Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) urged President Donald Trump to drop his idea to arm teachers in the US. Inslee confronted Trump at a meeting between governors and the president on Monday, arguing that teachers and police don't actually want what Trump is asking for. Trump in the past week has called to arm a certain percentage of teachers -- and paying them "a little bit of a bonus" to do so -- to protect students from mass shootings. "Speaking as a grandfather, speaking as a governor of the state of Washington, I have listened to the people who would be affected by that," Inslee said. "I have listened to the biology teachers, and they don't want to do that at any percentage. I have listened to the first-grade teachers, who don't want to be pistol-packing first-grade teachers. I have listened to law enforcement, who have said they don't want to have to train teachers as law enforcement agencies, which takes about six months."
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- A Kern County judge on Monday night ruled in favor of the owner of Tastries Barkery, who the State of California argued in court engaged in unlawful discrimination when she decided not sell a custom wedding cake to a gay couple. A professing Christian, Cathy Miller says she will sell gay people anything else in her bakery, but will not be made to celebrate a ceremony her faith finds objectionable. Miller and her attorneys equate designing a custom cake with speech and say California compelling speech she doesn't agree with violates her own constitutional rights.
The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are "shocking" surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to the committee's Democratic members. The committee voted against making public the Democrat-drafted minority memo, but did vote to release it to the entire House, Democratic lawmakers said. The majority of lawmakers expressed concern that the minority memo would damage sources and intelligence methods, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the transcript of its seven-hour interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, opposition research firm that helped assemble the controversial "Steele dossier."
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"Sainsbury's has recreated one of the most famous moments of the first world war in its new Christmas advert, which is squarely pitched at toppling John Lewis as king of festive sentimentality. The commercial, which premiered during ITV's Coronation Street on Wednesday night, retells the story of Christmas Day in 1914, when opposing British and German soldiers emerged from their trenches to exchange gifts and play football." -- The Guardian read more