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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 more

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 more

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 more

Two Men Feared Dead In Colorado Avalanche As Search Continues

Search and rescue crews on a recovery mission Sunday following an avalanche a day before on Muddy Pass near Vail, Colorado. According to law enforcement, three mono-track riders from Eagle County triggered a large avalanche Saturday afternoon. All three males were buried, but one victim managed to dig out of the slide. The other two never surfaced, officials say. ...Read more

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 more

Hope Hicks Returning To White House As Senior Adviser

President Donald Trump’s longest serving aide, Hope Hicks, is expected to return to the administration in the coming weeks. Hicks, who departed in early 2018, will return in the coming weeks as a senior adviser reporting to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law. Her official title will be counselor to the president. ...Read more