The U.S. is home to a working class suffering from stagnant incomes and declining job prospects—widespread struggles that helped elect Republican Donald Trump. The relative wealth of Americans in all age groups keeps falling, compared with previous decades.
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A looming First Amendment showdown drew closer Tuesday as a federal judge ordered conservative media host Glenn Beck to identify at least two confidential sources in connection with a defamation lawsuit stemming from Beck’s reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing.
The suit was filed by Saudi Arabian student Abdulrahman Alharbi, who was injured at the scene of the deadly bombings. Beck continued to link the Saudi national to the attacks even after U.S. officials said publicly he’d been cleared.
U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host’s claim that Alharbi was the “money man” behind the attack.
The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time — Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel — was “vague and often contradictory” about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes “which he then discarded.”
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Time For Truth: (Politico) – Judge: Glenn Beck must identify sources on Boston Marathon bombing
Father Christmas looks to be giving Rudolph and his reindeer pals a night off this year after upgrading his sleigh.
American engineering firm Boston Dynamics has created a group of robot reindeer that are capable of dragging Santa’s sled, as revealed in its Christmas message.
STOP TALKING. START DOING. That’s my message to Pope Francis about the abuse crisis.
The pope is already being more inclusive, decisive, and innovative. “A real breath of fresh air,” he’s been repeatedly and justifiably called. He’s addressing church finances, governance, and morale.
The officer involved in a ‘fabricated’ gunman story faces charges of misleading a criminal investigation, communicating false information to emergency services, malicious destruction of property and unlawful discharge of a weapon.
Mass. State Police responded to Millis after shots were reportedly fired at a cruiser Wednesday. State police were on scene after an officer, later identified as 24-year-old Bryan Johnson, told police his cruiser was struck just before 3 p.m.