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Democrats to open investigation into Trump’s vicious attacks on CNN and Washington Post: report

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According to a senior Democratic lawmaker, the newly-empowered party — fresh off of taking the House in the midterm election — plans to open an investigation into President Donald Trump’s attacks on media outlets.

In an interview with Axios, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claimed that it is “very squarely within our responsibility to find out” if  Trump’s attacks targeting CNN and the Washington Post are an abuse of White House authority and power.

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According to the lawmaker, a Democratic-led panel plans to look into Trump’s demand that the U.S. Post Office double shipping rates for online retailer Amazon — also headed by Post owner Jeff Bezos.

“This appears to be an effort by the president to use the instruments of state power to punish Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post,” Schiff explained.

Schiff said his House Intelligence Committee will also examine Trump’s efforts to block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner to see if it is linked to his continuing battles with CNN — which is owned by Time Warner.

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Bill Barr has an army of over 132,000 federal law officers at his fingertips to snuff out protests: report

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In a deep dive into how Attorney General Bill Barr took control of policing earlier in the week at Lafayette Park so that Donald Trump could have a photo-op in front of historic St. John’s Church, Politico reports that the Justice Department has a veritable army of civilian law officers at the AG's disposal should he wish to quell any more protests.

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California mayor resigns after saying no ‘good person of color’ has ever been killed by police

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A southern California mayor resigned after making a racist statement about black Americans killed by police officers.

Temecula Mayor James Stewart apologized and tried to explain his statement in an email, in which he claimed he didn't “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer” locally, reported The Press-Enterprise.

“Unfortunately I did not take the time to proofread what was recorded," Stewart told the newspaper. "I absolutely did not say that. What I said is, and I don’t believe there has ever been a person of color murdered by police, on context to Temecula or Riverside County. I absolutely did not say ‘good.’ I have no idea how that popped up.”

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‘No president is a dictator’: John Kelly backs Mattis’s take on Trump — and says we need leaders with ‘ethics’

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President Donald Trump's former chief of staff on Friday spoke out in defense of former Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis's scathing assessment of President Donald Trump.

In an interview with former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Kelly said that "I agree" with what Mattis said about how dangerous it is for the president to propose using the American military against American citizens who are protesting against police brutality.

"The idea you would unleash American active duty folks unless it's an extreme situation... the troops hate it," Kelly said. "They don't see it as their jobs. They don't want to be used in that way."

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