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Love at peace, not worried about trade chatter

Kevin Love knows change could be coming.

A couple of years ago, uncertainty might have been something that stressed him out, triggered the sorts of feelings like the ones that manifested themselves in the form of an in-game panic attack in 2017, rendered him unable to compete as efficiently as he wanted.

Not this time.

Even though he has three full years and about $90 million left on his contract after this season, it’s no secret that Love could be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plenty of teams even make sense for such a move — Portland, Dallas, Denver, Miami among others.

But going public with the details of his panic attack — and his ongoing involvement in the conversation about the need to take care of mental health — has not left Love feeling vulnerable. He’s more at peace than anything else, and that’s why the rumors that are out there aren’t gnawing at him.

“I’m just going to let the chips fall,” Love said. “I know that this is a young team. I think I can help them. I’m going to do right by Cleveland, the organization. This is a league where teams want to rebuild, teams want to go young but certain teams are looking for a piece, a guy who’s played in the finals, a guy who has playoff experience. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think it definitely lessens the burden and the anxiety.”

Cleveland is 5-12 and Love missed Monday’s game against Brooklyn with back issues. Now in his 11th season, the five-time All-Star can still play — he’s averaging 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds, is a 36% shooter from 3-point range and won a ring with the Cavs in 2016.

Even with him, the Cavs are likely a long shot for a playoff spot in the East. But Love insists that he isn’t forcing a change.

“I’ve been committed to Cleveland since Day 1,” Love said. “I know it’s been a little shaky at some points. It’s been really great at some points. But now I’ve found some semblance of balance in my life, not only on the court but away from it.”

Love also doesn’t shy away from the mental health questions.

Players like Love and DeMar DeRozan helped bring the conversation into the NBA mainstream by opening up about their own private and personal issues.

“I kind of played all my cards and spoke my truth,” Love said. “I just feel like there’s not a lot out there that could really hurt me. I feel like, not only for other people but selfishly for myself, it’s been very therapeutic.”

HISTORY LESSON

The Spurs are in trouble.

Monday’s loss to the Lakers dropped San Antonio to 6-12, and seeing that is all anyone would probably need to realize that the Spurs’ record-tying 22-year streak of postseason appearances is in major jeopardy.

But the numbers really hammer the point home.

Over the last 14 seasons, not including this one, there have been 103 instances of teams starting 6-12 or worse. Of those, only four have made the postseason — and none of those four came from the Western Conference.

And the last time the Spurs were under the .500 mark 18 games into a season was 1995-96, when they started 3-15. That’s the point where they fired Bob Hill for a guy named Gregg Popovich.

“They’re going to be OK,” said Charlotte coach James Borrego, a former longtime Spurs assistant, who crossed paths with Popovich in Washington recently. “At the end of the day, he’s coaching his team, I’m coaching my team. I know what they’re going through. But they’ve been in this territory before. I don’t know if they’ve lost as much as they’ve lost this early, but they’ll bounce back. There’s high character there. They know what they’re doing.”

The last West team to start 6-12 or worse and get into the playoffs was the 2004-05 Memphis Grizzlies, who began 5-11, went through two different coaches before bringing in Mike Fratello. He fashioned a 40-26 finish, the Grizzlies sneaked into the playoffs at 45-37 and as the eighth seed. They got swept in the first round.

The NBA champions that year? San Antonio.

KEMBA’S NECK

Boston guard Kemba Walker took a scary hit last week when he collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye during the Celtics’ game at Denver.

The way Walker fell, and how he had to leave the game on a stretcher, understandably raised plenty of concern. He was diagnosed with a sprained neck, which was probably about the best possible outcome given how bad the play looked in real time.

Perhaps overlooked is this: The sprain is Walker’s second neck issue in less than three months.

He played some games for USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup in China in September while dealing with neck pain, which intensified to the point that he sat out the Americans’ finale there — the seventh-place game in Beijing against Poland.

MIGHTY MAVS

With MVP candidate Luka Doncic leading the way, Dallas is flying.

The Mavericks have scored 137 points or more in each of their last three games. Only two teams in league history have gone on longer such streaks — Denver in November 1988 and Portland in November 1990, both of those being four-game runs.

The Mavs have reached the 125-point mark five times already this season. That matches their total from all of last season.

THE WEEK AHEAD

A game to watch each day in the coming week:

Tuesday, L.A. Clippers at Dallas: Doncic is rolling right now. Here comes a very big test.

Wednesday, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans: Welcome back to New Orleans, Anthony Davis.

Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving: It’s one of the days the NBA has no games on the schedule.

Friday, Boston at Brooklyn: A noon start time. Could it be Kyrie Irving versus the Celtics?

Saturday, Charlotte at Milwaukee: For some reason, few seem to be talking about the Bucks.

Sunday, Memphis at Minnesota: Through Monday, Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant averaged 19 ppg.

Monday, Utah at Philadelphia: A matchup of really good teams that usually put defense first.

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Stars tie record with 7th straight win, 4-2 over Vegas

Alexander Radulov energized Dallas’ power play and Esa Lindell anchored a stout penalty-killing unit on a special Monday night for the Stars.

Special, as in special teams. Two power-play goals by Radulov and four scoreless penalty kills in the second period led to the Stars tying a team record with their seventh consecutive victory, 4-2 over the Vegas Golden Knights.

“(The penalty kill) stepped up and on the other side, too, the power play had two goals,” said defenseman John Klingberg, who got two of his three assists with the man advantage. “It’s a huge part of hockey nowadays. It’s hard to score 5-on-5, and you need special teams to step up.”

The Stars have won seven straight five times in a franchise history that dates back to 1967 as the Minnesota North Stars.

Dallas is on a 12-game point streak (11-0-1) and has gone 14-1-1 in the last 16 after a 1-7-1 start to the season. The Stars moved within two points of Central Division leader St. Louis.

“I think we have a lot more emotion into our game, and I think we’re playing a lot faster,” coach Jim Montgomery said.

Radulov and Lindell staked Ben Bishop to a 2-0 lead in a dominant first period that Montgomery called “one of the best periods we’ve played all year.”

Jason Dickinson scored in the second and Bishop finished with 26 saves for his sixth straight victory.

Shea Theodore and Paul Stastny had the goals for Vegas. Malcolm Subban stopped 25 shots.

Dallas scored two goals in less than two minutes during the first period.

On the power play at 11:42, Radulov tipped in a shot by Klingberg from the blue line.

“Before the game,” Radulov said, “we were talking about probably whoever won the special-teams game was going to get the most chances. That’s what we did.”

At 13:25, Andrew Cogliano passed across ice to Lindell, who put a wrist shot between Subban and the left post. Tyler Seguin assisted on both goals.

“We had a tough start to the first period with the two penalties and falling behind 2-0,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “You can’t get behind against a really good team like that.”

The Stars outshot the Golden Knights 16-6 in the first.

Vegas came out strong in the second period, with 10 of the first 11 shots on goal. Dallas killed four penalties, but Theodore scored on a backhand at 13:48, just five seconds after the last of those expired.

Lindell was on the ice for 5:13 of penalty killing. The Stars have been successful on 15 opponents’ power plays in a row.

“Esa’s probably our best penalty killer because he logs so many minutes and wins so many battles,” Montgomery said.

Stastny, playing in his 900th NHL game, scored 1:23 into the third.

Stastny was upset with the Golden Knights’ performance on the power play.

“I lost a key draw there when we had a 5-on-3 for 18 seconds. I’ve got to find a way to win that or even have a 50-50 chance just so we can get possession off of that,” he said.

NOTES: Klingberg has four assists in two games back from injured reserve. … Dallas captain Jamie Benn left six minutes into the game after getting hit in the nose by a puck. He returned later in the first period. … Stastny has 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) in 49 career games against Dallas. … Stars C Justin Dowling sat out after leaving the ice in the second period Saturday night because of nausea. … The Golden Knights won all three games vs. Dallas last season and in their first two seasons were 5-1 against the Stars, including 3-0 in Dallas.

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: Complete a two-game trip Wednesday at Nashville.

Stars: Make a quick trip to Chicago to play the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Chicago’s most recent game was a 2-1 overtime loss Saturday in Dallas.

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Today on Fox News: Nov. 26, 2019

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On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “DOJ IG Report Is Coming … Will it Impact the Impeachment Fight?” – On December 9, the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz will release his highly anticipated report on the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation, including the origins of the probe and whether the Bureau abused its surveillance powers. Will the report’s results allow the Trump administration to shift the conversation away from the impeachment fight? Fox News Digital politics reporter Brooke Singman and former DOJ prosecutor James Trusty discuss what to expect from the IG report.

Also on the Rundown: There may be fewer deportations under President Trump than under the Obama Administration, but the situation at the border has become dire for other reasons. A record number of immigrants are at detention centers and the backlog of immigration-related court cases is growing. Fox News correspondent William LaJeunesse discusses whether President Trump’s policies at the border are working.

Plus, commentary by former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and more.

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Prince Andrew’s ‘public existence has been wiped out,’ says royal expert: ‘The royals can move very swiftly’

Prince Andrew’s downfall is only beginning.

Following a disastrous interview the Duke of York gave to the BBC about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, one royal expert is claiming the 59-year-old royal won’t continue with anything official in that capacity — ever.

“His entire public existence has been wiped out by his own behavior,” royal historian Robert Lacey told People magazine for this week’s issue.

Just days after the British royal announced he was “stepping away” from public duties for the “foreseeable future,” Andrew was forced to pull out of a trip to Bahrain for an international meeting of his Pitch@Palace organization, which promotes entrepreneurs and new ideas in tech, the outlet reported.

Andrew’s office is also set to be moved out of Buckingham Palace and center around Pitch rather than his own official royal work.

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Prince Andrew, right, is dealing with harsh backlash from critics and media personalities over an interview about his relationship with now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the numerous sexual assault allegations against the British royal. (Getty)

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Lacey shared the moves to distance the monarchy from Andrew’s connection with the disgraced financier have occurred after discussions between the prince’s mother Queen Elizabeth, her eldest son Prince Charles, as well as other senior royals.

“[The decision] shows that the royals can move very swiftly and very ruthlessly,” said Lacey.

However, Elizabeth, 93, hasn’t completely rejected her son. The outlet revealed she was spotted alongside Andrew on horseback with two escorts on Nov. 22 — a seemingly private moment that would have been captured by photographers.

The outlet shared that the outing is likely a signal that despite her decision to ask Andrew to withdraw from public work on her behalf, the queen still stands by her son.

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Andrew participated in a tell-all interview with the BBC in which he discussed his controversial relationship with the sex offender and the sexual assault allegations against him.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” he said in reference to Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre), who alleged that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times between 1999 and 2002 in London and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.

“I stayed with him and that’s [something] I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that,” the second son of Elizabeth said.

Giuffre claimed Epstein paid her to have sex with the British royal and that she was just 17 years old during her first experience.

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Photo from 2001 that was included in court files released last week shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew has denied the charges. In the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals)

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Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. In August, the palace said in a statement that Andrew was “appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.”

“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent,” the palace said.

The statement was released after the Mail on Sunday newspaper obtained a Dec. 6, 2010 video appearing to show Andrew inside Epstein’s opulent Manhattan home as the prince waved goodbye to a young woman.

The video was recorded two years after Epstein’s controversial plea deal in which he admitted to a Florida state felony charge of prostitution involving a minor. The terms of the deal included generous work release conditions for Epstein.

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011, in London, England. Prince Andrew is under increasing pressure after a series of damaging revelations about him surfaced, including criticism over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

PRINCE ANDREW TO ‘STEP BACK’ FROM PUBLIC DUTIES OVER JEFFREY EPSTEIN RELATIONSHIP

Andrew was photographed with Epstein in 2010 in New York’s Central Park after Epstein had finished serving his 18-month prison sentence. The photos sparked controversy at the time and led Andrew to quit his role as a UK trade envoy in 2011, according to Sky News.

In documents released in August, Johanna Sjoberg said she was 21 years old in 2001 when Andrew grabbed her breast at Epstein’s mansion in New York.

Sjoberg testified the incident was sparked when “someone” suggested those gathered take a picture, at which point Sjoberg said she and Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged “madam”) went to a closet and grabbed a puppet of Andrew.

“They told us to go get on the couch,” she said in the 2016 deposition. “And so Andrew and Virginia sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap. And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and, I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine.”

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Prince Andrew is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and her second son. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

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She added: “I knew it was Prince Andrew because I knew him as a person.”

The court papers also include a photograph that has been in circulation since 2015 showing Andrew with his arm around Giuffre’s bare waist in London in 2001. Giuffre said she was 17 at the time the photo was taken.

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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More than a dozen French soldiers killed in helicopter collision in Mali

French President Emmanuel Macron said a mid-air collision between two helicopters has killed 13 French soldiers fighting against Islamic extremists in Mali.

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Macron expressed “deep sadness” at the news of the Monday evening crash, which took place during a combat operation, according to the Associated Press.

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He expressed his support for the French military and stressed the “courage of the French soldiers” fighting the persistent Islamic threat in the Sahel region.

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Cal Thomas: Democrats and Trump impeachment inquiry — A surprising lesson from ‘The Crown’

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There is a telling scene in Season 3 of the Netflix drama “The Crown” about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II that can instruct contemporary America about Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Trump.

The episode is titled “Coup.” Harold Wilson is prime minister of Britain. He has just devalued the British pound and a bad economy has provoked street demonstrators to call for his removal from office.

A cabal ensues, led by Cecil King, the editor of the otherwise pro-Labour Party newspaper, the Daily Mirror. The plotters select Lord Mountbatten as the one they wish to replace Wilson.

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Wilson hears about the coup attempt and calls the Queen before the plotters can get to her. She then invites Mountbatten to Buckingham Palace where she admonishes her second cousin after which the following exchange takes place:

Mountbatten: “Why would you protect a man like Wilson?”

The Queen: “I am protecting the prime minister. I am protecting the Constitution. I am protecting democracy.”

Mountbatten: “But if the man at the heart of that democracy threatens to destroy it, are we supposed to just stand by and do nothing?”

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The Queen: Yes. Doing nothing is exactly what we do and bide our time and wait for the people who voted him in to vote him out again if, indeed that is what they decide to do.”

Mountbatten decides not to proceed. Whether this scene is accurate, or not (and much of the series claims fidelity to history), it makes a point Americans should take to heart. President Trump won the 2016 election in spite of many obstacles, including united media opposition, meddling by Russia and corrupt elements in Ukraine, which sought to tilt the U.S. election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

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Unlike 1968 when the economy was bad in Britain, the U.S. economy now is booming and consumer confidence is high. The impeachment hearings exposed disagreements over foreign policy, foreign policy the president has a right to make. They revealed a legitimate concern by the president that U.S. aid would go down a corruption rabbit hole, something the Obama administration had also been concerned about because it refused to send lethal aid to Ukraine “fearing that it would only escalate the bloodshed and give President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a pretext for further incursions.”

It appears that Trump also wanted the new leadership in Ukraine to investigate the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter in Ukraine, and whether they had become tainted, something the American media and President Obama’s Justice Department failed to do.

If articles of impeachment are passed by the House, it could take the Senate at least until the beginning of the primary election season in February to hold a trial. The process might drag on even further should Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decide to do so, and Republicans call witnesses of their own, including the Bidens.

While impeachment is a constitutional process, democracy is a greater one. The phrase “We the people” in the Preamble was critical to the founders. It separated America from the notion that the state and its leader, whether kings, queens, or dictators, and testimony from unelected bureaucrats is supreme. It says the people possess ultimate power.

That is why it should be up to voters this close to the next election. Wait for the people who voted Trump in either to reelect him or vote him out. Impeaching him will likely alienate half the country and could damage faith in our electoral process.

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If Democrats are right in their antipathy toward the president and if they can sell their version of facts to voters, they should try to do so. That is the best way to protect both our Constitution and our democracy.

Long live the Queen!

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Lewis the koala dies from injuries suffered in Australia fires

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Lewis the koala, who was captured on video being pulled from charred NSW bushland by a heroic grandmother after a bushfire, has died.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital shared the heartbreaking news this afternoon, saying staff had made the decision earlier today to put him to sleep.

“We placed him under general anesthesia this morning to assess his burns injuries and change the bandages,” the hospital said in a post at about 2.30 p.m.

It stated Lewis’s burns got worse “and unfortunately would not have gotten better.”

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“The Koala Hospital’s number one goal is animal welfare, so it was on those grounds that this decision was made,” it reads.

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House Dem reverses course on impeachment as polls show declining support

Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a prominent supporter of Kamala Harris who has previously supported the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, abruptly announced Sunday that she no longer saw any “value” in the process and called for her fellow Democrats to abandon impeachment in favor of a symbolic censure resolution.

Lawrence’s about-face came as polls have shown that independents are souring on the idea of impeaching and removing Trump from office, including in critical battleground states like Wisconsin, even as House Democrats aggressively presented their poll-tested “bribery” case against the president over the past two weeks.

Fifty percent of independents questioned in an NPR/PBS/Marist poll conducted Nov. 11-15 did not support impeaching and removing Trump from office, with just 42 percent backing such a move. That’s a noticeable dip in support compared with the previous NPR/PBS/Marist poll – conducted the first week in October – when support stood at 45 percent.

And, a Gallup poll conducted the first two weeks of November indicated that 45 percent of independent voters supported impeaching and removing the president – with 53 percent opposing the move. That’s a switch from October, when the previous Gallup survey put the split at 53-44 percent.

“We are so close to an election,” Lawrence said Sunday on a Michigan radio program, even as she asserted there was “significant” evidence to justify impeachment. “I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable. It’s in violation of the office and the oath of office of a president of the United States, and we have to be clear that you cannot use your power of the presidency to withhold funds to get a foreign country to investigate an American citizen for your own personal gain. There’s no way around that.”

Lawrence continued: “I want him censured. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and, under our Constitution, we will not allow it. … I am a Democrat, but I am an independent United States of America citizen.”

Lawrence occupies a safely Democratic district that includes eastern Detroit, and her reluctance to move forward with impeachment suggested that moderate Democrats in swing districts may also be getting cold feet now that all scheduled hearings in the probe wrapped up last week.

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Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence said she no longer supports impeachment, and called for a censure resolution. (House of Representatives)

The Washington Examiner noted that in a radio interview Oct. 4, before support for impeachment fell sharply, Lawrence was far more supportive of the proceedings.

“I feel strongly that for my legacy, for my time in history, sitting here at this table with an oath of office to protect this country, to protect the democracy of the United States of America, I cannot sit silent, that I must move forward with [impeachment] because this is egregious,” Lawrence said in October.

The House is now comprised of 431 members, meaning Democrats need 217 yeas to impeach Trump. There are currently 233 Democrats, so Democrats can only lose 16 of their own and still impeach the president. 31 House Democrats represent more moderate districts that Trump carried in 2016.

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There have been signs close to home for Lawrence that Democrats should consider pulling the ripcord on the impeachment process. In an editorial last week, The Detroit News wrote that the House “should censure, not impeach” the president.

“Democrats still don’t have the strong case they’re seeking to justify removing President Donald Trump from office,” the paper wrote. “Censure amounts to a public shaming. … But it also recognizes the offense does not merit removal from office. That, too, seems appropriate, given the inconclusive testimony so far.”

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Earlier this month, freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. — who flipped a GOP district in 2018 that Trump won by 7 points in 2016 — told Fox News that she was tentatively weighing all the evidence.

“My constituents expect me to make an objective decision,” Slotkin said as the hearings concluded, “not one based on an hour of testimony.”

Slotkin went on to acknowledge that launching an impeachment inquiry was a “politically tough thing to do.”

The censure process is not prescribed by the Constitution, and amounts essentially to a condemnation of conduct, without any substantive consequence, by a majority vote in either the House or the Senate.

“I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. … I want to censure.”

— Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence

President Andrew Jackson was censured in a largely political process by the Senate in 1834, although it was expunged three years later. Several other U.S. presidents have been reprimanded by Congress, including Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, and William Howard Taft.

Still, top Democrats have signaled they will go ahead with impeachment, at least for now. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced Monday that Democrats “are now preparing a report” for the House Judiciary Committee, indicating that his panel is wrapping up its work and that the next phase of the impeachment inquiry is imminent.

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Calling the evidence against the president “overwhelming, unchallenged and damning,” Schiff nevertheless asserted that investigative work would continue, and left open the possibility that Democrats would hold additional hearings.  But all scheduled public hearings before Schiff’s panel wrapped up on a testy note last week, and no new proceedings are planned.

“As required under House Resolution 660, the Committees are now preparing a report summarizing the evidence we have found this far, which will be transmitted to the Judiciary Committee soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess,” Schiff wrote in a letter to congressional colleagues.

He noted that the report “will catalog the instances of non-compliance with lawful subpoenas as part of our report to the Judiciary Committee, which will allow that committee to consider whether an article of impeachment based on obstruction of Congress is warranted along with an article or articles based on this underlying conduct or other presidential misconduct. Such obstruction was the basis of the third article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.”

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California dive boat in Labor Day fire was exempt from Coast Guard safety regulations: report

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The diving boat that caught fire on Labor Day off southern California, killing 34 people, was among hundreds of small vessels exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard from stricter safety rules designed to make it easier for passengers to escape, according to a newspaper report Monday.

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In 1996, the Coast Guard implemented a set of standards on new vessels, requiring escape hatches at least 32 inches wide and illuminated exit signs. The Conception, built in 1981, had a 24-inch hatch and no illuminated signs. The diving boat was one of 325 vessels built before 1996 that were grandfathered in, and therefore, not required to meet new regulations because doing so was found to be economically unfeasible and impractical, according to the Los Angeles Times.

All 33 passengers and one crew member aboard the Conception were trapped below deck where they had been sleeping in stacked bunk beds when the fire first broke out in the early morning hours of Sept. 2. Crew members who jumped overboard to safety said they had been unable to reach passengers trapped in the hull below because of intense flames. The 75-foot long dive boat sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, Calif.

It’s unclear whether such measures would have made a difference in what’s since been deemed the worst maritime disaster in modern California history, according to the newspaper. Authorities have not determined the cause of the fire. Criminal and safety investigations are ongoing.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Homendy told the Times in September that she was “taken aback” by the small size of the emergency escape hatches, adding that she thought it would be difficult for passengers to exit during an emergency in the dark.

The Coast Guard has said the Conception, owned by Truth Aquatics, which operates diving excursions around the Channel Islands, had passed all recent inspections before the fire.

“We have always followed Coast Guard regulations and whatever is required,” Truth Aquatics owner Glen Fritzler told the Times. “Our past inspections reflect our commitment.”

Under added scrutiny since the Conception disaster, the Coast Guard has stepped up inspections of similar boats across the country. Several boat owners have said that among the issues inspectors have raised is the size of escape hatches, fire protection systems and crew training in emergencies.

When adopting changes to the Subchapter T regulations in the 1990s, the Coast Guard wanted to ensure improvements and safety for new boats, but also had to address what to do with existing vessels, according to Kyle McAvoy, a marine safety expert at Robson Forensic and former Coast Guard chief of the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance Policy.

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Before the new standards were adopted, the Coast Guard sought public comment and conducted feasibility studies. Older vessels “may not be able to change what they have,” McAvoy told the newspaper. He retired as a Coast Guard captain in 2016.

The Coast Guard has the authority to make immediate safety changes in the wake of incidents such as the deadly Conception fire, McAvoy added.

Currently, the Subchapter T regulations govern about 5,000 vessels on U.S. waterways. Of those, about 325 still fall under the original rules, according to the Times. Small passenger vessels weighing less than 100 tons fall under Subchapter T of the Code of Federal Regulations for boats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Grandfather who dropped child to her death from cruise describes tragic incident

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The Ohio grandfather who dropped his 18-month-old granddaughter to her death from the balcony of a cruise ship spoke out about the ordeal Monday for the first time since he’s been hit with criminal charges.

Speaking to CBS News, Salvatore Anello said he thought a glass window would have blocked his granddaughter Chloe Wiegand from plunging to her death from the ship while it was docked in Puerto Rico in July.

“I remember trying to find her on the floor and then I saw her fall, I saw her fall, I saw her fall and I was just in disbelief,” he told CBS in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday morning.

“And I was like ‘Oh my God.’ And I think for a while I was in shock and I was just standing there. And then I just remember screaming that I thought there was glass,” Anello added.

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“I thought there was glass. I still say it to myself, it’s just, I kind of relive it all the time and I just thought there was glass there. I don’t know what else to tell you,” he said.

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