Federal officials will join an arson investigation centering on a Planned Parenthood facility in Pullman, Washington, KREM-TV reported.
“This is an appalling act of violence towards Planned Parenthood, but unfortunately a predictable ripple effect from the false and incendiary attacks that fuel violence from extremists,” said Karl Eastlund, the CEO for Planned Parenthood of greater Washington and North Idaho.
Officials said alarms inside the building were tripped before the fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning. The facility will need to be closed for several weeks because of extensive fire and smoke damage.
KOMO-TV reported that the office was the site of an Aug. 22 protest calling for the organization to be defunded based on a series of anti-abortion videos targeting the organization. However, the Pullman clinic did not offer abortion services.
According to Buzzfeed, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who represents the area in the House, was among the several Republicans making similar demands.
However, the “sting” videos, which claimed to prove that the organization profited from the sale of “body parts of aborted fetuses” have been debunked. Moreover, federal investigators have already determined that there is no proof that Planned Parenthood was engaging in such activity, as have probes in four states thus far.
Watch KREM’s report on the fire, as aired on Friday, below.
‘Angry’ Trump Michigan voters admit they want ‘this nightmare to end’ in November
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In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they'd met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.
Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn't lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.
"I'm turning into more of an angry person than I've ever been in my life," she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. "I've just got a countdown to November now, and I'm hoping we'll wake up from this nightmare we're in."
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Standing before a US map, analyst Steve Kornacki broke down for host Yasmin Vossoughian the president's uphill battle to get within striking distance of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
"What we have here is our first look from NBC at what the electoral map looks like right now," he explained before adding, "Things could change."
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