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Embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns: CNN

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National Security Advisor Mike Flynn resigned on Monday after it was revealed he lied about discussing impending sanctions against the Russian government, CNN reports.

On Dec. 29, 2016—the same day then-president Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for its interference the 2016 U.S. presidential elections—Flynn spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Despite denying that any conversation regarding impending sanctions took place (a denial parroted by Vice President Mike Pence), subsequent reports indicate the National Security Advisor did indeed discuss them with the Russian official.

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Conflicting reports emerged Monday as the White House tried to temper calls for an investigation into Flynn’s actions. In an interview on MSNBC, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway insisted the National Security Advisor enjoys “the full confidence” of Trump.

About an hour later, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer walked back Conway’s claim, releasing a statement saying the president was “evaluating the situation.”

In his resignation letter, Flynn insisted he “inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information” regarding his phone call with the Russian ambassador.

Read the whole resignation letter below, via Time’s Zeke Milelr:

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Trump ridiculed for his late-night ‘OPEN THE SCHOOLS’ rant: ‘Eat your Big Mac and shut up’

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President Donald Trump demanded local school boards reopen schools during a late night tweet sent after 11 p.m. on Monday.

"OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!!" Trump demanded, in all capital letters with three exclamation marks.

The president was harshly criticized for his tweet, here's some of what people were saying:

Dear Stupid,

You can't even get your own son's school to open.

They have refused.

The school where your son Barron is being educated refuses to open because it's not safe.

Now sit there, eat your Big Mac, and shut up.

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Florida Democrats ask their own candidate to withdraw his candidacy after cocaine arrest: report

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Democrats in Florida are asking their own candidate to end his campaign for county commission after an arrest for DUI and cocaine.

"A Collier County commission candidate's arrest in East Naples this past weekend has prompted calls from his party to drop out of the race," the Naples Daily News reported Monday. "John Jenkins, 55, was booked into the Naples Jail Center Sunday morning and faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine, according to a Collier County Sheriff's Office arrest report. He was released later that day on $5,000 bond."

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Harvard researchers want less accurate tests for COVID-19

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The aphorism "perfect is the enemy of good enough" has been played out to tragic effect in the US's inadequate testing for the coronavirus, according to researchers calling for quick tests that cost only about a dollar each, and which may not be as accurate but can be carried out several times a week by the whole population.

Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, has for weeks been pushing for what he calls "crappy" tests.

His idea is to move away from the current high-precision molecular tests, known as PCR tests, which are still scarce in large swathes of the country and which people often have to wait hours to get done, and then have to wait days -- or up to a week -- for the results.

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