Progressive Briefing for Thursday, July 19, 2018

"It is time for him to go!" - Michael Avenatti and Alyssa Milano at the White House, Former NY Senate Leader and son convicted of corruption charges in retrial and more.

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“It is time for him to go!” – Michael Avenatti and Alyssa Milano at the White House

Stormy Daniels lawyer and outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Michael Avenatti became the latest in public figures to take a podium in front of the building that represents the office of the Presidency. Avenatti, along with actress Alyssa Milano and hundreds of others gathered outside the White House this week to speak out against President Trump.

Former NY Senate Leader and son convicted of corruption charges in retrial

Previously convicted on charges of bribery, extortion, and conspiracy, former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son had their convictions overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell v. United States. During their recent retrial, Skelos and his son were convicted a second time of bribery, extortion, and honest services fraud counts after Skelos repeatedly abused his official position to obtain more than $300,000 in bribes and extortion payments made to his son.

‘Our democracy is under attack:’ Broad Coalition hosts 175+ #ConfrontCorruption vigils nationwide

As backlash continues following President Donald Trump’s bizarre and widely ridiculed Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin – which came amid rising concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections – grassroots activists and national advocacy groups have planned more than 175 anti-corruption candlelight vigils, scheduled to begin at sundown on Wednesday.

‘I really regret’ voting for him: Swing state Trump supporters turned off after his ‘total BS’ Russia walk back

Swing state Republican voters are showing some breaks in the ranks as President Donald Trump defiantly refuses to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin and tries to recontextualize his rejection of U.S. intelligence community findings.

As one said:

“You’re essentially putting Russia first,” Dallas Republican Chris Ford told the Times. “It’s hard to see how that’s putting America first.”

Judge orders Maria Butina, linked to Russian spy agency, jailed ahead of trial

A federal magistrate judge ordered Wednesday that a Russian woman charged with being a Russian agent in the United States must be jailed ahead of her trial after prosecutors said she was a flight risk.

The woman, Maria Butina, has been in regular contact with Russian intelligence, the Justice Department says, and she attempted to offer sex in exchange for a position with an organization she targeted.

Don Jr. and Eric Trump racked up nearly $250,000 in Secret Service costs in one month, watchdog says

One month of Secret Service protection for Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. cost taxpayers close to a quarter of a million dollars last year, according to new spending documents obtained by a watchdog group.

The president’s sons traveled overseas for Trump family business on two trips that cost the Secret Service nearly $250,000. Taxpayers footed the bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars in hotels, airfare and other costs for Secret Service protection, according to documents obtained by nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

A spike in liver disease deaths among young adults fueled by alcohol

According to a study published Wednesday in BMJ, fatal liver disease has risen, and young people have been hit the hardest.

The study examined the number of deaths resulting from cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, as well as liver cancer. Data came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and covered the period from 1999 to 2016.

The analysis revealed that deaths from liver-related illnesses have increased dramatically, and mortality in young people rose the fastest. Although these illnesses can be caused by several things including obesity and hepatitis C infection, the rise among young Americans was caused by alcohol consumption. 


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