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Friday, April 19, 2019

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Friday he was "sickened" by some of the findings in special counsel Robert Mueller's report about the Trump campaign's ties with Russia. Romney, one of the few vocal GOP critics of President Donald Trump's administration, said though he was happy the findings didn't justify charging the president, he was appalled by revelations in the report.... Read more


It was unprecedented. In 2017, astronomers discovered the first known interstellar object in our Solar System: 'Oumuamua, a mysterious cigar-shaped enigma, identified as our first visitor from outer, outer space. Read more


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday called on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Warren, of Massachusetts, said her announcement was based on the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller. Warren tweeted, "The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States."


Sondra Pierson was having a glass of wine at Parkside Rotisserie & Bar after work last Thursday when she saw something outside the window that shocked her. "Everyone in the restaurant turned around, and they were like, ‘What? Is that for real?' she said this week. A beat-up old Cadillac with Massachusetts plates had parked near the front of the restaurant, and a man and a woman wearing Nazi paraphernalia had gotten out. The man wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat and a red armband with a black swastika on it. The woman wore a matching armband and a swastika T-shirt. Then they walked on top of a Holocaust Memorial Read more


We know we are dead when we die because our brains keep working to make us aware of what's happening around us, haunting new research suggests. Read more


A California couple's children have forgiven them for years of torture and starvation as the parents were sentenced to life in prison. David and Louise Turpin's children told a court they still love their mother and father despite all the abuse. The couple were arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter escaped the filthy home in Perris.


David and Louise Turpin, the California parents who beat, starved and held 12 of their children captive inside their home, were sentenced Friday to life in prison. The husband and wife pleaded guilty in February to 14 counts each of torture, dependent adult abuse, child endangerment and false imprisonment. During their sentencing, both of them cried and wiped away tears as some of their children addressed the courtroom. The judge ruled the couple will be eligible for parole after 25 years. Read more


A South Florida supporter of President Donald Trump has been arrested for allegedly threatening to murder four prominent, top Democratic lawmakers, after he reportedly left vile, profane, threatening, racist, and homophobic voicemails for three of them. He also touted his support for President Trump in several of his voicemails. he was charged with making threatening communications. John Kless, 49, called Representatives Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), threatening them and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), according to the Miami New Times, which cited a federal indictment and court records. Read more


The White House that emerges from more than 400 pages of Mr. Mueller's report is a hotbed of conflict infused by a culture of dishonesty -- defined by a president who lies to the public and his own staff, then tries to get his aides to lie for him. Mr. Trump repeatedly threatened to fire lieutenants who did not carry out his wishes while they repeatedly threatened to resign rather than cross lines of propriety or law. At one juncture after another, Mr. Trump made his troubles worse, giving in to anger and grievance and lashing out in ways that turned advisers into witnesses against him. He was saved from an accusation of obstruction of justice, the report makes clear, in part because aides saw danger and stopped him from following his own instincts. Based on contemporaneous notes, emails, texts and F.B.I. interviews, the report draws out scene after scene of a White House on the edge. Read more


Last summer, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) drew skepticism and ridicule from the media and Republicans when he claimed that Russian hackers had gained access to local election systems in his state. Eight months later, special counsel Robert Mueller's report appears to back him up. In November 2016, the Mueller report states, Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, sent emails to more than 120 accounts used by Florida county officials involved in election administration. The emails appeared to come from a voting system software vendor and contained an attached Microsoft Word document that, when opened, unleashed malicious software that would permit the GRU to access the infected computer -- a kind of attack known as spear-phishing. Read more


European billionaires pledged money to help rebuild the French Icon. The eventual reconstruction of Notre Dame is now a foregone conclusion. Within hours of the fire that destroyed much of the cathedral on Monday, donors pledged more than $1 billion to restore the Parisian icon to its former glory.


The Matt Whitaker era has served its purpose. As a transition from Confederate Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Whitaker's illegal appointment, dull wits, and open contempt for the rule of law served to set the bar exceedingly low for his permanent replacement. That replacement will be William Barr, who was just confirmed by the Senate. Barr will be better than Whitaker simply by dint of his ability to distinguish "a Congressional hearing" from "an episode of NYPD Blue half-watched while waiting in concussion protocol." Read more


If Robert Mueller wanted to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction, he found all he needed to do it. And he found it on multiple fronts. But he didn't make a decision on whether to bring the case.

Mueller's report Thursday walked through excruciating detail of evidence in the obstruction of justice investigation and legal analysis, hitting over and over again how prosecutors had enough to meet the legal threshold for a case against Trump.


Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, "Pickaninny Heaven," which she directed at "colored children" who should fantasize about an amazing place with "great big watermelons," among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, "That's Why Darkies Were Born," which included the lyrics, "Someone had to pick the cotton. ... That's why darkies were born."


This winter, members of the National Rifle Association -- elk hunters in Montana, skeet shooters in upstate New York, concealed-carry enthusiasts in Jacksonville -- might have noticed a desperate tone in the organization's fund-raising efforts. In a letter from early March, Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.'s top executive, warned that liberal regulators were threatening to destroy the organization. "We're facing an attack that's unprecedented not just in the history of the N.R.A. but in the entire history of our country," he wrote. "The Second Amendment cannot survive without the N.R.A., and the N.R.A. cannot survive without your help right now."


The Golden City appears to be turning a shade of brown. San Francisco's streets have long had a problem with human waste, but new reports show that the Bay Area's public bowel movements are worse than ever. Read more


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