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WATCH: CNN interviews ‘shaken up’ student in locked down classroom at Great Mills High School

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Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, called in to CNN on Tuesday while he was still in lockdown amid an early morning shooting.

Talking with CNN host John Berman, Freese described the situation he’d experienced as he sat in his math class at the high school.

“At first I heard that a couple of people got shot at about 7 [a.m.] or so,” he said. “One person is supposedly dead, what I’ve heard.”

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Freese, who said he was far away from the shooting when it occurred, said police were now going through the building room by room to ensure students’ safety and he said that “soon we are going to be escorted out of the school.”

Freese said that he has done active shooter drills at the schools “a couple of times,” though he still never expected anything like this to happen. He also praised police for their fast response to the shooting.

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Trump advisors futilely trying to get him to stop ranting about statues as his re-election prospects collapse: report

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According to a report focusing on Donald Trump's rally at Mt. Rushmore on the evening before the 4th of July, advisors to the president ate attempting to get him to start focusing on bread and butter issues that will get him re-elected instead of harping on statues being pulled down by protesters across the country.

As the Daily Beast report illustrates, their efforts appear to be futile based upon his Friday night speech.

With the president trying to fire up the crowd by insisting, “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders. They think the American people are weak, and soft, and submissive,” the Beast reported that Trump, "decided to focus heavily Friday evening on protesters and Black Lives Matter activists who want various American monuments, including those honoring Confederate, white-supremacist, and slave-owning figures of history, torn down and destroyed for good. "

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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.

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