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BUSTED: Rancher and right-wing tax-dodging darling Cliven Bundy arrested in Oregon

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Cliven Bundy, the scofflaw Nevada rancher whose dispute over grazing fees led to a 2014 armed showdown with the federal government, was arrested late Wednesday in Oregon as he went to lend support to armed militants holed up at a wildlife preserve.

The 74-year-old Bundy was charged with conspiracy to interfere with a federal officer — the same federal charge two of his sons face in connection with the Jan. 2 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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The elder Bundy also faces weapons charges.

His bodyguard, Jonathan Speece, was reportedly questioned and released, and a second man traveling with them, Jason Blomgren, was also arrested on unspecified charges.

His family posted on their Facebook page that a SWAT team was awaiting Bundy’s arrival at the Portland airport and took him into custody.

The rancher and his companions were on his way from Portland to Burns, Oregon, near the nature preserve where FBI agents have closed in on four remaining occupiers.

Bundy’s sons led the month-long takeover of the wildlife preserve in an attempt to shake off federal control of public lands, citing a highly specific and legally dubious interpretation of the U.S. Constitution — which they believe forbids most federal land ownership.

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One of those militants, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers who were trying to arrest him.

Video released by the FBI shows Finicum reaching twice toward a jacket pocket — where investigators found a loaded weapon — after exiting his truck.

Bundy had been under federal scrutiny — but had avoided arrest — since his own armed standoff with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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He has not paid grazing fees for decades and owes more than $1 million in unpaid fees and penalties.

Right-wing militia members flocked to his ranch in April 2014 as federal agents attempted to round up Bundy’s cattle on public land.

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Federal authorities eventually stood down to avoid bloodshed, and Bundy had not faced any legal consequences until now.

Some of the militants who took part in that showdown went to Oregon with Bundy’s sons — and several of them have been arrested in connection with the occupation.


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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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