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Missouri has become a magnet for older men who want to marry teenage girls — and some are their rapists

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A new report from the Kansas City Star shows that Missouri has become a haven for men over the age of 21 who are marrying underage girls who are as young as 15 years old.

According to the Star’s examination of state marriage records, more than 1,000 15-year-olds got married in Missouri from 1999 to 2015 — and of those teen marriages, “more than 300 married men age 21 or older, with some in their 30s, 40s and 50s.”

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Given that Missouri law states that it is illegal for anyone 21 or older to have sex with teenagers under the age of 17, there is a good chance that the state has married hundreds of statutory rapists to their underage victims over the past two decades.

Missouri has also become a magnet for older men who want to marry teenage girls, as the law in that state only requires girls to get judicial permission to get married if they are under 15 — and it only requires one parent to sign off on the girl’s marriage for it to be considered valid.

Ashley Duncan, a 24-year-old resident of Steele, Missouri, tells the Star that she married her then-18-year-old boyfriend when he got her pregnant at age 15 because she was afraid that he would otherwise be sent to prison, even though he likely wouldn’t have run afoul of the state’s laws on statutory rape.

Duncan, who is technically still married to her former high school boyfriend despite having been separated from him for years, tells the Star that she hopes to see Missouri raise the age of marriage up to 18. In particular, she says that most women who get married at 15 are not emotionally mature enough to make such a major decision.

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“I didn’t want my child’s father to go to jail,” she tells the Star. “I really thought that he loved me. I think I would have believed anyone who had said they loved me at 15.”


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Trump Organization boasts about India towers just days after Eric Trump says family doesn’t do international business

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The Trump Organization undermined Eric Trump's lie about the president's family ending its international business dealings.

President Donald Trump's second son falsely claimed last week to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he and his siblings "got out of all international business" after their father took office.

"The difference between us and Hunter (Biden) is, when my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business," Eric Trump said.

However, the Trump Organization run by Eric Trump and his older brother Donald Trump Jr. sent out a tweet Monday morning promoting the Trump Towers in Pune, India.

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Trump wants to ‘wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds’: US official tells NBC News

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A source reportedly told NBC News on Monday that President Donald Trump wants to "wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds."

NBC correspondent Richard Engel reported the remarks on Monday morning.

"US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds," Engel wrote on Twitter. "The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem."

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US officials tell me Trump wants to wash his hands of responsibility for the Kurds. The US mil/gov gave Kurds REPEATED assurances of protection. US even asked Kurds to REMOVE defenses BEFORE the Turkish offensive. Kurds complied and now being displaced. WH says not our problem.

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Steve Schmidt: Trump’s ‘corruption’ is dragging America into ‘banana republic territory’

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On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former George W. Bush and John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt laid into President Donald Trump's "corruption," warning that it is undermining the foundations of the rule of law.

"The corruption is just unbelievable," said Schmidt, who recently left the Republican Party to become an independent. "And if you look back to the Republican convention, Joe, when we talked about it at the time, the chants of lock them up — what I said about it at the time was it was banana republicanism."

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