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

Celebrities Are Mourning the Loss of Director Penny Marshall

Raisa Bruner Beloved film director and comedy actress Penny Marshall passed away on Monday at 75, the AP reports. Marshall — whose legacy included her iconic role as Laverne DeFazio in hit sitcom Laverne & Shirley, as well as her turns directing actors including Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams — is now being remembered by her peers and Hollywood friends in the wake of her passing. Stars like Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito and Russell Crowe are sharing their fond memories of Marshall this week, while fellow women in showbusiness like Ava DuVernay and Kathy Griffin are recalling the … Continue reading Celebrities Are Mourning the Loss of Director Penny Marshall

Bill Clinton Was Impeached 20 Years Ago. Here’s How the Process Actually Works

Tara Law Three presidents and countless scandals later, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton on Dec. 19, 1998, may seem like a relic of a different time. But that day 20 years ago remains an extraordinary moment in American history — Clinton became only the second president ever to be impeached when, in the wake of his affair with a 22-year-old White House intern, the House of Representatives formally accused him of perjury and obstruction of justice. The Senate acquitted Clinton two months later, but for the time being he faced the possibility of becoming the first president to be … Continue reading Bill Clinton Was Impeached 20 Years Ago. Here’s How the Process Actually Works