A doctor has been fired from practice at a hospital. A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on two Minnesota girls in a first-of-its-kind case in the United States. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala appeared in Detroit federal court Thursday, a day after being indicted. She's charged with six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Nagarwala is charged with performing genital mutilation on the two 7-year-old girls in February at a suburban Detroit clinic owned by another doctor, who also is charged. Nagarwala and the Minnesota girls' families belong to a Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra. Defense attorney Shannon Smith says she performed a religious ritual, not genital mutilation.
An attorney is calling an execution “horrifying.” The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for investigations after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Kenneth Williams' execution Thursday said that about three minutes into the lethal injection, his body jerked 15 times in quick succession. He lurched violently against the leather chest restraint, then the rate slowed for a final five movements. One of Williams' attorneys called the execution 'horrifying.' A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson called it 'an involuntary muscular reaction.' The compressed lethal injection timeline could attract more scrutiny after Williams' death. Arkansas sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday.
When Judge James Robart of Seattle blocked his travel ban: His reactions to news reports about alleged Russian interference in the elections, and possible Trump business ties to Russia: He clearly didn’t like how coverage of his campaign was handled on the FOX NEWS show “The O’Reilly Factor” in early 2016: He used the official POTUS Twitter account to blast the media: In March, Trump Tweeted the claim that former President Obama had his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower: He used the POTUS account to Tweet about FBI Director James Comey, literally while Comey was testifying before Congress: This POTUS Tweet was incorrect - 113 of those Jihadists were actually released by the Bush administration: Not accurate, the MS-13 gang has been around since the 1980s: His response to protesters who want him to release his tax returns:
The public can be going in style in the Big Apple. In a park amid New York City skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000. It has freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge facility was inspired by visits to the city's priciest hotels. It's open to everyone, even homeless New Yorkers. On Thursday, officials cut bathroom tissue as the inaugural ribbon for the toilets housed in a landmarked Beaux-Arts building behind the New York Public Library. The toilets - divided between the women's and men's sides - are reopening after a two-month renovation. The eye-popping elegance is a surprise in a city where public toilets are scarce and generally grungy. The public luxury was funded privately by the Bryant Park Corp., a not-for-profit that manages the city-owned park.
A dog attack is fatal for its owner. Police say a pit bull mix killed its owner during an attack on the deck of the woman's Pennsylvania home. Police say they were called to the home in Upper Macungie Township Thursday afternoon by neighbors who reported hearing screaming and a dog barking. Police say the dog was still attacking the woman when officers arrived. They managed to put the dog in the home so responders could treat the woman's severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. The name of the woman, who was in her 30s, is being withheld until family members are notified. Police say the 3-year-old male pit bull-boxer mix was tranquilized on the scene and taken to the Lehigh County Humane Society where it will be euthanized.
The July Fourth weekend brought no relief for Donald Trump, as the businessman-turned-Presidential hopeful found himself under sharp attack from top Republicans, as they slammed Trump’s recent remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico.
“This is a guy who was a Democrat for most of the last decade,” said Jeb Bush. “I don’t think he represents the Republican Party.
“His views are way out of the maintstream of what Republicans think,” Bush added.
Trump fired right back on Independence Day.
“Jeb Bush once again proves that he is out of touch with the American people,” Trump said.
But Trump didn’t tangle only with Bush.
“I don’t think he’s reflecting the Republican Party with his statements about Mexicans,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said of Trump.
“I think that was huge error on his part and, number one, it’s wrong,” Perry said in an interview on Fox News.
“Trump’s comments are not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Our next president needs to be someone who brings Americans together – not someone who continues to divide,” Rubio said in a statement.
The bad reviews for Trump didn’t just come from current candidates, as a past Republican standardbearer chimed in from New Hampshire as well.
“I think he made a severe error in what he said about Mexican-Americans,” 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney told CNN at a July Fourth parade in New Hampshire.
The jabs come as recent polls show Trump doing well in a number of statewide and national surveys, as his blunt message has resonated well with a good chunk of GOP voters.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Here is what Trump said:
The backlash to those remarks has resulted in a rift between NBC and Trump over the Miss USA Pageant, a separate fight with Univision, as well as with the department store giant Macy’s, which dropped Trump’s clothing line.
About the only Republican standing by Trump on this matter has been Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said on NBC’s Meet the Press, as he blasted the Washington Establishment.
“The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that,” Cruz said.
But as of now, Cruz finds himself at odds with many other Republicans on Trump.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.