Hands Up. It’s Showtime. – The New York Times

Credit Daniel Zender I’ve been studying Americans’ accelerating penchant for blending the fantastical into the real world — from Disneyland to reality TV, from themed restaurants to war re-enactments to ubiquitous porn to Burning Man. So I started seeing evidence of the phenomenon in some very unlikely places — such as the excessive police response […]

Trump Reverses Restrictions on Military Hardware for Police – The New York Times

close story-meta Photo Police lined up near an armored vehicle during clashes with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014. Credit Whitney Curtis for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Police departments will now have access to military surplus equipment typically used in warfare, including grenade launchers, armored vehicles and bayonets, Attorney General Jeff Sessions […]

U.S. seeks to jail Shkreli, citing ‘pattern of threats’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to jail Martin Shkreli while he awaits sentencing for securities fraud, after a Facebook post by the former drug company executive about Hillary Clinton prompted an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service. “Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment that […]

Apparently, it’s illegal to laugh at Jeff Sessions – The Washington Post

Did you hear the one about Jeff Sessions? I’d like to tell you, but I can’t. You see, it’s illegal to laugh at the attorney general, the man who on Tuesday morning announced that the 800,000 “dreamers” — immigrants brought here illegally as children — could soon be deported. If you were to find my […]

Why Republicans want to protect drivers who run over protesters | The Outline

Saturday’s terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and 19 people wounded was committed using a car. Almost immediately, Charlottesville police spread speculation (with the help of a reporter at The Hill, whose tweets about it have now been deleted) that the driver was “scared” when he plowed into a group […]

Sessions Says ‘Evil Attack’ in Virginia Is Domestic Terrorism – The New York Times

“You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation toward the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, shown in April, said on “Good Morning America.” Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on […]

FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home – The Washington Post

FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours […]