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Witness: Santa Monica shooting suspect ‘looked like a SWAT team member’

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A witness described seeing the suspect in a string of shooting attacks in Santa Monica, California on Friday that left six people dead before police killed the suspect at a local college.

“He actually kind of glanced up at me, and then he saw two cars pull up to the corner” Jerry Cunningham-Rathner told KNBC-TV. “He was just standing up in the street. He looked like an official kind of SWAT guy. Ammo belt, full black attire. He looked like a SWAT team member.”

Cunningham-Rathner said to the station that she ran outside her home after hearing gunshots, fearing her son had been shot, when she spotted the suspect, who has not been identified by police, emerging from a home across the street from hers.

“You could smell the gunshots, and then I noticed that the house was on fire,” she told KNBC.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday night that authorities believe the two bodies found inside the home belonged to the suspect’s father and brother, an account supported by statements made by Cunningham-Rathner to the station.

The suspect, she recalled, then told the driver in car nearest to him to pull over, before waving the car behind her through with an assault rifle.

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“She hesitated. She slowed down and she looked at him,” Cunningham-Rathner said to KNBC. “Then he fired point-blank, right into her car, like three shots. Right into her car.”

At that point, Cunningham-Rathner ran into her house to phone for help. She emerged to find the suspect getting into the car of the driver he pulled over, a woman. She told the station it did not appear like they knew each other.

The other driver, she said, had a bullet wound in her shoulder, and was on the phone with her husband.

“We just put some towels on her, tried to keep her calm,” Cunningham-Rathner told KNBC.

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‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."

During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."

"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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Sen. Tom Cotton calls for unauthorized ‘retaliatory strike’ on Iran with ‘the fire and fury of the military’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday called for a "retaliatory strike on Iran" after Trump administration officials alleged that the country is behind attacks on oil tankers.

"Well, Iran for 40 years has engaged in this kind of attacks, going back to 1980s," Cotton told CBS host Margaret Brennan.

"These unprovoked attacks a warrant retaliatory strikes," he added. "We can make a military response in the time and matter of our choosing."

"A retaliatory strike?" Brennan pressed. "As someone who sits in Congress, do you believe that he can act, the administration can act without coming to Congress first?"

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