Politics

WH Invites Venezuelan Opposition Leader To SOTU

Bloomberg News reports: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of the White House, according to three people familiar with the matter. Guaido’s attendance provides a high-profile platform for the Venezuelan National Assembly leader as he seeks to revive support for his bid to oust President …

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Lesotho’s First Lady Charged In Killing Of PM’s Ex-Wife

Agence France-Presse reports: Lesotho police on Tuesday charged first lady Maesaiah Thabane with murder for her alleged links to the brutal 2017 killing of the prime minister’s previous wife. Maesaiah Thabane, 42, will spend the night in custody after she came out of hiding and turned herself in to the police earlier on Tuesday. “She has been charged with murder …

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Dem Rep To Bring Epstein Victim As SOTU Guest

Just in via press release: Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, will bring survivor Courtney Wild as her guest to the 2020 State of the Union. Courtney is the namesake of the bipartisan Courtney Wild Crime Victims’ Rights Reform Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Speier with Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Mo …

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Limbaugh Reveals Advanced Lung Cancer Diagnosis

The Washington Examiner reports: Rush Limbaugh on Monday announced during his nationally-syndicated radio show that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The 69-year-old radio host — considered the most influential in radio among conservatives — added that he will be out for the next several days as he undergoes treatment. Limbaugh said he was experiencing shortness of breath …

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Virus Update: China Accuses US Of Spreading “Panic”

The New York Post reports: The Chinese government on Monday accused the US of spreading “panic” over the coronavirus outbreak by pulling its citizens out of the country and restricting travel instead of offering significant assistance. The US was the first country to begin evacuations, issued a travel warning against going to China, and from Sunday barred entry to foreigners …

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Jay-Z And Beyonce Sit Out Super Bowl National Anthem

TMZ reports: Beyonce, Jay-Z and their kid, Blue Ivy, chose not to stand up for the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIV – even with Jay being a big partner of the league now. The Carters were sitting together a few rows back from the field, and they clearly didn’t make an effort to get up during Demi Lovato’s performance. …

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Massive Anti-MTA Protest Snarls Grand Central, Many Arrested, Turnstiles Vandalized W/Glue, Paint [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: There were multiple arrests after protesters gathered at Grand Central before taking to the streets Friday night. Police struggled to hold back the elbow-to-elbow protesters covering the main floor of Grand Central Terminal. The group started gathering just after 5 p.m., many wearing masks and carrying anti-police posters. Some tried to hang banners in the terminal, all …

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Virginia House Passes Raft Of Gun Control Measures

ABC News reports: The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a package of gun control measures they said were needed to improve public safety a week after tens of thousands of pro-gun advocates from around the country rallied at the state Capitol. The Virginia Senate passed their version of the bills last week. Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to …

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Cotton Calls For Ban On Flights From China To US

Fox News reports: Sen. Tom Cotton called on the Trump administration Tuesday to impose a “targeted travel ban” on flights to the United States from China to stem the spread of the coronavirus. In a letter to members of Trump’s cabinet, the Arkansas Republican outlined a four-step plan to contain the disease, starting with a ban on commercial flights from …

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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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