At Fort Bragg, North Carolina today, a shocked courtroom heard a military judge sentence Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who pled guilty to deserting his post in Afghanistan and faced life behind bars. The prosecution asked for 14 months. Instead, Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge, a fine of $10,000 and no jail time at all. During last year's campaign, candidate Donald Trump accused him of "treason." About his chances of getting justice, Bergdahl said, "We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs that got what they wanted." Alex Horton, who covered his trial for the Washington Post, says many – including Bergdahl -- were shocked that he did not receive jail sentence.
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The new House tax reform bill is supposed to save money for "average" Americans. Speaker Paul Ryan calls the new Republican tax cuts "a windfall for the middle class." Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi disagrees. "They have started to unveil a tax bill designed to plunder the middle class in order to put into the pockets of the wealthiest one percent more money." The battle between "special interests" is already under way, with the stakes high for the rich, the very rich, the middle class and the poor — for Red States and Blue States — for businesses big and small.
Aaron Lorenzo, Politico (@AaronELorenzo)
Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute (@FeliciaWongRI)
Peter Morici, University of Maryland (@pmorici1)
Rachel Schneider, Center for Financial Services Innovation (@RachelSchneider)
Rachel Schneider and Jonathan Morduch
It's been a month since public allegations of sexual harassment, including assault and rape, began against Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Since then, a flood of similar accusations has tarnished a host of Hollywood figures, politicians in Sacramento and Washington — and at least one executive at NPR in addition to Fox News.
NPR host Mary Louise Kelly is among those women pressing
their boss about complaints of sexual harassment.
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