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'Bridgegate' figure admits graft in United Airlines case

Samson pleads guilty A close confidant of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pleaded guilty on Thursday to his role in a bribery scheme involving United Airlines, in a case that emerged from the federal investigation into the "Bridgegate" scandal.

David Samson, 76, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, faces up to two years in prison under a plea agreement for using his position to pressure United into operating a flight between Newark, New Jersey, and Columbia, South Carolina, near where he owned a vacation home.


Senate confirms first black female librarian of Congress

Dr. Carla HaydenThe Senate on Wednesday approved Carla Hayden to be the next librarian of Congress, making her the first black woman to hold the job.

Hayden was approved 74-18 in a vote that unexpectedly came to the floor Wednesday afternoon. A hold had reportedly been placed on her nomination that prevented it from moving by unanimous consent.


U.S. Arms Sales Approvals Set To Reach Nearly $40 billion

US arms sales to reach $40 billionThe U.S. government is on track to approve nearly $40billion in foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year that ends October 1, down from $46.6 billion last year, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

“We’re tracking toward $40 billion. We’re tracking toward our forecast,” U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told Reuters at the Farnborough International Airshow.


Court sides with Utah's Planned Parenthood in defunding case

Utah Planned Parenthood funding restoredThe Utah governor's order to block funding to Planned Parenthood was probably a political move designed to punish the group, a federal appeals court wrote in an ruling that ordered the state to keep the money flowing.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided Tuesday there's a good chance the governor's order violated the group's constitutional rights.


Obama lauds Dallas police, city at memorial service

Dallas memorial to dead policePresident Obama hailed as heroes Tuesday the Dallas Police Department and the five officers slain last week in a gunman's rampage that rocked this city and the nation.

"When bullets started to fly, they did not flinch," Obama said at an emotional interfaith memorial service honoring the officers killed Thursday during a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration. "In some cases, helped by protesters, they ... saved more lives than we will ever know."


Rudy Giuliani’s law firm paid big money to lobby for major prison corporation

GuilianiAs Rudy Giuliani rails against Black Lives Matter, his law firm reaps tens of thousands of dollars lobbying Congress for the biggest operator of private prisons in America.

In January, the former law-and-order mayor left his longtime firm, Giuliani & Bracewell, and jumped to Greenberg Traurig, a major lobbyist law firm with dozens of deep pocket clients.


Police walk off job after Minnesota Lynx players wear Black Lives Matter shirts

Mennesota Lynx A police union official says four off-duty Minneapolis officers working a WNBA game walked off the job at the city’s Target Center arena Saturday after Minnesota Lynx players wore pregame warm-up jerseys supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The shirts listed the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both fatally shot by police officers last week. Castile was killed by a police officer in suburban St Paul during a traffic stop. The shirt also showed the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”


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