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Teen arrested in New Mexico after shooting two adults and three children

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A young man has been arrested and charged in the murder of five people, including three children, in the southwestern US state of New Mexico, police said Sunday.

Police said in a statement they found the bodies of an adult male and female and two girls and a boy described as “juveniles,” all dead from multiple gunshot wounds, when they arrived at an Albuquerque home late Saturday.

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Aaron Williamson, a spokesman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, told AFP “multiple” weapons were found at the scene, including a “military-type assault rifle,” adding that the investigation was still under way.

The police statement said a “male juvenile” is in custody, charged with two counts of murder and three counts of “child abuse resulting in death.”

The identities of the suspect and the victims have not been made public. Local media reported that the suspect was 15 years old.

The shooting came days after US President Barack Obama unveiled a series of sweeping measures aimed at addressing gun violence in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The proposed measures include a ban on some military-style assault rifles and closing loopholes that allow many gun buyers to avoid background checks.

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The killing of 26 people at the Connecticut school, including 20 young children, has galvanized gun control advocates, but congressional opposition remains high to new restrictions on the constitutional right to bear arms.

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Columnist drops the hammer on ‘Stalinist’ GOP for running a bogus ‘show trial’ to exonerate Trump

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In a brutal column for the Daily Beast, longtime political observer Michael Tomasky went all-in on an attack on Republican senators for turning the impeachment trial of Donald Trump into a "Stalinist show trial" where the outcome is known before it even starts.

Reflecting on the impassioned case laid out by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) over the past three days, Tomasky wondered what it would take to get through to Republicans who seem uninterested in fulfilling their constitutional duties.

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‘Take her out!’ Leaked audio purportedly catches Trump demanding firing of Marie Yovanovitch

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An audio recording that has been reviewed by ABC News purportedly catches President Donald Trump demanding the firing of former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

According to ABC News, the recording was made in April 2018, which was more than a year before Yovanovitch was finally ousted from her position. Additionally, ABC News reports that the recording was made by Igor Fruman, the now-indicted henchman of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who captured the president's voice during a private dinner where he also met with Fruman's co-conspirator, Lev Parnas.

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Trump may win his impeachment trial battle and end up in even bigger trouble afterward: columnist

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In a column for Politico, senior media editor Jack Shafer claimed that President Donald Trump appears to be winning his Senate impeachment trial battle but that he is setting himself to lose the war in the long run.

According to the columnist, the president is likely responsible for directly coming up with his impeachment defense but also notes that he hasn't looked past the trial and what awaits him if he gets his wish and Senate Republicans dismiss the charges against him.

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