It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. BREAKING: “Obama vetoes 9/11 bill, setting up override vote in Congress

President Obama just vetoed legislation that would allow survivors of the 9/11 attacks and the families of victims sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged ties to the terrorists responsible. The veto sets up a vote in Congress to overturn Obama’s veto “in the coming days,” which leaders believe will be the first successful veto override of his presidency. The bill passed Congress unanimously, but recently “several lawmakers have expressed misgivings with the measure while echoing the concerns voiced by the White House.”

We broke down the bill and the arguments for and against it last week. Check that out here.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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2. “GOP Lawmaker: FBI Gave Immunity to Top Clinton Aide

Hillary Clinton’s former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and two of her other staffers were given immunity deals in the FBI’s investigation into her use of a private email address, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Friday. Chaffetz said that he was “absolutely stunned” by the deals, which included Mills’ agreement to turn over her laptop “on the condition that what they found couldn’t be used against her.”

The FBI closed its investigation into Clinton’s private email server in July, recommending that no charges be filed.

Read more at the Associated Press.

3. “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin

U.S. intelligence officials are closely monitoring the activities of Cater Page, a man whom Donald Trump identified as one of his foreign policy advisers and who has “extensive business interests in Russia.” They are looking to see if he has “opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president.”

Trump mentioned Page as a foreign policy adviser back in March, but his campaign now describes variously him as “an informal adviser” and someone who “has no role” in the campaign.

Read more at Yahoo! News.

4. “Cruz: I’m voting for Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was booed at the Republican National Convention for not endorsing Donald Trump, announced on Facebook Friday that he will vote for the party’s nominee. Cruz said that Clinton is “manifestly unfit to be president” and encouraged his supporters to join him in voting for Trump to avoid a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Read more at Politico.


5. “What’s the Hyde Amendment? Why Federal Funds Can’t Be Used for Abortions”

The House held a hearing today on the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions. Supporters say that the legislation has saved lives and protects taxpayers from having to pay for a procedure that they disagree with morally. Critics say it unfairly targets poor women, since the procedure cannot be paid for with Medicaid dollars, which go to low-income families.

More at Countable.

6. “Sen. Mike Lee shoots down Trump Supreme Court trial balloon

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) was floated as a potential Supreme Court nominee under a Trump presidency on Friday, but a spokesman said that he is not interested. Lee supported Cruz, a close ally on the Hill, for president and hasn’t yet endorsed Trump. See others on Trump’s SCOTUS short list here.

Read more at Politico.

— Sarah Mimms

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