- Friday, NBC News, released an excerpt of an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Megan Kelly. In the interview, Putin was asked about Russian interference with the United States Presidential election. Declaring that hackers “They can be in Russia, in Asia even in America, Latin America.” The U. S Justice has found a direct link between the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Russia. Putin still denies ‘official’ interference but did admit that “patriotic” Russians citizens may have taken it upon themselves to target “those who say bad things about Russia.” The U.S. intelligence community believes Putin ordered the hacking, most likely to undermine Hillary Clinton and boost Trump. But Putin has steadfastly denied the allegations.
- The month of June is celebrated as LGBT Pride Month yet President Donald Trump has yet to issue a proclamation for Pride Month, breaking a recent tradition that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender advocacy groups call “deeply disappointing.” Because the President has not signed an official proclamation for Pride Month, it is forcing federal agencies to hold back their own issuance proclaiming the month and materials related to the designation of the month of June. The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at the Pentagon, for example, last posted materials and posters for Pride Month in a May 20, 2016, but here have not been any updates on the LGBT Pride Month.
3. Bill Maher, the HBO late-night host of “Real Time,” was criticized widely on social media after an interview with a Nebraska senator that aired Friday night where the host joked that he is a “house [expletive].” The interview was with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska about his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult.” In the interview, Sasse and Maher were talking about the maturity of Americans when Maher pointed out that adults in California dress up for Halloween. Maher asked the Senator if that happens in Nebraska with Sasse replying “It’s frowned upon. We don’t do that quite as much,” Sasse said. “I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” Maher replied. “You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” the senator added. “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n****r,” Maher said. The audience groaned but Maher interjected “it was a joke.” Joke or not, it set off a storm on social media with some calling for the firing of Maher. Deray McKesson, activist and Black Lives Matter leader tweeted, “But really, @BillMaher has got to go. There are no explanations that make this acceptable.”
- Three former Penn State administrators were sentenced Friday to jail terms for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal. Former President Graham Spanier, who was the only one of the three to take his case to trial, was sentenced to the shortest time in prison: 4 to 12 months, with two months in jail and two months under house arrest. He also will serve two years’ probation, pay $7,500 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service. Former Vice President Gary Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months and Former Athletic Director Tim Curley was sentenced to 7 to 23 months, with three months to be served in jail.
- Thursday, former FBI director, James Comey has been scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions regarding President Trump and whether he tried to interfere with the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey will also be asked about what President Trump described as being told on three separate occasions Comey, that the President was not under investigation. The White House now is facing a dilemma. Will they invoke executive privilege so that Comey can’t testify? The problem is because the President spoke publicly about the supposed conversations executive privilege would not be attached.