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John Kelly, William Barr, Kevin Hart: 3 Stories You Should Read 12/7/2018

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In the category of:  The walls are closing in.

Exclusive: Mueller investigators questioned John Kelly in obstruction probe


In the category:  The irony of George Bush Sr.’s Legacy.

William Barr helped establish mass incarceration. Now Trump wants him as attorney general.

As attorney general for George H.W. Bush, Barr was an architect of America’s punitive criminal justice system.

Much of the attention is focused on what Barr’s nomination may mean for the Russia investigation, given his previous remarks that he thought it was okay for Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey and that Hillary Clinton should be investigated.

But as head of the US Department of Justice, Barr would also have a lot of control over the federal criminal justice system more broadly. Ames Grawert, senior counsel at the Brennan Center, which supports criminal justice reform, tweeted, “Barr is one of the few people left in policy circles who could reasonably be called as bad as, or worse than, Jeff Sessions on criminal justice reform.” And make no mistake: Sessions had a very bad record on criminal justice reform.

In fact, Barr praised Sessions’s record at the Justice Department, including some of his work dismantling criminal justice efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration.

In short: If you were hoping that Sessions’s replacement would be better on criminal justice reform, Barr’s nomination should be of great concern.



In the category of:  Twitter is still and always will be out there for all the world to see forever.

Actor Kevin Hart withdraws as Oscars host after homophobic tweets

In tweets posted several years ago, Hart made several homophobic remarks that led to the controversy and withdrawal.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart announced on Friday he would back out of hosting the Academy Awards after homophobic tweets he posted several years ago surfaced.

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are the world’s most important annual film awards.

Hart, who starred in Ride Along and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, said he stepped down because he did not want to be a distraction during the event and he apologised to the LGBTQ community.




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