But after two weeks of riveting public hearings with numerous Ukraine revelations, it’s not enough yet to persuade Trump’s supporters to vote to remove him from office, an AP analysis concludes.
2. ISRAEL BRACES FOR POLITICAL FIGHT
The indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel’s already deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies. 3. ‘PERFECT STORM OF SCREW-UPS’
That’s what Attorney General William Barr tells the AP about Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death, adding that prosecutors are making progress as they investigate allegations against the convicted pedophile.
4. ‘WE FELT LIKE WE HAD TO TAKE WHAT WE COULD’
Two impoverished Mississippi men claim Catholic officials pressured them into signing nondisclosure agreements about alleged abuse by Franciscan missionaries and that they received a small financial settlement.
5. WHO’S TAKEN A STAR TURN IN THAILAND
Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, Pope Francis’ second cousin, who has displayed confidence and chutzpah in an unprecedented role for a woman as papal whisperer and translator during his visit. 6. WHAT IS OFF-LIMITS IN OPIOIDS FIGHT
The U.S. government is explicitly barring federal dollars for opioid addiction treatment from being used by states for medical marijuana. 7. LEADING WHITE DEMOCRATS COURT BLACK VOTES; SOME FIND TROUBLE
The field of Democratic presidential candidates is scrambling for a share of the crucial black and minority vote, and that is putting internal party tensions on display. 8. ONLINE FRAUD ON THE RISE IN ICELAND
Modern translation apps have become good at Icelandic and the government has recently lifted limits on bank transfers out of the country that were imposed after the financial crisis. 9. WHERE ART AND RESISTANCE MEET
An underpass running beneath Baghdad’s Tahrir Square has become an ad hoc museum chronicling Iraq’s massive anti-government protests. 10. BROWNS STAR FINISHED FOR SEASON The NFL’s indefinite suspension of Cleveland’s Myles Garrett for smashing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet has been upheld by an appeals officer.