Former Senate leader Bob Dole hospitalized for low blood pressure

WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., last week for low blood pressure, Fox News reported.

Dole, 94, and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., tweeted confirmation of the story.

He added a light-hearted note that he hopes to be “sipping a cosmo” soon.

“Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I hope to be home sipping a cosmo in a few days,” he tweeted.

His wife tweeted: “Sorry to miss #InvictusGames2017. I’m with my husband, @SenatorDole, at the hospital. Please pray for his speedy recovery.”

The couple missed the lead-up to the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic-style multisport event, in Toronto, according to Elizabeth Dole’s tweet. The games start Saturday.

Bob Dole was the GOP Senate leader for 11 years and five months, longer than any other senator to serve in the position since it was created. He served in the Senate from 1969 to 1996 and, prior to that, the House from 1961 to 1969. He was the GOP vice presidential nominee in 1976 and the party’s nominee in 1996. Dole served in the army in World War II and was severely injured just two weeks before the war’s end, in 1945, while trying to rescue a fallen comrade.

—CQ-Roll Call


Carson praises Moore, breaking with Trump on Alabama Senate race

WASHINGTON — A member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appears to be breaking with him in the GOP runoff in the Alabama Senate race.

Hours before Trump traveled to the state to headline a rally for Sen. Luther Strange on Friday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is vying for the GOP nomination. Trump has backed Strange, Moore’s opponent. Strange was appointed to the seat after former Sen. Jeff Sessions became the U.S. attorney general.

“(Moore) is truly someone who reflects the Judeo-Christian values that were so important to the establishment of our country,” Carson said in a Friday statement circulated by Moore’s campaign.

“It is these values that we must return to in order to make America great again,” Carson said. “I wish him well and hope everyone will make sure they vote on Tuesday.”

Carson’s statement was not a formal endorsement. (A spokeswoman for Moore said Carson is not offering an official endorsement due to his federal position.) But it does highlight a unique dynamic in the Senate race, where Trump is backing Strange and some of Trump’s supporters and former advisers are backing Moore.

—CQ-Roll Call


Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off the Northern California coast

A shallow magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck beneath the Pacific Ocean off the Northern California coast Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No tsunami warnings were issued for the coast, according to the National Weather Service.

The temblor occurred at 12:50 p.m. at a depth of 2.5 miles, according to the USGS. Its epicenter was roughly 122 miles west of the historic village of Ferndale on California’s Lost Coast.

There were few indications on social media that the quake was strongly felt, if at all. Neither the Eureka nor Fortuna police departments reported that they felt anything or received reports of damage.

Within 20 seconds of the larger quake, the USGS reported on its website a 5.6 magnitude temblor that was closer to the California coast, but deleted it later.

“There was only one event, and that was the 5.7,” said Justin Pressfield, a spokesman for the USGS.

Pressfield said there was a discrepancy in different scientific networks’ reading of the data from the earthquake, which resulted in a mistaken reporting of two quakes.

A smaller 3.3 earthquake did occur beneath the Pacific in the same general area around 10 a.m., however.

—Los Angeles Times


Death toll above 20 after migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast

ISTANBUL — At least 21 people are dead after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast Friday, according to the country’s coast guard.

The boat capsized near the coastal town of Kefken in northwestern Turkey. The coast guard said that 40 people had been rescued.

The nationalities of those on board was unclear, as were their destinations.

Rescue teams were still searching for five people reported missing. Coast guard boats and commercial ships were taking part in the search along with a helicopter and a plane.

While Turkey’s Aegean coast is popular with people smugglers to send Syrians and other refugees to the Greek islands, a growing number of migrants departing from Turkish coasts have recently been trying to reach Romania by way of the Black Sea.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that new migration routes are appearing through Romania and Spain in an effort to circumvent EU efforts to curb migration in the central and eastern Mediterranean.