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Mom Says Daughter Humiliated Santa Fe Shooter Just Prior to Her Murder

    The mother of a girl killed Friday in the Santa Fe High School mass shooting says her daughter rejected the boy charged with multiple counts of capital murder. Shana Fisher had become an object of affection for 17-year-old Dirk Douchebag (not his real name), according to her mom Sadie Rodriquez, who told the AP: “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no. … He continued to get more aggressive ...
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Santa Fe High School had a shooting plan, armed officers and practice. Ten people still died.

SANTA FE — They, like so many others, thought they had taken the steps to avoid this. The school district had an active-shooter plan, and two armed police officers walked the halls of the high school. School district leaders had even agreed last fall to eventually arm teachers and staff under the state’s school marshal program, one of the country’s most aggressive and controversial policies intended to get more guns into classrooms. They thought they were ...
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President Trump Provides Some Early Morning Insights On Mueller’s Russia Probe

Caricature by DonkeyHotey flic.kr/p/Ct4G4K https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Perhaps the only saving grace of Twitter is that it allows for people using it to say things unfiltered. It has been a boon for bloggers, like me, and today is no exception. This morning, President Trump let fly on the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller. Sad to say, it is much more right than wrong. Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked ...
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Holy Moly! Saudi Arabia and the UAE Are Not Our Friends Either But Mueller Is On the Job

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting with leaders at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump will use the nation that is home to Islam’s holiest site as a backdrop to call for Muslim unity in the fight against terrorism Sunday, as he works to build relationships with Arab ...
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said fewer doors could mean fewer school shootings. Here's what experts think.

The prompt for the latest skirmish in the never-ending war of words in one of the country’s most intractable debates came just hours after a shooter had killed 10 people at a Texas high school. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, an evangelical Christian and Republican former radio talk-show host who has been a strong proponent of expanding gun liberties in the state, spoke with a cadre of officials on Friday, pointing out that though Santa Fe High School ...
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After Santa Fe shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott sees a West Texas mental health program as a statewide model

A Lubbock-based program seeing success helping prevent at-risk students from committing violent acts is getting more attention after Gov. Greg Abbott touted it as a potential statewide model to reduce school shootings the day after a student allegedly shot 10 people to death at his a southeast Texas high school. The Telemedicine Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral Project at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center works to identify junior high and high school students ...
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Students describe terror inside Santa Fe High School during deadly shooting

SANTA FE — A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol went on a rampage Friday morning at his school here outside Houston, killing 10 people — mostly students — before surrendering to the officers who confronted him, officials said. Ten others were wounded, including a school resource officer who was left in critical condition. Santa Fe High School became the latest scene of carnage in what has become a national epidemic of mass shootings. For the second time ...
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A Culture Of Fame And School Shootings: The Copycats

There’s a biblical proverb that capitalists debate all the time: “The love of money is the root of all evil.” People use the expression to decry wealth and smear people who have amassed it, fairly or not. But the expression isn’t really about money. The important word is “love”. The focus on wealth, the intractable lust for it that causes people to behave reprehensibly, is the problem. Not the object of their desire. And I ...
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Breaking: Active Shooter Near Graduation Ceremony in Georgia

10:52 EDT Update: Shooting did not take place at a school ceremony. Updates are still coming in. A graduation ceremony at Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County, GA was disrupted by gunfire Friday night. #BREAKING Multiple shot at Mount Zion High School in Georgia, US, at graduation night, local media reports citing police pic.twitter.com/rnJlyA1aGS — CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) May 19, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js   The post Breaking: Active Shooter Near Graduation Ceremony in Georgia appeared first ...
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Texas runoff between Laura Moser and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher a pivotal moment for national Democrats

HOUSTON — Houston Democratic players are now calling what was once the wildest Democratic primary in the state a word not spoken often in Texas politics: boring.  But even as local political junkies are tiring of the national drama surrounding the 7th Congressional District's Democratic primary in west Houston featuring attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and activist Laura Moser, what happens here Tuesday night will have outsized implications for national Democrats' optimism and tactics in their ...
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A familiar tragedy sparks a familiar debate as Texas politicians react to school shooting

In the hours after a deadly shooting at a southeast Texas high school left at least 10 dead and 10 more wounded, a familiar debate began to emerge — pitting the state’s top Republican leaders against some of the Democrats vying to take their spots in this year’s elections. As U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, along with many of the state’s other Republican political leaders, sent his “thoughts and prayers” to the families of those injured and ...
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Will Democrats pick a Sam Johnson to vie to replace U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson?

PLANO – Since 1991, U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson has represented a section of Texas north of Dallas. The 87-year-old Vietnam War veteran last year announced his plans to retire. In Tuesday's primary runoffs, one of the names on the Democratic ballot will be Sam Johnson — but it's not the same Sam Johnson. The 35-year-old lawyer has no relation to the Republican congressman.  The quirk of Johnson's candidacy has drawn attention to the Democratic race in Texas' 3rd ...
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