aljazeera
aol
bbc
channel 4
chronicle
cnbc
cnn
express
fox
independent
irish times
mashable
metro
mirror
national scot
nbcnews
new scientist
news un
newsy
quartz
rt
sky
the guardian
thenextweb
vice
yahoo
count
sauces
help
I'm confused... What am I doing here?

Choose which sources you wish to remain and you're all set. Use the buttons to turn sources on and off.

What do the different colours mean?

Depending on if any articles/links are visible on the page there are 4 modes to show the state of your chosen sources.

on / visible on page

off / visible on page

on / not visible on page

off / not visible on page

Girl, 6, had to be sedated for pain after pedophile raped her as she lay in bed next to her mom - metro

Girl, 6, had to be sedated for pain after pedophile raped her as she lay in bed next to her mom

Kevin Vigil was jailed for 30 years over the February 2018 attack, which happened while the victim was lying next to her mother
metro - 38 minutes ago
Scientists gain DARK ENERGY insight while calculating how much matter there is in the entire universe - rt

Scientists gain DARK ENERGY insight while calculating how much matter there is in the entire universe

A team of experts have achieved a major cosmology goal by precisely measuring the total amount of matter in the entire universe. The research reveals that more than two thirds of everything is made up of ‘dark energy.’
rt - 46 minutes ago
Series 6, Episode 5: Yotam Ottolenghi - channel 4

Series 6, Episode 5: Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli-English chef, restaurant owner and food writer who taught Britain to love vegetables. He has published seven best-selling cookbooks inspired by his Middle Eastern upbringing in a German/Italian family and owns six restaurants and deli’s across London. Since arriving in London over 20 years ago, Yotam Ottolenghi has made it his…
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
Star motorcyclist takes break from track to become volunteer firefighter in blaze-hit California - metro

Star motorcyclist takes break from track to become volunteer firefighter in blaze-hit California

Jayson Aribe is a professional motorcycle racer who has been helping to fight fires in California.
metro - 1 hour ago
Joe Biden is Crushing Trump in Pennsylvania, New Polls Show - vice

Joe Biden is Crushing Trump in Pennsylvania, New Polls Show

Trump won Pennsylvania by a hair in 2016, and right now he's polling 10 points behind Biden.
vice - 2 hours ago
Corrections Officer Who Called Black Inmate the N-Word Is Getting Fired — for the Third Time - vice

Corrections Officer Who Called Black Inmate the N-Word Is Getting Fired — for the Third Time

A deputy in the same Georgia county was fired after video of him repeatedly punching a Black man pinned to the ground went viral.
vice - 2 hours ago
Boys aged 5 and 7 lived with granny’s corpse for a week after she suddenly dropped dead - metro

Boys aged 5 and 7 lived with granny’s corpse for a week after she suddenly dropped dead

Connie Taylor's grandsons - who she'd just adopted - were able to fend for themselves for five days after her sudden death
metro - 2 hours ago
Turkey denies claims that its F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet - rt

Turkey denies claims that its F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet

Yerevan’s claims that a Turkish F-16 attacked and destroyed an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet are false, a Turkish presidential spokesman insisted, echoing the position voiced by the Azeri Defense Ministry.
rt - 3 hours ago
Pardon my French! EU ‘screwed’ if Covid-weary European Parliament only meets in Brussels, Macron warns - rt

Pardon my French! EU ‘screwed’ if Covid-weary European Parliament only meets in Brussels, Macron warns

French President Emmanuel Macron has used colorful language to describe what would happen if EU lawmakers remained in Brussels indefinitely, arguing that concerns about Covid-19 should not stop them from meeting in Strasbourg.
rt - 3 hours ago
French police clear Calais migrant camp in biggest op since ‘jungle’ dismantling - rt

French police clear Calais migrant camp in biggest op since ‘jungle’ dismantling

Police on Tuesday dismantled a camp of at least 700 migrants in the French port city of Calais, the biggest such operation since the ‘jungle’ shantytown was broken up four years ago.
rt - 3 hours ago
Cheerleader, 17, stormed by 10 cops in ‘racist’ swatting incident - metro

Cheerleader, 17, stormed by 10 cops in ‘racist’ swatting incident

Christin Evans was the victim of a 'racist' swatting incidents where officers stormed her dorm room over false reports.
metro - 3 hours ago
Kuwait

Kuwait's ruling Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dies aged 91 – state media

The Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who ruled the oil-rich Gulf country for 14 years, has died at the age of 91, state television reported on Tuesday.
rt - 4 hours ago
The White House Reportedly Pressured the CDC to Downplay COVID Risk in Schools - vice

The White House Reportedly Pressured the CDC to Downplay COVID Risk in Schools

While children have shown a stronger immune response to the coronavirus, more than 600,000 kids in the U.S. have tested positive so far.
vice - 4 hours ago
Transgender boy wins court case against school who made him use private locker room - metro

Transgender boy wins court case against school who made him use private locker room

Judges ruled that the boy had been unfairly discriminated against by staff who refused to let him use the boys' locker room
metro - 4 hours ago
Mail-In Ballots Are Already a Mess in New York - vice

Mail-In Ballots Are Already a Mess in New York

Some voters received return envelopes with someone else's name and address on them.
vice - 5 hours ago
Israel’s Covid-19 mortality rate per capita surpasses US for 1st time since start of pandemic – army intelligence report - rt

Israel’s Covid-19 mortality rate per capita surpasses US for 1st time since start of pandemic – army intelligence report

The Covid-19 per-capita death rate in Israel is higher than that of the United States for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, that country’s military intelligence reported on Tuesday.
rt - 5 hours ago
Australia sends troops to help contain Covid-19 outbreak on ore ship near Port Hedland - rt

Australia sends troops to help contain Covid-19 outbreak on ore ship near Port Hedland

Australia is deploying defense personnel to Port Hedland on its northwest coast to help contain a coronavirus outbreak on a bulk carrier, where 17 of the 21 crew members have tested positive.
rt - 5 hours ago
‘A terribly difficult and lonely death’: WHO laments 1 million Covid-related deaths worldwide but says virus can be suppressed - rt

‘A terribly difficult and lonely death’: WHO laments 1 million Covid-related deaths worldwide but says virus can be suppressed

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its grief over the global death toll from coronavirus surpassing one million, while adding that the illness could be reined-in with time.
rt - 6 hours ago
Covering up ’their own failed efforts’: Tehran debunks Saudi claims of busting Iranian-trained terrorist cell - rt

Covering up ’their own failed efforts’: Tehran debunks Saudi claims of busting Iranian-trained terrorist cell

Saudi Arabia claims to have uncovered an Iranian-trained terrorist cell, arresting 10 people and seizing a stash of weapons and explosives in a farmhouse. However, Tehran has dismissed the report as “complete fabrication.”
rt - 6 hours ago
Don’t drag China into US internal politics, Beijing warns Washington, ahead of presidential debate - rt

Don’t drag China into US internal politics, Beijing warns Washington, ahead of presidential debate

Beijing has urged US politicians not to use China to score cheap points before November’s election, lamenting that America’s leaders are conjuring up imaginary threats, including allegations of election interference.
rt - 7 hours ago
LOAD MORE NEWS
aljazeera
aol
bbc
channel 4
chronicle
cnbc
cnn
express
fox
independent
irish times
mashable
metro
mirror
national scot
nbcnews
new scientist
news un
newsy
quartz
rt
sky
the guardian
thenextweb
vice
yahoo
count
sauces
help
I'm confused... What am I doing here?

Choose which sources you wish to remain and you're all set. Use the buttons to turn sources on and off.

What do the different colours mean?

Depending on if any articles/links are visible on the page there are 4 modes to show the state of your chosen sources.

on / visible on page

off / visible on page

on / not visible on page

off / not visible on page

quartz
Attorney general Bill Barr gets an ethics complaint for Valentine’s Day

Attorney general Bill Barr gets an ethics complaint for Valentine’s Day

quartz - 7 months ago
US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr

US attorney general Bill Barr isn’t getting much love of late.

Today, he became the subject of a complaint to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is requesting an investigation into Barr’s alleged violations of Justice Department (DOJ) rules and ethical conduct standards for executive branch employees.

At the heart of the complaint are Barr’s public comments about an ongoing inquirynamely, the DOJ’s probe into the origins of the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (aka “investigate the investigators”). His allegedly prejudicial “inflammatory and disparaging” statements on matters related to an active probe taint the inquiry’s integrity and public sentiment and appear to violate government rules and codes of conduct, CREW argues.

But that is not the sole problem, it adds, and there’s evidence to support that sentiment, this week especially.

Barr came under fire Tuesday after career prosecutors withdrew from the Roger Stone case, following president Donald Trump’s tweets disparaging their sentencing recommendations. The proposed punishment for Trump’s associate was within statutory guidelines, yet the DOJ subsequently filed a new sentencing memo with a reduced recommended sentence, claiming the action was unrelated to the president’s sentiments (meanwhile, an emboldened Trump suggested that the prosecutors doing their jobs had gone “rogue”).

Lawyers were furious. “Bill Barrs DOJ is plainly nothing more than a satellite office of the White House,” said Glenn Kirschner, an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst who worked as a federal prosecutor for 30 years. Trump tweets his outrage and Barr reacts like a lapdog.”

Barr attempted to redeem himself yesterday, telling ABC News that it was “impossible” to do his job with the president’s continual public commentary undermining his legal authority. Barr insisted that he must do what he thinks is right, regardless of the president’s desires.

However, his view of what’s proper is so often identical to the president’s wants that not everyone was sold on his uncommonly critical response to the tweeter-in-chief. Given Barr’s track record, the cynicism was perhaps warranted.

Last year, for example, Barr’s initial summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign election meddling and obstruction of justice by Trump mischaracterized and minimized the inquiry’s conclusions. Since, he’s advanced the Trump narrative that the FBI “spied” on the president’s campaign and called Mueller’s investigation a politically motivated “sham.”

So, some question whether Barr really needs the president to stop tweeting because he’s sincerely interested in the DOJ’s integrity as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Perhaps, in fact, his real complaint is that he can’t act as Trump’s puppet if the president discloses his desires on social media and exposes Barr’s role in making those wishes his command.

“[I]t sure looks like what he really meant was that it’s hard to keep acting to protect the president instead of enforce the law when Trump keeps saying the quiet part out loud,” CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz told Quartz today. He should be judged by his actions, and his actions harm the integrity of the Department of Justice.”

Whether the OIG will act on the request to initiate an investigation of Barr is unclear, however. The office has limited authority in this context. A provision in the Inspector General Act of 1978 carves out an exception to the general rule that the OIG is responsible for investigating alleged misconduct in executive branch agencies, leaving inquiries about the DOJ to the department’s own Office of Professional Responsibility.

Technically then, the OIG must ask Barr’s subordinates for the green light to inquire into their boss’s deeds and, if given, coordinate and cooperate with the very department that’s being probed. That seems highly unlikely to happen.

Still, doing nothing about Barr’s seeming submission to Trumpas evidenced by his actions and his apparent flouting of ethics rules and conduct codeshas dangerous long-term consequences that can’t be ignored. “If he keeps acting as if he were the president’s private attorney and not the Attorney General of the United States,” Libowitz warned, “Americans will continue to lose confidence in our justice system. And that is a terrifying precedent.”

sauce: quartz
CLOSE