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Trump announces pardons for several high-profile individuals

Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump announced pardons for several high-profile individuals in addition to commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.The White House announced that he had signed an executive order pardoning former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and later Tuesday, Trump said he would pardon New York police…read more »

Trump maintains online criticism of Roger Stone case, despite AG Barr’s plea to stop

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, to criticize the judge overseeing the Roger Stone case, despite Attorney General William Barr’s plea that the president refrain from tweeting about ongoing Justice Department matters.He also complained about the results of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,…read more »

Trump says he’s commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Blagojevich, a Democrat, was convicted in 2011 by a federal jury in Chicago on 17 counts, including an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.He…read more »

US sanctions Russian oil firm for facilitating Venezuela exports as pressure campaign tightens

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration sanctioned a division of Russia’s powerful state-owned oil company for facilitating Venezuelan exports in a bid to increase pressure on the government of Nicolás Maduro and push him from power.The move is a significant step in trying to sever Moscow’s support for Maduro and dry up funding for his…read more »

White House Correspondents’ Dinner welcomes back comedic relief in 2020

JTSorrell/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The lineup for the 99th annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner (WHCD) released on Tuesday shows a cast that could bring back some comedic relief to journalists and correspondents amid a tense moment in the country.Organized by the White House Correspondent’s Association (WHCA), the dinner will be hosted by actor and comedian Kenan Thompson,…read more »

Massachusetts lawmaker arrested for financial fraud, had gambling debts: FBI, IRS

GOCMEN/iStock(BOSTON) — When he wasn’t conducting state business as the longtime elected representative of communities north of Boston, David Nangle frequented casinos throughout New England, accumulating so much gambling debt that he turned to campaign funds to keep himself financially afloat, according to a 28-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.Nangle, D-Lowell, was arrested Tuesday by the FBI…read more »

Michael Bloomberg qualifies for Democratic debate

3dfoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate after meeting the Democratic Party’s latest qualification criteria.A national poll by NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist that was released earlier Tuesday showed that Bloomberg was polling nationally at 19%, meeting the threshold set by the Democrats for him to be able to…read more »

John Bolton criticizes White House ‘censorship’ ahead of his planned book release

Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) — Former national security adviser John Bolton, speaking out for the first time since the conclusion of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, discussed his upcoming book and expressed serious concerns about the White House review process that he claimed is holding up its publication.Bolton labeled the review process as “censorship.””I…read more »