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Republican Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme



An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, prosecutors allege.

Paul Petersen, the Republican assessor of Arizona's most populous county, was charged in Utah, Arizona and Arkansas with counts including human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The charges span about three years and involve some 75 adoptions. Investigators also found eight pregnant women from the Marshall Islands in raids of his properties outside Phoenix, and several more are waiting to give birth in Utah, authorities said.

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Petersen's attorney, Matthew Long, defended his client's actions during a Tuesday court hearing in Phoenix as "proper business practices" and said they disagreed with the allegations.

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Petersen served a two-year mission in the Marshall Islands for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Reyes said. He was later recruited by an international adoption agency while in law school because of his fluency in Marshallese, according to a 2013 Phoenix Business Journal story.

Prosecutors say Petersen used associates there to recruit pregnant women by offering many of them $10,000 each to give up their babies for adoption. Petersen would pay for the women to travel to the U.S. days or months before giving birth and live in a home that he owned until delivering the baby, according to the court records.

The expecting mothers were often crowded in the homes, with Marshallese women Petersen employed helping with things like translation, transportation, legal documents and applications for Medicaid benefits, prosecutors said.

Women got little to no prenatal care in Utah, and in one house slept on mattresses laid on bare floors in what one shocked adoptive family described as a "baby mill," according court documents.

more: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/arizona-official-charged-marshall-islands-adoption-scheme-66170106

Who doesn't like Jimi Hendrix?

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'Clueless' actress Stacey Dash arrested on domestic battery charge in Florida

Deputies said the 52-year-old pushed and slapped a man in the face following a verbal argument.



Stacey Dash was arrested in Florida on a domestic battery charge for pushing and slapping a man across the face following a "verbal argument,'' police said.

The actress, 52, was taken into custody Sunday by the Pasco Sheriff's Office in Land O' Lakes about 25 miles north of Tampa.

Dash hit the man after they started arguing, according to the sheriff's office. He had scratches on his upper left arm from being pushed, deputies said. She was taken to a jail in Land O' Lakes without further incident.

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In February 2018, the actress-turned-conservative political commentator filed paperwork to run for a congressional seat in Southern California but withdrew her bid a month later telling Cosmopolitan magazine that holding an elected office would be "detrimental to the health and well being of my family."

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Dash worked as an on-air contributor at Fox News until 2016. During her time as a paid contributor, Dash sparked widespread criticism when she said that there was no longer a need for award shows or television networks that honor the African American community. Dash also thought Black History Month should be abolished because there isn't a white history month.

"Either we want to have segregation or integration," she said on "Fox & Friends" in 2016. "And if we don't want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you're awarded if you're Black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms."


https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/clueless-actress-stacey-dash-arrested-domestic-battery-charge-florida-n1060396

Tulsi Gabbard: Transcript doesn't show 'compelling' case for impeachment

The Rising reports:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said Wednesday that the partial transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president released by the Trump administration doesn’t show a “compelling” case for impeachment.

“Most people reading through that transcript are not going to find that extremely compelling cause to throw out a president that won an election in 2016,” the Democratic presidential candidate said during an appearance on “Rising.”

The Hawaii representative maintained that impeachment will only deepen the “hyperpartisan divides,” and argued that most people will only see it as another politically-motivated move by Democrats to oust Trump.

Fox News Guest Calls Greta Thunberg 'Mentally Ill Swedish Child' as Right Wing Unleashes...

on Climate Activist.

Throughout the day on Monday, conservatives on television and social media mocked and belittled the 16-year-old climate activist.

The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles joined other conservative pundits and Fox News personalities in openly attacking 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg following her fiery speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, calling the teenager a “mentally ill Swedish child.”

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Appearing on Fox News’ The Story on Monday evening, Knowles joined anchor Harris Faulkner and liberal commentator Christopher Hahn to discuss Monday’s climate protests across the nation as well as Thunberg’s speech. Knowles immediately went after the young climate activist.

“If it were about science it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left,” Knowles said, prompting Faulkner to ask Hahn to respond since he had a “visceral reaction” to the right-wing talker’s comments.

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As Hahn continued to demand that Knowles “take it back,” the conservative podcaster stood by his remarks, repeating his claim that Thunberg is “mentally ill” while accusing the left of “exploiting a girl with many mental illnesses.” (For the record, Thunberg has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, something she has called her “superpower.”)

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A Fox News spokesperson provided the following statement to The Daily Beast on Knowles’ remarks: “The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful - we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers.”

Fox News also told The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr that it has no plans to book Knowles again as a guest.

more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-guest-calls-greta-thunberg-mentally-ill-swedish-child-as-right-wing-unleashes-on-climate-activist

Back surgery saved him from paralysis. Then the bills arrived: over $650,000

Frank Esposito says it started last March with unrelenting back pain. He could barely move, and an MRI soon showed a bulge in his spine. A specialist told him to go to the closest hospital — immediately.

Doctors at the emergency room said he needed surgery. The herniation was so severe it could cut his nerve, Esposito said, and render him paralyzed.

The surgery was a success, but then the bills started coming: over $650,000 in all.

His insurance company said his back surgery didn't qualify as an emergency and wasn't medically necessary.

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Carroll added: "I think people have an assumption, right or wrong, that insurance is going to protect them. That's why if we pay that much, we think we're going to be covered, and we're not going to see that surprise bill. So, when you do, people are shocked."

Esposito has already taken $49,000 from his retirement savings. He hired a company to negotiate down some of his bills. After appeals, Esposito's insurer, Oxford United Healthcare, did pay some of his doctors' bills. But he still owes $220,000 — CBS News is still waiting for a response to questions about that balance.

"You work all your life. You work to buy a house. You work to have a house," he said. "You have to save up for everything. We would like to be able to know that we can go to the doctor, that we can get healthy, that we can get taken care of without losing everything we have."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/back-surgery-saved-him-from-paralysis-then-the-bills-arrived-over-650000/

Oh my: Amid Water Crisis, Michigan's Top Health Official Said Flint Residents "Have to Die of Someth

Amid Water Crisis, Michigan’s Top Health Official Said Flint Residents “Have to Die of Something,” Scientists Say

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/amid-water-crisis-michigans-top-health-official-said-flint-residents-have-to-die-of-something-scientists-say/

Do you think Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is responsible for the fires in the Amazon?

If so, what should be done about his actions?

Plastic Straw Man or how the right turns reason into treason







https://thenib.com/plastic-strawman?

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act. Critics predict more extinctions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act in a move that it says will reduce regulatory burdens — but that critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction.

The administration was making public a final version of a rule overhauling the way the federal government handles protections for plants and animals at risk of extinction. Information about the rule was obtained by the Associated Press beforehand.

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At least 10 attorneys general joined conservation groups in protesting an early draft of the changes, saying they put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction.

A draft version of the rule released last year would end blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened, allow federal authorities for the first time to consider the economic cost of protecting a particular species, and could let authorities disregard impacts from climate change, one of the largest threats to habitat.

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A United Nations report warned in May that more than 1 million plants and animals globally face extinction, some within decades, owning to human development, climate change and other threats. The report called the rate of species loss a record.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-08-12/trump-endangered-species-act
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