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Cliven Bundy says Oregon shootout was a ‘wake up call’: Dead militant was ‘sacrificed for a good purpose’

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Bundy clan patriarch Cliven Bundy weighed in on Tuesday on the arrests of his two sons, Ammon and Ryan, who had been occupying a wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon, and the death of one of the group’s members in a shoot-out with authorities.

Cliven Bundy is the rancher whose failure to pay grazing fees sparked another standoff at his Nevada ranch last year. In response to the law enforcement crack-down at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a nearly month-long stand-off in Oregon, Bundy said he thought it was a “wake up call.”

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Bundy made his recent comments to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“This whole battle is over a constitutional issue where the federal government has no rights within the state or at least rights in a sovereign state,” he said. “This is a total disaster to be happening in America where we have I’m guessing federal people killing innocent people.”

“Isn’t this a wonderful country we live in?” he sarcastically asked the Los Angeles Times. About the death of LaVoy Finicum in a shoot-out with police, he said, “We believe that those federal people shouldn’t even be there in that state, and be in that county and have anything to do with this issue. … I have some sons and other people there trying to protect our rights and liberties and freedoms, and now we’ve got one killed, and all I can say is, he’s sacrificed for a good purpose.”

He told the Review-Journal his sons and others were there to “do good, no harm was intended. They would never threaten anybody.”

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During the stand-off at his ranch last year, militia snipers aimed weapons at federal officers attempting to enforce grazing laws.

The occupation of the wildlife refuge in Oregon started on January 2, in protest to five-year federal sentences given to two ranchers who were convicted of starting fires on federal lands. The occupiers believed the men’s sentences were excessive.

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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