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2. University of Michigan opera professor David Daniels harassed student; remains on payroll

ANN ARBOR, MI - The University of Michigan last month determined that tenured professor David Daniels, a world-famous opera singer, sexually harassed at least one student in March 2017, according to an email obtained by The Ann Arbor News/MLive. The university's Office of Institutional Equity sent the email to a student on March 27, substantiating findings that Daniels violated policy when he offered to pay the student $300 for sex using the Grindr hookup phone application in March 2017. Messages between Daniels and one student indicate Daniels knew the student and realized he was being inappropriate. A federal lawsuit filed against the University of Michigan and on-leave opera professor David Daniels has been dismissed, but it could be revived in state court. The portion of the lawsuit filed against UM remains in federal court and more broadly accuses the university of being "Deliberately indifferent" to various allegations made against Daniels, because of his value and status as a "Renowned singer."

4. Nearly 60 Doctors, Other Medical Workers Charged In Federal Opioid Sting

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5. GOP lawmaker withdraws invite for AOC to visit Kentucky mine.

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is firing back at her Republican colleagues after one of them rescinded an invitation to visit a coal mine in Kentucky. Ocasio-Cortez's taunt comes after GOP Rep. James Comer offered an alternative reason why his fellow Kentucky Republican, Rep. Andy Barr, might want to rescind his coal mine invite - and it isn't because of Barr's stated rationale that she had gotten into a Twitter spat with another GOP member. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez April 16, 2019 "But Ocasio-Cortez has a movement of millennials that follow her," Comer said. Barr had made the invitation to Ocasio-Cortez after the self-described democratic socialist ardently defended her Green New Deal at a congressional hearing against criticisms that the environmental policy goals outlined in the plan represented "Elitist" concerns. Barr rescinded his invitation last week after Ocasio-Cortez got into Twitter tangle with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, for his criticism of their fellow freshman Illhan Omar's remarks on a completely separate issue - the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

6. 'This whole thing is a shitshow and a sham': Capitol Hill is in a frenzy following 2 bombshell revelations about the upcoming Mueller report

The department said Barr would also give insights into what prompted him to draw his "Principal conclusions" about Mueller's findings and would take questions from reporters about the contents of the report and the process of redacting and releasing it. Barr 'appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump,' Democrats say Sources have told ABC News that the discussions involved a broad and nonspecific briefing on the report that focused primarily on the mechanics of the document. Nadler added that his "Central concern" was that Barr "Is not allowing the facts of the Mueller report to speak for themselves but is trying to bake in the narrative about the report to the benefit of the White House." Democratic congressional aides pointed to a discrepancy between the narrative pushed by the White House and the steps Barr has taken since Mueller's team submitted its report. Another committee aide said Democratic lawmakers were furious that Barr had decided to hold a press conference before releasing the report to Congress.

7. Clips show Fox News personalities slamming Obama for the same things Trump does now.

A new supercut video shows Fox News hosts slamming former President Barack Obama for the same actions that they either ignore or praise when it comes to President Donald Trump. The footage, assembled by NowThis News, highlights personalities on the right-wing network attacking the former president for golfing, tweeting, executive actions, criticizing the press and being "Almost obsessed with cable TV," among other things. The video features Fox News personalities who were on the air during the Obama years, and several are no longer with the network. Many of the hosts who've joined Fox News since then are very supportive of Trump. A few on the "News side" of the operation, including anchor Shep Smith, have been more critical of the president and the network's hosts who uncritically support him.

8. On eve of Mueller report’s release, Nadler accuses Barr of protecting Trump

Barr is scheduled to speak to the press at 9:30 a.m. "The attorney general appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump - the very subject of investigation at the heart of the Mueller report - rather than letting the facts speak for themselves," Nadler said. Nadler noted that Barr's decision to characterize the report in public remarks runs counter to what Barr said after he released a four-page letter detailing the "Principal conclusions" of Mueller's 400-page report last month. Barr, in his letter to Congress, announced that Mueller did not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia and did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump sought to obstruct justice during the investigation of his 2016 campaign. Last week at the House Democratic retreat, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr was acting more like the attorney general of Trump then the attorney general of the United States. Democrats are expected to subpoena Barr for the entire Mueller report, and the clash is expected to play out in federal court.

9. Trump's initial reaction to Mueller's appointment: 'I'm fucked'

Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. According to Politico's Dan Diamon the report details Trump's initial reaction the Mueller's appointment. "Trump's reported reaction when he was told Mueller was appointed: 'This is the end of my presidency. I'm fucked.'" The quote is on page 290 of the report, detailing a conversation in the Oval Office after then Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump of the appointment. In a previously unreported episode, the report said that in June 2017, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest. For all of that, Mueller said in his report that he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction of justice.

10. Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will not be released until after Ramadan

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law, announced on Wednesday that the administration's long-awaited Middle East peace plan will be released after Ramadan. The Trump administration has remained tight-lipped about the plan's content. Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will not be released until after Ramadan. The Trump administration still hopes that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will support the planUS President Donald Trump, seated with adviser Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. "The Trump peace plan is now likely to be presented in full co-ordination with Mr Netanyahu," Daniel Shapiro, of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said last week.

11. White House and Justice Dept. Officials Discussed Mueller Report Before Release

The report might make clear which of Mr. Trump's current and former advisers spoke to the special counsel, how much they said and how much damage they did to the president - providing a kind of road map for retaliation. Even a redacted report is likely to answer some of the outstanding questions about Russia's attempts to sabotage the election, contacts between Kremlin intermediaries and the Trump campaign and the president's efforts to derail the investigation. The special counsel's examination of whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice focused on whether the president used his position atop the executive branch to impede the Russia investigation. Mr. Mueller's team examined Mr. Trump's effort to end an investigation into his first national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, and oust law enforcement officials - like the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey - who Mr. Trump believed were disloyal. Mr. Barr gave ammunition to those efforts last week, when he described law enforcement surveillance of the Trump campaign as "Spying." The remark reinforced a narrative long pushed by Mr. Trump and his allies in Congress - that a "Deep state" tried to prevent a Mr. Trump from becoming president and has tried to undo his presidency.

12. Bill Weld: I'm in GOP primary to beat Trump, not just weaken him.

Bill Weld, the Republican former governor of Massachusetts who is mounting primary challenge to President Donald Trump, insisted Wednesday he is running to win his party's presidential nomination, not just weaken Trump. Weld made his longshot bid official earlier this week, offering GOP voters the alternative that multiple prominent Never-Trump Republicans have asked for, though none have yet endorsed the former governor. Weld asserted that part of his path to the GOP nomination lies in winning over independent voters or Republicans millennials, Gen Xers and suburban women that the GOP has lost ground with. "One of the questions is how many Democrats are going to say, I would like to cast a vote directly against Mr. Trump instead of throwing a dart at one of 15 - very good - but still one of 15 Democratic candidates," Weld argued, saying he'd heard as much from voters. Regardless, Weld faces a primary in which the party machinery is firmly under Trump's control.

13. It’s Been Over 300 Days Since a Pentagon Press Briefing. That Should Concern All Americans — Including the Military

Apparently taking the lead from the White House, the Pentagon has gone more than 300 days since the last time an official spokesperson stood up and gave an on-camera briefing to the press. We need to think about the advantages of our government leaders - especially our military and intelligence teams - having an open stance toward the press. Second, we should also use our open press briefings for key strategic communications to our own public and the international community. To do this, we gave briefings at every level of the campaign and used social media to outline our actions, and we were very open with the press after each strike. Helping the public understand the military and security issues at play is the best way to reduce the far-too-wide gap between civilians and the military in a nation where less than.5% of the population is serving in uniform.

14. Dozens of doctors in five states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex

Dozens of medical professionals in seven states were charged Wednesday with participating in the illegal prescribing of more than 32 million pain pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids. The 60 people indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals. Last year, the department charged 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. The arrests could leave thousands of addicts and legitimate pain patients without access to their doctors and health-care professionals. The companies have blamed the epidemic on corrupt doctors and pain management clinics and say the epidemic is too complicated to attribute to their actions.

15. Triton College's approach to administrative hiring fosters system of 'white supremacy,' professor says

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16. Iranian female boxer cancels return home after arrest warrant issued

PARIS - Sadaf Khadem, who on Saturday became the first Iranian woman to contest an official boxing bout, has canceled her return to Tehran after an arrest warrant was issued for her there, her representative said on Wednesday. An arrest warrant was also issued against Mahyar Monshipour, the Iranian-born former boxing world champion who set up the bout in western France and was planning to travel back to Iran with Khadem this week, the representative, Clara Dallay, told Reuters. On Saturday, Khadem beat local boxer Anne Chauvin in an amateur bout. Iran's Boxing Federation said on Monday that it organized no bouts for women and would bear no responsibility for individual competitors. A spokesman from Iran's embassy in Paris said he had received a request to confirm there was an arrest warrant out and to comment on Khadem's and her coach's decision not to return to Iran.

18. Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. The veto - the second in Trump's presidency - was expected. Congress has grown uneasy with Trump's close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he tries to further isolate Iran, a regional rival. Trump issued his first veto last month on legislation related to immigration. Congress voted to block the emergency declaration and Trump vetoed that measure.

20. Revealed: The U.S. military's 36 code-named operations in Africa

Until poor weather prevented it, that team was supposed to lend support to another group of American commandos who were trying to kill or capture Islamic State leader Doundoun Cheffou as part of Obsidian Nomad II.Juniper Shield and Obsidian Nomad II were not isolated efforts but part of a panoply of named military operations and activities U.S. forces have been conducting from dozens of bases across the northern tier of Africa. The code-named operations cover a variety of different military missions, ranging from psychological operations to counterterrorism. Eight of the named activities, including Obsidian Nomad, are so-called 127e programs, named for the budgetary authority that allows U.S. special operations forces to use certain host-nation military units as surrogates in counterterrorism missions. Using documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, interviews, published reports and a Defense Department list of named U.S. military operations that leaked online, Yahoo News put together the following list of 36 operations and activities that are ongoing in Africa. The U.S. military continued transporting French forces in and out of the Central African Republic, and the mission was still underway in early 2018.Base used: Abeche, Chad.EXILE HUNTER: One of a family of similarly named counterterrorism efforts that U.S. special operations forces have conducted in East Africa.

21. Deutsche Bank faces action over $20bn Russian money-laundering scheme

Germany's troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of "Senior management" because of its role in a $20bn Russian money-laundering scheme, a confidential internal report seen by the Guardian says. Deutsche Bank was used to launder the money via its corresponding banking network - effectively allowing illegal Russian payments to be funnelled to the US, the European Union and Asia. As part of its investigation, Deutsche Bank sent 149 "Suspicious activity reports" to the National Crime Agency in London. The New York Department of Financial Services fined the bank $425m over the same case, in which roubles were converted into dollars via fake trades on behalf of VIP Russian clients. The bank is under investigation for its role in Europe's biggest banking scandal, involving Denmark's Danske Bank.

22. Beto O'Rourke releases 10 years of tax returns.

Former Rep., who is running for president in 2020 released 10 years of his tax returns on Monday. The tax returns stretch from 2008 through 2017, and his campaign said in a statement that O'Rourke will release his 2018 returns "As soon as possible after they are filed." Monday is the deadline for people to file their 2018 returns, the first that reflect 's tax-cut law, but people can request a six-month extension. O'Rourke became the latest of several 2020 candidates to release his financial information amid an intensified push from Democrats to obtain President Trump's tax returns. Sen. also released 10 years of tax returns on Monday. Trump has yet to publicly disclose his returns, saying that he is under audit and won't release his taxes until he isn't, though the IRS has publicly said an audit in no way prevents Americans from disclosing their tax info.

23. New study shows grim outlook for future of Air Force pilot shortage

The study tackles the pilot shortage from seven different angles including pilot quality of life, quality of service, what it would take to increase the pilot training pipeline and how feasible a "Pilot-only career track" would be. To keep the Air Force Major Commands staffed with pilots, the service needs 12,842 active duty pilots; 3,843 Air National Guard pilots and 3,684 reserve pilots in a steady state. A recent RAND study found the cost of training a basic qualified fighter pilot ranges from $5.6 million for an F-16 pilot to $10.9 million for an F-22 pilot. The study found that retaining pilots is more efficient than training new ones even if the Air Force increased its yearly incentive pay to $100,000 per year of additional commitment to retain mid-career pilots. The study states that major airline hiring increased steadily from 2012 and during that timeframe the number of eligible Air Force pilots who took aviation bonuses decreased from 67% to 44%. To the Air Force's credit, it has tried to better quality of life and service.

24. House panel opens probe into allegation Trump told immigration official to break the law and promised a pardon

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday opened a probe into reports that President Trump told one of his acting Cabinet heads to break immigration law - and vowed to pardon him if he faced legal consequences for doing so. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the panel, and Rep. Steve Cohen, the subcommittee chairman on constitutional matters, asked acting homeland security secretary Kevin K. McAleenan to testify before Congress and provide the names of all Department of Homeland Security employees who were in the room when Trump allegedly asked him and other agents to break asylum laws and block asylum seekers from entering the United States. The request follows reports by CNN and the New York Times that Trump told McAleenan to stop allowing migrants to claim asylum at the U.S. border - then promised he would pardon him should he find himself in legal jeopardy for breaking the law. The Judiciary panel has been investigating whether Trump has abused his power and engaged in public corruption. The chairmen suggested in their Tuesday letter that the reported allegations fall squarely into their probe, following what they called "a troubling pattern of conduct that has emerged over the past two years that appears to demonstrate that President Trump views the pardon power as a political tool, or even worse, as an expedient mechanism for circumventing the law or avoiding the consequences of his conduct."

25. Malaysia begins inquiry into 2015 discovery of mass graves, human trafficking camps

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia began a public inquiry on Wednesday into the discovery of mass graves and suspected human trafficking camps in the jungles near its border with Thailand, which prompted a regional crisis in 2015, and accusations over obstruction of justice. The men's testimony confirmed media reports and rights groups' statements that authorities had known about the camps four months before going public in May 2015. In a report last month, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission and rights group Fortify Rights said authorities had destroyed one of the camps a day after its discovery, wiping out evidence that could have aided police investigations. The discovery of similar camps and graves on the Thai side of the border triggered a regional crisis in 2015. A Thai crackdown on the camps prompted traffickers to abandon thousands of migrants in overloaded boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.