FROM Danny Bakewell
House Ethics Committee Releases Charges against Maxine Waters The Congressional Ethics Committee today made public charges against Los Angeles Democrat Maxine Waters, as she demanded last week and explained in an interview here on WWLA? . Today, the committee said her chief of staff, Mikael Moore — who's also her grandson — was actively involved in getting help from the Treasury Department for OneUnited Bank of Massachusetts, where Waters' husband had been a board member and still had significant investments. Charges include breaking the House rule saying members must "behave in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House," breaching the "spirit" of a rule against using influence for personal benefit, and violating the Code of Ethics for Government Service.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?