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Monday, March 20, 2017

What role did Russia play in the election? The FBI is on it

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What the heck is happening with Russia?

Confirmed: The FBI is investigating possible links between Donald Trump associates and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, director James Comey said  Monday for the first time publicly during a House Intelligence Committee hearing that included National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers. Also confirmed: Russians wanted to help Trump's campaign and hurt Hillary Clinton's. Likely: A third party handled the Russian leaks of Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks. Not confirmed: Evidence suggesting votes changed due to possible Russian intervention. In response, Trump tweeted , "The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process," but that's not exactly what they said. Now, about that whole wiretap mess …

The lack of proof is in the pudding

Remember when, in early March, Donald Trump accused Barack Obama — via tweet, naturally — of illegally having Trump Tower's "wires tapped" during the campaign? And how everyone freaked out because, y'know, an accusation like that is a big deal? And when things got more confusing after Trump and Co. rushed to argue that "wiretapping"  doesn't actually mean "wiretapping" — it just means "surveillance" in general? Well, FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday what Obama's spokesman and top Republicans in Congress already said: There's no proof to back up Trump's wiretap claims. But "it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates," said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R- Calif.

Save the date?

Brexit is upon us — well, eventually. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Monday that the United Kingdom will initiate legislation March 29 to trigger the withdrawal process from the European Union. While the Brits voted in a June referendum to leave the EU, it'll be awhile  before the British exit actually takes place: June 2019 is the target date. Even after negotiating terms of the departure, every EU country needs its government to ratify the agreement in order to say, "adios," "auf Wiedersehen" or "au revoir" to Great Britain.

How Brady got his jerseys back

Eureka! They found it! No, not actual gold, but the golden boy's Super Bowl jersey just popped up. With the help of the FBI and Texas law enforcement officials, the NFL located  Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl LI jersey, along with his Super Bowl XLIX jersey, which most people didn't know went MIA. The jerseys made their way to Mexico and in the possession of a "credentialed member of the international media," the NFL said Monday. The NFL also recovered a helmet that might belong to Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller. A few more pieces of Super Bowl memorabilia and they might have had a full uniform.

Bye, winter!

Hello, spring! Winter 2016-17 may not have been that cold (in fact, it was the second warmest on record). Still, spring officially began Monday, which means it's time to celebrate. Flowers! Sunshine! Outdoor activities! Cleaning! OK, fine, maybe that last one isn't worth celebrating, but it's definitely worth doing. This year, tidy up more than your  home and shake the cobwebs off your finances, your pop culture diet and, heck, even your  love life! And get excited. Because you know what's not too far off? Summer.

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