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President Trump Commutes Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence, Pardons Many Others

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted the 14-year sentence of disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption, including seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s old Senate seat and trying to shake down a children’s hospital.  But Trump said he had been subjected to a “ridiculous sentence” that didn’t fit his crimes. The commutation will allow Blagojevich’s release from prison four years before he would have been eligible for parole. It will also clear his convictions.... [Read Full Story]

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy Amid Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, this after hundreds of lawsuits related to sexual abuse allegations have been filed. The organization listed liabilities as being between $100 million and $500 million, with an estimated $50,000 or less in assets. Attorney Paul Mones, who represents “hundreds””of sexual abuse victims in multiple lawsuits, called this week’s bankruptcy filing a “tragedy,” saying, “these young boys took an oath. They pledged to be obedient, pledged to support the Scouts and pledged to be honorable. Many of them are extremely angry that that’s not what happened to them and the Boy Scouts of America did not step up in the way they should have.”... [Read Full Story]

Virginia Lawmakers Reject Assault Weapons Ban

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates. Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.... [Read Full Story]

CDC Confirms 15th U.S. Case Of Coronavirus In San Antonio Texas

The CDC has confirmed another case of the coronavirus infection, the 15th confirmed case in the United States. The person infected is a U.S. evacuee from China located in Texas. Health officials say the person was evacuated from China to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The patient is reportedly in stable condition and is in isolation at a nearby hospital. Officials say the infection was confirmed through laboratory testing on Wednesday night.... [Read Full Story]

Police In South Carolina Still Searching For Missing 6-Year-Old Girl

Police in South Carolina on Wednesday released video of a girl exiting a school bus, the last known footage of the 6-year-old before she went missing.  The girl, Faye Swetlik, got off that bus in Cayce, just outside of the capital city of Columbia, at about 3:45 p.m. on Monday. She was last seen playing in her yard before she was reported missing to police at about 5 p.m.... [Read Full Story]

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary In Close Race

Sen. Bernie Sanders was declared the winner in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, with candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar close on his heels. Sanders led Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., by less than 2 percent of the vote. Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, came in third place. When it comes to delegates awarded to the candidates on Tuesday, however, Sanders tied Buttigieg in New Hampshire with nine delegates apiece. Klobuchar earned six delegates.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Set To Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget With Cuts To Foreign Aid, Social Support

 U.S. President Donald Trump will propose on Monday a 21% cut in foreign aid and slashing social safety net programs in his $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2021, according to senior administration officials. The budget will seek an increase in funds to counter developing economic threats from China and Russia, but will also raise funds by targeting $2 trillion (1.55 trillion pounds) in savings from mandatory spending programs in the United States.... [Read Full Story]

Majority Of Iowa Democratic Caucus Results Are Released

The Iowa Democratic Party released the majority of the results from the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday, which show Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders in state delegates-  but Sanders with a slight edge in the popular vote. No winner has been announced, but the state party has provided results from 71% of precincts from all 99 counties. ... [Read Full Story]