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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"New airkrafts" – The New England Patriots, owned by Robert Kraft, announcing that they're the first NFL team to buy their own travel jets. Kool guys.
RAIDING BETWEEN THE LINES
Last month, the FBI dropped by Paul Manafort's home.
Remind me who that is.
Manafort was President Trump's campaign manager for a few months last summer. But he resigned after word got out about his sketchy business dealings with Ukraine. The kind where he got paid millions to advise the country's pro-Russian party. He was also in that meeting at Trump Tower with Don Jr. and a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who'd promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. And he's a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the election.
So what's the latest?
Yesterday, we learned that late last month Mueller's investigators gave Manafort a wake up call by raiding his home. Even though Manafort's been cooperating in the investigation, the FBI apparently thinks he's a 'new phone, who dis' kind of guy and doesn't trust him. At all. They reportedly got a federal judge to sign off on a no-knock warrant. This lets them skip out on a front door tap, so there's no time to destroy evidence. They took off with some of Manafort's financial and tax docs.
The fact that the FBI got a judge to green light a search warrant is a sign criminal charges might be next. But many think this may just be the FBI's way of sending Manafort a warning, hoping he'll come around to helping them in their wider Russia investigation.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
What to say when you hear CVS is allegedly ripping you off at the pharmacy counter…
They're not the only ones getting served legal papers. Yesterday, five transgender members of the military sued President Trump for proposing to ban them from serving. Last month, he tweeted a policy update that the US gov "will not accept or allow" transgender people to serve in the military, saying that it's too expensive to cover their medical care. This is the exact opposite of former President Obama's policy, which lifted the ban on transgender service members and even covered their treatments. Pretty much no one – not even the Pentagon – knew Trump's policy reversal was coming. And there were no details about how he planned to implement it. So far the military hasn't taken any steps to turn Trump's tweets into policy, and says they're waiting for more official guidelines from the White House. But these five service members are getting ahead of the official ban and saying it's unconstitutional anyway. So far Trump's team has stayed quiet about it.
What people are talking about…
Kenya. Yesterday, at least three people were killed as protesters clashed with police outside of the capital city of Nairobi. Earlier this week, Kenya hit the polls to choose a new leader. Results aren't in yet but the main opposition candidate says the election was hacked. And that the hack is related to an incident last week, when a senior election official was found tortured and murdered. This same candidate ran for president in '07. And questioned the results of that race too. This led to violent protests between ethnic groups across the country, and more than 1,000 people were killed. Fast forward to today, and this candidate looks like he'll lose again. So everyone's jusssttt a little nervous.
What to say when your friend locks herself out of her apartment…
You can stay at my place. Canada's saying the same. In recent days, the Canadian military has been putting up tents for asylum seekers coming in from the US. The camp's going up by the US border in Quebec and can fit up to 500 people. President Trump has been trying to crackdown on immigration to the US, both legal and illegal. So in recent months, there's been an uptick in the number of asylum seekers crossing over into Canada. And a lot of them are coming from Haiti. That's because the Trump administration has ended a program that the US gov started back in 2010, which takes in Haitians impacted by a major earthquake there. Canadian authorities say they've been so overwhelmed by the number of immigrants that many of them are being housed in Montreal's Olympic Stadium. But they're still saying 'come on in, eh.'
What to say to your friend who keeps losing service...
Can't hear you. Yesterday, the State Department said that several US diplomats working in Cuba have allegedly lost their hearing from a "sonic device". Wait what? Before 2015 – when US and Cuba relations were restored under the Obama administration – harassing US diplomats was reportedly pretty common. But things have been peaceful lately. Until this. US officials say the diplomats complained of symptoms starting last year. And at least two of them came back to the US to get treatment. The US is still reportedly investigating if this was an attack. Until then, they've said 'this isn't ok' and sent two Cuban diplomats in DC packing. But Cuba's saying 'it wasn't us.' Speaking of things on the State Dept's mind, yesterday, North Korea said it's seriously thinking of launching a missile near the US territory of Guam later this month. This came in response to President Trump saying he's not afraid to hit North Korea with "fire and fury." And after it came out that North Korea can now fit nuclear warheads in a missile. Tensions, high.
What to say when you hear Oprah's got a line of frozen food that's O so good…
THING TO KNOW
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