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Iowa Republican backtracks after hinting Kellyanne Conway is leaving the White House

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) hinted that Kellyanne Conway may be on her way out of the White House for violating federal law.

The Iowa Republican was asked to comment on findings by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that Conway had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by promoting political campaigns during public TV appearances as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

“Obviously there has been a commission that has decided that’s not appropriate, so she is being removed from that position,” Ernst told WHO-TV. “We certainly want to be working towards the good of all Americans. Obviously, she wants to support the president’s initiatives. She is an adviser — or was an adviser — but she used her position differently.”

A spokeswoman for the senator said afterward that Ernst misspoke by suggesting Conway was leaving the White House.

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‘We’re talking about ethnic cleansing’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe demolishes Lindsey Graham’s horrific defense of Trump’s racism

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough warned that President Donald Trump's rally in North Carolina -- and Sen. Lindsey Graham's defense of the hateful language used there -- had opened a dark chapter in U.S. history.

The "Morning Joe" host said the parallels with Nazi Germany were obvious, and he sounded the alarm over Graham's comment that Trump wouldn't want to send Somali refugees like Rep. Ilhan Omar back to their home country if they were wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

"We are now talking about an ethnic cleansing politically," Scarborough said, "an ethnic cleansing, politically, of people who do not support our side."

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Calling Trump claim ‘delusional,’ Iran says US may have shot down its own drone by mistake

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"All drones belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz have returned to their bases," said a spokesman for the Iranian armed forces

Iran on Friday said President Donald Trump's claim that the American Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz is "delusional" and suggested the U.S. may have accidentally destroyed its own aircraft.

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‘My son is in the hands of a bad man’: Border agent accused of harassing mother of 12-year-old migrant who was in custody

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent allegedly sought out and harassed an undocumented Guatemalan woman living in California.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent allegedly sought out an undocumented Guatemalan woman living in California, sent her Facebook messages and asked her to watch a live video of him masturbating — all while her 12-year-old son was in custody at the Border Patrol station in Clint, where he worked, according to an April complaint filed with CBP and interviews with the mother.

The complaint, obtained by The Washington Post, outlines conversations between the agent and the woman that she viewed as coercive, beginning with his asking for her Facebook handle after she was allowed to speak by phone with her son, who had been taken into custody at the border. She said in interviews that she had hoped the communication would yield information about her son but that instead she endured sexual advances from a CBP agent at the facility where her son was detained.

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