(Reuters) - Myanmar's junta lost a tug of war over leadership of its U.N. mission in New York and the United States unveiled new sanctions targeting military conglomerates after the deaths of dozens of civilians protesting against last month's coup. With tussles over diplomatic loyalties overseas, pro-democracy activists held more demonstrations in Myanmar on Friday to oppose the Feb. 1 ouster of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. A big crowd marched peacefully through the second city of Mandalay chanting: "The stone age is over, we're not scared because you threaten us." There was no...
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker accused his son, Christian, of doing the bidding of Democrats after he blasted his father on social media.
Following reports that Walker funded an abortion for his girlfriend, the candidate's son accused his father of violence against him and his mother.
"You're not a 'family man' when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence," his son wrote.
Walker spoke to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade about the controversy on Wednesday.
"He's doing tremendous damage to you," the Fox News host said. "Do you know why he's saying this?"
"Well, the damage he's doing is letting people know that the left will do whatever they can to win this seat," Walker charged. "And I told you when I got into this race, I'm going to win this seat. People see someone sitting in front of you right now who has been redeemed. I'm living proof that you can make mistakes and get up and keep going forward."
"Vote for the people on the left like the guy I'm running against, Sen. Warnock, you're not going to have a chance to be redeemed," he added. "He's a minister and he don't [sic] believe in redemption. Right now, they're trying to destroy America. They're trying to destroy Georgia."
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Former Kentucky State Representative Robert Goforth has received a 25-month prison sentence following his guilty plea in connection with the federal investigation into health care fraud and money laundering at his pharmacy.
According to the Courier-Journal, a spokesperson speaking on behalf of U.S. prosecutors in the Kentucky Eastern District noted that "the former Republican legislator's sentence includes two years of supervised release as well, in addition to orders to pay a $10,000 fine and $2.7 million in restitution."
As part of his guilty plea, Goforth admitted that he'd "improperly billing insurance programs in excess of $2.7 million for prescriptions."
Those invoices were for prescriptions customers never picked up. He also compounded profits by restocking those same medications and reselling that inventory again.
At the sentencing on Monday, Goforth spoke to the judge about his actions. “I am ashamed of myself,” Goforth said. “I tried to be a good role model, and all of the work I did will be tainted forever by the decisions I made to commit these crimes.”
The sentence comes just months after Goforth's attorney weighed in with his opinion of the possible sentence his client could receive. At the time, his attorney predicted that his sentence might be between 24 to 37 months.
The federal ruling handed down on Monday, October 3 comes months after the Republican legislator also pled guilty to a fourth-degree domestic violence charge. For that charge, which stemmed from his arrest back in April 3030, he received a 59-day sentence.
Initially, Goforth had been charged with first-degree strangulation and domestic assault. According to the police citation, per the news outlet, the lawmaker's wife claimed he "strangled her with a cord 'to the point that she had difficulty breathing and believed she was going to pass out.'"
According to MSNBC opinion columnist Hayes Brown, Donald Trump has placed his attorneys in an awkward position after getting them to file a $475 million defamation lawsuit against CNN that, should it go to trial, will be compounded by the fact that the lawsuit is meritless and the attorneys know it.
Calling the filing a "trainwreck" based on legal citations that would not hold up to scrutiny, Brown claimed the lawsuit is likely headed nowhere quickly because its central contention is laughable.
With the lawsuit centered on Trump's fury at being compared to Adolf Hitler, Brown was quick to point out, "Former President Donald Trump is not a Nazi. He is not, nor has it been reported that he has ever been, a member of the National Socialist Party. He also is not, in fact, some sort of genetic copy of Adolf Hitler, " before adding, "You see, Trump’s lawyers sued CNN alleging defamation in a Florida federal court Monday. The main focus of their ire? In reporting on their client’s ongoing lies about the 2020 election, CNN has made use of 'persistent association of the Plaintiff to Adolf Hitler and Nazism.'"
Calling the lawsuits a "grave mistake," Brown said the former president's lawyers may rue the day -- if it actually goes to trial -- that they didn't talk him out of it.
"This suit, Trump’s lawyers say, was made necessary because CNN refused to retract its claims. But as CNN made clear in its response letter to Trump’s lawyers, at no point did the former president's team bother to get into why the network’s anchors, analysts and columnists were willing to say that Trump was lying," he wrote. "Answer: Because he was lying and any attempt to counter that in court by putting those lies into a filing could have consequences for the lawyers who submit them."
Add to Trump's lawyers -- and their actions --becoming a possible focus of the trial, Brown suggests it will blow up on Trump too.
"All told, this is less a case of defamation and more a case of crying 'they were mean to me.' It will not gain Trump the $475 million in damages he is seeking from CNN. And it has proved a window for people like me to remind Americans that Donald Trump does not want to have to prove in court that he’s not a threat to democracy," he wrote.
He then added, "While it would be extremely entertaining to see Trump’s lawyers try to convince a jury that their client and his actions have no comparison with the Nazis' rise to power, the odds that it gets thrown out like his suit against Hillary Clinton was in September are extremely high. And while I had fun reading through this train wreck of an argument, it wasn’t even the best pastiche of legal writing that I’ve read this week: The Onion did it better."
You can read his entire analysis here.