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Ohio woman who exchanged letters with Dylann Roof charged in bomb plot

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An Ohio woman who corresponded with Charleston, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof was charged on Monday with planning to bomb a Toledo, Ohio, bar, prosecutors said.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was accused of purchasing gunpowder and screws that the FBI said she intended to use in an “upscale mass murder” at the bar, U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement.

Lecron came to the attention of police this year after an associate expressed a desire to conduct an attack. Investigators found a number of social media posts by Lecron glorifying mass murderers, including Roof and the Columbine High School shooters.

She visited Columbine High School this year and exchanged letters with Roof, attempting to send Nazi literature to the avowed white supremacist, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Roof was sentenced to death for the 2015 killing of nine worshipers at an African-American church in Charleston.

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In discussions with undercover FBI agents, Lecron also talked about an attack to free farm animals, bombing a pipeline and attacking her workplace.

On Friday, she purchased two pounds (0.9 kg) of a muzzle-loading gunpowder and 665 screws at stores in Perrysburg, Ohio, after which police arrested her.

Separately, the Ohio U.S. attorney’s office on Monday announced the arrest of a 21-year-old man who allegedly planned to attack a Toledo-area synagogue.

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Damon Joseph was inspired by Robert Bowers, the man who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in October, according to a statement by the attorney’s office.

Joseph was charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State (ISIS).

He was arrested on Friday when he met an undercover agent to take possession of two AR-15 assault rifles that he believed the agent had purchased for the attack, a statement by Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

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Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; editing by Bill Tarrant and Bill Berkrot


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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) accused CBS host Margaret Brennan of unfairly bringing race into a discussion after President Donald Trump told four non-white Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.

In an interview on Face the Nation, Brennan asked Cheney if it was appropriate for Trump supporters to chant "send her back" at a rally in North Carolina last week.

"The news media wants to make this about race -- you just did it," Cheney told Brennan. "It’s not about race, gender, religion... As Republicans we will fight against those even if the mainstream media accuses us of racism when we do this."

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.

Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.

"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.

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White House spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp on Sunday insisted that President Donald Trump "stands with" people who chanted a racist slogan at his rally last week -- although she also claimed that he disagrees with the chant itself.

In an interview on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Schlapp why Trump let the racist "send her back" chant go on for 13 seconds after he attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

"He is not a racist," Schlapp said of the president. "He's a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community."

"You also saw him in that room in North Carolina -- 13 seconds as the crowd chanted 'send her back,'" Stephanopoulos pointed out. "It seems like you're at odds with the president, you had a different reaction to that chant."

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