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Fox News guest: Alton Sterling ‘has to take responsibility’ in fatal encounter with cops

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Former Los Angeles police detective and convicted perjurer Mark Fuhrman attempted to pin the blame on Alton Sterling on Wednesday for the confrontation that led to his death at the hands of two Baton Rouge police officers.

“This man has to take responsibility that he did have a gun, and he conducted himself in some manner to draw attention to a citizen who called the police,” Fuhrman told Fox News host Megyn Kelly. “And after that, the one officer, if this is the way it went down, one officer shot, one officer didn’t. When you hear, ‘He’s got a gun,’ if the other officer now uses deadly force, it’s because he believes that that gun is in the hand or is attempting to be put in the hand of the suspect.”

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Fuhrman did not mention that Louisiana state laws allow for firearms to be carried by adults without a permit. Also, newly-released footage shows that Sterling’s gun was in his pocket — not in his hand — at the time of his encounter, which has sparked protests and calls for the arrests of Officers Howie Lake and Blane Salamoni.

Fuhrman said that the two officers were responding to a call saying a man was threatening someone with a gun outside the convenience store where Sterling made a living selling CDs with the consent of store owner Abdullah Muflahti. However, Muflahti himself has disputed this account, saying there was no “altercation” between Sterling and the officers before they tackled him to the ground.

“He’s not that type of person,” Muflahti told The Daily Beast. “It would have been a very big problem to pull his gun out.”

Watch the segment, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report

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The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.

But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.

"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."

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Vaccine researchers grew ‘alarmed’ as Trump’s CDC wasted weeks of their time with a flawed coronavirus test: report

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According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.

As it turned out, that test was flawed.

Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."

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Lawmakers need to step up and stop Trump from ‘killing Americans’ with his ‘incompetence’: Ex-prosecutor

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On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner excoriated President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the national health care system on Twitter — and called on elected leaders to "stop letting Trump kill Americans."

Trump’s mixture of incompetence and exploitation for political purposes of our national health emergency is costing lives. The most pressing question at this moment is: at what point do our elected politicians stop letting Trump kill Americans?

— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 4, 2020

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