Nov 4, 2017

Catalonia pro-independence party wants "political prisoners" released

Nationalist activists march in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

After Catalonia's pro-independence party pushed for independence from Spain, the Spanish government sent eight former Catalan government officials and two leaders of independence groups to jail. Now, one leader of the pro-independence group is asking for the release of "all the political prisoners," saying Catalonia won't participate in upcoming regional elections otherwise, per WashPost.

What's next: The Spanish government is considering charging the 10 Catalans with sedition and rebellion. Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont called for all of the region's Democratic political parties in favor of independence to unite in a coalition for the Dec. 12 elections.

Go deeper: How Catalonia got to this point.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Roger Stone sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

Roger Stone arriving for his sentencing hearing. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to 4o months in prison for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Why it matters: Stone is the seventh person to be convicted and sentenced for crimes unearthed by former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. His case has been at the heart of ongoing tensions between President Trump and his Justice Department.