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House Of Representatives Passes Bill Renewing Foreign Electronic Surveillance

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to renew sweeping surveillance powers for the government’s intelligence agencies. The vote on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which must be renewed every five years and is set to expire on January 19, passed by a 256 to 164 margin. Contradictory early morning tweets by President Donald Trump sparked confusion prior to the House vote. Initially in his tweet, he seemed opposed to the bill. A little over an hour later he had completely reversed himself, tweeting: “We need it! Get smart!” ...Read more

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Admits Affair After Blackmail Accusations Surface

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admitted late Wednesday that he had been “unfaithful” in his marriage, after a St. Louis television station reported he had an affair before he became governor and that he allegedly threatened to blackmail the woman about their sexual encounter. The allegations prompted the opening of a probe by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office and prompted calls by Republican Missouri state senators for an immediate investigation by the state’s attorney general.  They asked that the Senator resign if the blackmail allegations are proven to be true. Greitens has denied through his attorney, James Bennett, that he had tried to blackmail the woman to keep her quiet, and said there were multiple false allegations in the TV station’s report. ...Read more

President Trump Open To US-North Korea Talks ‘Under Right Circumstances’

President Donald Trump is telling South Korea’s president that he’s open to U.S.-North Korean talks “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.” That’s according to a White House readout of the president’s call Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The phone call comes after the Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years. North Korea agreed to send a delegation to the Olympic Games and both sides agreed to hold talks on reducing tensions along their border. Moon has said he’s open to meeting with Kim Jong Un to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff. ...Read more

President Trump Criticizes Court’s DACA “Dreamers” Ruling

A federal judge’s decision to stop President Trump from ending protections for so-called Dreamers offered the young immigrants a temporary reprieve, but may have stalled the urgency in Congress toward a more lasting legislative solution. On Wednesday, Trump denounced the federal courts as “broken and unfair” after a district judge in San Francisco issued a temporary ruling keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place, despite Trump’s decision to end it this year. Pressure had been mounting for Congress to broker a deal by Jan. 19 as part of a must-pass budget package to fund the government. The White House suggested the court’s ruling would make a legislative deal harder to obtain. “We find this decision to be outrageous,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process.” ...Read more

8 Dead After Flooding And Mudslides Force Thousands To Flee In California

At least eight people are dead and 25 are injured in California from weather-related incidents, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The southern part of the state has been drenched with severe rain just weeks after several fires tore through the area. Flash flooding, debris flow and mudslides are affecting counties hit hard by the Thomas and La Tuna fires. In the community of Montecito, some homes have been ripped from their foundations as a result of the torrential conditions, and excessive flooding and debris made some parts of Santa Barbara impassable. Routes in and out of Santa Barbara have been shut down from the south, and various roadways have been swallowed by the floods. The only way into some of the washed-out homes is by air. ...Read more

Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart News

Steve Bannon, who returned to run Breitbart News after a stint as White House chief strategist last year, said on Tuesday that he was stepping down from his post as the outlet’s executive chairman. The move comes as Bannon deals with backlash from Michael Wolff’s explosive book, Fire and Fury, in which Bannon harshly disparaged several members of the president’s inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner. On Sunday, Bannon offered a quasi-apology for his statements, but it does not seem to have stopped the fallout.  Reports claim that Bannon’s departure was forced by Rebekah Mercer, a Republican mega-donor whose investment in Breitbart gave her a seat on the board. In an article on Breitbart News, the site announced that “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.” ...Read more

Sports Journalist Found Safe After Reportedly Being Followed Home

A college football reporter was found unharmed Monday morning, 36 hours after she vanished and told friends she had been followed home by a suspicious man. Courtney Roland disappeared late Saturday after covering a Texas A&M elite football camp in Houston, her family said in social media posts. “We believe she was confused because of a reaction to medications that she had been taking,” Houston Police Capt. Mark Lentini said during a news conference Monday afternoon. Roland was discovered at around 8:15 a.m. local time Monday morning by a citizen who said she was passing underneath an overpass walking toward a Chick-fil-A. Roland was taken to a local hospital for a routine evaluation, where she remains with family and friends, police said. ...Read more

Thousands In California Ordered To Evacuate Over Threat Of Mudslides

Officials have ordered thousands of people who were affected by recent wildfires in Southern California to evacuate as an upcoming winter storm poses a threat for mudslides and flash floods. Mandatory evacuations were issued for about 7,000 people in mountainous areas affected by the Thomas, Whitter, Sherpa and Rey fires. Another 23,000 people were under evacuation warnings, officials said. The storm is the West Coast’s first significant winter storm of the season, and heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the area through Tuesday, bringing “strong potential” for flash flooding and mud in areas where wildfires recently burned through. ...Read more

Golden Globes Red Carpet Turns Black In Honor Of #MeToo And Time’s Up Movements

The first Hollywood awards show of 2018 kicked off with a focus on social issues instead of fashion. Actors descending upon Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet were in black to ban together in support of the newly created “Time’s Up” initiative and the already widespread #MeToo movement. Reese Witherspoon,  The movement to wear black was to represent Hollywood taking a stand against the numerous sexual harassment cases uncovered last year, declaring that time is up on inequality and mistreatment of women. Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones, Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson created a viral video together to urge those at the Globes to join them in wearing black.  ...Read more

New York’s JFK Airport Terminal Evacuated After Water Main Breaks And Floods Baggage Claim

A water main broke in a JFK International Airport terminal on Sunday, flooding a baggage claim area and adding to travelers’ misfortunes at the airport this week. The water main broke about 1:30 p.m. in Terminal 4, which was later evacuated and had to be shutdown to international flights, according to the airport. A JFK spokesperson said that a frozen pipe caused the main to break, and that about three to four inches of water are on the ground. The flooding has caused further delays and cancellations at JFK as New York City recovers from the “bomb cyclone” that hit the northeast last Thursday. Thousands of flights were cancelled because of the winter storm, leaving many travelers stranded at the airport for days. ...Read more