Fridays are always interesting news days. July 28th gave us far more than we could ever have bargained for. If you stepped away for the TV for just five minutes, you could have missed a major breaking news story. We know that our readers live busy lives. Frankly, even the most news-savvy person would be overwhelmed with all that happened today. We’ve put together brief coverage of the top five stories of Friday, July 28th, to help you stay informed and up to date on everything that is happening in the world.

Charlie Gard passed away

Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old British boy at the heart of a highly watched court case on parental rights and healthcare, passed away on Friday from complications of his genetic condition.  He was allowed to be taken from the hospital to hospice care where his life support was turned off. His mother released a statement saying, “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.” You can learn more about the case of Charlie Gard here.

Donald Trump announced a new Chief of Staff

Yet another shakeup rocked the White House at the close of business on Friday, when President Trump, seemingly out of the blue, tweeted that Secretary of Homeland Security General John Kelly would be his new Chief of Staff. This ousted Reince Priebus, who had been recently disparaged by new communications director Anthony Scaramucci. It was later said by sources that Priebus quietly resigned on Thursday. This story is still developing, but you can follow it here.

North Korea and Iranian missile launches

While a lot was happening within the US, it wasn’t a quiet day abroad. For the second time in July, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile which landed in the Sea of Japan. As of the writing of this article, US officials were still studying this launch. Not to be outdone, Iran launched their own rocket towards space, though US officials believe this launch was a “catastrophic failure.” Stay tuned for more information as we learn it.

Anthony Scaramucci’s wife filed for divorce

Anthony Scaramucci got a new job, but he may be looking for a new wife too. The new White House Communications Director is making news on the daily. This is a new chapter of the story. According to Page Six, the go-to-place for famous people’s scandalous lives, reports that his wife, Deidre Ball, has filed for divorce. Ball, 38, has been dating Scaramucci since 2011 and they married in 2014.  According to their inside source, the impetus behind the divorce filing was Scaramucci’s naked political ambition and his new White House job.  They have two children together.

The “skinny repeal” of Obamacare failed

The Senate was up late last night. Our healthcare system is none the better for it. The Senate pushed through a vote on a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare in the late hours of Thursday ad early hours of Friday, only to see it fail when three Republican senators cast votes in the negative, including Collins, Murkowski, and McCain. Of course, the Republicans could only afford to lose two Republican votes. All Democrats were opposed. It was definitely a tense night for everyone. Mitch McConnell says he isn’t done yet. Learn more here.  

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member