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House Dems push legislation requiring banks to receive critical ‘diversity and inclusion’ rating

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House Democrats are proposing that all banks and credit unions receive a new “diversity and inclusion” rating in an unprecedented step that would fundamentally alter federal regulators’ critical “CAMELS” rating system that currently employs a series of metrics that solely assess the financial health of banking institutions.

The “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Banking Act of 2019” is draft legislation supported by Democrats on the House Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, which was created by House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Maxine Waters Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Waters has long pushed for government-led diversity efforts, even as Republicans have challenged her knowledge of fundamental economic issues.

“We need to change it and we need to change it right away. The excuse that we can’t find any, that’s what I’m hearing from some of you, that’s not acceptable,” Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said at a Wednesday hearing held by the subcommittee. “When you have power, you have to use it. We have the power. Regulations may be the thing to do. I think the carrot was a good idea, but after having heard some things today, I think we have to move to the stick, that’s regulations.”

“When you have power, you have to use it. We have the power.”

— Rep. Al Green, D-Texas

The CAMELS system, known as the Uniform Financial Institutions Rating System, assesses banks’ (c)apital adequacy; (a)ssets; (m)anagement capability; (e)arnings; (l)iquidity; and (s)ensitivity to market risk, each on a scale of 1 to 5.

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All of those categories involve financial information, and the CAMELS rating is then used by federal authorities that oversee and regulate banks; a failing CAMELS score is considered so significant that it is ordinarily hidden from public view to avoid a run on the bank involved.

But, the new bill proposes to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act so that the CAMELS system adds an additional diversity category for the “Board of Governors, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Corporation, and the National Credit Union” to analyze.

Specifically, the new category looks at whether depository institutions have policies to “encourage diversity and inclusion” in hiring practices; whether they train employees on diversity and inclusion; and whether they have a “Diversity and Inclusion officer” who reports to the CEO.

Any “equivalent rating by any such agency under a comparable rating system” should also have a diversity score, the bill states.

The proposal isn’t the first similar bill to be considered by Waters’ subcommittee on diversity. Last June, the panel met in a hearing entitled, “Diverse Asset Managers: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities for Inclusion,” and released a draft of a bill called the ‘‘Diverse Asset Managers Act.” 

A draft of the legislation stated that “conscious efforts to facilitate diverse and inclusive asset management firm selection are required to overcome obstacles facing diverse individual-owned and controlled asset management firms.”

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The law would mandate that asset management firms publish a request for services in “print and online publications oriented towards women, minorities, and veterans,” to consider at least one of these firms that submits a proposal, and if one of these firms submits a proposal that “satisfies the criteria set forth in request for proposal, to invite at least one such diverse individual-owned and controlled asset management firm to present their proposal to the person.”

Each firm also would need to report to the government on their efforts to hire minority-owned asset management firms.

The bills stand little passage of becoming law given the current composition of the House and Senate, but Democratic leaders have left little doubt that they would pursue the measures should the composition of Congress change. Speaking in June 2018, Waters underscored her commitment to diversity by seemingly suggesting that her efforts to help the technology sector were conditioned on diversity programs there.

“I have a question that I would like to propose,” Waters began. “But before I do that, since you mentioned Silicon Valley, I too, was there recently. I was appalled at the lack of diversity. I know that there are a number of organizations, civil rights organizations that have been working very hard to increase participation of minorities and women in the Silicon Valley businesses.”

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Waters added: “They have not done very well, and of course I would be anxious to be of assistance to them in making sure that we could reduce the costs and reduce the hassle of becoming IPOs. But we certainly must take into consideration whether or not these companies are developing, understanding that some of us are going to be focused on diversity in those companies.”

Democrats’ efforts appeared to be yielding results. In January, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Solomon declared that Goldman “will no longer take a company public in the U.S. and Europe if it lacks a director who is either female or diverse.”

Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” investigative producer Alex Pfeiffer contributed to this report.

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Maxine Waters says California deserves more clout in Dem primaries: ‘We are supplying tremendous dollars’

Thanks to a bill that former Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017, California will hold its presidential primary election in March this year rather than June, giving the 2020 Democratic candidates an earlier shot at capturing the Golden State’s nearly 500 delegates.

But U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters argues that her home state – the nation’s most populous, with nearly 40 million residents — is still getting shortchanged when it comes to influencing which Democrat carries the party’s banner in presidential elections.

“A lot of people have come to the conclusion that it should not simply be Iowa and New Hampshire, that certainly they are not reflective of the makeup of this country,” the Los Angeles-area congreswoman told CNBC on Thursday. “And so, California has a role to play.”

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Waters, 81, who has served in Congress since 1991, noted that few other states can match California when it comes to fundraising for Democratic candidates.

“We have candidates who fly out to Los Angeles from everywhere to raise money,” Waters told CNBC host Kelly Evans, the Washington Free Beacon reported. “You would have two, three, four at a time in Beverly Hills having dinners and some of our contributors, who are very rich, were holding fancy parties, trying to accommodate the requests for donations and contributions.”

According to Waters, “The thinking is that if we are supplying tremendous dollars to candidates, we ought to have more say.”

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U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is seen at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 18, 2019. (Associated Press)

“More say” was said to be the intention behind the bill that Brown signed in 2017.

“Candidates will not be able to ignore the largest, most diverse state in the nation as they seek our country’s highest office,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said at the time, according to NPR. “California has been a leader time and time again on the most important issues facing our country — including immigration, education, and the environment.”

He added that the date change would “help ensure that issues important to Californians are prioritized by presidential candidates from all political parties.”

Last year, state Democratic Party spokesman Roger Salazar told Fox News that the earlier primary would also help California pull the national party in a more progressive direction.

“The Democratic electorate [in California] is much more progressive than almost any state,” Salazar said at the time. “All of that is going to help bring up some of the core issues Californians care about.”

He listed the environment, health care, immigration and economic injustice as top issues among California Democrats.

That may explain why progressive candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leads in four major California polls, according to Politico.

Ironically, Waters’ remarks about the “tremendous dollars” being donated by Californians come amid a primary battle in which some of the party faithful are accusing New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg of trying to “buy” the nomination.

Since the start of 2020, the former mayor of New York City has spent $13 million on advertising in California and opened 20 regional offices with a total of 300 staffers, Politico reported.

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Bloomberg also got a head start on other candidates in California by spending time there earlier this month, after deciding to skip the Iowa and New Hampshire races.

As for who is taking the most money from California, that title belongs to former South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg, who has raised more than $9 million in the state, according to Federal Election Commission data, the outlet reported.

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Joe Manchin, who voted to oust Trump, says he may endorse his reelection

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he could potentially endorse President Trump for reelection just a week after he voted to convict the president for abuse of power, according to a report published Thursday.

“Everybody can change,” Manchin told Politico. “Maybe the president will change, you know? Maybe that uniter will come out, versus the divider.”

Manchin said that, although Trump did his best to unseat him in 2018, the two were having lunch together a week after his third-term reelection.

MANCHIN HITS BACK AFTER TRUMP CALLS HIM ‘WEAK,’ ‘CORRUPT’ OVER IMPEACHMENT VOTE

“He said: ‘I knew we couldn’t beat you,’” Manchin said of Trump. “And I said: ‘It wasn’t for lack of trying.’ Boom, it’s over, let it go. I did. I’m asking him to do the same thing I did. He tried to remove me.”

Manchin, a conservative Democrat, has been known to cross party lines. In 2018, he was the only Democrat to vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and has endorsed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, for reelection, a seat Democrats hope to flip. He also noted he’s voted with Republicans 56 percent of the time.

Trump has hammered Manchin for his impeachment vote on Twitter by calling him “Joe Munchkin,” “weak & pathetic.”

The West Virginia senator said he is waiting to reach out to the White House until things “simmer down.”

Manchin’s vote was especially irritating for Trump since some had thought he might vote with Republicans, making the president’s acquittal bipartisan. Instead, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was the only one to break with his party in the vote.

“Lindsey [Graham] had talked about the fact that we were going to get several Democrats. And Joe was one,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said, according to Politico. “He kind of walks this line. There are those in our conference who say he’s always with you except when you need him.”

Manchin said he plans to hold a series of town halls in West Virginia – a state Trump won by 42 percent – to explain his vote to convict. “I owe it to them,” he told Politico.

Graham, R-S.C., said he has attempted to smooth things over between Trump and Manchin, talking to him about his attacks on the Democrat and arguing that Manchin is the Republicans’ best chance for bipartisan support on legislation.

The president “doesn’t believe it today, but there will come a time when we need Joe tomorrow,” Graham told Politico. “We still have a lot to do here. Prescription drugs and a lot of things are gonna be right on the cusp of 60 votes.”

Manchin said he was inclined to vote to acquit Trump at the beginning of the trial but the evidence made it impossible for him. He was also critical of Trump’s performance during the State of the Union last week.

“I saw the State of the Union, and I said: ‘It’s not who we are.’ There’s so many good things that we can do better. I hope he changes,” Manchin told Politico. “I’m looking for that person that has heart and soul and compassion.”

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Manchin’s office has not yet responded to an after-hours email from Fox News.

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Ex-acting AG Whitaker on Stone juror controversy: Reversing verdict ‘hard but not impossible’

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Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Thursday he was concerned by the controversy surrounding the jury forewoman in Republican political consultant Roger Stone’s federal trial, in which Stone was convicted of charges that include intimidating a witness and lying to Congress.

“Once a juror is corrupt or has a bias, the whole system falls apart,” Whitaker said. “Really, I think we should be concerned about jurors — especially here, unfortunately, in the District of Columbia [where Stone’s trial was heard] where they kind of game the system and have biases that they aren’t willing to admit.”

“Once a juror is corrupt or has a bias, the whole system falls apart.”

— Matthew Whitaker, former acting U.S. attorney general

Whitaker — who served in the interim position from November 2018 to February 2019, following the departure of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions — made his remarks during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

ROGER STONE JUROR’S ANTI-TRUMP SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS SURFACE AFTER SHE DEFENDS DOJ PROSECUTORS

The juror in question, Tomeka Hart, has been criticized over multiple anti-Trump tweets and anti-Stone sentiments. A former school board official in Memphis, Tenn., Hart recently defended the prosecutors in the trial on social media:

“I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis — the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial,” Hart wrote in the post after the four stepped down. “It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.”

On March 24, 2019, Hart shared a Facebook post saying that Republicans who complained about then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation were deliberately “ignoring the numerous indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions of people in 45’s inner-circle,” referring to Trump.

And, on Nov. 15, 2019 — the day she voted to convict Stone on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress — Hart tweeted two “heart” emojis, followed by two pump-fist emojis.

During her interview with Whitaker, host Laura Ingraham asked if there was a way to undo any potential forthcoming sentencing for Stone, given Hart’s alleged bias.

Whitaker replied that many different “procedural” options existed, adding that “undoing a jury verdict is hard but not impossible.”

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“There’s going to have to be showing that it was biased,” he said, in regard to what would have to happen if an appeal makes it to the District of Columbia Circuit Court.

“It’s better to win a trial than lose a trial and then try to appeal on various theories, but the system will work and if this person is demonstrated to have had these anti-Trump biases and anti-Stone biases, that can be undone.”

Stone, a 67-year-old Connecticut native, has been under a partial gag order from Judge Amy Berman Jackson since the early days of his case. He had at one point advised President Trump during his 2016 campaign and has known the former real estate mogul for decades.

Prior to Trump, Stone was supportive of Presidents Reagan and Nixon, getting his start in activism during the 1964 presidential campaign of former Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Laura Ingraham on Michael Bloomberg’s China relationship

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Laura Ingraham criticized Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg Thursday for his relationship with China, blasting the politician for his “coziness” with the communist country.

“And it’s not just that he’s bad on guns, bad on immigration, terrible on health care and our food choices,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “Bloomberg’s really bad when it comes to our chief economic and military threat. I’m talking about China. In fact, he can’t even bring himself to use the correct words to describe their government.”

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“The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public and the public says ‘I can’t breathe the air.’  [Chinese President] Xi Jinping is not a dictator,” Bloomberg told PBS’s Margaret Hoover in September. “He has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive”

“He’s not a dictator?” Hoover responded.

“No, he has to, he has a constituency to answer to,” Bloomberg said.

Ingraham said those comments should disqualify Bloomberg from the presidency.

“That in and of itself should tell us all. He should never be president,” Ingraham said. “Now, as he said this remember, China was in the midst of a brutal suppressing of the pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong. And as we were just learning at the time, the true extent of China’s vast array of concentration camps for those wieger Muslims.”

“Bloomberg has been getting increasingly tight, though, the Chinese for years,” Ingraham said. “He loves their massive marketplace and they love his money and influence in the United States.”

Ingraham laughed at the contrast of President Trump and Bloomberg and the idea that Democrats would even run a pro-China candidate.

“Now, it will be hilarious, but not completely surprising if it ends up being Bloomberg versus Trump,” Ingraham said. “Democrats, the self anointed champions of human rights, choosing a pro-China guy as their nominee.”

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“They’re also supposedly pro American worker,” Ingraham said. “So how would it look to pick a guy who would just end up making it easier for companies here to ship jobs over there?”

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Biden faces NYC protesters chanting ‘Drop out, Joe!’

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As if his poor results in Iowa and New Hampshire weren’t enough, Joe Biden was met with chants of “Drop out, Joe!” on Thursday night as he left a campaign fundraiser in New York City, according to reports.

Other protesters from the group New York Communities for Change held a mock “funeral” for Biden’s candidacy, featuring a black coffin decorated with Biden 2020 stickers.

“The campaign is pretty much done,” one “mourner” said. “The people have spoken. Young people have spoken.”

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Earlier this week, the 77-year-old former vice president’s struggles to connect with voters, despite being deemed the Democratic Party’s frontrunner for its 2020 presidential nomination, prompted him to leave New Hampshire early, before the primary results were in, so he could focus on the Feb. 22 Nevada caucuses and Feb. 29 South Carolina primary.

Biden told supporters in South Carolina on Tuesday that he wasn’t anywhere close to giving up on the race.

“It is important that Iowa and New Hampshire have spoken, but we need to hear from Nevada and South Carolina and Super Tuesday and beyond,” he said. “We haven’t heard from the most committed constituents in the Democratic Party — the African-American community — or the fastest-growing segment of the party — the Latino Americans.”

Biden went on to describe the importance of the African-American and Latino votes, saying that you “can’t be the Democratic nominee and you can’t win the Democratic nomination as a Democrat unless you have the support of black and brown voters.”

On Thursday night Biden was in midtown Manhattan, courting Wall Street figures as he hoped to raise at least $1 million, the New York Post reported.

Attendees at the Wayfarer restaurant event were scheduled to include former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Centerview Partners executive Alan Hartman, Citigroup exec Ray McGuire, Blackstone operating chief Jonathan Gray, Snap chairman Michael Lynton and former Obama economic adviser Jeffrey Zients, according to a list obtained by CNBC.

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Biden’s fourth-place finish in the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses and even worse fifth-place finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary reportedly had some backers concerned about the future of his campaign

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic Party field nationally, with support from 25 percent of Democratic voters, with Biden garnering only 17 percent.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this story.

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‘Walking Dead’ actor Josh ‘TKO’ Turner arrested in Tennessee on outstanding warrant: reports

Actor Josh “TKO” Turner, who appeared uncredited as the Tattooed Savior in several episodes of “The Walking Dead,” was reportedly arrested in Tennessee on Wednesday night on an outstanding warrant for assault in Oregon.

Details of Turner’s assault charge were unclear, but he had been released from custody in Oregon by mistake, according to Heavy.com.

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Turner, 34, has also had uncredited parts on “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals” and “Doctor Sleep.”

He is also a professional wrestler and has trained with the WWE, Heavy reported.

He remained in jail Thursday morning, pending extradition to Oregon, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Turner is based in Newport, Tenn., the News Sentinel reported.

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Karl Rove on the possibility of a brokered Democratic convention

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Karl Rove, the former White House senior adviser to President George W. Bush, said Thursday that it is possible that Democrats are inching toward a brokered convention.

Eight candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination remain, but unless a clear candidate emerges things could become chaotic in regards to delegates and the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

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“Delegates chosen… through March 3rd are going to represent 40 percent of the total at the Democratic convention. And after March 3, we’re gonna be 60 percent. Right now, we got everybody sort of tight,” Rove said on “Hannity.”  “Nobody’s breaking it… Buttigieg and Bernie are about 32 percent of the delegates selected so far.”

“They need to win 60 percent of those to get 36 percent of the total delegates and get themselves to 50… as of the opening day in Milwaukee,” Rove said. “That looks like it’s going to be awfully hard to do given how scrambled this field is.”

The last time either of the major party nominating conventions went past a first-ballot was 1952, when Adlai Stevenson won the Democratic nomination on the third ballot.

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But this time around, a number of conditions could lead to no candidate holding a clear majority of delegates heading into the July Democratic convention in Milwaukee. This could trigger a scenario where so-called “superdelegates” — party elders and insiders who recently were stripped of their power in the wake of the 2016 primary battle — would be activated, and free to boost the candidates of their choice toward the nomination.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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What happened to ‘Barefoot Bandit’ Colton Harris-Moore?

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What is folklore in the 21st century?

Colton Harris-Moore is a former fugitive who became a modern-day folk hero. He was dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit” for an unforgettable cross-country crime spree he committed as a teenager.

Harris-Moore began breaking into homes and cabins on Puget Sound’s Camano Island, court records showed.

The “Barefoot Bandit” developed a huge following online, with supporters tracking his movements on social media.

Harris-Moore was sentenced in 2012 to seven years in prison for a series of crimes he committed barefoot, which began after he escaped from a juvenile halfway house in 2008.

He was ultimately captured after crash-landing a plane that he stole in Indiana and flew to the Bahamas.

Here is his story.

CURRENT LIFE

After his notoriety as a celebrity criminal, Harris-Moore is less in the spotlight these days.

In December 2015, he endorsed Donald Trump for president on his personal blog.

He also now has a Twitter account, where he describes himself as: “Pilot/Entrepreneur/Boyfriend/fmr. international fugitive.”

“The past is done; the future is unwritten. Life is what you MAKE IT!” he writes in his bio.

However, there’s a catch to his contemporary brand.

2019

Last year, the “Barefoot Bandit” was ordered to complete his probation after requesting he be allowed to visit friends overseas and accept work outside Washington state to do influencer-type engagements as a motivational speaker.

Harris-Moore claimed that the work would help him pay off the more than $1 million in restitution he still owes to victims of his crimes.

Harris-Moore was sentenced in 2012 to more than six years in prison plus three years of supervised probation after being convicted following a string of crimes that included dozens of thefts and burglaries, the smashing of vehicles and the crash-landings of three stolen airplanes.

His nickname came from the sketches of a barefooted footprint that he often left behind at the crime scenes, and he even committed some crimes without wearing shoes or socks, reports said.

2016

The 6-foot-5-inch Harris-Moore pleaded to get out of prison early to work at his lawyer’s firm during the summer.

His attorney John Henry Browne told the Seattle Times he and his client agreed years ago that Harris-Moore would work part-time at his law firm while looking for a full-time job, and, eventually, going to school.

The job was to answer phones and perform clerical work, according to the lawyer.

The attorney said he had sympathy for his client.

“He might have a touch of Asperger’s, a little bit, because he can focus on something and master it,” Browne said of Harris-Moore’s ability to learn how to fly airplanes by simply reading the manuals. “He’d never even flown in a commercial plane.”

The attorney said his client’s delinquency began out of necessity — not evil.

“He started down the path of criminality, if we can call it, literally to eat,” Browne said. “When he was younger, his mother was not taking care of him, and was using food stamps for beer and things.”

His mother died that summer.

Harris-Moore said he wanted to cryogenically freeze his mother with the hope that medical advances would allow her to be revived and her lung cancer treated. He later said that he hadn’t been able to raise enough money for the procedure.

He was freed from his work-release program that winter.

2014

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Harris-Moore’s story was told in a feature-length documentary, “Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit,” which premiered in 2014. It blended interviews with animation.

The graphic-novel style animated documentary was made by Canadian filmmakers and shot during a six-week shoot in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

Unrelatedly, Harris-Moore had previously sold the movie rights to his story in the hopes of raising enough money to pay $1.3 million in restitution to his victims.

2012

He was moved out of solitary confinement and into the general inmate population at another prison in Washington state, corrections officials confirmed during the summer.

He had spent three weeks in “intensive management,” most of which was at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary alongside inmates facing the death penalty. It was for his own protection as a high-profile convict, Washington Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said.

“Somebody might want to make a name for himself by saying, ‘I took down the Barefoot Bandit,'” Lewis had said.

Harris-Moore had been in solitary confinement at Walla Walla since he arrived in April, and he was allowed out of his cell five times per week, for an hour each time.

2011

When he was sentenced in December, Judge Vickie Churchill said: “This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s a triumph of the human spirit in other ways.”

She described Harris-Moore’s upbringing as a “mind-numbing absence of hope,” and believed he was genuinely remorseful and contrite.

In a statement provided to Churchill, he said his childhood was one he wouldn’t wish on his “darkest enemies.”

Still, he said he takes responsibility for the crime spree that brought him international notoriety.

2010

He was apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010.

After he was captured, his arrest caused sadness in his fans.

Some of his more than 60,000 Facebook fans posted disappointed messages, while others promoted T-shirts and tote bags with the words “Free Colton!” and “Let Colton Fly!”

“I feel like it would have been good if he got away because he never hurt anybody, but then he was running from the law,” said Ruthie Key, who owns a market on Great Abaco Island and let Harris-Moore use her wireless Internet connection in July 2010.

“He seemed very innocent when I spoke with him at the store. I don’t think he’d hurt anybody,” Key said.

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Harris-Moore was a skilled outdoorsman who honed his abilities growing up in the woods of Camano Island in Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Harris-Moore’s mother, Pam Kohler, had said that he had a troubled childhood. His first conviction, for possession of stolen property, came at age 12. Within a few months of turning 13, he had three more.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sean Hannity: Roger Stone case should be ‘thrown out immediately’

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Sean Hannity used his opening monologue Thursday to break down the ongoing drama involving Trump associate Roger Stone, issuing an “important warning” to viewers about the “unequal” justice system prosecuting the high-profile case.

“Please listen closely. You’ve got to understand right now if you are a conservative, if you are a Republican in the United States of America, you have every, every single right to feel that you are not being treated fairly, that the justice issued in this country is not equally applied,” Hannity said.

“You have every right to feel that way, because it seems that in this United States, on this night, only conservatives, only Republicans, and especially people that like Donald Trump can get prosecuted … all while Democrats in the deep state can pretty much do everything without consequence.”

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier Thursday accused President Trump of abuse of power and Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress – but stopped short of calling for another round of impeachment hearings

“That doesn’t mean that we’re going to spend all of our time going after every lie that the administration’s henchmen make to the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.

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Pelosi accused Trump of interfering with the justice system by seeking a lighter sentence for Stone and blasted Barr for overriding the career prosecutors on Stone’s case.

“This is an abuse of power that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interest,” Pelosi said, adding: “All this must be investigated.”

Hannity said Pelosi’s comments point to a “two-tiered system of justice” which has frustrated the president.

“Here’s the point. This is serious because we are talking about a two-tiered system of justice. It has to be fixed. The frustration that I feel, the president feels, all these people, they all get the book thrown at them. All these other people, they seem to always get away with it and nothing ever happens. “

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“Prosecutors recommended nine years behind bars for Roger Stone,” Hannity added.” … As of 2018, the median time served for murder … [was] 13.4 years … Median time for rape … 4.2 years. Wow. Robbery, 3.2 [years], assault, 1.4 [years]. Now prosecutors [are] recommending nine years for Roger Stone, for lying? You want the guy to die in jail. That’s basically it.”

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