Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner set to be released from prison 3 months early

NEW YORK — Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is set to go free from federal prison three months early due to good behavior.

Weiner — who was sentenced to 21 months of hard time for sexting with a minor — will be let go on May 14, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Weiner is currently being held in the Federal Medical Center at Devens, a former military facility in Massachusetts.

Federal prisoners are not eligible for parole. But they can get as much as 54 days shaved off annually for good behavior.

In September 2017, he broke down in tears as his sentence for sending tawdry messages and pornography to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina was announced.

“I was a very sick man for a very long time,” he said through tears.

The former Democratic congressman and candidate for mayor asked the girl for naked pictures and to “engage in sexually explicit behavior” online, authorities said.

— New York Daily News

Ryan promises ‘big fight’ on border wall funding, doesn’t rule out partial shutdown

WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Monday refused to rule out a partial government shutdown as he promised Republicans would push hard to secure additional border wall funding in December appropriations negotiations.

“We will have a big fight about that,” the Wisconsin Republican said.

Ryan, speaking during a news conference at the National Press Club, said that he doesn’t yet know what that fight will look like or what the outcome will be.

“We’ll figure out how to do it in December,” he said.

Congress passed — and President Donald Trump signed into law — five of the 12 annual appropriations bills before the Sept. 30 deadline.

“We did not want to have a wall fight get in the way of that achievement,” Ryan said on the reason Congress punted that debate.

Agencies covered under the remaining seven bills are running on a continuing resolution that lasts through Dec. 7. Failure to pass any of those bills could lead to a partial government shutdown.

The primary bill Republicans and Democrats will be arguing over is the Department of Homeland Security, which is where wall funding and other immigration security and enforcement provisions would be debated. Congress appropriated $1.6 billion for border security fencing in fiscal 2018 and portions of an extended border barrier have been built already.

“What the president wants to do is get a bigger down payment so we can get it built faster,” Ryan said.

That’s what Republicans will be fighting for come December. As to how far they’re willing to go, it remains to be seen.

The speaker wouldn’t rule out a partial shutdown, however.

“I can’t speak to what the outcomes will be, only that the effort is there,” Ryan said.

— CQ-Roll Call

27 Cuban migrants jump off boat in Miami — then run and hide on land, officials say

MIAMI — Twenty-seven Cuban migrants jumped off a boat on Sunday as they approached Virginia Key’s shoreline in Miami, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

Once they swam to land, they ran and hid. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, along with Miami police, have located some of them. Helicopters swirled across the sky as authorities tried to find the others.

Key Biscayne Fire Rescue responded to the call. Roads on the north side of Virginia Key were shut down.

It’s unclear if any of the migrants were children.

— Miami Herald

Online investigators identify second Skripal poisoner as GRU doctor

LONDON — Online investigative journalists from the Bellingcat platform revealed Monday what they called the real identity of the second of two Russian suspects allegedly responsible for the nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury in Britain.

The Bellingcat website claimed that the Russian who entered Britain under the apparent alias of Alexander Petrov is actually Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor working for Russia’s military intelligence arm, the GRU.

Bellingcat said multiple open sources, testimony from people familiar with the person as well as copies of personally identifying documents were used to identify the man they say is Mishkin.

Last month, Bellingcat had pointed out that the other suspect, Ruslan Boshirov, was really a cover name used by Anatoliy Chepiga, a highly decorated GRU colonel.

In September, Britain accused the two GRU officers of being responsible for the March poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

In an interview with Russian state broadcaster RT, the two men said that they were just tourists who had been in Britain to see Stonehenge and said their presence in Salisbury, confirmed by extensive CCTV footage, was a “fantastic coincidence.”

British prosecutors charged the two suspects, in absentia, with conspiracy to murder and possession of a chemical weapon. Russia does not have an extradition treaty with Britain.

The Skripals survived the attack. In June, a couple came across a perfume bottle in Salisbury that had apparently been used to hold the Novichok nerve agent. Dawn Sturgess died, while Charlie Rowley was released from the hospital in July.

— dpa