A US Marine Who Killed A Transgender Woman In The Philippines Has Been Pardoned

Joseph Scott Pemberton is set to be released after serving less than six years of a 10-year sentence for the killing of Jennifer Laude. Posted on September 7, 2020, at 4:15 p.m. ET Aaron Favila / AP Protesters hold slogans outside the courts at Olongapo city. A US Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines in 2014 was pardoned Monday by President Rodrigo Duterte. The pardon came five years after Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton admitted to …

DOJ Jumps In To Help Trump In Lawsuit Filed By Rape Accuser

Attorney General William Barr is once again going to bat for President Donald Trump, taking the unusual step of seeking to substitute the U.S. government for Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by a woman who claimed he raped her in the 1990s.  In a motion filed in New York state court on Tuesday, the Justice Department — citing a 1988 law known as the Westfall Act — said Trump had been “acting within the …

Gold Star Families Issue Stinging Message To Trump Over Reported War Dead Insults

Gold Star families condemn Donald Trump’s reported insulting of America’s war dead in just one of a series of new attack ads released by critics of the president on both sides of the aisle. The parents of fallen U.S. service members denounce Trump for allegedly referring to Americans who died fighting in World War I as “suckers” and “losers” during a 2018 visit to France in the spot shared online Friday by the progressive PAC VoteVets. Trump denies making the comments, …

In Lebanon, Macron offers the carrot or the stick

Beirut, Lebanon – French President Emmanuel Macron presented Lebanon’s political establishment with two choices during a trip that ended Tuesday: implement reforms, and vital international aid will flow plentifully, but continue on the same path, and the doors to assistance will slam shut – and the country’s ossified political leadership may be directly targeted with sanctions. “I did not come today to give a warning, but I returned to help Lebanon and accompany it to its future,” Macron said on …

Baltimore GOP House candidate Kimberly Klacik: Trump’s message ‘is resonating’ with Black voters

Black voters “are definitely listening” to President Trump’s message “and it is resonating,” Kimberly Klacik, the Republican woman running for the Baltimore U.S. House seat held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was a Democrat, told “Sunday Morning Futures” in an exclusive interview. Klacik, made the comment after host Maria Bartiromo pointed to the results of a new Hill-HarrisX poll, which found that President Trump’s support among Black voters increased nine percentage points in the Aug. 22-25 survey, which included the …

Pollster: Biden denounces Kenosha violence after campaign ‘”misjudged how important it was to the American people’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden finally condemned the ongoing violence in Kenosha, Wis. and cities across the country after his campaign initially “misjudged how important it was to the American people,” pollster and president of Maslansky & Partners, Lee Carter told “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday. “I think it’s important that we take note of this shift on the violence, because it’s really really important to the American people, and I think that his campaign might have misjudged how important it was to the American people and what it meant,” Carter said. BAIER CALLS BIDEN …

‘Black Panther’ Creator’s Grandson Shares Earliest Sketch Of Iconic Superhero

The grandson of Jack Kirby, co-creator of Marvel superhero Black Panther, shared the earliest sketch of the character that Chadwick Boseman would bring to life on the big screen, and he posted it only hours before news of Boseman’s death broke on Friday. The concept art that Jeremy Kirby posted on Twitter — intended to commemorate what would have been his grandfather’s 103rd birthday — is a far cry from the dark outfit that would become recognizable to viewers across …

Tim Tebow embraced by QAnon followers after Instagram post

An Instagram post denouncing sex trafficking by Tim Tebow has apparently been embraced by the QAnon conspiracy group. Tebow recently wrote a lengthy post about boys and girls being sold into sex slavery and what he was doing to fight it. QANON HIJACKS #SAVETHECHILDREN HASHTAG: REPORT “Not on our watch. It’s time for Christians around the world to take a stand, to raise our voices and say no more. No more will we allow girls and boys, many of whom are …

Djokovic and Top Men’s Players Are Creating a Players Association

It is not clear whether the group will operate like a union, although it was billed that way to get players to join. Women are not being included. Novak Djokovic resigned his position as the president of the ATP player council.Credit…Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Aug. 28, 2020Updated 11:18 p.m. ET Frustrated by what they view as a lack of leverage in the sport of men’s tennis, top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil are forming a breakaway body to represent the interests …

Jacob Blake unshackled, court delayed for accused Kenosha shooter

An attorney representing Jacob Blake, the Black man who was left paralysed after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot him in the back, has said that handcuffs keeping Blake shackled to his hospital bed have been been removed. Police earlier said Blake was in custody over a previous arrest warrant. The handcuffs were removed on Friday after his lawyer agreed to a court hearing on the matter and an outstanding warrant for Blake was vacated, his attorney, Pat Cafferty, told Reuters …

Colbert Refuses To Watch RNC, Makes Heartfelt Plea For Americans To Dump Trump

Stephen Colbert made an unusual confession on Wednesday night: He didn’t watch any of that evening’s proceedings at the Republican National Convention for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.  “Full disclosure: I didn’t want much of the convention tonight,” he said. “And fullest disclosure: I did not watch any of it.”  He explained:  “Right now in America, we’re facing a global pandemic that has killed 180,000 Americans, heavily armed Rambo wannabes are murdering people in our streets, the strongest hurricane in …

“The US Is Nowhere”: As The Political Crisis In Belarus Deepens, America Is Conspicuously Absent

Anadolu Agency / Getty Images People protest in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. KYIV — As the political crisis roiling Belarus deepened this week with the arrest of two prominent protest leaders and a call for a Nobel laureate to come in for questioning, a top US diplomat met with the self-exiled Belarusian opposition leader in Vilnius, Lithuania. The meeting between Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya came hours after more than 100,000 demonstrators in …

Trump’s White House Convention May Be Coercing Staffers Into Violating The Hatch Act

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s insistence on using the White House for much of his nominating convention may be pressuring hundreds of staff into violating a federal law prohibiting political activity on government property, ethics experts said. While the president and vice president are exempt from the Hatch Act, employees who work at the White House ― both political appointees and civil servants ― are not exempt, meaning any federal employee who helped stage the various video productions at the …

UAE nixes meeting with US, Israel over F-35 arms deal row: report

The United Arab Emirates cancelled a planned meeting with the United States and Israel over differences on the possible sale of American F-35 fighter jets to the Gulf state opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a report said on Monday. Last week, US President Donald Trump announced that an agreement is under review for the UAE to buy the fighter jets, and a US defence official hinted that a deal could be reached in six months. The US has …

A Facebook Executive Who Shared An Anti-Muslim Post Has Apologized To Employees

A top Facebook executive in India has apologized to Muslims in the company for sharing a post on her Facebook page that called India’s Muslims a “degenerate community” for whom “nothing except purity of religion and implementation of Shariah matter.” “Dear friends – The intent of my personal Facebook post was not to denigrate Islam,” Ankhi Das, Facebook’s policy director for India and South and Central Asia, wrote in an internal message to employees obtained by BuzzFeed News. “It was …

Bill Barr Reportedly Pressed Rupert Murdoch To ‘Muzzle’ Trump Critic Judge Napolitano On Fox

Attorney General William Barr met last year with media mogul Rupert Murdoch to pressure him to “muzzle” Donald Trump critic Andrew Napolitano on Fox News, according to a new book out Tuesday.   Napolitano’s air time has dwindled as his criticism of Trump had increased over the last year. Barr’s meeting with Murdoch, the executive chairman of Fox News’ parent company, at his New York home was widely reported at the time, but its purpose was not revealed. One aim of the …

Alexei Navalny’s health condition ‘very worrying’

The founder of the activist group that arranged a medical evacuation for Alexei Navalny has called his condition “very worrying” as a hospital in Germany started the Russian opposition politician’s treatment with “extensive” diagnostic tests following his arrival in Berlin on Saturday. An air ambulance carrying Navalny coming from the Siberian city of Omsk, chartered by the German NGO Cinema for Peace, touched down at 8:47am local time (06:47 GMT) at the military wing of Berlin’s Tegel airport.   “His health condition is very …

Senate Report: Former Trump Aide Paul Manafort Shared Campaign Info With Russia

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.   Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort passed internal Trump campaign information to a Russian intelligence officer during the 2016 election, a new bipartisan Senate report concludes. The findings draw a direct line between the president’s former campaign chairman and Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign. Manafort, who was later convicted for financial fraud crimes, briefed Russian …

Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades

Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in May 2019. At his 2017 confirmation hearing, Clayton pledged “zero room for bad actors in our capital markets,” but enforcement of insider trading is at the lowest in decades.   The government agency responsible for policing Wall Street brought the fewest number of insider trading cases in decades, according to the most recent available data. That decline came just before the COVID-19 pandemic …

The US Government Is Texting Russians Offering $10 Million For Information On Election Interference

KYIV — When Artyom Vysokov received a text message offering him as much as $10 million for information on Russian election interference from a number used mainly for distributing spam and phishing messages, he thought it was “some type of fraud.” But then he saw reports from several Russian news outlets about other people receiving similar messages on their cellphones and realized they were coming shortly after the US State Department announced a new campaign to defend the American presidential …