Lawmakers Call for Probe Into 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl’s Death

Associated Press (LORDSBURG, N.M.) — Lawmakers visiting the Border Patrol station where a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl was taken hours before her death demanded an independent investigation Tuesday into the response by federal agents. “There are things that we need to learn,” said U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, a California Democrat who was part of the delegation visiting the Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico. Ruiz, a doctor, questioned why border agents didn’t call for an immediate airlift of Jakelin Caal after her father told an agent she was sick and vomiting. A bus carrying the child and her father left … Continue reading Lawmakers Call for Probe Into 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl’s Death

Trump’s School Safety Commission Is Targeting Obama Anti-Discrimination Rules and Not Guns

Katie Reilly The school safety commission established by President Donald Trump in the wake of February’s Parkland shooting barely addressed guns, but recommended rolling back Obama-era guidelines aimed at making sure minority students aren’t disproportionately targeted for discipline. That recommendation has emerged as one of the most controversial aspects of the report, which was released Tuesday — about 10 months after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The commission, helmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was tasked with making recommendations for improving school safety. The report argues that the 2014 Rethink Discipline guidance … Continue reading Trump’s School Safety Commission Is Targeting Obama Anti-Discrimination Rules and Not Guns

U.N. Wants “Violence-Free Environment” Ahead of Historic Congo Elections

Associated Press (UNITED NATIONS) — The U.N. Security Council is calling for “a violence-free environment” for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage. A council statement Tuesday calls on Congo’s government to investigate the incidents and urges all political players “to uphold the freedom of expression, assembly and unhindered campaigning which are the hallmarks of the democratic exercise of the will of the people.” Congo President Joseph Kabila is stepping aside after taking power in 2001, and the Security Council says the long-delayed election … Continue reading U.N. Wants “Violence-Free Environment” Ahead of Historic Congo Elections

Penny Marshall Played an Underachiever on TV. In Real Life She Was Anything But

Stephanie Zacharek In the olden days of TV, long before Netflix or binge-watching and certainly before DVRs, people used to tune in on certain days and times to watch the shows they liked: If you were a kid in the mid-1970s—maybe, particularly, a girl—one of those shows was likely to be Laverne & Shirley, the Happy Days spinoff that became a huge hit by itself. Its stars, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, played young single women, roommates and best friends, in late 1950s Milwaukee. They worked at a brewery (and horsed around) by day. They went on dates (and horsed … Continue reading Penny Marshall Played an Underachiever on TV. In Real Life She Was Anything But

Judges Dismiss Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Associated Press (WASHINGTON) — A panel of judges has dismissed ethics complaints against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The judges say the complaints must be dismissed because they were filed under a federal law that does not apply to Supreme Court justices. That’s the outcome many ethics experts predicted once Kavanaugh took his Supreme Court seat. The complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings. They were filed originally with Kavanaugh’s old court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Chief Justice John Roberts took no action on them while Kavanaugh’s nomination was … Continue reading Judges Dismiss Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh

For Martha McSally, a Never-Ending Campaign Continues

Philip Elliott For many politicians, the allure of the Senate is its relatively sane pace. It means one election every six years, rather than the two years for House members or the four years most governors face. Not for Arizona’s Martha McSally, who is moving from the House to the Senate next year and continues what will in effect be an almost-five-year campaign. One Republican fundraiser only half-joked that McSally’s need for campaign cash would make her a very familiar name on donors’ call sheets. McSally lost a narrow Senate race in November to Democratic rival Kyrsten Sinema. On Tuesday, … Continue reading For Martha McSally, a Never-Ending Campaign Continues

Michael Flynn’s Rough Day in Court Showed Political Arguments Aren’t Working With Judges

Ryan Teague Beckwith Just days after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the deputy director of the FBI called Michael Flynn, the new national security advisor, on a secure line. After chatting about a recent training, Flynn suggested the FBI send over some agents to talk with him about his conversations with the Russians during the presidential transition. What happened next is still reverberating nearly two years later. In a court filing last week, Flynn’s lawyers noted pointedly that the two FBI agents who later visited Flynn did not remind him, prior to talking, that it’s a crime to lie to federal investigators. … Continue reading Michael Flynn’s Rough Day in Court Showed Political Arguments Aren’t Working With Judges