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‘He knew that this was part of the job’: Sean Spicer blames Navy SEAL for his own death

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who died in Yemen, knew the risks of the job when he accepted the fatal mission.

Over the weekend, Owens’ father called for an investigation into his son’s death, and suggested that President Donald Trump had not been prepared when he ordered the mission just days after taking office.

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Spicer insisted on Monday that the mission had achieved its objectives.

“As I mentioned before, I think you can’t ever say that when there’s most importantly loss of life, and people injured, that it’s 100 percent successful,” Spicer said. “But I think when you look at what the stated goal of that mission was, it was an information and intelligence-gathering mission. It achieved its objectives.”

“So, again, I would express our thoughts and our prayers and our condolences to all of the people in Chief Owens’ family and his friends,” the press secretary added. “But it’s something that as a SEAL and as somebody who deployed 12 times, he knew that this was part of the job and he knew what he was doing.”

“And so we’re very comfortable with how the mission was executed.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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