National News at a Glance
Posted March 15, 2018 10:01 p.m. EDT
Video Shows Deputy Take Cover Outside School
Surveillance video released Thursday showed that Scot Peterson, the only armed sheriff’s deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, remained outside during the Feb. 14 massacre at the school, taking cover behind a wall. The deputy failed to confront the gunman during the six-minute rampage, the video’s time stamps show, confirming the account of other law enforcement officers. Broward County Sheriff’s Office policy requires deputies to try to confront a gunman as quickly as possible. Peterson was suspended and then resigned his post.
Hepatitis C Drugs Save Lives, but Sick Prisoners Aren’t Getting Them
One in seven state inmates are believed to be infected with hepatitis C, an insidious virus that kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. But drugs that effectively cure the disease are priced in the tens of thousands of dollars. In 2015, state corrections departments were treating less than 1 percent of those inmates known to be infected. Now, as prisoners have filed lawsuits in at least nine states, courts have begun ordering states to provide the drugs regardless of cost. Last week, Massachusetts settled a lawsuit by agreeing to give all prisoners in advanced stages of the disease access to drugs.
President’s Oldest Son Faces Filing for Divorce
Vanessa Haydon Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., filed for divorce Thursday afternoon in a New York court. Vanessa Trump, 40, is seeking an uncontested divorce to end her 12-year marriage with the president’s son. Trump Jr., 40, the eldest of five children from Donald Trump’s three marriages, met his wife, a former model, when his father introduced them at a 2003 fashion show. They married in 2005 and have five children. “We have decided to go our separate ways,” the couple said in a joint statement. “We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families.”
Trump Administration Sanctions Russians for Election Meddling and Cyberattacks
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on a series of Russian organizations and individuals Thursday in retaliation for interference in the 2016 presidential election and other “malicious cyberattacks,” its most significant action against Moscow since President Donald Trump took office. The sanctions came as the United States joined with Britain, France and Germany in denouncing Russia for its apparent role in a nerve-gas attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil, calling it a “clear violation” of international law. In his first comment on the poison attack, Trump agreed that, despite its denials, Russia was likely behind it.
Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia
The special counsel, Robert Mueller, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known time that the special counsel demanded documents directly related to President Donald Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president. The breadth of the subpoena was not clear, nor was it clear why Mueller issued it instead of simply asking for the documents from the company, an umbrella organization that oversees Trump’s business ventures. The subpoena is the latest indication that the investigation will continue for at least several more months.
White Supremacists Are Increasingly Using Public Banners
White supremacists are increasingly hanging banners in public places, such as from highway overpasses and rooftops, to promote their views, according to a report released Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League. Most of the banners documented in Thursday’s report were racist or anti-immigrant in nature, with messages ranging from “America first: End immigration” to “'Diversity’ is a code word for white genocide.” Others were anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic or misogynistic (“Feminists deserve the rope”). More than 70 percent were hung by organizations associated with the “alt-right,” according to the report. One group alone, Identity Evropa, was responsible for around 40 percent: 28 banners in 13 states.