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MSNBC host unloads on Barr after Mueller report press conference

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace seemed incredulous after attorney general William Barr, whom she called a “human shield” for Trump, previewed the special counsel’s report on the Russia investigation.

“The question for me now turns to why? why?!” Wallace asked on Thursday. The host portrayed Barr as someone who failed to defend the rule of law while President Trump tarnished it.

“The rule of law had a deficit because Donald Trump had been kicking it in the teeth for 22 months, and what the country’s Attorney General did was walk in there and back up the guy doing the kicking,” Wallace asserted.

Wallace was just one of many media figures to attack Barr after his controversial testimony before Congress earlier this month. The MSNBC host compared Barr to Roy Cohn, the disbarred attorney who helped Sen. Joseph McCarthy with his infamous investigations into communist influences in the country.

MUELLER REPORT SHOWS PROBE DID NOT FIND COLLUSION EVIDENCE, REVEALS TRUMP EFFORTS TO SIDELINE KEY PLAYERS

Barr’s Thursday comments reiterated his previous finding that the special counsel’s report found no evidence of Russian collusion. He and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence to pursue obstruction of justice charges.

For Wallace, Trump clearly undermined the rule of law on a “daily” and sometimes “hourly” basis. She added that he spent large chunks of time “maligning” the FBI, Mueller, and Rosenstein.

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Wallace doubted that the Mueller report exonerated Trump, asking why, if that were true, “have we heard from Barr five times.”

“Why have we heard from Barr five times if the Mueller report is so awesome for Donald Trump?” she asked. “We have now heard from someone who is a human shield of Mueller’s findings five times.”

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Brothers of ousted Sudanese ruler arrested, but protesters refuse to leave military headquarters

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Sudan’s new military leaders on Wednesday arrested long-running president Omar al-Bashir’s two brothers on charges of corruption, as part of a widespread crackdown on officials and backers of the former government.

Hours earlier, Bashir himself, who was dramatically ousted more than a week ago, was relocated to Khartoum’s Koper Prison, an institution that has long housed scores of political prisoners under Bashir’s rule.

Despite the dramatic ouster of Bashir, thousands of Sudanese protesters continue to descend on the African nation’s capital – pledging not to stop until the military relinquishes power.

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FILE – In this May 18, 2018, file photo, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir speaks during the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul, Turkey. Sudan’s armed forces were to deliver an “important statement” and asked the nation to “wait for it” on Thursday, April 11, 2019, state TV reported, as two senior officials said the military had forced longtime President Omar al-Bashir to step down.(Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP, File)

Adorned with signs and chants, the Sudanese activists – ranging from youth and women’s rights groups to students and trade unionists – have assembled around the military headquarters in Khartoum, urging one another not to leave until the military hands over power to a civilian administration.

SUDAN’S MILITARY RULERS FIRE TOP CHIEF PROSECUTOR, AIDS

However, the military has declared it will remain in charge for a two-year transitional period, followed by elections. Yet across social media, many have affirmed to uphold the sit-in until their insistence for a quick handover to a civilian ruling council is met.

Bashir, 75, was known not only as one of the longest-serving Presidents in both Africa and the Arab world, but also a key orchestrator of corruption, conflict and civil war. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity for horrors committed in neighboring Darfur, but the military to-date has stopped short of agreeing to hand him over to The Hague.

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His fall from grace seemingly began in December amid a deteriorating economic meltdown, prompting some 40 million Sudanese to take to the streets to demand his removal. The demonstrations stretched on for four months until activists raised the stakes with a sit-in outside the military headquarters.

Law enforcement and intelligence personnel initially purported to clear the area with a heavy hand, before siding with the protests and pronouncing a Bashir usurp on April 11. The next day, Bashir announced he was stepping down.

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But with the sit-in ongoing and protests calling for a renewed wave of pressure against the military, their battle is far from won.

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Kate Hudson celebrates almost reaching her ‘goal weight’ six months after giving birth

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Kate Hudson is seeing her hard work pay off.

The mother-of-three revealed on social media that just six months after giving birth to her daughter, Rani Rose Hudson-Fujikawa, she’s almost at her “goal weight.”

“Okay my friends, wanted to share! I’m a couple lbs. from goal weight!” Hudson wrote while showing off her abs in a photo. “I’ve done it without stressing on food or working out like crazy although I have been disciplined.”

Hudson joined Weight Watchers in December as one of their ambassadors and said she wanted to drop 25 lbs. before springtime to get ready for her upcoming movie.

KATE HUDSON SAYS SHE WAS A ‘TEEN MOM’ BY HOLLYWOOD STANDARDS

“I’ve taken my time, I’ve stayed true to my @ww app which I am so grateful for our relationship and that they included me in their family because it’s an incredible set up,” she said. “Easy as pie! And I can eat pie… except it’s anywhere from 9-22 points which is not the best move… I personally go for the 5-point wine or vodka martini for a treat.”

Besides celebrating this milestone, the actress also expressed thanks to her WW community and Fabletics team.

KATE HUDSON DISCUSSES CO-PARENTING WITH MULTIPLE EXES

“What I am posting is a huge gratitude post! I feel lucky that my other work life (when my entrepreneur hat is on) is surrounded by the most inspiring people,” she continued. “To every single person in the @fabletics community and every person in the @ww community, you keep me focused and encouraged. I thank you!”

“Yes, active lifestyle I find enjoyable and yes, understanding food is a passion of mine but it doesn’t mean that I don’t need the support like everyone else. Sharing the little parts of my wellness journey with you makes me feel oh so good. I can only hope that what I put out there can make you feel good and bring encouragement in return,” she concluded. ” I ain’t done yet! #NoFilter#AndILoveAFilter,” the “Almost Famous” star concluded.

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Woman steals ambulance from New Mexico hospital ‘to get heroin,’ police say

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A woman was arrested Saturday after stealing an ambulance from a New Mexico hospital and driving it around in circles to look for heroin before crashing it, police said.

Ashley Ulibarri, 25, allegedly stole the vehicle from the University of New Mexico Hospital where she was a patient, the Albuquerque Journal reported, citing a criminal complaint.

NEW MEXICO MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE ALLEGEDLY FIND DOZENS OF DIAMONDS IN ANAL CAVITY

She was discharged from the hospital and went into an ambulance, which had its doors open, the newspaper reported. She then allegedly drove the vehicle around and got into a different ambulance.

Ulibarri allegedly drove the second ambulance down a street before hitting a pole and getting stuck, according to the Albuquerque Journal. She reportedly then hopped onto a gurney and pretended she was a patient.

She allegedly told an officer she “wanted to get heroin so she took the ambulance to find some.” She told police she hurt her back in the crash and was taken back to the hospital, the paper reported.

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Ulibarri faces an unlawful taking of a motor vehicle charge.

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Inmate pleads guilty in stabbing attack on prison guard

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A man already convicted in three slayings and serving a life sentence has pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder and other charges in an attack on an Ohio prison guard.

Casey Pigge (pij) has been sentenced to 32 more years in prison.

Pigge pleaded guilty Wednesday in Scioto County in the Feb. 20, 2018, attack on Matthew Mathias. Authorities said Pigge and a co-defendant attacked the officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville as he was escorting them to the prison infirmary.

Prosecutors say Mathias was stabbed 32 times with knives made of metal from the inmates’ beds.

The Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) Gazette reports Pigge appeared to show no remorse Wednesday, saying “it is what it is.”

Prison officials say Pigge and his co-defendant are both on hunger strikes, alleging overly harsh treatment by guards.

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Information from: Chillicothe Gazette, http://www.chillicothegazette.com

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Rudy Giuliani on the release of the Mueller Report: ‘This president has been treated totally unfairly’

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Shortly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report was released to Congress and the public, President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, reacted to the findings on“America’s Newsroom” saying: “This president has been treated totally unfairly.”

“We’re very, very happy,” he added. “I mean it’s a clear victory. I think any lawyer would say when you get a declination you just won.”

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Giuliani said he read “every single page” of the nearly 500-page report on Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election. Giuliani said he started reading the report on Tuesday and had to go to a “secure room” in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) building to go through it. He said he wasn’t allowed to take the report out of the building or photograph it.

As stated in Attorney General William Barr’s summary last month, and reiterated again at his press conference Thursday morning, the special counsel did not find evidence of collusion with members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

MUELLER REPORT SHOWS PROBE DID NOT FIND COLLUSION EVIDENCE, REVEALS TRUMP EFFORTS TO SIDELINE KEY PLAYERS

“While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges,” the report said.

The version of the report that the Justice Department made public Thursday includes redactions, consistent with Barr’s plan to black out portions of the document—including grand jury material.

The report also dove into possible obstruction of justice allegations, while stating the special counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding the president’s conduct on that front. The report noted that they obtained evidence about the president’s “actions and intent,” and that presented “difficult issues that would need to be resolved” if they were making a traditional judgment.

TRUMP BLASTS RUSSIA PROBE AS ‘HOAX’ AND ‘HARASSMENT’ AHEAD OF MUELLER REPORT RELEASE

“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report stated.

Giuliani said: “This is a little strange because the special counsel has used a standard of proof that’s unheard of. He (Mueller) says he can’t be conclusively sure that the president didn’t commit obstruction, well you know, that means the president has to prove his innocence, which kind of upends 2,000 years of jurisprudence. But be that as it may, that’s the reason maybe why he was confused.”

He then referenced the second page of the Mueller report. “He says we can’t conclude the president committed a crime but we can’t exonerate him. Well, nobody is asking him to exonerate him. And the reality is that the overarching principle of obstruction law is very, very hard to make an obstruction case when there is no proof there is an underlying crime so you have to assume the president is innocent, which he is,” said Giuliani.

Giuliani added that he thinks “it would be good” if Mueller testified before Congress adding, “This all began as, ‘was there collusion with the Russians?’ And now we’re having an academic debate over obstruction of justice.”

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He went on to say: “The big victory is, no collusion with the Russians. I don’t think you could be any clearer, you can read that collusion 200 pages as much as you want. Believe me, I was up two nights going through it and you are not going to find a darn thing that shows that President Trump or anybody on his campaign had any kind of connection with whatever the Russians were doing.”

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It’s Mueller time, at last

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On the roster: It’s Mueller time, at last – Harris doing best with major donors – Fox News Klobuchar town hall on deck – DNC considers higher standards for debates – Snot Otter 2020

IT’S MUELLER TIME, AT LAST 
Fox News: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday showing investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Moscow – as Attorney General Bill Barr declared last month – but outlining an array of controversial incidents involving the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry. This included President Trump allegedly telling his White House counsel in June 2017 to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and ‘must be removed.’ The report said Trump also fumed over the original appointment — lamenting it would mean the ‘end of his presidency’ — first telling then-DOJ leader Jeff Sessions he should resign, and later trying to get Session to take back control of the probe. Mueller ultimately did not reach a conclusion on whether the president’s conduct amounted to obstruction. ‘Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’ the report says.”

Voters still skeptical – Fox News: “But don’t expect the release of Mueller’s report to put the issue to rest. The poll finds 35 percent of voters think the Russia investigation proves there was no collision, while 64 percent disagree or have no opinion. In addition, 57 percent think it is at least somewhat likely U.S. intelligence agencies broke the law when they started investigating the Trump campaign in the first place…”

[The Wall Street Journal has helpfully provided a graphic overview of the entire report. Click here to see it.]

THE RULEBOOK: SIGN OF THE TIMES
“The plan, like every thing from the same pen, marks a turn of thinking, original, comprehensive, and accurate; and is the more worthy of attention as it equally displays a fervent attachment to republican government and an enlightened view of the dangerous propensities against which it ought to be guarded.” – Alexander Hamilton or James MadisonFederalist No. 49

TIME OUT: THAT SPORT ROCKS
Nat Geo: “Last weekend, 450 of the world’s best rock climbers convened in the outskirts of Moscow at the CSKA Sports Complex for the second stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s (IFSC) World Cup tour. All eyes were on Czech climber Adam Ondra, the reigning king of really hard rock climbing and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. A week prior, Ondra had made a win at the first bouldering World Cup of the 2019 season, proving he deserves to be considered a frontrunner for competitive climbing’s first Olympics. With rock climbing’s debut in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo less than 16 months away, the effects are already being felt. Top athletes are vying for Olympics slots while a rush of business dollars and media attention bear down on the emerging sport. While most of the competitors in Moscow were not household names, the high level of competition highlighted how far the nascent sport has come.”

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SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance 
Average approval: 
42.8 percent
Average disapproval: 52 percent
Net Score: -9.2 points
Change from one week ago: up 1.2 points 
[Average includes: Fox News: 45% approve – 51% disapprove; Monmouth University: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; Gallup: 45% approve – 51% disapprove; GU Politics/Battleground: 43% approve – 52% disapprove; IBD: 41% approve – 52% disapprove.]

HARRIS DOING BEST WITH MAJOR DONORS 
Politico: “Hundreds of the biggest Democratic fundraisers in the past two presidential elections are already picking candidates for 2020 — and Kamala Harris has a significant early edge, while Pete Buttigieg and his from-scratch campaign has scrambled into the second tier. Harris has already received donations from 176 people or couples who raised at least $100,000, and sometimes many multiples of that, for Hillary Clinton in 2016 or at least $50,000 for Barack Obama in 2012, according to a POLITICO analysis of new campaign finance disclosures and ‘bundler’ data from the Center for Responsive Politics. While the Democratic presidential campaigns have been focused on building small-donor armies this year, bundlers mine their networks for checks to pass along to campaigns six or seven-figures at a time, giving them a potentially massive role in a crowded primary. Donations from these key fundraisers signal the out-of-the-gate interest the candidates are generating among many of the most wealthy and connected campaign supporters in the country.”

Buttigieg uses Obama and Hillary fundraisers for gains – CNBC: “Pete Buttigieg’s increasingly popular presidential run has drawn the support of more than two dozen top Democratic fundraisers, including people who bundled big-dollar donations for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their White House bids, according to a list CNBC obtained from campaign aides. The financiers on the roster range from former U.S. ambassadors to real estate executives, the latest evidence that the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s underdog bid to challenge President Donald Trump next year is catching on with Democrats as the party sorts through a crowded primary field. Particularly, Buttigieg’s sincere approach is generating enthusiasm among the Democratic donor class. One of the leading names on the list, lobbyist and former John Kerry 2004 campaign official Steve Elmendorf, decided to back Buttigieg on Sunday, the day the mayor officially launched his campaign with a speech in South Bend.”

Former Obama campaign boss says Bernie can’t beat Trump – WaPo: “Jim Messina was Barack Obama’s campaign manager in 2012 when the former president won reelection. On Wednesday, Messina spoke with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl about the reelection bid of Obama’s successor. Specifically if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could beat President Trump — a question that Messina answered in the negative. ‘I think if you look at swing voters in this country, they are incredibly focused on the economy,’ Messina said. ‘I think today you look at it and say that Bernie Sanders is unlikely going to be able to stand up to the constant barrage that is Donald Trump on economic issues.’ This is a somewhat baffling comment. It suggests that Sanders’s rhetoric won’t be able to match Trump’s on economic issues, which seems detached from what we know about each candidate. But it also leverages a consistent argument that we’ve heard elsewhere: The strength of the economy generally will make Trump hard to beat.”

FOX NEWS KLOBUCHAR TOWN HALL ON DECK
​​​​​​Politico: “Fox News announced Wednesday that it will host a town hall with Sen. Amy Klobuchar next month, its second event of the nascent 2020 campaign with a Democratic presidential candidate. The town hall is scheduled for May 8 in Milwaukee and is to be hosted by Fox anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. News of Klobuchar’s town hall with the Trump-friendly network comes just days after Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the Minnesota senator’s opponents for the 2020 Democratic nomination, participated in well-received town hall put on by Fox News. It also comes as Democrats reach out to voters outside their typical audience in an effort to defeat President Donald Trump next year.”

McAuliffe bows out of 2020 race – WaPo: “Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday he will not join the crowded field of Democrats running for president, citing the need to raise money and campaign for Virginia General Assembly candidates as his successor, Gov. Ralph Northam, tries to recover from a blackface scandal. ‘My heart was with Virginia, as much as I wanted to run for president,’ McAuliffe said. ‘It kept tugging at me. . . . I just didn’t think I could walk away from Virginia.’ The 62-year-old Democrat has been publicly mulling a White House bid since leaving the Executive Mansion in January 2018. He originally said he would decide by March 31 but stayed mum as he continued visiting early-primary states. … Just last week, McAuliffe created a buzz by saying in a speech and on Twitter that he’d dispatch Trump — a onetime campaign donor — like the 280-pound alligator he wrestled in a 1980 fundraising stunt.”

Harris shares regret over California truancy policy – WaPo: “Sen. Kamala D. Harris, the former California attorney general whose prosecutorial record is drawing criticism from some as overly harsh, expressed ‘regret’ on Wednesday for a truancy program she implemented and said she would not support expanding nationally if she becomes president. While district attorney of San Francisco, Harris tried to combat waning school attendance by criminalizing truancy. She was then able to use the threat of fines or jail time for parents of children who missed too many school days. … [W]hen she became attorney general of California in 2011, she implemented the policy statewide. … On Wednesday, speaking on the left-leaning podcast Pod Save America, Harris lamented what she called ‘unintended consequences’ of the policy — in other words, that the policy was never intended to criminalize parents, just motivate them to ensure their children attended school — and distanced herself from the detentions that resulted from it.”

Yang: Companies like Amazon will fund my Universal Basic Income plan – Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang promoted his ‘Freedom Dividend’ plan while appearing on ‘Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream’ Thursday and revealed that tech companies like Amazon would fund his proposed program which aims to give American adults $1,000 dollars monthly. ‘We all can see that Amazon paid zero in federal taxes last year despite record revenues. And so, if we know that the big winners in the new technology age are going to be paying zero taxes then of course were not going to have enough money to go around,’ Yang told Bream when pressed about how he would fund Universal Basic Income plan. ‘But if we follow other countries examples and create a mechanism where we all benefit from these innovations, then we can pay for a $1,000 dividend for every American adult. Our economy is up to a record $20 trillion.’”

Of 2020 senators running Harris, Booker miss the most votes – AP: “Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have each missed more than one-fifth of the Senate’s votes so far this year as they campaign for president, according to an Associated Press analysis of congressional data. With 16 missed votes of the 77 that the Republican-controlled Senate have held in 2019, Harris and Booker far outpace the number missed by their fellow senators also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders has missed seven votes so far this year, while Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar have each missed three and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has missed one vote, the AP found. Seeking the presidency as a sitting member of Congress requires a logistical juggling act that often results in candidates taking hits for missed votes as the pace of campaign season picks up.”

The women of 2020 provide a choice, that’s not Hillary – The New Republic: “During the 2016 campaign, there was scant discussion of which women candidates were available besides Hillary Clinton—as if she were the only woman in the political world. Now, the post-Hillary truth emerges: The Democratic Party had a bench. And because they are not Hillary, this group will present a purer test of how voters and members of the chattering classes react to women. ‘Although they all have baggage and have all made missteps, they don’t have the Hillary Clinton baggage,’ [Jennifer Lawless, a UVA political scientist]. Lawless observed. The 2020 election will not be a referendum on Clinton and everything she and her husband represented. Instead, it will be ‘an actual choice’ between women whose backgrounds, careers, and accomplishments have nothing to do with their husbands.”

DNC CONSIDERS HIGHER STANDARDS FOR DEBATES
RCP: “The Democratic National Committee may have an overcrowding problem on its hands, and is considering ways to address it. After relaxing its rules, the party must now accommodate a sprawling field of presidential candidates who have qualified for the first two primary debates this summer. Based on the current formula, 15 hopefuls have already earned a spot on stage for the first nationally televised debate, which will be spread over two nights, June 26-27. But following the second debate on July 30-31, some of those same candidates might not make subsequent cuts. Sources with direct knowledge told RealClearPolitics that the DNC is considering a rule change. ‘This sort of low entry point into the debates is not going to last forever,’ one party official said before mentioning possible higher standards in terms of fundraising and polling that would create ‘a natural winnowing before we get to Iowa.’”

THE JUDGE’S RULING: THE MEANING OF EASTER
This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains why with Easter, there is still hope: “Freedom is the ability of every person to exercise free will without a government permission slip or watchdog. Free will is the natural characteristic we share in common with God. He created us in His image and likeness. As He is perfectly free, so are we. When the government takes away free will, whether by fiat or by majority vote, it steals a gift we received from God; it violates natural law; it prevents us from having and utilizing the means to seek the truth. … What does Easter mean? Easter means that there’s hope for the dead. If there’s hope for the dead, then there’s hope for the living. But like the colonists who fought the oppression of the king, we the living can achieve our hopes only if we have freedom. And that requires a government that protects freedom, not one that assaults it.” More here.

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Fox News Poll: Immigration, economy top list of voter concerns – Fox News

AUDIBLE: FOREVER COUPLE GOALS
“She gave him permission to live, he gave her permission to die — and you know what they did then? They had a drink.” – Susan Page, author of ‘The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty,’ detailed one of the last moments shared between Barbara and her husband George H.W. Bush on America’s Newsroom on Wednesday.

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“It is sad that we are discussing this topic in light of the fire at Notre Dame, but I wanted to recommend a video series by the late Francis Schaeffer, one of my favorite Christian authors. The series, ‘How Should We Then Live,’ originally came out in 1977. It was updated in 2009 and discusses Western culture from a Christian perspective. I believe it was Schaeffer’s response or alternative to Sir Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’ series. If you haven’t watched it, I recommend it highly. As always, I wish you and your family God’s richest blessings!” – Paul K. Schnier, Shoreham, N.Y.

[Ed. note: Not only have I seen it, but Schaeffer is a graduate of my alma mater, Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Fun fact: his follow up “Whatever Happened to the Human Race” was narrated by future Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.]

“I’ve almost finished reading Accidental Presidents.  I am confused about whether it’s possible to participate in the book club discussion – or to listen in real time – or do we simply listen once the ‘I’ll Tell You What’ podcast has been released next week?” – Nancy Hemstreet Eaton, Glastonbury, Conn.

[Ed. note: I think I may have gotten us all a one-week extension from Professor Perino. Stay tuned!]

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SNOT OTTER 2020
NPR: “Pennsylvania’s soon-to-be official amphibian has more than its fair share of nicknames: snot otter, mud devil, Allegheny alligator, devil dog, lasagna lizard. In short, it’s not exactly a looker. But the Eastern hellbender salamander was the overwhelming choice of lawmakers for amphibian representation in the state. On Tuesday, the state’s House of Representatives voted 191-6 on a bill that would name the aquatic creature its state amphibian. The Senate passed the bill in February. The hellbender is a nocturnal salamander that can grow more than 2 feet long. The mud-colored creature, covered in a layer of mucus, breathes primarily through loose flaps of thick, wrinkled skin that look a little bit like lasagna noodles. The hellbender is also a canary for environmental degradation.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“I think we have an electorate that’s beginning to feel soiled, and in need of a shower. The hypocrisy, and the real damage is to both parties and the political system.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Oct. 12, 2016. 

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.

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Mueller report: Russia has ‘more important things’ to worry about, Putin spokesman declares

Hours before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released, concluding that there was no collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, Vladimir Putin’s official spokesman said the Kremlin had more important things to worry about.

“It is America that is looking forward to the report’s release, but we aren’t,” Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, according to Russia’s TASS news agency. “This is not an issue for us, it is not a thing that interests us or causes us concern.

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“All the reports on the matter that have been released so far contain nothing but cursory statements,” he continued, adding “We have more interesting and important things to do”.

Attorney General William Barr, held a press conference Thursday morning ahead of the release of the redacted report and repeated Mueller’s conclusions that the investigation found no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign officials in the 2016 presidential election.

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The Mueller report confirmed that the Russian government did seek to interfere in the election, using a Russian troll farm to “sow social discord among American voters through disinformation and social media operations”. The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency also carried out an effort to “hack into computers and steal documents and emails from individuals affiliated with the Democratic Party and the presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton for the purpose of eventually publicizing those emails.”

These materials were then transferred to Wikileaks so they could be published.

Earlier this month, Putin dismissed the Mueller report as “complete nonsense”.

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Earlier this month, Putin dismissed the Mueller report as “complete nonsense”. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

“It was clear for us from the start that it would end like this,” he told an audience in Saint Petersburg. “A mountain gave birth to a mouse.

“I’ve been telling you this all along. We said from the start that this infamous commission of Mr Mueller’s would not find anything because nobody knows this better than us. Russia did not meddle in any elections in the United States. There was no collusion, as Mr Mueller said, between Trump and Russia.”

Trump, for his part, said Thursday morning as the report dropped that “this should never happen to another president again.”

“I’m having a good day, too, it’s called ‘no collusion, no obstruction,’” he said in remarks for the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, at the White House. “There never was by the way, and there never will be.”

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“This should never happen to another president again, this hoax, it should never happen to another president again,” he added.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Kevin Hunter out at ‘Wendy Williams Show’ amid divorce

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Kevin Hunter is unemployed.

Wendy Williams‘ estranged husband is out as an executive producer on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Page Six confirmed on Thursday.

“Kevin Hunter is no longer an Executive Producer on the ‘Wendy Williams Show,’” a spokesperson for the daytime show, which is produced by Debmar-Mercury, told us. “Debmar-Mercury wishes him well in his future endeavors.”

As Page Six reported earlier this week, Hunter was negotiating an exit package after Wiliams filed for divorce last week. Hunter had been part of the show since its launch in 2008.

Prior to his ouster, Wiliams hired extra security to have on-set while working with Hunter to protect herfrom his allegedly abusive behavior.

Williams and Hunter tied the knot in 1997 and share one son together, Kevin Hunter Jr.

This story originally appeared on Page Six.

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Johnny Cash and Daisy Gatson Bates to replace controversial Confederate-era statues in the Capitol

The Man in Black lives on — and not only through his music.

A statue of country music legend Johnny Cash has been chosen, along with prominent civil rights leader Daisy Gatson Bates, to represent the state of Arkansas in the National Statuary Hall of the Capitol Building – taking the place of two contentious Confederate-era figures.

“Almost everyone who was involved in the discussion agreed we needed to update the statues with representatives of our more recent history,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson stated upon signing the bill to make the changes last week. “But there were many opinions about which historic figures best represented our state. The debate was lively and healthy.”

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In the end, Cash and Bates were declared the winners to replace the statues of Uriah Rose and James Paul Clarke, which have reigned in the Capitol for over a century. Rose served as head of the American Bar Association and stood up against secession during the Civil War, but the attorney maintained his adherence to the Confederate state of Arkansas. Meanwhile, Clarke was the 18th governor of the state and later served as Senate representative but attracted opposition last year with claims he advocated white supremacy.

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Cash, who died in 2003 at 71 years old, spent decades in the limelight as one of country music’s greatest icons with hits such as “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” Moreover, Bates is celebrated as a renowned activist and writer who guided nine children that went on to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

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“This is an extraordinary moment recognizing the contributions of two incredible Arkansans,” Hutchinson added. “We want our memories, through our statues, to tell the story of Arkansas. I believe our story is represented well by these two historic figures.”

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Each state is entitled to two statues of historical figures to be displayed in the Capitol Building.

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