Multiple outlets are now reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked top prosecutors in the Justice Department to evaluate whether a special counsel is needed to investigate the 2010 Uranium One deal and the Clinton Foundation. This comes after conservative media has been hyper-focused on the story and President Donald Trump has stated that he was frustrated that the DOJ wasn’t looking into former Secretary of State — and his 2016 presidential election rival — Hillary Clinton.
Residents of the county where GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was once the assistant district attorney say it was common knowledge that he would flirt with and try to date teenage girls, The New Yorker and Alabama news source AL.com reported Monday. Local residents told AL.com that Moore had a reputation for approaching teenage girls long before last week´s bombshell Washington Post report alleged he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s. One woman, Wendy Miller, told AL.com that Moore approached her at a local mall in 1977, when she was 14 and working
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is said to be considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate issues related to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, and the Obama administration. Sessions´ contemplation comes after the House Judiciary Chairman urged him to look into Comey´s handling of the FBI´s investigation into Clinton´s email use, the 2010 Uranium One deal, and the Clinton Foundation. Trump has repeatedly called Sessions a "weak" attorney general and pushed him to investigate Clinton and the Democrats as the FBI investigates Trump and his campaign for possible collusion with Moscow during the 2016
I have given up on Trumpism. I realize this declaration will come as a surprise to some readers. I should mention, therefore, that it is a decision to which I came only after considerable reflection. It was not easy. I have plenty of friends who endorse Trumpism. I acknowledge that I did as well. I labored assiduously in those vineyards. But I have changed my mind. Why? A decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that I should declare the reasons that impelled me to this separation. One factor was the increasingly surreal commentary that surrounds the whole enterprise of Trumpism. I
America is in another of its Salem moments. Frenzy is almost a living, breathing monster. It moves from host to host, fueled by rumor, gossip, and self-righteous furor. The Greeks knew well of the transitory nature of these mass panics. They claimed such fits were inspired by the Maniae, the three daughters of Night who were the goddesses of insanity, madness, and crazed frenzy. We’ve seen all three of them in action throughout the past year. Collusion Everywhere and Nowhere For about six months, cable news shows, the internet, and the major newspapers ginned up the charge of “Russian collusion”—as
BROOKLINE, Mass.—Let me put this in context so you don’t think I’m an idiot. I like to read. I like words. I don’t shrink from difficult texts. I’ve read Ulysses, although I probably won’t reread it. (Snip)I can’t read menus. Every couple of weeks I speak or perform somewhere, and my host will say, “Let me take you to this new restaurant everybody is talking about,” and two hours later I’ll say, “Is everybody talking about it because it has a menu that reads like fake foods served in a Dr. Seuss book?” Let’s start with The Ravenous Pig. Two weeks ago I’m in
During the 2016 political campaign, with Hillary Clinton clearly headed for White House victory over her unorthodox GOP opponent, Donald Trump made the bold claim that he could change and become anything he wanted. “It’s very easy being presidential,” he proclaimed with the confidence of a billionaire. The first fifth of the Donald Trump presidency has proven the accuracy of Donald Trump’s claim. He can indeed change and become presidential — but only during his foreign trips as United States commander-in-chief and leader of the free world. We’re witnessing that other President Trump now during his five-nation, nearly two-week journey around
Donald Trump arrived at the APEC summit with a bit of swagger. Though already a naturally tall and broad-shouldered man, he stood bigger than life among his world leader contemporaries as a petulant Establishment Media did all it could to downplay the aura of strength that followed Mr. Trump everywhere he went. Gone was the rapid gun-chewing insecurity that marked Barack Obama’s participation in such gatherings. There was no apologizing for America’s past. No remarking how the United States owed others. No hiding from the fact that in an increasingly volatile and complicated world, America remains the one true superpower.And
Was a 14-year-old girl molested by Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, or is she lying? It’s a yes-or-no question. Was a 16-year-old girl sexually assaulted by Moore, or is she lying? Again, it’s a yes-or-no question. Finally, do you believe that there are conditions under which a child molester should sit in the United States Senate? Again, this question is binary. Yet many conservatives seem to be seeking a third answer to all three of these questions, mostly to avoid giving straight answers. Let’s begin with the first question: Did Roy Moore molest a 14-year-old girl?
"We will no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property,” President Trump said Friday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam. “We will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technology to the state and forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access.” He was referring to big challenges that American businesses face in China. Finally, he added a more universal problem, also present in China: “We will address the massive subsidizing of industries through colossal state-owned enterprises that put private competitors out of business." On that last issue, the subsidizing of industry
In the aftermath of the Texas church shooting there’s been the usual amount of soul searching and demands that somebody “do something” about gun violence. And as always happens, the usual list of suspects begins proposing the same old solutions which wouldn’t have done anything to stop the guy. (Though in this case, we have at least learned about problems in the military reporting system for disciplinary action which may be helpful.) But the various partial bans and paperwork traps aren’t going to affect most of these worst case scenarios. That doesn’t apply to quite everyone, though. Enter David Scharfenberg,
Harvey Weinstein really started something. Or his cowardly “brave” accusers did. In this new time warp, are there not aspects of bewilderment juxtaposed amid all these unwanted-sex accusations dating back 30 and 40 years? In settled law, we have a concept called “statutes of limitation.” Limitations statutes painfully and regretfully recognize that, with the passage of enough time, memories fade and evidence innocently disappears. Moreover, at some point, even the worst of people deserve some sort of repose. Thus, a victim of a tort — a social wrong like a slip-and-fall — may have only two years to sue. If
NEWARK -- Seven of the 16 jurors and alternates in the trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez raised their hands when U.S. District Judge William Walls on Monday morning asked whether they´d heard or read anything about the case, prompting the judge to take them into his chambers individually to get more details. The inquiry came after defense attorneys in the trial noted that widespread news coverage of an excused juror´s public statements may have tainted the remaining members of the panel. The defense said they were concerned about statements made to the press by Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby on Thursday after she was
Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the GOP’s most prominent megadonor, is publicly breaking with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his efforts to oust Republican incumbents in 2018. “The Adelsons will not be supporting Steve Bannon’s efforts,” said Andy Abboud, an Adelson spokesman. “They are supporting Mitch McConnell 100 percent. For anyone to infer anything otherwise is wrong.” The public pronouncement comes about a month after Adelson met with Bannon in Washington. Bannon has been huddling with major Republican contributors across the country in hopes of building a war chest to take on party lawmakers. Bannon aides said they were
While the world meets in Bonn, Germany, to hammer out the final details of the historic Paris climate accord and lay the path forward on combating climate change, there may be some confusion over who speaks for America. The Trump administration´s official delegation is a smaller team smaller than in past years and is led by the State Department to work on the Paris Agreement - even though the president intends to withdraw from the accord. But there´s another delegation from the U.S. at the summit — a group of elected officials, businesses, universities, and nonprofits, all of whom are committed to
The most notable aspect amid President Trump’s granddaughter Arabella delivering a folk song in native Mandarin wasn’t the song itself, it was the response from Madame Peng Liyaun, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping. If you haven’t watched the video, you should. The song was shared moments after President Trump delivered these remarks during a state dinner presented by President Xi and Madame Peng to honor the visit of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump: […] “This moment in history presents both our nations with an incredible opportunity to advance peace and prosperity alongside other nations all around the world.
The Daily Caller is reporting that Army veteran David Brown was visiting the graves of fallen friends in Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans´ Day when he spotted a lone but familiar figure also visiting the graves in Section 60, which is where recent casualties are being interred. That other visitor was secretary of defense James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general. Brown chronicled his encounter with Mattis in a viral Facebook post, noting that he himself was visiting the graves of two of his fallen friends in combat when "I met a lone man walking the stones at Section 60."
The small-town Texas church where 26 people were massacred has been cleaned out and painted completely white in a chilling tribute to the shooting victims. A temporary memorial opened on Sunday inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs - exactly a week after the gunman stormed in and unleashed the worst mass shooting in Texas´ history. The inside of the church has been transformed with its walls, floor and pulpit painted completely white. Broken windows and ceiling tiles have been replaced and bullet holes filled. The church´s pews, the carpet and all equipment have been removed. Scroll down for
It was the cackle that cost her an election. The time was the 80s and the First Lady of Arkansas was chatting with Roy Reed. Reed was a New York Times bigwig, a civil rights hero and is currently a speaker for the Clinton School of Public Service. Back then, Reed was working on a profile of the Clintons for Esquire. The profile was never published. The tapes of the interviews were stowed at the University of Arkansas until they were dug up in ’14. And there’s Hillary Clinton laughing on tape about how she saved a 12-year-old girl’s rapist. Kathy Shelton had been
Things could get a whole lot more interesting if Kimberley Strassel is correct in her research and analysis of how the Clinton Campaign paid for the creation of the “Steele Dossier”, pushed it to the FBI, and then used their influence to generate media coverage of it. There’s a lot more questions to be asked; a lot more. The basic outline as it appears is: Clinton paid for the sketchy dossier to be put together; then pushed it to the FBI (Sally Yates); who then used it to open a counter-intelligence investigation; which was then used to begin wiretaps etc.
More than six in ten babies born in London hospitals have foreign mothers who are either immigrants or visiting from abroad, official figures show. The evidence of the impact of immigration on the NHS was revealed in a breakdown of hospital records for last year published by the Office for National Statistics. (Snip) In one London hospital nearly four out of five births were to mothers born abroad, and in two others the figure was over 70 per cent. Across the country just over 28 per cent of babies in 2016 were born to foreign-born mothers, up from just over 11 per
A music video director on Sunday morning (Nov. 12) temporarily placed a twice-life size statue of an African-American woman on the slab where the statue of Jefferson Davis once stood. The controversial monument to the President of the Confederacy was removed on May 11. New Orleans filmmaker Zac Manuel explained that the installation will set the scene for a video accompanying a new song titled "If All I Was Was Black" by renowned folk singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples, who was not present Sunday. (Snip) A young couple, who said they lived nearby, were disappointed to learn the statue
Monday on CNBC, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said due to the sexual misconduct accusations leveled against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, he should step aside in his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Bush said, “This is not a question of innocence or guilt like in a criminal proceeding, this is a question of what’s right and what’s wrong. Acknowledging that you’re dating teenagers when you’re 32-years old as assistant state attorney is wrong. It’s just plain wrong.” He added, “We need to stand for basic principles, and decency has to be one of those.
A young veteran was taken by surprise when an anonymous couple paid for his group´s dinner at Applebee´s in Washington upon his return from Afghanistan. Army Spec. Scott Stranne was stunned when the waiter told him that a couple very generously donated $300 to his bill, according to CBS. He said his friends were asking him about his deployment in Afghanistan, which is when the couple must have overheard their conversation. Apparently at the end of the meal the waiter approached the group asking to speak with the ´returning soldier from Afghanistan,´ and Stranne immediately thought the waiter was going
S&P Global Ratings downgraded Venezuela´s foreign currency sovereign credit rating late Monday beyond junk to "selective default" after it failed to make two payments within a grace period. There´s still hope for restructuring with only some issues in peril. But Venezuela´s unpaid obligations total $420 million, and four additional coupon payments are overdue but within their grace periods. S&P lowered two issues´ ratings to "D" (default) and said there is a one in two chance that the government could "default again" over the next three months. On Monday, bondholders met in Caracas at the invitation of President Nicolas Maduro to discuss
Venezuela, one of the world’s riskiest credits, was declared in default by S&P Global Ratings after missing two interest payments on its debt. The nation, home to the world’s largest oil reserves, owed investors about $200 million and failed to make those payments by the end of a 30-day grace period that expired over the weekend, S&P said in a statement in which it lowered the country’s rating to SD. Plagued with payment delays and running low on cash, it’s the first time in recent years the government has exceeded the buffer period on its bonds. State oil producer Petroleos de