Opinion: America was lucky Trump didn’t seize control of the DOJ

Editor’s note: Elliot Williams is a CNN legal analyst. He is a former Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Justice and is currently Director of The Raben Group, a public affairs firm. Follow him on Twitter @elliotcwilliams. He served as a Justice Department prosecutor from 2004 to 2007 and Assistant Deputy Attorney General … Read more

Families of unlawfully detained Americans left with mixed emotions after Blinken tried to reassure them in call

CNN — Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not promise a meeting with President Joe Biden on Wednesday for the families of Americans held hostage and wrongfully detained abroad, but he sought to assure them that the administration is doing everything work to bring their loved ones home, according to a senior State Department official … Read more

US Forest Service admits errors in routine prescribed burn that sparked Hermits Peak Fire

CNN — A chief’s review of Hermits Peak Fire in New Mexico released Tuesday found that U.S. Forest Service errors during a routine prescribed burn contributed to the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. . A years-long backlog of projects due to department furloughs during the 2018-19 government shutdown, work-from-home complications during the Covid-19 pandemic … Read more

Yellowstone River flooding is a 1 in 500-year event, US Geological Survey says

CNN — The devastating flood that occurred along the Yellowstone River this week constitutes a 1 in 500 year event, according to a press release from the US Geological Survey (USGS). Unprecedented rains and rapid snowmelt in recent days have brought rivers out of parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, engulfing bridges and washing away … Read more

January 6 panel eyes Trump’s culpability as hearings begin

CNN — With public hearings kicking off this week, the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 is focusing on former President Donald Trump and preparing to use its platform to claim he was responsible. serious abuses of power that almost upended American democracy. The committee’s central mission has been to uncover the full extent of … Read more

Biden gives emotional speech after Buffalo shooting: ‘White supremacy is a poison’

CNN — President Joe Biden on Tuesday did not hesitate to call the deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, an act of domestic terrorism, condemning the racist ideology of the suspected shooter. “White supremacy is a poison. It’s a poison … running through our body politic,” Biden said, adding that silence is “complicity.” “And … Read more

Opinion: What Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could mean for the US economic recovery

Editor’s Note: Mark Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. Painfully high inflation has become the nation’s number one economic problem, ignited by the pandemic, and set to get worse as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sends gasoline prices higher. In his State of the Union address, … Read more

Vladimir Putin: US intelligence agencies make understanding Russian President’s state of mind a top priority

Washington CNN — The US intelligence community has made evaluating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state of mind a top priority in recent days as it seeks to establish how that is affecting his handling of the rapidly escalating Ukraine crisis, according to two sources familiar with the effort. The efforts come as longtime Putin-watchers have … Read more

As the CDC shifts masking guidance, Americans are split on path forward

CNN — Most adults in the United States agree that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed, but they’re divided over concerns and expectations for what’s next, according to a survey published Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. At this stage of the pandemic, opinions on masking and other restrictions aimed to minimize the … Read more

US births continue to decline but “may be returning to pre-pandemic levels,” preliminary CDC data suggests

CNN — The overall number of babies born in the United States continues to follow a downward trend but “may be returning to pre-pandemic levels” now, a new federal report suggests. US births dropped 2% in the first half of 2021 compared with the year prior, according to the new National Center for Health Statistics … Read more