Embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to contradict President Trump on Monday, telling dozens of U.S. diplomats that Russia deliberately interfered in American "democratic processes." Tillerson, who is reportedly expected to leave his White House post amid growing tensions with the President, made the admission during a town hall-style meeting with career diplomats at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning. ... "Russia chose through hybrid warfare to interfere with democratic processes here, and they've done so in other countries as well," Tillerson, 65, said, referencing the Kremlin's annexation of the Crimea in Ukraine. read more
Black Lives Matter activists were among those who used social media on Friday and Saturday to call attention to the case of Daniel Shaver, a 26-year-old man who was shot to death by a police officer in Mesa, Arizona in January 2016. A disturbing, graphic video of the shooting was released shortly after the officer who killed Shaver, who was white, was acquitted of second-degree murder. The video shows Shaver following the officer's instructions to crawl toward him and begging him not to shoot. Radley Balko: "The insanely heavy-handed police response to Daniel Shaver came after someone reported seeing him with a rifle. (it was a pellet gun). Arizona is open carry, including for long guns. So the NRA will denounce this verdict and demand better training for Mesa police, right?" read more
Embattled U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving current member of Congress, retired effective Tuesday, rather than seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed staffers. "I am retiring today," Conyers said, in what is effectively a resignation. ... Conyers has been in the U.S. House for 53 years -- the longest-serving African-American in history. ... Conyers previously relinquished his high-profile position as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee pending the outcome of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee of sexual harassment accusations.
The longest serving member of the current House of a Representatives, John Convyrs announced his resignation today, effective immediately. The Democrat from Detroit resignation comes after it was learned that he paid a former aide $27K to settle a harassment claim brought against him.
Donald Trump demonstrated just how unfeeling he is by getting caught copy/pasting his own mass shooting condolences tweet.
After the church shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas on Nov 5, Trump tweeted "May God be /w the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & Law Enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan"
Yesterday after the shooting in Ranch Tehama Reserve, Ca. he forgot to edit the city name when he tweeted "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived"
We've arrived at a point in time where the President of the US is basically using a template to communicate whenever someone decides to play shoot'em up cowboy.