Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Annie Linskey Globe Staff May 31, 2018 WASHINGTON — As President Trump pondered whether to issue a pardon to conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to campaign finance violations, he applied his own particular set of standards.“It was all about compassion,” recalled Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor emeritus who said he discussed a possible D’Souza pardon with Trump nearly two months ago. Dershowitz said Trump peppered him with questions: “Do you think he deserved it? Is he a good guy? And do you think he was treated unfairly?”The president evidently liked what he heard from Dershowitz and others, and on Thursday jolted Washington by announcing a pardon for the right-wing provocateur. The decision fit an emerging pattern of Trump pardoning conservative figures, creating an appearance of … [Read more...] about How does Trump decide his pardons? Critics say it’s based on gut feeling
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Section V run rule: Does it protect athletes from injury, embarrassment? Coaches, players and parents have mixed views on Section V's mercy rule for high school softball and some baseball leagues. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Jeff DiVeronica and James Johnson, Democrat and Chronicle Published 8:41 a.m. ET May 4, 2018 CLOSE Is the run rule good or bad for high school baseball and softball? Jeff DiVeronica CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE During a foul-weather spring in western New … [Read more...] about Section V run rule: Does it protect athletes from injury, embarrassment?
THE BIG IDEA: The cold hand of justice finally caught up with Bill Cosby. The 80-year-old comedian could receive as many as 30 years for the three counts of sexual assault he was convicted of Thursday in Pennsylvania, which would be tantamount to a life sentence. This is a watershed moment that represents one of the biggest downfalls in entertainment history. The onetime Jell-O pitchman, who made Dr. Cliff Huxtable so endearing on “The Cosby Show,” was a pioneer to the last generation and became a villain to this one. It was a retrial. Last summer, the jury hung after six days of deliberations. This time, a jury of seven men and five women took less than two days to convict. In between then and now, revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein helped spark a cultural awakening. This makes Cosby the first star to face criminal consequences for sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, but several elements of his case also underscore the continuing challenges of holding … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed. It also shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable.
Heat president Pat Riley will have to active in the trade market if he wants to upgrade this roster. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) To borrow a phrase we will hear plenty in the next few days: Pat Riley is on the clock. The Heat president now is tasked with improving a roster that has maxed out its talent and appears stuck in mediocrity. Riley had no other options last summer after being shunned by free agent Gordon Hayward than to bring back the band and attempt to make a run at the playoffs. His Plan B was to re-sign James Johnson and Dion Waiters, pick up Wayne Ellington’s option and attempt to squeeze in one more rotational player, which turned out to be Kelly Olynyk.With help from GM Andy Elisburg, they made it work. That group, along with the returning players from a team that finished .500 the previous season scraped its way to a 44-win season and No. 6 seed. But a five-game, first-round exit in which Philadelphia outscored the Heat by a whopping 308-230 in the second … [Read more...] about How does Pat Riley fix this Miami Heat roster?
By Mike Allen ( [email protected]; @mikeallen), with Daniel Lippman ( [email protected]; @dlippman) OBAMA’S PREGAME INTERVIEW with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, continuing on “Today”: He said he has watched at least one of the ISIS beheading videos, and took a strong stance on vaccination: “I just want people to know the facts and the science and the information. And the fact is that, a major success of our civilization has the ability to prevent diseases that in the past have devastated folks. And measles is preventable. ... I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is ... pretty indisputable.” http://on.today.com/1K2Qja1 Story Continued Below THIS TOWN at the Super Bowl: Ed Henry took this shot of Mike Feldman at the VIP tailgate party, frantically trying to get someone to hold a phone to a TV so he could hear his wife, Savannah Guthrie, interview POTUS. … [Read more...] about BUDGET DAY, and GROUNDHOG DAY – WALKER SURGE – PICS: This Town at the Super Bowl – N.Y. POST on Brady win: ‘HOW CHEAT IT IS!’ — SEAN SPICER promoted — B’DAYS: NYT’s Michael Luo