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John McCain says Flynn resignation is a sign of ‘troubling’ national security dysfunction

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Arizona Sen. John McCain has been tough on the Trump administration since day one. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, McCain commented on Gen. Michael Flynn‘s Monday night resignation from his position as national security advisor, noting that it raises concerns about President Donald Trump’s national security plans, as well as his ties to Russia.

McCain called Flynn’s resignation a “troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus.” He also noted that Flynn’s resignation, “raises further questions about the Trump administration’s intentions toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia.”

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Flynn formally resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had passed on misleading information to Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials regarding a phone conversation with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, which took place before Trump’s inauguration.

In his letter, Flynn admitted to providing “incomplete information” about the December phone call, after previously denying that he had ever had any conversations of substance with the Russian ambassador. Pence repeated the same in TV interviews earlier this month.

Before Flynn resigned on Monday evening, McCain told the Arizona Republic in an interview “Obviously, it was a mistake for the vice president to categorically deny that. That’s not good for anybody’s credibility.”

McCain wrote in his statement, “it is imperative that the President select a new national security adviser who is empowered by clear lines of authority and responsibility and possesses the skills and experience necessary to organize the national security system across our government.”

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He also called on the president to clarify the future of the United States’ relationship with Russia, which is increasingly important, as Russia violated an arms control treaty on Tuesday afternoon. Russian patrol ships were spotted along the United States’ east coast.

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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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