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WATCH: Shouting match erupts as black councilman barred over decades-old drug charge

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A raucous shouting match broke out Monday night at the swearing in ceremony for four newly elected city council persons, when one new member was refused his seat due to a decades-old drug conviction, reports KDKA.

Councilman-elect Corey Sanders — a local businessman and deacon at his church — was told he couldn’t take his seat after McKeesport Solicitor J. Jason Elash read a letter from District Attorney Stephen Zappala, stating Sanders was barred due to a felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance in 1993.

According to the DA, Sanders would have to be pardoned for the offense — to which he pleaded no contest and served four years — by the governor before he can be seated.

“It is unfortunate that this situation has arisen given the fact that Mr. Sanders has put his past indiscretions behind him and, by all accounts, lived an exemplary life since then,” Assistant District Attorney Kevin Francis McCarthy wrote in a letter to McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko. “Nonetheless, we are all called upon to uphold the Constitution and laws of Pennsylvania.”

Sanders had been forewarned that he might be barred and had been sworn in by a judge earlier in the day, but was not allowed to be seated at the inaugural 2016 meeting.

The announcement that Sanders was being denied his seat was greeted with shouts and booing from the audience, causing the meeting to be adjourned before it barely started.

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“He’s changed his life, he owns a home in the city,” local Pastor Earlene Coleman explained. “He has a family. He’s a deacon. You know, he’s changed his life completely. So why are we putting things that happened back in 1993 still carrying them on his shoulders.”

Asked about being blocked, Sanders told reporters, “No reaction. No reaction at all.”

An attorney for Sanders has already made a request to the governor for the pardon.

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Ben Stein: Black people have a ‘very deep attachment’ to feeling like ‘they’ve been victimized’

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On Monday's edition of Fox Business' "Trish Regan Primetime," conservative writer and actor Ben Stein complained about how African-Americans refuse to be grateful for what President Donald Trump is doing for them because they have an "attachment" to feeling like "they've been victimized."

"Let me ask you, though, Ben, in this environment, we're now looking at the lowest unemployment rate for black Americans in the history of the United States of America under none other than President Trump," said Regan. "Is any of that loyalty starting to shift? I mean, are traditional black Democrats saying, hey, maybe the Democratic Party has failed me? Maybe I need to rethink this?"

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst

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President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.

On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.

"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."

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