6/13/2019 3:27:19 PM
The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case.
Daniel McGraw, our reporter in the courtroom, reports that in addition to the $11.2 million compensatory damages awarded last Friday, the jury awarded a total of $22 million. That brings the total damages to $33 million. We will have the breakdown soon. The jury also awarded attorney’s fees, to be determined by the judge.
In closing argument, Gibson’s lawyer Lee Plakas argued:
“Why is the country watching you. Because the country agrees that what happened to the Gibsons should not happen to anyone, but could happen to everyone.”
6/13/2019 10:58:00 PM
Senator Mitt Romney has slammed Donald Trump for saying that he would accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign government, saying the president’s remarks are “simply unthinkable.”
Mr Romney, who was the 2012 Republican nominee for president before winning his Senate seat last year, said during an impromptu interview with reporters that he would contact the FBI immediately if a foreign government approached him in that way.
6/14/2019 11:30:55 AM
An East Coast liberal running for president dropped in on the bumpkins in Iowa today and insulted their intelligence.
Joe Biden campaigned at Clinton Community College this morning and was touting Obamacare, and attempted to connect with the gun-toting, pickup-driving, Bible-reading rubes. (Video)“Delaware has a lot of small towns like y’all do,” he said, getting folksy with the country simpletons.
“I know y’all think of Delaware as being this east— first of all, probably a lot of you don’t know where Delaware is, but anyway…”
“‘I know Delaware, Rhode Island, I’ve been there,'” he said, apparently mimicking an Iowa yokel.
He went on to tell a story about one of his staffers
6/13/2019 2:39:35 PM
At her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked whether it's appropriate at this time for Congress to give itself a pay raise."It's not a pay raise, it's a COLA increase," Pelosi responded. "And whether that comes to be, I don't know. It would have to be a bipartisan initiative."In this case, Congress could allow itself a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) that would raise lawmakers' pay by $4,500 to $178,500, up from the current $174,000. (According to the Congressional Research Service, members of both the House and Senate are paid a salary of $174,000. The House and Senate majority and minority leaders are paid $193,400; and
6/13/2019 1:22:33 PM
The Office of Special Counsel recommended Thursday that Kellyanne Conway be fired from the federal government for violating the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions.” The Hatch Act is a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. The OSC, which is separate from the office with a similar name previously run by Robert Mueller, said in a scathing report released Thursday that White House Counselor Conway violated the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.
6/13/2019 6:33:47 AM
Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Wednesday night during a CNN interview that "a lot of people" would love to pay more in taxes if it meant that they got government-run health care. (Video) "But as you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are in individual and personal tax are much higher than they are in the United States," CNN's Anderson Cooper said."Yeah, but I suspect that a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive health care as a human right," Sanders responded.
6/13/2019 8:04:55 AM
President Donald Trump may not alert the FBI if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge of investigations stemming from his campaign's interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office on Wednesday whether his campaign would accept such information from foreigners -- such as China or Russia -- or hand it over the FBI, Trump said, "I think maybe you do both."
"I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump continued. "If somebody called from a country,
6/13/2019 2:35:32 PM
A California valedictorian took to the podium and slammed a teacher for being 'regularly intoxicated' and her counselor for leaving her to 'fend for herself' during her graduation speech.Nataly Buhr, a senior at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, opened her speech thanking the school, her parents, and a few teachers for being 'invested in the students' education and well being' on Thursday June 6. But then her address took a sharp turn when she called out the school's administrators and teachers for being negligent and failing to do their jobs. 'To the teacher that was regularly intoxicated during class this year,
6/13/2019 11:25:57 PM
Washington - A House panel will hold a hearing next week on the topic of reparations for slavery. The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is set to hold a hearing June 19 on legislation that would establish a commission to study the consequences and impacts of slavery and make recommendations for reparations proposals. The hearing is titled "H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice." (Snip) "While we have focused on the social effects of slavery and segregation, its continuing economic implications remain largely ignored by mainstream analysis," Jackson Lee said, adding, "These economic
6/13/2019 9:00:19 AM
Yesterday saw the president (salary: over half a million dollars) of Oberlin College (with an endowment of $887.4 million) plead poverty to a jury in Lorrain County, Ohio (median household income: $54,932), urging them not add punitive damages of up to $22 million to the $11 million already awarded to Gibson’s Bakery. (snip) Gibson’s lawyers spent considerable time going over Oberlin College’s IRS Form 990, showing over $1 billion in assets and numerous employees earning over $100,000
6/14/2019 10:02:03 AM
Including a citizenship question in the U.S. Census would be a horror as unspeakable as the Dred Scott decision or the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told a House hearing Wednesday.
“Citizenship” is “an acknowledge of power” and comes from being “a person in our democracy,” and not from a Supreme Court decision, Ocasio-Cortez said, alluding to the high court’s anticipated ruling on the constitutionality of adding a citizenship question to the Census:
“Unspeakable horrors have been executed by the United States in the name of citizenship. In the name of determining who is a citizen.
6/13/2019 11:45:26 AM
Let your freak flag fly, New York!
New York is coming out in a larger-than-life way this Pride Month, unveiling the biggest pride flag in the city’s history on Friday. But it won’t be a traditional cloth flag.
Instead, the normally gray, concrete steps at Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park will be painted to resemble the iconic rainbow symbol for the gay rights movement. The fitting hashtag: #AscendWithPride.
The location of the massive 12-foot-by-100-foot display of equality is no coincidence either. Four Freedoms State Park was established as a memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt