Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and sex assault by Manhattan jury; not guilty of top charge that carried longest sentence
NEW YORK — Hollywood producer turned sexual predator Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault by a Manhattan jury Monday as his long-awaited day of #MeToo reckoning finally arrived.But a jury found him not guilty of the top charge predatory sexual assault, meaning the Oscar winner dodged a possible life sentence.Weinstein had a look of resignation on his face as he was convicted of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006 and of third-degree rape in 2013.The once-powerful Hollywood mogul stared straight ahead as the verdicts were read in federal court in Manhattan.As th...
New York Daily News
Joe Biden unveils new plan on housing, homelessness ahead of California primary
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joe Biden unveiled a new $640 billion housing plan on Monday that includes certain homeowner and renter protections already in place in California.While he won’t cap annual rent increases, which California lawmakers did last year, he supports a national Bill of Rights similar to the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.California’s 2013 law, which former state Attorney General Kamala Harris pushed for in response to the state’s mortgage and foreclosure crisis, prevents mortgage servicers from continuing a foreclosure process if a homeowner is still trying to get a loan modi...
The Sacramento Bee
Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new charges in criminal court in Chicago
CHICAGO — Almost a year to the day after Jussie Smollett was first brought up on charges accusing him of staging a bizarre hate crime on himself, the former “Empire” actor pleaded not guilty in a new criminal case connected to the incident.Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of disorderly conduct before Judge James Linn. A new indictment earlier this month alleged Smollett made four separate false reports to Chicago police in the aftermath of the Jan. 29, 2019, incident near Smollett’s residence in Chicago’s tony Streeterville neighborhood.Smollett’s lawyers had requested a delay in the ...
Susan Tompor: Wealthy who don't file tax returns may get a knock on the door from IRS
The IRS is taking to the streets to track down high-income earners who aren’t filing federal income tax returns or paying taxes.A new step in an ongoing effort involves making roughly 800 face-to-face visits in the next two months to high-income individuals who haven’t filed tax returns in 2018 or previous years. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that billions are being lost in tax dollars, thanks to high-income non-filers. Thousands of other visits across the country are expected throughout the year.The goal is to engage with delinquent, non-filers who have not responded to multiple IRS ...
Detroit Free Press
Presidential candidates rarely give New Jersey any love. Until Mike Bloomberg
PHILADELPHIA — In the long slog of presidential elections, candidates don’t have to think about New Jersey much because it usually holds its primary in June, after the likely nominee is obvious.Enter Mike Bloomberg and his billions of dollars.The former New York mayor and Republican-turned-Democrat opened his first campaign office in New Jersey this month, an unusual move given the state is nearly last on the 2020 primary calendar. Bloomberg is the first Democratic candidate to have a brick-and-mortar presence in the state, in keeping with his strategy to invest in later voting states, on the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
North Carolina is a delegate prize on Super Tuesday. But it's a complicated one
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Only two states have more Democratic delegates at stake than North Carolina on Super Tuesday. But who will get them?Well, it’s complicated.— It depends not just on how many votes a candidate gets but where he or she gets them.— In a sense, candidates still in the race will be competing with those who’ve dropped out.— And regardless of the primary outcome, so-called automatic delegates — once known as superdelegates — can support whoever they want.“Of course it’s complicated,” said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. “It doesn’t have to be that complicated...
The Charlotte Observer
John M. Crisp: Is Mayor Pete too young to be president?
Is Mayor Pete Buttigieg too young to be president? Our nation’s founders didn’t think so; among the few limitations they applied to presidential aspirants was a minimum age of 35.Nevertheless, at 38, the mayor stands out among the prominent Democratic candidates, that is, Buttigieg and the five others who participated in the debate last week in Las Vegas. Their ages are 78, 78, 77, 70 and 59. No wonder Buttigieg looks so young.But generally Buttigieg’s competitors for the nomination don’t criticize him for his age as much as for his lack of experience. It’s easy to dismiss his only political e...
Tribune News Service
Millions of people can vote but don't, even in swing states. Here's why
PHILADELPHIA — Patricia Robinson registered to vote when she was 18.At 79, she still hasn’t seen anybody worth voting for.“I don’t vote because I haven’t seen anybody that doesn’t have their hand into something,” she said. “They’re all a bunch of crooks.”Robinson, a retired hospital worker in Erie, is one of 100 million people who sit out election after election, according to a new study. Nonvoters have a number of reasons for not participating. But in general they tend to dislike politicians and political parties, distrust the electoral system to accurately count votes and the political syste...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Endorsement: Amy Klobuchar for president
For Washington state, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the best choice to advance to the general election in the crucial effort to unseat President Donald Trump.She is an effective third-term senator with a strong track record of leading initiatives whether her party was in power or not, working across the aisle when it served her state and the nation. The Minnesotan is no demagogue, titillating voters with political impossibilities like “Medicare for All.”Rather, Klobuchar is a pragmatic and authentic progressive who wants to make actual progress on many issues especially important to Washington, s...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Sanders' lack of medical transparency threatens another troubling precedent
When it comes to his medical records, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seems to have taken a cue from President Donald Trump’s handling of his financial records. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, is reneging on a vow to release his full health records after suffering a heart attack last year. Just as voters shouldn’t have allowed Trump to get away with scuttling the tradition of full financial disclosure by presidential candidates, they shouldn’t let Sanders set this troublesome new precedent of medical secrecy.Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and other past presidents hid ser...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch