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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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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