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FLORIDA: Multiple Homes Destroyed After Man Burning Books Sparks Massive 400 Acre Wildfire

Florida, because of course. CNN reports: At least 10 homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday. Only a few minor injuries to emergency personnel have been reported in what’s being called the Garfield Road Fire, according to the Florida Forest Service. But it has burned an estimated 350 ...

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Huckabee Begs Trump Not To Gut The Arts

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Mike Huckabee manages to simultaneously defend the arts and heap insults on artists. He writes: Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice for president. I was. But he was my second choice, and I’m proud that I supported him. In tackling the federal budget, he faces a debt that has doubled to $20 trillion in ...

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Patron Collapses At Hello Dolly But Waves Off EMTs Because He’d “Sooner Die” Than Miss The Second Act

The New York Post reports: At the Bette Midler show — which has instantly become Broadway’s hottest ticket, raking in $1.4 million in its first five performances — a source told us, “Around halfway through the first act,” an audience member visiting from LA “started to feel dizzy and made his way to the aisle. But he lost consciousness and ...

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Grills GOP Rep. Devin Nunes On Intel Reveal: Dems Will Question Your Impartiality [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday hammered Republican House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes over his assertion there may have been “incidental collection” of President Donald Trump during the transition. “You said he could have been, but I don’t know what that means,” Tapper began in a lengthy and contentious interview, pointing out that the incidental collection of communications ...

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Roger Stone Attacks “Pussies” At House Intelligence Committee For “Sliming” Him Over Ties To Putin

Mediaite reports: Longtime political operative and Donald Trump consigliere, Roger Stone, visited Joe Piscopo on AM 970 THE ANSWER radio show Wednesday to talk Russia. “Pardon me, I had Vladimir Putin on the other line,” Stone quipped. “Let me get rid of him.” From there, Stone launched into a spirited denial of claims that he secretly colluded with the Russian ...

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Rep. Devin Nunes: Trump Transition Team Members Were Listened To During Surveillance Of Foreign Targets

Politico reports: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under U.S. government surveillance following November’s presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appeared to be legal but that he was concerned because it was not related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Starting right now. Via Death & Taxes: It’s time for the highlight of everyone’s day, when the world’s greatest living prop comic (sorry, Carrot Top), White House press secretary Sean Spicer, fields questions about the Trump administration from reporters and basically craps his pants on live television. Feel free to watch along with us as Spicer berates members of the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, Day Three

Already underway. CBS News reports: Today is the third day of Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings to become confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. Yesterday Senators grilled him with questions for nearly 12 hours. Today’s hearings will include testimony from outside witnesses. Gorsuch is expected to face a second round of questioning by senators on the committee, and then move onto ...

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US And UK Restrict Personal Electronic Devices On In-Bound Flights From Eight Muslim Nations [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Passengers on foreign airlines headed to the United States from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone under a new flight restriction enacted on Tuesday by the Trump administration. Officials said the new directive was not based on information pointing to a credible, specific threat ...

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Gorsuch: If Trump Had Made Me Promise To Overturn Roe V Wade, I’d Have Walked Out The Door [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: President Trump said during the campaign that he would nominate people to the Supreme Court who would overrule Roe v. Wade and return decisions on abortion rights to the states. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Gorsuch if Trump had asked him during his interview before his nomination whether he would rule to overturn the 1973 decision. ...

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Trump Warns House GOP To Repeal Obamacare Or Lose Their Seats In 2018: “I’m Gonna Come After You”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning with a stern message for Republicans who’ve been wobbly about dismantling Obamacare: Give me your vote or you may lose your seat in 2018. Trump warned Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who has led conservative opposition to the Republican health care plan, that “I’m gonna come after you” if ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, Day Two

Starting right now: The second day of confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch are set to take place Tuesday. Gorsuch delivered his opening statement on Monday amid Republican praise and some opposition from Democrats, who remain bitter that former President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, was not even considered by Senate Republicans ...

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Schwarzenegger Mocks Trump’s Approval Ratings

The Hill reports: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ramped up his feud with President Trump Tuesday morning, with a 40-second video knocking Trump’s approval ratings and his budget proposal. “Oh, Donald — the ratings are in, and you got swamped,” Schwarzenegger says in the video. “Wow. Now you’re in the thirties?” “But what do you expect? I mean, when you take away after-school ...

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Feds Investigate Whether Far-Right Sites Helped Russian Bots Blitz Social Media With Pro-Trump Stories

McClatchy reports: Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say. Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Families Of Hundreds Of 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia For “Complicity” In Attack [VIDEO]

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: In a stunning action seeking to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for 9/11, the families of 800 victims have filed a lawsuit accusing the Saudis of complicity in the worst terror attacks on American soil. The legal action, filed in federal court in Manhattan, details a scenario of involvement by Saudi officials who are said ...

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Pelosi Blasts Trump For “Disgraceful And Incendiary” Lies Unmasked Today By FBI Director James Comey

The Hill reports: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that President Trump must apologize for “disgraceful and incendiary” claims former President Barack Obama wiretapped him last year. Pelosi said in a statement that FBI Director James Comey’s testimony earlier in the day “put the last nail into President Trump’s mendacious wiretapping claims.” “President Trump owes President Obama and ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

It’s a BUSY day on Capitol Hill. NPR reports: Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, begins his three-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Republicans have praised the federal appeals court judge as a brilliant jurist who would continue in the conservative mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who he’s vying to ...

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LIVE VIDEO: FBI Director James Comey Reports On Wiretapping And Russia To House Intel Committee

UPDATE: Bumping this post back to the top as things begin. The hearing starts at 10AM but I’m posting the live-stream early as a heads-up. The Associated Press reports: A hearing Monday before the House Intelligence Committee, one of several congressional panels probing allegations of Russian meddling, could allow for the greatest public accounting to date of investigations that have ...

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Thousands Shout Down GOP Rep. Pete Sessions After He Complains “You Don’t Know How To Listen” [VIDEO]

The Dallas News reports: Thousands of boisterous, angry North Texans on Saturday challenged Rep. Pete Sessions to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They also asked him to seriously investigate Russia’s tampering in the 2016 presidential race and to squash President Donald Trump’s controversial budget proposal. But at the contentious town hall meeting at Richardson High School, a ...

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REPORT: White House Installs Informants At Each Cabinet Agency To Report On “Loyalty” To Trump

The Washington Post reports: Most members of President Trump’s Cabinet do not yet have leadership teams in place or even nominees for top deputies. But they do have an influential coterie of senior aides installed by the White House who are charged — above all — with monitoring the secretaries’ loyalty, according to eight officials in and outside the administration. ...

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