March 13, 2017

A week after President Trump accused his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, of tapping his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign, then asked Congress to investigate, Congress appears to be getting a bit impatient with the lack of evidence. The heads of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), sent the Justice Department a letter last week giving the Trump administration until Monday to turn over any evidence it has to support the explosive claim, congressional aides told The Associated Press and NBC News over the weekend. FBI Director James Comey, who reportedly asked unsuccessfully that the Justice Department refute Trump's claim, was sent a copy of the letter as well.

Nunes suggested last week that Trump was either just asking questions about wiretapping or being taken too "literally" by the media, saying Trump is a "neophyte in politics." On Sunday, Schiff said he doesn't expect to see any evidence but plans to ask Comey about Trump's claims at a March 20 hearing. "I don't think anyone has any question about this, George," he told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "The only question is why the president would make up such a thing." House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who receives high-level intelligence briefings, also said on CBS Sunday that he has not seen any evidence to support Trump's wiretapping claim.

On CNN's State of the Union, Jake Tapper reminded Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that nobody in government has really backed up Trump's accusation. "President Trump has to provide the American people, not just the intelligence committee but the American people, with evidence that his predecessor, the former president of the United States, was guilty of breaking the law," McCain said. "The president has one of two choices: Either retract, or provide the information that the American people deserve," he added, noting that this shouldn't be hard for Trump to prove: "All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence, and say, 'Okay, what happened?'" Peter Weber

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Trevor Noah described his reaction to the newly released dash cam footage of the shooting of Philando Castile in a heartbreakingly sober segment of Wednesday's The Daily Show. "I won't lie to you," Noah said. "When I watched this video, it broke me. It just, it broke me."

Last week, officer Jeronimo Yanez was ruled "not guilty" for the shooting of Castile, a point that Noah found particularly disturbing. "It’s one thing to have the system against you," he explained. "But when a jury of your peers, your community, sees this evidence and decides that even this is self-defense, that is truly depressing. Because what they're basically saying is: In America, it is officially reasonable to be afraid of a person just because they are black."

"Forget race," Noah added. "Are we all watching the same video?" Jeva Lange

7:23 a.m. ET
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National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers reportedly told the Senate and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team that President Trump had asked them to publicly announce there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, CNN reports based on statements by multiple people familiar with the hearings.

The request from Trump was made in March, apparently just a few days after then-FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed a probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A public hearing earlier this month did little to elucidate what unfolded in the intelligence directors' conversations with the president, in part because when the intel chiefs sought guidance from the White House on whether the talks were protected by executive privilege, they did not receive an answer. Both firmly stated they did not feel pressure from the president to interfere in the ongoing investigation, although they described their interactions with Trump as uncomfortable and strange, and did not ultimately act on his request.

Rather, the directors "recounted conversations that appeared to show the president's deep frustration that the Russia allegations have continued to cloud his administration," CNN reports. Read more details of Coats' and Rogers' conversations here. Jeva Lange

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When the deputy overseeing their work detail passed out last week, six Georgia inmates rushed to save his life, performing CPR and calling 911 from his phone.

They were outside doing lawn maintenance at a cemetery in hot weather β€” it was 76 degrees with 100 percent humidity β€” when the officer, who asked not to be identified, collapsed. The inmates immediately opened his shirt and took off his bulletproof vest, then began CPR. "When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," inmate Greg Williams told WXIA. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him."

The officer was unconscious for about a minute, and then started breathing again. "They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers," Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told WXIA. "That really speaks a lot about my officers, too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family." To show their appreciation, the officer's family later treated the inmates to lunch and dessert. Catherine Garcia

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Los Angeles County has an estimated 58,000 homeless people, and it's believed that 20 percent have a pet of some kind. Due to the cost, many of those dogs, cats, and other animals have never seen a vet before, but on Wednesday, a group of volunteer veterinarians and technicians set up a pop-up clinic at the Frank Rice Access Center in downtown Los Angeles and offered their services free of charge.

"It's amazing to see," one volunteer told ABC 7. "You know, a lot of these people would rather feed their dogs than feed themselves. And it's really sad but at the same time amazing. And I feel like half of these people are alive because of their animals."

Edward Irvine came to the clinic with his dogs Apollo, Cherry, and Precious, and told ABC 7 he couldn't imagine life without them. "They keep you calm," he said. "You have responsibilities, you know they're around, they know when you're feeling sad. It's just wonderful support. You know they love me no matter what." Catherine Garcia

12:15 a.m. ET
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President Trump didn't entirely stick to the script Wednesday night in Iowa, peppering his hour-long speech with off-the-cuff remarks about witch hunts, his anti-wind turbine views, and how he doesn't want "a poor person" in charge of the economy.

"I love all people," he said. "Rich or poor. But in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense?" Trump was referring to hiring people like former Goldman Sachs CEO Gary Cohn as his chief economic adviser, despite his pledge to "drain the swamp" of insiders. He also claimed there are "phony witch hunts going against me," but it's okay because "all we do is win, win, win," and suggested he was the first pesron to think of putting solar panels on his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. "Pretty good imagination, right?" he asked. "Good? My idea."

In one breath, Trump called Democrats "obstructionists," then flipped the script and said he wanted to work with them, then a beat later said, "but who cares." He had harsh words for wind turbines, saying, "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your house and your factory as the birds fall to the ground," repeatedly mentioned "fake news," and said he had to be careful with his words "because they'll say, 'He lied!'" Catherine Garcia

June 21, 2017
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During a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday night reminiscent of his time on the campaign trail, President Trump brought up the GOP's proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare, saying, "I hope we are going to surprise you with a really good plan."

Trump revealed that he has been "talking about a plan with heart," adding that he told Republican senators, "Add some money to it!" He acknowledged that the Republicans have a "very slim" majority in the Senate and "basically can't afford to lose anybody" when it comes time to vote. "If we could just get a few votes from the Democrats, it would be so easy and so beautiful," he said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans on finally letting senators see a draft of the bill on Thursday morning. Catherine Garcia

June 21, 2017
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Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, on Wednesday, asking to see records on President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, his security clearance, and the classified information he is able to see.

The letter questions why Kushner, who while applying for his security clearance reportedly did not disclose meetings he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and the CEO of a Russian state-owned bank, "continues to have access to classified information, while these allegations are being investigated." The 18 Democrats are also seeking similar records on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak.

The Trump administration has ignored 260 letters from House Democrats, NPR reports, and has asked the Justice Department to come up with a legal opinion that says only committee chairs have the authority to ask executive branch agencies for information on what they are doing. This doesn't thrill Republicans, with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) telling NPR the policy runs counter to "everything that every eighth grade student has studied about checks and balances of government." Catherine Garcia

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