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|AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows' ||Lowe: Where the Anthony Davis trade leaves the Lakers and Pelicans |
Days after President Trump asserted he would take damaging information on his political rivals from a foreign power, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said "the pressure to impeach grows.”
| Finally the Lakers have a deal to acquire Davis. Are they paying too much? |
|Israel PM's wife Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds ||The massive risks and rewards behind this AD trade |
The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convicted by an Israeli court on Sunday of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges. While the ruling cut short a high-profile trial, the Netanyahu family's legal woes are far from over: the veteran premier himself faces possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the coming months. In a deal approved by judge Avital Chen at Jerusalem magistrates' court, Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person. She was also fined 10,000 shekels (£2,200) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels (£9,925) . "The deal reached between the sides is worthy and appropriately reflects the deeds and their severity on the criminal level," Judge Chen said in his ruling. The 60-year-old, a high-profile presence at her husband's side throughout his long tenure in office, was initially charged in June 2018 with fraud and breach of trust for buying catered meals despite the presence of a cook at the PM's official residence. The amended indictment, approved on Sunday, dropped the graft charges. Profile | Benjamin Netanyahu In a small room at the Jerusalem magistrates' court, packed with journalists, Mrs Netanyahu told the judge she was aware of the charges. Her lawyer and a prosecutor then requested that the court accept the deal. "As in every plea bargain, each side makes concessions, sometimes hard concessions," prosecutor Erez Padan said. "It is right and proper for the public interest to bring this case to an end." Mrs Netanyahu's attorney, Yossi Cohen, told the court his client had already been heavily punished by the media. "Four years of ugly leaks and denigrations" constituted "inhuman punishment", he said. "No other person could have withstood this, this lady is made of steel," Mr Cohen added. Netanyahu has a reputation for finding legal loopholes to receive state funding for her household's relatively high expenses. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embraces his wife Sara as confetti and fireworks are blown during his appearance before supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. Credit: AFP The original charges accused her of paying $100,000 (£80,000) for hundreds of meals from a variety of well-known Jerusalem businesses while falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the residence. The caterers included an Italian restaurant, a Middle Eastern grill joint and a Sushi house. Sara Netanyahu is also being sued by a former cleaner who claims the premier's wife mistreated her. In 2016 a court awarded some $47,000 (£37,300) in damages to a former housekeeper who accused her of repeated workplace abuse in a similar case. Separately, Benjamin Netanyahu is facing possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the months ahead. He is reportedly seeking legislation that would result in him being granted immunity. However, he was unable to form a coalition following an April general election, and Israel is now gearing up for fresh elections in September . In a Facebook post late on Saturday Mr Netanyahu declared his wife a "real heroine" who was "a punching bag for the media."
| After a monthslong trade demand, Davis is on his way to Los Angeles, and the Lakers finally got their man. But at what cost? |
|Mitch McConnell Wonders Why Jon Stewart Is ‘All Bent Out of Shape’ Over 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund ||Rockets' Morey addresses Paul, Harden tension |
After comedian Jon Stewart raked him over the coals for dragging his feet (once again) on extending the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell complained Monday morning that Stewart was just looking for some way to be offended. And the senator added that he didn’t get why he was “all bent out of shape.”Following his emotional House testimony on behalf of 9/11 first responders in which he excoriated Congress for seemingly not caring about the plight of the victims, Stewart appeared on Fox News Sunday and shamed McConnell for not prioritizing the bill.“I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell,” the former Daily Show host said. “He has always held out until the very last minute and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deigned to move on it.”Appearing Monday on Fox & Friends, McConnell was asked to react to Stewart’s comments. The Kentucky lawmaker essentially shrugged and said this is just how Congress works.“Well, many things in Congress happen at the last minute,” he responded. “We’ve never failed to address this issue and we will address it again. I don’t know why he is all bent out of shape but we will take care of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.”Co-host Steve Doocy noted that Stewart appeared to be upset during his House testimony that many members of the subcommittee didn’t show up that day, prompting McConnell to claim that members of Congress tend to “have a lot of things going on at the same time.”“It sounds to me like he is looking for some way to take offense,” the senator added.McConnell concluded the interview by insisting that there was “no way we won’t address this problem appropriately” and assuring the Fox hosts that the Senate will make sure the bill is funded.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
| Rockets GM Daryl Morey attributes the reported tension between Chris Paul and James Harden to the two stars being "extremely competitive." |
|Unruly passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight to Paris ||Reports: Karlsson gets 8-year deal from Sharks |
A federal complaint says a man struck a flight attendant in the throat and then threw up during a Delta flight to Paris.
| Free-agent defenseman Erik Karlsson has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Sharks. |
|Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses ||VanVleet on Kawhi: Nothing else Raptors can do |
Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke all stressed the need to increase access to capital for black business owners as part of a broader effort to address wealth inequality. Warren expounded on what she's called her tax on "ultra-millionaires," which she says would fund her education proposals, including student debt cancellation for many and additional funding for historically black colleges and universities.
| Fred VanVleet and several Raptors players expressed their hope that Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with Toronto. |
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Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder
In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.