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NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

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A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account — and suggested it was needed to help “make America great again.”

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

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Canning in 2018 posted the noose image along with an all-capitalized message that read, “IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN.”

Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian said this week that Canning’s decision to post a noose was particularly problematic for a judge, as nooses have traditionally been a weapon of choice for lawless mobs.

“It is the very antithesis of law and justice,” he said. “For a judge to use the image of the noose in making a political point undermines the integrity of the judiciary and public confidence in the courts.”

In its final verdict, the commission also said that Canning failed “to maintain high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary would be preserved.”

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Trump Twitter rages against impeachment testimony: ‘Star witnesses unable to answer the question!’

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President Donald Trump tweeted out a reaction to Day One of the impeachment hearings he claimed he hadn't watched.

The president insisted Wednesday afternoon, during a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, that he hadn't watched "one minute" of the first public testimony, by two State Department witnesses -- but he reacted the following day on Twitter.

"(Rep. John Ratcliffe) asked the two 'star' witnesses, 'where is the impeachable event in that call?'" Trump tweeted. "Both stared straight ahead with a blank look on their face, remained silent, & were unable to answer the question. That would be the end of a case run by normal people! - but not Shifty!"

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GOP’s ‘chaotic’ first day fighting impeachment revealed they’re overwhelmed by evidence against Trump: Ex-prosecutor

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The House Republican strategy for the first day of public impeachment hearings showed they knew Democrats were playing a strong hand, and they didn't.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, writing for Politico, explained how GOP lawmakers tried to confuse jurors -- in this case, the public and their counterparts in the Senate -- by talking about Hunter Biden or Javelin missiles because they wanted to distract from the strong evidence tying President Donald Trump to an extortion scheme.

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Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job

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Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Salon.

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