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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.”

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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.

“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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5.0 earthquake strikes Ridgecrest, California — two months after 7.1

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Two months after the 7.1 earthquakes that hit outside of Los Angeles, another more modest quake was detected, ABC-7 reported.

While the location of the quake was about 20 miles north of Ridgecrest, California, at the Naval Air Warfare Center China Lake. People as far away as Clark County, Nevada also felt the rumble Thursday afternoon.

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It left several people asking if it was considered a foreshock or a really late aftershock from two months ago.

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New poll shows Republicans may get wiped out — in Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky

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This year, Republicans may be heading for a rough election in an unlikely state: Kentucky.

New internal Democratic polls reveal that the GOP is struggling in three critical Kentucky races taking place in November. In the gubernatorial race, incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin is trailing Democratic Attorney General Steve Beshear 48 to 39.

Further down the ballot, the GOP is also vulnerable. In the attorney general race to replace Beshear, former Democratic state House Speaker Greg Stumbo is ahead 46 to 39 against Republican Daniel Cameron, the former legal counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And in the secretary of state race, where incumbent Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is retiring, Democratic former Second Lady of Kentucky and Miss America 2000 pageant winner Heather French Henry leads GOP former Justice Department lawyer Michael Adams 52 to 37.

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El Paso hospital forced to call out Trump’s lie that surgeons left the operating room to see him

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President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso's University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president's account of events.

"Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.

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