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Grand jury to probe Florida cop who gunned down Corey Jones

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A Florida prosecutor chose not to file criminal charges against a police officer who shot dead black musician Corey Jones and said on Wednesday he would turn the case over to a grand jury.

State Attorney Dave Aronberg of Palm Beach County told a news conference that prosecutors would hand over evidence from their investigation of fired police officer Nouman Raja to the grand jury to decide whether to press charges.

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The Palm Beach Gardens Police fired Raja from the force nearly a month after the Oct. 18 shooting of Jones, 31, an amateur drummer who worked as a building inspector and assistant property inspector for the Delray Beach Housing Authority.

The death of Jones was one in a series of fatal incidents across the country involving police and black men, raising questions about the excessive use of force by officers.

It sparked further outrage after police revealed the officer was in plainclothes and never showed a badge before shooting.

Jones was waiting for a tow truck beside a highway off-ramp in the early hours of the morning when Raja pulled up in an unmarked van. A confrontation ensued and Raja fired six shots hitting Jones three times, authorities said.

Jones never fired the .380 caliber handgun recovered at the scene, investigators said. He had a concealed permit for the gun, which he had purchased legally three days earlier.

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(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Alan Crosby)


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Trump may even pardon former Detroit mayor in November to score Black Michigan votes: Root editor

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One of the things President Donald Trump's pardons revealed Tuesday is that Trump isn't above using the judicial system for political purposes, said Jason Johnson, politics editor at "The Root."

In a panel discussion with MSNBC's Brian Williams, Johnson said that it's all indicative of a man who wants to believe that he is an all-powerful king of the United States.

"The goal is Donald Trump wants to use all of the sort of pardons and this commuting of sentences in order to create a commercial," he explained. "It's theater. 'I'm the benevolent king. I can put my thumb up or down like a powerful emperor. Look at all these people I can rescue.' And when he does that, and people come out like Rod Blagojevich, and they say, 'Oh, hey, I owe him this or I'm going to give school (sic) to that person,' it allows him to sort of demonstrate that he's got an imperial presidency."

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America’s millionaires just stopped paying into Social Security for the rest of 2020

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On Wednesday, not even two full months into 2020, millionaires will stop paying into Social Security for the year due to the program's payroll tax cap.

The cap limits annual wages subject to the Social Security payroll tax to the first $137,700. Sarah Rawlins, program associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), wrote Tuesday that the cap means "someone who makes $1,000,000 per year stops paying into the program on February 19, 2020."

"That makes a millionaire's effective tax rate well below the 6.2% of income that most Americans pay," Rawlins noted. "Instead, it is less than 1% of a millionaire's income. The Social Security tax is only levied on wages, excluding income from other sources like capital gains, meaning those with wages over the cap likely have an effective tax rate even lower than this estimate."

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DOJ puts out bizarre late-night statement: AG Bill Barr ‘has no plans to resign’

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The Department of Justice put out a statement Tuesday evening denying that Attorney General Bill Barr would be resigning from office.

Kerri Kupec, the director of communications and public affairs at DOJ, issued the statement at 10:28 p.m. in Washington, DC.

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," Kupec announced.

The denial came after a Washington Post report that Barr was considering quitting if Trump continues to tweet about active investigations.

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