President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone on Friday, after Stone was convicted of crimes that included lying to Congress in part, prosecutors said, to protect the President. read more
The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected President Donald Trump's arguments that he is immune from efforts by a New York grand jury to demand his tax returns and other details about his finances. However, the justices divided on how much deference the courts should show to the president and they ordered further proceedings in lower courts, leaving it unclear when and if a local prosecutor in Manhattan will obtain the records. read more
The cases tackle whether Trump can stop the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives from getting his financial and banking records from his accounting firm and banks and whether the President can block a subpoena from a New York prosecutor seeking his tax returns. At oral arguments, the justices focused on Trump's effort to shield his documents but they also prodded the lawyers to look into the future and gauge how an eventual decision will impact the separation of powers and the White House's broad claims of immunity.
President Donald Trump has a 91 per cent chance of winning the November 2020 election, according to a political science professor who has correctly predicted five out of six elections since 1996. "The Primary Model gives Trump a 91 percent chance of winning in November," Stony Brook professor Helmut Norpoth told Mediaite on Tuesday. Mr Norpoth told the outlet that his model, which he curated in 1996, would have correctly predicted the outcome for 25 of the 27 elections since 1912, when primaries were introduced. The model calculates the winning candidate based on early presidential nominating contests and placing an emphasis on how much enthusiasm candidates are able to generate early in the nominating process, the professor said. "The terrain of presidential contests is littered with nominees who saw a poll lead in the spring turn to dust in the fall," Mr Norpoth said. read more
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Sunday that he wanted "to make life a little easier for all of us," so he's suspending alternate-side parking in New York City for two weeks. This is the mayoral version of a condescending pat on the head from a dad who missed your birthday party and wants to win forgiveness with a trip to the ice-cream store. But it also demonstrates his obliviousness to the needs and fears of New Yorkers, most of whom don't have a car to move across the street anyway. A pandemic he gruesomely mismanaged has crippled the city's economy and killed thousands of his constituents. An always-controversial police department with a union that declared "war" on him last year has been at times ignoring looters and beating up peaceful protesters. And for days he sent confoundingly mixed messages about the enforcement of the extraordinary six-day curfew he imposed. read more