House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Tuesday and diagnosed with pneumococcal pneumonia, his office announced Wednesday.
"He is being treated with antibiotics and resting, and is expected to make a full recovery quickly," spokeswoman Katie Grant said in a statement. "He looks forward to being back at work very soon."
Hoyer, 79, has been the No. 2 House Democrat for more than 15 years. He spent the weekend campaigning for Democrats in Wisconsin and Illinois, his 25th campaign trip this cycle, Politico reports, and he also visited a community health center in Chicago. Catherine Garcia
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix on Sunday and underwent surgery to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis, his office announced Monday. He is in stable condition.
The 81-year-old was diagnosed last year with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. His office said that McCain, who has been in Arizona since December, has been "participating in physical therapy at his home in Cornville, Arizona, as he recovers from side effects of cancer treatment." He's also been "engaged on his work as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee," and enjoys visits from "his family, friends, staff, and Senate colleagues."
McCain's daughter, Meghan, tweeted that her father "continues to inspire me every day with his intense grit and determination. Thank you to the doctors at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and to everyone who is praying for him." Catherine Garcia
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced Thursday he underwent brain surgery in December and is looking forward to resuming taping of the show "very, very soon."
Trebek, 77, has hosted the game show for more than 33 years. He suffered a bad fall in October and was diagnosed in December with subdural hematoma, or blood clots. He was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Dec. 15, and had surgery to remove the clots on Dec. 16. Trebek is expected to make a "full and complete recovery," Jeopardy's producer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement, and he should be back to start taping in mid-January.
Jeopardy! episodes are taped months before they air, and Sony Pictures Entertainment said the only schedule change is that the annual college championship will be delayed to April. Catherine Garcia
Country music star Carrie Underwood said Monday that a Nov. 10 fall outside her Nashville home was worse than previously reported. "In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well," she wrote in a message to her fans. "I'll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in." (Mike Fisher is Underwood's husband.) She added that she is "not quite looking the same," and that "when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different."
Underwood canceled her scheduled performances after her accident, but as USA Today notes, she did post a photo to Instagram last week that features her eyes and a scarf.
A brief perusing of Underwood's comments suggest her fans were there for her music, not her visage. Peter Weber
Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants' star wide receiver, will miss the remainder of the NFL season due to a fractured left ankle, Giants coach Ben McAdoo announced Monday. Beckham will undergo surgery on the ankle this week, with McAdoo saying "it's a sad situation."
Beckham exited Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter in obvious pain after landing awkwardly while trying to make a catch. He finishes the season with 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
As he delivered his State of the State speech Monday night in St. Paul, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) collapsed, hitting his forehead on the lectern.
Immediately, people rushed to help the 69-year-old, including Sen. Dan Schoen, a paramedic, CBS News reports. Schoen said within 20 minutes of the collapse, Dayton was acting normally and poking fun at himself. Dayton was about 40 minutes into his speech when his words slurred, he began to tremble, and he fell forward, witnesses said. The Legislature adjourned following his collapse.
Dayton's chief of staff, Jaime Tincher, released a statement saying Dayton "quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol, and returned home. EMTs joined the governor there, and performed a routine check. He is now spending time with his son and grandson." Tincher said Dayton still plans on presenting his 2017 budget on Tuesday morning, and thanks "the people of Minnesota for their outpouring of support and concern." Catherine Garcia
Former President George H.W. Bush, 92, is in the hospital in Houston after experiencing "shortness of breath," his office said early Wednesday, adding that the 41st president is "being monitored as a precaution and is resting comfortably." His chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle earlier that Bush would likely be released from Houston Methodist Hospital in a few days, adding, "He's fine and he's doing really well."
This isn't the first time Bush has been hospitalized for shortness of breath — he spent a week in the hospital in December 2014 with the same symptoms, and six months later fell and broke a bone in his neck at his summer home in Maine. Bush, president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson's that compels him to use a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get around, but his maladies did not stop him from jumping out of an airplane on his 90th birthday in June 2014 or taking a group of wounded vets fishing over the summer. Peter Weber
Shimon Peres, the 93-year-old former Israeli president and prime minister, was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering a major stroke.
Peres is sedated and on a respirator, his doctor, Yitzhak Kreiss, said during a press conference, and the Nobel Peace Prize winner will soon undergo several evaluations. His son, Chemi, said his father is a "special man. I remain optimistic although these are not simple hours. I know that my father did not care about anything as much as he cares about people, as much as he cares about Israel, the Jewish people, and the people in Israel. And I will take this opportunity on his behalf to send all of you his love."
Before he retired in 2014 at the end of his seven-year term as president, Peres spent more than half a century in Israeli politics. While serving as Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's foreign minister, he finished the Oslo Peace Accords, and after Rabin's 1995 assassination, became prime minister. In January, Peres underwent surgery after suffering a minor heart attack. Catherine Garcia