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Father of Latina ‘Trump girl’ featured on CNN was convicted in cartel murder-for-hire plot

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A 24-year-old Hispanic college student who garnered attention from CNN for supporting Donald Trump is the daughter of a Texas man convicted for his role in a murder-for-hire plot, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The news network profiled Miriam Cepeda on Wednesday, describing her as the daughter of an undocumented immigrant who called herself a “Trump girl” because she backed the Republican presidential candidate’s push for a wall along the border between the US and Mexico.

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CNN also posted footage of her hosting a “Pachanga for Trump” — using a Spanish word for “party” — and telling attendees, “He loves Mexican-Americans, number one. He loves all citizens, all American citizens” while standing next to a piñata made in Trump’s likeness.

But the story did not specifically mention Cepeda’s father, 60-year-old Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes, who was convicted last month of for his role in the fatal shooting of Jesus Guerrero Chapa, an attorney for the Gulf cartel in 2013. Cepeda-Cortes and his cousin, 59-year-old Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, were found guilty of stalking the victim prior to his death.

The video of the “pachanga” also shows Cepeda’s brother, Joey Cepeda, railing against the federal prosecutor who handled the case, Joshua Burgess.

“Our father is innocent. You guys are indicting him on some conspiracy charges that were frivolous,” he said, adding, “If you look into this, Mr. Trump, you’re going to expose a big trail of what else is going on in this US Department of Justice.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Miriam Cepeda did allude to her father’s case as a reason behind her support for Trump in a separate interview earlier this month.

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“People need to wake up and realize that the illegal immigrants that are here, that have no other form of self employment, do turn to drugs, do turn to the cartel business, do turn to illegal immigration,” she said. “I have family members that are involved in this stuff, and they are in the state jail at this moment, and I would love nothing better but for them to be deported.”


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The ‘War on Christmas’ was started more than 500 years ago — by Christians

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If it feels like the “War on Christmas” is getting really old, it is. Almost 15 years have passed since Bill O’Reilly first opened December with a segment called, “Christmas Under Siege”—ten long years in which his cadences and refrains and echoing chorus have become as familiar to most Americans as Handel’s Messiah. More familiar, in fact.

Not that O’Reilly invented the idea. During the 1920’s, Henry Ford’s newspaper published a series of anti-Semitic articles titled, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.” Among the complaints:

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Surprise! IG report finds anti-Clinton bias at the FBI

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The Justice Department inspector general's report debunked President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the FBI’s Russia probe was launched out of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders. Conversely, it did find anti-Hillary Clinton bias among FBI agents.

Trump claimed for years that the FBI investigation was opened because of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders, citing text messages sent between former top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that criticized him during the 2016 campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that neither Strzok nor Page were in a position to start an investigation into Trump’s campaign and concluded that the FBI probe was justified, refuting claims that the probe was opened because of bias by the FBI’s top officials.

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Here are 5 huge lies Republicans are telling about the new report on the Russia probe

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's new report on the origins of Crossfire Hurricane, commonly called the Russia investigation, blew up many of the right wing's favorite talking points and conspiracy theories about the FBI. At the same time, it exposed real failures of procedures meant to protect American citizens against undue surveillance and exposed the need for serious law enforcement reforms.

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