Two of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former key allies were found guilty Friday on all counts for their roles in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and his former top Port Authority official, Bill Baroni, had faced nine counts of conspiracy and fraud stemming from the scheme to block access to the George Washington Bridge as a means to punish Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not endorsing Christie's re-election bid. ... In reacting to the verdict, Christie reiterated that he didn't know about the plot, even as several witnesses said during the trial that he was aware of the plan before, during and after. read more
A win for Donald Trump in next week's election could take a big bite out U.S. stocks, according to the latest forecast from Citi.
In a note to clients late Thursday, the bank said the S&P 500 will fall by 3% to 5% immediately if Trump is elected. A victory by Hillary Clinton wouldn't move stocks significantly, it predicted.
The outlook is based on the bank's belief that investors would be surprised by a Trump victory, despite the fact that the polls have tightened in the last week. And Wall Street does not like surprises or uncertainty. read more
After Scott Greene was arrested for the ambush murder of two Iowa police officers early Wednesday, a sign on the front lawn of the house he shares with his mother continued to announce a preference in the upcoming presidential election.
"They got a Trump sign," said Richard Leutinger, who lives just across 70th Street in Urbandale. "But what's that got to do with anything?"
Maybe everything, whether 46-year-old Scott Greene put up the sign or his 66-year-old mother, Patricia Greene, did, as the Trump people insist. read more
On Monday, NBC News reported that the FBI has mounted a preliminary inquiry into the foreign business ties of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chief. A former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump -- and that the FBI requested more information from him. "There was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit," the former intel officer said. read more
While the media continues to focus on what is increasingly becoming a non-story FBI Director James Comey's vague letter regarding more emails related to Hillary Clinton news about Donald Trump's ties to Russia continues to gain steam.
Not only did NBC just report that the FBI is now in the preliminary stages of investigating Trump's ex-campaign manager's connection to Russia, but Slate also reported on Monday that a Trump server may have repeatedly been communicating with a Russian bank.
Slate claims that while a group of computer scientists was looking into the Russian cyber attack of the DNC, they stumbled onto something unexpectedly. read more