Soldiers who served under Clint Lorance in Afghanistan see Trump’s pardon as betrayal

Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road.
A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed.
Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump.
His troops have suffered a very different fate.
-Washington Post; 7/2/2020

The only people dismissing the Russia bounties intel: The Taliban, Russia and Trump

This is Trump’s M.O. Stories that are bad for him are never cast in shades of gray; they are always a hoax. The Russia investigation was a hoax, even though special counsel Robert S. Mueller III found significant evidence of obstruction of justice. Impeachment was a hoax, even though the underlying Ukraine allegations were overwhelmingly confirmed. Trump even rather awkwardly tried to cast the coronavirus as his opponents’ “new hoax.” Trump doesn’t quibble with the details. It’s just deny, deny, deny — even when it leads to misperceptions like it did with coronavirus.

-Washington Post; 7/1/2020

Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments

Russian bounties offered to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan are believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence gleaned from U.S. military interrogations of captured militants in recent months.

-Washington Post; 6/28/2020

Cops fired over violent, racist talk about Black people: We are going to ‘start slaughtering them’

“We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them,” one of the fired officers said, according to a police summary.

-NBC News; 6/25/2020

‘We are just gonna go out and start slaughtering them’: Three cops fired after racist talk of killing black residents

-Washington Post; 6/25/2020