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‘Despicable and cowardly’: Ariz. inmate gets life sentence for raping prison teacher

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A 21-year-old inmate was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for raping a prison teacher last year in a classroom at an Arizona correctional facility, court officials said.

    Jacob Harvey, already serving a 30-year-sentence for rape, received a life sentence from a Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin White for the January 2014 attack at the Eyman prison complex in Florence, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix.

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    Harvey pleaded guilty in August to rape, aggravated assault with a weapon and kidnapping in what the head of Arizona’s prison system called a “despicable and cowardly act.”

    Harvey also was sentenced to 23 years for kidnapping and 16 1/4 years for aggravated assault, said county attorney spokeswoman Tiffany Davila. 

    Clad in orange prison clothes, Harvey apologized to the teacher, who was present in the courtroom for the proceedings, Davila said.

    Corrections officials said in a statement that the department “appreciates that justice has been served for the violent and reprehensible criminal actions committed by inmate Harvey against our employee.”

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    Authorities have said that the attack came after the teacher was left alone in the classroom with Harvey, who had started serving a sentence in March 2013 for another sexual assault and kidnapping conviction.

    Investigators have confirmed Harvey stabbed the victim with a pen, brutally assaulted and then raped her. No guards were there throughout.

    The incident resulted in broad criticism of the state prison officials and the department being fined $14,000 for workplace safety violations. The department is appealing the fine. The teacher has filed a lawsuit against the state.

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President Donald Trump's interactions with Russia are now a topic of the impeachment investigation.

"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."

"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.

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Scientist who correctly predicted 2018 midterms says Democrats can win 18 more seats in 2020

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The political scientist who correctly predicted the 2018 elections says Democrats left seats on the table in the midterms -- and can win them in 2020.

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"Could you explain to the viewers how it is you determine what it was that actually did win a given congressional district?" O'Donnell asked. "When there is this common belief that, oh, well, the Democrats ran because the Republicans threatened their health care and so some swing voters switched over from Republican voting to democratic voting."

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Maddow reveals how Chinese group Falun Gong went from disrupting events to running a shadow campaign for Trump

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Maddow hilariously recounted the "major embarrassment" for the George W. Bush White House when a protester interrupted remarks by President of China Hu Jintao.

The protester was credentialed to cover the event for the Epoch Times, which is controlled by Falun Gong.

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