State Sen. Nicholas Kettle, R-Coventry, has been arrested by the state police and charged with one count of video voyeurism and two counts of extortion. The 27-year-old was arrested by state police on Friday. The extortion counts were through a grand jury indictment, according to Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin. He did not immediately provide more details on the charges. Philbin said Kettle will be processed by the state police then taken to the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston for the weekend. He will likely be arraigned on Monday. Kettle' attorney Paul DiMaio said his client is "terrified" that he will be spending the weekend in prison. "He's about 5'3″ weighs about 125 pounds soaking wet and a young 27 years old," DiMaio said outside state police headquarters. "He's never been arrested, never been in trouble, he's not a violent person. He's terrified."
On Friday, three mobile billboards appeared near Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Doral, Florida. Created and installed by the online activist network Avaaz, they read, "Slaughtered in school," "And still no gun control?" "How come, Marco Rubio?" The format and message of the billboards, following Wednesday's mass shooting at a high school in the Republican senator's state, mimics the one put up by Frances McDormand's character in the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri demanding justice for her murdered daughter. In the hours after the shooting, Rubio said that lawmakers should "reserve judgement" and avoid jumping to conclusions about gun laws that could have prevented it.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, said Tuesday he personally made a payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election. Cohen said in a statement that neither "the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was party to the transaction," and added that he was not reimbursed for the payment "either directly or indirectly." "I am Mr. Trump's longtime special counsel and I have proudly served in that role for more than a decade. In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford," Cohen said. read more
Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday removed an article from his radio show's website that claimed the official portrait of former President Barack Obama contained secret images of sperm. "Controversy surrounding Kehinde Wiley's wildly non-traditional portrait of the Commander-in-Chief broke out within minutes of its unveiling," the article, written by "Hannity staff," asserted, "with industry insiders claiming the artist secretly inserted his trademark technique -concealing images of sperm within his paintings." Hours after the article's deletion, Hannity said in a statement provided to TPM by a Fox News representative: "Earlier today my web staff posted content that was not reviewed by me before publication. It does not reflect my voice and message and, therefore, I had it taken down." Hannity's post also included a close-up crop of the portrait, presumably showing the suspected sperm.
Ratings of U.S. leadership fell in nearly every part of the world in the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, dragging median approval to a record-low 30% ... Since Trump took office, the U.S. image has declined most sharply among higher-income, educated and urban-dwelling adults, who tend to be more politically engaged. If this influential class maintains its negative attitude toward U.S. leadership, the U.S. may experience more difficulty translating its power into influence. If disillusionment grows, politicians may increasingly seek closer relations with U.S. strategic competitors -- such as Russia and China -- and may adopt anti-American positions to garner more support at home.