The United Kingdom has formally begun the process of exiting the European Union, delivering notice of the country’s intent to withdraw to EU President Donald Tusk. Though Britain is currently scheduled to leave the EU by 2019, both parties face complicated negotiations with a wealth of potential pitfalls ahead. It remains unclear what form Britain’s eventual separation from the bloc will take and what the eventual relationship between the UK and EU will look like.
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The New York Times tells us that President Donald Trump signed a much-anticipated executive order rolling back most of former President Barack Obama’s legacy on climate change, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence.
CNN reports that House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) confirmed this morning that he was on the White House grounds the day before his announcement that he saw information suggesting that the communications of then-President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers may have been swept up incidentally as part of surveillance of foreign nationals.
CNN informs us that House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has canceled the Committee’s scheduled open hearing next Tuesday with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
The BBC reports that British police have identified Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old UK-born man, as the likely attacker behind the ramming and stabbing on Westminster Bridge yesterday. Masood was shot and killed by police following the attack, which killed three people and injured forty.
The Guardian reports that one police officer has been stabbed, a woman has died, and a number of people injured in an attack by an assailant on the UK Parliament. The man was shot by police and the Parliament is on lockdown, as is transportation to the area. The police have confirmed that they are treating the attack as a terrorist incident.
The New York Times reports that passengers on foreign airlines to the United States from ten airports in eight Muslim-majority countries have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cell phone under new flight restrictions. Officials have called the directive an attempt to address gaps in foreign airport security.
At the House Intelligence Committee’s open hearing on Russian interference in the presidential election, FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation into election interference and possible connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Both Director Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers stated that they have no evidence that President Obama unilaterally ordered a wiretap on President Trump, as Trump has repeatedly claimed without substantiation.
In a rare public comment, U.K. signals intelligence agency GCHQ said that the allegations made yesterday by Press Secretary Sean Spicer that the agency spied on President Trump at the request of President Obama were “nonsense,” and “utterly ridiculous,” the Guardian writes.
Two federal judges have issued orders blocking enforcement of President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries. The Washington Post reports that on the ruling by Maryland-based U.S. District Judge Theodore D.