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Florida trooper pulled over woman and groped her to ‘do away with her insecurities’



A trooper with Florida Highway Patrol allegedly groped a young woman and then told her that he did it to help with her “insecurities.”

WFTV reported that 35-year-old Trooper David Gonzalez was charged with battery this week after investigators concluded that he groped the woman at a traffic stop.

The woman told investigators that Gonzalez pulled her over earlier this month and said, “you really look good tonight,” before directing her to move her car to a side street.

After asking her to step out of her vehicle, she said that Gonzalez took her cell phone and added himself to her Snapchap account.

A Lake County Sheriff’s Office report indicated that the trooper took a selfie with the woman, and then sent it to her friends “to see if she thought he was cute,” according to the Palm Beach Post.

Gonzalez allegedly began hugging the woman “because she looked nervous,” deputies wrote in the report. He then kissed her neck and reached under her shirt to grope her breast, she said.


After the woman reported Gonzalez to an off-duty officer, investigators began monitoring Snapchat communications between the two.

The report said that the woman told Gonzalez over Snapchat that he “moved too fast with her,” and his response was that “guys only want one thing and I wanted to treat you with respect and do away with you(r) insecurities about yourself.”

Gonzalez was fired by the Florida Highway Patrol and is facing charges of simple battery. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’



Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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