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House panel to probe Air Force failure to tell FBI of Texas shooter’s record

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The head of the House Armed Services Committee said on Tuesday his panel would investigate the U.S. Air Force’s failure to notify the FBI of Texas shooter Devin Kelley’s criminal record, a lapse that let him buy the gun used in his deadly rampage.

While applauding the Air Force’s decision to launch a probe of the matter, Representative Mac Thornberry said in a statement he didn’t “believe that the Air Force should be left to self-police after such tragic consequences.” Kelley killed 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday.

Thornberry, a Texas representative, said he was concerned the Air Force “failure to properly report domestic violence convictions may be a systemic issue” and that his panel would begin its own “comprehensive oversight” on the lapses.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Trump is ‘devoted to racial arson’ — and that’s why he took ‘a massive dump on the American dream’: Rick Wilson

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Republican strategist Rick Wilson has penned a scathing column for the Daily Beast in which he dismantles President Donald Trump for telling four Democratic women of color to "go back" to their countries of origin, even though three of them were born in the United States.

Wilson begins his column by arguing that Trump has shown what happens when someone who is "devoted to political and racial arson" and is "beyond shame, reason, and dignity" gets elected to the most powerful office in the United States.

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Beijing rebuffs Trump claims over economic slowdown

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China on Tuesday rejected claims from US President Donald Trump that it is being forced to make a trade deal because of its slowing economy, as the two sides prepare for more talks.

Beijing and Washington have been locked in a stormy trade war that has seen them hit each other with tariffs covering more than $360 billion in two-way trade.

On Monday, China published data showing its quarterly growth had slipped to 6.2 percent -- the slowest in nearly 30 years.

After the publication of the trade figures, Trump tweeted: "This is why China wants to make a deal... with the U.S., and wishes it had not broken the original deal in the first place."

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WATCH: CBS News begins referring to Trump’s tweets as ‘racist’ after Dem congresswomen hold presser

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CBS Evening News host Norah O'Donnell on Monday began referring to President Donald Trump's tweets as "racist" after four progressive Democratic women lashed out at the president in a press conference.

While speaking to reporters on Monday, Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI) fired back at the president because he suggested that they should "go back" to their country of origin.

Following the press conference, O'Donnell's report on the CBS Evening News referred to the tweets as "racist."

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