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Florida private prison lobbyist lands in jail on DUI charge: report

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An influential and well-known Florida lobbyist, Ron Book, was arrested Sunday night on DUI-related charges after crashing his Lamborghini, according to a new report in the Sun Sentinel.

The power broker, known for his tough attitudes on homeless crime and private prison company lobbying work, was hit with a first-offense charge of DUI, refusal to submit to a DUI test, and DUI with damage to a person or property, per police records.

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According to the Miami New Times, this isn’t Book’s first brush with the law. In 1986, he was charged with insurance fraud (Book pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and received no prison time in that case). The New Times also notes that Book now lobbies for Boca Raton’s GEO Group, a private company that “turns a profit from the arrest and incarceration of others.”

Read the Sun Sentinel’s report here on his arrest over the weekend.

 

 

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Mitch McConnell says he’s in ‘total coordination with the White House’ on Trump’s impeachment

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said clearly on Thursday what many have assumed: When articles of impeachment come over from the House of Representatives, as is expected, to his chamber, he will be acting virtually as President Donald Trump’s defense attorney.

“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” he said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. “There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”

He noted that, unlike the many other issues that come to his chamber, he’s unable to block impeachment. If it comes, he has to hold a trial, he admitted somewhat ruefully.

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UK’s Boris Johnson looks set for big win in ‘Brexit election’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling party appeared on course for a sweeping victory in Thursday's snap election, an exit poll showed, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU next month after years of political deadlock.

The Conservatives were forecast to win a thumping 368 out of 650 seats in parliament -- which if confirmed would be the party's biggest majority in three decades -- according to the survey published as polls closed.

The pound jumped by about two percent against the dollar on the projected results of what all sides had painted as the most momentous election in Britain in a generation.

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Trump administration heavily redacted documents concerning their withholding of Ukraine aid

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The Trump administration has refused to disclose how key officials at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget reacted to President Trump’s decision to halt military aid to Ukraine.

On Nov. 25, federal district court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the administration to produce records reflecting what these officials said to one another about the legality and appropriateness of Trump’s order. The Center for Public Integrity sought the information in Freedom of Information Act requests filed in late September.

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