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Roy Moore was suspended from his chief judgeships twice — but he’ll still getting a huge pension for them

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Despite his judgeship being suspended without pay for directing probate judges to enforce Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban after the Supreme Court ruled it legal, Roy Moore is still going to get a hefty pension for his time at the helm of the state’s highest court.

As AL.com reports, the Alabama state board that oversees judicial retirement on Friday approved an annual pension of $135,845.

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When and if Moore becomes Alabama’s next senator, he will make an additional $174,000 per year in salary, that will bring his annual income to over $309,845.

As the report notes, Moore’s suspension this year (which he followed up with a resignation as he announced his Senate bid) was not the first time the former judge had been effectively fired. In 2003, he was removed from his time at the helm of the Alabama Supreme Court after he refused to “follow a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument he had placed in the lobby of the state judicial building.” He was then elected chief justice again in 2012.


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Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director

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Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."

He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.

"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."

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Trump took out DNI head Dan Coats to install a new acting director in charge of whistleblowers: CIA veteran

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a longtime veteran CIA official said the whistleblower, who ran to the inspector general with a complaint about Donald Trump asking Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden, should expect the president and his aides to come after them.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Jonna Mendez said she saw the first warnings signs that something was up in the U.S. intelligence community when the president forced DNI head Dan Coats and his top deputy out.

"Through the lens of someone who spent 27 years at the CIA, the thing that caught my eye instantly was Dan Coats' resignation follow by Sue Gordon," Mendez explained. "The fact that Dan Coats went into a meeting and said 'Sue, you've got to resign' and that she did, truncating a career that clearly hadn't reached its zenith."

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GOP’s cancellation of presidential primaries could blow up in Trump’s face — here’s why

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In recent weeks, Republican state party committees have been moving to cancel presidential primaries to prevent Never-Trump conservatives, like former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA), from challenging the president from the right. So far, Republicans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina have all announced they will scrap the voting process for 2020.

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