Stories by Orion Rummler

42 reported dead from vaping-related lung illness

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42 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 24 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

By the numbers: Among 19 patients who died, 84% reported use of THC-containing products, according to a new report out in late October. The CDC maintains no single e-cigarette product or compound has been linked to the pulmonary illnesses.

Report: State Dept. found WH had no legal ground to block Ukraine aid

In this image, Trump stands in front of Air Force One and speaks into microphones.
Trump before boarding Air Force One on Nov. 9, 2019. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

State Department lawyers found President Trump and the White House Office of Management and Budget had no legal ground to block the department sending military aid to Ukraine, Bloomberg reports.

What's happening: The State Department "quietly authorized releasing $141 million" of the approximately $400 million withheld by the White House several days before Sept. 11 — the date Trump says he released the funds, per Bloomberg.

House vs. Senate Republicans on impeachment

In this image, the back of Trump's head is visible as he gets into a black armored car.
Trump enters "The Beast" in Alabama on Nov. 9. Photo: Reuters/Tom Brenner

Republicans are divided in their approach to defend President Trump in the impeachment inquiry, AP reports.

What's happening: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately advised his colleagues to say as little about impeachment as possible. Last month, he held a meeting on the Senate's trial rules of procedure. Meanwhile, House Republicans have taken a bolder stance.