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Ex-State Dept IG told 3 Pompeo aides he was investigating their boss before he was fired: report

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On Wednesday, NBC News’ Josh Lederman reported that fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick told Congress he had notified three top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he had opened an investigation into the secretary and his wife, centering on their use of government resources — prior to being ousted.

This testimony is at odds with Pompeo’s claim that he had no idea Linick was investigating that issue — as it suggests that several people in his inner circle did know about it.

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Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech is remarkably similar to monologues from Fox News host Tucker Carlson

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Axios captured some of the key quotes from President Donald Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore on Saturday and compared it to the monologues from Fox News host Tucker Carlson over the past week.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump's team dealt with at least three cases of plagiarism, including the most egregious, the Republican National Convention speech given by Melania Trump, which quoted word-for-word first lady Michelle Obama's speech. While the weekend speech wasn't quite as bad as that, it certainly borrowed some themes from Carlson.

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‘Kill ’em’: Texas GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left governor a voicemail demanding Guard ‘shoot to kill’ protesters

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In the days after George Floyd's killing in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas and other states, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Gov. Greg Abbott's chief of staff to pass along a message.

"I want you to give a message to the governor," Hotze told Abbott's chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. "I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill 'em. Thank you."

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County Republican Party votes to censure Texas governor Greg Abbott over failed response to coronavirus

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The Ector County Republican Party voted Saturday to censure Gov. Greg Abbott, accusing him of overstepping his authority in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, while state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, called for a special session so lawmakers could have a say in how Texas proceeds amid soaring caseloads.

The party executive committee in Ector County, home to Odessa, passed the censure resolution 10-1, with one abstention and three voting members who were not present, according to the chairperson, Tisha Crow. She said she was among those who supported the resolution, which accuses Abbott of violating five party principles related to his exercise of executive power during the pandemic.

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