Pompeo closes first trip to Africa with comments to steer Ethiopia’s leaders away from China’s influence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with business leaders in Africa to discuss China’s influence in the country. On Wednesday, he gave a speech to the UN Economic Commission in Addis Ababa, where he advised against input from China.

Pompeo added fuel to criticism from President Trump about China’s ability to send poor countries further into debt when funding infrastructure projects.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has continued working to limit China’s authority in Africa. Secretary Pompeo warned leaders that deals with China are often unstable.

“Not every nation doing business in Africa from outside the continent adapts the American model of partnership,” he explained. “Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises; they breed corruption, dependency…they don’t hire the local people, they don’t train, they don’t lead them.”

Pompeo did not officially announce any new projects, but told the group of leaders that the president loves to make deals.

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UN envoy promotes next steps in Libya peace plan

Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

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The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya recently advocated for the next steps to maintain the country’s fragile ceasefire. The comments by Ghassan Salame came as representatives of the country’s warring parties spoke with UN officials in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Salame, also the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, described the ongoing efforts built on three separate tracks of economic, military and political negotiations.

The UN-brokered Libyan peace process has continued to reach its goals despite ceasefire violations by both sides. This comes as the Italian and Russian foreign ministers intend to enforce and monitor an international arms embargo on Libya.

“I thank Russia for the diplomatic efforts they made to try to find, at least, a ceasefire in Libya,” stated Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. “And if we want to achieve the objective of a ceasefire in Libya — to stop this war which is not a civil war, but a proxy war — we have to stop the arrival of arms.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and his Italian counterpart Luigi di Maio, give a joint press conference, in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Libya has been embroiled in war since 2011, which has placed forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar in the West against the Tripoli-based government of the prime minister.

UPDATED: Libya’s Serraj says talk about resuming peace negotiations has been overtaken by events

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Appeals court blocks N.C. voter ID law for general elections, claim it’s discriminatory

File- This photo shows a NC Voter ID rules posted at the door of the voting station at the Alamance Fire Station in Greensboro, N.C. (Andrew Krech/News & Record via AP)

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A North Carolina appeals court has blocked a voter ID law, which was scheduled to take effect during this years general elections. A three judge panel unanimously made the decision Tuesday after claiming the law was enacted with discriminatory intent.

This comes amid an over years-long battle between Democrats and Republicans in the state to pass some form of voter ID laws. The state passed a more stringent voter ID bill in 2013, but it was shot down by the state’s courts due to similar concerns over discrimination.

The most recent law was passed by North Carolina voters in November 2018. The rule was blocked by a state court for the 2020 primary elections last July. At the time, however, it still had the green-light to be implemented during the generals.

Many left-wing activists have argued the rules would disproportionately target minority voters who may find it more difficult to to obtain state sanctioned forms of ID.

“Illegal voter ID bill; the latest bad faith attempt in a string of failed efforts by the North Carolina General Assembly to impede the right to vote of African Americans and Latinos in this state,” stated Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the North Carolina’s NAACP.

However, many Republicans have argued the laws are necessary to protect electoral integrity.

Republicans have also said the bill is considered lenient compared to how strict voter ID laws can be. This new legislation allows for exemptions, which makes it possible to obtain state sanctioned IDs for free and would allow people to fill out provisional ballots if they do not have a photo ID on them at the time they cast their vote.

State Republicans have not yet said whether they plan on challenging the ruling in court.

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Bloomberg campaign: Sanders main rival in primary race

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign event in Durham, N.C., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign said it sees Bernie Sanders as the main opponent in upcoming primaries.

In a statement Tuesday, the Bloomberg campaign claimed the former mayor now holds a strong second place in nationwide polling, while other Democrats are stagnant or declining.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during his campaign launch of “Mike for Black America,” at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Campaign officials said, only Bloomberg and Sanders are able to deliver a serious number of delegates on Super Tuesday.

A new poll from NPR, PBS and Marist suggested Sanders is supported by 31 percent of likely Democrat voters, while Bloomberg has 19 percent support.

The Bloomberg campaign also said Joe Biden continues to lose voter confidence after poor performance in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Sen. Ernst joins other republicans in endorsing bipartisan prescription drug prices bill

FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) became the latest Republican to sign on to a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. According to sources, Ernst announced her endorsement of the legislation Tuesday, which was drafted by fellow Iowan Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Ernst stated it is important to Iowa to have this bill addressed.

“At nearly every town hall or other stop I make on my 99 County Tour and even in discussions around the kitchen table with my family members who depend on life-saving medications, Iowans from every corner of the state have made it clear that they want to see Congress address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs,” stated the Iowa senator.

Ernst is among a number of Republicans facing a potentially tough re-election, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also supports the bill.

There are about 12 Republican senators who are currently in favor of the legislation.

While the White House supports the bill, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell admitted there are divisions over some provisions in the bill among the GOP and has declined to say when it will come up for a vote.

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President Trump has total confidence in AG William Barr

FILE – In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump turn to leave after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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President Trump said he has “total confidence” in Attorney General William Barr and his handling of the case against Roger Stone.

Talking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews Tuesday, the president acknowledged how his tweets about the case have made the Attorney General’s job harder.

However, President Trump added he felt “compelled to stick up for his people.”

He went on to point out Stone is facing a tough prison sentence for lying to the FBI, while many Democrats are getting away with doing the same thing.

“I think Roger Stone has been treated unfairly, I think General Flynn has been treated very unfairly, I think a lot of people have been treated very unfairly, I think the Mueller scam is just exactly what it’s what a lot of people are calling, because it was started illegally,” stated President Trump. “It was started by abuse, it was phony, it was a fake dossier.”

The president said Barr is a man of “great integrity” who can deliver justice in the toughest circumstances.

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Colo. priest accused of mismanaging funds

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A Catholic priest is accused of mismanaging millions of dollars at a church-affiliated school in Colorado. According to local reports, Father Andrew Kemberling is named in a lawsuit seeking restitution for the mismanaged funds.

The suit claimed Kemberling, who once ran the school at Saint Vincent de Paul church in Denver, allegedly caused the organization to lose more than $2 million. This includes raiding $250,000 in a fund, which was established to help pay for the education of a widowed teacher’s children.

An attorney for the plaintiffs in the case said the church has a questionable financial history.

“There is a lot of suspicious activity that’s happened here,” stated attorney Ian Hicks. “For example, the Archdiocese gave a loan to the parish with interest and that money went to benefit the Archdiocese itself.”

The former priest, along with the Archdiocese of Denver, are named in the lawsuit.

The Archdiocese said they have yet to receive notice of the impending litigation.

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7 killed, 11 injured as passenger vehicle explodes in southeast Colombia

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A vehicle exploded in southwest Colombia that killed at least seven people and injured 11. The explosion took place late Monday in the Cauca province located about 300 miles from the country’s capital.

The blast occurred while the car was traveling down a highway and caused passengers to be thrown from the vehicle. The explosion also forced two other cars off the road injuring everyone inside.

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Colombian Army Commander Gen. Jorge Isaacs Hoyos commented on the car explosion.

“This was no attack,” stated Gen. Hoyos. “This was a passenger vehicle moving from Pasto towards Cali, it was moving when it exploded.”

A local resident witnessed the explosion and said he was shocked to see the accident.

“We were stunned and we left as soon we could and we looked at the vehicles that were burning, people shouting, asking for help, some burning,” said the local man.

The current state of those injured still remains unknown.

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IDF foils Hamas phone hacking scheme against Israeli soldiers

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Israeli Intelligence thwarted a plot from Hamas after the group attempted to hack Israeli soldiers’ phones via social media.

On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted “hashtag catfish caught” on a photo of an attractive young woman, which IDF officials said is an example of a decoy Hamas used to lure soldiers.

The hacking scheme planned to get soldiers to start friendships with the women who had real social media profiles, but would eventually lead them to downloading apps containing malware.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said he now knows how clever the Hamas group has recently become.

“We see that the level of social engineering is much higher and much more advanced and sophisticated when compared to previous attempts done by Hamas,” stated Conricus. “We see that they’re of course learning and upping their game.”

A military official stated while dozens of phones were hacked, they do not believe any military intelligence was leaked as the scheme was detected early on.

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Mass. State Rep. David Nangle arrested on corruption charges

This Sept. 20, 2019, photo shows Massachusetts State Rep. David Nangle in Lowell, Mass. Federal officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that Nangle, a Democrat who represents parts of Chelmsford and Lowell, has been arrested and charged with using thousands of dollars in campaign cash to fund personal expenses. (The Lowell Sun via AP)

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A Democrat state lawmaker in Massachusetts is facing dozens of corruption charges. FBI and IRS agents arrested state Rep. David Nangle (D-Mass.) Tuesday at his home just north of Boston.

He’s accused of using over $70,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as golf club dues, gambling as well as hotel and restaurant charges.

Feb. 21, 2018, photo, Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The U.S. Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling accused Nangle of charging the personal expenses to his campaign committee’s debit card.

“Corruption can be easy and tempting for state level elected officials, but here, Rep. Nangle went beyond that,” stated Lelling. “This was not a momentary lapse of judgment or a technical foul, this was a systematic pattern of theft and fraud going aback to at least 2014.”

Nangle appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 28 charges, including bank fraud and making false statements. His bond has been set at $25,000 and he could face decades in prison if convicted.

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8 dead, dozens injured in Pakistan suicide bombing

Pakistani rescue workers and volunteers help to remove victims at the site of a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

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Pakistan’s prime minister has condemned a suicide bombing, which left at least eight people dead and more than two dozen injured. The attack happened Monday evening at a rally organized by a Sunni military group in the country’s southwest region.

Army soldiers and police commandos patrol the vicinity of Pindi Cricket Stadium where Bangladesh cricket team attending practice session in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Authorities said the suicide bomber had explosives strapped to his chest as security guards tried to stop him from entering the rally. The bomber was struggling to get away from the guards as he fell to the ground, which set off the bomb killing himself as well as the two guards.

According to recent sources, the attacker was riding on a motorcycle, but no one knew who the man was.

Officials fear the death toll could rise as many of the injured victims are in critical condition. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and the investigation is still underway.

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HHS Official: U.S. can’t confirm coronavirus is related to Chinese bioweapon research

In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, medical workers transfer a new coronavirus patient at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (Chinatopix via AP)

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A top Trump administration official recently shot down rumors suggesting the coronavirus is a Chinese bioweapon. While speaking to reporters at an event in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, the assistant secretary for health said they currently have no information to prove it is a manufactured virus.

Admiral Brett Giroir’s response came after members of Congress questioned the claim by China that the disease came from an animal at a market in Wuhan. The Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary went on to say health officials are trying to confirm that information amid work toward a cure.

“What we have done with our policies is we’ve bought time and time is really important,” he stated. “We have a very good diagnostic test devised by the CDC and you know there were some things that needed to be worked out in some of the controls, but it is a good diagnostic test.”

The Trump administration reportedly offered to send scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the virus in China more than a month ago, but Chinese leaders have yet to approve.

So far, the coronavirus has spread to more than 71,000 people globally and has killed nearly 2,000 people in China.

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Conservative Indian group praises President Trump for fight against Islamic terror

Posters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen kept on a table during an event where members of Hindu Sena, a right-wing Hindu group, gather to symbolically celebrate his victory in the upcoming U.S. elections, in New Delhi, India, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

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A group of conservative Hindu’s in India are praising the president for fighting back against Islamic terrorism. The group known as the Hindu Army reportedly even wrote a song to celebrate the president and are planning to record it to share with others on social media.

The president of the group, Vishnu Gupta, said they support the president because of his transparency and his promise to eliminate Islamic terrorism.

“We like Donald Trump because he openly spoke about India’s feelings and the whole world’s feelings. We are extremely disturbed by Islamic terrorism and even the U.S. is very disturbed by this. The whole world is disturbed by it. He openly said that he would eliminate Islamic terrorism from its roots, that is why I am his fan.”

— Vishnu Gupta, President- Hindu Army

President Trump is set to visit India on February 24th to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and improve ties in the region.

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NSA whistleblower petitions for clemency

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner is asking for early release in the middle of her five-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents to the media on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Justice Department, File)

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A former National Security Agency (NSA) agent asked President Trump for clemency after pleading guilty to leaking classified information.

NSA whistleblower submitted a clemency petition to the White House Monday along with over 4,000 letters of support of her client to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Her petition noted that she did not want any compensation but to only inform the public of the matter. She also stated she did not mean to go against the United States and did not work with any other foreign country.

In 2018, she was sentenced to just over five years in prison for the release of classified information into Russia’s alleged attempts to meddle in the 2016 elections.

President Trump has expressed support for winner in the past, including a 2018 tweet, in which he called her sentencing unfair.

The Department of Justice has not yet responded to her request.

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Teachers unions call for active shooter trainings to change

FILE – In this Friday June 9, 2017 file photo, students are led out of school as members of the Fountain Police Department take part in an Active Shooter Response Training exercise at Fountain Middle School in Fountain, Colo. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP, File)

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There have been growing calls to reform or end active shooter training in schools. Advocates have said they may actually be harming students instead of protecting them.

In recent years, school shootings in the U.S. have become all too common. The names Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas have become household names. The tragedies led schools around the country to begin implementing active shooter trainings to prepare students. However, two of the country’s biggest teachers unions have claimed these drills are doing more harm than good.

The National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers called for these drills to stop or change.

“We need an alternative to these active driller shooters.” stated Merrie Najimy, member of Massachusetts Teacher Association. “They create a sense of anxiety and trauma.”

These unions argued active shooter trainings can be terrifying for students, especially if they are unexpected or too realistic. Some schools use fake blood, sound effects and real law enforcement officials.

Others have said these drills are necessary to ensure students know exactly what to do in these scenarios.

“Do you want to scare a child? Send them to SAT or ACT testing without preparing them, send them to a ball game without practice?” asked citizen John Luther. “That’ll show you the same results that not training for hazardous situations in schools is going to do.”

Students released from a lockdown embrace following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

About 95 percent of schools nationwide hold some type of lockdown drill. These unions and the National Association of School Psychologists have argued if the trainings are going to continue, they need to be tailored. Schools should focus more on training teachers than students.

Parents and mental health professionals should also be involved and younger children should not take part in role playing scenarios.

“What children can’t do is, they can’t distinguish between something that’s happening right now or something that’s happening in the future,” stated Dr. Laurel Williams.

While teachers unions and drill advocates disagree on the best approach to take, they do agree that the focus needs to be on students to ensure they are protected both physically and mentally.

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President Trump slams prosecutors in Roger Stone case, threatens lawsuit over Mueller probe

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Trump recently slammed federal prosecutors who worked the Roger Stone case and threatened to sue everyone behind the Mueller probe.

In a string of tweets Tuesday, he said the Russia investigation was “badly tainted” and should be thrown out altogether. The president also said it was “illegally set up” based on a discredited dossier as well as forged documents to the FISA court.

The president went on to point out that Mueller lied to Congress when he said he did not come to the White House with the intention of becoming the FBI director.

Meanwhile, the federal judge overseeing the Roger Stone case has declined to delay his sentencing amid calls for a new trial. In a teleconference with prosecutors and the defense Tuesday, District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said delaying the sentencing would not be a “prudent” thing to do.

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone waits in line at the federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The judge said she’s considering holding a hearing on the request for a new trial, but added that she wasn’t sure if it was necessary.

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, however, Jackson indicated his sentence wouldn’t go into effect until after she makes a decision on the possibility of a new trial

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President Trump pardons former 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo Jr.

FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. President Donald Trump pardoned DeBartolo, who is convicted in gambling fraud scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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President Trump has announced a full pardon of the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. He signed the executive order Tuesday morning, which grants clemency to Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

The move comes after DeBartolo plead guilty in 1998 to a charge of failing to report a felony connected to a corruption investigation into former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D-La.).

Following the pardon announcement, the president invited former 49ers legends Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott, among others, to the White House for the event.

“So today is a great day for him, I’m glad to be here to be a part of that and, you know, it’s just something I’ll never forget,” said Rice. “You know, this man, he has done so much in the community, has done so much in NFL football and today is a great day for him.”

While DeBartolo avoided jail, he had to pay several fines and eventually gave up ownership of the football franchise to his sister.

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Former Ukraine Envoy Bill Taylor says CrowdStrike server theory wasn’t probed because State Dept. didn’t take it seriously

File – Former American diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor is pictured. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

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According to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, the State Department did not properly investigate the country’s role in alleged election meddling.

In a recent interview, Taylor said U.S. diplomats were not directed to find out if CrowdStrike servers could be located in Ukraine because nobody took the issue seriously. He also pointed out that Ukraine’s alleged involvement in U.S. elections was deemed “Russian propaganda.”

Taylor served as the top envoy to Ukraine between 2006 and 2009 as well as in June 2019 until January of 2020. Meanwhile, President Trump was concerned about alleged events from 2016.

“Hybrid war is more than tanks and soldiers…hybrid war is information war, it’s cyber war, it’s economic war, it’s a tax on elections,” said Taylor. “As we know, they’ve attacked our elections.”

Taylor also said there is a lot of disinformation around Ukraine and its war with the Kremlin. He warned the U.S. should be very careful about those kinds of stories.

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Ariz. police officer killed in line of duty

White Mountain Apache Tribe officer David Kellywood, 26, was killed in the line of duty in a shooting on Feb. 17, 2020. (Photo: Navajo County Sheriff’s Office)

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An Arizona police department is mourning the loss of an officer, who was fatally shot in the line of duty. 26-year-old David Kellywood, an officer for the White Mountain Apache Tribe Police Department, was killed Monday.

Officer Kellywood was responding to a call of “shots fired” outside the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino. Authorities say he was the first officer to arrive on scene and immediately engaged the suspect when he was shot. He later died from his injuries at the hospital.

A second responding officer fatally shot the suspect after fearing for his life as well as the public’s safety. Tribal leaders and department officials say the loss of the nine month veteran is heartbreaking.

“Today is a sad day indeed for the entire White Mountain Apache Tribe. It hurts to lose someone that is a protector of his family, a protector of his surrounding community, is a protector of his people and a protector of White Mountain Apache Tribe.” –

– Jerry Gloshay Jr., Chief of Staff – White Mountain Apache Tribe Police

The FBI is handling the investigation because the shooting happened on tribal land. Kellywood leaves behind a wife and two young children.

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Trump campaign criticizes tweet by former President Obama claiming he made the economy what it is now

Former president Barack Obama talks during a panel with NBA players Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Giannis Antetokounmpo and sports analyst Michael Wilbon in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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The Trump campaign recently fired back at former President Barack Obama after he appeared to claim credit for the booming economy. In a statement Monday, a top campaign official said the economy is only recovering because of actions President Trump took to undo his predecessor’s policies.

“President Trump reversed every single failed Obama-era economic policy, and with it, reversed the floundering Obama/Biden economy,” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump campaign national press secretary, told Fox News reporters.

This comes after former President Obama took to Twitter noting the anniversary of his signing the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package.

The Trump campaign added that by deregulating, lowering taxes and supporting free market policies, President Trump has created the hottest economy on record. This is a fact Vice President Mike Pence has continued to stress.

“I hope you have figured out already American manufacturing has never had a greater champion in the Oval Office than President Donald Trump,” he stated. “And we’re going to keep working every day, not just earn your confidence, but to give you confidence to invest, to give you the confidence to know that this is a president that believes in growth.”

The Trump campaign added that by contrast Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden orchestrated the worst economic recovery in modern history.

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