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Federal auto safety regulator: GM ignition flaws likely killed more than 13 people

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The U.S. auto safety regulator said Tuesday that probably more than 13 people died in accidents tied to faulty ignitions on cars made by General Motors.

GM has said it knows of 13 fatalities in more than 30 accidents which arose from the ignitions, which could shut off a car’s electrical systems including airbag deployment while the car was operating.

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The automaker has recalled 2.6 million cars from model years 2003-1011 and was fined a record $35 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this month for hiding the problem for years.

GM also faces lawsuits by victims of the accidents which analysts say could eventually tote up to billions of dollars.

The NHTSA said Tuesday it has been working to link the names of the 13 victims on GM’s list to their families.

“They deserve straight answers about what happened to their loved ones,” the agency said.

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“The final death toll associated with this safety defect is not known to NHTSA, but we believe it’s likely that more than 13 lives were lost.”

But it said GM is in a better position to know how many more deaths were involved, based on its information from incident reports and lawsuits.

The independent Center for Auto Safety said in a March letter to NHTSA that records show 303 deaths in accidents in which the airbags did not deploy in Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions, two of the GM models recalled over the ignition problem.

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But those deaths could not readily link the airbag non-deployment to the ignition problem.

The center added that the toll was likely higher if other models also covered by GM’s ignition recall are included.

It criticized the NHTSA for not having earlier investigated the problem.

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“NHTSA could and should have initiated a defect investigation to determine why airbags were not deploying in Cobalts and Ions in increasing numbers,” it said in the March letter.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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