The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday to release a Democratic rebuttal to GOP accusations that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court. President Trump now has five days to decide whether the information becomes public. The vote means the political rancor roiling Congress is likely to continue. Both parties have accused the other of misrepresenting sensitive intelligence surrounding the ongoing probe into whether any Trump associates coordinated with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The panel's senior Democrat, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), announced the vote results, saying GOP attacks on the Justice Department and the FBI show desperation on the part of the president's defenders. read more
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a Republican effort to halt a required redrawing of the state's 18 congressional districts before the year's midterm elections. That is a very big deal. Here's why. Republicans have controlled the line-drawing process in Pennsylvania for the last two decades. That control has created a congressional map that heavily favors Republicans -- they control 13 seats to the Democrats' five -- despite the fact that the state is a Democratic leaning one. (Before Trump carried Pennsylvania in 2016, George H.W. Bush in 1988 was the last GOP presidential candidate to win the state.) Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the map was drawn primarily for political purposes -- and, therefore, violated the state's constitution. The state Supreme Court ordered the state legislature, which is still controlled by Republicans, to make a new map for the 2018 election -- and have it approved by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Factmata Company aims to use artificial intelligence to weed out fake news By Jeremy Kahn Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone and Craigslist Inc. co-founder Craig Newmark are investing in London-based fact-checking startup Factmata, the company said Thursday. It declined to disclose either the amount of the investment or the valuation of the deal. "It's critical for societal progress to proactively address misinformation," Stone said in a statement provided by Factmata. He said the company is "approaching the issue with exactly the right combination of big thinking, focus, and cutting-edge science." read more
A central pillar of Rep. Devin Nunes' memo alleging wrongdoing by the FBI -- that the government did not disclose the political bias of a source when seeking a surveillance warrant -- is unfounded, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff told reporters Friday. But the memo alleges that those motivations were not included in the FISA application, and that senior Justice Department officials knew about Steele's anti-Trump bias. Schiff disputed the memo's assertion as "not accurate," saying the court was aware that there was a "likely political motivation" behind the Steele dossier. The California Democrat also said it is normal in FISA applications not to name individuals who may be sources of information.
Renato Marriotti, New York Times: For weeks, allies of President Trump ratcheted up pressure to "release the memo." ... The president himself said, after the memo's release on Friday, that it "vindicates" him in the probe. But it does no such thing. The memo from House Republicans, led by Representative Devin Nunes, fell well short of the hype. ... In fact, Mr. Trump's approval of the release of the memo and his comments that releasing it could make it easier for him to fire Mr. Rosenstein could help Robert Mueller, the special counsel, prove that Mr. Trump fired James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, with a "corrupt" intent -- in other words, the intent to wrongfully impede the administration of justice -- as the law requires. read more