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It appears the White House surveillance story is back with a vengeance: The Washington Post is reporting the FBI obtained a warrant to monitor President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser,Carter Page, during the summer of 2016 on suspicions he knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow. The warrant is called a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, and for critics wary of the current administration’s ties to Russia, it provides probable cause that something was going on. Page, on the other hand, told CNN the warrant was “unjustified.”
In other White House news, after a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN. Read the rest of CNN’s exclusive report on this here.
Here’s something you’ve probably never heard: There was an exciting election in Kansas last night! Kansas’ fourth district held a special election to fill a House seat left by Rep. Mike Pompeo, who became Trump’s CIA director. The Republican candidate Ron Estes won, because it’s Kansas. But voter turnout for Democratic candidate Jim Thompson was shockingly high, which worried some Republicans because it’s Kansas. Thompson actually led for portions of the night, and though one little election certainly doesn’t signal a sea change (especially since, you know, the Democrat still lost), political hawkeyes will be intently watching a similar election in red-leaning Georgia next week.
Now, this has all happened before: North Korea has been aggressive, and the US has sent the same supercarrier to hang out there. But the latest round of political thrust-and-parry comes amid rising tensions between the two countries, so the strike group’s presence might actually make things worse. In fact, China has called for a de-escalation of the situation.
Three explosions went off near a bus carrying the German football team Borussia Dortmund yesterday in what police are calling a “targeted attack.” The team was on its way to a home match in Dortmundwhen the blasts went off, shattering windows and injuring one player.Investigators found a handwritten letter near the scene that claimed responsibility for the attack. The match was postponed and football fans from around the Champions League made sure to show their support for the shaken team.