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307th Mass Shooting Claims 12 Lives

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In the 307th mass shooting of 2018, 12 have been murdered at a Thousand Oaks bar.

During a college night event, the gunman, a White 28-year-old veteran of the Marine Corps, opened fire killing as many as he injured. Refusing to count the gunman, Ian David Long, among the victims, Sheriff Geoff Dean tallied the dead at 12. Twelve are also among the injured. The identities of the victims have not been released.

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A horrific scene, police are still trying to make sense of the carnage at Borderline Bar & Grill. Shots were first fired around 11:20 pm PT (2:20 am ET). The gunman shot a member of bar security outside and forced his way in, but not before shooting a young woman working the counter just inside the entrance. Officers began arriving roughly 3 minutes after the initial call to law enforcement as shots rang out.

Not long after, Sgt. Ron Helus, a casualty of the night’s events, entered with a California Highway Patrol Officer. This was the unfortunate moment Helus was struck, then pulled from the line of fire by the officer who accompanied him. Helus was in his 29th year of service and due for retirement.

While little is known about the victim and images difficult to find, we are still able to put a face to the executor of these horrors.

Thousand Oaks Gunman

Thousand Oaks Gunman Ian David Long

The gunman was a student at California State University Northridge, however, he had not attended since 2016. University President Dianne Harrison released a statement requesting support and offering counseling services during this troubling time:

CSUN President Statement

CSUN President Statement

Continuous updates on the shooting can be found here

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Trump hosts Clemson Tigers to the White House with “4 for 4” Meals

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As the Clemson Tigers football team headed to the White House they probably expected some fine dining after winning the NCAA championship but instead, they got value fries and burgers. President Trump welcomed the players in the East Wing with American Fast food from Burger King, McDonald’s & some pizza. Trump says he paid for all of the food and mentioned his government shutdown. The shutdown has left the majority of the residence staff being furloughed “Because of the shutdown, as you know, we have the great Clemson team with us, so we went out and ordered American fast food paid for by me,” he added while talking to the media.

To see value burgers on a silver plate inside the White House isn’t something you see every day or even hear about. The whole ordeal started a hashtag on Twitter calling it #WhiteHouseDinners. Check out some of the reactions below.

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#BoycottTrumpPrimeTime – Networks Push to Mute President Trump Ahead of Border Security Address

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President Trump is set to address the nation this evening in a last-ditch effort to plea for the border wall. Now, networks are planning to air a Democratic response.

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Since December 21st, the government has been unable to reach an agreement on the allocation of funds for the campaign-promised border wall. Demanding $5 billion, Trump blames Democrats for the lengthy shutdown. While House Republicans reluctantly passed a continuing resolution with the funds included, Democrats remain unconvinced the wall is necessary. The disagreement has caused an eighteen day partial shutdown where 800,000+ Americans have worked without pay.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for airtime to rebut Trump’s remarks. In a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the duo had this to say on Monday:

“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime.”

Major broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox have agreed to air the response.

Major Fallout

While hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on the verge of losing everything, Trump’s address is an unwarranted tantrum. News that the partial government shutdown could effect millions broke January 7th. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responsible for SNAP operations, is one of the unfunded agencies during this time. Without an end to the shutdown in sight, SNAP and WIC beneficiaries are in for a difficult time. With $3 billion in emergency funds appropriated through Congress, the funds may extend into February, but will not cover the months expenses.

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Roger Stone Used InfoWars to Spread Fake News

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Republican Political strategist, Roger Stone, has admitted to spreading false information through the infamous right-wing propaganda site, InfoWars. Having falsified testimony regarding Wikileaks DNC email hack, many expect Mueller to further scrutinize Stone in his investigation.

DNC Hack

Roger Stone insists he had no idea WikiLeaks would be releasing emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. Protesting his innocence of interference of the 2016 presidential election, Stone says he didn’t pass along information to Donald Trump. Now, Robert Mueller has been aggressively pursuing leads due to conflicting reports regarding Stone’s participation in the Russian plot.

Having boasted about meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in secret, Stone is now changing his tune. Stone now insists he and Assange had no means of contact.

Former friend, Randy Credico, told the grand jury Stone had a back channel to WikiLeaks. Still, Stone protests his ignorance. Speaking with The Post, he said, “[Credico] was my principal source regarding the allegedly hacked emails published by WikiLeaks”. Credico has vehemently denied such accusations.

Defamation Reveal

Roger Stone has been engaged in a defamation suit and a recent revelation may cast doubt on future Mueller investigation testimony. While attempting to settle a lawsuit with Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese businessman, Stone admitted he “failed to do proper research” before submitting an accusation. In addition, Stone claims Guo violated U.S. election law by donating money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Stone also accused Guo of funding Stephen K. Bannon’s presidential run.

In his admission, Stone blamed the lies on Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide. Stone says he “made the error of relying on the representations of Sam Nunberg” and apologized. If settled, Stone could be forced to pay $100 million in damages for the lies published on InfoWars.

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