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FBI confirms shooter at Lackland Air Force Base was a former agent

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A U.S. airman who apparently shot and killed his commanding officer at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and then turned the gun on himself was a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, the FBI said on Sunday.

Air Force Technical Sergeant Steven D. Bellino was an FBI agent for less than two years when he resigned in May 2013, an agency spokesman said in an email.

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Bellino and Lieutenant Colonel William A. Schroeder were found dead at 8:50 a.m. on Friday inside an office at the base in San Antonio. Schroeder was Bellino’s commanding officer, military officials said in a statement.

The shootings appeared to have been a murder-suicide, the Bexar Country Sheriff’s Office said, and a Pentagon official, speaking on condition on anonymity, told CNN that the airman shot his commander.

Military officials would not confirm the reports beyond describing the shooting as a “workplace violence incident” that was not related to terrorism.

The shootings occurred at the Medina annex, where operations such as military dog training take place. The two men were the only casualties.

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The shootings were still under investigation.

(Reporting by Justin Madden in Chicago; Editing by Frank McGurty and Jonathan Oatis)


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Time for the 2020 candidates to go after Trump on his supposed strength: the failing economy

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Among many outcomes and observations following last week’s ABC News/Univision presidential debate, there were only two candidates who were willing to attack Donald Trump and the trolls who surround him: Sen. Kamala Harris and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. That’s not to say the others didn’t mention President Trump at all. It's just that Harris and O’Rourke stood out in terms of their unflinching and aggressive attacks against Trump (Harris) and the Republican Party’s destructive fealty to the gun lobby (O’Rourke).

There’s a noticeable pee-shyness among the Democrats, too often quivering like Shaggy and Scooby over being seen as too anti-Trump or too anti-gun in the face of the elusive white-male diner crowd, despite the reality that Trump’s approvals are stuck in the 40 percent range, give or take. Likewise, support for a new assault weapons ban and an expansion of federal background checks is practically universal. A recent Fox News poll showed 67 percent support for an assault weapons ban and 90 percent support for expanded background checks. Oddly, those numbers indicate that Harris and O’Rourke weren’t really going out on any limbs here, except when contrasted with the baffling timidity of the other Democrats.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe mocks Sean Spicer for passing Trump’s ‘loyalty test’ — and flushing his reputation

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sean Spicer and others who allowed President Donald Trump to destroy their reputations.

The former White House press secretary pranced around in neon green ruffles on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" as part of a bid to rehabilitate his image after serving Trump, and the "Morning Joe" host ripped Spicer and other former officials who gave their loyalty in exchange for nothing.

"It's really unbelievable," Scarborough said. "This is what autocrats do. He's not an autocrat, of course, he's a would-be autocrat, if he lived in a country that was allowed to be one."

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George Conway ridicules Trump selling US military to Saudis to fight their war with ‘sharpied’ Constitution

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George Conway, the husband to one of Donald Trump's most trusted advisers, took a jab at his wife's boss on Twitter by providing the president with a "sharpied" copy on the U.S. Constitution giving the Saudi's access to the U.S. military to fight their wars.

Reacting to Trump's comments that the Saudi's "pay cash" --when asked about a possible U.S. military intervention after an attack on a Saudi oil facility -- conservative attorney Conway tweeted out the altered document, adding, "The Saudi Royal family shall have the power..." before the war powers portion of the document.

You can see the tweet below:

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