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Manhunt over: Escaped Tennessee inmate Curtis Ray Watson captured, death penalty possible

Manhunt over: Escaped Tennessee inmate Curtis Ray Watson captured, death penalty possibleCurtis Ray Watson, 44, was charged with the murder of a correctional administrator after he escaped in the midst of a 15-year kidnapping sentence.



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El Paso shooting suspect Patrick Crusius could face the death penalty; hate crime charges possible

El Paso shooting suspect Patrick Crusius could face the death penalty; hate crime charges possibleA gunman's rampage at an El Paso Walmart that left 20 dead and dozens injured was being investigated as a possible hate crime Sunday.



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El Paso shooting: 21-year-old suspect in custody as officials investigate possible hate crime

El Paso shooting: 21-year-old suspect in custody as officials investigate possible hate crimeOfficials investigating whether suspect wrote a ‘manifesto’ ahead of mass shooting that left at least 20 people dead and two dozen injuredPolice SWAT team members in the aftermath of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas Photograph: STRINGER/ReutersA mass shooting at a Walmart in the Texas border city of El Paso that has left 20 people dead and 26 injured is being investigated as a possible hate crime, Texas officials said.A 21-year-old white man is in custody after the mass shooting, one of the deadliest incidents in Texas history, El Paso’s police chief said. Local news outlets reported the name of the suspected shooter, but his name has not yet been officially released by law enforcement.He was named by the Associated Press and other media as Patrick Crusius, citing law enforcement sources.A local TV station published what it said was a picture of the suspect from CCTV footage.There was “little to minimum force” used when law enforcement took the suspect into custody, El Paso police spokesman Robert Gomez said at an earlier press conference. “No law enforcement personnel fired their weapon.”“It happened without incident so I can assume that the person dropped his weapons,” Gomez added.Law enforcement officials are investigating “a manifesto from this individual” that suggests the incident may be a hate crime, police chief Greg Allen said. He added that law enforcement still needed to “validate for certain” that the document under investigation was from the arrested suspect.The chief did not immediately offer more details on the document under investigation.> Confirmed Photo of the shooter as he entered the Cielo Vista Walmart store. EPShooting t.co/wfXkVy7a3y pic.twitter.com/TWVZwQXIyl> > — KTSM 9 News (@KTSMtv) August 3, 2019Investigators are “reasonably confident” that the Walmart shooting suspect posted the document on 8chan, an extremist online message board that often features racist content, senior law enforcement officials told NBC News.If the manifesto is authentic, it would make it the third mass shooting announced in advance on 8chan in less than five months.In response to the document, 8chan commenters speculated whether the shooting would produce an impressive body count, mocked the shooter, and wrote “Hello FBI”.“That’s it. This website is getting shutdown,” one 8chan commenter wrote.Since mid-morning, commenters on 8chan had been circulating a document posted to the site that referenced Texas and a planned shooting attack motivated by white nationalist ideology.The 8chan document under investigation by Texas law enforcement described a gun attack that was intended to be “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas”.Its author described a hatred of race-mixing, and suggested that the United States should be separated into different territories for different races. His opinions on immigration predated Donald Trump’s run for president, the author wrote.El Paso is in western Texas, right on the border with Mexico. The diverse city has around 680,000 residents, and its population is around 80% Latino. More than 23,000 pedestrians cross from its Mexican twin city, Ciudad Juárez, across the border to El Paso to work every day.The document includes expression of support for the Christchurch gunman, whose attack on peaceful worshippers in New Zealand left 51 people dead in March. The alleged Christchruch gunman also described immigrants of color as an “invasion”.President Donald Trump has continued to refer to migrants at the United States’ southern border as an “invasion”, including in the immediate wake of the Christchurch shooting.El Paso has been at the center of the crisis over the Trump administration’s punitive treatment of migrants and refugees from Central America. It is more than 600 miles away from Allen, the Dallas suburb where law enforcement said the suspect lived.David Stout, El Paso county commissioner, told the Guardian he was concerned about reports that some victims or relatives might be afraid to go to reunification centers or seek medical attention due to their immigration status. He said he had not directly heard these accounts, but was worried people might be deterred since there were border patrol agents involved in the response.“People who are dealing with this type of tragedy, if they happen to be undocumented or an immigrant, they should not have to feel any further strife or any further pain or any further fear,” he said.Stout, who represents the district that includes the Walmart and spent the day at the hospital and school where people gathered, said it was “heartening and beautiful to see how in this community, we care for each other”.He noted that there were massive lines of people donating blood, and that he witnessed many people offering rides and meals to victims’ families. “People just keep showing up to help.”Still, he added, “This is the most difficult day that I’ve seen in El Paso.”Globally, there have been at least 16 major violent attacks clearly linked to white supremacist ideology since 2011, not including last week’s attack on a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, which law enforcement officials are still investigating. After that shooting, media reports highlighted an Instagram post from an account with the same name as the alleged shooter, which referenced a late-19th century white supremacist text and described mixed-race people in derogatory terms.Suspects in two previous white supremacist shootings, the Christchurch shooting, and an April shooting targeting synagogue in Poway, California, that left one person dead and three injured, both posted documents on 8chan before the attacks.Posts linked to the suspect in a November mass shooting attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which left 11 Jewish worshippers dead, also referred to immigrants and refugees as “invaders.” Those posts were made on Gab, a different extremist social network.Early reports suggested the gun used in the shooting was a rifle, but police could not immediately confirm the make or model of the weapon, police officials said. The police chief said only one weapon had been identified.



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Mueller testimony exposes Trump as special counsel outlines possible crimes and Russian interference

Mueller testimony exposes Trump as special counsel outlines possible crimes and Russian interferenceRobert Mueller defended the findings from his report about Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday during back-to-back congressional testimonies on Capitol Hill.While the former special counsel publicly outlined examples of alleged obstruction of justice on the part of Donald Trump and his White House aides, the hearings fell short of a summer blockbuster testimony many Democrats had hoped for. Mr Mueller directly refuted the president’s frequent claims he did not obstruct justice during the former special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday."The president has repeatedly claimed that your report found that there was no obstruction and that it completely and totally exonerated him. But that is not what your report said is it?" Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic House Judiciary chairman, asked Mr Mueller at one point. "Correct. It is not what the report said," Mr Mueller told the committee. “So the report did not conclude that he did not commit obstruction of justice? Is that correct,” the chairman asked. “That is correct,” Mr Mueller replied.Still, Mr Mueller declined to implicate the president in any specific criminal act or indicate whether he would have charged Mr Trump with obstruction of justice if he were not currently the sitting president of the United States. Democrats repeatedly suggested the sole reason Mr Trump was not charged in the investigation was due to guidelines that said a sitting president cannot be indicted — a claim the former special counsel appeared to agree with when speaking to California Democrat Ted Lieu, before later walking back his comments in his second testimony on Wednesday. “Although Department policy barred you from indicting the President for this conduct, you made clear that he is not exonerated,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in his opening statement. “Any other person who acted this way would have been charged with a crime. And in this nation, not even the President is above the law."Mr Mueller continued to make clear during his testimony on Wednesday that Mr Trump was not cleared of obstruction of justice, saying at one point, “The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed.”He also noted his team did not “address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term,” during his opening remarks. The former special counsel’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not fully exonerate the president as Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed. “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” the report reads. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime.”On Wednesday, Mr Mueller made clear that Mr Trump could still face obstruction of justice charges when he is no longer president. “Under Department of Justice policy, the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice crimes after he leaves office, correct?" Mr Nadler asked. “True,” Mr Mueller replied.The former special counsel also described in detail Russia’s “sweeping and systematic” efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. He said he did not find sufficient evidence to connect the president to these efforts in a criminal conspiracy.Before Mr Mueller arrived to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for his back-to-back testimonies before Congressional committees, over 80 House Democrats expressed support for launching an impeachment inquiry into the president. It remains unclear for now whether the former special counsel’s public testimony will increase calls for impeachment across Washington and beyond. An NBC News and Wall Street Journal poll published 14 July showed 21 per cent of registered voters felt Congress had enough evidence to begin impeachment hearings. Mr Trump launched a series of attacks against the former special counsel on Twitter ahead of his public testimony on Wednesday, writing, “So why didn’t the highly conflicted Robert Mueller investigate how and why Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted and acid washed 33,000 Emails immediately AFTER getting a SUBPOENA from the United States Congress? She must have GREAT lawyers!”The president also tweeted his frequent, all-caps claim: “NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”



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North Korea's Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile development

North Korea's Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile developmentNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program. Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the submarine that was built under “his special attention”, and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said. KCNA said the submarine’s operational deployment was near.



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Trump says Mueller should not be allowed to testify about investigating possible obstruction of justice

Trump says Mueller should not be allowed to testify about investigating possible obstruction of justiceDonald Trump has said Robert Mueller should not be allowed to testify to congress about his investigation into the president’s possible obstruction of justice and links to Russia.“Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple,” the president tweeted, after Mr Mueller appeared in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday.“In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt. Result of the Mueller Report, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”The president has repeatedly hit out at Mr Mueller as “conflicted” – without evidence – as well as calling the investigation into Russia election interference a “witch hunt”. The aim for Mr Trump has always been to undermine Mr Mueller’s credibility throughout the two-year probe.Mr Mueller’s report did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy but did find evidence Mr Trump had potentially obstructed the investigation.Presenting his report in May, the then-special counsel indicated he was prevented from indicting a sitting president – saying such an action was “not an option” – because of the legal opinion of the Justice Department.He did not use the word “impeachment” but said it was the job of congress to hold the president accountable for wrongdoing.> Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple. In the end it will be bad for him and the phony Democrats in Congress who have done nothing but waste time on this ridiculous Witch Hunt. Result of the Mueller Report, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!…> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > July 22, 2019“But the questions should be asked,” the president said in a second tweet on Monday. “Why were all of Clinton’s people given immunity, and why were the text messages of Peter S and his lover, Lisa Page, deleted and destroyed right after they left Mueller, and after we requested them(this is Illegal)?”Mr Trump was referring to Peter Strzok, who led the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server. He also worked on Mr Mueller's probe into the president's possible campaign links to Russia. Mr Mueller is expected to testify before congress in back-to-back hearings on Wednesday in a move that could potentially lead the Democrat-led House of Representatives to begin formal impeachment inquiry proceedings. In a statement preparing for the upcoming testimony, house judiciary committee chair Jerrold Nadler said the testimony would provide “very substantial evidence” against Mr Trump.“This is a president who has violated the law six ways from Sunday,” said Mr Nadler, a New York Democrat, on Sunday. He added: “We have to present – or let Mueller present – those facts to the American people … because the administration must be held accountable and no president can be above the law.”Mr Mueller has said he does not intend to reveal anything more than what he laid out in his nearly 400-page report. But many Democrats in congress will hope the public testimony could push forward the case for impeachment when he is asked about the 10 examples of the president's alleged obstruction of justice. Republicans are likely to follow a similar line of questioning line to Mr Trump, and ask Mr Mueller about his team.



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Nuclear War with North Korea Is Still Possible. Trump’s ‘Walk’ Across the DMZ Made That Less Likely.

Nuclear War with North Korea Is Still Possible. Trump’s ‘Walk’ Across the DMZ Made That Less Likely.Donald Trump did the seemingly impossible by being the first sitting U.S. President to set foot in North Korea. On Sunday, Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ), where they held an hour-long summit. They also briefly stepped over the border together into North Korea and back again, replicating the same historic act previously carried out by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim. While many of Trump’s critiques called it nothing more than a photo-op, this symbolic act brought down tensions as Washington and Pyongyang promised to resume negotiations.How can anyone not applaud when two nations who have technically been in a formal state of armed conflict for nearly seven decades seek dialogue? At least for the moment, it seems the Trump Administration has made escalation management America’s primary goal, ensuring any pause in talks does not slip back to the dark days of 2017. The alternative runs the risk of an unwanted war.



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Trump on possible Korean DMZ meeting with Kim Jong Un: 'We'll see'

Trump on possible Korean DMZ meeting with Kim Jong Un: 'We'll see'President Donald Trump, who invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet him in the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Sunday, said Kim's government seemed receptive to the idea, but he doesn't know for sure if he will accept.



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Is Israel Thinking About a Military Strike on Iran? History Tells Us It's Possible.

Is Israel Thinking About a Military Strike on Iran? History Tells Us It's Possible.Iran shot down a U.S. drone on June 19, further escalating tensions between Iran and its adversaries.Relations with Iran have been worsening for months. In early May, one year after the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015 between Iran, the U.S., the European Union and five other countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country may also withdraw from the agreement, which limits its ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting sanctions.In June, Rouhani announced that Iran will restart uranium enrichment, which could put the country on track to develop a nuclear weapon within a year. Rouhani’s government insists its uranium will go to civilian nuclear power, not weapons.As a “deterrent” to Iran, the United States is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.The U.S. is not the only country considering a military response in Iran.“Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on June 17. Netanyahu also said Iran must be punished for violating the nuclear agreement.Israel, which has faced threats to its national security since its founding as a Jewish homeland in the Middle East in 1948, is known to take aggressive, preventive action to protect itself – including by launching preemptive strikes on neighboring nations it perceives as threatening.If international relations with Iran grow more volatile, Israel could take dramatic, unilateral action against its neighbor and longtime adversary.How the Begin Doctrine justifies preemptive strikesI’m an international security scholar who studies Israel’s proactive use of its military to prevent nuclear buildup in the Middle East.



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Barr cites '10 episodes' in Mueller report detailing possible Trump obstruction

Barr cites '10 episodes' in Mueller report detailing possible Trump obstructionAttorney General William Barr briefed reporters ahead of his release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Trump campaign's ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election.



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