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Democratic Rep. blisters Trump on death of Navy SEAL in Yemen

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Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA (Facebook.com)

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) blasted Pres. Donald Trump on Sunday regarding the botched Jan. 28 raid in Yemen that killed 29 civilians and Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens — the first U.S. armed forces member to die under the Trump administration.

On Sunday, the New York Times launched a media counteroffensive against Trump’s repeated attacks on the newspaper and on the mainstream media in general.

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Trump responded on Twitter, saying, “For first time the failing @nytimes will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!”

Rep. Lieu saw the tweet and answered, writing, “Note to @realDonaldTrump: Perhaps if you focused less on @nytimes and more on intelligence reports, SEAL Owens wouldn’t be dead right now.”

He followed up by saying, “I & others requested answers about #Yemen raid & death of SEAL Owens. @POTUS is stonewalling. What did Trump know?”

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The posts included a link to a post at TheHill.com about Lieu and other Democrats’ demand to be briefed on exactly what happened on the night of the raid and where the planning went awry.

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According to the Independent, Pres. Trump’s mishandled the raid that killed Owens from the outset. It was planned without sufficient intelligence, ground support or backup and Trump himself didn’t bother to report to the Situation Room during the raid, but in the White House residence, a break with longtime protocol.

William Owens, Sr., father of the fallen SEAL told the Miami Herald on Sunday that he wants a full investigation into the “stupid mission” that killed his son.

Owens, Sr. refused to meet with Trump when his son’s remains were flown back to Dover Air Force Base.

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“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” he told Trump via the Herald. “I want an investigation.”

“The government owes my son an investigation,” he said.

Currently, a controversy is swirling around a reportedly sent-and-deleted tweet from the president’s account that was sent about half an hour into the firefight that killed Owens.

Huffington Post and the Daily Mail both say that Trump or an aide tweeted at 5:50 p.m., “I will be interviewed by @TheBrodyFile on @CBNNews tonight at 11pm. Enjoy!” The tweet was up for around twenty minutes and purportedly then got deleted.

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The Washington Post‘s archive of Trump tweets shows that the message was sent, but it is no longer online.


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Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them

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Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.

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Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.

Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.

Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.

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Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris

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The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.

On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.

Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN

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