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Dippin’ Dots factory explosion in Kentucky leaves 4 injured

Four employees were injured in an explosion Friday night at a Kentucky production facility for Dippin’ Dots ice cream, according to reports.

One of the victims was released from a hospital and another was expected to be released soon. There was no word on the type or extent of any of the victims’ injuries, WPSD-TV of Paducah reported.

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The Dippin’ Dots factory in Paducah, Ky.  (Google Maps)

Dippin’ Dots Vice President of Administration Steve Heisner told WPSD the company first wanted to make sure all employees were accounted for and “ensure that they’re safe.”

Heisner added he hoped a structural engineer could assess the damage at the Paducah facility this weekend.

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Dippin’ Dots are pellets of ice cream. The treat was invented in the 1980s. (Dippin’ Dots Facebook page)

The extent of the damage was unknown and the cause of the explosion, which happened in the production area, was under investigation.

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The victims were not immediately identified.

Dippin’ Dots are ice cream in pellet form. The treat was invented in the 1980s and is available in multiple flavors.

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Washington Post editor’s Brett Kavanaugh book called ‘flat-wrong,’ ‘ridiculous’

An upcoming book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s path to the nation’s highest court by a Washington Post editor is under fire for what critics call “really problematic” inaccuracies – and it hasn’t even been released yet.

Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus’s upcoming book, “Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover,” is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at what she calls a “thirty-year mission by conservatives to win a majority on the Supreme Court.”

Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes reported on Thursday that his colleague’s book would claim Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy asked President Trump to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court list. Barnes wrote that, according to Marcus’ book, Justice Kennedy pulled President Trump aside following a 2017 Rose Garden swearing-in ceremony for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to discuss the next Supreme Court openings and suggested Kavanaugh.

“The justice’s message to the president was as consequential as it was straightforward, and it was a remarkable insertion by a sitting justice into the distinctly presidential act of judge picking,” Marcus wrote, according to Barnes.

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The Post indicated that Kennedy announced his retirement 14 months later, after Kavanaugh’s name was added to Trump’s list of potential successors. According to Barnes, the book claims Kennedy’s son Gregory had informed White House adviser Kellyanne Conway that his father was pleased Trump won the election because he wanted to be succeeded by a Republican – although Gregory Kennedy denied this claim, which is noted by Marcus in a footnote of the book.

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A top Washington Post editor penned a book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the “thirty-year mission by conservatives to win a majority on the Supreme Court.”

“If this is material that appears in Ruth Marcus’s book, and I assume it does since Bob Barnes wrote about it and they know each other, it’s really problematic,” a source close to the confirmation process told Fox News. “A lot of what is said it just not accurate.”

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity but was involved in the confirmation process, said Justice Kennedy “never” provided unsolicited guidance about any potential candidate for either the U.S. Supreme Court or the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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“He never went and lobbied the president on any prospective nominee,” the source said. “That’s the gravamen of what Ruth Marcus is saying… that’s not correct and it’s the first glaring inaccuracy. I know this because I was there.”

The source feels Marcus had to come up with “new and exciting” storylines because there have already been multiple books about the Kavanaugh confirmation process, but that isn’t the only theory for the “erroneous” excerpts reported by her Post colleague.

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A second source, who was also involved in the confirmation process, told Fox News that Kennedy simply “is not the kind of guy who would ever proactively offer his views” on a potential replacement.

“He’s a very proper gentleman,” the source said, adding that the claim is “flat-wrong, way off, a big swing and a miss.”

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“Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover” has been panned by critics who were involved in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

The Washington Post declined a direct comment and pointed Fox News to the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster.

“I stand behind the reporting in my book,” Marcus told Fox News through a Simon & Schuster spokesperson.

The Post first reported Christine Blasey Ford’s claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a Maryland house party in the early 1980s – a claim Kavanaugh has vehemently denied.

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The paper was eventually mocked for a subsequent report that slammed Kavanaugh over purchasing Washington Nationals tickets on his credit card, and also placed a story about Kavanaugh coaching youth basketball under their “Public Safety” section online.

“The Washington Post failed in its efforts to defeat Brett Kavanaugh. They were on a search-and-destroy mission and they failed,” the source said. “What they have to do now to save whatever face they have left, is they have to be able to say, ‘Oh look it was really close, there was angst, there was concern, there was a time when the confirmation might not have actually succeeded,’ because if they can take that narrative then what they did wasn’t completely a failed attempt.”

Carrie Severino co-wrote “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” which hit No. 1 overall on Amazon’s bestseller list following its July release. While researching her book, Severino and co-author Mollie Hemingway spoke with over 100 high-level sources, including Trump himself, Supreme Court justices, dozens of U.S. Senators and senior White House officials but she says none of them ever mentioned the Kennedy claims in Marcus’s book.

“We never heard anything about Justice Kennedy lobbying uninvited for his successor. Neither did our reporting show Leonard Leo being anything but steadfast and unequivocal in support of Justice Kavanaugh,” Severino told Fox News.

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“Anybody who knows Justice Kennedy knows that he would never offer unsolicited advice about who ought to succeed him and anybody who says it is just being ridiculous.”

— Leonard A. Leo

Federalist Society executive vice president Leonard A. Leo, a member of the transition team to replace Justice Kennedy, advised Trump on selecting both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in addition to playing a key role in identifying nearly all of Trump’s judicial nominees.

Marcus’s forthcoming book, according to her Washington Post colleague, indicates that Leo wasn’t sold on Kavanaugh and advocated for more conservative candidates. The book also reportedly claims that Leo pushed for an alternative candidate once Christine Blasey Ford claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

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Federalist Society executive vice president Leonard A. Leo was a member of the team tasked with helping President Trump replace Justice Kennedy.

A source close to Leo disputed this, saying Blasey Ford’s claims against Kavanaugh actually pushed Leo to fight on Kavanaugh’s behalf. The source noted that Leo felt Blasey Ford’s claims were “Clarence Thomas all over again” and it wasn’t a time for indecision or backpedaling. The source said that Leo even defended Kavanaugh in a series of heated phone calls with prominent conservative lawmakers – which contradicts the Post’s claim that Leo advocated finding another candidate.

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“I don’t know where Marcus is getting this story from,” the source told Fox News. “I don’t know who she is getting it from and I don’t know what is causing people to say it.”

Severino said she didn’t hear about the Federalist Society executive seeking an alternate candidate, either.

“There was no so-called ‘Plan B.’ Everyone understood the stakes and all were fully committed to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh the entire time, from the president on down,” Severino said.

Leo blasted claims in Marcus’ book when reached by Fox News for comment.

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“Anybody who knows Justice Kennedy knows that he would never offer unsolicited advice about who ought to succeed him and anybody who says it is just being ridiculous,” Leo said. “I’ve had a very longstanding friendship with Brett Kavanaugh, going back to the late 1980s, anyone who knows my friendship with Justice Kavanaugh knows this is simply absurd.”

“Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover” is scheduled to hit book stores on December 3.

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Giuliani-Pompeo contacts before Yovanovitch ouster are seen in newly released State Dept. documents

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The State Department late Friday released 100 pages of court-ordered documents that show President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on the phone at least twice in late March within the same time frame of events currently under investigation in a House impeachment inquiry.

The released records seemed to confirm testimony from several key witnesses, including U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified this week that senior Trump administration officials were involved in the president’s efforts to convince Ukraine to launch a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country. The 100 pages also included information related to House Democrats’ claims that Giuliani launched a so-called “smear campaign” against then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, leading to her ouster.

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The documents were published by American Oversight, a nonprofit ethics watchdog investigating the Trump administration, which filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act for information related to the Trump administration’s dealings in Ukraine. The group seemed to find a loophole in the White House’s objections to cooperating in House impeachment hearings after Congress issued a subpoena for similar information.

“That American Oversight could obtain these documents establishes that there is no legal basis for the administration to withhold them from Congress,” American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers said in a statement. “That conclusively shows that the administration is engaged in obstruction of justice. The president and his allies should ask themselves if impeachment for obstruction is worth it if the strategy isn’t even going to be effective.

Trump administration officials declining to testify on Capitol Hill have included acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney; John Eisenberg, the lead attorney for the National Security Council; Robert Blair, a top aide to Mulvaney; Michael Ellis, a National Security Council aide; and Brian McCormack, an Office of Management and Budget aide.

Included in the documents were records of a March 27 email exchange in which Trump’s former assistant Madeleine Westerhout helped put Giuliani’s team in touch with Pompeo after Giuliani’s assistant said she had “been trying and getting nowhere through regular channels,” according to a copy of the documents supplied to Fox News after the nonprofit’s website crashed. Westerhout emailed an unnamed State Department official for contact information for “S,” a reference to Pompeo. She eventually sent the phone number to Giuliani’s assistant after the State Department official responded.

The emails seemed to back up Sondland’s claims that many top officials were involved, at the “express direction” of the president, in his request for the Biden probe, as well as information about the hacking of the DNC server in 2016. During his hearing Wednesday, the ambassador reneged in his original testimony and, instead,  affirmed that there was an explicit trade of U.S. military aid to Ukraine tied in exchange for political favors.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ Sondland said. “The answer is yes.”

“Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret,” he added.

The documents also supported testimony from U.S. diplomat David Hale who told the House Intelligence Committee that Pompeo and Giuliani spoke on the phone twice in late March. The records showed that Giuliani and Pompeo were scheduled to speak on the phone once on March 26, before the email exchange, and again on March 29. The topics of conversation were not listed. Pompeo also was scheduled to speak with Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on April 1. The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee has sharply defended Trump throughout impeachment hearings.

“It was designed to produce a specific storyline to be pushed forward by the Democrats and their supporters in the media,” Nunes said Thursday about the hearings.

These conversations occurred around the same time Yovanovitch was called back to Washington in early April before she was eventually fired in May. The career diplomat, who has served both Republican and Democratic presidents, testified last week that she was “kneecapped” by the Trump administration in her efforts to fight corruption in Ukraine. She also said she believed Giuliani played a key role in telling people she was not sufficiently supportive of the president.

Friday’s statement from American Oversight also tied the documents to what they called Giuliani’s “smear campaign” against the ambassador.

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“We can see why Mike Pompeo has refused to release this information to Congress. It reveals a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani’s smear campaign against a U.S. ambassador,” the statement said.

Also included in the documents was an April 5 letter penned by six former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine – including impeachment witness Bill Taylor – expressing concern over “recent uncorroborated allegations” questioning Yovanovitch’s work at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. The ambassadors said the claims against Yovanovitch stemmed from a letter written by Pompeo and sent to Trump last May.

Fox News’ Rich Edson, Adam Shaw, Alex Pappas and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Book that Trump signed ‘Future President’ in 1987 tops online auction, outpricing autographs of FDR, Clinton, Carter: report

A copy of “Trump: The Art of the Deal” signed by the “Future President” in 1987 went for $1,500 at auction this week, more than books by other former presidents, including FDR and Harry Truman, according to a report.

“Books signed by presidents are widely desired by presidential autograph collectors,” Bill Panagopulos, president of Maryland-based Alexander Historical Auctions, told The Washington Examiner. “With our sale yesterday of a book signed by Donald Trump for $1,500, his books now far exceed those signed by his predecessors, including Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and especially Jimmy Carter, who has signed so many books, they are hard to sell for over $50.”

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President Trump inscribed this copy of “Trump: The Art of the Deal” in 1987 with “Future President.”  (alexautographs.com)

The book was signed “Donald Trump, Future President” at the “prescient” suggestion of the original owner who had it autographed by Trump at a casino book signing in Atlantic City, The Examiner reported.

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Donald Trump, Jr.’s “Triggered” (Courtesy of the author)

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr.’s recently published book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” has also been successful.

“Triggered” topped the New York Times bestseller list the first week of November, helped along by the “Deplorables,” who the author thanked, and the Republican National Committee, which spent nearly $100,000 in bulk purchases, according to The New York Times.

A Trump Jr. spokesperson defended the book’s bestseller status in a statement this week.

“Don Jr. sold more books in his opening week than the number 2 and 3 nonfiction books on the New York Times list combined. You could erase all of the books sold through the RNC and that would still be a fact.”

The RNC paid $94,800 to bookstore chain Books-A-Million for copies of the book a week before it was published, for “donor mementos,” according to a Federal Election Commission filing, The Times reported.

An RNC spokesperson told The Times the committee has made additional purchases of the book this month because it has been “hugely popular.”

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“Triggered” has sold more than 115,000 copies as of Nov. 16, The Times reported.

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Is chronic wasting disease in deer dangerous for humans?

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Hi Dr. Manny, 

What is chronic wasting disease in deer? If we go hunting, can we eat a deer with chronic wasting disease and still be OK? What are the signs for chronic wasting disease? What does it mean for a human to contract the disease? My husband and I are going hunting and I read about this in the news. Should I be worried? 

Thanks for your question.

Chronic wasting disease is a contagious, neurological disease found in elk, deer, and moose. It causes the animal’s brain to deteriorate and turn into a spongy matter, which in turn emaciates the animal with the disease.

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The illness makes deer act like zombies. They start to act very bizarrely, lose control of their bodily functions, and eventually die.

This is the deer equivalent of “mad cow disease.” There are other forms of this disease that affect sheep, mink, and goats.

Four species are susceptible to this disease: elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and moose.

There have been no cases of humans catching this disease, either from contact or from eating the meat of infected deer. However, scientists gave infected deer meat to monkeys to eat in an experiment, and the monkeys caught the virus. So it is probably better to be safe rather than sorry.

Wildlife experts are trying to make it a requirement that you test the meat you’ve caught before you eat it. In some areas of the United States, 25 percent of the deer population has this disease. So it may be worth the extra step if you are planning to eat the meat you’ve hunted. Wear gloves when handling the carcasses of deer you’ve shot.

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Should you kill a deer with the disease, make sure you dispose of it properly. This helps to contain the disease and keeps other deer from infection.

If you accidentally consume a piece of infected meat, don’t worry too much. Americans consume between 7,000 to 15,000 infected deer per year, and so far no one has developed chronic wasting disease.

You can spot a deer with chronic wasting disease if they have ribs, hips, or backbones showing. If the animal is not alert or shows no sign of fear of humans, then they might be infected. However, there are plenty of normal deer conditions that cause these symptoms as well. Lactating deer are not typically alert to their surroundings.

If you have been hunting a deer for some time and you notice that it has progressively lost weight, then it most likely has the disease.

Deer with chronic wasting disease typically have a wide, wobbly stance. They keep their heads down, ears low, and have a very shaggy coat. These deer are prone to excessive thirst, heavy urination, and have difficulty swallowing.

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Before you go hunting, check the number of reported cases of CWD in your area. Look at the zones and the drop-off locations approved by the state and the county. It’s all part of responsible hunting.

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American reporter Jason Rezaian, held by Iran for 544 days, awarded $180M for captivity, torture

Washington Post journalist who was held captive and psychologically tortured by the Iranian government for 544 days was awarded $180 million Friday evening in his family’s lawsuit against the Middle Eastern country.

Reporter Jason Rezaian was arrested at gunpoint in Iran along with his wife in 2014 on dubious espionage charges. He was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Iran and was living there with his family at the time.

“Iran seized Jason, threatened to kill Jason, and did so with the goal of compelling the United States to free Iranian prisoners as a condition of Jason’s release,” U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon in Washington, D.C., said in his ruling.

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Journalist Jason Rezaian participates in a panel discussion on media freedom at United Nations headquarters, Sept. 25, 2019. (Associated Press)

“Holding a man hostage and torturing him to gain leverage in negotiations with the United States is outrageous, deserving of punishment and surely in need of deterrence,” Leon added.

Rezaian was held at Tehran’s Evin prison and convicted by the Revolutionary Guard in a closed court on the unexplained spy charges.

Earlier this year, Rezaian told The Guardian that “for the first six or seven months, [the threat of execution] was pretty regular.”

“It was the constant anxiety of: ‘Are they going to kill me, are they going to keep me forever or am I going to be released tomorrow?’ You don’t know what to believe. That’s the method. That’s the torture,” he said.

Iran has not responded to Rezaian’s lawsuit and it’s unclear how the money would be paid – if at all. It could come from the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.

This year the Trump administration designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, named as a defendant in Rezaian’s case, as a terrorist organization.

Rezaian has not commented on the ruling.

The Washington Post’s executive editor, Martin Baron, said in a statement on the ruling, “We’ve seen our role as helping the Rezaians through their recovery. Our satisfaction comes from seeing them enjoy their freedom and a peaceful life.”

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Rezaian was released in 2016 and wrote a memoir about his experiences this year called “Prisoner.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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TSA shares Thanksgiving travel tips, confirms that turkey, stuffing can be stuffed into carry-on bags

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expecting around 26.8 million Thanksgiving travelers to take to the skies between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2 — a 4-percent increase over 2018 — but they’re hoping to expedite the influx of airline fliers by issuing a forewarning of the agency’s carry-on turkey policy.

Ahead of the holiday, the TSA shared a press release outlining its top travel tips. But more importantly, the agency shared the official rules and regulations for traveling with any gravies, sauces, stuffings or desserts. And basically, it all depends on what qualifies as a “solid food item” and what doesn’t.

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“Pies, cakes, stuffing mix, casseroles, are all good in a carry-on bag because they are solid food items,” the TSA wrote. However, things such as “gravy, cranberry sauce, wine, jam, preserves, should all go into a checked bag,” as those items are not considered solids.

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Imagine everyone’s bags stuffed to the brim with yams and pie. (iStock)

“Basically if you can spill it, spray it, spread it, pump it or pour it, (say that three times fast) then it’s not a solid and should be packed in a checked bag,” the agency advised.

Any dishes that consist of both liquid and solid, or fall somewhere in between, should also be packed in a checked bag, “just in case.”

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When it comes to the bird, however, the TSA says the turkey is free to fly in the cabin.

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“Fear not, the cooked avian creature can tag along in your carry-on at the airport,” the TSA writes. (iStock)

“Who are we kidding, we know you always travel with extra room in your carry-on just in case you need to transport the Thanksgiving piece-de-resistance. So fear not, the cooked avian creature can tag along in your carry-on at the airport,” the TSA confirmed in a separate webpage detailing Thanksgiving carry-ons.

Other tips include packing the carving knife in checked luggage (“a no-brainer,” they say) as well as any corkscrews that contain a blade.

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As for keeping your dishes cold, the TSA said any ice packed with your foodstuffs must remain frozen throughout the flight, lest it violate the 3-1-1 rule. Any policies concerning dry ice, on the other hand, are up to the individual airlines, so call ahead.

In the interest of smooth travels, the TSA also recommends enrolling in TSA PreCheck to save time; having your ID and boarding pass handy when approaching the security agent; and downloading the MyTSA app (which has a “Can I Bring?” feature).

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And always — always — give yourself plenty of time to get through security.

“Get to the airport early — two hours prior to a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight,” the TSA writes. “Only a turkey gets to the airport in the last minute during the Thanksgiving travel period. Don’t be a turkey!”

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Canaparo & von Spakovsky: Did Trump critic Rep. Rashida Tlaib violate campaign finance laws and ethics rules?

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“It’s pretty simple,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., tweeted last March, in calling for President Trump’s impeachment. “No one is above the law, including the President of the United States.”

But perhaps Tlaib – among Trump’s harshest critics in Congress – needs to follow up with another tweet, in the interests of transparency. This tweet could read: “No one is above the law. Except me.”

According to a report issued last week by the House Ethics Committee, there is “substantial reason to believe” that Tlaib used campaign funds for personal expenditures, thereby violating both campaign finance laws and House ethics rules.

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The alleged violations stem from $17,500 that her campaign paid her, apparently to cover personal expenses, after she was elected to Congress.

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Text messages and emails between Tlaib and her campaign staff show that throughout her campaign she repeatedly asked her campaign for money to cover personal expenses like “car maintenance, child care and other necessities.”

At one point, Tlaib asked her campaign to give her $2,000 every two weeks. Between May 7 and Nov. 16, 2018, it did so. Then, on Dec. 1, 2018, it paid her $15,500.

In total, Tlaib’s campaign gave her $45,000 over seven months.

Federal campaign finance law (52 U.S.C. §30114(b)) prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use. The law, including the regulations promulgated by the Federal Election Commission, defines “personal use” very broadly.

In total, Tlaib’s campaign gave her $45,000 over seven months.

Personal use includes any “commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign duties.” That plainly includes car maintenance, child care and “other necessities.”

Additionally, House ethics rules prohibit representatives from using campaign funds for personal expenditures. They and their staffs are tasked with ensuring that their campaigns operate in compliance with the law.

While candidates may take a salary from their campaigns, there are very strict limits on that. Among the litany of restrictions is this one: the salary can only be paid for work performed before the election. The salary has to end the day the candidate is either elected or withdraws from the race and is no longer a candidate.

Tlaib’s eligibility for a salary paid from her campaign funds ended on Nov. 6, 2018, when she was elected to the House of Representatives. Yet her campaign continued to pay her through the end of December. She collected $17,500 after the election.

Tlaib’s lawyers concede that the payments were made after Nov. 6 last year, but argue that the money was for services performed before the election. But according to the report, documents taken from her campaign “suggest otherwise.”

A spreadsheet of campaign salary payments shows that Tlaib’s campaign paid her $2,000 on Nov. 16 last year for work performed between Nov. 1 and 15. And according to that same spreadsheet, the $15,500 paid on Dec. 1 was for work performed between Nov. 16 and Dec. 31 last year.

Additionally, the checks confirm those dates, as do emails from Tlaib’s campaign treasurer. As to the $15,500 payment, her campaign treasurer’s records show that at least $8,000 of it was paid for work performed after the election, and the remaining $7,500 was an unspecified “adjustment.”

It certainly appears to be a clear violation of federal law. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the best arguments her lawyers can come up with are that there was no “conscious disregard” of the law, and that it’s “most irregular” for the Office of Congressional Ethics to look into pre-election activities.

In other words, Tlaib should be excused because she didn’t bother to learn the law or because Congress should permit candidates to violate ethics laws with impunity until they get elected. It doesn’t take a lawyer to see how feeble these arguments are.

Given how bad this looks for Tlaib, it’s no surprise that she and her campaign staff refused all interview requests from the Office of Congressional Ethics.

And Tlaib’s problems extend beyond the Ethics Committee.

Both the Federal Election Commission and the U.S. Justice Department have jurisdiction over violations of federal campaign finance law. The FEC can force those who err to repay the money and impose a civil penalty – even where there was no “conscious disregard” of the law.

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If Tlaib “knowingly and willfully” violated the law, that is a criminal violation that comes under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department. Criminal violations of the law can result not only in civil penalties, but prison time.

We agree with Tlaib that “no one is above the law.” Does she agree with her own tweet?

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Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He served on the Federal Election Commission from 2006 to 2007.

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Utah Jazz arena evacuated minutes after game over suspicious shoebox

Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City was evacuated Friday night after a suspicious shoebox was found underneath a table in an arena restaurant, according to reports.

The discovery came just minutes after the Utah Jazz defeated the Golden State Warriors 113-109 in an NBA game.

Players still in uniform left the building with the crowd, without even going to their locker rooms. Most of the spectators had already exited before the evacuation started.

“We don’t know if it’s anything explosive. So far what we have is just a suspicious package,” Salt Lake City Police Department Lt. Carlos Valencia told reporters after the evacuation. “Public safety is paramount to us and we take these complaints very seriously.”

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People leave Vivint Smart Home Arena after the Utah Jazz’s home arena was evacuated because of a suspicious package following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (Associated Press)

A police bomb squad was called in after a bomb-sniffing dog reacted to the shoebox, Valencia said.

Salt Lake City police said the package turned out to be a toolbox and the teams were allowed to return to the building about two hours later, the Jazz said.

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No injuries were reported.

Separately, about 25 minutes after the evacuation, three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a concert venue called The Complex just two blocks away, The Salt Lake City Tribune reported. Valencia said one of the victims was shot in the chest but was expected to survive. No arrests were reported as of early Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Former California lawmaker to pay $150G after using campaign cash for Asia trip, Hawaii home fix-up: reports

A former California Democratic lawmaker was ordered to pay $150,000 on Thursday after admitting to pulling funds from campaign coffers in part to pay for a trip to Asia, finance an expensive remodeling project on his Hawaii vacation home, and book flights for him and his wife to London and Washington, D.C.

Joseph Canciamilla, 64, was slapped with the maximum penalty the state allows for a campaign finance violation following a unanimous vote by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

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An investigation conducted by the California elections watchdog found Canciamilla misused more than $130,000 in campaign dollars raised from two local fundraising committees he created and falsified state filings to cover up the spending, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“This is a spectacular fall from grace,” Commissioner Frank Cardenas told The Sacramento Bee. “It’s a breathtaking arrogance. There are particularly egregious issues here that appear to go, at least on their face, beyond mirror of civil law.”

“It’s a breathtaking arrogance. There are particularly egregious issues here that appear to go, at least on their face, beyond mirror of civil law.”

— Frank Cardenas, Fair Political Practices Commission

Commissioner Alison Hayward told San Francisco’s KPIX-TV Canciamilla’s violations were “particularly repugnant.”

“They show that a person who is raising money in trust for a political purpose is then converting that money to personal income,” she added.

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Canciamilla served in the California State Assembly in Sacramento from 2000 to 2006 before he was appointed clerk-recorder in Contra Costa County near San Francisco. He served as a Democrat at the time. He is now registered as “No Party Preference,” according to The Bee.

The violations were found in the use of funding from one committee formed in 2011 for his campaign for judge in Contra Costa County Superior Court. He ultimately did not enter that race. Canciamilla also misused money raised in a second committee formed in 2012 for clerk-recorder. He won that office twice before abruptly resigning Oct. 31 when the campaign violations were discovered.

“Mr. Canciamilla has taken full responsibility for this situation, is humbled and embarrassed, and hopes the FPPC fines won’t severely overshadow his 46 years of public service to the residents of Contra Costa County,” a statement from his attorney, Andy Rockas, said in a statement, according to The Chronicle.

He “has cooperated with the FPPC, has paid back all disputed amounts, and all fines listed in the proposed stipulation have been paid in full,” it added.

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The commission launched an investigation after the Political Reform Audit Program of the Franchise Tax Board found irregularities in his filings. Canciamilla’s spending “was concealed on campaign statements by other reporting violations including non-reporting and the over-statement of available cash on hand,” according to the elections watchdog.

Canciamilla agreed to pay the $150,000 settlement for violating the Political Reform Act, which prohibits candidates from mixing campaign funds with personal finances. The commission also referred the case to the Contra Costa County’s district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file criminal charges. The county’s retirement will also review his pension.

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