NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands various issues have been raised about all three nominees he is considering to head the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and that's why he will be conducting interviews with an eye toward suitability. "I think that's why we do our due diligence," Haslam said last week. "I mean, obviously, if I'm being interviewed I've got issues, right? None of us has a perfect background. Our job in the interview process is to ask about those things and then other things, as well, to see if there's an issue and find out what the full story is." Meanwhile, the governor's legal counsel is using a retired FBI special agent to conduct background investigations on the three prospective nominees: Acting TBI Director Jason Locke; former Bradley County sheriff Tim Gobble, who once was a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service and currently serves on the state Parole Board; and Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. They were approved earlier this month … [Read more...] about Haslam on issues involving finalists for TBI director post: ‘None of us has a perfect background’
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyer launched a blistering courtroom attack on the comedian's accuser Tuesday, branding her a con artist whose goal was "money, money and lots more money."Tom Mesereau told jurors in his opening statement at the former TV star's sex-assault trial that Andrea Constand wasn't attracted to Cosby but was "madly in love" with his fame and money and made up the accusations to score a big payday.He said she "hit the jackpot" when Cosby paid her $3.4 million to settle her lawsuit over allegations he drugged and molested her in 2004.Prosecutors say it was the "Cosby Show" star who betrayed Constand's trust by giving her pills and then violating her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion. Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.A jury deadlocked at his first trial last spring, setting the stage for a retrial.District Attorney Kevin Steele revealed the previously secret settlement amount in … [Read more...] about Cosby lawyer launches fierce attack on ‘con artist’ accuser
THE BIG IDEA: With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. SAN FRANCISCO — When Mark Zuckerberg is under the klieg lights on Capitol Hill today, he will emphasize Facebook’s endorsement of the Honest Ads Act. “We know some members of Congress are exploring ways to increase transparency around political or issue advertising, and we’re happy to keep working with Congress on that,” the founder and chief executive of the social networking giant plans to say, according to his prepared testimony. Technology companies pride themselves on being insulated from the sorts of burdensome government requirements that apply to most other industries. So why on Earth would Zuckerberg support a new law that would be expensive to comply with and, thus, ostensibly hurt his bottom line? Here are six reasons: 1. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Zuckerberg declined to come when Congress beckoned last fall, sending his general counsel to testify in his stead … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook
National Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image A metal fence runs along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Ariz. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David McNew/Getty Images A metal fence runs along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Ariz. David McNew/Getty Images "DACA is dead," President Trump declared Monday on Twitter, after an Easter Sunday tweetstorm claiming that large caravans of migrants are heading to the border to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He also blasted Mexico for not stopping the influx and repeated his call for a border wall. The president's tweets include some debatable claims about DACA, border security, and immigration law and policy on both sides of the Southern border. NPR reporters who follow immigration and the debate in Congress fact-checked six of his tweets: Claim 1: "Caravans" of migrants are crossing the border Border Patrol … [Read more...] about Trump’s Tweets On ‘Caravans’ Crossing The Border, Annotated