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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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REPORT: Amazon “Rethinking” New HQ In New York City

Axios reports: Amazon is rethinking its plans to bring 25,000 jobs and a second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens after local activists and state lawmakers voiced staunch opposition to the company’s deal with New York, reports the Washington Post, citing two people familiar with Amazon’s thinking. The backdrop: While Amazon has had smooth processes in Virginia and Tennessee …

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Trump’s First Manhattan Hotel To Be Torn Down

The Associated Press reports: The building that helped Donald Trump make a name for himself in his first big deal in Manhattan is being sold to developers who plan to tear it down. Developer TF Cornerstone said Thursday that it and a group managing billionaire Michael Dell’s money have agreed to buy the Grand Hyatt New York next to Grand …

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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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Dems Demand NRA Docs In Illegal Donations Probe

The Trace reports: A joint congressional inquiry is demanding that National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hand over internal documents showing whether the NRA made “illegal, excessive, and unreported in-kind donations” to the campaigns of Donald Trump and several GOP Senate candidates. The probe, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat …

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SC Dem Leader To Challenge Lindsey Graham In 2020

The Charleston Post & Courier reports: Jaime Harrison filed federal paperwork Thursday to form an exploratory committee for a campaign to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, who is now an associate chairman and counselor at the Democratic National Committee, has stoked speculation for months that he would run against Graham, who is …

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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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GOP Rep. Bob Woodall Won’t Seek 2020 Reelection

Our first likely pickup for 2020! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who narrowly won the closest congressional race in the nation last fall, will not seek reelection next year, all but ensuring his rapidly-diversifying suburban House district will become one of the country’s fiercest political battlegrounds in 2020. A relentlessly sunny policy wonk who has represented Georgia’s …

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France Recalls Italy Ambassador Over Yellow Vest Row

The BBC reports: A diplomatic row between France and Italy has deepened, with France complaining of “unfounded attacks and outlandish claims” by Italian leaders. France recalled its ambassador to Italy for talks on Thursday, saying the situation was “unprecedented” since the end of World War Two. It comes after Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio met French “yellow-vest” protesters near …

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Pelosi Assembles Select House Panel On Climate Change

Politico reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi built out the Democratic roster for her special select panel on climate change, pulling from a mix of old and new lawmakers but leaving off the highest profile freshmen like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis,” Pelosi …

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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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House Holds First Climate Change Hearing In Six Years

Roll Call reports: Earth as we know it will look far different in a generation because of climate change and the future is bleak without bipartisan action by lawmakers to slow greenhouse gas emissions and overhaul the nation’s energy infrastructure, environmental experts told Congress on Wednesday. Wednesday marked the first time in six years the House Committee on Energy and …

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