Over the past several months, at least 18 male state lawmakers facing allegations of sexual misconduct in a dozen states have resigned or been otherwise punished. Legislative leaders are scrambling to change what some see as a prevailing boys club ethic in state capitols.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s wide-ranging review of the FBI and Justice Department’s work in the politically charged Hillary Clinton email case looms as a potential landmine for Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.
The state and the city are conducting separate reviews of the violent Aug. 12 white nationalist rally. Last week, Charlottesville officials complained that the state had denied its investigator access to records. Yesterday, Virginia officials responded in kind, saying the city was not cooperating with state investigators.
Anti-fascist activists come from a variety of backgrounds and are only loosely affiliated. Some are veteran demonstrators. Others are youths in search of a cause, including one who told the Washington Post, “I wanted a purpose.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. was a controversial figure who rose to national prominence with his no-holds-barred conservative rhetoric and full-throated support of Donald Trump’s candidacy. He resigned without notice “to pursue other opportunities.”
Trump, suffering from low approval ratings, has been eager to seize the moment by engaging with the disastrous damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. But will he manage to master the delicate politics of natural disasters, which proved to be a Waterloo for the George W. Bush presidency during Hurricane Katrina?
His pardon of ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio again shows that Trump has a malleable view of the rule of law when it comes to the police and his own allies. Arpaio says, “I really believe in his heart that he likes what I did and he believes I got the raw deal.”