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A Massachusetts judge and court officer were charged with federal obstruction of justice by the Boston U.S. Attorney's Office for helping an undocumented immigrant elude arrest in April 2018, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.

Details Judge Shelley Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor allegedly devised a plan after the prosecutor and the suspect's defense attorney said they thought U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted the wrong person. The government alleges that MacGregor used his security access card to release the suspect out of the back exit of the courthouse.

  • It is unclear what happened to the defendant — identified as A.S. — after he left the courthouse. Joseph is expected in court Thursday afternoon.

The big picture: In 2017, Boston was one of 5 jurisdictions in Massachusetts that ICE deemed "non-cooperative," or a "sanctuary city." President Trump recently said his administration is strongly considering placing "illegal immigrants" in sanctuary cities, an extreme proposal that critics view as political retribution.

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Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes. A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."