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Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, others in GOP blast 'whistleblower' case as 'highly partisan'

Republicans in Congress Friday parroted President Trump’s sentiments that a whistleblower who filed a complaint with the Inspector General over an apparent July phone call with Ukraine’s president is acting “highly partisan.”
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Saudi Leader’s WhatsApp Message Reportedly Led to “Massive Exfiltration” of Data From Jeff Bezos’ Phone
The Saudi charm offensive continues.
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Mutant goat born with ‘human’ face being worshipped like a god
Villagers in Nimodia, India, were initially baffled by the flat-faced farm animal.
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Trump Puts Europe on Notice Over Trade: 'We Can't Do It Anymore'
The president has long complained that the European Union is taking advantage of the U.S., and said at Davos that the bloc will be forced to accept a new trading relationship.
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Johnson & Johnson quarterly profit jumps 32%
Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday posted a 32% rise in fourth-quarter profit, boosted by demand for its cancer drugs Darzalex and Imbruvica.
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The Starting 5: Impeachment Arguments, Zion's Debut, Conversion Therapy Ban, and Coronavirus Spreads
Donald Trump's impeachment trial continues, with arguments over the possibility of summoning additional witnesses, and Zion Williamson is making his professional debut after undergoing knee surgery.
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Bizarre Species of Walking Sharks That Can Lift Themselves Out of Water Discovered
The creatures were isolated millions of years ago when the continents were shifting around the planet, researchers say.
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Russia strengthens sanitary controls at borders over virus fears: Ifax cites watchdog
Russia's consumer safety watchdog said it has strengthened its sanitary and quarantine control at all entry points into the country, due to concerns over coronavirus from China, the Interfax news agency said on Wednesday.
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Harvey Weinstein's sex assault trial is set to begin today, more than two years after allegations against him broke open the #MeToo movement
Opening statements in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault and rape trial are set to begin Wednesday in New York as the movie mogul faces the possibility of life behind bars.
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CNN poll: Bernie Sanders surges to join Biden atop Democratic presidential pack
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has improved his standing in the national Democratic race for president, joining former Vice President Joe Biden in a two-person top tier above the rest of the field, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
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Trump Is Pushing For Travel Bans In The Places He 'Doesn't Have Or Want Hotel Deals' In, Amy Siskind Says
The Trump administration plans to expand its travel ban list to include seven additional countries.
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Why Has-Beens Love Trump
Mark Wilson / GettyTrace the careers of Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr, both of whom joined Donald Trump’s impeachment team last week, and you notice a similar arc. As young men, each rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of the legal profession. At age 28, Dershowitz became the youngest tenured professor in the history of Harvard Law School. At age 37, Starr was appointed to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, often called the second most powerful court in America. In middle age, each reached the pinnacle of his fame. When Dershowitz was 52, Hollywood turned his most famous case—the acquittal of socialite Claus Von Bulow—into a blockbuster movie. Five years later he helped to defend O. J. Simpson. Starr, at age 51, wrote the report that congressional Republicans used to impeach Bill Clinton. In 1998, Time Magazine gave Starr equal billing with the president in anointing the two as Men of the Year.Then, as often happens with advanced age, each man’s public profile began to recede. After retiring from Harvard in 2013, noted Connie Bruck in a recent New Yorker profile, Dershowitz began “finding media invitations elusive.” Starr left Washington for the low-key Pepperdine Law School, where he served as dean, and then Baylor University, where he served as president. Until recently, Americans too young to remember Clinton’s impeachment would likely not have known who he was.But now, at ages 81 and 73, Dershowitz and Starr are back at center stage. They are the latest faded luminaries seeking to revive their fame—and blemish their reputations—by shilling for Donald Trump. Call it the revenge of the has-beens.There’s nothing new about aging celebrities craving a return to the limelight. Many of America’s most famous athletes—Michael Jordan, Mario Lemieux, Reggie White, Ryne Sandberg—came out of retirement, usually with unhappy results. Gary Hart—a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988—almost launched a long-shot bid two decades later, in 2004. George McGovern, the Democratic nominee in 1972, ran again quixotically in 1984. Mike Gravel, a former Alaska senator who achieved notoriety by entering the Pentagon Papers into the official Senate record in 1971, unsuccessfully sought the 2008 Democratic and Libertarian presidential nominations and entered—and soon dropped out of—the Democratic presidential race last year, at the age of 89.The impulse isn’t hard to understand. Dr. Donna Rockwell, co-author of one of the few academic studies on the psychology of celebrity, told me, “Fame is an addiction like any other addiction where one’s neurological set gets acclimated to a particular level of incoming stimuli. When that recedes, the neurology keeps grasping after that…people become addicted to being ‘in the show.’ And once you’ve been ‘in the show’ and you know the heady experience that that is, there is a clamoring forever more to be back in the show.” A former child actor told Rockwell, “I’ve been addicted to almost every substance known to man at one point or another, and the most addicting of them all is fame.”[David Graham: Does anyone dare tell Trump the truth?]What’s new in the Trump era isn’t the yearning for political rehabilitation but the opportunity. Trump’s recklessness, cruelty and corruption have led many Republicans in the prime of their career to avoid working for, of publicly defending, him. “Help wanted,” read a 2017 Washington Post headline, “Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration.” In 2018, CNN reported that Trump was experiencing “An unheard-of problem: The President can’t find a lawyer.”This has provided the has-beens their opening. One early example was Paul Manafort, who in the Reagan era had helped run a lobbying firm that Newsweek once called “the hottest shop in town.” But by 2016, The Atlantic’s Franklin Foer has detailed, this once “indispensable man,” now in his late sixties, was no longer “missed in professional circles. He was without a big-paying client, and held heavy debts.” The Trump campaign, which Manafort briefly ran, offered a “return to relevance.”While Manafort was angling to be Trump’s campaign manager, Newt Gingrich was angling to be his running mate. Two decades earlier, Time had named Gingrich, then the 52- year-old Republican Speaker of the House, its Man of the Year. But after a failed 2012 presidential bid, Gingrich’s star had dimmed, an excruciating prospect for a man who once said, “If you’re not in The Washington Post every day, you might as well not exist.”Gingrich didn’t get the vice president’s job. But his incessant defenses of Trump—particularly on Fox News—have afforded the 76-year-old what Politico has called “a rare third political life.” He has already published three Trump hagiographies. He’s appeared on Fox News—or penned op-eds for its website—nine times so far in 2020 alone. All this apologizing for Trump, however, has its reputational costs. In 2017, Gingrich suggested that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich had been murdered as part of a political cover-up. A spokesman for the slain man’s survivors responded, “He can never know the deep pain he has caused the Rich family, and I hope he is held accountable either in this world or the next.”Rudy Giuliani once won Time’s marquee year-end honor, too. He was Person of the Year in 2001, after helping rally New York and the nation after 9/11. The following year he received an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.. At the time, the head of the Republican House Campaign Committee called him “the hottest political property in America.” But, like Gingrich, Giuliani could not parlay his fame into a successful presidential bid. And after he lost in 2008, “he seemed to fade from the headlines” and his “high appearance fees dropped like a stone.”But during the Trump campaign, Giuliani—whom The New York Times called “desperate to return to political relevance”— made it back into the limelight the hard way: By defending Trump’s least defensible actions. After the release of the Access Hollywood tape, which featured Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women, Giuliani went on all five Sunday-morning shows to defend Trump’s character. At another point in the campaign he accused Clinton of hiding secret medical ailments. After being hired in 2018 as Trump’s personal lawyer, he told Fox News, with a straight face, that “The president’s an honest man.”Since news broke last year that Giuliani—now 76 years old—was running a parallel foreign policy in Ukraine, his celebrity has only grown. And so has what The New Yorker calls his “casual recklessness.” On a Fox News appearance last September, he shouted, “Shut up, moron,” at a liberal guest. In October he butt-dialed an NBC reporter, who overheard the former mayor telling associates, “The problem is we need some money. We need a few hundred thousand.” In a December interview he told New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, “I have no business interests in Ukraine”—before adding, “I’ve done two business deals in Ukraine. I’ve sought four or five others.” Giuliani’s television appearances have grown so erratic that journalists have begun openly speculating about whether he might be drunk. [Franklin Foer: Rudy Giuliani is living the dream]But this hasn’t dissuaded other has-beens. Last November The Washington Post reported that Mark Penn—the most influential pollster of the Clinton era, who became a pariah among Democrats after Hillary Clinton’s 2008 defeat—had visited the White House to give Trump political advice. Penn, 65—who now appears regularly on Fox News and depicts Trump as a victim of the “deep state”—is “finally being talked about again,” according to Politico.When I asked Dr. Rockwell what allows the once famous to reconcile themselves to comparative obscurity, she said the transition was hard. There’s a “lot more amygdala activation when you’re famous,” she said, adding, “it takes the neurology a really long time to work through that, to reframe it as a graceful end to a beautiful career.” The people who manage the process best, she has written, focus on “becoming part of something larger than oneself,” thus “countering fame’s natural tendency toward narcissism,” and “dedicating all one’s drives and ambitions into making a real difference, in a meaningful way, in the world.”It’s a lovely sentiment. But Giuliani’s approach—which he summed up in his December interview with Nuzzi as “my attitude about my legacy is Fuck it”—is much more likely to get you on Fox News.
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Stephen Jones: Here's where Mike McCarthy's Cowboys will differ from Rod Marinelli's defense
New Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy kept offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, but there will be a noticeable pivot in philosophy on defense.        
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US threatens to hike tariffs on UK car exports
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the United States would consider imposing tariffs on cars made in the United Kingdom if the country moves ahead with a tax on digital services.
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Transcript: Shelby Pierson on "Intelligence Matters"
This week, on "Intelligence Matters," Morell speaks with the intel official charged with detailing the election security threats facing the U.S.
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Florida is So Cold Freezing Iguanas Are Falling Out of Trees, Officials Warn
You might have heard of it "raining cats and dogs" but have you heard the phrase it's "raining iguanas"?
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Where could Philip Rivers land next? Six NFL teams stand out for longtime Chargers QB
If Philip Rivers' move out of Southern California is any indication, his days with the Chargers might be over. But where would the QB head next?       
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5 things to know for January 22: Impeachment, coronavirus, Davos, Lebanon, Boeing
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
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Rutgers' first black president gives emotional speech
Rutgers University named the first African American president in the school's history when the university's Board of Governors unanimously voted to appoint Jonathan Holloway as the 21st president.
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All the reasons we’re still not over Brad and Jen
It’s 2020 and we’re STILL wondering if Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have the hots for each other.
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Americans exposed to toxic chemicals in drinking water 'dramatically underestimated': report
Tap water in the United States is contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems at a higher rate than previously thought, according to a new report.
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Top election security official details past, current and future threats
"We do not assess that any other country influenced the United States election in 2016 on the scale of what the Russians did," Shelby Pierson tells Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters" this week.
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"Bernie me volvía loca": Hillary Clinton critica a Bernie Sanders en un nuevo documental
En la docuserie de Hulu 'Hillary', que se estrena en el Festival de Cine de Sundance, Clinton no se contiene al hablar de su antiguo rival, el senador Bernie Sanders.
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Impeachment, Coronavirus, Jeff Bezos: Your Wednesday Briefing
Here's what you need to know.
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Three-Year-Old Boy Becomes Youngest Person to Join Mensa UK: How to Find Out Your IQ Score and Apply to Mensa
A British boy achieved an IQ score of 142, and at just three years old, he has become the youngest person to join Mensa UK.
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Hernández: Chicharito says he's in 'right place at right time' as Galaxy's brightest star
En la primera entrevista desde que se unió al Galaxy y a la MLS, el jugador más popular del fútbol mexicano dice que le queda mucho por aportar.
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Conozca sus derechos: ¿Cómo puedo restaurar mi derecho al voto si estuve encarcelado?
Cuando las personas con condenas por delitos mayores visiten Vote.org, ahora serán dirigidas a RestoreYourVote.org de CLC para comprender si pueden votar.
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The 54 greatest players in Super Bowl history: How high do 49ers legend rank?
Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are some of the most accomplished players ever to take the field in the Super Bowl, but is either one the best ever?        
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Trump says US has plan to contain coronavirus
President Trump Wednesday said the United States has a plan to contain the deadly coronavirus after the first case was reported in the country this week.
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Watch live: Trump to speak before heading home from Davos forum
Mr. Trump says his meetings with political and business leaders from around the world will bring investment into the U.S., as he took a jab at "the prophets of doom."
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U.S. Supreme Court examines religious school funding in major rights case
U.S. Supreme Court justices are poised to tackle a major religious rights case on Wednesday over whether states can bar public funding of religious institutions in a dispute over a Montana tax credit program that could benefit private religious schools.
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Soccer: Olympic qualifiers shifted out of Wuhan following virus fears
Next month's women's Olympic football qualifiers in Wuhan have been shifted to Nanjing, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the central Chinese city.
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Democrats to make opening arguments in Trump impeachment trial
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday, beginning up to six days of presentations on the question of whether Trump should be removed from office.
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Army veteran makes third $50G donation to New York animal shelter: reports
A warmhearted Army veteran made his third $50,000 donation Monday to a western New York state animal shelter -- a place where he often brings a box of treats for his furry friends because he "just likes dogs."
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Core Four weighs in on Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame election
Derek Jeter’s fellow Core Four members sent their congratulations to baseball’s newest Hall of Famer in statements on the Yankees Twitter account on Tuesday. Jeter entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame, falling one vote short of a unanimous selection by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He received 396 of 397 votes. Mariano Rivera,...
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Rapper urges action on Mississippi prison crisis
The open letter urges Governor Tate Reeves to declare a state of emergency and put the "full weight" of his office and authority to protect the "basic human rights" of inmates.
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McConnell's view in Clinton impeachment trial conflicts with Trump
In a resurfaced CNN interview from 1999, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he voted for live witnesses during former President Bill Clinton's Senate impeachment trial.
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DNC begins multi-million 'battleground' investment in six states won by Trump
The Democratic National Committee will begin to pour millions of dollars into six battleground states -- Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona -- in preparation for a general election fight against President Donald Trump, the committee announced Wednesday.
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Impeachment live updates: Senate rejects calls for early witnesses
The first day of proceedings stretched into the early morning as Democrats pushed for but failed in their efforts to have subpoenas issued for witnesses and documents.
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UPDATE 1-Thailand finds fourth coronavirus ahead of Lunar New Year
Thailand has quarantined a fourth patient with the new coronavirus, including one Thai national, authorities said on Wednesday, days before Saturday's start of the Lunar New Year holiday is expected to bring an influx of Chinese tourists.
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Zoe Lofgren is working her third impeachment
When she walks through the Senate chamber on Wednesday to present her case for removing President Donald Trump from office, Rep. Zoe Lofgren could be forgiven for having a sense of deja vu.
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Supreme Court considers Montana ruling blocking government subsidies for religious schools
The Supreme Court will take the bench Wednesday to consider a dispute that could open the door to more state funds going toward religious education.
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Exclusive: Giuliani told U.S. his client deserves leniency for financing Venezuela's opposition - Parnas
At a lavish August gathering at a private estate in Spain, a wealthy Venezuelan businessman under criminal investigation in the United States introduced Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido.
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McConnell warns against witnesses in pitch for quick impeachment trial resolution
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hardening his argument against new witness testimony in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, a sign that the powerful GOP leader plans to rally fellow Republican senators to block witness testimony and bring a swift end to the proceedings, according to GOP sources.
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Wozniacki accuses opponent of faking injury during win
Caroline Wozniacki has pointed the finger at her second round opponent at the Australian Open, accusing Dayana Yastremska of faking injury.
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Letters to the Editor: Why needy UC students would be better off with higher tuition
In-state UC students are getting a great deal. Make the rich ones pay much more so poor students can benefit.
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Editorial: Punishment is the only reason to send former L.A. sheriff Lee Baca to prison. That's reason enough
If prison is only for dangerous people, what do we do about convicted former Sheriff Lee Baca?
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Life inside ground zero of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
The Lunar New Year -- the most important festival in the Chinese calendar -- is just three days away, but in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are few reasons to celebrate.
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On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Advocates Grapple With Abortion Restrictions
Forty-seven years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, establishing the legality of abortion nationwide. But as another case about abortion heads to a significantly more conservative Supreme Court this year, reproductive rights advocates and health care providers say they are preparing for a world in which the landmark 1973 decision is…
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