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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends use of ‘stop and frisk’ policing

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends use of ‘stop and frisk’ policing

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a full-throated defense of the New York Police Department’s use of “stop and frisk” policing Tuesday evening, attributing the city’s declining murder rate during his tenure as mayor to the controversial policy. Taking questions from the audience during the United States Naval Academy’s 2019 Leadership Conference, Bloomberg…MORE

White House plans to send 50 judicial nominees to new Congress

White House plans to send 50 judicial nominees to new Congress

The White House on Tuesday night announced its intention to renominate 50 judicial nominees, rekindling a battle between Republicans, who hope to capitalize on their record-breaking judicial success from the last Congress, and Democrats, who have lashed out at some of President Donald Trump’s more controversial nominees. The names were put forward again on Tuesday…MORE

Coast Guard head: Service members relying on food pantries ‘unacceptable’

Coast Guard head: Service members relying on food pantries ‘unacceptable’

The commandant of the US Coast Guard said Tuesday that it is “unacceptable” that Coast Guard members have to rely on food pantries and donations during the partial government shutdown. “We’re five plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay,” Commandant Adm. Karl L. Schultz said in a video…MORE

House Oversight Committee adds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives to its ranks

House Oversight Committee adds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives to its ranks

The powerful House Oversight Committee, which is expected to be at the center of investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration, is getting several high-profile young members this Congress, among them freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. The Oversight Committee announced Tuesday that among its new members were Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan,…MORE

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to decide on 2020 run by March

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to decide on 2020 run by March

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will head to Iowa this weekend, said Tuesday that he hopes to decide whether he will run for president in 2020 by March. Asked by CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront” when he would decide on a run, the Colorado Democrat joked, “You journalists are always so impatient.”…MORE

How the Supreme Court could shape the 2020 presidential race

How the Supreme Court could shape the 2020 presidential race

The Supreme Court’s future is poised to turn into a defining battle in the 2020 presidential election, as justices consider taking up cases that touch some of the nation’s most sensitive political divides. With President Donald Trump’s two appointments locking in a 5-4 majority for conservatives on the court and the court’s two oldest members…MORE

White House expresses ‘support’ for Covington Catholic students

White House expresses ‘support’ for Covington Catholic students

The White House has reached out to Covington Catholic High School students after video of an encounter between students from the school and Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips stirred a national debate. “We’ve reached out and voiced our support” for the students, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Tuesday evening. She continued, “Certainly…MORE

Warren to Puerto Ricans: Trump does not respect you

Warren to Puerto Ricans: Trump does not respect you

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that President Donald Trump treated Puerto Rico with “extraordinary disrespect” in his response to the devastation that followed Hurricane Maria, singling out for scorn the Trump administration’s recent draft proposal to divert the island’s storm relief funding to pay for his border wall. In an interview on the campus of…MORE

HHS secretary declines request to testify on border family separations, panel says

HHS secretary declines request to testify on border family separations, panel says

The House Energy and Commerce Committee says Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has declined a request to appear before the committee to discuss family separations at the US southern border. Chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, personally requested that Azar testify before the committee, but the secretary’s office declined the request on…MORE

What we know about the mystery country-owned company in the Mueller-related case

What we know about the mystery country-owned company in the Mueller-related case

There’s a challenge of a grand jury subpoena that’s now before the Supreme Court — and very little is known about it. Still, the case has gained widespread attention after it was connected to the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. While the Mueller-connected case progressed through the courts, secrecy…MORE

ENTERTAINMENT

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment in parking spot dispute

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment in parking spot dispute

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a violation of harassment in connection with a dispute last year over a parking spot, according to a Manhattan district attorney’s office spokeswoman. The actor pleaded guilty to a violation of harassment in the second degree with a conditional discharge and participation in a short-term anger management program, said…

Taraji P. Henson clarifies R. Kelly stance

Taraji P. Henson clarifies R. Kelly stance

Taraji P. Henson is speaking out after critics suggested she supports embattled singer R. Kelly. The “Empire” star faced backlash Tuesday for a now deleted Instagram story in which she compared protests against Kelly to those against disgraced former producer Harvey Weinstein. The recent Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory…

James Gandolfini’s son cast to play young Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini’s son cast to play young Tony Soprano

A planned movie prequel to “The Sopranos” TV series is keeping it in the family. According to Deadline, Michael Gandolfini will play young Tony Soprano, the role that made his late father, James Gandolfini, famous. “The Many Saints of Newark” will explore the life of the young mobster in the 1960s. The feature script was…

Comedian and co-creator of ‘Rel’ Kevin Barnett dies at 32

Comedian and co-creator of ‘Rel’ Kevin Barnett dies at 32

Comedian and writer Kevin Barnett has died, according to a statement from Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment. Barnett, 32, co-created the TV comedy series “Rel” on Fox — with fellow comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz — which premiered a few months ago and stars Howery. Fox Entertainment released a statement: “Our…