Army rejects Bowe Bergdahl's appeal accusing Trump of unlawfully influencing his case
- Washinton (CNN) - President Donald Trump's comments deriding Bowe Bergdahl throughout his repatriation and trial did not constitute unlawful command influence, an Army appeals court found in a ruling released Tuesday.
- In a 2-1 decision, three Army Court of Criminal Appeals judges at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, rejected Bergdahl's claim that Trump's public description of him as "a no-good traitor who should have been executed" and other comments influenced the case's decisions or outcomes, and warranted possible reconsideration or clemency.
- Trump became a vocal critic of Bergdahl following his release and throughout his trial.
- Bergdahl was captured by insurgents after deserting his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.
- In 2017, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
- The judge presiding over the case ordered that Bergdahl's rank be reduced from sergeant to private along with a fine of $10,000 and a dishonorable discharge.
A Pennsylvania mayor calls off an LGBTQ flag-raising at City Hall just minutes before the event
- Mayor Wally Scott told CNN affiliate WFMZ that he doesn't have anything against the LGBTQ community but that he doesn't believe flags should be raised at City Hall for political movements.
- In June, the Reading Pride group asked City Council Member Donna Reed to help organize a flag-raising ceremony.
- Just 15 minutes before the ceremony was set to take place, she said, she received a call from the public works director and the council president saying that the mayor refused to have the flag raised.
- Renkus said the Reading Pride council decided to file a formal discrimination complaint with the city's Human Relations Commission.
- Kathiria Zorrilla, a member of the LGBTQ community in Reading, posted a video interaction with Scott four hours after the ceremony was canceled.
READ: Rep. Al Green's impeachment resolution
- Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high misdemeanors.
- Therefore, Donald John Trump by causing such harm to the society of the United States is unfit to be President and warrants impeachment, trial, and removal from office.
- Under rule IX, a resolution offered from the floor by a Member other than the majority leader or the minority leader as a question of the privileges of the House has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the Chair within 2 legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed.
- The Chair will not at this point determine whether the resolution constitutes a question of privilege.
What are emoluments and is Trump taking them from foreign powers?
- It has been updated to note that an appeals court dismissed a challenge from Maryland and the District of Columbia, which claimed President Donald Trump had violated the Emoluments Clause through his continued ownership of the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
- Less clear is whether the Trump Organization should have to ask Congress every time a foreign government wants to spend money at President Donald Trump's hotels.
- An appeals court in Virginia has rejected an emoluments lawsuit filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia, whose attorneys general said they would continue to pursue their legal claims against Trump over his ownership of the Trump International Hotel near the White House.
Trump to get warm welcome at Greenville rally amid swirling controversy
- Greenville, North Carolina (CNN) - President Donald Trump's racist tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color have injected drama and tumult into an already-divided Washington this week.
- On Wednesday evening, he will leave all that behind for friendlier territory, holding a campaign rally before an arena of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina.
- It's expected he will continue -- if not intensify -- his attacks on the progressive lawmakers on Wednesday night, doubling down on a campaign strategy to cast the freshmen congresswomen as the face of the Democratic Party.
- Wednesday evening will mark Trump's first rally since he officially kicked off his reelection campaign last month in Orlando where he delivered a wide-ranging, lengthy speech echoing many similar themes and grievances of his 2016 campaign, including attacks on Clinton.
Recode Daily: Trump is turning his ire to tech companies
- This week, the president tweeted that his administration would investigate Google based on unsupported speculation that the company is working with the Chinese government.
- And she says the company’s AI software and computing power are expanding in “unsettling ways.” Meredith Whittaker, who led Google’s Open Research department, warned in a post about her departure that Google “is gaining significant and largely unchecked power to impact our world (including in profoundly dangerous ways, such as accelerating the extraction of fossil fuels and the deployment of surveillance technology).” The company has also faced employee dissent over a contract it had with the Pentagon and reports of its plans to build a censored search engine for China.
- Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us.
John Paul Stevens: Unassuming but impactful over his 99 years
- Washington (CNN) - To the very end, John Paul Stevens was a different kind of Supreme Court justice and a distinctive individual.
- He was "good with a racquet," he once told me, again understating things as he recounted a time that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (now retired) challenged him to a table-tennis match.
- In a similar vein, even as he served as the senior liberal on the high court from 1994 (when Justice Harry Blackmun retired) to 2010, assigning opinions for the left and crafting compromises for narrow majorities when possible, Stevens downplayed his leadership.
- In 1975, Ford took the advice of his Attorney General Edward Levi (also a Chicagoan) and elevated Stevens to the seat of retiring Justice William O.
Trump stokes fear, hides his insecurity
- Religious groups that use the threat of excommunication to keep people in line -- "in the fold" --understand this powerful dynamic and so do bullies who make a show of victimizing one kid in order to dominate everyone on the playground.
- In their silence, Cruz, Graham and others who won't stand up to the bully are like children on the schoolyard who tremble at the thought of being separated from the group, and so throw in their lot with the bully.
- The fear of being targeted, excluded -- or even sent away, like the President was as a youngster -- may also lurk in the hearts of voters who accept Trump's behavior.
- With his attacks on the four members of Congress, his coldhearted crackdown on America's immigrant families and asylum seekers, and his repeated effort to demonize those who disagree with him, Trump has demonstrated what happens if you step out of line.
New evidence makes it clear that raising the US minimum wage to $15 an hour is the right move
- This pattern played out like clockwork when the Congressional Budget Office released a report earlier this month estimating the effects that raising the federal minimum wage might have.
- Ben Zipperer of the liberal Economic Policy Institute argued that the "main takeaway" from the report was that increasing the national wage floor from its current level of $7.25 to $15 by 2025 "would raise wages of up to 27.3 million low-wage workers, decrease income inequality, and reduce the number of families in poverty by 1.3 million." My own take was similar.
- In this case, the CBO estimated that an increase phased up to $15 an hour by 2025 would directly lift the earnings of 17 million workers and indirectly boost the pay of another 10.3 million (who already earned above the new minimum but whose employers would choose to give them an extra bump to at least partially maintain their relative position).
Trump is furious that Republican lawmakers have been 'weak' in their defense of his racist tweet, report says
- President Trump has told two GOP lawmakers he is angry about what he believes to be a weak defense among congressional Republicans of his racist tweet targetting four progressive congresswomen, Politico reported.
- Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Politico that Trump is displeased with what he see as lukewarm GOP support for the incendiary tweet, in which he told the lawmakers of color to "go back and help fix" their "broken and crime infested" countries.
- Some Republicans though have broken rank to criticize the president, with four Republicans voting on Tuesday in favor of a House bill that condemning the racist language of Trump's tweets.
- Republican lawmakers have generally held back from openly criticizing the president, because of the public humiliation and attacks he subjects those who speak out against him to, and his enormous popularity among supporters of the party.