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The Pentagon has identified two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan while involved in combat operations Friday in Kunduz Province.

The men were identified Saturday as Spc. Joseph P. Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, and Lindsay was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Both were based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The fatalities bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan. The deaths underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-ravaged country.

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The man police believe murdered Kittitas County, Washington, Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson was an illegal alien.

Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro came to the United States from Mexico in April 2014 as a temporary farm worker. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Tanya Roman told Fox News that Toro never had his visa extended and apparently did not return to Mexico, either.

With detention facilities overcrowded, ICE has released over 100,00 illegals onto the streets in the past three months. (RELATED: Illegal Arrested In Murder Case Had Long Criminal Record But Not Deported)

Deputy David Clarke, of Orange County, salutes an American flag … (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)

Flores Del Toro died after a shootout with police. Investigators say the illegal first shot and killed Thompson, 42, and then wounded police officer Benito Chavez, 22, on Tuesday night. The two followed the assailant in a brief high-speed pursuit and were attempting to question Toro because locals reported he had been driving erratically.

Toro allegedly exited his vehicle and began shooting. He was then fatally wounded by return fire and died in a nearby hospital. (RELATED: San Jose Police Officer: Sanctuary Laws ‘Need To Be Changed Immediately)

Ellensburg, Washington, Police Capt. Dan Hansberry told the USA Today that Toro was not wanted by authorities, who have no idea why the assailant decided to evade questioning by the two police officers.

Hansberry called the incident a “road rage-type event” and acknowledged that local police “had limited contacts with him,” but the police officer said these contacts “nothing of real significance.”

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Time magazine’s Thursday profile of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that her staffers ‘stiffen’ in fear at knocks on her door.

The profile is entitled “‘Change Is Closer Than We Think.’ Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Unlikely Rise” and tells the story of the 29-year-old former New York bartender’s rise to fame. However, the very first paragraph suggests that all is not necessarily well: Ocasio-Cortez and her staffers may live in fear for their lives.

“Every 10 minutes or so, someone knocks on the big wooden door of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office on Capitol Hill,” the piece reads, “The noise makes staffers stiffen. It’s almost always a harmless fan, one of dozens who arrive each day, leaving neon-colored Post-it notes as devotional offerings.”

The piece reveals that Ocasio-Cortez and her staffers have received enough death threats to warrant Capitol Police giving them a training session on how to perform risk assessments of any visitors who might knock on that door.

Time suggests that this may be the natural fallout for a woman who is “Wonder Woman of the left, Wicked Witch of the right.”

“Ocasio-Cortez has become the second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States…No lawmaker in recent memory has translated so few votes into so much political and social capital so quickly.”

Time has a point. Ocasio-Cortez has angered many conservatives as quickly as she has garnered fans among young Americans. Both Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee have called Ocasio-Cortez’s authenticity into question suggesting that there are “forces” behind her. Huckabee said Thursday, “I know there has been some allegations that she was almost like the Manchurian candidate, recruited, prepared.”

“She’s making quite a name for herself, and I hope that she continues to be the face of the Democratic Party. It’s the best thing that [President] Donald Trump and the Republicans have going for them in 2020.” (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Fox Hosts Of Calling Her By The Wrong Name Because ‘Racism’)

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Christopher Scalia, son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, said packing the Supreme Court is partially unconstitutional and might be a Democratic ploy of intimidation.

“It’s pretty clear that one element of what some of the candidates are suggesting is just unconstitutional,” he said on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” Wednesday.

Scalia was referencing the idea of packing the court: that the Supreme Court should have 15 members, five of whom would “only be seated by unanimous agreement of the other 10,” presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg previously told Fox.

Buttigieg, also a mayor from Indiana, along with 2020 Democratic hopefuls Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke, expressed some “openness” to expanding the Supreme Court, according to The Washington Post(RELATED: Court-Packing Emerges As Litmus Test In 2020 Democratic Primary)

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The problem with packing the court, Scalia said, is that “Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution makes very clear that the president has the power and authority to nominate and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint Supreme Court justices. So, I mean, I don’t know what … these candidates are talking about, but they certainly can’t have justices appoint their colleagues.”

Scalia added justices appointing their colleagues would require a constitutional amendment.

“I just don’t think [it] has a snowball’s chance anywhere of being ratified,” he said.

Scalia suggested Democrats might be copying a strategy used by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was trying to introduce the New Deal — that of intimidating the Supreme Court into doing what they want.

“When FDR did that — or when he tried to do that — it didn’t go over very well,” Scalia said.

“So he didn’t get more justices, but he did get a lot of what he wanted done, done. It’s possible that the Democrats, just by raising this threat of packing the Court, are trying to do something similar.”

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President Donald Trump has tweeted a picture of a $100,000 check he recently wrote to the Department of Homeland Security, his latest donation to a federal agency.

Trump pledged as a candidate in 2016 to not accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary he would be due if elected.

Trump says the press doesn’t like writing about his donations "nor do I need them to."

He also claims if he didn’t make the donations, there would be "hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!"

By law, he must be paid, so Trump has donated the quarterly payments to various federal departments and agencies.

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President Donald Trump says he is unfairly being blamed for the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Trump tweeted Monday that the media "is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand." He adds: "They will have to work very hard to prove that one."

The gunman in last week’s massacre left a document in which he called himself a white nationalist and referred to Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity."

Trump had expressed sympathy for the victims, but played down the threat of white nationalism across the world, saying he didn’t consider it a rising threat despite data suggesting it’s growing.

In the past, Trump has drawn criticism for saying "both sides" were to blame for violence at a deadly white supremacist demonstration.

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President Donald Trump stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work.

Trump’s arm-twisting came in a series of separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday . He capped his weekend rant against the GM with a tweetdisclosing that he had vented his frustrations during a conversation with the company’s CEO, Mary Barra.

"I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING," Trump wrote. "I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!"

The union is the United Automobile Workers, which represents the employees who lost their jobs in the Lordstown closure. Trump had previously told a UAW leader, David Green, to "get his act together and produce" for the Lordstown workers.

Green didn’t respond to a request for comment Sunday, nor did GM.

GENERAL MOTORS SLASHES MORE THAN 1,400 JOBS IN OHIO

Even he said he talked to Barra, Trump was calling on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant or find another owner, while insisting that the Detroit automaker "must act quickly."

He also blasted GM for letting down the U.S. and asserted "much better" automakers are coming to the country.

Trump praised Toyota for its investments in the U.S. in an apparent attempt to depict GM as being less committed to its home country than the Japan automaker.

The Lordstown closure has become a hot-button issue in an area of Ohio that is expected to be critical for Trump if he seeks re-election as promised in 2020.

Trump prevailed in Ohio in the 2016 election, a win that helped him win enough electoral votes to become president despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

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That may be one reason why Trump joined a coalition of Ohio lawmakers in efforts to get the Lordstown plant running again. The tweets marked some of his most pointed criticism of GM so far.

Trump has skewered several other U.S. companies for not doing more to help their country’s economy, but his remarks so far have been more bark than bite.

For instance, he has publicly called upon Apple to shift most of its manufacturing from China to the U.S., but the Silicon Valley company continues to make its iPhones and most other products overseas.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, last week expressed doubts GM will reopen its Lordstown plant, but he said the automaker indicated it’s in talks with another company about using the site.

More than 16 million vehicles were made at the Lordstown plant during its 53-year history until GM closed it earlier this month as part of a massive reorganization. The company also intends to close four other North American plants by early next year.

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The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated the top U.S. Air Force general in Europe to be the next Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and head of the U.S. European Command.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Tod D. Wolters would succeed Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.

The announcement was made Friday by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan says the NATO alliance has agreed to Wolters’ appointment as the Supreme Allied Commander.

In his other role, as head of the U.S. European Command, Wolter would lead all U.S. forces in Europe.

Wolters received his officer commission in 1982 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a fighter pilot by training.

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John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, says North Korea’s allegations that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust at last month’s nuclear summit in Hanoi are "inaccurate."

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Friday that Trump was willing to talk, but was influenced by uncompromising demands by Pompeo and Bolton. She said the "gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger."

Bolton said Friday he has spoken with his South Korean counterpart about the North Korea allegations.

The North said Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) will decide soon whether to continue the talks aimed at getting him to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

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Twelve Republican senators sided with Democrats Thursday and voted to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the southwest border. Trump has vowed to veto the Democratic measure, which the House passed last month in a bid to stymie Trump’s efforts to spend billions of extra dollars on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Of the dozen GOP senators who went against Trump, just one — Maine Sen. Susan Collins — faces re-election next year.

A look at what the Republican defectors said about their votes:

— Lamar Alexander of Tennessee: "After a Revolutionary War against a king, our nation’s founders gave to Congress the power to approve all spending so that the president would not have too much power. This check on the executive is a crucial source of our freedom."

— Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the GOP leadership: "I was aggressively opposed to the Obama administration’s attempts to circumvent Congress’s appropriating authority to prop up" the health-care law known as Obamacare. "The same principle should apply regardless of which party occupies the White House."

— Collins: "I’m sure (the president) will not be happy with my vote, but I’m a United States senator and feel my job is to stand up for the Constitution. So let the chips fall where they may."

— Mike Lee of Utah: "Congress is supposed to be the first among the federal government’s three co-equal branches. For decades, Congress has been giving far too much legislative power to the executive branch."

— Jerry Moran of Kansas: "I aggressively opposed the overreach of past presidents and believe that I cannot pick and choose to now look the other way. How we do things — even good things — matter. We were raised that the ends don’t justify the means."

— Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: "When the executive branch goes around the express intention of Congress on matters within its jurisdiction, we must speak up or legislative acquiescence will erode our constitutional authority."

— Rand Paul of Kentucky: "I stand with President Trump on the need for a border wall and stronger border security, but the Constitution clearly states that money cannot be spent unless Congress has passed a law to do so."

— Rob Portman of Ohio: "There is no question we need stronger border security. Erecting more barriers and fencing in key areas along the border will help stem the tide. But we have to do that in the right way. Congress, not the president, has sole authority to determine how to spend taxpayer money. Declaring a national emergency to access different funds sets a dangerous new precedent."

— Mitt Romney of Utah: "This is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core. For the executive branch to override a law passed by Congress would make it the ultimate power rather than a balancing power. I am seriously concerned that overreach by the executive branch is an invitation to further expansion and abuse by future presidents."

— Marco Rubio of Florida: "We have an emergency at our border, which is why I support the president’s use of forfeiture funds and counter-drug money to build a wall. However, I cannot support moving funds that Congress explicitly appropriated for construction and upgrades of our military bases. This would create a precedent a future president may abuse to jumpstart programs like the Green New Deal" or other liberal ideas.

— Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania: "I support what the president is trying to do. I don’t support the way the president is going about it, and to me that’s an important distinction." Trump’s emergency declaration "set a troubling precedent" regarding the president’s ability to go around Congress and redirect tax dollars for other purposes, Toomey said.

— Roger Wicker of Mississippi: "I strongly support (Trump’s) plan to build walls on our southern border, but an emergency declaration (is) the wrong approach. The president already has almost $6 billion available that can be used to build border walls. I am concerned about the precedent an emergency declaration sets, which might empower a future liberal president to declare emergencies to enact gun control, address ‘climate emergencies’ or even tear down the wall we are building today."

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