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Federal Highway Admin spokesman busted for making jokes about Sandy Hook victims and ‘aborting’ Democrats

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On Thursday Politico uncovered offensive tweets from Federal Highway Director and adjunct professor, Doug Hecox, about a range of topics from a school shooting to abortions.

In 2016 he tweeted, “More Republicans would support abortion if they realized how many Democrats it prevents.”

“The Twitter account was made private shortly before Politico inquired about Hecox’s tweets. Hecox, who according to his LinkedIn profile has been with the agency since 2004, did not respond to a request for comment,” the report said.

Hecox’s works as an adjunct professor of journalism at American University. He has tweeted and made light of multiple mass shootings.

“In 2012, on the day 20 children were killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, Hecox tweeted: ‘The realist in me thinks the Newtown shooting is a tragedy, but the optimist in me thinks it is a good lesson in subtraction.’ Newtown was also the subject of several other tweets Hecox posted that day,” the report said.

He also tweeted about the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting. Even though his page was made private, Politico was able to screenshot a photo of his tweets.

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The agency he works for said that his tweets “do not represent the positions held by the agency.”

“We do not condone the insensitive posts from the individual’s Twitter account,” A spokesperson American University said.

“This person thought it was a good idea to mock gun violence victims on the worst day of their family members’ lives. It isn’t funny, it isn’t appropriate, and in fact, it’s incredibly offensive and shouldn’t be acceptable in our culture,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sens told Politico.

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Ukrainian-Russian developer with Trump Tower Moscow ties suing after getting bilked for $200,000 at inauguration

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It is illegal for foreigners to donate to presidential inaugurations, but a new lawsuit sheds light on how wealthy foreigners attempted to buy access to the Trump administration.

"A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist," the newspaper explained. "But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar."

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Indicted Republican gets his passport back — so he can leave the country prior to his bribery trial

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Despite being indicted and waiting to stand trial, a North Carolina judge returned the passport of a top Republican and is allowing him to leave the country.

Former North Carolina GOP Chair Robin Hayes spent a decade in Congress and was once the Republican nominee for governor.

In April, Hayes was indicted on bribery and wire fraud charges.

Despite the seriousness of the charges, a federal judge will temporarily return Hayes' passport for him to travel abroad in July, WSCO-TV correspondent Joe Bruno reported on Tuesday.

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Republican Attorney General sued by four women for retaliating against their sexual harassment complaints: report

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On Tuesday, Indiana's GOP attorney general, Curtis Hill, was sued in federal court by four women, who accuse him of defaming them and engaging in retaliation after they reported episodes of his sexual harassment.

Democratic state Rep. Mara Reardon, communications director Gabrielle McLemore, and legislative assistants Niki DaSilva and Samantha Lozano, are pursuing both compensatory and punitive damages for sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual battery and defamation, and want the judge to order Hill to apologize and retract his claims that the women are liars.

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