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Florida mayor shoots at SWAT team while being arrested for dealing drugs: ‘He’s lucky he isn’t dead’

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A Florida mayor charged with illegally practicing medicine shot at police when they came to arrest him early Thursday morning.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad was being served a warrant by a SWAT team at his home around 4:40 AM on Thursday when two shots were fired from within the house. Officers, the report noted, did not return fire.

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“He’s lucky he’s not dead,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a press conference following the incident. The sheriff added that the mayor “may face multiple charges of attempted homicide on law enforcement officers,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Tampa’s WTSP news station reported that during the press conference, Nocco accused the mayor of being a “known drug user” and dealer.

“He was a drug dealer,” the sheriff said. “He had drugs in his house.”

Sheriff Nocco also added that he brought out the SWAT team because “we knew it was going to be a very dangerous situation.”

Massad’s mayorship was controversy-ridden even before he fired at the sheriff’s deputies.

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As USA Today reported when the ex-councilman won Port Richey’s nonpartisan special mayoral election in 2015, Massad was accused of sexually assaulting an ex-girlfriend in 2008 and also owned a handgun that was stolen from his truck and used in a 2009 suicide.

In August 2018, Massad was arrested and jailed for domestic battery charges against his longtime girlfriend Caj Joseph, who was also arrested on battery charges against him.

 

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

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Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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