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Bipartisan Group Of Former US Attorneys Calls Attorney General Sessions To Stop Family Separation

More than 75 former U.S. attorneys are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop family separations, saying the decision to implement a policy that has led to more than 2,000 children taken from their parents. In a letter to Sessions, the bipartisan group says that under the Trump administration’s policy, prosecutors are told to prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally for “illegal entry,” which they say forces them into a criminal process that requires children be separated, even though the crime is only a misdemeanor. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Ken Magidson, signed the letter; and also wrote in an editorial Tuesday that the administration’s policy is legal, but not moral. He called on Sessions to give prosecutors discretion that would allow families to stay together. ...Read more

United States Withdraws From U.N. Human Rights Council

The U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced Tuesday. The decision to exit the U.N. comes after more than a year of calling for reform, and accusing it of an anti-Israel bias. However, it also comes just one day after its High Commissioner criticized the U.S. over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, especially separating families at the U.S.-Mexican border. Haley blasted the U.N. body as a “hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights” and “is not worthy of its name.” She said that after repeated warnings by the Trump administration, “Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded.” In her remarks Tuesday, Haley specifically cited countries like Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, both of which are members of the body. The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 after its precursor the Human Rights Commission was disbanded by then-Secretary General Kofi Annan because of a “credibility deficit.” The body consists of 47 member states, with a specific number of seats given to each region of the world.  ...Read more

Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Police Over January Arrest

Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation. Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court. Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on January 26 when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.  Brown was briefly jailed, but never charged with a crime. Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days. Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications. ...Read more

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun Reaches 200 Stolen Bases, 300 Homeruns

Ryan Braun stole second base against Philadelphia on June 16 and in doing so marked the 200th steal of Braun’s career, making him the 357th major leaguer to reach that milestone. Braun also reached the 300 home run plateau last season, which puts him in exclusive company.  Only 25 major league baseball players have hit 300 home runs in addition to stealing 200 bases. If Braun can hit nine more home runs in 2018 plus steal 3 more baes, he will be just one of five players in MLB history to have at least 11 seasons of 17 HR and 10 SB.  ...Read more

Right-Handed Reliever Kelvin Herrera Traded To Washington Nationals From Kansas City Royals

The Washington Nationals have acquired right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals for three prospects. The Royals are acquiring outfielder Blake Perkins, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel for Herrera, one of the most desirable bullpen arms available. Herrera has 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA this season for the Royals, striking out 22 in 25 2/3 innings while walking just two batters. He is coming off a 2017 season when he had a career-high 26 saves. ...Read more

Beyoncé And Jay-Z Release Surprise Album; Now Available On Apple, Spotify

Beyoncé and Jay Z released their surprise album “Everything is Love” this weekend, but now everyone can access the power couple’s new release. Released exclusively on Tidal Saturday, the couple debuted the nine-track record “Everything Is Love,” and a music video for its single “Apes**t.” But now if you’re a Spotify subscriber you have access to the album, and the album can also be found on other streaming services like Apple Music. The video footage shows Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Louvre museum in Paris, including shots of them standing in front of the Mona Lisa, as well as shots of dancers performing. ...Read more

Actress Heather Locklear Hospitalized For Psychiatric Evaluation After Threatening To Harm Herself

According to the the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Heather Locklear was hospitalized in Thousand Oaks, California on Sunday, June 17, for a psychiatric evaluation. A police source said that a family member called 911 and claimed that Locklear, 56, had been acting erratically and threatened to hurt herself. The caller also alleged that Locklear was looking for a gun to shoot herself. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department both responded to Locklear’s home at approximately 3:50 p.m. They found that “there was no crime, only a medical issue.”  This comes months after Locklear was arrested on a felony charge of domestic violence and three counts of misdemeanor battery on a police officer following a domestic dispute with her boyfriend.  Locklear returned to treatment in the wake of her arrest, her sixth stint in rehab. Locklear shares Ava, 20, with ex-husband Richie Sambora. ...Read more

Justice Department Investigating James Comey Memos After FBI Referral

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said on Monday that his office is investigating fired FBI Director James Comey ’s private memos and whether any possible classified information in them was properly handled. Comey documented his interactions with President-elect and then President Trump in a series of documents. Some of the memos were shared with a law professor with the intent that its contents be provided to the New York Times.  Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to a question from chairman Chuck Grassley, that “We received a referral on that from the FBI, we are handling that referral and we will issue a report when the matter is complete.”  Horowitz appeared alongside FBI Director Chris Wray in a hearing about last week’s release of his report about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. President Trump suggested that the report cleared him of wrongdoing. “It totally exonerates me. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction,” Trump told reporters last Friday. ...Read more

Former First Ladies Join Together To Condemn Trump Administration’s Family Separation Policy

On Monday, former first lady Michelle Obama responded to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the border, citing former First Lady Laura Bush’s condemnation, saying: “Sometimes truth transcends party.” Obama is now the fourth first lady to speak out against the policy, including the current first lady, Melania Trump. Hillary Clinton also responded to the policy, telling an audience in New York on Monday that it is a “moral and humanitarian crisis” and that “every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.” ...Read more

Suspect Killed After Shooting At Walmart In Washington State

Two people were shot and the suspect killed at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington state, police said Sunday. Police responded to a shooting just after 5 p.m. PDT at a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington; Tumwater is about 65 miles south of Seattle.  Officers originally responded to a report of a car driving in the wrong direction, but as the officers were in route they were dispatched to reports of a carjacking nearby with shots fired.  Around 5:30 p.m. Thurston County Dispatch began receiving calls of shots fired “in or around the Tumwater Walmart and parking lot,” according to police. Police say the suspect exited the store and attempted to carjack a car in the parking lot, shooting an adult male occupant of the car in the process. The adult male victim was treated for gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The suspect attempted another carjacking in the Walmart parking lot, and was approached by two armed civilians. One of the armed civilians shot the suspect, and the suspect died at the scene.  ...Read more