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"Today about him to the Senate Judiciary committee bar told senators yesterday that special counsel Robert Muller's investigation into Russian election interference is not a witch hunt. As President Trump has frequently claimed a terror attack on a luxury hotel in Nairobi. Kenya is over Kenya's President who can yada says fourteen people were killed including an American and several more were injured over the two day attack. He says that all the militants were killed, but Kenyan officials won't stop there. We will seek out every person that was involved in the funding planning and execution of this heinous act, the Somali militant group, Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. This is the same group that attacked shopping mall in Nairobi. In two thousand thirteen leaving sixty seven people dead. A Pentagon report asserts that China is on the cusp of fielding some of the world's most advanced weapons systems. NPR's rob Schmitz has this report. An unclassified report by the defense intelligence agencies says Beijing has made enormous military strides in recent years. Thanks, partly to domestic laws, forcing foreign partners to divulge technical secrets in exchange for gaining access to China's market as a result. China's now at the leading edge of a range of technologies, including medium and intermediate range missiles and hypersonic weapons which can fly many times the speed of sound and dodge missile defense systems, speaking to Pentagon reporters, a senior defense intelligence officials said he was worried China's military is now advanced enough that it's general feel confident they could invade Taiwan. Bitching has said it would not hesitate to use force. If Taipei formally declares independence or in the case of external intervention, including by the US, the island's most powerful ally. Rob schmitz. NPR news. This is NPR. This is WNYC in New York. Good morning. I'm Richard Hake. Seven zero four thirty degrees. Fair skies right now in New York City, we do expect a high today near thirty nine degrees with partly sunny skies. A New York judge ordered the NYPD to turn over documents revealing whether it spied on the cell phones of people attending black lives matter protests, the New York Civil Liberties Union sued after the department climbed to confirm or deny whether it had records about surveillance of demonstrations. The police have made the claim in the past arguing that certain information could harm counterterrorism or criminal investigations, it's called the global response. But a New York Times reporter Ali Watson says it didn't pass muster this time. Because the judge says there's no criminal activity. Three demonstrators had no nexus counterterrorism had no next to crime. It actually these are three people exercising. Their constitutional rights. The NYPD has thirty days to appeal. The ruling governor Cuomo's proposal for education funding is raising some eyebrows. The governor's plan would increase school aid by a billion dollars. But education officials and advocates say that's only half of what school districts need democratic assembly speaker, Carl hasty says he wants to make sure students are adequately provided for we'll look at what he presented. But I would say knowing our conference we're gonna wanna see more spending. Governor's proposal set aside less than three hundred fifty million dollars for high needs districts, a fraction of what education officials asked for last year. Governor Phil Murphy in New Jersey gave his first state of the state address, and he's much of it to spur state lawmakers to act on legislation that would fulfill his signature campaign promises. Let's start two thousand nineteen by finishing. What we began in two thousand eighteen. Putting the minimum wage on a clear and responsible path to fifteen dollars an hour. And by legalizing adult use marijuana Murphy also used the speech to tout the new laws his administration assigned since taking over from Chris Christie, including restoring funding for Planned Parenthood paid sick leave and gun control. Measures Republican leaders, criticized the speech for failing to address the state's high taxes and high cost of living NYU medical schools received twice as many applications from perspective of black and Latino students as before since announcing that it would no longer charge tuition. That's according to the website inside higher Ed but slate correspondent, Jordan Weisman. Who's been critical of NYU's plan says that won't necessarily mean more black and Latino doctors NYU is getting more black and Hispanic applicants which is great for the future of NYU's diversity, assuming a they actually admit more. We don't know where they're coming from. It may be the case that they're just pulling applicants who would be otherwise going to Harvard Medical School. And while you also saw about a fifty percent applicant increase. Overall,"