FROM Nathan Rott
Scenes from scorched Northern California In Northern California, some of the worst wildfires in the state’s history have killed more than 30 people, and left countless missing. More than 160 acres have been scorched. Even the house of beloved ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles M. Schulz burned. Winds are spreading the flames, and air quality in the Bay Area is as bad as Beijing’s, according to Berkeley Earth, which tracks air quality worldwide.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?