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GOP is accused of sending misleading 'census' forms ahead of the actual count
The Republican National Committee is sending misleading mailers labeled "2020 Congressional District Census" to people across the country.
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Russia, Roger Stone, Dan Brown: Your Friday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
A Washington state proposal would stop bottled water companies from tapping natural water sources
Washington state is taking a stand against bottled water companies.
Little League teams in several states are dropping the Houston Astros name in the wake of its cheating scandal
The Houston Astros baseball cheating scandal may be a problem that stays in the Major Leagues, but the lesson is trickling down to local Little Leagues.
MIT develops plan to deflect "planet-killer" asteroids
If an asteroid appears to be speeding towards Earth, scientists would rather not use nuclear weapons to deflect it.
Bloomberg’s manipulated debate video earns Four Pinocchios
This is a classic case of "deceptive editing," under the rubric established under the Fact Checker's guide to manipulated video.
NYC man busted for allegedly killing man, dumping body in New Jersey in 1985
David Garrido was arrested by the NYPD Wednesday after cops connected him to the 1985 murder of 29-year-old Ricardo Brown in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
White House says economy is clicking, but trade battles hurt
President Donald Trump's chief economist said trade uncertainty dampened business investment last year.
Block on Mississippi's fetal-heartbeat abortion bill is upheld
Mississippi's 2019 law banning abortions at the detection of a fetal heartbeat -- as early as six weeks into pregnancy -- will remain blocked, a panel of circuit judges ruled on Thursday.
The arguments, risks and rewards of the Nevada debate
In this edition: Inside the debate hall, inside the “leftist garage,” and inside the end of the no-Super PACs pledge.
Police say they’ve arrest man who threatened House speaker
Police in Virginia say they’ve arrested a man who threatened House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
Sean 'Diddy' Combs might be 'Bad Boys for Life,' but he is all heart
'Diddy' is #DadGoals. He surprised kids battling cancer on "Ellen" and is also working with his own kids on the reboot of MTV's "Making the Band."
In a deadlock, WGA and large talent agencies turn to a mediator
The WGA and large talent agencies Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment have agreed to meet with a mediator to resolve a federal lawsuit. The agencies have sued the union, accusing it of organizing an illegal boycott.
Cop who told driver not to record police demoted
The North Carolina officers apparently did not know that Jesse Bright was a defense attorney when they told him it was illegal to film cops last month
Counterterrorism analyst admits leaking classified information
The ex-Defense Intelligence Agency employee shared information on weapons systems.
Meet the hair colorist who helped Sharon Osbourne and Jane Fonda go gray
Famous for his stunning salt-and-pepper hair transformations, Jack Martin spoke to Page Six Style about his process.
68-year-old man leads cops on slow-speed chase while high
Slow and steady may win the race — but doesn’t make cops go away. A 68-year-old man who was high on marijuana led seven squad cars on a 20 mph chase in Pennsylvania, reports said Thursday. Dorie Adams was driving in Bellefonte around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, when cops first tried pulling him...
BTS Tests Out a TikTok Release and Viral Challenge Combo for ‘On’ to Get the Fan ARMY Assembled
Welcome to the "ON" Challenge
Why the US ambassador to Germany is now also the new acting head of US intelligence
Richard Grenell with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Munich, Germany, earlier this month. | Johannes Simon/Getty Images Oh, and he’s the special envoy in Kosovo-Serbia talks, too. President Donald Trump on Wednesday named current US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the new acting director of national intelligence, a move that caught many in the US intelligence community by surprise. Grenell is an unconventional pick: The ambassador has little experience with intelligence work and is widely seen as Trump loyalist above all else. His selection for the job — albeit in a temporary role — has some veterans of the US intelligence community worried about the potential for partisan influence on sensitive national security issues. One former CIA officer told the New York Times, which first broke the story, that “this is a job requiring leadership, management, substance and secrecy. [Grenell] doesn’t have the kind of background and experience we would expect for such a critical position.” Another official who spoke to the Times referred to Grenell as an “ultraright-wing sniper.” As acting DNI, Grenell will oversee 17 intelligence agencies on an interim basis, including the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. He will also serve on the National Security Council. However, even stranger, Grenell will also stay in his current post as US ambassador to Germany. Oh, and he’ll stay in his other job — as special envoy in Kosovo-Serbia talks — as well. On Thursday, Grenell clarified on Twitter that he will only be serving as DNI temporarily. “The President will announce the Nominee (not me) sometime soon,” he tweeted. But even if it’s temporary, the question remains: How, exactly, does one oversee America’s 17 intelligence agencies while sitting in an embassy in Berlin over 4,000 miles away from Washington, DC? Or, if the other way around, how does one act as an effective ambassador to Germany while being 4,000 miles away in Washington? John Koenig, who previously served as US ambassador to Cyprus, told Politico that Grenell’s dual role as ambassador and acting DNI isn’t “realistic at all.” “Being ambassador to Germany is a full-time job,” Koenig said. “It’s really very demanding. So I really can’t see how you can do that difficult job and do the equally and more demanding job of being acting DNI at the same time.” Grenell’s appointment is historic: He’ll be the first openly gay Cabinet member in US history. But his appointment is also controversial, beyond the obvious logistical challenges. Grenell has been a contentious figure in Berlin since he was confirmed in spring 2018. He’s vocally supported right-wing leaders and policies in Europe, and he demanded on Twitter that German companies stop doing business with Iran following new US sanctions on the country, among other breaks from traditional diplomatic norms. Last year, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Grenell has found himself “politically isolated” in Germany and described him, based on the accounts of more than 30 sources, as “a vain, narcissistic person” with little knowledge of Germany or the rest of Europe. There’s also the fact that Grenell may have been put into the acting DNI role to protect the president’s political interests. Grenell is replacing former National Counterterrorism Center director and retired Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire in the acting role. On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post reported that Trump berated Maguire last week over a classified briefing one of his deputies had given Congress on 2020 election security. The New York Times reports that the official, Shelby Pierson, “warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected” and that that briefing “angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.” That, it seems, may have torpedoed Maguire’s chances for the top job: The retired vice admiral was reportedly a leading choice until last week. Grenell will be yet another “acting” Cabinet official Though the DNI job normally requires Senate confirmation, Grenell is able to take over as intelligence chief because of the Vacancies Act, a 1998 law that allows another administration official in an “advice and consent position” — one that requires Senate confirmation — to assume an acting role for a limited duration. The president’s preference for “acting” officials in senior administration positions is well-documented. “I sort of like ‘acting,’” Trump told reporters in January last year. “It gives me more flexibility. Do you understand that? I like ‘acting.’ So we have a few that are ‘acting.’ We have a great, great Cabinet.” Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, who left the job in August, was the last Senate-confirmed official to hold the post, and it’s unclear who might be in the running for the permanent DNI job now. In any case, the clock is ticking for Grenell: His tenure could be limited to just three weeks if Trump doesn’t nominate a permanent candidate before March 11. The president’s last pick for the top intelligence job, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from contention in August 2019 after it became clear that he was unlikely to be confirmed by the Senate.
NYT: Intel officials say Russia interfering in 2020 campaign
Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reports that intel officials briefed lawmakers that Russia is trying to interfere in the 2020 election in the hopes of getting President Trump reelected.
After strong debate, Warren scrambles to get back into contention
Elizabeth Warren had one of her strongest debate performances on Wednesday, but after poor finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, does she still have time to regain the initiative?
Uncle seen berating nephew charged in Tessa Majors’ murder in video shown to court
Roosevelt Davis went on a profane tirade against nephew Zyairr Davis, 13, when cops left the interview room in the 26th Precinct station house where the teen spilled his guts.
Stanford vs. Washington prediction, line: Under is the play
When Stanford and Washington last met, on Jan. 9, Washington was playing its first game without point guard Quade Green, and the Huskies faded late for a 61-55 loss. Though Washington has tried to adjust to life without Green, who was ruled academically ineligible, it has not gone well. That’s especially true on offense, as...
Leah McCourt admits unexpected Bellator Dublin headliner 'a bit surreal,' but she's composed
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Is this the next 'Old Town Road?' Listen now to 'My Truck'
A year after "Old Town Road" took the world by storm, a new country-rap song is catching waves.
UT Austin announces coronavirus 'breakthrough' could help yield vaccine
Researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the University of Texas at Austin claimed to have made a breakthrough in their coronavirus research on Wednesday and said their data could help develop a vaccine.
Day 3 of deliberations in Harvey Weinstein rape trial ends with no verdict
Minutes before deliberations ended for the day, jurors sent two notes to the judge related to “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra.
Slain therapist Amie Harwick was strangled before fall from balcony, coroner says
An autopsy found Amie Harwick was strangled before falling to her death. Her ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse, has been charged with murder
Southwest Airlines urges passengers to report 'any unwelcome behavior' during flight
The addition to Southwest Airline's pre-flight safety briefing comes amid high-profile claims of sexual assault on airlines.
Who qualified for the South Carolina Democratic debate
The Feb. 25 debate, hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, will be held in Charleston, S.C.
Snow falls across coastal North Carolina, Virginia
Snow has been falling across North Carolina and Virginia, including in coastal areas that rarely see snow
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars': Here Are the Episodes You Need to Watch for Season 7
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' comes to an end with Season 7. Check out the episodes you need to watch to prepare.
Mulvaney: Republicans are hypocritical on deficits
CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
Clippers add veteran guard Reggie Jackson to roster
In a move the Clippers hope will reinforce an oft-injured roster, the team signed Reggie Jackson shortly after the veteran guard cleared waivers Thursday.
Chasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life'
The comments come after Limbaugh said that "despite all the great wokeness," America is "not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband."
Biden slams Sanders over Brady Bill vote in speech to gun-control activists
Former Vice President Joe Biden took aim Thursday at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ record on gun control, calling him out for voting against the 1993 Brady Bill.
McDonald's is making scented candles that smell like your favorite Quarter Pounder ingredients
Ever been so hungry for McDonald's you could smell it? It could be your imagination. Or, it could be the candles.
California apologizes for role in internment of Japanese Americans during WWII
California lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution formally apologizing for its role in sending 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II.
Trump appoints intel chief with no intel experience
President Donald Trump announced that he has named Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist, as acting spy chief.
Former intel chief expresses concerns about Grenell appointment
Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, joins The Lead.
Begala: Sanders skated on health, gun record in debate
The Lead's political panel discusses.
Let McDonald’s set the mood with these burger-scented candles
I'm smellin' it.
Bloomberg pursues brokered convention gambit
The effort is designed to block Bernie Sanders by poaching supporters from Joe Biden and other moderate Democrats.
How Kobe Bryant helped China grow into basketball-crazed nation
In China, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was god-like. His impact on the nation and the game has been unlike any other NBA athlete.
Courtney Love and Frances Bean remember Kurt Cobain on his birthday
Frances Bean is, at 27, the same age as her father was when he died.
NYT: Russia is trying to get Trump re-elected, intel officials told lawmakers
Intelligence officials warned lawmakers earlier this month that Russia was interfering in the 2020 presidential election in an attempt to get President Donald Trump reelected, five people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.
Rush Limbaugh rips Bloomberg's debate showing: 'He doesn't have the foggiest idea what he is doing'
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that none of the Democrats running to defeat President Trump in November can share the stage with the incumbent and "survive."
Kane Brown recalls rise from social media darling to arena headliner in new Amazon doc
In "Velocity," a doc from Amazon Music, Kane Brown takes fans on his journey from posting covers on social media to headlining a world tour.