chapter 11

1. Grand Jury

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. The subpoenas seek both documents and testimony from people involved in the meeting, CNN has learned. That meeting has drawn scrutiny since an email exchange beforehand indicated the Russians were offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.


2. North Korea

A top Republican senator says a military showdown with North Korea is inevitable if the regime continues with its missile program. Sen. Lindsey Graham said there's a "military option" to destroy the missile program and "North Korea itself." Graham also said President Trump told him that if there's going to be a war and thousands were going to die, "they're going to die over there, they're not going to die here."

Graham's remarks stand in stark contrast to those from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the US is still willing to talk to the North Koreans. Tillerson will be in Asia later this week for regional meetings on security. Ministers from North Korea, South Korea, China and Japan are due to be there, too.

3. Mooch

The general is in -- and the Mooch is out. And so goes another zany day at the White House. Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn in Monday, and the retired US Marine Corps general made it clear by tossing out Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci that he wants to run a tighter ship. Scaramucci blazed quite a trail during his 10 days on the job, engineering the ouster of former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (whom he accused of leaking) and crudely taking on presidential advisor Steve Bannon in one of the most colorful interviews in White House history. Scaramucci leaves behind a small treasure trove of memorable lines (late night talk show hosts are devastated), but in the end, sources say, his profile was just getting too big for the Trump White House.

4. Famine

Famine in Africa and the Middle East. Yesterday, the US contributed $169 million to an international effort aimed at preventing famine in Kenya and Ethiopia. Reminder: South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, and Somalia are all already on the verge of a famine, with tens of millions of people at risk of starving. It's considered the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII, and it's being caused by a combo of things like severe drought, civil war, and extremist groups. The UN and other aid agencies have been asking for more donations to deliver food and water to people in need. Last month, the US gov pledged nearly $640 million to the four countries. Now, they're turning to Kenya and Ethiopia. The drought has spread and aid officials say they're now at risk for famine. So this extra help comes at a critical time.

5. Carter case

Yesterday, Michelle Carter was sentenced to over a year in jail, a much shorter sentence than people were expecting. Earlier this year, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for convincing her boyfriend to kill himself in a series of texts. The case raised questions about whether someone can be held responsible for another person's death based on their communications. Prosecutors recommended she get up to 12 years in prison, but the judge handed her 15 months plus five years probation. Carter's expected to appeal.


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