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Ex-cop blasts Trump for shuttering database of right-wing extremists like the ones who killed his son

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The former police chief of West Memphis, Arkansas is taking President Donald Trump to task for shutting down a Department of Homeland Security program that keeps track of domestic extremists like the ones who murdered his son in 2010.

Speaking with The Trace, retired cop Bob Paudert explained how his police officer son, Brandon Paudert, and his partner, Officer Bill Evans, were gunned down by a sovereign citizen using an assault weapon during an interdiction stop.

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According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Paudert and Evans were shot after pulling over Jerry Kane, Jr. and his 16-year-old son Joseph on May 20, 2010.  During the stop a struggle ensued, with the two officers dying in a hail of gunfire from the suspects. Both were armed with AK-47s. According to the elder Paudert, he had to go to the scene to identify his son.

In an interview with The Trace, the former police chief said he met with FBI agents after the shooting and they informed him that the Kanes were part of the sovereign citizens movement being tracked by the federal law agency.

According to Paudert, “So why didn’t my son get a hit when he checked the registration of the car? Why didn’t the FBI share this information with us? Not one chief or sheriff I spoke to afterward knew about the sovereign citizens. ”

“The Kanes were in a database, but were listed as white-collar criminals for evading taxes, not as domestic terrorists,” Paudert continued. “If Bill and Brandon had known what they were confronting that day when they pulled over that van, they might be alive. They could have called for backup.”

Noting that President Trump has ratcheted up investigations of supposed ISIS terrorists coming into the country, Paudert called out the president for planning to shut down a vital database from Homeland Security about white American-born extremists.

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“I’m hopeful that the Trump administration will do more about the threat of domestic terrorism, but reports that he’s shutting down a Department of Homeland Security program doesn’t bode well,” Paudert stated. “I know the president says he is going after ISIS, but I’ve never heard anything about what he plans to do the dangerous extremists most likely to kill police.”

You can read the whole interview here.

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BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

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The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.

"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.

The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.

Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.

"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.

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