U.S. Attorney General William Barr appeared before a group of congressmen who painted two extremely different pictures of what is actually going on the country in the legal sense. The attorney general did not take any guff and refuted accusations by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler that he is helping out the president’s friends and going after his enemies.Attorney Barr asked, “Which of the president’s enemies have I gone after? I haven’t indicted one enemy of the president.”On the issue that Barr helped the president’s friends, the attorney general said the Stone and Flynn cases needed intervention to rectify rule of law.The president’s friends don’t deserve special breaks, but they also should not be treated more harshly. That is not the rule of law.Attorney Barr says our Federal Courts are under attack and protecting them is the purview of the Federal Government. The US Marshals have a duty to defend and protect these courthouses.Barr added that “Operation Legend” is meant to address violent crimes in cities, not protests. He added that some of the marshals in Portland, Oregon some have been injured by projectiles that have hit the bone and blinded by lasers as they try to defend the courthouses.Barr explained, “After a month of rioting in Portland, we sent in about 20 special operations Marshals who are tactical, padded and protected.” He asked, “When it alright to destroy a federal courthouse?”The democrats on the committee accused Barr of having a difficulty in discerning the difference between systemic institutional racism and isolated racism.The Attorney General had cited statistics that revealed that police had killed more white suspects than black in the last year, but that the George Floyd killing was “horrible.”Barr did not agree that there is systemic racism in our police departments or in the society, but he would root it out if it exists. He also did not agree with removing qualified immunity afforded to officers.Barr said some protests have been hijacked by “violent rioters and anarchists” and argued that federal properties must be protected. Barr also accused many protesters of demonizing police.
After bringing the Collegiate Road National Championships back to Madison last year, UW cycling will host the event again this year.[/media-credit]For the second consecutive year, USA Cycling brings its Collegiate Road National Championships to the city of Madison and its surrounding areas.The competition, which kicks off today and continues until Sunday afternoon, features nearly 100 universities and colleges, with a total of about 500 student athletes. Each year, 18 titles are at stake, and once again the UW Cycling Club looks to speed past its competitors on its home turf.According to club president Ken Huxtable, the cycling team trails only the triathlon club for the school’s largest club sport with about 90 members. And this weekend, the team will be represented by 10 of its members – five men and five women.But despite the benefit of riding on familiar territory, UW won’t be as advantaged as other teams. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the sport is, indeed, a club sport. For the other schools in this competition, that’s not necessarily true.Varsity squads will also participate in the championships – squads with professional coaches and larger budgets. Teams like UW, on the other hand, are completely student-run, from coaching to budgeting and administrative duty.A good number of those varsity teams are expected to capture some of the top spots, but nevertheless, the Badgers have defeated varsity opponents before and expect to place high in the standings.“When it comes to final standings, I would say we’ll probably place top-15 definitely – hopefully top 10,” Huxtable said.Being a club sport also put the team at a disadvantage for the honor of hosting the event. But what helped was the fact that the UW’s team is large, organized and has hosted the event before, in 2004 and 2010.At first glance, the state of Wisconsin may not seem like a particularly challenging environment for competitive cycling, but Huxtable and other cycling enthusiasts know the Madison area is home to quality courses for road races.“Madison is a mecca for cycling,” Huxtable said. “Wisconsin is notoriously flat, but our road-race courses actually are one of the hardest road-race courses that the national event has competed on in recent memory.”In the efforts to bring the event back to Wisconsin, the team received an encouraging amount of enthusiasm from other sources, as well.According to Huxtable, the team received great support from the city and the university in its effort to bring the championships back to Wisconsin. The team also managed to round up over 100 volunteers to help run the competition.The championships open with road-races Friday in Blue Mounds State Park, followed by time trial events Saturday at the Trek headquarters in Waterloo and will conclude with the criterium event at the Capitol on Sunday.