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Labor Secretary Acosta announces he will step down, amid criticism over Epstein plea deal

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he will be stepping down in a week over his past involvement in a highly controversial plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing sex trafficking charges.

Acosta came under fire this week for his role as U.S. attorney for Florida in securing a plea deal for Epstein that resulted in an 18-month sentence — he served just 13 months.

ACOSTA DEFENDS ROLE IN EPSTEIN PLEA DEAL, FAULTS STATE PROSECUTORS 

The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence. Acosta negotiated a deal that resulted in two state solicitation charges, but no federal charges.

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s based on new evidence. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Monday for Acosta to step down over what she called an “unconscionable agreement” with Epstein, and was soon joined by a chorus of other top-ranking congressional Democrats.

Meanwhile, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee wrote to Acosta on Wednesday inviting him to testify at a July 23 hearing that will examine his actions related to Epstein.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the first 2020 Democrat to react to Acosta’s resignation, tweeting: “Good riddance.”

TRUMP SAYS HE WAS ‘NOT A FAN’ OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN, DESPITE PAST COMMENTS

Acosta defended himself Wednesday in a press conference, in which he said that his office fought for a tougher punishment after state prosecutors were ready to let him walk free,

“Simply put, the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was ready to let Epstein walk free, no jail time,” he said. “Prosecutors in my former office found this to be completely unacceptable.”

Acosta argued that it was his office that secured jail time, restitution and for Epstein to register as a sex offender.

“We believe that we proceeded appropriately, that’s based on evidence, not just my opinion… there was value to getting a guilty plea and having him register,” he said.

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Barry Krischer, the Palm Beach County state attorney at the time, responded later Wednesday: “I can emphatically state that Mr. Acosta’s recollection of this matter is completely wrong.  Federal prosecutors do not take a back seat to state prosecutors. That’s not how the system works in the real world.”

He continued, “If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State’s case and felt he had to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted.”

Still, Acosta said the accusations against Epstein were “despicable” and his alleged crimes “absolutely deserve a stiffer sentence.”

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Virginia Tourism Corporation Announces “Virginia is for Space Lovers” to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing

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At virginia.org/space, travelers can explore Virginia’s dark sky sites, science museums, and eco-tourism opportunities. Virginia hosts a variety of space-related attractions, including the dark sky astronomy program at Primland Resort or the full moon kayak tours with Burnham Guides on the Eastern Shore.

Astronomy programs are also available at sites such as Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton and the Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague, as well as other regional museums, planetariums, and state parks.

Additional events and attractions on the Virginia is for Space Lovers page include:

Virginia played an important role in the research and development of technology for the Apollo Moon missions and is playing an important role in research and development for the upcoming Artemis Moon mission slated for 2024.

2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers slogan and VTC is celebrating 50 Years of Love  across the state, with special lovers lagers at breweries and lovers blends at wineries, 1969 inspired meals and prices at restaurants, special 50 Years of Love events, 1969-themed contests, giveaways, and more.

For more information on Virginia is for Space Lovers, visit virginia.org/space.

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Tropical Storm Barry could dump 20 inches of rain on New Orleans, nearing levees' limits

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NEW ORLEANS – Tropical Storm Barry was on track to hit the Louisiana coast early Saturday as a possible hurricane, but the primary danger is not from high wind but heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge threatening low-lying coastal areas and the levees of New Orleans.

At 7 a.m. CDT,  Barry was about 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River, crawling through of the Gulf of Mexico at 5 mph. It was expected to shift to a northwesterly track later Friday before heading north and going ashore over the central or southeastern coast of Louisiana Friday night or early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Barry was packing sustained winds near 50 mph, still well short of the hurricane designation of 74 mph. Forecasters said it was still possible Barry would remain a tropical storm when it went ashore.

Authorities said the timing of Barry’s arrival is critical. “The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” the NWS said.

If it hits at the time of high tide, the weather service said, water could swell 3 to 6 feet above ground from the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach, 2 to 4 feet from Shell Beach to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and 2 to 4 feet at Lake Pontchartrain.

Heavy rain packs the biggest danger over the region through the weekend. Forecasters said up to 20 inches is expected over southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Alexandria, and in southwest Mississippi, with as much as 25 inches in some isolated areas.

Heavy rain: A 2016 storm dumped 4 trillion gallons of water on Louisiana. Could Barry do the same?

What’s in a name?: Here’s how naming hurricanes works

The weather service said the rains “are expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding over portions of the central Gulf Coast into the Lower Mississippi Valley.” 

Around New Orleans, the heavy rain and a storm surge could mean up to 3 feet of water in an already swollen Mississippi River, pushing it to 19 feet above sea level, close to the levee system’s 20-foot limit in some places.

 A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, however, expressed confidence that the levee system could handle the rapid rise, even if water should spill over in some spots. 

“We’re confident with the integrity – the levees are extremely robust and designed to handle a lot of pressure,” Corps spokesman Ricky Boyett said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, warning of a “significant weather event,” said he was prepared to activate up to 3,000 personnel to deal with the storm.

President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the state late Thursday to provide disaster relief. 

For residents of New Orleans, the message from authorities was to hunker down. Mayor Latoya Cantrell noted that the city only orders evacuations for Category 3 hurricane or stronger. “Therefore, sheltering in place is our strategy,” the mayor said.

In New Orleans, an early line of thunderstorms dumped as much as 7 inches of rain within a three-hour period Wednesday morning, leaving up to 4 feet of water in some streets.

City officials said the pumping system that drains streets was at full capacity. The immense amount of rain in three hours would overwhelm any system, said Sewerage and Water Board Director Ghassan Korban.

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Many residents in the Big Easy used the lull before the storm to stock up on supplies Thursday. 

At the Tchoupitoulas Walmart, which sits across the street from the Mississippi River and a concrete flood wall, residents emptied shelves of bottled water, ramen noodles and produce. 

Ruby Sterling said she lives in more elevated part of the city but admitted she was feeling “a bit panicky.”

“I don’t know if the city can hold up,” Sterling said. “But I’m hopeful.”

A few aisles up, Asia Daniels and her husband pulled case after case of bottled water into their cart. Ordinarily, floodwater only rises to the first step of their house in uptown New Orleans. Wednesday’s storms brought the water to the second. 

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Leigh Guidry reports for the Lafayette Daily Advertiser

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Turkey Accepts Russian S-400 Missile System, Rankling U.S. And NATO

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A Russian cargo plane carrying parts of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system landed at a military air base near Ankara on Friday.

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The first pieces of the S-400 missile system Turkey bought from Russia — against the wishes of the U.S. and NATO — began arriving Friday, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry. In response, the Pentagon is expected to announce that Turkey will be barred from receiving the new F-35 fighter.

Turkey had planned to buy 100 F-35s, which is produced by Lockheed Martin Corp. But in the months since Turkey announced in April of 2017 that it also planned to install Russia’s S-400 air-defense missile system, the U.S. has repeatedly said Turkey can have one or the other — but not both.

“If Turkey procures the S-400, it will mean they will not receive the F-35. It’s that simple, ” acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said last month.

Beyond implying a crisis of solidarity in the NATO alliance, the Russia-Turkey deal has been criticized by the U.S. and its allies because of the potential for sensitive information to be sent back to Russia by its advanced missile system.

Describing the worries of U.S. military officials, NPR’s David Welna reported earlier this year:

“The S-400, they say, is designed to detect and shoot down stealth fighters like the F-35. Planting that air-defense system on Turkish soil could, by means of its powerful radar, help Moscow discover the secrets — and the vulnerabilities — of the F-35s that Turkey intends to acquire.”

Despite warnings from the U.S. that buying the Russian system could prompt sanctions, Turkey went ahead with the deal. On Friday, Turkey’s defense ministry announced via Twitter that the first component had arrived at the Murted Air Base in Ankara. Photos from the scene showed a large Russian cargo jet landing and opening its nose cone to unload large equipment — which was kept under tarps.

With the Russian system now landing on Turkish soil, NATO said on Friday that it’s “concerned” about Russian missiles being deployed by a NATO ally.

“It is up to Allies to decide what military equipment they buy,” a NATO official tells NPR. “However, we are concerned about the potential consequences of Turkey’s decision to acquire the S-400 system.”

Noting that NATO members see the interoperability of their military forces as a fundamental strength of the alliance, the official added, “We welcome that Turkey is working with several Allies on developing long-range air and missile defense systems.”

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The week in pictures, July 6 – July 12

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Revelers run next to bulls from the Cebada Gago ranch, during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, Spain, July 8, 2019. 

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Ford and VW Agree to Share Costs of Self-Driving and Electric Cars

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Ford Motor and Volkswagen said Friday they would team up to develop self-driving cars and share electric-car components, significantly broadening an existing alliance and illustrating how automakers are putting aside rivalries to manage the astronomical cost of new technologies.

The agreement calls for Volkswagen to purchase a stake in a Ford-backed start-up that is developing self-driving technologies, and for Ford to use electric-car components developed by Volkswagen.

As auto sales slump around the world, hard-pressed carmakers have little choice but to join forces to fend off Silicon Valley challengers and avoid obsolescence amid a fundamental change in the nature of transportation.

Underscoring the financial challenges facing the industry, Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, warned Friday that it will report a pretax loss for the second quarter of 2019.

But Volkswagen and Ford, which already cooperate on commercial vehicles and pickups, must show they can avoid the power struggles among managers and engineers that have doomed many other alliances.

Volkswagen, which sold more cars than any other company last year, is known for its insular hierarchical culture and has little experience cooperating with rivals. A previous alliance with Suzuki ended in 2015 with bitter feelings on both sides.

“Autonomous driving is a very, very expensive technology,” Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, a professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, said in an email. “One has to invest today in order to make the first sales in 2030, maybe. Therefore it makes a lot of sense for Ford and VW to work together.”

Mr. Dudenhöffer questioned whether Herbert Diess, the chief executive of Volkswagen, and Jim Hackett, the chief executive of Ford, can make the compromises necessary for the alliance to succeed. Both are “alpha wolves,” Mr. Dudenhöffer said.

It may help that Ford and Volkswagen are dividing the labor to take advantage of each company’s strength. Ford is ahead of Volkswagen in autonomous driving, while Volkswagen is more advanced than Ford in electric cars.

Volkswagen has agreed to invest $2.6 billion in cash and other resources in Argo AI, a Ford-backed start-up that is working on sets of sensors, software and other technologies to enable cars to drive themselves. Volkswagen will fold its autonomous vehicle project, which is based in Munich, into Argo. The agreement values Argo at $7 billion.

In 2021 Ford aims to put Argo’s systems in driverless taxis and delivery vehicles in the United States. Volkswagen plans to use self-driving technology in its Moia ride-sharing service, a fleet of six-seat, battery-powered vans already operating with human drivers in Hamburg and expected to be introduced in other European cities.

In a separate agreement, Ford plans to build electric cars based on motors, batteries and other standardized components that Volkswagen has developed and is using in a new model called the ID.3, due next year. Volkswagen has said the car will sell for less than 30,000 euros in Europe, or $34,000, making battery-powered transportation more accessible to middle-income buyers.

The need for companies to share the cost and risk of developing autonomous vehicles has become more urgent because car sales are slowing in all of the major markets, including China, the United States and Europe.

“The financial investment is immense, and yet we don’t know when they will be in the marketplace or how they will make money,” said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at Auto Trader. “It’s not just the money. The talent pool for people developing these vehicles is small.”

Profits are falling across the industry. Daimler said Friday that it would report a pretax loss for the second quarter of 1.6 billion euros. A year earlier Daimler reported a profit of 2.6 billion euros.

The company, based in Stuttgart, Germany, said the loss was caused by the need to set aside 1.6 billion euros related to ongoing investigations in the United States and other countries into whether Mercedes diesel cars contained illegal emissions cheating software. In addition, Daimler will set aside 1 billion euros to cover the cost of recalling cars with defective airbags made by Takata, a Japanese firm.

Other big carmakers have already formed partnerships to develop cars that can drive themselves. Cruise, General Motor’s autonomous division, has gotten billions of dollars in financing from Honda and others. G.M. has put Cruise’s valuation at $19 billion.

Toyota has partnered in autonomous vehicles with Uber, the ride-hailing service. Luxury carmakers Mercedes-Benz and BMW have pooled their self-driving efforts. Several large automotive suppliers are also working on autonomous technology.

They face competition from well-financed Silicon Valley companies. Waymo, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet, has been working in the field for a decade and operates a test fleet of 600 self-driving taxis in Phoenix that it hopes to expand.

Estimates vary on how quickly cars will be able to operate without any human intervention, from a year or two to decades. For now, most of the self-driving test vehicles operate on public roads with one or even two safety drivers.

Founded in 2016, Argo has 500 employees and is operating test vehicles in Pittsburgh, where it is based, and Miami. Its chief executive, Bryan Salesky, formerly was part of the Google team working on self-driving cars. In 2017, Ford agreed to take an undisclosed stake in the company and invest $1 billion over five years. About 200 Volkswagen employees will join Argo.

Ford and Volkswagen previously agreed to cooperate in commercial vehicles for Europe and pickup trucks, and have said they were discussing cooperation in electric and autonomous vehicles.

For Ford and Argo, Volkswagen adds heft to the effort, said Mike Ramsey, a Gartner analyst. “Volkswagen is the world’s largest automaker by sales volume and has a huge global footprint,” he said. “The potential market for Argo technology is much bigger than with Ford alone.”

At the same time, Ford is scrambling to catch up in electric vehicles. The company hopes to introduce a slew of new electric models in the next few years. Using Volkswagen’s EV technology should speed the development effort. In April, Ford said it would invest $500 million in a start-up, Rivian, that is developing an electric pickup truck and sport-utility vehicle. Ford intends to use the underpinnings of Rivian’s vehicles to produce models of its own.

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Man uses password breaking software to hack women’s online accounts

A man gained unauthorized access to more than 100 women’s digital accounts, all of which were password protected, according to a statement this week from Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola.

Between March 2015 and December 2016, Justin Potts, 37, of Rochester, NY, used computer knowhow and password breaking software to harvest the usernames and passwords of women’s online accounts.

Potts used Elcomsoft Phone Breaker software to gain access to the accounts, according to a report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, citing the plea agreement.

Elcomsoft Phone Breaker “enables forensic access to information stored in a wide range of Apple devices running all versions of iOS,” according to Elcomsoft’s website.

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A man was able to access more than 100 women’s digital accounts, authorities say. (Fox News)

That software can perform “over-the-air acquisition of iOS devices, break into encrypted backups, obtain and analyze backups, synchronized data and passwords from Apple iCloud,” Elcomsoft says.

Elcomsoft also offers forensic tools for governments, military, law enforcement, and IT security.

In this case, the defendant, Potts, accessed Facebook, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail accounts, according to the statement from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of New York.

The defendant gained access to these accounts without permission of the owners and used this access to obtain their personal information and personal photographs, the assistant U.S. Attorney Marangola said.  

Potts then saved the personal information of the various women on his electronic devices.

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Rochester police alerted the FBI’s Cyber Task Force about Potts in March 2017, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

On Potts’ storage devices, agents found about 450 computer files that indicated unauthorized access into the women’s password-protected accounts, according to the Chronicle.

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Potts was sentenced to three years’ probation by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. 

He also had a previous conviction, according to the Chronicle.

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Britain will be ‘slapped in the face’ for seizure of Iranian tanker, cleric says

Britain will soon to get “slapped in the face” for last week’s capture of an Iranian supertanker, a cleric was quoted as saying Friday amid rising tensions between the two nations in the Gulf.

Cleric Kazem Sedghi, an adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told worshipers during Tehran’s Friday prayer sermon broadcast live on Iranian state TV that the United Kingdom should be worried for their actions off the coast of Gibraltar.

“Iran’s strong establishment will soon slap Britain in the face for daring to seize the Iranian oil tanker,” he said.

IRAN WARNS OF ‘REPERCUSSIONS’ FOLLOWING ‘MEAN AND WRONG’ SEIZURE OF OIL TANKER

Sedghi’s warning came after the Iranian government on Friday called Britain to immediately release the oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicious it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman accused London of playing a “dangerous game” a day after police in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain, said they arrested the captain and chief officer of the supertanker.

Abbs Mousavi told Iranian state news agency IRNA that “the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid … the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest.”

“This is a dangerous game and has consequences,” he added.

BRITAIN’S SEIZURE OF IRANIAN OIL TANKER WON’T GO ‘UNANSWERED,’ OFFICER SAYS

Gibraltar has insisted its decision to detain the Iranian tanker was taken alone and not on orders from any government, despite a senior Spanish official previously saying the interception was carried out at the request of the United States.

“All relevant decisions in respect of this matter were taken only as a direct result of the government of Gibraltar having reasonable grounds to believe the vessel was acting in breach of established E.U. sanctions against Syria,” Fabian Picardo, the territory’s chief minister, told reporters. “There has been no political request at any time from any government that Gibraltar should act or not act on one basis or another.”

The detained vessel contained 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, he added.

TRUMP VOWS TO ‘SUBSTANTIALLY’ INCREASE SANCTIONS ON IRAN IN RESPONSE TO URANIUM ENRICHMENT

The British navy said Thursday it had stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. The brief but tense standoff stemmed from the U.K.’s role in seizing the Iranian tanker.

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In this image from file video provided by UK Ministry of Defence, British navy vessel HMS Montrose escorts another ship during a mission to remove chemical weapons from Syria at sea off the coast of Cyprus in February 2014. Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps gunboats tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday but backed off after a British warship approached, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. (AP/UK Ministry of Defence)

On Friday, the British Ministry of Defense said it was moving up its timetable for relieving the HMS Montrose, a frigate operating in the Persian Gulf, with the larger HMS Duncan destroyer in the wake of the recent developments.

“This will ensure that the UK alongside international partners can continue to support freedom of navigation for vessels transiting through this vital shipping lane.”

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Iran recently began surpassing uranium enrichment limits set in its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the accord a year ago. He also has re-imposed tough sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports, exacerbating an economic crisis that has sent its currency plummeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Twitter Critics Won’t Let Paul Ryan Play Hero After Report He Blasted Trump: “I’m on the House Floor looking under the seats for the spine of Paul Ryan. Haven’t found it yet,” tweeted California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu.

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Exactly. These duplicitous clowns without a spine are infuriating and it’s a glimpse into the future.

“Oh well I knew his rhetoric was offensive.”

“Oh well I didn’t really support Trump during his presidency.”

“Oh gee I just did everything I could to make the man fly right and proper.”

“Oh his criminal contacts were very alarming to me, but we didn’t know the extent until later into his first term.”

Fuck you! You’ve all been complicit through a combination of non-action and direct action! You didn’t take stands when the country needed you to, and when he was thrust into power, you all sheepishly gave him everything he wanted.

The GOP is irredeemably broken. Absolute duplicitous and complicit cowards, the fucking lot of them.

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Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan treated to fast-food staple on ‘Kimmel’ in White House jab

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U.S. women’s soccer stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan vowed they would not attend a White House ceremony celebrating the team should they win the World Cup.

Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at President Trump’s past celebrations during “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday. Trump was known for giving winning teams fast food during White House ceremonies, so in turn, Kimmel presented Rapinoe and Morgan a fast-food staple.

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“I, also, don’t want to cheat you out of the experience of visiting the White House,” Kimmel told Rapinoe and Morgan while discussing Trump’s invitation. “So we prepared something special for you.”

Curtains to the players’ right then revealed 5,000 chicken nuggets with dozens of dipping sauces.

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“If you really are the champions we know you are, the three of us will eat all of these before the night is done,” Kimmel said.

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