Politics

ISRAEL: Netanyahu Indicted On Corruption Charges

The Times of Israel reports: Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Tuesday filed the indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust with the Jerusalem District Court. “The indictment was filed a short time ago… as is required by law,” Mandelblit’s office said. The move marks the first time in Israel’s history that a …

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Markets Dive On Virus Fears, Trump Offers US Help

Politico reports: The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened 500 points lower as news of the virus spreading to the U.S. and other countries grew and world officials scrambled to contain the outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus has affected over 2,700 people. The Dow wound up closing down 456 points, or nearly 1.6 percent. An out-of-control virus — …

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State Department Elevates Travel Warning For China

Via press release from the State Department: Reconsider travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Some areas have increased risk.  A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness that began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to grow. Chinese health officials …

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ITALY: Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Party Handed Setback

Courthouse News reports: Italy’s liberal and left-wing voters are letting out a collective sigh of relief after the country’s former interior minister and far-right leader Matteo Salvini was defeated Sunday in regional elections in Emilia-Romagna, a bastion of left-wing politics in Italy. Salvini, a far-right anti-immigrant politician, and his League party hoped a win in Emilia-Romagna would force Italy’s weak …

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Michelle Obama Wins Grammy For Best Spoken Word

The Associated Press reports: Michelle Obama is a Grammy winner. The former first lady won her first Grammy Award on Sunday for best spoken word album for the audio book of her 2019 memoir “Becoming.” Obama was not on hand to accept the award handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the Grammys pre-telecast ceremony. Her husband, …

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SNL’s Satan Is A “Huge Fan” Of Alan Dershowitz

The Week reports: Saturday Night Live is back on NBC after its winter hiatus, and the cast was joined by an old friend. Jon Lovitz returned for Saturday evening’s cold open during which he portrayed President Trump’s attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was preparing to argue the president’s case in the Senate impeachment trial. As Lovitz’s Dershowitz began his remarks, he …

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Darrell Issa Targets Homocon’s Sexuality In New Ad

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: A new campaign ad from former Rep. Darrell Issa has drawn criticism from some of his Republican colleagues for highlighting the sexuality of his opponent Carl DeMaio. The TV ad, which began airing earlier this week, runs 30 seconds and begins by decrying a recent attack ad from DeMaio. The ad also highlighted negative comments …

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Vice Cops Fired For 2018 False Arrest Of Stormy Daniels

The New York Times reports: Two vice officers were fired on Thursday by the city of Columbus, Ohio, for their role in the wrongful arrest of the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels at a strip club in 2018, an arrest that a lawyer for Ms. Daniels said was the result of a “conspiracy of dunces.” The officers, Steven Rosser and …

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WaPo Board: Has Jared Kusner’s Phone Been Checked?

From the editorial board of the Washington Post: If Mohammed bin Salman did target Mr. Bezos for surveillance, it would not be an isolated case. As U.N. investigators Agnes Callamard and David Kaye said in their statement, “the allegations reinforce other reporting pointing to a pattern of targeted surveillance of perceived opponents and those of broader strategic importance to the …

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Billy Eichner Cast As Drudge In Impeachment Series

Deadline reports: Three-time Emmy nominee and American Horror Story alum Billy Eichner is joining FX’s Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky sex scandal limited series American Crime Story: Impeachment in the role of famed journalist and Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge. It was the Drudge Report that first broke news of the White House affair on Jan. 17, 1998, then reporting that Newsweek …

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UN Calls For Probe Into Hacking Of Jeff Bezos’s Phone

The Telegraph reports: United Nations experts have called for an “immediate investigation” by the United States into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account. A joint statement from Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur for extra-judicial killings, and David Kaye, the …

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New York Gov Backs Legal Weed In New Budget Plan

Marijuana Moment reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) included marijuana legalization in his budget proposal on Tuesday, setting the stage for another reform push in the legislature as the 2020 session gets underway. The move comes as a new poll shows that voter support for ending cannabis prohibition is at its highest level ever in the state. “Legalize adult …

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Virginia Moves To Make Election Day A State Holiday By Removing The Holiday Honoring Confederate Generals

Richmond’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday in favor of making Election Day a state holiday. Celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day each January, Lee-Jackson Day honors Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. SB 601, introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas [photo], …

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REPORT: Saudi Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’s Phone

The Guardian reports: The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian. The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file …

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Eight Senators Bend Trial Rules With Apple Watches

Roll Call reports: The rules of decorum state that senators can’t use phones or electronic devices in the chamber during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but what about Apple Watches? At least eight senators had them strapped on their wrists in the chamber at the start of the trial Tuesday, despite guidelines from Senate leadership that all electronics should be …

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Police Busted Two Russian Spy “Plumbers” At Davos

The Daily Beast reports: Police in Switzerland reportedly uncovered a Russian spying operation in Davos, where world leaders are meeting this week for the annual World Economic Forum. Police arrested two Russian men in the Alpine town last August after they were alerted to their suspiciously long stay in the resort. The men had allegedly claimed diplomatic protections, but had …

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BRAZIL: US Journalist Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrime For Publishing Hacked Phone Messages

The New York Times reports: Federal prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged the American journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes for his role in the spreading of cellphone messages that have embarrassed prosecutors and tarnished the image of an anti-corruption task force. In a criminal complaint made public on Tuesday, prosecutors in the capital, Brasília, accused Mr. Greenwald of being part …

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SCOTUS Denies Bid To Fast-Track Obamacare Appeal

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and 20 Democratic-led states to fast-track consideration of their appeal seeking a definitive ruling that the Obamacare healthcare law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The brief order means that the court, even if decides to take up the case at a later …

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LIVE VIDEO: Gun Activists Rally In Virginia Capital

The Associated Press reports: Gun-rights activists — some making deliberate displays of their military-style rifles — began to descend on Virginia’s capital city Monday to protest plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation. Several thousand activists — mostly white and male, many clothed in camouflage and waving flags with messages of support for President Donald Trump — …

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VA Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Guns At Gun Rally

Roanoke’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition by plaintiffs seeking to overturn Gov. Ralph Northam’s firearms ban at Capitol Square, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office announced Friday evening. This comes after Herring filed a brief with the Supreme Court of Virginia Friday in response to an appeal made to that court by plaintiffs …

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