Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over admissions fraud at top US schools

Scheme helped wealthy Americans buy their childrens way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford US federal prosecutors have charged Hollywood actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, along with almost 50 other people, over a $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their childrens way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Huffman was due to appear in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. Her husband, actor William H Macy, showed up at court ahead of his wifes appearance to face a charge of bribery. Two hundred FBI agents were involved in the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, which exposed charging documents,Singers operation arranged for examiners to take college admissions exams in …

Bernie Sanders Chicago 2020 speech focuses on fight against racism

The Vermont senator concluded a two-part launch in the Windy City, harking back to his student days in the civil rights era In the city that inspired his political activism, Bernie Sanders concluded a two-part presidential campaign launch with a personal anecdote: As a college student in Chicago, he was arrested during a civil rights protest against segregation of public schools. Before a crowd of 12,500 at the Navy Pier on Sunday night, Sanders recalled that in the 1960s, school officials in Chicago set up portable trailers for black students to keep them from attending white schools. One day, many of us went to the spot where they planned to put the trailers, Sanders said. We were corralled by a …

Donald Trump has a new fixer: House Republicans | Wajahat Ali

How long will the Republican party continue to do Donald Trumps bidding? With Michael Cohen testifying in front of the House oversight and reform committee, congressional Republicans were gifted with another opportunity to sink lower in their moral abyss due to their self-immolating fealty to Donald Trump. Cohen, who has dropped a blistering 20-page opening statement painting an overwhelming and damning portrait of a Trump as a morally corrupt, vain and insecure criminal with a history of using fraud and intimidation to slither out of trouble. Cohen alleges Trump lied about his efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow and insinuated Cohen should do the same. Cohen also named Trump as Individual 1 who directed him to engage in …