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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on learning of Kevin Hart’s car crash: ‘My heart stopped’

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got quite the scare when he learned that his pal and co-star Kevin Hart was involved in a car crash in early September.

Johnson, 47, and Hart, 40, sat down with Kevin McCarthy to promote their upcoming “Jumanji” sequel and discussed their reactions to the accident.

“His situation could have gone another way. He knows that and we know that,” Johnson said. “When I heard the news my heart stopped and I lost my breath. Kevin’s one of the good ones. He’s one of the good eggs. I’m really proud of not only his ability to overcome but also, again we’re here, we’re in Cabo. We made ‘Jumanji.’ Life is good.”

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The duo went on to talk through what happened after the crash and shared how they both felt that their perspectives had changed.

“The beauty of our relationship is we hugged, and we had a real strong conversation when we finally came back face-to-face, about what this meant, how this has changed him,” Johnson said. “It’s almost as if life and the universe takes this shade and lifts it from your eyes and you view it in a different way. To hear him talk like that, I was like, ‘You’re the same guy but a different guy now — empowered. With a different kind of spirit.'”

Johnson added: “Then 20 minutes later we’re giving each other s–t.”

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Hart also discussed the incident, saying he plans on taking nothing for granted in the future.

“It’s not about not working the same or not having the same level of hustle or energy within my profession,” he said. “But being present to the ones around you that matter most is more of a priority now. The level of appreciation for life is extremely higher because you do kind of take it for granted.”

“You do bypass the fact that things don’t have to be the way they are,” he added. “That they could change like that. So when you have [an] experience that shows you that, you understand what that is and what it was, and you make sure that you make the matters of being present matter most. For me, that’s the new version of myself that I’m happy about.”

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Johnson and Hart’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” will hit theaters on Friday, Dec. 13.

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Australian fashion influencer shuts down blog over mommy guilt, admits she can’t ‘have it all’

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A popular fashion influencer in Australia revealed she’s shutting down her blog in a teary video, in which she admitted that the pressures of her career were negatively impacting her relationship with her family.

I Heart Bargains blogger Chelsea Thomas, who has amassed 105,000 Instagram followers, said she decided to close shop after realizing she can’t actually have it all.

Thomas said her e-commerce fashion blog had become like her third child and took time away from her actual children.

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“I am an example of a woman who’s tried to have it all,” she said in a 15-minute video posted on Tuesday.  “You are never going to be able to do everything to be perfect. It just doesn’t work that way … I am grieving a lot of the time I have missed with my children.”

“It’s now time for me to really protect myself creatively, be with my family,” she added.

Thomas said she initially started the business eight years ago as a “side hustle” when her son, Jude, was 10 months old.

“I wanted to give women access to affordable fashion,” she said. “There was nothing quite like it in Australia at the time.

“It was an unbelievable ride. I didn’t anticipate the success it would bring me. I didn’t anticipate it would be my full-time job,” she said.

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Thomas said she is drawn to do something else creatively but hasn’t yet pinpointed what that something is.

Overall, it was her son and her occasional absence in his life that drove her to return to being a full-time mother.

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“Jude definitely needs me. He’s now 8, but he has seen a mother that has worked so hard for so long,” said Thomas, who began to cry. “For nearly a decade I’ve smashed it. I thought that smashing it was the right thing to do. I thought that meant success, power … more following. No, it doesn’t mean that.

“It means being disconnected to your children, it means potentially being apart from your husband,” she said.

While some followers admitted that they were sad to see the blog go, they also expressed support for Thomas and her decision. Other moms even said they could relate.

“Omg omg omg the end of an era. You should be so proud. What a journey,” one Instagram follower commented.

“I love how incredibly bold and strong you are to walk your own path! Well done,” another person wrote.

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Another follower said, “I resonated, related, understood and connected with a lot of your honest and real message – so so proud of you!”

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Trump’s High Crime Was to Assault Every American’s Right to Free and Fair Elections

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Emma Stone Just Got Engaged

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Emma Stone is sporting a rock on her finger. 

The Oscar-winning actor and her boyfriend Dave McCary announced their engagement on his Instagram page Wednesday with a picture of both of them beaming and with a beautiful ring on Stone’s finger.

The two have been dating since 2017. It’s reported that they met on the set of “Saturday Night Live” in 2016, when Stone was hosting the show. McCary is a filmmaker, writer and currently a segment director for “SNL.”

Stone, 31, and McCary, 34, have kept their relationship relatively low profile but sparked engagement rumors earlier this year when Stone was spotted wearing a ring in public. She later revealed to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” that she wasn’t ― yet.

Prior to dating McCary, the “La La Land” actor dated her “Amazing Spider-Man” co-star Andrew Garfield from 2011 to 2015.

In an interview with Elle last year, Stone had said her perspectives on marriage changed as she’d aged (and turned 30) and she was looking forward to tying the knot.

“As a teenager, I was like, I’m never getting married, I’m never having kids. And then I got older and I was like, I really want to get married, I really want to have kids,” she said.

Here’s to the happy couple.

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Pirates hijack supertanker off Nigeria, kidnap 19 crew members, report says

Pirates off the coast of Nigeria late Tuesday boarded a fully loaded supertanker and kidnapped 19 crew members on board, according to a report.

The incident happened about 80 miles from Bonny Island, Nigeria’s main loading point for crude oil, Bloomberg reported.

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Pirates off the coast of Nigeria hijacked a Navios-owned vessel late Tuesday. (sec.gov)

A spokesman for Navios, the ship’s owner, told the outlet that the crew members remain missing. Those who weren’t kidnapped managed to sail the vessel to a safe location.

Eight of the 19 crew members onboard the Hong Kong-flagged vessel were Indian, and one was Turkish, the New Indian Express reported.

The “prime concern is the safety and early return of the 19 persons taken by the pirate gang,” the Navios spokesman said. “All the appropriate authorities, including the Flag State, have been alerted and are responding, and all the necessary action is being taken to secure their well-being and early release.”

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The area has been known for small-scale pirate attacks in recent years, though overall figures have dropped. In July, 10 Turkish sailors were kidnapped by gunmen off the coast of Nigeria while heading from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast.

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Between January and September of this year, nearly 20 percent of attacks where hijackers boarded a vessel took place off the coast of Nigeria, according to data from the International Maritime Bureau.

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Gabrielle Union has ‘productive’ meeting with NBC over ‘AGT’ exit, prompts investigation

Gabrielle Union had a five-hour meeting with NBC over her “America’s Got Talent” exit, and she called the sit-down “productive.”

“We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday,” the actress, 47, tweeted on Wednesday. “I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.”

In a statement obtained by Fox News, a representative for NBC said that “the initial conversation was candid and productive.”

“While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution,” NBC added.

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The meeting follows a Variety report that Union submitted complaints about an alleged “toxic culture” on the set of “AGT.” Union reportedly cited an offensive joke made by guest judge Jay Leno as an example, asking that it be reported to human resources, though it allegedly never was.

In addition, sources also told the outlet that Union was allegedly told that some of her often-changing hairstyles were “too black” for the show’s audience.

While Union has yet to clarify whether she was fired or left on her own accord, her husband Dwayne Wade alleged in a tweet that she was, in fact, fired.

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Gabrielle Union said she had a 5-hour long meeting with NBC. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

JULIANNE HOUGH ADDRESSES HER AND GABRIELLE UNION’S ‘AGT’ DEPARTURES

“…When I got the news that my wife was being fired — my first question was obviously why!?,” he said on Twitter on Friday. “I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.”

Julianne Hough, who also departed the show, has also spoken out, denying that she left because of a “toxic culture.”

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“…I believe that the paradigm of the workplace and how you do business and work with people now, it’s shifting, and I think that the people that really want to see change happen are going to authentically and positively… do that. And so that’s all I really have to say about that,” the 31-year-old dancer said on People Now.

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First giant planet around white dwarf discovered by scientists

For the very first time, scientists have found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star.

Researchers used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to gain a stronger understanding of the properties of the star named WDJ0914+1914.

“It was one of those chance discoveries,” researcher and study lead Boris Gänsicke, from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, said in a statement.

The team’s follow-up observations, published in a new study in Nature, showed the presence of hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur associated with the white dwarf.

By analyzing the spectra taken by ESO’s X-shooter instrument, the team discovered that these elements were in a disc of gas swirling into the white dwarf, and not coming from the star itself.

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This illustration shows the white dwarf WDJ0914+1914 and its Neptune-like exoplanet. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

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According to a press release detailing the study’s findings, the detected amounts of hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur are similar to those found in the deep atmospheric layers of cold, giant planets like Neptune and Uranus.

Scientists believe that if this type of planet was orbiting near a hot white dwarf, the extreme ultraviolet radiation from the star would strip away its outer layers, and some of this stripped gas would swirl into a disc, itself coming together onto the white dwarf.

And that is what researchers think they are observing around WDJ0914+1914: the first evaporating planet orbiting a white dwarf.

“It took a few weeks of very hard thinking to figure out that the only way to make such a disc is the evaporation of a giant planet,” Matthias Schreiber from the University of Valparaiso in Chile, who computed the past and future evolution of this system, said in a statement.

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“The discovery also opens up a new window into the final fate of planetary systems,” Gänsicke added.

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Gregg Jarrett: Impeachment-obsessed Democrats ignore logic and law as 4 professors testify at hearing

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It is tempting to describe Wednesday’s impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee as a farce. But it was worse than that. It made a travesty of fairness.

With Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. at the helm of the Judiciary Committee, there was no real chance that President Trump would be treated equitably. After all, Nadler’s confederate and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., had already obliterated any semblance of due process in impeachment hearings before his committee.

The Schiff hearings were a lollapalooza of hearsay, opinion and grotesque speculation. So there was no reason to believe that Nadler’s Judiciary Committee hearing would be anything less than a theater of the absurd.

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Sure enough, Nadler assembled a team of three liberal law professors who were already on record as antagonistic to President Trump. During their daylong testimony, the hostility was palpable.

There was little effort to disguise the relentless Democratic agenda to remove Trump from office by hell or high water. Obsessions are like that. They know no bounds and defy all sensibility.                       

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Republicans were afforded just one witness. Fortunately, his sagacity and eloquence offered a persuasive counterbalance. For one day at least, numerical superiority did not prevail.

Here is a summary of what unfolded, looking at the testimony of the four law professors who testified.

Harvard University Law Professor Noah Feldman

Feldman had already prejudged Trump’s guilt on an impeachable offense when he penned a column two months ago declaring that Trump had committed an unconstitutional “quid pro quo” in asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into the conduct of former Vice President Joe Biden.

This, of course, conveniently ignored the fact that no evidence of a quid pro quo exists anywhere in the record of the Trump-Zelensky phone call of July 25.

In his opening statement, Feldman stated with absolute certainty that he knew President Trump was acting for “personal gain” – as if he had magically divined Trump’s intent.

Yet, Feldman gave no consideration to the president’s stated explanation that Trump wanted to know whether a U.S. public office holder, then-Vice President Biden, might have committed a corrupt act. Does this mean that it’s corrupt for a president to ask about corruption, regardless of the context or circumstances? The professor didn’t say.

Feldman’s bias and enmity should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed his Twitter rants against the president, as the White House was quick to point out.

Barely two months into office, Trump publicly questioned whether intelligence agencies might have wiretapped him. The president’s tweet to that effect constituted “the risk of impeachment,” according to the good professor. Truly, you have to laugh at such a ludicrous claim.

Feldman seems to see the impeachment boogeyman behind just about everything Trump does. He penned a pulpy piece of comedy a few months later contending that Trump should be removed from office for exercising his constitutionally authorized power to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona for a contempt of court conviction.

Feldman condemned the pardon as “an abuse of power” and “an impeachable offense.”

Apparently, it was OK for President Bill Clinton to pardon his brother, but it’s an impeachable act when Trump pardoned a sheriff in Arizona … because, you know, he’s a Republican. No serious person gave the argument credence, not even Democrats in Congress.

Stanford University Law Professor Pamela Karlan

Karlan vented her visceral anger from the outset of the Judiciary Committee hearing by claiming she was insulted at a Republican member’s suggestion that the learned professors hadn’t sufficiently digested all the evidence – especially Schiff’s 300-page report released the night before that was approved only by Democrats and rejected by Republicans.

But after scolding Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., Karlan’s officious manner persisted. She seemed to seethe at the mere mention of Trump, resurrecting a statement he made in jest during the 2016 campaign as if it was a death penalty crime.

Karlan asserted – without evidence– that Trump had “demanded foreign involvement in our upcoming election.”  But how could she know that? She presumed a motive and ascribed it to the president.

Nowhere in the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call is there a demand for anything. Zelensky has repeatedly stated that no demand was ever made of him. There is no mention of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

There was little effort to disguise the relentless Democratic agenda to remove Trump from office by hell or high water

To the contrary, Trump’s interest seemed to center on Biden’s potential wrongdoing as vice president when Biden demanded the firing of a prosecutor who was investigating the Ukrainian natural gas company that was paying his son Hunter an exorbitant amount of money every month to serve on its board.

Karlan lost all credibility when she took a boorish stab at President Trump’s teenage son and said:  “The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility … so, while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.” The remark set a new low for gratuitous cheap shots.

The Stanford professor is a decided partisan who took aim at Trump before he ever assumed the presidency. In remarks published by the San Francisco Chronicle she compared the president-elect to his predecessors: “I can’t think of one who had such an across-the-board combination of ignorance, indifference and defiance.”

As I noted in an earlier column, Karlan signed an open letter predicting that Trump would fail to take his “constitutional oath seriously” and urged him to reverse his positions on social issues.

Within months of Trump being sworn in, Karlan told the web publication Salon: “If we had a series of presidents like Trump, we wouldn’t have a United States of America.”  Karlan wears her disdain of Trump on her sleeve. It showed during Wednesday’s hearing.

University of North Carolina Law Professor Michael Gerhardt

Gerhardt won the “exaggeration of the day” award when he declared: “If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning.”

Gerhardt accused Trump of assaulting the Constitution and compared him to a monarch, resurrecting the almost forgotten Mueller Report as evidence. In Gerhardt’s judgment, Trump is former President Richard Nixon in disguise. Only worse.

Gerhardt careened from one point to another as he stumbled through a statement that he seemed not to have read beforehand. He denounced Trump’s exercise of a legally recognized executive privilege as “obstruction,” ignoring that past presidents – including Barack Obama – had done the same in response to congressional subpoenas.

The testimony of Gerhardt was predictable, if not dull. He had already authored a column last month condemning Trump for “trashing the Constitution.” In an interview, he accused the president of having “dismissed the rule of law as irrelevant in his life.” Enough said.

George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley

Turley was the only witness Republicans were permitted to call. Despite the stacked deck, he came across as the most earnest and objective witness among the four professors.

Turley began by making it clear that he is not a partisan.

“I am not a supporter of President Trump,” Turley said. “I voted against him in 2016 and I have previously voted for Presidents Clinton and Obama.”

Turley added that “one can oppose President Trump’s policies or actions but still conclude that the current legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects dangerous as the basis for the impeachment of an American president.”

Turley warned that Congress would further divide and alienate the nation by pursuing impeachment without merit.

“If you rush this impeachment through, you will leave half of the American public behind and certainly that is not what the framers wanted,” the professor said.

Turley cautioned that an expedited impeachment without clear and convincing evidence, especially on the question of obstruction, would be an abuse of power by Congress. “You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the president for doing,” he said. 

The professor called the current effort to impeach Trump “slipshod” and driven by rage instead of reason.

“Impeachment must be based on proof, not presumptions,” Turley observed. “I don’t see proof of a quid pro quo.” He argued that there is “a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger” driving Democrats. He criticized them for rushing the process based on “wafer thin evidence”.

President Trump’s action asking Ukraine to investigate Biden “does not make this a plausible case for bribery,” Turley said.

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The professor distilled the contentious issue to its essence: “If President Trump honestly believed that there was a corrupt arrangement with Hunter Biden that was not fully investigated by the Obama administration, the request for an investigation is not corrupt.”

In both his written statement and his oral testimony, Turley took apart all of the allegations leveled against Trump: bribery, extortion, obstruction and campaign finance violations. He explained why they did not apply to the known facts.

Turley then offered his own impassioned analysis of how we got here.

“We are living in the very period described by Alexander Hamilton –a period of agitated passions,” Turley said. “I get it. You’re mad. The president is mad. My Republican friends are mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad, and Luna is a goldendoodle and they don’t get mad. So we’re all mad. Where has that taken us? Will a slipshod impeachment make us less mad? That’s why it is wrong.

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“It’s wrong because this is not how you impeach an American president,” Turley continued. “To impeach a president on this record would expose every future president to the same type of inchoate impeachment.”

This was the clearest explanation yet for how the current impeachment hysteria has raged out of control. Sadly, it will make no difference. Democrats are determined beyond reason to impeach President Trump.

Neither logic nor the law seem to matter.

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The Impeachment Show Fleshes Out Its Back Story

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More and more often, absorbing TV serials don’t just stand on their own. There are ancillary shows, explainers, deep dives for the superfans. The HBO mini-series “Chernobyl” inspired a successful podcast exploring the history behind the dramatized events. “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones” and Bravo’s reality series have inspired talk shows devoted to analyzing and theorizing about them.

The first day of the House Judiciary Committee hearings on impeachment was, in its way, that kind of companion piece for the House Intelligence Committee hearings that preceded it.

That earlier series, unfolding over two weeks in November, provided the text for the four constitutional scholars featured on Wednesday — three invited by Democrats, one by Republicans — to chew over. The November hearings introduced compelling characters like the fact witnesses William B. Taylor Jr. and Fiona Hill. They set up story lines and stakes and established the setting. They had elements of courtroom-style drama, including when President Trump injected himself into the proceedings via Twitter.

Those hearings were the story. Wednesday’s was like the detailed recap: a historical, legal and earnestly wonky breakdown of why it matters if the president pressured the government of Ukraine to kneecap his political rival, and an argument over whether the charge was yet substantiated.

The Democrats running the hearing even borrowed a familiar format from recap series, like “Talking Dead,” and sports postgame shows, playing back video highlight clips and asking their experts to analyze them: Gordon D. Sondland testifying that “everyone was in the loop,” President Trump declaring that “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

It was as if to say: Here’s what you saw previously on “Impeachment” — now let’s dig in to why you should care.

It was a program designed not to detail recent history — timelines, phone calls — but to pull back into legal theory and historical context. Way back, in some cases, with references to numerous founding fathers, Sir Thomas More and John Mordaunt, a 17th-century English viscount who faced impeachment.

The discussion assumed an audience that was willing to journey deep into the weeds and nerd out on the Constitution, like a political-historical podcast minus the Blue Apron ads.

Which is not to say there wasn’t drama. Early on, Pamela S. Karlan, a professor at Stanford, told Representative Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia, that she was “insulted” at his implication that the academic experts appearing Wednesday could not have had enough time to read the transcripts from the November hearings. Later, she clashed with Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, the reliably explosive geyser of the Republican impeachment opposition, over her contributions to Democratic candidates.

Other witnesses drew the stakes for democracy starkly. Michael J. Gerhardt, from the University of North Carolina, said, “If what we are talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable.” Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, the Republicans’ invitee, suggested that a rushed impeachment would be inconsistent with “the rule of law.”

There was more continuity with last month’s hearings in the committee members’ questions, many of which were of the more-a-comment-than-a-question variety. Like a network spinoff, they even brought over returning characters from the original series, including Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, who reprised his car-alarm barrage of excoriation for Democrats and flattery of President Trump’s Electoral College margin.

By and large, though, the first day of the judiciary hearings was a less histrionic one. Members of the Democratic majority wanted to give the proceedings gravity and historical weight, using most of their questions to ask their experts to weigh in on the historical scale and enormity of the offenses Mr. Trump is accused of and only occasionally challenging Mr. Turley.

The Republican minority, meanwhile, seemed to want to cast the proceedings as so dull that the viewing audience would tune out. (This is the only show on TV half of whose cast is praying for its cancellation.) Representative Ben Cline of Virginia imagined a family watching the hearing at home and mistaking it for a “rerun.” And Mr. Collins, in his opening remarks, said that “America will see why most people don’t go to law school.”

The morning TV audience did go to law school, however, for at least a few hours. (The broadcast networks cut away early in the afternoon on the East Coast.)

This may not have pleased those viewers, or commentators, who measure their congressional hearings by the bombshell. But for anyone interested in a deep-dive TV lesson on the roots and theory of impeachment, class was in session. You just had to dodge the occasional spitball.

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California wildfire aftermath: PG&E nears $13.5B deal with victims, report says

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is near closing on a $13.5 billion payout to victims affected by California wildfires that were caused by its power lines, according to a Bloomberg report.

The utility giant would pay half in cash and the other half in stock for the newly organized company, people familiar with the matter said.

Reaching a settlement with the individual victims of the wildfires sparked by its equipment would be a major step toward resolving the company’s bankruptcy filed in January after facing $30 billion in liability from hundreds of lawsuits from fires in 2017 and 2018.

The company proposed paying victims a maximum of $8.4 billion in September. In a statement to Fox News, PG&E said it was “committed to satisfying all wildfire claims in full” as required by law and laid out in its bankruptcy plan.

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It said that PG&E has already reached settlements with two of the three major groups of wildfire victims in its bankruptcy proceedings, which include a $1 billion settlement with cities, counties and public entities and an $11 billion agreement with insurance companies that have already paid claims for 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

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A helicopter drops water on the Cave Fire burning along Highway 154 in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., above Santa Barbara. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The company did not comment on the new developments in the Bloomberg report, as mediation discussions are confidential, it said.

PG&E has spent months trying to negotiate a restructuring plan to emerge from bankruptcy by the middle of next year.

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The compensation of individual wildfire victims has proved the most formidable of negotiations for the company. After the company initially offered a mere $8.4 billion, California Gov. Gavin Newsom threatened a state takeover if the utility could not reach a deal with creditors and wildfire victims soon.

PG&E has invoked outrage across the state for imposing blackouts on millions of Californians during high winds to keep its power lines from igniting more wildfires. In October alone, PG&E imposed mass blackouts four times.

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Additionally, equipment from PG&E sparked two fires in the northern part of the state, which was not a part of the blackout. The fires started in an area where the power was left on because it was not seen as a high fire risk.

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