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FBI got tip on Nikolas Cruz on Jan. 5 but didn’t follow up

PARKLAND, Fla. — Less than six weeks before Nikolas Cruz committed one of the deadliest school shootings in American history, someone who knew him called an FBI tip line to complain about him, the agency revealed on Friday. But no one followed up. Cruz allegedly fatally shot 17 people and injured many more in a Wednesday attack on his former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In a statement, the FBI said “a person close to” Cruz called the agency’s public tip line on Jan. 5 and…

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Dems to Trump: Still think Russia inquiry is a ‘hoax’?

Democrats lashed out Friday at President Donald Trump after the investigation he has called a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” resulted in the indictment of 13 Russian nationals on charges of interfering in the 2016 election. “For all of those who have been asking, ‘where is the evidence of a crime?’ — this is it. This is the criminal conspiracy,” Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement. “Today’s indictments show precisely how the Russians worked to help…

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‘RESIGN’ Florida Governor calls on FBI director to quit after agency failing

Cruz, 19, is accused of murdering 17 people in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.  Today the FBI said it mishandled a January tip that Cruz had guns and the potential to carry out a school shooting. Governor of Florida Rick Scott reacted with fury and said the FBI’s director should resign. He said: “We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. “Seventeen innocent people are dead…

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Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the Florida Shooting

It’s become a sadly familiar American routine. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., bore many of the hallmarks of the other school shootings that have shocked the nation over the course of the last weeks, months and years. Among those similarities was the weapon used by accused shooter Nikolas Cruz: the AR-15. This semiautomatic version of the U.S. military’s M-16 infantry rifle and similar weapons have been used in most of the deadliest mass shootings in the last decade, including the one at Sandy Hook…

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As Mueller moves forward, lingering questions about Comey and Clinton

The challenge facing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of President Trump and his associates extends beyond determining whether there was a conspiracy with Russians to meddle in the 2016 election or an attempt to obstruct the FBI’s investigation. In a larger sense, Mr. Mueller must confront the grim prospect that whatever his final conclusions in the Trump-Russia investigation, they will likely be met with suspicion – and possibly rejection – by a significant portion of the country. Rhetoric surrounding the investigation has grown increasingly bitter as members of…

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News analysis: Mueller calls Trump’s Russia bluff

News analysis WASHINGTON — For more than a year, President Donald Trump has insisted that Russians did not interfere in the 2016 election, going so far as to call such allegations a “hoax” and a “made-up story.” On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating the Trump team, filed indictments filled with cold, hard fact, charging 13 Russian nationals with executing an incredibly sophisticated cyber-based operation to aid Trump’s bid for the presidency. In other words, Mueller called Trump’s bluff. The defendants “engaged in operations primarily intended…

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Mueller calls Trump’s Russia bluff

News analysis WASHINGTON — For more than a year, President Donald Trump has insisted that Russians did not interfere in the 2016 election, going so far as to call such allegations a “hoax” and a “made-up story.” On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating the Trump team, filed indictments filled with cold, hard fact, charging 13 Russian nationals with executing an incredibly sophisticated cyber-based operation to aid Trump’s bid for the presidency. In other words, Mueller called Trump’s bluff. The defendants “engaged in operations primarily intended…

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Calls on FBI Director Christopher Wray to Resign

(PARKLAND, Fla.) — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI director to resign because of the agency’s failure. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday was a “tragic consequence” of the FBI’s missteps and ordered a review of the Justice Department’s processes. He said it’s…

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Trump critics: Still think Russia investigation is a ‘hoax’?

Democrats lashed out Friday at President Donald Trump after the investigation he has called a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” resulted in the indictment of 13 Russian nationals on charges of interfering in the 2016 election. “For all of those who have been asking ‘where is the evidence of a crime?’ — this is it. This is the criminal conspiracy,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the top Democrat on the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement. “Today’s indictments show precisely how the Russians worked to help…

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Trump picks politics over policy on immigration vote

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter WASHINGTON — In the immigration debate, President Trump had two options before him: 1) make a good-faith effort to reach a compromise on border security and DACA, or 2) keep immigration as a political issue for his base going into the 2018 midterms and 2020. He chose Door No. 2, at least when it came to the legislation the Senate considered this week. Think about…

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