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Arizona man who sold ammunition to Las Vegas massacre gunman pleads guilty

A man who sold ammunition to the Las Vegas massacre gunman pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Nevada to federal charges related to an illegal ammunition business he operated out of his Arizona home.

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Douglas Haig, 57, was not accused of a direct role in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 and injured more than 850 at an open-air music festival. Prosecutors never suggested that he had advance knowledge of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Haig acknowledged before U.S. District Judge James Mahan that he had no license to disassemble, remanufacture and reload bullets at his home workshop in Mesa, Ariz. According to investigators, Haig operated an illegal business called Specialized Military Ammunition from July 2016 to Oct. 2017, selling ammunition both online and at gun shows in several states, including Arizona and Nevada, Mercury News reported.

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Douglas Haig leaves the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas, after pleading guilty to illegally manufacturing tracer and armor-piercing bullets found in a high-rise hotel suite where a gunman took aim before the Las Vegas Strip massacre two years ago. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Law enforcement first began to investigate Haig after discovering unfired .308-caliber (7.62mm) rounds in gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room, the Mercury News reported. Haig’s fingerprints, as well as tool marks from his workshop, were found on two of the rounds, and his address was on a box that police found near Paddock’s body, court documents said.

“Doug had no indication whatsoever about Stephen Paddock’s plans,” defense attorney Marc Victor said during a prepared statement outside U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

Haig acknowledged publicly in 2018 that he sold 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Paddock in the weeks before the massacre after the two met at a gun show. Tracers illuminate the path of fired bullets, allowing shooters a more precise hit.

Haig closed the business permanently following an FBI raid less than three weeks after the shooting, according to his defense attorney. His plea agreement allowed him to avoid a trial that had been scheduled to begin next month. Haig could have faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His deal could get him about two years at sentencing Feb. 19. Victor said he’ll seek probation.

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The Las Vegas police department’s initial assessment of the shooting reported that 58 people were killed and 869 people were injured, including 413 who were wounded by bullets or shrapnel, the New York Times reported.

Haig’s plea comes after a southern California woman, who was left paralyzed after she was shot in the back during the shooting, died last week. A coroner’s report has yet to be released. If it’s determined she died as a result of the injuries she suffered during the shooting, the death toll will rise to 59.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tom Del Beccaro: Impeachment hearings Day 3 – Top 7 takeaways

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Day Three of the House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings is in the books and by any reasonable account it was a long and bad day for impeachment advocates.

Perhaps the most startling news of the day was that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is continuing to block progress on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, apparently in exchange for commitments on impeachment.

As we consider key takeaways, keep in mind that last week’s witnesses never spoke to President Trump. They also were not on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – the call that launched the baseless impeachment inquiry.

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By contrast, two of the witnesses Tuesday were listening in on the call. They are National Security Council Ukraine expert Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and State Department Foreign Service Officer Jennifer Williams, who is an adviser to Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia.

The other witnesses testifying Tuesday have firsthand knowledge of the evolving relationship between the U.S. and Ukraine. They are former U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison.

Overall, here are the key takeaways from Tuesday’s testimony.

The day of the diplomat

The early testimony has been dominated by diplomats, along with Lt. Col. Vindman.

All of these people told us about their foreign policy views – diplomatic views the Democrats suddenly find inviolate. The Democrats do this despite the fact that they did not press President Barack Obama to give military aid to Ukraine that those same witnesses favored at the time.

Among those views, consider Vindman’s deposition testimony that he and other foreign policy experts in government have “the best, most informed judgment.” He said he was the “most knowledgeable” and said it was not appropriate for other government officials to act to “counter” the views of him and his fellow experts.

Perhaps Vindman’s feeling of self-importance can be placed in context, given that he was offered a senior position in Ukraine as defense minister, which he said he declined and never considered accepting.

Democrats have double standards

These hearings have demonstrated that our ambassadors and other U.S. government officials were involved in the internal politics of Ukraine. Indeed, when he was vice president, Joe Biden engineered the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

Just imagine if a Ukrainian official was able to have former Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired.

Vindman testified that he told Ukrainian officials that they should not get involved in American domestic politics. So why are Democrats suddenly OK with America intervening in Ukraine’s internal politics? Likely for the same reason they said nothing when President Obama worked to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli elections.

Republicans put Joe Biden on trial in absentia

Before Tuesday, there had been a fairly one-sided story told about Ukraine. That story was that President Trump was wrong to seek information about the activities of Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

Tuesday was different, however. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told a national audience tuning in on TV these important facts:

A) In September 2015 the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine asked for an investigation into the president of Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, reportedly at a salary of about $50,000 per month. Hunter Biden has no expertise on Ukraine or on the natural gas industry.

B) Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, who testified last week in the impeachment hearings, characterized Hunter Biden’s position on the Burisma board while his father was vice president as a potential conflict of interest (as other witnesses have confirmed).

C) Burisma routed over $3 million to accounts tied to Hunter Biden.

D) Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Joe Biden forced the firing of the Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, who was looking into Burisma.

E) Burisma’s lawyers pressured the U.S. State Department in February 2016, after a law enforcement raid on the home of Burisma’s president, and used Hunter Biden’s name as a reason to intervene.

F) Joe Biden called the president of Ukraine at least three times after the raid on the home of Burisma’s president.

Learning these facts, which are based on documents and interviews, the question is whether the American people will now see that, at the very least, the Bidens should not be above investigation – and that Joe Biden may have acted to serve the best interest of his son when demanding the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor.

Outing the whistleblower

Perhaps the tensest moments of the hearing were when Vindman refused to answer questions about who he spoke to about the Trump-Zelensky phone call.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. – who lied about his committee’s contacts with the so-called whistleblower, who kicked off the whole impeachment inquiry – stepped into that discussion to stop any possibility of outing the whistleblower.

Schiff’s motivation for doing that may well be to hide his own wrongdoing.

The Democrats’ bias against President Trump 

This entire impeachment inquiry is based on the Democrats’ view that President Trump could only have acted in his own personal interest when asking about information related to the Bidens.

The Democrats refuse to acknowledge that Trump’s actions could have been prompted by a different motivation – that he was requesting information pursuant to a U.S.-Ukrainian treaty that permits heads of state to request information related to investigations – in this case, a U.S. investigation.

On the other hand, despite ample evidence that Joe Biden could have been acting in his own self-interest, the Democrats say the only possible conclusion for Biden’s motivation was innocent. The Democrats claim Bind was acting on the consensus view (which Biden helped build) that the prosecutor had to be fired because he was corrupt.

In other words, the Democrats assert President Trump can only act in his own self-interest and that Joe Biden could only be acting in our national interest.

Also, it may be that the Ukrainian prosecutor fired under pressure from Biden was corrupt. It does not necessarily follow, however, that the prosecutor’s investigation of Burisma was a corrupt act. Indeed, witnesses testifying before Schiff’s committee have made it abundantly clear that Burisma was corrupt.

Schiff is making inaccurate statements

In advance of each witness, Chairman Schiff gave what amounted to a statement summarizing the evidence as he sees it. The witnesses, however, have not testified consistent with Schiff’s summaries, as the cross-examination by the Republicans has often established.

Vindman’s speculation didn’t provide any damning facts

It was telling that at one point Vindman suggested that his opinion was “informed speculation.” In plain truth, the facts at issue remain rather few and are not as damning as Schiff and the Democrats claim.

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It is true that Trump sought investigations related to the Bidens. It is true that the Ukrainians wanted military aid. However, as the policy developed, and more was learned about the new Ukrainian president, the aid was given without restriction and without a quid pro quo, according to Volker, who painted an image of a developing and complicated process.

Further, as Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, pointed out at the hearing, the two witnesses listening to the Trump-Zelensky phone call had different views on the importance of the call.

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Based on all of the above, the Democrats didn’t advance the ball on the third day of the impeachment hearings. Indeed, Volker and Morrison undercut the Democrats.

On the other hand, Tuesday’s hearing harmed Joe Biden’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination – and, given the length and lack of revealing information at the hearing, it may have caused Americans’ eyes to roll at the thought of impeachment.

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Georgia narcotics investigator shot and killed in line of duty: sheriff’s office

A Georgia narcotics officer was killed in the line of duty Tuesday evening after being shot by a suspect in Augusta, near the South Carolina border, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Richmond County Narcotics Investigator Cecil Ridley and the suspect were both taken the hospital where Ridley succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect’s condition is not known.

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The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing.

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Israel and Syria exchange fire, Syrian aerial defense batteries destroyed, Israeli military says

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that the Israeli military carried out “wide-scale strikes” of targets in Syria belonging to Iranian forces and the Syrian regime on Wednesday, in response to the four rockets launched into Israel in the overnight hours.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night the IDF wrote, “We just carried out wide-scale strikes of Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces targets in Syria in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria last night.”

The targets reportedly included missile launchers, warehouses that stored weapons, command centers and bases.

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“During our strike of Iranian & Syrian terror targets, a Syrian air defense missile was fired despite clear warnings to refrain from such fire. As a result, a number of Syrian aerial defense batteries were destroyed,” another IDF tweet said.

Four rockets launched from Syria into Israel early Tuesday were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the Israeli Defense Force said in a statement.

“We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the actions that take place in Syrian territory and warn them against allowing further attacks against Israel,” The IDF tweeted Wednesday. “We will continue operating firmly and for as long as necessary against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

The announcement by the IDF was a rare admission of military action in the Arab state, The Times of Israel reported, adding that Jerusalem has carried out hundreds of attacks in the war-torn nation, mostly against Iranian targets, but hardly ever confirm any specific strike.

“I have made clear that any who attack us — we will attack them,” the news outlet reported Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “That is what we did tonight towards military targets of the Iranian Quds force and Syrian military targets.”

There were no immediate reports of deaths, according to the paper.

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“At 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Israeli warplanes… targeted the vicinity of the city of Damascus with a number of missiles,” The official Syrian news agency SANA reportedly said, quoting a military source.

“Our air defense confronted the heavy attack and intercepted the hostile missiles, and was able to destroy most of them before reaching their targets.”

The four rockets were fired from Syria early on Tuesday hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Monday that the U.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, essentially undermining Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state. It was not clear whether the rocket launch was directly linked to the announcement.

Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlement in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

While the new announcement received praise from Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who called it “historic,” the international community, which overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal, is not taking the news favorably.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki rejected the announcement in a lengthy statement and called on the international community to “respond firmly to such destructive behavior by supporting Palestine’s efforts at the international level to protect the two-state solution.”

“Allowing this agenda to prevail would ensure the demise of the international order and cause irreversible damage to the achievements of humanity over the past seven decades and threatens to plunge the world into chaos and violence,” he added.

On Monday, The U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a travel warning to Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, cautioning about Palestinian unrest following Pompeo’s announcement.

Last week, the Israeli military carried out a pair of targeted airstrikes on senior Islamic jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria. This prompted militants in Gaza to send a barrage of rockets over the border, with 90 percent intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said.

An Israeli airstrike killed Bahu Abu al-Atta and his wife in their home in eastern Gaza Tuesday, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, said. Syrian officials said another Israeli airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed. Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at al-Ajouri’s home, killing his son and granddaughter, according to Syria’s state-run news agency.

It all comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies along its borders. Netanyahu has issued a series of warnings recently about Iranian aggression throughout the Middle East.

Iran has forces based in Syria, Israel’s northern neighbor, and supports Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. In Gaza, it supplies Islamic Jihad with cash, weapons and expertise.

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The Israeli army confirmed in August that it launched an attack into Syria in an effort to foil a planned drone strike organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz reported. That attack killed three people, Syrian opposition activists said.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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GOP-Requested Witness Rejects Trump ‘Conspiracy Theories’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sought by Republicans to testify, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine spoke up instead for Democrat Joe Biden in Tuesday’s impeachment hearings, rejecting “conspiracy theories” embraced by President Donald Trump and some of his allies.

Kurt Volker said he has known Biden as an honorable man for more than two decades, rebuffing debunked corruption allegations that Trump is said to have wanted the Ukrainians to investigate in exchange for military aid to hold off Russian aggression.

“The allegations against Vice President Biden are self-serving and non-credible,” Volker declared.

Broader corruption in Ukraine was “plausible,” but corruption by Biden wasn’t, he said.

Volker testified alongside former White House national security official Tim Morrison in the second hearing of the day in the House’s impeachment inquiry, only the fourth in history against a U.S. president.

Morrison, also requested by GOP members on the House Intelligence Committee, said at the outset that he was not there to question the “character or integrity” of any of his colleagues, though earlier Tuesday Republican lawmakers used his prior comments to try to discredit another witness, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. The White House even circulated a tweet that was an earlier quote by Morrison questioning Vindman’s judgment.

Democrats say there may be grounds for impeachment in Trump’s push for Ukraine’s new leadership to investigate his Democratic rival and the 2016 U.S. election as he withheld military assistance approved by Congress.

Trump says he did nothing wrong and dismissed the hearings as a “kangaroo court.”

Volker was the first person to come behind closed doors in the inquiry that started in September, resigning his position shortly before he did so.

Since then, a parade of witnesses has testified publicly and privately about what they recalled about the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s new leader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Many of those statements cast doubt on Volker’s account that he didn’t know the Ukraine gas company Burisma was tied to Biden, and that he wasn’t aware of a possible quid pro quo offered by Trump.

A number of White House and State Department officials were listening to the call, but Volker was not.

On Tuesday, he said he opposed any hold on security assistance. And he said, “I did not understand that others believed that any investigation of the Ukrainian company, Burisma, which had a history of accusations of corruption, was tantamount to investigating Vice President Biden. I drew a distinction between the two.”

Even though, he said, he understood that Biden’s son Hunter had been a board member ― and he himself had been deeply involved with Ukrainian officials on a statement, never released, that would have committed the country to investigating Burisma and the 2016 U.S. election.

Volker himself requested a meeting on July 19 with Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, at which Giuliani mentioned accusations about the Bidens as well as the discredited theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

He said he believes now, thanks to hindsight and the testimony of other witnesses, that Trump was using the aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden and his role on the company’s board.

“In retrospect I should have seen that connection differently, and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections,” Volker testified.

Yet he also acknowledged that Trump never told him he was withholding aid for Ukraine unless there were investigations. He also said Ukrainians never told him that they wouldn’t get a White House visit or military aid without committing to investigations. He said he would have objected had the president asked him to get Ukraine to do investigations.

Morrison, who stepped down from Trump’s National Security Council shortly before he appeared behind closed doors last month, said he was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s leader, testimony that Republicans have repeatedly highlighted.

“As I stated during my deposition, I feared at the time of the call on July 25th how its disclosure would play in Washington’s political climate,” he said Tuesday. “My fears have been realized.”

He told lawmakers Tuesday that the transcript of the call was incorrectly placed in a highly secure location.

Democrats have seen ill intent in that action, but he said, “It was a mistake … an administrative error.”

Morrison has confirmed to investigators that he witnessed a key September conversation in Warsaw between Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and a Ukrainian official. Sondland told the official that U.S. aid might be freed if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation,” Morrison said in previous closed-door testimony.

Volker shifted his account of a pivotal July 10 interaction at the White House. In his closed-door interview last month, he said there was no discussion of Giuliani’s activities in Ukraine or investigations sought by the president.

But on Tuesday, he said the meeting was essentially over when Sondland made a “general” comment about investigations.

“I think all of us thought it was inappropriate; the conversation did not continue and the meeting concluded,” Volker said.

A series of text messages Volker provided to lawmakers showed conversations between him, Sondland and another envoy in which they discussed a need for Ukraine to launch investigations, including into Burisma.

Volker said meeting with Giuliani was just part of the dialogue, and he had one in-person meeting with him, in which Giuliani “raised, and I rejected, the conspiracy theory that Vice President Biden would have been influenced in his duties as vice president by money paid to his son.”

Volker also said a senior aide to Zelenskiy approached him last summer to ask to be connected to Giuliani. He said he made clear to the Zelenskiy aide, Andriy Yermak, that Giuliani was a private citizen and not a representative of the U.S. government.

He testified he wasn’t part of an irregular foreign policy channel led Giuliani, as others have testified. He also rejected the idea that Trump dubbed him, Sondland and Energy Secretary Rick Perry the “three amigos” in charge of Ukraine policy.

“My role was not some irregular channel, but the official channel,” Volker said.

Associated Press Writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Daly, Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.

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Hollywood exec suggested Julia Roberts should play Harriet Tubman

The screenwriter of the new Harriet Tubman biopic claimed that a Hollywood executive once suggested that Julia Roberts play the black American icon.

Gregory Allen Howard, who was a writer and producer behind “Harriet,” shed some light on the long journey the film had in order to get made, which dated back to the 90s.

However, according to Howard, an unnamed “studio head” advocated for the “Pretty Woman” star to play the abolitionist.

“The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different back then,” Howard said in a Q&A earlier this month but was published by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. ‘I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, “This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman.’ When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'”

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The role of Harriet Tubman ultimately went to British actress Cynthia Erivo, who previously had breakout roles in 2018’s “Widows” and “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

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Howard then credited the Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave” and the Marvel blockbuster hit “Black Panther” for “changing the climate in Hollywood” that allowed his Tubman biopic to get made.

“Two films really changed the climate in Hollywood to allow Harriet to be made. When “12 Years a Slave” became a hit and did a couple hundred million dollars worldwide, I told my agent, ‘You can’t say this kind of story won’t make money now.’ Then “Black Panther” really blew the doors open,” Howard said.

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Reddit author confesses to being stoned at work ‘all day every day’

A Reddit user who confessed to being stoned at work “all day every day” is going viral.

The anonymous author admitted to getting high before and sometimes during work because “I don’t think I could do my job without it.”

Though the person admits to working a “very high stakes” job, where being under the influence is “absolutely” not allowed, the author said they’re stoned “from the moment I walk in to the moment I leave.”

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A Reddit user who confessed to being stoned at work “all day everyday” is going viral. (Photo: iStock)

The author does not divulge what state he or she lives in, however, admits to working in a state where marijuana is not legal.

“I like to think I hide it well,” the author wrote. “My eyes usually don’t get very red and besides that, I’m Asian and wear glasses.

They also noted: “I use public transportation or Uber to get everywhere so I am not driving, no ones [sic] life is in danger.”

“Sorry boss,” the person added.

The anonymous post garnered hundreds of comments from Reddit users, who were mostly curious about what the author did for a living to be stoned all day at work.

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“Curious about this high stakes job,” one Reddit user commented. “It’s just a regular stakes job, but getting stoned makes it high stakes,” another user added.

Most Reddit suspected the author worked in finance due to the “high stakes” reference.

“I’m guessing he works in finance, likely trading/stocks/hedge funds,” one user posted.

One Reddit user admitted to working in finance and being a stoner.

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Anonymous Reddit author admitted to getting high before and sometimes during work because “I don’t think I could do my job without it.” (Photo: iStock)

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“So much smoke in finance. I have the same confession but lord knows all of the departments I’ve worked in with financing is full of stoners,” the commenter said.

“[Expletive] is stressful. Until you almost lose 100,000 of someone else’s money only to find out its [sic] not even your fault or problem or even a real issue because it was on someone else’s desk you just don’t get it.”

One person said there’s at least one job they hope the author doesn’t have.

“Imagine getting prepped for brain surgery and as they’re putting you under you hear your surgeon mutter under his breath, ‘Man I’m so [expletive] stoned,’” the commenter wrote.

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The author eventually edited his post to answer many of commenters’ burgeoning question once and for all.

“Yes I work in finance,” the author confessed, “but that’s all I’m willing to say.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan on impeachment inquiry: ‘American people see this for what it is’

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, slammed Democrats Tuesday following the third day of House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry hearings against President Trump, predicting Americans will reelect him in another “Electoral College landslide.”

“The American people see [the impeachment inquiry] for what it is,” Jordan said on “Hannity.” “The Democrats have never accepted the fact that 63 million Americans voted for this guy and they want him to come here and shake it up. And he won an Electoral College landslide and they [Democrats] don’t care because they don’t trust the American people.”

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Jordan cited a recent interview in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., referred to President Trump as an “imposter.”

“I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head,” Pelosi told CBS News’ “Face The Nation” of Trump’s tweets directed at former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich. “And so he has to diminish everyone else.”

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Jordan also accused Democrats “trying to take out a president 11 and a half months before the next election.

“And that’s what drives Americans crazy,” he added. “I think more people are going to show up next November and reelect the president in another Electoral College landslide.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Rep. Jim Jordan on impeachment inquiry: ‘American people see this for what it is’

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, slammed Democrats Tuesday following the third day of House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry hearings against President Trump, predicting Americans will reelect him in another “Electoral College landslide.”

“The American people see [the impeachment inquiry] for what it is,” Jordan said on “Hannity.” “The Democrats have never accepted the fact that 63 million Americans voted for this guy and they want him to come here and shake it up. And he won an Electoral College landslide and they [Democrats] don’t care because they don’t trust the American people.”

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Jordan cited a recent interview in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., referred to President Trump as an “imposter.”

“I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head,” Pelosi told CBS News’ “Face The Nation” of Trump’s tweets directed at former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich. “And so he has to diminish everyone else.”

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Jordan also accused Democrats “trying to take out a president 11 and a half months before the next election.

“And that’s what drives Americans crazy,” he added. “I think more people are going to show up next November and reelect the president in another Electoral College landslide.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Rep. Jim Jordan on impeachment inquiry: ‘American people see this for what it is’

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, slammed Democrats Tuesday following the third day of House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry hearings against President Trump, predicting Americans will reelect him in another “Electoral College landslide.”

“The American people see [the impeachment inquiry] for what it is,” Jordan said on “Hannity.” “The Democrats have never accepted the fact that 63 million Americans voted for this guy and they want him to come here and shake it up. And he won an Electoral College landslide and they [Democrats] don’t care because they don’t trust the American people.”

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Jordan cited a recent interview in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., referred to President Trump as an “imposter.”

“I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head,” Pelosi told CBS News’ “Face The Nation” of Trump’s tweets directed at former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich. “And so he has to diminish everyone else.”

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Jordan also accused Democrats “trying to take out a president 11 and a half months before the next election.

“And that’s what drives Americans crazy,” he added. “I think more people are going to show up next November and reelect the president in another Electoral College landslide.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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