By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will put forward a three-phase peace roadmap for Afghanistan during a proposed meeting in Turkey, seeking an agreement with the Taliban and a ceasefire before elections, a document seen by Reuters shows. Washington is pushing for a conference to be hosted by Turkey, with U.N. involvement, this month to finalise a peace deal between the government and the Taliban as a May 1 deadline looms for the withdrawal of all foreign troops. Ghani's plan will be presented as a counter to proposals put forward by Washington, rejected by the Af...
On Thursday, multiple legal experts weighed in on the criminal referral of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress — and urged the Justice Department to act on it as quickly as possible.
Former House impeachment counsel Daniel Goldman made abundantly clear that the issue of executive privilege is a red herring — and that the main battle is over whether a former president has the authority to let his allies ignore orders from Congress.
You may hear a lot about executive privilege re Bannon. But that’s not the issue. The issue is whether anyone can d… https://t.co/0D3fulQrtq— Daniel Goldman (@Daniel Goldman) 1634852004.0
Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to not "take more than a week or so" in his decision, saying, "Everyone needs to move past this culture of delay and slow-play."
Garland really shouldn’t take more than a week or so to make the call on charging Bannon. Everyone needs to move pa… https://t.co/aLOn4FbvxE— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig) 1634855046.0
And former Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe took it a step further, suggesting that if Garland does not prosecute Bannon, he should be replaced at the Justice Department.
Hate to be this blunt, but if DOJ doesn’t pursue Bannon’s indictment, it needs new leadership. Period. Full stop. https://t.co/eWL3ZZJMzS— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1634849826.0
The committee's move comes amid Bannon's total refusal to cooperate with the committee, and amid fears that if Republicans win control of the House of Representatives next year, they can shut down the committee if it has not yet produced its findings on the January 6 Capitol attack.
Lawsuit claims Dr. Phil strong-armed teenager to go to 'troubled youth' ranch where she was sexually assaulted
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that a Colorado woman is alleging in a lawsuit that Phil McGraw, a.k.a. self-help talk show host "Dr. Phil," pressured her into attending a "troubled youth" ranch in Utah to cure her suicidal thoughts, where she ended up being sexually assaulted.
"In a complaint filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Hannah Archuleta says she suffered physical and emotional abuse as a result of her October 2019 appearance on the 'Dr. Phil' show and subsequent stay at Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah. She is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, which was filed by women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred," reported Brittany Shammas. "'We look forward to fighting for justice for Hannah,' the attorney said in a statement."
The lawsuit states that Dr. Phil told Hannah's father that she "needs to go to the Ranch to have any chance at a good life. It's that serious we help her right now and today."
The TV doctor also said he would oversee her treatment and that his show would finance it.
Through a spokesperson, Dr. Phil denies any wrongdoing, noting that Archuleta's parents made the final decision to send her to Turn-About Ranch and that the family previously attempted to sue the ranch itself, without success.
Dr. Phil has been frequently accused of exploiting the guests on his self-help show for entertainment purposes. A Boston Globe report in 2017 alleged that a producer on his show supplied guests with alcohol and prescription drugs to prepare them to go on air.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is making good money for the first time in his life — by mounting a campaign for president in 2024, according to a new report from Vanity Fair.
"Pence has a megawatt book deal in the bag with Simon & Schuster," the magazine reports, adding that Pence and his wife, Karen, now live in a $2 million mansion in "the gated abodes of Hamilton County," one of the wealthiest enclaves in Indiana.
"And the two are traveling widely, with Mike Pence getting paid upwards of $100,000 a speech, according to Republicans who spoke on background," the magazine reports, noting that Pence's advisers see a "clear strategy" in his recent remarks downplaying the Capitol insurrection, in which former president Donald Trump's supporters threatened to kill him: "He's running for president and making a buck for once in his life, until he can't anymore."
One longtime friend said although Pence's chances of winning in 2024 shouldn't be underestimated, "In the meantime, he's making real money for the first time in his life. Running for president is also a great way of making six-figure speeches."
Others suggested that Pence's recent maneuvers are "a simple ploy to make money," and applauded him for finally cashing in after 20 years in public office.
"Why else would someone be paying him $100k to come speak?" one veteran Republican strategist said. "There's no question the presidential race is driving his speaking fees."
"In March, Mike Pence signed on with the Worldwide Speakers Group, home to a number of former Trump administration officials parlaying their time in office into hard cash," the magazine reported, adding that "Indiana Republicans have long noted that Karen Pence enjoyed the trappings of high society, even if she couldn't quite afford them."
"The New York Times reported last week that State Department information indicated Karen Pence 'wrongly took two gold-toned place card holders from the prime minister of Singapore without paying for them.' (The Pences' lawyer rebutted, saying that she had received ethics clearance to do so from the White House)," according to Vanity Fair.
One longtime Indiana Republican said, "This is the first time they've had two pennies to rub together."
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