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Polls close in Pennsylvania, as voters wait for results in high-stakes special election
Lawmakers face Friday deadline for $1.3 trillion budget bill
Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for Cambridge Analytica data breach
Saudi crown prince reportedly bragged he has Kushner 'in his pocket'
Report: Andrew McCabe authorized perjury investigation into Sessions
Austin bomber left behind 25-minute video 'confession,' police say
On Wednesday, congressional negotiators finalized a $1.3 trillion budget bill that must be passed by both the House and Senate by midnight Friday in order to avoid another government shutdown. The 2,232-page text of the bill was released in the evening, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said while "no bill of this size is perfect," the "legislation addresses important priorities and makes us stronger at home and abroad." The bill increases military and domestic spending but does not address DACA or give President Trump much money for his Mexico border wall. Trump tweeted his support anyway, saying he "got $1.6 billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming," and "got $700 billion to rebuild our military."Source: The Associated Press
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told CNN on Wednesday he's "really sorry" about a data breach that affected an estimated 50 million Facebook users, acknowledging that the company has "a basic responsibility" to protect users' private information. Facebook is under scrutiny following the revelation that a data scientist created a personality quiz that was taken by millions of users, and their personal information was then secretly passed along to the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg said "anyone whose data may have been affected" will be notified, and the platform plans on building a tool that lets users see if their information has been compromised and if they are using any apps that are "doing sketchy things."Source: CNN
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told people close to him that President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, shared with him the names of Saudis who were disloyal to him, and also told the crown prince of Abu Dhabi he has Kushner "in his pocket," current and former White House and government officials told The Intercept. Before his security clearance was downgraded, Kushner read the President's Daily Brief, filled with classified intelligence. A spokesperson for Kushner's lawyer told The Intercept Kushner did not discuss any names with the crown prince.Source: The Intercept
While still employed as the FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe authorized an investigation into whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied while testifying during his congressional confirmation hearing in January 2017, three people familiar with the matter told NBC News. Sessions' lawyer, Chuck Cooper, told NBC News the probe ended without criminal charges, and a Department of Justice official said Sessions had no idea about the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last week, just days before his retirement was set to kick in. At his hearing, Sessions said he never met with any Russians while serving as a campaign surrogate for President Trump; it was later revealed that Sessions did meet multiple times with the then-Russian ambassador to the U.S.Source: NBC News
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Wednesday evening that Mark Conditt, the presumptive serial bomber who died in a police standoff early Wednesday morning, left a video recording on his phone. "I would classify this as a confession," Manley said, and in it Conditt, 23, describes in detail the six complete explosive devices that killed two people in and around Austin starting March 2. It does not reveal a motive, Manley said. "He does not at all mention anything about terrorism nor does he mention anything about hate, but instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man, talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point."Source: Austin American-Statesman, The Associated Press
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