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Deadspin Protests Parent Company’s Order To Stick To Sports Content

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Following an order from new management to make sports content the “sole focus” of the site, Deadspin protested on Tuesday by posting a series of old and new stories on a range of other topics.

At least one top employee was promptly fired, worsening already-volatile relations between G/O Media ― formerly Gizmodo Media Group ― and its staff.

Deadspin has historically focused on sports content, but also frequently covers media, politics and culture. On Monday, G/O Media Editorial Director Paul Maidment issued a mandate to Deadspin employees, obtained by The Daily Beast, that they could no longer publish any content not directly related to sports.

“To create as much great sports journalism as we can requires a 100% focus of our resources on sports. And it will be the sole focus,” Maidment said in the memo. “Deadspin will write only about sports and that which is relevant to sports in some way.”

He added: “Where such subjects touch on sports, they are fair game for Deadspin. Where they do not, they are not. We have plenty of other sites that write about politics, pop culture, the arts, and the rest, and they’re the appropriate place for such work.”

G/O was formed earlier this year when Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, purchased the Gizmodo Media Group from Univision and rebranded it. Univision had formed Gizmodo Media Group after acquiring Gawker Media, which filed for bankruptcy proceedings in the wake of a lawsuit secretly funded by billionaire Peter Thiel.

The new company oversees Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, and a number of former Gawker Media sites.

Deadspin staffers protested Maidment’s mandate on Tuesday by filling its front page with a host of old and new stories not related to sports. Among them was an August editorial by former Deadspin Editor-in-Chief Megan Greenwell, who said staff members have clashed with the new management’s “‘stick to sports’ edict” from the start.

“The numbers apparently do not matter to my ostensibly numbers-obsessed bosses, for reasons I can’t quite understand,” Greenwell wrote. “When I have told them that the data show that non-sports content brings more traffic and more revenue opportunities, I have been ignored.”

These clashes have cost the company several of its top employees, including Greenwell, whose last day at Deadspin was the same day her editorial ran.

“They have driven out several senior managers—most of them women, myself included—by undermining us and condescending to us at every turn,” she wrote. “Among the people Great Hill Partners has fired and driven out of the company and treated like children are people who have been responsible for creating and sustaining a successful digital media business for over a decade.”

Barry Petchesky, who has been at Deadspin for over a decade and who took over as interim editor-in-chief after Greenwell left, said Tuesday he was fired from the company “for not sticking to sports.” 

The site’s union, organized under the Writer’s Guild of America, East, tweeted in response to Petchesky’s termination on Tuesday that “this will not stand.” (WGA East also represents the HuffPost Union.)

Maidment responded to the backlash over the “stick to sports” mandate by saying he was “sorry” some staffers “don’t agree with that editorial direction.”

“We believe that Deadspin reporters and editors should go after every conceivable story as long as it has something to do with sports,” he said in a statement, according to CNN Media reporter Kerry Flynn. “We are sorry that some on the Deadspin staff don’t agree with that editorial direction and refuse to work within that incredibly broad mandate.”

Some G/O employees have also recently spoken out about a massive new advertising deal that has filled Deadspin and its sister sites with auto-play videos. Deadspin published an article on Monday that said staff members were “upset with the current state of our site’s user experience” and noted that they don’t “control the ad experience on the site.”

The post was taken down later on Monday. Petchesky tweeted that management had deleted the article “in clear violation” of the union’s collective bargaining agreement.

G/O did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Boy George Recalls ‘Unconscious Uncoupling’ From Madonna

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Boy George was asked to revisit his supposed 1980s feud with Madonna on Monday and said he never “really fell out” with his pop contemporary.

“It was like a series of incidents where we kind of just never managed to get close,” the “Karma Chameleon” singer said on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” (Watch the clip above.)

“We had an unconscious uncoupling without any decision from either of us but I’ve always been a massive fan.” 

Boy George, perhaps revising Gwyneth Paltrow’s famous “conscious uncoupling” remark about her split from Chris Martin, might be sugarcoating things just a bit. In the ’80s he reportedly said, “Comparing Madonna with Marilyn Monroe is like comparing Raquel Welch with the back of a bus.”

And in a 2006 documentary he said of Madge: “I just think she’s a vile, hideous, horrible human being with no redeeming qualities. There’s nothing nice about her. I’ve never heard anyone say anything nice about her at all.”

The “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” performer, 58, admitted to HuffPost in 2014 that he had insulted her over the years: “I’ve said awful things about Madonna and I’m not proud of that at all — I’m really not proud of that because I didn’t know her.”

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Singer Allison Moorer opens up about parents’ murder-suicide when she was 14 years old

Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer is still trying to heal after the deaths of her parents when she was just 14 years old.

The murder-suicide in 1986 was something Moorer and her older sister, Grammy-winning singer Shelby Lynne, avoided discussing throughout their careers — but now they’re coming to terms with what transpired.

Moorer’s memoir, “Blood,” tells a haunting story of the girls’ childhoods in rural Alabama and of their parents, Franklin and Lynn, whose stories encompass much more than the way they died. Her father was an alcoholic and was physically abusive to both his wife and his children.

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Their mother tried to leave him and protect her children, but from an early age, Moorer seemed to know that it would end in tragedy. On Aug. 12, 1986, Franklin visited their rental home and shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, “CBS This Morning” reported.

The noise woke up Allison but it was Shelby — 17 years old at the time — who went outside and found her dead parents on the front lawn.

“I think he just broke,” she said in an interview with the outlet.

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“It’s a difficult thing to walk through the world and not belong to anyone,” Moorer admitted of the sisters becoming orphans. “So, we belong to each other, and we have always felt like that.”

“The tragedy colors everything,” she said, “and all the good feels a bit bittersweet.”

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Allison Moorer poses in Nashville to promote her memoir, “Blood,” and her album of the same name. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

While writing the memoir, Moorer earned a master’s degree, dug through family pictures, recordings, lyrics and letters, and even parsed autopsy notes to spur what she called active remembering.

“It’s surprising how much we keep buried,” Moorer recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. “There were points during the writing of the book where I would literally hold onto my desk because I would be overwhelmed.”

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Moorer split up the narrative into three parts, first dealing with her parents’ fractured relationship, her father’s violent fits of rage and her mother’s natural musical voice. Then Moorer reflected inward on how the two sisters dealt with the shame and abuse in different ways — both forever psychologically scarred.

“I realized that when you are raised in an addictive household, you’re taught, or are told either directly or indirectly to deny what you see, what you hear,” Moorer said. “And most heartbreakingly what you feel. Because nobody’s supposed to talk about Daddy’s drinking.”

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This cover image released by Da Capo Press shows “Blood: A Memoir” by singer-songwriter Allison Moorer. (Da Capo Press via AP)

The album came much quicker as she realized that she had been trying to tell parts of her family’s story in song before, but it never felt complete. The album includes a song called “Cold Cold Earth,” that she initially recorded in 2000 in an attempt to address all those reporters’ questions. “Nightlight” is her ode to her older sister when she reached out for comfort as a scared little girl.

Lynne wrote the forward to the book, saying it “exemplifies how two sisters can face the most horrific situations and come out not only surviving them, but finding each other as women now.”

One song on the album was written by her father, who wanted to be a songwriter and instilled in his daughters their earliest musical lessons.

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“I’m the One to Blame” was written well before either Moorer or her sister was born and the lyrics were found inside his old briefcase. Moorer sings the lyrics about jealousy and pride, sorrow and blame in a true act of sympathy for a father who caused so much multi-generational wreckage.

“He always wanted to write songs, always wanted to play music, always wanted to be a working musician and just never got there,” Moorer said. “To be able to do that for him is really important.”

Moorer acknowledges that memories can be flawed, especially in traumatic situations, and so her story is told in non-chronological vignettes. Moorer accepts that there will be gaps in memory, or facets of her mother’s life that she never knew and will always wonder about. The final section deals with the healing that came many years later, as Moorer became a mother, and learned how to come to grips with their family’s legacy.

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Moorer said she’ll never fully understand why her parents died, but she feels like she did her best at telling the story of her family that’s so much more than just the facts.

“I still have so many questions about what happened and who my parents were,” Moorer said. “I lived with them for a very short time. So I can’t close it. But I can make peace with the fact that I can’t close it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Democrats Formalize Trump Impeachment Inquiry

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Democrats filed a resolution on Tuesday that would formalize their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and push it to a more public phase.

The resolution would authorize the House Intelligence Committee to “designate an open hearing or hearings” on the impeachment process that began in September. Impeachment proceedings would then move to the House Judiciary Committee.

The filing directs the House committees “to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House … to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.”

Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Oversight Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) released a statement Tuesday on the resolution. The statement said the resolution “provides rules for the format of open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, including staff-led questioning of witnesses, and it authorizes the public release of deposition transcripts.”

The resolution also establishes proper procedures for handing over evidence to the Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for putting together articles of impeachment. It also sets forth Trump’s due process rights in the Judiciary Committee proceedings.

Under the rules, according to a Democratic summary, Trump’s attorneys would have the chance to participate in the hearings once they move to the House Judiciary Committee. The full House Judiciary Committee rules are not publicly available, but Democrats said Trump or his attorneys would be able to “present their case and respond to evidence; submit written requests for additional testimony or other evidence; attend hearings, including those held in executive session; raise an objection to testimony given; and cross-examine witnesses.”

But Democrats warned that Rep. Nadler, as chairman, could deny requests from the president or his counsel if Trump “unlawfully refuses to cooperate with Congressional requests.”

The plan also calls for staff attorneys to take the lead during hearings, with both Republican and Democratic attorneys questioning witnesses for 45 minutes each. Only after the staff questioning will members of Congress (other than the chair and ranking members) get their turn to question witnesses.

The proposal will make Trump supporter Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) the face of Trump’s defense. Only Nunes and Schiff ― or a Permanent Select Committee employee they designate ― will control the time for the first 90 minutes.

“These hearings will look entirely different from the ones you are used to,” tweeted Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman. “The House already has the proof, now it needs to move public opinion. This is how you construct hearings that can do that. Kudos to House Intel members for sacrificing ego to make this happen.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Monday that the chamber plans to vote Thursday on the resolution, which comes after repeated complaints from Trump and his Republican allies that the House impeachment inquiry has been opaque, and therefore unfair, to the president.

“The evidence we have already collected paints the picture of a President who abused his power by using multiple levers of government to press a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election,” the chairs said in their Tuesday statement. “Following in the footsteps of previous impeachment inquiries, the next phase will move from closed depositions to open hearings where the American people will learn firsthand about the President’s misconduct.”

The House launched its impeachment inquiry after a bombshell whistleblower complaint alleged Trump was abusing the power of his office by pressuring foreign governments, specifically Ukraine, to interfere in U.S. elections.

In July, Trump called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to ask his counterpart to investigate political rival Joe Biden. Trump was withholding congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine at the time, and testimonies from involved U.S. diplomats reveal that the decision was an attempted quid pro quo.

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House Democrats release impeachment resolution

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Two Big DealTM developments on how public hearings will be conducted:

(1) Dem leaders issued a statement indicating public hearings will be held by the Intelligence Committee. So D questioning will be led by their strongest questioner by far (Schiff), while Rs will be led by a bananapants insane conspiracy theorist who sues fake cows and is personally implicated in the matter under inquiry.

(2) Hearings will begin with up to 90 minutes of questioning from professional legal counsel, not politicians. To get an idea of how significant this is, look no further than Barry Berke’s questioning of Corey Lewandowski last month. The hearing had been a clown show up to that point, and in just a short interview, Berke methodically extracted admissions from Lewandowski of multiple public lies, that he pled the fifth to Mueller to avoid testifying, that he was offered a bribe by the White House to talk to Sessions about unrecusing, and tried to meet privately with Sessions so there would be no record.

These hearings are going to be devastating.

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CBP sounds alarm over surge of hard drugs, weapons, gang members at border despite recent gains

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Border officials sounded the alarm Tuesday over the surge of hard drugs, weapons and gang members being caught coming into the U.S. from Mexico — while also touting recent progress in stemming illegal immigration since a historic spike in May.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez spoke in El Paso, Texas, with border agents and a section of newly constructed border wall behind them. He said the eye-popping interdiction numbers stand as a testament to the hard work of law enforcement on the ground, but also a sign of congressional inaction.

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“They accomplished what I’m about to tell you when Congress refused to get off the sidelines, refused to do their job, refused to pass meaningful legislation to protect this country and address the loopholes in our current legal framework,” he said.

While the amount of drugs seized at the border in fiscal 2019 — 750,000 pounds — was lower than the prior year, officials said that was due to a big drop in marijuana seizures. Seizures of harder drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl all increased. CBP seized about 83,000 pounds of methamphetamine, compared with 68,000 pounds in fiscal 2018; 101,000 pounds of cocaine, compared with just under 60,000 the prior year; and 2,800 pounds of fentanyl, compared with 2,200 pounds the prior year.

“It’s not just a humanitarian crisis, it’s a national security crisis,” Morgan said.

More than 16,000 criminal illegal aliens also were caught, including what officials said are thousands with convictions ranging from sex crimes to homicide and drug trafficking. CBP also picked up 1,700 inbound weapons — a more than 300 percent increase from fiscal 2018. They also nabbed 1,200 gang members, up 20 percent from the previous year.

“These bad actors make their way into every town, city and state in this nation,” Morgan said. “If you have an overdose in Ohio or Detroit…more likely than not that drug came from the southwest border.”

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Morgan noted more than 40 percent of agents had been diverted off the front lines due to the humanitarian crisis tied to families flooding across the border, saying CBP officers conducted more than 4,900 rescues of migrants crossing the border over the past year.

Recent stats have demonstrated that apprehensions at the border have decreased dramatically in recent months since the highs of May. Officials have in part credited regional agreements with countries such as Mexico, which has seen the expansion of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — by which tens of thousands of migrants have been sent back to Mexico to await their immigration hearings rather than being released into the U.S. It is part of a broader effort by the administration to reduce pull factors for migrants looking to make the journey north.

But the numbers for the year overall reflect an enormously difficult year for law enforcement on the ground.

In fiscal 2019, there were a total of 1.1 million enforcement actions, a 68 percent increase from the previous year. Of those, 859,000 were apprehensions, an increase of 113 percent.

The numbers also show that there were more than 150,000 “gotaways” — illegal immigrants who crossed the border but escaped apprehension. Officials frequently warn these “gotaways” include many criminal illegal immigrants.

Morgan and other members of the Trump administration have been walking a line between touting the efforts in bringing down apprehensions and securing the border, while warning that the crisis is not over and needs more resources — and particularly congressional action.

In that context, Morgan again touted the need for a wall on the southern border, speaking in front of the barriers in El Paso. So far, 75 miles of wall have been built, often replacing flimsy existing barriers, as part of an effort to have 450 miles of wall built by the end of 2020.

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Democrats have repeatedly dismissed the wall as an unnecessary “vanity project” that is against American values. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., last week introduced a bill that would reclaim $3.6 billion in funds reallocated by the Trump administration for the wall.

But Morgan said the wall is a vital tool in making sure that criminals, drugs and weapons don’t make their way to towns and cities across America, even those far away from the border.

“If we miss it, it’s coming to you,” he said. “If we miss it, it’s coming to your city. If we miss it, it’s coming to your neighborhood — that’s the truth and that’s the reality.”

Fox News’ Charles Watson contributed to this report. 

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WhatsApp Says Israeli Firm Used Its App in Spy Program

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SAN FRANCISCO — WhatsApp sued the Israeli cybersurveillance firm NSO Group in federal court on Tuesday, claiming the company used the popular messaging service in a wide-ranging spy campaign on journalists and human-rights activists.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, claims in the lawsuit that an NSO Group program used WhatsApp to spy on more than 1,400 targets in 20 countries, including 100 journalists and human rights activists.

Over the past six months, WhatsApp, working closely with Citizen Lab, a research group affiliated with the University of Toronto, discovered an attack on its users.

The investigation started last spring, after Citizen Lab charged that NSO Group’s technology had exploited a WhatsApp security hole to hack the phone of a London lawyer. The lawyer represented several plaintiffs in lawsuits that accused NSO Group of providing tools to hack the phones of a Saudi Arabian dissident living in Canada, a Qatari citizen and a group of Mexican journalists and activists.

The suit was filed in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. NSO Group did not immediately respond to request for comment.

In its lawsuit, WhatsApp said that between April and May 2019, it discovered NSO Group tools were used to hijack the phones of its users. WhatsApp said that based on the country codes of the numbers targeted, NSO Group’s tools were used to hack the phones of people in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico.

WhatsApp said in a statement that it was informing affected customers with special WhatsApp messages. The company is seeking a permanent injunction banning NSO from its service, and called on lawmakers to ban the use of cyberweapons like those sold by NSO Group to governments all over the world.

“We agree with U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression David Kaye’s call for a moratorium on these attacks,” WhatsApp said in a statement. “There must be strong legal oversight of cyber weapons like the one used in this attack to ensure they are not used to violate individual rights and freedoms people deserve wherever they are in the world.”

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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Dem rep’s campaign hits back at ‘Squad’ endorsements for primary challenger

Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar’s campaign hit back this week after a second member of the so-called “Squad” endorsed his primary challenger, Jessica Cisneros.

After freshman Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., endorsed Cisneros Tuesday, Cuellar campaign spokesman Colin Strother said in a statement to Fox News that his challenger is focused on “out of state endorsements from PACs and celebrities, while we are focused on continuing to build support within the district.

“This is the Border, not the Bronx and not Boston,” Strother said. “We believe the congressman’s more conservative values and proven record of building consensus to get things done is more in line with the values and priorities of the district. We look forward to the opportunity to compare our record with that of our opponent.”

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Pressley’s endorsement of the 26-year-old challenger comes just a week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., also backed Cisneros, praising the former Cuellar intern’s progressive chops. The Cuellar campaign’s mention of the Bronx was a clear reference to Ocasio-Cortez.

“When [Cisneros] is elected, not only will I no longer be the youngest person in Congress — I’ll have a strong new ally in the fight for ‘Medicare for all,’ getting corporate money out of politics, and fixing our broken immigration system,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to the group Justice Democrats.

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has also endorsed Cisneros.

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Strother also took a shot at Cisneros for being backed by Justice Democrats, the organization that originally boosted Ocasio-Cortez in her successful primary challenge against former Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y.

“The two candidates could hardly be more different,” he said. “Congressman Cuellar has lived in this district his entire life and represented it for 15 years in Congress, while our opponent has lived here for only four months after being recruited by a socialist organization in New York City.”

Pressley, with her endorsement, said Cisneros was dedicated to progressive issues that the “Squad” has advanced, the Texas Tribune reported Tuesday.

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“Our country is at a crossroads, and as the Administration in Washington, DC continues to advance hateful, draconian policies targeting women, immigrants, and other marginalized communities, the experience and determination of candidates like Jessica Cisneros is more essential than ever,” Pressley said in a statement, according to the Tribune. “A human rights attorney, Jessica has devoted her life to fighting for those in her community – now, she is following that work to Congress, to stand up for everyone who is being targeted by this Administration.”

Earlier Tuesday, though, Strother disputed Pressley’s characterization of Cisneros as a “human rights attorney.” The Laredo Morning Times reported when Cisneros launched her campaign in June that after graduating from the University of Texas Law School, she spent less than a year in a legal fellowship program in New York called Brooklyn Defenders Service, which practices immigration law.

Ocasio-Cortez, along with other liberal House freshmen, has clashed with the Democratic establishment over primary challenges before. Earlier this year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) even decided it would blacklist political firms that work against sitting members of Congress.

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Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley both criticized that stance.

“The @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in March. “My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC &give directly to swing candidates instead.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman, Judson Berger and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report. 

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READ: House Democrats Release Draft Resolution On Impeachment Inquiry

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House Democrats introduced a draft resolution Tuesday intended to formalize their impeachment inquiry.

Among other steps, the draft authorizes the chair of the House Intelligence Committee to conduct open hearings. It also grants the ranking Republican on the committee the authority to issue subpoenas — with the concurrence of the Democratic chair.

The move comes after President Trump and congressional Republicans denounced the probe as “illegitimate” because Democrats launched the probe and began closed-door witness interviews without a full House vote.

In a letter to House Democrats Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the move now was “to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”

The House Rules Committee scheduled a Wednesday meeting to review the draft and set up a full House vote on it on Thursday.

Read the text of the draft.

Krishnadev Calamur contributed to this report.

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NFL trade tracker: Latest news, player targets, team needs before deadline

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The NFL didn’t wait for Tuesday’s trade deadline to take action.

Ahead of the league’s cutoff for deals, several squads have already taken a bold approach in reshaping their rosters. The Los Angeles Rams set the tone two weeks ago by acquiring Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but there have been a flurry of other trades since then, with the likes of the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks bolstering their rosters by adding key players. 

USA TODAY Sports will be tracking all the action leading up to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, so check back here for all the latest buzz on deals.

Latest news

– Le’Veon Bell doesn’t look to be going anywhere. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Jets running back isn’t expected to be dealt Tuesday barring a significant development. The New York Daily News reported earlier in the day that the Jets were “amenable” to moving their splashy offseason signing.

– One year after landing Amari Cooper, the Cowboys could be in line for another seismic deal. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Dallas had inquired with the Jets about Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams. Rapoport indicated the compensation would be “massive,” and he later said the teams 

– First deal of the day: The Rams have sent cornerback Aqib Talib and a fifth-round pick to the Dolphins for a future pick. Los Angeles was able to save more than $4 million on Talib’s remaining 2019 salary.

– The Buccaneers might be holding onto tight end O.J. Howard, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported one team that inquired about him was told he was not available. The MMQB’s Albert Breer previously reported the Patriots were rebuffed when they asked a

– Andy Dalton turned 32 today, and the Bengals delivered quite the birthday present for the ninth-year veteran by benching him. But could another team be interested in picking him up before the deadline? It’s unclear whether there’s significant interest — or whether Cincinnati would be willing to part with him at this point.

– The Patriots might be done dealing, after all. Coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday said the team “wouldn’t have enough cap space right now to just got out and acquire any player.” New England has $2.49 million in cap space remaining, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. The Athletic’s Jeff Howe said, however, that the Patriots were among the teams that had shown the most interest in Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert.

– Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is keeping the door open for a possible trade today. “We’re always looking. That’s plenty of time,” he said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “Let’s say we have consideration in the mill. We’re giving it thought. … To that end, anything is possible.”

– Cornerback-needy teams might have to pay a high price if they want to land the Detroit Lions’ Darius Slay. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that in order to part with the two-time Pro Bowl selection, Detroit would want a return similar to what the Jacksonville Jaguars got for Jalen Ramsey, who fetched two first-round picks and a fourth-round selection from the Los Angeles Rams.

Completed trades

– Los Angeles Rams trade CB Aqib Talib and a fifth-round pick to Miami Dolphins for a future pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter

Cleveland Browns trade LB/DE Genard Avery to Philadelphia Eagles for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick

New York Jets trade DE Leonard Williams to New York Giants for a 2020 third-round pick and 2021 fifth-round pick that can become a fourth-round pick

ANALYSIS: Jets made right move by trading Leonard Williams to Giants

Miami Dolphins trade RB Kenyan Drake to Arizona Cardinals for a 2020 sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick

New England Patriots trade DE Michael Bennett to Dallas Cowboys for a 2021 seventh-round pick that could become a sixth-round pick

Detroit Lions trade S Quandre Diggs to Seattle Seahawks for 2020 fifth-round pick

Denver Broncos trade WR Emmanuel Sanders and 2020 fifth-round pick to San Francisco 49ers for 2020 third-round pick and 2020 fourth-round pick

Atlanta Falcons trade WR Mohamed Sanu to New England Patriots for 2020 second-round pick

Oakland Raiders trade CB Gareon Conley to Houston Texans for 2020 third-round draft pick

Jacksonville Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Los Angeles Rams for 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick and 2021 fourth-round pick

– Los Angeles Rams trade CB Marcus Peters to Baltimore Ravens for LB Kenny Young and 2020 fifth-round draft pick

Players potentially on trading block

– Falcons OLB Vic Beasley: Atlanta might have to eat some of what remains on Beasley’s $12.8 million salary, and even then it could be difficult to find a taker for a player with an expiring contract and minimal production (1 1/2 sacks this season). 

– Redskins LT Trent Williams: Washington has yet to flinch throughout the seven-time Pro Bowl selection’s holdout, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday the team now would be open to a deal for the right price.

– Lions CB Darius Slay: ESPN reported Detroit was fielding calls on the star of its secondary, who said he felt as though “no one is safe” after the team dealt Diggs to the Seahawks. But according to ESPN, it would take “a lot” to complete a deal.

– Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard: The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported earlier in October that the Patriots inquired about Howard bur were shot down. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported the team would only send him away for a “substantial” return.

– Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr.: Even after Denver sent Sanders to the 49ers, Harris maintained last week he didn’t expect to be traded this season, though he could be an attractive option for cornerback-needy teams.

– Jets WR Robby Anderson: After Gang Green parted with Leonard Williams, the team could also move on from the speedy Anderson, who is set to become a free agent.

– Dolphins WR DeVante Parker: Miami has already sold off many of its veterans for draft capital, and Parker could be the next in line.

– 49ers QB C.J. Beathard: NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reported San Francisco has received offers in the “sixth-round range” for the third-string passer.

Teams that could be active

– Eagles: GM Howie Roseman might not be done tinkering, as Philadelphia could use help at cornerback, wide receiver and defensive tackle.

– Patriots: The defending champs are among the most aggressive teams on the trade market, though they have approximately $2 million in cap space remaining.

– Dolphins: After sending away Kenyan Drake on Monday, the still-winless Dolphins could continue to shed players from their roster in exchange for more draft picks.

– Jets: Miami isn’t the only struggling AFC East team that could undergo a significant shift, as New York established itself as a seller by trading away Leonard Williams.

– Lions: Whether it’s dealing away top CB Darius Slay or bringing in help at RB, Detroit could be an active player on Tuesday.

– Saints: Adding a wide receiver to complement Michael Thomas could be a consideration for the NFC South leaders.

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