Trump rebuts Graham: My response to Iran 'was a sign of strength'
- Trump's tweet was an unusual rebuke of a strong congressional ally -- though much gentler than some of his previous attacks on critics -- and comes as sources tell CNN that no definitive US response to this past weekend's attacks on Saudi oil fields is expected until Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns from his trip to Saudi Arabia that begins Tuesday night.
- Graham's Twitter thread about the attacks on Saudi oil facilities began Tuesday with praise for Vice President Mike Pence after he briefed Senate Republicans.
- CNN reported on Tuesday that while US defense officials were ordered to plan potential responses to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities in a Monday meeting with Trump, the White House is waiting for the kingdom's rulers to decide on a response before charting a path forward.
US officials are steadily building a case that Iran struck Saudi oil plants in a bold attack
- The US appears to be steadily building a case against Iran in the wake of devastating strikes on Saudi oil sites over the weekend.
- The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it "one of the largest executed by our forces" in Saudi Arabia.
- On Tuesday, multiple outlets, citing unnamed US officials, reported that the attacks on Saudi oil sites were likely launched from southern Iran.
- US and Saudi investigators determined "with very high probability" that the drones and missiles were launched from an Iranian base along the border of Iraq, CNN reported, citing an unnamed source familiar with the situation.
- US satellites detected Iran preparing drones and missiles at launch sites prior to this weekend's attacks, NPR reported Tuesday afternoon, citing two US defense officials.
Trump says homeless people are living in 'our best highways' and building entrances and people have told him they want to 'leave the country' over it
- The Washington Post has previously reported that the Trump administration is looking for ways the federal government can intervene and crack down on homelessness in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, where a lack of affordable housing has worsened the problem.
- The Post said that top Trump administration officials from the White House and various federal agencies have traveled to California to meet with local officials, further reporting that the group of officials toured a former Federal Aviation Administration facility as a possible site that could house homeless people.
- Critics are warning, however, that criminalizing homelessness is a counterproductive strategy, and the administration's reported plans to move the homeless into government facilities and engage in "humane policing" may not be legal or practical.
Florida mother and 4 children were missing for weeks. Then a bystander smelled something horrible.
- The 32-year-old and her four young children hadn't been seen by family for over a month, and law enforcement officials say the children's remains were found buried in nearby Charlton County, Georgia.
- Marion County, Florida, officials said a warrant for second-degree murder charges has been issued for Jones' arrest.
- The Marion County Sheriff's Office said it's believed that Jones killed them in Florida weeks ago, and then stored their bodies and drove them into southern Georgia.
- When police arrived at the crash scene Sunday night, deputies "smelled a foul odor" coming from Michael Jones' van, according to a Brantley County Sheriff's Office press release.
- Michael Jones also admitted to concealing the death of other bodies just prior to the traffic accident, the Brantley County Sheriff's Office said.
Trump administration sends team to Los Angeles for 'fact finding' on homelessness
- The move comes in the midst of Trump's long-standing rocky relationship with California, with the President clashing with the Golden State over not only homelessness but also his spot on the California 2020 ballot and his false claims about state voter fraud.
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's staff took Trump administration officials on a tour Tuesday "to learn more about the city's response to the homelessness crisis," the mayor's office said in a statement.
- Garcetti's staff showed the officials "the Unified Homelessness Response Center, the redevelopment of Jordan Downs public housing complex, prefabricated Flyaway Homes, and the St. Andrews Place A Bridge Home shelter recently opened in South L.A.," according to the statement.
- Deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement on Tuesday that Trump has directed his team to expand on homelessness policy.
- Trump has also made baseless claims about his professed anti-homelessness initiatives in Washington, comparing the city's situation to that of California cities.
Tourists Heeding Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ Campaign Overpower Moab
- MOAB, Utah—Six years ago, Utah tourism officials launched a “Mighty 5” marketing campaign to entice more visitors to the state’s spectacular national parks.
- After hearing the complaints, the Utah Office of Tourism, which ran the Mighty 5 campaign between 2013 and 2015, has spent the past three years trying to disperse the crowds from the national parks to lesser-known federal preserves and state parks.
- Utah officials say they conceived the Mighty 5 campaign, in part, after a hoped-for surge in tourism to the Beehive State failed to materialize following the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
- At Arches National Park, 4 miles north of Moab, Superintendent Kate Cannon said the preserve has hit a daily traffic count of more than 3,000 vehicles at least six times so far this year after doing so twice last year and only rarely in the years prior.
16 significant walls dividing people, cities, and countries across the world
- In 1961, Berlin was divided right down the middle by a 27-mile-long wall, designed to stop people moving east to west.
- In September 2019, White House officials said the installation of more fencing would begin in earnest, with a target of building 500 miles of the new border by the end of 2020.
- The actual fences are topped with barbed wire, the zone has has mines, and it also has the most military at a border anywhere in the world.
- In 2018, Israel began building a 30-foot wall which, when finished, will run for 80 miles, to block off Lebanon, saying it was erected to protect residents from attacks.
- Between the two countries runs a 450-mile-long barbed wire fence called the Line of Control.
- Beginning in 1986, a wall was built that runs 2,500 miles and is topped with barbed wire to separate India and Bangladesh.
Russia hacked the FBI to prevent the bureau from being able to track Russian spies in the US
- The Russian government hacked into the FBI's communication system to stop the bureau from being able to track Russian spies working in the US, Yahoo News reported in a bombshell investigation published Monday.
- In addition to fearing the Russians may have gained access to US intelligence channels, officials also believed Russian spies could locate undercover FBI surveillance teams and the substance of FBI communications.
- That year, the FBI began investigating Russia's efforts to recruit US assets, and one of their foremost targets was Carter Page, who later served as a foreign policy aide on President Donald Trump's campaign.
- The investigation found that Russia's hack of the FBI's communication systems was a key reason why former President Barack Obama's administration kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and shuttered two Russian diplomatic facilities in December 2016.
After another blown call went against the Saints, one player blasted the 'Foot Locker' refs
- Cameron Jordan recovered the ball for the Saints and delivered it 87 yards to the end zone, seemingly giving the Saints a 9-3 lead.
- Except the officials blew the whistle while the play was in motion, ruling it an incomplete pass.
- Officials reviewed the play and correctly ruled it a fumble, but the damage was done when the whistles were blown.
- By calling an incomplete pass on the field, the ball was marked as a dead ball, which means Jordan's return did not count.
- Despite the whistle being blown, players on the field continued as usual, attempting to chase Jordan down as he raced to the end zone.
- While the Saints were awarded the ball at their own 13-yard line, they did not score a touchdown and went on to lose 27-9.
Boris Johnson forced to cancel Luxembourg press conference due to deafening boos from protesters
- Boris Johnson was forced to cancel a planned press conference in Luxembourg due to the deafening sound of protesters gathered on the streets to meet him.
- The UK prime minister was due to field questions from European journalists on Monday after meeting for talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel.
- However, Johnson was met by the deafening sound of boos prior to the planned press conference.
- Officials announced that they would instead issue a pre-recorded playback of Johnson and Bettel later on Monday.
- Johnson met for lunch with Juncker to discuss potential changes to the EU withdrawal agreement signed up to by Johnson's predecessor Theresa May. However, little progress was made during the talks, according to a readout from the European Commission.