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Canadian woman gets one-cent ‘release pay’ check years after soldier son’s suicide

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Canada’s Defence Minister apologized Tuesday after the mother of a soldier who committed suicide in 2011 received a one cent cheque for “release pay” — three years after her son’s death.

Minister Rob Nicholson blamed an “insensitive bureaucratic screw up” for the “absolutely ridiculous” decision to send the payment to the family of 22-year-old Justin Stark.

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“I will take steps immediately to ensure that something like this should never happen again,” Nicholson said.

Stark took his own life in 2011 after returning to Canada following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

“After all this mother has gone through, this is inexcusable,” opposition lawmaker Wayne Marston said in the Canadian parliament.

The controversy comes after recent criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government over the assistance and support offered to Canadian soldiers and their families.

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GOP’s Devin Nunes gets busted for lying about progressives ‘harassing’ his wife

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has filed two lawsuits claiming that a progressive activist group "doxxed" his wife and her coworkers by requesting emails from the school she works at, prompting harassment of teachers and thousands of dollars in increased security at the school. But according to records obtained by McClatchy, none of that happened.

According to the school, no teachers ever reported any incidents of harassment. Even his claim of increased security was refuted by the school. Nunes' wife, Elizabeth Nunes, is an elementary school teacher in the Sundale Union Elementary School District in Tulare, California.

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Judge rules against NC man who says lynching ‘threat’ to Muslim candidate is ‘free speech’

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A federal appeals court ruled this week that a North Carolina man must face trial after he allegedly threatened a Muslim candidate with lynching.

Attorneys for Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, argued that charges against their client should be dropped on the grounds of freedom of speech, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person. He allegedly used anonymous social media accounts to communicate lynching threats.

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Kavanaugh book authors battle The View’s Meghan McCain over New York Times uproar

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The authors of a new book about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared on "The View" to explain some of the controversial aspects of an excerpt published by the New York Times.

Co-host Meghan McCain pressed authors Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, whose book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh was published Tuesday, to explain an editor's note that conservatives have argued invalidates some of their bombshell reporting about sexual misconduct allegations against the justice.

Thank you for the question," Kelly explained. "We're eager to clear the air on this. First of all, there was no desire to withhold important information from our readers. We have all of it in the book and the essay is an adaptation of the book that of course we had to edit for length and clarity."

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