The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to consider the appeal of five former terrorism suspects who claim they were kidnapped and taken on "torture flights" by the United States to other countries and subjected to brutal interrogations by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The decision leaves standing a federal appeals court ruling upholding the "state secrets'" privilege claimed by both the Bush and Obama administrations to prevent to testimony in matters regarding national security.
Few were surprised, and many were relieved, at Donald Trumps announcement on Monday that he was ending his campaign for the Presidency:
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
It may seem hard to believe now, but it was just 11 years ago when Texas Governor George W. Bush, then campaigning for President, was telling America that he wanted our nation to play a "more humble" role in the world and that he was opposed to "nation building" in other lands.
The French head of the International Monetary Fund, a man known in his home country as “the great seducer,” was arrested Saturday on charges that he sexually assaulted a maid at a hotel in New York City.
The push to establish same-sex marriage in the state of New York is being backed, financially and otherwise, the New York Times reported Friday, by "an unexpected source: a group of conservative financiers and wealthy donors to the Republican Party, most of whom are known for bankrolling right-leaning candidates and causes." Their donations totaling about $1 million, delivered in recent weeks to a coalition of "gay rights" organizations "could alter the political calculus of Albany lawmakers," theTimes noted, "especially Republican state senators in whose hands the fate of gay marriage rests."