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Trump-loving former Alabama lawmaker indicted over Medicare fraud kickback scheme

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A Trump-loving Alabama state representative has been charged with Medicare fraud in what prosecutors allege was an elaborate over-billing scheme, WHNT reports.

Ed Henry of Hartselle, who retired from the statehouse after the last session, has been a loud supporter of both Donald Trump and accused child molester Roy Moore.

He ran a company called MyPractice24 which provided chronic care management services which arranged appointments and prescription refills without meeting with patients in person.

Henry and a doctor in Montgomery allegedly had a scheme in which the doctor referred patients to Henry and Henry paid him kickbacks.

The firebrand conservative once told a crowd that he had “murdered” his child by accompanying his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic.

“I made a decision that I will always regret,” he said. “I murdered my child, my first child,” he said.

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He also referred to Bill Clinton as a “likely rapist” and openly mocked people who complained about Moore’s alleged child molestation.

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When he decided not to run for re-election he said that it was “hard” to be a legislator because he was surrounded by a culture of corruption and that it was hard to reject “the magnitude of the pressure to accept that corruption.”

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If convicted he could go to prison for 10 years.

Watch a cringe-worthy interview about corruption below.

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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