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White supremacist leader busted by FBI in murder-for-hire sting

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A founder of a self-proclaimed white supremacist group has been arrested after being caught up in an FBI-led murder-for-hire sting operation.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Adrian Apodaca, also known as “Skitz,” is due in court this week to face several charges, including one related to an FBI sting that involved a bogus murder-for-hire contract.

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Apodaca, the 44-year-old founder of a skinhead group called the Vinlander Social Club, had been under investigation by the FBI since this past May. In September, he was invited to meet with FBI agents who posed as “affluent violent members of a criminal organization with white supremacy extremist beliefs.”

The agents offered to pay Apodaca money in exchange for committing various crimes, culminating in an offer of $5,000 to murder a fictional man named “Tony” whom the agents claimed owed them money. He agreed to take the job, and was subsequently arrested by officers on October 28.

If he’s convicted of all charges, he will face life in prison, along with fines of up to $10 million.

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Trump has now humiliated his own ambassador to Denmark twice in just one day

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President Donald Trump's statements about the Danish government over the past 24 hours have made things awkward for Carla Sands, the former soap opera actress and chiropractor whom the president appointed to be America's ambassador to Denmark.

On Tuesday, Sands sent out a tweet that hyped up the president's scheduled visit to Denmark -- only to have the president announce on Twitter that he was canceling the event just hours later because the country's prime minister would not entertain his pitch to sell Greenland to the United States.

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GOP is still accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a megadonor caught in prostitution scandal

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In February, Republican megadoner John W. Childs was charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor.

Childs was charged in the same sting that implicated Robert Kraft, the outspoken owner of the Eagles.

Since the sting, Childs has continued to be a major funder to Republican groups and candidates, reports CNBC.

He's given a total of $330,000 to Republicans, according to FEC filings.

The primary recipients of his largesse have been the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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Trump just delivered a weapons-grade crazy rant in front of reporters — here are the 7 worst moments

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday spoke in front of reporters for a full 40 minutes in which he made numerous unhinged statements about American Jews, the Prime Minister of Denmark, and the economy.

Trump's lengthy rant featured too many strange and offensive moments to quickly summarize -- so we've written up a rundown of the seven insane moments.

1.) Trump doubles down on his smear that the majority of American Jews are "disloyal" to Israel. The president on Tuesday accused the majority of American Jews for being "disloyal" because of their support for the Democratic Party. When given an opportunity to walk those comments back, the president simply doubled down.

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