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‘They take the risk so we can come home to our families’: Lahren praises police after deadly Jersey City shootout

Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren issued strong praise for law enforcement in a tribute to a New Jersey police detective who was among the six killed in Tuesday’s deadly Jersey City shooting.

“‘Officer Down,’ the two most terrifying words a law enforcement family will ever hear came true last night,” Lahren said Wednesday on Fox Nation’s “Final Thoughts.”

Joseph Seals, a 39-year-old police detective in Jersey City, N.J., was among the six people killed, including two suspects, during an hours-long gun battle that began at the Bay View Cemetery and made its way to the Jewish JC Kosher Supermarket.

Seals, a 15-year veteran of the force and father of five, was part of the department’s push to get guns off Jersey City’s streets. He was on duty and in plainclothes when he was fatally shot twice, in the head and upper arm. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“Seals, like all of our law enforcement and first responders from coast to coast and everywhere in between, put his life on the line for his community and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Lahren said.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop praised Seals’ legacy, saying that his performance “speaks for itself.”

“He [probably] is responsible for more guns being removed from the streets than any,” Fulop tweeted. “He was an officer that loved JC, was involved in the city, and one that everyone knew regardless of their precinct.”

Seal’s mother, Deborah Perruzza, was at home during the time of the shooting, she told Fox News. When she saw it was in her son’s district, she said she texted him to see if he had heard about the events unfolding.

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“I texted him, ‘Joe, are you alive? You OK?’ I never heard back from him,” she said. “I called his wife but she hadn’t heard anything.”

“I kept thinking, it’s not even real,” Perruzza said. “I just kept watching the news and I would see his picture and I was just saying to myself, ‘Why him? Why him?'”

Offering condolences to Seal’s family, Lahren dedicated the Fox Nation episode to law enforcement across the country, and the sacrifices they make daily to protect their communities.

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Slain New Jersey Police Officer Joseph Seals (Courtesy: Deborah Perruzza)

“Many in this country don’t appreciate the work our officers do every single day,” she said. “Every time they put on that badge and uniform they know there is a chance they won’t come home to their families at night. They do the job and take that risk so that we can come home to ours … they are selfless and they are heroes.”

“People often ask me why I support law enforcement to the extent I do and why I don’t rail on the so-called ‘bad apples’ in the police force,” Lahren continued. “Well, let me tell ya, for every ‘bad apple’ there are a thousand officers like Detective Seals willing to die for me, for you, and for their community — even those who proclaim to hate police. Anyone who is willing to do all that for such little in return sounds like a pretty exceptional human being to me.”

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“To the Jersey City Police Department, the community, and the family and friends lucky enough to have known Detective Seals,” she concluded, “I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers.”

Senior law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation have told various media outlets that the Jewish market was specifically targeted after investigators located anti-Semitic and anti-police postings published by one of the suspects online. Officials identified the bystanders killed at the market as Mindy Ferencz, 31; Miguel Douglas, 49; and Moshe Deutsch, 24.

To see Lahren’s full remarks and for more episodes of Tomi Lahren’s daily commentary offering a refreshing and unfiltered perspective on issues across the country, join Fox Nation and watch “Final Thoughts”  today.

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New England Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy thought Sunday’s booing was ‘disrespectful’

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New England Patriots fans had the gall to boo Tom Brady and the rest of the team during Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and defensive end Kyle Van Noy was having no part of it.

Van Noy, who is in his sixth NFL season, told NBC Sports Boston he felt like the booing was “disrespectful” and that a 10-2 team (now 10-3) shouldn’t get booed in the middle of the game.

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“I thought it was disrespectful,” he said of the booing. “But it is what it is.”

Van Noy denied that the booing bothered him. He asked that the fans bring a bit more “positivity” to Gillette Stadium. He said he expected a better environment once the playoffs begin.

“Obviously It sucks when it doesn’t go the way we want, but know that we’re all trying,” he said. “We’re trying to put the best product on the field. We’re not trying to disappoint anyone. Just imagine as a fan or a media person that our feelings are probably 100 times more. Our livelihoods are on the line and we want to win.”

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Brady shrugged off the negative fan reaction after the game.

“You hear cheers, you hear boos, that’s part of being in sports,” he said.

Patriots fans are in no real position to boo. New England has been one of the most successful NFL dynasties in sports. The team is coming off a sixth Super Bowl title and have made the playoffs 10 consecutive seasons and are on the verge of making the postseason for an 11th straight time.

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New England has only had to suffer through one season where they were under .500 with Bill Belichick at the helm – which was in the 2000 season.

New England will look to go 11-3 with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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U.K. Holds A Pivotal General Election, And Voters Bring Their Dogs To The Polls

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Dogs wait for their owners outside a polling station in London, part of a popular tradition of taking pets to the polls. The U.K. is voting in a general election to select 650 members of Parliament.

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U.K. voters are heading to the polls Thursday for a general election to select 650 members of Parliament — and determine the futures of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The election is expected to have high turnout, with key questions about Brexit left to resolve.

Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. local time and were scheduled to close at 10 p.m. (5 p.m. ET). That’s when the first projections of the results will likely emerge. So far on election day, the most popular figures at polling stations seem to be dogs.

While politicians stumped for a final push, many voters embraced the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations on Twitter, celebrating the wide range of Labs, collies, retrievers, setters, spaniels and shepherds that got a bit of exercise as their humans exercised their right to vote. Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other high-profile voters were photographed taking their dogs to the polls.

The dog-friendly hashtag — which has its own image on Twitter and was trending nationwide Thursday — was also propelled by many British media firms that are forbidden from reporting details about campaigns while voters are at the polls. With political news held at bay, many outlets simply gave the voters what they want, letting dogs loose in their social media channels.

Perhaps reflecting Britain’s divisive political sphere, an insurgent campaign was launched by Cats of Birmingham, in the hopes that its “ambassacats” could mount a challenge to dogs and take over what many are calling “pawling places” during the big vote.

Ahead of the U.K.’s election day, polling projections found Johnson’s Conservative Party was expected to win the most seats in Parliament — but only enough to secure a small majority.

As NPR’s Frank Langfitt reports, “The Conservatives have 298 seats in the House of Commons and need to pick up another 28 on Thursday to win a majority.”

According to London-based data analytics firm YouGov, the Conservatives were likely to win 339 out of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. But Johnson’s party seemed to be losing momentum as the vote neared: As the research company says, “over the last fortnight we’ve seen the Conservative lead and the number of seats they are projected to win gradually fall.”

On election day, Johnson tweeted, “Let’s finally get Brexit done.” He has campaigned on a policy of leaving the European Union as soon as possible. In contrast, Corbyn has said he wants the U.K. to hold another referendum vote on whether Britons really want to leave the EU. Both leaders are also offering competing plans to improve social services — including revisions to the National Health Service. Corbyn recently tweeted, “You deserve it, the billionaires and big business will pay for it.”

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon urged voters to “lock the Tories out, escape Brexit and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.” And Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson had a similar message, saying “StopBoris.”

With the polarizing Johnson in charge and new Brexit deadlines looming, voter turnout is expected to be high, despite cool and wet weather across much of the U.K.

In the most recent general election two years ago, intense disagreement over the U.K.’s exit from the European Union helped fuel the highest voter interest in 20 years, with every constituency reporting turnout of more than 50%.

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Controversial ‘Cocaine Santa’ Christmas sweater now an Amazon bestseller after Walmart stops offering it

More like Santa Escobar.

A controversial “Cocaine Santa” Christmas sweater, which was pulled from Walmart’s Canadian website over its depiction of Santa appearing to do cocaine, is now an Amazon bestseller — and it’s “perfect for cozy days with your family!” according to its current product description.

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The now-popular crew neck sweater, which Walmart apologized for offering on its website earlier this week, depicts a very bizarre-looking Santa Claus holding what appears to be a straw in one hand while standing over a table laid out with snowballs and three lines of something that resembles cocaine.

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The sweater is “perfect for cozy days with your family!” according to its product description. (Amazon)

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The ugly sweater, cheekily dubbed “Let It Snow,” is now listed as a #1 Best Seller in the Women’s Novelty Sweatshirts section (despite being labeled as unisex), and it’s earning plenty of glowing 5-star reviews.

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“It’s the funniest, most amazing xmas sweater in the universe. Buy one,” wrote one easily pleased customer named Matt.

“Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like Santa Snooters,” Larry Dickman titled a 5-star review.

In another, someone else simply re-posted the needlessly overt product description from the Walmart listing, which included several paragraphs-worth of allusions to cocaine.

The bestselling adult-themed holiday sweater retails on Amazon for $31.99 — and is available with Prime, too. But even though the sweater is currently available at the online marketplace, it is technically being sold by a third party seller. However, this particular sweater, and other similar versions currently sold on Amazon, are being offered by brands other than FUNwear, which was the third-party seller responsible for the “Cocaine Santa” sweaters previously offered on Walmart’s Canadian website.

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Looking to take a less provocative route this holiday season? sport a bunch of Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches on your chest for Christmas instead.

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Grammys Pledge More Diversity Under New Leadership

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The new Recording Academy president and CEO, Deborah Dugan, speaking at the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations on Nov. 20 in New York City.

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Two years ago, the Grammy Awards faced a moment of reckoning after its then-leader, Neil Portnow, said that women had to “step up” in order to be recognized in the music industry. He’s gone now. And the Recording Academy, the membership organization which gives out the Grammys, is trying to reinvent itself from top to bottom. It’s under new, female leadership — and with the Grammy ceremony coming up on Jan. 26, the Academy says it has concrete goals to ensure that women and people of color move toward equal footing.

Last year, the Recording Academy formed a task force to address diversity and inclusion at the Grammys. On Thursday morning, the Academy announced that it will take up nearly all — 17 of 18 — of the task force’s sweeping recommendations for reform. If enacted, these changes could transform the awards — and, its architects hope, even act as a catalyst for shifts across the wider music industry.

Deborah Dugan is the Recording Academy’s new CEO and president. She says, “We’ve known as an industry for a long time that we have a monumental problem with gender issues. This is a major restructuring to allow for immediate diversity.” Along with gender, the task force also looked at underrepresentation in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.

Dugan notes that one of the task force’s top-line recommendations is to greatly increase the number of female Grammy voters; as of this October, only about 22 percent are women. New membership rules enacted last November have created very modest gains in gender diversity among Grammy voters in the past year — in April 2018, 20 percent of its voting members identified as women — but Dugan has a goal of doubling female voters by 2025.

Last year, the Academy tapped Tina Tchen to lead up its task force. Tchen is also the president and CEO of Time’s Up. She says that the Grammys need to have many more women at the table as voters.

“Research tells us that when you have diverse people, you make better decisions collectively,” Tchen says. “It doesn’t just mean more women nominees. It means you’re making a collective, better decision because you have diversity of points in the room.”

Some of the 17 reforms being put into place immediately include diversifying the Academy’s board of trustees, which is currently 65% male and 65% white; stipulating that local chapters of the Academy meet national outreach targets in order to attract new and diverse members; and ensuring diversity within the ranks of the highly influential nomination review committees, which review submissions for approximately 60 of the Grammys’ 85 total award categories.

The only task force recommendation that the Academy did not immediately accept was to institute ranked-choice voting for the “big four” awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. (The Grammy organization says it will “continue to review” the idea.)

Tchen says that when she came in, she anticipated at least some resistance to new ideas.

“We weren’t sure how the Recording Academy was going to receive it because it is a 60-year-old organization,” Tchen says. “And sometimes you have to look at the structures that were adopted decades ago and figure out why they are not actually working to improve diversity.”

But Dugan says she wants to upend that old Grammy culture.

“Our board of trustees chair is [songwriter and producer] Harvey Mason Jr.,” Dugan says. “He and I are personally and professionally committed to advance and champion diversity, inclusivity, transparency — making processes simple and understandable. So this is a new day of reinvention at the Recording Academy. There is so much that is great. But we’re examining everything — absolutely everything.”

Dugan and Tchen know that the Grammys aren’t the whole music industry, nor does the Recording Academy hold any jurisdiction over artists or labels. But they hope that the awards will help set gender and diversity standards for the entire business — in which women continue to be vastly underrepresented — and that when fans and emerging musicians see present and future Grammy nominees and winners, they might see themselves in those artists.

“Music translates and changes our broader culture,” she says, “what kids want to be and listen to. And if they can see women artists and people who look like they’re making music and being Grammy nominees, that has a ripple effect across our entire culture. That’s huge.”

And Dugan says that the changes she wants to effect are already being mirrored in some of this year’s nominee slate.

“The nominees themselves are unapologetically themselves,” she observes. “And so when you have a Lizzo, a Billie Eilish, you realize that there’s no defining, just bringing yourself to the table. And none of us is equal until all of us are equal.” And with young, creative women setting the pace.

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An Inside Look at the Impeachment Case’s Most Intriguing Moments

Some of the most intriguing moments in the impeachment fight on Capitol Hill take place in private, away from the hearing rooms and news conferences that throngs of cameras can scrupulously document.

Democratic and Republican representatives alike granted The New York Times unusual access to photograph their preparations for the Judiciary Committee hearing this week and the drafting of articles of impeachment.

The photos yield a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Congress really operates — long days fueled by adrenaline, a sense of history and takeout food — and the interludes of quiet from the impeachment pressure cooker.

Last weekend, Republicans held a meeting to prepare for the hearings. The Capitol was largely empty save for a few buzzing conference rooms and hallways littered with pizza boxes.

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On Monday morning, before convening a hearing to lay out the case for impeaching President Trump, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, along with his staff, grappled with last-minute details as his caucus prepared to take the stage.

Representative Lucy McBath of Georgia stole a private moment, while Representative Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania helped Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida with her member pin.

Impeachment is not just witnesses facing hours of questioning from lawmakers, but it is also House members conferring in anterooms, catching news coverage in the privacy of their offices or taking a minute to assess the latest developments.

The atmosphere in the Capitol can take on a less formal feel as evening fades into night and drained lawmakers and staff members focus on the next steps. Shirts are untucked, takeout boxes are cracked open and a glass of wine is not unheard-of.

Drafting the articles of impeachment was a group project with comments from staff lawyers, members and, most especially, the party leadership as Democrats decided how to proceed based on the evidence they had compiled and the views of their colleagues.

On Tuesday morning, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee reviewed the articles one last time and Mr. Nadler affirmed them with his signature.

The House floor is the ultimate playing field, but much of the real work of Congress unfolds in the warren of committee and leadership offices. It is where the sausage is made and the public doesn’t often get a peek behind the scenes.

Before a nationally televised news conference announcing the articles of impeachment Tuesday morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a private meeting with the leaders of key House committees in her office, with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln watching over them.

After the articles of impeachment were formally announced, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee conducted mock hearings and Ms. Pelosi continued to regularly meet with Mr. Nadler and committee leaders.

The committee rooms were filled with stacks of binders, books and papers — including transcripts of witness testimony and Representative Jamie Raskin’s copy of “The Federalist Papers.” Seeking a quiet place to work, Norman Eisen, a lawyer for the Democrats, drafted a speech for Mr. Nadler, alone in a cavernous committee room.

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Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Republicans Seek to Kill the Abuse of Power Charge vs. Trump

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee moved quickly to try to kill the articles of impeachment against President Trump as the markup got underway, condemning the process as unfair to the president.

Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, offered the first amendment of the day, seeking to strike Article I, which accuses the president of abuse of power. Mr. Jordan said his amendment “strikes Article I, because Article I ignores the truth.”

Lawmakers engaged in heated debate, which Republicans used as a chance to denounce the process and to try to undermine the Democratic case against the president.

Mr. Jordan’s amendment, and others that Republicans plan to offer, are all but certain to be rejected on party-line votes by the committee, which is heavily skewed in favor of Democrats. But such changes are intended to show Mr. Trump — who has watched hours of the impeachment hearings — and Republican voters that they are fighting back against attempts to impeach the president next week.

Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the panel, pushed to end consideration of the articles entirely, arguing that Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the committee, and other Democrats had violated the committee’s rules by refusing to allow a public hearing for witnesses requested by the minority. But the chairman ruled against his motion, quickly gaveling it down.

Mr. Nadler officially began consideration of the articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump by having the panel’s clerk read them into the record. He then offered up a new and slightly different draft, a parliamentary tactic that will allow him to control the markup process throughout the day.

Committees usually skip the reading of legislative text, and one Republican on the panel asked to dispense with the step. But Mr. Nadler dismissed the request, saying that the importance of the historic moment at hand called for the nine-page resolution to be read out loud.

“In his conduct of the office of president of the United States — and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed — Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the presidency,” the clerk read.

By offering up a new draft of the article with a minor change — instead of referring to the president as “Donald J. Trump,” as the original articles of impeachment did, it uses his full middle name, John — Mr. Nadler ensured that he will have maximum control over any further changes that may be proposed.

For only the third time in modern history, lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee are formally considering articles of impeachment against a sitting president in a debate that underscores the deep divisions in the country.

The process began on Wednesday night, with lawmakers delivering impassioned statements for or against impeaching the president.

On Thursday, Democrats are putting the last touches on articles accusing Mr. Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, finalizing charges stemming from their two-and-a-half-month inquiry into what they say was a scheme by the president to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals.

For Republicans, Thursday’s meeting — called a “markup” because it gives members the opportunity to offer amendments and edits to the articles — is their last chance to try to derail the impeachment before the articles are expected to come to the House floor early next week.

That is unlikely to happen in the committee, which is firmly under the control of Democrats and led by Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York. Both sides expect the committee to vote along party lines by Thursday afternoon to send the articles to the full House.

But the committee debate is certain to be intense as Democrats make their case that Mr. Trump “ignored and injured the interests of the nation” and Republicans angrily accuse the president’s adversaries of waging an unfair assault on the presidency based on insufficient evidence.

The Judiciary Committee’s debate on Thursday is an important test of the party discipline that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sought to maintain since late September, when she announced that the House would begin an impeachment inquiry against Mr. Trump related to the Ukraine matter.

Only two House Democrats voted against formalizing Ms. Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry in a House vote about a month later. It was a demonstration of remarkable unity within the caucus about using one of the gravest remedies in the Constitution to hold the president accountable for his actions.

But some moderate Democrats whose conservative-leaning districts voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 have in the past expressed concerns about impeaching the president.

There is no indication that any of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee intend to break with Ms. Pelosi by voting against sending the articles to the full House. While the markup process allows them to offer amendments, few if any are expected to do anything to substantively change the charges.

As impeachment marches forward, Mr. Trump’s lawyers are discussing hiring Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and high-profile lawyer who has frequently defended the president on television, to help with his defense during a trial in the Senate, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Several advisers to the president support making Mr. Dershowitz part of the team of outside lawyers to advise the White House on constitutional issues, they said. But no formal offer has been made to Mr. Dershowitz. Mr. Dershowitz declined to comment.

  • Mr. Trump and his advisers repeatedly pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Here’s a timeline of events since January.

  • A C.I.A. officer who was once detailed to the White House filed a whistle-blower complaint on Mr. Trump’s interactions with Mr. Zelensky. Read the complaint.

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Who Are the Main Characters in the Whistle-Blower’s Complaint?

President Trump’s personal lawyer. The prosecutor general of Ukraine. Joe Biden’s son. These are just some of the names mentioned in the whistle-blower’s complaint. What were their roles? We break it down.

Congressman: “Sir, let me repeat my question: Did you ever speak to the president about this complaint?” Congress is investigating allegations that President Trump pushed a foreign government to dig up dirt on his Democratic rivals. “It’s just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again.” At the heart of an impeachment inquiry is a nine-page whistle-blower complaint that names over two dozen people. Not counting the president himself, these are the people that appear the most: First, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani. According to documents and interviews, Giuliani has been involved in shadowy diplomacy on behalf of the president’s interests. He encouraged Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family’s activities in the country, plus other avenues that could benefit Trump like whether the Ukrainians intentionally helped the Democrats during the 2016 election. It was an agenda he also pushed on TV. “So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden.” “Of course I did!” A person Giuliani worked with, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s former prosecutor general. He pushed for investigations that would also benefit Giuliani and Trump. Lutsenko also discussed conspiracy theories about the Bidens in the U.S. media. But he later walked back his allegations, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. This is where Hunter Biden comes in, the former vice president’s son. He served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company run by this guy, who’s had some issues with the law. While Biden was in office, he along with others, called for the dismissal of Lutsenko’s predecessor, a prosecutor named Viktor Shokin, whose office was overseeing investigations into the company that Hunter Biden was involved with. Shokin was later voted out by the Ukrainian government. Lutsenko replaced him, but was widely criticized for corruption himself. When a new president took office in May, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky said that he’d replace Lutsenko. Giuliani and Trump? Not happy. They viewed Lutsenko as their ally. During a July 25 call between Trump and the new Ukrainian president, Trump defended him, saying, “I heard you had a prosecutor who is very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair.” In that phone call, Trump also allegedly asked his counterpart to continue the investigation into Joe Biden, who is his main rival in the 2020 election. Zelensky has publicly denied feeling pressured by Trump. “In other words, no pressure.” And then finally, Attorney General William Barr, who also came up in the July 25 call. In the reconstructed transcript, Trump repeatedly suggested that Zelensky’s administration could work with Barr and Giuliani to investigate the Bidens and other matters of political interest to Trump. Since the whistle-blower complaint was made public, Democrats have criticized Barr for dismissing allegations that Trump had violated campaign finance laws during his call with Zelensky and not passing along the complaint to Congress. House Democrats have now subpoenaed several people mentioned in the complaint, as an impeachment inquiry into the president’s conduct continues.

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Feral hogs tearing up California park, prompting city to hire trapper to deal with ‘invasive’ population

Sections of a park in Northern California are now closed off with warning signs posted after feral hogs invaded the area in recent months, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

The city of Lafayette said Tuesday in a news release the spike in the wild pig population in recent months has prompted the city to close some nature trails and post warning signs in order to protect residents from the “dangerous species” in the Burton Valley and Lafayette Community Park areas, located about 20 miles east of San Francisco.

“We’ve had a couple of encounters where the off-leash dogs have spooked a pig, and they came close to humans aggressively,” Jonathan Katayanagi, the director of Lafayette Parks & Recreation, told KTVU on Wednesday.

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City officials said that as many as 40 feral hogs have been roaming through the park around dusk and dawn since October, destroying large sections of the grounds as they tear through areas looking for grubs, worms, and acorns. A fence has kept the pigs off baseball and soccer fields already under repair, but other sections of parkland have not been as fortunate.

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Around 40 feral hogs have been roaming through parks in Lafayette since October, causing tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of damage. (City of Lafayette)

The damage from the wild pigs is estimated to be around $50,000 and forced the city to hire a licensed trapper to control the invasive population while coordinating efforts with the Lafayette Police Department and California Department of Fish & Wildlife

“The trapper we are working with is hoping to use a corral system so we can control large groups,”  Katayanagi told KTVU. “After that, (California) Fish & Wildlife can dictate what is to be done with the pigs. But we are told relocation is not an option.”

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The pack of feral hogs have been tearing through areas looking for grubs, worms, and acorns. (KTVU)

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Park officials believe the feral hogs first came to the park during the dry season in October in search of water and food, and have stuck around since. Since the pack arrived, officials have implemented proactive public safety measures such as closing some nature trails.

“It is very important that Lafayette Community Park visitors keep children close when using trails, keep dogs on a leash at all times, and always obey all signs posted in the park,” the city said in a news release. “Once the wild pig population is no longer a risk to park visitors, all trails will be reopened.”

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Officials are hopeful they will be able to clear the area of the pigs over the next few weeks.

Many of those who use the park said Wednesday it’s time for the harmful swine to go.

“They really serve no purpose around here other than destroy the parks and recreation facilities,” Moraga resident Mark Orders told KTVU.

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Emily Ratajkowski addresses Harvey Weinstein settlement with inked message: ‘F–k Harvey’

Emily Ratajkowski hit the red carpet on Wednesday for the premiere of Adam Sandler’s “Uncut Gems” and had a special message for Harvey Weinstein.

The model and actress, who has appeared in music videos for Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke as well as films such as “Gone Girl” and “Entourage,” turned heads when she revealed a handwritten note on her left bicep that read, “F—k Harvey.”

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Ratajkowski has been vocal in her disdain for the embattled movie mogul and even took to Twitter to speak about him.

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“So this is what justice looks like in America? #burninhellharvey,” she wrote — attaching a picture of the New York Times report on Weinstein’s latest $25 million settlement.

The settlement agreement of $25 million would not require Weinstein to admit any wrongdoing on his part or make any out-of-pocket payments to any of the alleged accusers, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

More than 30 actresses and ex-employees of the disgraced studio head will share the proposed global legal payout, along with additional claimants who could join the class in later months — which would effectively put a lid on each of the lawsuits brought against Weinstein and his former company.

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“Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims. Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money. #nojusticenopeace,” Ratajkowski wrote on Twitter, attaching a picture of her “F—k Harvey” message along with the tweet.

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Weinstein’s bail was increased on Wednesday from $1 million to $5 million after allegedly violating bail conditions by tampering with his electronic ankle monitor.

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Oakland considers housing the homeless on a cruise ship

This is not exactly “The Love Boat,” but it could help make a dent in one California city’s homeless crisis.

During a city council meeting on Tuesday, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan broached the idea of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people, suggesting a ship be brought to the Port of Oakland as the region deals with skyrocketing costs of living and a shortage of affordable housing.

“It could be a great way to house a lot of people quickly,” Kaplan told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Cruise ships have been used for emergency housing after natural disasters and for extra housing for things like Olympics.”

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Homelessness has spiked in Oakland, with a 47 percent jump in two years — one of the largest surges of any California city, according to a one-night street count released in July.

The count, which used federal guidelines, showed Oakland had 4,017 homeless people, up from 2,761 in 2017. The increase has put the city’s per capita homeless rate higher than neighboring San Francisco and Berkeley.

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The president of the Oakland City Council in the San Francisco Bay Area is proposing bringing a cruise ship to the city’s port to house up to 1,000 homeless people. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)

Kaplan told the Chronicle she plans to present a proposal to the council in January that will be at “no or low” cost to the city, because residents of the cruise ship would pay for rooms based on their income. The city would not buy the cruise ship.

The council president added that she has been contacted by cruise ship companies about providing a ship for emergency housing and that the companies – which were not named – were reaching out to the Port of Oakland about mooring options at the port. The idea for a cruise ship in Oakland would be similar to the Queen Mary in Long Beach in Southern California.

The 1936 ocean liner is now a floating hotel with 347 rooms, where a room with two twin beds goes for $141 a night and $146 a night for a full-size bed.

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Rebecca Kaplan, the president of the Oakland City Council, is proposing bringing a cruise ship to the city’s port to house up to 1,000 homeless people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)

“It could be like that,” Kaplan told the paper. “But as affordable housing instead of hotel.”

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But there may be a regulatory iceberg in the way of this floating proposal.

The Port of Oakland is among the 10 busiest in the nation, and port officials pointed out Wednesday that safety and security issues at federally regulated facilities would “make residential uses untenable,” port spokesman Mike Zampa told the Associated Press.

“We respect President Kaplan’s desire to address homelessness but Port of Oakland docks are designed to work cargo ships, there isn’t the infrastructure to berth a cruise ship,” Zampa said.

One of the technical issues involving docking a cruise ship at the port is having the vessel permanently hooked up to shore power and sewage, in addition to regular, if not daily, garbage service, according to KTVU. There would also need to be considerations made for security on board and numerous health threats, such as norovirus.

Cruise ships have been used as emergency housing before. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency chartered three luxury cruise liners to provide housing for up to 8,000 people that were left homeless after the storm. That $236 million contract was later scrutinized in a study released in 2006 by House Democrats, which said it proved “wasteful for the federal taxpayer” because it ended up costing $50,000 to house a single person for six months, more than $300 per person for each night’s lodging.

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While there may be a regulatory roadblock with the latest idea in Oakland, residents who are growing tired of the uptick in numbers said it doesn’t hurt exploring.

“It would keep the homeless people out of the rain, especially during the wintertime,” Dustin Koga told KTVU. “It’s really cold right now, so it makes a lot of sense.”

Robert Heyden, who said the city’s homeless crisis is “not an easy problem to deal with,” said the idea could be worthy, depending on the details.

“I think that would be a great idea,” he told KTVU. “It would be interesting to see how the implementation happened and how successful it would be.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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