Paul Manafort, his business partner, head back to courtroom
Judge has ruled on Benghazi, Fast-and-Furious, Jackson Jr.
- When ex-Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his business
partner, Rick Gates, appear in court Thursday, it will be their first
appearance before the judge who’ll preside over their money laundering
and conspiracy case: a Harvard Law School graduate appointed by
President Barack Obama.
In just six years on the bench, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has a record on hot-button issues that might cause President Donald Trump’s already overheated Twitter feed to burst into flames.
Earlier this year, for instance, she dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of two of the four Americans who died at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, seeking to hold Trump’s election opponent Hillary Clinton responsible.
And four years ago, she sided with the Obama administration request and put on hold a lawsuit by House Republicans demanding papers related to former Attorney General Eric Holder’s botched Fast-and-Furious gun-tracking operation.
That said, she also declined to dismiss the suit and, last year, rejected an executive branch privilege claim and directed delivery of the documents. She also sentenced former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat, to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges arising from his misuse of campaign funds.
Release TermsA Baltimore native born in 1954, Jackson served as District of Columbia federal prosecutor, where she received a commendation for her work on murder and sexual assault cases before going into private practice. She’s been a partner of criminal defense lawyer Plato Cacheris at the firm now known as Trout Cacheris & Janis, and of one-time U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, when both were at Venable LLP.
As a defense lawyer, Jackson defended former Louisiana Congressman William J. Jefferson, who was sentenced in 2009 to 13 years in prison for bribery. Last month, he was ordered freed from prison after a judge tossed out seven of 10 charges against him. She defended a man accused of one of the largest mortgage frauds in Virginia history -- he got seven years in prison after pleading guilty -- and she represented Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and other banks in a financial fraud class-action lawsuit.
Her son, Matthew, was a Jeopardy champion.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Serial presidential campaign explorer Donald Trump is at it again, spending $1 million researching a 2016 run, according to his executive vice president.
"The electoral research was commissioned," Trump's executive VP and special counsel Michael Cohen first told the New York Post and confirmed to CBS News. "We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf," he said.
"At this point Mr. Trump has not made any decision on a political run, but what I would say is that he is exactly what this country needs. The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing."
Send a spy to spread rumors on the other side of the front line. Drop leaflets into enemy territory. Debilitate the enemy using its own people, in their own language — Lord Haw-Haw, Tokyo Rose — over their own radios. The tactics of demoralization are as old as politics — as old as war — and now we know what the second-decade-of-the-21st-century version looks like, too.
At the same time, a different set of Russian operatives sponsored and advertised two black rappers who bashed “racist b----” Hillary Clinton. They also borrowed the identity of a Muslim group that claimed Clinton “created, funded and armed” al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Meanwhile, thousands of computerized bots pushed repetitive pro-Trump messages on Twitter, persuading many actual humans to respond.
All these games are familiar: Russians have used similar tactics for years in Europe, where pro-Russian social-media users on Facebook, Twitter and many other platforms have long sought to amplify support for parties of the far left and the far right. During Germany’s recent elections, official Russian media and networks of Russian bots tweeted and posted messages warning of immigration’s dire threat to Germany and pushing the cause of Alternative for Germany, an anti-immigrant party.
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Barcroft Station (BAR)
WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- The University of California at Los Angeles were the keepers of the first stages of the United States Space Program. Here they worked on and with animals for the space race. As an alumni of UCLA, I was heartbroken to discover this piece of history and the cruelty of animals. However, as you can see, the world first development of Solar Panels on the Quance Huts for electricity.
Open from about June 1 - October 31 (weather and snow permitting), Barcroft Station was constructed in 1951 at an elevation of 3800 m (12,470') in the White Mountains. Barcroft can house up to 20 people in comfortable dorms. It has a full kitchen with excellent meals provided. Three labs are available for visiting research scientists and their students, and the station has wireless internet access. Upstairs in the main building is a classroom/living room area and recreational facilities. The station has been the site of much research on the physiological effects of high elevation and was also used for a decade by Noble laureate, George Smoot, for research in cosmic background radiation. The Barcroft Station is off-grid and most power is generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels.