Absent any proof that President Donald Trump's claims that former-President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower, FBI Director James Comey asked the U.S. Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's assertions. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who appeared on all of this morning's major network news programs, said Trump doesn't care what Comey thinks. "I think he firmly believes that this is a story line that has been reported pretty widely by quite a few outlets," said Sanders. What she forgot to add is that the articles she cited don't back up Trump's claims. Only far-right talk radio and Breitbart News have been fanning the conspiracy flames.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning it was tossing out a lower court ruling that had allowed a transgender boy in Virginia to use the bathroom he chooses. Legal analysts had expected the high court to hear the full case on whether transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The New York Times reports the court has ordered the lower court to reconsider the case in light of new "guidance documents" issued by the Trump administration in February. The case centered on Grimm, a transgender male who was born female, who was barred from using a boy's bathroom in 2014. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Grimm, but the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which now has bumped it back the lower court.
The justices sent the case back for further consideration in light of the new guidance from the Trump administration https://t.co/tgfyiQaYk8
The Boise River, already perilously close to the flood stage, is expected to run higher and faster in the coming days. Due to rapid snowmelt and rainfall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are preparing to release an additional 250 cubic feet per second, per day, from Lucky Peak Reservoir. That means the Boise River near the Glenwood Bridge might increase to 7,000 cubic feet per second. Sections of the Boise Greenbelt and Eagle Island have already been closed off due to flooding and more closures are expected by the end of the week. As of this morning, the Boise River at Glenwood Bridge was running 6,620 cfs and was 10-feet high.
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Comedian John Oliver didn't waste a second of his Last Week Tonight broadcast Sunday evening on HBO, lambasting Donald Trump: "I think we can now officially declare that Trump has a worse media diet than the Son of Sam killer, and he got all his news from a talking dog," said Oliver, who dubbed the Trump mess to "Stupid Watergate." Oliver explained his "Stupid Watergate" moniker as a "potential scandal with all the intrigue of Watergate, except everyone involved is really bad at everything. And the relevant question isn't so much, 'What did the president know and when did he know it?' as it is, 'Is the president physically capable of knowing things at all?'"
A double execution, the State Department apologizes over its online content on Mar-a-Lago, a 12-year-old goes on a lengthy Australian drive-about and the growing possibility of a Hollywood writers strike.