Detroit archbishop to lead national Catholic group on Joe Biden and abortion
DETROIT — The head of the Catholic Church in Detroit has been chosen to lead a new national group that seeks to guide how Catholics should respond to President-elect Joe Biden and the contentious issue of abortion.Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who leads the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, was named this week the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the last day of their annual fall meeting.Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who named Vigneron, struck a conservative tone in his remarks in emphasizing abortion and by saying Biden supports policies that “atta...
Detroit Free Press
Movie review: With a deadly nightclub fire at its center, Romanian documentary 'Collective' is an eerily prescient investigation of political corruption surrounding health care crisis
There’s a quiet, breathtaking power to Alexander Nanau’s documentary “Collective,” Romania’s official Oscar entry this year. A propulsive urgency propels the film along, derived not from manipulative storytelling techniques, but simply facts, information carefully observed, imparted plainly and with such a lack of melodrama, you could miss something crucial if you aren’t paying attention to every word. Because what’s at stake in “Collective” are facts themselves, in the wake of a deadly 2015 nightclub fire in Bucharest, Romania, a crisis that revealed entrenched corruption at every level of th...
Tribune News Service
Senator rips finding that Acosta used 'poor judgment' but broke no rules in Epstein case
MIAMI — Former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta used “poor judgment” when he chose not to prosecute Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein on federal sex trafficking charges and instead let him plead guilty to a state offense of soliciting young girls for sex, the Justice Department said Thursday.The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that Acosta, who served as labor secretary in the Trump administration until the scandal over his mishandling of the Epstein case forced him to resign in July 2019, committed no professional wrongdoing and violated no ethics standards...
Editorial: The Senate's job one: Pass a strong and focused COVID-19 stimulus
A Joe Biden presidency augurs well for eventually controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, but Americans can’t afford to wait until Biden takes office on Jan. 20 for federal help. More than two months have passed since Congress recklessly let lapse the individual stimulus payments and business loan programs that were helping stabilize the economy as Americans await a vaccine.Since summer, the major impediment to new stimulus has been Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his GOP conference. GOP control of the Senate hangs by a thread and will be determined in twin runoff elections in Georgia ea...
New York Daily News
Dow Jones soars amid news of 90% effective COVID-19 vaccine candidate
So much for watching your 401(k)s go to hell, as President Donald Trump famously suggested would happen if Democrat Joe Biden won the race for the White House.Not so on Monday, anyway.On Monday, Wall Street bet on the odds that America could indeed get back to work — and back into the gym or mall — if an effective vaccine to fight COVID-19 is discovered.The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared by 4.47% — gaining 1,266.06 points — to trade at 29,589.46 points shortly after 10 a.m., a half an hour after the market opened in New York. The Dow was trading at record levels.Shortly before 11:30 a.m.,...
Detroit Free Press
Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith wins second term, beating GOP challenger Jason Lewis
MINNEAPOLIS — Democrat Tina Smith, appointed nearly three years ago as Al Franken’s successor in the U.S. Senate, won her first full term from voters Tuesday and defeated Republican challenger Jason Lewis in a race that could help decide the balance of power in Washington.A former Planned Parenthood executive and lieutenant governor, Smith won a special election in 2018 to serve out Franken’s term.Lewis, a former congressman running as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, worked for years as a conservative radio talk show host with a large following. But he lost his U.S. House seat in 201...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Parson defeats Galloway in Missouri governor's race focused on COVID-19 pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson, who entered office two years ago after his predecessor resigned amid scandal, earned a full term Tuesday, with Missouri voters choosing the Republican to continue leading them through the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.Parson beat Democrat Nicole Galloway, the state auditor, who had aggressively criticized the governor’s handling of the crisis and his refusal to issue a statewide mask mandate as the virus swept through Missouri. She would have been the first woman to serve as Missouri governor if elected.The Associated Press called the race for Parson about 9:40 ...
The Kansas City Star
Trump appeals to Mich. voters Sunday, with 2 days to go before Election Day
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two days before Election Day, President Donald Trump visited the key county of Macomb Sunday in the key state of Michigan, saying his handling of the economy makes the case for his re-election, but he punctuated his speech with false claims about Michigan and the auto industry.Speaking to thousands of supporters at Total Sports Park in Washington Township, Trump said electing his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, would mean a “dark winter” of coronavirus lockdowns, a shutdown of the economy, and “unlimited immigration” — a policy Biden has never advocated — with far mo...
Detroit Free Press
Biden in Michigan: How does Trump 'have the gall' on COVID-19 claims?
FLINT, Mich. — Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden made blistering attacks on Saturday against President Donald Trump’s character as well as his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy.The Democrats turned up their rhetoric against the Republican incumbent before a mostly African American audience in the parking lot of Flint’s Northwestern High School with three days to go before Election Day. Trump is set to visit Michigan three times across two days on Sunday and Monday.“But this Tuesday, everything is on the line,” Obama said in a 25-minute speech bef...
The Detroit News
'Living like a king': Navy officer who demanded bribes from 'Fat Leonard' gets prison
SAN DIEGO — Brooks Alonzo Parks, a naval logistics officer serving in the western Pacific, was often quite specific about what he thought he deserved in exchange for the insider information he was leaking to military contractor Leonard Francis.One time, it was a case of Hennessy Pure White cognac.Another, it was a $4,000-a-night room at the Ritz-Carlton in Singapore.“It feels good living like a KING on an E-6’s salary!!!” Parks wrote in one email to Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, or GDMA, referring to his military pay grade.Parks admitted back in 2007 that he’d been bitten by the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune