TRUMP CONDEMNS ANTI-SEMITISM
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday paid tribute to Holocaust victims and survivors with a resolute speech in which he vowed that his administration would confront anti-Semitism and protect Israel from those seeking the Jewish state's destruction.
"Those who deny the Holocaust are accomplices to this horrible evil," Trump said in a 15-minute address before a crowd of several hundred, including some survivors, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Days of Remembrance event at the U.S. Capitol. "We will never be silent ... in the face of evil again."
"This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism," Trump said, receiving applause from the audience. "We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel."
N. KOREA CARRIES OUT LIVE-FIRE DRILLS AS US WARSHIPS GATHER
TOKYO North Korea's military conducted huge live-fire drills Tuesday and issued new warnings that it would defend itself against the "American imperialists," amid high tensions and a military buildup in the region.
But the United States and its South Korean and Japanese allies showed their muscle as well by conducting military exercises of their own.
In addition, one of the largest U.S. guided-missile submarines showed up in the South Korean port of Busan, presaging the imminent arrival in the region of a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier.
The military buildup on both sides comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and warnings from the Trump administration that "all options are on the table" for dealing with the regime in Pyongyang.
HOUSE COMMITTEE: FLYNN LIKELY BROKE THE LAW BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE PAYMENTS
WASHINGTON Former national security adviser Michael Flynn probably broke the law by failing to disclose foreign income he earned from Russia and Turkey, the heads of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and the panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said they believe Flynn neither received permission nor fully disclosed income he earned for a speaking engagement in Russia and lobbying activities on behalf of Turkey when he applied to reinstate his security clearance. They reached this conclusion after viewing two classified memos and a financial disclosure form in a private briefing Tuesday morning.
"Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz told reporters after the briefing.
Said Cummings: "He was supposed to get permission, he was supposed to report it, and he didn't. This is a major problem."
DALE JR. HANGING UP HIS HELMET
Dale Earnhardt Jr. the face of NASCAR for more than a decade will retire at the end of the 2017 season.
The announcement came from his ownership team, Hendrick Motorsports, Tuesday morning. It was stunning but not totally unexpected given the concussion issues that have plagued Earnhardt, and the changing personal dynamics now that he is married and wants to start a family.
Earnhardt, 42, has been voted by fans as NASCARs Most Popular Driver a record 14 consecutive years. He has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times, but did not qualify last season after missing half of the races while recovering from a concussion.
JEB, JETER HEAD GROUP BUYING MARLINS
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and including former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, pending Major League Baseball approval and other details still to be worked out in the drawing up and execution of a contract, an MLB source said Tuesday.
According to the source, Bushs group has agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the team.
The source said the Marlins and the Bush group are very optimistic a deal will be finalized, but the process could take months to conclude.
Bush plans to be the Marlins control person, the individual who would have ultimate control over franchise decisions, according to the source.
Jeter, the former All-Star player who lives in Tampa, Fla., plans to take an active role with the franchise.