• Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint
    Associated Press

    Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint

    Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. The letter was attached to a request for documents and other evidence possessed by prosecutors, a typical step by the defense in a criminal case.

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    Goldman Sachs Blasts Q4 Earnings Forecast on Investment Banking Revenue Surge

    Goldman said investment banking revenues surged 27% from last year to $2.61 billion over the fourth quarter, helping the group's bottom line swell to more than $12 per share.

  • Sean Spicer, Trump's ex-media chief, applies to join White House press corps
    The Guardian

    Sean Spicer, Trump's ex-media chief, applies to join White House press corps

    Former press secretary, who now works for Newsmax, applies for membership of White House Correspondents’ Association Six bizarre moments we won’t let Sean Spicer forget – video report Four years after he kicked off the Trump presidency by lying angrily about the size of the inauguration crowd, former press secretary Sean Spicer has applied to join the White House press corps. The former Republican party official now hosts a show, Spicer & Co, on the hard-right and conspiracy-tinged Newsmax network. He has applied for membership of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “I thought, why not?” Spicer told Politico. “I cover the White House every day on the show, and I have obviously had a lot to say about the coverage of the White House and the correspondents’ association over the last few years. You’re never gonna effect change if you stay on the sidelines.” Spicer was front and centre on 21 January 2017, when he appeared in an ill-fitting suit to harangue the press, insisting Donald Trump attracted “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe”. In fact it was not even close to the crowd for Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, though one official, acting on Trump’s behalf, was later revealed to have cropped photographs in an attempt to prove otherwise. Trump also claimed it had not rained. It had. Spicer’s constant battles with the press corps made him a celebrity, lampooned on Saturday Night Live, before he resigned over the short and farcical appointment of Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, a brash New York hedge fund manager, as communications director. ‘I don’t talk so good’: Melissa McCarthy impersonates Sean Spicer on SNL Spicer has since become a pro-Trump author, been named a fellow at Harvard and even danced to the Spice Girls on Dancing with the Stars, surviving eight weeks before being voted off. He told Politico he already had a White House hard pass, guaranteeing access to interview officials, and credentials to cover Congress. Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki, a former state department spokeswoman, is due to give her first briefing on Wednesday, inauguration day. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Biden will appear before a limited crowd for the ceremony, the National Mall largely filled with flags. Politico said the WHCA would decide on Spicer’s application “in the coming weeks”.