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Marc Thiessen: On Ukraine, Trump and Bidens all did wrong things

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6090947061001_6090946119001-vs Marc Thiessen: On Ukraine, Trump and Bidens all did wrong things the washington post Marc Thiessen fox-news/world/conflicts/ukraine fox-news/world fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/person/joe-biden fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/opinion fnc/opinion fnc article 6785d231-ca2f-508a-9de6-7151b385637f

Let’s be clear: President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not “beautiful” or “perfect.” Far from it. Trump should not have asked Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani’s investigation of the former vice president’s son. Since Trump made no promises or threats in the call, it is a stretch to claim his conduct rises to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But it was highly inappropriate.

However, it does not follow that Trump’s malfeasance absolves former Vice President Joe Biden and his son of their malfeasance. Two things can be true at the same time: that Trump did something wrong, and that Joe and Hunter Biden did something wrong as well. This seems to be lost on many in the media, who are bending over backward to absolve the Bidens of wrongdoing.

For example, many in the media state as fact that Biden’s actions in encouraging the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin had nothing to do with his investigation of the natural gas company, Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden as a board member. His firing was justified, they say, because the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund and other U.S. allies were demanding he be fired as well. Furthermore, as CNN’s Jake Tapper insisted this weekend, “according to the Ukrainians that investigation [into Burisma] was dormant at the time.”

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First, the phrase “dormant” means, by definition, that an investigation into Burisma existed and was not closed. Second, we don’t know for certain that the Burisma investigation was, in fact, “dormant.” Shokin has sworn in an affidavit it was not. His successor says it was. Who is lying? Nobody knows for sure. Journalists don’t get to choose which version they prefer and report it as fact.

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But here is what is incontestably true: Joe Biden had a conflict of interest. His son took a position with a Ukrainian natural gas company, despite having no experience in Ukraine or natural gas, the very same month the elder Biden visited Kiev and urged Ukraine to increase its natural gas production. As Yoshiko Herrera, an expert in Russia and Eurasia policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, put it, “conflict-of-interest rules should have applied. If Biden is working for the Obama administration on Ukraine, his son should not have been on the board of a company there that could be affected by U.S. policy spearheaded by his father.”

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The latest spin is that there is nothing to see here because, as Reuters has suggested, the investigation of Burisma “focused solely on activity that took place before Hunter Biden … was hired to sit on its board.” Did it occur to anyone that maybe that is precisely why Burisma hired the American vice president’s son?

According to The New York Times, Biden’s hiring “allowed Burisma to create the perception that it was backed by powerful Americans.” As Robert Weissman, president of the progressive watchdog Public Citizen, has said, “It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Hunter’s foreign employers and partners were seeking to leverage Hunter’s relationship with Joe, either by seeking improper influence or to project access to him.” The revelation that Hunter Biden accepted a job with a Ukrainian company that was under investigation while his father was taking the lead in fighting corruption in Ukraine is damning, not exculpatory.

Biden knew about his son’s involvement with Burisma, because the New Yorker has reported that in December 2015 Obama energy czar Amos Hochstein “raised the matter with Biden.” We also know, via The New York Times, that “some State Department officials had expressed concern that Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine could complicate his father’s diplomacy there.” No doubt, there is a paper trail at the State Department to that effect.

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The Code of Federal Regulations (§2635.502) clearly states that when a federal official takes action he knows will affect “a relative with whom the employee has a close personal relationship” and “the circumstances would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question his impartiality in the matter, the employee should not participate in the matter.” In other words, Joe Biden should not have taken the lead on Ukraine policy while Hunter Biden was working for Burisma. And even if Shokin deserved to be fired, Biden had no business being the one to deliver the ultimatum.

Hunter Biden’s business dealings, in Ukraine and elsewhere, are crying out for investigation. That does not mean it was appropriate for Trump to raise them with the Ukrainian president. But the fact that Trump did so does not give the media carte blanche to make excuses for the Biden family.

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NBA referees aim to make traveling take a walk

James Harden slides sideways or steps backward, and the screaming starts.

Whether seated on the opposing bench or on a stool in a sports bar, somebody is insisting that Harden must have traveled between the time he finished dribbling and launched his shot from a different spot. Traveling will be an emphasis this season for officials, who are determined not to allow offensive players to gain an extra edge by taking an extra step.

Scoring stars like Harden already got an advantage once hand-checking on the perimeter was no longer legal, so they can’t be given another one.

“If we can’t allow people to hand check, we can’t allow them to travel because then they’re almost unguardable,” vice president of referee operations Mark Wunderlich said.

That said, most times when Harden does his signature step-back, he doesn’t travel.

“It is legal, except for the fact that he gets a third step in every now and then when his rhythm is just off, which shows you the highlight of how difficult it is,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s head of referee development and training.

That’s why referees are working harder to get it right.

Critics of the NBA — and even some fans — have long sneered that the league doesn’t call traveling. McCutchen said data showed officials were missing about two per game, but the way the game is played today can make those misses more penal for the defense.

Players are bigger, faster and more skilled, and even big men who would have been centers in a previous generation are now do-everything forwards like 6-foot-11 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He already gets far enough with the two steps that are legal, forget when allowed a third.

McCutchen compared the difference with Tiny Archibald, a 6-1 guard who played in the 1970s and ’80s.

“He covered 10 feet with his two steps,” McCutchen said. “How far is Giannis covering? The game has changed.”

So officials have begun to change with it, altering the way they were taught to officiate when McCutchen and Wunderlich were on the floor. Before, referees were trained to look first at the defensive player. Now they have reversed their sequencing, looking first at the offensive player’s feet to make certain a legal pivot foot has been established and not changed.

And the league added new language in the rule book to define the “gather,” to clarify how many steps a player can take after receiving the ball or completing his dribble.

At the referees’ preseason meetings and training camp last week, McCutchen said officials studied replays of three travels each time they returned from a break, and had a dedicated 45-minute session on traveling.

An educational video was sent to teams, and the referees visited the coaches’ preseason meetings, where they had a traveling station with two players on the floor so they could do demonstrations for the coaches.

And Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said the league stressed that Harden’s step-back jumper is legal.

“They made a point, which is great, to tell every head coach that is not traveling. It’s not traveling,” D’Antoni said. “So hopefully coaches will quit complaining and hopefully you guys in the news will understand that that’s not traveling. There’s other points that we have to clean up that are traveling and the NBA is going to try to do a better job of that.”

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich quipped last year that the step-back 3 came when players “jump backwards and travel and shoot a 3.” But the leaders of the referee team praised Harden for his cleverness and creativity.

“On the dribble, we always talk about dribbling you can take two legal steps to the basket, right? No one ever thought about on the gather after you dribble you can take two legal steps backwards,” Wunderlich said.

Added Jason Phillips, who will oversee the Replay Center: “The rulebook doesn’t state that the two steps have to be in any direction.”

Harden said it never should have been a debate, because if he was traveling then referees would have been whistling him for it.

“I’m tired of hearing that’s a travel, from coaches, from other players, from haters, fans, whatever you want to call it,” Harden said.

But he acknowledges it looks awkward, so the referees know they have to educate teams and fans just as much as themselves. There is no new rule or even a new interpretation of traveling, just a desire to correctly call the travels that are in the books.

That’s why it’s the biggest emphasis on the preseason list of points of education.

“The first one is traveling and the second one is traveling and the third, fourth and fifth one are traveling,” McCutchen said. “I’m only joking to show that there are POEs and then there are POEs. We really want to get better at our fundamentals of the game and traveling is a big part of that.”

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Woman quits job to take care of husband like a 1950’s housewife: ‘I’m living how I always wanted’

Katrina Holte is not a modern woman.

After three years of happy marriage, and getting stressed out by her job in a busy payroll department, she decided in 2018 to turn back time — and live like a 1950s housewife.

That’s when Holte, 30, transformed her Hillsboro, Oregon, home into a suburban shrine to the pre-ERA era, busying herself cleaning, making dresses using vintage patterns — and getting dinner on the table by the time her husband, Lars, 28, gets home from his job as an engineering manager.

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“I feel like I’m living how I always wanted to. It’s my dream life and my husband shares my vision,” she says as a vinyl Doris Day soundtrack plays in the background. “It is a lot of work. I do tons of dishes, laundry and ironing, but I love it and it’s helping to take care of my husband and that makes me really happy.”

Yes, her closet is full of “flattering” frocks she sewed herself, and the home’s decor is retro as all get-out, but it’s not “like it’s a museum,” Holte tells PA Real Life.

“When I look at everything that is happening in the world now, I feel like I belong in a nicer, more old-fashioned time,” she says. “I agree with old-fashioned values, like being a housewife, taking care of your family, nurturing the people in it and keeping your house in excellent condition, so everyone feels relaxed.”

But of course the part-time seamstress of 10 years, who sells her handmade garments online, asked for Lars’ permission before leaving the workforce.

“I spoke to my husband and told him I want to be a housewife and he said that was fine with him,” Holte says. “It was a fantastic feeling when I quit. I can do what I want to now and run my house as I want to run it. Now I’m a full-time homemaker.”

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A day in the retro life

Holte’s typical day starts at 6:30 a.m., when she wakes up and lays out Lars’ clothes before preparing his breakfast and packing his lunch. After feeding herself, she does 15 minutes of “gentler” exercises from yesteryear.

“We have the idea today that we have to push our bodies to the limit, but in the 1950s, the attitude was simply that you had to take care of it,” she says. “I have a vintage slant board, which is a small wooden ramp, to do core exercises like situps. I do them for about 10 to 15 minutes a day and they keep me in shape to fit into my 1950s dresses.”

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After her workout, she heads upstairs for a shower and “full face of vintage makeup,” complete with Pond’s cold cream and Revlon red lipstick, with “well-drawn eyebrows” and “traditional hot rollers to curl my hair.”

When she looks her best, it’s time to get to her chores.

“I will then spend a good hour doing the laundry, dusting and sweeping. I make sure everything is kept in its place,” she says matter-of-factly. “After lunch, when my house is tidy and smelling fresh, I will go upstairs and sew either for myself, for my customers or to try out new patterns.”

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Holte starts supper around 4 p.m. to ensure everything is ready when Lars arrives home from work.

“I usually cook recipes from the era like pot roasts or chicken pies and make sure there are vegetables,” she says. “In the 1950s, housewives liked to make sure all the food groups were there.”

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Harry Kazianis: Dems can’t convict Trump and remove him from office – They’ll suffer for trying

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Let us assume for a moment — against all common sense — that President Trump plotted to withhold military aid to Ukraine in exchange for assistance in investigating possible wrongdoings by former Vice President Joe Biden. Such an action, if somehow proven accurate, while not expressly illegal, would in my view show a lapse in judgment and would be a mistake. But such an act doesn’t come close to warranting impeachment and removal office.

Don’t be fooled for a second. Democrats know this and don’t care one bit. Their motivation to damage Trump in the 2020 election trumps all else. But who said any of the left’s attacks to brand Trump with the scarlet “I” of impeachment are rational, anyway?

Then again, rationality and leftist politics are not a combination you see very often these days.

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You don’t need to have a Ph.D. in mathematics to understand that Democrats have no chance of gathering the 67 votes in the Senate to get a conviction against Trump, since that would require the support of 20 Republican senators.

Impeachment sounds impressive, but Trump will surely wear it as a badge of honor, giving him and his supporters even more momentum to press on, likely fueling the GOP to victory across the country in 2020.

Common sense would suggest that Democrats would have learned the golden rule of modern-day politics by now: Anything that doesn’t hurt Trump only makes him stronger. And don’t ever give him an enemy or target to go after. It’s like giving Popeye spinach.

The left simply can’t stand the fact that Trump won the battle of ideas during the 2016 election thanks to strong support from the American people. They can’t stand the fact that millions of Americans took their collective rage against ideas such as open borders, never-ending wars, ObamaCare, punishing taxes, and regulations and channeled it into a political newcomer who clearly would not follow Washington’s political playbook. In fact, he lit it on fire.

But the ruling class had firehoses at the ready. When Trump tried to drain the swamp, the swamp pushed back and tried to drown him instead. Feeling threatened, Democrats invented controversy after controversy to smear him, to belittle him, to destroy him — even going so far as to call him an agent of a foreign power, wasting two years of our time and spending millions of dollars in the process.

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If common sense won’t stop the Democrats from wasting months of the nation’s time and energy once again, what will? Shouldn’t their own history with the impeachment process serve a lesson that Republicans learned all too well at a great cost?

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Here is where the sad story of former President Bill Clinton could do the Democrats some good for a change. All the left needs to do is look back a little more than 20 years ago for an example of a truly impeachable offense, and see that despite all the evidence — such as lying to a grand jury and lying repeatedly to the American people — Clinton was not convicted by the Senate after being impeached by the House.

History cries out with its guidance, telling anyone who stops to listen that impeachment should never be used unless you have the votes for conviction — plain and simple.

Take this a step further. How can we even begin to consider wasting our collective national attention on what amounts to guessing intent on a phone call and attempting to remove Trump from office for such nonsense? This is especially true considering we did not remove President Clinton for conduct that was much more serious.

Consider for a moment what Clinton did. We’re not just talking allegations. We’re talking about proven facts. Not only did he lie in a sworn deposition during the Paula Jones case. He lied time and time again to the American people, saying he did not have an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern who suffered immensely because of Clinton, as did many others.

The law was clear, the evidence sound and the accused clearly guilty — but there was no removal from office. Republicans tried and failed to get the necessary votes in the Senate to oust Clinton, landing nowhere near the two-thirds majority needed. They forgot that it was not some criminal prosecution in your average court of law. It was very much a public battle where opinion, congressional majorities and the rise of the Internet outweighed all else.

Impeachment, at its core, defies the normal standards of right and wrong, with a bar intentionally set high thanks to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. Clinton benefited from it.

Unfortunately, we seem destined to once again go down the path of an impeachment process that will only make the accused even stronger politically. Just like Republicans suffered at the polls during the 1998 midterms, it seems Democrats will pay a serious price in 2020.

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They only have themselves to blame. A pity.

But they can’t say they weren’t warned.

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Trump-Kim autographed pic can be yours for $24G

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Some silver scribbling has turned what would be a stock photo of Kim Jong-un and President Trump into gold, a memorabilia dealer claims.

The seemingly routine snapshot, taken by a British journalist covering the historic June 2018 US and North Korea summit in Singapore, became a $24,000 piece of history when the photog got both politicians to put their John Hancocks on it, dealer Gary Zimet of Moments in Time told The Post.

“This is the only known autograph of Kim that has ever been for sale — he’s a legendary rarity,” said Zimet, a longtime California memorabilia seller.

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And while “signed photos are a dime a dozen . . . to have both Trump and Kim on the same one is iconic,’’ he said.

Zimet said he is “1,000%” sure the autographs are legit, saying they are a “dead-on match” to ones from both leaders that he examined during the authentication process.

Printed on 8-inch-by-10-inch glossy Tura photo paper, the image shows the leaders shaking hands, with Trump putting his mitt on his counterpart’s shoulder. Trump’s recognizable, EKG-like autograph and Kim’s lesser-known signature are reputedly etched on their dark suits in silver marker.

The reclusive dictator isn’t known for being generous with his autograph. Meanwhile, Trump is notorious for putting his name on everything from buildings to a CD of Elton John’s classic “Rocket Man” that he once sent to Kim.

Trump has referred to the North Korean leader as “Little Rocket Man’’ amid disputes over the country’s missile launches.

Zimet, a dealer of 40-years, said he obtained the signed photo Tuesday from a friend of his who is also pals with the journalist who took the shot.

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“I knew I had to have it, and when I go after something, I either get it or people tell me, ‘F- -k you.’ But fortunately, I got it,” Zimet said.

The photo will go up on Zimet’s website, Momentsintime.com, on Wednesday as part of a first-come, first-served sale, he said.

The price tag is based on “experience and the incredible rarity of Kim’s signature,” Zimet said.

He said he expects the piece to have a “broad” appeal but to be especially meaningful to any serious collector of memorabilia from US presidents or other world leaders.

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Gregg Jarrett: Trump did NOT commit an impeachable offense on call with Ukraine’s president – Here’s why

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In their delusive demands for the impeachment of President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are substituting partisan politics for the commands and intent of the U.S. Constitution. This became self-evident when Pelosi announced her impeachment folly the day before she even set eyes on the alleged evidence, which turned out to be no evidence at all.

The usual gaggle of misanthropes like Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff of California and Jerrold Nadler of New York have been searching for a reason – any reason – to impeach Trump ever since his improbable election in November 2016.

With a shove from the chronically vapid Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Pelosi and her confederates have now settled on the most implausible of all their impeachment schemes peddled during Trump’s presidency – that his conversation with Ukraine’s president somehow constitutes an impeachable offense. It does not. Not even close.

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Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution defines the basis for impeachment as an act of “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Anything less than that is not an impeachable offense. Were it otherwise, those who authored that esteemed document would have so stated.

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Sadly, then-Republican Rep. Gerald Ford, as House minority leader in 1970, forever mangled the impeachment provision when he mistakenly observed: “An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”

This was precisely what our framers did not intend. This is what they feared. They did not want a sitting president to be removed because a capricious Congress controlled by an opposing party disliked a chief executive or disagreed with his policies.

Yet, Ford’s misguided thesis has now been warmly embraced by legions of Democrats who despise Trump. They have dishonestly conjured up a pretext to undo the 2016 election result and drive him from office.

The charade may eventually succeed in the House, where Democrats holds a comfortable advantage and a simple majority is all that is needed to impeach. But conviction in a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate will fail miserably because a two-thirds majority is constitutionally required.

This was the wisdom of the framers. They knew that unscrupulous politicians would inevitably try to subvert the democratic process for purely political reasons. The framers made it exceedingly difficult for such politicians to achieve that end.

As I argued in an earlier column, Trump’s request that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assist in an official and ongoing Justice Department investigation launched by Attorney General William Barr is neither criminal nor unusual.

Indeed, Trump’s appeal for help from Kiev conforms with a treaty two decades old that obligates Ukraine to cooperate with U.S. investigations or prosecutions in any criminal matters by furnishing relevant evidence upon request. This is what Trump did.

Moreover, asking for Ukraine’s help was no clandestine maneuver. On May 24 the president reminded assembled reporters on the White House lawn that Barr was investigating the origins of the Russia “collusion” hoax

“And I hope he looks at the U.K., and I hope he looks at Australia, and I hope he looks at Ukraine,” Trump said of Barr. “I hope he looks at everything, because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country.”

The president made it clear that Ukraine was suspected of having been involved in election meddling, along with other foreign actors. Much of this is described in my book, “Witch Hunt.

In several hearings in April and May, Barr candidly informed Congress that he was conducting this investigation. He appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead the probe.

We now know that Barr asked Trump to initiate introductions between him and foreign leaders in furtherance of his probe. The president did so by approaching Ukraine’s president, while Australia initiated contact with the U.S. on its own accord.

Barr personally contacted officials in Great Britain, and he twice traveled to Italy to solicit assistance. His most recent trip occurred last Friday in the company of Durham.

There was nothing inappropriate about any of this. It was logical, sensible, and not at all uncommon. Other presidents have done the same thing. Our Justice Department has enlisted foreign help in numerous investigations over the years. It is pure sophistry for Democrats to declare such an endeavor is an impeachable offense.

Biden isn’t entitled to a “get out of jail” free card simply because he is now running for president.

Did Trump mention former Vice President Joe Biden and his son toward the end of the conversation?  Of course he did. He was right to do so.

If, in addition to meddling, Ukraine possesses evidence that the former vice president’s bragging about a “quid pro quo” was a corrupt act intended to benefit his son by extorting $1 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds. It is incumbent on Trump to ask Zelensky to investigate.

Biden isn’t entitled to a “get out of jail” free card simply because he is now running for president. Hillary Clinton coveted such a card, and it should never happen again.

Lost amid the cacophony of condemnation of Trump is the fact that the Criminal Division of the Justice Department examined the official record of the Trump-Zelensky telephone call and concluded there was no crime, not even a violation of campaign finance laws. “All relevant components of the Department agreed with this legal conclusion,” said the Justice Department.

Some constitutional scholars have ventured that a president’s abuse of his official powers might rise to the level of an impeachable offense, even though it may not fall under the conventional statutory definitions and strict language of crimes and misdemeanors.

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This is not an entirely misbegotten argument. Yet, it has no application to what President Trump is accused of doing. He had every right to ask for foreign assistance in his attorney general’s official investigation. This was not an abuse of power, but a proper exercise of power.

Conversely, it is Democrats who are abusing their power of impeachment by deliberately contorting its constitutional meaning to serve their own political purpose.

Barr is determined to get to the bottom of how the “witch hunt” against Trump began. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the conclusion of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Barr posed an imperative question:

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How did we get to the point where the evidence is now that the president was falsely accused of colluding with the Russians and accused of being treasonous and accused of being a Russian agent?” Barr asked. “And the evidence now is that it was without a basis.”

Americans deserve to learn the truth of what happened. A handful of foreign governments may help provide the answers.

It is not an impeachable offense to ask.

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Suspected bank robber found dead inside Southern California bank after firing at officers

A suspected bank robber was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Chase Bank in Colton, Calif., east of Los Angeles after a SWAT team entered Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to a silent alarm at the bank and were fired on by the suspect.

One officer suffered a minor wound, possibly by shattered glass.

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Police surrounded the bank and put the surrounding shopping area on lockdown while the suspect was firing.

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Everyone inside the bank was able to safely evacuate.

The bank was closed at the time of the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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All the president’s men now being dragged into the impeachment drama

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President Trump, now sounding a cautionary note about “civil war,” is obviously at the white-hot center of the impeachment drama, just as he’s been at the center of American political and cultural warfare for four years.

But others in his inner circle are now being pulled, almost by magnetic force, onto the battlefield.

Mike Pompeo is the latest the find himself in the line of fire, in the wake of a Wall Street Journal story and other revelations.

The secretary of state hit back hard yesterday, tweeting that House Democrats are trying to “bully” and “intimidate” the State Department with deposition demands and he “will not tolerate such tactics.”

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The Journal’s lead story said Pompeo was among the officials who listened in on Trump’s now-famous July 25 call with Ukraine’s leader, in which the president asked for help in investigating Joe Biden and his son.

Television has had a field day replaying a Pompeo interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, who asked him point-blank, “What do you know about these conversations?”

Pompeo haltingly evaded the question: “So, you just gave me a report about an IC whistle-blower complaint, none of which I’ve seen.” When she followed up with “you say you know nothing about this,” Pompeo said he thought he saw a statement from the Ukrainian foreign minister that there was no pressure from Trump on the call.

So the secretary obviously knew all about the call and studiously tried to avoid saying so on “This Week.”

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William Barr has also been pulled deeper into the drama. The attorney general was already been reported to have been surprised and angry that the president told Volodymyr Zelensky on the call to work with him on further investigation.

Now there’s a new country involved: The New York Times reported yesterday that Trump “pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call.” (An Australian diplomat had discussed Russia and Hillary with since-convicted Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos.) The AG also met with Italian officials last week.

Barr is, therefore, a crucial partner as Trump uses “federal law enforcement powers to aid his political prospects, settle scores with his perceived ‘deep state’ enemies and show that the Mueller investigation had corrupt, partisan origins,” says the Times.

Still, there’s video of Trump saying he wanted Barr to aid in the probe of the origins of the Russia investigation, so this was not a state secret.

The third major player now is Rudy Giuliani, who is taking issue with House subpoenas “signed only by Democrat Chairs.” (That is routine, as it was when Republican House chairmen signed subpoenas during the Benghazi probe.)

Giuliani, of course, has been a near-daily presence on television, defending his role in privately meeting with Ukrainian officials and doggedly trying to shift the spotlight to allegations of wrongdoing by Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.

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Giuliani’s combative interviews prompted the Biden campaign to ask the networks to stop putting him on and allowing him to spew lies. This was a Hail Mary pass that would obviously be swatted down, and an effort to generate some anti-Rudy headlines.

Not only would no network let a campaign dictate its bookings, but numerous anchors have aggressively challenged Giuliani on the air. In fact, some Democrats like Rudy on television because they think his sometimes heated style hurts Trump.

In a separate story, the Journal reports that Barr at times has been critical of Giuliani’s efforts, and that Trump, while appreciating his TV combat role, has occasionally mocked his personal lawyer.

Of course, there are also Democrats who have been given starring roles in the impeachment drama. One is Nancy Pelosi, who was just on “60 Minutes,” and has been saying she’s “sad” and “heartbroken” over impeachment in an attempt to tone down the rhetoric.

Another is Adam Schiff, the House Intel chairman, who made the mistake of exaggerating Trump’s Ukraine call in a hearing during what he now calls mockery. Trump has repeatedly questioned on Twitter why Schiff hasn’t been questioned for fraud and treason. (Treason?)

And, of course, the Bidens. Tucker Carlson’s show obtained a 2014 photo of the then-vice president and his son playing golf in the Hamptons with a board member of the Ukrainian gas giant that employed Hunter Biden. This obviously raises questions about Joe Biden’s contention that he did nothing to help his son in Ukraine and that they never discussed the matter.

Finally, there’s the unknown whistle-blower, who Trump has accused of sparking a “Democratic hoax” and whose lawyer says his life may be in jeopardy.

By setting their sights on two Trump Cabinet members and his lawyer, House Democrats have given themselves more targets. But they also risk muddying the narrative and allowing these Trump confidants to delay the investigation into next year’s campaign.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow declares Trump will be ‘impeached,’ suggests Barr, Pompeo could ‘find their necks at risk’

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Liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow declared without hesitation Tuesday night that President Trump “will be impeached” and suggested that Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could also “find their necks at risk.”

Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Maddow began by laughing about the simplicity of the Ukraine scandal since Trump openly admitted to having the conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about investigating the Bidens and provided the “evidence.”

“In terms of whodunnit, he did it and he admits it, and now he’s going to be impeached for it,” Maddow said to a cheering audience.

“In terms of whodunnit, he did it and he admits it, and now he’s going to be impeached for it.”

— Rachel Maddow

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Maddow expressed skepticism about whether Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will keep his word and take a potential Trump impeachment to trial in the Senate, but she saw the possibility of Republican lawmakers turning on the president down the road.

“This behavior by the president is so simple and it’s so indefensible, you can’t go to another country and ask them for help against your likely opponent in the next election. You just can’t,” Maddow explained. “And it may be that Republicans decide either to save their own skins or because of their conscience or their patriotism that they want to be on the right side of history on this. And I don’t think they’re deciding now. I think they’ll decide as it plays out.”

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When asked by Stephen Colbert if Barr and Pompeo were “political sacrificial lambs” for their involvement in the probes into the origins of the Russia investigation as well as the Ukraine controversy, Maddow responded by implying they’re in hot water as well.

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“When it comes to Secretary of State Pompeo and Attorney General Barr, they are people who do not have the kind of immunity from prosecution that the president does. We have put an attorney general in prison in the past in this country for participating in presidential schemes,” Maddow continued. “If Barr and Pompeo were participating in this, and ultimately if there’s going to be accountability for, they’re not only in moral trouble, they could potentially be in real ethical and legal trouble and I think that matters to both of them.

“I think they’ll take it so far, but ultimately, both of them are going to find their necks at risk here.”

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2 years after Vegas massacre, Jason Aldean says he thinks about Route 91 Harvest ‘family’ every day

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Two years after a mass shooting that killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegascountry singer Jason Aldean tweeted that he thinks about the Route 91 Harvest “family” every day.

“This will always be a tough day for us,” Aldean wrote Tuesday. “Not a day goes by that we don’t think about our @Route91Harvest family.”

Aldean was performing onstage with his band when shots rang out from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, sending the crowd at the outdoor concert scattering for cover.

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“For us, it’s sort of been a daily thing,” he said in an interview with iHeartRadio in September. “Every night in our meet-and-greets, we meet new fans who were here. I don’t think we’ve played a show this year where we haven’t had survivors come out to the show. I feel we do that on a daily basis, not just as the anniversary’s coming up.”

“For us, it’s sort of been a daily thing. Every night in our meet-and-greets, we meet new fans who were here. I don’t think we’ve played a show this year where we haven’t had survivors come out to the show.”

— Jason Aldean

Brittany Aldean, Jason Aldean’s wife, also posted a remembrance on Instagram.

“This day will always be a tragic memory. Always in our thoughts and prayers #route91family,” she wrote.

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In December, Aldean will headline a concert at the Park Theatre in Las Vegas, his first appearance in the city since the shooting.

The shooter killed himself before police entered his hotel room soon after the gunfire. The motive remains a mystery, authorities say.

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