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Ex-GOP chair arrested on 3 more felony charges ‘continues to disregard’ court orders: prosecutors

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After days of being sought by police, a former state Republican Party leader turned himself into authorities on Sunday evening.

“The former chairman of the Idaho Republican Party will remain held on a $100,000 bond after his latest felony arrest, a judge ruled Monday,” KTVB-TV reported Monday. “Jonathan Parker, 39, was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of felony witness intimidation and misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order.”

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“This defendant currently has five active cases,” prosecutor Delaney Peugh told Judge John Hawley.

Parker resigned as GOP chair in February, citing his commitment to his wife.

In May, Parker was allegedly being caught masturbating in the bushes outside his estranged wife’s apartment and was arrested for felony stalking.

He was then arrested in June for trespassing in a case involving a second woman.

“His newest felony charge, witness intimidation, involves a different woman in Meridian with whom Parker had ‘some type of relationship,’ according to the prosecutor,” KTVB-TV reported. “Prosecutors ultimately filed both the misdemeanor unlawful entry charge and the felony witness intimidation charge against Parker.”

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He was also charged with violating a no-contact order with his ex-wife and was slapped with a second no-contact order involving the other woman.

“What we have here is somebody who just continues to disregard and disobey this court’s orders and the law,” Peugh, the prosecutor, said. “There seem to be no restrictions that can be placed on this individual that are stopping him from contacting both victims.”

Since leaving his post with the Idaho Republican Party, Parker had been working as a lobbyist. He’s being held in the Ada County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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Why COVID-19 runs rampant among the US prison population

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DC Report’s Dr. Bandy X. Lee was interviewed by the Rev. Jean-Fritz Guerrier, Coordinator of Community Life for the All School Conference at Yale Divinity School, on the state of the U.S. prison system in this time of COVID-19.

Question: What are the main characteristics of the U.S. prison system?  What makes it different from systems adopted by countries of similar size or economic development?

Answer: Most economically advanced countries use prisons for containing danger or for rehabilitation.  In the U.S., we use them largely for punishment and oppression.  Since punishment is not effective in helping society but only increases criminality and violence as a rule, it is a very self-defeating system.

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Northern Kentucky bar owner flouts mask order in viral video: ‘We’re Americans — we want to have fun’

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A northern Kentucky bar owner shared video of himself and dozens of customers flouting the governor's mask mandate.

Patrick Townsend, owner of Town's End Bar and Grill in Florence, boasted in the video that he would not obey Gov. Andy Beshear's new order requiring masks in public to fight the spread of the coronavirus, reported WXIX-TV.

"What we're saying right now is, f*ck you, we're not wearing any masks," Townsend says in the Facebook Live video. "We are Americans -- we're going to do what we want and we want to have fun."

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Morning Joe’s Mika rains hell on ‘pathetic’ Trump for White House smear campaign against Dr Fauci

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MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski went off on an extended diatribe on Donald Trump and the White House for attempts to smear the reputation of Dr. Anthony Fauci based upon a report from NBC News.

According to the NBC report, "The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, as President Donald Trump works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings of the U.S. coronavirus response."

Using that as a jumping-off point, the "Morning Joe" host called the president "pathetic," and blamed the massive and resurgent spread of the coronavirus solely on the president's bungling of the government's response from day one.

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