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Rand Paul Attacked by GOP Lawmaker and Twitter After Shutdown Speech

Late Thursday night, the Federal Government shut down for the second time in 2018.

The reason? The objection of a single senator, Senator Rand Paul.

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DOJ Drops Corruption Charges Against Menendez

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has made a shocking move to drop all corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

Two weeks ago, the Justice Department announced that they would re-try Menendez and his co-defendant, Salomon Melgen. Just a week after this announcement, a judge dropped 7 out of 18 of the corruption charges that Menendez and his co-defendant faced, but now the DOJ says they no longer plan to pursue the matter any further.

DOJ spokeswoman Nicole Navas said, “Given the impact of the Court’s January 24 order on the charges and the evidence admissible in a retrial, the United States has determined that it will not retry the defendants on the remaining charges.”

The two men faced multiple counts of wire fraud, bribery, honest services mail, and violations of the Travel Act. Both Menendez and Melgen claim that they were simply given “gifts” and that nothing illegal occurred.

Menendez, despite all of the allegations made against him, declared this month that he will still seek reelection.

Judge cites ‘credible’ evidence of ‘romantic relationship’ between accuser, detective in campus rape case

‘My detective loves me’

The University of Cincinnati has been under federal investigation for two years for allegedly creating a sexually hostile environment against a student who said she was raped.

Now it could be on the hook for discriminating against the male student she accused.

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the public university by Tyler Gischel, whom it expelled after finding that he sexually assaulted the allegedly incapacitated female student, Jennifer Schoewe.

Gischel’s Title IX claim against the university for an “erroneous outcome,” procedural due process claim against individual officials and “malicious prosecution” claim against a detective in the case are going forward, under Judge Susan Dlott’s order.

In a bizarre twist, Gischel pointed to text messages between Schoewe and UC Detective William Richey that suggested they developed a “romantic relationship” during the investigation – evidence that Judge Dlott called “credible.”

In a social media post highlighted by Gischel’s legal team, Schoewe posted a photo of herself “wearing a police hat and vest with a caption that included the saying ‘my detective loves me.’”

Destroyed evidence, ignored court orders

The allegations drew public attention a year ago, before Gischel filed suit against UC, in a Cincinnati Enquirer feature with the headline “Meet the sexual assault survivor who ignited a federal investigation of UC” (below).

The criminal case against Gischel had been dropped two months earlier when Schoewe refused to give the defense the passcode to her phone.

The university also refused to give the Enquirer public records about Schoewe’s case, the paper said. (Gischel’s lawsuit against UC is unusual in that it names both accused and accuser.)


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#PleaseStand Trends after NFL Shoots Down Veterans’ Super Bowl Ad

The National Football League, who has been under fire all year long, recently rejected a Super Bowl ad proposed by the Americans Veterans organization (AMVETS).

The ad was asking people to #PleaseStand during the national anthem, but it was deemed “inappropriate” due to the political nature of the message. AMVETS took the time to send a letter to the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, which stated that the NHL and NBA let their ads run without any issue.

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Republicans Demand Release of Potentially Shocking FISA Memo

Republicans are calling for the release of a four-page FISA memo that allegedly contains shocking truths about U.S. government surveillance. The memo has only been released to the House of Representatives, and already many Republican House Members are coming forward to explain why they believe the memo should be released to the American public.

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