Sep 23, 2019

FBI arrests U.S. soldier allegedly planning terrorist attack on news network

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The FBI has arrested a U.S. soldier who allegedly planned to orchestrate an attack on a major American news network and spread instructions online about how to build explosives, ABC News reports.

What we know: Jarrett William Smith allegedly joined the U.S. Army out of a desire to travel to Ukraine to fight with a violent far-right group. He allegedly spoke with an FBI informant in an online chat group while searching for more "radicals" like himself for a possible terrorist attack inside the U.S. Smith also allegedly suggested the possibility of killing members of the far-left group Antifa and targeting Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.

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Shep Smith steps down at Fox News

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Longtime Fox News anchor Shep Smith announced on Friday that he is stepping down from his position as Fox News' chief news anchor, managing editor of the network’s breaking news unit and anchor of his weekday news show, Shepard Smith Reporting. Smith has been with the network for 23 years.

Why it matters: His departure comes as a rift grows wider between daytime news anchors and primetime opinion hosts at Fox.

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Pelosi on impeachment inquiry: It doesn't matter if Dems lose House

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addressed at the Texas Tribune Festival the inquiry into President Trump's impeachment by saying "it doesn’t matter" if Democrats lose the House in 2020.

[W]e cannot have a president of the United States undermining his oath of office, his loyalty to his oath of office, undermining our national security, and undermining the integrity of our elections."
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Beto O'Rourke "cannot fathom" running for public office if he's not 2020 nominee

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2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke told Politico that he "cannot fathom" a situation where he would run for public office again if he doesn't win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Why it matters: O'Rourke has long faced pressure from Democratic activists to abandon his low-polling presidential bid — which has seen diminishing fundraising in 2019 — and run for Senate in his home state of Texas. It's worth noting that he similarly ruled out a presidential bid last year, unequivocally telling CBS' "60 Minutes" that he wouldn't be in the 2020 race.

Go deeper: Beto O'Rourke's 2020 relaunch still targets Trump instead of Senate

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