Nearly a thousand pages of documents related to search warrants used to investigate Michael Cohen were unsealed and released to the public on Tuesday morning. While there is a lot of information in warrants, it's the stuff that's still being kept hidden that could be the most important. read more
Steve Almond: In the ensuing years, GOP leaders happily torpedoed campaign finance reform measures that arose from Watergate. They slashed taxes on the rich and waged a war on social programs. They launched costly wars based on bogus intel. They ran up massive debts after fulminating about budget deficits. They chose to protect the profits of the gun lobby over the lives of children -- even after 20 6 and 7-year-olds were gunned down in cold blood. They embraced voter suppression. They flouted the Constitution by refusing even to consider the Supreme Court nominee of a Democratic president, and rubber-stamped a Republican nominee credibly accused of sexual assault. They even found a way to justify ripping migrant children from their parents.
While at a Missouri hospital, a man with stage 4 pancreatic cancer was visited by multiple officers who reportedly searched his possessions for marijuana. Nolan Sousley posted a video of the encounter on Facebook on March 6. It began with officers, whom Sousley later identified as being from the Bolivar, Missouri, police department, in his room at a hospital in Bolivar. While one officer looked through multiple bags and what appeared to be a jacket, another officer stood to the side and explained the situation. read more
The school shooting near Houston on Friday bolstered a stunning statistic: More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while serving in the military. Initial estimates put the number killed at Santa Fe High School at eight. (The death toll has since risen to 10.) The Washington Post compared that to figures for the military compiled from Defense Department news releases, including both combat and noncombat deaths. Even excluding non-students who died in school shootings (for example, teachers) the total still exceeds military casualties. From Jan. 1 through May 18, there were 29 fatalities in 16 school shootings. So far in 2018, there have been 13 service member fatalities in seven incidents. Seven of those casualties occurred in a helicopter crash in Iraq in March. Three of the total number of military casualties were not related to combat.
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said Monday that it would "unquestionably be grounds for impeachment" if President Trump ordered former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn to pressure the Department of Justice to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. read more