THREATS MADE TO FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL OVER THE WEEKEND: Terry Sanford High School Principal Thomas Hatch informed parents and students of the threat in an automated message sent Sunday, according to The Fayetteville Observer. ″Law enforcement has been notified and is investigating the situation,” Hatch said. School officials are cooperating with law enforcement officials, Cumberland County Schools spokesman Lindsay Whitley said Sunday night. “We take any threat very seriously,” Whitley said. “School officials learned of the threat earlier (Sunday) evening and notified law enforcement immediately.” Whitley said, depending on the investigation, Terry Sanford High School could operate under a “code yellow,” status Monday morning, meaning there would be additional investigation and security at the school.
ACCIDENTAL SHOOTINGS BY COPS HAVE PEOPLE QUESTIONING ARMING TEACHERS: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association convention in April. More states are allowing teachers to carry guns, he said, and “who better to protect our children than our teachers, who love them.” But a close look at unintentional shootings by law enforcement officers, including at schools, raises doubts about whether more guns would help keep students safe. An Associated Press investigation has found accidental shootings occur at law enforcement agencies large and small across the United States every year. The examination of public records and media reports documented 1,422 unintentional shootings by officers at 258 agencies since 2012. Twenty-two occurred at schools or college campuses. At least nine states have passed laws allowing employees to carry firearms at K-12 school grounds, according to the National School Boards Association. Nineteen states allow anyone with permission from a school authority to be armed at schools, the association said.
ALMA ADAMS FIRES A VOLLEY AT TRUMP OVER PENDING CUTS TO FOOD STAMPS: Over Thanksgiving week, a North Carolina Democrat drew attention to a Trump administration proposal that would cut the number of people who receive public funding for food. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-12th, tweeted Nov. 26 about the administration’s proposal for cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. “The President wants to cut 3 MILLION people from #SNAP, including children, seniors and veterans,” Adams tweeted. “This is unacceptable. SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger and I stand with @TheBlackCaucus to protect America’s most vulnerable: our children. #1MillionKids." The Trump administration sees this change as closing a loophole allowing some people to abuse a program that’s intended to be a “temporary safety net,” NPR reported. An estimated 673,000 households with senior citizens and 597,000 households with children are projected to lose benefits, the USDA said.
GIULIANI'S (PAID) WORK FOR FOREIGN ENTITIES HAS GROWN SINCE TRUMP'S ELECTION: In the three years since Trump took office, Giuliani has expanded his lucrative foreign consulting and legal practice, taking on clients that span the globe, from Turkey to Venezuela to Romania to Ukraine. Along the way, he also has used his singular perch to try to influence U.S. policy and criminal investigations — at times pushing the interests of foreign figures who could benefit him financially. In 2017, Giuliani tried to get Trump and top Cabinet members to make moves sought by Turkey while working as a lawyer for a gold trader from that country with ties to top government officials. This spring, he successfully helped oust U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a top target of a Ukrainian prosecutor whom he considered representing in a six-figure contract. In September, he urged Justice Department officials not to pursue a case against a wealthy Venezuelan energy executive who had hired him as a private attorney. Giuliani has said he separates his private business from the work he does for the president for free. He has said the kinds of services he provides his foreign clients do not require registering with the U.S. government as a foreign lobbyist. But since the start of the administration, his actions have caused persistent alarm among Trump’s advisers, who worry that it is often not clear who Giuliani is representing — the president, his private clients or his own foreign policy views.
RUSSIA BARRED FROM OLYMPICS AND OTHER SPORTING EVENTS OVER DOPING: Global antidoping leaders agreed unanimously on Monday to banish Russia from international sports — including next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo — for four years, the latest and severest punishment yet connected to a yearslong cheating scheme that has tarnished global sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s punishment includes specific bans on Russian sports and government officials and prohibits the country from hosting international events, and it comes four years after the first details of the scheme that peaked at the 2014 Sochi Olympics were made public. “For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport,” the agency said in a statement. “Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global antidoping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.” To some, including many athlete groups and national antidoping agencies, the punishment does not go far enough, because it leaves open the possibility that hundreds of Russian athletes can appear in Tokyo, just as they did at the Winter Olympics in South Korea last year.