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CNN reporter sleuthing Trump’s crime wave in Sweden finds ‘moose getting intimate with a wooden moose’

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CNN correspondent Ivan Watson traveled to Sweden to investigate President Donald Trump’s assertion that the country was under siege by Muslim refugees, but the report only managed to find unrelated crimes, like “a moose getting intimate with a wooden moose.”

At a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump suggested that there had been a terror incident “last night in Sweden.” The president later clarified that he had been referencing a report he had seen the prior night on Fox News, which has been largely debunked.

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Reporting from Stockholm on Monday, Watson told CNN host Ana Cabrera that he had been unable to back up Trump’s claims.

“There was a car chase here in Stockholm with an inebriated driver,” Watson said, citing a crime blotter published in a local paper.

“There was an incident involving a moose getting very intimate with a wooden moose somewhere upcountry,” the CNN reporter added. “But nothing that really seemed to fit a pattern of Islamic-inspired terrorism. In fact, this country hasn’t seen an attack like that in years and years.”

Watson pointed out that Sweden was more likely to experience “neo-Nazi-style attacks on immigrants.”

“National crime statistics here in Sweden are lower than the statistics in the U.S.,” the CNN correspondent observed.

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Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Feb. 20, 2017.

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A historian explains why Robert E. Lee wasn’t a hero — he was a traitor

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There’s a fabled moment from the Battle of Fredericksburg, a gruesome Civil War battle that extinguished several thousand lives, when the commander of a rebel army looked down upon the carnage and said, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” That commander, of course, was Robert Lee.

The moment is the stuff of legend. It captures Lee’s humility (he won the battle), compassion, and thoughtfulness. It casts Lee as a reluctant leader who had no choice but to serve his people, and who might have had second thoughts about doing so given the conflict’s tremendous amount of violence and bloodshed. The quote, however, is misleading. Lee was no hero. He was neither noble nor wise. Lee was a traitor who killed United States soldiers, fought for human enslavement, vastly increased the bloodshed of the Civil War, and made embarrassing tactical mistakes.

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Warren criticized for conciliatory remarks on post-coup Bolivia

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Top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is under fire from progressives and Indigenous activists for her comments Monday about the recent coup in Bolivia—remarks her critics called too conciliatory to the right-wing un-elected government that seized power after President Evo Morales was forced to resign and flee the country.

"The Bolivian people deserve free and fair elections, as soon as possible," Warren tweeted Monday afternoon. "Bolivia's interim leadership must limit itself to preparing for an early, legitimate election. Bolivia's security forces must protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them."

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