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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
law

Panicked Trump Lawyers Demand ‘Special Counsel’ Probe Of Mueller

Dropping the façade that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation poses no real threat to Donald Trump, and that the probe into Russia collusion is likely to end quickly and without concern for the White House, Trump’s attorneys have suddenly switched gears.

December 13, 2017
10 Plagues Donald Trump

Activists Vow To Fight After Supreme Court Allows Enforcement Of Muslim Ban

Rama Issa-Ibrahim, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), was already in the midst of a crisis before the news broke Monday that the Supreme Court had announced a stay of the preliminary injunctions against Trump’s Muslim ban.

December 8, 2017
Mike Flynn offered National Security Adviser post in Trump cabinet

Whistleblower Revealed Flynn’s Russian Nuclear Deal

Michael Flynn sent a text to a business partner as President Donald Trump was delivering his inaugural address last January that a joint plan between Russia and Flynn’s business allies to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East was “good to go.”

December 7, 2017
LGBTQ

Justices Sound Skeptical Of Colo. Baker’s Refusal To Make Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a somewhat skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker’s claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, despite a state civil rights law that bans such discrimination.

December 6, 2017

Why America Fails At Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

Under a federal law passed in 1990, the FBI is required to track and tabulate crimes in which there was “manifest evidence of prejudice” against a host of protected groups, including homosexuals, regardless of differences in how state laws define who’s protected.

December 6, 2017
Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose West Bank Funding

Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year.

December 4, 2017
Harvey Weinstein

Lessons Learned From Lauer And Other Predators

The list of men credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment has grown to the length of a Charles Dickens novel, and like a Dickens novel, it offers spectacularly instructive episodes. We are all learning more than we care to know about the nature of human beings and the functions of morality.

December 4, 2017
Trump, New York Times, Russia

Trump May Have Just Admitted To Obstruction Of Justice. On Twitter.

Early Saturday afternoon, Trump took to Twitter and promptly blurted out that he knew former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, had lied to investigators while he was working in the White House.

December 3, 2017
Whiter

Jared Kushner Can’t Pass His Security Clearance Probe

Jared Kushner is a security risk embedded in the West Wing since he still hasn’t passed a comprehensive background investigation required of anyone seeking a permanent security clearance—and no one will question the president’s decision to put his son-in-law in a crucial government role, experts and officials told Newsweek.

December 2, 2017
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Hate Crime Training For Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent

To become a police officer in the U.S., one almost always has to enroll in an academy for some basic training. The typical academy session lasts 25 weeks, but state governments — which oversee police academies for local and state law enforcement officers — have wide latitude when it comes to choosing the subjects that will be taught in the classrooms.

December 1, 2017

Your Secrets Are Not Safe With Anyone

Timothy Carpenter specialized in stealing cellphones, the same devices that betrayed him. Based on four months of cellphone location data from the companies that provided Carpenter’s mobile phone service, the FBI placed him near four stores while they were being robbed.

November 30, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

Why Pro Publica Bought Racist, Sexist, Bigoted Facebook Ads

Were these actual ads? No. And as someone who’s spent the past month on a New York City apartment hunt, I’m pretty confident that no one would mistake our “real estate company” for an actual brokerage.

November 28, 2017

Clarence Thomas Must Resign

Utah Republican Orrin Hatch called “bullcrap” on Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown last week. The Senate Finance Committee lion tore into Brown for “spewing” that the Republican tax plan to transfer a trillion dollars to the rich was in reality a Republican tax plan to transfer a trillion dollars to the rich.

November 28, 2017

Former AG Says Trump’s Justice Department Is Troubling

Former Attorney General Eric Holder had a clear warning for Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions on Friday: “resignations, investigations, public outcries” could all soon occur if the wall separating the White House and the Justice Department continues to be lowered.

November 26, 2017
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Rep. Nude Selfie (R-TX) Threatened Woman Over Photos

A Washington Post report reveals that Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) threatened a woman who possessed his illicit nude photos by saying he would report her to the Capitol police if she told others about their interaction.

November 24, 2017
Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare crazy

Believe Juanita? Maybe, But Maybe Not

I wrote a book called “Widow’s Web” about a woman who tried to frame a man for murdering his wife, renting a motel room, claiming he’d shacked up with her and brought cash to pay the hit men she’d hired. Problem was, he was halfway across the state at the time, visiting a client inside the state penitentiary—an airtight alibi.

November 23, 2017
Trump Congressional address

Trump Obstruction Of Justice Investigation Deepens

President Donald Trump may have convinced himself that the investigation into his campaign’s alleged links to Russia is winding down, but evidence suggests quite the opposite—and that it is inching ever closer to his door. Specifically, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible obstruction of justice is ratcheting up, according to reports.

November 21, 2017
Jared Kushner

Is The Trump Administration The Most Nepotistic In Modern American History?

Nepotism is alive and well in the White House. According to an investigation published by the Daily Beast on Monday, the members of least 20 families hold multiple positions in the Trump administration, joined either by blood or by marriage.

November 21, 2017
bill clinton

Must We ‘Believe’ Juanita Broaddrick? No.

Whenever charges of sexual misconduct shoot through the air, an arrow or three hit Bill Clinton. That’s inevitable, given his history of philandering capped by the notorious Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky. What was not inevitable, but surprising, is the crush of liberals swallowing whole a fishy story that Clinton raped a woman.

November 21, 2017
Time Travelers

How Social Change Comes In Twos, And History Rhymes

Go down, Harvey Weinstein, down to Alabama and campaign for cowboy Roy Moore, the Republican rocking Washington the way you roiled Hollywood. The dirty river of sexual harassment finally rose to claim and name each of you — and more. Comedian Louis C.K., you can go, too.

November 18, 2017

Trump Fans Want Hillary Impeached. From What?

It has been a year since the 2016 presidential election and it seems some Americans are still a little confused about the result. Newsflash: Hillary Clinton is not president, therefore she cannot be impeached. But don’t let that stop you from trying, folks.

November 16, 2017
Sessions, Department Of Justice

Sessions Is Considering Appointing A Second Special Counsel To Investigate Clinton Allegations

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate a raft of allegations connected to Hillary Clinton, a move that would fulfill long-standing demands from President Donald Trump and the Republican base.

November 15, 2017
Moore

That Time Roy Moore Refused To Convict A Child Molester Who Abused A 4-Year-Old

Roy Moore has had a month or so to forget. Last week, the Washington Post broke the news that he sexually pursued a 14-year-old girl back when he was in his 30s. Since then, a total of five women have accused the Alabama senatorial candidate of harassment and abuse.

November 15, 2017
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Is Fox News Running The Trump Justice Department?

“I don’t want to be Chicken Little, but, you know what, this is what happens in authoritarian countries like Turkey and Russia, that when a party takes power, they start criminally investigating their opponents,” CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin warned this morning.

November 15, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Violence Threatens Everyone — Even White Men

Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Orlando…what do all these recent mass shootings have in common? The perpetrators of these horrific crimes showed a proclivity for violence against women. Yet despite the clear connection between violence at home and mass violence against the public…

November 13, 2017