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WATCH: Local CA news anchor debunks Trump’s lie that the state is to blame for fires

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As fires continue to rage in California, President Trump is attacking the state’s governor Gavin Newsom for doing a “terrible job of forest management.”

“I told him from the first day we met that he must ‘clean’ his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him,” Trump tweeted this Sunday. “Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers…..”

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“Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help,” Trump added. “No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states…”

But in a segment for Southern California local news outlet KTLA5, reporter Eric Spillman debunked Trump’s claims that the state’s alleged “poor forest management” is to blame for its fires.

As Spillman points out, fire prevention experts say “most of California’s recent fires did not start or even burn at all in forests.”

“Also many of the big fires last week were caused by malfunctions involving electrical equipment,” Spillman continued.

Closing out the segment, Spillman mentioned that although Trump blames Newsom for “mismanaging forests, most of the forests in California are on federal land.”

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“In other words, they’re not under state control,” Spillman said.

Watch the segment below:

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US indicts ‘Evil Corp’ hackers with alleged Russian intelligence ties

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A Lamborghini-driving Moscow hacker who called his operation Evil Corp and has ties to the FSB Russian intelligence service was indicted by US authorities Thursday for the cybertheft of tens of millions of dollars.

An indictment unsealed in Pittsburgh named Maksim Yakubets and his Evil Corp partner Igor Turashev as the main figures in a group which inserted malware on computers in dozens of countries to steal more than $100 million from companies and local authorities.

The indictment was accompanied by sanctions from the US Treasury on the two men, as well as the announcement of a $5 million reward toward Yakubets' arrest and conviction -- the highest reward ever offered for a cybercriminal.

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‘You’re a damn liar’: Joe Biden goes off on Iowa voter for attacking his son’s work in Ukraine

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As House Democrats move closer to indicting President Donald Trump on articles of impeachment, many Trump supporters continue to insist that Trump did nothing wrong when, on July 25, he tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Moreover, some impeachment critics still claim that an investigation of the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine is warranted. The Bidens’ connection to Ukraine was brought up this week by a man at a Joe Biden campaign event in Iowa — and the former vice president and U.S. senator from Delaware wasted no time calling him out.

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Ukrainians aren’t happy about Rudy Giuliani’s surprise visit to ‘destroy’ Dems’ impeachment efforts: report

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President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, made a surprise visit to Ukraine's capital this week with his "shady band of conspiracy theorists," BuzzFeed News reports, and people are not happy about his arrival.

Giuliani's visit comes as Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky prepares to enter into peace talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin and as Ukrainians looks to distance themselves from the fact that their country is a key factor in the impeachment proceedings playing out in D.C. As BuzzFeed News points out, Giuliani is in the country to do research for a pro-Trump documentary that aims to "destroy" the Democrats' impeachment effort.

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