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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon suspends lethal injection execution amid drug controversy

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The Midwestern US state of Missouri said Friday that it was suspending its next execution amid a controversy over the drug used for lethal injections.

“I have directed the Department of Corrections that the execution of Allen Nicklasson, as set for October 23, will not proceed,” Governor Jay Nixon said.

Almost every state that practices the death penalty has adopted the barbiturate pentobarbital for lethal injections.

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But as supplies dwindle, states that practice capital punishment are turning to new drugs or new providers, though not without hiccups.

Missouri had planned to use propofol — the anesthetic that killed Michael Jackson — to put Nicklasson to death.

It was forced to return its stocks, however, when the German manufacturer refused to allow the drug to be used for human executions.

Nixon said he was suspending the execution “in light of the issues that have been raised surrounding the use of propofol in executions.”

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The governor said a new execution date will be set for Nicklasson. He has not specified what will become of another lethal injection scheduled for November 20.

According to local media, elected officials in Missouri have proposed building a new gas chamber, a practice that was discontinued in 1965.

Most other US states that practice capital punishment have turned to compounding pharmacies to customize their supply of lethal injection drugs.

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The substances, however, have not been approved by federal regulators, eliciting multiple lawsuits from death row inmates who say the could die in excruciating pain as a result.

Missouri has executed 68 prisoners since the death penalty was reestablished in the United States in 1976. Its last execution was on February 9, 2011.

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Trump wishes ‘Happy Birthday to the US Navy’ — with a picture of a Russian battlecruiser

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Adding to President Donald Trump's Russia obsession was an awkward misfire in a simple happy birthday message.

Sunday morning, before Trump set out on another day of golf, he tweeted a celebratory message to the U.S. Navy, which was officially established in 1775. Instead of showing photos of historic Navy ships or courageous sailors or decorated admiral, Trump posted a battleship, that isn't even an American ship.

According to Politico defense editor Dave Brown, the photo used in the graphic was Russian battlecruiser, the Pyotr Velikiy.

Democrats have alleged that Trump has an unnaturally close relationship to Russia, giving President Vladimir Putin whatever foreign policy demands he has.

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Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap

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During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump's aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.

"New Trumpist talking point," former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. "The only way to stop Turkey['s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey."

That's an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.

"Turkey never believed that: that's why they asked Trump's permission to invade," he said. "All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt."

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1183446682492637184

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John Dean laments Trump probably should be registered as a foreign agent

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While many of President Donald Trump's campaign staffers, advisers or friends have been outed for doing foreign work while being an unregistered foreign agent, one former White House counsel thinks Trump should also probably register.

"In addition to other impeachable offenses, Trump should be charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under FARA," said Twitter user Connie Gruen.

Dean noticed the tweet and retweeted with his own note that it's "sadly" probably true.

"Sadly, this is probably true," agreed Dean. "Mueller did not investigate if Trump is, in fact, a Russian agent. Barr does not believe a POTUS can be investigated for anything, so the FBI is not. Because he acts like a RU agent Congress should be investigating his consistently pro-RU behavior!"

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