Donald Trump’s name may not be on the ballot, but today’s US mid-term elections are set to deliver a crucial verdict on his presidency two years in. His Republican Party currently holds sway in both chambers of Congress – reinforcing his power – but all that could change.
The Democrats are tipped to fall short of winning the Senate but hope to claim the 20 or so seats they need to retake control of the House of Representatives. That will deliver the first cracks in Trump’s “aura of invincibility” and show he’s beatable, says BBC North America editor Jon Sopel.
But what if the Republicans defy the odds and hold on to both houses? Sopel says it’ll be total vindication for President Trump. “He will be the political master of all he surveys.”
Here’s all you need to know about the mid-terms and how to follow the resultsas they come in. And our very simple guide should answer everything you need to know.
Arrests over Grenfell bonfire video
Five men have been arrested after footage was posted online of a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire by a laughing crowd. The men, aged between 19 and 55, handed themselves in at a south London station on Monday night, the Metropolitan Police said. They have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. Prime Minister Theresa May had called the video “utterly unacceptable”. Seventy-two people were killed in the west London tower block fire in June 2017.
Body clock ‘affects breast cancer risk’
Women who naturally get up early are less likely to develop breast cancer than those who get up late, a study suggests. Scientists at the University of Bristol found two in 100 “owls” developed breast cancer compared with one in 100 “larks”. The researchers say the reason why still needs to be uncovered, but that it adds to a growing understanding of the importance of sleep in all health.
What do we know about the children most in need?
By Alison Holt, BBC social affairs correspondent
More families struggling, more children needing protection, difficulties recruiting enough social workers and tighter budgets – these are all factors in what councils in England say is a crisis facing children’s services. The latest figures show demand for support rising steeply and council leaders warned this summer that they would have to overspend next year to meet demand. So why are services designed to protect the most vulnerable children in society under so much pressure?