Aug 22, 2017

Bodies found after USS John S. McCain collision

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton / U.S. Navy photo via AP

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, announced today that divers had found bodies inside the hull of the USS John S. McCain, which struck a civilian ship in the Strait of Malacca early yesterday, per CBS News.

The details: With 10 sailors missing after the collision, Swift didn't specify how many bodies had been found inside the ship. He also announced that the Malaysian Navy had apparently recovered another body.

Why it matters: The McCain incident adds to a string of deadly mishaps this year for the Pacific Fleet, undermining confidence in the United States' presence in the Pacific and spawning theories that the incidents might be caused by anything from gross mismanagement to cyberinterference.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.

Exclusive: Anti-Sanders campaign targets black South Carolina voters

Courtesy of The Big Tent Project

The Big Tent Project, a Democratic political group focused on promoting moderate presidential candidates, has sent hundreds of thousands of mailers bashing Bernie Sanders to black voters in South Carolina who voted in the state's 2016 primary.

Why it matters: Sanders' rise to the top of the pack, as dueling moderate candidates split their side of the vote, is worrying many in the Democratic political establishment who fear a socialist can't beat President Trump.