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« on: March 27, 2020, 02:55:37 PM »
MIAMI (AP) — Nicolás Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country, the Justice Department charged in several indictments made public Thursday against the embattled socialist leader and his inner circle.
The coordinated unsealing of indictments against 14 officials and government-connected individuals, and rewards of $55 million for Maduro and four others, attacked all the key planks of what Attorney General William Barr called the “corrupt Venezuelan regime,” including the Maduro-dominated judiciary and the powerful armed forces.
One indictment by prosecutors in New York accused Maduro and socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, head of the rubber-stamping constitutional assembly, of conspiring with Colombian rebels and members of the military “to flood the United States with cocaine” and use the drug trade as a “weapon against America.”
« on: March 26, 2020, 08:03:56 AM »
FBI says man killed in Missouri wanted to bomb hospital amid coronavirus epidemic
Timothy Wilson was the subject of a terrorism investigation, and agents tried to arrest him when he arrived to pick up what he thought was a bomb.
« on: March 23, 2020, 05:11:42 PM »
Supreme Court, In Unanimous Decision, Says Byron Allen Must Meet Higher Threshold For Racial Bias Suit Against Comcast To Survive
The Supreme Court sided with Comcast over Byron Allen in his racial discrimination case against the cable giant, ruling that in order for his lawsuit to survive, he bears the burden of showing racial discrimination was the “but for” cause in the cable giant’s refusal to carry his entertainment channels.
The justices, in a unanimous decision, ruled that to prevail, “a plaintiff must initially plead and ultimately prove that, but for race, it would not have suffered the loss of a legally protected right,” according to the opinion.
The decision means that Allen’s lawsuit will go back to the lower court, where he can again try to prove his case, but he will have a much greater threshold to meet for his case to survive.
At issue was whether Allen’s $20 billion lawsuit should have survived beyond the pleading stage by merely proving that, in Comcast’s decision to deny carriage of his Entertainment Studios’ channels, his race was a “motivating factor” or whether it was the sole cause, also known as “but for” in legalese. The ruling was viewed as having a potentially significant impact on future racial discrimination cases
Bethune-Cookman’s future looking brighter with state funding, local donations.
Bethune-Cookman University is poised to dig out of its financial nightmare with an expected $13 million in new funding to come from the state as well as $255,000 in new private donations.
« on: March 11, 2020, 12:03:27 PM »
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, a sight the disgraced Hollywood mogul's multitude of accusers thought they would never see.
Weinstein, who has been accused of violating scores of women, was convicted last month of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. He faced a maximum of 29 years in prison.
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« on: March 09, 2020, 05:56:23 PM »
John James, the likely Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, started the new year by announcing he’s gathered more donations than his incumbent Democratic opponent for the second consecutive fundraising quarter.
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, is one of two senators up for reelection in a state won by President Donald Trump, making him a top target for Republicans seeking to take control of Congress in 2020. James’ campaign, which did not release how much cash-on-hand it has to start the year, appears to be chipping into Peters’ financial advantage by posting a record-breaking fundraising haul.
U.S. Senate candidate John James has ducked media questions for months
Where in the hell is John James?
That’s a question on the minds of many journalists who have been unable to reach the Republican U.S. Senate candidate since he announced last year that he's running against incumbent Sen. Gary Peters.
In fact, Tuesday marked the 250th day that James has not spoken with a local Michigan TV station and 143 days without answering a question from a newspaper reporter in the state, according to the Michigan Democratic Party.
Metro Times has tried to reach James for several months, but his campaign failed to return each call. James has ducked questions about his meeting with indicted foreign agent Lev Parnas, Republican senators blocking witnesses in the impeachment trial, and President Donald Trump’s budget that would severely cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security funding.
While James has not made time to talk with reporters, he has found time for out-of-state fundraisers. In January, James' campaign said it raised $3.5 million in donations, compared to Peters' $2.5 million.
Instead of answering questions from reporters, James’ campaign is relying on social media and press releases to get out his message. Last week, his campaign sent out an email in which he complained about Democrats’ role in the “partisan impeachment charade.”
TOTAL RAISED TOTAL SPENT CASH ON HAND LAST REPORT
Gary Peters (D) • Incumbent $11,578,659 $3,736,900 $8,036,796 12/31/2019
John James (R) $8,238,521 $2,661,494 $6,084,982 12/31/2019
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« on: March 09, 2020, 04:12:30 PM »
Stocks cratered Monday as investors grappled with the sinking price of oil and the spread of the coronavirus.
The Dow ended down more than 2,000 points in its worst daily point drop ever. The S&P 500 finished 7.6% lower, while the Nasdaq sank 7.3%. The massive sell-off triggered a key market circuit breaker minutes after the opening bell. Trading was halted for 15 minutes until resuming at 9:49 a.m. ET.
The sharp declines followed a roller-coaster week that saw the S&P 500 swing up or down more than 2.5% for four days straight. While Monday’s drop was significant, it still didn’t crack the 20 worst days for the S&P 500.
Investors continued to seek safer assets amid additional fears that the coronavirus will disrupt global supply chains and tip the economy into a recession. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped below 0.5% for the first time ever, while the 30-year rate breached 1%. At one point early Monday, the 10-year slid to 0.318%.
Civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Sunday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"With the exception of Native Americans, African Americans are the people who are most behind socially and economically in the United States and our needs are not moderate. A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path.
« on: March 06, 2020, 04:11:23 PM »
Rep. Ro Khanna, a national campaign co-chair for Bernie Sanders, on Friday called Elizabeth Warren "an outstanding choice" to become Sanders' running mate should he capture the Democratic presidential nomination.
The California Democrat told MSNBC he would "absolutely" advise Sanders to name a woman as his vice presidential pick, and singled out the Vermont senator's colleague from Massachusetts when asked who specifically he would recommend.
"Maybe Sen. Warren," Khanna said. "I mean, I've said Senator Warren would be an outstanding choice. There will be other outstanding choices."
The words of praise from the top Sanders campaign official come after Warren declined to immediately endorse another candidate after dropping out of the Democratic primary Thursday — further irking some Sanders supporters who argued that she siphoned progressive voters from Sanders on Super Tuesday.
« on: March 06, 2020, 02:23:17 PM »
U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando has endorsed Joe Biden for president. Could Biden pick her as his running mate?
Florida, despite its electoral importance, has never produced a running mate for a major party presidential ticket. But with razor-thin margins in seemingly every major statewide election, the temptation to swing the state with a homegrown favorite could prove hard to resist.
« on: March 05, 2020, 12:14:21 PM »
Republican lawmakers are surprised and disappointed by the results of Super Tuesday, which firmly re-established former Vice President Joe Biden as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination and dealt Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) a major setback.
Republican senators conceded Wednesday they would rather face Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, as the opposing nominee, instead of Biden, whom they consider more mainstream and tougher to draw a contrast with.
« on: March 05, 2020, 11:21:28 AM »
BOSTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts plans to drop out of the presidential race on Thursday and will inform her staff of her plans later this morning, according to a person close to her, ending a run defined by an avalanche of policy plans that aimed to pull the Democratic Party to the left and appealed to enough voters to make her briefly a front-runner last fall, but that proved unable to translate excitement from elite progressives into backing from the party’s more working-class and diverse base.
Trump Really Wants Warren To Drop Out…For The Sake Of Her ‘Friendship’ With Bernie
Trump started off with his typical attempt to sow division between Sanders’ (I-VT) supporters and the Democratic establishment by claiming the latter “CRUSHED” the Vermont senator. Then he dragged Warren for not dropping out.
“Even the fact that Elizabeth Warren stayed in the race was devastating to Bernie and allowed Sleepy Joe to unthinkably win Massachusetts,” Trump tweeted. “It was a perfect storm, with many good states remaining for Joe!”
The (definitely good faith) indignation on Sanders’ behalf continued several minutes later.
“So selfish for Elizabeth Warren to stay in the race,” Trump tweeted. “She has Zero chance of even coming close to winning, but hurts Bernie badly. So much for their wonderful liberal friendship.”
“Will he ever speak to her again?” he wondered. “She cost him Massachusetts (and came in third), he shouldn’t!”
« on: March 02, 2020, 01:48:37 PM »
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar ended her Democratic presidential campaign on Monday and plans to endorse rival Joe Biden in an effort to unify moderate voters behind the former vice president's White House bid.