Tuesday, January 30, 2018

On the Hill and Around the World

The House has voted to release FISA Memo; FBI & DOJ now under investigation. The report is believed to contain allegations that the FBI obtained a surveillance warrant application for Trump adviser Carter Page using research funded by the Clinton campaign. The FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe quit ahead of the agency review. "An internal communication authored by Mr. Wray shows Mr. McCabe's early departure was the result of a forthcoming FBI inspector general report that concluded the agency must perform at the highest standards." (And some think Chief of staff Rybicki leaving government is also related. "Earlier this month, Rybicki was grilled by lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees over the way the FBI handled the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.")

The Department of Health & Human Services announced the creation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. "The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights."

A new poll in Costa Rica shows huge surge for evangelical pastor in the presidential race. "Fabricio Alvarado has leaped to the lead in voter support – from just three percent of voter support in December to 17 percent in January...The conservative presidential candidate attributed his boost in the polls to the rigid position he adopted after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Jan. 9."

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