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.
Twitter on Friday dropped a one day old lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, after the feds gave up a legal effort to force the social media giant to reveal who was behind a Twitter account that has often been critical of the Trump Administration on immigration policy.
The dispute arose in mid-March, when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service served a legal summons on Twitter, “demanding that Twitter provide them records that would unmask, or likely lead to unmasking, the identity of the person(s)responsible for the @ALT_USCIS account.”
Twitter argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that such a move was well outside the legal responsibility of Customs and Border Protection, especially since there had been no evidence presented of any criminal activities associated with that account.
A day after that lawsuit was filed by Twitter, the CBP dropped its legal request.
The matter did not go unnoticed on Capitol Hill, as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the acting head of the CBP, labeling the move a “disturbing threat to free speech.”
“I request that you conduct an internal review into why and how CBP issued the summons and report on the results of that review,” Wyden wrote in his letter.
The Oregon Democrat said he feared that the feds were trying to find out if this Twitter account was being run by a current employee of the Department of Homeland Security, “in order to take retaliatory action or otherwise squelch the exercise of First Amendment” rights.
This account is one of a number of social media accounts that have sprung up since President Trump took office; they often make negative and/or mocking comments about changes being made inside certain agencies by the Trump Administration, and the President himself.
It’s not clear if any of them are run by actual federal employees, or are just part of a broader effort to push back against Mr. Trump.
Twitter’s argument is simple – unless they are accused of a crime, there is no reason the federal government should be able to force the release of material that would identify those who run the accounts.
It was not immediately clear why this arm of the Department of Homeland Security asked for this information – when the request was made on March 14, the agency tried to force Twitter to produce “user names, account login, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and I.P. addresses” of those behind @ALT_USCIS.
BREAKING: Trump administration backs down from unconstitutional push to unmask @ALT_uscis. Big victory for free speech and right to dissent.
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.