Apr 12, 2017

Nothing unusual in Nunes docs, Intel sources tell CNN


Both Republicans and Democrats who have reviewed the same documents that led House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to announce that the Obama administration may have surveilled Trump associates say the files contain no evidence of anything "unusual or illegal," according to CNN.

Who's saying this: Several members of the House and Senate intel committees have reviewed the docs. CNN sites "sources in both parties" as saying they contain nothing unusual.

Why it matters: Trump has accused Susan Rice, the former national security adviser who sought to "unmask" individuals caught up in surveillance, of breaking the law, and told the New York Times it was "one of the big stories of our time." Nunes' statements have also been used by some to support Trump's claim that Obama had him wiretapped. According to CNN's sources, Rice's activities were "normal" and the documents don't support Nunes' claims.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.

Exclusive: Anti-Sanders campaign targets black South Carolina voters

Courtesy of The Big Tent Project

The Big Tent Project, a Democratic political group focused on promoting moderate presidential candidates, has sent hundreds of thousands of mailers bashing Bernie Sanders to black voters in South Carolina who voted in the state's 2016 primary.

Why it matters: Sanders' rise to the top of the pack, as dueling moderate candidates split their side of the vote, is worrying many in the Democratic political establishment who fear a socialist can't beat President Trump.