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Evangelist arrested for child sex abuse is still trying to manipulate his victims from jail: authorities

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A 39-year-old Alabama pastor in jail for allegedly engaging in sex acts with victims ages 13-16 is still in contact with his victims, according to authorities.

WBRC reports that Paul Action Bowen, formerly an evangelical religious leader in the community, is trying to manipulate his victims, possibly to talk them out of testifying against him.

“The contents of the messages clearly indicate an intent to influence the victim’s feelings, and potentially his testimony, regarding these cases and the defendant, and to discourage the victim from cooperating with prosecution of this case,” said Etowah County Deputy District Attorney Carol Griffith in a court filing obtained by WBRC.

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“The state contends that all crime victims should be protected from harassment or intimidation by a defendant pending trial, no matter what the charges are, but even more so in cases involving physical or sexual abuse of a child,” Griffith continued.

“The only way to ensure that the Defendant cannot continue to contact the victims in these cases is to order the ECDC to limit his ability to communicate with persons outside the Etowah County Detention Center where he remains in custody,” she continued.

“The undersigned has been assured by jail administrators that upon Order of the Court, Defendant’s access to email, text messages, and telephone can be limited.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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