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North Carolina open carry advocate shoots and kills toddler sons after domestic dispute

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An Iredell County, North Carolina man is in critical condition after shooting and killing two boys, ages 3 and 4, and then shooting himself early Sunday morning.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Iredale County Sheriff Darren Campbell reported that deputies were called to the residence of 31-year-old Shawn Fuller at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of an intoxicated man firing a weapon.

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At the residence, officers found Fuller lying in the doorway of his home unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head. In the living room were the bodies of two boys, ages 3 and 4, shot dead. The boys have been identified as Fuller’s sons.

Neighbor Ronnie Patterson told the Observer that Fuller was his neighbor and shared the home with his wife and the two boys.

Fuller was a gun enthusiast who liked to fire weapons at bottles, cans and other targets in the back yard, often while consuming alcohol. He had been shooting all day Saturday, Patterson said, before getting into an argument with his wife, who fled the home fearing for her safety. Shortly after that, Fuller pulled the trigger and ended his sons’ lives.

His now-private Facebook profile featured Tea Party slogans and flyers. A woman who remembers running into Fuller earlier in the day of the shootings said that he made it a point to say that he didn’t shop anywhere that he couldn’t take his gun.

The Statesville Record and Landmark spoke with Kelli Simko, who encountered Fuller and the boys at a local store Saturday and she noted that something seemed off.

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“He had a gun on his belt,” Simko said. “He told (the clerk) he wouldn’t shop anywhere he couldn’t bring his gun.”

The boys were adorable, she said, and she got a basket of toys and sat down on the floor to play with them.

“They were so smart, so adorable, they were vibrant,” she said. “I don’t usually just start playing with kids on the floor — I purposely did that because I felt there was just this eerie feeling.”

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney caught on tape saying US is ‘desperate’

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was caught on tape admitting that, despite President Donald Trump's policy preferences, the United States is "desperate" for more immigrants, according to a recording obtained by the Washington Post.

He further undermined the administration's claims of its economic prowess, admitting that immigration is necessary for sustained economic growth.

"We are desperate — desperate — for more people," Mulvaney said, according to the post, stressing that it should be legal. "We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we've had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants."

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Intelligence failure: Donald Trump’s personal politics comes second to national security

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Joe Maguire, a Manhattan College alum whose life and career we admire, is out as President Trump’s acting director of national intelligence for committing an unpardonable sin. He told the unvarnished truth.A president needs confidence in his appointees. Trump apparently has more trust in Maguire’s replacement, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, despite the fact that he lacks a background in intelligence.But watch that trust evaporate if and when Grenell dares deliver facts the president really doesn’t want to hear.A week ago, a Maguire aide briefed the House Intelligence Committee on a bi... (more…)

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggests four more years of Trump might be better for Democratic Party

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As Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared headed for a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether President Donald Trump's re-election might be better for the Democratic establishment than the Vermont senator's multiracial, multigenerational movement taking over the party.

"I'm wondering if Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be President?" said Matthews. "Maybe that's too exciting a question to raise. Do they want Bernie to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? Maybe they'd rather wait 4 years and put in a Democrat that they like."

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