Summer scorcher, Mueller testimony preview and Apollo 11: The Morning Rundown
President Donald Trump is trying to distance himself from the "Send her back!" chant he inspired.
Destinee Lucas, 6, rides a wave at the pool at Settlers Cabin Park in Robinson, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. Philadelphia, where temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees on Saturday, has declared a "heat health emergency."Alexandra Wimley / AP
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Hopefully you are not melting as you read this. We're looking at the heat wave gripping much of the country, the Democrats preview of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony next week and Apollo 11's historic mission.
Democrats on the House committees set to hear testimony next week from former special counsel Robert Mueller believe they will help Americans understand "the gravity of the president's misconduct," staff members told reporters.
"What's important is there is truly shocking evidence of criminal misconduct by the president — not once but again and again and again — that would result in any other American being criminally charged in a multiple count indictment," a Judiciary Committee Democratic staffer said Thursday in a briefing ahead of the hearings.
The former special counsel is set to appear before the Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday.
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It was the latest in a series of tense incidents between Washington and Tehran.
However, Iran denied that it had lost any drones in the area.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the drone was threatening the safety of the USS Boxer and its crew, so it "was immediately destroyed."
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said Friday that none of the country's drones had been brought down.
"I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!" he tweeted, referring to an unmanned aircraft system.
Meantime, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday that Saudi Arabia — and not Iran — is to blame for sowing instability in the Middle East, and accused the Trump administration of turning a blind eye to Riyadh's "malign" actions.
It's been 50 years since the Apollo 11 astronauts took the first human steps on the moon. Check out our special interactive that looks at how that historic mission came together, and what might come next.
“One of the things about exploration is you find things you didn’t expect. So we just have to go look,” said Mark Armstrong, whose dad took those famous first steps on the lunar surface.
“Whether that’s in the depths of the ocean or on top of mountains or in space, let’s just keep looking, because I think we’ve shown over and over again that when we do that, good things happen.”
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