Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) sits next to retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (L) as they attend an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of RT (Russia Today) television news channel in Moscow, Russia, December 10, 2015. (Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)
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President Trump has effectively fired his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who tendered his resignation last night. Today, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, "We got to a point not based on a legal issue but based on a trust issue -- where the level of trust between the President and General Flynn had eroded where he felt he had to make a change."
Several Republican Senators have called for investigation. Democrat Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, agrees.
Washington is on fire with charges and counter-charges, reports and rumors in the aftermath of Michael Flynn's departure as President Trump's National Security Advisor. Trump asked for Flynn's resignation because he "lost his trust" in him. White House officials were reportedly told "weeks ago" that Flynn lied to Vice President Pence about conversations with Russia's ambassador. Democrats are demanding to find out what the President knew and when he knew it — and even some Republicans are calling for an investigation. Washington is fully preoccupied with Russian meddling in the election, Obama Administration sanctions and President Trump's ties to Vladimir Putin.
Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and columnist for the Washington Post (@MaxBoot)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)
Susan Hennessey, Brookings Institution / Lawfare (@Susan_Hennessey)
Alex Isenstadt, Politico (@politicoalex)
Boot on Flynn's fishy story
Corn on White House's refusal to answer whether Trump's campaign had contact with Russia
Corn on report that suggests Flynn is dishonest, threat to US policy
Hennessey on Flynn, despite denials, having discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador
Isenstadt on why Trump let Flynn go
Will bees be replaced by robots?
Several RoboBees sit on the ground next to a 19 mm-diameter United States penny,
while another is held in tweezers with the wings activated.
Photo by Kevin Ma & Pakpong Chirarattananon
Bees pollinate 75% of the world's flowering plants and 35 percent of all food crops. But they're declining, and Japanese researchers are developing robotic drones to do their job… complete with robotic buzzing. David Goulson specializes in bumblebees at the University of Sussex and he's author of Buzz in the Meadow.
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