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Two killed in Brazil slum drug sweep

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Two people were killed Saturday during a counter-narcotics operation by an elite police in a Brazilian slum, angering residents who blocked a main road into the city.

The mayor’s central operations office in Rio de Janeiro reported that Brasil Avenue, which runs from the international airport downtown, was blocked for more than 20 minutes by protesters, near the Complexo da Mare favela.

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Demonstrators were hurling rocks at passing vehicles, witnesses said.

An armored military police vehicle and police reinforcements were dispatched to disperse the protesters and prevent further turmoil.

The victims, both 25-year-old suspects, sustained bullet wounds and died while being transported to the hospital.

The Special Operations battalion entered in the favela after having received information that drug traffickers led by a suspect nicknamed “Soldado” were preparing to launch attacks on police units in the shantytown.

The police units were moved in to finally achieve peace in persistently crime-plagued poor neighborhoods that have long lacked even basic city services.

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Brazil is also trying to burnish its international image ahead of hosting the 2014 World Cup for football and the 2016 Olympics.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace erupts over GOP attempt to question Vindman’s loyalty: ‘I’m constantly shocked by the bottomlessness’

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During a roundtable discussion on MSNBC this Tuesday, host Nicolle Wallace slammed Republicans' apparent attempts to call into question Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's patriotism during his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

"This is the smear campaign against Lt. Col. Vindman," Wallace said. "It is active, it is live, and today it spilled out in this public hearing."

"I am constantly shocked by the bottomlessness of the Republicans' cravennesses in trying to defend Donald Trump," she said later in the segment. "This is an active duty military person sitting there in his uniform talking about his story, but it does not put any brakes in the system on a line of questioning clearly intended to insinuate that he has duel loyalties."

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Trump lashes out at ‘grossly incompetent’ Nancy Pelosi but claims GOP ‘killing it’ in impeachment hearings

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President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the White House on Tuesday.

As impeachment testimony was underway in the House, Trump told reporters in a Cabinet meeting that Pelosi is "grossly incompetent."

The president also said that Republicans are "killing it" in the impeachment hearings.

But Trump took a shot at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who was testifying at the time.

"I don't know him. ... I never saw the man," he said. "I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all. What I do know is that even he said that the transcript was correct."

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‘You ran out of a book signing!’ Donald Trump Jr torn to shreds for questioning Vindman’s heroism

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Donald Trump Jr. questioned the military service of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and was sprayed with venom.

The president's eldest son posted a link to a Federalist article suggesting Vindman is not a dedicated military officer and public servant, a line of questioning which Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also pursued during an impeachment hearing.

"Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero," Trump Jr. tweeted, quoting the piece's headline.

Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero https://t.co/f2Jq7SdxO9

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