WSJ: Trump clings to wiretap claim ?like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,? damaging his credibility
GOP Rep. Brooks bashes party?s health care bill ahead of key vote
The American Health Care Act, embraced by Speaker Paul Ryan, is in danger of losing too many Republican votes to pass during Thursday?s vote in the House. Brooks?s Freedom Caucus, a group of staunchly conservative lawmakers, is opposing the bill in its current form, and there was speculation Wednesday that the vote may be delayed. ?The best argument that the proponents of the legislation have right now is that it?s not as bad as Obamacare.
4 Killed Including A Police Officer In Wisconsin
Police investigating Dakota pipeline vandalism
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was alerted on Friday to a small crack near a valve site on a stretch of the pipeline outside Canton, South Dakota, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Sioux Falls, Lincoln County Chief Deputy Chad Brown said by telephone. The state Department of Criminal Investigations was investigating the incident as an act of "felony vandalism," said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney general.
911 call: Mom tried to resuscitate unresponsive twin babies
As Gorsuch is testifying, Supreme Court undermines his decision in school disabilities case
Senate Democrats seized on a Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday morning ? less than an hour into the third day of the confirmation hearing for nominee Neil Gorsuch ? to question the judgment of President Trump?s choice to fill the empty seat on the high court. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District expanded the obligations of public-school districts to provide an adequate education to disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a standard that Gorsuch had used to decide a similar case in 2008, Thompson School District v. Luke P.
Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad
A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect was "a resident of the south (of Israel) from the Jewish community". "The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organisations," a police statement said.
Puerto Rico governor, bondholders divided on PREPA deal
Puerto Rico's governor told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday the island's struggling power utility, PREPA, could undergo an in-court restructuring process akin to U.S. bankruptcy if a consensual deal with creditors cannot be achieved. Governor Ricardo Rossello said at a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing his administration would prefer a consensual deal to bankruptcy, as lawmakers questioned him about delays in completing a $9 billion restructuring at PREPA. The hearing showcased growing discord between Rossello's administration and PREPA's creditors, which seemed to concern the committee in charge of leading Congress' response to Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis.
Rex Tillerson Says He Didn't Want Post Of Secretary Of State
Before Trump, Manafort Paid to Help Putin: AP
Jeff Horowitz, reporter for the Associated Press, talks with Rachel Maddow about the AP's scoop that Paul Manafort, before he was Donald Trump's campaign manager, was paid millions by a Russian oligarch to serve the interests of Vladimir Putin in the U.S.