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.
Both political parties will gather this week for the next round of debates in the race for President, as Republicans meet on Tuesday night in Milwaukee for their fourth debate, while Democrats will convene in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday for their second faceoff.
The shape of each party’s race has certainly changed in recent weeks; for Republicans, four candidates seem to be head and shoulders above the others, and that’s been reflected in more than just the polls.
As we detailed on this blog last week, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz showed their organizational strength in Alabama, where they met a Friday deadline to organize a slate of 47 delegates.
The only other candidate to get close to a full slate was Rand Paul, who ended up with 45.
Next was Jeb Bush, who only was able to put 29 delegates on the ballot for the March 1, 2016 primary in the Yellowhammer State.
Here are the registered delegate numbers from Alabama – 47 was the maximum:
Trump – 47
Carson – 47
Rubio – 47
Cruz – 47
Paul – 45
Bush – 29
Kasich – 19
Santorum – 19
Fiorina – 16
Huckabee – 7
All other Republicans had zero delegates signed up.
Once up in the polls, Bush finds himself moving further away from the center of the GOP debate stage, trailing Trump, Carson, Rubio and Cruz.
And then there were 3
While Republicans will have two different debates with 12 candidates in Milwaukee, this Saturday’s Democratic debate will be the first to feature only three Democratic Party hopefuls: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.
Since the initial Democratic debate last month in Las Vegas, Clinton has grown much stronger in the polls, both in national and early state surveys, as Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee dropped out, and Vice President Biden opted against a bid for President.
O’Malley has tried to shake things up on the Democratic side, but so far his attacks on Clinton have fallen very flat.
In recent days, O’Malley’s staff have tried to make up some ground by going after Bernie Sanders as well.
Saturday’s debate is the last one in Iowa for Democrats before the February 1, 2016 caucus; Republicans will have their final Iowa debate in January.
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.