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5 things for Monday, June 12: Sessions, Qatar, Puerto Rico, Uber
There's another blockbuster hearing for the Senate intelligence committee this week. We just don't know if it'll be in public or private. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to testify before the panel tomorrow. That came as a surprise to a lot of folks -- especially the senators on the committee.
Sessions was supposed to talk with the House and Senate spending committees on the Justice Department's budget. But questions about the Russia probe were sure to come up, so Sessions wants to meet with the intelligence committee -- in closed session -- instead. Some Democrats say this is just a ploy by Sessions to avoid answering prickly questions about Russia in the open, so they're pushing for him to testify in public.
Whatever happens, it's already shaping up to be another tough week for the attorney general. Last week, he had to endure the White House not giving him a full-throated endorsement. Then, reports emerged that he may have had a third, undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador. Remember, it was undisclosed meetings with Russians that forced Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation to begin with.
Iran is sending planes filled with food to Qatar. Five planes landed over the weekend and Iran says it plans to send 100 tons of fresh fruit and legumes every day. Qatar definitely needs it. The wealthy, but tiny, Mideast nation imports virtually all of its food. But last week many of Qatar's neighbors -- including Saudi Arabia, from where it gets most of its food -- cut links with the country, accusing it of supporting terrorism. And the fact that Qatar is getting help from Iran will only further tick off the Saudis. Just in case you didn't know, Iran and Saudi Arabia are bitter foes.
It's hard to figure out what to make of the results of Puerto Rico's statehood vote over the weekend. Sure, an overwhelming number of Puerto Ricans -- 97 percent -- voted for statehood, but the turnout was really low at just 23 percent. Also, this election was just a nonbinding referendum. If Puerto Rico really wants to go from commonwealth to statehood, Congress will have to get involved. It's the only body that can approve new states.
Uber's chief business officer is expected to resign today, as the fallout from the ride share company's sex harassment scandal continues. Just last week, 20 Uber employees were fired over harassment claims. And over the weekend, Uber's board of directors adopted recommendations from a report into the scandal. Also, Uber's founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, may be taking a leave of absence after his mother died in a boating accident.
Police in Mississippi are investigating two different crime scenes that may have an obvious, yet gruesome connection. A severed head was found on the front porch of a home. A couple of hours later, and less than a mile away, a burned, headless body was discovered in the woods by some kids. Authorities are going to have to wait for the coroner and medical examiner to report back to see if head and body belong to the same person.
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