Photo: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speaks about former national security adviser Michael Flynn during a news conference on President Trump's first 100 days on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S April 27, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
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Congressman Elijah Cummings released documents Thursday showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT. The released documents also reveal that the Defense Department’s top watchdog opened an investigation into those payments.
The 25th anniversary of the LA Riots is this weekend. Several new documentaries offer their take on the five days of mayhem that left some 50 people dead and 2000 injured.
Six-year-old pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in the basement of her family’s home 21 years ago. The case was never solved. A new documentary about JonBenet doesn’t attempt to find out what really happened. Instead, “Casting JonBenet” is an experiment in the human imagination, from the grotesque to the traumatic.
FCC chair Ajit Pai outlined his plans to undo Obama-era net neutrality rules, which require internet companies to treat all internet traffic equally. Amazon just introduced Echo Look, which lets its original voice assistant, Alexa, judge what you wear and help you pick your outfit.
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