Kent Covington
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Florida police officer convicted in shooting

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/08/19, 11:24 am

A Florida jury on Thursday convicted a former police officer of manslaughter and attempted murder for shooting a stranded African-American motorist in 2015. It was the first time in 30 years a Florida officer has been convicted in an on-duty shooting. “The truth will always prevail,” said Clinton Jones Sr., the victim’s father. “And this is what happened today. It was the truth that convicted him. It was the truth that brought him to justice. It was the truth that sent him to jail.”

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Democrats grill Nielsen on immigration

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/07/19, 11:18 am

WASHINGTON—House Democrats grilled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a hearing Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security that the situation at the U.S. southern border constitutes a crisis. She called on lawmakers to pass laws to close immigration system loopholes, saying, “Illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security.”

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U.S. trade deficit hits record high

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/07/19, 10:16 am

The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 19 percent in December to a 10-year high of $621 billion. The gap between what the United States sells and what it buys from other countries rose to nearly $60 billion at the end of 2018. Adjusted for inflation, that’s the highest imbalance on trade goods in U.S. history. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China didn’t do anything to close the trade gap. But White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said a deal for more equitable market exchanges with China could come soon.

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