Austin bomber blows himself up as police try to arrest him  


The man behind a string of deadly bombings in Austin has been identified after he died blowing himself up as police tried to arrest him early Wednesday morning.

Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, killed himself when he detonated a bomb inside his car as police surrounded him near a hotel on Interstate 35, just outside Austin, at about 2am.

Police zeroed in on the bomber after obtaining CCTV footage of him posting two packages at a FedEx office that intended to target people of color on Sunday night.

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Mueller is taking a closer look at Jared Kushner  

From Vanity Fair:

Steve Bannon may have been prophetic when he told Michael Wolff that Robert Mueller’s “path to fucking Trump” would run right through Jared Kushner. As CNN reported Monday, the special counsel’s interest in Kushner has now expanded beyond his many contacts with Russian officials to include his family’s real-estate empire. The implication, as Bannon predicted, is that Mueller is seeking dirt that could explain any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — and provide leverage to get Kushner to flip on other members of the Trump family.

F.B.I. investigators are particularly interested in Kushner’s efforts to secure financing for 666 Fifth Avenue, the Midtown skyscraper that Kushner purchased over a decade ago for nearly $1.8 billion in debt, and which has become a massive albatross for the family. During the transition, Kushner reportedly held conversations with investors including Chinese insurance giant Anbang, but the deal stalled in March. Mueller’s team is also said to be interested in conversations Kushner and his father held with Qatari investor and former prime minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani in 2015 and 2016, which also collapsed.

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Congress must draw ‘red line’ to protect Mueller  

From USA Today:

With his most recent indictment of 13 Russian operatives and three Russian companies, special counsel Robert Mueller further illuminated the depths of Russia’s information warfare campaign against the United States. Last month’s filing followed indictments and/or guilty pleas from several of President Trump’s onetime associates — including campaign chairman Paul Manafort, top campaign aide Rick Gates, campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Yet despite this effort to expose our Russian enemies and bring them to justice, Mueller now sits squarely in the crosshairs of Trump and his allies.

Earlier this year, we learned how close our nation came to an extraordinary abuse of presidential power when it was revealed that President Trump ordered Mueller’s firing last June. He reportedly backed off only when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the corrupt order. […]

Congress must make clear to the president that firing the special counsel, or interfering with his investigation by issuing pardons of essential witnesses, is unacceptable and would have immediate and significant consequences.

In the United States of America, no one is above the law. Not even the president.

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Democrats, it’s time for you to dump Hillary Clinton  

From USA Today:

If Democrats want to keep winning elections, it’s time for them to file a restraining order against Clinton. […]

Since the 2016 campaign ended, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated herself to be a singularly extraordinary former presidential candidate — “extraordinary” only in the sense that no ex-candidate has ever been worse.

At a recent conference in Mumbai, India, Clinton further cast aside her presidential façade and told the world what she really thought of “middle America.” She boasted that she had won “the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic,” and “moving-forward,” and noted she did best in “places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product.”

She suggested President Donald Trump’s appeal was mostly to white men who “didn’t like black people getting rights,” who disapproved of “women getting jobs,” and who begrudged Indian-Americans for their success. As a final ingredient to her toxic bouillabaisse, Clinton added that white women often voted for Trump because of “ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

If there were a Hall of Fame for irony, Clinton would have it named after her. In accusing weak-minded white women of blindly voting the way men told them to, she was proving exactly why white women were wise not to vote for her. It is a significant reason she has now had to play the role of failed presidential candidate twice.

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Lie detector test indicates Stormy Daniels was truthful about Trump affair  

From NBC News:

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels underwent a polygraph exam in 2011 about her relationship with Donald Trump, and the examiner found there was a more than 99 percent probability she told the truth when she said they had unprotected sex in 2006, according to a copy of the report obtained by NBC News Tuesday.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, took the lie detector test at the request of a magazine that interviewed her in 2011, but didn’t publish the content at the time.

The report is accompanied by a sworn declaration from the examiner, signed on Monday, March 19, 2018, attesting to the polygraph report’s authenticity. Details of the report were first published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. […]

“Long before Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, Ms. Clifford passed a lie detector test confirming her relationship with Mr. Trump,” Avenatti said. “Where are his test results claiming otherwise? Where are Mr. Cohen’s test results claiming otherwise? When this is over, the American people will know the truth about the relationship and the cover-up.”

In an interview with NBC News today, Avenatti confirmed that he paid $25,000 to purchase the video of the polygraph exam along with related documentation.

“The reason why we did that was because we caught wind of the fact that there were number of third parties, some in the mainstream media, that were attempting to purchase the video and the file for use in what I would describe as nefarious activities,” Avenatti said. “We purchased the materials and the video to make sure that they were maintained from an evidentiary standpoint for potential use in the case.”

Clifford is now locked in a legal battle with Trump and his team over a nondisclosure agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 election in exchange for $130,000.

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High school gunman killed during ‘exchange of fire’ with armed deputy after he shot two classmates  


The teen gunman who died after injuring two classmates in a shooting at a Maryland high school on Tuesday has been identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins.

Rollins entered Great Mills High School just before classes started Tuesday morning, pulled out a handgun and shot a 16-year-old girl.

St Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said Rollins and the female victim had a ‘prior relationship’ but he couldn’t comment on the ‘extent’ of that relationship or whether it played into the motive.

A 14-year-old boy was also hit with a bullet, before the school resource officer intervened and brought the bloodbath to an end in just one minute.

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Republicans bet their Senate majority on Trump  

From Politico:

His approval rating is perpetually underwater, and the pandemonium surrounding his presidency only grows the longer he’s in the job.

But Senate Republicans are nevertheless making a counterintuitive, all-in bet that President Donald Trump will save their 51-49 majority — and perhaps even help them pick up a few seats. […]

Yet even if the GOP does follow through on its full Trump deployment plan, Democrats argue that the president’s personality and popularity among some voters is neither transferable to other Republicans nor enough to put their candidates over the top. Just look at the two latest examples, they say: Trump went all in for Rick Saccone in last week’s Pennsylvania special House election, and before that for Roy Moore’s Senate bid in Alabama.

Both lost.

“The pattern here is every time he goes in, they lose,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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