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Arizona GOP thwarts efforts to oust racist state rep busted on child pornography charges

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Arizona Republicans will not continue their push to oust a racist state representative busted on child pornography charges in the 1980s, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

Rep. David Stringer had been under fire but will now get “a chance to explain his 1980s arrest and comments about race and immigration to the House Ethics Committee.”

Stringer had said black students “don’t blend in” and claimed integrated classes are a bad idea because there aren’t “enough white kids to go around.” Many lawmakers and the city council in his hometown encouraged him to resign but he refused.

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Phoenix New Times unearthed records showing that Stringer had been busted on several sex crimes in the 1980s while living in Maryland. The records show he plead guilty to three charges.

Stringer’s record was expunged by Maryland courts, but a portion was sent to New Times. The court then ordered the paper to destroy the records, with Editor Stuart Warner refusing and saying it was his duty to publish them.

Stringer has refused to discuss the issue with several publications.

Democrats had sought to have a fast vote to throw Stringer out of the statehouse but Republicans thwarted it.

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“We have a process, a process that I’m sure everybody in this room would like to be treated the same way with,” said House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, a Republican from the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.

Arizona’s Republican governor is among those calling for Stringer to resign.

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Turkey quickly undermines Trump as he boasts about his deal-making: ‘This is not a ceasefire’

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According to Turkey, President Donald Trump's so-called ceasefire in Syria isn't actually a ceasefire.

"Turkish FM Çavu?o?lu just now: 'We will suspend the Peace Spring operation for 120 hours for the PKK/YPG to withdraw. This is not a ceasefire,'" tweeted Turkey correspondent for The Economist.

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According to Vice President Mike Pence, the ceasefire will take place for just five days. It's unclear what will happen after those five days are up.

CNN's Matt Hoye noted the Turkish foreign minister's comments came around the same time that Trump was praising the deal.

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EU and Britain just struck a Brexit deal — here’s what’s in it

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"Fair and reasonable." That's how both Britain's Boris Johnson and the EU describe the new draft Brexit deal reached Thursday after days of intense haggling.

Here's what's in the accord -- and what each side gave up to get there.

- Northern Ireland -

Arrangements for the UK province of Northern Ireland were the trickiest part of the new deal, and the core of what has changed since last year's withdrawal agreement, which was rejected by British MPs.

The new protocol stipulates that Northern Ireland remains in Britain's customs territory, but in practice there would be a sort of customs border between the province and the mainland.

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Expect exodus of high-ranking Trump officials because they ‘no longer have anything to gain’ by staying: columnist

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Writing for the conservative Bulwark, columnist and author Robert Tracinski said Donald Trump's Syria debacle is likely the turning point for even the most hardened of his most avid defenders in the White House. Many of them, he said, will likely start leaving.

As Tracinski began, "Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a moment that might be more important than it seems—one that is likely to have a far-reaching impact that goes well beyond what happens in Syria."

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