Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Wisconsin prison guards facing possible charges on allegations of breaking teen's arm and leaving him naked in cell for hours: Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Federal prosecutors are investigating an incident in which prison guards allegedly stormed into a disruptive 16-year-old inmate’s cell, broke his arm, strip searched him, left him naked for hours and didn’t get him to a doctor for more than a week. Details of the March 2014 encounter at Lincoln Hills School for Boys emerged in interviews with the inmate and his mother, state records and a civil rights lawsuit the inmate filed last month, just after prosecutors notified two former guards they could be indicted. 'I told him, ‘You’re breaking my arm, you’re breaking my arm,’ and he kept pulling it harder,' Jacob Bailey said of his treatment from one guard. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and prison officials reviewed the incident at the time and determined little had gone wrong. Federal prosecutors are taking a different view. Bailey, who is now 20 and held at Stanley Correctional Institution for car theft and drug delivery, testified before a grand jury in Madison last summer as part of a sweeping probe into inmate abuse at the juvenile prison north of Wausau." Read more.
Retirements of veteran Republicans fuel GOP fears of losing House majority: Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post writes: "The number of House Republicans planning to forgo reelection bids this year is on track to outpace majority-party retirements in any recent election where control of the chamber flipped — an ominous sign fueling GOP fears of a political wave that could shift power to Democrats in November’s midterm elections. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Wednesday became the latest GOP veteran to announce that he would not seek reelection, two days after his fellow California Republican, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce, said he would retire. Democrats had placed both men high on their midterm target lists, and key congressional forecasters immediately moved their seats to likely Democratic pickups after the Republicans’ announcements. Issa’s and Royce’s departures come amid other gathering head winds for the GOP, including national polls showing a growing voter preference for Democratic congressional candidates; robust fundraising and grass-roots support for candidates challenging Republican incumbents; and the drag of President Trump’s unpopularity on his party." Read more.
Blackmail alleged as Governor Greitens admits to extramarital affair: KMOV in St. Louis reports: "Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday night confirmed to News 4 he had an extramarital affair, an admission a months-long News 4 investigation prompted. In a recording obtained by News 4, a woman says she had a sexual encounter with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and that he tried to blackmail her to keep the encounter quiet. The details were provided to News 4 by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming the sexual relationship happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in March 2015. News 4 is not naming the woman and she has not made an on-the-record comment about the story. According to the ex-husband, the recording was made just days after Greitens’ and the woman’s first sexual encounter. And also that Greitens took a photograph during the encounter to use as 'blackmail' according to the ex-husband. During his campaign and while serving in his first year in office as Missouri’s Governor, Eric Greitens has billed himself a family man. During his campaign announcement, he stated: 'I'm Eric Greitens, I'm a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father.'" Read more.
DACA injunction adds to limbo for ‘dreamers’ as Trump crackdown, Hill talks continue: Maria Sacchetti, Patricia Sullivan and Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post write: "The Trump administration vowed Wednesday to fight a federal injunction that temporarily blocked its plans to rescind work permits for young undocumented immigrants, insisting that Congress must find a solution for those known as 'dreamers.' On Capitol Hill, lawmakers said a bipartisan proposal could come as early as Thursday or Friday, but such legislation would probably face fierce resistance from progressives opposed to ceding any ground on immigration rights and conservatives who feel the same on security issues. President Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a top priority, a stance that was underlined Wednesday with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement search for undocumented workers at dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide. The agency said it was the largest targeting of a single employer since Trump took office." Read more.
Trump administration opens the way for a Medicaid work requirement: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Associated Press writes: "In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said work and community involvement can make a positive difference in people’s lives and in their health. Still, the plan probably will face strong political opposition and even legal challenges over concerns people would lose coverage. Medicaid is a federal-state collaboration covering more than 70 million people, or about 1 in 5 Americans, and that makes it the largest government health insurance program. It was expanded under President Obama, with an option that has allowed states to cover millions more low-income adults; many have jobs that don’t provide health insurance. People are not legally required to hold a job to be on Medicaid, but states traditionally can seek federal waivers to test new ideas for the program." Read more.
Nigel Farage says he might support a second Brexit referendum: Lauren Said-Moorhouse of CNN writes: "Nigel Farage, the most prominent campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union, says he is warming to the idea of a second Brexit referendum. Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, said it would silence 'once and for all' the voices of those who oppose Britain's departure from the EU and want it to be stopped. 'The Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonises will never ever, ever give up,' he said, referring to prominent 'remain' campaigners such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair. 'They will go on whingeing and whining and moaning all the way through this process so maybe, just maybe, I'm reaching the point of just thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU membership,' Farage told the UK's Channel 5. It was the first time since the referendum that Farage has suggested he might support a second vote. Previously he has insisted that the result of the 2016 referendum had to be respected." Read more.