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Retired general lays into ex-GOP rep Sean Duffy for ‘disgusting’ attack on war hero colonel testifying against Trump

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) attacked National Security Council official and decorated Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, suggesting that “has an affinity for the Ukraine” because he was born there, and is therefore more loyal to that country than to the United States.

Retired Gen. Mark Hertling excoriated Duffy on Twitter for questioning Vindman’s patriotism:

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Vindman, who is slated to testify to House Democrats in the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, has stated that he was privy to President Donald Trump’s apparent scheme to use military aid to extort Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, and that he reported the matter to a superior.


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Mitch McConnell is packing the courts with rightwing extremists while everyone is distracted by Trump’s impeachment

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According to a report at the Daily Beast, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been keeping his head down and staying out of the impeachment of Donald Trump as he works frantically to pack the courts with rightwing extremists -- many of whom will sit on the bench despite unqualified ratings.

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No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

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The most serious nationwide strike to hit France in years caused new weekend travel turmoil on Saturday, with unions warning the walkouts would last well into next week.

The challenge thrown to President Emmanuel Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.

The strikes, which began on Thursday, have recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of huge stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government.

Unions have vowed a second series of mass demonstrations nationwide on Tuesday after big rallies on Thursday and there is expected to be little easing of the transport freezes over the coming days.

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PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

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California's Pacific Gas and Electric will pay $13.5 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in a series of wildfires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes, the utility giant said Friday.

Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead.

Outdated facilities including vulnerable wooden poles and failure to deforest land surrounding high-voltage transmission lines were blamed for the inferno, prompting accusations the San Francisco-based firm had put profit before safety.

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