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‘Heartbreaking’: Florida shooting survivor explains why she took down Fox News’ Tomi Lahren

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Carly Novell told CNN’s Don Lemon that she doesn’t know how to feel because the school shooting she experienced in Parkland, Florida wasn’t “normal” and “it shouldn’t be normal.”

Novell is one of the students who snapped back at right-wing commentators who tried to say the shooting wasn’t about guns.

“A gun has killed 17 of my fellow classmates,” Novell wrote to Tomi Lahren. “A gun has traumatized my friends. My entire school, traumatized from this tragedy. This could have been prevented. Please stfu tomi.”

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She told Lemon that Lahren seems to be a person who frequently tries to get a rise out of people and acknowledged that clearly it worked in her case.

“The worst comes out and you see who the real opportunists are,” Lemon told Novell. “Obviously it was to promote her career or social media or whatever. She decided to say something controversial without thinking something stupid.”

Novell confessed that while they were hiding in a closet from the gunman they were all talking about gun control and the need for gun safety.

Merri Novell, Carly’s mother, is the daughter of a man who hid from America’s first mass shooting 70 years ago. She noted that nothing has changed.

“I think most importantly we have to look at the bigger picture,” she said. “This keeps happening over and over again. It started all the way back in 1949. Nothing has really changed because the gun laws haven’t changed. And these people might be mentally ill, but they still have a gun in their hand and that’s what’s killing the people.”

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Merri confessed that as a child she would practice hiding, fearful of what might happen to her. She noted she was in the Ft. Lauderdale airport when another shooting broke out and she began searching for places to hide. With that shooting and the Parkland shooting, it means every generation Merri Novell’s family has experienced a mass shooting.

Carly confessed “this will be a life changing experience.” She said she went to school on Valentine’s Day “and then it was the worst day ever. There’s no other way to put it. And now, my whole life is different. This whole town is different.”

Watch the full interview below:

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FBI official facing criminal investigation for allegedly altering surveillance document in Russia probe: report

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On Thursday, CNN reported that John Durham, the U.S. Attorney tasked by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the 2016 Russia probe, has opened a criminal investigation into an FBI official accused of altering a document pertaining to the original surveillance efforts.

It is unclear how the document was altered, or whether it played any significance in the FBI's efforts to obtain warrants to surveil members of the Donald Trump's presidential campaign, including adviser Carter Page.

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Fiona Hill’s attorney rips the administration: Trump ‘co-opted’ US foreign policy for his own ends

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," National Security Council official Fiona Hill's attorney, Ambassador Lee Wolosky, broke down the implications of his client's testimony.

"The phrase that she used to describe [E.U. Ambassador Gordon] Sondland's mission, a 'domestic political errand,' a lot of people have said that was a big takeaway from today, that sort of encapsulated what was going on here," said Cooper. "Does she agree?"

"Well, yeah," said Wolosky. "As she testified to, I think that what she began to notice is that, in fact, this really wasn't an irregular or shadow foreign policy effort, as some people have called it. It was actually domestic politics. She was doing national security, as were others, and foreign policy, and Sondland and Giuliani were taking steps to advance the political interests of the president. And I think that what she crystallized is how pernicious it can be when our national security and when our foreign policy decision making is basically co-opted or held hostage to the individual political interests of one individual."

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Lev Parnas was ‘at the table’ when Giuliani pressured Ukraine for Biden dirt during Madrid meeting

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The Daily Beast published a bombshell report on Thursday evening that put indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas in the room when the former NYC mayor pressured the Ukraine for political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's family.

"When Rudy Giuliani met with a senior Ukrainian official in Madrid earlier this year and urged him to investigate the Bidens, Lev Parnas was at the table, according to Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian official. Parnas’ presence at the meeting, which has not been previously reported, indicates that he may have significant visibility into Giuliani’s efforts to pressure Kyiv to investigate a company linked to one of President Donald Trump’s political rivals," The Beast reported. "That pressure campaign is a central focus of congressional Democrats’ impeachment inquiry."

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