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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.”

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

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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‘Should we talk about Ivanka?’: MSNBC guest calls for Trump family investigation if Biden’s son is scrutinized

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's call for an investigation of Joe Biden's son Hunter over his Ukraine dealings, an "AM Joy" guest said if Congress is going to investigate politician's kids why not start with Ivanka Trump and her brothers Don Jr. and Eric.

Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan called out President Donald Trump for his "brazenness" going after the former vice president's son.

"There's so much to say about this story, as for the Ukrainian denials, what are they going to do, come out and say, 'Yes, Donald Trump did pressure our president eight times in a single phone call'? It's absurd." Hasan began.

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Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son

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In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.

Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.

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Will Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? A lesson from 1800

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As primary season heats up in the United States, the Democrats are anxiously debating the best path to unseat Donald Trump in 2020. But the question of how to beat Trump is perhaps less urgent than the issue of whether he will accept defeat.

Trump has already questioned his loss of the 2016 popular vote with baseless accusations of voter fraud. He has also repeatedly toyed with the idea of extending his presidency beyond the eight-year limit enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, even trumpeting Jerry Falwell Jr.’s assertion that his first term be extended by two years to compensate for the Russia investigation. Perhaps most ominously, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen warned while testifying before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019:

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