by on September 16, 2018
Not trained in screenshots. The Massachusetts State Police Department tweeted a screenshot of a computer monitorThursday to help illustrate the extent of a series of gas explosions and fires that had occurred throughout Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts. One person has died and about 20 more are injured, according to WBUR, Boston’s public radio station. The screenshot of a browser, which has now been deleted, included a map of the affected area, an update on the numbe...
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by on September 14, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said on Friday. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as his campaign chairman Paul Manafort looks on during Trump's walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in federal...
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by on September 7, 2018
The 25th Amendment defines what happens if a president is ‘unable’ to discharge his duties. A stunning, unsigned op-ed in The New York Times reported on Sept. 5 that members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet discussed removing him from power by using the 25th Amendment, but decided against it to avoid causing a “constitutional crisis.” As a law professor who studies the presidency, I have written extensively on the 25th Amendment. Interest in this form of presidential removal may ...
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by on August 28, 2018
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (left) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), both top Trump allies, are taking breaks from their August recess to lead a closed-door interview Tuesday with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was demoted earlier this year amid growing scrutiny from conservatives. First the spotlight was on Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe, then Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Now, Republicans — intent on proving that political bias is behind the sprawling investigation of President Donal...
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by on August 27, 2018
They’re the ultimate insiders, but the lawyers speaking publicly on behalf of President Donald Trump and his longtime “fixer”-turned-foe Michael Cohen have been fumbling the facts of late. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, spent recent days walking back his bombshell assertions that his client could tell the special counsel that Trump had prior knowledge of a meeting with a Russian lawyer to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton. “I should have been much clearer that I could not confi...
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by on August 24, 2018
Accountant is third longtime confidant of Mr. Trump known to have provided information in hush-money investigation that has implicated the president. Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg has been granted immunity by prosecutors. PHOTO: JB MILLER/TRUMP ORGANIZATION President Trump’s financial gatekeeper was granted immunity by federal authorities in New York and testified before a grand jury, the third longtime confidant of Mr. Trump known to have provided information in...
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by on August 23, 2018
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen told a federal judge under penalty of perjury that he committed a felony “in coordination” and “at the direction of” a “candidate for federal office.” Though that candidate is unnamed, it is clear that Cohen was referring to the President of the United States. This raises the question of whether the President can be criminally prosecuted himself.  The answer is: yes, but it’s far from clear when or how...
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by on August 22, 2018
Michael Cohen? Paul Manafort? Trump? A FiveThirtyEight Chat micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): I’ve been consumed with the race for the House of late, and I picked my head up on Tuesday and got smacked in the face by two bombshells! Amelia and Perry, I’ll need your help making sense of them! ameliatd (Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight contributor): This is my first chat — anything to be aware of? micah: omg! How have I never asked you to do a chat before??!! perry ...
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by on August 21, 2018
A federal jury has found Paul Manafort guilty on eight of 18 counts in the financial fraud trial of a man who just two years ago helped President Donald Trump secure the Republican nomination for the White House. Paul Manafort poses for a mugshot at the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort was found guilty on five counts of submitting false tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The jury...
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by on August 19, 2018
Borough presidents and state lawmakers have raised concerns. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio originally announce the plans to create smaller, borough equitable prison system to replace Rikers in February. | William Alatriste for the New York City Council “A jail as a good neighbor,” reads the shiny brochure promoting the proposed four jails in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens to replace Rikers Island. But not every local elected official ag...
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by on August 19, 2018
Judge T.S. Ellis, the man presiding over the criminal trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, said Friday that he has received threats about the case and now travels with protection from U.S. marshals. Ellis, speaking at a hearing outside of jurors' presence, also said he has no plan to release the names of those 12 people now deliberating Manafort's fate because he is worried about their safety if their identities become publicly known. The 12-person jury entered its second day o...
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by on August 17, 2018
The president just committed another impeachable crime today. President Donald Trump on Friday refused to say whether Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who’s been wrapped up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, could count on a pardon from the White House. Responding to a shouted question of whether or not he would pardon Manafort, Trump wouldn’t answer either way, saying that “I don’t talk about that.” “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump told...
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