“Total Exoneration”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation last week and found that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

As anti-climactic as the findings may be, they certainly aren’t terribly surprising, and some argue that they even justify the president’s repeated cries that the whole affair was a “witch hunt.”

Others, however, point out that there never needed to be proof of collusion to justify an impeachment case considering the president and his administration have been found to be complicit in campaign finance crimes and the fact that the president is still the subject of multiple investigations.

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Justice, Upended

The Illinois Supreme Court upheld a 7-year sentence for the former police officer who shot African-American teen Laquan McDonald 16 times and killed him in 2014.

Back in January, the former Chicago police officer was given a sentence of six years and nine months despite testimony from multiple black men who had experienced their own violent encounters with Jason Van Dyke which all pointed to a long-standing record of abuse and racial bias.

The state Supreme Court denied a request by the attorney general, Kwame Raoul, to resentence Van Dyke, a decision which has sparked city-wide outrage.

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Things Have Been Weird

Nearly half the Democratic party has declared their candidacy for president, the current president declared an unnecessary state of emergency, and the Supreme Court actually agreed on something unanimously.

But that’s not really too far off par for the course when you think about it. The last two years have been nothing if not a whirlwind of ludicrous headlines competing to stay on the airwaves for more than 12 hours.

One thing is for certain, though, and that is the undeniable fact that every day we continue to travel further and further down this road of insanity, the greater the danger becomes.

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Louisiana Abortion Bill Blocked

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against a harsh Louisiana abortion law that would have ultimately resulted in the entire state population becoming dependent on a single doctor to provide the procedure.

In a pleasantly surprising twist, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal faction of the court in a 5-4 vote to temporarily halt the legislation, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.

Unsurprisingly, recently sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, voted in favor of the legislation and wrote the dissenting opinion.

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An End to The War in Afghanistan?

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the United States government and the Taliban are negotiating towards peace in Afghanistan.

Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the key U.S. negotiator with the Taliban, has told The New York Times that the group has agreed in principle to initial drafts of a deal.

If an agreement can be reached, it would end 17 years of bloodshed in the country as well as the longest war in U.S. history.

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Pelosi Stands Her Ground

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that the president’s State of the Union address will not happen this Tuesday as planned.

Despite the president’s agreement to sign a temporary stopgap measure reopening the government for three weeks, Pelosi insists that the SOTU will still not take place.

The president had planned to give the address this Tuesday, but Pelosi has said that nothing will happen until the shutdown is officially and completely over.

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Roger Stone Arrested

Former Trump advisor Roger Stone was arrested early Friday morning and charged with obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.

He was released a few hours later on $250,000 bond. He apparently left the courthouse waving a double peace sign in the style of Richard Nixon.

Although he was arrested at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the FBI also executed a warrant for his New York residence as well.

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Supreme Court Gearing Up

The Supreme Court has made a series of impactful decisions recently, both agreeing to hear certain cases as well as declining to hear others.

From declining to rule on the legality of Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers serving in the military to allowing the rule to be enforced without a decision, the Supreme Court has been making a lot of interesting decisions lately.

Keep reading for a breakdown of each of these landmark decisions.

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North Korea Summit: Take Two

Last week, the White House confirmed that the president will once again meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss denuclearization.

The meeting is supposed to take place before the end of next month, although an official date and location have not yet been established. Many suspect, however, that Hanoi, Vietnam will eventually be chosen.

South Korean diplomats are urging both nations to “deliver concrete results on denuclearization” rather than a series of grand photo-ops like the last summit.

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SCOTUS Gives Administration a Pass

While the Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments regarding Trump’s transgender military ban, it will nevertheless permit the administration to enforce it.

Supreme Court Justices blocked district court injunctions that would have prevented the policy from taking effect pending a 9th Circuit court decision on the issue.

The court declined, however, to hear the arguments and give a ruling on the subject in a 5-4 vote.

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