Mar 9, 2017

"Uh, no": McConnell says Mexico won't pay for the wall

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a Politico panel Thursday that "there is no evidence" that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, but he is leaving the conclusion for Congress to decide. Other takeaways:

  • When asked about the Mexican border wall, McConnell admitted that, "There are probably some places along the border where that's not the best [course of action]." And on whether he thinks Mexico will pay for it? "Uh... no," he laughed.
  • McConnell's take on Russia: "The Russians are not our friends, the sanctions shouldn't be lifted, and NATO is the most important military organization and should be defended," he stated. "I certainly have no real hope that we will have a better relationship with Russia..."

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.

Minneapolis will ban police chokeholds following George Floyd's death

A memorial for George Floyd at the site of his death in Minneapolis. Photo: Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Minneapolis has agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and will require nearby officers to act to stop them in the wake of George Floyd's death, AP reports.

Why it matters: The agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which has launched an investigation into Floyd's death while in police custody, will be enforceable in court.