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Nebraska Republican Governor Jim Pillen was widely criticized after he dismissed a critical news article about his business by citing the nationality of the reporter, Yanqi Xu, whom he referred to as being from "communist China."

Xu's investigation, published in the Flatwater Free Press last month, revealed high nitrate levels at Pillen's hog farms. The investigative report, based on government records, revealed that 16 of Pillen's farms had nitrate levels five times higher than the safe drinking water standard.

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