- Andrew McCarthy argues that the FBI and the Department of Justice need to state definitively whether Christopher Steele’s Trump dossier was presented to the FISA court as evidence justifying a warrant:
The second reason to hope the dossier was not used is more alarming. If the FBI and Justice Department relied on it, this would very likely mean that they fell victim to an influence operation, based on false information, by Russian intelligence services. Steele’s sources are unidentified Russians, at least some of whom knew Steele to be a spy for hire. It is possible, if not likely, that these Russians fed Steele false information in order to see if Western intelligence services would bite and, if the Kremlin got lucky, to sow discord and chaos into the American political system.
- Egypt drafted a U.N. Security Council resolution intended to reverse the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Nikki Haley will veto this.
The National Labor Relations Board reversed an Obama-era decision that made companies liable for the actions and policies of their subcontractors and franchisees. The point of the old rules was to enable collective bargaining at companies like McDonald’s, where most of the restaurants are owned by franchisees.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the federal government to allow two immigrant women to have abortions. The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement has refused the two women access to abortions.
The family of three of the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting is suing the store that sold the Ruger AR–556 rifle used to the commit the crime. The store, an Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio, sold the rifle and handed it to the shooter even though he provided a Colorado Springs, Colorado address on the federal paperwork. Many gun dealers choose not to sell rifles and shotguns to out-of-state residents because those sales must comply with the laws of both states, and that can be difficult for them to certify. Federal law prohibits selling a handgun to an out-of-state resident without transferring it through someone with a federal firearms license.
The FPO will take control of much of Austria’s security apparatus, in charge of the foreign, interior and defense ministries. The People’s Party (OVP) led by [Sebastian] Kurz will control the powerful finance ministry as well the justice and agriculture portfolios.
Kurz will head the government as chancellor and the OVP will have eight ministries including his office. The FPO will have six, including [Heinz-Christian] Strache’s office as vice chancellor.