Is Roger Stone telling the truth? That’s among the biggest questions at the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Despite bragging at the time about being in contact with Julian Assange, Stone has insisted he had no warning that WikiLeaks would be releasing hacked Democratic National Committee emails and said he didn’t relay that information to his longtime confidante Donald Trump. Mueller has yet to tip his hand on whether he believes Stone, although he’s devoted significant resources to the question.On Monday, though, Stone admitted that he used his platform on Infowars, the far-right conspiracy website founded by Alex Jones, to spread false information in another case. To settle a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages from Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese businessman, Stone admitted that he “failed to do proper research” before accusing Guo of violating U.S. election law by … [Read more...] about Roger Stone admits spreading false information; did he tell truth on DNC emails?
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Parents engaged in battle with a West Virginia school system that for decades allowed Bible classes in elementary and middle schools won a round in a federal appeals court this week, setting the stage for a renewed legal tussle. The ruling means that the case will be sent back to a district court and that the fate of the suspended Bible in the Schools program in the public system of Mercer County could be resolved.“These families can get justice,” said Patrick Elliott, co-counsel with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national nonprofit that joined parents in the lawsuit and works on issues concerning the separation of church and state. “They can get these classes stopped for once and for all. To finally get the school district to comply with the law would be a resounding victory.” In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel said Senior Judge David Faber of the federal Southern District of West Virginia had erred in dismissing the challenge to the Bible … [Read more...] about Court sends back ruling that allowed Bible classes in West Virginia
Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of negotiations and gives President Trump a signature policy victory, with the outcome hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or “three strikes,” to 25 years. Another provision would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to … [Read more...] about Senate passes sweeping criminal justice bill
WASHINGTON — President Trump launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command, an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years. Trump signed a one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Defense Department to create the new command. Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Vice President Mike Pence said, “A new era of American national security in space begins today.”The goal is to set up a command to oversee and organize space operations, accelerate technical advances and find more effective ways to defend U.S. assets in space, including the vast constellations of satellites that American forces rely on for navigation, communications and surveillance. The move comes amid growing concerns that China and Russia are working on ways to disrupt, disable or even destroy U.S. satellites. The new order is separate from the president’s much touted goal of … [Read more...] about Trump’s order puts ‘space force’ on track with launch of Space Command
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The father’s confession at the police station was airless and flat. He just killed his 6-month-old baby daughter, he told stunned police officers Monday morning. He was sure he had drowned her.The father said he left his daughter in an icy retention pond on the west side of Greenwood, Missouri, a suburb of about 5,000 people 20 miles southeast of Kansas City. “There was no emotion whatsoever,” said Greenwood police Lt. Aaron Fordham. That’s when the Greenwood police chief and another officer sprang into action, rushing out to see if the child could be saved. As it turned out, they played key roles in what Fordham would call “a miracle.” While Fordham stayed with the man, Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson and Cpl. Tom Calhoun ran to the pond. They arrived to a grim scene: The unconscious body of an infant floating face up – her lungs filled with water – out in the murky pond. Calhoun waded hard into the thigh-deep … [Read more...] about Missouri father reports drowning baby in icy pond, but then ‘a miracle’