The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that many donations to predominantly conservative political nonprofit groups -- what's often called dark money -- be disclosed, seven weeks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The ruling closes, at least for now, a loophole that has allowed wealthy donors to finance aggressive ads while staying anonymous. Crafted by the Federal Election Commission nearly 40 years ago, the loophole flourished after the 2010 Citizens United ruling. read more
After 27 years in prison, a man who loves golf walked free today. Not only that, he was given back his innocence. Of course, the state can regift innocence about as capably as it can 27 years. Nevertheless, the Erie County District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., has vacated the murder conviction of Valentino Dixon, 48, who was serving a 39-years-to-life sentence -- the bulk of it in the infamous Attica Correctional Facility -- for the 1991 killing of Torriano Jackson. On that hot August night long ago, both were at a loud street party with underage drinking when a fistfight over a girl turned to gunfire.
Remember President Donald Trump's insistence that Mexico would pay for his border wall? Well, it seems it's the U.S. that'll be shelling out millions to its southern neighbor in exchange for helping Trump in his crusade against immigration. The Trump administration recently sent a notice to Congress saying it plans to divert $20 million allocated for foreign assistance to help Mexico deport up to 17,000 undocumented immigrants from the country, according to a New York Times report published late Wednesday. read more
A Texas hospital that charged a teacher $108,951 for care after a 2017 heart attack told the patient Thursday it would slash the bill to $332.29 -- but not before a story about the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills that afflict a growing number of Americans. ... The drastic reduction in the bill "shows that these hospital numbers are just made up," says Bonnie Sheeren, who runs Houston Health Advocacy and assists consumers with their medical bills. "It should be a zero balance and the hospital should pay for therapy sessions to help this family recover from the billing ordeal."
A common refrain among pro-Trump conservative pundits as of late has been to compare Donald Trump and his inner circle to Al Capone, the notoriously violent mob boss "railroaded" by a tax-evasion conviction. The latest culprit of this bizzare comparison was Harvard Law professor and Trump defender Alan Dershowitz who, appearing Monday morning on Fox & Friends, said: "The biggest crime you can commit in America today is to have been associated with Donald Trump. If you're associated with Donald Trump, they're going to Manafort you, they're going to Cohen you. They're going to do all of these things to you." He continued, dropping in a mob comparison: "They usually do it with the mafia. It's the Al Capone approach. If we can't get him on the grounds that we'd really want him on, let's go after him on taxes, let's go after him on business."