FBI Got Court Order to Monitor Trump Adviser, Sean Spicer’s Bad Day, and More

According to the Washington Post, the FBI got a secret court order to monitor the activities of Carter Page, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump. 

The court order, called a FISA request — FISA stands for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — was sought and granted because the FBI had reason to believe that Carter was acting as a Russian agent. Read the story from NPR.


Spicer’s Bad (Really Bad) Day

During a press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer put his foot in his mouth — twice. When fielding questions about the administration’s policy on Syria, he compared Bashar Al-Assad to Hitler, saying that Assad is worse because, “we didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

That, of course, is untrue: Millions of people were sent to their death in gas chambers, using the poison gas Zyklon B. 

But Spicer didn’t stop there. He then went on to call concentration camps “Holocaust centers,” and still tried to make up for his earlier gaffe with explanations that made little sense. Read the story from The Atlantic.

Spicer later apologized during an interview with CNN, saying, “My comments today did not reflect the president's, were a distraction from him and frankly were misstated, insensitive and wrong.” Read the story from The AP.


United Tries to Make Amends

A few days after a video circulated showing a passenger forcibly being dragged off a United Airlines plane, CEO Oscar Munoz issued an apology. “That is not who our family at United (Airlines) is,” he said. “This will never happen again on a United flight. That’s my promise.” Read the story from The AP.


Bye-Bye, Bannon?

There’s a rivalry in the White House between Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon. The White House was pushing back on these claims, but now it looks like the president has chosen sides. Read the story from NPR.


More Uber News

After weeks of bad press, Uber’s head of communications Rachel Whetstone is leaving the company. Read the story from The AP.


Remembering J. Geils

The founder of the popular ’80s band J. Geils Band, famous for its hits “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame,” among others, has died. He was 71. Read the story from The AP.