Snowden, Bergdahl? Obama Set For ‘Pardon Frenzy’ As He Leaves Office

Having already broken the records on commutations, AFP reports that President Obama is fielding pressure from all sides to grant unlikely pardons of sentences to people whose supporters say have been unjustly sentenced or sought out by the justice system, before he leaves office in two weeks.  Among them is Bowe Bergdahl, Leonard Peltier, and Edward Snowden.

The US Constitution allows a president to pardon “offenses against the United States” and commute — either shorten or end — federal sentences.

Obama has so far granted 148 pardons since taking office in 2009 — fewer than his predecessors, who also served two terms, George W. Bush (189) and Bill Clinton (396).

But he has surpassed any other president in the number of commutations, 1,176.

 

A Rastafarian prophet, a former Taliban captive and thousands of minor drug traffickers have one thing in common: Their names have been submitted to President Barack Obama for clemency before he leaves office in two weeks. As AFP reports, some US presidents have used this regal power of leniency in a pointed way near the end of their term in office.

On the last day of his term in 2001, Democratic president Bill Clinton granted pardon in a highly controversial move to late fugitive trader Marc Rich, whose ex-wife had been a major donor to Democrats.

 

Sixteen years later, Obama is fielding pressure from all sides to grant unlikely pardons or commutations of sentences to people whose supporters say have been unjustly sentenced or sought out by the justice system.

 

Among them is Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army sergeant held captive for five years by the Taliban before his release in a prisoner swap, who is due to be court-martialed for desertion.

 

Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist convicted for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents in what his supporters say was a setup, is also hoping to enjoy Obama’s good graces.

 

Then there’s Edward Snowden, who made the shattering revelation in 2013 of a global communications and internet surveillance system set up by the United States.

 

The 33-year-old, a refugee in Russia, is backed by numerous celebrities like actress Susan Sarandon and singer Peter Gabriel, as well as Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

If Obama fails to pardon Snowden, his supporters say he may face the death penalty under the incoming administration of Republican Donald Trump, who has called him a “terrible traitor.”

 

In another leak case, Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year sentence in solitary confinement for handing 700,000 sensitive military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, some of them classified.

 

Activists say her sentence is excessive and point to the psychological frailty of the transgender soldier who has already made two suicide attempts.

Even though the White House has dismissed a possible pardon for Snowden and Manning, their supporters are still hoping for a final magnanimous gesture from a president about to leave the constraints of his high office on January 20. But both cases present unique challenges: Snowden has yet to be sentenced and merely faces espionage charges in the US, while Manning has an appeal pending before military court.

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Georgetown Professor Calls For Whites To Have An I.R.A. – “Individual Reparations Account”

Submitted by Joseph Jankowski via PlanetFreeWill.com,

Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson is proposing the idea that white people should have an ‘Individual Reparations Account’ to make donations to black institutions and ind…

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Georgetown Professor Calls For Whites To Have An I.R.A. – “Individual Reparations Account”

Submitted by Joseph Jankowski via PlanetFreeWill.com,

Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson is proposing the idea that white people should have an ‘Individual Reparations Account’ to make donations to black institutions and ind…

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The Violent Uranium Price Rebound Could Begin On Jan 20th

As uranium producers prepare for a price revival thanks to changing post-Fukushima sentiment and an incoming U.S. president who is thought to be very pro-nuclear, small-cap IsoEnergy Ltd is in full acquisition and development mode in a North American play that is to uranium what Saudi Arabia is to oil. Even though we’ve already started to witness the radioactive effects in uranium stocks for the biggest producers and developers, including Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ), NexGen Energy (NXE:TSX), AREVA (EPA:AREVA), BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP), and…

The Violent Uranium Price Rebound Could Begin On Jan 20th

As uranium producers prepare for a price revival thanks to changing post-Fukushima sentiment and an incoming U.S. president who is thought to be very pro-nuclear, small-cap IsoEnergy Ltd is in full acquisition and development mode in a North American play that is to uranium what Saudi Arabia is to oil. Even though we’ve already started to witness the radioactive effects in uranium stocks for the biggest producers and developers, including Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ), NexGen Energy (NXE:TSX), AREVA (EPA:AREVA), BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP), and…

Marissa Mayer Resigns From Yahoo Board; Yahoo To Be Renamed To Altaba

Four-and-a-half years after taking over as CEO of Yahoo, the company announced today, via an 8-K that Marissa Mayer is resigning from the board. Additionally the comany’s name with be change to Altaba (well it’s better than ‘Bahoo’).

It’s been a bumpy ride…

Statement via 8-K

In connection with the previously announced pending sale by Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo” or the “Company”) of its operating business (the “Sale Transaction”) to Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”) pursuant to the terms of a Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 23, 2016, between the Company and Verizon, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has made certain determinations with respect to the size and composition of the Board following the closing of the Sale Transaction (the “Closing”).

 

In light of the fact that following the Closing the Company will operate as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Board has determined that, immediately following the Closing, the size of the Board will be reduced to five (5) directors. Tor Braham, Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney and Jeffrey Smith will continue to serve as directors of the Company following the Closing, and Mr. Brandt will serve as Chairman of the Board. Each of David Filo, Eddy Hartenstein, Richard Hill, Marissa Mayer, Jane Shaw and Maynard Webb has indicated that he or she intends to resign from the Board effective upon the Closing, and that his or her intention to resign is not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

 

To facilitate the transition of the Company to an investment company following the Closing, the Board also determined that, effective January 9, 2017, Mr. Brandt will become Chairman of the Board and Mr. Webb will become Chairman Emeritus of the Board.

The Board also determined that, following the Closing, it intends to cause the Company’s name to be changed to Altaba Inc.

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On the bright side, she will ge to do a lot more of this…


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Marissa Mayer Resigns From Yahoo Board; Yahoo To Be Renamed To Altaba

Four-and-a-half years after taking over as CEO of Yahoo, the company announced today, via an 8-K that Marissa Mayer is resigning from the board. Additionally the comany’s name with be change to Altaba (well it’s better than ‘Bahoo’).

It’s been a bumpy ride…

Statement via 8-K

In connection with the previously announced pending sale by Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo” or the “Company”) of its operating business (the “Sale Transaction”) to Verizon Communications Inc. (“Verizon”) pursuant to the terms of a Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 23, 2016, between the Company and Verizon, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has made certain determinations with respect to the size and composition of the Board following the closing of the Sale Transaction (the “Closing”).

 

In light of the fact that following the Closing the Company will operate as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Board has determined that, immediately following the Closing, the size of the Board will be reduced to five (5) directors. Tor Braham, Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney and Jeffrey Smith will continue to serve as directors of the Company following the Closing, and Mr. Brandt will serve as Chairman of the Board. Each of David Filo, Eddy Hartenstein, Richard Hill, Marissa Mayer, Jane Shaw and Maynard Webb has indicated that he or she intends to resign from the Board effective upon the Closing, and that his or her intention to resign is not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

 

To facilitate the transition of the Company to an investment company following the Closing, the Board also determined that, effective January 9, 2017, Mr. Brandt will become Chairman of the Board and Mr. Webb will become Chairman Emeritus of the Board.

The Board also determined that, following the Closing, it intends to cause the Company’s name to be changed to Altaba Inc.

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On the bright side, she will ge to do a lot more of this…


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Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are showing early signs of abating, raising the possibility that the oil rally is running out of steam. WTI and Brent sank more than 2.5 percent in intraday trading on Monday, after a report at the end of last week showed another solid build in the U.S. rig count, the tenth consecutive week…