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Senator Al Frankens Resignation Is Deeply Unfair

Sometime today, Al Franken will resign his Senate seat. The Democrats are hoping for a banner year, and from all indicators it looks like theyll have one, and I hope they doif they take back one house, this horrid Trump/GOP agenda is done for. But the Democrats 2018 is sure getting off to a dubious start. Franken should not be going. When he announced his resignation on December 7, I wrote a column saying that Democrats would come to regret what theyd done to him. Nevertheless, I wrote, his resignation…

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Justine Damond’s fiance says he regrets not staying on phone before shooting

Don Damond describes final call as godmother says Justine hoped to return to Australia due to fears of US gun violence The fiance of Justine Damond, the woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer, is haunted by their last conversation. On the night of 15 July, she called to tell him she heard what sounded like a rape happening in the alleyway behind their home. I have played this over in my head over and over, Don Damond told the Malcolm Turnbull, called it shocking and inexplicable. On Friday, Minneapolis…

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Justine Damond shooting: Australian woman’s last moments heard over US police radio

Minneapolis officers recorded calling for backup and attempting to perform CPR on Damond, who was shot dead by police after she called 911 New audio has emerged of the moments around the The officers are heard communicating with their dispatcher over the police radio, including calling for backup and their attempts to perform CPR on Sydney-raised Damond. Shots fired … we have one down, one of the officers says. Damonds death in the alley outside her Minneapolis home just before midnight on Saturday has devastated and outraged family, friends and…

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Australian woman Justine Damond shot dead by US police in Minneapolis

Officers body cameras were not turned on, state officials reveal, as stepson says: My mum was shot for reasons I dont know US police officers have shot dead an Australian woman who reportedly called 911 after hearing a noise near her home in Minneapolis. Minnesotas public safety department said a woman was shot in Minneapolis after two officers responded to a callout about a possible assault on Saturday at 11.30pm local time. The police officers did not have their body cameras turned on. Justine Damond was shot dead by police…

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