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Federal Highway Admin spokesman busted for making jokes about Sandy Hook victims and ‘aborting’ Democrats

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On Thursday Politico uncovered offensive tweets from Federal Highway Director and adjunct professor, Doug Hecox, about a range of topics from a school shooting to abortions.

In 2016 he tweeted, “More Republicans would support abortion if they realized how many Democrats it prevents.”

“The Twitter account was made private shortly before Politico inquired about Hecox’s tweets. Hecox, who according to his LinkedIn profile has been with the agency since 2004, did not respond to a request for comment,” the report said.

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Hecox’s works as an adjunct professor of journalism at American University. He has tweeted and made light of multiple mass shootings.

“In 2012, on the day 20 children were killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, Hecox tweeted: ‘The realist in me thinks the Newtown shooting is a tragedy, but the optimist in me thinks it is a good lesson in subtraction.’ Newtown was also the subject of several other tweets Hecox posted that day,” the report said.

He also tweeted about the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting. Even though his page was made private, Politico was able to screenshot a photo of his tweets.

The agency he works for said that his tweets “do not represent the positions held by the agency.”

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“We do not condone the insensitive posts from the individual’s Twitter account,” A spokesperson American University said.

“This person thought it was a good idea to mock gun violence victims on the worst day of their family members’ lives. It isn’t funny, it isn’t appropriate, and in fact, it’s incredibly offensive and shouldn’t be acceptable in our culture,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sens told Politico.

Read the full report here.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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