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Arizona GOP official resigns after saying poor women should be sterilized

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A top GOP official in Arizona resigned from his statewide position after calling for the forced sterilization of women on welfare.

Russell Pearce, the first vice-chair of the state’s Republican Party and recalled Arizona senate president, made the comments Sept. 6 on his weekly, self-titled talk radio program, reported the Phoenix New Times.

“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations,” Pearce said on his KKNT-AM program. “Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”

In addition to forced sterilization, Pearce suggested recipients of public assistance be tested for drugs and alcohol, have their homes subjected to random searches, and severely cutting the amount of food aid and dictating what items recipients could buy.

After both Democrats and Republicans urged him to step down from his elected but unpaid statewide position, he submitted his resignation Sunday — essentially claiming he had plagiarized the offensive remarks.

“Recently on my radio show there was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system,” Pearce said in a statement. “I shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author. This was a mistake. This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.”

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Pearce did not identify the author whose comments he shared without attribution, but a top Republican strategist denied the views represented mainstream thinking in the state’s GOP.

“Remember,” tweeted Sean Noble, a Republican strategist with DC London. “Republican voters in the most conservative city in US repudiated Pearce twice: recall & primary.”

Pearce, a former chief deputy under controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, lost a 2011 recall election over ethics concerns and his sponsorship of a controversial anti-immigration law authored by the racist Federation for American Immigration Reform.

He lost a 2012 Republican primary race to regain his senate seat.

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He had been working since July 28 for Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins, who restored a position that had been abolished five years ago in a cost-cutting move.

Pearce apparently remains in that position, where he is paid $85,000 a year to help promote participation in the Elderly Assistance Fund, which helps low-income seniors reduce their property taxes.

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Rob Braun, a fixture on local Cincinnati television for over 35 years, is retiring after stating it was "time to move on" because "I don't fit well with the Sinclair News model," reports WVXU.

The reports states that Braun -- the dean of Cincinnati's WKRC news broadcasting -- made the comments on his Facebook page and assured loyal fans that he was not fired by the conservative news organization.

In a Facebook post, he wrote: "I want you to know that I am not retiring. Ch 12 is NOT forcing me out. In fact, they offered me a generous contract. I am choosing to leave. There is no 'real story but .... Sometimes in life, you just know, it's time to move on. I don't feel I fit well with the Sinclair News model."

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Alex Jones is dealing with ongoing legal battles with families of victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Jones is being accused of sending child pornography to the families and leading an ongoing attack on the families using his InfoWars network. However, his legal defense seems to hinge on attacking the plaintiffs' attorney, AboveTheLaw reported Thursday.

It was the child pornography that prompted Jones to lose his mind over attorney Chris Mattei. During the discovery phase of the trial, Mattei found the images and contacted the FBI, which he is required to do by law. But it sent Jones into an outright ragegasm in a video that was shown in court.

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During a press availability in the Oval Office with Canadian Prime Minister, Donald Trump was naturally asked about Iran reportedly shooting down a U.S. drone in international airspace, which led to the president rambling in the way he does about what a drone is and does.

His explanation was not what one might call knowledgeable or smooth.

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