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Texas deputy, set to retire in September, shot dead at home near Austin

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A sheriff’s deputy in Travis County, Texas was shot and killed on Monday after reporting to the department’s dispatcher that a suspected robbery was in progress at his home in suburban Austin, officials said.

Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, a 32-year veteran who was set to retire in September, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Round Rock, north of Austin.

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He had gone off duty a few minutes before radioing in the report that people had broken into the backyard of his home, the sheriff’s office said.

About 10 minutes after the call, deputies found Hutchinson near a creek behind his back yard with a gunshot wound, it said.

There was no indication of a targeted killing, said the office, adding there were two suspects but no one had been arrested.

Police in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have been fatally shot in ambush killings this month by suspects who are said to have been upset over police shootings they believed were motivated by racial bias.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Bernadette Baum)

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Trump’s personal interests have directly undermined national security and election integrity: CNN correspondent

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," correspondent Jim Sciutto broke down a key takeaway from the impeachment hearings.

"We are one year away — less than a year away from the next election, three years after Russia, with consequence, interfered, meddled in the 2016 election," said Sciutto. "One thing is clear from everybody who testified, the president of the United States never expressed any interest in defending the U.S. against that kind of interference. What he did, he was interested in a whole lot of other stuff that undermines that goal of defending U.S. elections from Russian interference, one of which Fiona Hill highlighted there, presenting an alternate explanation, a false one it was Ukraine that somehow hacked the DNC server, not Russia."

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Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.

"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.

Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI

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Trump conduct ‘beyond anything Nixon did’: House impeachment chair

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President Donald Trump, by withholding military aid from Ukraine to demand dirt on a potential 2020 election rival, went beyond anything done by disgraced predecessor Richard Nixon, the Democratic chair of the House impeachment panel alleged Thursday.

"What we've seen here is far more serious than a third-rate burglary of the Democratic headquarters," House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said in a reference to the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation.

"What we're talking about here is the withholding of recognition (for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy) in that White House meeting, the withholding of military aid to an ally at war," Schiff said.

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