Trump defends sharing information with Russians

President Donald Trump is using Twitter to defend his sharing of information with the Russians.

Trump says he wanted to share with Russia “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.” He notes that as president, he has an “absolute right” to do this.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump divulged highly classified “code-word” information that could enable the Russians to trace the source of the intelligence.

Trump added a line in his tweet suggesting why he did it: “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

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Police search for escaped inmate in Homestead

Police are searching for an escaped inmate in Homestead.A police perimeter was established in the area of Southwest 137th Avenue and Southwest 312th Street.Sky 10 was flying above the area as several Homestead police officers were stopping vehicles.Pol…

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks about decision to retire from Congress

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, is explaining her decision to retire at the end of her term next year.

Ros-Lehtinen held a news conference Monday morning at her congressional office in South Florida.

“I have decided that I will not seek re-election in 2018,” Ros-Lehtinen said, joined by her family.

Ros-Lehtinen said the time has come after 38 years as an elected official.

“I still have a lot of fight left in me, and I want to assure the constituents of my congressional district that I will work diligently for South Florida for the next 20 months with the same fervor, with the same enthusiasm, that I have always had,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Born in Havana, Ros-Lehtinen became the first Cuban-American to be elected to Congress in 1989. She previously served in the Florida House and Florida Senate.

Asked why she decided now was the time to step away from politics, Ros-Lehtinen said there was no “eureka moment.”

“But there comes a time that you say, ‘You know, even though this is a wonderful life, and even though I’m doing what I love to do, there’s so many other wonderful things,'” she said.

Ros-Lehtinen said there are lots of things that she could do, citing her doctorate in education, and she wants to seek those opportunities.

“I don’t even know what I’ll do,” she said.

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Facebook Live killer shoots himself after police chase

Pennsylvania State Police say the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook has shot and killed himself after a brief pursuit.

State police say Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning by state police in Erie County, in the state’s northwest corner. Authorities say police tried to pull Stephens over and, after a brief pursuit, he shot and killed himself.

Stephens was wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the shooting death of a 74-year-old retired man in Cleveland on Sunday.

He posted video of that shooting on Facebook.

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House Republicans withdraw health care bill, Trump blames Democrats

Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues.
Just after the move, Trump said the bill fell short in the lead-up to the vote because of no support from Democrats
The measure has been a top GOP priority and was the party’s first major legislative effort since it took control of both the White House and Congress in January.
The legislation would repeal much of former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law, including its requirement that people buy policies.
 

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