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- White House to investigate intelligence
The White House, in an effort led by President Donald Trump, will appoint Stephen Feinberg, who is a member of Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council, to take the lead in an investigation into intelligence operations. The notion of this investigation is worrying intelligence officials and scared that an investigation by the Trump administration could take away some of the independence from the rest of the government they currently have. This investigation comes as Mr. Trump fired back at intelligence for leaks of documents about former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Mr. Trump called the leaks “Very un-American.”
- Policy on Israel changes course
Yesterday the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference at the White House during which Mr. Trump stated that he could “live with” a one-state option or a two-state option, either or. This comment is a reversal of decades upon decades of strong and institutionalized foreign policy with Israel and the Middle East. United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said at a summit in Brussels that the U.S. could “moderate its commitment” to NATO if other members do not increase their military spending to the group.
- Assasins of Kim Jong-Nam found
The two women who were on the run from Malaysian authorities for the murder of King Jonh-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Mr. Kim was never completely welcomed by his family and spent, most of his life in exile and traveling abroad.
- Director of Intelligence speaks out on WSJ report
The Director of National Intelligence denounced and denied today reports by many news outlets and politicians that the intelligence community withheld intelligence from President Donald Trump. The statement comes in response to a Wall Street Journal story that reported that intelligence officials have been refusing to report certain intelligence to Mr. Trump because they are worried it may be leaked as they think the White House is unorganized and consumed by personal conflict.
- Democrats plan another demonstration
Democrats are planning a new protest in Washington and around the country, this time they will do it on Tax Day, they will demand that the president releases his tax returns. The organizers of the women’s march will join with many other liberal groups to build this march, which will pass by the IRS building and Mr. Trump’s hotel.