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"Why don't we have footage from body cameras?" asked Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minneapolis, after a local police officer fatally shot Australian national Justine Damond on July 15. "Why were they not activated? We all want answers to those questions," she continued. Citizens should want those answers, too.
Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, ending a turbulent six months as the chief spokesman for President Donald Trump's administration. "It's been an honor and a privilege to serve @POTUS @realdonaldtrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August," Spicer said on Twitter. The New York Times first reported his departure. Spicer will be a guest on Fox News' "Hannity" on Friday night, the network announced.
A judge in central Tennessee is hoping to help repeat offenders "make something of themselves" by offering them a highly original and probably unconstitutional deal: reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization operations. Under a standing order issued by General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield, inmates in White County, Tenn., can receive 30 days credit toward their jail time if they volunteer for vasectomies or contraceptive implants, as NewsChannel 5 reported Thursday, July 20.
"Let ObamaCare fail," President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. Has there ever been a more cynical abdication of presidential responsibility? Mr. Trump is apparently indifferent to the pain that sabotaging the individual health insurance market would cause millions of Americans. Congress must therefore act responsibly.
When Obamacare repeal-and-replace stalled in the House, GOP lawmakers revived it by eroding regulations protecting vulnerable people, thereby attracting support from the far right of the Republican caucus. Conservatives are now angling to do the same in the Senate.
For months, the Donald Trump campaign and then the Trump administration not only have cast doubt on the facts of Russian interference in the 2016 election but also have denied there was contact between Russian agents and Trump surrogates. We now know that this insistence was at best highly misleading. Top Trump officials met with a Kremlin-allied Russian lawyer in June 2016 — and they did so with the express hope of receiving compromising information about their Democratic rival.
I'm never surprised at how much I love cherries. They're a summertime favorite, a member of my beloved stone-fruit family. But I tend to eat them out of hand, or perhaps as part of the morning trifecta of yogurt-fruit-granola. Or, of course, baked into a cobbler or pie.
(c) 2017, Bloomberg · Margaret Cronin Fisk, Jef Feeley · BUSINESS, US-GLOBAL-MARKETS · Jul 07, 2017 - 10:42 AM Syngenta reached a confidential settlement with a Nebraska farm
HAMBURG, Germany - President Donald Trump began his highly anticipated meeting Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man believed to have ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election. It is Trump's first face-to-face talk with the Russian leader. The world was watching closely as the two met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit. It comes at a time of growing tensions over the increasingly assertive U.S. military role in Syria and ongoing concerns over Russian backing for rebels in Ukraine and increasing friction between the Kremlin and NATO.
Depending on whom you ask, the Supreme Court last week blew a hole in the wall between church and state — or issued a modest decision that calls for little more than reasonableness when the government interacts with religious groups. Who's right depends on what the court does from here and whether the justices can adopt principles that allow for some curbs on public money flowing into religious activities.