Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, rebuked the Obama administration on Sunday for not doing enough to counter Russian meddling in the U.S. election. “I think the Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin,” Schiff said on CNN’s State of the Union. The Washington Post reported on Friday that the Obama administration was hesitant to act on and speak publicly about information it was receiving about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins disputed top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s assertion that the Senate health care bill does not cut Medicaid. “I respectfully disagree with her analysis,” Collins, a moderate, said on ABC’s This Week, adding that she has “serious concerns” about the legislation as written and wants to see the Congressional Budget Office’s official score. The bill would, over time, phase out the extra Medicaid funding that was allocated to states through the Affordable Care Act. “These are not cuts to Medicaid,” Conway said on This Week. “This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility with Medicaid dollars because they're closest to the people in need.”
More than 140 people were killed Sunday when an oil tanker in Pakistan caught on fire and exploded. The truck had overturned, and a group of people gathered to take some of the fuel that was being leaked. A witness told the BBC that the subsequent explosion was sparked by a cigarette. “One of the passers-by lit the lighter to start a cigarette and the untoward incident which was a minor [one]... turned into a major blast,” Jam Sajjad said. Nearby cars and motorcycles were also destroyed.
Russia’s U.S. ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, is reportedly leaving his post and heading back to Russia. BuzzFeed News, citing three sources familiar with the decision, reported on Sunday that the Kremlin has decided to recall Kislyak. Federal investigators have been probing Kislyak’s contacts with top advisers to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House adviser Jared Kushner, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The U.S.-Russia Business Council is hosting a going-away party for Kislyak next month, BuzzFeed News reported.
Police in Istanbul used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds marching in the city’s gay pride parade. The government banned the parade due to safety concerns over threats from a nationalist group. Police officials, using riot gear, blocked streets and chased marchers with dogs. “Our security cannot be provided by imprisoning us behind walls, asking us to hide,” the parade organizers said. “Our security will be provided by recognizing us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom.”
President Donald Trump confirmed in a new interview that he used the term “mean” to described the House of Representatives’ health care bill in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers. The news initially was initially leaked anonymously, and the White House declined to confirm that the president used that word to describe the legislation. Despite calling it “mean” in private, Trump championed the American Health Care Act when it was passed, celebrating with GOP members of Congress in the White House Rose Garden.
The Iraqi military has re-taken two-thirds of Mosul’s Old City from ISIS militants, a top official said Sunday. Lt. Col. Salam al-Obeidi told AFP that “65 to 70 percent of the Old City has been liberated,” and forces only have less than a square kilometer left to conquer. Obeidi added that just “a few hundred” ISIS militants were left. Earlier this month, according to officials, ISIS fighters blew up a mosque in the city where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi first declared the caliphate in 2014.
A mistake by a coroner in California led a family to bury the wrong man. The body of a man who was found dead in Orange County was misidentified as Frank M. Kerrigan, 57, who is mentally ill and homeless. The Kerrigan family held a $20,000 funeral for the man they thought was their relative, but 11 days later, Kerrigan’s father, Frank J. Kerrigan was informed that his son was actually still alive. “We thought we were burying our brother," Frank M. Kerrigan’s sister said. “Someone else had a beautiful sendoff. It's horrific.” The family is planning on suing the coroner’s office.
President Donald Trump was re-hashing the 2016 presidential election again on Twitter Sunday morning, accusing Hillary Clinton of “colluding” with her own party to damage her rival in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders. “Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders,” Trump tweeted. “Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!” The Justice Department is currently investigating whether Trump associates colluded with Russian operatives in the latter’s efforts to meddle in the election.
A Texas mother whose two children died after she left them inside a hot car has been arrested. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, was arrested over the deaths last month of her daughter, 2, and son, 16 months. The Parker County Sheriff’s Office said Randolph left her kids in the car in order to teach her daughter a lesson. According to a press release, Randolph’s children were playing in the car and she asked them to get out of the car, but her daughter did not comply. She then closed the door to “teach her daughter a ‘lesson,’ thinking ‘she could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready.’” Randolph then went inside, smoked marijuana and fell asleep. When she woke up and found her children still inside, she allegedly broke the car windows to make it look like an accident. Randolph’s story apparently shifted from her initial series of events when police first arrived.