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Oklahoma teen gets probation for raping three boys at group home and trying to assault another

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An Oklahoma teen accused of raping three other boys and attempting to assault a fourth will avoid prison as part of a plea agreement.

Cato James Mashburn pleaded no contest Monday to four counts of first-degree rape and attempted first-degree rape and given lengthy but suspended sentences and place on probation, reported The Ada News.

The 17-year-old, who case was bound over to adult court last year, was sentenced to 25 years on three of the rape charges and 20 years on the fourth, in addition to 22.5 years for attempted rape — but all of those sentences were suspended.

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Mashburn must complete a youthful offender program with sex offender treatment while he remains in custody of juvenile affairs, and then he will be released on two years of supervised probation.

He will then be placed on unsupervised probation for the remainder of the 25-year sentence.

Mashburn, then 16, was arrested last year after a 14-year-old boy accused him in June 2015 of attempting to sexually assault him at the Cypress Group Home.

The victim said Mashburn inappropriately touched him, and the boy ran away fearful that the older teen would punch or knock him out.

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Investigators found three other teens who accused Mashburn of raping them at the group home between fall 2014 and June 2015.

Police responded to dozens of calls at the Cypress Group Home, which closed this summer, since it opened in June 2014.

A 14-year-old girl who lived at the facility was charged in December 2014 with raping another female resident and sentenced in June to a 15-year suspended prison term.

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Adriana Wilson, now 17, is currently being held at a juvenile facility, but she will be released, like Mashburn, when she is 18 years old and placed on probation.


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‘The ground is shifting’: Longtime GOP aide sounds the alarm that Trump is putting Arizona in play

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Chuck Coughlin, who once served as a top aide to two different Republican governors in Arizona, is warning that President Donald Trump is putting his state in play for the 2020 presidential election.

In an interview with Politico, Coughlin said his party has expressed real anxiety about the state turning blue next year.

"Republicans are very concerned,” he said. "The ground is shifting."

At the moment, just 45 percent of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent have an unfavorable view. Additionally, the victory of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in last year's midterm elections showed that Democrats can be competitive in statewide races in a place that became famous for electing iconic conservative senators such as John McCain and Barry Goldwater.

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PolitiFact corrects conservatives: The NYT Kavanaugh story has not been debunked

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The new report from The New York Times on the allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh contained some stunning new revelations — including that several people tried to contact the FBI to corroborate Deborah Ramirez's assault allegation but were ignored, and that prominent attorney Max Stier alleges he saw Kavanaugh take part in a third assault.

But conservative news sites are now running with the idea that the Times article has been discredited and that the paper has retracted its claims. PJ Media, a prominent right-wing site, ran the headline "New York Times Now Admits New Kavanaugh Accusation Is Fake News."

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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