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LIVE VIDEO: Acting AG Testifies Before US House Panel

The Associated Press reports: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is testifying before Congress for the first time Friday, with Democrats eager to press him on his interactions with President Donald Trump and his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Whitaker’s highly anticipated testimony was in limbo for much of the day Thursday after the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee approved …

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Five-Time Oscar Nominee Albert Finney Dies At Age 82

The BBC reports: Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness. He was a five-time Oscar nominee who began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in film. His big film break came as “angry young man” Arthur Seaton in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. He went on to star in …

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Ronan Farrow: The Enquirer Tried To Blackmail Me Too

The Wrap reports: Ronan Farrow had a message for Jeff Bezos on Thursday: Me, too. Farrow, whose journalistic efforts have detailed sexual misconduct accusations against the likes of Les Moonves and Harvey Weinstein, took to Twitter on Thursday to express solidarity with Amazon boss Bezos, after Bezos said that he had received a blackmail threat from National Enquirer parent company …

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Kellyanne Conway Claims She Was Assaulted [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Kellyanne Conway says that she was grabbed and shaken by a woman while out with her teenage daughter in a Maryland restaurant late last year. In an interview with CNN, the White House counselor to President Donald Trump talked about the alleged assault for the first time publicly. She recounted how the woman, who was later identified by …

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SCOTUS Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law In 5-4 Vote

The Wall Street Journal reports: A divided Supreme Court late on Thursday blocked Louisiana from implementing abortion regulations that could limit the availability of the procedure in the state, in an interim action that could set the stage for the court to weigh in on abortion rights in the near future. The court’s action, which split the justices 5 to …

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Legendary Former Rep. John Dingell Dies At Age 92

The Washington Post reports: During his 59-year tenure as the longest-serving member of Congress, John D. Dingell Jr. uncovered government fraud, fought for universal health care, helped to pass the Civil Rights Act and fiercely defended the automotive industry. He also got to be very good at Twitter. “Someone told me that the man behind everyone’s favorite cup of coffee …

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Saudi Prince Vowed To Use “Bullet” On Jamal Khashoggi

The New York Times reports: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed in October, if Mr. Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, according to current and former American and …

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Washington Post/Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Of Blackmailing Him With Dick Pics

From a jaw-dropping Medium post by Jeff Bezos: Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. …

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Howard Schultz Has Jeb-Style “Please Clap” Moment

Time Magazine reports: Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks and possible 2020 presidential candidate, just got a round of applause while speaking to students at Purdue University on Thursday. The problem is, he had to ask for it. “The cost of an education here will be less expensive in nominal dollars in 2020 than it was in 2012. Congratulations,” …

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Virginia GOP Leader Also Ensnared In Blackface History

The Virginian Pilot reports: A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface. Norment, R-James City County, was managing editor of The Bomb publication that year. He went to VMI in Lexington after graduating from James Blair High School in Williamsburg and has …

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Acting AG Matt Whitaker To Refuse To Testify Unless House Judiciary Panel Drops Just-Approved Subpoena

The Associated Press reports: The Justice Department told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will not appear at Friday’s closely-watched oversight hearing unless he receives a written assurance by 6 p.m. ET Thursday that he will not be served with the subpoena the committee pre-emptively authorized to use if he avoids questions. The House …

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Facebook To Reveal Who Targeted You For Advertising

TechCrunch reports: Starting February 28th, Facebook’s “Why am I seeing this?” button in the drop-down menu of feed posts will reveal more than the brand that paid for the ad, some biographical details they targeted and if they’d uploaded your contact info. Facebook will start to show when your contact info was uploaded, if it was by the brand or …

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Cindy McCain Apologizes After Police Contradict Her Claim Of Stopping Child Trafficking Incident At Airport

CBS News reports: A claim by Cindy McCain that she had stopped a human trafficking incident at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was shown to be false Wednesday by CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV. McCain, widow of Sen John McCain, made the assertion in an interview on Glendale, Arizona radio station KTAR. “I came in from a trip I’d been on …

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Boyfriend Of Russia Spy Indicted For Money Laundering

The Daily Beast reports: Paul Erickson, the American political operative and boyfriend of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Dakota on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. The U.S. attorney for the district of South Dakota is handling the prosecution, which is separate from the case that was lodged against …

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Virginia Attorney General: I Wore Blackface In 1980

The Associated Press reports: Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. …

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Chris Christie Floats Wife For Possible 2020 House Run

The New Jersey Globe reports: Former Gov. Chris Christie is touting his wife as a potential challenger to Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district next year. Christie launched the trial balloon at a book signing Tuesday night at The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. “Listen, the state would be incredibly lucky if Mary Pat Christie …

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NEW MEXICO: Dem Governor Literally Runs Through Walls To Protest Trump’s Immigration Policies [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump’s description of a security crisis. “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” …

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Mike Pence: The Shutdown Wasn’t A Mistake [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Vice President Mike Pence told CBS’s Jeff Glor on Wednesday morning he doesn’t believe the partial government shutdown was a mistake, saying Americans find it admirable that President Trump “says what he means and he means what he says.” Despite having the longest government shutdown in history, President Trump didn’t mention any plan to help Congress secure a …

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Schumer: Trump Tipped His Fear Of Mueller Last Night

One of the most notable parts of last night’s state of the union address was when Trump said this: “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump’s SOTU And Democratic Response

NPR reports: President Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. He’s expected to deliver a bipartisan message themed around “choosing greatness,” while outlining what the White House calls a “policy agenda both parties can rally behind.” Trump’s address will begin at 9 p.m. ET. His remarks will be followed by two responses: …

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