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Trump reverses Obama policy banning some types of combat-ready military gear for cops

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The Trump administration on Monday announced that it was reversing an Obama-era policy that restricted the ability of police departments to obtain surplus military equipment such as armored vehicles and grenade launchers.

As NBC News reports, the Obama administration first curtailed the program to give police departments surplus military equipment after it concluded that the use of armored vehicles during the protests against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, only inflamed tensions.

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However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that limiting local police departments’ access to military equipment endangered officers’ personal safety.

“One sheriff told me earlier this year about how, due to the prior administration’s restrictions, the federal government made his department return an armored vehicle that can change the dynamics of an active shooter situation,” he said.

But Janai Nelson, the NAACP Legal Defense fund’s associate general counsel, slammed the move and said that police departments should be there to serve and protect communities — and should not see themselves as military occupiers.

“[This change] puts more firepower in the hands of police departments that remain largely untrained on matters of racial bias and endangers the public,” he said. “Inviting the use of military weaponry against our domestic population is nothing short of recasting the public as an enemy.”

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Giuliani’s public invitation to Ukraine to interfere in US elections opened the door for other countries to run to Trump

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President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani turned heads with his bizarre, unhinged rant on national television that effectively urged Ukraine to continue trying to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — and for news outlets to take whatever they find seriously.

As Casey Michel wrote in The Daily Beast, even if this effort ultimately fails to turn up useful opposition research against Biden, this is a profoundly dangerous development for American democracy.

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Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director

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Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."

He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.

"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."

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Trump took out DNI head Dan Coats to install a new acting director in charge of whistleblowers: CIA veteran

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a longtime veteran CIA official said the whistleblower, who ran to the inspector general with a complaint about Donald Trump asking Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden, should expect the president and his aides to come after them.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Jonna Mendez said she saw the first warnings signs that something was up in the U.S. intelligence community when the president forced DNI head Dan Coats and his top deputy out.

"Through the lens of someone who spent 27 years at the CIA, the thing that caught my eye instantly was Dan Coats' resignation follow by Sue Gordon," Mendez explained. "The fact that Dan Coats went into a meeting and said 'Sue, you've got to resign' and that she did, truncating a career that clearly hadn't reached its zenith."

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