Bergdahl lawyers say judge's job application posed conflict

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday seeks to have the …

Never Again, Love & Marriage, Happy New Year & More: Thirty Things That Caught My Eye Today -- September 18, 2020

1. 18 September 1932 | French Jewish girl Rosa Farber was born in Paris. On her 10th birthday she was deported from #Drancy to #Auschwitz. She was murdered in a gas chamber after the selection. pic.twitter.com/4euFAZVn6b — Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) September 18, 2020 2.  There were 5 priests in Aleppo, Syria: 2 died of COVID-19 …

Trump won't voice confidence in FBI's Wray after dispute on elections, Antifa

President Trump declined several times Friday to say whether he has confidence in FBI Director Christopher Wray after they clashed on foreign interference in the presidential election and the threat posed by Antifa. Asked by reporters if he’s considering replacing Mr. Wray, the president said he’s “looking at a lot of different” things. Asked if …

‘Cuties’ Controversy: Anti-Exploitation Organizations Weigh In

There is no context in which sexualizing children is acceptable. If you believe that, you will also consider the French movie Cuties to be unacceptable. This moral objection is obvious and straightforward and has nothing whatsoever to do with the filmmaker’s noble intentions or any other artistic merit the movie may possess. Yet there are …

Trump calls on federal judges to stop universal mail-in balloting

President Trump warned on Friday that widespread mail-in voting “is going to be the scam of all time” and said he’s counting on federal judges to stop it. “I think it’s going to be a terrible time for this country … this is going to be the scam of all time,” the president said at …

Trump & Coronavirus Masks -- President's Foolhardy Resistance

At an August 11 Trump-campaign event in Mesa, Ariz., the state’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, noted in his remarks introducing Mike Pence that President Trump and the vice president “have visited the state of Arizona more than any other presidential administration in the history of our country,” adding: … Read More View original Post

Trump vows to win Virginia as early voting starts

President Trump said Friday that he’ll win Virginia, a state not considered in play this year, due to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s policies on guns and abortion. He also said he’ll hold a campaign rally soon in the state, where he hasn’t done so to date. Early voting began in the state on Friday, with …

Biden & Election -- Ezekiel Emanuel Urges In-Person Voting

Apparently the goal of winning the election by mail-in ballots isn’t going as well for Democrats as they had hoped. How else to explain Biden health-care adviser, the bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel, coming out and urging people to vote in person? From the CNN story: Recently, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who served as an adviser in the …

Trump gives $11.6 billion in federal aid to Puerto Rico for years-old hurricane damage

The Trump administration announced $11.6 billion in aid to Puerto Rico on Friday to help it recover from Hurricane Maria three years ago, as the president’s reelection campaign battles with Democrat Joseph R. Biden for Puerto Rican voters in Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Administration said its infrastructure grants include $9.6 billion for the Puerto …

Department of Education's Princeton Investigation -- A Contrarian Take

Outside Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Dominick Reuter/Reuters) On Thursday, it was reported that the Department of Education is launching an investigation into race-based discrimination at Princeton University. The investigation comes after Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber did his best Harvey Dent impression — “Take the racist into custody, I am …