1 Shooting at Country Bar in California
Sheriff’s Deputy Is Among 12 Dead In California Bar Shooting - A sheriff's deputy is among the 13 people dead after a mass shooting at a dance hall in Thousand Oaks, California.
Hundreds of people were at the Borderline Bar and Grill at about 11:20 pm local time when shots rang out. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office says a sheriff's deputy is among the victims.
Sergeant Ron Helus was a 29 year veteran of the department and was considering retirement. Sheriff Geoff Dean said ”He gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people.”
The gunman was killed inside the venue. SWAT officers and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. FBI agents are now assisting the investigation.
2 Trump To Sessions: Get Out
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is resigning at the request of President Trump. And there’s already a replacement. Bypassing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump confirmed via Twitter that Matthew Whitaker, the Chief of Staff to Attorney General Sessions, will become the new acting Attorney General of the United States (at least for now). And while Trump thanked Sessions for his service and wished him well online, the opening line of Sessions’ resignation said it all. “At your request,” he wrote. “I am submitting my resignation.” In his letter, Sessions also said he worked every day determined to do his duty and serve his country. Sessions felt like he did so to the best of his ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice. Not surprisingly, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says the timing of the resignation is "suspect." Schumer also warned that any attempt to get rid of Special Counsel Robert Mueller [[MULL-er]] could prompt a constitutional crisis. He argued that it is urgently important to protect Mueller's Russia investigation from interference. Trump often calls the Russia probe a “witchhunt.“
3 White House Bans CNN's Acosta, CNN Responds
The feud between the White House and CNN reporter Jim Acosta is heating up. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House is suspending the hard pass for Acosta after his confrontation with President Trump at a news conference. To that end, Acosta was denied access to the White House tonight to do a live news shot. As for the suggestion that Mr. Trump was shutting down the media, Sanders took to Twitter to point out that the President spent an hour and a half taking 68 questions from 35 reporters to show how he supports a free press. She tweeted the White House will not tolerate a reporter “placing his hands on a young woman who was trying to do her job.” Thing is? The video doesn’t exactly show that. Did Acosta refuse to give up the microphone? Yes. Did he block the intern from taking it? Yes. But “put his hands” on her? CNN is calling the White House banning its reporter a threat to the nation's democracy. In a statement, CNN's statement says Sanders lied and cited an incident that never happened. It said the country deserves better and Acosta has the network's full support. Video of the exchange shows Acosta did not place his hands on the intern.