Monday’s Daily Briefing: FBI Says It’s Investigating Russia-Trump Ties; President’s Job Approval Plunges to 37%

Plus, Raiders owner Mark Davis hasn’t met with Oakland officials for more than a year.


James Comey.

Stories you shouldn’t miss for March 20, 2017:

1. FBI Director James Comey told Congress today that investigators are probing Russia’s hack of the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign. Comey also said there is no evidence to support the president’s claim that ex-President Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump. In addition, Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, refuted Trump’s assertion that Obama got British spies to wiretap Trump—or had even asked them to do so.

2. President Trump’s job approval rating has plunged to just 37 percent—lower than that of President Obama at any time during his eight-year tenure, according to a new Gallup poll. In addition, Trump’s ratings are the lowest of any president in modern times for this stage of a presidency. Some 58 percent of Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling the job.

3. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis hasn’t met with city officials for more than a year as he’s been focused solely on moving the team to Las Vegas, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. Davis didn’t even talk with Oakland officials when they made a presentation recently to the NFL on their plan for keeping the Raiders in Oakland.

4. The Alameda District Attorney’s Office has been in a dispute with Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker over the city’s investigation of the deadly Ghost Ship fire, the Bay Area News Group$ reports. The DA’s office, which is examining whether criminal charges should be filed against anyone for the deaths of 36 people, is demanding that Parker hand over information regarding the city’s investigation, but Parker is refusing to do so until the report of the investigation is finalized.

5. U.S. customs agents are increasingly demanding to examine people’s smartphones when they enter the country or return from trips abroad, reports Marissa Lang of the San Francisco Chronicle$. Agents are targeting the phones and social media accounts of both U.S. citizens and non-citizens.

6. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked President Trump for a fourth time this winter to provide disaster relief aid to help the state repair infrastructure damaged by megastorms, reports Dominic Fracassa of the San Francisco Chronicle.

7. And California’s greenhouse gas emissions should drop this year thanks to the increased electricity generated by hydropower, reports Dominic Fracassa of the San Francisco Chronicle$. The state’s hydropower dams are running at full capacity because of the huge amounts of precipitation in the Sierra Nevada.

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Published March 201, 2017 at 10:19 a.m.

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