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Kansas lawmaker ‘regrets’ saying African-Americans ‘respond the worst’ to marijuana due to genetics

State Representative Steve Alford (R-Kansas) has admitted he “was wrong” when he said African-Americans are more susceptible to using marijuana because of their “character makeup” and “genetics.” “I was wrong, I regret my comments and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have hurt,” Alford said Monday, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. The firestorm that led to the retraction was ignited by ...

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No plans to invite US, PACE monitors for 2018 presidential poll, says Russian lawmaker

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 12:06 The Russian Duma does not plan to invite monitors from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and US Congress to next year’s presidential elections, the head of the foreign relations committee has said. “It is most likely that we will send out our invitations in January. We do not plan to ...

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Russian lawmaker blasts fresh UN resolution on Crimea as political provocation

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 13:05 A senior representative of the Russian parliamentary majority party has called the UN resolution on human rights in Crimea a provocation aimed at justifying the growing expenses of supporting Ukraine and countering Russia. MP Sergey Zheleznyak (United Russia) said on Wednesday that the resolution was prepared by anti-Russia politicians from Ukraine, the EU, and ...

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Kentucky lawmaker commits suicide amid underage sex molestation allegations

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 02:49 Edited time: 14 Dec, 2017 02:56 Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson killed himself Wednesday night, only hours after denying sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his basement. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell confirmed that Johnson shot himself while on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky, WDRB-TV reported. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting made ...

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‘I’m a heterosexual’: PA lawmaker accuses colleague of being gay for touching his arm

Democrats are calling for a state representative to step down as chairman of the House State Government Committee after they said he made “homophobic” remarks by accusing a colleague of being gay when he touched his arm at a meeting. During a state government committee meeting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday night, lawmakers were in the middle of ...

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Judge orders psych exam for man charged with death threat to lawmaker over net neutrality

A New York man accused of threatening to kill a Republican US congressman and his family for not supporting net neutrality will undergo a court-ordered psychological exam before a judge decides whether to keep him in custody during pretrial proceedings. On Friday, US Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks of the Northern District of New York, adjourned a detention hearing for ...

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Russian lower house to ban access to all US reporters – lawmaker

Published time: 1 Dec, 2017 11:03 The head of the State Duma Regulations Committee has said that the Russian Lower House will ban all visits by journalists working for US mass media. This is in reply to the US Congress’s hostile moves towards Russia’s RT America television. Read more “By our decision we are offering this move for the consideration ...

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Senior Crimean lawmaker backs canceling Soviet decree which gave region to Ukraine

Published time: 7 Nov, 2017 12:28 Edited time: 7 Nov, 2017 12:28 The deputy speaker of the Crimean parliament has backed the idea of repealing the 1954 decree that made the peninsula part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, but noted that this would be unlikely to end “political games” over the issue. “This idea has the right to live ...

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US Lawmaker calls for RT YouTube ban during Russia hearing

House Intelligence Committee members accusing RT of being “fake news” were only able to point to accurate and widely reported stories on the network, during a hearing with social media executives on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. ‘An arm of our adversary’ At a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) put RT ...

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‘US course on North Korea could end in World War III’ – Russian lawmaker

Published time: 26 Oct, 2017 09:44 A Russian nationalist MP has told reporters the United States is deliberately undermining attempts to settle the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis. Anton Morozov says such a course could strengthen Russia and China and make them regional leaders. Read more In an interview with RIA Novosti, Morozov, a member of the State Duma ...

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