FROM Murray Waas
Libby Sentenced to 30 Months in CIA Leak Case Lewis “ Scooter ” Libby , was sentenced to two and a half years in prison today for lying and his role in obstructing an investigation into the leak of the identity of a CIA operative. The presiding judge also imposed a fine of $250,000 on Vice President Dick Cheney ’ s former chief-of-staff, as well as a two-year probation following his release from prison. Investigative reporter Murray Waas is the author of The United States v. I. Lewis Libby .
Monica Goodling Testifies A former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before a House committee today under a grant of immunity. Monica Goodling conceded that she might have allowed politics to play too much of a role in the hiring of career lawyers. Despite her title as White House liaison, Goodling denied the claim that she can resolve the issue of whether eight US Attorneys were fired to help Republicans by hurting Democrats.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.