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CIA Director William Burns said he is “very proud” of the agency’s analysis in Afghanistan in 2021 despite being blindsided by the swift collapse of the Afghan government and failing to predict how quickly the Taliban would take Kabul.

The Taliban rapidly took over Afghanistan in mid-August amid a chaotic U.S. military withdrawal, and a suicide bombing by ISIS-K late that month killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 170 Afghan civilians as the United States led evacuation operations at the airport, with the Taliban providing security outside.

Hundreds of Americans and tens of thousands of Afghan allies and interpreters were still in the country when the U.S. left before the end of August.

Burns said Wednesday during an Aspen Security Forum discussion that he was “very proud … of the analysis, with all of its imperfections, that we tried to provide to policymakers over the six months leading up to the withdrawal.”

The CIA director prefaced this by admitting the agency had not predicted the Taliban would take over the country as fast as they did and that “all of us have lessons to learn from experiences like that.” He suggested that the CIA had at least gotten it less wrong than other parts of the U.S. government.

“As the president has said publicly, none of us anticipated that the Afghan government was going to flee as quickly as it did, that the Afghan military was going to collapse as fast as it did,” Burns said. “Having said that, I think CIA at least was always on the more pessimistic end of the spectrum in terms of highlighting, you know, over the course of the spring and the summer, the obvious ways in which the Taliban were advancing rapidly and how this was hollowing out in many ways, not just the political leadership but also the military.”

Burns shared the CIA’s assessment in July 2021, when he did not say he believed the country would fall in half a year, let alone in less than a month.

President Joe Biden and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley both misled about the size of the Afghan army in the months leading up to the fall of Kabul last August.

Biden had dismissed the chances of a Saigon-like situation in July 2021. He added that “the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was similarly dismissive when pressed in June 2021 about the failure to evacuate Afghan interpreters properly.

“We are not withdrawing — we are staying. The embassy is staying,” Blinken wrongly claimed. “If there is a significant deterioration in security, that could well happen — we have discussed this before — I do not think it is going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday. So I would not necessarily equate the departure of forces in July, August, or by early September with some kind of immediate deterioration in the situation.”

Fresh off of the Pentagon overstating the strength of the Afghan military ahead of the Taliban’s rapid takeover last year, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier admitted in March they had then underestimated Ukraine’s will to fight in the lead-up to Russia’s February invasion.

The invasion of Ukraine came after weeks of warnings by the Biden administration that Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely to invade. Biden said in January he believed a Russian victory in Ukraine would essentially be certain.

Milley also reportedly told Congress behind closed doors in early February that Kyiv could be conquered by Russia within 72 hours of a full-scale invasion.

Haines has convened a working group underneath the National Intelligence Council to try to assess how spy agencies can more accurately measure a foreign country’s “will to fight.”

  • Vinny says:

    This boy has shit for brains

  • Missucam says:

    CIA is a criminal agency and should be destroyed like many other federal agencies!!!

  • verneoz says:

    “Burns said Wednesday during an Aspen Security Forum discussion that he was “very proud … of the analysis, with all of its imperfections…” This statement perfectly describes why the CIA’s best years are behind it. Minimizing the many imperfections shows that field agent competence and intell analysis standards have fallen. Yes there are still good people there, but they are in minor roles and cannot affect outcomes. The cream of the crop retired several years ago.

  • Ashley says:

    Only an idiot would be proud of the cluster [email protected] of biden’s Afghanistan surrender. No one is buying this BS!

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    The Witch Hunt Continues: IRS Ordered to Turn Over Trump Tax Returns to Democrats



    The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in an opinion Tuesday that the House Ways and Means Committee can obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

    “While it is possible that Congress may attempt to threaten the sitting President with an invasive request after leaving office, every President takes office knowing that he will be subject to the same laws as all other citizens upon leaving office,” Senior Circuit Judge David Sentelle wrote in the opinion.

    Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal sent a written request to the IRS in 2019 requesting Trump’s personal and business tax returns. A federal judge ruled in August 2021 that Trump’s accountants had to hand over tax returns and financial records from after Trump became president to the House committee.

    House Democrats are investigating whether Trump accepted payments from foreign governments while in office, as well as auditing a lease granted for a Trump business in Washington, D.C., according to NBC News.

    The ruling comes a day after the FBI raided Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. The FBI was reportedly investigating an alleged 15 boxes of White House documents, some of which were classified, that Trump took with him when he left office, according to The Washington Post.

    “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” Trump said in a statement following the raid. “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”

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    McConnell Finally Issues Statement on the FBI Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago



    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded Tuesday afternoon to the FBI’s raid this week on the Florida home of former President Donald Trump by demanding that federal officials provide the American public with an immediate explanation for their actions.

    FBI agents executed a search warrant on Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago residence because they reportedly believed that Trump held back turning over all the classified information that was supposed to be sent back to the National Archives earlier this year.

    “The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday,” McConnell said in a statement. “Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately.”

    The strongest statement by far came from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (FL) who echoed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) strong statement on Monday.

    “If Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray do not make public statements today explaining to the American people exactly what they did at Mar-a-Lago and why, they will have lost what little public trust they may have had and no longer deserve to remain in office,” Scott said in a statement. “All related records must be made available to Congress NOW and every Republican must demand accountability. Since President Biden claims he didn’t know, he needs to come out today and demand that all facts be presented to the American people.”

    “When Republicans retake the majority in the Senate, there will be a thorough and aggressive investigation,” Scott added. “Everything needs to be on the table for AG Garland, including impeachment if he doesn’t come out today and explain what happened. Today, the nation is watching and we demand answers.”

    The rest of the Senate Republican leadership put out much weaker statements that were all similar in nature.

    Senate Republican Whip John Thune (SD) said that the “FBI needs to provide answers as to why they raided the home of a former American president.”

    “Complete transparency is the only way to dispel the American people’s worst suspicions about the agency’s motives,” he added. “Like every other American, I await their timely explanation. Delay is not an option.”

    Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (WY) tweeted: “Raiding a former president’s home is unprecedented. The Justice Department needs to quickly and transparently tell the American people who approved this raid and why it occurred.”

    Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Joni Ernst (IA) tweeted: “A totally unprecedented action by the DOJ and FBI — the same agencies who labeled parents domestic terrorists and sat on the sidelines while Justices were threatened and churches were vandalized. The American people deserve answers, now.”

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    FBI Searched Melania’s Wardrobe — and Asked Staff to Switch Off Security Cameras



    FBI agents scoured Melania Trump’s wardrobe and spent several hours combing through Donald Trump’s private office, breaking open his safe and rifling through drawers when they raided the former First Family’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida Monday morning.

    The Post has learned that the search warrant used by the FBI to enter the palatial Palm Beach property focused solely on presidential records and evidence of classified information being stored there.

    A source close to the former president expressed concern that FBI agents or DOJ lawyers conducting the search could have “planted stuff” because they would not allow Trump’s attorneys inside the 128-room building to observe the operation, which lasted more than nine hours.

    The raid by over 30 plain clothes agents from the Southern District of Florida and the FBI’s Washington Field Office extended through the Trump family’s entire 3,000-square-foot private quarters, as well as to a separate office and safe, and a locked basement storage room in which 15 cardboard boxes of material from the White House were stored.

    Feds arrived at 9 a.m. and didn’t leave until 6:30 p.m.

    An eyewitness to the raid said all of the boxes were confiscated by federal agents Monday, but it is unknown if anything else was taken as no itemized list of items was provided by the FBI.

    The boxes contain documents and mementos from Trump’s presidency, reportedly including letters from Barack Obama and Kim Jong Un, and other correspondence with world leaders.

    A legal source said that the boxes had been packed up by the General Services Administration and shipped to Mar-a-Lago when Trump left office in January 2020.

    Trump’s attorneys, led by Evan Corcoran, had been cooperating fully with federal authorities on the return of the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration, according to sources.

    In May, Corcoran granted access into Mar-a-Lago’s windowless storage room to FBI agents who spent several hours searching through the boxes. Trump stopped by the basement to say hello at one point, says someone who was there.

    The Trump family since has decamped for the summer to his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    Mar-a-Lago is closed for the season and only a skeleton staff, including groundskeepers, were present during Monday’s raid.

    Access to the 20-acre private country club is believed to have been granted by heavily armed US Secret Service (USSS) agents stationed at the front gates and toting M4 carbines. Lawyers for the former president, who were caught off guard by the raid, arrived an hour later.

    The FBI would not have executed a warrant without notifying the Secret Service first, according to a retired high ranking USSS agent.

    “USSS legal counsel probably would’ve directed [them] to see copy of warrant and then step back.”

    Once inside the air-conditioned, white marble-clad private quarters, agents fanned out to search every room, while shocked staff were instructed by Trump’s lawyers to unlock doors and provide the FBI access to every room, including the sumptuous Versailles Master Bedroom, renovated by Melania two years ago.

    Another group of agents, including a professional safe cracker, moved to a separate part of the enormous 1924 Spanish stucco building to search Trump’s office and safe.

    The demeanor of the three DOJ lawyers who accompanied the FBI was described by one eyewitness as “arrogant,” and they repeatedly told Trump representatives: “We have full access to everything. We can go everywhere.”

    Despite the sweltering 91 degrees temperature Monday, Trump’s lawyers were forbidden by the feds to shelter inside the cool lobby, or to observe the search in any way, but were left outside in the baking sun near a parking lot.

    The feds instructed Trump’s representatives to switch off the security cameras but they refused.

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    Judge Who Approved FBI Raid Disparaged Trump, Shared ‘Woke’ Content on Facebook



    The Florida magistrate judge who reportedly signed off on the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s home allegedly disparaged the former president and shared “woke” content on what appears to be his personal Facebook page.

    Josiah Lippincott, a Hillsdale College Van Adel Graduate School of Statesmanship Ph.D. candidate and writer, first reported that Bruce Reinhart — the suspected judge who approved the raid of Mar-a-Lago — apparently denigrated then-president-elect Trump in 2017 via Facebook.

    In a Facebook post screenshotted by Lippincott and reviewed by The Daily Wire, Reinhart wrote, “I generally ignore the President-elect’s tweets, but not this one. John Lewis arguably has done more to ‘make America great’ than any living citizen.”

    “Last August, I took my son to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma so he could understand the kind of courage and sacrifice required to live in a democratic society. John Lewis embodies that spirit,” he added. “Although I’ve never met him, he is one of my heroes.”

    In 2017, Trump tweeted, “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad.” Lewis represented Georgia’s 5th district from 1987 until his death in 2020.

    “Thank you, Robert Reich, for saying what many of us feel, ‘John Lewis is the conscience of America. Donald Trump doesn’t have the moral stature to kiss John Lewis’s feet,’” Reinhart added. “Or, as Joseph Welch said to Joseph McCarthy, ‘At long last, have you left no sense of decency?’”

    Likewise, Reinhart shared Facebook posts that indicate he is the magistrate judge in question. In March 2018, he shared a screenshot of an announcement from former Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) announcing the appointment of Carolyn Bell to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

    “So proud of my wife! A dedicated public servant for almost 3 decades. She will be a phenomenal judge,” Reinhart shared. “The citizens of Palm Beach County and the State of Florida are blessed and lucky to have her. Thanks to everyone who supported her candidacy, and a special thanks to Governor Rick Scott and his team for placing their confidence in her.”

    According to a document from, “A fun fact about Judge Bell is that coincidentally, her husband, Judge Bruce Reinhart, was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Florida in the same week Governor Rick Scott appointed her to the Circuit Court bench.”

    In March 2018, he was elevated to a magistrate judge, according to the New York Post.

    His Facebook page also links to the website, He also posted a picture of a man holding Golden Double Stuf Oreos and a bottle of Early Times Kentucky Bourbon Strait Whisky who bears a striking resemblance to Reinhart based on media photos.

    As pointed out by Lippincott, “Reinhart also shared a post in October of 2017 from a facebook group called ‘WokeFolks’ explaining white privilege, using the metaphor of running a race with different starting lines.”

    That video can be seen here:

    On Tuesday, sources told the New York Post that Reinhart approved the search warrant that authorized the raid of the former president’s home. That judge had previously represented convicted sex offender and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s employees who had received immunity in the investigation of Epstein’s sex trafficking, according to the Miami Herald.

    Reinhart reportedly resigned from the South Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office on January 1, 2008, and the next day went to represent the Epstein employees. He told the Miami Herald that he represented Epstein’s pilots, Epstein’s scheduler Sarah Kellen, and Epstein’s reported “Yugoslavian sex slave” Nadia Marcinkova.

    He would later be named in the 2011 Crime Victims’ Rights Act lawsuit, accusing him of violating DOJ policies through the job change in the midst of the Epstein investigation, according to the Herald.

    Reinhart denied this allegation, claiming he “never learned any confidential, non-public information about the Epstein matter,” according to the Herald, and denying that he participated in the Epstein case while at the South Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    His former colleagues contradicted this in a 2013 court filing that said Reinhart had learned “confidential, non-public information about the Epstein matter,” the New York Post reported. In response to this accusation, Reinhart reportedly told the Herald that the Justice Department had dismissed a complaint that an Epstein victim’s lawyer had filed against him.

    The National Pulse reported that he donated to former President Barack Obama’s campaign twice in 2008, and to former presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s campaign in 2015.

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    WATCH: Biden Shakes Hands with Schumer — Immediately Forgets and Waits for Another



    President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law on Tuesday at the White House. His actions during the event left viewers bewildered.

    The White House posted video of the full event on Twitter, including remarks from Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

    In one clip, Schumer shook hands with Biden before doing the same with other colleagues.

    Just four seconds after shaking hands with Schumer, Biden put his hand out again. He appeared confused, as if he did not remember he had just shaken hands with Schumer.

    Of course, it’s impossible to know whether Biden truly forgot he had already shaken hands with Schumer. It is possible he was confused as to whether he was expected to shake Schumer’s hand a second time.

    In any case, Biden seemed visibly confused by what should have been a routine greeting. That is not a good look for the president of the United States.

    Biden has been questioned for his bizarre handshake rituals in the past. Following an April 14 speech at North Carolina A&T State University, Biden appeared to try to shake hands with thin air.

    Five days after this incident, Politico issued a fact-check assuring Americans that Biden was not, in fact, losing his mind.

    “We took a look at those clips and the full videos of Biden’s speech,” Politico reported. “They don’t add up to the claim that he was trying to shake hands with thin air — different angles show that he was gesturing toward onlookers behind him.”

    You see, Biden is not a confused old man. He was just gesturing to the crowd. After all, Politico said so, and everyone knows Politico is completely infallible.

    Maybe Biden was not confused on Tuesday, either. Maybe he was just “gesturing” to Schumer that he would like another handshake just seconds after the first one.

    Once Biden took the podium to speak about his signing of the CHIPS and Science Act, he was constantly nagged by a terrible cough.

    Biden was cleared to leave quarantine just two days prior to this speech, ABC News reported. He had tested positive for a rebound infection of COVID-19 on July 30.

    Tuesday’s speech once again showed a president who is suffering both physical and mental decline.

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    Trump-Backed Candidate Tim Michels Wins Wisconsin Governor Primary



    Construction executive Tim Michels has won the Republican nomination for governor in Wisconsin, and will face incumbent Democrat Governor Tony Evers in November.

    Michels, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, beat out former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, as well as State Assemblyman Tim Ramthun.

    The race was called by the Associated Press with 75% of the vote in at 10:35 p.m CDT. Michels was in the lead by over 20,000 votes with 47% of the vote. Kleefisch finished second with 43%, and Ramthun took 5.5%.

    Michels had strong performances around the state, especially in rural areas, while Kleefisch generally did better in more suburban areas like Dane and Milwaukee counties, though Michels remained competitive in those areas.

    “I am running for governor because I am very concerned about the direction that the country is heading and extremely concerned about the lack of leadership from Governor Evers here in Wisconsin,” Michels told The Daily Wire last month when asked why he was running for governor.

    Michels was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Kleefisch, his top rival, brought in endorsements from former Governor Scott Walker, former Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

    “Wisconsin needs a Governor who will Stop Inflation, Uphold the Rule of Law, strengthen our Borders (we had the strongest borders in history just two years ago, now we have the weakest!) and End the well-documented Fraud in our Elections,” Trump said in his endorsement. “Tim is an America First Conservative who Supports our Second Amendment, Honors our Brave Law Enforcement and First Responders, and Stands Strongly against the Woke Mob trying to destroy our Country.”

    Michels was in the Army for 12 years before leaving as a major and said the company that he runs, Michel’s Corporation, currently employs about 8,000 people. He said he was honored to receive Trump’s endorsement.

    “People are tired with politics as usual, tired of career politicians, they want an outsider, they want a businessman,” Michels told The Daily Wire in July. “That’s what I bring to this race.”

    Throughout the campaign, Michels has said that he will turn Madison “upside down,” decrease the influence of lobbying on state politics, uphold Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban, end “unmanned ballot boxes,” and end the Wisconsin Election Commission. At a debate last month, he also said that he would support paid family leave, a unique policy for a Republican politician.

    He also has made education reform and ensuring that Critical Race Theory is not taught in Wisconsin schools a major component of his campaign.

    The November election is expected to be tight, and the governor’s race has been labeled as a “toss up” by the Cook Political Report.

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    She Allegedly Aborted, Burned And Buried Her Baby. Here’s How Media Covered It.



    A Nebraska teenager allegedly aborted, burned, and buried her baby with the help of her mother. Major media outlets that covered the story obfuscated these key facts, instead highlighting that Facebook assisted law enforcement in uncovering the alleged crimes by providing the duo’s messages.

    Forty-one-year-old Jessica Burgess and her 17-year-old daughter, Celeste Burgess, face felony charges. Jessica Burgess pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial, while her daughter also pleaded not guilty to three charges that included a felony, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

    A 22-year-old man (Tanner Barnhill, according to The Daily Beast), who was accused of helping the mother-daughter duo bury the baby, has also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor. He will be sentenced later this month, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

    Media that covered the story were quick to emphasize the disclosure of the Facebook messages to authorities, to bury the accusation that the baby was burned, and to refer to the baby’s death using the lingo pushed by abortion groups, as a “self-managed abortion”:

    • Forbes headlined its story: “Facebook Gave Nebraska Cops A Teen’s DMs So They Could Prosecute Her For Having An Abortion.” The story’s lede makes no mention of the fact that the mother and daughter allegedly burned and buried the baby — in fact, the Forbes story does not once mention the word “burn.”
    • NBC News headlined its story: “Facebook turned over chat messages between mother and daughter now charged over abortion.” Neither the story’s lede nor its subhead mentions that the baby was allegedly burned and buried. The story does not mention once that the women allegedly burned the baby.
    • The Huffington Post headlined its story: “Facebook Gave Cops Data To Prosecute Nebraska Teenager Who Allegedly Had An Abortion.” The story mentions later on that the duo allegedly burned the baby.
    • The Cut headlined its story: “Mom and Teen Daughter Accused of Illegal Abortion Based on Facebook Messages,” while CBS News headlined its story: “Nebraska mother, teenager face charges in teen’s abortion after police obtain their Facebook DMs.” Both of these outlets mentioned that the baby was allegedly burned.

    “This marks one of the first instances of a person’s Facebook activity being used to incriminate her in a state where abortion access is restricted — a scenario that has remained largely hypothetical in the weeks following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,” the Forbes story notes — a sentiment echoed by those who shared the publication’s story.

    Hiding The Aborted Baby

    A search warrant affidavit reviewed by the Lincoln Journal Star reveals that a Norfolk police detective launched an investigation into the death of the baby pursuing a tip that the daughter had buried a miscarried baby with her mother — possibly violating the state’s pre-Roe ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

    The publication reported that after obtaining her medical records and establishing that she was more than six months (23 weeks) pregnant, the detective met with Celeste Burgess and her mother.

    The two claimed that Celeste Burgess had suddenly birthed her stillborn baby in the shower in the middle of the night, the Lincoln Journal Star reported that court records show, woken her mother, stowed the baby in a bag in the back of their van, and later buried the baby with the help of the 22-year-old man.

    That man revealed to police on April 29 that Celeste and Jessica Burgess had tried to burn the baby’s body before burying it on his parents’ property — and authorities who examined the baby’s body found “thermal wounds,” the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

    The baby was indeed stillborn, an April 30 autopsy found.

    Authorities — unaware that the baby had been illegally aborted — reportedly charged the women in early June with removing, concealing, or abandoning a dead human body, as well as concealing the death of another person and false reporting.

    But the detective then served a search warrant on Facebook and found messages indicating that the mother had bought or obtained abortion pills for her daughter and told her how to take them, the publication reported.

    “When I conducted the interview with C. Burgess I wanted to try and figure out when the miscarriage occurred,” the detective said, according to a complaint obtained by The Daily Beast, adding, “C. Burgess scrolled through her messages on her Facebook Messenger account,” trying to show detectives that she had messaged her mom on the night of the incident.

    The Messages

    “Are we starting it today?” Celeste Burgess allegedly asked her mother in April 20 Facebook messages, according to records posted by the New York Post, to which her mom replied, “We can if u want,” adding, “the one will stop the hormones.”

    The two discuss the process of taking the abortion pills before Celeste Burgess reminds her mother, “Remember we burn the evidence.”

    “Yep,” her mother responds.

    “Once everything is out,” the daughter continued.

    “Yep,” the mom answers. “Thought u would b happy 2 hear the stuff came in.”

    “Yes,” responds the daughter. As her mother moves on to discuss the thunder outside, the daughter continues, “I will finally be able to wear jeans.”

    The detective wrote in his affidavit that the daughter described “how she can’t wait to get the ‘thing’ out of her body and reaffirms with J. Burgess that they will burn the evidence afterward,” the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

    The messages led Madison County Attorney Joseph Smith to add two more felonies, performing or attempting an abortion on a baby older than 20 weeks, as well as performing an abortion as a non-licensed doctor, to the charges against the mother.

    In Nebraska, babies may not be aborted past 20 weeks.

    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a case like this,” Smith, who has served as county prosecutor for 32 years, said on Friday. “Usually, abortions are performed in hospitals, and doctors are involved, and it’s not the type of stuff that occurred in this case.”

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