Chelsea Manning has released the first campaign ad in her bid for a Maryland Senate seat. Manning will run against Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in the November Democratic primary. The whistleblower was sentenced to 35 years for releasing confidential military and State Department documents, but former President Obama commuted her sentence to seven years, leading to her release in 2017. Manning has been a visible activist for LGBTQ rights and other causes since her release. She would become the first openly transgender member of Congress if elected to the Senate. read more
A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin's crimes angered state officials is due to begin enforced psychiatric testing this week amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday. ... Some of Russia's leading cultural figures say [Yuri] Dmitriev was framed because his focus on Stalin's crimes -- he found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the Soviet dictator's Great Terror in the 1930s -- jars with the latter-day Kremlin narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its past. read more
President Trump has nominated Josephine "Jody" Olsen to become the next Peace Corps Director. If confirmed by the Senate, Olsen would become the 20th person to lead the agency. Olsen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia from 1966 - 1968 and was Togo Country Director from 1979 - 1981. She was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Deputy Director of the agency and later served as Acting Director.
According to Science Mag, Earth's rotation began to slow nearly five years ago, which means 2018 could bring two to five more magnitude 7 earthquakes than usual.
The Honolulu Police Department has sent letters to local medical marijuana patients ordering them to "voluntarily surrender" their firearms because of their MMJ status. The letters, signed by Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, inform patients that they have 30 days upon receipt of the letter to transfer ownership or turn in their firearms and ammunition to the Honolulu Police. read more