While You Were Out: Sept. 27, 2019

Friday is almost over, CivMixers. Perhaps you’ve already started celebrating. If that is, in fact, the case, kudos to you. Personally, I have many more miles to go before I sleep. Not complaining, mind you. Just sayin’…

And now, without further do, the news.

The White House confirmed a key detail in the intelligence whistleblower’s complaint alleging that President Trump abused the power of his office, acknowledging that the rough transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was moved to a highly classified system maintained by the NSC at the direction of attorneys.

House Democrats pushed ahead today with a rapidly unfurling impeachment inquiry into President Trump, planning subpoenas and plotting out a witness list for a proceeding that could yield its first hearing as early as next week.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Attorney General William Barr had “gone rogue,” and questioned whether he could objectively make decisions about legal action in response to an explosive whistle-blower complaint accusing Trump of misconduct, because Barr himself was mentioned in the document.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a government bailout for New York taxi drivers, emerging as the most prominent voice to back a financial rescue plan for thousands of drivers who were channeled into exploitative loans.

The National Rifle Association acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.

American consumers boosted their spending by just 0.1 percent in August, the smallest gain in six months, even as their incomes rose at a solid pace.

Ohio’s capital city agreed to pay porn actress Stormy Daniels $450,000 to settle a lawsuit over her arrest at a strip club last year, the latest fallout traced to the city’s now-disbanded vice unit.

The man who lead police on a high-speed chase on the Northway and then killed a driver in another truck when he drove off at Exit 25 was charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and other charges, State Police said.

The New York State Bar Association in a statement rebuffed a call from Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a senator from California, that it investigate former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and possibly disbar him.

Twenty-five of New York state’s local governments are in some form of fiscal stress, according to a new report by the state comptroller.

Prosecutors in the Schoharie limo crash case against Nauman Hussain, who is charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of the 20 victims from the disaster, say they failed to turn over evidence that could clear him.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was interviewed by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday and gave a lengthy answer when asked about the impeachment drive in Congress.

Jelani Reyes-Craig, 28, who was inside a car crushed by a tractor-trailer on I-787 and not only survived, but also shot video of rescuers actually working to free him, was ticketed for traffic violations, including reckless driving.

Two NXIVM defendants will be sentenced in January, though it remains unclear when Keith Raniere, the cult-like organization’s co-founder, will learn his fate.

State lawmakers, locally elected officials and gun control advocates today made a symbolic push for federal action on gun control, signing a panel from the original 1969 Woodstock stage in support for strengthening background checks and a red flag provision.

The city shelled out roughly $300,000 to recover from the ransomware attack Albany was hit with in late March.

GE Global Research in Niskayuna has been awarded a $2.8 million grant to design and develop offshore wind energy.

A new mural was unveiled in downtown Troy.

Three members of Niagara University’s women’s swim and diving teams allege they were sexually harassed and bullied by members of the men’s swim team in a lawsuit filed against the school.

The 92nd Street Y announced it has appointed Seth Pinsky, who was the head of the Bloomberg administration’s economic development arm, to serve as its chief executive as it embarks on an extensive update to its buildings on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Author Wally Lamb says he was barred from entering a Connecticut women’s prison to resume a writing program that had been reinstated after an investigation of former inmates’ complaints cleared him of wrongdoing.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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