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Zimbabwe dismisses porn charge but still deports former Illinois congressman

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Former US congressman Melvin Reynolds has been deported from Zimbabwe two days after being convicted of staying in the country on an expired visa, his lawyer said Monday.

“He was deported yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. He is no longer in the country,” lawyer Arthur Gurira told AFP.

Reynolds, a 62-year-old former congressman from Illinois, was convicted on Friday of overstaying his Zimbabwean visa. The court ordered he be expelled from the southern African country after serving five days in prison or paying a $100 fine.

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He chose to pay the fine and was sent home.

The court dismissed separate pornography charges against Reynolds after the prosecution failed to secure an order from the prosecutor general’s office to pursue the case.

The charge sheet against him said he had in his possession an iPhone 4S mobile phone containing videos and pictures of naked women and men having sex.

Reynolds, once seen as a rising star in US politics, stepped down from Congress in disgrace in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape.

He was later convicted of bank fraud and served a prison sentence before being pardoned by then president Bill Clinton.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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