263 Overturned Murder ConvictionsJust 16 New Suspects Charged

July 4, 2017

Ninety-two year-old Emma Crapser spent the last night of her life playing Bingo at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, about a half a mile from her Poughkeepsie, N.Y. apartment. Upon her return home, she was murdered, apparently in the course of an intended robbery. According to court documents, she had asphyxiated after being bound and gagged with five pieces of material [stuffed] down her throat–including a chisel-like instrument, cloth, and…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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Microsoft’s mistakes show why Google needs to settle with the EU

July 1, 2017

Image: REX/Shutterstock The European Union (EU) hit Google this week with a huge fine for violating antitrust law in comparison shopping. Google is also currently under investigation by the EU for illegally tying the Android operating system with Google search, on monopolizing advertising, and a couple of other issuesin total five different antitrust investigations. Additionally, several countries, including India, Korea, Russia, and Brazil, are at various stages of investigations of…

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Paul Manafort Retroactively Registers As A Foreign Agent For Ukraine Lobbying

June 28, 2017

Manaforts filing Tuesday with the Justice Department shows his firm was paid $17.1 million from 2012 to 2014 for lobbying work he did on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, according to the reports. Manafort, who ran Trumps campaign from March 2016 to August, worked on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a front group for former Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych. (Yanukovych fled to Russia…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 24, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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Keith Olbermann: We Need To Help Donald Trump Self-Destruct

June 20, 2017

Olbermann points to a litany of signs in the press that the president is becoming disturbingly obsessed with the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election and possible ties between that country and Trumps campaign. Trump is incessantly watching TV news about the investigation and yelling at television sets in the White House, convinced hes the target of a conspiracy, the Associated Press has reported. Trump has also…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 14, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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Sessions Launches Team Trump’s Russia Counteroffensive

June 14, 2017

I kind of go my own way in the Senate, he told me last year as we stood waiting for our bags at a Reagan Airport carousel after returning home from a Donald Trump campaign event. I dont think there are many senators who want to associate with me. Even in the modern Republican Party, Sessions often was too much, a cranky uncle in the Deep South basement of race-based…

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Jeff Sessions And The Trump Team Really Don’t Want To Say ‘Executive Privilege’

June 14, 2017

I am protecting the right of the president to assert it if he chooses, Sessions told members of the intelligence committee, adding that there may be other privileges the White House could invoke in the future. Conversations with the president are inherently confidential, he said, and it would be improper for him to waive that confidentiality without clear approval from Trump. Executive privilege is a loosely defined concept meant to…

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It’s Simple: Either Trump Or Comey Is Lying. Who Is More Credible?

June 9, 2017

Comey laid out his version of events before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday,detailing comments the president had made to him about the FBIs investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign and its probe of Trumps former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Comeys account suggests that the president attempted to interfere with the bureaus investigations,pressed the then-FBI director to pledge Trump his loyalty and asked him to get…

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Universities challenged on top 1% advert – BBC News

June 8, 2017

Advertising to students But the advertising watchdog has been examining a complaint about how university rankings are being used in marketing. A description of Reading University as being in the top 1% worldwide had been challenged by a complainant, who said such a figure could not be substantiated and could be misleading. The Advertising Standards Authority says that this has been “informally resolved”, with the university agreeing that it will…

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Let’s Be Honest, Donald Trump Will Survive James Comey’s Testimony

June 8, 2017

When former FBI Director James Comey appears before Congress on Thursday, he will reveal painful truths about the pressures President Donald Trump put on him. He will add explosive chapters to the ongoing saga of Russias interference in the 2016 election. He may very well end up raising questions about Trumps temperament. But one thing hes unlikely to do, even the presidents critics concede, is expedite Trumps demise. Watergate did…

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Even In The Military, Black People Are Punished Disproportionately: Report

June 8, 2017

Data obtained by the organization through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that black service members were as much astwo and a half times more likely than their white counterparts to face court-martial or nonjudicial punishment in an average year. The disparity is notable, considering white service members make up the largest racial group in the military. Retired Col. Don Christensen, the groups president and former chief prosecutor of the…

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James Comey Reportedly Will Testify He Never Told Trump He Wasn’t Under Investigation

June 7, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey is reportedly set to testify he never told President Donald Trump that he was not under investigation in connection with Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to and . While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively…

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Remember when Republicans wanted to investigate the Clintons’ pet cat?

June 5, 2017

Image: NIGHSWANDER/AP/REX/Shutterstock Republicans seem a bit investigation-shy these days, don’t they? Well, as you might remember from election season, that wasn’t always the case. During Bill Clinton’s administration, House Republicans even called for an inquiry into Socks, the First Cat. Socks was a fairly normal cat, and by most accounts, he seemed to be a good and cute boy. Adopted by Chelsea Clinton as a lost kitten, he enjoyed the…

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White House Dodges Questions About Kushner Meetings With Russians

May 31, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer dodged questions Tuesday afternoon about President Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and what Trump did or didnt know about Kushners meetings last year with Russian officials. Mr. Kushners attorney has said that Mr. Kushner has volunteered to share what he knows with Congress about the meetings, Spicer told reporters during the daily press briefing. The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week…

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Ex-CIA Director Slams Jared Kushner’s ‘Hubris’ And ‘Ignorance’

May 29, 2017

Hayden wants to chalk up the stunning plan to naivete rather than evil intentions but thats not reassuring, he said in an interview on CNN. Hayden was commenting on reports, which first appeared in The Washington Post Friday, that Kushner discussed last December establishing a secret communication channel with the Kremlin using Russian facilities without any monitoring by the U.S. Kushner emerged last Thursday as a person of interest in…

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Profile: Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley – BBC News

May 28, 2017

Ms Lucas was re-elected to the Brighton Pavilion seat she took from Labour in 2010, with an increased majority of nearly 8,000. He is reported to have volunteered for John Major in 1995 when the then prime minister faced a challenge to his leadership from John Redwood. He founded the think tank Ekklesia in 2002 – only standing down as a director earlier this year – and became a commentator…

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Report: Russian Billionaire Linked To Manafort Seeks Immunity To Testify

May 27, 2017

Lawmakers have so far turned down the demands of aluminum billionaire Oleg Deripaska, lest an immunity deal compromise criminal investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election,according to the Times. Manafort is said to be a key figure in the FBIs investigation. Manafort was forced out as campaign chairmanshortly after the Republican National Convention last year, when AP revealed he had helped a Ukrainian political…

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Jared Kushner Reportedly Draws Interest Of FBI In Russia Investigation

May 26, 2017

The FBI is looking at Jared Kushner, President Donald Trumps son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of its investigation into Russias influence in the 2016 election, The Washington Post and NBC News reported Thursday evening. Kushner met with Kislyak in December and Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a state-owned bank, after Trump was elected, at Kislyaks request. U.S. intelligence officials have already concluded that Russia interfered…

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May 24, 2017

Look around Tokyo and you can still see the concrete legacy left by the 1964 Olympics and the subsequent economic “miracle.” Wood can change that, says the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Games. Using Japanese lumber for the centerpiece venue, Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime…

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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON It took the House months of infighting and a failed first attempt to ultimately pass a bill torepeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More than two weeks later, Senate Republicans are nowhere near reaching an agreement on a bill of their own. As scandal after scandal piled up for the Trump administration last week, Republicans were given some cover. Rather than being flooded with questions as they exited…

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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

May 23, 2017

According to the report, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny that there is any evidence of connections between Trumps team and Russia. Those requests reportedly came in late March, after then-FBI Director James Comey confirmedthat his bureau was looking into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia. The Post also said that White House officials sought to influence Comey…

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Trump Asked Comey When Feds Would Say He Wasn’t Under Investigation

May 19, 2017

Two people briefed on the call told the newspaper it took place just weeks after Trumps inauguration.Comey declined to answer the question. In February, senior White House officials confirmed that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to publicly dispute reports of communications between Trump campaign officials and Russia. Benjamin Wittes, a friend of Comey and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, was quoted by…

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