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PUERTO RICO: Embattled Governor Apologizes, Won’t Resign, Won’t Run For Reelection, Protests Continue

Bloomberg reports: Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello’s promise not to seek re-election was meant to mollify citizens of the bankrupt commonwealth after reams of embarrassing texts leaked from his administration. On Sunday night, many said Rossello was merely postponing his well-deserved exit. After days of protests, residents of San Juan poured into the colonial quarter to celebrate his retreat — …

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PHILADELPHIA: 13 Cops Fired For Racist And Anti-Gay Facebook Posts, Many Others To Be Suspended [VIDEO]

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: At least 13 Philadelphia police officers will be fired as a result of racist, homophobic and violent social media posts revealed last month by the Plain View Project, Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday. These officers were found to be the worst offenders among 328 local cops identified in the project’s national database. One of …

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PUERTO RICO: Governor Under Fire To Resign After Leaked Chat Shows Homophobic Slurs, Death Threat

CBS News reports: There are new calls this morning for the governor of Puerto Rico to resign, after leaked conversations reveal his part in a profane and derogatory group chat. The island has struggled to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, and Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s administration has been plagued by scandals involving funding. Two of Rosselló’s top officials stepped down …

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BREAKING: Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Resigns

The Washington Examiner reports: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned amid the controversy surrounding his handling, as an assistant U.S. Attorney, of the 2008 prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for sex crimes. Democrats have argued that Acosta went easy on Epstein, a politically connected donor who was indicted on sex-trafficking charges on July 8. Acosta has defended his management of Epstein’s …

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Grand Jury Probes Top GOP Fundraiser Elliott Broidy

CBS News reports: A federal grand jury in New York is investigating top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, examining whether he used his position as vice chair of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee to drum up business deals with foreign leaders. A wide-ranging subpoena the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn recently sent to Trump’s inaugural committee seeks records relating to 20 …

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Former Rio Gov: I Paid $2M Bribe To Host Olympics

Reuters reports: The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state said in court testimony on Thursday that he paid $2 million (1.59 million pounds) to buy votes to ensure the sprawling Brazilian seaside city would be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Sergio Cabral told a judge the money went to Lamine Diack, the former president of the International …

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Miami Herald: We Saw Naked Photos Of Falwell’s Wife

The Miami Herald reports: Jerry Falwell Jr., 57, who took over the mantel of Liberty University following the death of his father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., has denied the suggestion that in 2015 he sought help from Michael Cohen, who told actor Tom Arnold in a surreptitiously taped conversation that he embarked on a mission to recover “personal” photographs …

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Aaron Schock: I’m Not Running For Congress In 2020

The Peoria Journal-Star reports: Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock quickly threw cold water on reports published elsewhere, including by a Peoria TV station, that he was taking steps to run for Congress again in Peoria. The former lawmaker said that a recent Federal Election Commission filing has been misconstrued and does not signal an intent to run for his old …

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Wife Of Indicted GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter To Drop Her Not Guilty Plea In Campaign Finance Corruption Case

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan Hunter who was co-indicted with her husband last summer, has agreed to change her plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday morning. The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket late Wednesday morning without any supplemental documentation. …

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Southern Baptist Convention Votes To Expel Member Churches Accused Of Covering Up Sexual Abuse Cases

The Christian Post reports: The Southern Baptist Convention overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to expel churches accused of racial discrimination and mishandling cases of sexual abuse. On the opening day of the largest protestant denomination’s annual meeting, held June 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama, messengers — the delegates selected from SBC member churches to attend the meeting — cast their votes in …

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NEW JERSEY: Presbyterian Minister Accused Of Using Oral Sex To Suck Out Men’s Evil During Ritual Exorcisms

The Bridgewater Courier News reports: A Presbyterian minister, who said he was following the Bible, used Native American exorcism rituals, gemstones and even oral sex to extract “evil spirits” from men undergoing crises in their lives, the church and men claim. The so-called healing acts, which date to 1999, were allegedly performed by the Rev. Dr. William Weaver, a prominent …

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Catholic Bishop Ousted For Sexual Abuse Spent Millions On Luxury Travel, Lavished Cash Gifts On Young Priests

The Washington Post reports: In the years before he was ousted for alleged sexual harassment and financial abuses, the leader of the Catholic Church in West Virginia gave cash gifts totaling $350,000 to fellow clergymen, including young priests he is accused of mistreating and more than a dozen cardinals in the United States and at the Vatican, according to church …

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Top US Cardinal Accused Of Shielding Abusive Priest And Threatening Female Victim With Financial Harm

The Associated Press reports: When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo first met Laura Pontikes in his wood-paneled conference room in December 2016, the leader of the U.S. Catholic Church’s response to its sex abuse scandal said all the right things. He praised her for coming forward to report that his deputy in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese had manipulated her into a sexual relationship …

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Avenatti Charged With Stealing $300K From Stormy

NBC News reports: Federal prosecutors filed additional charges against high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, claiming the frequent White House critic pocketed nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels. Daniels was owed money from a book deal and Avenatti allegedly used a “fraudulent document purporting to bear his client’s name and signature to convince his client’s literary agent to divert …

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Michigan GOP State Rep Charged With Soliciting Bribes Via Text Messages Says He Should Have Just Called

Michigan Live reports: State Rep. Larry Inman said he probably should have picked up the phone and called labor union representatives instead of sending texts that would later be part of a federal indictment alleging he solicited bribes. Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted May 15 by federal prosecutors for attempted extortion, bribery and lying to an FBI agent. The indictment …

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MICHIGAN: Republican State Rep Indicted On Charge He Solicited Union Bribe On Vote For Wage Repeal Bill

The Detroit Free Press reports: A state representative has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of trying to sell his vote on a measure to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids, court records show. House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, called on Inman on …

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Georgia Christian Coalition Leader Surrenders To FBI On Charges Of Stealing $2 Million From Ex-Employer

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was accused today by a federal grand jury of stealing more than $2 million from his former employer. The 38-count indictment charges Beck, an ex-insurance lobbyist and long-time leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, with fraud and money laundering in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Georgia Underwriting Association. With the …

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REPORT: NRA Probed For Misusing Charity Funds

The New York Times reports: A review of tax records by The New York Times shows that, to steady its finances, the powerful lobbying group has increasingly relied on cash infusions and other transactions involving its affiliated foundation — at least $206 million worth since 2010. The role of the foundation is among the issues being examined in a new …

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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty In College Scheme

NBC News reports: Actress Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday, admitting that she paid a fixer thousands of dollars to boost her daughter’s college admission hopes. Prosecutors said Huffman, 56, shelled out $15,000 to have wrong answers corrected on daughter Sofia Grace Macy’s SAT exam, leading to a remarkably improved score from the teen’s PSAT performance, prosecutors …

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Jerry Falwell’s Pool Boy: Stop Calling Me “Pool Boy”

Yesterday Reuters reported that Michael Cohen recorded a phone call with Jerry Falwell Jr. in which the evangelical leader pleaded for help in destroying “racy” personal photos that should be “kept between a husband and wife.” Cohen reportedly then flew to Florida where he met with a lawyer who supposedly handed over the photos for destruction, one of which Cohen …

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