Trump Says Hush Money ‘Not A Campaign Violation’, North Carolina To Keep Confederate Monuments.

Trump Says Hush Money ‘Not A Campaign Violation’

President Donald Trump is defending the hush money payments made by his former attorney Michael Cohen to a pair of women, insisting, contrary to Cohen’s guilty plea, that the effort wasn’t “even a campaign violation.”  Trump is telling “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt in an interview set to air Thursday that the payments “didn’t come out of the campaign, and that’s big.”  He says wrongly that if the money had come from the campaign, “that could be a little dicey,” but since it “came from me” it’s “not even a campaign violation.”  Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a series of charges and said Trump had directed him to arrange the payments to influence the election. Corporations are not permitted to contribute to campaigns and money intended to influence an election must be reported.

Questions About Officer-Involved Shooting

(Silver Spring, MD) — The Silver Spring community is still seeking answers two months after a deadly officer-involved shooting. Neighbors and city officials met for a discussion last night on how to prevent another deadly officer-involved shooting in Montgomery County like the one that left 41-year-old Robert White dead on June 11th. Many raised questions about why the officer opened fire and why authorities determined it was justified. Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger says an internal investigation is still ongoing.

Floreen Gets On Ballot As Independent

(Montgomery County, MD) — Montgomery County voters will have another choice for county executive in November. County Council member Nancy Floreen has collected enough signatures to put her name on the ballot as an Independent candidate. She reportedly needed valid signatures from one-percent of registered voters. Floreen is challenging Democrat Marc Elrich and Republican Robin Ficker for the county’s top elected position. Floreen, a Democrat, is a 16-year at-large council member and former mayor of Garrett Park.

North Carolina To Keep Confederate Monuments

A North Carolina historical commission decided Wednesday that three Confederate monuments will remain on the state Capitol grounds with newly added context about slavery and civil rights, weighing in less than two days after another rebel statue was torn down by protesters at the state’s flagship university.  The state Historical Commission was responding to a request by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to move the 20th-century monuments from the Capitol.  The commission voted 10-1 to reinterpret the three monuments by adding more information about slavery. It urged construction of a memorial to black citizens as soon as possible. The group of academic and amateur historians also recognized that monuments on the Capitol grounds are imbalanced toward the Civil War and the Confederacy.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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