5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • ISIS claims U.K. concert bombing that left 22 dead, 59 injured

  • White House releases Trump's first full budget, with deep cuts to safety net

  • Former CIA director says Trump-Russia investigation is 'well-founded'

  • Trump arrives in Italy ahead of meeting with Pope Francis

  • Actor Roger Moore dies at 89

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured Monday night in a terrorist attack in Manchester, England. A lone male suicide bomber detonated an explosive near one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena, police said; CBS News identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack over social media. Singer Ariana Grande had just finished performing at the Manchester Arena when there was "a loud bang," concertgoer Erin McDougle told The Guardian. Early Tuesday, local police arrested a 23-year-old man in south Manchester in connection with the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May said the investigation will work to determine whether Abedi was acting alone or as part of a "wider group."

Source: The Guardian, CBS News

With President Trump overseas, the White House on Tuesday unveiled Trump's first full budget. The $4.1 trillion plan includes steep cuts to Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, social services for the low-income and disabled, most federal agencies, farm subsidies, federal pension benefits, college loans, highway funds, medical research, and foreign aid, paired with billions more for the Pentagon, Veterans Affairs Department, Homeland Security, and a new parental-leave plan. Congress will have to sign on for Trump's budget to become reality, and it also presumes that Congress passes the House GOP health-care bill. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will start trying to sell the plan to the House and Senate budget committees on Wednesday and Thursday.

Source: USA Today, Axios

While testifying Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, former CIA Director John Brennan revealed that FBI intelligence uncovered "contacts and interactions" between Russian officials and individuals involved with the Trump campaign. Brennan said he was "concerned" that those individuals may have been influenced — "either in a witting or unwitting fashion" — to act on behalf of the Russian government, though he noted he does not "know whether such collusion existed." Brennan also said he'd explicitly warned his Russian counterpart against election meddling in an Aug. 4 phone call. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is a focus of the Russia probes, invoked his Fifth Amendment right Monday to defy a Senate subpoena.

Source: Politico, The Washington Post

President Trump landed in Rome on Tuesday on the third day of his whirlwind nine-day tour through the Middle East and Western Europe. Trump will meet Wednesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, capping off his tour of sites holy to people of the Abrahamic faiths. He spent the first leg of the trip in Saudi Arabia and Israel. The meeting at the Vatican has the potential to be tense: "Pope Francis has been critical of the president's policies on the environment and refugees; during the election campaign, Mr. Trump called the pontiff’s criticism 'disgraceful,'" The New York Times writes.

Source: The New York Times

Actor Roger Moore died Tuesday morning, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89. Moore is best known for portraying James Bond in seven of the series' feature films, including Live and Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me. He is often cited as being one of the "best Bonds." "The affection our father felt whenever he walked onto a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year," Moore's children wrote in a statement. "Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people."

Source: The Independent
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