Tuesday, November 24, 2020

MixedTimes - Barnini Chakraborty

4 gun control bills advance in Virginia's General Assembly

Four gun-control bills on Monday advanced in Virginia’s General Assembly, setting the stage for a contentious showdown between gun-rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers who have vowed to bring comprehensive changes to the state.

Hunter Biden on new wife he married after 6 days, matching 'shalom' tattoos

Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, said in an interview that aired Friday that he met, married and got matching "shalom" tattoos in less than a week after laying eyes on his current wife Melissa Cohen Biden, a filmmaker from South Africa.

Judge rules cameras will roll during R. Kelly's sexual abuse trial

A Chicagojudge ruled Friday that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom when R&B star R. Kelly goes on trial for 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse later this month but added that the singer’s accusers can’t be photographed or filmed without their consent.

Feds could be coming for California's over-budget bullet train

The biggest boondoggle in California history is now under the microscope of the U.S. Department of Transportation as costs continue to climb on a multi-billion dollar high-speed rail project that routinely misses deadlines and blows through budgets.

Pruitt admits knowing about controversial raise, despite past denial

Embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt acknowledged in congressional testimony Thursday that he was aware of at least one of two controversial pay raises for members of his staff -- despite downplaying his knowledge of the move in a recent Fox News interview.

EPA's Scott Pruitt pushes back on pay raise, condo controversy in Fox exclusive

Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt fired back at critics Wednesday, defending his decision to take a $50 a day condo rental from the wife of a lobbyist and claiming he just found out about a controversial pay raise for two of his staff members.

Menendez kicks off re-election bid, slams Trump on immigration

New Jersey Democratic lawmaker Sen. Bob Menendez, who was brought up on bribery and corruption charges last year, kicked off his re-election campaign Wednesday in front of a cheering crowd at Union City High School.

Stormy Daniels offers proof she passed polygraph as Playboy model Karen McDougal sues to end silence on Trump

Playboy model Karen McDougal on Tuesday sued to be released from a 2016 agreement requiring her to keep quiet about an alleged tryst she claims she had with Trump, as newly released records showed that porn star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, passed a 2011 polygraph test in which she claims she had unprotected sex with President Trump in 2006.

GOP governor braces for two big fights in Illinois primaries

One of the most vulnerable Republican governors up for re-election in 2018 is heading into Tuesday’s primaries in Illinois with a strong challenge from his own party as well as six Democrats gunning for his job.

Storm dealt Puerto Rico knockout blow after decades of fiscal failure, corruption

Six month after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of residents are still without water and power. There have been countless contracting scandals, material shortages and embarrassing abuses of power that have drained what little confidence was left that brighter days might be ahead.

Omarosa on 'Celebrity Big Brother': Trump tweets haunted me, had to 'serve' my country

Ex-White House staffer and full-time drama queen Omarosa Manigault Newman – back in her reality TV element – tearfully confessed Thursday to being “haunted” by President Trump’s daily tweets, accused his inner circle of keeping her at arm’s length and described her selfless service to the country.

Dirty details of Missouri governor's affair fuel resignation calls

Missouri’s Republican governor is the latest politician to star in his own drama: Fifty Shades of Greitens – a tawdry tale of lust, power and betrayal that has consumed state politics and led to bipartisan calls for his resignation.

Feds to retry Senator Bob Menendez in bribery case

The Department of Justice announced Friday it intends to retry New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, two months after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case.

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, former Sen. Bob Dole on Wednesday received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian honor – for his service to the country as a “soldier, legislator and statesman.

Romney takes swipe at Trump over 's---hole' comments, race relations

Mitt Romney took a swipe at Donald Trump on Monday, condemning the crude comments the president reportedly made about Haiti and African countries -- calling them “inconsistent (with) America’s history and antithetical to American values.

Miami Vice: Two married lawmakers apologize for affair

Two Miami lawmakers were forced to admit and apologize for their bipartisan extramarital affair after an anonymous website claimed to have evidence of the swing-state senators getting busy behind closed doors.