Thousands Of Power Outages In Northern Virginia
Severe weather has left a lot of power outages in its wake. Communities in Northern Virginia are among the hardest hit as a line of powerful thunderstorms pushed through. Dominion Virginia Power is reporting more than 17-thousand outages across the region. There are more than six-thousand outages reported in Fairfax County alone.
Testimony Underway In Consent Decree Hearing
A public hearing is underway in federal court in Baltimore on the city’s consent decree on police reform. An attorney for the Justice Department opened the hearing by saying while there is a critical need for police reform in Baltimore, it’s not the job of the federal government to make those changes. The city solicitor said there’s no reason to delay the police reform process and the city stands by the deal agreed-to in the final days of the Obama administration. The hearing is scheduled to go until five o’clock this afternoon and dozens of people have signed up to testify.
Nunes Steps Away From Russia Probe
The head of the House Intelligence Committee is stepping away from the Russia investigation. California Republican Devin Nunes [[ NEW-nezz ]] has been under fire for his handling of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. The investigation includes allegations that members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian operatives. Congressman Nunes was a member of the Trump transition team. GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan praised Nunes’ integrity and said he has “followed all proper guidelines and laws.”
Report: Trump Considering Military Action Against Syria
President Trump is apparently weighing possible military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical attack. CNN is reporting Trump told members of Congress that he’s discussing options with Defense Secretary James Mattis but has not yet decided on a course of action. Speaking at the White House yesterday, Trump called the attack that killed dozens of people, including small children, “heinous” and an affront to humanity. He said it also changed is view on Syria and President Bashar al-Assad
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.