House Intel Dem: Canceled Hearing 'Real Blow to Investigation'
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:42:49 -0400
House Intel member Jim Himes hits Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for canceling a public hearing that would further investigate the Trump team's possible ties to Russia.
Schumer On Gorsuch: Wrong Time, Wrong Nominee
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:37:26 -0400
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks with Rachel Maddow about why Senate Democrats should oppose Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, and why the confirmation should be postponed until investigations of Donald Trump are resolved.
‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:22 -0400
The sainted Mother Teresa herself was fond of quoting the verse to explain why she devoted her life to serving the poor. Matthew 25:40, it turns out, is a famously difficult and controversial passage, the subject of at least one book, numerous articles and contentious disagreements among biblical scholars.
Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:24:12 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.
Protests nationwide bring thousands to Russia's streets
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:08:55 -0400
Russia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic.
Former Penn State President Found Guilty of Child Endangerment
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:41:01 -0400
The university’s former president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charges came five years after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys.
North Korea Threatens US Over Preemptive Strike
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400
Kim Jong Un's regime said the U.S. should be prepared for “catastrophic consequences” if it attempts to engage Pyongyang.
Lebanon university settles US lawsuit over Hezbollah
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:45:02 -0400
A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided "material support" to entities linked to Hezbollah, US officials said. The American University of Beirut confirmed in a statement Friday it was settling the lawsuit, which charged it had violated the terms of grants it received from US Agency for International Development (USAID). The US Attorney's Office in Manhattan announced the deal on Thursday, saying AUB would be required to pay the US government $700,000 (650,000 euros) and revise its internal policies to ensure future compliance with US law.
Hong Kong to choose new leader amid anger at perceived China meddling
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:06:31 -0400
By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A small electoral college chooses a new Hong Kong leader on Sunday amid accusations of meddling by Beijing, denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better suited to defuse political tension. The vast majority of the city's 7.3 million people have no say in their next leader, with the winner to be chosen by a 1,200-person "election committee" stacked with pro-Beijing and pro-establishment loyalists. Three candidates are running for the top post, two former officials, Carrie Lam and John Tsang, and a retired judge, Woo Kwok-hing.
Kentucky lawyer pleads guilty in massive disability scheme
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:45:10 -0400
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments.