Tuesday

House votes to dump Trump “emergency”
WaPost
— 13 in GOP join in. But 245-182 margin is not veto-proof.

Thousands of migrant kids suffered sexual abuse in U.S. custody
Axios
…  according to Department of Health and Human Services documents given to Axios by Rep. Ted Deutch’s office.
… From October 2014 to July 2018, the HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement received 4,556 complaints, and the Department of Justice received 1,303 complaints. This includes 178 allegations of sexual abuse by adult staff.

Meet the archeologist who’s decoding the Mueller investigation
Vice News
— Adrienne Cobb’s an unlikely candidate for legal sleuthing. She’s a recovering heroin addict with no experience in journalism, and a preference for “Ghost Adventures” over “Reliable Sources” (“I hate cable news,” she says.) She has dyed red hair, rocks Daria-esque glasses, and tends to look at the floor when she isn’t absorbed by a screen.
— She spends her free time — and some of her office time, too — tracking every update in Mueller’s probe, big or small. She’s part of an online community of digital sleuths, amateur journalists, and statisticians, who commit hours upon hours of their lives to all things Mueller. Some have launched careers out of obsessively tracking the investigation’s twists and turns.

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For Cobb, keeping track of Mueller’s work is about helping others feel less “helpless” in a wilderness of fast-paced, complex news that doesn’t always add up.

Up to his eyeballs in voter fraud, Mark Harris declines
to run again in North Carolina re-match
Vox
—-> “Health concerns.” He’s gonna spend more time with his … doctors.

Stunner: Supreme Court rules against Big Tobacco
USA Today/Yahoo
— The Supreme Court refused Monday to block Florida smokers’ lawsuits against two major tobacco companies.
— The justices denied petitions from Altria Group and British American Tobacco seeking a way out of eight challenges filed by smokers and relatives of deceased smokers that could cost them billions of dollars.
— The cases name Philip Morris, since acquired by Altria, and R.J. Reynolds, since taken over by British American, as defendants.

Lawsuit seeks to end legal prostitution in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal
— A woman who says she was trafficked in Nevada brothels filed a federal lawsuit Monday to try to end legal prostitution in the state.
— Rebekah Charleston, an anti-trafficking activist who lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, alleges in the 28-page complaint that Nevada violates federal law by allowing brothels to operate in its rural counties.

Pakistan vows retaliation after Indian airstrikes,
as hostilities rise between nuclear powers

CNN
— Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to retaliate against India after it conducted airstrikes on an alleged terrorist training camp across the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region, in a significant escalation of hostilities between the two nuclear armed powers.
— “India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing,” Khan’s office said in a statement.
The apparent strike took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and came in response to what India said was “credible intelligence” about potential terrorist attacks, Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters in New Delhi.

Cohen to testify Trump committed crimes while in office
Wall Street Journal

— Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, will for the first time publicly accuse the president of criminal conduct while in office related to a hush-money payment to a porn star, a person familiar with his planned testimony before Congress said.
— Appearing on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, Mr. Cohen also will make public some of Mr. Trump’s private financial statements and allege that Mr. Trump at times inflated or deflated his net worth for business and personal purposes, including avoiding paying property taxes, the person said. The financial statements were developed by Mr. Trump’s accountant, the person said. The Wall Street Journal hasn’t seen those statements.
— Mr. Cohen’s testimony is expected to focus on his “behind-the-scenes” accounts of working for Mr. Trump for over a decade, a period during which Mr. Cohen will say he witnessed “lies, racism and cheating” by Mr. Trump, the person said.
— Mr. Cohen is expected to recount racist remarks Mr. Trump allegedly made to him, including instances in which Mr. Trump allegedly questioned the intelligence of African-Americans and criticized their lifestyle choices, the person said.
— Mr. Cohen’s planned testimony comes 13 months after The Wall Street Journal first reported that Mr. Cohen paid $130,000 in October 2016 to former adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, to buy her silence after she alleged having a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.

Michigan May Stop cops From Seizing Property whenever they feel like it
Reason
— In 2017, Michigan police seized property from nearly 1,000 people who were never convicted of a crime. Some of them were never even arrested.
— Those numbers—the result of new reporting requirements passed by the state in 2015—have spurred a bipartisan push among Michigan lawmakers to further restrict the practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows police to seize cash and property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, even if the owner is never convicted, or sometimes never charged, with a crime.

‘A Terrible Tragedy’: Mom, Teen Daughter Allegedly Killed 5 Family Members in Pennsylvania Home
People
— 
A 45-year-old mother and her teenage daughter are behind bars in Pennsylvania, where authorities allege they killed five relatives — including 9-year-old twin sisters — inside a Morrisville apartment as part of an alleged murder-suicide pact.
— Both Shana Decree and her 19-year-old daughter Dominique Decree face five counts of criminal homicide along with a single count of conspiracy, according to court records
— An affidavit released Tuesday morning alleges Shana told investigators the killings were carried out as part of a murder-suicide pact entered into by everyone living in the apartment.
— She allegedly told police even the children were suicidal, and had said they “wanted to die.”

Manafort lawyers: Don’t let poor little Paulie die in prison
Politico
“Mr. Manafort has been personally and financially devestated [sic] as a result of his conduct and the forfeiture he has agreed to.”
——> $500 an hour and his lawyers can’t use spellcheck?

RUSSKIE TROLLS BLOCKED DURING MID-TERMS
The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the group’s operations against the United States are not cost-free.
…. WaPost

The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich to Excel in Elite Jobs
The Atlantic
— The authors describe a series of “hidden mechanisms”—such as unwritten codes of office behavior and informal systems of professional advancement—that benefit the already affluent while disadvantaging those with working-class background.

Parliament to vote: Delay Brexit crash by 3 months?
AFP
— Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Tuesday to allow parliament to delay Brexit by up to three months so that Britain would not crash out of the European Union without a deal on March 29.
— The dramatic reversal in May’s steadfast strategy came after threats of mass resignations from her own ministers and calls for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership from the main opposition Labour Party.

San Francisco To Expunge Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions
NPR

Appeals court upholds decision allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner
CNBC
——-> What corporate wants, corporate gets

Payday lenders preying on borrowers escape crackdown as rules rolled back
The Guardian
— Interest rates reach nearly 700% in some states as debate over how to regulate payday loans continues.

“Citizen of the Year” and LGBT leader, accused of torching own home
Detroit News
joly.jpeg— When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a hate crime.
— After all, the transgender man and gay rights activist had received threats after having a banner year in this conservative town.
— In the prior six months, he helped open the city’s first gay community center, organized the first gay festival and, after 18 years of failed attempts, helped lead a bruising battle for an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays.
For his efforts, a local paper named him the Citizen of the Year.
— Authorities later determined the fire was intentionally set, but the person they arrested came as a shock. It was the citizen of the year — Nikki Joly.

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Today’s Dog & Pony Show
Trump-Kim so-called summit in Hanoi
(No Link)
Sound & fury, signifying nothing.

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Bone spurs healing nicely, PFC Trump marches toward the mess hall in Vietnam.

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Despite the headlines, world becoming more peaceful, researchers say
The Daily Mail
— The world has become a more peaceful place with fewer people dying in armed conflicts, scientists have claimed.
— Experts from Norway’s Peace Research Institute Oslo examined statistics from ‘all possible’ wars, the countries involved, and how many people were killed.
–Research director Håvard Mokleiv Nygård suggested the Korean War in the early 1950s may have been a ‘breaking point’ signaling a change in the number of people killed in battle.

 

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