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Police tell biker gangs ‘we didn’t start this’ after getting threats over deadly Texas turf war



Waco police said they had received threats after a mass brawl between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city left nine people dead and saw nearly 200 people arrested.

Authorities are still looking into Sunday’s mayhem at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill but initial investigations suggest the huge fight involving guns, knives, clubs and chains was the result of a “turf war.”

“We are only five days into a very complex investigation. We are dealing with a single incident crime scene that gave us nine deceased human beings,” Waco police spokesman Patrick Swanton said in a Facebook statement.

“That is more dead than the entire count of homicides we worked in the entirety of 2014.

“We would like to remind our citizens you are safe. There have been no credible threats towards you.

“We do continue to receive threats on law enforcement but that is expected in our line of work. However, we would also like to remind those involved: you know we did nothing to start this.”


Swanton rubbished claims that police had simply arrested everybody at the scene and hit out at what he called “false and ludicrous conspiracy theories” directed at the police.

“We play by a very strict set of rules and will not deviate from them to match attempts to sway the truth,” he added.

“I can attest I have personally seen the horror unfold and was amazed at the actions of our heroic officers in their quest to save innocent victims’ lives.”

Among those arrested were bikers wearing the insignias of the Cossacks, the Scimitars and the Bandidos groups.

In the United States they are particularly associated with gun-running and drug-trafficking, and some biker clubs or their chapters have been formally designated as organized crime groups by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’



Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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