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LA City Council may ask MLB to declare Dodgers 2017, 2018 champs following Astros, Red Sox cheating probes

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost consecutive World Series titles to teams now linked to cheating scandals – so L.A. city officials may be going to bat for the hometown team.

City council members are reportedly drafting a resolution asking Major League Baseball to declare the Dodgers baseball’s top team of 2017 and 2018, and revoke the titles from the two teams that defeated the Dodgers – the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018.

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“This is an equity and justice thing,” L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo told the Los Angeles Times. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating.”

“This is an equity and justice thing. Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating.”

— L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo

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L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo

This week the Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, after MLB officials linked both men to a sign stealing operation.

“Neither one of them started this but neither one of them did anything about it,” Astros owner Jim Crane said Monday as he confirmed the terminations.

On Tuesday the Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora, who was a bench coach for Houston during the 2017 World Series and then led Boston to the title in 2018.

MLB continues to investigate whether the Red Sox stole signs on their way to their championship.

Baseball executives have so far opted not to rescind the Houston and Boston championships or grant the titles to Los Angeles. But Cedillo said he believes a majority of the city’s council members will support the resolution that may be voted on as early as next week.

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager rounds the bases on his three-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

“There has to be an acknowledgement the best team in baseball those two years was the Dodgers,” he said.

In 2017, Houston defeated the Dodgers, four games to three. The following year Boston defeated Los Angeles, four games to one.

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On Tuesday the Dodgers posted on Twitter that they would have no comment regarding the Astros situation.

“All clubs have been asked by Major League Baseball not to comment on today’s punishment of the Houston Astros as it’s inappropriate to comment on discipline imposed on another club,” the Dodgers wrote in a statement. “The Dodgers have also been asked not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series and will have no further comment at this time.”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: US killing of Soleimani was odd, out of place, untimely and unlawful

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When witnesses testify in a courtroom and offer varying, contradictory or even unlawful explanations of the events under scrutiny, juries tend not to believe them. The same is now happening with the Trump administration’s defense of its killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the use of an unmanned drone while he was being driven peacefully along a public highway in Iraq. Why the shifting justifications?

Here is the backstory.

The general was the commander of Iran’s elite military and intelligence forces. He was a fierce opponent of ISIS and the American military presence in Iraq. Iraq and Iran were belligerents for generations owing to, among other factors, ancient disputes between the two main branches of Islam, Shiite and Sunni. For generations, Iran’s elites were predominantly Shiite and Iraq’s were predominantly Sunni.

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When the U.S., under President George W. Bush, invaded Iraq in 2002, pursuant to a congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force, the government did so by deceiving the American public and Congress into believing it was searching for weapons of mass destruction. Since none were there, none were found.

But the American invasion did destroy the Sunni government and its true target, the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. That created a power vacuum, which was soon filled by Shiite politicians. Slowly but inexorably, Iran’s and Iraq’s governments became friendly and they jointly sponsored militias against ISIS. Soleimani even consulted with President Obama in the Oval Office about using these militias to topple ISIS.

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The general’s assassination was odd, out of place, untimely and unlawful. Odd, because the general’s folks had worked with our intelligence folks in Iraq against ISIS. Out of place, because the Iranian general was welcomed by the Iraqi government and was not engaged in any violence or war crimes at the time he was killed. Untimely, because whatever he may have been planning to do was not an imminent attack on the U.S. or on Americans. We know this because Trump administration officials revealed that the president gave the kill order seven months ago, in June 2019. How imminent could an attack have been in June if it had not occurred by January?

And unlawful, because we are not at war with Iran, and political assassinations have been prohibited by still valid executive orders signed by Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan. The U.S. Constitution limits the federal government’s lawful power to kill to foreign troops in wartime and after due process, neither of which abides here. Moreover, international treaties to which the U.S. is party, as well as the laws of war to which the U.S. subscribes, prohibit preemptive killings except when the target is just about — “certainty” is the standard — to strike.

Now, back to the shifting sands of justification.

Shortly after the general’s death, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued that Soleimani’s attacks on Americans were imminent. President Trump himself claimed Soleimani was planning to attack four U.S. embassies in the Middle East.

When Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was asked if he saw any intelligence data about attacking four embassies, he said he had not. When Pompeo was pressed for his understanding of Trump’s four embassies claim, he offered that the intelligence data did not reveal when or where or how, but he knew Soleimani was “probably” up to no good.

When the State Department spokesperson was asked if any alerts of likely attacks had been sent to any American embassies in the region, she said that none had.

Then the White House sent CIA Director Gina Haspel, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley, and Pompeo and Esper, to brief members of Congress on the administration’s intelligence, moral and legal justifications for killing the general.

None of the briefers mentioned four embassies or any data showing where or when or how he might strike — just probabilities.

When Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky challenged the briefers, the president weighed in with a startling tweet on Monday: “The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was “eminent” or not, & was my team in agreement. The answer to both is a strong YES, but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!”

That boast of killing the general “because of his horrible past” sent off bells and whistles in the Department of Justice. Trump’s retribution argument does not legally justify killing a person who is not engaged in violence at the time of the killing, and, arguably, is a war crime.

Thereupon, Attorney General William Barr revealed that the DOJ had been consulted on the lawfulness of the killing and signed off on it if the general’s attacks on Americans were imminent. Now that the imminence argument had been undermined by the administration’s own folks — including the president himself — the attorney general argued that Soleimani needed to die as a deterrence to others pursuant to the old 2002 AUMF.

These shifting justifications are contrary to reason and cannot survive a simple cross-examination. When did we start killing generals from countries with which we are not at war? Never in our history.

When did we start killing foreign generals because of their “horrible past”? Never in our history.

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How can the government use the 2002 AUMF, whose stated target was Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, but whose true target was Saddam Hussein, as a legal justification to kill a non-Iraqi general 18 years later? Except in the minds of extreme administration loyalists, it cannot legally or rationally do so.

Why is truth always the first casualty of government violence?

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Jeff Sessions: Moderate Republicans should ‘toughen up’ on Trump impeachment

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said moderate Republican senators should “toughen up” and not waver in deciding whether or not to defend President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

Sessions, who served many years in the U.S. Senate representing Alabama and is now seeking to regain his old seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones, told Laura Ingraham on Wednesday that moderates should realize the Democrats have no real impeachment case and are instead abusing their own congressional powers.

“It’s time for them to toughen up,” he said, after Ingraham mentioned Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

“There is not an impeachment case. This is a terrible, terrible abuse of the awesome impeachment power, and the first time this has ever happened in our history, and it should not be done, and so the Republicans need to think clearly. They need to call it what it is, an abuse of the process.”

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Ingraham added that she hopes moderate Democrats Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Alabama’s Jones consider siding with the Republican majority.

Sessions added that, should the Senate decide to permit calling witnesses, Hunter Biden should be near the top of Republicans’ list.

“Absolutely,” he said of the 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

“If we go to witnesses, he is absolutely relevant to the president’s concern that something may have been covered up when the prosecutor in Ukraine that was investigating this company (Burisma Holdings) was removed,” Sessions said, speaking with “The Ingraham Angle” from Birmingham.

He added that Democrats should also be allowed to call witnesses if the Republican Senate majority decides to call their own.

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Turning to the race to regain his Senate seat this November — in which he faces a primary against a handful of Republicans including the Gulf Coast’s Rep. Bradley Byrne and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville — Sessions said it does not matter which way Jones votes on impeachment.

Ingraham asked Sessions whether Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., might allow Jones to vote with the GOP if the writing is on the wall that the vote will fail — noting the fact Alabama is heavily Republican.

“That’s exactly the way [Schumer] thinks,” Sessions replied.

He said Jones already has a record of supporting Trump’s impeachment in the first place that could somewhat negate a ‘nay’ vote.

“I think he has made clear what side he is on,” he added.

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Marsha Blackburn calls on Warren, Sanders, Klobuchar, Bennet to recuse from impeachment trial

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Wednesday that the four Democratic senators running for president should recuse themselves from being jurors in President Trump‘s upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.

“Tomorrow, one hundred United States senators will be sworn in to serve in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Four of those senators must recuse themselves for their unparalleled political interest in seeing this president removed from office,” Blackburn said in a statement, speaking of Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D. Minn., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

She added the presidential candidates shouldn’t be allowed to “sit in judgment of the very president” they want to replace.

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“To participate in this trial would be a failure of the oath they took to be an ‘impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws,'” she said. “Their presidential ambitions prohibit their ability to view this trial through an objective lens.”

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U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

Her office cited an objection that was lodged against an Ohio senator who was next in line to become president if former President Andrew Johnson was removed during his impeachment trial in 1868. Johnson was ultimately acquitted.

Last month, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he has no intention of being an “impartial juror.”

“I’m not impartial about this at all,” he told reporters in December. “This is a political process.”

McConnell also told Sean Hannity last month that he plans to be in complete coordination with the White House during the trial.

“There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this to the extent that we can,” he said.

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McConnell said this week he expects the trial to start next Tuesday.

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US mulls sending more missile-defense systems to Middle East: report

Just over a week after Iran fired 16 ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. troops were stationed, the Pentagon is considering sending more missile-defense systems and other capabilities to the Middle East, according to a report.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy discussed the proposals with reporters Wednesday at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Military.com reported.

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“They are a very capable enemy,” McCarthy said of Iran. “They have capabilities that can strike and hit Americans, so we are looking at additional capabilities that we could send to the region.”

“They are a very capable enemy. They have capabilities that can strike and hit Americans, so we are looking at additional capabilities that we could send to the region.”

— U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy

But McCarthy declined to be specific about exactly which technologies were under consideration.

“It could be a variety of enablers like missile defense, so we are looking at that,” he told the news outlet.

The attacks launched by Iran targeted the Al-Assad Air Base in Iraq as well as a separate base at Erbil. U.S. officials said 11 missiles struck Al-Assad, one struck Erbil and four missiles malfunctioned.

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No U.S. casualties were reported.

The missile strikes Jan. 7 were viewed as Iran’s response to a U.S. drone strike four days earlier in Baghdad that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has continued using strong rhetoric against the West in the aftermath of last week’s attacks.

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On Wednesday, Rouhani warned in a televised speech that European forces, in addition to U.S. troops, “could be in danger” after leaders of Britain, France and Germany initiated a so-called “dispute process” as spelled out in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiated with the West during the Obama administration.

The European leaders have argued that Iran has been violating terms of the pact, which could lead to the restoration of U.N. sanctions against the country.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this story.

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Graham expects ‘bipartisan acquittal for Trump’ in Senate trial

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President Trump will emerge from the Senate impeachment trial “the strongest he has been politically,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. told Sean Hannity Wednesday.

“The best thing for the American people is to end this as soon as possible,” Graham said. “On February the fourth when the president comes into the house chamber to deliver the state of the union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate, [he will be] the strongest he has been politically.”

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“When it comes to Donald Trump, the best is yet to come,” Graham added.

Graham’s comments came hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., put her signature on the articles of impeachment against Trump–  one month after the House impeached Trump alleging he abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage.

“The House will be able to make their case for 24 hours. Hopefully, we do this in a couple of days. Then the defense team of the president will make their case based on the record established in the house,” Graham said.

“I hope this is done in about a week and I predict a bipartisan acquittal of President Trump,” he added.

Graham also responded to Pelosi’s announcement naming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer among the impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against the president in the Senate.

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“I tell my colleagues on the Republican side, Chuck Schumer is not seeking the truth,” Graham said. “If you think that Chuck Schumer is trying to find out what happened here you’re missing a lot. Chuck Schumer is trying to take back the Senate,” he added.

Graham also warned the Democrats heading into November, saying Americans have the right to “pick their own leaders” and will hold it against politicians trying to take that away.”

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“By the time the trial is over and we have an election in November, there will be a backlash…I will tell you why,” Graham said. “Most Americans zealously guard the right to pick their own leaders. I think they will hold it against politicians trying to take that away.”

“We will get the House back,” Graham concluded, “the Senate majority…and President Trump will be reelected.”

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Donald Trump Jr. defends China agreement from Schumer criticism: ‘He knows nothing about trade’

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Trump Organization executive vice president Donald Trump Jr. responded Wednesday to criticism of his father’s landmark trade deal with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

Earlier Wednesday, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized President Trump’s deal, calling it an “extreme disappointment.”

“The United States concedes our leverage and in exchange, China makes vague, unenforceable promises it never intends to fulfill,” he said.

On “Hannity,” Trump Jr. defended his father’s accomplishment, telling host Sean Hannity that Schumer has been in Congress for many years and achieved nothing on the trade front.

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“I will give Chuck Schumer the benefit of the doubt and say he knows nothing about trade,” Trump Jr. remarked. “Because that’s probably being generous.”

“He’s knocking this [deal] while sitting in the Senate for decades doing nothing to improve American jobs, having done nothing to stop IP [intellectual property] theft.”

Schumer was elected to the Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Alfonse D’Amato.

Trump Jr. told Hannity that Schumer’s comments are just one example of the “unprecedented Democratic resistance” the president has faced while in office.

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“You see the nonsense from Nancy Pelosi today. She has to say about seven times, ‘This is permanent. the impeachment’s permanent,'” the president’s son said. “That’s all it is. It’s just optics, Sean. It’s the only thing they have been able to do to Trump while he’s fighting for Americans.”

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Sean Hannity on Pelosi’s impeachment managers: ‘Most hyper-partisan, conspiracy theorist Trump haters’

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Sean Hannity once again criticized House Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Wednesday, this time over her selection of impeachment managers for next week’s Senate impeachment trial.

“As for the impeachment managers she selected, frankly, a gift to Donald Trump,” Hannity said on his television show. “They represent the Democrats’ last chance to persuade the Senate Republicans on the merits of their case, but this whole process has been a [Rep. Adam] Schiff sham show and a political hit job from beginning to end.”

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Earlier Wednesday, Pelosi announced the seven lawmakers who will serve as impeachment managers to prosecute the case against Trump. They include Schiff, who will be the lead manager and who directed much of the impeachment inquiry out of the House Intelligence Committee he leads, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose panel drafted the articles of impeachment.

Hannity blasted Pelosi’s picks, in particular Schiff.

“[Pelosi] selected a group of the most hyper-partisan conspiracy theorist Trump haters in the Democratic caucus,” he said. “She hired every single most radical, extreme delusional Trump-hating Democrat,” Hannity said. “Six out of the seven managers supported impeachment long before the fake non-whistleblower, hearsay whistleblower, filed the complaint.”

“Leading the way, this is a gift for the president, none other than the compromised, in this case, corrupt congenital liar Adam Schiff,” Hannity said. “The guy that needs to be called as a witness in this case.”

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Hannity suggested Pelosi was catering to the “extreme” elements in the Democratic Party to hold onto her position.

“You have to wonder: Is Pelosi that desperate, catering to the extreme, insane base of her party? Clinging to her speakership?” Hannity said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Colbert Uncovers ‘The Most Incriminating Word Of All’ In Notes From Giuliani Pal

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“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert can’t believe the latest evidence to emerge in the impeachment of President Donald Trump

On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee released handwritten notes from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. And they show what appear to be his instructions from Giuliani, who is the president’s personal attorney. 

One note said: “Get Zalensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated.”

That refers to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (who was president-elect at the time). Trump tried to pressure Zelensky into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

“You don’t write the crime down, you dummy!” Colbert scolded. 

And that’s not all Colbert found in the notes. He also uncovered what he called the most incriminating word of all:  

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Trump Tax Break That Benefited the Rich Is Being Investigated

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A federal tax break meant to help poor communities that became a windfall for wealthy investors is being investigated by the Treasury Department, the agency’s deputy inspector general said on Wednesday.

The inquiry is being conducted at the request of three Democratic lawmakers, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Representative Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin.

The lawmakers made their request after articles in The New York Times and ProPublica raised questions about the Opportunity Zone tax break.

The legislation, part of the 2017 tax overhaul, is supposed to encourage new investment in poor neighborhoods, leading to new housing, businesses and jobs. However, wealthy investors are piling into the initiative, including developers with ties to the Trump administration.

Last year, The Times reported how money eligible for the tax break — supported by both Democrats and Republicans — was going to luxury projects in affluent neighborhoods, including deals that were underway long before the tax break took effect.

In October, The Times described how the financier Michael Milken stood to benefit from a move the Treasury Department made over the objections of some agency officials to permit a census tract in Nevada to qualify for the Opportunity Zone tax break. Mr. Milken is a longtime friend of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s.

“Despite these warnings from staff, Secretary Mnuchin instructed Treasury officials to allow the otherwise ineligible tract to qualify for the incentive,” the lawmakers wrote in seeking the inquiry. “If the Treasury Department provided a stamp of approval as a political favor, it is not only unacceptable, but in complete violation of the congressional intent of the Opportunity Zones.”

The Treasury’s internal watchdog expects “to complete our work and respond to the congressional requesters in early spring,” Rich Delmar, the department’s deputy inspector general, said in a statement.

Other potential beneficiaries of the Opportunity Zone tax break, The Times reported last year, were billionaire financiers like Leon Cooperman; Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor; Richard LeFrak, a New York real estate titan who is close to the president; and the family of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

The initiative allows people to sell stocks or other investments and delay capital gains taxes for years — as long as they put the proceeds into projects in federally certified opportunity zones. Investors can avoid federal taxes on any profits from those projects.

In late December, the administration finished the program’s regulations. Officials said the regulations gave investors more clarity and flexibility on how to deploy their money, and push more funds into designated areas.

NBC News earlier reported the news of the inquiry.

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