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After botched executions Oklahomans want to replace death penalty with restitution

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After a series of highly publicized botched executions that garnered national attention, a new poll reveals that a majority of Oklahomans want to rid the state of the death penalty in exchange for restitution.

When the state was humiliated for their inability to perform an execution, a grand jury was announced that found corrections officials were to blame for the failures. Now, according to NewsOK, more than three-quarters of Oklahomans polled said that they still believed in capital punishment, but 53 percent would rather do away with it for something else. Instead, they’d prefer life without the possibility of parole, a forfeiture of owned property and mandatory restitution to victims’ families for the rest of their lives.

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Forfeiture of property might be difficult given that property can often belong to the family of those convicted, punishing spouses and children. Restitution similarly could cause problems since any funds earned from prison jobs go back into the prison.

Ronald Stromberg, an 84-year-old Evangelical Christian was polled by the survey and supports a new penalty because it “saves us from violating the commandment against taking a man’s life,” he said.

The poll showed higher support for the plan among Democrats and Independents at 58 and 57 percent respectively. About 48 percent of Republicans like the idea and 41 percent are against.

Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center told NewsOK that the poll reveals support for the death penalty isn’t as strong as many lawmakers believe it is.

“It may be a mile wide but only a couple inches deep,” he said. “When other alternatives are offered, those alternatives are much more acceptable to the public than the death penalty.”

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’

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Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.

The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.

United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.

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Lots of red hats — but not many COVID masks — at Bedminster ‘Cops for Trump’ event with the president

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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."

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