Senate Goes ‘Nuclear,’ Nunes Out of Russia Probe, and More

The Senate on Thursday eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and invoked what’s called the “nuclear option.” 

Supreme Court picks need 60 votes to press ahead. But the nuclear option changes the rules so that the pick can be nominated by a simple majority. The AP explains what it means to go nuclear, when it happened in the past, and what happens next. 

Nunes Out

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is temporarily stepping down from his leadership role in the House intelligence committee’s panel that’s investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. The move comes after he was facing ethics concerns for sharing classified intelligence information with the White House. Read the story from The AP

North Korea’s Missile Tests

North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast on Monday. But what happens when it starts testing missiles that can reach the United States? Read the story from The Atlantic

Women’s Soccer Win 

The U.S. women’s national soccer team has signed a new contract with the league, which marks a vast improvement in the players’ financial terms. The women’s team is consistently ranked better and is more profitable than the men’s national team, and though it falls short of pay equity with the men’s team, it could still double some of the players’ wages. Read the story from NPR

Up In Orbit

Astronaut Peggy Whitson will extend her stay on the international space station for another three months. Whitson — who set the record last week for most spacewalks by a woman — will take over as space station commander. Read the story from The AP.

Some Amazon News

Amazon Prime members will be able to stream Thursday Night Football this fall at no additional cost. Read the story from AdAge.

In other Amazon news, the company will refund $70 million to parents whose children bought stuff from the app, without their parents’ permission. Read the story from The Atlantic.