WASHINGTON (AP) — Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. President Donald Trump tweeted this morning that he’s naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo’s deputy at CIA. She would be the first woman in that role. Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump’s announcement. Trump offered no explanation for the change.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There was no collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. That’s the initial finding of Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced late Monday the committee had finished interviewing witnesses and would share their report with the committee’s Democrats on Tuesday. Trump used all-capital letters to tweet his approval of the report’s finding. Democrats are expected to issue a separate report with far different conclusions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Donald Trump’s first visit to California as president is expected to be met with rallies for and against the Republican’s “big beautiful border wall.” Trump is to examine prototypes for future towering barriers to separate the United States and Mexico. Protests are also being planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Tuesday when Trump will examine the eight, 30-foot-tall prototypes built along the international border. Organizers want people to remain peaceful.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An Associated Press investigation finds that U.S. military bases are virtual black holes for justice when children of service members sexually assault one another. Many of the nearly 600 reports that AP managed to document since 2007 went unprosecuted, even when an attacker confessed. Others didn’t get that far because investigators shelved them despite requirements they be pursued. The Pentagon’s response runs counter to how it confronted sexual attacks among service members.
CARNEGIE, Pa. (AP) — Polls are open in western Pennsylvania as voters settle a high profile special congressional race being watched for clues about what could happen later in this midterm election year. Republican Rick Saccone is trying to stave off an upset by Democrat Conor Lamb in a Pittsburgh-area district that backed President Donald Trump by 20 percentage points in 2016. Former Republican Congressman Tim Murphy resigned last fall.