Expanded Colorado Gun Background Checks Based On Flawed Estimate

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Too late, the funds have already been budgeted.

Via KDVR

In an analysis of data compiled by the state, The Associated Press found the projected impact of a 1-year-old state law that expanded background check requirements on gun sales in the state was overstated in a budget report.

One lawmaker is wondering if the Legislature misallocated millions of taxpayer dollars based on the estimate.

The gun laws were pushed into law last year in response to mass shootings in Colorado and around the country. The background check requirement was based on information from the Colorado Legislative Council, which predicted 420,000 new reviews in the first two years of the law, and $3 million was budgeted to handle the checks.

But the AP’s analysis shows the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have performed only about 13,600 reviews that would be considered a result of the new law — only 6.5 percent of the estimated total in the first year.

“I’m not discouraged by the lower number,” Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, told the AP. “I think that it’s a good number because it shows me that people are complying with the law.”

CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina told the AP that the $3 million that was budgeted went to hiring and operating expenses. She said about 12 full-time positions were filled, but that “the full authorized staff was not implemented.” The agency has the money for 14 more full-time positions, Medina said.

The AP says there were about 311,000 background checks in the first year of the expansion, with the 13,600 checks between private sellers making up 4 percent of the total. Gun-control advocates and President Barack Obama have long said 40 percent of gun sales in the country are made between private sellers, based on a 1997 report from the National Institute of Justice.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen told the AP the the 40 percent figure for Colorado’s projection “calls into question lawmakers’ access to accurate information on not only this, but all firearms-related legislation.”

The AP also reported the private review figure includes checks done at gun shows, a longtime requirement in the state. The AP’s analysis shows there were 260 denials under the expansion.

The gun laws have been a hot topic since being implemented, including tension between Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state’s sheriffs.

Breaking: U.S. Evacuates Embassy In Libya

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Via Fox News:

The United States shut down its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration’s concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern city of Benghazi are still vivid and the political uproar over it remain fresh ahead of a new congressional investigation into the incident. A senior military official told Fox News the Pentagon has been advising the State Department leave the post for weeks.

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NBC, CBS Allow A Scant 43 Seconds To Hero Doctor Who Shot Crazed Gunman

The Doctor prevented a possible mass shooting and the moonbats can’t ask what would have prevented it. Update to this story.

Via MRC

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the networks highlighted President Obama’s call for more gun control to rein in violence. However, NBC and CBS on Thursday night and Friday morning allowed a mere 43 seconds for the story of a hero doctor who used his own firearm to shoot a crazed gunman in Pennsylvania. Good Morning America reporter Ron Claiborne covered the story in a full report. The ABC journalist recounted, “…A psychiatric patient with a criminal past got into an argument with his caseworker, opened fire on her allegedly and then the doctor pulled out his gun and shot the gunman.”

Former patient Richard Plotts entered the psychiatric wing of the Mercy Fitzgerald hospital and shot his caseworker, Teresa Hunt. Quick thinking Doctor Lee Silverman pulled out his own weapon and hit Plotts twice in the stomach. Claiborne chided, “This morning, it is unclear why Dr. Silverman brought a gun to work, which is against hospital policy.” (Perhaps because he was worried about just this situation?)

The journalist did allow, “But police say Plotts may have done more harm had Dr. Silverman not intervened.” As for Silverman, “…Authorities say it is legal in this state for him to have a gun” and he will not be “the subject of a criminal investigation in this matter.”

CBS This Morning only bothered with a ten second news brief and failed to cover the story at all on Thursday’s Evening News.

The NBC Nightly News skipped the story on Thursday. On Friday, Today co-host Natalie Morales hailed Silverman as a “hero” and briefly noted, “Police believe Doctor Silverman then shot the suspect with a gun he was carrying for self defense.” However, the four-hour program only allowed 33 seconds for the story.

World News anchor Diane Sawyer managed 24 seconds. She referred to the “fast-thinking doctor” who “used his own gun.”

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Israel Can Win, If Obama Doesn’t Save Hamas

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Every ceasefire in the past has allowed Hamas to regroup and survive…

Via WFB:

Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded, Israel is nonetheless winning its war against Hamas. The number of rocket attacks launched by the terror group each day has been halved. The IDF is uprooting the underground tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle weapons, contraband, and terrorists in and out of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday evening, Israel’s Channel Two newscast carried footage of Hamas terrorists surrendering to the IDF. The jihadists carried white flags. They stripped to their shorts, proving they were not wearing suicide belts. These are facts Hamas does not want you to know, images Hamas does not want you to see.

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SC Receives 350 Illegal Alien Children Caught At US Border

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The Illegal Alien Children Protection System.

Via WISTV

New federal data show at least 350 children caught at the U.S. border this year have been sent to stay with relatives or other sponsors in South Carolina.

They are among more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors nationwide from Jan. 1 through July 7. That’s according to data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

“There are a lot of things that are frustrating about the situation at the border,” said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Scott said his office has been left in the dark about where undocumented children are being sent to, including right here in South Carolina.

“We asked a very specific question: Are there any [unaccompanied children] coming to South Carolina or are in South Carolina? The response from the administration, HHS I think it was, was no,” Scott said.

Many children who arrive at the border come with little more than instructions sewn into their clothes, and the name of an uncle or cousin.

Federal agents don’t check immigration status, though the families or sponsors are given a criminal background check, according to the governor’s office.

Now that the children are in the state, the governor’s office said there’s no guarantee the children will return home, even though they’re given court dates to make their case for asylum.

“You can get a deportation order in your absence,” said Tammy Besherse with the SC Immigration Coalition. “It’s very hard to undo.”

Gov. Nikki Haley’s office says federal officials will not provide governors any additional information. That includes details on the children’s ages, where they’re sent in South Carolina or how they arrived.

The U.S. is grappling with a surge in unaccompanied children who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay.

Border Patrol Stops And Interrogates Boy Scout Troop, Holds One Scout At Gun Point…For Taking Picture Passing Through Border

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Too bad they weren’t MS13 illegal alien gang members, then they would have been welcomed with open arms and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would have given them lollipops. They were just ordinary American children, so they were out of luck…

Via Fox:

A Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with one child allegedly held at gunpoint.

Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The scouts and their leaders were on a 21-day trek from Iowa to Alaska – a trip that had been three years in the planning.

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Thesaurus.com Makes All Synonyms For ‘Obstructionist’ Related To Conservatives

Harry Reid is the synonym for obstructionist.

Via Daily Caller

The online synonym generator Thesaurus.com — a subset of Dictionary.com and one of the most popular of its kind on the Internet — appears to have been commandeered by liberals, after a search for “obstructionist” leads only to replies like “conservative,” “right-winger,” “reactionary” and “redneck.”

Visit Thesaurus.com and type in “obstructionist” into the search bar. Here’s what you’ll see:

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Well look at that. Almost every concept demonstrated here illustrates an equivalence between “obstructionism” and conservative politics. And many of them — “diehard,” “reactionary,” redneck,” “stick-in-the-mud” — illustrate a contempt for the right-wing.

Here’s how Dictionary.com defines “obstructionist:”

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Ohio State Core Class Teaches Christians Are Dumber Than Atheists

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Just a smidgen of bias there…

Via Campus Reform:

An Ohio State University (OSU) class has apparently determined another fundamental difference between Christians and atheists: their IQ points.

An online quiz from the school’s Psychology 1100 class, provided to Campus Reform via tip, asked students to pick which scenario they found most likely given that “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.”

The correct answer? “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.”

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One Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainee Should Remain In US Custody, While Another Is Released

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Fayiz should have learned yoga.

Via LWJ

An interagency periodic review board has found that a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, should remain in detention.

Al Kandari’s continued detention “remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States,” the board wrote in an unclassified summary of its decision. The ruling is dated July 14, but was not released until today.

The review board concluded that al Kandari “almost certainly retains an extremist mindset and had close ties with high-level al Qaeda leaders in the past.” The board found al Kandari’s “desire to return to his family, which appears willing to help with his reintegration,” to be credible. But it also feared that he is susceptible “for recruitment due to his connections to extremists and his residual anger at the US.”

Another review board decision was also released today. In that case, a board recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda be transferred from Guantanamo to his home country of Kuwait. But while the interagency board believed al Awda when he said he wanted to give up extremism, the same cannot be said for al Kandari. The review board also found that a one-year rehabilitation program was appropriate in al Awda’s case, but not in al Kandari’s.

The board “noted a lack of history regarding the efficacy of the rehabilitation program Kuwait will implement for [al Kandari] with his particular mindset, but appreciates the efforts of the Kuwaiti government and encourages the officials at the Al Salam Rehabilitation Center [in Kuwait] to continue to work with the detainee at Guantanamo.”

Both al Awda and al Kandari were deemed “high” risks to “the US, its interests, and allies” by Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO). Both were denied their petitions for a writ of habeas corpus by a DC district court. And President Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force determined that both of the Kuwaitis should be held in “continued detention” under the laws of war. That is, the task force concluded that both al Awda and al Kandari were “too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution.”

While al Awda will be transferred home, however, al Kandari will remain in US custody.

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Report: Hamas Morale Collapsing, Terrorists Flee IDF

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Hence the reason why Kerry et al are calling for ceasefire?

Via Breitbart:

In an otherwise excellent article on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group.

The source added that in recent days, a recognizable wave of demoralization has washed over Hamas’s combat battalions. “They simply escape, leaving behind weapons and suicide bomb vests that were laid out for battle. This morning we stormed a position, and they just weren’t there. I don’t see a determined enemy. We have encountered stronger pockets of fighting in the past. But now, I would not give them a high grade for fighting spirit.”

Kurdish Oil May Finally Be Freely For Sale As The US Seems To Be Dropping Its Threats

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The US can cut back on exporting our oil.

Via Quartz

The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuck at sea for two months. The ship has been mostly anchored off the Moroccan coast, the victim of legal threats against potential buyers. It is mired in a battle between Kurdistan, intent on parlaying the sale of such oil into independence, and the US and Iraqi governments, which are just as determined to prevent that and keep Iraq whole.

But people with knowledge of the situation say the US has signaled that it may stop actively discouraging potential buyers. If these people are right—and the US warnings are tempered—the market could see a fresh supply of 500,000 barrels of oil a day of Iraqi Kurdish oil by the end of 2014 and double that volume a year later.

Kurdistan already operates under relative autonomy but such new oil would probably accelerate its advance toward independence from Iraq as the region would be able to stand on its own feet economically. Baghdad cut off the funding for Kurdistan’s budget in February—but with the oil proceeds, Kurdistan would be able to pay its civil servants and other governmental expenses.

The shipments of Iraqi Kurdish oil could also reduce global oil prices that have been steady at an average above $100 a barrel for three years running.

Ever since major oil companies began to strike deals in Kurdistan three years ago, Baghdad has threatened to blacklist them for illegally going around the central government. When Kurdistan began to export oil through Turkey at the beginning of this year, Baghdad threatened to sue any company buying the crude for theft—for buying oil stolen from the Iraqi state—hired a Western law firm to do so, and said it was in arbitration proceedings with Turkey for allowing oil to be loaded onto tankers at the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

But it has been US diplomatic muscle behind Baghdad that has appeared key to largely halting large-scale Kurdish exports in their tracks, say analysts and oil industry hands. From the start, the US State Department urged big oil firms to stop working in Kurdistan and, since exports began, US officials have repeatedly opposed any sales circumventing Baghdad. In shows of open emotion in private and at public conferences, exasperated US diplomats have sometimes seemed close to stomping their feet in describing how the oil majors’ defiance of Baghdad is bad for a united Iraq.

The Kurds have shipped about six million barrels of oil belonging to the government through a dedicated pipeline to Ceyhan, but have managed to sell just one million of them—a tanker sold and unloaded at the Israeli port of Ashkelon a month ago. But the United Leadership, which left Ceyhan on May 22, has languished at sea northwest of the Moroccan city of Rabat.

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Israel And Hamas Agree To Brief 12 Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire For Today

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Via Fox:

Israel and Hamas announced a 12-hour humanitarian cease fire in Gaza for Saturday, only hours after Israel’s security cabinet unanimously rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for a temporary cease fire to allow indirect talks.

The move also followed an escalation of deadly clashes Friday and the Israeli defense minister’s statement that Israel may significantly widen its ground operation in Gaza.

In announcing late Friday that it would observe the “humanitarian window” from 8a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Israel said that during that time “we’ll continue to locate and neutralize terror tunnels.”

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Islamic State Captures Syrian Military Base In Raqqa, Beheads Soldiers…

Via IBT:

The ISIS has claimed that they have seized a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa and have beheaded several captured soldiers.

The militants have released several images of captured soldiers being beheaded, following the clashes. The images have been posted on Twitter by the ISIS media cell members.

BBC, quoting Arabic correspondent Rami Ruhayem, stated that the Raqqa base clashes were a major offensive, which dismisses reports that the ISIS militants and Assad government were collaborating.

The Raqqa base, manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, is said to have been captured by ISIS militants, following an overnight seige that began on Thursday.

Dems Push For Pathway To Citizenship For Dreamers Via Military Service

No!!!!!!!! The Dems are using the military as a dumping ground for their social experiments. Easy way for the Dems to destroy the military from within. Update to this story.

Via CNS News

Democrats held a press conference on Friday to announce the introduction of a House resolution calling for the Secretary of Defense to allow illegal aliens brought to the country as children who have been granted temporary legal status by President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order to serve in the U.S. military – a move that would also grant them a path to citizenship.

Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), the sponsor of the H.R. 685, said “our broken immigration system” is to blame for restricting illegal aliens from military service.

“If they were to walk into a recruiting office today they would be turned away, not because they’re not smart enough, not because they’re not strong enough, not because they don’t love our country enough or because of any character flaw,” Foster said.

“They’re turned away for one reason and one reason alone – because of our broken immigration system,” Foster said.

He said the current military policy – which allows immigrants with permanent legal status to enroll in the military — was “morally reprehensible” because it denies men and women who are in the country illegally to join the military.

Also at the press conference was Cesar Vargas, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, who said he tried to join the Marines but was turned down because of his illegal status.

When CNSNews.com asked whether illegal aliens serving in the military would have the same pathway to citizenship as legal immigrants, Vargas – wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “Dream Army” — confirmed that would be the case.

Foster called for comprehensive immigration reform, because even if illegal aliens were allowed to join the military that could change if a Republican president decided to rescind Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, executive order.

“If a future Republican president decides to revoke DACA – which he or she could do – that could strand thousands of military personnel, finding they’re no longer allowed to serve in the military,” Foster said.

Jon Voight Slams Obama, Kerry At Pro-Israel Rally

He is a minority in Hollyweird.

Via FrontPage Mag

Oscar-winning actor tells the truth about the U.S. administration’s betrayal of Israel

WH Adviser Again Refuses To Answer Congressional Subpoena Claiming “Immunity”, House Formally Rebukes Obama Regime

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By that standard of immunity, no one in the executive branch would ever be required to testify.

Via Roll Call:

Updated 12:27 p.m. | Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.

Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress’ right to subpoena top administration officials.

Democrats, led by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said they strongly disagree with the White House’s claim of absolute immunity but also strongly disagree with Issa’s push to press the issue, warning it could hurt the institution if they take a case to court.

The White House informed Issa at 7:30 a.m. Friday that Simas would not appear, Issa said. The absence was “not excused,” the California Republican added.

White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston asked Issa to withdraw the subpoena to discuss his late Thursday offer for Simas to give a deposition instead of subpoenaed testimony.

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Lynn, Mass., Mayor Confronted By Illegal Alien Supporters

The mayor is going to have to pick a side.

Via NRO

Protesters in support of illegal immigration ambushed Lynn, Mass., Mayor Judith Kennedy after she left a closed-door meeting. Massachusetts House Minority Leader Brad Jones called a fact finding meeting in his office that included the mayor and other elected officials, county sheriffs, and federal immigration officers, according to MassLive.com.

When the mayor left the meeting, the protesters accosted her. “You see that family here,” says activist Patricia Monte. “They are not criminals. You are talking about them.”

Kennedy immediately responded asking when she had ever referred to members of Lynn’s immigrant community as “criminals.” “Wait a minute, wait a minute, tell me when I ever accused them of being criminals,” Kennedy said.

After the altercation, Kennedy told MassLive activists have also accused her of racism. “If people understood that this from the city of Lynn’s perspective is a purely economic issue; when I have an increase of 10 percent in my school system of new kids that’s more resources that I have to direct to our school system,” Kennedy said. “Lynn doesn’t have that money.”

Doctor Saves Lives With Gun He Had Against Policy, After Psych Patient Starts Shooting

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The doctor violated the policy of the medical center for employees, who were not allowed to carry guns on the property. Sounds like it’s a good thing he did.

Via Philly.com:

A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant.

The confrontation left the caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, dead and the 52-year-old psychiatrist, a veteran doctor at the hospital whom sources identified as Lee Silverman, with a graze wound to the head. The patient, Richard Plotts, was in critical condition Thursday night from three gunshot wounds.

The violence sent a shock wave through the normally quiet campus of the medical center on the border of Darby Borough and Yeadon. Police vehicles swarmed the scene and armed officers charged through the building – the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, across Lansdowne Avenue from the main hospital – to evacuate doctors, nurses, and patients waiting for routine appointments.

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HT: Dragon’s Lair

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You A Terrorist

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Double secret probation isn’t just a line from a movie anymore.

Via The Intercept

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

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White House Fears Impeachment If Obama Unilaterally Grants Amnesty

It has to be a violation of his constitutional responsibility, which amnesty and effectively opening the borders most certainly is.

Via Breitbart:

As is always the case with anything involving former-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, our unbiased, objective, not-at-all-liberal media couldn’t wait to mock her impeachment case against President Obama — but not everyone is laughing. According to reporting from The Hill, The White House fears exactly that should the president take executive action to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals.

Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.

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