National News at a Glance
Posted December 4, 2018 9:47 p.m. EST
CIA Briefing on Khashoggi Solidifies Senators’ View of Prince Mohammed’s Complicity
A bipartisan group of senior senators said Tuesday that a classified briefing by the CIA director had only solidified their belief that Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. Prince Mohammed “is a wrecking ball,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after an hourlong briefing by Gina Haspel. The assessment put Republican senators at odds with the White House, which has refused to cast blame on Saudi Arabia’s leadership for the death of Khashoggi, an American resident and Washington Post columnist. His killing prompted international outrage and renewed attention to the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
House Republican Campaign Committee Says It Was Hacked This Year
The campaign committee for House Republicans discovered in April that the email accounts of several of its senior officials had been hacked by what analysts later concluded was a “foreign entity,” people who have been briefed on the case said Tuesday. The hack of the National Republican Congressional Committee exposed thousands of emails from four senior aides for months, and perhaps longer. The hack was terminated when the staff members, alerted to the intrusion, changed their passwords. The committee called in the FBI to investigate. But the committee waited eight months to disclose publicly what had happened. It remains unclear who was behind the hack.
Leading Migrant Shelter Provider Orders Internal Inquiry
Southwest Key Programs, the nation’s largest provider of shelters for migrant children, will hire outside legal counsel and forensic accountants to review its management practices and finances. The decision comes in response to a New York Times article Sunday that raised new questions about potential financial improprieties at the Texas charity. In a statement Monday night, Juan Sanchez, who founded the nonprofit more than 30 years ago, said the review would identify potential conflicts of interest and areas for improvement in the charity’s rules of governance. Over the past decade, Southwest Key has collected $1.7 billion in federal grants, including $626 million in the past year.
Nation’s First Teachers’ Strike at Charter Network Begins in Chicago
Over 500 educators in Chicago began the nation’s first strike at a charter school network Tuesday, shutting down 15 schools serving more than 7,000 children. Teachers for the Acero Schools network rallied to call for higher pay and smaller class sizes, among other demands. The action is the latest mass teacher protest in a year when educators have closed ranks in places where organized labor has historically been weak. Educators at Acero earn up to $13,000 less than their counterparts at traditional public schools in Chicago and cannot afford to live comfortably in an increasingly expensive city, according to the Chicago Teachers Union, which represents the striking workers.
Mourners Stream Into the Capitol to Pay Tribute to George Bush
As the body of former President George Bush lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, luminaries and unknown mourners from across the country poured into the Capitol to pay tribute. Among them was Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain of Arizona — the last person to lie in state. Tuesday’s procession was a prelude to Bush’s state funeral Wednesday morning at Washington National Cathedral, where current and former heads of state from around the world are expected. All four living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — will attend, as will President Donald Trump.
Jeffrey Epstein Settles Lawsuit, Avoiding Testimony From Victims in Sex Case
With sexual abuse allegations from dozens of girls in Florida back in the national spotlight, Jeffrey E. Epstein, a wealthy New York financier, unexpectedly settled a civil case against Bradley Edwards, a lawyer for some of his victims, on Tuesday. The courthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, was set for a legal drama to play out as jury selection was scheduled to begin. Instead, in a written apology delivered by one of his lawyers, Epstein admitted to wrongfully suing Edwards, who had sued Epstein for malicious prosecution. The confidential financial settlement will allow Edwards to continue to pursue a case in federal court on behalf of Epstein’s victims.