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FLYNN SEEKING IMMUNITY Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly wants to trade immunity for testifying to Congress and the FBI about the president’s ties to Russia. Considering his 2016 remarks about immunity, this probably does not bode well for him. [HuffPost]
THE NEW YORK TIMES NAMED DEVIN NUNES’ SOURCES These include a senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council and a lawyer working at the White House Counsel’s Office on national security issues. And President Donald Trump renewed his calls for a change in libel laws. [HuffPost]
SENATE INTELLIGENCE HEADS TOLD RUSSIA HIRED 1,000 TROLLS TO SPREAD FAKE NEWS ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON The bots allegedly targeted swing states in the waning days of the election. Yet in an interview yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called claims Russia meddled in the 2016 election “fictional, illusory, provocations and lies.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP THREATENS FREEDOM CAUCUS MEMBERS With the midterms. [HuffPost]
‘DISABLED OR JUST DESPERATE?’ Understanding a socioeconomic chasm that helps define the difference between urban and rural America. [WaPo]
WHY IT MATTERS THAT MIKE PENCE REPORTEDLY WON’T HAVE DINNER WITH A WOMAN WHO ISN’T HIS WIFE Breaking down the issues at play here. [HuffPost]
‘FLEEING BOKO HARAM, THOUSANDS CLING TO A ROAD TO NOWHERE’ “All of them have been chased from their villages by Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that kidnaps and kills indiscriminately in a campaign of violence that has lasted eight years. The New York Times spent weeks documenting the stories of people living along this road, interviewing more than 100 residents — including 15 in the following image — clinging to its edges to survive.” [NYT]
FOR SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE YEAR Manatees are no longer listed as endangered! But don’t get too excited quite yet. [HuffPost]
WHERE MAJOR RELIGIONS STAND ON VACCINES “Grabenstein found that only two religious groups ― Christian Scientists and the Dutch Reformed Church ― have demonstrated a precedent of widely rejecting vaccinations, but even these are not explicitly laid out in their doctrine.” [HuffPost]
TURNS OUT YOU CAN RECYCLE ROCKETS NOW SpaceX for the win. [HuffPost]
NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES COST THE U.S. $800 BILLION A YEAR “Over 100 million Americans ― close to a third of the total population ― suffer from neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, migraines, epilepsy and spinal cord injury.” [HuffPost]
A DEEP DIVE INTO THAT ‘GAME OF THRONES’ TRAILER Only 107 days people, 107 days. [HuffPost]
NOT THE CADBURY EGGS! Looks like because of Brexit, our beloved chocolate prices could be going up. [HuffPost]
IS THIS FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY’S TWITTER ACCOUNT? If so, we love that it appears to be named for the theologian he wrote his senior thesis about. [Gizmodo]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ How to protect your browser history.
~ Twitter had a field day with the news that Rex Tillerson reportedly does not like to make eye contact.
~ No, Morgan Freeman does not want to record your voicemail messages.
~ John Legend has no time for Kardashian-haters.
~ We are not on board with the original dark ending of “Frozen.”
~ This video of candy melting and unmelting is oddly therapeutic.
~ What the term “lone wolf” misses.
~ Are we truly lucky enough to be getting a “Batgirl” movie helmed by Joss Whedon?
~ A 25-year-old’s alter ego is in second in the presidential election polls in Serbia.
~ Everything you need to know about a potential Hollywood writers strike.
~ The alternate opening credits for “Sex and the City” are kind of creeping us out.
~ These veterinarians got married AND had rescue kittens at their wedding, so the photos are doubly adorable.
~ You will be happy with Victoria Beckham’s song choice for Carpool Karaoke.
~ We still love you, Dandelion, the crayon color that got the ax.
~ And have you been paying attention to the news this week? Test your news acumen with our HuffPost Headline Quiz.