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Georgia woman says she had to let school principal paddle her son or go to jail

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A Georgia woman posted footage online of her son being paddled by a school official, saying that she allowed it to happen under threat of jail time, WAGA-TV reported.

“They told me if he could not get a paddling he would have to be suspended and if he got suspended for even one day I WILL go to jail for truancy,” Shana Perez said in a Facebook post accompanying the video. “Jasper county made me do this… I could not go to jail or my kids would have nothing.”

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The video, which has been shared more than 21,000 times since being posted on Wednesday, shows her 5-year-old son Thomas Perez being paddled by Jasper County Primary School Principal Pam Edge while being restrained by Assistant Principal Lynn McElheney for trying to hit a classmate and then spitting at someone.

The boy can be heard crying in the video, with Edge responding by saying, “We’re gonna do it.”

Shana Perez said she agreed to the punishment after Edge told her, “There’s nothing else, no other way possible that they could do or could be done for him, but to be paddled.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Perez had already been arrested for truancy after her son missed 18 days of school for a series of medical appointments.

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Sheriff Donnie Pope said Perez’s allegation could not be corroborated. However, school superintendent Mike Newton reportedly allowed the boy to stay at home on Thursday with an excused absence. Perez is scheduled to meet with school officials on Friday.

Watch WAGA’s report, as posted online on Thursday, below.

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Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap

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During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump's aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.

"New Trumpist talking point," former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. "The only way to stop Turkey['s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey."

That's an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.

"Turkey never believed that: that's why they asked Trump's permission to invade," he said. "All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt."

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1183446682492637184

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John Dean laments Trump probably should be registered as a foreign agent

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While many of President Donald Trump's campaign staffers, advisers or friends have been outed for doing foreign work while being an unregistered foreign agent, one former White House counsel thinks Trump should also probably register.

"In addition to other impeachable offenses, Trump should be charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under FARA," said Twitter user Connie Gruen.

Dean noticed the tweet and retweeted with his own note that it's "sadly" probably true.

"Sadly, this is probably true," agreed Dean. "Mueller did not investigate if Trump is, in fact, a Russian agent. Barr does not believe a POTUS can be investigated for anything, so the FBI is not. Because he acts like a RU agent Congress should be investigating his consistently pro-RU behavior!"

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Kanye ripped for latest Trump defense: Always someone willing to write a check to ‘a black person defending white supremacy’

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Kanye West hugging Trump

A panel discussion on recent concerts put on by Kanye West in Salt Lake City and Howard University turned to his new recent comments he made defending his support for Donald Trump -- with one panelist saying the rapper is getting paid on the side for siding with the president.

Speaking with host Kendis Gibson, guests Danielle Moodie-Mills and Clay Cane were harshly critical of West trying to drum up black support for the president as well as his recent comments on slavery.

"What is going on here?" Gibson began. "So you saw the pictures of Kanye West in the middle of Salt Lake City. He drew about 10,000 people here at Howard University, it was a smaller crowd because they didn't get the e-mail about it until 6:00 a.m. on homecoming weekend. Largely, a lot of people who are going to these shows are black folks. These are some of the scenes in Salt Lake City, so people are wondering: is he sort of like Trump's secret weapon, a secret outreach to the black community? "

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