Former intelligence officials described Jared Kushner's reported attempt to set up a backchannel line of communication with Russia last December that would bypass the US' national security and intelligence apparatus as "off the map," "explosive," and "extremely dangerous." "We have back-channel communications with a number of countries," McMaster said. "So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner." Scott Olson, a recently retired FBI agent who ran counterintelligence operations and spent more than 20 years at the bureau, agreed that it is not unusual for low-level staffers to work between governments and bypass bureaucracy
WEATHERFORD, Texas -- Two toddlers were found dead in a hot car in a rural North Texas neighborhood. A Parker County Sheriff's Office statement says the 2-year-old girl and 16-month-old boy were found about 4:30 p.m. Friday by their mother in a subdivision near Lake Weatherford. The statement says temperatures at the time were about 96 degrees. The mother, whom deputies did not identify, told investigators that her children "took off" and she was searching for them when she found them locked in the vehicle. The mother broke a window to get into the vehicle and found both children unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel were immediately contacted. Both children were pronounced deceased at
For 5-year-old Taylor, it’s bad enough Barack Obama is no longer the U.S. president ― but did Hillary Clinton have to lose the 2016 election, too?
Showing up to an economic summit in a single piece of clothing that costs more than most Americans make in a year may just be one of Melania Trump's biggest blunders to date. The first lady stepped out to attend the G7 summit, wearing a 3D floral Dolce & Gabbana coat that rings in at a cool $51,000 - or, basically, showed up with a BMW draped over her shoulders. While we're all for a splurge here and there, there's a time, a place, and, most importantly, a scale. This move makes Michelle Obama's Lanvin sneakers look like chump change; in fact, it makes some single-family homes look like a steal. Maybe Michelle could give Melania a few fashion pointers - like how to find a few great pieces at
A charter school principal in New Orleans has lost his job after video surfaced of him appearing to wear Nazi-associated rings.
The skydiver who fell to his death in a California vineyard was wearing a specialized jumpsuit that resembles a flying squirrel and was undertaking an extreme but growing sport that can send people soaring through the air at speeds of more than 200 mph. Matthew Ciancio, 42, crashed Wednesday afternoon after undertaking a jump with the Lodi Parachute Center, about 30 miles south of Sacramento. The Federal Aviation Administration says it's investigating and has not announced a cause of the accident. Bill Dause, a spokesman for the Lodi Parachute Center, said witnesses told him that Ciancio jumped from 13,000 feet and released his parachute at about 4,000 feet. Dause said the witnesses saw Ciancio
Ariana Grande fans are bashing Piers Morgan for his insensitive comments after the tragic Manchester attack.
There is outrage in Florida after a man was caught on camera unplugging a bounce house during a birthday party while children were playing inside. Police say he could be charged with trespassing. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports for TODAY from Port St. Lucie.
Andy Slavitt was acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015 to 2017. This week the Trump administration managed to impose a massive tax increase on middle-income families beginning in 2018. You could be excused for missing this story if you were focusing instead on President Trump’s draconian budget or Republican efforts to take away health care from tens of millions of people. But, indeed, on Monday, the Trump Health Care Tax was born. The new tax, 19 percent or more of premiums, will be added on top of the cost of policies purchased through the individual-market health insurance exchanges. It is a result of Trump’s decision to create as much chaos as possible