News Roundup

OPCW Inspectors will visit

  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons inspectors will be allowed to test the scene of an alleged chemical weapons attack tomorrow, days after being denied access over security issues caused by 100 missiles launched into the region by Britain, France, and the US over the weekend
  • The US Ambassador to the OPCW has said Russia may have ‘tampered’ with the
  • OANN reported that people interviewed near the scene of the crime said the rebels were responsible for the attack, saying they were getting desperate and wanted to draw the international community to attack Assad
  • A CBS reporter says locals showed him the missile responsible for the gas attack on the roof of one of the buildings
  • Israel launched 9 missiles at Syria overnight from inside of Lebanon airspace, 7 of which were intercepted
  • What was thought to be more extensive missile fire early on Tuesday turned out to have been a ‘joint electronic attack’ by Israel and the US

Michael Cohen Hearing

  • A judge has ordered that it be revealed that media pundit Sean Hannity is being represented by one of Trump’s lawyer’s, Michael Cohen, although Hannity is saying he didn’t ask Cohen to bring this proceeding on his behalf
  • The judge may appoint a neutral judge to oversee the case
  • Multiple of Cohen’s previous cases are being hit with the spotlight after it’s being reported that multiple payments were made through the same companies owned by Cohen

Pulitzer Prize to Kendrick Lamar

  • Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his most recent album, ‘DAMN.’,
  • The board’s decision to award Mr. Lamar was unanimous, calling the album “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life”

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Online Shopping

  • The Supreme Court will be hearing a case that would allow individual states to levy taxes on online sales even if the taxed businesses aren’t based on that state
  • In this case, South Dakota is seeking to overturn that precedent with goods purchased from Amazon

Judge Clears Way for Class Action Suit on Biometrics

  • Illinois doesn’t allow biometric to be used and stored without their permission, and a federal judge in San Francisco ruled yesterday that Facebook must deal with potentially millions of users from Illinois who claim the company has gathered and stored biometric data without their agreement
  • It could put a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for each time a person’s image is used without their permission under the Illinois law

NPR / PBS / Maris Poll on Mueller

  • Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided on how they see Robert Mueller and the Trump-Russia probe
  • Over the last month there has been a net-negative swing of 11 points, with 32 percent of all Americans holding a favorable view of him, 30 percent viewing him unfavorably, and 38% not knowing enough to have an opinion
  • A 45 percent plurality of Americans think Mueller’s investigation is fair

Magician / Comedian Harry Anderson Dead at 65

  • The actor behind the judge on NBC’s ‘Night Court’ was found dead early Monday at his home in Asheville, NC
  • He played that role from 1984 to 1992, earning three Emmy nominations

South Carolina Prison Riot leaves seven dead

Top Stories

New York Times: Trump Rejects New Sanctions Against Russia, Changing Course

Washington Post: Federal judge weighs special master to review seized Cohen records

Drudge Report: Cohen Court Danger | Hannity Fights Back

The Daily Caller: ‘INSIDER THREAT’ | Congressmen Repeatedly Failed To Supervise IT Aides With ‘Keys To The Kingdom,’ Officials Say

Breitbart News: Exclusive–Dershowitz: ‘Sessions Should Un-Recuse Himself’

Slate: Laughs. Gasps. And a Burn From the Bench.

HuffPost: Trump Pulls Plug On New Russia Sanctions

Buzzfeed: “I’m Sorry”