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Rand Paul’s alleged attacker pleads not guilty to assault: court official

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The man accused of tackling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and breaking his ribs as he was mowing his lawn pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a misdemeanor assault charge, a court official said.

Rene Boucher, 59, officially waived the formal reading of the charge at a hearing in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Warren County Deputy Court Clerk Supervisor Brian Runner said.

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Boucher, Paul’s neighbor, is charged with fourth-degree assault causing minor injury, for which he faces up to a year in jail if convicted. A pre-trial hearing was set for Nov. 30.

Paul, 54, told police Boucher came onto his property in a gated community near Bowling Green and tackled him from behind, the Bowling Green Daily News reported, citing an arrest warrant.

Paul on Wednesday said on Twitter that he suffered six broken ribs and that X-rays showed a pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid in the tissues that line the lungs and the chest.

Matt Baker, Boucher’s attorney, was not immediately available to comment.

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However, Baker told Bowling Green television station WBKO that the incident was related to a property dispute and called the idea that Paul was “blindsided” an unfair characterization. Baker also told the TV station that politics was not a motivating factor in the dispute.

Media reports have said Boucher, a physician like Paul, had a long-running dispute with the Republican senator.

Paul’s office on Thursday did not immediately respond to a query about when the senator would return to the Senate. Earlier this week, U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Paul would return next week.

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Paul has voiced concern that the House tax bill could raise taxes on some middle class Americans.

Boucher’s $7,500 bond requiring him to keep a distance of at least 1,000 feet between himself and Paul remains in effect, Runner said in an email to Reuters.

Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Twitter Thursday questioned why Boucher was allowed to be freed on bond when Paul’s injuries were so grievous.

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(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Editing by Tom Brown)


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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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The pundit class is freaking out about socialism — and they’re utterly clueless about where politics is headed

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On Saturday, Jonah Goldberg, the well-known conservative pundittweeted approvingly an article by Jonathan Chait, the well-known liberal pundit. Chait was writing in a mode critics often call “Democrats in Disarray!” He was worried that Joe Biden might be too old to lead a party too far left to be led anywhere next year.

In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, an exotic political theory promoted by the party’s most left-wing flank suddenly gained wide circulation. The appeal of Bernie Sanders proved Democrats were ready to embrace socialism, or at least something close to it; and Donald Trump’s election proved a nominee with extreme positions could still win. These two conclusions, in combination, suggested the party would move as far left as activists preferred at no political cost (all italics mine).

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Trump challenger unloads on GOP for canceling primaries in his home state: ‘What you see in third-world republics’

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Former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) on Tuesday unloaded on the Republican Party for canceling the presidential primary in his home state in a seeming effort to prevent him from challenging President Donald Trump for the nomination.

During an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan, Sanford accused the South Carolina GOP of acting more like apparatchiks for a dictatorship rather than a political party.

"I think is what you see in third-world republics, closer to what you see in a lot of places around the world where elections and debates are snuffed out based on raw political might," he charged.

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