Two Senate committee members ― Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), whose texts were leaked, and Sen. Richard M. Burr (R-N.C.), the panel’s chairman ― were “perturbed” by the findings and discussed them with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last month, the sources told the Times. The senators, whose committee is conduction an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, reportedly relayed to Ryan their concern about the direction of the House panel under the leadership of its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
In just three weeks, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march on Washington to demand Congress act to prevent gun violence, in the aftermath of the Parkland massacre last month. There was a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill and a sense of urgency in both parties that inaction was no longer an option in the face of public outrage, led by the Florida students who survived the attack.
A deputy U.S. marshal who was killed in January while trying to serve an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania died by “friendly fire,” the U.S. Marshals Service said on Thursday. Christopher Hill, 45, was accidentally struck by a bullet fired by another member of the law enforcement team serving an arrest warrant on Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, 30, at a Harrisburg home for threatening a neighbor with a firearm. When deputy marshals and local police announced themselves and entered the house, they were fired on by Kevin Sturgis, 31, who also was wanted by authorities on charges he shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend in Philadelphia.
The United States urged Russia on Thursday to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to respect attempts to allow residents out of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. “The Assad regime continues attacking its citizens, especially in East Ghouta,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.
Officials in weather-battered southern California have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting thousands of people as a rainstorm threatened to unleash mudslides. “This is a challenging storm,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a press conference. “Please know we do not take evacuations lightly,” he added.