the age of 73, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence confirmed.

 

Live Notes 08-04-2014

  • The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the awesomeness of Dems fundraising off impeachment threats

 

  • Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how impeachment has tied the Far Right into knots

 

  • Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the 11am ET / 8am PT hour

 

  • Israel has been drawing down its ground operation in the Gaza Strip since the weekend but has kept up its aerial, offshore and artillery bombardments. The Gaza war, now in its fourth week, has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.

 

  • A forthcoming Senate report on the controversial interrogation techniques employed by the CIA in the wake ofSeptember 11 is expected to clearly label those techniques torture and conclude that they did not yield much in the way of actionable intelligence.

 

  • A second American suffering from Ebola is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday from Liberia, where she contracted the deadly virus. The first evacuee, Dr. Kent Brantly, is making progress since he arrived in Atlanta from Liberia on Saturday.

 

  • New tests Sunday showed some toxins still contaminating Lake Erie, leaving Toledo, OH water supplies off limits and some 400,000 residents in parts of Ohio and Michigan headed into a third day of scrambling to stock up on drinking, cooking and bathing water.

Show Notes for Friday, August 1, 2014

Anthony Wright, Executive Director for Health Access California, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT with good news for ObamaCare

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang out and talk about the news

• A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect. The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired eight rockets at Israel since the cease-fire began, one of which was intercepted.

• A bill to reform the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health care system cleared the Senate by a wide bipartisan vote on Thursday evening. The law now heads to President Obama’s desk just before lawmakers depart for their August recess.

• After a last-minute search for ways to address the flood of unaccompanied immigrant children coming across the southern border, the House Republican leadership was forced to cancel a vote on an emergency funding bill that would allocate $659 million to bolster the cash-strapped agencies dealing with the crisis.

• Two American medical missionaries working with Ebola patients in Liberia have been diagnosed with the virus. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who worked at a medical center operated by a charity, were listed in stable but grave condition, according to a statement from the organization.