Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

April 28, 2017

… supervising the investigation and the federal judge hearing the case, House General Counsel Thomas Hungar claims that the FBI’s request for a congressional staffer to provide Schock’s office records “without authorization” effectively “amounts to a solicitation of that employee to steal official records.” “Such conduct likely constitutes a federal crime, both on the part of the employee who steals the records and, quite possibly, on the part of the …


How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 27, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …


CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …


General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears – BBC News

April 22, 2017

Before winning the 2015 General election, the Conservatives promised no rises in VAT, national insurance contributions, or income tax. Analysis By Iain Watson, BBC News political correspondent The American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin said the two great certainties were tax and death. And certainly commitments to push tax rates up can prove fatal to political campaigns. Philip Hammond criticised the constraints placed on him by his party’s previous pledges not to raise income tax …


Navy, Marines Ban Nude Photo-Sharing After Scandal

April 20, 2017

The revised regulations, which apply to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, were dated Monday and made public on Tuesday, reported Navy Times. The changeamounts to a lawful order, which can be enforced with the full weight of the justice system, from non-judicial punishment to General court martial, the paper noted. The new regulations from the Department of the Navy, which includes the Navy and the Marine Corps, come more than a month after Marine veteran Thomas Brennan, who runs the nonprofit …


Arkansas Court Blocks Executions Of 2 Prisoners As State Pushes Ahead With ‘Conveyor Belt’ Lethal Injections

April 18, 2017

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision on Monday, granted stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis. Both had been scheduled to die Monday, the first of what critics call the statesconveyor beltplan for multiple executions. State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she would immediately appeal. Later, Rutledges office said she wouldnt appeal Wards stay at this time. In Mondays ruling, the U.S.Eight Circuit Court of Appeals said the five inmates had ample time already to …


Georgia student in police beating video says he feared for his life

April 18, 2017

(CNN)The 21-year-old Georgia college student seen on cell phone video being beaten by two Georgia police officers says he thought he was going to die during the traffic stop on April 12. Demetrius Hollins was pulled over on a busy suburban Atlanta road by Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni for not having a license plate, according to the police report. Hollins said the license plate was in the rear window. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …


Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly 140m, says NUT – BBC News

April 16, 2017

The union’s General secretary Kevin Courtney said ministers should apologise to teachers and parents for the 138.5m “thrown away” on these abandoned projects. ‘Appalling waste’ “These figures make clear that the free school, UTC and studio school programmes were ill-thought policies which, in many cases, resulted in an appalling waste of significant sums of money,” said Mr Courtney. University technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools have an …


Some States, Cities Still Banning Government Travel To North Carolina

April 14, 2017

… General,Xavier Becerra (D), said Wednesday in a statement. North Carolinas new law does not cure the infirmity of this type of discrimination. State lawmakers approved legislation last monththat repeals the so-called bathroom bill, but the new law bars cities from passing ordinances that expand nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. It also bans municipalities and the University of North Carolina from regulating bathroom access without the legislatures permission. Equality NC, the …


Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

April 1, 2017

(CNN)No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling. The latest measures — outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation — take effect Saturday and come on the heels of a series of steps to increase surveillance in the region that include the surrender of passports and mandatory GPS trackers in cars. “They’re doubling down on security in Xinjiang,” said James Leibold, an associate professor at Australia’s Le Trobe University, whose …


#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… sex and age were counted against her by opponents and the press. Just for some context, President Ronald Reagan and President Donald Trump were both older than Smith was when they took office. At the 1964 Republican National Convention, Smith became the first woman to be submitted for the nomination of a major party in the US. She received 27 delegate votes and lost to Barry Goldwater. He went on to lose the General election to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Smith suffered her second loss in …


Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… those between 1% and 3% will be recommended for a faecal calprotectin test, to help diagnose conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Anyone found to be 1% risk or less will require no further tests. The assessment tool was made available to GPs on the British Journal of General Practice website on Tuesday. Bowel Cancer UK says it now hopes to integrate it into GP practices. Experts say the new tool is the first of its kind for younger people. ‘I’ve planned my funeral’ …


Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… } Click to see content: daysoffschool_birmingham Russell Hobby, General secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “It is important that children miss as little time at school as possible. “The cumulative effect of missed days can be harmful to children’s education. The best way to ensure children are learning and progressing is for them to attend school during term time. “However, the system of fines is clearly too blunt an instrument and in many …


Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …


Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …


Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… officials, including Obama’s former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, have said that there was no evidence to substantiate such links. “I think, ultimately, that matters more to most Americans, given the nature of the allegations that have been made in the past several months about Donald Trump and his campaign and some of his associates,” Cotton said. Still, the shifting explanations of meetings last year between Trump aides, among them Attorney General Jeff …


UN report on Israeli ‘apartheid’ sets off diplomatic fireworks

March 18, 2017

(CNN)Memo to critics of Israel inside the UN system: Prepare to pay a price. The sizeable impact of President Donald Trump’s new administration on the UN reverberated again Friday when an undersecretary-General resigned after a UN agency report said Israel was using apartheid-style practices on Palestinians. The US under Trump has made it quite clear it will defend Israel perhaps more than all other countries at the UN. So when what might have been an obscure report by a small UN group, …


Florida Prosecutor’s Refusal To Seek Death Penalties Draws Political Backlash

March 17, 2017

… than two years. Following Hurst,Florida still permitted death sentences by non-unanimous jury vote, requiring at least 10 votes rather than 12. Scott signed a bill Tuesday to require a unanimous jury vote in death sentences. Meanwhile, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and state Republicans including U.S. Rep. Bob Cortes and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, slammed Ayalas stand asdangerous and outrageous. Ayala won election in 2016 in a race that, like all but three state judicial circuit …


Unemployment Drug Testing Resolution Awaits Trump’s Signature

March 15, 2017

… Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said the resolution simply vilifies unemployed workers who are actually less likely to use drugs than the General population. A coalition of civil rights and criminal justice organizations criticized the resolution in a letter to lawmakers this week. Grant Smith, of the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization opposed to the war on drugs, called the vote of the resolution shameful. When Congress passes a law, a federal agency is often told to come up with a rulefor carrying …


Singapore Sling gets a makeover

March 15, 2017

… pomelo, lemongrass, jasmine, nutmeg, mace and clove. After some 40 variations, the Sipsmith team whittled down its recipes to two. These were sent to Turkey, where Raffles Hotel brass were attending a conference, for the final sampling. “It was the best part of the three days,” says Simon Hirst, General manager of Raffles Singapore. “There was one clear winner that had a unique freshness and brightness.” 50 reasons Singapore is the world’s greatest city The …


Trump angry and frustrated at staff over Sessions fallout

March 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is extremely frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions to steal his thunder in the wake of his address to Congress, sources tell CNN. “Nobody has seen him that upset,” one source said, adding the feeling was the communications team allowed the Sessions news, which the administration deemed a nonstory, to overtake the narrative. On Thursday, Sessions …


What might a post-Brexit EU look like? – BBC News

March 4, 2017

There are those who think, genuinely, good riddance. “General de Gaulle was right all along,” they mutter. “We should never have let them join in the first place. “Freed from the shackles of British ministers objecting to integration here and integration there, we can get on with it.” Costly divorce Closer co-operation on EU defence policy is high on their list; and it has been given an extra boost by the new president of the United States musing out loud …


Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian ambassador

March 2, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with the top Russian diplomat in Washington whose interactions with former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn led to Flynn’s firing, according to the Justice Department. Sessions did not mention either meeting during his confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. A Justice official said Sessions didn’t mislead senators during his confirmation. The Washington …