Comey Letter on Clinton Email is Subject of Justice Department Inquiry
New York Times – The Justice Department’s inspector general said Thursday that he would open a broad investigation into how the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, handled the case over Hillary Clinton’s emails, including his decision to discuss it at a news conference and to disclose 11 days before the election that he had new information that could lead him to reopen it.
The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, will not look into the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton or her aides. But he will review actions Mr. Comey took that Mrs. Clinton and many of her supporters believe cost her the election.
Senate Approves First Step in Repealing Obamacare in Late-Night Session
NBC – The U.S. Senate took the first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act after a marathon voting session that started Wednesday evening and extended into early Thursday.
The vote does not repeal President Obama’s signature achievement, but it does set the stage for Republicans to clear the first procedural hurdle for repeal of the massive health care law. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for a vote expected to take place on Friday.
Syria Accuses Israel of Bombardment
BBC – Syria has accused Israel of bombarding an area west of Damascus, with reports of a military airport being hit. State television quoted the army as saying several rockets landed in the airport compound in Mezzeh, Reuters news agency reports.
It remains unclear if the alleged bombardment, which caused fires, has caused any casualties. The Israeli government has previously neither confirmed nor denied that it carries out strikes in Syria.
Baltimore, U.S. Justice Department Reach Agreement on Police Reforms
The Baltimore Sun – After five months of negotiation, Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed to the terms of a consent decree mandating reform of the city Police Department, both sides said Wednesday. The agreement is expected to be approved by top city officials at a special meeting Thursday. It must also be approved by a U.S. District Court judge before becoming binding. It has not been made public.
Mattis Dismisses Gillibrand With Epic Line on LGBT Military
The DC – Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis really doesn’t care who people sleep with, especially in the military. He dismissed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s question about LGBT members of the military during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, saying, “I’ve never cared.”
“Do you believe that allowing LGBT Americans to serve in the military or women in combat is undermining our lethality?” Gillibrand asked.
Israeli Soldiers ‘Caught in Hamas Online Honey Trap’
BBC – Israel’s military says it has uncovered a scam by Hamas militants to spy on its soldiers by hacking their mobile phones after posing as women on social media.
Members of the Palestinian group found the soldiers online, then tried to strike up a friendship using the fake identities, an officer told reporters. Dozens of soldiers were persuaded to install an application that controlled their phone cameras and microphones.