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Curt Levey: Trump impeachment drives Democrats’ love of Constitution — here’s how they really feel

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If you listened to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s address on Thursday, you might have thought she was announcing an armed revolution. She opened with “Let us begin where our founders began in 1776. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another.”

The good news is that there will be no revolution for now. The speaker was just awkwardly trying to equate President Trump with Great Britain’s “oppressive monarch” George III and Democrats’ impeachment efforts with the founding of our republic.

Pelosi wrapped herself so tightly in our nation’s founding documents that in her first 90 words alone, she explicitly mentioned the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and “our founders,” while quoting both the Declaration and Article II of the Constitution. She then went on to cite the Constitution’s separation of powers and its check and balances, as well as the names and wise words of no less than four founding fathers, all as justification for Democrats’ impeachment proceedings.

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Pelosi even cited “our founders’ … firm reliance on divine providence,” a profound irony for the leader of a party that considers a display of the Ten Commandments on public property to be a threat to freedom.

Pelosi’s partner in impeachment, Rep. Adam Schiff, and the three anti-Trump law professors who led off the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings on Wednesday were equally eager to blanket their passion for driving the president from office with the words of the founding. Rarely have the leaders of the Democratic party and their allies expressed such reverence for the founding documents and their authors. If only it were genuine.

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What this crowd usually says about the Constitution is that it’s a deeply flawed document, written by an oppressor class of dead white males, that ratified both the institution of slavery and the oppression of women.

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Instead of lauding the Constitution as they did last week, they typically portray it as a document so obsolete that its text should not be taken literally. They embrace an alternative “living Constitution” which means not what the founders intended it to mean but what the more enlightened activist judges of today think it ought to mean.

They complain bitterly that the founding fathers stuck us with the “undemocratic” Electoral College and a Senate that gives small, deplorable red states the same number of senators as large, enlightened states like California and New York. They bemoan the Constitution’s lack of “positive rights” such as rights to health care and welfare; find rights to abortion, same-sex marriage and the like in the document’s “penumbras”; and disparage the unfashionable parts of the Bill of Rights.

Pelosi and company’s attempt to tie their impeachment efforts to the founding is part of a larger Trump-era phenomena in which haters of the president wrap themselves in Constitution-evoking clichés while paradoxically displaying an increasing disregard for the actual Constitution. 

You’ll never hear the speaker and her allies cite the Second Amendment’s right “to keep and bear arms” unless it’s to argue that those words don’t mean what they say. Similarly, they increasingly distance themselves from the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of expression and religion, which they see a dangerous enabler of politically incorrect speech and discrimination. And that’s just the first two amendments in the Bill of Rights.

Pelosi and company’s attempt to tie their impeachment efforts to the founding is part of a larger Trump-era phenomena in which haters of the president wrap themselves in Constitution-evoking clichés — “democratic norms,” “abuse of power,” and “above the law,” are some of their favorites — while paradoxically displaying an increasing disregard for the actual Constitution.

Two examples of this uneasy relationship with the Constitution are Democrats’ unyielding refusal to accept the legitimacy of the last presidential election — unseen since President Lincoln’s election triggered the Civil War — and their refusal to recognize the supremacy of federal immigration law in sanctuary cities and states. By thumbing their nose at the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, they evoke memories of the cries for “states’ rights” in the Jim Crow era.

Another troubling example is use by the president’s opponents of politically motivated legal standards — what I call “Trump Law.” This affront to the rule of law is well illustrated by novel, creatively broad definitions of criminal offenses (concerning bribery, perjury, obstruction of justice and the like) that are intended to apply only to this president and his associates and that threaten the constitutional guarantee of due process.

Equally illustrative is the creation by liberal federal judges of unprecedented, non-deferential standards for enjoining presidential actions, thus undermining the Constitution’s separation of powers.

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Several pages could be filled with additional examples of Democrats’ increasing disregard for the Constitution. But it should already be clear that the reverence for the Constitution and its authors displayed by Pelosi and her allies this week is, at best, highly selective.

So let’s take that reverence for what it’s worth — a reminder that the words of the founding fathers are still persuasive — and hope it gives the left just a little bit of pause the next time they’re tempted to disparage the Constitution.

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America’s rural hospital crisis becomes major 2020 campaign issue

MELCHER-DALLAS, Iowa – When Spenser Miller lost a finger in a work accident at 21 years old, he was driven 10 minutes away to a local hospital where he was treated for three hours before being transported to a nearby specialist in Omaha, Neb., for surgery to reattach his finger.

A year later, he opted to have the finger removed after physical therapy wasn’t improving his muscle control, but he remains grateful to this day for that local hospital and its initial care.

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“That local hospital was instrumental in being able to save my finger originally … because they said the only thing that saved my finger was them being able to get that finger on ice right away,” he said. “If I wouldn’t have had that local hospital, I mean, I don’t know what would have happened then. Thank God we had that local hospital.”

But times have changed since Miller’s accident a decade ago, with rural hospitals now shuttering at a rapid clip. Since 2010, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed, with another 430 at risk of shutting their doors, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. This poses a huge challenge — and danger — for the 20 percent of the population living in rural America.

As the crisis worsens, it has started to generate increased attention on the campaign trail. Presidential candidates are now talking about the rural hospital shortage on a regular basis, unlike past cycles, as they court voters in critical states like Iowa where the thinning medical infrastructure is an everyday reality.

“Rural health just simply has not been a topic in presidential debates and campaigns in the past,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). “We’re seeing a unique focus on rural health … this presidential campaign that we haven’t seen in the last 20 to 30 years … It’s surfacing the issue as a key presidential campaign topic as we move forward.”

Voters in rural Iowa say health care access is one of their top concerns and will play a role in deciding who to vote for in the Feb. 3 caucuses. Most of the major Democratic primary candidates have outlined plans to tackle the crisis, with many in favor of expanding “telehealth” services — essentially doctor’s appointments via video chat, and increasing reimbursement rates for rural hospitals.

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According to the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a total of 161 rural hospitals have closed their doors since 2005.  (Fox News)

For his part, Miller now lives in a suburb of Des Moines and said close access to reliable health care was a major factor in his decision to move.

Laurie Goff, a Melcher-Dallas native and nurse practitioner, told Fox News the alarming rate of closures has life-or-death implications for rural communities. She treats injuries above her pay grade every day in the clinic she opened 13 years ago in her hometown of almost 1,300 people.

“I see everything from regular things to the more rare cases. Colds, diabetes, the full gamut. I’ve had a couple heart attacks walk in the door,” she said. “There was another provider that would come here from Knoxville, which is a town about 20 miles from here…one day a week to see patients on that day. Other than that, there was no medical care on other days of the week or no kind of options. “

There are no highly trained specialists here, not even an OB-GYN. In fact, nearly three dozen Iowa hospitals have stopped delivering babies in the past 20 years, leaving the Hawkeye State 50th out of 50 states for obstetricians per population.

RURAL AMERICA HAS TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCES FOR EMERGENCY CARE

Instead, Goff has to be flexible for residents who can’t drive the hour on average it takes to get to a major hospital from the town. That drive time more than doubles for patients needing specialized care for critical cases like burns and brain surgeries.

“So, they may not go,” Goff explained. “They may put off medications and getting their chronic illnesses taken care of…then they just kind of ‘Band Aid’ things along until the next thing happens and then two or three things are really flared up at that point because we weren’t able to get them to health care access sooner.”

According to the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, rural populations saw mortality rates rise 5.9 percent after a hospital closure, and 46 percent of rural hospitals currently operate at a loss, compared with 40 percent in 2017.

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Bamberg County Hospital in South Carolina shut its doors in 2012, leaving residents with long-distance drives to seek medical care until a smaller clinic recently opened. (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

And as hospitals board up their doors, communities crumble.

Serving as anchors of some towns, hospital closures are causing a ripple effect across the country; student numbers in rural schools decrease and businesses like flower shops, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants struggle, leading to higher unemployment numbers and a drop in average income in rural towns.

Causes to the crisis are disputed — some blame decreasing populations in small towns, while others point the finger at low Medicaid reimbursement rates not allowing hospitals to break even.

Before Medicaid expanded under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals still treated uninsured patients and were never paid for the care provided. The expansion largely benefited rural hospitals, but these benefits were not felt in states that opted not to expand the program.

At least 180 of the 430 hospitals under threat of closing, according to a study by the consultancy firm Navigant, are in the 14 states with governments that refused to expand Medicaid.

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Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures. In 1960, Texas had 300 rural hospitals and now has 158 hospitals serving more than 3 million Texans who reside in rural counties. (Fox News)

On the campaign trail, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have promised to set aside billions to improve care in rural communities along with their controversial “Medicare-for-all” proposal.

It’s unclear, however, whether this would alleviate the problem.

Though the NRHA has not formally come out against “Medicare-for-all,” Morgan is skeptical of the proposal.

“I think it’s important that we separate the Medicare-for-all discussion … from the other provisions that are being promoted by the presidential candidates,” he said. “The Medicare-for-all proposal just isn’t detailed enough to know the actual impact that would have on rural communities.”

Iowa’s rural health care facilities long have faced challenges due to Medicare reimbursement rates. A study by Texas A&M University’s Rural & Community Health Institute predicted a greater risk of closure, due to projected loss in revenue, for many of Iowa’s rural hospitals if the government plan expanded.

This possible risk has been highlighted by candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, who is in favor of building on ObamaCare and preserving Americans’ ability to choose private insurance so “hospitals won’t be threatened by having to get by on low Medicare reimbursement rates for all,” according to his plan. Biden would also expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grant funding to emphasize telehealth “for mental health and specialty care” and the former VP is the only candidate to specifically endorse the NRHA-backed “Save Rural Hospitals Act” in his platform.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has proposed The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (REACH Act), bipartisan legislation with Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley to increase the number of rural emergency centers and allow for hospitals to provide only emergency care in rural communities and to receive Medicare reimbursement at 110 percent of operating costs.

Only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice in rural areas and, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration, rural parts of the U.S. need an additional 4,022 doctors to close their coverage gaps.

HOW HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY MAKES RURAL AMERICA FEEL BETTER

To address the worker shortage, most candidates have pledged to incentivize medical professionals through service and loan forgiveness programs.

“We have just taken the wrong approach when it comes to graduate medical education and training physicians,” said Morgan. “We are attracting and training urban-based kids … and then we’re surprised they don’t want to work in rural communities. We need to make sure that we’re attracting kids from rural areas, training them in rural areas and placing them in rural areas.”

Both Klobuchar and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are calling for the expansion of the “Conrad 30” program, which allows immigrant doctors practicing in underserved areas to remain in the country, and Buttigieg also wants to double funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s “Rural Health Care Program” subsidies and the passage of the “Rural MOMS Act”.

Morgan says there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling this problem.

“Each rural community is unique, and what they need from a health care standpoint is unique as well so any type of federal proposals have to be flexible in nature and recognize the diversity which is rural America,” he said.

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According to the Pew Research Center, people in rural areas on average have to travel more than twice the distance than people in urban areas to get emergency care.  (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

But as an Iowa voter, Miller says he’d like to see less talking and more action from the candidates.

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“People focus a lot on the big cities, they don’t actually get out and see what life is like in the rural communities and what’s going on what’s available for options…a lot of people have never had to experience driving an hour just to go to the doctor,” he said. “People just need to be educated and shown what is actually happening. At least once people see what’s happening, I think more will be done to help.”

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America’s rural hospital crisis becomes major 2020 campaign issue

MELCHER-DALLAS, Iowa – When Spenser Miller lost a finger in a work accident at 21 years old, he was driven 10 minutes away to a local hospital where he was treated for three hours before being transported to a nearby specialist in Omaha, Neb., for surgery to reattach his finger.

A year later, he opted to have the finger removed after physical therapy wasn’t improving his muscle control, but he remains grateful to this day for that local hospital and its initial care.

WARREN IN POLLING SLIDE AMID MEDICARE-FOR-ALL PLAN CRITICISM

“That local hospital was instrumental in being able to save my finger originally … because they said the only thing that saved my finger was them being able to get that finger on ice right away,” he said. “If I wouldn’t have had that local hospital, I mean, I don’t know what would have happened then. Thank God we had that local hospital.”

But times have changed since Miller’s accident a decade ago, with rural hospitals now shuttering at a rapid clip. Since 2010, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed, with another 430 at risk of shutting their doors, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. This poses a huge challenge — and danger — for the 20 percent of the population living in rural America.

As the crisis worsens, it has started to generate increased attention on the campaign trail. Presidential candidates are now talking about the rural hospital shortage on a regular basis, unlike past cycles, as they court voters in critical states like Iowa where the thinning medical infrastructure is an everyday reality.

“Rural health just simply has not been a topic in presidential debates and campaigns in the past,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). “We’re seeing a unique focus on rural health … this presidential campaign that we haven’t seen in the last 20 to 30 years … It’s surfacing the issue as a key presidential campaign topic as we move forward.”

Voters in rural Iowa say health care access is one of their top concerns and will play a role in deciding who to vote for in the Feb. 3 caucuses. Most of the major Democratic primary candidates have outlined plans to tackle the crisis, with many in favor of expanding “telehealth” services — essentially doctor’s appointments via video chat, and increasing reimbursement rates for rural hospitals.

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According to the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a total of 161 rural hospitals have closed their doors since 2005.  (Fox News)

For his part, Miller now lives in a suburb of Des Moines and said close access to reliable health care was a major factor in his decision to move.

Laurie Goff, a Melcher-Dallas native and nurse practitioner, told Fox News the alarming rate of closures has life-or-death implications for rural communities. She treats injuries above her pay grade every day in the clinic she opened 13 years ago in her hometown of almost 1,300 people.

“I see everything from regular things to the more rare cases. Colds, diabetes, the full gamut. I’ve had a couple heart attacks walk in the door,” she said. “There was another provider that would come here from Knoxville, which is a town about 20 miles from here…one day a week to see patients on that day. Other than that, there was no medical care on other days of the week or no kind of options. “

There are no highly trained specialists here, not even an OB-GYN. In fact, nearly three dozen Iowa hospitals have stopped delivering babies in the past 20 years, leaving the Hawkeye State 50th out of 50 states for obstetricians per population.

RURAL AMERICA HAS TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCES FOR EMERGENCY CARE

Instead, Goff has to be flexible for residents who can’t drive the hour on average it takes to get to a major hospital from the town. That drive time more than doubles for patients needing specialized care for critical cases like burns and brain surgeries.

“So, they may not go,” Goff explained. “They may put off medications and getting their chronic illnesses taken care of…then they just kind of ‘Band Aid’ things along until the next thing happens and then two or three things are really flared up at that point because we weren’t able to get them to health care access sooner.”

According to the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, rural populations saw mortality rates rise 5.9 percent after a hospital closure, and 46 percent of rural hospitals currently operate at a loss, compared with 40 percent in 2017.

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Bamberg County Hospital in South Carolina shut its doors in 2012, leaving residents with long-distance drives to seek medical care until a smaller clinic recently opened. (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

And as hospitals board up their doors, communities crumble.

Serving as anchors of some towns, hospital closures are causing a ripple effect across the country; student numbers in rural schools decrease and businesses like flower shops, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants struggle, leading to higher unemployment numbers and a drop in average income in rural towns.

Causes to the crisis are disputed — some blame decreasing populations in small towns, while others point the finger at low Medicaid reimbursement rates not allowing hospitals to break even.

Before Medicaid expanded under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals still treated uninsured patients and were never paid for the care provided. The expansion largely benefited rural hospitals, but these benefits were not felt in states that opted not to expand the program.

At least 180 of the 430 hospitals under threat of closing, according to a study by the consultancy firm Navigant, are in the 14 states with governments that refused to expand Medicaid.

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Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures. In 1960, Texas had 300 rural hospitals and now has 158 hospitals serving more than 3 million Texans who reside in rural counties. (Fox News)

On the campaign trail, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have promised to set aside billions to improve care in rural communities along with their controversial “Medicare-for-all” proposal.

It’s unclear, however, whether this would alleviate the problem.

Though the NRHA has not formally come out against “Medicare-for-all,” Morgan is skeptical of the proposal.

“I think it’s important that we separate the Medicare-for-all discussion … from the other provisions that are being promoted by the presidential candidates,” he said. “The Medicare-for-all proposal just isn’t detailed enough to know the actual impact that would have on rural communities.”

Iowa’s rural health care facilities long have faced challenges due to Medicare reimbursement rates. A study by Texas A&M University’s Rural & Community Health Institute predicted a greater risk of closure, due to projected loss in revenue, for many of Iowa’s rural hospitals if the government plan expanded.

This possible risk has been highlighted by candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, who is in favor of building on ObamaCare and preserving Americans’ ability to choose private insurance so “hospitals won’t be threatened by having to get by on low Medicare reimbursement rates for all,” according to his plan. Biden would also expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grant funding to emphasize telehealth “for mental health and specialty care” and the former VP is the only candidate to specifically endorse the NRHA-backed “Save Rural Hospitals Act” in his platform.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has proposed The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (REACH Act), bipartisan legislation with Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley to increase the number of rural emergency centers and allow for hospitals to provide only emergency care in rural communities and to receive Medicare reimbursement at 110 percent of operating costs.

Only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice in rural areas and, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration, rural parts of the U.S. need an additional 4,022 doctors to close their coverage gaps.

HOW HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY MAKES RURAL AMERICA FEEL BETTER

To address the worker shortage, most candidates have pledged to incentivize medical professionals through service and loan forgiveness programs.

“We have just taken the wrong approach when it comes to graduate medical education and training physicians,” said Morgan. “We are attracting and training urban-based kids … and then we’re surprised they don’t want to work in rural communities. We need to make sure that we’re attracting kids from rural areas, training them in rural areas and placing them in rural areas.”

Both Klobuchar and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are calling for the expansion of the “Conrad 30” program, which allows immigrant doctors practicing in underserved areas to remain in the country, and Buttigieg also wants to double funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s “Rural Health Care Program” subsidies and the passage of the “Rural MOMS Act”.

Morgan says there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling this problem.

“Each rural community is unique, and what they need from a health care standpoint is unique as well so any type of federal proposals have to be flexible in nature and recognize the diversity which is rural America,” he said.

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According to the Pew Research Center, people in rural areas on average have to travel more than twice the distance than people in urban areas to get emergency care.  (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

But as an Iowa voter, Miller says he’d like to see less talking and more action from the candidates.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“People focus a lot on the big cities, they don’t actually get out and see what life is like in the rural communities and what’s going on what’s available for options…a lot of people have never had to experience driving an hour just to go to the doctor,” he said. “People just need to be educated and shown what is actually happening. At least once people see what’s happening, I think more will be done to help.”

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Emoluments: Trump’s profits from private businesses to get hard look from federal appeals courts

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Navy Identifies 3 Victims Of Pensacola Attack As Heroes Who ‘Saved Lives’

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The three young men who were shot dead on Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola were hailed by U.S. Navy leaders as heroes who “didn’t run from danger” when confronted by the assailant but instead “ran towards it and saved lives.”

The Navy on Saturday identified the three victims as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Coffee, Alabama; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, from St. Petersburg, Florida; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, from Richmond Hill, Georgia. 

All three were students at Naval Aviation Schools Command.

Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, praised Watson, Haitham and Walters for their “exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil.”  

“We feel the loss profoundly and grieve with the family and friends of the deceased,” he said in a statement.

“When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse,” Kinsella continued.

The officer did not elaborate on what actions the men had taken ― but the brother of at least one of the men said his sibling, while fatally wounded, had alerted first responders to the active shooter situation, potentially averting an even greater tragedy. 

Adam Watson said in a Friday Facebook post that his younger brother had “saved countless lives today with his own.” 

“He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled,” Watson wrote.  

Joshua Watson’s father, Benjamin Watson, told the Pensacola News Journal that his son was shot at least five times in the attack.

He said it had been his son’s dream to become a Navy pilot and he had reported to the Pensacola flight school just two weeks ago. 

“His mission was to confront evil,” the elder Watson said. “To bring the fight to them, wherever it took him. He was willing to risk his life for his country. We never thought he would die in Florida.”

Family members similarly remembered Haitham as an exceptional and ambitious young man. 

Haitham’s father told CNN his son was an “all-star athlete” who was “very kind and fun to be around.” 

His mother, Evelyn Brady, said Haitham ― who joined the Navy last year after graduating from high school ― had been looking forward to graduating from the flight school program later this month,

“He said he was going to get his flight jacket for Christmas,” she told the Tampa Bay Times. “Now that’s not going to happen.”   

Navy officials have identified a Saudi Arabian aviation student as the gunman in Friday’s shooting.

The student allegedly hosted a dinner party in the days before the attack during which he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Officials have said they’re investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related.

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NAS Pensacola gunman ‘just shot through the door’ during rampage, survivor says

The Saudi national who fatally shot three sailors at a naval air station in Florida last week unleashed a hail of bullets inside an aviation classroom building as those inside took cover in an assault that unfolded in just a matter of seconds, according to one of the eight people wounded in the attack.

The FBI’s Jacksonville office identified the shooter in a statement Saturday night as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, and released a photo of him. Investigators said he was a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Saudi Air Force and was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

Officials investigating the attack are still working to determine whether it was an act of terrorism, while President Trump said Saturday that the U.S. would “immediately” conduct a review of the training procedures and pledged to “get to the bottom” of what happened.

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Officials said that Alshamrani opened fire inside a classroom at the naval base around 6:30 a.m. Friday, killing three people and wounding two sheriff’s deputies, one in the arm and one in the knee, before one of the deputies killed him. Eight others were also hurt.

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This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him. (FBI via AP)

One of those injured in the attack, Navy airman and assistant high school wrestling coach Ryan Blackwell, told the Pensacola News Journal Saturday from the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital he heard gunshots down the hall then took cover along with two colleagues.

“He didn’t come inside,” Blackwell told the newspaper. “He just shot through the door.”

Blackwell said the gunfire lasted between 15 and 20 seconds. The bullets shattered the glass of the office where Blackwell and others were taking cover. The 27-year-old said he used his body to shield a female colleague. All three of the workers in the office were shot, with Blackwell struck in the right arm and bloodied.

“My adrenaline was pumping so much,” he told the newspaper. “I wasn’t worried about being shot. I was worried about getting us to safety and getting us out of there.”

Blackwell used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and contacted another co-worker who had not arrived at the office to transport the three injured Navy airmen to the main gate of the naval air station, where they were transported by police to the hospital.

“We could have been three more casualties if we didn’t escape,” Blackwell told the newspaper.

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The Navy on Saturday identified the three victims of the NAS Pensacola shooting as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Coffee, Ala.; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Ga.

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Joshua Watson was killed Friday in the Pensacola naval base shooting, according to his family.

“The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil,” said the Navy chief of information in a statement. “When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, from St. Petersburg, Fla. He has been identified as one of the victims of the shooting Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (U.S. Navy via AP)

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The U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) has called for increased random security checks at all sites across Northern Command. The order follows the deadly shootings last week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida.

“Given the recent attacks at two military installations, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command has directed all DoD [Defense Department] installations, facilities and units within the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility to immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures appropriate for their facilities,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield told Fox News.

“The advisory also told leaders to remind their workforce to remain alert and if they see something, to say something by immediately reporting to appropriate authorities any suspicious activity they may observe,” Hatfield said.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz, Paulina Dedaj, Morgan Phillips, and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Someone tell Joe Biden that we don’t need him to act like another Trump

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DOJ Watchdog Expected To Find Russia Probe Valid Despite Flaws

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters.

The report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt. It began in secret during Trump’s 2016 presidential run and was ultimately taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The report comes as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry in Congress centered on his efforts to press Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Democrat Joe Biden. Trump also claims the impeachment investigation is politically biased.

The release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review is unlikely to quell the partisan battles that have surrounded the Russia investigation. It’s also not the last word on that investigation. A separate internal investigation continues, overseen by Trump’s attorney general, William Barr and led a U.S. attorney, John Durham.

Trump told reporters Saturday that he was waiting for the chance to see Horowitz’s report and that he looked forward “very much to seeing what happens with the Durham report, maybe even more importantly, because it’s a horrible thing that took place and it should never happen to another president.″

Horowitz’s report is expected to identify errors and misjudgments by some law enforcement officials, including by an FBI lawyer suspected of altering a document related to the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide. Those findings probably will fuel arguments by Trump and his supporters that the investigation was flawed from the start.

But the report will not endorse some of the president’s theories on the investigation, including that it was a baseless “witch hunt” or that he was targeted by an Obama administration Justice Department desperate to see Republican Trump lose to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

It also is not expected to undo Mueller’s findings or call into question his conclusion that Russia interfered in that election in order to benefit the Trump campaign and that Russians had repeated contacts with Trump associates.

Some of the findings were described to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity by people who were not authorized to discuss a draft of the report before its release. The AP has not viewed a copy of the document.

Trump said last week that he expected Horowitz’s report to be “devastating,” but said the “big report” would come from John Durham, the U.S. attorney appointed by Barr to examine how intelligence was gathered in the early days of the Russia investigation. Durham’s investigation is criminal in nature, and Republicans may look to it to uncover wrongdoing that the inspector general wasn’t examining.

It is unclear how Barr, a strong defender of Trump, will respond to Horowitz’s findings. He has told Congress that he believed “spying” on the Trump campaign did occur and has raised public questions about whether the counterintelligence investigation was done correctly.

The FBI opened its investigation in July 2016 after receiving information from an Australian diplomat that a former Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, had been told before it was publicly known that Russia had dirt on the Clinton campaign in the form of thousands of stolen emails.

By that point, the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, an act that a private security firm — and ultimately U.S. intelligence agencies — attributed to Russia. Prosecutors allege that Papadopoulos learned about the stolen emails during a conversation in London with a Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud. Papadopoulous pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about that interaction.

The investigation was taken over in May 2017 by Mueller, who charged six Trump associates with various crimes as well as 25 Russians accused of interfering in the election either through hacking or a social media disinformation campaign. Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to charge a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

He examined multiple episodes in which Trump sought to seize control of the investigation, including by firing James Comey as FBI director, but declined to decide on whether Trump had illegally obstructed justice.

The inspector general’s investigation began in early 2018. It focuses in part on the FBI’s surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. The FBI applied in the fall of 2016 for a warrant from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Page’s communications, with officials expressing concern that he may have been targeted for recruitment by the Russian government.

Page was never charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

The warrant was renewed several times, including during the Trump administration. Republicans have attacked the procedures because the application relied in part on information gathered by an ex-British intelligence operative, Christopher Steele, whose opposition research into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia was funded by Democrats and the Clinton campaign.

In pursuing the warrant, the Justice Department referred to Steele as “reliable” from previous dealings with him. Though officials told the court that they suspected the research was aimed at discrediting the Trump campaign, they did not reveal that the work had been paid for by Democrats, according to documents released last year.

Steele’s research was compiled into a dossier that was provided to the FBI after it had opened its investigation.

The report also examined the interactions that senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr had with Steele, whom he had met years earlier through a shared professional interest in countering Russian organized crime. Ohr passed along to the FBI information that he had received from Steele but did not alert his Justice Department bosses to those conversations.

Ohr has since been a regular target of Trump’s ire, in part because his wife worked as a contractor for Fusion GPS, the political research firm that hired Steele for the investigation.

This is the latest in a series of reports that Horowitz, a former federal prosecutor and an Obama appointee to the watchdog role, has released on FBI actions in politically charged investigations.

Last year, he criticized Comey for a news conference announcing the conclusion of the Clinton email investigation, and for then alerting Congress months later that it had been effectively reopened. In that report, too, Horowitz did not find that Comey’s actions had been guided by partisan bias.

The inspector general also referred former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for potential criminal prosecution after concluding that McCabe had misled his office about his involvement in a news media disclosure. No charges have been brought and McCabe has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

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Trump Called Out for Using anti-Semitic Tropes About Wealth and Loyalty in Speech to U.S. Jews

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Trump showed off 2 convicted and charged war criminals at a secretive Republican fundraiser in Florida, report says

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