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Vandals set fire to memorial to slain Virginia teen Nabra Hassanen

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The memorial erected for Nabra Hassanen, the 17-year-old Muslim girl who was murdered earlier this week, was set on fire Wednesday morning.

Local news station Fox 5 DC reports that Washington, DC fire officials responded to a report of a fire at the memorial at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Officials extinguished the fire, but the memorial was destroyed by the time they arrived on the scene.

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The nature of the fire is now under investigation, officials say.

Hassanen was murdered earlier this week in what police have described as a road rage incident. Her suspected killer, a 22-year-old man named Darwin Martinez Torres, got into a verbal argument with her while he was driving in his car, and while she and her friends were walking to a restaurant to have one final feast before their Ramadan fast.

At some point during the argument, Torres pulled over his car, got out, and began chasing the girls with a baseball bat. He eventually abducted Hassanen and took her into his car, while her friends ran to a nearby mosque to get help.

Her body was found later in the day in a nearby pond, and police have since arrested Torres and charged him with second-degree murder.

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President helped ‘increase anti-Trump turnout’ in red-state governor’s races — which could spell disaster for the GOP

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” polling analyst Ron Faucheux told The Washington Post in an interview.

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Ambassador Sondland was updating Trump officials on progress of ‘push for investigations’ — including Mulvaney

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The Wall Street Journal obtained emails showing that ahead of President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was updating officials on the strive for investigations.

Chief of staff and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was one of the main points of contact, and he replied to the email saying he would schedule the call with Zelensky.

“I talked to Zelensky just now. He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone,’” Sondland wrote in an email on July 19.

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White House desperately scheduling things for Trump to do so he won’t watch the impeachment hearings

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Given President Donald Trump worked to intimidate witnesses in real-time during the hearings on the impeachment inquiry last week, the White House is desperately searching for something that can keep him busy.

Axios reported Sunday, the presidential daily schedule will be designed to keep the president distracted with their own counter-programming.

"Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing," Axios reported. He'll be promoting jobs and talking about things like "art and culture."

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