Wednesday, October 19

Justice Department Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging Race Discrimination and Retaliation by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the Worcester County Sheriff and the State of Maryland

The Justice Department announced today that it has moved to intervene in Savage et al. v. Pocomoke City et al., a private lawsuit alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the Worcester County Sheriff and the state of Maryland.  Title VII is a federal statute that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion.

The United States’ complaint in intervention alleges that the Worcester County Sheriff and the state of Maryland subjected former Pocomoke City Police Officer Franklin Savage to a racially-hostile work environment while he was assigned to a joint task force operated by the sheriff’s office.  Specifically, Officer Savage was repeatedly subjected to racial epithets as well as other racially-charged acts of harassment, humiliation and intimidation by his co-workers and supervisors.  Officer Savage’s complaints about racial harassment allegedly resulted in a series of retaliatory actions against him by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Pocomoke City, concluding with the

DOJ: Former CEO Sentenced for Bribery and Fraud Scheme Involving Red Light Camera Contracts in Ohio

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs
October 19, 2016

A former CEO of a traffic light enforcement camera vendor was sentenced today to 14 months in
prison for her role in a multi-year bribery and fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman of the Southern District of Ohio and Special Agent in Charge Angela L. Byers of the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office.

Karen L. Finley, 57, of Cave Creek, Arizona, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson of the Southern District of Ohio.  She pleaded guilty on June 19, 2015, to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and honest services wire and mail fraud.  Finley cooperated with the government’s investigation and testified against John Raphael, an Ohio lobbyist, who pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Hobbs Act for his involvement in the scheme.  On June 8, 2016, Raphael was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison.  

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From December 2005 to February 2013, Finley served as CEO of a red light camera enforcement company.  During this time, she participated in a scheme in which the company made campaign

Tuesday, October 18

(Video) President Obama and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Hold a Joint Press Conference

White House - Rose Garden
October 18, 2016

President Obama :  Please, everybody have a seat.  Salve.  Once again, I want to welcome Prime Minister Renzi and his delegation back to the White House.  As we all saw this morning, Matteo’s English is much better than my Italian.  Michelle and I are looking forward to hosting Matteo and Agnese at tonight’s state dinner.  But as I believe our Italian friends say -- prima il dovere, poi il piacere -- which means “first duty, then pleasure.”  Tonight’s dinner will be a pleasure.  Today, we’re focused on our duties -- our work to advance the security and the prosperity of our peoples.

I want to begin by once again expressing our deep gratitude, as Americans, for the extraordinary alliance with Italy.  The United States is lucky to have many strong allies around the world.  Few are as strong and as reliable and as capable as Italy.  In good times and in bad, we can count on each other.  And I want to thank the government and the people of Italy for the hospitality and the generosity they show to the many American military personnel and families who are stationed in Italy, far away from home.

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Matteo, please also know that our thoughts continue to be with the people of Amatrice.  And I know that you're still working closely with local governments there to recover and rebuild from the devastating earthquake that took place this summer.

In our work together over the past two years, I’ve come to count on Prime Minister Renzi as one of my closest partners and friends on the world stage.  By virtue of his progressive vision, his energy, the reforms that he’s pursuing -- which are sweeping -- the bold vision that he has for Italy and the

President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of the Republic of Italy in Arrival Ceremony - with Video

White House - South Grounds
October 18, 2016

President Obama:  Good morning!

Audience:  Good morning!

President Obama:  Buongiorno!

Audience:  Buongiorno!

President Obama:  Today is bittersweet for Michelle and I because this marks the final official visit and state dinner of my presidency.  But it’s okay.  We saved the best for last.  And so on behalf of Michelle and myself, and on behalf of the American people, it is my great honor to welcome, from Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi -- and Mrs. Agnese Landini

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As Americans and Italians, we’re here because of each other. America’s Founding Fathers -- Washington, Jefferson, Adams -- drew inspiration from Cincinnatus, Cicero, Cato.  Prime Minister Renzi, you’ve spoken with great emotion about the American soldiers of World War II who liberated