Federal judge in Iowa ridicules Trump's pardons
Pratt, who has warned that systemic political corruption is a threat to U.S. democracy, is ridiculing President Trump's pardons, including those issued to convicted Republican campaign operatives and members of Congress. "It's not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals," Judge Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa said Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall File)IOWA CITY, Iowa – A federal judge in Iowa who has warned against political corruption is ridiculing President Donald Trump’s pardons, including those issued to convicted Republican campaign operatives and former members of Congress. “It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals,” senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Monday. Trump also pardons turkeys — this year two from Iowa — annually before Thanksgiving.
A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations
Trump commuted his sentence in July just days before he was scheduled to report to federal prison. The president commuted her sentence; the White House said the commutation was supported by several former U.S. attorneys general. A White House news release praised the men as “model prisoners,” who had earned support and praise from other inmates. She was in the White House when Trump signed the overhaul measure, known as the First Step Act, into law. Black was a co-defendant in the case and was also convicted; Trump previously pardoned him.
Campaign pups throughout the years: These 11 photos will make you crack a smile
We found the following 11 photos from Getty Images, and we thought they were worth a share. (Getty Images)Pierre, a 5-year-old basset hound, apparently is a loyal fan of then-President Johnson -- and was happy to pose with a campaign button. (Getty Images)A dog wears a campaign sticker for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign stop at the Buttercup diner on March 3, 2020 in Oakland, California. This photo was taken in front of the White House as the pups wore campaign buttons for Lyndon B. Johnson for President. (Getty Images)In Honolulu, Hawaiian women are seen casting their votes during a presidential election -- and even a dog doesn't dare peek.
Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he's OK
AUSTIN, Texas – Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on Facebook showing him smiling in a hospital gown and giving a thumbs-up. The post came after a video took off on social media showing Paul having trouble speaking during an appearance on his livestreamed show “Ron Paul Liberty Report.” The video cuts away to the interviewer as Paul struggles. Paul is the father of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., whose office did not immediately return a message Friday. He faced an electorate frustrated by a weak economy and two wars, and saw his once outsider views become more mainstream.
Ron Paul hospitalized after suffering medical incident during livestream
Ron Paul, the 12-term former congressman, three-time presidential candidate and staunch libertarian advocate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering a medical incident during a live taping of his talk show. A video clip of the livestream of "Ron Paul Liberty Report" shows Paul, 85, discussing the economy and then suddenly slurring his speech and speaking unintelligibly. An operator at a hospital in Lake Jackson, Texas, told CNBC that a person named Ron Paul was being treated in the emergency room. Thank you for all your prayers today," tweeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of Ron Paul's five children. The Ron Paul Institute did not immediately respond to a request for comment.cnbc.com
Ron Paul: Fed cuts and China tariffs give socialists credibility for 'first time in my lifetime'
Libertarian Ron Paul, a longtime critic of the Federal Reserve and U.S. meddling overseas, describes central bank interest rate cuts and President Donald Trump's China tariffs as interventionist moves "far removed from capitalism." Known for his economic and stock market bubble warnings, Paul, 84, said on "Squawk Box" the Fed is "doing too much" in the way of easing monetary policy. "It is central economic planning, mainly through manipulation of money and credit." The market expects at least one more Fed rate cut before the end of the year. "I believe we're going to see a collapse that will force us to reassess the monetary policy, and that will be very disruptive."cnbc.com