10 things you need to know today: April 3, 2019

House panel approves subpoena on White House security clearances, Lightfoot elected Chicago's first black female mayor, and more

Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot
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1. House panel issues subpoena on White House security clearances

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted 22 to 15, along party lines, to subpoena Carl Kline, the former White House personnel security director, to answer questions in an investigation into the White House security clearance process. The vote came after the committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), revealed that a whistleblower, Tricia Newbold, complained that the Trump administration had put government secrets in jeopardy by granting more than 25 security clearances initially recommended for denial because of red flags, including foreign contacts, conflicts of interests, criminal history, drug use, or other forms of misconduct. Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, declined to comment on the clearances, but said the administration had faced "a lot of crazy accusations, like that we colluded with Russia."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.