A Judge Just Gave Trump And Arpaio Bad News About Pardon

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Last week, President Trump tried to use the cover of Hurricane Harvey to deflect attention away from his abrupt pardon of notorious racist and human rights abuser Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But instead of having the whole affair slip under the radar, Joe Arpaio is now looking at a potentially embarrassing legal fight

While District Judge Susan Bolton has approved the request to throw out Arpaio’s sentencing hearing, she’s not letting him walk away so easily.

This morning, Bolton ordered that Arpaio file a memo and scheduled a hearing for October 4th where Arpaio’s legal team must publicly argue why a man who was so racist he was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to end his discriminatory racial profiling policies deserves to have his conviction thrown out.

The state of Arizona will have their own chance to argue why Arpaio’s conviction should not be vacated, allowing them to publicly, and in great detail, list the full extent of the heinous crimes and misdeeds of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which include running what he refers to as a concentration camp, torturing his inmates, forcing a woman to give birth in shackles, and refusing to investigate sex crimes against Latina children.

For Nat’l Dog Day let’s remember the time JoeArpaio’s Deputies set a puppy on fire, laughing at its sobbing owner as it died a ghastly death pic.twitter.com/4bGuwUIR9u

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 26, 2017

160 people have died in his jails, with little explanation and no consequences for the abusive guards or entire absence of oversight.

Trump is about to find out the hard way that in the United States of America, the President is not king. He cannot simply clap his hands and subvert the legal and judicial system of our nation because he wills it – a warning that all those currently under questioning in the Trump-Russia investigation would do well to remember.

This article has been updated to reflect that the hearing is to judge whether or not Arpaio’s conviction will be thrown out and does not involve the Justice Department. We apologize for the confusion.

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A Judge Just Gave Trump And Arpaio Bad News About Pardon

Last week, President Trump tried to use the cover of Hurricane Harvey to deflect attention away from his abrupt pardon of notorious racist and human rights abuser Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But instead of having the whole affair slip under the radar, Joe Arpaio is now looking at a potentially embarrassing legal fight

While District Judge Susan Bolton has approved the request to throw out Arpaio’s sentencing hearing, she’s not letting him walk away so easily.

This morning, Bolton ordered that Arpaio file a memo and scheduled a hearing for October 4th where Arpaio’s legal team must publicly argue why a man who was so racist he was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to end his discriminatory racial profiling policies deserves to have his conviction thrown out.

The state of Arizona will have their own chance to argue why Arpaio’s conviction should not be vacated, allowing them to publicly, and in great detail, list the full extent of the heinous crimes and misdeeds of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which include running what he refers to as a concentration camp, torturing his inmates, forcing a woman to give birth in shackles, and refusing to investigate sex crimes against Latina children.

For Nat’l Dog Day let’s remember the time JoeArpaio’s Deputies set a puppy on fire, laughing at its sobbing owner as it died a ghastly death pic.twitter.com/4bGuwUIR9u

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 26, 2017

160 people have died in his jails, with little explanation and no consequences for the abusive guards or entire absence of oversight.

Trump is about to find out the hard way that in the United States of America, the President is not king. He cannot simply clap his hands and subvert the legal and judicial system of our nation because he wills it – a warning that all those currently under questioning in the Trump-Russia investigation would do well to remember.

This article has been updated to reflect that the hearing is to judge whether or not Arpaio’s conviction will be thrown out and does not involve the Justice Department. We apologize for the confusion.

Download our NEW Occupy Democrats app for your iPhone by clicking here or for your Android by clicking here.

Notre Dame Cathedral fire: Spire and roof collapse as flames break out in historic church tower in Paris, France – CBS News

Notre Dame fire: What we know A major fire erupted at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Monday.  The cathedral, which was undergoing renovations, suffered extensive damage. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire. No deaths have been reported. Notre Dame construction began in 1163 and was completed in 1345. 
The iconic spire at the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has collapsed after a major fire broke out Monday. Video showed part of the roof of the cathedral collapsing into itself as the fire rages on. 
“Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame,” Notre Dame spokesperson Andre Finot told French media, according to the Associated Press. But Monday evening, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters he believes firefighters have managed to save the cathedral’s landmark rectangular towers from the blaze.
A deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, said the cathedral had suffered “colossal damages.” But officials said emergency services managed to salvage some of the art and other priceless pieces stored in the cathedral. 
The Sécurité Civile of France, part of the French Ministry of Interior, said hundreds of members of the Paris Fire Brigade were doing everything possible to get the fire under control and save the historic structure. The agency  said in a tweet , “all means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.”
The moment #NotreDame ’s spire fell pic.twitter.com/XUcr6Iob0b — Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived at the site to view the damage as firefighters continued what appeared to be a losing battle against the flames. The Ile de la Cité, the island in the Seine where the cathedral sits, was evacuated. Thousands of onlookers gathered along the banks of the river to watch the awful scene. 
A collection of dramatic videos and photos spread through social media on Monday showing the roof and spire of the nearly 900-year-old cathedral engulfed in flames and massive amounts of smoke billowing up from its roof.    Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris as the spire collapses on April 15, 2019. Francois Guillot / AFP/Getty Images
No deaths have been reported so far, according to the Associated Press. 
Authorities have not yet released the cause of the fire or any further information as to how the fight to suppress the flames has progressed. The fire may potentially involve renovation works being carried out at the site , the fire service said.
The Vatican expressed “great shock and sadness” about the fire at Notre Dame, calling the cathedral “a symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.” In a statement, the Vatican said, “We express closeness to the French Catholics and the people of Paris and we assure our prayers for the firefighters and those who are doing everything possible to face this dramatic situation.”
President Trump commented on the fire this afternoon as he attended a roundtable conference in Minnesota.
“It’s one of the great treasures of the world,” he said. “It’s part of our culture, it’s part of our lives. That is a truly great cathedral and I’ve been there, I’ve seen it, and there is… no cathedral in the world like it. It is a terrible scene.” The president added, “It looks like it’s burning to the ground.” 
Trump calls Notre Dame fire a “terrible sight to behold”
Former President Barack Obama posted a photo of his family visiting Notre Dame along with a message that said, “Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
 Notre Dame was constructed in 1163 during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in 1345. The cathedral is a worldwide Parisian icon and site of some of the most important moments in the history of France. Henry VI of England was crowned inside the cathedral in 1431 and Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France inside the cathedral in 1804. 
The cathedral receives 12 to 13 million visitors a year and is home to countless paintings, sculptures and other priceless works of art. James Shepherd, director of preservation and facilities at the Washington National Cathedral, spoke with CBSN on Monday.  
“That’s 800 years of history of people pilgrimaging there, and worshiping there, and the accumulation of culture,” Shepherd said by phone. “All of that will have to be taken into consideration as they try to repair this church and save it after this devastating fire.” Fire burns Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris 32 photos
Shepherd spoke of Notre Dame’s “stunning and exclusive stained-glass windows,” which appear to have been destroyed in the fire. He called them “absolutely priceless and some of the best examples of European stained-glass windows.”
“This is a culturally devastating moment for the city of Paris, the country and the world,” Shepherd said.   
This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates. See below for a selection of photos and videos posted on social media from the scene.
Roommate just sent this of Notre Dame on fire in Paris woowwww pic.twitter.com/NEMs33AHYD — Process Guy (@leistomania93) April 15, 2019
Notre-Dame en flammes 😟 pic.twitter.com/DM2V1V4Aqi — Miguet Alain (@MiguetAlain) April 15, 2019
Before the news breaks, the Notre Dame is on fire. pic.twitter.com/fhSNcznCG2 — Ashley (@AshhHuntington) April 15, 2019
The Notre Dame is on fire, and it appears to be getting rapidly worse 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/C3s8zydFER — Henry Jones (@hthjones) April 15, 2019

Luke Perry of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale dies at 52 – BBC News

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US actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.

His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends.

Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale.

He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Mr Robinson said.

The family has not provided additional details at this time.

Last Wednesday, US media reported that paramedics had been called to the actor’s home in Sherman Oaks.

Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances.

Former 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty – who played Perry’s love interest on the show – told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday in an emotional interview that she had been in touch with him after his stroke.

“I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him. It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”

Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element.

His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father.

Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale

— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter)

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Online, Perry’s fans and fellow celebrities have begun paying tribute.

Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest)

My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry

— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald)

Luke Perry – Irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend, generous actor and adoring father to Jack and Sophie and loving partner to Madison we are all heartbroken. You are the love and you are the light. pic.twitter.com/X3ycTvmXsb

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

Luke Perry of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale dies at 52 – BBC News

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US actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.

His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends.

Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale.

He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Mr Robinson said.

The family has not provided additional details at this time.

Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported.

In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “a beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros and CW family”.

“Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all.

“A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”

Last Wednesday, US media reported that paramedics had been called to the actor’s home in Sherman Oaks.

Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances.

His former 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty – who played Perry’s love interest on the show – told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday in an emotional interview that she had been in touch with him after his stroke.

“I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him. It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”

Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element.

His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father.

What’s the reaction?

Online, Perry’s fans and fellow celebrities have begun paying tribute.

Sarah Michelle Geller, the star of the Buffy series, shared that she was comforting Doherty over Perry’s death, adding: “This is not how it’s supposed to happen.”

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Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa described Perry as “a father, brother, friend and mentor”.

So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about…everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2GaFkV2mI7

— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS)

Luke Perry… you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale

— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter)

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His Riverdale co-star Molly Ringwald said: “My heart is broken.”

My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. ❤️ #LukePerry

— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald)

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Ian Ziering, Perry’s 90210 co-star, thanked him for enriching the lives of so many.

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Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest)

Luke Perry – Irreplaceable beautiful and kind human being, incredible friend, generous actor and adoring father to Jack and Sophie and loving partner to Madison we are all heartbroken. You are the love and you are the light. pic.twitter.com/X3ycTvmXsb

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette)

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Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio – whose father delivered Perry as a baby – said the actor “represented what makes our state great”.

.@SherrodBrown statement on passing of actor Luke Perry. Sherrod’s father, a doctor in Mansfield, Ohio, delivered baby Luke Perry in 1966 pic.twitter.com/jdEmCbxIhW

— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC)

Trump cancels Nancy Pelosi foreign trip citing shutdown – BBC News

US President Donald Trump has postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s upcoming trip to Brussels and Afghanistan, asking her to stay to negotiate an end to the partial US government shutdown.

The president was able to halt the trip by denying the use of military aircraft to Mrs Pelosi and a delegation.

On Wednesday Mrs Pelosi had urged Mr Trump to postpone his State of the Union address, amid political deadlock.

Mr Trump’s move came on the 27th day of the US’s longest-ever federal shutdown.

The Republican president wants $5.7bn (£4.4bn) of congressional funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but Democrats have refused.

Mr Trump’s cancellation of the trip emerged less than an hour before the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives was scheduled to leave on Thursday afternoon, US media say.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared the president’s letter in a tweet.

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“I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown,” Mr Trump wrote.

The president added that Mrs Pelosi could proceed with the trip – which he described as a “public relations event” – using a commercial airline.

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Drew Hammill, Mrs Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said her travel to Afghanistan had required a stop in Brussels to allow pilots to rest, as well as to meet top Nato commanders “to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment” to the alliance.

Mr Hammill said the plans did not include a visit to Egypt, and noted that Mr Trump and Republicans have travelled during a shutdown.

Mrs Pelosi’s travel had not been announced before Mr Trump’s letter.

Some commentators expressed dismay that the president would reveal plans about a trip to a war zone by a congresswoman who is third in line to the presidency.

The zero-sum battle drags on

Analysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News

The shutdown chess match between Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi has turned into a game of checkers.

The House speaker threatens to take away his State of the Union Address? The president erases her congressional trip to Afghanistan.

Jump-jump-jump. Your move.

The White House had reportedly been caught flat-footed by Ms Pelosi’s State of the Union announcement on Wednesday and was searching for ways to circumvent the speaker’s threatened roadblock.

There’s still no obvious solution for them, but that hasn’t kept the president from firing back.

How the American public perceives this tit-for-tat is an open question.

At least so far, the president appears to be shouldering the lion’s share of the blame for the government shutdown.

At some point, however, the governmental dysfunction could drag everyone down.

Meanwhile, 800,000 federal employees continue to work – or sit at home – without pay.

Government websites crash, services grind to a halt and the economic toll begins to mount.

This has become a zero-sum battle where the costs of continuing to fight are matched only by the political price to be paid if a side backs down.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters Mr Trump’s action “demeans the presidency” while Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called Mrs Pelosi’s threat to cancel the state of the union address “irresponsible” and Mr Trump’s response “also inappropriate”.

One sophomoric response does not deserve another. Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC)

President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC)

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A White House aide told US media that the trip “would have guaranteed” that federal workers would miss their second paycheque “because [Mrs Pelosi] would not have been here to negotiate any kind of deal”.

However, Mr Trump has not banned Mrs Pelosi from going – just from using military aircraft.

Fox News also reports that members of Congress who were due to join the trip have been left sitting on a US Air Force bus at Capitol Hill as staff at the Capitol, State, Pentagon and White House scramble to handle the situation.

In her own letter to Mr Trump on Wednesday, Mrs Pelosi called on him to reschedule his annual address to Congress since “the extraordinary demands presented” by the event could not be met during the shutdown.

Mr Trump has not yet directly responded to the request to move his speech, but in an email to campaign supporters, he said he was “disinvited” from his address to the American people.

The White House may not have an official response to Nancy Pelosi’s State of the Union delay request, but Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign is fund-raising off it. pic.twitter.com/kfWENEW1Va

— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher)

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Earlier on Thursday, Ms Pelosi told reporters that the Democrats did not want security officers working unpaid.

“Maybe he thinks it’s okay not to pay people who work,” Ms Pelosi said. “I don’t.”

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Democrats in the House passed another bill to re-open parts of the government, but like past attempts, it is expected to fail in the Republican-led Senate.

The new stopgap bill proposes to re-open the government through 28 February.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to take up any legislation that does not have the president’s approval, and has accused Democrats of wasting time.