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Texas church killer had previously escaped a mental institution — and was still able to buy guns anyway

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It turns out there were even more red flags surrounding Texas church killer Devin Kelley than have been previously reported.

Local news station WFAA has obtained a police report showing that Kelley — who on Sunday gunned down 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas — actually escaped from a mental institution in 2012, and also threatened his Air Force chain of command even as he faced discipline for alleged domestic abuse.

Police in El Paso, Texas, arrested Kelley in June 2012 shortly after he escaped from the Peak Behavioral Health Services in the nearby city of Santa Teresa, New Mexico. According to the police report, Kelley at the time “suffered from mental disorders and had plans to run” out of the state after his escape from the mental institution.

The report also described Kelley as “a danger to himself and others,” while noting that there was reason to believe he would try to make good on threats he’d made against fellow Air Force officers.

Despite this, Kelley was able to buy at least four guns over the past three years. The Air Force admitted on Monday that it had made a mistake by failing to report Kelley’s criminal history, which let him pass through background checks.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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