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Before Florida Attack, Gunman Showed Off Mass Shooting Videos

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — As federal authorities worked on Saturday to piece together clues to last week’s attack at a Florida military training base, new details emerged about the gunman, a Saudi trainee who had apparently shown videos of mass shootings at a dinner party the night before.

Several days earlier, the gunman and three other Saudi military trainees visited New York City, including several museums and Rockefeller Center, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.

Investigators were seeking to determine whether the New York trip was a tourist excursion — foreign students often take recreational trips — or whether there were other motives. They also hoped to learn whether the group met with other people during the trip.

The 24-year-old gunman, identified as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, did not appear to have any ties to international terrorist groups, said a senior American official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about investigators’ findings.

The Friday morning attack in a classroom building at the Pensacola Naval Air Station left three service members dead and eight others injured. The gunman, armed with a 9-millimeter handgun and several extra magazines, was killed by a sheriff’s deputy.

The authorities offered no details about the mass shooting videos said to have been shown at Lieutenant Alshamrani’s apartment, nor did they confirm a report that a Twitter account with a name matching the gunman’s had posted shortly before the shooting a screed criticizing the United States as “evil’ and quoting Osama bin Laden.

The report, from the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activity on the internet, said the posting had criticized America’s “invasion” of many countries and its support for Israel.

Several other Saudis on the Pensacola base, which hosts some 200 foreign military trainees, were detained for questioning after the shooting. One of them, who had been at the scene of the shooting with two others, had recorded the chaotic scene in front of the classroom building where the shooting took place. He later told investigators the three of them just happened to be there at that time, were caught up in the moment and he had wanted to record it, said the person briefed on the investigation.

Some of the Saudis were detained in order to make sure every last trainee from that country was accounted for on the base, according to a senior American official. Some Saudis at bases in Oklahoma and Louisiana who had entered the country on the same flight as the gunman earlier this year were also investigated, the official said. No ties to the suspect or to terror groups were found.

The F.B.I. office in Jacksonville has declined to characterize the nature of its investigation, but a local member of Congress said it clearly appeared to be a terrorist attack.

“I said it was terrorism because it was a premeditated terrorist attack and more than one person was involved,” said Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican whose congressional district includes Pensacola and has been kept abreast of the investigation. “The filming and potential attempts at publication show that this was an attack intended for theatrical effect to terrorize. It is the definition of terrorism.”

Witnesses described a chaotic scene after Friday’s shooting. The classroom building was covered in broken glass, shell casings and obvious signs of horror.

One of the wounded, Ryan Blackwell, a Navy airman and assistant high school wrestling coach, told the Pensacola News Journal that he was at his office on the first floor of the classroom building when he heard gunshots in the hallway. He and his colleagues closed the door and took cover. The gunman shot through the door.

Mr. Blackwell said he had shielded a woman with his body. All three airmen in the office were shot, he said, with Mr. Blackwell wounded in his right arm and pelvis. He and his colleagues were able to open a window and run out, he said.

“We could have been three more casualties if we didn’t escape,” he said.

At a vigil for the shooting victims at the Olive Baptist Church on Saturday, Chief Deputy Chip W. Simmons of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said he had visited one of the two deputies who were injured while confronting the gunman, and that he was in good spirits.

He recounted the shock Friday morning of hearing the two words law enforcement officials have come to dread over the police radio: “Active shooter.” Usually, he said, that is followed up with the reassuring word of a false alarm. “I never heard that,” Chief Simmons said. “The closer I got to NAS, the more gunshots I heard on the radio.”

Then he heard another, even more dreaded phrase: “Officer down.” And then: “‘Another person down, two officers down. Get rescue.’ How much rescue do you need? ‘As many as you can bring.’”

One of the two injured deputies from the sheriff’s office was released from the hospital on Saturday. The other had been released on Friday.

The authorities by Saturday evening had not officially released the victims’ names, but family members said Joshua Kaleb Watson, a 23-year-old rifle team captain, was among the dead. Adam Watson, his older brother, wrote in a Facebook post that Joshua “saved countless lives today with his own.”

“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable,” he wrote. “He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”

Mr. Watson’s father, Benjamin Watson, told The Pensacola News Journal that his 23-year-old son was shot five times. He had reported to the base two weeks earlier for flight training.

The Tampa Bay Times identified a second victim as Mohammed Haitham, a 19-year-old airman from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Questions swirled both in the community and in Washington about the thoroughness of the review that the United States conducts before foreign trainees are invited onto military bases.

Lieutenant Alshamrani’s training with the United States military began in August 2017 and was scheduled to finish in August 2020, Pentagon officials said on Saturday.

After his initial arrival in the country, Lieutenant Alshamrani attended language school at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. There, he took classes in English, basic aviation and initial aviation training. During school breaks, the lieutenant would return home to Saudi Arabia, Pentagon officials said.

When he came back to the United States this February, friends and colleagues noticed that Lieutenant Alshamrani, who was Muslim, had become more religious, said a person briefed on the investigation.

It was not immediately known what he did between February and last week, when he signed into his new training unit in Pensacola. He had been living in the Pensacola area for some time before that, but it was not clear what he was doing, said the person briefed on the inquiry.

Abbas Musa, the imam at the Al Islam Dawah mosque in Pensacola, said he did not recognize the shooting suspect, and said news of the attack had made his skin crawl. “What in the world would trigger you to do something like that?” Mr. Musa said. “It makes you sick. We reject it.”

At the apartment building where public records suggest the gunman may have lived, in unincorporated Escambia County, several neighbors said they did not know him. Landlords often offer short-term leases to people participating in Navy training at the base and there is a high amount of turnover, they said.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said on Saturday that he had directed the Pentagon to look at vetting procedures for foreign nationals who come to study and train with the American military.

The Department of Defense has 5,181 foreign students from 153 countries in various training programs. Acceptance requires screening for each applicant before acceptance, including running searches for evidence of drug trafficking, support of terrorist activity, corruption or other criminal conduct.

President Trump said before flying to South Florida on Saturday evening that the government would immediately look into “the whole procedure” of accepting foreign military trainees. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, he added, “will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones” of those killed and injured in the attack.

“I think they’re going to help out the families very greatly,” Mr. Trump said.

Members of the community who gathered for Saturday’s vigil prayed for the two deputies injured while stopping the gunman, along with others injured in the gunfire.

Mike Dimick, the military pastor at Olive Baptist Church, said he had spoken with one of the injured deputies, a 24-year-old military reservist who was shot in the arm. The young man, whom he declined to name, had reminded Mr. Dimick about a conversation they had a year ago in Bible study. An 18-year-old trainee at the base had said she was frightened because she felt the location made them a target.

“He said, ‘Every time I put on my uniform and drive by the base, I think of her, and here I am, a first-responder there,’” Mr. Dimick said.

The officer was doing well, Mr. Dimick said, but seemed solemn because of “the things he has seen.”

Frances Robles reported from Pensacola, Fla.; Patricia Mazzei from Miami; Eric Schmitt from Washington; and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Helene Cooper contributed reporting from Simi Valley, Calif., and Adam Goldman from Washington. Susan C. Beachy and Jack Begg contributed research.

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Cabot Phillips: Opposition to Pledge of Allegiance by ‘social justice warriors’ signals alarming trend

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Grand Valley State University’s student government became the latest in a growing list of groups to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings because the pledge isn’t “inclusive” enough. Though the vote at the Michigan university in early November was reversed a week later after a national backlash, student senators still maintained that offering an oath of loyalty to a nation that “oppresses” its own people is unacceptable.

While these college students sitting in taxpayer-funded classrooms wallowed in their “oppression,” students at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University were under siege from the Chinese military for daring to stand up for human rights.

The juxtaposition between real and imagined oppression w`ent unnoticed — or was intentionally ignored — as Grand Valley’s students claimed anyone failing to see mass oppression in America is blinded by privilege.

Ironically, the same students accusing others of being blinded by privilege fail to observe the glaringly obvious privilege they themselves enjoy: American Privilege. That is, the unique privilege of living in a country that actively protects the rights of its people to criticize their government without fear of repercussions.

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The growing idea that America is a land of oppression rather than freedom is the symptom of a culture that incentivizes victimhood by bowing down to anyone claiming to be disadvantaged. Having spent the past half-decade following trends on college campuses, I’ve seen first-hand the environment this type of culture has fostered.

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Most college freshmen arrive on campus as 18-year-olds, eager to fit in. They observe the social hierarchy and quickly note that those at the top are the individuals who can lay claim to being the most oppressed.

That victim status offers immunity from foes, praise from peers, and garners special treatment from those in authority, namely school administrators. Oppression is the currency in today’s social economy, and business is booming.

However, the ultimate praise on campus is reserved for those who can claim oppression while simultaneously combating it themselves. The role of “social justice warrior” is now a tantalizing one for a young student looking to fit in.

The only thing missing is often the social injustice itself. Thankfully for these self-identified warriors, the actual presence of oppression and injustice isn’t necessary to receive validation — all that’s needed is the claim that it exists.

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Every superhero needs a villain, and upon hearing each day in class that the United States is a genocidal country with a predominant legacy of racism and bigotry, it’s easy for these young, passionate minds to settle on America itself as their foe of choice.

Soon the idea of being proud of such a country, let alone pledging allegiance to it, becomes unconscionable.

Such melodramatic views would be comical it they didn’t harbor dangerous repercussions for the future of the United States.

While the problems these students claim to face are often fictitious, their proposed solutions are very real, and pose a serious threat to our society as a whole. Freedoms we assume to be unassailable – like freedom of speech, assembly, and religion – are now under attack.

This year alone, we’ve seen students demand their freedoms be taken away, all in the name of inclusivity and social justice. Whether it’s the implementation of restrictive speech codes and bias response teams, or mass protests against student newspapers for daring to reach out for comment from both sides of the political aisle, students increasingly view freedom not as a privilege, but as a burden to carry.

These students are OK sacrificing their rights in exchange for the perceived feeling of emotional safety this offers.

We cannot stand idly by while the next generation carves away at our freedoms in the name of social justice. At the crux of this alarming trend is academia at all levels.

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We need to educate young people on what our flag truly represents – liberty and justice for all – and help them to see the privilege they enjoy living in the United States. Only then can we hope that they channel their passion towards protecting the principles that have made us the freest, most equitable nation in human history.

Members of the next generation won’t preserve our freedom for the future and carry on our aspirational creed if they don’t think it’s anything worth preserving.

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Giuliani ‘Caused Shock’ Among Ukrainians for Working with Expelled Politician Who Proposed Leasing Crimea to Russia

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9 out of 10 drivers think everyone else can’t drive in winter

Nine in 10 Americans don’t trust other drivers to stay safe on the road in the winter, according to new research.

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A survey of 2,000 Americans who drive regularly found 91 percent don’t have faith in other drivers as the temperature drops and the roads get slick.

That extends to our loved ones, too: Almost a quarter (23 percent) avoid riding with a friend or family member during the winter because they don’t trust their driving.

Commissioned by Discount Tire and conducted by OnePoll, the results found that respondents are fairly confident in their own abilities, as 64 percent believe they’re a safe driver throughout the season.

Still, 59 percent admitted to being less confident in their winter driving abilities than their skills during the rest of the year, and results found driver confidence varies by the weather.

The vast majority — more than 90 percent — are confident driving in the rain, while three-quarters feel safe in sleet or snow (76 percent, each); but only 55 percent are comfortable driving with ice on the roads.

That’s likely why many people avoid driving during the winter. Forty-eight percent have avoided running errands in order to stay off the road, while others have avoided taking a long drive (44 percent) or avoided traveling somewhere due to weather concerns (42 percent).

More than a fifth of respondents (22 percent) have been in an accident as a result of winter weather and slippery roads, which might explain part of the hesitancy to drive.

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“At 45 degrees and below, all-season tires start to lose traction and grip on the road — that’s when we recommend using winter tires,” said Tom Williams, senior vice president of customer experience at Discount Tire. “The tread rubber of an all-season tire stiffens in extreme cold and becomes less able to provide sufficient traction, whereas winter tires have softer rubber and thousands of extra traction edges to maintain contact with the road.

“Winter tires deliver as much as a 25–50 percent increase in traction, which could be the margin you need to stop in time with cold-weather conditions,” he added.

But, at times, it can be difficult to avoid driving during the winter — results found that 65 percent of respondents plan to drive for the holidays, with their longest trip averaging three and a half hours.

In good news for those traveling during the holidays, 92 percent of respondents feel knowledgeable about driving in winter weather — but results showed they might not know as much as they think.

Some drivers are unaware they should avoid stopping on hills when roads are icy (35 percent), while others don’t know cruise control should be avoided on slippery roads (30 percent) or that it’s important to accelerate and decelerate more slowly in the presence of snow or ice (24 percent).

Interestingly enough, 79 percent of drivers surveyed know the temperature outside affects tire pressure. And 54 percent are aware of the correlation — for every 10-degree drop in temperature, tires lose one pound of air pressure.

“Regardless of where you live, drivers need to take extra precautions with their tires during the winter months,” Williams said. “As outside temperatures drop, so does the air pressure of your tires. We recommend checking your tire pressure at least once a month to decrease the dangerous risk of poor handling and excessive wear.”

It’s best to be prepared — and one way to do so is making sure your vehicle is ready for winter weather, something seven in 10 respondents do.

Of those who prep for winter, the most common step they take is checking their vehicle’s tire pressure (85 percent), followed by checking their wiper blades (80 percent) and checking the tread on their tires (79 percent).

An even safer way to prepare is by having your tires checked by a professional before the colder weather starts, something 53 percent of respondents plan to do. And half have used winter tires on their vehicle in the past, which is another step to be prepared for the season.

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Trump Says Rudy Giuliani Will Tell Congress About His Recent Ukraine Trip

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President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wants to tell Congress and the Justice Department about his recent trip to Europe, where he spoke with former officials in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

He has “a lot of good information,” Trump told reporters gathered on the White House lawn.

The former New York City mayor traveled to Ukraine and Hungary with a crew from One America News Network, a conservative cable channel and website that occasionally peddles right-wing conspiracy theories, to film a documentary meant to challenge the House impeachment inquiry. 

“He’s going to make a report, I think, to the attorney general and to Congress,” Trump said. “I hear he has found plenty.”

Giuliani reportedly spoke to former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko along with other former Ukrainian officials ― all of whom have faced accusations of corruption. 

The Bidens have been accused, without evidence, of using their influence to improperly meddle in Ukrainian affairs because Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company around the same time his father was tasked with addressing corruption in Ukraine. 

Trump is thought to consider Joe Biden to be his chief rival in the 2020 presidential election. 

However, his Biden preoccupation has landed him in hot water: Members of Congress launched impeachment proceedings after becoming aware of requests the president made of Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky. If Zelensky announced that his government was investigating the Bidens, his country would receive pledged military aid that was being withheld and he would meet with Trump at the White House. 

The president also asked Zelensky to look into a conspiracy theory positing that it was Ukraine that meddled in the 2016 election, not Russia, and that the country did it on behalf of Hillary Clinton, not Trump. 

American intelligence officials have consistently said the theory has no basis in fact.

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Trump Says Rudy Giuliani Will Tell Congress About His Recent Ukraine Trip

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President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wants to tell Congress and the Justice Department about his recent trip to Europe, where he spoke with former officials in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

He has “a lot of good information,” Trump told reporters gathered on the White House lawn.

The former New York City mayor traveled to Ukraine and Hungary with a crew from One America News Network, a conservative cable channel and website that occasionally peddles right-wing conspiracy theories, to film a documentary meant to challenge the House impeachment inquiry. 

“He’s going to make a report, I think, to the attorney general and to Congress,” Trump said. “I hear he has found plenty.”

Giuliani reportedly spoke to former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko along with other former Ukrainian officials ― all of whom have faced accusations of corruption. 

The Bidens have been accused, without evidence, of using their influence to improperly meddle in Ukrainian affairs because Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company around the same time his father was tasked with addressing corruption in Ukraine. 

Trump is thought to consider Joe Biden to be his chief rival in the 2020 presidential election. 

However, his Biden preoccupation has landed him in hot water: Members of Congress launched impeachment proceedings after becoming aware of requests the president made of Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky. If Zelensky announced that his government was investigating the Bidens, his country would receive pledged military aid that was being withheld and he would meet with Trump at the White House. 

The president also asked Zelensky to look into a conspiracy theory positing that it was Ukraine that meddled in the 2016 election, not Russia, and that the country did it on behalf of Hillary Clinton, not Trump. 

American intelligence officials have consistently said the theory has no basis in fact.

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Trump will ‘temporarily hold off’ designating Mexican cartels as terror groups

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President Trump announced Friday that he will hold off on officially designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations while he works with the Mexican president “to deal decisively” with the issue.

“All necessary work has been completed to declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Statutorily we are ready to do so. However, at the request of a man who I like and respect, and has worked so well with us, President Andres Manuel @lopezobrador_ we will temporarily hold off this designation and step up our joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and ever-growing organizations!”

Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard thanked Trump on Twitter for his decision.

“I appreciate President Donald Trump’s decision to postpone the designation of organizations as terrorists at the request of President López Obrador, who also respects and appreciates him,” Ebrard said.

Obrador praised Trump’s decision at an event Friday in his home state of Tabasco.

“I celebrate that he has taken our opinion into account,” the Mexican president said, according to The New York Times. “There has to be cooperation with respect for our sovereignties, cooperation without interventionism. And I think it was a very good decision that he took today.”

Designating cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) could lead to tougher financial penalties and legal ramifications for those involved who are tried in the U.S. Once a group is designated a terrorist organization, known members are prohibited from entering the country and it is illegal for those in the U.S. to intentionally provide support. Financial institutions are barred from doing any type of business with the organization or its members. This could mean that an American selling drugs that originated south of the border could be prosecuted under anti-terrorism laws, and could possibly be given a life sentence.

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Dozens of cartels are known to be operating across Mexico, but it’s unclear which ones will receive the FTO label.

Mexican drug cartels are currently classified as drug trafficking organizations, but their criminal activity spans far beyond illegal drug trade, involving everything from murder, fraud, gun trafficking, bribery, money laundering and counterfeit smuggling, to human trafficking and extortion.

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Amb. David Johnson, vice president of the International Narcotics Control Board, said the key difference between drug cartels and terror groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) is a profit motive versus a political motive.

“Terrorists use violence to expand a political goal. These criminals are interested in money, not politics. They don’t want the responsibility and headaches that come with political control since it could interfere with their profit-maximizing goals,” he explained. “The key reason for not labeling them terrorists is because that is not what they are. They are in it for the money. Period.”

Critics said the move could shake up bilateral relations between the U.S. and Mexico and hurt trade.

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Clamping down on illegal migrants flowing across the U.S. southern border with Mexico, which Trump claims has contributed to an influx of drugs and violent crime in border states, has been a part of his agenda since the beginning of his administration. Efforts have been ramped up after the brutal killings of six children and three women with dual Mexican and American citizenship in the Mormon community of La Mora on Nov. 4. At the time, Trump called on Mexico to “wage war” on the cartels.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Saudi Arabia ‘will be involved in taking care’ of Pensacola shooting victims’ families, Trump says

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The leaders of Saudi Arabia are devastated by the deadly attack at the Pensacola naval base in Florida and intend to “help out” the families of those murdered, President Trump announced Saturday.

“The king will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones,” Trump said after speaking to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman by phone. “He feels very strongly. He’s very, very devastated by what happened and what took place. Likewise the Crown Prince (Mohammed bin Salman).”

The suspected shooter is a Saudi Air Force aviation officer who was training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.

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Trump said the Saudi leaders “are devastated by what took place in Pensacola. I think they are going to help out the families very greatly.”

The announcement of potential assistance comes after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saudi Arabia owed a debt to the families.

“Obviously, the government … needs to make things better for these victims. I think they’re going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals,” DeSantis said at a news conference Friday.

The attack unfolded Friday morning at the waterfront base when the shooter opened fire with a handgun in a training classroom. The attack prompted a massive law enforcement response and put the base on lockdown.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed to Fox News that three of the victims were Americans. Family members identified one of them as Joshua Watson, a 23-year-old recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who is credited with taking life-saving actions in his final moments of life after being shot five times by the Saudi national.

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Both Esper and Trump have declined to call the attack an act of terror.

“I can’t say it’s terrorism at this time,” Esper told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Saturday, saying that the FBI and investigators must do their work.

The suspected shooter, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy, was in the United States for military training. The U.S. has a long-standing program to teach foreign nationals how to operate American-made military equipment purchased by their governments.

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Trump said the U.S. would “immediately” conduct a review of the training procedures and pledged to “get to the bottom” of what happened.

He signaled that investigators are trying to determine whether the shooter acted alone or planned the attack with others.

“We are finding out what took place,” Trump said, “whether it’s one person or a number of people.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders’ sweeping broadband plan dubs high-speed internet a ‘basic human right’

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“The internet in this country costs too damn much,” according to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who released a plan on Friday to spend $150 billion on high-speed universal internet service.

Sanders’ sweeping plan dubs high-speed internet service a “basic human right” that should be handled like the New Deal treated electricity at the beginning of the 20th Century.

“High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity — a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right,” according to the 2020 candidate’s plan. “And getting online at home, at school, or at work shouldn’t involve long waits, frustrating phone calls, and complex contracts and fees meant to trap and trick consumers.”

Similar to his campaign rhetoric, Sanders’ plan blasts telecom companies for their alleged “greed” and calls for breaking up “internet service provider and cable monopolies.” His plan would also block service providers from providing content.

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“With no incentive to innovate or invest, these conglomerates charge sky-high internet prices to reap profits from consumers, and they collect government subsidies to provide service to rural households while still leaving millions of Americans unconnected,” his plan reads.

Other major reforms include eliminating data caps and throttling, instructing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to force companies to provide affordable rates, working with Congress to codify net neutrality, and requiring that internet service providers offer a minimum standard of broadband speed.

Friday’s proposal was just the latest large-scale guarantee that Sanders promised through sweeping government action. Since announcing his candidacy, Sanders has pledged to provide universal health care, jobs, college tuition, housing and cancellation of medical debt.

Critics have pointed out the large price tags for these plans. Conservatives, in particular, compare Sanders’ government intervention to socialist countries.

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Sanders’ plan, however, vows to “dramatically lower costs.”

“The internet was invented in America,” his plan reads. “We should be the world leader in providing fast, affordable service. We must also invest in digital adoption and literacy, ensuring when affordable service is provided, all can fully utilize the benefits.”

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