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Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ improperly copied Christian rap song, jury decides

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Katy Perry is getting in trouble for stealing from music made for the Lord.

A jury on Monday found that the pop idol’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song.

Monday’s decision, setting up arguments over how much the singer and other defendants will owe, was returned by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom.

It came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

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Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

Kahn and Gray declined to comment but smiled as they left the courtroom after the verdict.

The 34-year-old pop superstar and “American Idol” judge brought laughs to the proceedings when she testified during its second day, and her lawyers were having technical troubles getting “Dark Horse” to play in the courtroom.

“I could perform it live,” Perry said.

No performance was necessary after the audio issues were fixed. Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week.

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Perry, who was not present for the reading of the verdict Monday afternoon, recently has been facing controversy for a property battle against a group of nuns.

The artist bought a sprawling eight-acre plot of land in California that previously belonged to a convent for the nuns until the Archdiocese of Los Angeles evicted them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jim Breslo: 2020 Dems want government-run health care – California is Exhibit A in how bad it could get

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Expenses are set to rise for California’s “Medi-Cal” health care program thanks to a proposal that would extend coverage to illegal immigrants.

The cost of extending coverage to all qualifying illegal immigrants under the age of 26 would add an estimated $100 million annually to a program that already costs $23 billion. In reality, that estimate isn’t really certain, it is likely to balloon, and it will assuredly fall on the shoulders of California’s legal residents.

In fact, we’re already learning about additional costs: The state just announced a new loan-forgiveness program designed to entice more doctors to Medi-Cal to treat the ever-expanding number of patients. The cost? Another $340 million annually!

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What Gov. Gavin Newsom has acknowledged with this measure is that, due to the sheer number of people on Medi-Cal, there are not enough doctors willing to treat them. The program covers more than 13 million people, a third of the state’s population.

The doctor problem is a consequence of the fact that many doctors refuse to take Medi-Cal patients, because the state does not pay them enough for such services. In other words, Medi-Cal is underfunded.

Under the new program, if a doctor agrees to give 30 percent of the doctor’s time to taking Medi-Cal patients over the next five years, the state will pay off the doctor’s student loans, up to $300,000. The state just announced it would pay $58.6 million to just 247 doctors, and $10.5 million to just 40 dentists.

Yes, even dentists, who rarely, if ever, deal with life-threatening conditions will receive an average of $262,500 each.

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There are obvious problems with the program. First, much of the money is going to doctors who are already treating Medi-Cal patients. Often, they are doing so because they could not find higher paying positions. So the program is not rewarding them for changing behavior; it simply represents a windfall for them.

Additionally, the state will have to enforce the requirement that doctors devote 30 percent of their time over five years. That has inherent costs, and likely will be difficult to enforce.

The program also encourages schools to keep raising tuition at a rate that outpaces inflation, since they can rely on another government program to cover the cost.

It would be far simpler to use the money to increase Medi-Cal payments. The more Medi-Cal pays, the more doctors would be willing to do the work. Duh! But this simple supply-and-demand concept gets thrown out the window when government abandons the free market in favor of centralized control. Bureaucrats come up with endless brilliant ideas to solve problems that are better solved by the old-fashioned free market.

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These bad ideas are a product of the California Future Health Care Workforce Commission. Another of the commission’s ideas: spend money building more medical schools in California to create more doctors. This idea rides on two false assumptions: that there is a doctor shortage in California, and that someone who goes to medical school in California will practice medicine in California.

The commission did have one good idea. It suggested permitting nurse practitioners, with additional training, to care for patients without a physician’s supervision. Alas, this idea was killed by a doctors’ lobbying group, the California Medical Association. This is what you get when you put the government in charge: big-money lobbying designed to influence politicians. If the doctors didn’t have to spend money on lobbying, they could afford to accept lower pay!

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The more the government takes over, the less the free market is permitted to do what it does best: lower costs through efficiency and competition, while effectively balancing supply and demand.

All of the Democrats seeking the Oval Office want the government to run health care more than it does today. The nation can thank California for demonstrating what could happen as a result.

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Lil Nas X breaks Billboard record for most weeks at No.1 with ‘Old Town Road’

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Lil Nas X‘s viral hit “Old Town Road” just eclipsed Billboard’s record for most weeks at No. 1.

The 20-year-old’s song just broke the record as his single spends its 17th week atop the Hot 100 chart.

Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” previously set the record in 1996 — with the only song coming close to breaking it was the hit “Despacito,” which tied the 16-week record in 2017.

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“YEEE TF HAWWW,” Lil Nas X tweeted on Monday in response to the news.

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Hours later, he posted a video thanking his fans for helping his song set a new record.

“I’m on the toilet right now, but I want to say thank you to every single person who has made this moment possible for me. We just broke the record for the longest-running No. 1 song of all-time,” said Lil Nas X, sporting a cowboy hat as he played “Old Town Road” in the background. “Let’s go!”

“Old Town Road,” which has achieved most of its success through audio streaming, was originally a solo song, but Lil Nas X added Billy Ray Cyrus to the track.

The song also has remix versions featuring Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and BTS, and Billboard counts the original song and its remixes as one when calculating chart position, thus helping “Old Town Road” stay on top.

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“17 is my new favorite number,” Cyrus said in a statement Monday, also referring to his debut album “Some Gave All,” which spent 17 weeks at No. 1 in 1992. “My goal was always to make music that would touch people’s lives around the world.”

Mariah Carey also took to Twitter to congratulate Lil Nas X on his accomplishment.

“Sending love & congrats to @LilNasX on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life!” Carey wrote on Monday.

“Old Town Road” initially was in a bit of controversy in March when Billboard removed it from its country charts, deeming it not country enough (it peaked at No. 19 on the country charts). But the drama didn’t hurt the song; it only propelled it.

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Songs have come close to displacing “Old Town Road” from the top spot — including Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and a pair of Taylor Swift singles — but ultimately were unsuccessful.

Swift was successful in 2017 when her song “Look What You Made Me Do” stopped Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” from reaching a 17th week at No. 1. Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” ended Carey and Boyz II Men’s epic run in 1996.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Capital One data breach exposes info of 106M customers, applicants; suspect arrested

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Capital One Financial Corp., the fifth-largest U.S. credit-card issuer, said Monday that a hacker accessed the personal information of approximately 106 million card customers and applicants, one of the largest ever data breaches of a big bank.

The announcement came the same day the alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, was arrested by federal agents in Seattle.

The bulk of the exposed data involves information submitted by customers and small businesses in their applications for Capital One credit cards from 2005 through early 2019, the bank said. The information included addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income.

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The breach compromised approximately 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, as well as some customers’ credit scores and transaction data, according to the bank.

Ms. Thompson is a former employee of Amazon Web Services Inc., the cloud-computing division of Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The criminal complaint says Ms. Thompson’s resume showed she worked at a cloud-computing company, which the government didn’t identify by name, as a systems engineer from 2015 to 2016.

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Ben Carson: Trump told me he’s still willing to work with Elijah Cummings to ‘bring relief’ to Baltimore

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President Trump is still willing to work with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to work on alleviating systemic problems in Baltimore, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told Fox News on Monday night.

While the president and the House Oversight Committee chairman have been embroiled in a war of words that escalated to charges of racism Sunday, the president wants what’s best for the Charm City, Carson said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“I asked him today, ‘would you be willing to work with Elijah Cummings to bring some relief to the people of Baltimore?'” the Cabinet member told Tucker Carlson. “He said he would be happy to.”

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During his years as a pediatric neurosurgeon at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, Carson said he worked with politicians from around the region, including Cummings.

“I don’t think Elijah Cummings is a bad person — I think he is actually working hard to try to help people, and I certainly don’t think President Trump is a bad person, he’s working very hard,” he said.

Carson added that many of his young patients came from neighborhoods with problematic living conditions.

“Some of those kids had to go back into homes in East Baltimore that were infested with rats and roaches and ticks and mold and lead and violence,” he said.

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“And, I didn’t want to send them back. Sometimes I would even consider extra tests so they could stay in the hospital an extra day or two.”

Cummings, whose district includes suburban Howard County and much of Baltimore City, came under fire from Trump after a heated exchange with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

McAleenan testified before Cummings’ committee earlier this month that his department was doing its “level best” to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border.

“What does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower? Come on, man,” Cummings responded.

“What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings.”

In response, Trump tweeted he found Cummings to be a “bully” and said the lawmaker should concern himself instead with conditions in his home district.

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“Cummings’ district is a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place,” the president wrote.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Ilhan Omar apparently hit back at Rand Paul with this retweet

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., seemed to have hit back Monday at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with a particular retweet.

Paul had targeted Omar last week in an interview, following President Trump’s claims earlier this month that Omar and other members of the progressive “Squad” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

“I’m not saying we forcibly send her anywhere,” Paul said in an interview last week with Breitbart News. “I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia. I think she can look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia.”

Omar was born in Somalia but spent much of her early life at a refugee camp in Kenya. The United States granted her asylum in 1995.

Paul said Somalia had “no capitalism” or “God-given (constitutional) rights.” As the Louisville Courier Journal reported, he said Omar “might come back and appreciate America more” after going back to Somalia.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., seemed to hit back at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., with a retweet. (AP, File)

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Then, on Monday, Omar apparently took a swipe back.

In an apparent dig, she retweeted Tom Arnold who wrote: “Imagine being Rand Paul’s next door neighbor and having to deal with @RandPaul lying cowardly circular whiney bullcrap about lawn clippings. No wonder he ripped his toupee off.”

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Rene Boucher, who had a home next door to the senator in Bowling Green, Kentucky, pleaded guilty last year to assaulting Paul. Paul also won a civil verdict against Boucher for more than $582,000 this past January.

Paul testified during a three-day trial this year that he feared for his life after Boucher, an anesthesiologist, slammed into him in their upscale neighborhood in late 2017.

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Sean Spicer and Juan Williams clash over Trump’s Baltimore criticism

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump Monday after critics blasted the president’s tweets directed at Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as racist.

“The president’s a fighter and an equal opportunity offender. He goes after you if you come after him,” Spicer said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

“If anyone else had been in charge of that committee and had a district the way that they had, the similar problems, he’d go after them.  But he’s attacked his primary opponents when they’ve come after him and his own party.”

Trump Saturday branded Cummings a “brutal bully” for his treatment of border patrol officials at committee hearings — and described Cumming’s district as “far worse and more dangerous” than the southern border.

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“Cumming[s’] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” Trump tweeted.

Democrats and critics called the comments racist, Fox News’ Juan Williams accused the president of using a different tone when he speaks about the black community and playing to “racial divisions.”

“It’s just that the way he punches at the black community is alarming to me and I think to lots of black people,” Williams said.

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“But overall I think this is a president that’s playing to racial divisions in our country.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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MSNBC panel calls Trump’s attacks on Cummings, Baltimore ‘Hitlerian,’ from ‘Nazi playbook’

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An MSNBC panel blasted President Trump‘s ongoing attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. and the city of Baltimore, calling his rhetoric “Hitlerian” and from the “Nazi playbook.”

“Hardball” host Chris Matthews drew focus on Monday to Trump’s repeated use of the term “infested” while describing the “crime infested” city Cummings represents as well as Atlanta-based Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. He also praised Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace for pressing Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and comparing the term to “vermin.”

“Infested, infested, infested. It’s vermin. It’s a Hitlerian term,” Matthews told the panel. “If you go back and read Goebbels and all of that stuff, it’s all about the Jews in that case… he’s obsessed with this thing about cities.”

“Well, this is the Nazi playbook, right?” former Democratic congresswoman Donna Edwards agreed. “You dehumanize people. You say they’re infested. It gives you the reason to, I don’t know.”

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“Well, to exterminate them or something like that,” Matthews responded.

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Matthews isn’t the only liberal cable news personality to go after Trump over his feud with Cummings. MSNBC host John Heilemann slammed the “racist” tweets and told viewers the president intends to run a “racist reelection campaign.”

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Biden, Sanders attack new Harris health care plan from different angles

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Hours after White House candidate Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled her plan to push the country towards a government-backed “Medicare-for-all” health care system over the next decade, the California Democrat faced incoming fire from two of her top rivals for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont slammed the Harris proposal, saying, “call it anything you want, but you can’t call this plan Medicare for All.”

And, former Vice President Joe Biden’s team called the Harris plan a “have-it-every-which-way approach” that “both backtracks on her long-promised – but then-hedged – support of Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation.”

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Harris – in announcing her plan Monday morning – emphasized that unlike Sanders’ single-payer proposal, hers would not completely eliminate the private insurance currently used by hundreds of millions of Americans.

Her campaign spotlighted that the Harris plan would allow private insurers to offer Medicare plans. The system – implemented over ten years – would build on the popular Medicare Advantage system while allowing Americans to choose between the government-run public plan and government-backed certified private Medicare plans to reach universal coverage.

The Harris campaign also highlighted that unlike Sanders’ plan, hers would not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for her “Medicare-for-all” system.

“One idea put forward by Senator Sanders, for example, is increasing taxes for families making as little as $29,000 a year,” her campaign spotlighted as they released their candidate’s plan. “She believes that hits the middle class too hard, so she would not raise taxes on families making under $100,000 to help pay for this plan,” her campaign highlighted.

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A few hours later, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir teed off on the Harris proposal, accusing the first-term senator and former California attorney general  of “folding” to the health insurance industry.

“This plan is centered around privatizing Medicare, enriching insurance executives and introducing more corporate greed and profiteering into the Medicare system. Further, we can’t wait 10 years to fix a dysfunctional health care system,” Shakir charged.

Harris campaign spokesman Ian Sams returned fire, arguing the criticism from the Sanders campaign was “so factually inaccurate I don’t even know where to begin.”

He also defended the private option in the Harris proposal, saying, “it puts in place strict requirements for any private insurance company who wants to offer a Medicare plan, including on cost, quality access and services.”

Health care has been a top issue with Democratic primary voters while “Medicare-for-all” has been very popular with the progressive base of the party. Public opinion polling has indicated that a majority of Americans would support such a plan if it allowed them to choose between a government-run public plan and certified private options.

The Harris plan appeared to stake a middle ground between Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” proposal and the public option to enhance ObamaCare that Biden has proposed.

The former vice president, the front-runner among 2020 Democrats and the only top-tier contender who has not supported a single-payer “Medicare-for-all” system, repeatedly has taken jabs this month at Harris over a lack of straightforwardness on how she’d pay for her plan.

Late last week, Biden again singled out Sanders for being honest about the ramifications of implementing the single-payer health care plan, but he once again questioned Harris’ truthfulness.

“I find that people will say they’re for ‘Medicare-for-all’ but they’re not going to tax the middle class because we don’t need to do that. Come on. My point is, this is a fantasy world here,” Biden emphasized.

Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield, noting that Harris was one of the first senators in 2017 to co-sponsor Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” bill, charged on Monday that the Harris plan would result in “a Bernie Sanders-lite Medicare for All and a refusal to be straight with the American middle class, who would have a large tax increase forced on them with this plan.”

The Harris rollout and the pushback from the Sanders and Biden campaigns came on the eve of the second round of primary debates featuring the Democrats.

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Sanders is slated to appear in Tuesday night’s debate, standing center-stage with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and eight other rivals.

Harris and Biden are to be standing side-by-side center-stage on Wednesday night, during the second of the two debates.

Harris has seen her poll numbers rise since the first round of debates, when she went on the attack against Biden, as she criticized recent comments by the former vice president spotlighting his ability to find common ground during the 1970s with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed, and over his opposition decades ago to federally mandated school busing.

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Biden’s lead over his rivals deteriorated following what was seen as a less-than-stellar debate performance.

However, two new national polls from Fox News and Quinnipiac University indicated the former vice president retained a large lead over his 2020 primary rivals.

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Greg Gutfeld: Dems might say they want impeachment, but most probably don’t

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As former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s testimony fades into the rearview, “The Five” discussed why some Democrats continue to beat the drum for impeachment hearings.

“I think the Democrats just want to say they’re running away from home. They really don’t want to run away from home,” Co-host Greg Gutfeld said Monday.

However, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., continues to talk impeachment and did so Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“We have impeachment resolutions before the committee. We are conducting investigations to determine whether we should report those impeachment resolutions to the House or direct our own and report those to the House. We’re considering those resolutions,” Nadler said Sunday.

In response, Gutfeld said he believes Democrats know that impeachment proceedings would ultimately help the president.

“I think there are some that do but I think overall they… I think they know that will turn him into a martyr. It will help him the way it helped Bill Clinton,” Gutfeld explained.

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Co-host Juan Williams pointed out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is the only person whose opinion really matters.

“My thought is Nancy Pelosi is the whole ballgame, most important player and she is unchanged… she doesn’t see impeachment… as advancing democratic policies or democratic politics,” Williams said.

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