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Navy Again Sends Warship to Disputed S. China Sea

For the second time this month, a Navy warship conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea designed to push back against expansive Chinese maritime claims to the waterway.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of the disputed Scarborough Reef on Monday, said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

China denounced the latest action and said its military forces were dispatched to identify the ship and warn the destroyer to leave the area.

Cohen Pushes Pelosi to Impeach Trump Because He’s ‘Raping the Country’

Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) on Monday called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, accusing him of “raping the country.”

Cohen stood up and yelled for Trump to be impeached during a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), prompting Pelosi to push back saying, “This is not about politics, it’s about what’s best for the American people,” according to Politico.

Jeff Daniels: If Trump Wins in 2020, It’s ‘the End of Democracy’

Actor Jeff Daniels said that Donald Trump’s re-election in 2020 would mean the “end of democracy” during an appearance Monday on MSNBC.

Daniels, who is starring on Broadway as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, stopped by Deadline: White House to share his thoughts on the political climate. Like host Nicolle Wallace and most of the show’s guests, Daniels is vehemently anti-Trump and challenged midwestern voters who chose Trump in 2016 to consider if they were for values like decency and respect.

U.S. Intel Warns Iran Plotting ‘Tactical Surprise’ Attacks in Gulf

Intelligence indicates that the Iranian regime is using its terror proxy groups to conduct attacks on ships operating in the Strait of Hormuz, a critical Persian Gulf shipping lane that has become the center of international tensions as Tehran seeks to foment instability in reaction to President Donald Trump’s efforts to strangle the hardline regime.

NYT Reporter: Warren’s Rejection of Fox News ‘Dangerously Close to Deplorables’ Territory

New York Times reporter Lisa Lerer said Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) sharp refusal to appear on Fox News for a town hall veered “dangerously close to deplorables,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s infamous slam on Donald Trump supporters in 2016.

Hickenlooper National Security Policy Avoids Energy Revolution

John Hickenlooper’s rollout of a national security plan called for climate change to be treated as a security issue, but the presidential candidate has avoided the topic of the recent U.S. energy production boom, which he cited in 2015 as heralding a new era of safety and stability to liberal democracies that value freedom.

On Monday, Hickenlooper’s attempt to rebuke the Trump administration included a call for the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate treaty.

Former Democrat Congressional Staffer Charged with Patronizing a Prostitute

John A. Stemen, a longtime aide to Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D., N.Y.), was officially charged with patronizing a prostitute during a Monday hearing at the Utica City Court.

After pleading not guilty to one count of patronizing a prostitute, Stemen was released without bail. Stemen’s attorney contended his client was “maintaining his innocence completely.”