- Yesterday’s U.S. Navy F/A–18 crash off Key West killed both crew members. The plane was flying to Naval Air Station Key West on one engine when the second engine failed at low altitude.
The Parkland, Florida school shooter committed multiple offenses that should have resulted in prosecutions if not jail time, but the school district was explicitly working to prevent that:
Documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations and interviews show that his school district in Florida’s Broward County was in the vanguard of a strategy, adopted by more than 50 other major school districts nationwide, allowing thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence. The aim was to slow the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
“He had a clean record, so alarm bells didn’t go off when they looked him up in the system,” veteran FBI agent Michael Biasello told RCI. “He probably wouldn’t have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement."
Disclosures about the strategy add a central new element to the Parkland shooting story: It’s not just one of official failings at many levels and of America’s deep divide over guns, but also one of deliberate federal policy gone awry.
A repeat offender, Cruz [the shooter] benefited from the lax discipline policy, if not the counseling. Although he was disciplined for a string of offenses — including assault, threatening teachers and carrying bullets in his backpack — he was never taken into custody or even expelled. Instead, school authorities referred him to mandatory counseling or transferred him to alternative schools.
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Surveillance video from outside the Parkland, Florida school shows a Broward County sheriff’s deputy standing around doing nothing during the shooting. This is the officer who was suspended, then quit.
The next Republican spending bill fully funds Planned Parenthood, bails out ObamaCare insurance companies, and restores the Export-Import Bank.
In 2015 Congress passed an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that requires the FISA court to appoint an “amicus curiae” to review (and, if necessary, argue against) “a novel or significant interpretation of the law.” The court very rarely uses an amicus curiae — in 2016 it appointed only one, a year when the court handled more than 1,500 applications. It’s highly unlikely the FISA court used one in the Carter Page case, despite the lack of corroboration for the Steele dossier that the FBI used as justification for a surveillance warrant. And if it had used an amicus curiae, the lawyer on call was a Hillary Clinton supporter:
Still, I find it extremely unlikely that the one case that the FISA court sought guidance from amicus curiae, out of more than 1,500, involved the Carter Page application. But if the FISA court did appoint amicus curiae to assist in the Page case, that is even worse because, according to the Report of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on Activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts for 2016, “The name of the individual appointed to serve as amicus curiae is Marc Zwillinger.” And Zwillinger was a donor to the Hillary Clinton campaign via Hillary for America.
The U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russian individuals and entities over the country’s meddling in the presidential election and for cyber attacks, but the Trump administration avoided targeting oligarchs and government officials close to Vladimir Putin.
The poison used to attack former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was the nerve agent Novichok, which was first developed by the Soviet military. The U.K. is calling the incident a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.