State Dept. official to be questioned on arms sales — Congressional Democrats are examining whether a former arms-industry lobbyist serving as a midlevel State Department official played a role in the Trump administration’s decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without seeking legislative approval. A House committee plans to question a senior State Department official on Wednesday over the sales, and in particular over the role of Charles Faulkner, congressional aides said. Before joining the State Department, Faulkner worked for a firm in Washington that lobbied for Raytheon Co., whose precision-guided bombs are a significant part of the arms packages to the gulf and had been blocked by Democratic lawmakers.
First Ebola case reported in Uganda — A 5-year-old Congolese girl who traveled with her family into Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, international health officials said Tuesday — the first confirmed case of the disease outside the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak began there a year ago. The case, reported by the World Health Organization, appeared to have been caught soon after the child entered Uganda. Nonetheless, it represented a new threat that the Congo outbreak had crossed into a neighboring country. The outbreak has infected more than 2,000 people and caused 1,390 deaths since it was discovered in July 2018. The number of cases has accelerated in recent weeks.
House moves to enforce Democrats’ subpoenas — The House voted Tuesday to authorize the Judiciary Committee to go to court to enforce two subpoenas related to Robert Mueller’s inquiry — threatening to open a new legal front in the Democrats’ efforts to investigate President Donald Trump and his administration. The resolution, which passed along party lines, grants the Judiciary Committee the power to petition a federal judge to force Attorney General William Barr and the former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with congressional subpoenas that they have either completely or partly defied. But it also empowers other House committees to move more quickly to court in future disputes.
A fine for the parents of bullies — All three of Darren O’Brien’s teenage daughters have been bullied at school. Now he is hoping a proposal in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, where his daughters go to school, will help stem harassment in the district: making parents pay up to $313 in fines and fees if their children bully others. Wisconsin Rapids is not alone in looking to parents to solve the vexing problem of bullying, which 20% of students ages 12 to 18 experience at school each year, according to the Department of Education. Several other municipalities, and at least one state legislature, have considered fining — or even jailing — parents whose children bully.
U.S. seeks extradition of WikiLeaks founder — The United States government has formally submitted an extradition request to the United Kingdom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Assange faces an 18-count indictment that accuses him of soliciting and publishing classified information and of conspiring with former Army private Chelsea Manning to crack a Defense Department computer password. That indictment, which includes Espionage Act charges, was issued by the Justice Department last month and is pending in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up since 2012 after Ecuador granted him political asylum. Sweden also seeks him for questioning about an alleged rape, which Assange has denied.
Tourists flock to Chernobyl after show’s release — Ukraine’s Chernobyl might be on track to become 2019’s surprise tourism destination, after a widely discussed HBO miniseries resulted in a surge in bookings for trips to the site and the nearby town that were abandoned after a major nuclear accident in 1986. Trip bookings for May of 2019 were 30 percent higher than May of 2018, and were up over the next three months, said Sergii Ivanchuk, director of SoloEast Travel that organizes trips to the nuclear power plant and its surrounding areas. Another tour company, CHERNOBYLwel.com, confirmed that its numbers also had increased. On their tours, visitors usually head to the abandoned town of Pripyat next to the power plant, and other sites, including the former power plant itself. Radiation levels during the trips are considered to be safe, but the area around the power plant remains largely uninhabited until today.