Michael D'Antonio is the author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" and co-author, with Peter Eisner, of the book "The Shadow President, The Truth About Mike Pence." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN) With so many Trump-related books already on the shelf, publishing houses have reached the point where perhaps the only author still worth hearing from would be the fly that landed on former Vice President Mike Pence's head during his debate with now Vice President Kamala Harris. Absent the fly, Simon & Schuster has signed their next-best option: Pence . The question now, is whether his story will create any buzz. Michael D'Antonio Pence, who was drafted as the pious counterweight to then-candidate Donald Trump, is one of the few major figures who stayed on the job for all four years -- no small feat, considering the high turnover in Trump's administration. (Of course, he … [Read more...] about Mike Pence knows the truth about Trump, but will he tell all?
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Four men believed to have ties to a far-right militia group were indicted on charges of destroying evidence in a federal investigation over the shootings of two police officers. The Justice Department announced Friday that Jessie Alexander Rush, 29, Robert Jesus Blancas, 33, Simon Sage Ybarra, 23, and Kenny Matthew Miksch, 21 were charged with conspiracy to destroy records, destruction of records and obstruction of official proceedings. Prosecutors allege the four men are members of the far-right extremist "Grizzly" militia, which has ties to the “boogaloo” movement, which advocates for a politically-motivated civil war or uprising against the government. ADVERTISEMENT The indictment against the four men references two shootings, one on May 29, 2020 and one days later on June 6. Two federal Protective Security Officers (PSOs) where shot in the first incident, in which one of the PSOs died, and two Santa Cruz sheriff’s deputies were shot in the second incident. One … [Read more...] about Four California men tied to militia accused of destroying evidence in federal shooting probe
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - Analysts say Russia is increasing arms sales to Myanmar’s military and steadfastly standing by Myanmar’s coup leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, an alliance they say will further Moscow’s foreign policy ambitions across Southeast Asia through future weapons sales. Meanwhile, leaders of at least 10 of ethnic rebel groups have declared their support for the country’s anti-coup movement. Anthony Davis, a security analyst with the Jane’s Group in Bangkok, said Moscow “very clearly” wants to further its ties with Myanmar’s military, known as Tatmadaw, through sales, primarily to its air force and, to a lesser extent, its army, while wanting to foster ties with Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, a regional economic union. “Russia has established a strong beachhead not just in Myanmar but in Southeast Asia via Myanmar more generally,” he said, adding he was not surprised Russia and China were backing a proposed ASEAN summit on the crisis. “ASEAN is a … [Read more...] about Russia Seen Advancing SE Asian Ambitions Through Myanmar Generals
Cedric L. Alexander served some four decades in law enforcement and other areas of public service leadership. A CNN and MSNBC contributor, he is the author of "In Defense of Public Service: How 22 Million Government Workers Will Save Our Republic." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN) Most of the millions of people who have seen the awful video of the death of George Floyd under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin interpret that event as a murder. Under our democratic model of justice, validating this interpretation, even if it is held by millions, is difficult. It should be. It must be. An accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is foundational to a free society, and our adversarial system of trial is intended to promote the sacred presumption of innocence. Cedric Alexander But reasonable doubt must never be exclusively the product of … [Read more...] about The Chauvin trial is holding a mirror up to America’s insufficient police training