After a brief call for more civility in response to the flurry of bombs sent to past and current Democratic leaders, President Trump still clings to his campaign against the press as "the enemy of the people."
When some of the nation's top spies joined each other on stage at a conference Thursday, the question of whether Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and state elections systems soon came up.
CIA director, John Brennan disputed the claim that nothing was gained by so-called "torture" tactics. "Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom (the harsh techniques) were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives," he said. "The intelligence gained from the program were critical to our understanding of al-Qaida, and continues to inform our counter-terrorism efforts to this day."
It's hard to avoid concluding that the confidentiality clause in Baltimore police brutality settlements is meant to protect those who govern the city, rather than those in whose name the city is governed. And in this regard — as, alas, in so many others — Baltimore embodies in an acute form one of the country's broader failures: the lack of accountability among our leaders for their extensive misbehavior.
The Laurel Historical Society has elected four new members to its Board of Directors. The new members are Kevin Leonard, History Matters columnist for the Laurel Leader and president of the Leonard Group, a local historical research company; Laurel City Council president Fred Smalls; Mariam Thakker, owner of Main Street Pharmacy and MFT Events; and Kelly White, assistant vice president, cash management, at Revere National Bank.