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.
After dominating the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday night found herself under almost constant attack from her two main rivals, as Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley repeatedly criticized her on a variety of issues.
The debate began amid the echoes of the terrorist attacks in Paris, as Sanders and O’Malley took Clinton to task over her foreign policy stances as President Obama’s Secretary of State, and her vote in favor of the Iraq War during the Bush Administration.
“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely and led to the rise of al-Qaeda and to ISIS,” said Sanders.
O’Malley meanwhile took aim at the foreign policy landscape under the Obama Administration, a direct attack on Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.
“Libya is now a mess. Syria is a mess. Iraq is a mess. Afghanistan is a mess,” the former Maryland Governor said.
During the debate, Clinton defended her foreign policy choices, and again backed the idea of accepting up to 65,000 refugees from Syria.
“The administration originally said 10. I said we should go to 65, but only if we have as careful a screening and vetting process as we can imagine, whatever resources it takes because I do not want us to, in any way, inadvertently allow people who wish us harm to come into our country,” Clinton said.
Clinton also tangled with Bernie Sanders over the extent of contributions from Wall Street firms to her campaign.
Clinton also needled Sanders at one point over his plan to make college free for Americans, in order to avoid the burden of student loan debt.
“I disagree with free college for everybody,” Clinton said, winding up a verbal haymaker at Sanders. “I don’t think taxpayers should be paying to send Donald Trump’s kids to college.”
There may have been one pothole that Republicans will remind her about – where she said, “I come from the sixties – a long time ago.”
It only lasts four seconds, but it isn’t hard to imagine this as a campaign advertisement for someone like Republican Marco Rubio – and his aides were already tweeting out references to it on Sunday.
“The ad writes itself,” said GOP strategist Kristen Andersen on Twitter.
As for the bottom line from the second Democratic debate, while Clinton took a lot of punches, it seemed like she is still the favorite.
A CBS poll taken after the debate found debate watchers thought Clinton had prevailed over her two rivals.
51 percent of those surveyed declared Clinton the winner, 28 percent for Sanders, and only 7 percent for O’Malley.
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.