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CNN made obscene amounts of money from its coverage of this dispiriting election, but not because the cable network’s political journalism was original, creative, or enlightening. Indeed, there was a certain…repetitive quality to the nightly coverage of the latest Trump outrage — even a feeling that the discussion, however angry or argumentative, became an enervating ritual, as Donald Trump acted out his latest outrage every day.

Why was the stable of cable pundits cued by host Anderson Cooper always so predictable in responding to Trump’s antics? This week’s Saturday Night Live featured a frightening theory that would explain a lot.

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FBI attack suspect Ricky Shiffer, right, and at US Capitol on January 6, 2021

(Reuters) - An armed man who tried to breach the FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday was shot dead by police following a car chase, a gun battle and a standoff in a cornfield northeast of town, officials said.

Police had yet to identify the dead man and during a pair of news briefings declined to comment on his motive. The New York Times and NBC News, citing unnamed sources, identified him as Ricky Shiffer, 42, who may have had extreme right-wing views.

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Federal agents were searching for secret documents pertaining to nuclear weapons among other classified materials when they raided former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, according to a new report.

Citing people familiar with the investigation, the Washington Post reported on Thursday night that some of the documents sought by investigators in Trump’s home were related to nuclear and “special access programs,” but didn’t specify if they referred to the U.S. arsenal or another nations' weapons, or whether such documents were found.

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