Barbara Bush, the popular matriarch of the Bush family dynasty famous for her unpretentious style and elegant halo of white hair, died Tuesday at the age of 92
.Her death was confirmed by the office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, and came just two days after a family spokesman said she would not seek further medical treatment for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Border Patrol agents say they can’t be much clearer: They want more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.In a new survey conducted by the National Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union, they overwhelmingly backed adding a “wall system” in new strategic locations, saying it will boost their ability to nab or deter would-be illegal immigrants.Agents also said they need the government to change the “catch-and-release” policy that means even after they arrest illegal immigrants at the border, they often have to immediately release them in the U.S., giving them the chance to disappear into the shadows with the 11 million other illegal immigrants already here.The findings, shared with The Washington Times, appear to undercut congressional Democrats who released a report last month — based on an internal tool used by Homeland Security to evaluate security gaps — concluding that line agents didn’t actually support President Trump’s plans for a wall.
Illegal immigrant Luis Bracamontes smiled again Tuesday as a California jury handed him a death sentence following his conviction in the 2014 killing of two sheriff’s deputies, but this time, the deputies’ families gave the cold-blooded killer a taste of his own medicine.”I was smiling back at him purposely,” Jeri Oliver, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver’s mother, told The Sacarmento Bee after court. Debbie McMahon, the mother of fallen Placer County Sheriff Detective Michael Davis Jr., agreed “to smile at him for a change.”The convicted cop killer made headlines during his trial in January when he smiled and went into a profanity-laced rant in court, saying, “I wish I had killed more of the mother——-s,” and promised to “kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me … There’s no need for a f—ing trial.”
Suspicious packages were investigated and have been declared safe in at least two military bases in the D.C. region.Officials say a suspicious package was received at the National Defense University on Fort McNair at around 8:30 a.m. Monday in Washington D.C. The FBI, Secret Service, Hazmat and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit responded to the scene.The building was evacuated and the 52nd Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Fort Belvoir examined the package. It tested positive for black powder and residue. An x-ray of the package indicated a suspected GPS and an expedient fuse were attached, and the package was rendered safe, Army officials said.There were no injuries reported.
President Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency Friday to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who learned the news while driving a garbage truck, the only job he could find with a felony conviction.Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison during the 2016 campaign for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine. Trump invoked his case repeatedly on the campaign trail, saying he was “ruined” for doing “nothing” compared to Hillary Clinton.
Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.A warrant served at the male juvenile’s home and items were found consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.The boy has not been identified but police said he was attending a class at Pine View.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department will investigate potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”Yes, it will be investigated,” Sessions told reporters at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees FISA warrants, according to the Washington Examiner.He said looking into any abuses is the “appropriate thing” to do.Sessions’s remarks follow allegations from President Trump last year that Obama administration officials misused their FISA authority to wrongly surveil members of his transition team.It is not clear if Sessions has opened a formal investigation into the matter, but he said the Justice Department’s inspector general would take it up.Sessions similarly said on Fox News on Sunday that his department would look into the process for obtaining warrants under FISA.
WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s company last week donated its 2017 profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, the company said Monday, but declined to give any details on the size of its contribution or how it determined that number.George Sorial, chief compliance counsel for the Trump Organization, said that the company had made its donation on Thursday, “calculated in accordance with our policy and the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry.” Mr. Sorial noted the donation was “voluntary” and “not a legal requirement.”
Nunes, R-CA, fought back Saturday against Schiff. Nunes said the Democratic memo did not dispel the original findings of the committee, which he noted were also validated by an investigation headed by the Senate Judiciary Committee into Steele and his role in providing the FBI with the unverified dossier. Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, made a criminal referral to the Department of Justice last month and released their findings after receiving approval from the FBI.“The American people now clearly understand that the FBI used political dirt paid for by the Democratic Party to spy on an American citizen from the Republican Party,” said Nunes in a statement released Saturday. “Furthermore, the FISA court was misled about Mr. Page’s past interactions with the FBI in which he helped build a case against Russian operatives in America who were brought to justice,” said Nunes, in a statement.”
At least four people were injured on Sunday evening when an explosion levelled a building in the city of Leicester in central England, in what local authorities called a “major incident”.Leicester police say that a “massive explosion” destroyed a building on Hinckley Road which reportedly housed a Polish shop called the Western Park Store, as well as a private home.“All emergency services are currently dealing with this” local police tweeted, urging locals to “please avoid the area.”British police said there was no immediate indication that the explosion was linked to terrorism.“Incident will be the subject of a joint investigation with the fire service,” the local police force said on Twitter. “At this stage there is no indication this is terrorist related.”The cause of the explosion remains unknown.”We were just in the house…about 500 meters from where the blast has taken place,” resident Kat Pattinson told Sky News.