April 25, 2018

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is poised to propose tripling the minimum rent for some of America's poorest families, a move that comes as the White House has pushed for adults to "shoulder more of their housing costs and provide an incentive to increase their earnings," The Washington Post reports. While tenants receiving federal housing assistance are required to pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward housing, with a $50 cap for the poorest groups, Carson would push for a 35 percent contribution with a cap of $150.

The legislation, which is already opposed by some groups, would have to be approved by Congress. "When we are in the middle of a housing crisis that's having the most negative impact on the lowest income people, we shouldn't even be considering proposals to increase their rent burdens," said Diane Yentel, the president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The White House and Carson have made a number of adjustments and proposals concerning federal rental assistance recipients, citing the goal of encouraging "work and self-sufficiency." Jeva Lange

1:03 p.m.

President Trump on Tuesday attacked late Senator John McCain for the fourth time in as many days, this time during a meeting with the president of Brazil.

While speaking to reporters in the Oval Office alongside Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, Trump yet again criticized the Republican senator who died in 2018 following a battle with cancer. When asked why he has been going after McCain, Trump said that he is "very unhappy" that McCain didn't vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. "I think that's disgraceful," said Trump. "Plus, there are other things."

"I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be," Trump added. Per CNN's Manu Raju, the president did not take a follow-up question about whether his attacks on the late senator are "beneath the dignity of the office."

Trump repeatedly went after McCain on Twitter over the weekend, attacking him for his ObamaCare vote and falsely accusing him of leaking the Russia dossier written by Christopher Steele to the media before the 2016 election and of being last in his class. Trump also retweeted a supporter who wrote that "we hated McCain."

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, responded to Trump's attacks on Monday by saying that the president will "never be a great man" and that he leads a "pathetic life." Brendan Morrow

12:25 p.m.

On Monday, a judge in the Southern District of New York ordered the public release of a search warrant that allowed the FBI to raid the office and hotel of President Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen in April 2018. The 269-page warrant confirms just how massive the raid was, and provides new insight on what led Cohen to flip and cooperate with federal and state prosecutors. Here five stunning takeaways from the release.

1. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office suspected Cohen was a foreign agent. Beyond the crimes Cohen was eventually charged with, the warrant also said Mueller probed Cohen on suspicion that he committed money laundering and acted as an unregistered foreign agent.

2. Cohen got money from Russia. From January to August 2017, Cohen received a total of $583,332 from a company headed by Russian national Viktor Vekselberg. Vekselberg is close with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is currently under U.S. sanctions, and has reportedly been interviewed by Mueller.

3. FBI agents didn't want to knock on the wrong door. FBI agents used a cell phone tracker called a "triggerfish" to figure out exactly which room Cohen was using in a Manhattan hotel, NBC News details. They also wanted a device that would track Cohen's incoming and outgoing calls, but didn't want to listen in on them.

4. Trump exposed Cohen's Gmail. Despite the warrant's orders, Google wouldn't hand over data stored on "servers located outside of the United States." But Trump soon signed a law giving U.S. law enforcement enhanced access to overseas servers, prompting U.S. prosecutors to return to court and eventually win access to Cohen's Gmail.

5. There's a lot still left sealed. At least 19 consecutive pages covering an "illegal campaign contribution scheme" allegedly involving Trump were redacted in Tuesday's release. That implies a SDNY investigation — which already turned out a plea deal with Cohen — is still ongoing, CNN's Manu Raju says.

Find the whole warrant here. Kathryn Krawczyk

11:28 a.m.

Turns out, MLB stars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are getting paid peanuts. At least compared to what colleague Mike Trout will soon make. Trout is finalizing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels that, once official, will be the largest contract in professional sports history, ESPN reports.

The deal is reportedly worth $430 million over 12 seasons and does not include any opt-out clauses, which means the superstar center fielder will likely spend the rest of his career with the team that drafted him out of high school. Trout would have hit the free agent market after the 2020 season had the sides not reached an agreement. 2019 and 2020 will reportedly be part of the 12 year extension.

Trout's deal should all but wrap up a confounding offseason for Major League Baseball, which was defined by long periods with little free agent movement and below-market deals for veterans, but also saw four of the most lucrative contracts ever signed. In addition to Trout, Machado and Harper signed massive free agent deals with the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively, while the Colorado Rockies inked their homegrown star Nolan Arenado to an 8-year, $260 million extension.

Trout, though, tops them all. And deservedly so — the 27-year-old is not only one of the top active players, he's well on his way to becoming one of the greatest players of all time. Despite his youth, Trout touts a career .307/.416/.573 slash line and has already tallied 240 career home runs. He owns two MVP awards and has only once — during an injury-plagued 2017 season in which he still managed to lead the league in on-base percentage and slugging percentage — finished lower than second in MVP voting in his seven full seasons in the majors. Tim O'Donnell

10:51 a.m.

In a statement released late Monday, Facebook provided a range of updates into its handling of Friday's Facebook Live-streamed New Zealand mosque shooting, in which 50 people were killed. Among its most disturbing revelations: that though the video was viewed approximately "200 times during the live broadcast," nobody reported it to the service for 29 minutes, or a full 12 minutes after it ended — by which time it had been "viewed about 4,000 times."

Facebook also said that it had removed a staggering 1.5 million videos of the shooting in the first 24 hours after the attack, 1.2 million of which had been "blocked at upload." Despite this, The Washington Post notes that the video nonetheless spread to other platforms, including YouTube, in the hours after the massacre.

The shooting — the third such incident to be broadcast on Facebook Live since the feature's public debut in 2016 — has led to widespread criticism of Facebook and other social media platforms, including by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. "We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published," said Ardern on Tuesday that. "This cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility."

Facebook said that "We remain shocked and saddened by this tragedy and are committed to working with leaders in New Zealand, other governments, and across the technology industry to help counter hate speech and the threat of terrorism." Jacob Lambert

10:28 a.m.

"Egg Boy" is the not the newest member of the Avengers, but a few thousand donors think he should be.

After Australian Senator Fraser Anning put out a disturbing statement blaming "immigration" for the New Zealand mosque shootings that killed 50 people, Will Connolly, a 17-year-old from Australia, literally smashed an egg on his head. Supporters quickly set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay Connolly's legal fees — which the Australian teen now says he'll redirect to the Christchurch victims.

Anning, who The Washington Post says "may be Australia's most reviled politician," earned criticism across the board after suggesting that an "increasing Muslim presence" in his country and New Zealand prompted the Friday shooting. Connolly made his opinion on the statement pretty clear on Saturday, slapping an egg on Anning's head at a news conference. Anning punched back, but it was Connolly who ended up the hero in Melbourne, Australia, where a mural now commemorates him as "Egg Boy."

Despite Connolly saying he would not pursue charges against Anning, supporters on Saturday set up a GoFundMe for his potential legal fees, per CBS News. Messages posted between the anonymous fundraising organizer and Connolly show he wanted "a majority of the money" to actually go to the Christchurch, New Zealand victims, and now the page promises that's what will happen. As of 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, more than 3,000 donors have raised a combined $62,000 — far over its original $50,000 goal. Kathryn Krawczyk

10:18 a.m.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is reportedly holding several unaccompanied minors in off-the-book shelters throughout the United States, an investigation by Reveal found.

The total number of sites is unknown, but Reveal reports that there are at least five such shelters in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They are holding at least 16 boys and girls after they were transferred from known refugee shelters. The shelters reportedly specialize in caring for children with mental health and behavior challenges.

The federal government has not made the existence of the shelters public "or even disclosed them to the minors' own attorneys in a land mark class-action case."

Holly Cooper, an attorney who represents the class of unaccompanied minors in the agency's care, said the government did not report every minor's location and believes the ORR continues to withhold information about other locations.

The ORR's standards do allow for out-of-network transfers if the federal facilities cannot provide specialized services. But failing to provide both attorneys for the detained children and a detailed census of the minors in custody appears to violate "longstanding rules for the care of immigrant children," such as the Flores Agreement. Former ORR Director Robert Carey said there was no such arrangement for migrant children in 2015 and 2016, as far as he knew.

The ORR has not yet commented on Reveal's report, though the office did acknowledge the request. Read the full report at Reveal. Tim O'Donnell

10:01 a.m.

Pixar is ready to make you cry — and possibly have an existential crisis — for the fourth time in a row with Toy Story 4.

Disney on Monday debuted the first full trailer for the animated sequel, in which we see that Bonnie has created a homemade toy out of a spork, and in the latest instance of this series tackling some surprisingly disturbing aspects of life as a toy, it comes to life and begins to ask questions like "Why am I alive?" When Forky runs away, Woody goes after him.

This leads him to reunite with Bo Peep, who disappeared sometime between the events of Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 and who Woody finds in an antique shop surrounded by creepy, Goosebumps-style ventriloquist dummies. Although Woody wants to return Bo Peep and Forky to Bonnie, seeing what life is like for toys at a carnival appears to leave him questioning whether they should leave at all. In that way, the plot seems fairly similar to Toy Story 2, which also involved Woody meeting another group of toys and nearly deciding not to return home.

Pixar years ago teased Toy Story 4 as a love story between Woody and Bo Peep, and that still appears to be the case, although some fans are already theorizing that she'll turn out to be the villain of the film — or that she'll be revealed to be an entirely different toy. The trailer also teases flashbacks of Andy, the toys' owner from the first three films, who is seen playing with Buzz and Jessie.

Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21. Watch the trailer below. Brendan Morrow

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