Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

June 20, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN)When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?). A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property. …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 19, 2017

… week. Thats part of our argument, that we are directly connected to the area though the work that weve done. We have a real economic interest in the preservation of Americas public lands, she added. Mark Squillace, a law professor at the University of Colorado, said Patagonias claim could hold up in court. Patagonia probably does have significant business interests that could be affected, Squillace, who worked under Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt during the last year of Bill Clintons …

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Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

… Africa to the Libyan coast. heated Twitter exchange with little choice but to attempt the crossing, whether rescue missions were operating or not. launched into ties between the humanitarian groups and Libyan smugglers. Three months later, Carmelo Zuccaro said in court he had found no evidence proving the hypothesis. While far more measured in his analysis, Humanitarian organizations carrying out search and rescue at sea are saving tens of thousands of people from drowning every year. …

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Bill Cosby’s attorney says he is worried about entertainer’s health

June 18, 2017

… keeping us going,” he said. “Telling us stories, telling us jokes, making us smile.” Family shielded McMonagle said he respected Cosby’s efforts to keep his family out of the courtroom spotlight. “I see people using their family as shields in criminal cases. He refused to do that. He refused to put them in the position of coming to court every day and being exposed to the circus-like atmosphere. He was not going to use his family as shield — that’s not …

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Dennis Rodman hopes to do ‘something pretty positive’ in North Korea

June 13, 2017

… brought the older Kim a basketball autographed by Michael Jordan during a visit in 2000. Nicknamed “the Worm,” Rodman won two championships with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls. On the court he was known for his ferocious defense and rebounding ability. But he grabbed just as much attention off the court for his piercings, brightly-dyed hair and headline-grabbing antics. On his first trip to North Korea, Rodman was accompanied by members of the Harlem …

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Brazilian President acquitted in illegal campaign funds case

June 11, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s top electoral court voted to acquit President Michel Temer and former President Dilma Rousseff following an investigation of allegations they received illegal campaign funds in the 2014 elections. Temer, 76, was the vice-presidential candidate alongside Rousseff in 2014, but Rousseff was impeached last year for illegal fiscal maneuvers aimed at hiding the budget shortfall. She has denied the allegations. …

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Donald Trump Renews Call For Courts To Reinstate Travel Ban After London Incident

June 4, 2017

A car plowed into a crowd of at least six peopleon the London Bridge on Saturday.The car was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge during the incident. Police declared the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market acts of terrorism shortly after midnight local time. Lawyers at the Department of Justice on Thursday filed two emergency applications with the nations highest court, requesting to block two lower court rulings that …

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Key Witnesses In A California Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Refuse to Testify

June 4, 2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. Six years ago, Scott Dekraai walked into a hair salon in Seal Beach and gunned down eight people, including his ex-wife. No one is disputing that. But what remains in dispute is his sentence as the court struggles to untangle a secretive jailhouse informant program that this week saw key witnesses either refuse to testify or plead ignorance. Hearings ordered two weeks ago by Orange County Superior court Judge Thomas Goethals have focused on misconduct involving the informant …

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New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

Under the Back the Blue Act, introduced on May 16 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the Senate and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in the House, suing cops in federal court for violating the constitutional rights of civilians will be limited. So,even if the individual can prove their rights were violated by an officer, police departments would be able to claim an individuals injuries were a result of that persons conduct which, to quote the bill, more likely than not, constituted a felony or a crime of …

May 27, 2017
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Alabama Executes Prisoner Convicted Of Killing His Girlfriend’s Husband In 1982

Tommy Arthur was put to death by lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. in Atmore, Alabama, a prison spokesman said, less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme court lifted a stay on his execution as it considered arguments from his attorneys. When Thomas Arthur enters the execution chamber tonight, he will leave his constitutional rights at the door, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent against the order to lift the stay. Three juries have found him guilty of shooting Troy Wicker to death as …

May 26, 2017
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Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017
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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

… request this memo.” Comey hearing? A Comey hearing would instantly become one of the most significant congressional appearances of modern times. The practiced, analytical note-taking of a former FBI director who knows how to leave a paper trail would amount to a compelling piece of evidence in the court of public opinion and pit Comey’s word against Trump’s. After all, a Comey memo could approach “smoking gun” significance if it appears to prove that the …

May 17, 2017
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