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Bomb at MLK parade may have contained poison, police say

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A bomb planted along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington, appeared to have been an attempt at a sophisticated attack, according to statements made by law enforcement officials.

Spokane police said this week that the bomb — which was found before the parade began on January 17 and defused — may have contained a chemical commonly found in rat poison, potentially in an effort to inflict even greater damage on its victims.

According to the Spokesman-Review, “rat poison has been added to bombs in the Middle East for the stated purpose of acting as an anti-coagulant – which inhibits the ability of bleeding wounds to clot.”

There has been controversy over whether reports of rat poison in insurgent bombs are accurate. Nonetheless, it may be possible that the perpetrator was someone who was familiar with the tactics of Middle Eastern insurgencies.

“It’s not like some of the other types of devices I have seen in Spokane or in my career,” Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told the press. “This is one of sophistication.”

Officials also told the newspaper that the backpack in which the bomb was planted was placed such that its blast would target marchers in the parade.

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FBI officials said earlier their believed the bomb to be an act of “domestic terrorism” and suggested the failed attack may have been racially motivated.

The Statesman Examiner notes that eastern Washington state, where Spokane is located, “has been the location of multiple incidents of anti-government and white supremacist activity for over two decades.”

Federal investigators are also investigating an explosive device that was found last March near the U.S. Courthouse in Spokane. An arrest has not been made in that case.

Another bomb packed with shrapnel exploded outside Spokane City Hall in the spring of 1996. Federal prosecutors indicted white supremacists Chevie Kehoe of Stevens County and Danny Lee of Oklahoma for that bombing. Both were ultimately convicted of a 1996 triple homicide in Arkansas.

FBI Special Agent Frank Harrill said investigators aren’t ready to name any suspects in the case. The bureau has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to a suspect.

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Democratic operative who tested Russian tactics in Alabama reveals that Trump continues to crush Democrats on Facebook — by a factor of 9 to 1

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The ground shifted under Democrats during the 2016 election, but many refuse to acknowledge just how, or in what direction. Some are still content to lose close elections gracefully, even when the stakes for American democracy are the highest they have ever been. Others are so bent on proving that their electoral strategy is sound that they refuse to acknowledge Mark Zuckerberg has broken the traditional models of voter persuasion.

Nevertheless, a small group of Democratic operatives is no longer afraid to get their hands dirty. I am one of them.

I never intended to become a political operative. I wasn’t even thinking about the possibility when I set out to affect the 2017 special election for the US Senate in Alabama. I wanted to push back against the social media shenanigans that had helped elect Donald Trump and gather some data on their relative effectiveness because we were debating the impact of these tactics in a total vacuum of hard evidence either way. So when a documentarian recently asked me what it felt like to be a “political operative,” I was momentarily stunned by the realization that I had accidentally carved out a new career in white hat ratf*kery.

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Fox & Friends attacks Mueller’s credibility: ‘I don’t think he knows the details of the report’

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The hosts of "Fox & Friends" questioned Robert Mueller's credibility after Congress set a date for the former special counsel to testify about his findings.

Mueller will testify July 17 to lay out evidence of alleged crimes by President Donald Trump and his campaign associates, and Fox News broadcasters suggested questions that could undercut his impartiality.

"How did it make you feel when president of the United States said that you're compromised, or how did it make you feel when the president of the United States kept attacking the process?" said co-host Brian Kilmeade. "What did you think about the rumors he was going to fire you? I'm not sure he is going to answer that either."

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How the DOJ just asked the Supreme Court to essentially become a ‘branch of the Trump administration’

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With the fate of the nation's electoral maps — and thus the very basis of democracy — hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversial Census case. But at the last minute, Justice Department Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote new a new plea to the justices asking them to take an even more extraordinary step than simply ruling on the issue before them.

Indeed, law professor Richard Hasen wrote in Slate on Tuesday that if the court goes along with Francisco's request, it will essentially act as a part of the Trump administration.

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