Saturday, December 16, 2017

Trump Touts Tax Reform Ahead of Vote

Source: CBS News

Billionaire Sabih al-Masri Arrested in Saudi Arabia

Anita Hill to Head New Commission to Handle Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood

Could Trump Be Impeached for Sexual Harassment?

Several women again went public this week with allegations that Donald Trump had harassed them before he became president.

Could Trump, who called the claims "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met," be removed from office because of the allegations?

A number of high-profile figures in politics, the media and show business have lost their jobs recently as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct. Most of those working in the news and entertainment business have employment contracts with clauses that allow for their termination for cause or for bad conduct. Plus, discrimination law punishes those employers who do not act quickly to separate an alleged harasser from other employees. This incentivizes prompt remedial action by employers, such as suspension or termination of alleged harassers.

But the president is different.  

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Source: NBC News 

Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools

This report was broadcast on December 13. 

Source: Democracy Now!

Civil Rights Attorney Lisa Bloom Speaks Out Amid Accusations

Judicial Nominee Struggles to Answer Basic Legal Questions

Republicans Unveiled Their Final Tax Plan

This report was broadcast on December 15. 

Source: CBS News

Sessions Addresses Violent Crime, Trump's Views on FBI

This report was broadcast on December 15. 

Source: CBS News

Sec. Tillerson Addresses North Korea Threat After UN Security Council Meeting

This report was broadcast on December 15. 

Source: CBS News

‘Mexico Will Not Finance US Wall,’ Foreign Minister Says

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Hondurans Accuse US of Election Meddling

South Africa's ANC to Choose Successor to Zuma

India's Rahul Gandhi to Become Congress President

Puerto Ricans Frustrated Over Lack of Aid

North Korea Says Missile Programme is Self-Defence

Emmerson Mnangagwa Addresses Party Congress

Far Right Gains Momentum in Chile's Presidential Elections

Protesters Call for Netanyahu to Resign Amid Corruption Allegations

A Border Wall’s Uncompensated Victims

Scores of Texas landowners in the shadow of the border wall say the government should pay them for their damaged property values.

by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier and Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — One day several years ago, a crew of federal contractors turned up behind Melissa Solis’ family home, a modest house with white siding surrounded by fruit trees and farmland a few hundred yards from the Rio Grande. The workers cleared brush. They dug a deep trench. A pile driver sank steel deep into the ground.

The work was disruptive, the noise a constant distraction for Solis and her parents. Snakes and cockroaches streamed inside to flee the construction. The foundation shifted, knocking doors askew. When it was over, the Department of Homeland Security had erected an 18-foot-high metal fence behind the house — a border barrier to stop people from illegally crossing the river from Mexico into the United States.

The construction workers moved on. But Solis could not.

“It felt unreal,” said Solis, 43. “This is your life, your property. It’s not like you can pick up and go and relocate and move just like that.”

Long before President Donald Trump promised to build a wall, Homeland Security used its powers of eminent domain to seize hundreds of acres of land in south Texas to construct a border fence. Under the law, if the government takes or damages your property, it’s supposed to pay to make you whole again. In Texas, the agency has paid $18 million to landholders over the last decade.

In Solis’ case, the border fence passed within feet of her family’s property line. But since it did not actually cross it, Homeland Security decided it had no obligation to compensate her family for the dramatically changed circumstances of their property: the sudden presence of a looming fence 40 feet from their back window.

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Source: ProPublica

Lobbying Registration Database

by Jeremy B. Merrill

It can seem like lobbyists run Washington from behind the scenes. But their work isn't completely opaque. They’re required to register with the House and the Senate when they lobby for a new client. Former members of Congress, former congressional staffers and former high-level regulators who now work as lobbyists—the so-called “revolving door” — are required to disclose their "covered" former positions. You can use this database to find out who's lobbying on whose behalf — and about what issues. 

Click here to review the database. 

Source: ProPublica

Chicago Police Win Big When Appealing Discipline

Analysis shows hundreds of misconduct findings overturned.
by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica

A secretive appeals system has been knocking down the punishments of Chicago police officers no matter how serious their misconduct, undercutting the results of lengthy investigations and layers of review long after the public believes the cases were concluded.

In the first examination of its kind, the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois found that 85 percent of disciplinary cases handled through the Chicago Police Department’s grievance process since 2010 led to officers receiving shorter suspensions or, in many cases, having their punishments overturned entirely.

A suspension for punching a handcuffed arrestee, all caught on camera? Negotiable.

Discipline for making racially insensitive comments during a traffic stop? Tossed out and expunged from the record.

Punishments for making false statements, an offense for which the department says it has zero tolerance? Those, too, were wiped away as if they never happened.

The result: the weakening of a police accountability system that rarely finds fault with officers’ actions in the first place.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: ProPublica

Is This Marine Veteran the Next Doug Jones?

It’s the next big congressional race, one that Republicans were supposed to have in hand. But Conor Lamb has Democrats feeling bullish.

By Gideon Resnick

For Democrats, Alabama was a shocker. Virginia was a tsunami. But Pennsylvania may end up being the bellwether.

The party, resurgent as President Trump’s first year in office draws to a scandal-ridden, unpopular close, will face its next major test on a potential path to winning back a majority in the House of Representatives in a March special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district.

The seat, held by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) since 2003, was left vacant following his resignation in October after a stunning report revealed that he had told a mistress to abort a possible pregnancy. Comprising a mix of coal-mine country, rural regions in the southwest corner of the state, and the very wealthy suburbs outside of Pittsburgh, it’s the kind of district that has been trending Republican for at least a decade. And it’s one where President Trump won by almost 20 points in the 2016 election, helping him win the state and ultimately the presidency.

But Democrats, who didn’t even put up a candidate to challenge Murphy in 2016, believe that they have a shot at winning this district back due to the strength of their candidate, a weaker Republican opponent, and a national climate that spells a wave for the party in next year’s elections.

Their hopes rest on 33-year-old veteran Conor Lamb, a former assistant U.S. attorney selected by local Democrats to be their standard-bearer last month. 

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Source: The Daily Beast 

Friday, December 15, 2017

President Trump Delivers Remarks at the FBI National Academy Graduation Ceremony

Source: The White House

President Trump Participates in an Event Regarding Deregulation

This video was published on YouTube on December 14. 

Source: The White House

The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power

Source: Democracy Now!

Medics, Observers & a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison in First Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests

Source: Democracy Now!

Ex-Diplomat Slams Rex Tillerson in Resignation Letter

Elizabeth Shackleford, an American diplomat who resigned in frustration last week, says she believes the Trump administration is putting American citizens abroad at risk by sidelining the State Department.

DL Hughley on the Lack of Accountability for Donald Trump

Source: MoorInfo

The Montford Point Marines

This video was published on May 31, 2017. 

The Montford Point Marines were the first African American Marines to enter the Corps. Joining the ranks just after World War II, the Montford Point Marines persisted through segregated and discriminatory times.

Source: Marines

'Flashback Friday': African American Units of WWII

This video was published on YouTube on February 20, 2015. 


Trailblazers in Black History: Ed Gordon


Hard hitting, inspiring, intelligent, honest, and direct: these are some of the words used to describe the style and approach of Emmy award-winning broadcaster Ed Gordon. Known for his stellar interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports.

Gordon is host and executive producer of Ed Gordon, an hour-long quarterly news magazine on Bounce TV. The first program included; an emotional interview with The Mothers of the Movement, a group of women whose children had been killed by senseless violence, a look at the movie, The Birth of a Nation and the controversy surrounding it’s star and director Nate Parker and a one-on-one with singer, Maxwell. The program garnered nearly a million viewers on its premiere night.  

Gordon also can be heard on The Steve Harvey Morning Show where he gives his perspective on current national headlines. He also delivers, Right Now with Ed Gordon providing daily commentaries for radio stations across the country. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Weekend WITH ED GORDON. The 2-hour program is a mix of talk, information, entertainment, and music. It’s been called “a fun, smart radio show for grown folks.”

Click here for additional information. 

Source: EdGordonMedia

Omarosa's Exit Raises Questions About White House Diversity

The announcement that the controversial aide was leaving her White House post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White House.

Majority of Americans Prefer Dems in Congress: Poll

Trump Pledges to ‘Rebuild’ FBI, Calls Russia Investigation a ‘Democrat Hoax’

Speaking to reporters before departing the White House, President Trump insisted there was “absolutely no collusion” between his campaign and Russia. Trump also previewed his FBI speech and commented on his Thursday phone call with Vladimir Putin.

Former NFL Star Claims He's Living with CTE

Trump Pushes to Finish Tax Reform Before Christmas

Governor Cuomo on GOP Tax Plan

This video was published on YouTube on December 13. 

Source: NYGovCuomo

A Webinar on 'The School Girls Deserve'

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Click here to review "The School Girls Deserve Report".  

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Girls for Gender Equity is committed to the physical, psychological, social and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, Girls for Gender Equity encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.

Source:  Girls for Gender Equity

NY State Police Join 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Crackdown

The New York State Police and local law enforcement will participate in the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. State Police will participate in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign beginning today. Friday, December 15 through Saturday, December 30.

State Police will also be conducting an enforcement period over New Year's Eve, from Sunday, December 31, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during both campaigns.

"The holiday season is among the busiest travel times of the year and with families traveling near and far to visit loved ones, our law enforcement agencies will be redoubling their efforts to crack down on dangerous and impaired drivers," Governor Cuomo said. "I ask all motorists to stay safe, be responsible and obey the rules of the road in order to avoid unnecessary tragedies."

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the "Move Over Law," which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road. State Police will also conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide.

Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Our members work vigilantly year-round to keep our roadways safe and prevent the needless tragedies that result from impaired and reckless driving. However, our goal during the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign is to step up our efforts during the holiday celebration season to reduce impaired driving crashes and remind motorists to make responsible driving decisions. To ensure that your holiday is a safe one for you and your loved ones, do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you've been drinking and make safety a priority when traveling this holiday season."

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic, but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

During last year's crackdown, State Police issued 33,153 tickets. Of those tickets more than 11,319 were for speeding, 1,107 were for distracted driving and 421 for the "Move Over Law." There were also 571 people arrested for DWI and 15 people killed in a motor vehicle accident. These traffic enforcement campaigns are funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting GTSC Chair, said "The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and we want New Yorkers to celebrate them responsibly and safely. Don't end the year with a tragedy or an arrest. Make a plan for how you will get home before you head out for an evening to celebrate with family and friends."

The Have a Plan app can help. The free app from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation allows you to designate a driver, call a cab or ride share, and to review the consequences of impaired driving. You can even use the app to report a drunk or drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows smart phones.

During last year's crackdown, State Police issued 33,153 tickets. Of those tickets more than 11,319 were for speeding, 1,107 were for distracted driving and 421 for the "Move Over Law." There were also 571 people arrested for DWI and 15 people killed in a motor vehicle accident.

To keep our roads safer this holiday season, the New York State Police and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer these tips: plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins; before drinking, designate a sober driver; if you're impaired, use a taxi or ride sharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation; use your community's sober ride program; if you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact local law enforcement; and if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NYPD Slams City Council Bill Pushing People to Sue If Cops Block Recordings

The NYPD slammed a City Council bill that encourages citizens to sue the city when cops stop them from recording police activity or seize their recording equipment. The proposal, sponsored by Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), would create a city law recognizing people’s right to record police activity and would allow them to sue for damages…

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NYC Informer

ISIS Threatens Attacks on US in Response to Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Patrick Markey, Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State threatened attacks on U.S. soil in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, one of the group's social media accounts reported on Thursday without giving any details.

In a message on one of its accounts on the Telegram instant messaging service titled "Wait for us" and "ISIS in Manhattan", the group said it would carry out operations and showed images of New York's Times Square and what appeared to be an explosive bomb belt and detonator.

"We will do more ops in your land, until the final hour and we will burn you with the flames of war which you started in Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria and Afghan. Just you wait," it said.

"The recognition of your dog 'Trump' (sic) Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country." 

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Source: Business Insider (via The Empire Report) 

New Yorkers Could Pay 2018 Property Taxes Early

By Amanda Fries

Eager to pay taxes? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but some New Yorkers actually want to pay next year's property taxes early.

That's because they're worried that if they don't pay early — before Jan. 1 — they'll miss the chance to deduct the taxes next year because of the looming Republican tax plan.

Click here for the full article. 

Source: (via The Empire Report) 

US Accuses Iran of Violating UN Resolutions

Australia: Child Abuse Report Criticises Catholic Church

South Sudan, a Cursed Land

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Japanese FM Against 'Dialogue for the Sake of Dialogue' with Pyongyang

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Future of Irish Border Still a Thorny Brexit Issue

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Ex-Minister Tzipi Livni Calls for Freeze on Israeli Settlements

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Norway Becomes the First Country to Switch Off FM Signal

Source: euronews.

Delays and Cancellations Expected as Italy Air Workers Strike

Source: euronews.

First Alien Star System with as Many Planets as Our Own Discovered by NASA and Google

Source: euronews.

Memorial Service for Victims of Grenfell Inferno

Source: euronews.

Strike Brings Greece to Standstill

Source: euronews.

Theresa May to Face EU Leaders in Brussels After Brexit Vote Defeat

Source: euronews.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

AG Schneiderman: 'I Will Sue To Protect Net Neutrality'

Source: The Office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

ONA Launches Journalism Mentorship Collaborative to Help Improve Diversity in Newsrooms

The Online News Association (ONA) has launched the Journalism Mentorship Collaborative, a program supporting news professionals seeking to develop or expand inclusive mentorship opportunities in newsrooms. ONA is accepting applications to join the Collaborative now through Friday, Feb. 2.

Newsrooms often cite recruiting and retention of diverse talent as a priority. The Collaborative aims to support newsrooms making investments in addressing this challenge. ONA will create a peer network for sharing ideas, document best practices for mentorship programs and — best of all — open a challenge competition to support innovative mentorship initiatives from a pool of $125,000.

Headed by NPR’s Doug Mitchell, the Journalism Mentorship Collaborative's leadership team is responsible for developing the curriculum for webinars and fellowship training, as well as providing region-specific coaching to the fellowship participants. P. Kim Bui, Charo Henriquez and Amy Kovac-Ashley will serve as advisors to the leadership team.

Click here for more information on the program and leadership team advisors.

Source: The Online News Association 

China and South Korea United Over North Korea Threat

PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley's Talk Show Following A Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Source: Roland S. Martin

Speaker Ryan Says Representative Farenthold Made 'Right Decision' to Retire

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters on Capitol Hill that he’s had conversations with Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) over the allegations of sexual misconduct. Rep. Farenthold announced that he’s retiring and Speaker Ryan said that it was right for him to retire. 

Source: C-SPAN 

Saving Our Youth: A Homeboy's Guide to Healing by Former L.A. Gang Members

This video was published on YouTube on November 4, 2015. 

For the last 30 years, Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries have been supporting and training formerly incarcerated and gang-involved individuals in East L.A. Former gang members reveal their process of healing. 

Source: Los Angeles Times

Trailblazers in Black History: Tracy Chapman

This video was published on YouTube on December 12, 2008. 

Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning" and "Telling Stories". 

This segment features a backstage interview with Chapman at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin before her third show in the Irish capital on the Our Bright Future Tour. (TV show: X posé on TV 3) 

Source: Traci Chapman Online

The FCC Just Scrapped Rules Protecting a Free and Open Internet

81% of This Town Backed Trump. They Still Do.

Omarosa Manigault Newman Speaks Out on Resignation

11-Year-Old Girl Wrongfully Handcuffed by Police in Front of Mother and Aunt

This report was broadcast on December 13.

The FCC Net Neutrality Vote

NYC Bomb Suspect Makes Court Appearance from Hospital

Source: CBS News

Panel of Accomplished Men Discuss the #MeToo Movement

Source: CBS News

State Department Enacts New Travel Warning System

This report was broadcast on December 13. 

Source: CBS News

What Republicans Should Take Away from Jones' Win

This report was broadcast on December 13. 

Source: CBS News 

BONUS REPORT: Trump Voters Debate Roy Moore Loss

Fed Chief Gives Upbeat View of Economy After Raising Interest Rates

This report was broadcast on December 13.

Source: CBS News

Heather Heyer’s Mom: I Have to Hide Her Grave From Neo-Nazis

In a candid interview, Susan Bro tells Tim Teeman about holding Trump accountable for Heather’s death, facing her daughter’s alleged killer in court, and keeping her grave private.
By Tim Teeman

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia—Heather Heyer’s ashes are interred in a safe place, says her mother Susan Bro, at an unmarked, undisclosed, “completely protected” location.

This site cannot be publicly known because of all those extremists who profess their hatred for Heyer and Bro, and who convey their continued threats of violence toward Bro and others of Heyer’s family. The location is also secret to protect those who work there, says Bro.

She visits Heyer there in peace, and other members of the family and close friends have been to the location, or will be told in time where the place is and taken there.

“It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,” says Bro. “So, I’m protecting my child now.”

As she tells me this, what sounds like the wheezing of a dying animal fills the small room we are in. Bro laughs at how horrific the computer hard drive sounds, especially as we are talking about the death of her daughter at the same time as the machine’s mortal gurgling continues. Every time I think I turn it off, the computer seems to turn itself on again and the guttural howling begins anew.

“She’s here, Heather’s here,” Bro says, smiling, of the machine in the side office of the Miller Law Group, where Heyer worked as a paralegal, aiding people facing bankruptcy. Heyer, 32, was killed after being struck by a car while protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. Many other counterprotesters alongside her were injured.

President Trump blamed “many sides” for the Charlottesville violence, and said there “very fine people” on both of those sides. After seeing these remarks, Bro would not take his calls. 

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Source: The Daily Beast

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Message to His Supporters

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Source: Prison Radio

New York Civil Liberties Union Files Suit After Suffolk County Turns Resident Over to ICE

By Molly Crane-Newman and Leonard Greene

The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department for detaining a suspect for immigration officials.

Attorneys for the advocacy group are seeking the release of Susai Francis, a Suffolk County man, who was locked away in the Suffolk County Jail after he pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation and sentenced to time served.

Instead of being released after his plea Monday, Francis was held by sheriffs and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report) 

Warning of Swollen State Debt, DiNapoli Proposes Reforms


Warning that state debt is projected to reach $63.7 billion by the end of the fiscal year (and with current debt second in the nation only to California), state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Thursday re-upped a series of borrowing reform proposal, including requiring voter approval of all borrowing. 

But the state Division of Budget rebuffed the comptroller’s methods for calculating state debt, claiming that DiNapoli is including in his total debt that is not recognized as the state’s responsibility. Thus, state-supported debt (which DiNapoli’s calculation includes) actually is $49.6 billion.

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Source: (via The Empire Report)  

A.G. Sulzberger, 37, Is Named Next Publisher of The New York Times

By Sydney Ember 

In a generational changing of the guard, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 37, will become the publisher of The New York Times on Jan. 1. His father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., announced on Thursday that he was ceding the post to his son.

The ascension of the younger Mr. Sulzberger, who is known as A. G., comes just over a year after he was named deputy publisher of The Times. The New York Times Company’s board approved the move during a meeting on Thursday. The elder Mr. Sulzberger, 66, who will stay on as chairman of The New York Times Company, has been the publisher since 1992.

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Source: The New York Times 

Health Commissioner: Influenza Prevalent in New York State

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Source: The New York Daily News 


Rev. Al Sharpton Requests Removal of Judge in Meek Mill Case

On December 13, Rev. Sharpton submitted the following letter to the Honorable Shelia A. Woods-Skipper. 

Honorable Shelia A. Woods-Skipper
President Judge
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
Philadelphia City Hall, Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Re: Honorable Judge Genece Brinkley

Dear President Judge Woods-Skipper:

I write to you as someone with deep respect for the Judicial Process and as a true believer in fairness and equality in criminal justice matters.  You may have read of my recent involvement with the case matters of Robert Rihmeek Williams (professional known as “Meek Mill”).  He is currently serving a probation violation and was sentenced to a term of incarceration, over the objection of both the local prosecutor and the assigned probation officer, by Judge Genece Brinkley.  You may also be aware that I have publically (sic) called for Judge Genece to be removed from Mr. Williams’ matter. This demand was generated by serious allegations of a conflict of interest with Mr. Williams.

It is generally held in all judicial circles that the administration of justice must be fair, equal and impartial.  It is also generally accepted in the law, that the appearance of bias or lack of impartiality, is as serious as actual bias or lack of the ability to be fair and impartial. There have been credible allegations made concerning Judge Brinkley’s ability to be fair and impartial in the matters concerning Mr. Williams.

If you know anything about me, I don’t just speak up when someone of note or celebrity has a problem with equal justice under the law. I have tried throughout my ministry and advocacy to always be the voice for the voiceless, and an activist for the underrepresented. Moreover, as Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. held throughout his life, a threat to justice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere!!.

Mr. Williams, in my view, has been subjected to an injustice.  Judge Brinkley has been deaf to the questions raised about her potential conflicts of interest with Mr. Williams or simply has disregarded her oath of office to carry out her duties in a manner consistent with the Code of Conduct for Judges of the Court of Common Pleas. I understand the gravity of raising such an issue concerning the conduct of a Judge.  I am compelled in this matter to speak truth to power.

I believe that Judge Brinkley must be removed from the case involving Mr. Williams and a Judge assigned who can conduct and preside in a fair and impartial manner.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Very truly yours,

Reverend Al Sharpton
President & Founder
National Action Network 
Source: Mercury

NYPD Notes: 32nd Precinct and 32 Precinct CC Christmas Party for Children

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Source: A Smith, President/NYPD Civilian Volunteer
32nd Precinct Community Council

Ukraine's Finance Minister Says Anti-Corruption Court Should Satisfy IMF

Source: FRANCE 24 English

President Putin Holds Annual Press Conference

Source: FRANCE 24 English

6,700 Rohingya Killed in First Month of Myanmar Violence

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Turkey's Push to Be the 'Champion of Palestine'

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Eye on Africa: Saudi Arabia and UAE Pledge €130 Million for G5 Sahel 'Joint Force

Source: FRANCE 24 English

‘Trump Still Committed to a Two-State Solution,’ Says Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jailing of Journalists Worldwide Hits Record High, Activist Group Says

Turkey remains the biggest jailer of journalists for the second year in a row, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday in reporting that the number of journalists jailed around the world hit a record high in 2017.

The organization, a nonprofit, nonpartisan activist group based in New York, said it had confirmed that 262 people were in government custody for reasons directly related to their work as journalists as of Dec. 1. That's three more that the previous record, set last year.

The author of the report, Elana Beiser, editorial director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said the trend "reflects a dismal failure by the international community to address a global crisis in freedom of the press." 

Click here for the full article. 

Source: NBC News 

Steve Bannon Snaps in the Wake of Alabama Election

Attacks Doug Jones Supporters During Stop at Local Gas Station

Okay, okay. This is a scene for the classic film It' A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but From The G-Man suspects this is exactly how the former White House official must feel after the historic and stunning defeats of Ed Gillespie and Roy Moore.

Hey, "Bam-Bam"! Who do you like in 2018? Just asking.

People Magazine Reveals Photo of Trump with Accuser He Claims He Never Met

People magazine published a photo Tuesday showing President Donald Trump posing at his Mar-a-Lago resort with a journalist who has accused him of sexual misconduct — a woman he claims he does not know and never met.

The picture shows Trump standing alongside Natasha Stoynoff, a former correspondent for the magazine, on the same day in December 2005 that she says the businessman-turned-reality-TV star pushed her against a wall and "forc[ed] his tongue down my throat." Trump's wife, Melania, was pregnant at the time with their son Barron. 

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Source: NBC News 

White House Official Says GOP Has Deal on Tax Cuts

Republicans in the House and Senate have reached an agreement in principle on their sweeping tax package, a White House official said Wednesday.

This official said the once the details are ironed out, Republicans are hoping to have a vote in Senate first, then the House, with the legislation done in Congress by next Wednesday. It can then be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature.

A spokesman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, confirmed to NBC News that an agreement had been reached in principle, but did not provide any additional details.

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Source: NBC News