THE DRIVE: Manafort volunteers to testify
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, on Friday announced the prospect of an interview with Paul Manafort, and Nunes cancelled a previously scheduled public hearing in which former Obama administration officials had agreed to testify about the Russia investigation. Manafort also volunteered to be interviewed by the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting its own investigation.
It was not clear whether Manafort had offered to testify under oath or in a public hearing.
PRESIDENT, HOUSE LEADERS PULL HEALTH-CARE BILL
WASHINGTON — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly.
It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur.
NORTH CAROLINA LOOKS TO BECOME ELITE
The only remaining No. 1-seeded team to play in the Sweet 16 takes to the court in the first of four games tonight.
North Carolina looks to join fellow top seeds Kansas and Gonzaga in the Elite Eight as the Tar Heels take on Butler at 7:09 p.m. Eastern.
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE GETS APPROVAL
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said "it's a great day for American jobs" after his administration issued a permit to build the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.
The decision marks a reversal from the Obama administration and clears the way for the $8 billion project to be completed.
US INVOLVEMENT IN SYRIA DEEPENS
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is deepening its involvement in the war against the Islamic State group after an unprecedented American airlift of Arab and Kurdish fighters to the front lines in northern Syria, supported by the first use of U.S. attack helicopters and artillery in the country.
The U.S. forces didn't engage in ground combat, but the offensive suggests the Trump administration is taking an increasingly aggressive approach as it plans an upcoming assault on the extremists' self-declared capital of Raqqa. In addition to using helicopters to ferry rebels into combat near the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, the U.S. also flew two Apache gunships and fired Marine 155mm artillery.