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Bill Cosby Deposition Causes New Legal Issues Now that a federal judge has released testimony by Bill Cosby admitting to "possibly criminal conduct," what will be the fallout to the comedian who’s fending off dozens of other lawsuits? Documents from a civil lawsuit filed in 2005 include a sworn deposition of Cosby, answering questions from the attorney for a woman who accused him of sexual assault. Although Cosby has not admitted to actually drugging any of his accusers, when asked, "When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with? " he answered yes Photo: Shawn
Hollywood’s Diversity Problem This Sunday, a few people – alright, hundreds of millions of people – will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies. It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.