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Florida Republican caught in blackface refuses to resign — and says he was just impersonating his friend

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On Wednesday, another member of Virginia’s top democratic leadership was revealed to have worn black face when he was younger. That—combined with accusations of sexual assault against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax—left open the possibility that a Republican could be left in power.

As pundits wondered how three top Democrats could be so profoundly compromised, a Florida Republican who dressed up in black face in high school refused to step down. On Tuesday, Florida Democratic Chair Terry Rizzo called on Sabatini to resign, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

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However, Sabatini is refusing to resign.

“I don’t care what age you are, where you grew up, what political party you belong in, this is not where we belong,” his former opponent Cynthia Brown wrote. “In light of the Florida Secretary of State resigning for belonging to such a disgusting racial divide (and by the way the Democratic [governor] of VA should also resign, so I am being consistent on my position), my former opponent Sabatini should resign.”

“Anthony, you cannot represent ALL of the people of our district, just as the Florida Secretary of State decided he couldn’t,” she wrote. “Do what is right for once, step down and resign.”

The photo was mailed to the campaign of Brown, who is a democrat, last fall.

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Sabatini defended himself, saying the photo had been decontextualized—that he and a black friend had dressed as each other as a prank. The friend backed up his claim.

But that didn’t appease his former opponent. “I understand the excuse she’s using,” Brown said. “But it’s hateful for so many people. …. It wasn’t the ‘80s, like the governor of Virginia’s defense. This was in the 2000s.”

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Doctors treat Ruth Bader Ginsburg for tumor on her pancreas: SCOTUS spokesperson

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week had underwent a procedure to treat a tumor from her pancreas, a court spokesperson tells Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes.

According to the Court, "the tumor was treated definitively" with radiation "and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

The 86-year-old Ginsburg late last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer and she returned to the bench this past February.

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REVEALED: Trump associate Felix Sater gave Osama bin Laden’s phone numbers to the feds

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The Russian businessman Felix Sater has been linked to Trump family enterprises for years. He was central to the effort to bring Trump Tower to Moscow. He also worked on the Trump SoHo condominium hotel in the mid-aughts.

During that time, Sater also worked as an informant for the FBI and CIA and aided prosecutors on various cases. He started working with the FBI in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That's been previously reported. But what the WSJ found is that a letter just unsealed from the government praises Sater for being an especially good collaborator.

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Judges ‘frustrated’ after lawyers for Trump’s banks refuse to say if they have his tax returns: CNN

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Lawyers representing two of President Donald Trump's main banks upset a three-judge panel at an appellate court in New York when they refused to reveal whether they are in possession of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

CNN reports that lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capital One "frustrated" the judges after they repeatedly cited "contractual obligations" to justify not divulging information about the president's taxes.

"The three-judge panel was so frustrated by the lawyers' refusal to answer that at one point one of the judges suggested the appellate court might seek an order for the information," reports CNN. "After several minutes of argument on the subject, the panel directed the lawyers to file letters under seal within 48 hours saying whether the banks have Trump's tax returns."

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