Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday called on Congress to look into issues related to gun violence less than 24 hours after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida. "I will say, personally, I think the gun violence -- it's a tragedy what we've seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues," Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Mnuchin's comments were notable, because he was the first senior Trump administration official to call for a congressional review after the massacre. read more
The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn't talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated." read more
While Texas is most often associated with fossil fuels and conservative politics, it's also earning a reputation as a leader in renewable energy integration. For years, Texas has led the United States in installed wind capacity, thanks to a $7 billion investment in transmission lines linking windy West Texas to load centers the state approved back in 2007. Since then, the state has seen sustained growth in wind energy with few integration issues to speak of. The Texas grid, operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has seen sustained levels of wind energy penetration above 40 percent for hours at a time without significant issues. But of course, the wind isn't always blowing hard enough to cover 40 percent of Texas' electricity needs. What really matters is the amount of energy renewables provide over the entire year. That's what's so remarkable about the numbers that have been coming out of Texas in recent years.
Washington (CNN) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December seeking President Donald Trump's help. The top Justice Department official in the Russia investigation wanted Trump's support in fighting off document demands from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. But the President had other priorities ahead of a key appearance by Rosenstein on the Hill, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Trump wanted to know where the special counsel's Russia investigation was heading. And he wanted to know whether Rosenstein was "on my team." read more
Daily Mail: Melania Trump has spent a number of nights at a posh D.C. hotel away from President Trump following allegations of a fling with porn star Stormy Daniels, White House sources told DailyMail.com. The first lady opted for time away from her husband since news of a possible $130,000 payoff from the President's lawyer to Daniels to cover up an alleged tryst was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. ... Daniels, who has starred in movies such as Good Will Humping and Operation Desert Stormy, claimed she could intimately describe the president's manhood and even revealed sex positions they had enjoyed. At the time, Melania would have been caring for her and Trump's four-month-old son Barron. read more