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Police hint at motive in Texas church shooting: ‘Nothing racial or religious’ — there was a domestic dispute

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Devin Patrick Kelley, the deceased gunman who fatally shot 26 people at the at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, this weekend, was not motivated by either racial or religious prejudice, police said on Monday.

Instead, police hinted that the shooting was motivated by a domestic dispute, while noting that Kelley’s mother-in-law attended the church. Police also said that they found that Kelley had recently sent “threatening” text messages to his mother-in-law.

Authorities said that they are not treating the mass shooting as a terrorism investigation.

On Sunday, it was revealed that Kelley had been discharged from the Air Force over accusations of domestic violence against his wife and child that were first leveled in 2012.

Additionally, police said that Kelley was not licensed to carry any weapons in Texas, although they also said they were not yet sure if his discharge from the Air Force precluded him from owning firearms. They said that they found four guns on Kelley — two of which were purchased in Texas, two of which were purchased out of state.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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