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Cruz Criticizes PolitiFact for Claiming O’Rourke Doesn’t Plan to ‘Take Our Guns’

Cruz Criticizes PolitiFact for Claiming O’Rourke Doesn’t Plan to ‘Take Our Guns’Texas senator Ted Cruz took aim at fact-checking website PolitiFact on Friday, criticizing the site for having previously claimed that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke does not plan to "take our guns" after O'Rourke explicitly suggested otherwise at Thursday night's Democratic debate."When we see that being used against children . . . hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47," O'Rourke said from the debate stage when asked if he was proposing that the government confiscate legally owned assault-style weapons. "We're not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore."> Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15. If it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on the battlefield, we're going to buy it back. pic.twitter.com/cCEWkG6y0X> > — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019 "Just a reminder, when I said it, PolitiFact (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DNC) rated 'Beto wants to take our guns' as FALSE," Cruz wrote in a tweet. "Maybe they should buy one of his new t-shirts," he added, along with a picture of a shirt being sold by the O'Rourke campaign which reads, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15."> Just a reminder, when I said it, PolitiFact (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DNC) rated “Beto wants to take our guns” as FALSE. Maybe they should buy one of his new t-shirts…. t.co/GqDbk4q272 t.co/EnnyDXL3xk> > — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 13, 2019 In March, PolitiFact fact-checked a line from a Cruz campaign song that accused O'Rourke of wanting to "open borders and . . . take our guns," awarding it a "false" rating."We saw no language authorizing or directing officials to take existing guns," PolitiFact said of a failed House measure backed by O'Rourke, which would ban the future sale of AR-15s."My intent is for AR-15s not to be sold to the public," O'Rourke told the fact-checking outlet.



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Pompeo: Reports Claiming Trump’s Behavior Forced U.S. to Pull Spy from Russia Are ‘Materially Inaccurate’

Pompeo: Reports Claiming Trump’s Behavior Forced U.S. to Pull Spy from Russia Are ‘Materially Inaccurate’Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back Tuesday against reports that claimed President Trump's handling of classified intelligence endangered a top CIA spy in Russia whom the U.S. was then forced to extract, calling them "materially inaccurate."CNN reported this week that the U.S. successfully removed a top-level Kremlin source from Russia due to concerns that Trump and his administration "repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence," putting the spy at risk of being exposed."I've seen that reporting. The reporting is materially inaccurate," Pompeo said at a joint press briefing with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin. "And you should know, as the former CIA director, I don't talk about things like this very often. It is only the occasions when there is something that I think puts people at risk or the reporting is so egregious as to create enormous risk to the United States of America that I even comment in the way that I just did, and I won't say anything more about it."CNN claimed the decision to extract the spy from Russia came after Trump discussed "highly classified intelligence" regarding the ISIS presence in Syria with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in May of 2017.Pompeo, who led the CIA at the time, reportedly told other U.S. officials that too much information was surfacing about the spy that could compromise his identity, prompting the 2017 extraction plan.The New York Times also disputed the CNN report, saying " former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction."The CIA pushed back on CNN's reporting as well, calling the narrative "inaccurate.""CNN's narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false," said Brittany Bramell, the agency's director of public affairs. "Misguided speculation that the President's handling of our nation's most sensitive intelligence — which he has access to each and every day — drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate."



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The Overstock CEO Resigned Claiming 'Deep State' Conspiracy and a Relationship With a Russian Spy. Here's What to Know

The Overstock CEO Resigned Claiming 'Deep State' Conspiracy and a Relationship With a Russian Spy. Here's What to KnowPatrick Byrne issued a bizarre statement through Overstock criticizing the FBI, referring to a “deep state” conspiracy. Here's what to know about the incident.



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'That is ridiculous': Andrew Gillum rips Rick Santorum for claiming guns aren't 'problem' in mass shootings

'That is ridiculous': Andrew Gillum rips Rick Santorum for claiming guns aren't 'problem' in mass shootingsFormer Tallahassee, Fla., Mayor Andrew Gillum slammed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's stance on gun control as “ridiculous” for saying guns are not the “problem” in mass shootings.



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Mom arrested after bringing dead daughter to hospital claiming her neck was injured in wreck

Mom arrested after bringing dead daughter to hospital claiming her neck was injured in wreckPolice arrested the mother of a 5-year-old girl who her brought to an Alexandria hospital said the girl's neck was injured in an auto accident.



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Mueller report: Trump leaves town claiming victory and with Democrats scrambling to respond

Mueller report: Trump leaves town claiming victory and with Democrats scrambling to respondDonald Trump has flown out of Washington to his resort in Florida, falsely claiming Robert Mueller had totally exonerated him, and with Democrats assessing how best to respond to a report that failed to provide them with a true smoking gun.Five hours after the special counsel’s lightly redacted report was finally made public, the president waved and grinned as he boarded Air Force One, for a three-day weekend. He did not speak to reporters but earlier said at the White House was having a good day as the report revealed “no collusion, no obstruction”. Later, apparently tweeting while on his way south, Mr Trump urged people to watch Fox News later and said: “It was a really great day for America.”In truth, Mr Mueller’s report did not the represent total exoneration, the president claimed it did. While the investigation did not find evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, it uncovered “multiple links between Trump campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government”. Likewise, the full report, confirmed what had been conceded by attorney general William Barr, who said Mr Mueller wrote “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”.The report contained much damaging information about the president’s behaviour, not least his efforts to fire the person who led the investigation. Indeed, after Mr Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to lead the probe after the presidents firing of FBI Director James Comey, he believed his presidency was over and that he was “f***ed”. He tried to have him fired or the investigation halted, something White House lawyers lawyers pushed back on.Mr Mueller’s report contained 11 instances that he and his team examined as possible breaches either of protocol of legality. He provided evidence to find both for and against such a finding.For instance, the report noted, in June 2017, Mr Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to tell the then-acting attorney general, Jeff Sessions, that Mr Mueller had conflicts of interest and must be removed, Reuters noted.It also said there was “substantial evidence” the president fired Mr Comey as FBI director in 2017 due to his “unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation”.It also said there was some “some evidence” suggesting Mr Trump knew about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s controversial calls with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office, but evidence was “inconclusive” and could not be used to establish intent to obstruct.The report said Mr Trump directed former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to ask Mr Sessions to reconsider the decision to recuse himself from the probe and say the Russia investigation was “very unfair”.Indeed, large chunks of Mr Mueller’s report detail the president’s efforts to halt the investigation into Russia’s alleged election interference and possible collusion.When Mr Sessions told the president about his appointment in the spring of 2017, an appointment made following Mr Trump’s firing of Mr Comey, he was said to have slumped into his chair and declared: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m ****ed.”He then turned to the one time Alabama senator who had joined his cabinet as chief law enforcement and legal officer, and blamed him. “How could you let this happen, Jeff,” he said. “You were supposed to protect me.” He added: “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’ t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”> It was a really great day for America! A special evening tonight on @TuckerCarlson, @seanhannity & @IngrahamAngle Will be very interesting!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > April 18, 2019Such was the president’s determination to halt the process, he telephoned Mr McGahn, who left the White House in October 2018, and asked him to intervene. Mr McGahn told Mr Mueller’s team he was told by the president: “Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be special counsel.“Mueller has to go” and: “Call me back when you do it.”The White House and supporters of Trump were quick to claim a victory. Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway told reporters: “We’re taking apologies.”Mr Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, said Republicans should turn the tables and “investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation.” Meanwhile, Democrats were struggling to find a way forward. They said Mr Barr’s decision to hold preemptive press conference sought to create a false narrative and that the actual report revealed troubling details about Trump’s conduct in the White House. In a joint statement, House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wrote: “One thing is clear: attorney general Barr presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while Mueller’s report appears to undercut that finding.” House judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said the report “outlined disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct.” He sent a letter to the justice department requesting that Mr Mueller himself testify before his panel “no later than May 23” and said he would be issuing a subpoena for the full special counsel report and the underlying materials. At the same time, Democrats are probably unlikely to pursue Mr Trump’s impeachment, jugging that the country is in little mood for another lengthy probe, and that their efforts are better focussed on trying to beat the president in the 2020 presidential election.“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Ms Pelosi’s deputy, Steny Hoyer told CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement.”



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US charges 23-year-old with falsely claiming to be missing boy

US charges 23-year-old with falsely claiming to be missing boyBrian Rini was charged with a single count of lying to federal authorities for allegedly claiming Wednesday that he was Timmothy Pitzen — missing since 2011, when he was six years old. When questioned further, Rini stated that he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s because if he went missing, his father would just keep drinking,” the complaint said. Authorities said they were charging Rini because false reports harm families of missing children and needlessly divert police resources.



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Man awarded $80M in lawsuit claiming Monsanto's Roundup causes cancer

Man awarded $  80M in lawsuit claiming Monsanto's Roundup causes cancerAgribusiness giant Monsanto is facing thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide.



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Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isn’t.

Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isn’t.Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.



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Trump backs down in US intelligence chiefs row after claiming he hadn't read 'complete' testimony on Iran and North Korea

Trump backs down in US intelligence chiefs row after claiming he hadn't read 'complete' testimony on Iran and North KoreaDonald Trump has backtracked on his suggestion that American intelligence chiefs should “go back to school” after they contradicted his stance on Iran and North Korea. The US leader criticised them after they presented the Worldwide Threat Assessment report to the Senate earlier this week. It said Iran was not making nuclear weapons and North Korea remained “unlikely to give up” its weapons stockpiles and production abilities, apparently contradicting Mr Trump’s views on the nations.



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