Evening Edition: Trump, McMaster say sharing of classified intel was appropriate

No, Trump did not break the law in talking classified details with the Russians; What is ‘wholly appropriate’ to the White House? Pretty much whatever Trump says.; Russia denies Trump shared classified details during meeting; Lawmakers to Trump: Turn over the transcript of the meeting with the Russians; Amid Trump controversies, the GOP picks compartmentalization over confrontation; Fact Checker: Translating McMaster’s rhetoric on the Russia intelligence story; ‘Can He Do That?’: Can a president share classified information?; Sen. Cornyn withdraws from FBI director consideration; Family of slain DNC staffer says Fox News reports that he fed WikiLeaks info are untrue; If Democrats don’t win one of three upcoming special elections, how can they take back the majority in 2018?; The hacking group that leaked NSA secrets claims it has data on foreign nuclear programs; No one lives on this remote Pacific island — but it’s covered in 38 million pieces of our trash; A teen chugged a latte, a Mountain Dew and an energy drink. The caffeine binge led to his death.; He underwent a ‘brutal’ hazing ritual. Now four frat brothers have pleaded guilty in his death.; No, ABC says, ‘Last Man Standing’ was not canceled because of Tim Allen’s politics;
 
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Trump, McMaster say sharing of classified intel was appropriate
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster repeatedly described the Trump’s actions as “wholly appropriate” in a press briefing just a day after The Washington Post revealed that Trump had shared deeply sensitive information with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.
No, Trump did not break the law in talking classified details with the Russians
The president does have the “absolute right” to share such information. “Now whether it’s wise for a president to do that,” one expert said, “that’s a different judgment.”
 
The Fix | Analysis
What is ‘wholly appropriate’ to the White House? Pretty much whatever Trump says.
H.R. McMaster’s argument makes it sound like whatever President Trump does within his legal rights is also appropriate, which is a highly debatable proposition.
 
Russia denies Trump shared classified details during meeting
E.U. countries might limit intelligence sharing with the United States in the aftermath of the revelations, an official says.
 
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Lawmakers to Trump: Turn over the transcript of the meeting with the Russians
Members of Congress — primarily Democrats — have spent several days demanding the president turn over tapes of White House meetings. Those calls intensified today after President Trump seemed to acknowledge he had shared sensitive information in a meeting with Russian officials.
 
The Take | Analysis
Amid Trump controversies, the GOP picks compartmentalization over confrontation
Congressional Republicans have an ambitious agenda and a desire to move on health care, taxes, government regulations and budget priorities. But President Trump is making their work more and more difficult.
 
Fact Checker: Translating McMaster’s rhetoric on the Russia intelligence story
Trump’s national security adviser confirmed key facts in The Post’s report while pretending to deny it. Here’s a guide to the rhetoric.
 
‘Can He Do That?’: Can a president share classified information?
Greg Jaffe, one of The Post reporters who broke news of Trump revealing classified information to Russian diplomats, is on the podcast to explain presidential power when it comes to classified information and what happens next in this developing story.
 
Sen. Cornyn withdraws from FBI director consideration
The Senate majority whip’s decision followed several days of resistance from his Republican colleagues.
 
Family of slain DNC staffer says Fox News reports that he fed WikiLeaks info are untrue
D.C. police have repeatedly said they believe Seth Rich was killed in a random robbery attempt, but conspiracy theories surrounding WikiLeaks have emerged following his death.
 
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Analysis
If Democrats don’t win one of three upcoming special elections, how can they take back the majority in 2018?
For Republicans, there also is a sense of urgency that the party’s sagging approval ratings threaten the outcome of congressional races in Georgia, South Carolina and Montana.
 
The hacking group that leaked NSA secrets claims it has data on foreign nuclear programs
Shadow Brokers said it plans to release the bugs as part of a new, Spotify-like monthly subscription service.
 
No one lives on this remote Pacific island — but it’s covered in 38 million pieces of our trash
In an “alarming” discovery, scientists say once-pristine Henderson Island is now littered with plastic debris.
 
A teen chugged a latte, a Mountain Dew and an energy drink. The caffeine binge led to his death.
Davis Cripe’s sudden collapse in class was a mystery. Then friends told investigators what he had for lunch.
 
He underwent a ‘brutal’ hazing ritual. Now four frat brothers have pleaded guilty in his death.
Chun “Michael” Deng, an 18-year-old college student in New York City, died of a major brain trauma in 2013 after a fraternity ritual.
 
No, ABC says, ‘Last Man Standing’ was not canceled because of Tim Allen’s politics
The conservative sitcom, which still had decent ratings, was canceled after six seasons for “business and scheduling reasons,” a network executive said.
 
 
     
 
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