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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin fawns over Schiff’s ‘dazzling’ performance during Senate impeachment trial

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CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin continued to gush over House Intelligence Committee chairman and leading House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for his “dazzling” performance during the opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.

Toobin was asked on Wednesday to weigh in on Schiff’s “presentation” during the second official day of the impeachment trial, something he suggested was one of the greatest he had seen.

“I thought it was dazzling,” Toobin began. “I thought the way he wove through both the facts of the case and the historical context was really remarkable. It was the second-best courtroom address — since it’s like a courtroom, that I ever heard.”

CNN’S JEFFREY TOOBIN PRAISES SCHIFF, DEMS: ‘I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE A PARTISAN,’ BUT THEY’VE BEEN ‘SO MUCH BETTER’

He continued: “When you consider the volume of information he covered using the video… the witness testimony, the documents, it’s very persuasive stuff. And, you know, if people are listening, it’s very hard to imagine that they will think that the Democrats and the House managers are just making this up.”

“I mean, the argument that the president extorted or bribed or whatever criminal term you want to use [to get] the president of Ukraine to get his political dirt on Joe Biden in return for the $390 million of taxpayer money, I mean, it’s there if you want to see it, and the question is if you want to see it,” Toobin said.

The CNN analyst had also showered Shiff and Democrats with praise on Tuesday.

“You know, I don’t want to sound like a partisan, but the Democrats have been so much better, it’s not even a close comparison as far as I can tell,” Toobin had said. “Adam Schiff knows the facts. That is something that you can’t fake. A lot of what he’s doing is off the cuff. It’s responding to the arguments. Most of the lawyers have just been reading, reading presentations.”

He added: “I think Adam Schiff is just in charge — he’s acting like a lead prosecutor.”

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While Schiff may have dazzled CNN personalities, he struggled to keep lawmakers’ attention toward the end of his opening argument. There were roughly 15 open chairs from GOP senators who had left their desks during the final stretch of Schiff’s speech. There were additional — albeit fewer — absences on the other side of the aisle, as several Democrats resorted to stretching their legs and leaving their seats, as well.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report. 

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How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked

SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The two men had previously communicated using the messaging platform, but Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, had not expected a message that day — let alone one with a video of Saudi and Swedish flags with Arabic text.

The video, a file of more than 4.4 megabytes, was more than it appeared, according to a forensic analysis that Mr. Bezos commissioned and paid for to discover who had hacked his iPhone X. Hidden in that file was a separate bit of code that most likely implanted malware that gave attackers access to Mr. Bezos’ entire phone, including his photos and private communications.

Mr. Bezos has been on a singular quest to find out who penetrated the device since early 2019, when he said The National Enquirer’s parent company had threatened to release private photographs and texts, and the forensic study was part of that effort. Those pictures and messages showed Mr. Bezos, who was married at the time, with another woman, Lauren Sanchez. The analysis did not connect the hack to The Enquirer.

The forensic report on Mr. Bezos’ phone was at the heart of a United Nations statement on Wednesday raising concerns about Prince Mohammed. The analysis essentially accused the Saudi prince of using malware created by a private cybersecurity company to spy on and to intimidate Mr. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. At the time of the hack, Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer, was employed at The Post, which has published coverage critical of the Saudi government. Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in late 2018.

Many technical mysteries remain about the infiltration of Mr. Bezos’ phone, including what type of malware was used. The forensic report did not detail whether Mr. Bezos had opened the file that was sent to him via Crown Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account. Cybersecurity experts said some malware did not require anyone to click on the file for it to install on a phone.

The details of the hack could not be independently verified by The New York Times. Mr. Bezos has been pushing a theory of Saudi involvement with the threats from The Enquirer, without providing proof, since early 2019. The Enquirer’s parent company has said Ms. Sanchez’s brother, Michael, was the sole source of the texts and intimate photos it acquired.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington has said that accusations that the kingdom was involved in hacking Mr. Bezos’ phone were “absurd.

The report’s conclusions renew questions about the shadowy world of private hackers for hire. For the right client, or the right sum, such hackers apparently infiltrated the phone of one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men. The report did not say which private cybersecurity company was used, but suggested that the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group and Milan-based Hacking Team had the capabilities for such an attack.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589126_eff65b38-30ad-4782-9ce7-6665e1a336e8-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

Some of the texts that Mr. Bezos exchanged with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on WhatsApp.Credit…via FTI

The hack also exposed how popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. In October, WhatsApp sued the NSO Group in federal court, claiming that NSO’s spy technology was used on its service to target journalists and human rights activists. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has patched the flaw that the malware used.

“This case really highlights the threats that are posed by a lawless and unaccountable private surveillance industry,” said David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur who was a co-author of Wednesday’s statement. “The companies who are creating these tools are extremely crafty and aggressive, and it’s a cat-and-mouse game at this point.”

NSO said it was not involved in any hack of Mr. Bezos’ phone. Hacking Team did not respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment, as did FTI Consulting, the company that Mr. Bezos’ security team hired to examine his phone and that wrote the forensic analysis. Amazon declined to comment on behalf of Mr. Bezos.

Malware that was created for the explicit purpose of prying into private online communications, also known as spyware, has become a $1 billion industry. While companies like the NSO Group and Hacking Team have been accused of deploying their spyware with governments to monitor dissidents and others, smaller companies also sell simpler versions of the software for as little as $10, allowing people to snoop on their spouses or children.

Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was not involved in the Bezos investigation, said the Amazon chief’s situation was “a reminder that the proliferation of commercial spyware is a global security problem for all sectors, from government and businesses to civil society.”

Over the years that he has run Amazon, Mr. Bezos has largely kept private. That changed when The National Enquirer published photos and messages last year between him and Ms. Sanchez, a TV anchor. Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, later got a divorce.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589129_4ca70071-cec4-47aa-8c76-ca5cabb20b63-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

The WhatsApp message that contained a video file sent to Mr. Bezos from the account of Prince Mohammed. The file contained malware, investigators said in a forensic analysis.Credit…via FTI

On Feb. 7, 2019, Mr. Bezos went public with his claims. In a post on Medium, he accused The Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with his own text messages and photos and said he had asked Gavin de Becker, a private investigator, to determine how his phone had been hacked.

Ten days later, Mr. de Becker was advised by a “leading intelligence expert” to conduct a forensic analysis of Mr. Bezos’ iPhone and to look for Saudi fingerprints in the hack, according to notes in the report. The report did not identify the intelligence expert who reached out to Mr. de Becker.

Mr. de Becker, who declined to comment, hired FTI Consulting on Feb. 24, 2019, to examine Mr. Bezos’ phone. FTI was initially asked to look into several text messages that Mr. Bezos had received from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi prince. In mid-May 2019, Mr. Bezos handed over his iPhone X and asked FTI to run a full analysis on it, according to the report.

FTI zeroed in on an April 2018 dinner in which Prince Mohammed and Mr. Bezos had exchanged phone numbers in Los Angeles. After that, FTI found, the WhatsApp account of the prince initiated contact with Mr. Bezos repeatedly and without prompting.

The May 2018 message that contained the innocuous-seeming video file, with a tiny 14-byte chunk of malicious code, came out of the blue, according to the report and additional notes obtained by The New York Times. In the 24 hours after it was sent, Mr. Bezos’ iPhone began sending large amounts of data, which increased approximately 29,000 percent over his normal data usage.

In the additional notes to the report, investigators said several phone apps were being used during the time that data was leaving the phone. Those included the Safari web browser and the Apple Mail program, both of which Mr. Bezos did not appear to be using heavily himself. Mr. Bezos did not have iCloud backup enabled on the phone, the notes added, which would have also explained large amounts of data leaving the phone.

Messages sent by Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account starting in late 2018 soon began to suggest that the sender had intimate knowledge of Mr. Bezos’ private life. On Nov. 8, 2018, the report said, Mr. Bezos received a message from the account that included a photo of a woman resembling Ms. Sanchez.

The photo was captioned, “Arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree.”

At the time, Mr. Bezos and his wife were discussing divorce, which would have been apparent to anyone reading his text messages.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589132_cf7a619f-695f-4949-9429-fe5a0df925c6-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

A text sent to Mr. Bezos from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account included a photo of a woman who resembled Lauren Sanchez, who Mr. Bezos was seeing.Credit…via FTI Cybersecurity

In mid-February 2019, Mr. Bezos held a series of phone calls with his security team about the Saudis’ alleged online campaign against him, the report said. Two days later, Mr. Bezos received a message from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account that read, in part, “there is nothing against you or Amazon from me or Saudi Arabia.”

The report listed spyware known as Pegasus, developed by the NSO Group, and spyware called Galileo, developed by Hacking Team, as the two most likely tools used to carry out the attack. The report added that Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser of Prince Mohammed, owned a 20 percent stake in Hacking Team.

The FTI report was not definitive about the hack, but said it had “medium to high confidence” that the message from the prince’s WhatsApp account was the culprit. In notes to the report, FTI said it was still attempting a more thorough analysis of the iPhone, including by jailbreaking it, or bypassing Apple’s control system on the phone.

Some cybersecurity experts said more information about the hack was needed to verify the report’s conclusions. Bill Marczak, a cyber expert at Citizen Lab, said in a blog post on Wednesday that technology existed for decrypting the WhatsApp messages to see more detail about the video file that was sent.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur who also co-wrote Wednesday’s statement, said the episode was “a wake-up call to the international community as a whole that we are facing a technology that is very difficult to track, extremely powerful and effective, and that is completely unregulated.”

She said Mr. Bezos’ experience should sound alarms because even with his wealth and resources, it took months of investigation by specialists to figure out what had happened — a luxury few others have.

“It basically means that we are all extremely vulnerable,” she said.

Ben Hubbard contributed reporting from Beirut, and Karen Weise from Seattle.

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How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked

SAN FRANCISCO — On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account belonging to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The two men had previously communicated using the messaging platform, but Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, had not expected a message that day — let alone one with a video of Saudi and Swedish flags with Arabic text.

The video, a file of more than 4.4 megabytes, was more than it appeared, according to a forensic analysis that Mr. Bezos commissioned and paid for to discover who had hacked his iPhone X. Hidden in that file was a separate bit of code that most likely implanted malware that gave attackers access to Mr. Bezos’ entire phone, including his photos and private communications.

Mr. Bezos has been on a singular quest to find out who penetrated the device since early 2019, when he said The National Enquirer’s parent company had threatened to release private photographs and texts, and the forensic study was part of that effort. Those pictures and messages showed Mr. Bezos, who was married at the time, with another woman, Lauren Sanchez. The analysis did not connect the hack to The Enquirer.

The forensic report on Mr. Bezos’ phone was at the heart of a United Nations statement on Wednesday raising concerns about Prince Mohammed. The analysis essentially accused the Saudi prince of using malware created by a private cybersecurity company to spy on and to intimidate Mr. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. At the time of the hack, Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer, was employed at The Post, which has published coverage critical of the Saudi government. Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in late 2018.

Many technical mysteries remain about the infiltration of Mr. Bezos’ phone, including what type of malware was used. The forensic report did not detail whether Mr. Bezos had opened the file that was sent to him via Crown Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account. Cybersecurity experts said some malware did not require anyone to click on the file for it to install on a phone.

The details of the hack could not be independently verified by The New York Times. Mr. Bezos has been pushing a theory of Saudi involvement with the threats from The Enquirer, without providing proof, since early 2019. The Enquirer’s parent company has said Ms. Sanchez’s brother, Michael, was the sole source of the texts and intimate photos it acquired.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington has said that accusations that the kingdom was involved in hacking Mr. Bezos’ phone were “absurd.

The report’s conclusions renew questions about the shadowy world of private hackers for hire. For the right client, or the right sum, such hackers apparently infiltrated the phone of one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men. The report did not say which private cybersecurity company was used, but suggested that the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group and Milan-based Hacking Team had the capabilities for such an attack.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589126_eff65b38-30ad-4782-9ce7-6665e1a336e8-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

Some of the texts that Mr. Bezos exchanged with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on WhatsApp.Credit…via FTI

The hack also exposed how popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp have vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. In October, WhatsApp sued the NSO Group in federal court, claiming that NSO’s spy technology was used on its service to target journalists and human rights activists. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has patched the flaw that the malware used.

“This case really highlights the threats that are posed by a lawless and unaccountable private surveillance industry,” said David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur who was a co-author of Wednesday’s statement. “The companies who are creating these tools are extremely crafty and aggressive, and it’s a cat-and-mouse game at this point.”

NSO said it was not involved in any hack of Mr. Bezos’ phone. Hacking Team did not respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment, as did FTI Consulting, the company that Mr. Bezos’ security team hired to examine his phone and that wrote the forensic analysis. Amazon declined to comment on behalf of Mr. Bezos.

Malware that was created for the explicit purpose of prying into private online communications, also known as spyware, has become a $1 billion industry. While companies like the NSO Group and Hacking Team have been accused of deploying their spyware with governments to monitor dissidents and others, smaller companies also sell simpler versions of the software for as little as $10, allowing people to snoop on their spouses or children.

Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was not involved in the Bezos investigation, said the Amazon chief’s situation was “a reminder that the proliferation of commercial spyware is a global security problem for all sectors, from government and businesses to civil society.”

Over the years that he has run Amazon, Mr. Bezos has largely kept private. That changed when The National Enquirer published photos and messages last year between him and Ms. Sanchez, a TV anchor. Mr. Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, later got a divorce.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589129_4ca70071-cec4-47aa-8c76-ca5cabb20b63-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

The WhatsApp message that contained a video file sent to Mr. Bezos from the account of Prince Mohammed. The file contained malware, investigators said in a forensic analysis.Credit…via FTI

On Feb. 7, 2019, Mr. Bezos went public with his claims. In a post on Medium, he accused The Enquirer of trying to blackmail him with his own text messages and photos and said he had asked Gavin de Becker, a private investigator, to determine how his phone had been hacked.

Ten days later, Mr. de Becker was advised by a “leading intelligence expert” to conduct a forensic analysis of Mr. Bezos’ iPhone and to look for Saudi fingerprints in the hack, according to notes in the report. The report did not identify the intelligence expert who reached out to Mr. de Becker.

Mr. de Becker, who declined to comment, hired FTI Consulting on Feb. 24, 2019, to examine Mr. Bezos’ phone. FTI was initially asked to look into several text messages that Mr. Bezos had received from the WhatsApp account of the Saudi prince. In mid-May 2019, Mr. Bezos handed over his iPhone X and asked FTI to run a full analysis on it, according to the report.

FTI zeroed in on an April 2018 dinner in which Prince Mohammed and Mr. Bezos had exchanged phone numbers in Los Angeles. After that, FTI found, the WhatsApp account of the prince initiated contact with Mr. Bezos repeatedly and without prompting.

The May 2018 message that contained the innocuous-seeming video file, with a tiny 14-byte chunk of malicious code, came out of the blue, according to the report and additional notes obtained by The New York Times. In the 24 hours after it was sent, Mr. Bezos’ iPhone began sending large amounts of data, which increased approximately 29,000 percent over his normal data usage.

In the additional notes to the report, investigators said several phone apps were being used during the time that data was leaving the phone. Those included the Safari web browser and the Apple Mail program, both of which Mr. Bezos did not appear to be using heavily himself. Mr. Bezos did not have iCloud backup enabled on the phone, the notes added, which would have also explained large amounts of data leaving the phone.

Messages sent by Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account starting in late 2018 soon began to suggest that the sender had intimate knowledge of Mr. Bezos’ private life. On Nov. 8, 2018, the report said, Mr. Bezos received a message from the account that included a photo of a woman resembling Ms. Sanchez.

The photo was captioned, “Arguing with a woman is like reading the software license agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree.”

At the time, Mr. Bezos and his wife were discussing divorce, which would have been apparent to anyone reading his text messages.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_167589132_cf7a619f-695f-4949-9429-fe5a0df925c6-articleLarge How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked WhatsApp Inc Washington Post NSO Group national enquirer Mohammed bin Salman (1985- ) Instant Messaging Hacking Team SRL Forensic Science Cyberattacks and Hackers Computers and the Internet Bezos, Jeffrey P Amazon.com Inc

A text sent to Mr. Bezos from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account included a photo of a woman who resembled Lauren Sanchez, who Mr. Bezos was seeing.Credit…via FTI Cybersecurity

In mid-February 2019, Mr. Bezos held a series of phone calls with his security team about the Saudis’ alleged online campaign against him, the report said. Two days later, Mr. Bezos received a message from Prince Mohammed’s WhatsApp account that read, in part, “there is nothing against you or Amazon from me or Saudi Arabia.”

The report listed spyware known as Pegasus, developed by the NSO Group, and spyware called Galileo, developed by Hacking Team, as the two most likely tools used to carry out the attack. The report added that Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser of Prince Mohammed, owned a 20 percent stake in Hacking Team.

The FTI report was not definitive about the hack, but said it had “medium to high confidence” that the message from the prince’s WhatsApp account was the culprit. In notes to the report, FTI said it was still attempting a more thorough analysis of the iPhone, including by jailbreaking it, or bypassing Apple’s control system on the phone.

Some cybersecurity experts said more information about the hack was needed to verify the report’s conclusions. Bill Marczak, a cyber expert at Citizen Lab, said in a blog post on Wednesday that technology existed for decrypting the WhatsApp messages to see more detail about the video file that was sent.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur who also co-wrote Wednesday’s statement, said the episode was “a wake-up call to the international community as a whole that we are facing a technology that is very difficult to track, extremely powerful and effective, and that is completely unregulated.”

She said Mr. Bezos’ experience should sound alarms because even with his wealth and resources, it took months of investigation by specialists to figure out what had happened — a luxury few others have.

“It basically means that we are all extremely vulnerable,” she said.

Ben Hubbard contributed reporting from Beirut, and Karen Weise from Seattle.

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Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 3: Opening Arguments | 01/22/2020 – Part II

Today, after a long and contentious round of debate and votes, which lasted into the early morning hours, the Senate Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin opening arguments. The Senate session is scheduled to begin at 1pm EST

Prosecuting the House’s case will be a team of seven Democratic House Managers, named last week by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, are expected to take the lead in arguing the President’s case.

Yesterday a slightly modified version of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Rules Resolution was voted on, and passed. It will be the guideline for how the trial is handled. All proposed amendments from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were voted down.

The adopted Resolution will:

  • Give the House Impeachment Managers 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Give President Trump’s legal team 24 hours, over a 3 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Allow a period of 16 hours for Senator questions, to be addressed through Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

  • Allow for a vote on a motion to consider the subpoena of witnesses or documents once opening arguments and questions are complete.


The Articles of Impeachment brought against President Donald Trump are:


You can watch or listen to the proceedings live, via the links below:

You can also listen online via:


Discussion Thread – Day 2 Part I

Discussion Thread – Day 2 Part II


Discussion Thread – Day 3 Part I

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Demi Lovato will perform new song written before overdose at Grammy Awards: report

Demi Lovato‘s Grammy performance will be a special one.

According to TMZ, the songstress will perform a brand-new song that was written and recorded just days before her nearly-fatal overdose in the summer of 2018.

The song will also reportedly be released after the Grammys, which will be Lovato’s first live performance since the incident.

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According to the outlet, the song is a “big ballad style” that will reflect her state of mind just before the overdose.

The title of the song is still unknown at this point.

ARIANA GRANDE TO PERFORM AT 2020 GRAMMYS AFTER DROPPING OUT OF 2019 PERFORMANCE

The single is also expected to appear on Lovato’s next album, which she confirmed on Twitter that she was working on before her overdose.

Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Billie Eilish and others will also perform at the Grammys.

Lovato is also set to perform the national anthem before this year’s NFL Championship game. Shakira and Jennifer Lopez will perform the halftime show.

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Reps for Lovato did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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‘The Five’ host says Hillary Clinton gave Bernie Sanders the ‘Trump treatment’ in docuseries

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The Five” on Wednesday discussed disparaging comments by former Secretary of State and two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton toward Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a forthcoming docuseries.

“I still think in the back of her head, she thinks that she is just going to parachute into this whole mess,” said Fox Business Network’s Dagen McDowell, who added that Clinton may be reacting to the poor performance of the candidates in the latest Democratic presidential debate.

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Clinton is launching a Hulu series about her life called “Hillary.” During a Hollywood Reporter interview about the documentary and in the documentary itself, Clinton slammed Sanders, whom she competed against in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, saying “Nobody likes him” and claiming that “nobody wants to work with him.”

During the initial interview, which was published in The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, Clinton refused to say whether she would endorse Sanders as the Democratic nominee, should he win the nomination.

Co-host Jesse Watters accused Clinton and members of the mainstream media of giving Sanders the “Trump treatment.”

“Hillary is giving Sanders the Trump treatment, and I think the left might, might be understanding Trump a little more,” Watters said. “She says he’s mean. He has no friends. He’s sexist. His supporters are bad… She’s joining the media and taking Bernie out.”

The “Watters’ World” host says Clinton is flexing her political muscles and possibly preparing for a brokered convention.

“I think it has to do with Hillary trying to exert some power,” Watters said. “I don’t know when she is going to drop in, during the brokered convention or what.”

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Watters also believes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a supporter of Sanders, could attack Clinton on the Vermont senator’s behalf.

“I think she’s going to go for [Clinton’s] throat in the next couple of days,” Watters speculated.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this article.

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Critics knock Netflix for changing definition of ‘views’ to boost own numbers

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Netflix is getting flack over its updated definition of “views,” which critics suggest was done to boost its own viewership numbers.

The streaming giant formerly calculated its views for its film and TV shows if users viewed at least 70 percent of the program. Now, as it’s been reported, a view now means having watched “at least two minutes of a film or show.”

Amid the definitional change, MarketWatch reported that Netflix boasted about its viewership in a quarterly letter to shareholders, showing a 35 percent increase using the new metric.

Netflix, for example, celebrated its new “hit” fantasy drama “The Witcher,” which the platform says earned 76 million viewers in the show’s first four weeks. However, it is unclear how many of viewers even made it through the opening credits, which come two-and-a-half minutes into the first episode.

However, the new way Netflix collects its views was not exactly embraced.

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“Netflix thinks this is a more fair way to compare content of different lengths. To be fair, everyone has a different viewership metric. Still 2 minutes feels terribly short,” Recode senior data reporter Rani Molla tweeted.

“Netflix views are basically equivalent of YouTube views now. Also the company says the new metric results in numbers 35% higher than the old one! Which is to say, none of this can easily compare to their old reporting and especially not to Nielsen # s [1000 eyeball emojis],” The Hollywood Reporter writer Rick Porter said.

“Guys: ‘I lasted 2 mins in bed, that is now considered good sex.'” BroBible editor Paul Sacca joked.

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Netflix did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Nearly 200 animals rescued from Texas home, including rabbits, turkeys, exotic birds

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Nearly 200 animals living in what authorities described as “one of the most toxic environments” they’d ever encountered were rescued from a home in Texas Tuesday evening, according to reports.

Deputies responded to the home in the 2700 block of Leichester Drive in Spring, about 25 miles north of Houston.

The homeowners had called a chicken rescue group to remove some chickens from the property, KHOU reported. The group then alerted authorities after seeing the conditions of the home, according to the station.

Animal rescue officials with Montgomery County said chickens, roosters, rabbits, ducks, parakeets, potbelly pigs, cats and dogs were found living at the home – some in rooms covered in dirt, urine and feces. At least one animal, a bird, was found dead.

“We never imagined that we would fine nearly 80 hens and roosters living in small bedrooms,” Houston SPCA Chief Cruelty Investigator Adam Reynolds said. “The ammonia levels that we encountered inside the house rank as one of the most toxic environments that we have encountered.”

SPCA worked with Montgomery County Precinct 3 deputies into the night to remove animals from the home, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Montgomery County Pct. 3 Captain Daniel Zientek said the homeowners surrendered all of the animals except for some 30 parrots because of sentinel attachment. A judge then signed a civil asset forfeiture warrant and the SPCA was called in.

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The animals are currently in the care of Houston SPCA. The homeowners will be facing criminal charges determined by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

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How The Senate Impeachment Trial Works

President Trump’s fate is now in the hands of the Senate. The House of Representatives has impeached the president, and it is up to senators to determine whether he will be removed from office.

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Senators passed a resolution on the ground rules for the trial after a marathon 13 hours of debate that included multiple failed attempts by Democrats to get a commitment on witnesses and documents. Read the resolution introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

It has been more than a month since the House voted to impeach Trump, charging him with abusing his power and obstructing Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had been holding off on transmitting the articles to the Senate, essentially delaying the trial, because she wanted details on how the trial would work.

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She ultimately relented without any further information from McConnell, and the House voted to send the articles to the Senate on Jan. 15.

The next day, Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over the trial. He then administered the oath to senators, who swore to render “impartial justice” as jurors.

Here is more about the various roles and how the trial will play out.

Setting The Ground Rules

Timing: Senate passed organizing resolution on Jan. 21

The details of a Senate impeachment trial are generally up for negotiation, but that negotiation essentially ended when McConnell announced he had the votes to move ahead with a resolution outlining the process without Democrats.

Republicans did pass the resolution, with some last-minute, hand-written changes, but not before Democrats offered multiple amendments, triggering hours of debate.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had been pushing for a deal up front that would include testimony from witnesses, including Trump administration officials. The resolution that passed delays debate on witnesses and new evidence until after days of opening statements and questioning from senators.

The Trial

Timing: Opening arguments began on Jan. 22

During the trial, there are clear rules for each of the key players. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presides. Senators do not do the talking; they can only submit written questions. The rules for this trial give senators a 16-hour period of questioning after both parties give opening arguments.

Impeachment managers from the House represent the Democrats’ argument. The president’s defense team includes White House counsel, outside attorneys and a number of Republican members of the House.

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Opening arguments began Wednesday at 1 p.m. Each side gets up to 24 hours over three days to make their case (the original resolution from McConnell only afforded two days to each side).

The Democratic managers go first, then the defense team makes its case. It will be the first time in the inquiry that the White House is fully participating. The White House declined to participate in the Democratic-led House proceedings, which Trump considered a “sham.”

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After opening arguments, senators will have 16 hours to ask questions in the chamber, followed by two hours of arguments each by the House impeachment managers and the president’s lawyers.

Then comes the debate on whether to subpoena witnesses or introduce new documents.

This is where moderate Republicans could throw wrenches into the leadership’s plans, if enough of them decide they want to hear additional testimony.

Once again, these procedural votes require only a majority. A 50-50 tie is considered a failure to pass because Vice President Pence cannot cast the deciding vote as he would (and has) in other cases. The chief justice is unlikely to want to cast a deciding vote as he presides over the trial, seeking to maintain impartiality.

The rules also note that any witness must be deposed before testifying.

The Final Vote

Timing: TBD

After the trial, the Senate votes on whether to convict or acquit the president on each article of impeachment. Convicting Trump and therefore removing him from office requires 67 votes. That would mean 20 Republicans would have to join Democrats in the effort — a highly unlikely prospect.

Acquitting Trump of the charges or dismissing the charges, however, takes only 51 votes.

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This story originally published on Dec. 31, 2019.

NPR’s Susan Davis, Claudia Grisales and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Amtrak Reverses Course On $25,000 Bill

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Members of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL) demonstrate in front of the Bloomington-Normal Amtrak station in Illinois to demand the suspension of an Amtrak policy that led to exorbitant fees for removing train seats to accommodate riders in wheelchairs. Later on Wednesday, Amtrak announced it would suspend the policy. Courtesy of Bridget Hayman hide caption

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Members of the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL) demonstrate in front of the Bloomington-Normal Amtrak station in Illinois to demand the suspension of an Amtrak policy that led to exorbitant fees for removing train seats to accommodate riders in wheelchairs. Later on Wednesday, Amtrak announced it would suspend the policy.

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Amtrak will dump a policy that led to two people who use wheelchairs being told they’d have to pay $25,000 for a train ticket that usually costs just $16, the rail service announced Wednesday.

“After further review, Amtrak has determined to suspend the policy in question,” said Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari. “It was never meant to be applied to this situation. And we apologize for the mistake.”

He spoke shortly after a group of people with disabilities demonstrated outside an Amtrak station in Illinois, chanting: “We will ride.”

Adam Ballard was one of them. He was also one of the two wheelchair users who faced that $25,000 bill.

Ballard is the transportation policy analyst for a disability service and advocacy group, Access Living, based in Chicago. Five people in wheelchairs from the group, including Ballard, took the two-hour ride on Wednesday morning from Chicago to the Bloomington-Normal station, to attend a statewide conference of disability organizations.

Ballard said everything went fine when they boarded the train in the dark in Chicago. “Everyone got on the train really great. We were treated like kings and queens,” he says. There was extra staff to help with bags and work the wheelchair lifts. “And they had extra staff on the train to attend to our every need. So it was not the typical Amtrak ride,” he added.

And the cost: the regular $16 fare.

But when the group first booked their tickets, Amtrak said it had room for only three wheelchair users on that train, not five, and that it would need to take a car out of service and pull up seats to make more room. But that was expensive, and under an Amtrak policy for reconfiguring rail cars, the two riders would have to pay $25,000.

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Amtrak makes one space available on each rail car, to meet its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That law, which turns 30 this year, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in jobs, schools, public accommodations and transportation. A business is required to remove barriers when it is easy to do. A business is exempted from making such accommodations when doing so creates an “undue hardship.” That’s defined as a significant difficulty or expense. The rule of thumb is that a business should expect to make back the cost of an accommodation in added business, like a restaurant that adds a ramp at the front door. As a result, businesses don’t charge people with disabilities more than anyone else.

There have been rare exceptions. Amtrak faced a similar case in 2005, when another disability advocacy group booked a train from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. Amtrak said it would need to remove six seats from the train to accommodate the 12 passengers in wheelchairs. It added a $200 surcharge for each seat it needed to remove. The group, Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, sued and a court ruled in favor of Amtrak.

NPR first reported the story of the $25,000 ticket charge on Friday. That led to criticism, including from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth. The lllinois Democrat is the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, which has jurisdiction over interstate transportation. Duckworth, an Army veteran, uses a wheelchair because of injuries from the downing of a Blackhawk helicopter she was co-piloting in Iraq.

On Sunday, Duckworth called Amtrak’s charge “outrageous” and asked for a meeting with Amtrak’s CEO, Richard Anderson.

On Monday, Amtrak said it would waive the $25,000 fee and find room for the added wheelchair users on the train. Then this afternoon, Amtrak said it would end the policy that led to the big bill in the first place.

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