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House passes school-safety bill that doesn't touch guns, second Trump lawyer linked to Stormy Daniels payment, and more.
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House's School Safety Bill Passes Without Gun Control
The House of Representatives easily passed a bill funding extra school security measures aimed, in part, at showing teachers and law enforcement officials how to handle mental health issues in order to "identify and prevent threats," according to Speaker Paul Ryan. Still, Democrats were enraged that the bill didn't specifically address gun control. “This is a pretense that we are doing something while assuring the NRA that we aren’t doing anything,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer.—CNN
Another Trump Lawyer Linked to Stormy Daniels Payment
In newly-disclosed documents, Trump Organization employee Jill Martin was named as the attorney representing the shell company Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen set up to give Daniels $130,000. Cohen had previously claimed to be acting on his own, stating: “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford.”—VICE News
Trump Admits Making Shit Up in Meeting with Trudeau
At a Missouri fundraiser Wednesday, the president admitted bluffing his way through a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, mistakenly saying the US had a trade deficit with Canada. Trump said: “I didn’t even know. I had no idea. I just said, “You’re wrong.”” The US runs a trade surplus with Canada, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative.—VICE News
Sessions Considers Firing FBI's Former Deputy Director
Jeff Sessions was reportedly mulling whether to axe Andrew McCabe just days before he officially retired Sunday. The FBI’s former deputy director went through a disciplinary process related to his handling of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. If Sessions approved a recommendation to dismiss McCabe, it would put his pension at risk.—The New York Times
Russia Promises to Retaliate Against UK
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would “certainly” throw British diplomats out of the country after Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian officials over the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter. Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, told the UN Security Council the US “believes that Russia is responsible for the attack."—AP / Bloomberg
Bomb Attack in Pakistan Leaves Seven Dead
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated a device at a police checkpoint in Lahore on Wednesday. Four of the seven killed were cops, according to the deputy inspector general of police, and another 18 people were injured. The Pakistani Taliban claim to have carried out the attack.—Reuters
Libya Cracks Down on Human Trafficking
The Libyan attorney general’s office put out 205 arrest warrants for those suspected of organizing “the illegal immigration and the human trafficking” of people into Europe. Suspects included everyone from members of the security forces to staff at embassies in the country.—BBC News
Top North Korean Official Heads to Talks in Sweden
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was expected to touch down in Stockholm Thursday, with Pyongyang indicating one purpose of the visit was to discuss “effective implementation” of recent UN Security Council resolutions with Sweden's foreign minister. The Scandinavian country has traditionally served as the chief go-between for the US and North Korea.—AP
Prosecutor Not Opposed to Bail for Meek Mill
The imprisoned rapper received good news Wednesday when the office of the Philadelphia District Attorney said it was “unopposed” to his release on bail. Prosecutors said there was a “strong likelihood” Mill’s conviction for violating probation would be reversed.—The Philadelphia Tribune
Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Aaron Sorkin Script
The celebrated author's estate went after production company Rudinplay over an adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage, claiming Sorkin’s script deviated too much from the novel. Lee agreed to the play shortly before she died in 2016.—The Hollywood Reporter
Drake Plays Game on Twitch, Breaks Records
More than 600,000 people watched the rapper play Fortnite Battle Royale on the streaming platform Wednesday night, setting a new record for Twitch viewership. Drake went up against popular gamer Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja.—Motherboard
Key and Peele Reunite for Netflix Animation
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will voice characters for a stop-motion film about two demon brothers called Wendell and Wild. Peele has also reportedly agreed to co-write the script for the Henry Selick-directed Netflix project.—VICE
United Accidentally Flies Dog to Japan
The airline sent a German Shepherd bound for Missouri all the way to Japan. “An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations,” United explained. Both dogs involved were safe, the airline said.—VICE News
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