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At least 12 dead in Texas church bus crash, police say

Source: ABC News

At least 12 dead in Texas church bus crash, police say

By MICHAEL EDISON HAYDEN WHITNEY LLOYD Mar 29, 2017, 6:30 PM ET

At least 12 people died on Wednesday in a head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck in Concan, Texas, officials said.

At least three other people are injured in the accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS said that the bus was carrying congregants from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas at a little after noon, when the accident occurred.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/multiple-fatalities-texas-church-bus-crash-police/story?id=46455949&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_hero_headlines_headlines_hed

Sally Yates to testify before Senate panel even if she doesnt appear before House committee

Source: The Raw Story

Sally Yates to testify before Senate panel — even if she doesn’t appear before House committee

TRAVIS GETTYS
28 MAR 2017 AT 13:40 ET

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the election.

The Obama appointee was blocked from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee after its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), canceled this week’s hearings, where Yates had been scheduled to appear.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the committee’s vice chairman, told CNN that Yates would testify before a Senate panel even if she did not appear before the House committee.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/sally-yates-to-testify-before-senate-panel-even-if-she-doesnt-appear-before-house-committee/

Top Intel Dem Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from House Russia investigation

Source: CNN

Top Intel Dem Schiff calls on Nunes to recuse himself from House Russia investigation

By Tom LoBianco and Deirdre Walsh, CNN


(CNN)Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, called on House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation in a stunning split between the two top investigators.

"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 involvement 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, following a meeting of the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The request marks a critical split between Schiff and Nunes, who had worked closely on the House investigation into ties between top aides to the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian officials.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/politics/adam-schiff-nunes-recusal-russia/index.html?adkey=bn

Article titleHouse leaders postpone vote on their health-care plan

Source: The Washington Post

House leaders postpone vote on their health-care plan

By Mike DeBonis, Juliet Eilperin and David Weigel March 23 at 3:37 PM

House leaders postponed a vote Thursday on their plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system, as they struggled to meet demands of conservative lawmakers who said they could not support the bill.

Earlier Thursday, conservative House Republicans had rebuffed an offer by President Trump on Thursday to strip a key set of mandates from the nation’s current health-care law, raising doubts about whether House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) had the votes.

Trump met at the White House with the most conservative House Republicans, hoping to close a deal that would help ensure passage of the party’s health-care plan by shifting it even further to the right. But the session ended with no clear resolution, and some lawmakers said they needed more concessions before they would back the bill.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), asked whether the White House had made its final negotiating offer, said that if that’s the case, “They’re not going to pass the bill.”

Talks continued, however, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he still anticipated a vote on the measure by day’s end. Asked whether there was an alternative plan to the current bill, Spicer replied: “No. it’s going to pass. So that’s it.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-health-care-plan-hangs-in-balance-as-house-leaders-push-for-thursday-floor-vote/2017/03/23/6e8bf05a-0fbd-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?utm_term=.a29690a26cc0

Breitbart and Infowars under investigation for ties to Russia: report

Source: The Raw Story

Breitbart and Infowars under investigation for ties to Russia: report


MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
20 MAR 2017 AT 22:18 ET

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump's presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as "bots," to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

The bots' end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year's elections.

Investigators examining the bot attacks are exploring whether the far-right news operations took any actions to assist Russia's operatives. Their participation, however, wasn't necessary for the bots to amplify their news through Twitter and Facebook.

The investigation of the bot-engineered traffic, which appears to be in its early stages, is being driven by the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, whose inquiries rarely result in criminal charges and whose main task has been to reconstruct the nature of the Kremlin's cyberattack and determine ways to prevent another.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/breitbart-and-infowars-under-investigation-for-ties-to-russia-report/

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Source: Los Angeles Times

Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claims

Stephen Battaglio

Contact Reporter


Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.

Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.

People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment.

On March 4, President Trump first tweeted the accusation that Obama ordered his “‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-napolitano-fox-news-20170320-story.html
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