News@noon: Skipping NATO; Trump in reality
Today is Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and the questioning of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch continues today. So far, he's told Senators that he keeps “an open mind for the entire process” when he issues rulings, seeking to allay Democrats worried about his impartiality at the outset of a day of questioning.
You can watch the hearings live throughout the day.
Otherwise, here's what we're following today in the news:
The fallout begins
Reality is catching up with President Donald Trump. Hours after Trump dismissed reports that his campaign associates were being scrutinized for colluding with Russia as “fake news,” FBI Director James Comey confirmed the investigation is real.
The FBI chief also repeatedly insisted there was no evidence to back up Trump’s explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper.
A Kremlin spokesman has said a U.S. intelligence committee is “confused” after it heard testimony from Comey about an investigation into the Russian ties of President Donald Trump’s associates.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a semiannual meeting of NATO foreign ministers this spring and will instead travel to a Group of 7 meeting of top diplomats in Italy and then to Russia.
Pushing health care through
- President Donald Trump is rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers at the Capitol, two days before the House plans a climactic vote that poses an important early test for his presidency. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill in hopes of nailing down support.
- Former Michigan All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, charged last week with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, pushed his girlfriend to the ground by her throat, and she attempted to prevent him from leaving their apartment by grabbing onto his leg in an early morning incident, according to a police report.
Water system failure
- Nearly 380,000 Michigan residents get their water from systems that would fail to meet a tough new lead-safety standard proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, including those in Monroe, Bay City, Benton Harbor and Holland Township.
The latest on Fouts
In the latest tiff between Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and the city’s treasurer, Fouts has accused her of hijacking his Facebook friends list to lodge an attack against him. Treasurer Lorie Barnwell contends the reason for her friend requests, which include mutual friends of Fouts, was to increase her connections with Warren residents.
The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags.
Passengers flying to the United States from 10 airports will be allowed only cellphones and smartphones in the passenger cabins, senior Trump administration officials said. Larger electronic items must be checked.
Update on the jail site
- As 12 cities court Major League Soccer for several expansion franchises in 2017 and 2018, Wayne County is trying to turn a boondoggle into a new jail and developers see a chance for a new entertainment district.
NFL mock draft
A couple things have changed since Justin Rogers' first mock draft, posted last month. First, the NFL held its annual scouting combine. Beyond that, the primary wave of free agency is complete with many teams plugging roster holes with long-term contracts. So here's a second crack at projecting how the first round is going to go.
Pizza! Pizza! (And more pizza)
- Jason Hall, 42, is on a quest: to eat pizza every day in 2017. Without even trying, he says he probably had only 45 pizza-free days last year. Now that he’s putting some effort into it, Hall is confirming his thesis that pizza is a conversation starter, be it with servers, owners, or other pizza patrons. It’s a commonality and a connector, something a vegetarian doesn’t always find in discussions about food.
For the love of dogs
- It's a good time to be a dog in downtown Detroit. While pet shops used to be hard to come by downtown a decade ago, there’s now Cass Corridog in Midtown and 3 Dogs 1 Cat in Eastern Market. Last month, City Bark opened in Capitol Park. Veterinarian services are also expanding, as the mobile veterinarian service PetCalls recently started making house calls to downtown apartments
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