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The US Navy busted Trump’s interior secretary pick for fraud: report

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Another day, another Trump administration pick with a potential scandal on their hands.

The Intercept is reporting that “three former unit leaders and a military consultant” say that Rep. Ryan Zinke — whom President-elect Trump picked to be his Secretary of the Interior — regularly engaged in a “pattern of travel fraud” during his time as a member of Navy SEAL Team 6.

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The publication’s sources say that Zinke would regularly travel to his home state of Montana to work on his house — and would then send the Navy a bill for his travel expenses by claiming he was performing official duties while away.

The sources claim that Zinke continued filing expense reports for his trips home even after being warned not to do it, which the publication says “would normally have been serious enough to have ended Zinke’s career, but senior officers at SEAL Team 6 did not formally punish him.”

Zinke has also drawn criticism after he accepted a $500 donation from Earl Holt, the head of the Council of Conservative Citizens whose writings on black crime inspired Dylann Roof to commit mass murder in 2015.


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Mike Pence’s office blocks top health officials from CNN as punishment

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Vice President Mike Pence has kept the nation's top health officials from appearing on CNN since the network stopped carrying the daily coronavirus briefings in their entirety.

The vice president's office, which is responsible for booking those officials to deliver pandemic information, told CNN that Dr. Deborah Birx or Dr. Anthony Fauci would not be permitted to appear on the network until it carries the briefings, including Pence's remarks, in full.

"When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air," a Pence spokesperson told CNN.

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‘Well-spoken cultist’: Bill Barr trashed for praising ‘statesmanlike’ Trump and urging an end to COVID-19 lockdowns

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During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday night, Attorney General Bill Barr praised President Trump's "statesman-like" effort at the "beginning" of the coronavirus epidemic where he "tried to bring people together" while "working with all the governors" -- a characterization that did not go over well with many of the President's critics on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/matthewamiller/status/1248241999297339394

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The Supreme Court is poised to extend gun rights at the worst possible time

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” —Second Amendment to the United States Constitution

As the deadly COVID-19 contagion sweeps across the country, gun sales are surging, spurred in many regions by panic buying and purchases by first-time firearm owners. Fearful and insecure Americans are taking advantage of weak and ineffective gun-control laws and stocking up, as President Trump might say, “like never before.”

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