5 things you need to know today
- Two new developments in the ongoing Mueller investigation: First, President Trump has decided to declassify various documents and text messages related to the Russia investigation, including parts of a FISA application on former adviser Carter Page.
- Republicans have long urged Trump to declassify as much as possible from the investigation, but Democrats are calling the latest order an "abuse of power." The second development: After a long delay, it appears former national security adviser Michael Flynn is finally ready to be sentenced after pleading guilty to lying to investigators way back in December.
- Now, an independent Yemen-based human rights group has given CNN exclusive access to a trove of documents that show fragments of US-manufactured bombs at the scenes of other incidents in the country since 2015, when the civil war began.
Director Glenn Weiss proposed during his Emmys acceptance speech — and it brought down the house
- Usually when people accept their Emmy award, they try to fit in their thanks to all of the special people in their life.
- When Director Glenn Weiss accepted his directing Emmy for "The Oscars," Monday night at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, he first mentioned that his mother died two weeks ago.
- He shared that it has been a difficult time for him, but then spoke of his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, who works as a theater marketing director.
- Weiss said he doesn't love calling her his "girlfriend," and would actually want to call her his "wife." He proposed to her during his speech and she made her way to the stage.
- Svendsen made her way up on the stage, where Weiss asked her to marry him.
- Weiss, in typical award show fashion, then thanked the academy.
Trump throws bombshell into Russia investigation, orders release of controversial surveillance documents and Comey texts
- President Donald Trump on Monday directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice to declassify a number of documents related to the Russia investigation in addition to releasing unredacted versions all text messages about the probe sent and received by multiple officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, the White House said in a statement.
- Trump also asked the Justice Department to publicly release unredacted versions of all text messages related to the Russia probe of Comey, McCabe, Ohr, and FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who were involved in both the Russia investigation and the probe into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
The fallout since the Weinstein scandal first rocked Hollywood
- The New York Times publishes a story detailing numerous accusations of sexual harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
- The story, 10 months in the making, also included new allegations of harassment and other improper behavior -- along with assertions that people at Weinstein's film company knew about his misconduct.
- Later that day, The New York Times published a followup story with quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood actresses with allegations against Weinstein.
- Director and producer Brett Ratner is accused of sexual misconduct by Olivia Munn and five other women in a report published by The Los Angeles Times.
- Comedian Louis C.K. is accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a New York Times report, including allegations that he masturbated in front of them.
Legendary Navy SEAL Bill McRaven followed his viral Trump rebuke by resigning from a top Pentagon panel
- The Navy SEAL admiral who challenged President Donald Trump to revoke his security clearance in the Washington Post has stepped down from the Defense Innovation Board, Defense News reported.
- Admiral William McRaven's resignation from the Pentagon's leading technology advisory board came on the heels of his controversial and viral Washington Post op-ed, which he penned after Trump threatened to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan.
- The Defense Innovation Board, launched in 2016, brings together leading experts in science and technology, and allows thinkers such as Neil Degrasse Tyson to provide "creative solutions" to the Department of Defense.
- The panel also includes figures like former Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and the noted biographer Walter Isaacson.
- According to a Defense News report, McRaven resigned from the board just four days after the publication of his presidential rebuke.
Several teams in the southeast are reaching out to offer free tickets to fans displaced by Hurricane Florence
- In response, a few sports teams across the southeast have made a kind gesture — offering free tickets to those who have been displaced by Florence.
- On Thursday, the Florida Gators followed suit, inviting families to their game against Colorado State.
- The Atlanta Braves linked up with American Red Cross to invite families to the team's weekend series against the Washington Nationals.
- Those displaced get free tickets to a game and all proceeds from the weekend's 50/50 raffles going towards Florence relief efforts by the Red Cross.
- Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets announced on Friday that they were working with the NBA on an effort to support a number of community organizations to provide relief.
- From Tennessee and Florida to the Braves and Hornets, all of these gestures are a good example of how the sports world can support their communities in difficult times.