Tuesday News: "I have Black friends!"


MARK WALKER WANTS TO TEAM WITH BLACK CAUCUS TO CUT FEDERAL SPENDING ON PRISONS: ep. Mark Walker, a conservative Republican, wants the GOP-controlled Congress to move on long-stalled efforts to revamp the nation’s criminal justice system next year — and he's enlisted a seemingly unlikely ally: The head of the Congressional Black Caucus. Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, is teaming with Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La. Richmond and Walker agree the current criminal justice system negatively impacts families, particularly in communities of color, costs the federal government too much money, and does little to reduce the rate of recidivism. The United States accounts for only 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prison population.

CHARLIE ROSE JOINS LIST OF SEXUAL HARASSERS IN THE MEDIA: The women, who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him, accused the veteran newsman of groping them, walking naked in front of them and telling one that he dreamed about her swimming nude. Rose, 75, said in a statement that he was "deeply embarrassed" and apologized for his behavior. "PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations," the public broadcasting service said in a statement. "We are immediately suspending distribution of 'Charlie Rose.'" Three women went on the record in the Post's deeply-reported story. Reah Bravo, a former associate producer for Rose's PBS show who began working for him in 2007, told the newspaper: "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim." She said Rose groped her on multiple occasions and once, during a business trip to Indiana, called her to his hotel room where he emerged from a shower naked.

TRUMP'S REGULATIONS ON CUBA FAVOR WEALTHY AMERICANS OVER REGULAR CITIZENS: When the Trump administration unveiled new Cuba regulations, it sparked a fresh round of hand-wringing in Washington over the return to a posture not seen since the Cold War. But now, behind closed doors, the American business community is quietly spreading the word that things are not so different afterall. Indeed, what Trump seems to have accomplished is to make it harder for everyday Americans to meet to everyday Cubans, while leaving the doors open for corporate interests to make money on the island. “The U.S. government has actually made it easier for U.S. companies to engage directly with the Cuban private sector,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council wrote in a private note to council members that was reviewed by McClatchy. “Specifically, the rule simplifies and expands the ability for U.S. companies to export directly to the Cuban private sector, private sector agricultural cooperatives and private sector entrepreneurs.”

JUSTICE FIGHT WITH AT&T OVER TIME WARNER ACQUISITION MAY BE TRUMP GETTING REVENGE: “This merger would greatly harm American consumers,” Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the department’s Antitrust Division said Monday in a statement. “It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy.” But the lawsuit, which was filed Monday evening in U.S. District Court in Washington, sets the stage for a high-stakes showdown and immediately fueled questions about whether President Donald Trump was using the nation’s top law enforcement agency to settle scores with perceived rivals. Trump has made no secret of his animosity toward CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc. and is one of the media assets that AT&T wants to buy. Trump frequently refers to CNN as “fake news” on Twitter, and as recently as last week he punctuated a tweet about CNN with the word “Loser!”

TRUMP ANNOUNCES NEW ROUNDS OF SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA: As part of its "maximum pressure" campaign, President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department would impose more sanctions on North Korea and "related persons" starting Tuesday, without hinting who or what would be targeted. The move is part of rolling effort to deprive Pyongyang of funds for its nuclear and missile programs and leave it internationally isolated. "It will be the highest level of sanctions by the time it's finished over a two-week period," Trump said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday the pressure campaign was starting to bite in Pyongyang, which is already facing unprecedented U.N.-mandated sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Tillerson said anecdotal evidence and intelligence suggests the North is now suffering fuel shortages, with queues at gas stations, and its revenues are down.