US Warns Russia Over Support for Assad
CNN – Leading members of the G7, meeting in Italy, will get their first chance to seek clarity from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on whether the US is now committed to deposing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The UN ambassador to the United Nations, Nikky Haley, told CNN on Sunday that regime change was “inevitable” in Syria. But Tillerson was more equivocal, telling CBS that the first priority was the defeat of ISIS.
The foreign ministers are likely to put pressure on Russia to reconsider its support for Assad in the wake of the chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in northwest Syria that killed more than 80 people. The attack was widely blamed on the Assad regime.
Hacking Blamed for Emergency Sirens Blaring Across Dallas
Dallas News – Dallas officials blame computer hacking for setting off emergency sirens throughout the city early Saturday.
Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas’ Office of Emergency Management, said that all 156 of the city’s sirens were activated more than a dozen times.
Officials don’t know who was responsible for the hacking, but Vaz said “with a good deal of confidence that this was someone outside our system” and in the Dallas area.
The city has figured out how the emergency system was compromised and is working to prevent it from happening again, he said. It’s a “very concerning” issue that Dallas has never faced.
Although Vaz said that identifying who sounded the sirens will be like “finding a needle in a haystack,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said authorities will “find and prosecute whomever is responsible.”
Five Dead in Somalian Military Academy Suicide Bombing
Time – A Somali military officer says a suicide bomber blew himself up at a military academy west of Somalia’s capital, killing at least five soldiers.
Col. Abdi Hassan said the bomber dressed in a military uniform walked into the Somali military training camp on Monday morning and detonated explosives strapped to his waist near soldiers and officers.
He said the bomber, posing as a military trainee, had crossed the gate checkpoint and targeted soldiers and officers resting after their daily military exercises.
TV Ad Slams Republicans Over Would-Be Obamacare Repeal
Politico – Moderate House Republicans who flirted with supporting the GOP’s now-stalled Obamacare replacement will face attack ads in their districts this week for doing so.
Save My Care, a coalition of left-leaning health care advocacy groups fighting to preserve Obamacare, is launching a seven-figure TV ad buy in seven competitive House districts across the country.
It’s one of the first attempts by the left to weaponize the GOP’s failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, and it comes as Republicans arrive at home for a two-week recess after trying and failing repeatedly to coalesce behind a health care plan.
“Congressman [Darrell] Issa promised to protect our health care, but when right-wing politicians tried to pass a disastrous health care repeal bill that raises cost and cuts coverage, Issa wouldn’t oppose them,” a male narrator intones as ominous music plays, in one version of the 30-second spot.