Schiff Demands Nunes Recuse Himself on Trump-Russia

Drew Angerer

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee has called on Republican chairman Rep. Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's Russia investigation. "After much consideration, and in light of the Chairman's admission that he met with his source of information at the White House, I believe that the Chairman should recuse himself from any further invovlement in the Russia investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team," Schiff said in a statement Monday.

Two of Schiff's fellow Democrats on the committee, Jackie Speier and Eric Swalwell have called for Nunes's recusal. Schiff was more of a hold-out though, saying he hoped Nunes could regain the trust necessary for an independent committee.

Nunes drew scrutiny last week for reporting to media that some of the Trump team's communications might have been picked up through "incidental collection." On Monday, it was discovered that Nunes visited the White House grounds the night before he made his claim. Nunes on CNN maintained he would not reveal his source and said he was at the White House's adjacent office building because he needed a secure room to view the documents.


North Korea Tests Rocket, Officials Say

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North Korea tested a rocket engine on Friday, in the latest in what appears to be a mounting effort by the country to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, U.S. officials told Reuters. The Friday night engine test is North Korea's second such launch this month. North Korea appears to have ramped up its nuclear efforts, officials say. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted earlier this month of "a new birth" in the country's rocket program. Its recent rocket tests have violated United Nations resoutions. North Korea also recently doubled the size of its uranium-production facility, the Wall Street Journal reported this month. 

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Cheney: Russia Meddling Might Be ‘Act of War’

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney declared on Monday that there is “no question” that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, adding that it might be an “act of war.” Cheney, who was blamed in part for taking the U.S. to war in Iraq, was speaking at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit. “I think [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has designs on the Baltics. ... We know he wanted Crimea. He took it,” Cheney said, adding: “There’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic process. In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war.”


White Supremacist Gets Terrorism Charges for Fatal NYC Stabbing

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The Baltimore-area white supremacist who turned himself in after allegedly stabbing a random black man in Manhattan last week has been charged with murder as an act of terrorism, officials announced on Monday. James Jackson, 28, allegedly took a bus from Maryland to Manhattan with the mission of killing black men. The self-proclaimed white supremacist encountered 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on the street on Monday and stabbed him to death with a sword. After turning himself in, Jackson reportedly told investigators that he was a white supremacist and that he wanted to murder black men to stop interracial relationships. He was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime last week. The charges were later upgraded to an act of terrorism on Monday. The upgraded charges are the first time a Manhattan District Attorney has issued murder as an act of terrorism charges since the statued was revised following the 9/11 terror attacks.


Flint to Replace 18,000 Water Lines by 2020

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Flint, Michigan will replace 18,000 contaminated water lines by 2020, according to a Monday court filing. The state of Michigan agreed to foot the bill for the replacement, which will remove lead-contaminated pipes from the city The state has budgeted $87 million for the replacement, with an extra $10 million in reserve in case the project requires extra funding. The agreement is part of a lawsuit over the city's contaminated water system, which has piped lead into Flint homes for at least 18 months.


At Least 11 Dead in Yemen Suicide Bombing

A suicide bombing and gun attack killed at least 11 people in southern Yemen on Monday, Yemeni officials say. The attack on a government compound in the city of al-Houta was believed to have been carried out by five al Qaeda fighters. At least one suicide bomber reportedly attempted to drive a vehicle villed with explosives into the building, while other militants opened fire on the building. All five attackers, and six building security workers were killed.


Trump Repeals Anti-Wage-Theft Regulation

REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump on Monday signed new legislation repealing a regulation protecting workers from wage theft. The new law undercuts the Obama-era policy that encouraged businesses to follow workplace safety guidelines and pay their workers fairly by terminating federal contracts with companies that accrued too many violations. The new Trump-era legislation, however, undoes those employee protections, as Republicans in Congress said the Obama rules were restrictive and job-killing. Trump referenced the bill in a Monday tweet: "Today I'm signing 4 bills under the Congressional Review Act that cancels regulations & eliminates unnecessary, job-killing rules," he wrote. "#MAGA"


NFL Approves Oakland Raiders Move to Las Vegas

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NFL owners on Monday approved the Oakland Raiders’ request to move to Las Vegas. All but one franchise—the Miami Dolphins—voted in favor of the move. The Raiders are expected to stay in Oakland for at least the next two seasons, though, while a new stadium is built in Nevada. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made multiple eleventh-hour efforts to try to keep the team from leaving. A $1.9-billion stadium is due to open in 2020, and the Raiders are expected to share it with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The San Diego Chargers franchise recently announced it would move to Los Angeles.


Sessions: DOJ to Block Funding For Sanctuary Cities

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The Department of Justice will block approximately $4.1 billion in funding to so-called sanctuary cities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday. Local jurisdictions that do no comply with federal law will be barred from receiving federal grants, Sessions said in a statement. He pointed specifically to 8 U.S. Code, Section 1373, which prohibits local authorities from blocking communications from federal agencies like the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In some "sanctuary cities," local law enforcement chooses not to comply with federal detainers requesting information on or custody of undocumented immigrants. While municipalities are not legally obliged to comply with the detainers, federal code makes it illegal to block the communications. Should local authorities interfere with a detainer, their city could lose federal funding under the new DOJ policy.