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DeSantis Calls For Resignation Of Florida GOP Chair

CBS News reports: Florida Republican Party chair Christian Ziegler is being investigated by the Sarasota Police Department, Ziegler’s attorney, Derek Byrd, confirmed. Late Thursday night, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on Ziegler to resign as state party chair. “I don’t see how he can continue with that investigation ongoing, given the gravity of those situations,” DeSantis told reporters. “And so …

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FL Dems Demand Resignation Of State GOP Chairman

The Florida Democratic Party writes: “Allegations of rape and sexual battery are severe and should be taken seriously,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried. “I applaud the accuser’s bravery in coming forward against a political figure as powerful as Christian Ziegler, and I trust that the Sarasota Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations of criminal behavior. “Christian …

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Details Emerge In FBI Probe Into New York City Mayor

The New York Times reports: Federal authorities are investigating whether Mayor Eric Adams, weeks before his election two years ago, pressured New York Fire Department officials to sign off on the Turkish government’s new high-rise consulate in Manhattan despite safety concerns with the building, three people with knowledge of the matter said. After winning the Democratic mayoral primary in July, …

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FBI Seizes Phones Of New York City Mayor Eric Adams

The New York Times reports: F.B.I. agents seized Mayor Eric Adams’s electronic devices early this week in what appeared to be a dramatic escalation of a federal corruption investigation into whether his 2021 campaign conspired with the Turkish government and others to funnel money into its coffers, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The agents approached the mayor …

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Portuguese PM’s Home Raided In Corruption Probe

Politico Europe reports: Portuguese police raided Prime Minister António Costa’s official residence and detained his chief of staff, Vítor Escária, as part of a corruption investigation, Portugal’s attorney general said Tuesday. The probe is linked to lithium exploration schemes in the north of the country and a green hydrogen mega-project in Sines. Police searches of the prime minister’s residence and …

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MD Church To Close After Priest’s Secret Sex Payoff

The Associated Press reports: The Archdiocese of Baltimore will close one of the city’s Catholic churches after its longtime pastor was recently suspended from ministry because he admitted to making a payment several years ago to settle sexual harassment allegations. Last month, Father Paschal Morlino was dismissed from his position at St. Benedict Church in southwest Baltimore, where he served …

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Top Evangelical Steps Down Over “Sexual Immorality”

The Christian Post reports: International House of Prayer Kansas City founder Mike Bickle has agreed to step away from public ministry as he is investigated for “serious allegations including sexual immorality” that have been made against him by multiple women. Leaders of the charismatic Evangelical Christian movement and missions organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, made the revelations of the …

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Prominent Evangelical “Credibly Accused” Of Sex Abuse

The Kansas City Star reports: The founder of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, a 24/7 evangelical and missions organization, is facing serious allegations of misconduct, members of its leadership team told staff at a special meeting on Friday. Mike Bickle has led the organization since its founding in 1999. The leadership team did not provide details of …

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Bowman Pleads Guilty To Fire Alarm Charge, Fined $1K

The Hill reports: Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor for falsely pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building last month ahead of a key House vote. Bowman appeared in D.C. Superior Court Thursday morning for his arraignment, one day after he was charged. Under an agreement with prosecutors, he will to pay a $1,000 …

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Menendez Pleads Not Guilty To Foreign Agent Charge

CNN reports: Sen. Bob Menendez pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to a charge alleging he conspired to act as a foreign agent of Egypt. The New Jersey Democrat personally entered his plea before district Judge Sidney H. Stein. Menendez, his wife Nadine Arslanian Menendez, and three other co-defendants were indicted last month on corruption-related offenses and are accused …

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MD Priest Fired Over Secret Sexual Abuse Settlement

The Baltimore Banner reports: The Archdiocese of Baltimore has dismissed the Rev. Paschal Morlino, the celebrated “urban monk” of Southwest Baltimore who led St. Benedict Church for decades, following the recent disclosure that he paid $200,000 to quietly settle allegations of fraud and sexual assault. Morlino’s abrupt removal as pastor of St. Benedict’s was announced Saturday to parishioners, and it …

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Former OSU Wrestlers: Don’t Make Jordan Speaker

NBC News reports: Four of the former Ohio State University wrestlers who have accused Rep. Jim Jordan of failing to protect them from a sexual predator when he was the team’s assistant coach in the 1980s and ’90s said Tuesday he has no business being the next speaker of the House. “Do you really want a guy in that job …

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MAGA Sheriff Charged With Selling Deputy Badges

The Daily Beast reports: A die-hard MAGA sheriff in Virginia charged with accepting bribes for deputy badges allegedly sold one to a controversial Iraqi fixer linked to Kurdistan prime minister and accused kleptocrat Masrour Barzani. That’s according to an FBI search warrant affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast, which reveals Virginia-based businessman Haval Dosky was swept up in a federal …

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Questions In Fatal Crash Involving Menendez’s Wife

The New York Times reports: It was a cold evening in December 2018, and Nadine Arslanian, the soon-to-be wife of Senator Robert Menendez, was zipping through the darkened streets of suburban New Jersey in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan. She would later tell the police she did not see the man stepping out in front of her to cross a busy …

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Sen. Bob Menendez And His Wife Plead Not Guilty

NBC News reports: Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., pleaded not guilty before a federal judge in New York on Wednesday to corruption charges alleging that he and his wife used his influence to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Attorneys for Menendez and his wife, Nadine, entered pleas of not guilty at their arraignment in the morning before Magistrate …

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TODAY: Menendez And His Wife To Appear In Court

Reuters reports: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is set to appear in court on Wednesday to face charges of taking bribes from three New Jersey businessman, as calls for his resignation from his fellow Democrats escalated. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan last week accused Menendez, 69, and his wife of accepting gold bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in …

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Sen. Cory Booker Joins Calls For Menendez To Resign

The New York Times reports: Senator Cory Booker called on Senator Robert Menendez, his fellow New Jersey Democrat, to resign Tuesday morning, ending days of silence after Mr. Menendez was indicted on bribery charges. As New Jersey’s junior senator, Mr. Booker often has described Mr. Menendez, the senior senator, as a friend, ally and mentor. His decision to condemn Mr. …

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Bob Menendez: I Will Not Resign, I Will Be Exonerated

Reuters reports: Senator Bob Menendez on Monday denied wrongdoing and vowed to stay in Congress on Monday after prosecutors charged him and his wife with taking bribes from three New Jersey businessmen. Menendez’s stance defied calls from elected officials in his state of New Jersey, including the state’s Democratic governor, to step down. “I firmly believe that when all the …

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Top NJ Dems And House Reps To Menendez: Resign

Axios reports: Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday he won’t resign from the Senate despite mounting calls from fellow Democrats for him to do so over an indictment on bribery charges. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and State Democratic Party Chair LeRoy Jones all called for Menendez to resign. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), the top …

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Menendez Steps Down As Senate Committee Chairman

USA Today reports: Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is stepping down from his position as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after being indicted Friday and charged with corruption for the second time in 10 years. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Friday that Menendez has decided to temporarily step down from his position as chair …

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