SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES
What we know, what we don’t & what’s coming next.
What we know, what we don’t & what’s coming next.
The Big Unknown: What the Special Counsel report says and if we will ever see it. The Attorney General will make this decision.
Attorney General Barr is NOT required to release the full contents of the Special Counsel’s report, nor is he prohibited from doing so.
“I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
Why wouldn't we see the full confidential report? It is entirely up to AG Barr to determine what, if anything, in the Special Counsel's report is in public interest. Info could be withheld if detrimental to other cases, investigations, or violates releasing classified info.
Social media platforms can silence you in a moment – without any explanation.
But days after the worst shooting in New Zealand history, the live stream video of the attack (or portions of it) remain online.
“The volumes at which that content was being copied and then re-uploaded to our platform was unprecedented in nature.”
“This latest atrocity only underscores the fact that there is no responsible way to offer a live-streaming social media service.”
The House Homeland Security Committee invited execs from Facebook, YouTube, etc. to attend a closed-door briefing next week to discuss the response to the video’s dissemination and ways to prevent it from happening again. No word yet on who will attend.
The backstory of *why* an 8-year-old Nigerian boy finds himself in America illuminates a much bigger story about the plight of Christians in Africa.
“The U.S. is a dream country.”
“Recently we have seen Fulani militias have Boko Haram branding and wreaking havoc in communities with sophisticated weapons and anyone who stands in their way is killed or decimated. When this happens, they occupy.”
“The Boko Haram crisis lingers on and is far from over… The world should not forget the victims of this deadly conflict, especially as there appears to be little hope for a return to peace and stability in the near future.”
The influence of Islamic terrorist/militant groups in Africa's largest economy & most populated country has ripple effects across the continent and beyond. Meanwhile, stateside, a go-fund me page is available for Tani's family.
A look at those impacted by the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history.
During Friday prayer an Australian-born gunman attacked:
“It was a great opportunity. The country is safe, beautiful and hospitable.”
Important Context: Until Friday the deadliest shooting in New Zealand happened nearly 30 years ago in 1990 when a neighbor killed 13 people. The primary suspect in Friday's attack will appear in court on April 5.
One of the most divisive topics in America united both political parties this week…as the Special Counsel investigation enters its 22nd month.
The Mueller Special Counsel investigation is nowhere near the length of previous Special Counsel investigations, such as the White Water investigation of Bill Clinton or Iran-Contra under Reagan. Both investigations lasted more than 4 years.
A nationwide college conspiracy where the wealthiest among us bought their children admissions to America’s top schools.
The FBI calls it
“Operation Varsity Blues”
Cheating on college entrance exams (with help of proctors). In some cases, someone else took the exams in place of the actual student.
Bribing coaches to admit students as athletes (even when they didn’t play the sport). In some cases, the lies about athletic achievement even included doctored photos.
The “admissions consultant” at the heart of scam set up two companies to run his scheme through, one of which was a non-profit organization.
From 2011 – 2019, he raked in $25M. One parent paid $1.2M.
Some parents made payments to the non-profit and then later claimed them as tax deductions.
“33 parents have been charged… There are more than that but not prepared to give you a total.”
How Much Does An Elite College Degree REALLY Impact Your Future?
All U.S. embassy personnel will evacuate from Venezuela as America firmly blames Cuba & Russia for supporting the socialist regime.
Meanwhile, darkness cloaks Venezuela as a blackout cripples the nation.
Situation deteriorated this weekend.
Massive blackout crippling nation; schools & work closed. Telecomm down. Reports of people dying because lack of lack of medical aid.
Protests gather against Maduro.
Maduro blames U.S. for blackout and trying to orchestrate a coup.
“The United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid the forces of repression and those who give life to the Venezuelan people’s democratic dreams. There is no ambiguity here about the truth.”
“Today, when the empire of the U.S., in its desperation to grab our natural resources, intensifies its brutal aggression against the fatherland. We stand firm to defend our land and cry with force: Yankee go home!”
While nearly 8 out of 10 Americans in their “prime” have a job, one report calls working parents an “endangered species.”
What this tells us about America now & the presidential race ahead.
“Even with the exorbitant cost of child care, I am now bringing home real money.”
“Parents make up a smaller share of the U.S. labor force now than at any other time in at least a century… But it’s not because parents aren’t working. It’s because workers aren’t becoming parents.”
Should the gov't help pay for childcare? Dem. Pres. candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers a plan for universal child care by taxing the wealthy. Critics say a child care system should mimic public schools. Others say child care can't replace the value of stay-at-home-parents.
Talks are cut short as President Trump & Kim Jong Un fail to reach a deal on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.
“Sometimes you have to walk.” – President Trump
“No deal is a surprise, especially as they were both all smiley last evening. But no-deal today doesn’t mean there won’t be one in coming months. It means stakes were way too high for the two leaders to give another wishy-washy statement like they did in Singapore.”
Both Republican & Democrat administrations have tried to convince N. Korea to end its nuclear & missile development.
Prior to Trump Administration’s efforts, the Clinton & George W. Bush Administrations launched diplomatic campaigns. Each time, talks broke down due to verification of denuclearization.
President Trump, describing the progress on Vietnam talks, says Kim Jong Un did have a better understanding of the U.S. expectations for denuclearization, saying that's "not exactly our vision, but it's a lot closer than it was a year ago."
At the heart of today’s case is a not-so-simple legal question about whether or not a memorial cross to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice violates our First Amendment.
Separation of Church & State: The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the gov’t from endorsing religion AND promoting one religion over another.
To decide, the U.S. Supreme Court will look to whether the cross (1) has a secular purpose; (2) advances or endorses religion; and (3) fosters excessive entanglement w/ religion.
“The cross, you know, is a religious symbol, it honors Christian veterans but no other war dead are honored by the cross other than Christians…. just because it’s a war memorial just doesn’t make it secular it actually just is using a religious symbol to accomplish that end.”
“That the principal effect of this is not to advance religion. That the principal effect … is to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice during war.”
Domino Effect: The case has the potential to upend or expand upon decades-long legal precedent about religious symbols on gov’t land. Hundreds of memorials could be impacted.
Watch This: Will Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, Brett Kavanaugh & Neil Gorsuch impact the court’s decision?
Separation of church and state doesn’t mean the complete absence of religion. The U.S. Supreme Court opens every session with a statement that ends: "God save the United States and this Honorable Court."
As America & North Korea meet to discuss nuclear arms, tensions flare between two countries that already have nuclear weapons.
The standoff between
India & Pakistan.
“…a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan, or even a single strike on a large city, would be devastating and would reverberate throughout the world.”
Area in northwest India just east of Pakistan’s capital city.
“History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that given the weapons we have can we afford miscalculation. We should sit down and talk.”
Pakistan & India have gone to war 3 times since 1947. The last one in 1971 but tensions have boiled to the brink of war since that time. U.S. Sec. of State Pompeo issued a statement calling on both sides to "exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost."
President Trump dines with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam as the historic two-day summit begins.
The Hot Topic: North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
But North Korea isn’t the only one who has nukes.
Who Else Does & Why It Matters
“The proliferation is a tremendous, I mean, to me, it’s the biggest problem in the world, nuclear weapons, biggest problem in the world.”
Bottom Line: Not every gov’t can afford nuclear weapons – the technology requires billions to build, maintain & launch.
But some could argue many countries don’t need them thanks to support from armed allies.
Most nuclear nations use weapons as “deterrence” to avoid conflict.
In 70 years, there have been no nuclear attacks. Critics argue in the modern age the risks of a terrorist group getting a nuclear weapon are too high & all nations should denuclearize. That said, in 2016, the U.S. said it would spend $1T to modernize its nuclear arsenal.