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Teen son arrested for murder in California foothill fire deaths

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A teenager was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murdering his father and two other family members whose bodies were found in a burned California vacation cabin last month, officials said.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said 16-year-old Nolan Buchanan was arrested on suspicion of murdering his 38-year-old father Adam Buchanan, his father’s fiancée Molly McAfee, 37, and their 8-year-old son, Gavin.

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The sheriff’s office statement said forensic evidence showed the three victims had been shot before being burned.

Firefighters were called to fight what was believed to be a wildfire near the family’s cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Garden Valley on Sept. 13, officials said. They learned, however, that the fire had been intentionally started at the residence.

Authorities said a week ago that they had found three badly burned bodies in the cabin.

Police contacted Nolan Buchanan, who told them his family had gone to the cabin but he stayed behind at the family home in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Benicia, the sheriff’s office said.

A search warrant carried out at the family home and the father’s construction firm, Buchanan Construction Company, uncovered evidence that contradicted the teen’s claims, the sheriff’s office said.

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The investigation into the case continues, the office said.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Mitch McConnell’s effort to sabotage Trump impeachment could hit this brick wall

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his GOP allies have signaled that they might pass a highly partisan set of rules designed to sabotage an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which might include everything from time limits on Democrats trying to submit evidence, to a parallel public investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden to make Trump's Ukraine behavior look legitimate.

But on MSNBC's "AM Joy," justice and security analyst Matthew Miller walked host Joy Reid through how difficult such a package of rules could be to pass — and how even a small defection of senators from his caucus could block it.

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World leaders mocked Trump because they’re tired of his ‘center of attention’ act: MSNBC guest

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During an MSNBC segment on President Donald Trump's abrupt departure from NATO talks in London after video was released of world leaders making fun of him, an MSNBC guest said those same leaders have become tired of his act.

Speaking with host David Gura, the LA Times Eli Stokols said international diplomats have realized there is no dealing with the president who is in his own world and just wants attention..

"Your colleague had a great line: 'This is a president who views norms like a teenager views curfews,'" Gura began.

"Well, he likes going to these things and blowing them up and being the center of attention," Stokols replied.

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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’

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On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.

"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"

"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."

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