PRESIDENT REVEALS HIGHLY CLASSIFIED MATERIAL TO RUSSIAN DELEGATION VISITING OVAL OFFICE: President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said. "This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."
LGBT STUDENTS AT MUCH HIGHER RISK OF BULLYING, NEW REPORT SAYS: The picture was bleaker for gay, lesbian and bisexual students. Thirty-four percent of students who identified as LGBT complained of bullying, compared to 19 percent who identified as heterosexual. "It's a high number and a disproportionate number in comparison. We still have a lot of homophobic bias and it plays itself in schools," said Charol Shakeshaft, an education professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. "Those students are singled out and isolated and harassed." Shakeshaft lamented the Trump's administration decision earlier this year to rescind Obama-era guidance on the use of bathrooms and other facilities for LGBT students, which she said helped them feel safer. When rescinding the guidance the Education and the Justice departments said such decisions should be left to the states.
RUSSIAN ALLY SYRIA ACCUSED OF MASS KILLINGS AND HOLOCAUST-STYLE CREMATIONS: The State Department said on Monday that it believes about 50 detainees are being hanged each day at the Saydnaya military prison, about 45 minutes' drive north of Damascus. Many of the bodies are then burned in the crematorium "to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place," said Stuart Jones, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, accusing President Bashar Assad's government of sinking "to a new level of depravity." The latest accusations have cast a shadow over Syria peace talks in Geneva, where Syrian government and opposition representatives sat down separately with the U.N. envoy as talks on the war-torn Mideast country got underway on Tuesday.
NC'S REPUBLICAN LEADERS PLAN NEW VOTER ID LAW AFTER SUPREME COURT REFUSAL TO LIFT STAY: Roberts cautioned Monday that the rejection of the appeal is not a comment on the court's view about the substance of the law, which prompted North Carolina GOP officials to call for a renewed effort to pass voter ID legislation. "All North Carolinians can rest assured that Republican legislators will continue fighting to protect the integrity of our elections by implementing the common-sense requirement to show a photo ID when we vote," Moore, R-Cleveland, and Berger, R-Rockingham, said in their statement. "We think that voter ID is eminently fair for everyone," state Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes said. "No way does anyone want to suppress the vote. We want to make sure more people vote, want to make sure that they have the chance to vote legally." Hayes said state lawmakers will likely pick elements from voter ID laws in other states that have survived legal challenges to craft new legislation for North Carolina, although it's unclear how quickly they will act.
LINDSAY GRAHAM URGES TRUMP TO CHOOSE FBI DIRECTOR FROM WITHIN THE RANKS: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said selecting an FBI agent to lead the agency would allow the nation to “reset.” He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration, ex-FBI agent and former Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. “It’s now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1,” said Graham, R-S.C. “The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created,” Graham said, adding: “I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all ... but we don’t know all the evidence yet.”