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Rep. Doug Collins: Adam Schiff ‘can’t spell truth, much less tell it’

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House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as a chronic liar who is hurting his own party with his mission to impeach President Trump.

On Tuesday’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity called Schiff a “congenital liar” and asked Collins how Schiff was able to get away with purportedly misleading the public and the Congress.

“For a while, his lies only led himself down that path,” Collins answered. “We talked about him before — he can’t spell ‘truth,’ much less tell it. Today though, he’s crossing the line. He’s taking the Democratic Party over the cliff with his lies.

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“He’s saying it doesn’t matter anymore about fairness and justice as long as we get to do it [impeachment] on the timeframe we get to do it on.”

Collins said Schiff is “hitching” congressional Democrats to his alleged lies and predicted that move will ultimately lead to Trump being reelected.

“He cannot keep lying about this because the people are seeing through it, and now the Department of Justice is finally starting to see it.”

Collins also called Democrats’ impeachment article alleging “abuse of power” on the part of Trump “the most ambiguous, vague reference to an impeachment [article] that you could ever have.”

“You can make it anything you want … As ‘former president’ Eric Swalwell said, you can be impeached for removing an ambassador,” said Collins in a jab at the Democratic lawmaker’s short-lived presidential bid. “I don’t know what planet he is living on but that is not an impeachable offense.”

In addition, Collins criticized Schiff and his committee’s Democrats for allegedly being party to the subpoena and release of sensitive phone records that made mention of House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif. among others.

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He claimed either Schiff himself or Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman — who took part in Monday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing — played a crucial role in looking into those records.

Nunes has said he is weighing legal actions in response to the release of records.

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Pentagon to evaluate legality of putting troops at US-Mexico border

The Pentagon‘s independent investigations office announced Tuesday that it will evaluate the legality of the Trump administration’s use of the military at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general (IG) of the Defense Department who had served as the Justice Department IG for 11 years, said his probe will assess several aspects of the military’s border mission, which some in Congress call a misuse of the military.

Under federal law, the military may not be used for domestic law enforcement purposes. The Trump administration’s view is that the troops are in a national security role at the southern border.

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Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general, announced Tuesday that his probe will assess several aspects of the military’s border mission, which some in Congress call a misuse of the military. Fine said he will look at what the troops are doing at the border, what training they received for the mission, and whether their use at the border is legal. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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In a letter to Fine in September, 33 House members urged an investigation into what they called the “misuse and politicization” of the military at the border.

Fine said he will look at what the troops are doing at the border, what training they received for the mission, and whether their use at the border is legal.

For more than a year, several thousand active-duty troops have been stationed along the border to perform various missions.

The troops have erected wire barriers, assisted with border surveillance and performed other functions in support of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Also Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion earmarked for the military to fund border wall construction.

The Trump administration is expected to appeal Tuesday’s decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Julianne Hough on revealing she’s ‘not straight’: ‘I’ve never been a fan of labels’

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Julianne Hough made headlines in August when she revealed to Women’s Health that she’s “not straight.”

The 31-year-old dancer-singer-actress didn’t offer a label for her sexuality, and it turns out there’s a reason.

“It was all about de-layering and that’s why I did that [Women’s Health] cover because it was the naked strength issue,” Hough told People Now on Tuesday.

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She continued: “I felt more myself in that moment than I ever have. For me, that comment specifically was basically to say I love everyone, I’ve never been a fan of labels, I don’t identify that way and so, for me, it’s just about love.”

The “Rock of Ages” star also talked about why she felt so much pride for the cover story.

“It’s one of the highlights of my career because it was not shameful, which in the past, probably would have been riddled with that,” she said. “And it was just beautiful.”

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“That expression, for me, I just want every human to feel that way. That, like, they are perfect and beautiful and who they are is enough and, just, I love people,” Hough explained. “I love love, I love people, and I just want everybody to feel that.”

Julianne’s brother and fellow actor-dancer-singer Derek Hough was also present for the interview with People, and chimed in on his sister’s interview with Women’s Health.

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“As soon as I read that, people were texting me like ‘Oh my gosh, did you see what she said?'” Derek recalled. “And I didn’t even know anything about it, I didn’t know she said anything, and I saw it and I knew exactly what she meant… because I know her heart, I know who she is.”

Derek Hough, 34, also commented on the idea of labeling sexuality.

“It’s just kind of funny how there’s different perspectives and how people can hold onto a word or to a symbol or to a certain thing and grasp onto that and create a small box,” he said. “When the idea, at the core center of it, was the opposite…”

This year has been a big one for Julianne Hough, who served as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” and exited the show alongside Gabrielle Union after just one season.

She also released her single “Transform” in September and starred in an episode of “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” on Netflix.

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Both Julianne and Derek Hough are set to star in “Holidays with the Houghs,” a Christmas special on NBC to air Monday.

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Russia’s Sergey Lavrov meets with Trump, Pompeo, dismisses election-interference worries

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After meeting with President Trump at the White House in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Russia‘s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said there was no talk of election interference and brushed off the notion that it was a topic of importance.

Lavrov did, however, acknowledge that he discussed election interference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but said it has yet to come up in his talks with Trump, according to The Associated Press.

“We haven’t exactly even discussed elections,” Lavrov said at a news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Lavrov downplayed a question about whether or not Trump had shared any classified information with him during their meeting and told reporters, “If you find any secrets, the scoop is yours.” He also lamented the “wave of suspicion that has overcome Washington” with regard to election interference.

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“All speculation about our alleged interference in domestic processes of the United States is baseless,” Lavrov added.

In addition to discussing arms control, Pompeo and Lavrov reportedly highlighted Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well. Pompeo reiterated the United States’ position that Crimea belongs to Ukraine, and should not be subject to Russian control. The peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Lavrov’s arrival came after a meeting in Paris on Monday between Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The meeting was considered an attempt to de-escalate tensions between the two nations amid a five-year separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. Both leaders agreed to exchange all prisoners and implement a cease-fire by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Michigan man who ran over, killed deputy sentenced to life without parole

A 24-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for running over and killing a sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Michigan in 2017, according to a report.

Christopher Berak was convicted last month for first-degree murder and the murder of a police officer, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

“I’m sorry for what I did. I hope that they’re all doing OK,” Berak had said before sentencing, per the news outlet.

Berak was accused of leading Lapeer County deputies on a car chase and deliberately hitting the cop at an intersection.

Deputy Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was hit outside his car on Thanksgiving 2017 while deploying “stop sticks” to deflate Berak’s tires.

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Christopher Berak, right, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and the murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Eric Overall, left. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office / Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

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Berak’s car rolled over, and he was arrested.

Berak’s defense said he had no intention of striking the deputy and was reacting to the stop sticks on the road.

Earlier in the day, Berak had told authorities at the Lapeer County jail he was “God” and came to break out one of his “sons.”

“He was a man of honor and integrity. On and off duty, he always strived to do the right thing. … Eric had a big heart and wore it on his sleeve,” Overall’s wife, Sonya, said about her husband at the sentencing this week.

“My father impacted so many lives, like Sonya just said — raised me and my brother up to be the best men we could be,” the cop’s son, Kenneth Overall, said. “My father was a great man, always selfless. That Thanksgiving morning, it will be a day we’ll never forget. Every morning, every day we relive it.”

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“We wish we had him back,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jersey City detective killed in shooting is remembered for helping get many guns off the streets

A New Jersey police officer who was among six people killed in a shootout that brought the streets of Jersey City to a standstill Tuesday had been credited with having led the department in the number of illegal guns removed from the streets in recent years, according to his superiors.

Detective Joseph Seals, 40, was among six people, including three bystanders and two of the three suspects who opened fire on police and civilians, killed Tuesday.

“Dozens and dozens of handguns he’s responsible for removing from the streets,” Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters. “We believe he was killed while trying to interdict these bad guys on Garfield Avenue.”

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Joseph Seals, a Jersey City police officer, was killed during a shootout Tuesday. 

Authorities said the shootout might have been started by Seals trying to stop an incident involving illegal guns when he was shot down by gunfire that erupted near a cemetery.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop praised Seals’ legacy, saying that his performance “speaks for itself.”

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“He [probably] is responsible for more guns being removed from the streets than any,” Fulop tweeted. “He was an officer that loved JC, was involved in the city, and one that everyone knew regardless of their precinct.”

Seals, who is survived by his wife and five children, joined the Jersey City Police Department in 2006.

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Kelly said Seals “came up in the South District,” a high-crime area. He was promoted to detective in November 2017, WABC-TV reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan man who ran over, killed deputy sentenced to life without parole

A 24-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for running over and killing a sheriff’s deputy in southeastern Michigan in 2017, according to a report.

Christopher Berak was convicted last month for first-degree murder and the murder of a police officer, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

“I’m sorry for what I did. I hope that they’re all doing OK,” Berak had said before sentencing, per the news outlet.

Berak was accused of leading Lapeer County deputies on a car chase and deliberately hitting the cop at an intersection.

Deputy Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was hit outside his car on Thanksgiving 2017 while deploying “stop sticks” to deflate Berak’s tires.

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Christopher Berak, right, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and the murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Eric Overall, left. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office / Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

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Berak’s car rolled over, and he was arrested.

Berak’s defense said he had no intention of striking the deputy and was reacting to the stop sticks on the road.

Earlier in the day, Berak had told authorities at the Lapeer County jail he was “God” and came to break out one of his “sons.”

“He was a man of honor and integrity. On and off duty, he always strived to do the right thing. … Eric had a big heart and wore it on his sleeve,” Overall’s wife, Sonya, said about her husband at the sentencing this week.

“My father impacted so many lives, like Sonya just said — raised me and my brother up to be the best men we could be,” the cop’s son, Kenneth Overall, said. “My father was a great man, always selfless. That Thanksgiving morning, it will be a day we’ll never forget. Every morning, every day we relive it.”

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“We wish we had him back,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Barrie Keeffe, ‘The Long Good Friday’ writer, dead at 74

Barrie Keeffe, screenwriter of classic British gangster movie “The Long Good Friday,” has died. He was 74.

Keeffe’s agent, Stephen Durbridge, said Keeffe died Tuesday in London after a short illness.

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London-born Keeffe made his name in the theater with plays including “Sus,” “Gimme Shelter” and “Barbarians,” which often tackled themes of poverty, class and racism.

He is best known for “The Long Good Friday,” the 1980 thriller directed by John Mackenzie and starring Bob Hoskins as an East End gangster aiming to make a killing on the redevelopment of London’s docks. The film, which also featured Helen Mirren and a young Pierce Brosnan, is ranked 21st in the British Film Institute’s list of the top 100 British films of the 20th century.

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Keeffe’s agent said he died Tuesday in London after a short illness. (Nigel Sutton)

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The film contains a speech that became one of Hoskins’ most iconic scenes — a Cockney-accented dismissal of American culture: “What I’m looking for is someone who can contribute to what England has given to the world: culture, sophistication, genius. A little bit more than an ‘ot dog, know what I mean?”

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He is survived by his wife, Jacky Stoller, and by two sons from his earlier marriage to the late Verity Bathgate.

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Michelle Obama defends Ellen DeGeneres over George W. Bush friendship

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama is speaking out about Ellen DeGeneres‘ heavily criticized friendship with former President George W. Bush.

In October, DeGeneres, 61, received backlash after beeing seen laughing with Bush, 73, at a Dallas Cowboys game. Fans felt that DeGeneres spending time with Bush betrayed her liberal values.

In an interview with Jenna Bush Hager on “Today,” Obama discussed the backlash and compared the relationship to her own with the former commander in chief.

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“I had the opportunity to sit by your father at funerals, the highs and the lows and we shared stories about our kids and about our parents. Our values are the same,” said Obama when asked about DeGeneres. “We disagreed on policy, but we don’t disagree on humanity. We don’t disagree about love and compassion. I think that’s true for all of us, it’s just that we get lost in our fear of what’s different.”

Obama and Bush were the subjects of a viral moment just over a year ago when the former president was seen handing a cough drop to Obama at the late Sen. John McCain’s funeral.

As is standard, Obama and Bush sit next to each other at such events, and Obama has called him her “partner in crime” for events such as speeches and funerals.

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“I love him to death. He’s a wonderful man. He’s a funny man,” Obama previously told “Today.”

DeGeneres also addressed the controversy on her show in October, encouraging fans to see beyond politics.

“Here’s the thing, I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” the “Finding Dory” star had said. “We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different.”

In a statement to Fox News at the time, Bush’s spokesperson, Freddy Ford, expressed his gratitude for the comedienne.

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“President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia [de Rossi] and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her,” Ford said.

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McConnell bashed by Dems for delaying USMCA vote until after impeachment trial

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took fire from House Democrats on Tuesday after saying he will wait until after President Trump‘s impeachment trial is over before bringing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to the Senate floor for a vote.

USMCA would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which went into effect in 1994 under former President Bill Clinton. Trump has been an outspoken advocate of the new pact and has publicly pushed for House Democrats to hold a final vote.

McConnell announced his decision shortly after House Democrats said they’d reached an agreement with the White House on how to proceed.

“We will not be doing USMCA in the Senate between now and next week,” McConnell said at a Capitol Hill news conference. “That will happen… right after the [impeachment] trial is finished in the Senate.”

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A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized McConnell’s stance and said he has no legitimate reason for delaying the Senate vote, claiming each chamber could approve the measure simultaneously.

“The House and Senate passed Korea, Panama and Colombia trade agreements on the same day. Senator McConnell has no excuse not to bring up the USMCA,” the spokesman said.

Fox News reached out to McConnell’s office for comment and was told that the Majority Leader does not view his decision as a delay. His office referred Fox News to the rules under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which state that the Senate can take up to 30 days to consider the House bill.

“The Senate Finance Committee must report the bill no later than 15 session days after the House passes the bill,” the Senate Republican Policy Committee website states. “If the Finance Committee fails to report the bill, it is automatically placed on the Senate calendar for a vote. The full Senate vote must take place within 15 session days after report or discharge to the floor.”

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McConnell’s office also pointed to a September op-ed co-authored by the majority leader in support of USMCA and said it was ironic for House Democrats to accuse the GOP of delaying the legislation.

“The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is unambiguously a win for America. It would create new jobs, expand export markets, strengthen protections for workers and generate billions of dollars in new prosperity,” McConnell wrote at the time. “The USMCA would also help keep North American partners close while the U.S. hangs tough with China.”

Trump addressed the drama during a campaign rally in the swing state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday and claimed Democrats are only supporting USMCA to take the focus off their failed impeachment attempt.

“The silver lining of impeachment and this witch hunt, that’s the reason they approved USMCA,” he said. “They were very embarrassed by it.”

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House Democrats are reportedly planning to hold a vote on USMCA sometime next week.

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