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Morning Briefing: Trump Cans Comey, More Flynn Developments, Afghanistan War Drums

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

1. Donald Trump Has Fired FBI Director James Comey

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday after a recommendation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

2. Grand Jury Subpoenas Have Been Issued For Associates Of Michael Flynn

Federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued for associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, CNN is reporting.

3. Pentagon Teeters On The Edge Of Full-Scale War In Afghanistan

President Donald Trump’s most senior advisers will present him with a plan to escalate the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports.

4. Obama’s Russia Ambassador Doubts Sally Yates’ Blackmail Claim About Michael Flynn

President Obama’s ambassador to Russia and a former director of CIA operations in Russia are casting doubt on former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ claim that former national security adviser Michael Flynn opened himself up to blackmail by the Russian government.

5. VIDEO: Paul Ryan Expects Senate to Pass Obamacare Repeal Within 1-2 Months

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) guessed on Tuesday that the Senate would pass its version of the American Health Care Act, the legislation repealing Obamacare, within the next month or two.

6. James Clapper Corrects Left’s Narrative On Russia Election Interference: ‘Not All 17’ Intel Agencies Affirmed

During yesterday’s Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, put the kibosh on a major anti-Donald Trump talking point that 17 federal intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

7. Mexico Now Ranks Second For World’s Most Deadly Conflict Zone After Syria

Mexico now ranks second in the world for most deadly conflict zone, surpassing both Iraq and Afghanistan and trailing just behind Syria.

8. New Jersey Man Plans 95th Terror Plot in US Since 9/11

While the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is on the retreat in some parts of the Middle East, its reach in the Western world remains a serious threat.

9. ACLU Issues ‘Travel Alert’ for Texas after Sanctuary City Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a “travel alert” following Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the nation’s toughest sanctuary city law.

10. Obama Climate Change Speech Earns $3.26 Million for Personal Foundation

Former president Barack Obama’s speech on climate change in Italy raised €3 million ($3.26m) in ticket sales for his personal foundation, according to a report from The Times.


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