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Pakistan Airlines Plane Crashes With 107 Aboard

The BBC reports: A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed in Karachi on a flight from Lahore, aviation officials say. The plane, which was reportedly carrying around 99 passengers and eight crew, was flying from Lahore to Jinnah International Airport, one of Pakistan’s busiest airports. Pictures shared on social media show smoke rising from the crash site, a residential area …

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Missouri Cultist Doxes Hundreds Of Lockdown Violation “Snitches” For “Ratting Out Others In The Panic-demic”

The New York Daily News reports: The names of more than 900 tipsters who spoke up about social-distancing violations in Missouri have been splashed all over Facebook — prompting many to fear retaliation, according to a local report. In response to a Sunshine Law request, St. Louis County released a document that included the names and contact information of people …

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China Claims Last Wuhan Patient Has Been Discharged

The Associated Press reports: Wuhan, the city at the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak, has no more hospitalized patients after the last 12 were discharged Sunday, the Hubei province health commission said. Hubei’s remaining patients were all in Wuhan, the provincial capital where the outbreak took the heaviest toll in China. The 3,869 people who died in the city account …

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Trump’s Latest Lie: “I Haven’t Left The WH In Months”

CNN reports: A reporter reminded President Donald Trump that he held campaign rallies in February and March. He responded by suggesting he didn’t recall these rallies — and saying that hasn’t left the White House in “months” except for a coronavirus-related trip to Virginia in late March. Trump’s laughably obvious false claim about his travels was one of several false …

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SD Republican Leaders Seemed Drunk For Virus Session

The Rapid City Journal reports: South Dakota legislators decided Thursday to investigate allegations that Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer was drunk during a meeting earlier this week that involved legislation related to the coronavirus outbreak. Both Langer, a Dell Rapids Republican, and Senate Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield, a Clark Republican, will be under investigation for their conduct during a marathon …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Coronavirus Briefing

Roll Call reports: Vice President Pence and health officials are set to hold a press briefing Wednesday afternoon to address the Trump administration’s work to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The briefing comes as 11 people have died of coronavirus in the U.S. Officials in California confirmed the state’s first fatality and the country’s first outside Washington state on Wednesday. The …

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Chief Justice John Roberts Warns Against Fake News

Politico reports: “In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital,” Chief Justice John Roberts declared in his annual New Year’s Eve message summing up the work of the federal judiciary. Roberts was not explicit about …

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British Pound Continues Slide Over Brexit Fears

The Guardian reports: The pound fell below $1.21 for the first time since January 2017 as concerns mounted that the UK is heading for a no-deal Brexit. Sterling fell to $1.2085 before edging up to $1.2104, down 0.45% against a stronger US dollar. Against the euro the pound fell 0.01% to €1.0978. Sterling’s fall will be felt immediately by holidaymakers …

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Conway Mocks “Catfight’ Between Female Democrats

Politico reports: Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway called the spat between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four female freshman Democrats a “major meow moment,” mocking the “huge catfight” over border aid spending between the House leader and some of her highest-profile caucus members. Conway, in an interview with Fox News, said Pelosi had brushed back Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New …

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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern California

CNN reports: A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings and cracked foundations in Southern California on Friday night, sending terrified residents onto the streets a day after another temblor hit. The latest earthquake Friday struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger than Thursday’s 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest, CNN …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Miami’s ABC affiliate reports: “He comin.'” Those are the only words tweeted to describe a video of a Florida man riding a bicycle backward on a Miami interstate. He’s wearing hot pink socks and sneakers, a headband and pink underwear – and nothing else. Possibly not surprising is this isn’t the first time the man has been spotted nearly nude …

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Transformer Explosion Lights Up NYC In Eerie Blue

ABC New York reports: A transformer exploded at a power plant in Queens Thursday night, lighting up the sky over New York City while causing some flight delays and scattered power outages. The power outages affected operations at LaGuardia Airport. There was a total ground stop at the airport for about a half hour before power was restored and flights …

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Graham: Macron Is Trying To Pick A Fight With Trump

Politico reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron’s perceived swipe at President Donald Trump is because the leader of America’s oldest ally is facing his own internal problems. “I think he’s got a political problem at home, and I think he’s picking a fight with President Trump to play good politics,” the South Carolina Republican told …

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STD Cases Hit Record High, Resistant Gonorrhea Rises

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. saw a record number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in 2017, marking the fourth straight year of sharp increases in gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend is exacerbated by the fact that gonorrhea could soon become resistant to antibiotic treatment, the CDC said …

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BRITAIN: Far-Right Groups Celebrate After Extremist Tommy Robinson Freed On Bail Pending Retrial [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, is to be freed from prison after the court of appeal ordered that he should be retried on a contempt of court charge. He has been held at Onley jail near Rugby after receiving a 13-month sentence for breaches of reporting restrictions at Leeds and Canterbury crown courts. …

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Melania’s Immigration Lawyer Slams Trump’s Migrant Policy As “Reminiscent Of Nazi Germany, Slave Trade”

“When we’re dealing with this challenge, we should not be quarantining our children from parents. The inhumanity of what we see is reminiscent of detention centers of Nazi Germany, of the slave trade. We can do better when we try to figure out this problem. Let’s not forget, this problem needs to be fixed because the greatest risk-takers and greatest …

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KANSAS: GOP Gov To Sign Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Wichita Eagle reports: A bill that ensures faith-based adoption agencies can turn away gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs will be signed into law by Gov. Jeff Colyer. Kansas lawmakers passed the legislation after an intense debate early Friday. One suggested the need for the legislation proves the existence of the “homosexual agenda” while another said the …

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Trump Organization Asked Panamanian President To Intervene In Hotel Control Battle, Invoked US Treaty

The Associated Press reports: U.S. President Donald Trump’s company appealed directly to Panama’s president to intervene in its fight over control of a luxury hotel, even invoking a treaty between the two countries, in what ethics experts say was a blatant mingling of Trump’s business and government interests. That appeal in a letter last month from lawyers for the Trump …

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IOWA: Anti-Gay GOP Senate Majority Leader Resigns In Wake Of Clip Showing Him Kissing Lobbyist [VIDEO]

The Iowa Gazette reports: Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, an 18-year veteran of the Iowa Legislature, abruptly resigned his leadership and District 25 position Monday in the wake of a video posted online that appeared to show the Shell Rock Republican kissing a female lobbyist at a Des Moines bar. In a short statement, Dix announced his resignation as majority …

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Tell-All Author Michael Wolff: Trump Has Less Credibility Than Anybody Who Has Ever Walked On Earth [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: The author of a controversial book on Donald Trump’s White House says the US president has “less credibility than perhaps anybody who has ever walked on Earth at this point”. Michael Wolff, who spent months in Mr Trump’s White House while researching the book, was responding to Mr Trump’s claims that it was “full of lies”. Mr …

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