Nov 16, 2017

Judge declares mistrial in Menendez corruption case

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A judge has declared a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez after the jury remained deadlocked. "I find that you are unable to reach a verdict" and that "there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial," the judge said, per the NY Times' Nick Corasaniti.

Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, was charged with participating in a bribery scheme involving a wealthy doctor. Menendez thanked the jurors "who saw through the government's false claims and used their Jersey common sense to reject it." Mitch McConnell has now said Menendez should be investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee.

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Trump acknowledges lists of disloyal government officials to oust

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President Trump on Monday acknowledged the existence of assembled lists of government officials that his administration plans to oust and replace with trusted pro-Trump people, which were first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan.

What he's saying: “I don’t think it's a big problem. I don’t think it's very many people,” Trump said during a press conference in India, adding he wants “people who are good for the country, loyal to the country.”

Coronavirus only part of the story behind the Dow’s drop

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As someone has certainly told you by now, the Dow fell by more than 1,000 points yesterday, its worst day in more than two years, erasing all of 2020's gains. Most news headlines assert that the stock market's momentum was finally broken by "coronavirus fears," but that's not the full story.

What's happening: The novel coronavirus has been infecting and killing scores of people for close to a month and, depending on the day, the market has sold off or risen to record highs.

Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major American political party — but that history-making possibility is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership.

The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.