Elected Arizona official accused of selling babies suspended
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors takes the first step toward suspending an elected official accused of running a human smuggling scheme during a meeting in Phoenix Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to notify Assessor Paul Petersen that it plans to consider suspending him for up to 120 days. His lawyer, Kurt Altman, said Petersen will fight to keep the $77,000-a-year job he was last elected to in 2016. Petersen is accused of illegally paying women from the Marshall Islands to have their babies in the United States and give them up for adoption. Petersen's attorney said the law allowing elected officials to be suspended may be unconstitutional.
Boundary-pushing Dave Chappelle receives Mark Twain award
WASHINGTON, DC – Dave Chappelle has built a career on pushing boundaries and challenging social conventions. Rapper and actor Common praised Dave Chappelle's bravery and sociological influence. Musician John Legend paid tribute to Chappelle's passion for music and determination to use his influence to spotlight different artists. At the height of his fame, Chappelle organized "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" — a movie built around an all-star concert featuring Legend, the Roots and a reunion of The Fugees. Chappelle spoke with reverence about the Mark Twain prize and the "art form" of stand-up comedy.
FBI will seek 'way forward' on body cams for task forces
The announcement comes months after Atlanta's police chief withdrew city police officers from federal task forces over the issue. We're getting it all out on the table, and I'm actually confident we are going to find a way forward here." The FBI received tips about a social media post threatening violence against Jews just minutes before a gunman killed a worshipper and wounded three others at a Southern California synagogue. Of the 3,000 to 4,000 tips received each day, about 50 are assessed as "threats to life," the highest priority. "The volume and the speed that's needed to deal with it is maybe the greatest challenge we face in law enforcement right now," Wray said.
Boxed in? Warren confronts tough politics of health care
Warren says that, far from having boxed herself in politically, she's been working on her health care plan for months and still sees it as a winning issue. "You're going to get health care with no premiums, no deductibles, no fear of bankruptcy if you have a health emergency." Sara Collins, vice president for coverage and access with the nonpartisan Commonwealth Club, said the key involves changing how the health care tab is divided up among employers, government and individuals. Unlike Warren, Sanders has already released payment options, including higher taxes on wealthy Americans and an employee payroll tax of 7.5%. But that would give federal authorities more control over employee health costs than employers, potentially affecting jobs.