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GOP gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach begs judge not to release his sworn deposition about the Trump admin

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The Secretary of State in Kansas asked a federal judge to block the release of his sworn deposition, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Thursday.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the Republican Party nominee for governor in Kansas and has found himself in a surprisingly close race against State Sen. Laura Kelly (D-KS).

An attorney in the Secretary of State’s office, Sue Becker, filed documents Wednesday arguing that the release of the deposition’s videotape would case “permanent, irreparable harm” to Kobach’s political campaign.

“A majority of the videotape was shown during the U.S. District Court trial and a transcript of Kobach’s statements in the deposition taken by the ACLU was previously made public,” The Capital-Journal reported. “The tape shows Kobach, who appeared uncomfortable and irritated during the deposition, talking about meetings he had with President Donald Trump’s transition team regarding possible reform of federal election law.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Topeka Capital-Journal, the Kansas City public radio station KCUR and nonprofit news organization ProPublica have requested the tape’s release, noting the video was played in open court.

“The ACLU is a nonprofit and transparently nonpartisan institution dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the United States Constitution,” said ACLU attorney Orion Danjuma. “One of those fundamental principles is the First Amendment, which grants the public the right to know what happened at a public trial and the press the right to report on it.”

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“The question for Mr. Kobach is why he is so desperate to hide his own sworn testimony from the people of Kansas,” Danjuma added.

Laura Kelly’s campaign seized upon the issue, slamming Kobach for using taxpayer resources to attempt to defend his political campaign.

“Kansans deserve to have all the information about the candidates running to lead their state. Not only that, the fact that his taxpayer-funded staff is more concerned with Kris Kobach’s campaign than the state of Kansas is alarming,” spokesperson Johanna Warshaw charged.

A prominent Democrat went even further, openly mocking Kobach over the issue.

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“I’d be shocked if any judge would suppress that tape based on an argument that it makes the person deposed look bad,” House Minority Leader Jim Ward said. “Kris, put on your big-boy pants. You’re playing for the most important job in Kansas.”

Kelly’s campaign has received support from a former GOP governor, two former GOP U.S. senators, a former chair of the Kansas Republican Party and over thirty current and former GOP legislators.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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