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HC Wake-Up Call: Mitch McConnell Cancels August Recess For Senators, Kelly Sadler Out At White House, & 100,000+ Unable To Vote In CA After 'Printing Error'

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Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Mitch McConnell Cancels Annual August Recess For U.S. Senators

Senator McConnell announced on Tuesday that he's canceling most of the Senate's five-week summer break. According to The New York Times, the decision will prevent "vulnerable" Democrats — like those running for reelection in states President Trump won in 2016 — from returning home to campaign. If these Dems up for re-election do choose to visit their home states, thus skipping votes in Washington, they risk being accused of "shirking official duties," the Times reported. 

"I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks," Sen. McConnell said, calling Senate Democrats obstructionists. BuzzFeed News reported that a McConnell spokesperson denied that his decision had anything to do with politics. 

The House — where every single seat will be on ballots in November — is still set to have a five-week recess beginning in late July. 

Kelly Sadler, The Aide Who Mocked John McCain, Is Out At The White House

According to CNN, Kelly Sadler was "quietly let go" on Tuesday, nearly a month after she said McCain's opinion on CIA director nominee Gina Haspel didn't matter because he's "dying." It's unclear, though, if Sadler resigned or was terminated. 

The announcement came from Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, in an emailed statement. However, according to a senior administration official, the White House has been "strategizing an exit for Sadler" for the last two weeks.

The comment from the former special assistant to the president upset a number of people, but the White House never condemned it, and Sadler never publicly apologized.

More Than 100,000 Californians Were Unable To Vote In Tuesday's Primaries

The names of 118,552 voters— or about 2.3 percent of registered L.A. County voters — were omitted from polling-place lists for Tuesday's primaries. According to CBS LA, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan said the problem was a result of "a random issue with the print job that ran the paper rosters." 

"We apologize for the inconvenience of the provisional ballot; however it will count and we will resolve the issue for November," said Logan. In the meantime, anyone who was unable to vote will reportedly be given provisional ballots. However, this will likely result in a delay to declare winners. 

What to look out for...

...a possible response from Trump to LeBron James and Stephen Curry announcing neither the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors will visit the White House upon winning the NBA finals.


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