One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner's real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January.
On Nov. 21, 2012, Sheila Bartels walked out of the Sunshine Medical Center in Oklahoma with a prescription for a "horrifyingly excessive" cocktail of drugs capable of killing her several times over. A short time later, she was at a pharmacy, receiving what drug addicts call "the holy trinity" of prescription drugs: the powerful painkiller Hydrocodone, the anti-anxiety medication Xanax and a muscle relaxant known as Soma.
Remember when Obamacare was written "hastily," "behind closed doors" in "secret" negotiations, so that Democrats could "jam" an unpopular health-care bill through Congress? Remember when this showed that they "didn't care what was in it" and that they had betrayed the "trust" of the American people? Remember when "the issue of health reform" was "too important to not take the time to get it right"?
Amid the national fury over the death of Philando Castile at a traffic stop in July - a shooting made more horrific by his girlfriend's Facebook Live broadcast of his final moments - some condemned the National Rifle Association's near silence on the matter. The organization had been quick to defend other gun owners who made national news. Castile had a valid permit for his firearm, reportedly told the officer about it to avoid a confrontation, and was fatally shot anyway after being told to hand over his license.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Surrounded by thousands of supporters at a raucous rally, President Donald Trump on Wednesday pledged to crack down on immigration and to use solar panels to help pay for a promised wall on the Mexican border. "It's always terrific to be able to leave that Washington swamp and to spend time with the truly hard-working people, we call them American patriots, amazing people," Trump told a crowd here at an event reminiscent of his campaign rallies last year.
Peter Butera, class president for the entirety of his life as a high school student - all four often-frustrating years of it - took the stage at Friday's graduation ceremony after the recital of the class poem, which had offended no one. When the principal of Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter, Pennsylvania, had finished applauding the poem, Butera walked up and laid his speech on the podium: the lines he'd dutifully cleared with administrators, and those he had not.
Otto Warmbier's death and the events in North Korea that led up to it remain a mystery. North Korean officials said that during his 17 months in detention for "hostile acts against the state," Warmbier had contracted botulism, was given a sleeping pill and never woke up.
Police found remains Sunday thought to be those of a missing Virginia teenager who they say was assaulted and disappeared overnight after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area, and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case. The mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia, and relatives identified the girl as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston. Fairfax County (Virginia) police identified the man charged with murder in her death as Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling.
A CenturyLink employee claims she was fired for blowing the whistle on the telecommunications company's high-pressure sales culture that left customers paying millions of dollars for accounts they didn't request, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Arizona state superior court. The company's shares fell the most in six weeks on the news, while the shares of merger partner Level 3 Communications also dropped sharply.
Vice President Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. The vice president's office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond, Virginia-based lawyer and chairman of McGuire Woods who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.