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10 things you need to know this morning – May 9th 2017

1. VIDEO: Sally Yates Told The White House Mike Flynn ‘Could Be Blackmailed’ By The Russians

Sally Yates said she alerted the White House in January that Mike Flynn “essentially could be blackmailed” by the Russians after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

2. Trump To Appoint 10 Lower Court Federal Judges

President Trump will announce 10 nominees to the lower federal courts Monday. A White House official confirmed to The New York Times the 10 nominees will be the first in what will be monthly waves of judicial appointments.

3. Competition for Fox News? Sinclair Broadcasting announces purchase of 42 local TV stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group has acquired Tribune Media for approximately $3.9 billion, a deal that will bring more than 200 television stations across the country under one owner.

4. James Clapper: 1,934 US Persons Had Their Identities Unmasked in 2016

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday that 1,934 U.S. persons had their identities unmasked in 2016 based on intelligence collected on foreign targets.

5. Sen. Coons: There Won’t Be A Final Health Care Bill Until After The 2018 Elections (VIDEO)

Sen. Chris Coons confidently predicted that there will not be a final product of the health care bill until after the 2018 elections. “My guess is that Leader McConnell is going to take some time here,” Coons said during an interview on MSNBC Monday.

6. WATCH: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law on Sunday banning sanctuary city policies. “Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a statement from his office posted on Facebook Live.

7. Congressional Expert: North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront

While the international community and news media focus on North Korean missile tests and the country’s nuclear program, one expert warned on Sunday that North Korea may be secretly assembling the capability to take out significant parts of the U.S. homeland via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

8. Clapper indirectly indicts Huma Abedin’s handling of classified info

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper indicated Monday that Huma Abedin’s decision to forward emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to her husband, Anthony Weiner, was an offense that could be referred to the Department of Justice as a possible crime.

9. “NATO ally” Turkey threatens to strike U.S. forces partnered with Kurds

The war of words between Washington and Ankara over the U.S. military’s partnership with Kurdish paramilitaries in Syria escalated Wednesday, when a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested American troops could be targeted alongside their Kurdish allies in the country’s ongoing air war against the militias.

10. Clapper: Intel Community Could Not ‘Corroborate’ Trump Dossier

The U.S. intelligence community could not corroborate the sources included in a dubious dossier on President Donald Trump, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress Monday. “We didn’t make a judgment on that,” Clapper told the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism.





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