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Mark Warner: ‘We’ve Had New Information That Raises More Questions’

Maark WarnerCongress late last year received “extraordinarily important new documents” in its investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s possible collusion with the 2016 Russian election hacking, opening up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of the president, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says in an exclusive new interview.

Warner, the intel committee’s top Democrat, says “end-of-the-year document dumps” produced “very significant” revelations that “opened a lot of new questions” that Senate investigators are now looking into, meaning the inquiry into Trump and the Russia hacking—already nearly a year old—will not be finished for months longer. “We’ve had new information that raises more questions,” Warner says in the interview, an extensive briefing on the state of the Senate’s Trump-Russia probe for The Global Politico, our weekly podcast on world affairs.



Scientists find method of measuring effects of a fourth dimension

Scientists find method of measuring fourth dimension Two teams of scientists have measured the effects of a fourth dimension in a pair of lab experiments. Scientists didn't discover an extra dimension, but they did show how materials might behave if there was one.

"We don't have four spatial dimensions," researcher Mikael Rechtsman, a physicist at Penn State University, told UPI.

Physicists have been interested in the quantum Hall effect since it was first described in the 1980s. The effect described the fixed, quantized nature of conductivity in 2D materials.


Lindsey Graham: FBI Memo Should Not Be Released Yet

Lindsay Graham says not to release memoSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday came out against the release of a classified memo that President Trump and his Republican allies believe will show bias in the FBI’s Russia investigation. Graham broke with Trump on the issue, who reportedly attempted to order the Justice Department to release the document.

“No, I don't want it released yet,” Graham said on ABC’s This Week. “I want somebody outside of the Republican-led Congress to look at these allegations,” he said. The document reportedly contains allegations of misconduct by senior FBI officials involved in investigating Trump’s campaign for possible collusion with Russia, a fact which Democrats say could be used to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.


7 rescued from life raft in Pacific after ferry sank

7 rescued on rafter after ferry sinkingSix adults and an unconscious baby were rescued Sunday from a life raft in the Pacific Ocean after drifting for four days in the blazing sun without water. The survivors had scrambled onto the small wooden dinghy after the ferry they were aboard sank, according to authorities.

New Zealand Defence Force Air Commodore Darryn Webb said the crew on a military Orion plane had used radar to locate the dinghy while searching for survivors. He said the ferry had been carrying at least 50 people while traveling between two islands in the remote nation of Kiribati.

Webb said there has been no sign of any other survivors. He said it wasn’t clear yet what caused the ferry to sink.


Florida Sen. Rubio fires chief of staff for 'improper conduct' involving a subordinate

Sen. Rubio of Florida fires aide for behavior chargeSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., fired Chief of Staff Clint Reed Saturday following allegations of “improper conduct,” with employees in the senator’s office.

In a statement his office released late Saturday, Rubio said the staffer “had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.”


Family: Dispute spurred fatal shooting at car wash; 5 dead

fife dead at PA gas station

Five people were found dead early Sunday at a car wash in suburban Pennsylvania and police say they have no motive yet for the shooting, though family members of the victims say a domestic dispute spurred the violence.

The shooting at Ed's Car Wash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh. The victims were identified only as three men and two women in their 20s and 30s. One person was injured.


Russian opposition leader arrested amid election boycott protests

Alexei Navalny arrested amid election boycott protestRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police in Moscow during a rally to support a boycott of the country's presidential election.

Navalny, who is being barred from running in the country's March 18 election due to a criminal conviction he branded as politically motivated, said on Twitter he was arrested after joining the rally.

"I was detained. It does not matter. Come to Tverskaya. You do not go for me, but for yourself and your future," Navalny tweeted in Russian.

He later tweeted video footage showing police wrestling him to the ground during the rally.



Top Dems demand answers from State Department after employees cite career concerns

Elijah Cummings D-Md.

Democratic lawmakers are urging the State Department's Inspector General to probe the department's personnel practices after several employees voiced concerns their careers were being stalled because of their past work under the Obama administration.

"Our staffs have been made aware of credible allegations that the State Department has required high-level career civil servants, with distinguished records, serving administrations of both parties, to move to performing tasks outside their area of substantive expertise," the Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and the Ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter obtained by CNN.

"At the very least, this is a waste of taxpayer dollars. At worst it may constitute impermissible abuse and retaliation."



Mort Walker, creator of 'Beetle Bailey,' dies at 94

Mort Walker,  creator of Beetle Bailey, dies at 94Creator of the legendary comic strip "Beetle Bailey," Mort Walker, died of pneumonia Saturday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 94.

Walker was a lifelong cartoonist who drew his first comic strip, "Lime Juices," at age 12. By age 15 he began publishing a strip called "Sunshine and Shadow" and at age 18 he became the chief editorial designer of Hallmark Cards.


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