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GOP senator says lowering violent rhetoric means ‘the shooter wins’

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Following the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hospital, there have been calls for politicians and pundits to back off violent rhetoric.

But tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) isn’t about to let the tragedy change his tone.

Prior to the shooting, Republicans in the House introduced “The Repealing the Job-Killing Health-Care Law Act.” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) used the phrase “job-killing” eight times in one briefing on Jan. 4.

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Most Republicans dialed back that rhetoric in the wake of the shooting.

“Whether it’s job-killing, job-destroying, job-crushing, job-ending, job-eliminating, job-preventing, job-limiting, job-hurting, job-excising, job-removing, job-exterminating, or job-doingawaywith – the point is clear,” Cantor later said.

In an interview broadcast on ABC Sunday, Lee refused to follow Cantor’s lead.

“The shooter wins if we, who’ve been elected, change what we do just because of what he did,” Lee told ABC.

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may agree.

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Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday about whether Republicans would force a shut down of the government if Democrats didn’t agree to deep spending cuts, McConnell used some violent imagery of his own.

“Nobody is going to put a gun to anybody’s head here,” he said.

This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 23, 2011.

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‘That’s not true’: CNN host disputes ex-Trump adviser who says ‘typical’ family won’t work because of $600 checks

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Former White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett claimed on Tuesday that a "typical median family" is being paid $90,000 to stay home during the pandemic if they are receiving the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits.

In an interview on CNN, host Poppy Harlow challenged the former Trump adviser when he downplayed the urgency of extending the unemployment benefits.

"You and I don't rely on $600 a week to pay our rent or feed our family," Harlow explained. "That's not our situation. But for millions of Americans, it is. And they stopped getting those checks on Friday and that's why I don't think it's too far to say that it's a failure [of government]."

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Cops handcuff 4 black children at gunpoint after pulling over wrong vehicle

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Aurora, Colorado police are being criticized nationwide after officers stopped an SUV and forced the occupants, including four Black children, out of the vehicle, handcuffed at least two of them with their hands behind their backs, and forced them to lie face down on the hot parking lot pavement.

In the video below the children and the adult driving the car can be heard crying and screaming. The youngest girl, just six years old, is wearing a tiara. Some of the officers are not wearing masks.

ABC affiliate The Denver Channel reports the cops made an error, wrongly "matching" the license plate number of the SUV to an out-of-state license plate of a motorcycle.

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Bank VP gets booted from family business after responding to Obama’s eulogy with racist Facebook screed

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According to the Valdosta Daily Times, an executive at a small family bank has been removed from his job after a racist, anti-Semitic Facebook post in response to President Barack Obama's eulogy of civil rights leader John Lewis.

"David Hollis has been asked by Citizens Community Bank to resign both his position and his role on the bank's board of directors, according to a CCB statement to the Valdosta Daily Times," reported Chris Herbert. "'The employee was asked to submit his resignation and is no longer employed by the bank, nor will he be serving on the board of directors,' the statement read."

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