Intel chair Nunes admits mishandling Trump wiretap claim
House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., apologized to members of the panel today for his public claims about intelligence community surveillance of President Trump?s transition team amid charges from Democrats that his unilateral announcement on the White House lawn had ?betrayed? the panel?s bipartisan investigation of Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election. ?At this point, the committee?s independence is on life support,? Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told Yahoo News after a closed-door meeting of the committee Thursday. ?Not since Sept. 11 has this committee been charged with such an important responsibility,? Swalwell added, referring to the panel?s Russia probe.
GOP Sen. Roberts: I ?deeply regret? quip about insurance coverage for mammograms
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks at Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue?s confirmation hearing. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., expressed remorse Thursday for making a sarcastic comment implying that coverage for mammograms shouldn?t be a requirement for the GOP?s insurance plan. Mammograms are essential to women?s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise,? he tweeted.
Man pleads guilty in Washington pizzeria shooting over fake news
A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Friday to opening fire in a Washington pizzeria that fake news reports claimed housed a child sex ring linked to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Edgar Welch, 28, of Salisbury, was accused of firing at least three shots from an AR-15 rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in December and pointing the gun at an employee after showing up to investigate the online conspiracy rumors. Welch pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm with intent to commit an offense and a local charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
Corroded South Korean ferry loaded onto transport vessel
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Salvage crews towed a corroded 6,800-ton South Korean ferry and loaded it onto a semi-submersible transport vessel Saturday, completing what was seen as the most difficult part of the massive effort to bring the ship back to shore.
Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinal
Cuban President Raul Castro's son, Alejandro, was the communist island's envoy for secret negotiations with the United States that led to the countries' historic rapprochement, a cardinal close to the talks said. Speculation had long swirled that Alejandro Castro Espin, the president's 51-year-old son, headed up the secret talks.
Time magazine presses Trump on his slew of evidence-free and false claims
President Trump says he doesn?t necessarily need facts before making such evidence-free claims as, say, former President Barack Obama?s wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower, because they?ve later been proved right. ?I?m a very instinctual person,? Trump told Time magazine?s Michael Scherer in a phone interview from the Oval Office on Wednesday. The president offered a list things he says he ?predicted? would happen, including Brexit, Anthony Weiner?s sexting scandal, Bernie Sanders? loss in the Democratic primary ? even his false suggestion that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before.
Adrenalin-fueled TV drama to spur on China's war on graft
By Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - Helicopter chases, fridges full of cash and officials caught in bed with their foreign mistresses are all in a day's work for China's anti-graft prosecutors, according to a new state-backed TV drama aimed at bolstering China's graft fight. "In the Name of the People", a new show by propaganda department of the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), China's top prosecutor, follows an intrepid SPP anti-graft investigator sent to a fictional province from Beijing to tackle corruption at the highest levels of local officialdom. Chinese President Xi Jinping's has pledged that his multi-year war on graft, which has netted tens of thousands of officials, will continue until corruption is fully expunged, warning that the rot could threaten the ruling Communist Party's existence if not cleared.
Plan to dig up President Polk's body _ again _ stirs trouble
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.
Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission
This week at Wellesley College, six professors who serve on the Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity, a committee at the highly selective liberal arts school, sent an email to fellow faculty members urging a radical shift in campus culture. Under the status quo, the Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis, a feminist cultural critic, was invited to speak on campus, despite her controversial view that academia?s approach to regulating sexual conduct is doing harm to female students.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.?s Twitter jab following attack
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declined to respond to an insult from U.S. President Trump?s son hours after a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday. ?You have to be kidding me?!? Trump Jr. wrote. Trump Jr. mischaracterized Khan?s statements as if he had said that terrorism is an inevitable consequence of living in a big city and that nothing could be done.