White House shuns subpoenas for data on fed prosecutors

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush moved one step closer to a constitutional showdown with Democrats on Thursday, as the White House asserted executive privilege in refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents related to the dismissals of federal prosecutors. The move prompted Democrats to accuse the White House of stonewalling, and seemed to put the legislative and executive branches on a collision course that could land them in court. It was only the second time in Bush’s presidency that he has formally asserted executive privilege, the power first recognized by the Supreme Court in a 1974 Watergate-era case. On Thursday morning, the White House counsel, Fred F. Fielding, telephoned the Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, which had issued the subpoenas, to inform them of Bush’s decision. The president also intends to invoke executive privilege to prevent two of his former top aides, Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, and Sara Taylor, the former political director, from testifying, officials said. “With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path,” Fielding wrote in a letter to the respective committee chairmen, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan. Conyers called the Fielding letter “an appalling response to a reasonable question,” adding: “This is reckless; it’s a form of governmental lawlessness that is really astounding.” The letter seemed to lay the groundwork for how the administration will respond to unrelated subpoenas issued by the Senate panel Wednesday to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office and the Justice Department for information about the domestic-eavesdropping program run by the National Security Agency. Administration officials said they had not decided how to respond to those demands, but experts said it seemed clear the White House would refuse to comply in that case as well. The clash pits the congressional right to oversight against the president’s right to unfettered and candid advice from his top aides. Experts disagree about how a court might rule.last_img read more

Erratic Driver Arrested for Operating While Intoxicated; Three Children Unrestrained in the Van

first_imgWhile talking with the driver, Porche Sanders, age 35 of Chicago, IL, Trooper Drudge began to suspect that Sanders may be intoxicated and he also noticed three children in the back of the van without child seats or seatbelts on. Following an investigation for operating while intoxicated, Sanders was ultimately arrested on preliminary charges of: Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment, A-Misdemeanor, Operating While Intoxicated, C-Misdemeanor, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, A-Misdemeanor. Sanders was then transported to the St. Joseph County Jail. What started as a call from a concerned motorist on the Indiana Toll Road ultimately led to the arrest of a Chicago woman for operating while intoxicated and more. On August 10th at approximately 9:40 p.m. troopers on the Indiana Toll Road received a call from a concerned motorist about a Pontiac minivan that was driving erratically on the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County.A short time later Trooper Matthew Drudge located this van and subsequently stopped it for several traffic violations eastbound at the 75 mile marker.  This is located two miles west of the South Bend/Notre Dame exit.last_img read more

Solid turnout for snowy Remembrance Day service

first_imgThe large crowd at the cenotaph in downtown Chatham didn’t let the weather stop them from remembering the fallen on Monday.An estimated 1,000 people, including many schoolchildren, stood quietly for the Remembrance Day ceremony, one of several that took place throughout the municipality.Tom Mountain, chairperson of the event, said he was “quite surprised” by the number, adding he was happy to see such am “excellent turnout.”With the snow falling, the Chatham-Kent police honour guard, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 642 Pipe Band, and a group of legion members, veterans and dignitaries marched down King Street West.Local elementary students performed the music and sang a version of John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.At the ceremony’s conclusion – after all the wreaths were laid – the gathering was invited to place poppies on the cenotaph.Mountain admitted it can be challenging for musicians to play in such conditions but said he was impressed by the day’s performances..However, a scheduled fly-over by four planes had to be cancelled because of the weather.Next year, Mountain said there is a special ceremony in the works to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. It will take place at Maple Leaf Cemetery.Monday’s event also marked the end of the third annual Christ Church C-K Remembers vigil, which featured residents and groups standing at the cenotaph in shifts since last week.Ron Hunter, one of the organizers, said about 50 people of all ages took part.“We had really good turnout from service groups and individuals,” he said.Hunter added that organizers will try to get the word out about the vigil earlier next year to fill additional time slots.“We see people who are committed to it,” he said. “Whether it would be (people with) family members who were in the war and suffered, but also a lot of those people who recognize the fact we can’t forget about this kind of stuff.”[email protected]/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterA number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.Spencer’s Hebert earns all-WIAC honorsKyleigh Hebert, a 2012 Spencer High School graduate, recently earned a high honor following her senior season for the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s basketball team.Hebert averaged 11.2 points per game, which ranked eighth in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and was named to the first team of the all-WIAC squad.Hebert averaged a conference-best 4 assists per game and was second in the WIAC with 2.4 steals per game for the Blue Devils, who finished 10-16 overall and 4-10 in the conference.Kummer wraps up freshman season at Cardinal StrichEllie Kummer, a 2015 Marshfield High School graduate, recently finished her freshman season on the Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) women’s basketball team.Kummer played in 15 of the Wolf Pack’s 33 games, averaging 5.2 minutes and 1.3 points per game.Kummer, who graduated from Marshfield as the 11th leading scorer in program history, was part of a Cardinal Stritch team that finished 25-8 overall, 15-3 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament.Kummer played three minutes and did not score in the Wolf Pack’s 82-52 win over Lawrence Tech (Mich.) in the first round of the tournament and did not play in their 84-65 loss to No. 1-ranked Morningside (Iowa) in the second round.Varsho starting for UW-Milwaukee baseballDaulton Varsho, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, is off to a great start for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team.As of April 7, the sophomore catcher was hitting .374 (40-for-107) and led the team with four home runs, 19 RBIs, three triples, and 24 runs scored as the Panthers got off to an 11-13 start and a 4-1 mark in the Horizon League.Varsho went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Panthers’ 6-5 win over Valparaiso on April 3.The Panthers were scheduled to host Wright State for a pair of Horizon League games on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

10 months agoThomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey insists he’s committed to the club.While Thomas started the match against Espanyol last week, he has often been left out of Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for the biggest matches.”Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico,” he said after the game.”To be happy you have to play in important games and feel stronger, more confident.The Ghanaian wanted to clarify his statements and went to social media in order to do so.”On Saturday after the match I made some statements that were not understood well,” he wrote.”I want to explain myself better.”Atletico is the club where I want to be and I would like to keep growing as a player, for the club and for the fans.”And it’s true that I feel like I can be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day.”I do not want to be content and that is good [as I look to become] the best player that I can be.”Merry Christmas and Aupa Atleti!” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clash

first_imgLiverpool fullback Robertson to miss Napoli clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is set to miss Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli.Robertson is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday night.Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Robbo didn’t train today and we have to see. “It is not a major thing, it was more precautionary today, but it is not 100 per cent sure [he will be available].”We will have to test it tomorrow and then we will see.”Initially it was reported that Robertson had been cleared as he had travelled with the squad but he missed training on Monday morning with a slight knock. The Reds sold Alberto Moreno in the summer and did not sign a back-up left-back. This means James Milner or Joe Gomez is likely to play in defence if Robertson can not overcome his knock in time. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspension

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes cops suspensionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona Juvenil A Victor Valdes has been given a two match ban after his referee outburst. The Barca great will not be on the sidelines for the clashes against Atletico Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu. Valdes was sent off against Girona, for insulting the assistant referee. “F*** yourself,” said Valdes to the assistant and he was dismissed for it.The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over recently and along with Patrick Kluivert, is one of the ex-pros being brought back into the club. last_img read more

Francesco Totti was Salahs boyhood idol

first_imgAS Roma legend Francesco Totti was Mohamed Salah’s boyhood idol with the star forward having also admired Brazil icon Ronaldo during his youth daysRoma’s “Golden Boy” spent his entire 25-year playing at the Italian capital and scored 307 goals in his 786 appearances in all competitions and was named as the Serie A Footballer of the Year in both 2000 and 2003.Salah, who managed to have the rare opportunity to play alongside the former forward at Roma, revealed that he had been a big fan of Totti’s ever since his formative years in Eygpt.“I’ve said it before many times. The Brazilian Ronaldo and [Francesco] Totti,” revealed Salah, according to Liverpool Echo.“He’s unbelievable. He’s quality – both as a person and a player. He’s calm, which is great but has a very quiet confidence. I learnt a lot from him.”Since joining Liverpool last summer, Salah has netted an outstanding 43 goals across all competitions this season and has been touted as a potential candidate to end both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s decade-long dominance of the Ballon d’Or award.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The Egyptian forward will face Ronaldo in this month’s Champions League final with Liverpool hoping to upset the odds and defeat Real Madrid at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.But a modest Salah has dismissed the recent comparisons that have been made between himself and the Portuguese star.“No, not for me,” said the 25-year-old.“I knew from the beginning of the season that I had a target [for goals] in my mind.“I will keep it until the end of the season and then I will say what it is. I’m happy about what I did until now, and I want to keep doing that until the last game, so yeah, we’re going to see. We will do another interview at the end of the season! It’s fine.”last_img read more

Gylfi makes Iceland proud

first_imgFormer Bolton Wanderers defender Gretar Steinsson says Gylfi Sigurdsson was the “leader” of the Iceland national team whose performances at this summer’s World Cup filled the Scandinavian country with pride.Steinsson continued by insisting it would be remiss to overlook Sigurdsson’s selfless attitude when he plays for his country today.“Gylfi, in my opinion, is the leader of the group,” Steinsson told evertonfc.com.“He is the biggest footballer in Iceland. But what is underestimated, is what he sacrifices for the good of the team: for the group dynamics and how the team is set up.“He can play as one of two up front, in the hole behind the striker, which I think is his best position, from the left, or in a midfield two.“He just does the job. And he does it with extreme professionalism.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“His qualities are more on display in the Premier League. For Iceland, he will play wherever he needs to and bring others into the game.“I would personally want to see him higher up the pitch but we have a lot of players who can do that. With him being behind them, he can make them better and, in turn, the whole team better.“Then he has his set pieces, his runs into the box and, when he has the opportunity, he can pull the trigger at the edge of the area.“Gylfi sacrificing himself and understanding what is needed for that football team to function at its best and allowing the team to shine ahead of himself – and he is the star – is very rarely spoken about.”last_img read more