Sam's Top 5 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his controversial claims

He claims that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance in the Obama administration's waning days.

Nunes' revelation prompted the top Democrat on the house intelligence committee, Representative Adam Schiff, as well as the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, to call on Nunes to recuse himself from the committee's Russia probe.

Schiff said Nunes' connections to the White House have raised insurmountable public doubts about whether the committee could credibly investigate the president's campaign associates.

Schiff said, "I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president's campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman.”

2. United Airlines is facing the wrath of legging wearers

The social media matter of The Kids in Leggings vs. United snapped to the surface this weekend when a gate agent refused to let two girls board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because of their leggings.

The incident, with United's Twitter account chiming in, rolled right on through to Monday, prompting debate on whether leggings are "pants." That especially goes for women and girls and whether the United dress code for people on standby who are availing themselves of free passes, as these girls were, has perhaps not kept pace with the elevation of stretchy pants from gym and yoga garb to more broadly acceptable.

"Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment," tweeted the United account in response to one angry leggings defender.

3. Canada expected to legalize marijuana by July 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year.

Trudeau has long promised to legalize recreational pot use and sales. Canada would be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition of recreational marijuana. In the U.S, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted last year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Uruguay in South America is the only nation to legalize recreational pot.

4. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said Monday he is running for governor in 2018.

A Mankato DFLer representing the First Congressional District, Walz was elected in 2006. DFL powerbrokers have been hoping Walz would run, given his ability to garner votes in greater Minnesota. Walz has been re-elected in tough Democratic years like 2010 but barely squeaked by in 2016 despite facing weak opposition. Walz ran ahead of DFL presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who lost the district by 15 points.

After losing the state Senate in 2016 and falling deeper into the minority in the House, DFLers say much is riding on the 2018 governor's race.

Walz, a retired high school geography teacher and retired command sergeant major in the Army National Guard, is also known as an energetic retail politician.


5. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Fresh Water Society has declared an “ice-out” on Lake Minnetonka

The official call for the ice-out was made at 5:06 p.m yesterday. An ice-out can be declared when a boat can be piloted through all of the lake’s channels and bays without being obstructed by ice.

Lake Minnetonka has 37 bays and is more than 14,500 acres in size. This year’s declaration was highly-anticipated after a warm stretch in early March, but it’s 10 days later than last year. The earliest ice-out recorded on Lake Minnetonka was on March 11 back in 1878.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is reminding boaters to use caution when out on the lake as there are many navigational buoys that are not yet in place.

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