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Raphael Cohen: Baghdad siege wasn’t Benghazi, and never will be — here’s how the embassy attacks differ

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The siege of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is over at least for the moment. The militia has withdrawn and while the Middle East awaits what comes next, especially after the United States’ strike on Qods Force Gen. Qasem Solem Solemaini, the narrative surrounding the attack on the embassy is already forming.

President Donald Trump tweeted, “The Anti-Benghazi!” a reference to the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. And Trump is not alone in making the Benghazi analogy. Multiple media outlets from across the political spectrum have made the comparison.

On a superficial level, the comparison holds — both are American diplomatic outposts in the Arab world attacked by angry throngs — and both are rife with symbolic significance.

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For the president and his supporters, the analogy highlights a success. Benghazi ended in disaster whereas Baghdad proved successful, thanks to a timely and robust American military response to reinforce a post under siege. To the president’s critics, the analogy has the opposite connotation — yet another data point proving that American Middle East policy has failed. Both sides, however, arguably miss the point:

Baghdad would never have been, nor will it ever be another Benghazi.

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For starters, there is the matter of size and scale. Benghazi was not a full-fledged embassy. It was a relatively small post comprised of a Temporary Mission Facility and Annex a mile away, with only a few dozen Americans present at the time of the attack in October 2012. By contrast, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is one of the largest embassies in the world, home at one point to 16,000 employees (although considerably smaller today) in a sprawling $750 million compound almost the size Vatican City.

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Then, there was a question of the adversary. The mob that attacked Benghazi was a mixture of diverse jihadi and militia groups. By contrast, the crowd that attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was from news accounts more unified and in some ways more formidable, linked to Iranian-sponsored militia Khaitab Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian factions. Indeed, the very fact that the crowd responded to an order to withdraw indicates that this was more than a mob. The clash outside of the embassy in Baghdad then was not just a terrorist attack, but a battle in a much larger proxy war playing out between the United States and Iran.

The overarching political contexts are also different. After the fall of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Libya lacked a central authority capable of governing the country. Consequently, by the time of the Benghazi attacks, the United States could not expect much from Libya. Iraq has been an American “strategic” partner, with a coherent, albeit weak, government  since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the signature of the U.S. Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement in 2008. In Iraq, the United States would have expected more from the government to safeguard its diplomats. Iraq’s failure to do so may prove more consequential for the United States’ fight against terrorism, efforts to contain Iran and the United States’ reputation abroad.

Then there is the strategic context. The Obama administration was never fully invested in Libya. Despite its oil reserves, the country arguably was a relative strategic backwater. American military involvement consequently was half-hearted. It was, after all, characterized as the unfortunately phrased “leading from behind” strategy, where the United States would push its allies to do more by staying in the background.

Given the heightened tension between the United States and Iran and the ongoing instability in Iraq, the U.S. Embassy may very well be attacked again. In all likelihood, such an attack would fail.

By contrast, the United States is more invested in Iraq. Not only does the country have energy resources, but it also lies at the political, cultural and strategic heart of the Middle East.  It has played a defining role in American foreign policy for decades. Every American president since George H.W. Bush has sent American service members to fight in and over the country. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have served in the country and thousands sacrificed their lives there. And while both the Obama and Trump administrations have tried to leave Iraq, both have found themselves drawn back because American interests combating the so-called Islamic state dictated it.

Finally and most importantly, the Benghazi and Baghdad attacks differ on what comes next. After the Benghazi attack, the Obama administration could largely walk away from Libya. While the United States eventually apprehended and convicted some of the key perpetrators of the Benghazi attack, the U.S. engagement in the country remained relatively limited. In 2014, the United States even shut down its embassy in Tripoli when militias closed in on the Libyan capital.

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The United States cannot extricate from Iraq as it did Libya for some of the same reasons mentioned above. It is too big, too important, and has too much-shared history for the United States to simply pack up and leave cleanly and without jeopardizing its interests in combating terrorism and containing Iran, not to mention losing face.

Given the heightened tension between the United States and Iran and the ongoing instability in Iraq, the U.S. Embassy may very well be attacked again. In all likelihood, such an attack would fail. If for lack of the United States’ will, the strength of Iranian proxies or a combination of the two, such an attack did succeed, then the United States would be facing a strategic situation far more grim than Libya. If any historical analogy would be appropriate, it would have been more akin to the fall U.S. Embassy in Saigon than the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

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Tom Brady dismisses retirement talk after playoff loss, admits he’s unsure of future

Tom Brady dismissed any notion he was going to retire following the New England Patriots’ early playoff exit thanks to a loss at home Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans.

Brady told reporters in his postgame press conference that he has no plans to retire, but admitted that he doesn’t exactly know what the future holds for him, according to ESPN.

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“I would say it’s pretty unlikely,” Brady said, adding “hopefully unlikely.”

The 42-year-old NFL great was asked whether he would want to return to the Patriots.

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Was this Tom Brady’s final game in Foxborough? (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

“I love the Patriots. It’s the greatest organization. Playing for Mr. [Robert] Kraft all these years, and for Coach [Bill] Belichick, there’s nobody who’s had a better career, I would say, than me — just being with them. So I’m very blessed,” he said.

“I don’t know what the future looks like, so I’m not going to predict it.”

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Before Brady even stepped out on the field at Gillette Stadium, he was greeted with raucous chants and even signs that read “Please Stay Tommy.”

“I personally appreciate everything they’ve contributed — not just this year, but a lot of years,” he said. “Just very grateful for the experience playing this year for the team, this organization, and over the course of my career, too. I appreciate it. I hope I’ve always tried to do the right thing out there. Who knows what the future holds? So I’ll leave it at that.”

He added: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m not going to predict it. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games. I don’t know what it looks like moving forward, so we’ll just take it day to day.”

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Brady was 20-for-37 with 209 passing yards and an interception in the loss. The interception ended up being a pick-six that helped the Titans seal the win.

It’s the first time the Patriots have lost in the wild-card round since the 2009 season when the Baltimore Ravens defeated them, 33-14.

Brady has been called the greatest of all-time because of his six Super Bowl titles. There have been rumors floating all-season long about his potential retirement and he has dismissed all of them.

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Whether he plays in New England next season is a different story. The 2020 and 2021 years on Brady’s contract void on March 17, according to Spotrac.

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Iranian MP threatens to ‘attack the White House’: report

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Iranian MP Abolfazl Abutorabi has reportedly threatened to attack the White House in response to a message from President Trump that promised severe consequences if the Islamic nation escalates hostilities with the U.S.

Abutorabi was responding to a question about how Iran should react to the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani during an American airstrike, The Independent reported.

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“We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time,” Abutorabi said according to the UK publication, which cited Iranian news agency ILNA.

This comes as President Trump vowed to hit Iran hard should the country retaliate against the U.S. for Soleimani’s death.

“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters,” Trump tweeted over the weekend.

The president continued: “He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.”

Abutorabi called Soleimani’s death “a declaration of war,” and that a swift, strong response was necessary.

“When someone declares war, do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head,” he said.

Following Soleimani’s death, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “harsh retaliation is waiting for the criminals whose filthy hands spilled his blood.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also promised to “take revenge for this heinous crime.”

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday that Soleimani’s death puts the entire region at the beginning of a “completely new phase.”

Speaking before thousands of supports at a rally in southern Beirut, Nasrallah called the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani a “clear, blatant crime” that will transform the Middle East.

The Independent’s international correspondent, Borzou Daragahi, doubted the likelihood of an attack on U.S. soil, noting that Abutorabi was known for inflammatory language and that Iran does not necessarily have the military capabilities of striking the U.S. with missiles.

Over the weekend, President Trump issued a severe threat of his own, claiming that he has “52 Iranian sites” in mind as potential targets should Iran take any further action.

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After the stroke that killed Soleimani, the U.S.-led coalition forces in the region announced that they have put their training of Iraqi forces on hold for the time being, while remaining committed to working with the Iraqi people and government in combating ISIS.

“Repeated rocket attacks over the last two months by elements of Kata’ib Hezbollah have caused the death of Iraqi Security Forces personnel and a U.S. civilian.  As a result we are now fully committed to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops,” the statement said. “This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Victor Garcia and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iranian MP threatens to ‘attack the White House’: report

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Iranian MP Abolfazl Abutorabi has reportedly threatened to attack the White House in response to a message from President Trump that promised severe consequences if the Islamic nation escalates hostilities with the U.S.

Abutorabi was responding to a question about how Iran should react to the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani during an American airstrike, The Independent reported.

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“We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time,” Abutorabi said according to the UK publication, which cited Iranian news agency ILNA.

This comes as President Trump vowed to hit Iran hard should the country retaliate against the U.S. for Soleimani’s death.

“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters,” Trump tweeted over the weekend.

The president continued: “He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.”

Abutorabi called Soleimani’s death “a declaration of war,” and that a swift, strong response was necessary.

“When someone declares war, do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head,” he said.

Following Soleimani’s death, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “harsh retaliation is waiting for the criminals whose filthy hands spilled his blood.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also promised to “take revenge for this heinous crime.”

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday that Soleimani’s death puts the entire region at the beginning of a “completely new phase.”

Speaking before thousands of supports at a rally in southern Beirut, Nasrallah called the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani a “clear, blatant crime” that will transform the Middle East.

The Independent’s international correspondent, Borzou Daragahi, doubted the likelihood of an attack on U.S. soil, noting that Abutorabi was known for inflammatory language and that Iran does not necessarily have the military capabilities of striking the U.S. with missiles.

Over the weekend, President Trump issued a severe threat of his own, claiming that he has “52 Iranian sites” in mind as potential targets should Iran take any further action.

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After the stroke that killed Soleimani, the U.S.-led coalition forces in the region announced that they have put their training of Iraqi forces on hold for the time being, while remaining committed to working with the Iraqi people and government in combating ISIS.

“Repeated rocket attacks over the last two months by elements of Kata’ib Hezbollah have caused the death of Iraqi Security Forces personnel and a U.S. civilian.  As a result we are now fully committed to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops,” the statement said. “This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Victor Garcia and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike crash involving tour bus, semi-trucks leaves multiple dead; highway closed

Multiple people were killed in a major crash involving a tour bus, semi-trucks, and several other vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday in the western part of the state, according to officials.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the highway’s westbound lanes in Mount Pleasant Township, located about 40 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo confirmed fatalities on Twitter, but did not provide a number. A “prolonged closure” of the turnpike is likely, DeFebo said.

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A Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher told KDKA-TV the accident involved one tour bus, multiple semi-trucks and an unknown number of passenger vehicles. It was not clear how many people were killed in the crash. Officials told CBS News Radio and WPXI that at least 5 were killed and 53 were transported to area hospitals.

Images from the scene showed mangled wreckage on the highway.

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Multiple people were killed after a major crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday. (KDKA-TV via NNS)

A turnpike spokesperson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the tour bus flipped on its side during the crash.

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The crash happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County, around 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. (KDKA-TV via NNS)

“We don’t know how many (fatalities) exactly at this point,” DeFebo told the newspaper.

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The crash caused all lanes to be closed in both directions on the highway between the Breezewood and New Stanton exits, roughly an 86-mile stretch of roadway.

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Motorists traveling east are being urged to use Route 119 south US 40 east to Interstate 68 east (at Cumberland, Maryland) to Interstate 70 west and re-enter the turnpike at the Breezewood Interchange exit 161.

Westbound motorists are urged to use Route 30 west to Interstate 99 north to US Route 22 west to Route 66 south and re-enter the turnpike at exit 75 in at the New Stanton exit.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike can be seen empty after it was closed in both directions following a major crash early Sunday. (KDKA-TV via NNS)

It was not clear if the weather was a factor in the crash. The National Weather Service forecast for Westmoreland County early Sunday listed light unknown precipitation and an air temperature just below freezing.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending investigators to the crash scene, WPXI reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ultra-rare 4-door Chevrolet Corvette surfaces for sale

Ford is expanding the Mustang lineup this year with a four-door electric utility vehicle called the Mach-E that represents a shocking departure for the brand as it looks to reach new customers. But could Chevrolet do something similar with the Corvette?

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(NBS Auto Showroom)

General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently told Motor Trend she’s “not going to say never,” but indications are that such a move won’t happen anytime soon.

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However, it nearly did 40 years ago when Chevrolet commissioned a four-door version of the third-generation Corvette. Six of the cars were built by California Custom Coach in Pasadena to test the market, each requiring two donor cars for a build that preserved the stock front and rear ends while creating a four-seat passenger compartment under double-T-top roof.

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(NBS Auto Showroom)

According to Super Chevy, the plan was to sell a factory-backed model called the Corvette America at a rate of 40 each year, but a projected $35,000 price tag at a time when the Corvette started at $13,000 doomed the car and just one prototype and five customer cars were built by California Custom Coach before the project was shelved.

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One of the two that are known to still exist is currently up for sale at a car dealer in Milpitas, Calif., for $102,526. BarnFinds.com reports that it was previously listed on Craigslist last October for $119,650 and for $275,000 in 2017. The seller, NBS Auto Showroom, claims the very red-on-red hatchback is a numbers-matching original with 21,000 miles on its 350 cubic-inch V8.

If Chevrolet ever decides to build a four-door Corvette again, it’ll have to find a different way to do it. The all-new 2020 model features a mid-engine design that would make a stretch like this a bit of, well, a stretch.

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Andrew Roberts: Winston Churchill showed ‘qualities of leadership that we desperately need’

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Historian Andrew Roberts says there are many reasons Americans should value the life and legacy of Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II.

Roberts told Mark Levin in an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on “Life, Liberty & Levin” that Churchill exhibited the qualities that all nations should look up to.

“I think is an absolutely essential question at a time when leadership is such an important aspect in the world today,” he said. “I think that Churchill enunciated so many of the most important statements that still need to be made.”

Host Mark Levin pointed out that both President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both have busts of Churchill displayed prominently in their offices.

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Roberts, the author of the critically acclaimed biography “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” told Levin that Americans should look for leaders with similar moral courage as Churchill — who bounced back from a massive blunder in World War I that Roberts said brought Churchill to the brink of committing suicide.

In 1915, Churchill — then First Lord of the Admiralty — sent an expedition to the Dardanelles in Southeastern Europe with the goal of knocking the Ottoman Empire out of World War I. However, the attack was easily repulsed by Turkish troops and Allied forces lost six ships and more than 140,000 troops.

“If it had come off [successfully], it would have been one of the great strategic genius moves in the history of warfare,” Roberts said of the Dardanelles campaign.

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“But he [Churchill] did come back from it largely through his extraordinary eloquence. The government didn’t want to have him on the opposition benches, so they brought him back into the cabinet [as Minister of Munitions] in 1917,” Roberts added. “I think that he showed different qualities of leadership that we desperately need.”

Roberts said Americans should also remember Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Mo., in which he had the foresight to point out the potential dangers of the postwar Soviet Union.

“He went out and said what he believed. And he stuck to it,” Roberts said. “And that’s something I think that is not just [for] the 1930s. That’s, for all time, a great leadership quality.”

Roberts said that Churchill’s life should not only be a model for political leaders but those in business as well.

Churchill died in 1965 at the age of 90.

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Betsy McCaughey: On Trump impeachment trial, don’t believe Chuck Schumer

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is waging a media blitz to demand that four of President Trump’s White House staff members be compelled to testify at the president’s impeachment trial in the Senate.

Schumer claims that unless that happens, the trial will be unfair. Don’t believe him. It’s a ploy to smear President Trump’s expected acquittal, leaving Trump damaged goods for the November election.

Schumer accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Friday of wanting a “mock trial” instead of real justice. This is an act by the New York senator to deceive the public. Schumer knows there is zero chance the White House witnesses he’s demanding will testify.

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Close advisers to all presidents are generally protected by executive privilege. This isn’t something Trump invented. Previous presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, have said “no” to similar congressional requests, arguing that it is their duty to protect the presidency from congressional overreach.

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House Democrats could have gone to court to get a ruling on the president’s claim of executive privilege, possibly compelling the testimony. But once the Democrats voted to impeach, they lost any chance of having federal courts order Trump’s staff testify.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1993 that the courts won’t interfere in impeachment trials, because the Senate has “the sole power” over them under the Constitution.  

Now Schumer is pressing Senate Majority Leader McConnell to promise to call four White House witnesses. It’s a charade.  McConnell can’t surrender the president’s executive privilege. It’s not his to give away.

Schumer’s demand is nothing more than a public relations stunt.

Schumer is claiming emails released last week are “a game-changer.” That’s nonsense. The emails confirm that Trump put a hold on aid to Ukraine – a fact already known – but don’t indicate he did it for improper reasons.

In fact, several of the emails underscore the president’s concern about corruption in Ukraine and his legitimate concern to ensure that aid sent there would not be wasted.

Meanwhile, McConnell has so far indicated he’d favor a short impeachment trial without witnesses.

House Democrats have already called 19 witnesses, and produced 8,000 pages of testimony and reports. Republicans were denied any chance to call witnesses there.

If House Democrats decide at some point they want to hear from witnesses, they have the votes to call them. Here’s who should be on the top of the list: the whistleblower, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, and Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Atkinson inexplicably deemed the whistleblower’s complaint “credible.”

Start with the so-called “whistleblower.” He filed what is technically called a whistleblower complaint. But he had no firsthand knowledge of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine or Trump’s motives.

Every charge made in the whistleblower’s complaint begins with “I learned from multiple U.S. officials,” or “multiple officials told me,” or “officials with direct knowledge informed me.” He never names any of these sources.

This person is a gossip. Real whistleblowers provide firsthand knowledge and expose dangers or abuses that would otherwise not be known.

During his committee’s impeachment hearings, Schiff, D-Calif., silenced anyone who dared raise questions about the whistleblower. He claimed to be protecting the whistleblower. Nonsense. He was protecting himself.

Last week a nonprofit that promotes government transparency, Judicial Watch, sued to get the whistleblower’s emails. If they become public the truth about Schiff’s role in engineering the complaint will come out too.

What we know so far is that on July 26, one day after Trump’s controversial phone call, Schiff hired Sean Misko to join his staff. Shortly afterward, Schiff’s staff met with the whistleblower, a friend of a co-worker of Misko’s in the intelligence community. Schiff’s staff provided “guidance” to the whistleblower on how to make a complaint.

Schiff lied about these cozy dealings until The New York Times called him on it.

The whistleblower filed his complaint with Intelligence Community Inspector General Atkinson on August 12, also hiding that he had met with Schiff’s staff. When the complaint was made public in September, Schiff pretended to be surprised.

The unanswered question senators need to probe is why Atkinson deemed the complaint “credible” enough to be reported the Congress. That is what allowed Schiff to drive impeachment.

“Second-hand or unsubstantiated assertions” of wrongdoing, including accounts provided by other employees, are not enough for a whistleblower complaint to be acted on. The regulations spell that out clearly.

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Yet that’s all the whistleblower had. No firsthand information. Atkinson’s Sept. 30 statement explaining why he deemed the complaint actionable is doubletalk. No real reason is given.

Atkinson testified to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Oct. 4. He may have given a reason then. But Schiff still won’t release that testimony, even to House members.

The testimony of all the 18 other witnesses grilled in those closed-door meetings has been released. All except Atkinson’s. It’s a troubling omission.

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What is Schiff hiding? His staff’s role in producing the whistleblower complaint and the flimsy nature of the complaint, which was certainly inadequate to begin an impeachment inquiry against the president of the United States.

The public deserves the truth.

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Newt Gingrich: Can aging be reversed? Incredible new research may let us grow younger instead of older

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It’s a seemingly fundamental truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about the aging process is wrong?

What if we could choose how long we live – or how long we stay youthful?

This may sound like science fiction, but incredible new breakthroughs in biological research reveal that we can potentially slow down – or even reverse – the aging process. This is the topic of this week’s episode of “Newt’s World.”

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Scientists and researchers at some of America’s top medical institutions are discovering that aging is largely controlled by our genetic code – and the code can be altered. Tests show that this could mean we can put off or stop the largest causes of disease in the world.

As one of this week’s guests, Dr. David Sinclair, describes it, “Aging is a disease, and the disease is treatable.”

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Sinclair is a professor in the Department of Genetics and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of “Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To.”

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I also spoke with Dr. Nir Barzilai, who is director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research, and the National Institutes of Health Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. He is author of the upcoming book “Age Later: Secrets of the Healthiest, Sharpest Centenarians.”

According to these two doctors, the key to stop aging is activating newly discovered vitality genes. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that, in the near future, we may be able to not just feel younger – but actually become younger.

Their studies began in rodents, and other mammals, but they have recently begun researching how these techniques can impact humanity.

To be clear: This isn’t just about putting off sore joints or wrinkles. Slowing the aging process could help us stave off serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease. Imagine finding out that you were genetically likely to come down with one of these crippling illnesses – and then learning that you could postpone them – or avoid them altogether.

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This was a truly fascinating episode for me, and I hope that you will enjoy listening to it.

Please join me this week on “Newt’s World” – and learn how we could one day find modern medicine’s “fountain of youth.”

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Is plastic surgery safe?

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Dear Dr. Manny,

Is plastic surgery safe? I know so many people get it because they think their faces don’t look right, but surely it can’t be right to cut your face open for no reason? And what is “medical tourism?”

Thanks for your question.

Absolutely no medical procedure or surgery is risk-free. That being said, plastic surgery has been proven to be very safe indeed. Most people who get plastic surgery from competent doctors do not suffer unexpected side effects.

Always check the qualifications and the history of the doctor performing your surgery, but as long as he or she knows what they are doing, then you have a very high chance of recovering perfectly.

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Make sure that you inform your doctor of your complete medical history before the surgery. Give them the list of all prescription and non-prescription drugs that you are currently taking. Your doctor should also give you a complete physical before the procedure, just to rule anything out.

Some people will experience blood clots if they have pre-existing conditions. You are also at risk if you: are obese; have had a recent injury; have a nervous system disorder; a history of cancer; genetic issues that lead to blood clotting; take oral contraceptives; are undergoing hormonal replacement therapy; or smoke regularly. This may not disqualify you, but it does need to be taken into account.

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Fewer than 1 percent of people who have had plastic surgery experience complications. Some people will have a severe reaction to the anesthesia, which may include blood clots, brain damage, a heart attack, irregular heartbeats, hyperthermia, nerve damage, a stroke, or paralysis.

People who smoke are also at high risk for skin death or necrosis.

“Medical tourism,” meanwhile, is when someone travels out of the country looking for a less expensive health procedure. Some countries actually promote medical tourism because patients tend to stay in the country afterward to see the sights.

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Some patients also travel to find better rates on plastic surgery. This is not recommended, because lower costs may indicate a lower quality of care, and a higher risk for complications.

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