New Hampshire voting statistics exposes fraud
The American Civil Rights Union described New Hampshire’s same-day voter registration and the state’s 40-minute drive from Boston as a recipe for voter fraud. ACRU said 6,540 people used out-of-state drivers’ licenses to register and vote in last November’s election; and, just 1,014 of the same-day voters have since obtained a New Hampshire driver’s license. “This is not a recipe for vote fraud, it’s a fully baked case,” ACRU’s Robert Knight said, noting that Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by just 2,736 votes, and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte lost her re-election by just 1,017 votes.
FOIA suit seeks records for eclipse flight
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to compel the release of Department of Treasury documents that can reveal how much taxpayer funds were spent to fly Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife to Lexington, Ky. CREW said the flight aboard a government-owned airplane allowed Mnuchin to view last month’s total solar eclipse from Fort Knox. The flight was publicized after Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, posted a picture on Instagram.
Atheists decry Trump’s support of disaster relief for churches
A Tweet from President Trump, suggesting that churches should be eligible for federal funds to repair damages caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, drew a strong rebuke from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Religious organizations do not pay taxes and are exempt from filing an annual financial form, FFRF said, meaning they are “black holes with no accountability.” Moreover, the U.S. Constitution forbids government support for religious groups, FFRF said.
Gospel singer sentenced for child sex abuse
Shawn Shannon, 45, a traveling gospel singer who resides in Muncie, Ind., was given a 60-year prison sentence for producing and distributing images of a 13-year-old boy engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The Department of Justice said Shannon attempted to delete thousands of cellphone text messages and contacts after the victim’s mother confronted him, but forensic examiners were able to recover the text messages which described Shannon’s conduct and intentions.
Drug overdose death rate climbed in 2015
The U.S. counted 64,765 drug overdose deaths during the 12-month period between February 2015 and February 2016, representing a 20.3% increase over the 53,835 deaths from the previous 12-month period, the National Center for Health Statistics said. States with the highest increases between the two years were Delaware from 189 to 308 deaths (+63.0%), Florida from 3,401 to 5,199 (+52.9%) and Pennsylvania from 3,414 to 4,811 (+40.9%).
“Worst of the worst” drug sellers nabbed in Albuquerque
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said its “Worst of the Worst” investigation resulted in federal firearms and narcotics trafficking charges against 103 residents of Albuquerque and its surrounding Bernalillo County communities. To date, BATF said, 75 of the 103 have entered guilty pleas and 39 of them have already been sent to prison. Another 25 have entered not guilty pleas and are awaiting trials.
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