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  1. Insurance to rebuild this community? Insurance to make whole the agriculture? Insurance to help the thousands of misplaced people? Your an idiot.
  2. President Trump on Sunday called FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s testimony on Capitol Hill last week over the investigation of Russian interference in the election a “disgrace to our country." “I thought it was an absolute disgrace,” Trump said during an interview on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “Where he wants to do things against me before I was even, I guess before I was even the candidate. It was a disgrace. And then he lied about it.” Trump added that he believes Strzok’s role in the investigation hurt the United States relationship with Russia. “I think it hurts our relationship with Russia,” he said. “I actually think it hurts our relationship with a lot of countries.” The explosive and combative 10-hour testimony by Strzok was the first time he’s spoken publically since being removed last year from special counsel Robert Mueller's team because of texts he traded with an FBI lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Strzok insisted that he never allowed personal opinions to influence his work, though he did acknowledge being dismayed by Donald Trump's behavior during the campaign. “At no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took,” Strzok said. “And the suggestion that I, in some dark chamber in the FBI, would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me.” Strzok added: “The proposition that that is going on or that it might occur in the FBI deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission and it is deeply destructive.” In breaking his silence, Strzok came face-to-face with Republicans who argued that the texts tainted two hugely consequential FBI probes he had helped steer: inquiries into Hillary Clinton's email use and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina was one of the FBI agent’s harshest critics during the testimony, berating Strzok over the content of his text messages, his purported bias against Trump and why he was taken off of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election. "Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her," said Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him. That is bias." The testimony, besides being compelling viewing, also revealed how the partisan divide over the investigation of Russian interference in the election of Trump remains precipitously deep, with no political bridge in sight. On the one side are Democrats who heard in Strzok's testimony an unflinching, if flawed, G-man trying to stop Russian interference in American democracy. On the other are Republicans who see anti-Trump text messages Strzok sent to his lover as evidence of alarming bias at the highest levels of government. The aftermath produced one certainty: Congress is hopelessly split in conducting executive branch oversight of the Trump administration. Lawmakers reflect their constituents, and after running on partisan overdrive for years, they staked out defiantly opposing sides. The level of acrimony poses a real-life stress test for the ability of Congress to function. "Politicians love to grandstand and that was a perfect venue for all of them to do so," said Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., who said the proceedings reminded him of the Bill Clinton impeachment sessions he watched as a young man two decades ago. In fact, some of the same veteran lawmakers were still there playing starring roles, he said. "And I would contend that Mr. Strzok was doing it a little, too."
  3. An 11-million ton iceberg, perched off the coast of a tiny Greenland village, is striking fear in the hearts of residents. Residents of Innaarsuit worry that a chunk of it could break off and unleash a tsunami upon the town. What happens to the gigantic mountain of ice, which a Danish meteorologist said is 650 feet wide—nearly the length of two football fields—and rises almost 300 feet into the air, depends largely on the weather. A strong wind could push the iceberg into the nearby Baffin Bay, averting a crisis. Alternatively, a large amount of warm precipitation could further destabilize the berg and cause a large piece to break off and create a wave that would inundate the town.erg breaks away from a glacier in Greenland “It’s not a peaceful process,” Joerg Schaefer, a climate researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, told the New York Times. So far, 33 people have been moved to safer places inland, while others have been asked to move their boats away from the iceberg, reports the Washington Post. “We are very concerned and are afraid,” Karl Petersen, chair for the local council in Innaarsuit, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Last June, an earthquake triggered a tsunami near the village of Nuugaatsiaq that washed away 11 homes and killed four people. Video posted online shows residents fleeing and waves destroying property. A Danish Royal Navy ship is standing by, according to the CBC, in case the situation in Innaarsuit sours. Meanwhile, residents are watching the weather forecast closely. The Post reports that the area will see relatively sedate winds for the next week; on Sunday, July 22, there is rain forecast to affect the area.
  4. A Massachusetts police officer and an elderly woman were killed Sunday after a suspect attacked the officer with a rock, took his gun and shot him in the head and chest, officials said. Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, 42, was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly before 8 a.m. The unidentified woman was fatally wounded by stray bullets in a nearby home. A suspect, identified as Emanuel Lopes, was in custody and was expected to be arraigned on two counts of homicide Monday. According to investigators, Lopes crashed a car he was driving and fled the scene on foot at approximately 7:30 a.m. Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said Chesna discovered Lopes vandalizing a nearby house. When the officer drew his gun and commanded Lopes to stop, the suspect allegedly attacked Chesna with the stone and struck him in the head. Michael Chesna, 42, was killed when he was attacked with a rock and then shot. (AP) According to Connor, Lopes took Chesna's gun and fired it several times, striking the officer in the head and chest. Weymouth police officers who responded to the scene returned fire, striking Lopes in his leg and knee. Chesna would have celebrated six years with the Weymouth Police Department on Monday. (AP) Lopes again tried to escape as officers chased him, investigators said. They added that he fired Chesna's gun three times during the chase, killing the woman in the home. Lopes was arrested and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Chesna was a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 4 and 9. "I hired Mike Chesna six years ago tomorrow," said Grimes, who added that Chesna's mother had told him "he joined the military to help open the doors to get on this job [as a police officer]." “He was one of those people who truly sought this job and was fortunate enough to get it,” Grimes said. Chesna's body was removed from the hospital, and transported via procession of multiple law enforcement agencies to the state's medical examiner office, where he will be evaluated. Dozens of police saluted the vehicle carrying the officer's body, and mourners placed bouquets by the Weymouth Police Headquarters. April Visco, 43,told the Boston Globe she heard 10 to 20 shots fired. She said she ran outside and heard someone yell, "get on the ground," three times. “Everyone says ‘it doesn’t happen in my neighborhood,’” she told the Globe. “It does happen everywhere.”
  5. ROSWELL, Ga. (CBSLA) — Two Georgia police officers have come under scrutiny after video emerged of them deciding whether or not to arrest a speeding driver based on the flip of a digital coin. Body cam footage of the April 7 incident shows Roswell Police Officer Courtney Brown berating 24-year-old hairdresser Sarah Webb, asking her, “So you think driving that fast on a wet road is a smart idea because you’re late for work?” “I’m sorry,” Webb responds, voice quaking. The footage then shows Brown returning to her patrol vehicle, where she and her partner discuss if they will arrest Webb. The other officer identified as Kristee Wilson then opens up a coin-flipping app on the on-board computer. “‘A’ (Arrest), head; ‘R’ (Release), tail,” Wilson says before both officers giggle. (Click the below graphic and LIKE our Facebook page) The virtual coin lands tails, but the officers decided to arrest Webb, anyway. She cries as she is being handcuffed, and footage from inside the vehicle shows her sobbing in the back seat. “They’re very degrading and rude and mean,” Webb told Inside Edition. Webb found out about the coin toss weeks later. “I was very angry and upset,” said Webb. “It just hurt to know that, you know, these people are supposed to be looking out for you, and […] it was a game to them.” Former Los Angeles Police Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey told IE she thinks this isn’t the cops’ first time doing this “because they did it with ease.” “They knew right where to go for the app, they did the coin toss, they thought it was cute,” Dorsey continued. After the video surfaced, charges against Webb were dropped. Both officers turned in their guns and are on administrative leave.
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