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Marie Osmond on remarrying first husband Steve Craig: ‘Nothing is an accident’

Marie Osmond loves her husband so much that she married him twice.

The 59-year-old first tied the knot with Steve Craig in 1982 but the couple called it quits in 1985. However, the pair reunited and said “I do” again in 2011, 26 years after their divorce.

“Nothing is an accident,” the entertainer told People on Wednesday. “I am a spiritual person. So [I believe] God has his timing.”

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Steve Craig and entertainer Marie Osmond attend the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Jason Bourne” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 18, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

According to the outlet, Osmond was just 22 and fresh off her popular variety series “Donny & Marie” when she first married Craig. The pair first met when she was a teen. Less than a year later, the couple welcomed their son Stephen, now 36. However, Osmond admitted married life wasn’t so blissful — at least the first time around.

“Everyone was telling me my career was over,” she recalled, adding that her marriage to Craig “had some trouble.” They ultimately divorced.

“All of a sudden I’m a single mom and I don’t know how I’m going to pay my rent, let alone feed my kid,” said Osmond. “So I decided I had to get back to work.”

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The Osmonds: Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Jimmy, Donny, Marie and Alan Osmond, on May 28, 1975, in London. (Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The magazine shared Osmond began buying potential stage outfits from the Limited Express and hand sewing sequins onto the costumes. Within two years later, Osmond was at the top of the country music charts and enjoying a thriving career. She also married her second husband Brian Blosil in 1986.

Osmond admitted to the outlet that she rushed into that relationship.

“You have to be so careful not to jump into a relationship after you’ve been through a sad one,” explained Osmond. “You really need time on your own. And you need to know that you’re a good person in order to find a good person.”

Osmond and Blosil’s marriage ended in 2007. The couple shares six children. Osmond’s son Michael died in 2010 at age 19.

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Marie Osmond was announced as the new host for Season 10 of “The Talk” on May 7, 2019. (Monty Brinton/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved)

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“I never wanted to be married again,” said Osmond. “I was like, ‘I’m fine, I’m good!’”

However, Osmond wasn’t prepared to reconnect with Craig again through their son Stephen.

“The thing about a second marriage is that you realize things you thought were so important, aren’t,” said Osmond. “I love being with my husband. He is the sweetest man I know. He lives to serve and really listens to people’s needs.”

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Marie Osmond gets candid about her marriage. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic/Getty)

Despite rekindling their relationship, their son Stephen was initially “a little scared” of his parents getting back together decades later.

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“Stephen was getting married and we [realized] we can’t go to our son’s wedding and not be married,” said Osmond. “So we got married a few months before he did. He joked that he never thought it would happen, but it did!”

Osmond is in a much happier place, all thanks to her children.

Back in 2007, the star collapsed in front of a stunned audience after her samba routine at “Dancing with the Stars.” At the time, People reported host Tom Bergeron quickly sent the show to commercial as two medics and Osmond’s manager rushed to her side. The ballroom was silent for more than a minute before Osmond was helped to her feet.

At the time, Osmond told the magazine she knew something was wrong even before her fall.

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“Doing rehearsals, I was out of breath,” she recalled. Osmond added that during the previous five years, she gained 40 lbs. while caring for her parents, each of whom battled heart disease at the end of their lives, and struggled with her divorce of Blosil.

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Currently a spokesperson for Nutrisystem, Marie Osmond credits the weight loss program with helping her shed 50 pounds. (Reuters)

“[My son Stephen] said, ‘Mom, it would really be nice if you were there for my kids,’” said Osmond.

That’s when Osmond decided to embark on a weight-loss journey. The magazine noted that in five months she lost those 40 lbs. with the help of NutriSystem, as well as the strenuous dance routines she learned during her time on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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“The hardest thing was worrying about what everybody else was going to eat,” she said. “But I told my family, ‘Mom has to focus on mom right now.’”

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Judge hugs Amber Guyger, gives her a Bible after murder conviction, causing stir

The judge in the murder trial of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer sentenced to 10 years for fatally shooting her neighbor, caused a stir Wednesday when she hugged the convicted killer after the sentencing.

While some praised the move as a demonstration of religious faith, others — including former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill — criticized the judge’s action as “unacceptable.”

Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, had been fired and charged with manslaughter after she entered Botham Jean’s apartment on Sept. 6, 2018, thinking it was her own and shot him twice, killing him. She was indicted on a murder charge two months later.

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State District Judge Tammy Kemp gives former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger a hug before Guyger leaves for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger, who said she mistook neighbor Botham Jean’s apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room, was sentenced to a decade in prison. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Following Wednesday’s sentencing, Judge Tammy Kemp comforted Jean’s family, then briefly spoke with Guyger and left the room. The judge soon returned with a Bible, WFAA-TV of Dallas reported.

“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith. You start with this,” she said, giving the Bible to Guyger.

Kemp and Guyger then embraced. The hug came after the brother of murder victim Botham Jean made a similar gesture toward Guyger.

“You haven’t done so much that you can’t be forgiven,” the judge told Guyger, according to WFAA. “You did something bad in one moment in time. What you do now matters.”

Protesters and some on social media decried both the sentencing and Kemp’s embrace of Guyger.

“[T]his judge choosing to hug this woman is unacceptable,” Atlantic columnist Jemele Hill wrote on Twitter. “Keep in mind this convicted murderer is the same one who laughed about Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, and killing ppl on sight.”

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The courtroom was brought to tears earlier when Jean’s brother hugged Guyger and said, “I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report. 

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Frank Miniter: How should Trump deal with impeachment inquiry? Follow these 6 rules

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As the author of an action guide on how to navigate office wars, false accusations, political correctness in our workplaces – and yes, even political inquisitions – I see the attempt to impeach President Trump as an opportunity for Trump to turn the Democrats’ rash attack back on them.

But first, a word of caution to all who might take this advice in their own careers: This strong approach only works for those who are falsely or unfairly accused.

Trump needs to keep his head

The kind of political judo necessary here only works when, as Rudyard Kipling wrote in his great poem “If,” you “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.”

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If Trump loses his temper in public, he loses. He needs to control himself. This doesn’t mean he shouldn’t show emotion. He should. He just needs to show self-control.

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The same, by the way, goes for anyone accused of transgressions in the workplace. Losing your cool will only appear to validate the accusations. If you are wrong, or, as so often happens, partially to blame, keeping your head in such a crisis will help you resolve the issue in the least detrimental way to your career possible.

The Trump administration needs to keep an honest accounting

Many people who are accused of workplace harassment or related issues simply believe that right – meaning their point of view – will prevail. Truth, justice and the American way, after all, is in our national DNA.

Good people also tend to believe how they see themselves is how others see them. As a result, people often go unprepared into meetings that can end their careers.

Conversely, those who are being harassed or otherwise treated unfairly in a workplace often fail to keep detailed records – voicemails, emails, written accounts, corroborating accounts – of the offenses.

In this case, Trump was accused of serious wrongdoing and Democrats moved for impeachment before they even had all the facts. Now the case is being tried in the court of public opinion as a prelude to a possible impeachment vote in the House of Representatives.

The Democrats have labeled President Trump a liar, but in an important way he is actually the most honest president we’ve ever had; after all, unlike so many politicians, he actually says what he really thinks.

The Trump administration has done a good job so far of undoing the spin by releasing records of what really happened. It needs to keep doing this.

Trump needs to transcend the hate

No one rose above hate better than President Ronald Reagan. The mainstream media were hardly his friend, but he was disarmingly polite and funny even with them.

Reagan was a strong gentleman. Trump is much more willing to muckrake than Reagan. Trump will call people names, he will fire people over Twitter and he often speaks in ways that can be spun and easily taken out of context.

Trump’s redeeming characteristic is that he does have charm. When at his best, Trump’s sense of humor can transcend the hate. This is a big reason why he won in 2016. It is something he needs to continue.

Trump needs to continue to be honest

The Democrats have labeled President Trump a liar, but in an important way he is actually the most honest president we’ve ever had; after all, unlike so many politicians, he actually says what he really thinks. He does this even if – and this must drive his staff crazy – what he thinks is evolving.

No president has spoken to reporters as openly as Trump. Trump needs to continue to do this. This approach is disarming and it enables Trump to speak outside the establishment media’s filters.

This honesty is also in glaring contrast to the spin, anger and political games Democrats are now trying to get away with. This is evident to all but the most extreme partisans on the left.

Trump needs to keep his sense of humor

A sense of humor in a tense and accusatory situation is very disarming and it shows confidence. Trump has done this before; for example, when on the debate stage in 2016, Trump was asked about some derogatory things he’d said about particular women. Trump busted in to say, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” The audience laughed and the attack fell flat.

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Trump needs to speak directly to the American people

People who are falsely accused should be careful about distancing themselves too much from those who might stand in judgment of them; this includes, in Trump’s case, the American public.

Rivals will often try to dehumanize their opponents, as it makes it much easier for them to fit that person into a certain category.

It might be too soon for President Trump to give a talk from the Oval Office on the impeachment attempt against him, but it is not too soon for him to do media interviews. President Trump arguably won the presidency by using social media to speak directly to voters. He is using Twitter effectively now. He also needs to give more Fox News interviews.

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Although a gentleman should ideally be composed and stoic in the face of adversity, there is a time when they must use rhetoric effectively. This is advice is so true it is ancient; for example, read Cicero’s “Philippics”– the fiery speeches Cicero gave as he fought Mark Antony for the future of the Roman Republic. You’ll see that sometimes a statesman or a citizen must loudly proclaim what is true.

If President Trump does all of this, he’ll continue to see public sentiment shift his way. That may or may not stop the impeachment vote in the House, but it will turn this rash attack against the Democrats in 2020.

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Judge hugs Amber Guyger, gives her a Bible after murder conviction, causing stir

The judge in the murder trial of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer sentenced to 10 years for fatally shooting her neighbor, caused a stir Wednesday when she hugged the convicted killer after the sentencing.

While some praised the move as a demonstration of religious faith, others — including former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill — criticized the judge’s action as “unacceptable.”

Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, had been fired and charged with manslaughter after she entered Botham Jean’s apartment on Sept. 6, 2018, thinking it was her own and shot him twice, killing him. She was indicted on a murder charge two months later.

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State District Judge Tammy Kemp gives former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger a hug before Guyger leaves for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger, who said she mistook neighbor Botham Jean’s apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room, was sentenced to a decade in prison. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Following Wednesday’s sentencing, Judge Tammy Kemp comforted Jean’s family, then briefly spoke with Guyger and left the room. The judge soon returned with a Bible, WFAA-TV of Dallas reported.

“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith. You start with this,” she said, giving the Bible to Guyger.

Kemp and Guyger then embraced. The hug came after the brother of murder victim Botham Jean made a similar gesture toward Guyger.

“You haven’t done so much that you can’t be forgiven,” the judge told Guyger, according to WFAA. “You did something bad in one moment in time. What you do now matters.”

Protesters and some on social media decried both the sentencing and Kemp’s embrace of Guyger.

“[T]his judge choosing to hug this woman is unacceptable,” Atlantic columnist Jemele Hill wrote on Twitter. “Keep in mind this convicted murderer is the same one who laughed about Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, and killing ppl on sight.”

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The courtroom was brought to tears earlier when Jean’s brother hugged Guyger and said, “I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report. 

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Bob Woodward slammed as ‘wrong person’ to moderate event on #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein scandal

Bob Woodward may have sealed his place in journalism history nearly a half-century ago, with his reporting on Watergate, but that didn’t seem to help him Wednesday night, when he drew boos from a Washington audience and sparked a Twitter backlash while moderating an interview with the two female co-authors of a new book about the Harvey Weinstein sexual-misconduct scandal.

Woodward, 76, an associate editor with The Washington Post, spoke with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times, who recently published “She Said,” which details the Times investigation that exposed decades-worth of sexual assault allegations against Weinstein, the longtime Hollywood producer, and effectively launched the #MeToo movement.

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Woodward was slammed on Twitter as audeince members accused him of repeatedly interrupting the two women authors. He was also reportedly booed during the interview, and some in the audience reportedly walked out on the event.

“Tomorrow there will be stories about how horribly Bob Woodward bombed this discussion,” journalist J. David McSwane wrote. “Repeatedly asked why Harvey Weinstein did what he did. The authors responded, multiple times: power. He accused them of dodging the question.”

Technology journalist Kara Swisher described Woodward as “Interruptive, not focused on the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein and weirdly obsessed with that creep, it’s a exercise in how not to interview. The crowd no like.”

“Having a really fun time listening to Bob Woodward repeatedly interrupt and badger Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey on why Weinstein did what he did & then charging them with purposely “dodging” the question to repeated boos, audience outbursts, and people walking out,” Anna Kain, who attended the event, also wrote.

A lengthy thread of tweets from Twitter user Robyn Swirling, which was retweeted by several other women who claimed to have been in the audience, also accused Woodward of “aggressive and uninformed questioning.” She said Woodward failed to understand rape culture and sped through a discussion about consent, “Showing exactly why he was the wrong person to have any sort of public (or private) discussion about #metoo.”

Woodward also received pushback for asking why the two authors believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh despite her lacking a clear recollection of the alleged sexual assault from her high school years. @NikkiMcR wrote: “Bob Woodward just asked Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey if Christine Blasey Ford’s story was ‘worth publishing’ and i’ve never been more disgusted.”

“Maybe men should take a break from moderating conversations about women,” author Jessica Valenti added.

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According to Swirling’s account, Woodward asked the two journalists ‘did you find any women who made up allegations? That’s very important.’”

Other Twitter users also took issue with the exchange.

“Listening to NYT reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey talk about their book She Said and interviewer Bob Woodward can’t talk about anything but Weinstein’s sex drive. Woodward is embarrassing himself!” Melanie Sloan wrote.

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Impeachment intensity: Trump decries ‘coup’ and ‘corrupt media’

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President Trump just went there.

What’s happening now, he tweeted, is not impeachment, “it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!”

Leaving aside all the terrible things he says would follow his ouster, let’s be clear: This is not a coup.

Impeachment is a remedy contained in the Constitution after considerable debate by Alexander Hamilton and the other founders. Impeaching Donald Trump, especially on a party-line vote, may be dumb, reckless, blindly partisan or downright suicidal. But it is not a coup, even of the bloodless variety.

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The president isn’t the only one using intemperate language. Maxine Waters, the left-wing Democratic congresswoman, responded to his “filthy talk” by declaring, “Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement.”

So much for due process or the formality of a trial. Waters is already picking out his jail cell.

I had barely finished writing these words when the president tweeted about the “Do Nothing Democrats,” saying they are “wasting everyone’s time and energy on [BS.”] Except he spelled it out.

Look, it’s hardly surprising that rhetoric is getting way overheated with the Democrats wielding a weapon that’s only been used against Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. But words matter, in political discourse as in life. And “coup” was no accident.

Trump obviously has every incentive to rouse his supporters by painting himself as the victim of dark forces, including the media and the Deep State.

And the critics can retire to their fainting couches when he retweets a phrase like “civil war.” Journalists use the term all the time, talking about a Republican civil war or Democratic civil war or some other war.

But coup is different, and so is calling for a congressman’s arrest. Trump yesterday called Adam Schiff a “lowlife” who should resign, saying he couldn’t carry Mike Pompeo’s “blank-strap.” (Suddenly jock is a dirty word?) He’s also ended a tweet about the House Intel chairman with: “Arrest for Treason?” (The supposed treason is that Schiff exaggerated Trump’s comments on the Ukraine call in what he said was a parody.)

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Kamala Harris, trying to break into the news, is demanding that Twitter suspend the president’s account. There is zero chance of that happening, as the senator well knows. Can you imagine the backlash against the company, already accused of leaning left, for banning a commander-in-chief with 63 million followers?

Harris pointed to Trump’s postings in which he likened the intelligence whistle-blower to a spy and mentioned the word treason. “These tweets represent a clear intent to baselessly discredit the whistleblower and officials in our government who are following the proper channels to report allegations of presidential impropriety,” she wrote Twitter chief Jack Dorsey.

As for the fourth estate, the president told reporters he is largely dropping “fake” and will refer to them as the “corrupt media.”

Trump was teeing off on the Washington Post, but he was mistaken; the focus of his ire was a new book by two New York Times reporters, Michael Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

The Times story based on the book said that in private meetings Trump “often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”

Trump ridiculed the story as a lie and said it was “stupid” to ask whether he’d ever said such things. (Davis tweeted that the White House did not deny the account when twice presented with the details.)

The president then declared that he would largely retire his “fake news” formulation in favor of “corrupt news”—which, he added for good measure, is “truly the enemy of the people.”

That’s the latest sign of Trump’s frustration, after years of negative coverage, in the midst of an impeachment inquiry.

But here’s the kicker. When Fox’s John Roberts asked Trump about a just posted New York Times story that the whistle-blower told Schiff’s staff about his complaint days before filing it, he said he couldn’t believe the paper had written it and that maybe it’s getting better. When the president views a story as more favorable, he miraculously upgrades his opinion of the press.

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Pelosi: Trump is ‘scared’ about the impeachment case being made against him

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In a TV interview set to air Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., takes a swipe at President Trump, insisting he’s “scared” as her Democratic colleagues pursue an impeachment inquiry against him.

In a preview clip of the interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Pelosi dismisses Trump’s criticism of her and other lawmakers as “Do Nothing Democrats” for pushing impeachment instead of addressing issues like trade and prescription drug prices.

“Why can’t we do it? It’s up to him,” Pelosi tells ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “That was our pledge during the campaign for the people. We would lower the cost of prescription drugs. I think the president wants to do that, so I hope that he would cooperate. He does want the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, so do we.”

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“I think the president knows the argument that can be made against him, and he’s scared. And so he’s trying to divert attention from that to where [he’s] standing in the way of legislation.”

“You say he’s scared … Did you hear the fear in his voice when you spoke with him on the phone last week?” Stephanopoulos asks.

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“I saw the surprise in his voice that he didn’t understand that I thought what he did was wrong,” Pelosi says about the president’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “That he was undermining our national security, that he was undermining our Constitution by his actions and he was undermining the integrity of our elections. He just didn’t see it.”

Trump has pushed back hard against Democrats in recent statements and Twitter messages, including a strongly worded post Tuesday.

“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country,” the president wrote in one message, “not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLS—, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”

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Ilhan Omar says Trump ‘terrified’ of her ‘intersectionality’ as a woman, immigrant, Muslim

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She’s a woman, she’s an immigrant and she’s Muslim — and that “intersectionality” of identities has President Trump “terrified,” U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed in a television appearance Wednesday night.

Omar, a member of the “Squad” of far-left congressional Democrats, made the remarks on the late-night comedy show, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

The freshman lawmaker, who came to the U.S. with her family from Somalia when she was a teenager, said she never imagined when she was a child that she would someday be part of an effort to impeach a U.S. president.

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“A lot of people think we take joy in impeaching this president because we don’t like him,” Omar said. “But we take joy in making sure that when we say we’re going to protect the rule of law, that the American people know that we are serious about that.”

“A lot of people think we take joy in impeaching this president because we don’t like him. But we take joy in making sure that when we say we’re going to protect the rule of law, that the American people know that we are serious about that.”

— U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

“I, however, am just always so happy when I think that Don Jr. is upset,” host Samantha Bee told the congresswoman.

“That does slightly make me happy,” Omar jokingly agreed.

While Omar often criticizes the president, she is also a frequent target of Trump’s as well..

“Why do you think that the president focuses so much on you?” Bee asked.

“I think he is terrified by any women who are practicing ‘Shine Theory,’ who have each other’s back,” Omar responded, referring to a concept of mutual empowerment developed by American businesswoman Aminatou Sow and journalist Ann Friedman. “But for me, I think he is terrified at the fact that I sit on the intersectionality of many identities that he really despises: a woman, an immigrant, Muslim, refugee, and Punjabi in one beautiful package.”

When asked how she felt about “perpetually being taken out of context” by her political opponents, Omar simply told Bee she “doesn’t really care that much” about that because her critics “are just vilifying and dismissing my voice anyway.”

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“The fact that I live rent-free in their head doesn’t mean they get to live rent-free in mine,” Omar said.

“The fact that I live rent-free in their head doesn’t mean they get to live rent-free in mine.”

— U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

She later expressed how she thinks “rehabilitation” is possible for “white supremacists” like White House adviser Stephen Miller, adding that they could “use some light, some love, some joy” in their lives.

Previously, Omar vowed in July that she would continue being President Trump’s “nightmare,” after Trump said that Omar and her Squad colleagues should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

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Brit Hume: Trump did himself no favors by ‘freaking out’ after reporter’s ‘valid’ question

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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume defended a Reuters reporter who angered President Trump with a question during a Wednesday news conference, claiming the reporter’s question was “valid” and saying the president “freaking out” doesn’t help his cause.

“This was a harshly worded attack. He attacked Jeff Mason, you know, accused him of being ‘fake news’ and all that, when he asked a perfectly valid question,” Hume said about Trump on Wednesday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

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During the news conference, Trump appeared irritated when Mason repeatedly pressed the president on exactly what information he hoped to receive from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when Trump asked for an investigation into the Bidens. That July phone call ignited the Trump impeachment inquiry, as Democrats said the call was evidence of Trump asking a foreign country to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

“Did you hear me?” Trump told Mason, motioning for Mason to question the president of Finland, with whom Trump was addressing reporters. “Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer. Ask this gentlemen a question. Don’t be rude.”

After Mason tried instead to ask Trump an additional question, Trump dismissed the impeachment allegations as a “hoax” and accused journalists of “playing into it.”

“People like you and the fake news media that we have in this country,” he said. “And I say in many cases, the corrupt media because you’re corrupt. Much of the media in this country is not just fake, it’s corrupt.”

Hume was critical of the president’s reaction.

“I don’t think this sort of ‘freaking out’ that we’re seeing from the president over this stuff, angry though he may legitimately be, helps his cause because it’s not what people like about him,” Hume said. “And if you’re going to get into an impeachment fight with a Congress you want as many people to like you as possible and I don’t think it helps.”

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Hume said the president didn’t have a “good answer” to the question.

“That’s why it was improper for the president to bring Biden into a conversation,” Hume said.

He also doubted the American people would think Trump’s conduct was impeachable.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Tampa Bay Rays top Oakland A’s 5-1 in AL Wild Card Game, as Yandy Diaz smacks 2 homers

OAKLAND, Calif. — When he got to second base, Yandy Diaz stole a glance back toward the dugout and saw all his teammates going crazy. He gleefully kept running.

Out for two months, no matter.

Diaz slugged baseball’s lowest spender into a playoff matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the powerful Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its own game with a 5-1 win in the AL wild-card round Wednesday night.

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After playing only one game since late July because of a foot injury, Diaz hit a leadoff homer and went deep again in the third inning.

“When I looked to the bench and saw the guys super excited, it pumped me up to go around the bases,” Diaz said through a translator. “I thought we had to carry that momentum throughout the game.”

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Avisail Garcia hit a two-run drive in the second, and Morton had all the support he needed as Tampa Bay advanced to face the AL West champion Astros in a best-of-five Division Series.

Game 1 is Friday at Houston, which piled up a major league-best 107 wins this season.

“We have a tough road ahead of us, Houston’s a great team, but we played them well this year. It’s going to be a dogfight,” Tommy Pham said.

Pham homered in the fifth for the 96-win Rays, who had the smallest payroll in the majors at $66.4 million. And in a playoff meeting between creative, small-budget teams that make the most of limited resources, it was Tampa Bay that came out on top.

The Rays were unfazed by a towel-swirling Oakland crowd of 54,005 that established a wild-card record, having recently played at Dodger Stadium and on the road against the Yankees and Red Sox during the season’s final two weeks.

“I really feed off the energy of this situation. I that helped us,” Morton said. “It helped us to come in here and be in a high-pressure situation. The stadium was pretty rowdy but I think that helped us focus.”

And when Marcus Semien struck out to end it, Tampa Bay players raced out of their dugout to celebrate and put on fresh playoff T-shirts and caps. Once in the clubhouse, the Rays drenched Morton with booze.

“It’s a beautiful thing having the lowest payroll in baseball and having the success we did,” center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said before the game. “It always feels good to stick it to the man any time you’re able to in this game, and that’s something to be very proud of.”

The A’s have lost nine straight winner-take-all games since 2000, going 1-15 with a chance to advance to the next postseason round. Their only win came in 2006 against the Twins before being swept in the AL Championship Series by the Tigers.

A year ago in the wild-card game, Oakland’s first time back in the playoffs since 2014, the A’s fell behind fast and lost 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. They won 97 games again to earn a wild card.

This game had a far different feel in the familiar, friendly confines of the Coliseum, but the A’s dug themselves another quick hole.

And the visitors were the ones putting on a happy home run show this time. Oakland, which hit a franchise-record 257 homers, is 0-6 in winner-take-all playoff games at home since 2000.

Even a day earlier, Rays manager Kevin Cash wasn’t sure Diaz would play given how much time he missed during the season’s second half.

Diaz returned for the finale last Sunday at Toronto after being sidelined since July 23. He played in just 79 games this season, 22 of those at first base with 17 starts.

“He probably caught us off guard a little bit with how quickly he turned around over the last five, six days,” Cash said.

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Never one to shy from the unorthodox _ the Rays used four outfielders against Matt Olson _ Cash started Diaz at first to make sure his best bat against lefties was in the lineup.

Kiermaier noted Diaz is “just one of those guys, he just wakes up out of bed and rakes. Everyone knows him for his muscles and what he can do in the weight room and stuff like that, but the guy finds the barrel so much throughout this whole season, and any time we’re able to have him available, we’re happy.”

Morton, with a career-high 16 wins and his best ERA yet of 3.05 this season, counted on his playoff experience giving him an edge. He won Game 7 of the ALCS and World Series for the Astros in 2017.

Morton gave up five hits without an earned run over five innings. He struck out four and walked three in his seventh postseason start and eighth appearance, having spent the last two seasons with Houston.

The right-hander walked Mark Canha to load the bases with two outs in the first before retiring Jurickson Profar on a flyball and had already thrown 32 pitches.

Morton quickly settled in and once his turn was done, the Rays’ shutdown bullpen did the rest.

“When the first inning ended, I kind of said to myself, we were fortunate to have Charlie Morton on the mound. We get the 1-0 lead. A young pitcher in that situation, that environment, you just wonder how he’s going to be able to handle that,” Cash said. “But Charlie, been there, done that, his veteran, his experience, I think allowed that. And I would still say, I don’t think Charlie was at his best today, but he certainly made his best pitches when they counted the most.”

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Semien reached third on a three-base error by third baseman Mike Brosseau in the third and scored on Ramon Laureano’s sacrifice fly. Oakland did little else.

Diaz hit the fifth pitch of the night from Sean Manaea over the wall in right-center. Manaea then struck out the side after Diaz’s drive, but was done after two innings.

“That’s kind of our game. They kind of beat us with our game. We’re normally a home run-hitting team,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Melvin handed Manaea the ball based on his triumphant September return after missing nearly a year following shoulder surgery. Manaea went 4-0 with 1.21 ERA in five starts last month.

Manaea earned his first career playoff start over 15-game winner Mike Fiers, who pitched a no-hitter May 7 against the Reds to begin a 21-start unbeaten stretch in which he went 12-0.

“That’s the tough part about a one-game playoff. Those nights where it’s not happening are going to be your last game,” Semien said. “That’s what happened.”

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