Billionaire to graduating students: I'll pay off your debt

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Billionaire investor Robert E. Smith earned some stunned looks on Sunday during his commencement address at Morehouse College.

He told the graduating students he'd pay off their student debt.

"On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country: We're going to put a little fuel in your bus," Smith sad.

He continued: "I've got the alumni over here. And this is a challenge to alumni. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans."

The class at the all-male, historically African-American college erupted into cheers. Bernie King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., applauded the move and noted her father attended the Atlanta college.

"Wow," she tweeted. "What a love-power move by Robert Smith, I believe it’s the start of something major."

Tonga Releford, whose son Charles graduated on Sunday and who estimated his student loans totaled $70,000, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "I feel like it's Mother's Day all over again"

Smith earned an honorary doctorate from Morehouse during the ceremony.



Republican Rep. Justin Amash Calls For Trump’s Impeachment

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Amash is the first GOP member of Congress to say the legislative body should take that action.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump after reading the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

Amash, who has long been a critic of Trump, voiced his concerns in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, concluding that Trump’s conduct is worthy of impeachment. Amash is the first Republican congressman to call for Congress to take that action

“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash wrote.

Amash also concluded that Attorney General William Barr willfully misled the public about what was in the report before its release in hopes of downplaying the findings.

“In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings,” he wrote.

Amash also accused his fellow members of Congress of not actually reading the full report.

“Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release,” he wrote.

The Michigan congressman was praised by the public and colleagues who applauded his decision to cross party lines.  

“America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome,” Amash wrote. “Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.”



Barr jokes about contempt to Pelosi's face: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’

Attorney General William Barr reportedly made light of his escalating dispute with Congress during an encounter with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” he cracked as the two crossed paths at an event honoring law enforcement on Wednesday, according to multiple reports including one in the New York Times. 

Pelosi reportedly replied by noting that the House sergeant-at-arms was at the event should anyone need to be arrested. 

The Times said Pelosi smiled and Barr chuckled during the encounter, but the administration’s dispute with Congress has not exactly yielded many laughs thus far.

The House Judiciary Committee voted last week to hold Barr in contempt of Congress over subpoenas related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. 

Barr’s crack was a reference to some lawmakers calling for the arrest of members of the administration who refuse to comply with subpoenas. 

“We know how to arrest people around here. And if we need to arrest someone, the [House] sergeant-at-arms will know how to do it,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told Politico. “If they can arrest my constituents, we can arrest someone else who’s disobeying the law.”

Pelosi herself has accused Barr of committing a crime, saying he lied to Congress about the Mueller investigation. 

“What is deadly serious about it is the attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said earlier this month. “That’s a crime.”

But she has also used the threat of jail as a punchline. 

“Let me just say that we do have a jail down in the basement of the Capitol,” she said last week at a Washington Post event. “But if we were arresting all of the people in the administration, we would have an overcrowded jail situation, and I’m not for that.” 



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