Author Archive | Scott Shackford

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New Federal Charges Filed Against Manafort, Gates

Paul Manafort, former campaign leader for Donald Trump, and business partner Rick Gates face a new raft of federal charges in Special Counsel Robert Muller’s Russia-related probe for the Department of Justice. A grand jury indictment filed this afternoon accuses the two men of hiding millions of dollars in income from Manafort’s lobbying on behalf […]

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Trump Blames Movies and Video Games, More Warnings About Florida Shooter, ICE Could Be Yanked from California: P.M. Links

President Donald Trump complained that violent movies and video games instigate real life violence, a claim not supported by scientific evidence. He also takes a dim view of having active shooter training simulations in schools and called on Twitter for enhanced background checks and raising the age to buy some guns to 21. Palm Beach […]

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School Chief Threatens to Punish Student Protesters Who Skip Classes by…Banning Them from Attending Classes

Superintendent Curtis Rhodes issued a threat Tuesday that any student in his Texas school district who attempted to demonstrate or engage in any sort of protest during school hours would be punished: Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!! […]

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City Orders Businesses to Join Its Police Surveillance System

City leaders in Saginaw, Michigan, are drafting local shops into the crime-fighting business. The city has ordered local businesses to install video cameras and to turn over footage to the police on demand. Saginaw City Council voted unanimously yesterday to pass an ordinance requiring certain types of businesses (with “characteristics which may tend to increase […]

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White Supremacist Group Says Alleged Florida Shooter Had Ties, Trump Urges Safer Schools, Court Rules Against Travel Ban: P.M. Links

Xinhua/Sipa USA/NewscomA white supremacist group says that alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a member of their organization and attended paramilitary training with them in Tallahassee, Florida. Here’s what else is known about Cruz so far. A judge at his bail hearing today ordered him held without bond. President Donald Trump spoke on the shooting […]

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Trump’s $4.4 Trillion Budget Released, Obama Portraits Unveiled, Charges in Milwaukee Jail Dehydration Death: P.M. Links

Abaca Press/Douliery Olivier/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomPresident Donald Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget, unveiled today, would lead to more than $7 trillion in deficits over the next year due to large increases in military spending. Party of smaller government! The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama were unveiled today. That’s an awful lot of […]

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White House Won’t Declassify Dems’ Memo on Campaign Surveillance—at Least Not Yet

The White House has alerted Congress it will not yet declassify the memo put together by House Democrats that provided their own interpretation of the circumstances of the federal surveillance of a Donald Trump aide during and following the 2016 president election. The letter from White House Counsel Donald McGahn explained, “The Department [of Justice] […]

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Judge Reduces Woman’s Prison Sentence Because She Got Sterilized, but It Was Totally Her ‘Choice’

It would be unconstitutional—and unconscionable—for a judge to order a woman to be sterilized as punishment for a history of check fraud. So instead a federal judge told Summer Thyme Creel that she would get a shorter criminal sentence if she voluntarily chose to get herself sterilized. Creel agreed, and so U.S. District Judge Stephen […]

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