January 13, 2018

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a text message to Hawaiians Saturday morning warning of an incoming ballistic missile, sending island residents into a panic for the 20 minutes it took to correct the false alarm.

"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," the original message said in all caps. "NO missile threat to Hawaii," the agency tweeted soon after.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also took to Twitter to calm worried constituents. See a screenshot of the original alert in her post below. Bonnie Kristian

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In a blow to Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Pennsylvania's newly drawn congressional map.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that the map drawn by Republicans in 2011 was gerrymandered and violated Pennsylvania's constitution, and last month, voted 4-3 to approve a new congressional map that no longer favors the GOP. Under the old map, Republicans usually won 13 of the 18 districts, but with the new boundaries, Democrats are likely to pick up three or four seats. Catherine Garcia

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Attorneys for President Trump have given Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office written documents about events under investigation, including summaries of internal White House memos and correspondence, with the hopes that this will keep Mueller from having to ask about certain incidents, two people familiar with the situation told The Washington Post.

Trump's lawyers are concerned that Trump being able to handle an interview that could last several hours, and have been negotiating the terms of a one-on-one meeting. The records do not detail Trump's version of events, the Post reports, but rather the White House view, and include documents related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and if the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian officials and if Trump obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the probe. Catherine Garcia

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President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told his side of the Stormy Daniels story in a Vanity Fair interview published Monday, describing the negotiations that led to the now-infamous $130,000 payment to the adult film actress.

Cohen told Vanity Fair that, until 2011, he didn't know that Trump had ever met Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. But when a website published an interview about the alleged affair between the former real estate developer and porn star, Cohen says that Daniels' former attorney, Keith Davidson, called him to work on getting the story removed.

When Trump's presidency placed new scrutiny on rumors of the alleged affair in 2016, Cohen called Davidson to get ahead of newfound media interest. Cohen asked Davidson how much it would cost to "own the story" and keep Daniels from talking to media outlets that were sniffing around the alleged scandal. Davidson told Cohen that she wanted $130,000, a number that Cohen says he found strange in its apparent randomness.

Cohen says that when he asked Davidson why Daniels would talk to media outlets in 2016, when she had denied reports of the affair half a decade ago, the answer was that "she needed the money." Davidson declined to comment to Vanity Fair on the matter.

Trump has consistently denied that he was ever involved with Daniels. Read Cohen's entire interview — in which he also discusses an impromptu meeting he had with Daniels' current lawyer, Michael Avenatti — at Vanity Fair. Summer Meza

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President Trump pushed his proposed border wall as a method to combat the national opioid crisis in a speech in New Hampshire on Monday.

"Ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border," said Trump. "Eventually the Democrats will agree with us, and we'll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out."

His call for additional border security elicited a standing ovation from the audience, who cheered and chanted in support of a wall. Attendees also applauded the president's pledge to deploy the death penalty for drug dealers, whom he called "terrible people."

In his remarks, Trump additionally slammed sanctuary cities, which shield some immigrants from deportation by allowing local authorities to decline to cooperate with federal immigration officers. The president said that removing sanctuary policies was crucial to stopping the opioid crisis, saying that they "shield dangerous criminals" who are responsible for drug dealing. Other strategies mentioned were "commercials" to deter children from trying drugs and battling pharmaceutical companies who push to overprescribe pain medications.

Watch Trump's comments on the border wall below, via Fox News. Summer Meza

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Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, Strategic Communications Laboratories, were apparently secretly filmed by Britain's Channel 4 News suggesting they have used bribes and other shady techniques to influence more than 200 elections across the globe. Cambridge Analytica was a Trump campaign contractor in 2016, and it was reported this weekend that the company harvested 50 million American Facebook profiles for electioneering, a major data breach.

In order to get the footage, a Channel 4 News reporter "posed as a fixer for a wealthy client hoping to get candidates elected in Sri Lanka." In one clip, Cambridge Analytica's chief executive, Alexander Nix, appears to suggest to the undercover reporter that he could "send some girls around to the candidate's house" as a means of getting dirt on the opponent, adding Ukrainians "are very beautiful, I find that works very well."

Cambridge Analytica's global political managing director, Mark Turnbull, was also included in the meetings, and he talked about putting "information into the bloodstream of the internet" and said "it has to happen without anyone thinking, 'That's propaganda,' because the moment you think [that] the next question is, 'Who's put that out?'"

Nix additionally expressed an eagerness to work with the undercover reporter. "We're used to operating through different vehicles, in the shadows," he said, "and I look forward to building a very long-term and secretive relationship with you."

A Cambridge Analytica spokesman said: "We entirely refute any allegation that Cambridge Analytica or any of its affiliates use entrapment, bribes, or so-called 'honey-traps' for any purpose whatsoever" and that "we routinely undertake conversations with prospective clients to try to tease out any unethical or illegal intentions." Watch below, and read more about the undercover investigation via Channel 4 News here. Jeva Lange

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Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she is running against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state's Democratic primary. Cuomo — who is the son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo — was previously unchallenged in the race, and he has appeared rattled by Nixon's moves to take his seat, mocking her run as being "just about name recognition."

In the video announcing her candidacy, Nixon focuses on education, saying: "New York is where I was raised, and where I am raising my kids. I'm a proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent. I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids today." Without naming names, she also emphasizes that New York leaders have failed and promises in part to fix "our broken subway," a criticism Cuomo has repeatedly faced. Watch below. Jeva Lange

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White evangelicals have held steadfast in their support for President Trump, recent Pew Research Center data showed, despite allegations that the president once engaged in an extramarital affair with an adult film star. Not only that, but their approval of his performance has only increased in recent months, Pew found.

Survey data from March found that just 39 percent of Americans approve of Trump's performance overall, but 78 percent of white evangelicals gave their support. That number is even higher than in January, when 72 percent of white evangelicals approved of Trump. That month, The Wall Street Journal reported that adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had an affair with the president while he was married to first lady Melania Trump.

Most other demographic groups disapproved of Trump's performance in March; Republicans and white evangelical protestants are the only two groups who approved of the president by more than 50 percent. Fifty percent of white voters overall approved. Meanwhile, just 8 percent of Democrats, 9 percent of black voters, and 9 percent of black mainline protestants approved.

In October, 67 percent of white evangelical protestants approved of Trump's performance. Data from a 2014 Pew Research Center study found that more than one-third of registered voters described themselves as "born-again or evangelical" Christians. Summer Meza

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