Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 agreement requiring her to stay quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. And a New York court ruled that a defamation lawsuit filed against Trump by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, may go forward.
In a press conference, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, “should be allowed to finish his job.”
A package thought to be Austin-bound exploded at a FedEx facility in Texas. Officials said they believe the blast is connected to the other recent explosions in the Austin area.
Two students were injured after being shot by a gunman at Great Mills High School in southeast Maryland. Authorities identified the shooter as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins.
During a congressional hearing, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson defended his purchase of a $31,000 dining set. “I left it to my wife, you know, to choose something,” Carson said.
We’re also keeping an eye on the Democratic primary in Illinois’s 3rd congressional district, where seven-term Representative Dan Lipinski, a conservative Democrat, is being challenged by the much more progressive political newbie Marie Newman. The GOP primary in the state’s 16th district could also prove interesting: Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger has spoken out against Trump and as a result, could lose votes to pro-Trump businessman Jim Marter.
Nixed: Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, said it suspended CEO Alexander Nix after undercover videos showed Nix saying he could entrap politicians with bribes and women. (Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg)
What Should Democrats Do If They Win Back Congress?: Ryan Cooper outlines a platform for the party to reform America’s political institutions. (The Week)
The Left’s Problem with Free-Speech Criticism: Progressives are dodging questions about left-wing dogmatism by pointing fingers at conservatives, argues Jonathan Chait, an impulse that “encourages overlooking unhealthy habits on one’s own side.” (New York)
A Wave of Losses Coming: There’s an influx of female candidates running for Democratic seats in 2018—but many of those women are running in races considered to be easy Republican wins. (Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR)
‘Utterly Horrifying’: The former Facebook operations manager said it’s likely that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their private information gathered and exploited by numerous companies. (Paul Lewis, The Guardian)