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Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the federal investigation of ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn during a meeting in the Oval Office in February, The New York Times reported Tuesday evening; Two investigative reporters join Buzzfeed in fighting government secrecy over spy planes the FBI uses to gather surveillance across the country; New scientific research sheds light on the recently discovered – and potentially habitable – planet Proxima b, and more.

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FILE – This Feb. 1, 2017, file photo shows then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, joined by K.T. McFarland, deputy national security adviser, during the daily news briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

1.) In National news President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the federal investigation of ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn during a meeting in the Oval Office in February, The New York Times reported Tuesday evening.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

2.) CIA Director Mike Pompeo is expected to brief members of the House intelligence committee on Tuesday on what President Donald Trump discussed with Russian officials last week, following reports the president revealed classified information during their discussions.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, joined by, from left, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

3.) Senate Democrats requested the White House provide congressional intelligence committees with transcripts of a meeting at the White House last week when President Donald Trump reportedly disclosed classified information to two Russian officials.

Ahead of a May 16 meeting with U.S. President Donals Trump at the White House, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine disembark from a plane after arriving in Washington, on May 15, 2017. (Presidency Press Service/Pool photo via AP)

4.) At a diplomatic crossroads on fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, the presidents of Turkey and the United States are expected to spar at their White House meeting Tuesday on the fate of a gold trader incarcerated in New York City.

5.) Two investigative reporters joined Buzzfeed on Monday in fighting government secrecy over spy planes the FBI uses to gather surveillance across the country.

6.) In Regional news, attorneys for two agricultural scientists battling UC Davis for rights to million-dollar strawberry strains told a federal jury that the school colluded with special interests to keep the plants away from California strawberry breeders.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
7.) On the Research front, a new Pew Research Center study finds men are nearly twice as likely to have confidence in the nation’s future as women today, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Monday.
 
 8.) The quest to find life beyond Earth progressed Monday, with research that sheds light on the recently discovered – and potentially habitable – planet Proxima b.

 

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