Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. The Senate voted decisively to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. McCain said the bill’s passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is sending a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia to President Donald Trump to sign after the bill received overwhelming support in Congress. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. embassy’s recreation retreat.

Finalists named for Idaho Supreme Court opening

The Idaho Judicial Council, chaired by Chief Justice Roger Burdick, interviews 7th District Judge Greg Moeller in the Idaho Supreme Court’s courtroom on Tuesday; he was one of 13 applicants for an opening on the high court, and one of four selected for a short list of finalists Thursday by the council. Betsy Z. Russell / The Spokesman-Review

BOISE — Three state district judges and one Boise attorney were named finalists Thursday for a much-sought-after opening on the Idaho Supreme Court.

Senators prepare bill to block Mueller’s firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions boards his plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 27, 2017 At Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Sessions is traveling to El Salvador to meet with local leaders and discuss their efforts to fight gangs like MS-13. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — Warning of “holy hell” to pay if the president fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a top Senate Republican is working to prevent the potential end result, the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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