Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during a marathon session during her impeachment trial in the Senate.
She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.
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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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A recently published book by former Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury has shed light on one of the U.S. government’s darkest secrets: cooperation between the CIA and communist Chinese intelligence services.
The book “The Hundred Year Marathon” was cleared for publication by the FBI, CIA and Pentagon, thus giving many of its eye-opening disclosures an official cast.
While most of the Boston area was applauding last week’s conviction of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his mother back in Russia was not praising the federal jury’s guilty verdicts on all 30 charges.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva responded to Wednesday’s decision with a blistering indictment of America posted on the Russian social media website VKontakte, the website vocativ.com reports.
“My sons are innocent, as innocent as all those being killed by your country,” she said.
A libel lawsuit against conservative radio host Glenn Beck can proceed, a federal judge ruled. The commentator accused a Saudi national of being a conspirator in the April 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, even after law enforcement had cleared him.
Abdulrahman Alharbi, then 20, was among the hundreds hurt during last April’s marathon in the metropolitan Massachusetts city after a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three. In January, attorneys for the man filed suit against Beck in response to the repeated erroneous on-air remarks made about their client in the aftermath.