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South Carolina mayor booted from office by governor after spousal abuse conviction

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The mayor of Ware Shoals, South Carolina was removed from office on Friday after pleading guilty to domestic charges, The State reported Saturday.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster cited powers in the South Carolina Constitution that allow the removal for “moral turpitude.”

On Thursday, Judge Frank Addy, Jr. sentenced Hansen to a year of probation, anger management classes and singed a restraining order against him by his ex-wife, the Index Journal reported.

Hansen was charged with pushing his ex-wife against a wall, pulling her hair, painting her face with house paint, and spitting in her face.

He also allegedly took her cellphone after she said she would call 911.

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“He also said that if she called police he’d say she raised her hands and he thought she was going to hit him,” prosecutor Carson Penny revealed in court.

Victims advocate Sarah Parris read aloud a letter written by Hansen’s ex-wife.

“I was led to believe that no one would help me because of John’s status as a public official,” she wrote. “I almost lost my self worth, but I know now that I am important — just not to John.”

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Tens of thousands march again in huge Hong Kong anti-government rally

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Hong Kong witnessed another huge anti-government march on Sunday with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub, sparked by years of rising anger over Beijing's rule.

The city has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters.

The initial protests were lit by a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

But they have since evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms, universal suffrage and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.

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Racism, Inc.: How Donald Trump profits from xenophobia

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Several of the headlines emerging from the fallout of President Donald Trump’s recent racist behavior claim that fascism is coming to America. It’s perplexing to read them, because they seem to suggest that there is something new to the blatant and unapologetic racism and xenophobia of the Trump camp.  But there really is nothing new here.  No surprises whatsoever.  Just Trump and his team and his supporters doing exactly what they have been doing since before he announced his candidacy in June 2015.

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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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