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Stanford rapist Brock Turner to be let out of jail this Friday after serving only half his sentence

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Brock Turner, the Stanford student who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious intoxicated woman, is due to be released from jail this coming Friday.

Business Insider notes that Turner’s scheduled release date is on September 2, which means that he will likely have spent only three months in prison after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

Turner is due to be let out early for good behavior while in prison, which means that he’ll have only served half of his original six-month sentence.

Judge Aaron Persky, who delivered Turner’s original sentence, has come under heavy criticism for giving the convicted rapist what amounts to a slap on the wrist for sexual assault. A petition to remove Persky from the bench attracted well over 100,000 signatures earlier this summer, and a report late last week claimed that the judge will no longer oversee criminal trials.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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