FBI Chief Takes the Stand, Trump and Putin Chat, and More

Back in October, just weeks before the 2016 Election, FBI Director James Comey dropped a bomb when he announced that there were developments in the investigation into then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails. 

Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that he had to tell Congress about the investigation, saying that the FBI shouldn’t take into account how investigations would affect candidates one way or the other. 

“We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it,” he said. 

The FBI chief is also under fire for allegedly treating the Clinton investigation differently than the ongoing investigation of potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. But he maintains that he did everything by the book. Read the story from The AP

Trump and Putin

After a “very good” phone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump, the two agreed for their first in-person meeting in July. 

Their phone call also involved discussions of providing safe zones in Syria in an effort to bring peace to the war-torn nation. Read the story from The AP.

Controversial Executive Order

Trump will sign a controversial executive order on Thursday in which organizations can cite religious freedom in order to exempt themselves from recognizing same-sex marriage, transgender rights, or contraception and abortion services, according to reports. The ACLU has threatened legal action. Read the story from Mic

Alton Sterling

The Justice Department announced that it won’t prosecute the police officers who were involved in the Alton Sterling’s shooting death last summer. Read the story from The AP.

The President Plays Historian

“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” Trump said in an interview on SiriusXM. “He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’”

There’s a lot wrong with that statement. Not least of which: Jackson died 16 years before the war began. Read the story from The Atlantic

» Why There Was a Civil War

» What Trump Gets Right — and Progressives Get Wrong — About Andrew Jackson

Microsoft Announcements

At an event in New York on Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its plans to get into the classroom. This includes: STEM programs, a student-oriented laptop, and the Windows 10 S operating system. Read the story from Popular Science