Jul 24, 2018

Intel committee chairs butt heads on Carter Page FISA warrant

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told CNN Tuesday that there were "sound reasons" for judges to issue a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

Why it matters: Burr's comments, which come after the Justice Department released redacted documents relating to surveillance of Page, put him at odds — again —with House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who led the charge on the controversial memo outlining FISA abuses earlier this year. Nunes and Burr, both Republicans, have consistently been on opposing sides when discussing how to handle Russian election interference.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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