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Kentucky man charged with ‘criminal mischief’ in cross burning and racist vandalism

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A western Kentucky man was arrested on misdemeanor charges after deputies investigated an act of racial terrorism against his neighbors.

A Daviess County man said another man had kicked in the door to his mobile home Oct. 5 about 11:45 p.m., and he chased the intruder outside and briefly fought with him, reported SurfKY.com.

The intruder fled after the homeowner punched him, and that’s when the man noticed his trailer had been spray-painted with racial slurs.

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He called deputies, who opened an investigation and then left, but the man called them back about 3 a.m. Oct. 6 — and they found a two-foot burned cross in the victim’s yard.

Deputies identified 26-year-old Scott Alan Shepherd as a suspect in the incident, and they arrested him this week on one count of second-degree criminal mischief.

The charge against Shepherd relates only to the kicked-in door at the victim’s mobile home, because deputies have not yet found sufficient evidence to charge him in the racist vandalism or cross-burning.

Deputies have contacted the FBI to investigate possible hate crime charges in the case.

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Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances

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According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.

Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.

According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."

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$1,750+ ticket prices for South Carolina debate spark outrage

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"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."

Unusually loud booing and jeering directed disproportionately at Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate—particularly when the senators criticized billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg—sparked probing questions about the class composition of the audience packed inside the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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