National News at a Glance
Posted June 14, 2018 10:15 p.m. EDT
Thousands March Across the Country Protesting Separation of Migrant Families
Demonstrators came together in 50 cities across the country Thursday evening to protest the separation of migrant families under President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, enacted in May. Organizers said more than 5,000 people signed up to join the Families Belong Together rallies, aimed at halting one of the most widely debated fronts in the Trump administration’s campaign to slow the flow of migrants across the Southwest border from Mexico and Central America. At the rally in Austin, Texas, Nichole Miller said the event was helping build solidarity against the administration’s practices in a state where immigration issues affect a large share of residents.
New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation
The New York state attorney general’s office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, accusing the charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign. The lawsuit, which seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar President Donald Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations, was an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting president. The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, culminated a nearly two-year investigation of Trump’s charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.
House Immigration ‘Compromise’ Would Mean Sweeping Changes
An immigration bill pitched as a compromise between conservative and moderate Republicans would make sweeping changes to the immigration system while establishing a special visa program that would give young unauthorized immigrants the chance to become citizens based on factors like employment and education. The draft bill closely adheres to President Donald Trump’s vision for an immigration overhaul. In addition to protecting the young immigrants, it provides billions of dollars for a wall on the Southwest border while imposing new limits on legal immigration. It would also toughen rules for asylum-seekers. And it would address the separation of children from parents under the administration’s crackdown on illegal border crossings.
Ex-Girlfriend Sues Florida College Student, Alleging He Shared Intimate Videos
A University of Central Florida student shared videos of sexual encounters he had with his girlfriend in a secret Facebook group for fraternity brothers without her permission, the woman alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday. Kathryn Novak, a student in Arizona, said she learned in March that her intimate photos and videos had been shared when she saw a text message to her long-distance boyfriend that mentioned a sexual video. Her boyfriend, Brandon Simpson, did not deny sharing the video in the Facebook group in October, according to the lawsuit. Simpson; Delta Sigma Phi, the fraternity; and four other fraternity brothers were named as defendants.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Political Apparel at Polling Places
The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that prohibits voters from wearing T-shirts, hats and buttons expressing political views at polling places. In a cautious 7-2 decision, the court acknowledged the value of decorum and solemn deliberation as voters prepare to cast their ballots. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that Minnesota’s law was not “capable of reasoned application.” Minnesota’s law, similar to ones in about nine other states, is quite broad. It says that “a political badge, political button or other political insignia may not be worn at or about a polling place on primary or Election Day.”
Waffle House Apologizes Over Handcuffing of Black Customers in Bill Dispute
Waffle House and police in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, found themselves on the defensive this week, after a video showed a black couple being handcuffed after a dispute over the cost of a meal. After a cellphone video of the May 2 episode was shared on social media, police released body camera footage Tuesday with a statement saying they had “followed proper protocol” and that there had been “no misconduct” by the officers. Waffle House, facing renewed calls for a boycott, said the couple had received a full refund for the meal and Waffle House’s chief executive had called on Thursday to apologize to the woman.
Arizona Man Beaten by Officers Gets Charges Against Him Dismissed
An Arizona judge Thursday dismissed disorderly conduct charges against a black man whose beating by several Mesa police officers during an arrest last month was recorded on video and led to four of them being put on leave. Robert Johnson, 35, was speaking on a cellphone at an apartment building May 23 when officers arrived, apparently in response to a domestic disturbance call, and started to question him. Johnson was told to sit but did not, the officers reported. Surveillance video showed the officers repeatedly punching and kicking Johnson, who was unarmed. He was pushed to the ground, where he was handcuffed.