Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee defended official investigations into claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in a party memo released on Saturday. The 10-page, partially-redacted document, which was posted to the panel's website, sharply criticized a previously released Republican memo as a "transparent effort to undermine" investigations by the FBI, Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The memo defends the FBI's obtaining of warrants to conduct temporary surveillance of Carter Page, an associate of President Donald Trump's election campaign, whom the Democrats say "the FBI assessed to be an agent of the Russian government." read more
Billy Graham, the famed televangelist who became known as "America's Pastor," has died at the age of 99, MSNBC and CBS reported. Born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, William Franklin Graham Jr. was the oldest of the four children of William and Morrow Graham. He was raised on a dairy farm, and little in his childhood suggested he would become a world-renowned preacher. Then at 16, Graham attended a series of revival meetings run by outspoken evangelist Mordecai Ham. The two months he spent listening to Ham's sermons on sin sparked a spiritual awakening in Graham and prompted him to enroll at Bob Jones College. When the conservative Christian school's strict doctrine didn't align with his personal beliefs, he transferred to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida) and joined a Southern Baptist Convention church. He was ordained in 1939.
ATLANTA, Fla. (AP) - A proposal that would allow religious adoption agencies in Georgia to refuse to work with same-sex couples has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The contentious "religious liberties" bill passed the committee Tuesday by a vote of 5-2 and could soon face a vote before the full Georgia Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the vote was split along party lines, with five Republicans supporting the measure and two Democrats opposing it. The sponsor of the proposal, Sen. William Ligon, a Brunswick Republican, said the measure was needed to ensure that religious organizations could participate in the adoption process. Opponents of the bill say it would effectively allow state-sponsored discrimination by adoption agencies. Sen. Elena Parent, an Atlanta Democrat, said the measure would discourage some parents from adopting. read more
ABC News has been flooded with more than 25,000 phone calls since "The View" co-hosts mocked Vice President Pence's Christian faith last week, disrespecting the former governor of Indiana for speaking with Jesus and even suggesting he has a "mental illness." Media Research Center President Brent Bozell published an open letter to ABC News after the controversial comments, calling for an apology for the "anti-Christian remarks." ABC News received 25,363 calls as of early Monday morning from people complaining about the comments made by "The View" co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar, according to the MRC. read more
A student has designed an incredible 'beerbot' which means that he no longer has to get up to get a pint. Aviation student Jacob Pierce, 22 from Kentucky, USA, created the robot complete with an R2D2 type body and a wagging American flag tail. It can be driven around by remote control and provides you with a frosty beer whenever you want one.