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Pastor confirms his ‘beautiful, special’ 14-year-old daughter was killed in Texas church shooting

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Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX confirmed on Sunday afternoon that his 14-year-old daughter was among the more than 25 people killed in Sunday morning’s shooting rampage.

WSB-TV reported that Pomeroy called his daughter “a beautiful, special child.”

At least 25 people are dead and as many injured after a gunman entered First Baptist Church on Sunday morning and opened fire with what is believed to be a semi-automatic weapon.

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Gunfire erupted at around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday and only lasted for about 15 seconds, witnesses said.

The gunman was killed after a chase by police, who have so far not released the killer’s name.

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Indicted Giuliani associate Parnas claims Trump ordered a ‘secret mission’

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Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who helped the former New York mayor hunt for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine, allegedly claimed that President Donald Trump personally tasked him with a “secret mission” to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden at a White House party.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were indicted last month on charges alleging that they funneled foreign cash into U.S. elections, including a $325,000 contribution to a pro-Trump super PAC, appeared in a photo taken alongside Giuliani, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House Hanukkah party last year.

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Trump’s still pushing the bogus CrowdStrike conspiracy theory: But why and where did it come from?

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Last week, the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee shoehorned into the permanent record of the impeachment inquiry a conspiracy theory about the “real” attackers against the 2016 election. This defiant linkage to agitprop of dubious origin was yet another chapter in the GOP’s hopeless descent into complete make-believe.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Before we dig into the madness, there’s a history here that needs to be underscored, since the Republican appetite for crapola didn’t quite begin with Donald Trump.

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Mike Pence is trying to distance himself from Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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Vice President Mike Pence does not want you to think he’s at all wrapped up in the Ukraine scandal.

His press secretary, Katie Waldman, sent out an email blast Monday night to reporters ahead of the impeachment inquiry testimony of Jennifer Williams, another Pence aide. Waldman wanted to alert reporters to key points in the testimony:

Ahead of Pence aide Williams testifying tomorrow, VP press sec sends out blast email aiming to highlight other parts of previous testimony that affirm what Pence folks have said about Zelensky: pic.twitter.com/P9fhQpGnZT

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