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Morning Briefing: Hunt For New FBI Director Begins, Trump Threatens To Cancel Press Briefings, Iran Violates Nuke Deal Again

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10 things you need to know this morning – May 13th 2017

1. Potential Shortlist Of FBI Director Candidates Confirmed By White House

The White House Friday confirmed a shortlist of candidates the administration is considering to fill the post of fired FBI Director James Comey.

2. Trump Suggests Canceling Press Briefings ‘For The Sake Of Accuracy’

Just hours after Donald Trump contradicted previous White House explanations for why he fired FBI Director James Comey, he suggested canceling press briefings “for the sake of accuracy.”

3. Intel Report: Iran Refining Nuke Delivery System in Flagrant Violation of Ban

Iran continues to make critical technological strides in its efforts to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons over great distances, efforts that violate international prohibitions, according to the director of national intelligence, who informed Congress this week that the Islamic Republic “would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons.”

4. Government Docs Reveal DHS Plans To Build Border Fence In Gulf Of Mexico

The Department of Homeland Security had plans to discuss constructing border fences in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

5. Senate Judiciary Chairman Confirms Trump Is Not Under FBI Investigation

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday vouched for President Trump’s assertion in a letter to former FBI Director James Comey that he was not under investigation by the FBI.

6. Global ‘Ransomware’ Attack Believed to Be Using Leaked NSA Hacking Tools

A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain’s health system and infected computers in nearly 100 countries on Friday.

7. Tom Price Says Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill Will Likely Come This Summer

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Friday that the Senate will likely vote on Obamacare repeal legislation sometime this summer.

8. VA Hospital Serves RAW Food To Vets

A suburban Chicago Veterans Affairs hospital is serving raw, uncooked, and expired food while the head of the nutrition department sells handbags on government time.

9. Woman Arrested for Trying to Run GOP Congressman’s Car Off Road Because of Health Care Vote

Rep. David Kustoff (R., Tenn.) was allegedly almost run off a road by a woman who was mad at him for his vote to repeal Obamacare.

10. Twitter COO Suggests Trump Replace Press Briefings with Twitter Q&As

Will President Donald Trump hold all of his future briefings via Twitter?

 

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