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Chaos at airports as TSA workers calling out sick en masse as they go without pay during shutdown

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TSA employees forced to work without pay during Donald Trump’s border wall government shutdown have begun calling out sick in large numbers in major airports.

“This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect,” the president of the TSA’s national union, Hydrick Thomas, told CNN.

According to Thomas, over 170 TSA employees have called out sick each day this week at New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport. To cover, morning shift officers “were required to work extra hours to cover the gaps” — without pay.

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Another TSA official told the network that at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, employee call outs increased between 200 and 300 percent.

“Union officials stress that the absences are not part of an organized action,” CNN reported, “but believe the number of people calling out will likely increase.”

As the shutdown continues, TSA officials expect the call outs to increase.

“This problem of call outs is really going to explode over the next week or two when employees miss their first paycheck,” a DFW airport union official told CNN. “TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money. That means calling out to work other jobs.”

You can read more about the shutdown’s effect on TSA below and via CNN.

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Trump declares it was a ‘great day for the GOP’ — and is mercilessly ridiculed for his absurd claim

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President Donald Trump responded to the end of the day's impeachment hearings by saying that it was a great day for the Republican Party and for the United States. There were many people who disagreed, however.

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Every person who testified before Congress has said that Trump's obsession with Joe Biden was concerning enough to alert others. Even National Security Council aide Tim Morrison stressed that he didn’t believe there was anything inappropriate about the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But when Rep. Val Demmings (D-FL) asked him why then he felt the need to report it if there was nothing wrong, Morrison struggled to find an answer.

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Four shootings in Philly — in 20-minutes — leave one dead and five wounded

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Police in Philadelphia are spending Monday evening responding to multiple shootings.

"Police are investigating four separate shootings that left one man dead as gunfire erupted across Philadelphia Tuesday night," CBS Philly reports.

One man was killed and two wounded in a triple shooting in the Logan section.

Another man was shot four times in East Mount Airy.

A man is in stable condition after being shot in the chest in Kingsessing.

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CNN legal analyst flattens Rick Santorum for ridiculous impeachment defense of Trump

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Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum was shut down on CNN for his latest defense of President Donald Trump.

Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.

"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."

"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"

Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.

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