President Trump surprised Republicans, Wednesday, urging White House lawmakers to resurrect gun safety legislation, opposed for years by the National Rifle Association. Retail chains Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods are also taking steps toward gun control, as they raised the buying age to 21, and Dick’s ended all sales of assault rifles.
Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s longest serving aides, is resigning from her post as White House communications director. The announcement was made after Hicks spent nine hours in a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russian meddling investigation. Hicks said, Wednesday, she plans to leave in the next few weeks.
Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland, California, is being investigated by the Department of Justice after she warned residents of a raid by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Schaaf said safety of residents, ‘particularly our most vulnerable,’ is her priority. The ICE says that about 800 illegal immigrants avoided arrest due to Schaaf’s warning.
The House Oversight Committee has asked Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, to provide documents explaining why $31,000 was spent on a dining set for his office, when the budget limit is $5,000. Senior White House officials were angered by how the stories were handled by HUD and have discussed taking over media control.
Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service with a presence in more than 60 countries, announced its plans to go public, Wednesday. Spotify expects its shares to sell at prices that will value the company at $23 billion. The Swedish company will bypass the traditional stock offering process and list shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange.
The US Olympic Committee announced, Wednesday, that Scott Blackmun had stepped down as chief executive. Blackmun’s resignation comes weeks after two senators called for him to resign over the Nassar case. Larry Probst, USOC board chairman cited Blackmun’s health and need for further prostate cancer treatment as the reason for his resignation.