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GOPer Lee says lawmakers weren’t aware of multiple embassy threats until Trump blurted it at rally: ‘That was news to me’

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In his interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said Donald Trump administration never gave any indication that four embassies had been targetted for terrorist attacks prior to the killing of Iranian military official Qassem Suelimani and it was “news to me” when the president made that claim during a campaign rally.

Appearing on “State of the Union,” Lee was asked about the embassy claim by the CNN host.

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“Did they say anything about four U.S. embassies were going to be targetted by Suelimani and his forces as Trump as said he believed on Friday?” Tapper asked.

“I didn’t hear anything about that and several colleagues of mine have said the same, ” Lee responded. “That was news to me. It certainly wasn’t something that raised in the classified briefing.”

Host Tapper pointed out that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted he had told members about the embassy attacks.

“I’m not sure what he was trying to say there,” Lee said after watching a clip of Pompeo. “I don’t recall being told, ‘look, there were four embassies,’ but there was a mention of at least one embassy in that briefing because there had been an attack on one of our embassies in the days leading up to Suelimani’s killing.”

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Trump’s attack on Sotomayor and Ginsburg backfires as people point out conservative justices’ conflicts of interest

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This Monday, President Trump attacked liberal Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Ruth Bader and demanded that they recuse themselves from any cases that involve him.

“‘Sotomayor accuses GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump,’” Trump tweeted while citing Laura Ingraham of Fox News. “This is a terrible thing to say. Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting her way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a ‘faker’. Both should recuse themselves on all Trump, or Trump related, matters!”

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If Bloomberg is so rich, why does he steal workers’ wages?

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Michael Bloomberg has been pummeled over the treatment of women at his media and data company. Yet that is not the only blemish on the employment record of Bloomberg L.P. The company also has a serious problem with wage theft.

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Tennessee Christians are replacing health insurance with ‘sharing ministries’ that require people to live Godly lives: report

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On Tuesday, Brett Kelman of The Tennessean wrote about a spike in the uninsured rate in Tennessee — driven in part by 31,000 Christians in the state foregoing health insurance in favor of church-backed "sharing ministries."

These ministries are pitched as alternatives to medical coverage, but they are not health insurance at all — rather, they are better described as religious crowdfunding ventures where fellow congregants may cover your medical bills. But the key word is may. According to Kelman, "these groups don't actually guarantee any payment, and if you break their rules by smoking pot or having unmarried sex, you are on your own."

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