One of the undecided voters who was invited to ask a question at last night's debate has become an overnight sensation. His question was "What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job layoffs?" But that is not what has Twitter talking today about Ken Bone, the guy dressed in the red sweater with glasses and mustache.
Less than a week after the U.S. Congress overrode President Barack Obama's veto of the bill to allow 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia, an Iraqi group is citing the new law to push the Iraqi parliament into seeking compensation from the U.S. for actions taken during the U.S.-led invasion of their country. Citing how the Congress has given American civilians the opportunity to get compensation from "individuals" and "foreign nations," the group Arab Project in Iraq said Iraqis deserved the same treatment. read more
Remember in GOP debates when Bush and Trump got into it over whether or not Trump wanted Florida to allow legalized gambling? Bush accused Trump of trying to buy him off to allow it. Trump insisted that was not true and that if he wanted it he would have got it because Trump is a winner and gets what he wants. Well it turns out that there was a lawsuit over the whole deal back in 2007 because Trump sued a former employee who he had hired to manage the expansion of his casino business into Florida. Trump claimed that the employee quit and took proprietary information to a different company where he helped them win permission to build a casino instead of Trump. Trump testified that personally help a fundraiser for Bush in hopes that it would sway his opinion on allowing Trump to open a casino in Florida.
The district attorney of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has filed manslaughter charges against officer Betty Shelby in the death of Terrence Crutcher six days ago. "We reviewed the facts of the allegations, it is our responsibility to determine if the filing of a criminal charge is justified under the law," District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said. Crutcher was not armed and had walked slowly back to his stranded SUV with his arms upraised. "We are happy that charges were brought," said Damario Solomon-Simmons, an attorney for Crutcher's family.
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf faced harsh accusations from members of both parties when he appeared before the Senate Banking Committee. Some of the harshest criticism came from the head of the committee, GOP Senator Richard Shelby, who accused Stumpf of creating "a corporate culture that drove company 'team members' to fraudulently open millions of accounts using their customers' funds and personal information without their permission." While everyone seems to agree that Wells Fargo did a bad bad thing, an interesting twist in the story is that the GOP has repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency that uncovered the fraud. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren and was created by the mostly party line vote that resulted in the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act after the financial collapse of 2007-2008. read more