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Top intelligence chief: U.S. elections 'under attack' from Russia

Senate Intel CommitteeU.S. intelligence leaders warned a Senate committee Tuesday that Russia will continue to try and influence elections in the United States this year.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers all testified before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday to address potential national security threats.


Lawmakers want casino probe from Interior watchdog

Lawmakers want casino probe

Connecticut lawmakers are asking the Interior Department’s inspector general to launch an investigation into why a pair of Indian tribes are being prevented from opening a new casino in the state.

Interior has refused to sign off on an arrangement that would allow the new Connecticut casino to open within a deadline prescribed by federal law. The agency's inaction followed an intensive lobbying campaign from MGM Resorts International, which is opening a competing casino nearby.


From Fallujah to FBI investigation: The undoing of Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter under investigation by FBI

The criminal investigation into Rep. Duncan Hunter is intensifying as a grand jury in San Diego questions multiple former aides about whether the California Republican improperly diverted political funds for personal use.

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Hunter’s parents, as well as a female lobbyist with whom many people close to the congressman believe he had a romantic relationship, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation.


Nancy Pelosi's all-day marathon speech sets record as longest continuous speech since at least 1909

Nancy Pelosi speech sets record for longest in House history

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's all-day speech broke a record for longest-continuous speech in House history.

The California Democrat spoke for more than 8 hours before yielding the floor. It was the longest continuous speech since at least 1909.

And she did it all while wearing 4-inch high-heels.

Pelosi got the news of her new record while continuing to tell stories of DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they children. Her all-day remarks are aimed at protesting a budget deal that doesn't include protections for the group.


Democrats urge panel, Trump to release rebuttal memo

Nunes memo: Dems ask for release of their rebuttal A rebuttal memorandum from Democrats that answers a controversial Republican document that was released last week now has approval from some Republican members in the House.

The House intelligence committee will meet Monday afternoon to vote whether the rebuttal should be released.

The four-page GOP memo it addresses, on alleged Justice Department surveillance abuses concerning a campaign adviser of President Donald Trump, said federal law was broken in spying on the adviser. The committee and Trump approved its full release last week, without allowing a confidential memo by committee Democrats to also be released.



House Speaker Ryan deletes tweet praising $1.50 pay increase

Speaker Ryan praised $1.50 pay raiseU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan deleted a tweet on Saturday cheering a $1.50 increase to a Pennsylvania school secretary’s weekly pay because of a $1.5 trillion tax cut after it drew criticism that he was out of touch with ordinary Americans.

Ryan’s tweet had linked an Associated Press story on Americans reaping the benefits of the tax cut. The story cited as an example, Julia Ketchum, a secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, who said she was “pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week.”

TVNL Comment: There are no words.  It's just amazing that anyone other than the very rich would ever vote for Republicans.  But it seems there are masochists who enjoy the pain of getting nothing and giving away everything.



McCain rebukes Republicans: Attacking FBI serves 'only Putin'

John MacCain bashes release of memo

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday delivered a subtle but stinging rebuke to House Republicans over their move to release a classified memo alleging misconduct at the FBI, urging President Donald Trump and other Republicans to stop "manufacturing partisan sideshows" that benefit Russia.

The statement from McCain, who is away from Washington undergoing treatment for brain cancer, came minutes after Trump signed off on the release of the memo crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. McCain directly connected his fellow Republicans' campaign to undercut the FBI with Russian President Vladimir Putin's meddling in the 2016 election.


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