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Secret Service disciplines 41 employees for leaking GOP congressman’s information

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Forty-one U.S. Secret Service employees have been disciplined over a media leak of the personal files of a congressman who had criticized the agency’s security lapses, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday.

Punishments ranged from a letter of reprimand to suspensions without pay for up to 45 days, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

One person found to have disclosed information on Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz to the Washington Post has resigned from the service, Johnson said, noting that privacy laws prevented disclosure of more details.

The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service came as it seeks to recover from a leadership crisis and mend a culture of covering up mistakes that some trace back 12 years to when it was pulled out of the Treasury Department and absorbed into the sprawling new Department of Homeland Security.

More than 40 Secret Service employees accessed the personal information of Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who was leading a probe of the agency, according to a report in September by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General.

Soon after Chaffetz held a hearing on the agency in March, various media reported that he had been rejected for a Secret Service job in 2003.

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“Like many others I was appalled by the episode reflected in the Inspector General’s report, which brought real discredit to the Secret Service,” Johnson said. Access to such information has been tightened, he added.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Eric Walsh; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Bill Maher demands we bring back ‘confession signs’ for people like Sean Hannity and Vladimir Putin

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The host of "Real Time" on HBO said it is time to bring back "confession signs" for people to publicly confess their sins.

Bill Maher noted a news story of a mother who made her daughter hold a sign reading "I lied" while standing by a busy intersection.

Maher imaged in catching on.

He showed a photoshopped image of Fox News pesonality Sean Hannity holding a sign reading, "When Trump farts, I say 'that was me.'"

He showed an image of Sen. Lindsy Graham (R-SC) holding a sign reading, "I'm straight."

Melania Trump's sign read, "my secret plan is that, in the end, I will sit on the Iron Throne."

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HBO ‘Real Time’ panelist reveals the nasty slur conservatives are saying about the first Republican to back impeachment

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) was the first Republican member of Congress to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump -- and some MAGA supporters have not forgiven him.

On HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday

"It's sad when a Republican like Justin Amash is making a more principled case for impeachment than the Democratic Party," conservative Charlie Sykes argued.

"The lone one, the Maytag repairman of Republicans," Maher said.

"He's getting called a cuck by all people who are the 'originalists' and the constitutional conservatives," Bari Weiss noted. "It's their favorite insult."

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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