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Texas lawmaker shot in head by stray bullet from celebratory gunfire: ‘It felt like a sledgehammer’

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A Texas lawmaker was shot in the head and wounded by a stray bullet while celebrating New Year’s Eve.

State Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco) was hospitalized after he was injured by apparently celebratory gunfire early Sunday morning, reported KGBT-TV.

Martinez and his family were celebrating the new year just before midnight when they heard gunfire, so they sought shelter inside a garage with other revelers.

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They went back outside to see a fireworks display after the gunfire stopped — but then started up again.

“At the stroke of midnight, my wife comes over and gives me a hug and a kiss, and right after that it felt like a sledgehammer hitting the back of my head,” Martinez said. “I grabbed it and she said, ‘What’s wrong?’ I said I was hit by something.”

Martinez and his wife didn’t immediately realize he’d been struck by a stray bullet, but he remembered a friend in law enforcement describe the pain of being shot to a sledgehammer blow.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where surgeons removed a bullet that punctured his skull but didn’t injure the lawmaker’s brain.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting, which appears to be accidental.

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Martinez said it was common to hear gunshots growing up in the formerly rural area along the Mexican border, just west of Brownsville, but the area had become more developed in recent years

“Before, the Valley wasn’t as populated as it is now, and growing up you used to hear gunshots many times,” Martinez said. “But you can’t do that now because somebody’s going to end up getting hurt. Unfortunately, last night it was me who got hurt.”

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Watch Anderson Cooper use the long-form of ‘BS’ while shutting down Rod Blagojevich on CNN

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MSNBC anchor Anderson Cooper was visibly angered by claims made by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during a Friday evening CNN interview.

Blogojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for corruption while in office that included attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacancy created when Barack Obama was elected president. His sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump.

Cooper lectured Blogojevich for getting sued while governor over a backlog of 3,000 clemency cases.

The CNN anchor described it as "a little ironic and frankly a little sad and pathetic and hypocritical."

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Judge rules against Devin Nunes in $9.9 million lawsuit over the salacious Steele Dossier

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) suffered a legal setback after losing a major lawsuit he had filed.

"A federal judge has tossed out a racketeering lawsuit House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes filed last year against the private investigation firm at the heart of the Trump-Russia saga," Politico reported Friday evening.

"Alexandria, Virginia-based U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady's two-page order made short work of Nunes' suit, which sought $9.9 million in damages from Fusion GPS, its founder Glenn Simpson and a nonprofit watchdog group, Campaign for Accountability," Politico explained. "The judge also signaled that pressing on with the legal battle could result in sanctions against Nunes and his attorney, Steven Biss."

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Devin Nunes is livid at report he helped Trump’s White House: ‘Who the hell is leaking this?’

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The ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is suing Washington, DC's hometown newspaper.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced that he was suing The Washington Post during a Friday appearance on Fox News.

“A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments,” The Washington Post reported Thursday. “Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter.”

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