President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defense Secretary James Mattis to propose a defense budget of $750 billion for the coming year, marking a reversal from plans to shrink defense spending, an administration official confirmed to CNN. Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion "crazy" in a tweet. The next day Mattis and key Republican lawmakers who oppose any defense budget cuts met with the President for lunch to discuss military funding.
The House Judiciary and Oversight committees have released a transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's closed-door interview with the committees on Friday. Lawmakers and Comey said that the interview was tense and that Republicans were frustrated by instructions from a Justice Department attorney telling Comey not to answer certain questions about the Russia investigation. Comey and House Democrats said the interview was a waste of time consumed with questions about Hillary Clinton's emails. read more
When a judge acquitted a white St. Louis police officer in September 2017 for fatally shooting a young black man, the city's police braced for massive protests. But St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dustin Boone wasn't just prepared for the unrest -- he was pumped. "It's gonna get IGNORANT tonight!" he texted on Sept. 15, 2017, the day of the verdict. "It's gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these s---heads once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart!"
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new Democratic representative-elect from New York, seized on a social media smear to show she's not afraid to call out sexism or define herself on her own terms. The incoming lawmaker responded Thursday evening after a journalist referred to her as "a girl" in a tweet critical of her clothing with the message "Dark hates light - that's why you tune it out." Her words came in response to a now-deleted tweet from Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for The Washington Examiner, in which he posted a photo of Ocasio-Cortez walking down a hallway alongside a caption that read, "Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I'll tell you something: that jacket and coat don't look like a girl who struggles."
In August, just days after a scientist alleged on Twitter that David Sweatt had "drugged and raped a student," Vanderbilt University in Nashville placed him on leave. Now, email correspondence obtained by BuzzFeed News confirms that a grad student at Oregon Health & Science University alleged he drugged and assaulted her. The documents also reveal that Vanderbilt was told about the anonymous allegation and warned that Sweatt represented a "potential safety threat" 11 months before they removed him from campus. read more