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Lawmakers to Trump: Turn Over Transcript of Meeting with Russians

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Trump's tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about IS, as published reports have said and as a USA official told The Associated Press. Representative Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican who previously served as a Marine intelligence officer in Iraq, called on the White House to provide the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are investigating Trump's ties to Russia, with a transcript of the president's conversation with the Russian foreign ... Read More »

Clapper says Trump eroding checks and balances

Lee said he was "absolutely serious about it". Among those being interviewed are Sen. Trump's threat about tapes has intensified calls from Democrats for an independent probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election. Read More »

Father shocked after adult son accused of decapitating mom

David Webb, the accused's father, said his son lived at the family home home so he and his wife could take care of him as he had problems with his vision and depression. (Sandy provides police services for Estacada, which has a mere 2,600 residents.) "He was in like a catatonic state, wasn't speaking to anybody". Authorities at the hospital and friends of the store clerk stated he is expected to fully recover from his injuries. Read More »

Senate GOP leader plays down latest Trump controversy

Merrick Garland has a new supporter in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Garland's name began to surface as a possible replacement last week when GOP Sen. The delaying tactic allowed Trump to nominate conservative Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat after he took office in January. To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Read More »

Governor: Convention surplus should have gone to taxpayers

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Some are asking where that money went, and how it was used. "I am disappointed that when the host committee discovered there was a surplus, the first call was not to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to discuss returning the money to the taxpayers", said Governor Wolf. Read More »

Police Chief Shot, Suspect Barricaded in NY

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Update: ABC7 reports that "the chief was struck in the upper shoulder, and the injury appears to be non-life threatening, according to the State Police". The shooting triggered a massive police response, with officers carrying heavy weapons and long rifles. The suspect remains barricaded inside a home and streets in the area are closed while the standoff situation continues. Read More »

Trump Doubles Down on Suggestion to Cancel Press Briefings

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Clapper also warns that Russian Federation is behind an external assault on US institutions. Trump's firing of Comey already has left him with the dubious distinction of being the first president since Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation tied to the White House. Read More »

President Trump defends decision to share information with Russian officials

Burkhard Lischka said in a statement to The Associated Press that "if it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters that would be highly worrying". On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans alike expressed concern about the president's disclosures. Sen. This will only stoke accusations by Trump critics that the president is undisciplined and inexperienced in the delicacies of foreign policy, where his shoot-from-the hip style presents an ... Read More »

Tumultuous week puts Trump presidency on perilous path

SEAN SPICER: The president has nothing further to add on that. In the modern presidency, even the preservation of delicate diplomatic telephone conversations with foreign heads of state involves the use of trained note takers, not audio recordings. Read More »

Clapper says Trump weakening U.S. institutions

When CNN's Jake Tapper asked, "Internally, from the president?" The move prompted an uproar among Democrats and some Republicans because Comey's agency is leading an investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in that country's attempts to interfere with the US presidential election past year. Read More »

Dem calls report on Trump, intel 'disturbing'

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Trump also reportedly boasted to the Russians about the intelligence he was receiving, telling the two men, "I get great intel". The news will "add fuel to fire" both about Trump's ties to Russian Federation and "to those harboring doubts as to Trump's fitness to be president", said Richard Haass, who heads the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as a national security aide to both presidents Bush. Read More »

Dave Chappelle on his Trump support, "I f**ked up"

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A few months later, it seems like Trump has blown his chance. "I'm going to give him a chance", Chappelle said just days after the election. Unfortunately, his words of consolation didn't have the intended effect-the Chappelle Show co-creator told shellshocked viewers he was prepared to "give [Trump] a chance", while also demanding that the destroyer of civil liberties give one to "the historically disenfranchised". Read More »

Payment system outages hit some Starbucks stores

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The company added affected stores will remain open despite the outage. A Starbucks spokesperson told Business Insider that the outage is due to a tech update that was installed overnight at certain stores in the U.S. WGN has reached out to Starbucks for comment. We'll update this post if we hear back. Starbucks has reportedly claimed that the outage was part of a scheduled maintenance/update process, but unfortunately that just wasn't a good enough excuse for the internet. Read More »

Chicago security guard sucker punched by man she just helped

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Zoa Stigler was on duty at a residential building in Chicago's River North district when she saw a group of four people walking down the street a little before 2 a.m. One owner of a condo in the building wrote, "My friend is a really good lawyer and said he will represent her pro bono". She initially declined any financial help when he brought it up Sunday. Read More »

Trump protects religious liberty in new exec order

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Trump's order targets the Johnson Amendment - sponsored by then-Sen. Trump's order would prohibit the Treasury Department from taking any "adverse action" against churches or religious organizations for political speech. Trump spoke to religious leaders in the Rose Garden, where he also announced he'll visit Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican - including a meeting with Pope Francis - on his first foreign trip. Read More »

Trump Bashes Critics, Stresses Perseverance During School Speech

Liberty University's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., was among his earliest supporter. Trump also took time during the speech to discuss the history of Liberty University and give a nod its athletics program. Trump won an overwhelming 80 percent of the white evangelical vote during the election, and a recent Pew Research Center survey marking his first 100 days in office - a milestone reached on April 29 - found three-fourths of white evangelicals approved of his performance as president. Read More »

Federal investigators head to deadly jet crash site

According to the local media reports, the twin-engine Learjet 35 had departed from Philadelphia and was to land in New Jersey. He said it crashed next to a township facility, but no one in that building was harmed inside. Firefighters battled the multiple blazes for about 40 minutes before they were out, said a borough spokesman, Joe Orlando. The impact of the crash set three buildings and power lines ablaze, and left a smoldering wreckage of more than a dozen cars in a parking lot, ... Read More »

Trump's Team Gets Crossed Wires Explaining FBI Director's Dismissal

Asked to clarify whether there were any tapes as Trump suggested, Spicer said he had nothing further to add to the president's tweets. Once Comey made the announcement about the Clinton investigation, his "basic misjudgment boxed him in, compelling him to take increasingly controversial actions giving the impression that the FBI was enmeshed in politics". Read More »

Jury To Brown: Go To Prison

Brown, 70, was indicted last July on 22 federal charges, including participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail and wire fraud, concealing material facts, obstruction of IRS laws and filing false tax returns. An FBI accountant testified Brown, who earned around $175,000 a year as a member of Congress with a pension from the Florida Legislature, spent an average of $1,438 per month more than her reported income. Read More »

Is Syria Using A Crematorium To Dispose of Prisoners?

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Assad's regime detained between 65,000 and 117,000 people over the same period, Jones said. A recent Amnesty International report described it as a " human slaughterhouse ". The information, he said, came from human rights and nonovernmental sources, as well as "intelligence assessments". The civil war in Syria that has gone on since 2011 has claimed more than 400,000 lives and displaced millions of civilians. Read More »