Code-Word Information: In case you missed it, a bunch of media outlets reported yesterday that President Donald Trump, trying to impress two top Russian diplomats, divulged highly classified information, potentially exposing a source of intelligence on the Islamic State. The meeting happened shortly after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who was in the midst of investigating the president's election campaign for potential collusion with Russia.
After the news broke, Trump administration officials attempted to do damage control. Both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, talented in the art of obfuscation, said the president did not discuss "sources or methods" with the Russians. No one is saying he did. Rather, the Washington Post and others reported that Trump revealed secretive information in a way that could potentially expose sources and methods and damage a relationship with an ally.
One official told Buzzfeed that the situation is "far worse than what was already reported."
Trump tweeted this morning that he had an "absolute right" to reveal the classified information. While that's probably true—the president has broad authority to share classified information—the writers at Lawfare Blog wonder whether Trump's actions breached the Oath of Office.
Here's Paul Ryan in July 2016:
About That Tunnel Collapse at Hanford: The emergency at the nation's largest nuclear cleanup site last week was totally predictable, advocates say. Trump's proposed budget would gut the Environmental Protection Agency program that oversees the Hanford cleanup.
City Set to Clear Homeless Encampment Where Up to 100 People Live: Officials will begin sweeping the encampment—near South Dearborn St. and Rainier Avenue South—today.
Developer Replaces $427,000 Toxic House With Modern "Box": He expects to sell the new home for $1.2 million. The house, which was covered by a blue tarp and filled with toxic air, made headlines last year after going through an intense bidding war. Seattle averages one home teardown per day.
Police Chief Fires Off on Proposed Accountability Legislation: Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says a police accountability bill slated for public comment today is too "complex." She'd rather all civilian complaints funnel through a newly-created inspector general's office rather than dividing that responsibility between three bodies. City council members Lorena González says O'Toole's proposed model would fly against the spirit of checks-and-balances.
35 Percent of WA Students With Learning Disabilities Drop Out of High School: That figure, from the the National Center for Learning Disabilities, is depressingly high. State officials, meanwhile, cite a much lower number and can't explain the discrepancy.
"Plantation" Furniture Store Is Now Called "Plantation Design": The owner changed the name after activists protested. Activists are still protesting.
Police Watchdog Investigating Response to "Disturbance" at Mayor Murray's Home: The department also released dash cam footage of the incident, which came to light after lawyers for one of the men accusing Murray of sexually assaulting them in the 1980s filed a subpoena asking for more information. The video undermines a narrative that police encountered a shirtless man who left his keys and wallet inside Murray's home.
Driving While Holding Your Phone Will Be Illegal: Gov. Inslee plans to sign the bill today, which replaces the current texting and driving law.
Bellevue Police Tase Teen: More than 1 million people have watched a cell phone video capturing a Bellevue Police officer using a taser while arresting a black teenager. At least four officers attempted to apprehend teenager when one of them deployed the taser. A security officer attempted to block the filming.