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CIA Director Pompeo denies agency hides intelligence from Trump – Fox News

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday denied allegations that the agency was hiding intelligence from President Trump. Pompeo called reports that the agency was keeping intelligence from Trump “dead wrong.” He added that the reports damage the “integrity of thousands of professional intelligence officers.” “The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the president, period. We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred,” Pompeo said in a statement Thursday in an attempt to dispute reports that the spy community is withholding information from the commander in chief. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that in some cases officials opted not to tell the president how they collected information. The paper, citing both former and current officials, said the decision to hold back information underscored the mistrust between the Executive Branch and spies. Additionally, a government official told Fox News that Trump has in fact been receiving what’s known as the President’s Daily Brief, noting that it does not routinely include raw data or discussion of sources and methods. The Journal report points out that, historically, intelligence officials have held back information about how spies gather information, but in those cases, the information was not held back due to concerns over the president’s trustworthiness. Pompeo’s statement came on the same day that a senior White House official told the Associated Press the administration...

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Massive storm takes aim at Southern California – Fox News

Rain will fall on the Southland from Thursday night through Saturday morning, including unusually heavy rainfall on Friday as a result of the region’s most powerful storm so far this season, forecasters said, warning of flash flooding and cascades of mud and debris down slopes stripped bare in wildfires. What will make Friday’s rains so heavy is the fact that the approaching storm system is tapping into a so-called atmospheric river, sucking up volumes of warm moisture, forecasters said. Early estimates are that the regionwill receive 2-4 inches of rain in coastal and valley areas but between 4 and 8 inches in the mountains and foothills, they said. The first wave of rain will begin along California’s Central Coast Thursday, then move south and into Los Angeles and Ventura counties Thursday night, with the second, stronger wave slamming into the Southland Friday morning. Related stories… “Strong southerly winds combined with ample moisture will lead to periods of very heavy rain, with rain rates at times of around 1 inch per hour,” an NWS statement said, adding that the rain would taper off Saturday morning, causing the threat of flash flooding to disappear around noon, scattered showers are possible through Saturday evening. A flash flood watch will be in effect from Friday morning through Saturday morning, with the greatest threat of flash flooding developing in areas below slopes denuded in...

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns – Fox News

  WASHINGTON –  President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than a month in office. In a resignation letter, Flynn said he gave Vice President Mike Pence and others “incomplete information” about his calls with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. The vice president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up. Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump during the campaign. Trump is also considering former CIA Director David Petraeus and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a U.S. Navy SEAL, for the post, according to a senior administration official. The Trump team’s account of Flynn’s discussions with the Russian envoy changed repeatedly over several weeks, including the number of contacts, the dates of those contacts and ultimately, the content of the conversations. Late last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn could be in a compromised position as a result of the contradictions between the public depictions of the calls and what intelligence officials knew to be...

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Roadside ‘space capsule’ causes stir on Arizona interstate – Fox News

A space capsule-like item on the side of an Arizona interstate caught the attention of drivers Monday who may have thought astronauts touched down in the desert. Several motorists traveling along Interstate 10 just outside Casa Grande, Arizona about 50 miles south of Phoenix contacted authorities after spotting the capsule, which turned out to be a cement truck drum repurposed into a piece of art, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a tweet. It appears an artist got creative near Casa Grande and turned a cement truck drum into a space capsule! Caused a stir on #I10 this morning. pic.twitter.com/dVLEwUfqYA — Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) February 6, 2017 The capsule had a parachute attached to it, in addition to having the words “United States and Capt. J. Millard” along with an American flag emblazoned on the side. The artist behind the creation, Jack Millard, told the Arizona Republic he was driving through the area, spotted the abandoned cement truck sitting in the field and thought it looked like the capsules astronauts would use for space missions. He began the transformation project on Feb. 2 with the help of another artist. “I just get these impulses to create,” he told the newspaper.  “It’s a glorified yard ornament.” Millard told the Arizona Republic he explained to motorists and police who pulled over the capsule was just an art project....

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Police: Trooper shot man with knife at Virginia rest area – Fox News

MOUNT SIDNEY, Va. –  Virginia State Police say a trooper shot and seriously wounded a man who advanced on him with a knife near a rest area along Interstate 81. Police said in a statement early Monday that someone reported two men making alarming comments at the Augusta County Rest area Sunday night. Police say a trooper responded and as he spoke to the men, one ran across the interstate to the rest stop on the other side. The trooper followed and encountered the man behind the rest area, where police say the man advanced on the trooper with a knife and was shot. Police say the man was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. The other man was detained. The trooper wasn’t injured and is on routine administrative...

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Pence: Will use ‘all legal means at our disposal’ to reinstate immigration ban – Fox News

Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that the federal judge who halted President Trump’s temporary immigration ban “made the wrong decision” and vowed to use “all legal means at our disposal” to protect Americans. “From the outset of his campaign and administration, the president of the United States has made it clear to put the safety of the American people first,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We are going to win this argument.” Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 that temporarily halted immigration from seven mostly Muslim nations and the United States’ Syrian refugee program. The order follows his steadfast argument that radical Islamic terrorism poses a major threat to Americans’ safety. On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle imposed a temporary restraining order on Trump’s ban, in response to a case filed last week by Washington state and Minnesota challenging Trump’s constitutional authority to unilaterally impose such a sweeping ban. On Saturday night, a federal appeals court denied a Trump administration request to lift the restraining order and allow the immigration ban to continue. “Under statutory law and under the Constitution, that authority belongs to the president,” Pence also said Sunday. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that she has “no doubt” that the legal issue will ultimately go to the Supreme Court. Pence also...

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Pence rallies Gorsuch support, compares to Scalia ahead of confirmation battle – Fox News

Vice President Mike Pence tried Saturday to rally public support for President Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — lauding his legal career and vowing he would “pick up” where former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia “left off,” while warning about Gorsuch’s tough, partisan Senate confirmation battle ahead. “They are cut from the same cloth,” Pence said at a Federalist Society gathering in Philadelphia. “It’s clear that the country will be stronger with him, but we’re not there yet.” Within minutes of Trump announcing Wednesday that Gorsuch would be his pick to replace Scalia, Senate Democrats were insisting that he would need 60 votes in the chamber to win confirmation. “Make no mistake, Senate Democrats will not simply allow but require an exhaustive, robust and comprehensive debate on Judge Gorsuch’s fitness to be a Supreme Court justice,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic firebrand, was more straightforward, saying she would oppose Gorsuch’s nomination based on his “long and well established record.” Republicans have 52 senators and Democrats have 48. So under the chamber’s 60-vote rule, Gorsuch would need votes from at least eight Democrats to be confirmed. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can lower the threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes. Trump has suggested that McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, can resort, if needed, to the so-called “nuclear option,” to end...

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Trump says his order didn’t cause weekend airport chaos – Fox News

WASHINGTON –  President Donald Trump on Monday denied his immigration order was to blame for the chaos at the nation’s airports over the weekend, instead pointing to computer glitches, protesters and even the “tears of Senator Schumer.” Later he shifted the focus away from the weekend’s immigration turmoil, signing an executive action aimed at cutting regulations for small businesses. White House officials called the directive a “one in, two out” plan, requiring government agencies requesting a new regulation to identify two others they will cut. Trump signed the order in the Oval Office surrounded by small business leaders, saying it would “massively” cut regulations and calling it the “biggest such act that our country has ever seen.” Trump’s business announcement came as protests continued around the country over his immigration order. Early Monday, he took to Twitter to defend the move, saying that only 109 out of 325,000 people “were detained and held for questioning.” Trump also said swift action was important, noting that there are a “lot of bad ‘dudes’ out there.” Trump’s order temporarily suspends all immigration for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days. Democratic New York Sen. Schumer choked up over the weekend while talking about the repercussions from the ban, but that brought scorn from Trump. “I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears – I’m going to ask him who was his...

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