President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence take the stage at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, for his 2020 campaign kick-off rally. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) Donald Trump Jr. throws MAGA hats during the President Trump campaign rally at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS) President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump arrive for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. - Trump kicks off his reelection campaign at what promised to be a rollicking evening rally in Orlando. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida to officially launch his … [Read more...] about Trump vows to ‘Keep America Great’
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CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago police officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, bringing an end to a historic case that centered on a shocking dashcam video and fueled the national debate over race and law enforcement.Jason Van Dyke was convicted last year of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet he fired.Moments before learning the sentence, Van Dyke acknowledged the black teenager's death, telling the judge that "as a God-fearing man and father, I will have to live with this the rest of my life."Earlier, several black motorists testified that he used a racial slur and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 shooting. 21 PHOTOS Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke's murder trial See Gallery Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke's murder trial Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the stand in his murder trial for the shooting … [Read more...] about Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced for Laquan McDonald shooting
WASHINGTON ― After squashing a small revolt in her own caucus around Thanksgiving, Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the House speakership Thursday, becoming the first politician in 58 years to take back the gavel.Pelosi’s path back to House speaker wasn’t easy. Part of the reason Republicans were able to win back the House majority in 2010 was through a “Fire Pelosi” campaign that made her toxic in some Republican-leaning districts, and Republicans have run on a similar playbook for every election since, including in 2018.A number of freshman Democrats made promises during the campaign to not support Pelosi if they were elected to Congress.But Pelosi was able to quell a revolt from about a dozen and a half Democrats who were already in Congress. She was able to frame the opposition as misogynist. (Her supporters started the hashtag #FiveWhiteGuys to describe the opposition, even though it wasn’t only white men opposing her and there were more than five.)She … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi elected speaker of the House
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........We can summarize 2018 in two words:It boofed.We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid.ADVERTISEMENTSkipAs was 2018.In spades. Syndicated columnist and comedian Dave Barry, of Miami, performs as apart of the South Beach Comedy Festival at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Thursday Jan. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Mitchell Zachs/HO)What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, manmade atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes … [Read more...] about Dave Barry: Can you believe it?