The Sift

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More subpoenas for former Trump aides

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/22/19, 11:48 am

WASHINGTON—The House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas to former Trump administration officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson after former White House counsel Don McGahn defied his summons Tuesday. The committee is investigating whether President Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report included several notes Donaldson took at meetings, some related to the question of whether the president obstructed justice.

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States sue to block healthcare conscience rights

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/22/19, 11:37 am

WASHINGTON—Two dozen states and municipalities sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday over rules protecting medical workers who have religious or moral objections to abortion, assisted suicide, or sterilization. The suits, instigated by New York and California, claim HHS regulations issued earlier this month stop the provision of basic healthcare.

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Tornadoes and flooding batter Great Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/22/19, 11:32 am

A severe weather system unleashed more than 30 tornadoes in the southern Great Plains on its way to the Great Lakes region over the past two days. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas bore the brunt of the severe weather on Tuesday. Brandon Beasley, 23, and his wife, Christin, 24, of Missouri died on Tuesday when their SUV skidded across a highway into a tractor trailer in heavy rain. Storms on Monday flipped campers at Lucas Oil Speedway in Hickory, Mo., injuring seven people. Four were taken to the hospital.

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