10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM
1. OBAMA DOGGED BY TRIO OF TROUBLES
Pressure on Benghazi, the IRS and a leaks investigation are giving new confidence and swagger to Republicans.
2. HOW IRS AGENTS COULD TARGET TEA PARTY GROUPS
A government watchdog report blames ineffective management for allowing the practice to go on more than 18 months.
3. WHAT EVIDENCE RUSSIANS HAVE AGAINST AN ALLEGED U.S. SPY
They say wigs, packets of cash, a knife, map and compass, and a letter promising millions for "long-term cooperation" were found on the U.S. diplomat.
4. HOLDER DEFENDS SECRET REVIEW OF AP PHONE RECORDS
He denies knowing the Justice Department obtained Associated Press phone records from April and May of 2012, but says it followed "a very, very serious leak."
5. NIGERIA SAYS ATTACKS AMOUNT TO 'REBELLION'
President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency across the country's troubled northeast.
6. CONVICTED OF KILLING BABIES, DOCTOR DODGES DEATH
Dr. Kermit Gosnell waives his right to appeal in exchange for a sentence of life without parole.
7. CAUTION FOLLOWS PRAISE FOR ACTRESS' DECISION
Medical professionals point out that Angelina Jolie's choice to have a double mastectomy is appropriate only in rare instances.
8. WHEN TO SAY WHEN MIGHT BE CHANGING
US officials recommend lowering drunken driving threshold to .05 blood alcohol to save lives, a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths abroad.
9. VIRAL JOKES ABOUT CZECH LEADER ON TAP
Unsteady moments caught on video of new President Milos Zeman — which his office attributes to illness — give rise to gags in which "virus" is code for "drink."
10. GOOGLE CEO SAYS COLD HURT VOCAL CHORDS
Larry Page says he remains fit enough to keep running the Internet's most influential company.