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  • 12 weeks to Election Day as four more states hold primaries for Congress

    With less than three months until the mid-term elections for the U.S. House and Senate, four more states hold primaries today for the Congress, but the roster of races is unlikely to produce the news associated with last week’s tight race in a special U.S. House election in Ohio, which amplified questions about whether the GOP can maintain control of Capitol Hill after November.

    Primaries take place on Tuesday in four states: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

    No sitting incumbents in the Congress are on upset alert at this point – though there could always be some out-of-the-blue defeat that no one [More]

  • Indicted GOP Congressman suspends campaign for re-election

    Three days after being charged by federal prosecutors with insider trading and lying to the FBI, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) announced on Saturday that he would end his campaign for another term in the Congress, but because of complicated election laws in the state of New York, it’s possible that his name could remain on the ballot in November.

    “After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interest of my constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign [More]

  • Federal deficit jumps in July by another $77 billion

    There was more bad budget news from the federal government on Friday, as the Treasury Department reported that the federal government ran a deficit of $76.9 billion in the month of July, with federal revenues down from a year ago, while government spending was up, keeping Fiscal Year 2017 headed in the direction of the largest yearly budget deficit since 2012.

    Adding up all the red ink accumulated so far this year, the federal yearly deficit for 2017 stands at $683 billion, already ahead of the total for all of 2016, when it reached $665.8 billion.

    For the first ten months of [More]

  • Review now finished of evidence seized in Michael Cohen raid

    A Special Master who waded through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on the ex-personal lawyer of President Donald Trump said Thursday that she had finished reviewing documents and other materials that had been the subject of attorney-client privilege claims, keeping some items private, but delivering the vast majority to federal prosecutors for their review.

    In a document submitted to a federal judge on Thursday, retired federal judge Barbara Jones said simply, “the Special Master has concluded her review.”

    Indicating that all evidence legally available to prosecutors has been handed over, she said one final release of 2,558 items ‘designated “not [More]

  • In Trump push for Space Force, Congress not yet convinced

    As Vice President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience on Thursday that a new branch of the military known as the “Space Force” should be set up by 2020, the Congress has yet to approve the creation of such a plan, shrugging off repeated calls by President Donald Trump for a new part of the armed forces.

    “Establishing a Space Force is an idea whose time has come,” the Vice President said in a speech.

    “What was once peaceful and uncontested, is now crowded and adversarial,” the Vice President added, making the case for a sixth branch of the military to deal [More]

  • Democrats press ‘culture of corruption’ argument against GOP, Trump

    As a Republican Congressman from New York was indicted Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI, Democrats in Congress turned up the volume on a throwback political argument which helped them win control of the Congress in 2006, again pressing the case that voters should toss Republicans out of office, arguing the ‘swamp’ is filled by GOP lawmakers and Republican officials who are corrupt.

    “The American people deserve better than the GOP’s corruption, cronyism, and incompetence,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, as securities fraud and insider trading charges were unveiled on Wednesday against Rep. Chris Collins [More]

  • GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to FBI

    In an investigation into investments in an Australian biotech firm, federal prosecutors have charged Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), his son, and his son’s father-in-law with conspiracy and securities fraud, alleging that they used inside information to shield themselves from major financial losses.

    Collins, one of the staunchest allies of President Donald Trump in the Congress, was also charged with lying to the FBI during an April 2018 interview, as prosecutors charge that he relayed information about a failed drug trial by the company, Innate Immunotherapuetics.

    “While his guilt or innocence is a question for the courts to settle, the allegations [More]

  • Republicans struggle to hold Ohio GOP seat in Congress

    In a district that President Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016, Republicans used a late television ad blitz along with help from the President and Vice President, to squeak out an apparent special election victory in a Congressional district in central Ohio on Tuesday, leaving unanswered questions about whether Republicans can keep control of the House and Senate in November.

    With 100 of precincts reporting, GOP State Sen. Troy Balderson led by 1,700 votes over Democrat Danny O’Connor; as of late Tuesday night, it still wasn’t clear whether provisional and uncounted absentee ballots could trigger a mandatory recount, if [More]

  • U.S. to slap 25 percent tariff on $16 billion in Chinese imports

    The Trump Administration on Tuesday took another step forward in a growing trade battle with China, releasing a final list of almost $16 billion in imports which will be hit with 25 percent import tariffs, carrying out President Donald Trump’s pledge to confront China over unfair trade practices, as the President has threatened such tariffs on over $200 billion in Chinese products.

    “Customs and Border Protection will begin to collect the additional duties on the Chinese imports on August 23,” the office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced.

    The list of 279 different import items is extensive in nature, covering [More]

  • With 13 weeks to Election Day, Ohio special is big focus today

    As voters go to the polls on this Tuesday for Congressional primaries in four states, the main story line tonight will be a special election for a U.S. House seat in the state of Ohio, as Republicans struggle to hold on to a seat which has been easily in the GOP column for years, as a defeat will be seen as a clear rebuke of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party writ large in a key mid-term election year.

    “He’s really tough. He’s really smart. He never stops working,” President Donald Trump said at a Saturday night rally [More]

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  • A Missouri woman who applied for a customer service job was shocked Monday when she received an email stating that her “ghetto” name had lost her the position.  Hermeisha Robinson, 27, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, posted the email response from Mantality Heath on her Facebook page.  “Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health,” the email read, according to Robinson’s post. “Unfortunately, we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names. We wish the best in your career search.” The email was signed Jordan Kimler, a nurse practitioner with the company. According to the company’s website, Mantality Health provides treatment to men suffering from low testosterone. It has multiple locations in several states.  Robinson wrote that she was upset to be turned away from a position she felt she was well qualified for. “My feelings are very hurt and they even got me second-guessing my name, trying to figure out if my name is really that ‘ghetto,’” she wrote. “I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop!” Share the post her friends did. As of Wednesday morning, it had been shared more than 10,000 times.  One of the people sharing Robinson’s post was her cousin, Miltina Burnett. Burnett wrote on Facebook that the response made Robinson -- who was named after her late father, Herman -- question whether she should “change her name to fit in corporate America.” “Don’t ever change who you are to become more like them,” Burnett wrote. “They had no right to say what they said to her.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch spoke with Mantality Health owner Kevin Meuret, who on Tuesday said that the company’s email system was hacked by someone outside Missouri. Meuret said he believes the hacker may be an angry former employee.  “I’m a father of three daughters, and that young lady getting that (response) is horrible,” Meuret told the Post-Dispatch. “That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train, and that’s unacceptable.” Burnett shared images of private messages she received from Mantality Health employees about the alleged hacking.  Company officials believe the hacking may have been done through Indeed.com, where Robinson submitted her application. Mantality Health’s website has a statement addressing the situation. “The password for the outside job board site used by Mantality was compromised on Aug. 13, 2018,” the statement reads. “We are currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrator and consider appropriate legal action. We share the anger and frustration of those who received these bogus emails.” Meuret told KMOV News 4 that they believe about 20 applicants got emails similar to Robinson’s. Dorneshia Zachery was one of them, the news station reported.  “The company looked at my name and said, ‘We don’t care about what you’ve done in life; your name is going to dismiss you completely,’” Zachery told News 4.  Meuret told the news station that the emails are deplorable. “This is not a reflection of who we are as a company,” he said.  The company has gotten the Chesterfield Police Department involved in the case, as well as St. Louis County’s cybercrimes division.  “We will continue to pursue this even if it becomes a federal matter,” Meuret told the Post-Dispatch.  >> Read more trending news Indeed.com officials told News 4 that they have found no signs of hacking on their end. “Account security is of utmost importance to Indeed and something that we diligently monitor,” the company’s statement read. “Account holders are responsible for use of their password and we recommend frequent updates and complete confidentiality of your password. Our investigation into this particular account shows no evidence of compromise.” Cybersecurity experts told the Post-Dispatch that the incident was likely an internal break-in and not a “high-tech hacking event.” “If you have a guy who knows everything about the infrastructure of the company, it’s going to happen,” Jianli Pan, a cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, told the newspaper. “It’s up to the company how important it is for them to keep their systems secure. But that’s not free. It takes money and training and designating some expert to be in charge of such issues.” Companies, particularly small ones, should have a checklist of things to do when an employee leaves, according to Joe Scherrer, Washington University’s program director of graduate studies in information systems management and cybersecurity management. The checklist should include eliminating all access to email, social media and all other communication means, Scherrer told the Post-Dispatch.  “You should scrub them out of the company. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s how to prevent this from happening,” Scherrer told the newspaper. 
  • The two people filling the seats of suspended Democratic Jacksonville City Council members have now been sworn in. It was a quick ceremony Thursday, with City Council President Aaron Bowman delivering brief remarks about it being an exciting day for Jacksonville, and Ju’Coby Pittman (D) and Terrance Freeman (R) then each taking the oath of office. Both were appointed by the Governor, who previously suspended Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown, who have been federally indicted on fraud and related charges.  Pittman is the President of Clara White Mission, Inc. She is stepping in to Katrina Brown’s seat, representing District 8.  “My first thing is to meet the constituents. I want to go out, have a town meeting. I want to go to the churches, I want to go to the businesses, and just listen to what their issues are,” she says.  Freeman, the regional director for Ygrene Energy Fund, will serve the remaining term of Reggie Brown, representing District 10. Freeman lived in Mandarin, but confirms he is renting some rooms in a home in District 10, where his family of six will live so that he can represent that district.  “My first order of business- we’ll be at an HOA meeting on Monday, be at a church on Sunday, getting out and meeting people. I love meeting people and getting a chance to hear what’s important to them,” Freeman says.  Bowman welcomed them to the Council, noting that budget season is right around the corner and committee work resumes next week.  Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown have both pleaded not guilty. Their trial is tentatively slated for early September. They face charges for allegedly using shell businesses to draw down on an SBA-backed loan that was supposed to be used for Katrina Brown’s failing family BBQ sauce business. They each face additional charges, including Katrina Brown allegedly defrauding banks for loans, and Reggie Brown allegedly failing to file a tax return.
  • Just a couple of weeks before two now-suspended Jacksonville City Council members were slated to face a jury on federal charges, including fraud and money laundering, the trial has been pushed off. There was a joint motion by the government and Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown to continue the trial. It had been slated for September 4th, but is now scheduled for February 4th.  The defendants were jointly named in a 38-count federal indictment, relating to Katrina Brown’s family BBQ sauce business. The indictment says Katrina Brown did not disclose that the business was failing, and instead she and Reggie Brown used shell businesses to draw down on a federally-backed loan for the business, for work that was never done.  Katrina Brown is also charged with using fraudulent information to try to secure bank loans for the business, and Reggie Brown is also charged with not filing a tax return one year and not disclosing money he received from this alleged scheme to the IRS.  Both defendants deny any wrongdoing.  Both Democratic City Council members were suspended from the governing body, following the indictment. Governor Rick Scott has appointed Ju’Coby Pittman and Terrance Freeman are their replacements, and both have since been sworn in.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is releasing surveillance photos of an armed robbery suspect they're working to identify. According to JSO, this suspect was caught on camera robbing Tunis Seafood, Wings, and Subs on Emerson Street, back on August 9th.  Police say he entered the business, approached the counter, and handed the employee a note demanding money. At that time, investigators say he displayed a gun. The suspect was last seen on foot, after getting cash.  If you know who this man is, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • President Donald Trump is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking in to the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials.  Huckabee Sanders cited Brennan's 'erratic conduct and behavior' as the reasoning behind the revocation and accused him of 'lying' and 'wild outbursts.' Brennan has been critical of Trump, calling his performance at a joint press conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland 'nothing short of treasonous.' Huckabee Sanders did not say Wednesday that Brennan leveraged his security clearance for financial gain -- an allegation she levied at some former intelligence officials last month. >> Trump wants to revoke security clearances for ex-Obama intelligence officials, White House says During a July 23 news briefing, Huckabee Sanders said Trump was exploring options to remove security clearances from former officials who have “politicized and, in some cases, monetized their public service.” Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that officials continued to look at revoking the clearances of other former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

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