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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.”

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.”

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

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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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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Opponents of Fox News’ racism are ignoring the most important target: columnist

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Over the weekend, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (R-MN), claiming that she poses a danger to America and is the reason U.S. immigration laws should be changed.

Writing in The Intercept, columnist Peter Maas points out that while it's important to call out Carlson's racism, journalists shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the real culprits are the Murdoch family, which funds the xenophobia and racism of Fox News.

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Trump says his racist attacks were ‘not at all’ racist as Pelosi preps resolution condemning him

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President Donald Trump on Monday said his racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were "not at all" racist, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a congressional resolution to condemn him for his "disgusting" smears.

While taking questions from reporters, the president was asked if he believed his attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) -- whom Trump told to "go back" to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens -- were racist.

"Not at all," the president replied.

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