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1 Trump Admin Subpoenaed Apple For Lawmakers' Data

It would seem that it wasn’t just the media that the Trump Administration was trying to snoop on – it was also lawmakers and their families. The “New York Times” reports records were seized from at least two House Intelligence Committee Democrats in 2017 and 2018: California Congressman Adam Schiff and Iowa Congressman Eric Swalwell. First reported by the “New York Times,” but confirmed by other outlets, data including metadata and account information belonging to several others, including family members and at least one child, was also taken. And it wasn’t just a one-time thing. The efforts that began under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, continued under William Barr. Schiff is among those now calling for an investigation. "President Trump repeatedly and flagrantly demanded that the Department of Justice carry out his political will," Schiff says in a statement. "It is increasingly apparent that those demands did not fall on deaf ears. The politicization of the Department [of Justice]and the attacks on the rule of law are among the most dangerous assaults on our democracy carried out by the former President."

2 More Questions Than Answers In FL Murder/Suicide

Police in Florida say there's no known connection between a gunman and the two people he killed at a supermarket yesterday morning. The shooting happened inside a Publix in Royal Palm Beach. The suspect who has been identified as 55-yer-old Timothy J. Wall, apparently killed a woman and toddler before turning the gun on himself. What the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office can say? They don't know why the gunman pulled the trigger, killing a one-year-old boy and his grandmother – and that the investigation is ongoing. The victims’ names are shielded by the choice of the family – police say they’ll provide further comment as the investigation develops.

3 Biden Confirms U.S. Plans To Buy 500B Vaccines For Global Distribution

President Biden is confirming U.S. plans to buy 500-million Pfizer vaccines to distribute to areas in need around the world. Speaking in the UK, Biden said the U.S. is making a commitment to bolstering global health. He insisted there are "no strings attached." "Our vaccine donations don't include pressure for favors or potential concessions,” he explained. “We're doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic." That was seen as a verbal shot at China and Russia over their controversial vaccine outreach. Biden praised the significant gains against the coronavirus in the U.S., but said pockets of the pandemic around the globe threaten the entire world. He also noted the global economy cannot fully recover until the pandemic is defeated around the world.