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FBI finally contacts Ammon Bundy as Oregon occupation nears third week

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The FBI has opened talks with Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group of militants who have broken into and taken over the headquarters of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, according to the Oregonian.

According to reporter Les Zaitz, the FBI started talking to the group’s leaders two days ago. Brief video taken by Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter John Sepulvedo seems to show Bundy telling an FBI negotiator that community sentiment has shifted in the favor of the militants.

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Events at a community meeting Tuesday belie that claim.

Locals crowded into Burns High School and for the most part condemned the Bundy-led occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which started on January 2. Emotional residents said the situation is creating tension and division in the community.

“Mr. Bundy, I agree with you 100 percent, we have way too much government,” Ed Brown told the group. “But the same hand, get the hell out of my yard. Look what you did to this county.”

On Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called the ongoing occupation a “spectacle of lawlessness” and said it’s costing taxpayers $100,000 a day.

“This situation is absolutely intolerable and it must be resolved immediately,” Brown said, in a press conference where she also laid out policy proposals. “The very fabric of this community is being ripped apart.”

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It does not appear a resolution is near, however. Local KOIN reported Wednesday that so-called militia members were coming to the occupation from other parts of the country and they believe they’re on a mission from God.

“God wants us here, there’s a sense that’s beckoning and it comes from heaven,” militiaman Kelly Gneiting said. “We’re doing what’s right, we’re doing what the founding fathers would do because we’re inspired by God, also.”

Watch brief video of Bundy talking to the FBI, as posted to Twitter, here:

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Nicolle Wallace rains hell on GOP: ‘It’s going to take a dead Russian hooker’ before they wake up to Trump criminality

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MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace this week heaped scorn upon her former party for making their minds up about impeaching President Donald Trump seemingly before hearings even started.

"It's going to take a dead Russian hooker at the bottom of the Hudson before Republicans wake up," she said. "They don't care about anything -- and now they also don't care about foreign interference in domestic elections."

Wallace then said that Republicans should be very careful about embracing a precedent in which it is acceptable for presidents to use their office to pressure foreign countries to investigate their political opponents.

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Meghan McCain snaps at View co-hosts for getting ‘cheap applause’ after she’s schooled on impeachment hearings

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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain exploded after her fellow panelists criticized Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) for signaling he would not support impeachment for President Donald Trump, despite the testimony placing him at the center of an apparent extortion scheme against Ukraine.

The conservative McCain pointed out that independents had lost support for impeachment since hearings began, and she played a clip of Hurd explaining why he didn't believe the evidence supported impeachment -- and her co-hosts wondered if he had heard the testimony.

"I think the point of the show is we live in a world where every panel has a different view," McCain said. "I also lived in Virginia -- Trump MAGA hat people everywhere -- and there are people in this country, and congresspeople like Mike Turner who are not convinced what happened."

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‘Stop screwing around!’ CNN’s Berman erupts after John Bolton posts cryptic ‘stay tuned’ tweet

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CNN's John Berman on Friday grew visibly angry after seeing that former Trump national security adviser John Bolton posted a cryptic tweet on his account telling his followers to "stay tuned" for more information.

On Friday morning, Bolton posted on Twitter for the first time since September and wrote, "Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned."

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