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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The massive blaze that is burning underneath I-85 NB near Piedmont Road has shut down several roads in northeast Atlanta.

Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes later, the bridge collapsed.

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Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

Vice President Mike Pence returned to the Senate Thursday afternoon -- the second time in one day -- to cast a tie-breaking vote on legislation to undo an Obama-era regulation on funding for abortion providers. Read more

President Xi Jinping of China will visit President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday, confirming details of the two leaders' first summit meeting. Read more

While the resistance to President Donald Trump has largely been private citizens across the Bay Area and country, municipalities are jumping into the fray.

On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council passed a five-page resolution calling for the president to be impeached.

Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison co-sponsored the resolution.

"I think it's going to send a powerful message. I think we have no choice but to do this," Harrison said.

Howard Epstein from the San Francisco Republican Party calls the resolutions crazy.

"Since the election of President Trump, they've been acting like three year olds throwing temper tantrums," Epstein said.

Russia not only worked to help President Donald Trump win the presidential election over Hillary Clinton last November, it also aided his victory in the Republican primary, the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the allegations of Kremlin meddling was told Thursday.

Clinton Watts, a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University, told the investigation that Russia worked to undermine the campaigns of both Republican and Democratic candidates who held less favorable views toward Russia, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Read more

Dina Powell is the Trump administration's Ms. Fix-It.

The deputy national security adviser for strategy, one of the few White House aides with extensive experience in a past Republican administration, has taken on a large list of responsibilities touching on foreign and domestic policy.

Besides serving as a deputy to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Powell was asked by senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, to serve in a new office tasked with using private-sector ideas to overhaul the federal government.

Powell, who speaks Arabic and moved to the United States from Egypt at the age of 4, is also advising President Trump and his daughter Ivanka on economic initiatives.

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The Kremlin paid an army of more than 1,000 people to create fake anti-Hillary Clinton news stories targeting key swing states, the leading Democrat on the committee looking into alleged Russian interference in the US election has said.

Senator Mark Warner, the Democrat ranking member, and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Republican Senator Richard Burr, appeared together at a press conference to give an update on the investigation ahead of the first witnesses appearing today.

A pair of White House officials played a role in providing Representative Devin Nunes of California, a Republican and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, with the intelligence reports that showed that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.

The revelation that White House officials assisted in the disclosure of the intelligence reports -- which Mr. Nunes then discussed with President Trump -- is likely to fuel criticism that the intelligence chairman has been too eager to do the bidding of the Trump administration while his committee is supposed to be conducting an independent investigation of Russia's meddling in the last presidential election. Read more

The guided-missile destroyer Laboon's intercept of a small ship on the Arabian Sea March 13 yielded an unexpected bounty: 270 kilograms, or nearly 600 pounds, of smuggled heroin. The Laboon, part of the George H.W. Bush carrier strike group that deployed from Norfolk, Virginia, in January, had been conducting maritime security operations in the region, according to a release from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

As part of Combined Task Force 150, the Laboon had stopped the dhow, or small sailing ship, to verify its nation of origin in what's called a flag verification boarding. The vessel, officials said, was stateless. During the course of the search that followed, the illicit heroin was discovered. Read more

As the public (at least those who care) does a collective "wtf?" in the wake of Republicans voting to allow ISPs to sell the browsing history of their customers, an internet activist has made the first big move in the burgeoning outcry.

Privacy and net neutrality proponent Adam McElhaney set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations that would help purchase the internet histories of politicians who voted to repeal the privacy protections.

"I think that your private Internet history should be yours," McElhaney wrote on the GFM page, titled "Purchase Private Internet Histories." Read more

Tyrannosaurus rex may have been the most fearsome creature ever to walk the Earth, but he was also a sensitive lover, a new dinosaur discovery suggests. The fearsome carnivore actually had a snout as sensitive to touch as the human fingertip, according to scientists, and it's now believed that the male and female T. rex would rub their sensitive faces together while banging.

"In courtship, tyrannosaurids might have rubbed their sensitive faces together as a vital part of precopulatory play," a team of researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports, per PA. Read more

his week, conservative media has noticed an interview she did on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' on March 2nd, 2017 where Farkas appears to happily admit that she was repsonsible for leaking sensitive information about what parts of the government might have spied on President-elect Trump and his Trump Tower. Read more

EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump's supportive comments about Brexit.

In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU.

The remarks are diplomatic dynamite at a time when relations between Washington and Brussels are already strained over Europe's meagre contributions to NATO and the US leader's open preference for dealing with national governments.

As the Senate Intelligence Committee opens its first hearings into Russian interference into the U.S. election, Nunes's partisan buffoonery looks worse and worse. Read more

Trump's growing dependence on a military strategy around the world will reduce US influence with its allies and all major powers. It also makes it less likely that they will join what Trump hopes will be a crusade against the Islamic State. Autocrats around the world will follow the American example and be encouraged to abandon diplomacy and politics and use force to get their way. We will be left with a US that is set on inflaming conflicts rather than ending them, a US that abandons any sense of global responsibility and pays no regard to international agreements. A new global era has begun in which American allies can no longer rely on American leadership. It may be the most dangerous period we have seen in our lifetimes. Read more

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