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March 28, 2017 - 9:13 am


NEW: GOP senator says House intel chairman put his 'objectivity in question'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator says the House intelligence chairman has "put his objectivity in question" when it comes to investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina conservative, stopped short of saying whether Rep. Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the probe. But Graham tells the NBC "Today Show" that "most Americans want to know, who did he meet with and what did he see?"

Nunes has claimed there is evidence of incidental federal surveillance of Trump associates during the campaign. But he hasn't said where he got the information other to acknowledge he was briefed on the details at the White House, raising questions about politically motivations.

Graham said: "I think he put his objectivity in question at the very least."


NEW: Dem says Nunes should step down from intel panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the House intelligence committee, is calling on Chairman Devin Nunes to step down from the panel.

Speier had already said Nunes should recuse himself from the panel's Russia investigation. On Tuesday, she told CNN that Nunes should go farther.

She said: "I'm asking for him to step down in the interest of our integrity."

Nunes has acknowledged reviewing information on the White House grounds a day before he told reporters that Trump and his associates may have been caught up in "incidental" federal monitoring of foreign targets.

Speier said that Nunes' actions raise questions about whether the House committee's investigation can be unbiased and independent.

"If you become a White House whisperer, you are not independent," she said.


NEW: Cheney denounces Russia's alleged interference

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has criticized Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, calling it a hostile act.

Cheney said Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a serious attempt to interfere in the 2016 election and other democratic processes in America.

In a speech at a speaker's conference in New Delhi, Cheney said, "In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war."

Cheney's accusation Tuesday came at a time when both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees are investigating possible Russian interference in the election that brought President Donald Trump to power.


Kremlin calls Kushner talks 'ordinary business'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kremlin says a meeting between President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and representatives from a Russian state-owned bank was a routine encounter.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters in Moscow: "It was ordinary business." Peskov says the Kremlin was not aware of the meeting with Kushner before it took place.

Vnesheconombank, or VEB, (v-NESH'-ay-CON'-ohm-bank) said in a statement Monday that it met with Kushner last year as part of a series of discussions with representatives of leading financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Kushner has agreed to speak to the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump associates and senior Russian officials.


GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are gathering today to discuss their agenda, following last week's failure of the GOP health care plan to replace "Obamacare."

But they've issued mixed messages on what comes next. President Donald Trump tweeted last night that Democrats will cut a health care deal with him "as soon as Obamacare folds - not long. Do not worry."

But the author of the GOP legislation, Congressman Kevin Brady, says Republicans "are turning the page and moving on toward tax reform."


Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will begin undoing former President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming.

Today Trump is expected to sign an executive order to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.

That includes a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.


NEW: White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is following up its longshot roster of budget cuts with a wish list of $18 billion in reductions, including cuts to medical research, infrastructure and community development grants.

Like President Donald Trump's initial 2018 budget proposal, which was panned by both Democrats and Republicans earlier this month, the program has little chance to be enacted.

Unlike the budget, the roster of budget cuts doesn't represent official administration proposals. Instead, they are a set of "options" sent to Republican staff aides and lawmakers working to craft a catchall spending bill.

White House budget office spokesman John Czwartacki said the proposals were not being shared with the media. A Capitol Hill aide described the cuts to The Associated Press, but required anonymity to speak because they're not yet public.


NEW: Trump says Ford investing in 3 Michigan auto plants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that Ford Motor Co. is planning to invest in three Michigan auto plants.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday, "Big announcement by Ford today. Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!"

Trump has held several meetings at the White House with auto executives since taking office that often included Ford chief executive Mark Fields.

The president has vowed to create jobs by creating incentives to deter companies from outsourcing their employment needs. He says he will ease regulations and reduce taxes to encourage companies to hire American.


Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine.

U.N. officials say nearly 16 million people in Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan combined are at risk of dying within months.

They say famine already has been declared in two counties of South Sudan and 1 million people there are on the brink of dying from a lack of food.


UN experts urge UAE to free detained human rights advocate

GENEVA (AP) — A group of U.N. experts is calling on the United Arab Emirates to immediately release a leading human rights advocate, saying his arrest was a "direct attack" on the work of rights defenders

Three independent experts with the U.N. human rights office in Geneva also are demanding information about the whereabouts of Ahmed Mansoor, saying his secret detention in the UAE puts him at the risk of ill-treatment and torture.

They expressed concerns that Mansoor, who was arrested in a pre-dawn operation at his home March 20, was detained over his work with U.N. human rights mechanisms.

Mansoor received the prestigious Martin Ennals Award last year for bringing attention to arbitrary arrests, concerns of torture and issues around the independence of the judiciary in the UAE.


NEW: Cambodia bans export of breast milk by US company

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has permanently banned the export of human breast milk by a company headed by a former Mormon missionary that pioneered the business two years ago.

A letter issued Tuesday by the Cabinet to the Health Ministry said Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered a halt to U.S.-based Ambrosia Labs Ltd. buying and exporting the milk. The product is marketed as food for babies and a nutritional supplement and sells for as much as $4 an ounce.

The letter gave no reason for the ban, but said that Cambodia was not so afflicted by poverty that its mothers needed to sell their milk.

The milk's export was recently suspended while the Health Ministry investigated its effects on babies and whether the business violated a law on trafficking in human organs.

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