Aug 13, 2018

Trump-appointed judge rules Mueller investigation is constitutional

Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Judge Dabney Friedrich, appointed by President Trump to the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia is constitutional, reports Politico.

Why it matters: This is the fourth federal judge to strike down efforts to invalidate Mueller's probe. The latest appeal was leveled by Russian company Concord Management, which was indicted for funding the social media "troll farm" known as the Internet Research Agency.

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The coronavirus is Trump's slow-burn crisis

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At 6:30 p.m. from the White House press room, President Trump will publicly make himself the face of America's response to the coronavirus crisis.

Why it matters: This is exactly the situation where a president needs the credibility to truthfully explain a tough situation to the public.

Obama demands South Carolina stations stop airing misleading anti-Biden ad

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Former President Obama's office is calling on South Carolina TV stations to stop running a misleading attack ad by a pro-Trump super PAC that uses Obama's voice out of context to make it appear as if he is criticizing Joe Biden and Democrats on race.

Why it matters: It's a rare intervention by Obama, whose former vice president Joe Biden is facing a critical primary in South Carolina on Saturday. Obama has said he has no plans to endorse in the Democratic field.

The megatrends that will shape the 21st century

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An enormous amount of change has been crammed into the first two decades of the 21st century — but what’s coming next will break every speed record.

The big picture: The world is being buffeted by rapid yet uneven advances in technology that will revamp work and what it means to be human. At the same time, fundamental demographic changes will alter democracies and autocracies alike while the effects of climate change accumulate, physically redrawing our globe.