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War hero Scott O’Grady gets Trump’s nod for defense post, squares off with criticsWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Texan Scott O’Grady, who once campaigned for state Senate, for assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.Following his nomination, the Dallas resident known for his career as a fighter pilot and war hero quickly came under fire on social media.O’Grady made headlines in 1995, when his F-16 fighter was shot down over Bosnia. He survived in enemy territory for about a week before he was rescued by the U.S. Marines. O’Grady’s story inspired his...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Judgeships should be awarded based on merit, not Ron DeSantis's political whims
A Florida Supreme Court justice once tore an incriminating piece of evidence into 17 pieces and flushed it down a toilet.That kind of foolishness prompted Gov. Reubin Askew to reform how judges are hired in Florida. He created Judicial Nominating Commissions, which would recommend judges based on merit, not politics and patronage.A half-century later, Ron DeSantis is continuing Rick Scott’s legacy of eroding the system’s integrity. Political ideology is now the key qualifier for judges.Since the governor and majority of legislators share that notion, they’re not likely to clean up this mess. I...
Legal experts reveal one reason Gov. Whitmer kidnap case is strong
DETROIT — The federal criminal case against six of 13 suspects accused of plotting to abduct and possibly harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer contains a legal nuance that former officials from the U.S. Department of Justice say make conviction more likely.Barbara McQuade, who served the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit as U.S. Attorney from 2010-17, told The Detroit Free Press that federal prosecutors have a tough time with “domestic terrorism” cases, unlike international terrorism, because there is no domestic terrorism statute.But a kidnapping charge gives federal prosecutors a clear ...
Detroit Free Press
Doubt about police in Chicago manifests itself on racial lines in monitor's survey, legal challenges over traffic stops
CHICAGO — Many Black Americans’ distrust for police, both in Chicago and around the country, has been highlighted repeatedly in 2020, most recently this week with outrage over the controversial result of an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.Chicago had its own watershed moment on policing and racism with the 2014 shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer later convicted of second-degree murder, touching off efforts for sweeping reform. But a recent community survey on policing that is part of that effort points to a continuing, wide racial divide ...