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Happening Today: Travel Ban, Laquan McDonald Case, Hot Car Deaths, Health Care, Michael Moore

What to Know

  • When a travel ban takes partial effect, lawyers plan to head to airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country
  • Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts
  • Michael Moore wrote a check to the arts organization that drew fire for its performance of “Julius Caesar” featuring a Trump look-alike

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Lawyers Prepare to Defend Travelers to U.S. at Airports

When the Trump administration's travel ban takes partial effect this week, immigrant-rights lawyers plan to head to the nation's major airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country. But attorneys say few people are likely to be affected, and they don't expect a repeat of the mass confusion that resulted earlier this year when President Trump rolled out his original ban on travel from a group of mostly Muslim countries. The Department of Homeland Security hasn't offered any guidance on how this week's Supreme Court ruling on the ban will be interpreted, so attorneys are preparing for anything and will monitor airports from Los Angeles to New York in case they are needed to assist foreigners held for questioning or denied entry by customs and border agents. Advocates have a hotline and email addresses where relatives can seek help if family members get stuck. There's also an app that routes information about troubled travelers to lawyers monitoring the airports.

3 Officers Charged With Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice in Laquan McDonald Case

Three current or former Chicago police officers were charged with multiple felonies in connection with their involvement in the investigation into the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. Det. David March and officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice for allegedly attempting to prevent or shape the investigation, special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes announced in a release. "The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial 'code of silence,' rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth," Holmes said. All three officers were on the scene on Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots at 17-year-old McDonald, according to Holmes.

Hot Car Deaths: Scientists Detail Why Parents Forget Their Children

Neuroscientists at the University of South Florida have taken a deep dive into the psychological and biological science behind the "Forgotten Baby Syndrome," NBC News reported. Dr. David Diamond has studied the phenomenon of children forgotten in cars and discovered it can be common. “We all experience when we have a plan to do something in the future and then we forget to complete that plan," he told NBC News. Diamond's research team has focused on the brain center, which operates on a subconscious level and stores abilities such as riding a bike -- the brain center allowed people to turn on their "autopilot" brain function.

GOP Leaders Delay Health Care Bill Vote, Endangering “Obamacare” Repeal

Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting at a closed-door senators' lunch also attended by Vice President Pence. McConnell's tone was matter-of-fact, according those present, yet his action amounts to a stinging setback for the longtime Senate leader who had developed the legislation largely in secret as Trump hung back in deference. Now Trump seems likely to push into the discussion more directly, and he immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House. But the message he delivered to them before reporters were ushered out of the room was not entirely hopeful.

Michael Moore Writes Check to Theater Company Behind Controversial “Julius Caesar”

Filmmaker Michael Moore wrote a check for thousands of dollars to the New York-based arts organization that drew fire for its performance of “Julius Caesar,” which included the assassination of a Trump look-alike. In a statement, Moore said he wrote the check for $10,000 to The Public Theater and became a sponsor of its free Shakespeare in the Park program after the firestorm surrounding the production earlier this month. Right-leaning activists, and even Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., criticized the play as encouraging violence against the president and his supporters. Protesters even took to the stage and disrupted the play on multiple occasions. The statement also says Moore has pledged to raise more money for this summer’s Public Theater productions in Central Park.

“Gotham” Actor Donal Logue Says His 16-Year-Old Son Has Gone Missing

"Gotham" star Donal Logue took to Twitter to ask for help in locating his missing son. The actor posted the news his 16-year-old Jade Logue disappeared in Brooklyn. The 51-year-old, who has also been on "Law & Order: SVU," posted the alert on social media to his nearly 100K followers. The actor also posted a photo of the teen to his Twitter account. According to Logue, the high-school-aged youngster appears to have last been seen wearing a parka near Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Logue has given out no further information about the teen since the alarming post. However, NYPD has told E! News that there is no formal complaint about the disappearance on file. The character actor has starred in a plethora of film and television roles over the decades, appearing in "Ghost Rider," "Sons of Anarchy," and "Grounded for Life."

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