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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.”

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Chuck Schumer wants John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney to testify at Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants top administration officials to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the United States Senate.

The House of Representatives is expected to pass articles of impeachment on Wednesday, setting up a Senate trial in the new year.

"In a letter sent on Sunday evening to McConnell, the majority leader, Schumer says Senate Democrats want to hear testimony from four administration witnesses, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton," Politico reported. "There is almost no chance Senate Republicans would vote to subpoena those witnesses without assent from the White House and calling their own preferred witnesses."

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Supreme Court timeline on Trump’s taxes gives time for Manhattan prosecutors to file charges: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah tweeted a recent report that the U.S. Supreme Court would be taking up President Donald Trump's case to keep his taxes away from investigators.

That case between Trump and Congress invokes a 1924 law that says the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to seek tax returns. Rocah mocked the president for being "so shady, so corrupt, so unlawful, that you’re willing to fight the release of your tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court."

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Trump has spent 50 years trying to live up to his father — now his presidency will forever be stained: MSNBC panelist

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Rev. Al Sharpton said during his MSNBC show Sunday that the legacy of impeachment will forever be a stain on President Donald Trump's presidency. While a Democratic strategist pointed to Trump's history of always falling short.

"The fact is I've known Donald Trump for 35 years," Sharpton said during a panel discussion. "Marched on him after the Central Park Five. Had other times he would try to be a Democrat, would come to our National Action Network conventions. One of the things that is core to him is that he's always fought for legitimacy. He was never looked at as a peer by the legitimate business community in New York and around the country. Now for him to be impeached, even if he's not convicted and removed, it gives him the imprimatur from here out that he's illegitimate. There will always be the asterisk on his name that schoolchildren will read. Is this the reason we're seeing 170-some-odd tweets from Mr. Trump that he is feeling at the core that his legitimacy as a president will be permanently stained?"

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