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At least 30 people have been arrested on suspicion of mass shooting plots since El Paso and Dayton: report

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On Thursday, CNN’s Rosa Flores reported that more than 30 people have been arrested on suspicion of planning mass shootings since the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The suspects are all over the country, and range from high school students to white nationalists.

“A 37-year-old California man arrested today after allegedly planning to shoot employees and guests at a Marriott hotel where he worked,” said Flores. “A 15-year-old arrested in Florida accused of threatening to commit mass murder at his high school … And a self-described white nationalist pleading not guilty to charges of online harassment and aggravated menacing after allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown, Ohio Jewish community center.”

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“In the days and weeks following the two latest deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, more than two dozen arrests have been made across the U.S. as plots to commit mass murder have been foiled,” continued Flores. “In at least nine separate incidents, police say the intended targets were schools. At least five cases involved Walmart stores. Others targeted places of worship, the general public, and one called for a genocide of Latinos. Of the more than two dozen threats this month alone, at least six were allegedly set to take place in Florida. This Florida teen’s mother says her son was just joking around.”

“He’s 15,” sobbed the mother in a clip. “He’s still a little boy and he’s not one of the crazy people out there doing stuff … he shouldn’t be treated as though he is a terrorist or something because he made a silly statement on a stupid video game.”

“From coast to coast dozens of suspects, dozens of tipsters turning them in and police taking no chances,” said Flores. “And if you’re wondering what has changed, why so many arrests, why so many foiled plots, well, after the latest two shootings, CNN learned from law enforcement sources that FBI Director Christopher Wray asked all of the FBI officers around the country to conduct threat assessments to prevent mass shootings … it appears to be working.”

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer astonished by Yovanovich’s ‘devastating’ testimony — and Trump’s unhinged response

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday expressed astonishment at the testimony of former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich after she talked at length about being subjected to a smear campaign by President Donald Trump's allies.

"What a devastating bit of news we have just been hearing," Blitzer said. "Truly powerful statement by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, speaking emotionally but very, very specifically about the accusations... about inappropriate behavior not only by the president of the united states, but by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr., and these two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have both been indicted by the Southern District of New York."

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‘Follow the money’: CNN’s Camerota connects the dots between Trump’s corrupt cronies and his firing of Marie Yovanovitch

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CNN’s Don Lemon lists all the facts in Trump’s Ukraine scandal one must ignore to buy the GOP defense

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CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday listed all of the evidence one would have to ignore to believe the Republican defense of President Donald Trump.

The CNN anchor listed the "transcript of the president's infamous July 25th Ukraine call" as one piece of evidence that would have to be ignored.

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