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Santa Fe shooter’s parents say they are ‘confused’ and ask for privacy

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The parents of confessed Santa Fe school shooter Dimitrious Pagourtzis say they are “confused” by their son murdering 10 people at his Texas high school.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis was the son of Antonios Pagourtzis, 63, and Rose Maria Kosmetatos. The guns he used in the massacre were owned by his father.

Despite Pagourtzis’ apparent obsession with guns and Nazis, and his posting a custom-made “Born To Kill” t-shirt on his Facebook page, they say the family says it never saw this coming.

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“We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred,” they wrote in a statement issued off-camera. “We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy. While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love.”

The parents say they want to know what happened and although their son has reportedly confessed, they will not speak until the “investigation” is finished.

“We share the public’s hunger for answers as to why this happened, and will await the outcome of the investigation before speaking about these events,” they write. “We have been and will continue to cooperate with the authorities conducting the investigation, and ask for the public’s patience while it moves forward.”

The family says that they want privacy as the police investigate Dimitrios Pagourtzis’ affinity for guns, German nationalism, the NRA, Nazi music and custom t-shirts professing an affinity for killing people.

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“We ask the public to please extend privacy, both to the victims and to our own family, as all of us try process these events, and begin the healing process,” they write.


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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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