Vandals are damaging NHS staff’s cars and stripping them of parts while they treat patients in hospitals.
Four sites have been targeted in south Wales in the past year, including Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Talbot Green, near Llantrisant.
A car bonnet and a grill was stolen from a white Citreon DS3 there on Thursday between 8.30am and 4.00pm, Wales Online says.
In a separate incident, a bonnet was also stolen off a white Ford Fiesta.
Ellie Kinson works at the hospital and was a passenger with her colleague in the Citroen.
She finished work and arrived at the car to see the window smashed so the bonnet could not be opened.
“My colleague parked her car in the car park around 8:30 roughly, and we finished work at approximately 4pm,” the 25-year-old woman said.
Source: NHS workers’ cars stripped of parts as they treat patients in hospitals – Mirror Online
The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted largely along party lines on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) broke with his party to vote with the Democrats on the panel.
The high-stakes vote took place just hours after the Justice and Commerce Departments announced that President Trump had asserted executive privilege over the subpoenaed documents, which were tied to the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Wednesday’s vote, which comes just one day after the House voted to empower committee chairs with more legal authority to enforce their subpoenas, is a further escalation of the battle between the Trump administration and House Democrats investigating the president.
The citizenship question has been hotly contested since Ross announced in March 2018 that it would be included on the 2020 census, stating that the Justice Department had requested the question in order to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.
Source: House Oversight votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt | TheHill
A group of prominent Republican attorneys this week released a new video arguing that President Donald Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller had Department of Justice guidelines allowed for the indictment of a sitting president.
The video features three prominent lawyers who have served under Republican presidents: Jeffrey Harris, who served as deputy associate Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan; Paul Rosenzweig, a deputy assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for former President George W. Bush; and Donald Ayer, who served as deputy Attorney General for George H.W. Bush.
Source: GOP attorneys release a devastating video that lays out the case for Trump’s prosecution – Raw Story
Ten years after the expenses scandal which shattered confidence in British politics, campaign group Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has delivered a report designed to rebuild Britain’s democratic system. The report – Westminster Beyond Brexit: Ending the Politics of Division –seeks to heal the deep divisions in British politics through electoral reform.
“Like the building itself, the political system is crumbling’”
The palace of Westminster is quite literally crumbling. As the Guardian reported in 2017:
It is a fire risk. It is insanitary. Asbestos worms its way through the building. Many of the pipes and cables that carry heat, water, electricity and gas were installed just after the war and should have been replaced in the 1970s; some of them date from the 19th century.
Source: With UK increasingly divided, a new report calls for sweeping change to fix the country’s ‘crumbling’ political system | The Canary
The White House reportedly told the Defense Department that it needed to send away the the USS John McCain so that it was not around when President Donald Trump visited Japan. Named after Trump’s Republican critic, the ship had to be “out of sight” by the time Trump arrived for a visit to the Yokosuka base. Trump has denied knowing about the order, but did not say that he would find out who issued the order and fire them. The idea of White House staff dictating the movement of warships is extremely serious and the Navy should have refused. These warships have missions and are not props. Moreover, the people serving on these ships are not some collective pariah due to petty politics.
The McCain is an Arliegh Burke-class destroyer and part of the Destroyer Squadron 15 of the Seventh Fleet anchored at Yokosuka Naval Base.
I have actually long opposed the naming of ships (or other public properties) for politicians. I would love to see a ban on such practices. It is a way for agencies to curry favor and budget increases by appealing to the inexhaustible ego of politicians.
Source: Politics –Trump Staff Demanded Removal Of Warship Bearing John McCain’s Name Before Japan Visist | JONATHAN TURLEY
Special counsel Robert Mueller said on Wednesday that his report “speaks for itself” and that even if he were to testify before Congress he wouldn’t provide any information “beyond what is already public.”
“The report is my testimony,” Mueller said at the Justice Department in his first comments on the two-year probe of Russian election meddling and possible obstruction by President Donald Trump.
Mueller said that, when it came to his report, “we chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself.”
“I would not provide information beyond what is already public in any appearance before Congress,” Mueller said.
Source: Mueller speaks about investigation for first time, says he won’t comment beyond his report : NBC News
Every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 18 years, Arapaho and Cheyenne youth lead a 180-mile relay from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to Denver.
The annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run opens at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre near Eads, Colorado, with a sunrise ceremony honoring some 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne people who lost their lives in the infamous massacre. This brutal assault was carried out by Colonel John Chivington on Nov. 29, 1864.
While the Sand Creek massacre has been the subject of numerous books, much less attention has been given to two heroes of this horrific event: U.S. soldiers Captain Silas Soule and Lt. Joseph Cramer.
Source: Remembering the US soldiers who refused orders to murder Native Americans at Sand Creek : The Conversation
May 22, Day 45 of Trial
Wednesday’s session started with the testimonies of Catalan government officials and ended with the beginning of the “expert phase.”
– Jordi Martínez Soler, a social media advisor for the Parliament, explained that he managed Forcadell’s social media accounts in Autumn 2017 and explained the content of the tweets he tweeted during that time.
– Ricard Gené, who was part of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC)’s secretariat at the same time as Carme Forcadell, explained that the role of Forcadell, currently accused of rebellion, was as a ”representative and not an executive.”
“Forcadell was not involved in elaborating the ANC’s roadmap,” he said.
– Rosa Maria Sans, who is the head of management of the use of government facilities and equipment by non-profit organizations at the Catalan Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Families, explained how was his work during the 2017 Autumn.
Source: Catalan Independence Trial: Summary Most Important Testimonies May 22 and 23 – Josep Goded