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Immigration Hardliners Will Run Texas’ New Domestic Terrorism Task Force

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is responding to the recent mass shooting that targeted Hispanics by creating a domestic terrorism task force stacked with officials who have pushed for policies to crack down on immigration.

The task force, announced Wednesday, aims to ramp up monitoring of the state’s white nationalist groups. But Texas is a majority-minority state and only two of the committee’s 15 named members appear to be people of color. 

The gunman who killed 22 people and injured two dozen more in El Paso earlier this month carried out the attack after reportedly writing a screed blaming Mexican migrants for carrying out an “invasion” of Texas, and calling upon others to imitate his actions. He could face domestic terrorism charges, as well as the death penalty in Texas.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, sits beside fellow immigration hardliner Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Both will join a state task force that aims to ramp up efforts to surveil white nationalists.

Immigrants’ rights groups and some Democrats say Abbott has chosen the opposite of the types of people who should head a task force charged with ramping up policing of white nationalists targeting immigrants.

“It’s discouraging that Gov. Abbott’s task force to address domestic terrorism only includes one Latino member and … [that] state officials who have run for office on similar anti-immigrant rhetoric that was at the heart of the attack on El Paso will also be members of the task force,” said Mario Carrillo, the Texas state director for immigrant rights group America’s Voice. “Their policies have attacked Latinos and immigrants in the state, and there is little faith that they would have our community’s best interest in mind.”

Manny Garcia, the executive director for the Texas Democratic Party, praised Abbott for acknowledging that Texas faces a problem with racially motivated violence. But he said the governor should recruit more Democrats, domestic terrorism experts and people of color. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

“This was white nationalist terrorism and Gov. Abbott needs to diversify the people whom he listens to,” Garcia said in a statement. “The task force lacks any real form of diversity. As it stands, it is composed of only law enforcement individuals and Republicans ― the same Republicans who have been fanning the flames of white supremacy and criminalizing immigration for political profit for years.”

Abbott charged the new task force with conducting a statewide intelligence assessment of the domestic terrorism threat level, creating new teams to monitor the actions of extremists, and upping the number of state police special agents that investigate neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups. The task force will meet quarterly, starting Aug. 30. 

“Our top priority is to keep Texans safe in their communities,” Abbott said in a statement announcing the new body. “Part of that mission is to combat domestic terrorism and root out the extremist ideologies that fuel hatred and violence in our state.”

The task force will be led by the state’s top Republicans, including Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton. All of them have championed a surge of state police troopers at the border that has burned through more than $2 billion over the last five years, according to the Texas Observer. All three of them also supported Senate Bill 4, a 2017 state law that bans so-called sanctuary policies that limit cooperation between immigration authorities and local law enforcement. 

More recently, they backed a state-led effort to remove thousands of naturalized immigrants from the voter rolls, contending without evidence that unauthorized immigrants might be casting illegal ballots. Multiple lawsuits forced Abbott’s administration to abandon the purge. 

The fact that backers of the 2017 anti-sanctuary law are part of the mix is particularly concerning, said Claudia Muñoz of the criminal justice reform group Grassroots Leadership. Abbott should instead investigate how the law “has contributed to the culture of hate and how it can be repealed as quickly as possible,” she said. 

“The governor should actually listen to communities impacted by white supremacist violence, instead appointing a panel exclusively made up of law enforcement, including people who have actively implemented policies targeting immigrants and people of color,” Muñoz said.

U.S. Attorney for Western Texas John Bash was also named to the task force. Bash, whose district encompasses El Paso, said earlier this month that the mass shooting there meets the definition of domestic terrorism. 

As the top federal prosecutor for West Texas, Bash also helped pilot the Trump administration’s experiment with family separations at the border last year, ordering prosecutions for illegal entry that routed migrant parents into federal jails while their children were left in the custody of immigration officials. After his swearing-in ceremony last year, Bash described violent crime as his office’s second priority, after immigration enforcement, according to the San Antonio Express-News. 

Despite its focus on identifying homegrown extremists, the task force includes unidentified members of Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with policing ports of entry.

Carter Smith, the executive director of the state’s Department of Parks and Wildlife, will also join the team. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request to explain what role Parks and Wildlife would play on a domestic terrorism task force, though the department’s game wardens currently contribute to the state’s immigration enforcement efforts in isolated border areas. 

“These are absolutely the wrong people to address the issues — the real issues are about access to guns and white nationalism,” Tom Saenz, the president of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, told HuffPost.

“I guess it’s a strategic attempt to distract people from the issues,” he said. “And you do that by staffing your task force with people who have no relationship to the issues or, in some cases, are on the other side of the issues.”

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Woman seen on video getting Tesla Model 3 chip implanted in arm to start car

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One Tesla owner is hoping she’ll never lose her car key again.

Amie Dansby recently had her Tesla Model 3’s chip implanted in her forearm. The chip unlocks and starts the car.

Dansby, who goes by “Amie DD” online, is a software engineer, programmer and self-described “passionate technologist,” and now she can reportedly start up her wheels in a unique way.

Dansby uploaded a YouTube video on Aug. 8 titled “Tesla Model 3 Chip Install – Warning There is Blood,” during which she is seen going to a body modification studio and having her car’s RFID chip — encapsulated in a biopolymer — inserted in her arm.

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In another video, “Tesla Model 3 Hack,” Dansby describes how she procured the chip from the card, saying she dissolved the keycard in acetone.

This is not Dansby’s first implanted RFID chip, short for radio-frequency identification.

“A few years ago I got this RFID implant in my hand,” she said in video footage, “and it’s just basic access control.”

“If I were to tap my hand to your phone, it would automatically open a browser and go to my webpage,” Dansby explains. “It also works with my front door.”

When she preordered her Tesla Model 3 a few years ago, Dansby said she found out that the keycard was going to use RFID-based technology to unlock and start the car.

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But when she tried to see if she could upload the software off the Tesla keycard, she discovered that she couldn’t write it to the chip already in her hand, Dansby said.

“So it’s pretty secure. Good job, Tesla,” she joked. “So I’m just going to take the chip that I have in my valet card and encapsulate it, and implant that one in my hand.”

Dansby, who is also a 3D printer and avid cosplayer, told The Verge that the chip works but that the range “isn’t the greatest,” and her arm has to be within an inch of the console.

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She posted to Twitter on Monday that her forearm was also swollen following the modification.

“My arm was swollen right after (none of my other chip implants read the first few days). I may have upgrades but unfortunately my body still heals at a human rate,” she wrote.

On Aug. 2, Dansby had posted on Hackaday, where she chronicled her yearlong project to biohack the Tesla keycard, saying that the implant “was a success.”

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“I didn’t even cry! My yearlong Tesla Model 3 bio implant hack project wouldn’t be possible without Amal at vivokey encasing my chip implant in biopolymer and Pineapple to install it safely. My cyberpunk upgrades are complete,” she wrote.

A brand-new Model 3 starts at $39,740, according to Tesla’s website.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Former Business Associate: I Want To Assist Victims

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Steven Hoffenberg was arrested by FBI agents in Arkansas in 1996, after regulators accused him of defrauding investors.

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At 74, Steven Hoffenberg spends a lot of time reflecting on his long and checkered past, which included a lengthy prison sentence for running a Ponzi scheme.

Since last weekend, he says his thoughts have increasingly turned to the man he says conspired with him in that scheme — the notorious sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last Saturday.

“There’s so much going through my mind about me and Epstein. It’s a lifetime of errors. How do you correct a lifetime of errors?” Hoffenberg asks. He spoke to NPR from a hospital bed, where he was awaiting surgery.

Epstein is widely seen as someone who managed to dodge accountability for his actions. His 2006 arrest for sex crimes involving under-aged girls in Florida resulted in a plea deal that was widely seen as very lenient. Hoffenberg maintains that Epstein also got away with financial crimes.

During his lifetime, Epstein was known as a man who lived a life of opulence. He threw lavish parties for his rich and powerful friends at his many homes, which included one of the largest mansions in Manhattan and a private island in the Virgin Islands, where he ferried his friends on a private jet.

Hoffenberg says he was introduced to Epstein by a British business acquaintance in the 1980s, and they quickly became friends.

“He appeared to be brilliant, extraordinarily gifted and talented in convincing people to buy from him. And a criminal mastermind,” Hoffenberg says.

Hoffenberg hired him at the financial company he ran, Towers Financial. Epstein had a vast network of wealthy connections and helped Hoffenberg raise money on Wall Street.

“He knew many people in the brokerage business that sold securities and they gave him access to investors,” he recalls.

Together, the two men acquired the parent company of two Illinois insurance firms, and then used the money in a failed bid to acquire the troubled airliner Pan Am. They also drained hundreds of millions of investors’ dollars and Towers Financial eventually was forced into bankruptcy, Hoffenberg acknowledges.

“This was a criminal investment enterprise. So I’m not trying to state to you that there was a purpose that should be complimented,” he says.

Hoffenberg would plead guilty to mail fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice in 1995, and would eventually serve 18 years in prison.

Epstein was never charged in connection with the scheme, although Hoffenberg says he told federal prosecutors about his role.

“There’s no question that I told them. It makes no sense. Like his whole life makes sense. His death makes no sense,” Hoffenberg says.

Why Epstein escaped prosecution is something of a mystery. The federal prosecutor who handled the case, Dan Nardello, declined to comment, saying he never discusses cases he prosecuted.

Former prosecutor Amy Millard came into the case late, during sentencing, and says she remembers little about it after 25 years. But she says Hoffenberg appeared to be a less than trustworthy witness.

“I remember that at the point that I met him and had any dealings with I did not believe he was credible in his statements,” says Millard, who’s now in private practice at the law firm Clayman and Rosenberg.

Millard also remembers that Hoffenberg in the courtroom showed little sympathy for the many thousands of small investors who had lost money in the scheme.

“I remember that he was extraordinarily arrogant, not taking responsibility for what he had done and that there were a huge number of victims who were hurt by his behavior.”

Today Hoffenberg says he is eager to atone for what he did, and says he called some of the victims and urged them to sue Epstein to recoup some of their money.

One of the victims did file a class-action suit against Epstein last year, but the suit was withdrawn after his lawyers argued that the statute of limitations had passed on whatever crimes had been committed.

Hoffenberg says he’s still available to help the victims and would testify on their behalf.

“I’m the first one in the line to assist the victims,” he says. “At 74, I’d like to go to the pearly gates assisting the victims.”

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Hatred For The Endangered Species Act Runs Deep At Trump’s Interior Department

For 20 minutes, Wyoming lawyer William Perry Pendley railed against “environmental extremists” and boasted about the legal battles his right-wing nonprofit had waged on behalf of Western property owners. The tirade came at a September 2014 conference of the conservative American Dream Coalition in Denver.

Environmentalists primarily use three laws, including the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as tools to “drive people off the land” and into cities where they can be “controlled,” he said. At the time, Pendley was president of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a Colorado-based nonprofit law firm that focuses on “protecting property rights” and advocates for selling off millions of federal acres in the West.

“We’ve gone from protecting the warm and fuzzies to protecting the cold and slimies,” he said. “It was supposed to apply only to federal land. Today, it applies to private property ― coast to coast, border to border ― which leads us here in the West to say what? ‘Shoot, shovel and shut up’ if you encounter one of those critters on your property.”

He continued: “That, by the way, is not legal advice.”

“Shoot, shovel and shut up” ― also known as the “3-S treatment” ― is a strategy extreme property rights advocates have embraced for getting rid of unwanted, imperiled species on private land. Pendley has also written that the law underlying federal species protection is used “to kill or prevent anybody from making a living on federal land.”

Late last month, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tapped Pendley to serve as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, an agency of the Interior Department that oversees 245 million acres of public land, or more than one-third of the federal estate. This week, the Trump administration finalized rules that significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act. Among other things, the changes will make it easier for government agencies to remove species from the protected list and limit their ability to account for the impacts of future climate change. The rollback comes on the heels of a United Nations report that found up to 1 million species around the globe are at risk of extinction due to human activities.

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Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc via Getty Images Interior deputy Susan Combs, pictured in 2010, spent decades as an official in Texas fighting conservation efforts alongside the state’s oil and gas industry.

That the Interior Department took aim at the ESA comes as no surprise when one considers some of the people in high-ranking posts. Pendley is one of several agency officials who detest what is arguably America’s most important law for protecting imperiled plants and animals.

Susan Combs, a former Texas comptroller who was confirmed in June as Interior’s assistant secretary for policy, management and budget, once equated proposed ESA listings to “incoming Scud missiles” headed for her state’s oil and gas-rich economy. As a state lawmaker in the 1990s, she championed legislation prohibiting state wildlife officials from gathering endangered species data from private lands without permission, according to The Austin Chronicle. As Texas comptroller, she fought against the federal government’s proposal to list the dune sagebrush lizard ― an effort that primarily benefited fossil fuel interests. And in 2015, Combs led three groups in a failed effort to petition to have federal protections removed for the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird native to central Texas.

Karen Budd-Falen, Interior’s deputy solicitor for fish, wildlife and parks, has called the ESA “a sword to tear down the American economy, drive up food, energy and housing costs and wear down and take out rural communities and counties.” As a private lawyer, she was involved in several ESA-related legal disputes, including representing parties accused of violating the law.

Budd-Falen was among several Interior officials who briefed reporters about the ESA overhaul on Monday.

Kathy Benedetto, a top adviser at Interior, said in 1995 that the ESA “states that plants, animals and bugs are more important than human beings and that’s morally bankrupt,” according to a daily newsletter from the Alliance for America, a property rights group that was “dedicated to bringing human concerns into environmental decision-making.”

“Most species became extinct before man showed up,” Benedetto added. “The earth changes constantly.”

At the time, Benedetto was an executive committee member at the Grassroots ESA Coalition, which was, as the Alliance for America described it, working to “throw out” the 1973 law.

Then there’s Interior chief Bernhardt, a former fossil fuel lobbyist and lawyer who has been a key figure in the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda. In 2008, while working as the department’s top lawyer during the Bush administration, Bernhardt issued a legal memo that concluded it’s impossible to prove planet-warming greenhouse gases are impacting imperiled species and instructed federal agencies not to consider climate change when making listing decisions. As an industry lawyer, he sued the federal government over its implementation of the act. And as an official in the Trump administration, he intervened to block a scientific report by the Fish and Wildlife Service about the threat certain pesticides pose to more than 1,000 endangered species, as an investigation by The New York Times uncovered earlier this year.

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Bernhardt and the agency have defended the ESA rework, saying it will increase transparency and lift regulatory burdens without negatively impacting species recovery.

“We celebrate the #EndangeredSpeciesAct as the nation’s foremost conservation law w/ the ultimate goal of recovering the most imperiled species,” Interior’s press office wrote in a post to Twitter. “We are updating ESA implementation to make it more clear, consistent & better address conservation challenges of the 21st century.”

What’s clear, however, is that there are several people walking the halls of Interior’s headquarters in Washington who don’t share that sentiment and want to see sweeping revisions to the ESA. And that’s exactly what environmental groups say the American public is getting with the new rules, which alter how federal agencies implement portions of the law.

“You’ll hear from the administration that a lot of these changes are just kind of cleaning up and technical in nature,” Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of the conservation nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife and a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Bill Clinton, told reporters Monday. “But this package of regulations in no way will improve species conservation, they’ll do quite the opposite. They’ll seriously undermine the Endangered Species Act’s effectiveness in significant and important ways.”

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Fox News poll: Trump disapproval rises to near record

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“I have broken more Elton John records. He seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No, we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really, we do it without, like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical – the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth, right? The brain. More important than the mouth is the brain. The brain is much more important.”

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Muslim cleric in Texas ordered to pay woman $2.5M in sexual exploitation lawsuit

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A Dallas-area Muslim cleric was ordered Thursday to pay $2.5 million to a woman he’s accused of sexually exploiting.

District Court Judge Emily Tobolowsky ruled that the cleric, Imam Zia ul-Haq Sheikh, 50, must compensate the woman for mental anguish and other damages, The Dallas Morning News reported. Sheikh had been an imam at the Islamic Center of Irving, one of the biggest mosques in Texas.

In an email to the paper, he said he believed the judgment was in error.

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“Unfortunately, litigation in this country does not always favor the truth,” he said. “In most cases, it boils down to how much financial stamina one has, and whether one has good legal representation.”

Sheikh was accused of sexually exploiting the woman — identified only as Jane Doe — after providing her with mental health services when she turned 18.

“Jane’s emotional dependency as a result of being counseled by defendant from age 13 to age 19 led Jane to be fearful of losing defendant’s support in her life, and therefore created a situation where Jane was unable to refuse defendant’s requests,” the lawsuit said, referring to Sheikh’s alleged requests for sexually explicit photos and videos, and, ultimately, for intercourse.

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When the woman was 19, the pair had sex at a motel, according to the paper. Sheikh gave her a pregnancy test afterward to ensure he wouldn’t lose his job. He later cut off contact with her.

The woman’s attorney, Susan Adams, told the paper in a statement that the judgment “offers justice and hope not only to her but to other survivors of abuse.”

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‘BH90210’ star Brian Austin Green says he would’ve skipped a standard reboot

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Brian Austin Green says if Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and the other creators of “BH90210,” had approached him with a standard reboot of the 90s drama, he would’ve said no.

“I played David Silver for 10 years and that was enough for me, and they told me this idea and I liked the fact that I could go back and play David sort of. But I could also play this new character that I created and got to have fun with,” Green said.

In the six episodes of “BH90210,” the cast plays exaggerated versions of themselves as they come together to reboot “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

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“I think the idea is amazing,” Green said. “I figured it would be fun and it was one of those things where either the fans are gonna like it, or they’re not. And we can’t make the show just based purely on what they want because if all they want is a straight reboot, the cast isn’t gonna give them that.”

Luke Perry, a member of the original cast, died in March after a massive stroke.

In a recent interview, Green talked about reteaming with his co-stars after nearly two decades.

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AP: “BH90210” pokes fun at tabloid stories or stereotypes about your real lives — like Tori Spelling has debt issues and films multiple reality shows and Jennie Garth has had failed marriages. Did that appeal to you?

Green: It was really important to come up with the right character stuff where we could do that. Like, for me, being married, obviously my wife (actress Megan Fox) and I have a lot of paparazzi stuff and tabloid stuff. So it was about for me coming up with a character where we could still have fun and people wouldn’t look at it and compare the two. They wouldn’t think like, ‘Oh, well is this something that Brian and Megan are really dealing with?’ It gave us freedom to have fun and joke around and have fun with it, but I think everybody’s done a real good job of finding the things they think are funny and then finding the things that come from either real stories that they’ve had or things they’ve imagined could happen.

AP: What’s it like reuniting with these people professionally that you worked with from when you were age 17 to 27?

Green: We have an amazing sort of chemistry with each other because we’ve done the show for as long as we have, but at the same time we have sort of a new chemistry and a new bond that forms because we have so much more in common now than we did before. So, like Jay (Jason Priestly) and I can talk about being married and having kids and I can do that with a lot of the people and so you have the sort of memories of you jump right back in with like, oh this is what it was like to be around this person or that person. You have that, but you have so much more now to connect about than we did before.

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AP: Shannen Doherty signed on to the show later than the rest of you. Are you glad she decided to join?

Green: “To me, the show only worked if it was the original cast doing it and she was a huge part in what made the show what it was and so was Luke (Perry). You know, I always had this hope of, I knew he was busy doing ‘Riverdale’ and that he wasn’t gonna be able to sign on and do the reboot, but I always had in the back of my mind that he would be able to come and at least do one and I always hoped, if nothing else that it would work out that way with Shan (Shannen Doherty) too where she would come and do one or two. So, it was really nice that she ended up signing on and doing all six. I think she was a big part of the show then and she’s a big part of the show now.”

AP: The first episode had a few moments that were tributes to Luke. Was it hard to decide how exactly to do that?

Green: Everyone mourns in their own way. Some people talk about it more than others, some people post about it, some people don’t. That’s such an individual process mourning the loss of somebody. How do you really deal with that on a television show? You can’t. You pay homage to it and you show respect for it in a way where you don’t feel you’re being disrespectful. It’s something where we as a cast and as a people, we towed that line very carefully. It’s a really fine line for us.

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AP: And it must be very strange to mourn with the world watching.

Green: The public eye has changed so much. Back when we did the show, there was no social media so the world has changed, the climate has changed. It’s weird to update the mourning for the climate that exists now.

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Sean Spicer: In battle for Rust Belt, Trump can rely on record of results

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The battle for the Rust Belt is on and President Trump has it in the bag, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer predicted Wednesday.

The day before, at a rally in Monaca, Pa., the president touted the economy and support for American manufacturing and energy production. The small town is deep in the heart of the Rust Belt. Trump won the Democrat-heavy region decisively in 2016, but voters turned to Dems in the 2018 midterms.

On “America’s Newsroom” Spicer told co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith that there were a few facets to the “ground game” and the “date game” — what he coined “the best in the history of politics” — that the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign are “playing this cycle.”

Spicer said political logistics was a key piece of the campaign: “They know who they need to go to, what message they need to get to them at, and when you’re playing with a game of inches — as we are in a state like Pennsylvania — that’s the difference.”

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He added: “In a presidential year, you’re going to have a greater turnout than you are in a midterm. That’s good for the president.”

Spicer said manufacturing would be “key” for the campaign because the president had created 5,000 more manufacturing jobs — a sign the “stagnant growth that occurred in the previous two years” was reversing.

According to “Current Employment Statistics Highlights” released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in July, manufacturing has added an average of 8,000 jobs per month so far in 2019, after adding 22,000 jobs per month in 2018.

Spicer conceded that voters do rely on their gut in a lot of their decisions. But, that he believes, “on both scores the president has a record where people know that he’s going to stand up for them, he’s going to fight for them, and he’s going to deliver for them.”

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On the flipside, Spicer said, Democratic presidential campaign frontrunner Joe Biden is “mostly a media creation.”

“The guy doesn’t know how to run a good campaign,” he said of the former vice president. Spicer said that what Biden primarily had — instead of fresh faces or forward-thinking platforms — was money.

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“And, we’ve seen what money and politics does before, and it doesn’t really guarantee a success,” he said.

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Multiple Officers Wounded In Standoff In North Philadelphia

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A gunman who injured several police officers in a prolonged shootout in North Philadelphia on Wednesday remained armed and barricaded inside a residential building hours after the incident began. 

The Philadelphia Police Department said that six officers were shot in the skirmish and treated at area hospitals. All six were later released. 

Al Kuchler, a legal representative of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, told HuffPost one officer was hurt in a car accident. Other officers were taken to hospitals for injuries that were not gunshot wounds.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said late Wednesday that it was “nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” The Associated Press reported.

Ross added that the confrontation, which had started after 4 p.m., had “gone from a hostage situation to a barricade.”  

At an earlier news conference, Ross said officers had been trying to coax the assailant “to come out peacefully, but he is refusing to do so.”

Police managed to make contact with the gunman and his attorney hours into the standoff, but police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp Sgt. Eric Gripp said the shooter was “still armed and inside” the house as of 9:36 p.m. 

Two police officers and “additional prisoners” who were trapped inside the house were safely evacuated by a SWAT team, Gripp later added, quoting Ross. No further information about the other prisoners was released. 

“I’m a little angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said at the news conference. “But we’ll get to that another day. It’s all about the families and the officers right now.” 

The shooting broke out in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia, near Temple University. Helicopter footage of the scene showed a large police presence with many officers with their guns drawn.

Police first arrived on the scene in response to a call about narcotics activity, Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told CBS 3 Philly. Narcotics officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant when the shooting started, The New York Times reported, citing the mayor’s office. The Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed that report.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on the scene to assist police.

Temple placed its Health Sciences Center Campus on lockdown, which was lifted shortly after 7 p.m. 

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and he’s monitoring the situation, according to a White House pool report.

In a statement released Wednesday night as the standoff continued, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said he and his wife were “deeply troubled by another mass shooting in our commonwealth.”

Wolf offered his thoughts to the injured officers and their families, the police department and first responders.

“Tonight is another reminder of the selfless sacrifice of our law enforcement officers and first responders,” the governor said. “We are praying for a peaceful resolution and the full recovery of all those injured. We must remain committed to combatting violence and getting dangerous weapons out of our communities.”

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