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WATCH: Air Force general in charge of troops at the border wrecks Trump’s national emergency justification

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The Air Force general tasked with overseeing troops at the U.S.-Mexico border inadvertently ruined Donald Trump’s justification for a national emergency Tuesday — and revealed the largest threat to American security in the process.

As Defense One reporter Patrick Tucker pointed out on Twitter, Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told Congress Tuesday that Russia is the main threat facing the U.S.

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During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, O’Shaughnessy didn’t mention Mexico, caravans or drugs when asked what the biggest threat to the U.S. is, Tucker reported.

Russia, however, is “something we need to have a sense of urgency on,” the four-star general told the Senate panel.

During his opening statements, O’Shaughnessy admitted that “the threats to our nation from our southern border are not military in nature,” adding that they are nonetheless “significant and deadly.”

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After initially claiming that “a secure border will reduce the threats to the homeland” in response to questions from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the general punted on questions about Trump’s national emergency.

“You’re saying, in effect, I don’t mean to be disrespectful, that there’s a national emergency because the president has said there’s a national emergency,” Blumenthal asked.

O’Shaughnessy responded by noting that the senators would have to consult with Homeland Security for the “characterization of the threat.”

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Appointed to lead operations at the southern border last fall, O’Shaughnessy has warned about Russia before.

Earlier this month, he publicly claimed that the U.S. and Canada need to step up monitoring Russia’s military maneuvers in the Arctic.

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You can watch him deliver the remarks below:


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Lincoln Project’s new ad brutally smacks GOP cowardice

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The Lincoln Project released a new ad comparing the courage of Black protesters with the cowardice of Republican senators.

The new campaign ad shows Black Lives Matter protesters carrying signs peacefully walk past a group of armed white men during a demonstration last month in rural Crown Point, Indiana -- and contrasts their bravery to GOP senators scurrying past reporters seeking comment about President Donald Trump's conduct.

"Vote for courage," the ad says.

Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen explains that Republican lawmakers have the authority to hold Trump accountable, but they refuse to do so.

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Joe Biden to air first general-election TV ads in Texas as polls show increasingly close race against President Donald Trump

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Joe Biden is launching his first general-election TV ads in Texas as a growing number of polls show a close presidential race here.

As part of a four-state ad buy that Biden's campaign is announcing Tuesday, the presumptive Democratic nominee is going up with a 60-second spot in Texas that addresses the increasingly dire coronavirus situation here.

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Restaurant owner kicks out ‘crazy’ Trump supporter who flashed a gun at employee who asked him to wear a mask

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A supporter of President Donald Trump was recently kicked out of a barbecue joint in Kansas after he flashed a gun at an employee who asked him to wear a face mask.

The Kansas City Star reports that a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat walked into the RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission, Kansas last week without wearing a face mask.

When he was asked to wear one by worker Arlo Kinsey, he said that he had an "exemption" to Kansas's statewide mask order -- after which he pulled up his shirt and revealed he was carrying a holstered gun.

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