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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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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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