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Rod Blagojevich, Anderson Cooper spar over ex-gov’s record, criminal case: ‘Just bulls—‘

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper engaged in a lengthy and contentious back-and-forth Friday night over the recently freed Democrat’s record and claims he’s made about his criminal case.

Their frustration with one another appeared to reach a boiling point, with Cooper accusing Blagojevich on air of spouting “bulls—,” and Blagojevich using the same profane term in his reply.

CNN did not bleep the remarks.

During their discussion, Blagojevich continued to maintain his innocence regarding the corrupion charges on which he was convicted, telling Cooper he was a “political prisoner” of an unjust criminal justice system — until President Trump commuted his sentence this week, freeing Blagojevich from prison.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S SENTENCE COMMUTED: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S CASE

The CNN host balked at the claim, accusing Blagojevich of essentially comparing himself to Nelson Mandela — the late South African leader who was long imprisoned because of a racist apartheid system.

“I bet if you were to ask Nelson Mandela whether he thought it was fair in the early ‘60s in South Africa he would say what I’m saying today,” Blagojevich fired back.

Cooper interjected: “I’ve just got to stop you. As someone who worked in South  Africa and saw apartheid, the idea that you are comparing yourself to somebody who has actually been railroaded by an apartheid system is just nuts and, frankly offensive.”

Blagojevich reminded Cooper that it was he, not Blagojevich, who brought Mandela’s name into the conversation.

Blagojevich then told Cooper a more apt comparison would be to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., whose own federal corruption case was thrown out by a Newark federal judge in 2018. The U.S. Justice Department ultimately opted against retrying the Menendez case.

“What I’m saying is, I was thrown in prison and spent nearly eight years in prison for practicing politics — for seeking campaign contributions without a quid pro quo. No express quid pro quo — and I was given the same standards Senator Menendez was given,” Blagojevich said. “I could very well have been in the U.S. Senate instead of where I was.”

Blagojevich repeated his claim that he was the victim of corrupt federal prosecutors with “uncontrolled” power, and began to invoke chief prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald before Cooper cut him off to ask about a previous remark.

Cooper said Blagojevich was not only convicted by a jury of Illinoians but had his case upheld by a circuit court and denied a hearing by the Supreme Court.

“Your argument doesn’t hold up,” he said.

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Later in the interview, when Blagojevich defended his “requests for campaign contributions,” a bemused Cooper interjected “extorting a children’s hospital.” Blagojevich again went on defense, saying there was no “quid pro quo” in that situation.

Cooper later claimed Blagojevich was engaging in the usage of a “whole new alternate universe of facts” and failing to admit guilt.

“That may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bulls—,” Cooper said.

“It’s not bulls—, I lived it myself, it’s not bulls— at all,” Blagojevich shot back.

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Rod Blagojevich maintains innocence, slams ‘shakedown artist’ prosecutors who imprisoned him, pursued Trump

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reacted to President Trump’s commutation of his 14-year federal prison sentence, going after the prosecutors in his case and claiming they are the same people who are trying to undermine the current commander-in-chief.

Blagojevich joined Trace Gallagher on “The Story” on Wednesday, did not name the officials but said the Illinois Republican Congressional delegation — who put out a joint statement panning his release — had a point about “public corruption” but that they were aiming at the wrong target.

The delegation wrote that Blagojevich is “the face of public corruption” in the Land of Lincoln and hasn’t shown remorse for his record of “egregious crimes that undermine the trust placed in him by voters.”

“We shouldn’t let those who breach the public trust off the hook,” they wrote.

FMR IL GOV ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S SENTENCE COMMUTED

Blagojevich, who said he considers himself a “Trumpocrat,” replied that the sentiment should be directed at the feds who put him in prison — and vociferously maintained his innocence.

“I agree with the sentiment expressed in that statement by the Illinois Republicans, but they are pointing that statement at the wrong place,” he said. “It shouldn’t be pointed at me, it ought to be pointed at those uncontrolled, unaccountable lawless prosecutors who did this to me. I broke no laws, I crossed no lines.”

Blagojevich appeared to echo the president, who called the Chicagoan’s case “another Comey gang deal.” U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was the lead prosecutor in Blagojevich’s case — and former FBI Director Jim Comey hired Fitzgerald as his personal attorney after the president fired him.

The ex-governor claimed that if the same legal standard applied to him by Fitzgerald — who he did not name — was applied to Capitol Hill lawmakers, they would end up in federal lockup like he did.

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“I raised campaign contributions legally and lawfully. I never promised anything or threatened anyone in exchange for campaign contributions. The right to seek campaign contributions is not only necessary and routine in politics, it’s also protected by the Constitution, it’s considered the First Amendment right,” he said.

Blagojevich was famously caught on tape bragging that President Obama’s then-vacant Senate seat was a “f—ing golden” thing. The seat eventually went to the former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris who declined to seek reelection after the term expired.

“Without a promise or a threat, there is no crime, there’s no quid pro quo. There is not in my case and I appreciate what the congressmen are saying but they ought to point those statements in the direction of the prosecutors who did this to me and many of whom are the same people doing it to President Trump,” he told host Trace Gallagher.

Blagojevich praised Trump as a problem-solver who defies party lines and orthodoxy to do what is right. He remarked that as a former Democratic governor, the Republican president gains no political capital by commuting his sentence.

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Responding to other critics, including Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, he said that the true way he could have “let down” Illinoians was if he gave into those prosecuting him and copped a plea deal in exchange for admitting any guilt.

“If I allowed these guys who are shakedown artists to make me give in to a light sentence that they were floating in exchange to pleading guilty to something that I knew and they knew weren’t crimes, then I would’ve let the people of Illinois down because they didn’t hire me to do that, they hired me as a governor to fight for the Constitution and the rule of law,” he said.

He continued, “Some of these same people tried to do with the major-league level to a Republican president what they were able to successfully do to a democratic governor and they are threatening to take away from all of us our rights to choose our leaders through free and fair elections.”

Blagojevich slammed federal prosecutors for being “covered with sovereign immunity” and having no direct accountability to the American people.

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Rod Blagojevich’s sentence commuted: What to know about former Illinois governor’s case

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President Trump on Tuesday announced he is commuting the prison sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted for attempting to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat when he was elected president.

The president has been considering a commutation for Blagojevich since May 2018.

TRUMP TO COMMUTE SENTENCE OF ROD BLAGOJEVICH

Here’s what to know about the former governor’s case:

Blagojevich, who was a contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010, began his 14-year prison sentence in 2012, after being convicted of corruption. Blagojevich’s scheduled release, prior to Trump’s planned intervention, is in 2024. Blagojevich has been serving his sentence at a federal prison in Littleton, Colo.

Blagojevich, who was governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009, was impeached and convicted on corruption charges over allegations that he took bribes for political appointments – including to the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama.

He has consistently argued he did nothing wrong.

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Trump first floated the idea of commuting Blagojevich’s sentence in May 2018, after pardoning conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. At the time, Trump called Blagojevich’s sentence “really unfair.”

Trump again raised the topic in August, noting that the White House was looking into whether or not a commutation for Blagojevich was possible.

“Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He has served 7 years. Many people have asked that I study the possibility of commuting his sentence in that it was a very severe one,” Trump tweeted in August. “White House staff is continuing the review of this matter.”

Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kobe Bryant honored at NBA All-Star Game by Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Common

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NBA legend Magic Johnson, singer Jennifer Hudson and rapper Common teamed up Sunday night for an emotional tribute to the late L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, ahead of the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.

The United Center erupted with cheers of “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” almost immediately after Johnson invoked his name in a speech, with NBA stars standing behind him.

“We’ll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” said Johnson, himself a longtime Laker point guard and former president of basketball operations for the team. He noted the 41-year-old Bryant’s charity work and devotion to his children, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Kobe, Gianna and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains on Jan. 26.

“We all are hurting. This is a tough time for the whole NBA family,” Johnson added. He encouraged people inside the arena to hold hands in a moment of silence.

Then, with images of Kobe Bryant displayed behind her, Hudson delivered a stirring performance of “For All We Know,” including part of the Lord’s Prayer in the lyrics. Some of the photos showed Kobe and Gianna Bryant together, smiling.

After a pre-produced video played for the fans, the rapper Common performed his own tribute. Both Common and Hudson were in their hometown, Chicago.

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The first Kobe Bryant MVP Award is set to be handed out later Sunday night, given to the player voted as the biggest star of the All-Star Game — a trophy that Bryant earned four times.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo served as team captains. Players on James’ team wore Gianna’s No. 2 on their jerseys, while Antetokounmpo’s team wore Kobe’s No. 24. Each player also wore a patch with nine stars, one for each victim of the crash.

Stars also paid tribute to NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, who died Jan. 1 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

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“Just as a reminder: Who more embodies the spirit of All-Star than Kobe? … He always played hard. He didn’t care if it was an All-Star game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the Legends Brunch ahead of the game. “And, I think that’s what he and David had in common. They always competed. They believed in the power of sports. They believed in winning and they believed it was necessary to always give their all, and I think that’s why their losses have resonated with so many people around the world.”

Weeks after the crash, investigators were still looking into what caused the aircraft to slam into the fog-covered hillside near Calabasas, catching fire. In addition to the Bryants, the crash killed Payton Chester, 13; John Altobelli, 56; Alyssa Altobelli, 14; Keri Altobelli, 46; Christina Mauser, 38; Sarah Chester, 45; and helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-NFL player Antwaan Randle El’s brother charged in Wisconsin killings

The brother of former Pittsburgh Steeler Antwaan Randle El is facing charges in the shooting deaths of two women in Wisconsin on Monday.

Marcus Randle El, a parolee who played football for the University of Wisconsin over a decade ago, was being sought for the two killings when he surrendered to Chicago police Saturday afternoon, according to reports. He was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

The 33-year-old suspect, of Homewood, Ill., has been accused of killing Seairaha Winchester, 30, and Britanny McAdory, 27, in Janesville, Wis., early Monday and taking their SUV, The Associated Press reported.

Winchester and McAdory died at a hospital after a driver spotted them on the side of a snow-covered road.

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Marcus Randle El faced charges in connection with the two killings. (Janesville Police Department)

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The SUV was found abandoned in Justice, Ill., WMTV reported.

Police did not discuss a motive at a news conference, the station reported.

The station quoted investigators as saying that the women planned to meet with Randle El after they were spotted on video leaving a gas station at 2 a.m. Monday.

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Madison Kimble told the station that McAdory was a great mother and friend.

“She always cared about everyone so if I had a bad day she would say ‘oh it’s okay love, heads up,'” she said.

Marcus Randle El was on parole in the 2014 gunpoint abduction of his daughter, WMTV reported. He was serving a six-year prison sentence at the time of his release in 2018.

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He had played for the Badgers from 2004 to 2007 and finished his career with four pass receptions and two arrests, the station reported. The arrests were disposed of in court with a sentence of probation and an order to undergo anger management counseling.

Randle El’s more famous brother won an NFL championship with the Steelers in 2006.

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Chicago police cars slam into each other while responding to call, 6 officers sent to hospital

Two Chicago police vehicles slammed into each other while responding to a call Saturday night in a crash that sent six officers to the hospital, officials said.

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The crash involving a marked squad car and unmarked police vehicle happened around 8 p.m. at an intersection in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side, Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Chicago Tribune.

Both vehicles were responding to a call from an officer in need of assistance.

Four of the officers involved in the crash were taken by ambulance to a hospital. The other two transported themselves. All six were stable in good condition, Langford said Saturday night.

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The intersection where the crash occurred does not have a traffic light.

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Chicago boy, 11, shot in neck by 7-year-old sister: reports

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An 11-year-old Chicago boy was in serious condition in a local hospital Friday after being shot in his neck by his 7-year-old sister, according to reports.

The incident happened around 8:20 p.m. in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s West Side, FOX 32 of Chicago reported.

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Police were calling the shooting an accident, but details on how the child gained access to the weapon were not disclosed.

Whether any adults were in the home at the time also was not clear.

The shooting occurred in an apartment building where patrol cars were seen soon after the gunfire, FOX 32 reported.

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The investigation is continuing, Chicago’s WLS-TV reported.

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5 of the deadliest US air disasters

A number of passenger planes have crashed throughout world history as a result of mechanical failures and human error.

Ranging from failing engines to planes striking objects, here are five of the deadliest air disasters in the United States, not directly caused by terrorism, suicidal pilots or other nefarious instances:

273 deaths – American Airlines flight crashes in Chicago

Flight 191 crashed near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on May 25, 1979, after an engine fell off the plane 1 second prior to takeoff and was forced to take off with one engine.

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American Airlines Flight 191 was spotted flying sideways before crashing in Chicago on May 25, 1979. (FAA.gov)

The crew on board reacted to the engine separation and started following the airline’s protocol for that event, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

But by the time the DC-10 aircraft reached 300 feet, it started to turn and roll left. A chilling photo taken from the ground during those moments shows the plane flying sideways.

It eventually crashed into a mobile home park next to the airport, killing all 271 onboard and two people on the ground.

265 deaths – American Airlines flight crashes shortly after 9/11

Flight 587 plunged into a residential neighborhood near New York City’s JFK International Airport on Nov. 12, 2001, just two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The plane’s co-pilot, in reaction to turbulence caused by another flight that took off just before, initiated a series of “unnecessary and excessive rudder pedal inputs” which ultimately led to the aircraft’s vertical stabilizer snapping off, according to the FAA.

The subsequent loss of control forced the plane to crash, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

230 deaths – TWA Flight 800 explodes in the air

In a disaster that led to a media frenzy, TWA Flight 800, which left New York for Paris on July 17, 1996, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Long Island.

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A large piece of wing floats in the Atlantic Ocean where TWA Flight 800 exploded in midair and crashed, killing all 230 people aboard. (Getty Images)

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the plane went down following the explosion of one of its fuel tanks, caused by the ignition of fuel and air vapors inside. But the source of that ignition was never officially determined, the FAA says.

Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the explosion and debris falling out of the sky.

156 deaths – Northwest Airlines Flight 255 strikes light poles, rental car facility

This flight crashed on Aug. 16, 1987, after striking a number of objects shortly after takeoff.

The passenger jet was observed rolling left and right, and then hitting light poles and the roof of a rental car facility beyond the runway of Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, according to the FAA.

It eventually came to a halt on the ground, breaking up as it slid and leaving fire in its wake. Two people on the ground were killed and the only person to survive out of those onboard the plane was a 4-year-old girl.

The NTSB ruled the likely cause of the accident was the flight crew’s failure “to ensure that the flaps and slats were extended for takeoff” and an unexplained loss of power to the plane’s takeoff warning system.

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A Boeing 757 operated by Pan Am went down in New Orleans on July 9, 1982 during a period of bad weather.

The FAA says it was only around 100 feet off the ground when it started to descend, striking trees and a residential area.

The likely cause of the crash, it added, was the airplane traveling into winds “the effects of which the pilot would have had difficulty recognizing and reacting to in time for the airplane’s descent to be [prevented].”

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Chicago-area cigar lounge shooting: Woman fires at 3 men, killing 1, then kills self, police say

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A 51-year-old woman fatally shot a 51-year-old man at a Chicago-area cigar lounge Friday night before turning the gun on herself, according to reports.

Two other men were wounded after the gunfire broke out at The Humidor in Lisle, Ill., about 26 miles west of downtown Chicago, WMAQ-TV reported.

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“The person responsible for the shooting did take their own life,” police told the station.

The woman had shot all three of the men, Lisle police Chief Ron Wilkes told the Chicago Tribune. The two wounded men were taken to hospitals, he said.

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“At this point we have no idea why this happened,” Wilkes told the newspaper. “We’re interviewing a lot of witnesses and hope to get to the bottom of this.”

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s unlikely to back Warren, Sanders or Biden: ‘They haven’t reached out’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she plans to endorse a Democratic candidate for president before the Illinois primary March — but she’s unlikely to back Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden.

“They haven’t reached out,” Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times. “They’ve been to Chicago. They were very supportive of the Chicago Teachers Union strike but didn’t feel it was necessary to talk to the new black LGBTQ mayor.”

“[I’m] apparently not progressive enough for them,” she shrugged, referring to Warren and Sanders. “I’m certainly not endorsing somebody that has never bothered to reach out. So the other person that I haven’t heard from directly is Biden.”

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Biden has been to the city several times for fundraising events but hasn’t contacted the mayor, the Sun-Times reported.

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Lightfoot has met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick but didn’t indicate who she might endorse.

While Lightfoot said a candidate whose values sync with hers is important, her number one attribute is someone who can beat President Trump, “because the idea of four more years of …Trump is incredibly frightening to me.”

“We’re looking for somebody who is practical, who’s speaking to the values of the person, who’s worrying about whether they have a paycheck, whether they’re gonna be able to take care of their kids, may have savings, build a future, and somebody who is going to be smart and able and put together a good team to take on the challenges that Americans are facing,” she told the Sun-Times.

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She added that it’s important for the candidate to recognize that mayors “touch the lives of more Americans on a day-to-day basis than anybody else and that the direct delivery of services to our people is critically important every single day.”

Lightfoot has been in Washington this week, attending the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but says she plans to be elsewhere — at Trump’s Senate impeachment trial — when the president addresses the group Friday.

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