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Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to pardon his son’s pot conviction before leaving office

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Outgoing Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe formally announced his intention to pardon his son Kyle’s 2003 conviction for marijuana possession with intent to deliver, Vox’s Timothy Lee reports.

The announcement by Beebe starts the 30-day process in which concerned citizens are allowed to publicly comment on the proposed pardon. The state’s Parole Board has already recommended Kyle Beebe be pardoned.

His son is not the first non-violent marijuana offender that Beebe has pardoned, but many are criticizing Beebe not pardoning more such offenders instead of focusing on his own son.

As he told the Washington Post about pardoning his son, “obviously, his mother and I are heartbroken like any parent would be,” before adding that Kyle “needs to be treated like everybody else — no better, no worse.”

Beebe also said that any non-violent offender who “straightened up to get their life back on track,” they deserved a “second chance,” but did not indicate why he singled out his son — and the 11 other convicts he chose to pardon — instead of issuing a blanket pardon for all those convicted in similar circumstances.

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All of the twelve pardons Beebe announced Friday were for drug-related convictions in which the offender had completed the required prison time and fulfilled his or her parole and probation requirements.


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Trump tries to change the subject by blaming Obama — then accidentally admits he’s putting kids in ‘cages’

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President Donald Trump was the target of a Democratic press conference with four Congresswomen of color who were calling him out for racist tweets telling them to go back to their countries.

The women attacked every policy that Trump seems to be losing on. Trump seemed to try and pivot to another issue entirely, blaming former President Barack Obama for building the cages that he's putting children in after he takes them from their parents.

The Obama Administration built the Cages, not the Trump Administration! DEMOCRATS MUST GIVE US THE VOTES TO CHANGE BAD IMMIGRATION LAWS.

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Trump goes off on ‘socialist, communist’ rant saying Democrats are ‘pro Al-Qaeda’

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President Donald Trump took his racist comments even further Monday afternoon, saying that Democrats are now pro-terrorism.

"We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE!" Trump ranted. "It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country. They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more. Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!"

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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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