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Name: Chris Bastian
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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
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Question: why should someone vote for Sanders over Wsrren

Sanders has been in 3rd place in polling models since July. Even if Biden crashes and burns, Warren will be ahead of him. Why should a progressive voter chose him over her?

Texas's second mass shooting in August kills at least 7

Source: Washington Post

ODESSA, Texas -- The cities of Odessa and Midland grieved and searched for answers after a shooter killed at least seven people and wounded 22 more as he drove through West Texas roads on Saturday.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety attempted to stop a gold sedan on Interstate 20, between the cities of Odessa and Midland, at 3:15 p.m. local time, for a “routine" traffic violation. The driver fired a rifle at the troopers and struck one of them, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing police. The gunman fled and drove west on the highway while shooting at pedestrians and motorists.

The shooter hijacked a U.S. Postal Service van in Odessa and continued to fire, driving through the city. He injured at least three police officers. At the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa, police exchanged gunfire with the shooter, who Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said was a white man in his 30s, killing him.

Local, state and federal officials are investigating. At a Sunday press conference, officials declined to identify the shooter or discuss his motivations.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/01/texass-second-mass-shooting-august-kills-least/

Dorian now a Category 5 storm

Source: CNN

Hurricane Dorian now has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. This would put the storm in the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Dorian will be capable of catastrophic damage as it tracks towards the Bahamas today into tomorrow.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/hurricane-dorian-september-2019/index.html

Dorian is now projected to remain a hurricane through Friday


New video: kids in Odessa during the shootout


Hong Kong police storm metro system after protests

Source: BBC

Hong Kong police have violently tackled suspected protesters after thousands marched in the city in defiance of a ban.

Images show police hitting people with batons and using pepper spray on a train in Hong Kong's underground metro.

Police said they were called to the scene amid violence against citizens by "radical protesters".

However it is unclear if all those injured and arrested in the metro system were involved in demonstrations.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49540751?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Video at link (warning: graphic)

What happened when Trump visited the African American History Museum

Washington Post

In his upcoming memoir, newly appointed Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III describes the private tour he gave President Trump of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, recalling that Trump’s reaction to the Dutch role in the global slave trade was, “You know, they love me in the Netherlands.”


Before the president-elect arrived, his aides told Bunch that Trump “was in a foul mood and that he did not want to see anything ‘difficult,’ ” Bunch writes. Nevertheless, Bunch started the tour in the history galleries, which begin with the global slave trade.

“It was not my job to make the rough edges of history smooth, even for the president,” he writes.

Trump greeted him warmly and expressed his wife’s enjoyment of a tour she had with Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, according to Bunch. Then they went into the galleries.

“The president paused in front of the exhibit that discussed the role of the Dutch in the slave trade,” Bunch writes. “As he pondered the label I felt that maybe he was paying attention to the work of the museum. He quickly proved me wrong. As he turned from the display he said to me, ‘You know, they love me in the Netherlands.’ All I could say was let’s continue walking.”

Julian Castro says Texas shooting is 'tremendously heartbreaking'

2020 candidate Julian Castro says that the shooting that has left multiple people dead and more injured is "tremendously heartbreaking" and claims we need to "do something to strengthen our gun laws."

video at: https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/julian-castro-says-texas-shooting-is-tremendously-heartbreaking-67946053679?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

Beto O'Rourke on the Odessa shooting


'Surreal' video captures gunfire in Odessa, Texas

A witness in Odessa, Texas, captured what appears to be a gunman shooting outside of a theater as police arrived on the scene. He spoke with CNN after the shooting.

Recorded video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/08/31/shooting-eye-witness-texas-odessa-beeper-nr-vpx.cnn

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