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Mom, 1-year-old found dead in Colorado national park died in murder-suicide: coroner

A woman and her baby found dead on Friday in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park have been identified and their deaths ruled as a murder-suicide, according to officials.

Tristen Watson, 24, and her 17-month-old son Christopher Watson died from gunshot-related wounds to their heads, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office said. The coroner’s office ruled her manner of death as a suicide. Her son’s death was listed as homicide.

On Friday afternoon, park rangers were notified of a “suicidal subject likely in the park,” according to a news release posted that day by the National Park Service.

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Hallet and Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. (National Park Service)

“The individual’s vehicle was located near Upper Beaver Meadows Road,” the release said. “While searching for the occupants of the vehicle, park rangers temporarily held traffic at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and Fall River Entrance on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.”

Traffic was reportedly blocked between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Rangers would find their bodies later that afternoon.

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“Assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Law Enforcement rangers during this quickly developing incident were Estes Park Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Parks, and Wildlife and Loveland Police Department,” the release said.

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Framing the Impeachment Case: An Inside Look at Opposing Legal Teams

WASHINGTON — A former police chief, a prosecutor who won the conviction of an F.B.I. agent and one of Texas’ first Latina representatives. A constitutional law professor who once defended O.J. Simpson against a murder charge, a former special prosecutor who pursued the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and a litigator for the Christian right.

For the third time in American history, the Senate has convened as a court of impeachment to consider whether to remove a sitting president, and two teams of lawyers are facing off in a confrontation with heavy political and constitutional consequences.

The seven House Democratic impeachment managers, handpicked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, have argued that President Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help smear his political rivals and obstructed Congress to conceal his actions. Mr. Trump’s defense team — drawn from the White House counsel’s office and outside lawyers, including a few who frequently appear on television — has argued that the president did nothing wrong and accused Democrats of using impeachment as a tool to remove an opponent they could not defeat at the ballot box.

Here is a look at the opposing legal teams and how they see impeachment, in their own words.  

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“No Constitution can protect us if right doesn’t matter anymore, and you know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

Representative Adam B. Schiff — Democrat of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee and the lead impeachment manager

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“We need to hold him accountable because no one is above the law. Nadie está encima de la ley.”

Representative Sylvia R. Garcia — Democrat of Texas and one of the first two Latina women to represent the state

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“We are here, sir, to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the Constitution and present the truth to the American people. That is why we are here.”

Representative Hakeem Jeffries — Democrat of New York and the chairman of the Democratic caucus

In the prior two presidential impeachment trials, all 20 members of the House selected to prosecute the cases — seven for Andrew Johnson in 1868 and 13 for Bill Clinton in 1999 — were white men. But the group chosen by Ms. Pelosi includes two African-Americans, a Latina and three women.

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the lead impeachment manager, spoke for as long as the six other managers combined, according to C-SPAN. He spent hours building the House’s case by laying out the central themes and then delivering impassioned closing statements that drew grudging praise even from Republicans who disagreed — along with his share of criticism from those who said they were insulted by his sharp assertions.

Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York and Zoe Lofgren of California, both veterans of the Clinton impeachment, drew on historic precedents from the proceedings against him and Johnson. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York recounted the July 25 phone call at the heart of the Democratic case and worked in at least one hip-hop reference — a signature flourish — telling senators after he made the case to subpoena Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff: “And if you don’t know, now you know.” (The line is from “Juicy,” a 1994 hit by the Notorious B.I.G.)

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“This moment is about ensuring that every voter — whether a maid or a janitor, whether a nurse, a teacher, or a truck driver, whether a doctor or a mechanic — that their vote matters and that American elections are decided by the American people.”

Representative Val B. Demings — Democrat of Florida and the first female police chief of Orlando, Fla.

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“I remember what it feels like to not have the equipment you need when you need it. Real people’s lives are at stake. That’s why this matters.”

Representative Jason Crow — Democrat of Colorado, a lawyer and a former Army Ranger

Representatives Val B. Demings, Jason Crow and Sylvia R. Garcia, all comparatively newer lawmakers, often sought to connect the charges facing Mr. Trump to their own backgrounds. Ms. Demings drew from her experience as a police chief in Florida. Ms. Garcia recalled her time as a judge. And Mr. Crow reflected on his time as an Army Ranger dependent on military resources.

Over the allotted three days of presentation — and another day spent unsuccessfully pushing for subpoenas for additional documents and witnesses — the seven lawmakers argued that Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign against Ukraine warranted his removal from office, pointing to what they said was a dangerous pattern of putting his own interests above those of the country.

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“The impeachment clause exists to protect our freedom and our democracy in between elections. It exists to remind presidents that they serve the public, not the other way around.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler — Democrat of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee

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“President Trump’s obstruction of Congress is not merely unprecedented and wrong, it’s also a high crime and misdemeanor as the framers used and understood that phrase.”

Representative Zoe Lofgren — Democrat of California and a veteran of three impeachment inquiries

Mr. Trump’s defense team includes well-known veteran prosectors from the Clinton era, including Ken Starr, the independent counsel whose report led to the impeachment of Mr. Clinton, and Robert W. Ray, Mr. Starr’s successor.

Other members include fixtures on Fox News like Alan M. Dershowitz, the celebrity lawyer who defended Mr. Simpson, Claus von Bülow, Mike Tyson and Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was accused of sex trafficking and killed himself last year in jail.

Led by the president’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow and Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, the defense has argued that the House Democrats rushed through the process of impeachment in their zeal to overturn the results of an election they disagreed with, and that there was no evidence in the House case beyond hearsay that Mr. Trump had sought to tie the investigations to release of the security aid.

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“We live in a constitutional republic where you have deep policy concerns and deep differences. That should not be the basis of an impeachment.”

Jay Sekulow — The president’s personal lawyer

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“They’re asking you to tear up all of the ballots across this country on your own initiative, take that decision away from the American people.”

Pat A. Cipollone — The White House counsel

Mr. Cipollone and Mr. Sekulow have been the president’s most frequent defenders on the Senate floor, providing most of the arguments against the Democratic effort to vote on subpoenas for documents and witnesses ahead of the team arguments. The crux of their argument is that Mr. Trump is accused of no crime and thus cannot be impeached, a legal theory that is rejected by most constitutional scholars. They also argue that Democrats are seeking to remove the president for policy judgments with which they disagree, thus nullifying the will of voters nine months before the next election.

In a remarkable twist, Mr. Starr, known for his aggressive pursuit of Mr. Clinton’s impeachment for lying about an affair with a White House intern, told the Senate on Monday that the use of the constitutional remedy should be rare, and that Mr. Trump’s actions did not rise to it.

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“Instead of a once-in-a-century phenomenon, which it had been, presidential impeachment has become a weapon to be wielded against one’s political opponent.”

Ken Starr — The independent counsel whose report led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton

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“You cannot turn conduct that is not impeachable into impeachable conduct simply by using words like ‘quid pro quo’ and ‘personal benefit.’”

Alan M. Dershowitz — Professor emeritus at Harvard Law School

Other lawyers on the president’s trial team include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general; Eric D. Herschmann; Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin, deputy White House counsels; and Jane Serene Raskin, who helped defend Mr. Trump during the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and ties with the Trump campaign.

On Monday, Mr. Dershowitz was the only one of the group to directly address the revelations by John R. Bolton in an unpublished manuscript that Mr. Trump directly tied aid to Ukraine aid to investigations of his political rivals. Even if true, Mr. Dershowitz said, it was not impeachable.

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Asian Markets Slump With Spreading Coronavirus, While European Shares Rebound

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After sharp losses around the world, investors on Tuesday continued to assess the long-term economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic.

The verdict was mixed. Investors abandoned stocks in Asia, while markets in Europe rebounded modestly from the previous day’s sell-off. Stock market futures in the United States rose as well.

Investors could be in for a rocky period as the pneumonialike illness spreads, having killed 106 people and sickening more than 4,500 to date. Health officials in the United States are warning that travelers should avoid nonessential trips to China, while global businesses are restricting travel. The Chinese government extended the Lunar New Year holiday, which could disrupt production and hurt the country’s growth.

“The Coronavirus is the No. 1 threat to financial markets currently as global investors are becoming jittery on the uncertainty,” said Nigel Green, the founder of the investment group deVere Group.

“This is a worrying and serious situation and investors must be vigilant,” he added.

The concern is that the fallout could create a major shock for markets, even as worries about geopolitics and global trade have eased.

Many Asian stock markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, but those that were open, including Japan’s and South Korea’s, fell and futures trading in China slumped. Money poured into safe-haven assets like gold and pushed up the value of the United States dollar. European markets were steady.

Japan’s minister of economic and fiscal policy said on Tuesday that the Chinese outbreak would affect the Japanese tourism industry and warned that it could also hurt exports and corporate profits. Chinese tourists traveling to Japan accounted for 30 percent of all tourists in 2019, he said at a news conference.

“There are concerns over the impact to the Chinese and global economy from the spread of infection in China, transportation disruptions, cancellation of group tours from China and an extension in the Lunar holiday,” said the minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura.

In Tokyo, investors pushed stocks down by 0.6 percent. In Seoul, stocks fell by more than 3 percent. Hong Kong’s stock market will reopen on Wednesday. In China, where authorities have extended the New Year holiday by a week, the major exchanges in Shenzhen and Shanghai said they would remain closed until Feb. 3.

China’s securities regulator on Tuesday called for investors to “rationally and objectively analyze the impact of the epidemic,” and to “adhere to the concept of long-term investment.”

The price of oil fell early on Tuesday — before regaining those losses — amid fears that the virus would dampen demand for fuel.

China’s appetite for oil has grown at around 5.5 percent annually, making it an important buyer in the global market. The country has already imposed travel restrictions and any extension could further dampen demand.

“The question isn’t whether coronavirus will depress global oil demand,” wrote Ryan Sweet, head of monetary policy research at Moody’s Analytics. “Rather, the question is by how much.”

Claire Fu and Eimi Yamamitsu contributed research.

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2020 Political Campaigns Are Trying To Avoid A 2016-Style Hack

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Security experts are urging U.S. political candidates to focus more on cybersecurity to avoid embarrassing or damaging hacks.

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Paranoia is the best strategy for political campaigns when it comes to digital security. After all, who can forget the massive hack of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s emails during the last presidential election and its embarrassing consequences?

The reelection campaign of Maine Sen. Angus King took this to heart. Lisa Kaplan, King’s digital director, regularly sent out fake emails to her staff to “see who would click on them.” Those emails during the 2018 campaign looked real — but they were not.

The goal was to keep staff members on their toes so they wouldn’t fall for emails from real hackers intent on damaging the campaign.

“We would try to get them to do things like change their password for their email or change their password for the database we were using,” Kaplan said.

It’s this kind of attention to detail and seriousness about security that political veterans and party officials are urging on candidates and their staffs. Starting next week, the first votes in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries will be cast. Even more campaigns — from congressional races to local contests for mayor and city council — are gearing up for November’s election.

Communication is the lifeblood of any political campaign, but it can also be the thing that sinks it if messages get hacked or manipulated. Email and social media accounts can be taken over. Sensitive or embarrassing documents can be leaked, and false information can really damage a campaign.

Campaigns are especially vulnerable because they operate like startups: They’re created from the ground up and add staff quickly. People move in and out of jobs quickly and bring in new phones and laptops.

“Campaigns are effectively startups, but their risk profile is more like established large businesses,” said Mark Risher, who works on account security at Google.

Additional risk comes from staffers using personal cellphones, computers and email accounts to work on sensitive material.

That rapid, often chaotic growth creates openings for hackers.

“You have almost every worst-case scenario,” said Mary Dickinson, a co-founder of U.S. CyberDome, a nonprofit offering free cybersecurity services to campaigns.

“You can’t really do effective training because you’ve got people coming on board all the time,” she said. And since it’s normal for people to bring their own devices into the campaigns, “you’ve got used devices that are not scrubbed being brought into the food chain,” Dickinson said.

The most infamous hack of a campaign happened in 2016, when Russians broke into the Gmail account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta. Some of the emails were embarrassing, such as Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street banks.

The Russians got into Podesta’s email account through a phishing attack — where hackers send emails disguised to look like they’re from a familiar sender or from a known entity like a bank. They try to trick people into handing over passwords.

Phishing is “very, very cheap to perpetrate [and] very, very easy to scale,” Risher said. “The attackers get to keep trying again and again until they succeed, and the target only has to make a mistake once.”

Nearly four years after the Clinton campaign email hack, phishing attacks haven’t changed much, Risher said.

“The attackers are still mostly using the same techniques that were effective in 2016, 2017, 2018. They haven’t evolved because they haven’t needed to,” he said.

Despite ample evidence that political figures are targets, they remain vulnerable. A recent national survey by Google and the Harris Poll asked politicians about their cybersecurity risks. Forty percent said they’ve had an account compromised in a phishing attack. And 60% said they haven’t significantly updated the security of their accounts since 2016.

So what should campaigns do to get serious about security?

At the top of the list is taking basic precautions to protect email and other accounts.

That includes multifactor authentication, which requires people to enter not just a password but also a code sent to their smartphone or from a special hardware key. Experts also recommend using password managers and communicating on encrypted messaging apps, like Signal and Wickr.

It is not just candidates and staff who should be tightening up their online security but also the people operating in the periphery who might be helping out the campaign.

“You have a spouse that could be vulnerable; you have children; you have the candidate’s best friend who’s also the finance chair,” said Michael Kaiser, president of Defending Digital Campaigns, another nonprofit that connects campaigns with free and discounted cybersecurity services and training.

If any of the campaign helpers have access to private information and they get hacked, their accounts can be used to target the candidate.

Experts say the focus in 2020 is not just on reducing risk but on planning how to respond if a cyberattack happens.

Otherwise, candidates will be battling adversaries not only at the ballot box but in their inboxes too.

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Ari Melber Brutally Sums Up Trump’s Day: ‘Total, Unmitigated Legal Disaster’

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MSNBC host Ari Melber said President Donald Trump’s defense got off to a rough start at his impeachment trial on Monday.

“This was a disaster for Republicans,” Melber said. “A total, unmitigated legal and Constitutional disaster.”

Melber singled out Ken Starr for failing to reconcile “his own hypocritical history” with impeachment. When Starr played a key role in the 1998-99 impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton, he argued that Clinton had abused his power. Now, Trump’s defense team claims that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense. 

“Ken Starr is Mr. Abuse of Power,” Melber said. 

That history, Melber added, meant that Starr’s real opponent was essentially himself and his own arguments from the past. 

“He was out there shadow-boxing with himself,” Melber said. “Constitutionally, we watched Ken Starr punch himself in the face and then walk off the floor.”

Melber also cited a passage from Starr’s book which referred to the potential abuse of power argument against Clinton as the “capstone” of the impeachment case. He read: “Abuse of power stood at the center of the president’s behavior.” 

Melber also summed up Starr in a tweet:

See more of his takedown above.

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Chimney where Ohio teen was found dead has been removed, police say

The chimney where 14-year-old Harley Dilly was found dead earlier this month has been removed, according to Ohio’s Port Clinton Police Department.

Chief Rob Hickman said on Facebook that the decision to remove the structure was made by the homeowners “out of respect” for Dilly’s parents.

“Good Afternoon Friends, Out of respect for Harley’s parents, the homeowners at the address on Fulton Street removed the chimney this morning along with our (City of Port Clinton) assistance,” the statement by Hickman read.

BODY OF MISSING OHIO TEEN FOUND IN CHIMNEY, POLICE SAY

Dilly was found dead in the empty Port Clinton home on the evening of Jan. 13, located across the street from where he and his family lived, Hickman said. The teenager had been missing since Dec. 20, when he left for school but never arrived, investigators say.

The Lucas County Coroner’s Office later determined the cause of death was compressive asphyxia, according to Cleveland’s FOX 8

Police searched weeks for Dilly, with volunteers and authorities searching neighborhoods along Lake Erie with help from K-9 teams and helicopters.

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Harley Dilly, 14, was found dead in the chimney of the empty Port Clinton home on Jan. 13, located across the street from where he and his family lived. (Port Clinton Police Department)

“This appears to be an accident; at this time there does not appear to be any foul play expected,” Hickman said at the time. He added: “It appears Harley climbed an antenna tower to the roof and entered the chimney.”

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Investigators reportedly found Dilly’s coat and glasses next to the chimney on the second floor of the home before finding his body. It’s unclear why he went into the home. The house was reportedly locked with no signs of forced entry, Hickman said.

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The outlet said community members, as well as his family and friends, gathered to remember him this past weekend.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to the report

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Netanyahu withdraws request for immunity on corruption charges

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu withdrew his request for immunity from prosecution on Tuesday, hours before parliamentary proceedings on the subject were set to begin.

Netanyahu, who was visiting Washington ahead of the launch of President Donald Trump’s long-anticipated peace plan, said he “decided not to let this dirty game continue,” in a statement issued on his official Facebook page.

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, was set to convene to discuss the formation of a committee to debate the prime minister’s immunity request. It’s still expected to meet even after the withdrawal.

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The Knesset was widely expected to reject Netanyahu’s immunity request, which would have dealt a massive blow to the prime minister ahead of the March 2 parliamentary elections — the third in less than a year. Netanyahu’s Likud party was planning to boycott Tuesday’s Knesset session.

Netanyahu’s retraction paves the way for legal proceedings against him to go forward. He was indicted on counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in November in three separate cases. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“In this fateful hour for the people of Israel, when I am in the United States on a historic mission to design the permanent borders of Israel and ensure our security for decades to come, the Knesset is expected to start another spectacle in the circus of removing immunity,” Netanyahu wrote.

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FILE – In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before he meets Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump, himself under the cloud of his impeachment trial in the Senate, appears poised to offer Netanyahu some needed help in the form of the most generous American peace proposal ever. The prime minister has sought to portray himself as a global statesman uniquely qualified to lead Israel through difficult times. He has tried to use his close friendship with Trump as a strategic asset to stay in power.

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Netanyahu’s chief political opponent, Benny Gantz, who leads the Blue and White party, said in a statement that “Netanyahu is going to trial — we must go forward.”

“Nobody could run a country and simultaneously manage three serious criminal charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust,” Gantz added.

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Netanyahu and Gantz are set to face off in a third round of national elections after two inconclusive elections in 2019.

Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List of Arab parties in the Israeli parliament, said “the path to trial is paved and no diplomatic public relations stunt in the world” would prevent him from being brought to justice.

Netanyahu and Trump were scheduled to meet later Tuesday at the White House for the peace plan’s announcement.

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Fox Hosts Turn On John Bolton — ‘Tool For The Left’

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Fox hosts flipped the switch on their former longtime colleague John Bolton on Monday following his bombshell revelation in the Ukraine scandal.

Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs and others condemned President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser ― who was a paid Fox News contributor for 11 years until he joined Trump’s White House in 2018 ― over his forthcoming book that reportedly confirms the impeachment case against the president.

Bolton writes in “The Room Where It Happened” that Trump tied the release of congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine to the country’s announcement of an investigation into Joe Biden.

Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs claimed Bolton “has been reduced to a tool for the radical Dims and the deep state.”

An accompanying graphic also called Bolton ― who has served in every Republican administration since former President Ronald Reagan ― “a tool for the left.” 

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Carlson, a longtime critic of Bolton, suggested he had always been “a snake.”

“Republicans in Washington tonight seem shocked to discover that John Bolton has turned and betrayed his former boss, President Trump. But they shouldn’t be shocked. That’s who John Bolton is. That’s who John Bolton has always been. That’s what John Bolton does,” Carlson said. 

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Sean Hannity cast doubt on Bolton’s revelation in a rant on his radio show.

“Now they’re acting like this is a big bombshell, Bolton’s book. Okay. The problem is, it’s a New York Times story. How often did this New York Times get things wrong?” he asked.

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Ingraham dismissed Bolton’s claim as a “red herring” with a picture of Bolton with, well, a red herring.

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Contributor Dan Bongino, meanwhile, claimed twice in one tweet that “nobody cares.”

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Tears And Laughs: Kimmel, Fallon Lead Powerful Late-Night Tributes To Kobe Bryant

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The late-night talk-show hosts paid tribute to Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant on Monday.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter accident on Sunday.

Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel forced back tears as they shared stories of their encounters with Bryant while Conan O’Brien discussed how he wanted to remember the Lakers star.  

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert was off on Monday.

Fallon, above, recalled how he first met Bryant at a party when they were both young and relatively unknown, and how Bryant’s status at the time as a newly minted Laker helped save the event. It was a story he once told with Bryant’s help: 

After he told the story, Fallon said he and Bryant had remained friends and would laugh about that chance meeting long ago. 

“We’d laugh at all the good things that have happened since,” Fallon said, his voice cracking. “And we’d laugh about how much fun it was to raise kids, and all the stupid mistakes we made trying to figure out how to be good dads.”

He added: 

“I think I knew Kobe enough to know that he rose to any challenge by digging deeper and getting back to work. So let’s honor Kobe, Gianna and the other lives that were lost yesterday by following his example: Love your family, love your teammates and outwork everyone else in the gym.”

Kimmel did his show without a studio audience and turned the entire episode into a tribute to Bryant, who had appeared 15 times. He called the death a “punch in the gut.”

“There’s no silver lining here,” Kimmel said during his monologue, choking back tears. “It’s all bad, it’s all sad.”

Kimmel needed to pause a moment to collect himself:

“He was a bright light,” Kimmel said. “And that’s how I want to remember him.”  

Kimmel ended the show with a video montage of Bryant set to the acoustic version of “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters.  

Conan O’Brien shared some of his favorite memories from a couple of Bryant’s appearances on the show: 

James Corden also paid tribute to Bryant and the others who died in the crash. 

“I wish I could say something to make sense of it all and I can’t find the words to say,” Corden said. “All I can think of is this: If you can, take a moment tonight, tomorrow, to call up someone you love and just let them know.”  

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Fox Hosts Turn On ‘Tool For The Left’ John Bolton Like Never Before

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Fox hosts flipped the switch on their former longtime colleague John Bolton on Monday following his bombshell revelation in the Ukraine scandal.

Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs and others condemned President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser ― who was a paid Fox News contributor for 11 years until he joined Trump’s White House in 2018 ― over his forthcoming book that reportedly confirms the impeachment case against the president.

Bolton writes in “The Room Where It Happened” that Trump tied the release of congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine to the country’s announcement of an investigation into Joe Biden.

Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs claimed Bolton “has been reduced to a tool for the radical Dims and the deep state.”

An accompanying graphic also called Bolton ― who has served in every Republican administration since former President Ronald Reagan ― “a tool for the left.” 

Check out the clip here:

Carlson, a longtime critic of Bolton, suggested he had always been “a snake.”

“Republicans in Washington tonight seem shocked to discover that John Bolton has turned and betrayed his former boss, President Trump. But they shouldn’t be shocked. That’s who John Bolton is. That’s who John Bolton has always been. That’s what John Bolton does,” Carlson said. 

Check out the clip here:

Sean Hannity cast doubt on Bolton’s revelation in a rant on his radio show.

“Now they’re acting like this is a big bombshell, Bolton’s book. Okay. The problem is, it’s a New York Times story. How often did this New York Times get things wrong?” he asked.

Check out the audio here:

Ingraham dismissed Bolton’s claim as a “red herring” with a picture of Bolton with, well, a red herring.

Check out the clip here:

Contributor Dan Bongino, meanwhile, claimed twice in one tweet that “nobody cares.”

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