Andrzej Duda unexpectedly vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed him to dismiss Poland’s Supreme Court judges in favor of his handpicked replacements. Tens of thousands of Poles protested the proposal, which was seen as part of the country’s drift back toward authoritarian rule.
The president’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and discussing Trump’s authority to grant pardons to aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe.
Four days after a fatal stabbing by a mentally deranged man at the University of Texas, the state’s House will vote Friday to remove knives from the list of illegal weapons in state law. The timing is coincidental, and the bill’s sponsor called the fatal stabbing “definitely unfortunate.”
Challenger Kevin Graham won 56 percent of the votes cast to defeat incumbent Dean Angelo. The result was not a surprise to Angelo, who said, “Morale is at the lowest I’ve ever seen…You have a no-one-has-your-back mentality in our ranks more prevalent now than ever before.”
Jeff Sessions said he would follow the advice of his department’s ethics officials and recuse himself from “any campaign investigation.” Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose that during his Senate confirmation hearing.
Ten years ago, Sgt. Maurice McCabe began raising concerns about low-level misconduct within the National Police Service. Shunned and subjected to retaliation by fellow officers, McCabe has been called the Irish Serpico, after the NYPD detective who exposed police corruption in the 1970s. New revelations have now embroiled Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Clancy had a three-decade career with the agency, rising to leader of President Obama’s protection detail. He retired in 2011 but was called back to lead the 6,300-person agency in 2014 following a series of embarrassing incidents.
Two narratives have emerged on the forced resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser. The traditional media suggested he was being held accountable. The right-leaning media portrayed it as a political crucifixion. Trump blames government leaks and the media.