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From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron’s Comments ‘Nasty’

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President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders’ summit in London. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders’ summit in London.

Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Sitting next to each other with cameras rolling on Tuesday, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron made their differences known on trade, Turkey, Russia, ISIS and the appropriate role for NATO.

Early on in the extended exchange between the leaders of two of the most significant powers in the NATO alliance, Trump expressed confidence that their personal connection could overcome policy disagreements.

“That’s usually the case with the two of us,” Trump said. “We get it worked out.”

But earlier in the day, when Macron was not sitting by his side, Trump had sharp words for the French president. Trump took umbrage with Macron’s recent assessment that the NATO alliance is experiencing “brain death.”

“That is a very, very, very nasty statement,” Trump said of Macron, who in an Economist interview last month questioned NATO’s strength “in light of the commitment of the United States.”

Trump repeatedly called NATO “obsolete” during his presidential campaign. The alliance was formed after World War II to create a bulwark against Soviet aggression. As president, Trump has badgered other countries in the 70-year-old alliance to boost their defense spending while complaining that the United States is carrying everyone else’s weight.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said during a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters at the start of a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “And, frankly, the one that benefits, really the least, is the United States. We benefit the least. We’re helping Europe. … And that’s why I think that when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, it’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

It was a shift in perspective for Trump, who has gone from constantly criticizing NATO and failing to explicitly endorse Article 5 — the mutual defense agreement — to now saying “NATO serves a great purpose” and taking credit for what he called improvements.

“NATO, which was really heading in the wrong direction three years ago, was heading down, if you look at a graph. It was to a point where I don’t think they could have gotten on much longer,” Trump said. “Now it’s actually very strong and getting stronger.”

Trump attributes this to countries stepping up and bulking up their defense budgets, “I think really at my behest.”

While meeting with Trump, Macron did not pull his punches. “But when you speak about NATO, it’s not just about money. We have to be respectful,” Macron said in one of several moments of pointed contrast.

Trump and Macron have had a generally good relationship, even as they disagree strongly on climate policy and the Iran nuclear agreement, among other things. Another item putting that relationship to the test is trade.

On the eve of the NATO gathering, the Trump administration proposed 100% tariffs on nearly $2.5 billion in French goods, cheese and wine. The tariffs would serve as retaliation for the French Digital Services Tax, which the U.S. trade representative says discriminates against U.S. tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google.

“Emmanuel had an idea: Let’s tax those companies. Well, they’re American companies,” Trump said. “I’m not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anyone’s going to take advantage of the American companies, it’s going to be us. It’s not going to be France.”

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From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron Comments ‘Nasty’

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-1186267288-b9056f51b7a2d519c3b4f2f73603c0f2c96ff036-s1100-c15 From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron Comments 'Nasty'

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders’ summit in London. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron Comments 'Nasty'

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders’ summit in London.

Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Sitting next to each other with cameras rolling on Tuesday, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron made their differences known on trade, Turkey, Russia, ISIS and the appropriate role for NATO.

Early on in the extended exchange between the leaders of two of the most significant powers in the NATO alliance, Trump expressed confidence that their personal connection could overcome policy disagreements.

“That’s usually the case with the two of us,” Trump said. “We get it worked out.”

But earlier in the day, when Macron was not sitting by his side, Trump had sharp words for the French president. Trump took umbrage with Macron’s recent assessment that the NATO alliance is experiencing “brain death.”

“That is a very, very, very nasty statement,” Trump said of Macron, who in an Economist interview last month questioned NATO’s strength “in light of the commitment of the United States.”

Trump repeatedly called NATO “obsolete” during his presidential campaign. The alliance was formed after World War II to create a bulwark against Soviet aggression. As president, Trump has badgered other countries in the 70-year-old alliance to boost their defense spending while complaining that the United States is carrying everyone else’s weight.

“Nobody needs NATO more than France,” Trump said during a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters at the start of a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “And, frankly, the one that benefits, really the least, is the United States. We benefit the least. We’re helping Europe. … And that’s why I think that when France makes a statement like they made about NATO, it’s a very dangerous statement for them to make.”

It was a shift in perspective for Trump, who has gone from constantly criticizing NATO and failing to explicitly endorse Article 5 — the mutual defense agreement — to now saying “NATO serves a great purpose” and taking credit for what he called improvements.

“NATO, which was really heading in the wrong direction three years ago, was heading down, if you look at a graph. It was to a point where I don’t think they could have gotten on much longer,” Trump said. “Now it’s actually very strong and getting stronger.”

Trump attributes this to countries stepping up and bulking up their defense budgets, “I think really at my behest.”

While meeting with Trump, Macron did not pull his punches. “But when you speak about NATO, it’s not just about money. We have to be respectful,” Macron said in one of several moments of pointed contrast.

Trump and Macron have had a generally good relationship, even as they disagree strongly on climate policy and the Iran nuclear agreement, among other things. Another item putting that relationship to the test is trade.

On the eve of the NATO gathering, the Trump administration proposed 100% tariffs on nearly $2.5 billion in French goods, cheese and wine. The tariffs would serve as retaliation for the French Digital Services Tax, which the U.S. trade representative says discriminates against U.S. tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google.

“Emmanuel had an idea: Let’s tax those companies. Well, they’re American companies,” Trump said. “I’m not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anyone’s going to take advantage of the American companies, it’s going to be us. It’s not going to be France.”

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Made in Virginia: The 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Skip the overwhelming department stores this holiday season and get your favorite people thoughtful gifts made right here in the Commonwealth! From handmade jewelry, clothing, and handbags to all sorts of delicious food, spirits, and brews, we’ve got a few of the must-have gift ideas that your family, friends, and coworkers will absolutely love. 

A Mid-Winter Getaway

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While we can’t argue that physical presents are nice, a mid-winter getaway is a memorable present that is perfect for those on your list that could use a little R&R. Take them to Nelson County for a stay at Wintergreen Resort, where you can spend the days skiing or hiking scenic mountain trails and sampling all the craft beers, wines, and spirits along the Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail. Or head further south along I-81 to explore Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge, known as the mountain biking capital of the East Coast. And if you’re a beach lover, make a trip to Virginia Beach for an off-season vacation, where you’ll find great deals on hotel rooms, quiet picturesque beaches for morning walks, and lots of indoor activities that allow you to make the most of a coastal Virginia getaway in the winter.

AR’s Hot Southern Honey

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Sourced from bee hives in Virginia’s Appalachia and produced in the Shenandoah Valley, AR’s Hot Southern Honey is a favorite for many Virginia restaurants, including the kitchen at Upper Shirley Vineyards in Charles City, Max’s on Broad in Richmond,  and Tilman’s Cheese and Wine in Charlottesville. With their honey products starting at just $6.99, you can buy a bottle for all your friends and family (and a few bottles for yourself) without breaking the bank. Looking for more Virginia-made culinary gift ideas? Check out the VA Foodie Gift Guide to see their picks for the foodies on your list. 

Whitley’s Virginia Peanuts

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Since 1986, Whitley’s has been roasting Virginia-grown peanuts in the small town of Gloucester along the Chesapeake Bay, and their dedication to high-quality peanuts means you can trust them to send you reliably delicious holiday gifts. Stick with the traditional salted or unsalted peanuts, or try some of their flavored nuts, like the Bacon Maple Virginia Peanuts or the Crabby Chesapeake Bay Virginia Peanuts.

Gearhart’s Chocolates

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Looking for a sweet holiday treat? Grab a box of Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates, artisan chocolates that are handmade in Charlottesville, Virginia. The 16-piece assorted box is a best-seller, with flavors like Mint Julep, Brown Butter Caramel, and Malted Milk Hazelnut. 

Virginia Craft Beers, Spirits, & Wines

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For those adults that really get into the holiday “spirit”, consider getting them their favorite six-pack of Virginia craft beer, a bottle of locally-made wine, or a distilled beverage produced in the Commonwealth, such as a bottle of aged whisky from The Virginia Distillery Company. As an added bonus, they may be willing to share some of their present with the gift giver, so you can’t go wrong with this thoughtful holiday gift. 

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

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There is a lot of interesting food products to get your friends and family for the holidays, but if you’re shopping for a more DIY foodie, pick up a copy of the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook, written by owner and chef Brian Noyes. The baked goods from this small-town bakery have been recognized by everyone from President Barack Obama to Oprah, and the cookbook is packed with all of the flagship recipes that can be sampled at the charming Virginia bakery. 

Ledbury Custom Shirts

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If you’re looking for a little luxury for the men in your life, get them something from Ledbury, a Richmond-based clothier that carries a selection of well-made menswear, including sport coats, ties, and custom-made shirts and suits. The off-the-rack items are all high-quality and beautifully crafted, but if you’re willing to splurge, consider getting something made-to-order.  

Red Rooster Coffee

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Roasted in downtown Floyd, Virginia, Red Rooster Coffee will perk up even the biggest Grinch this holiday season. Plus, the coffee beanery isn’t just known for their world-class coffee; they use Organic and Fair Trade coffees for all of their signature blends, strive to operate sustainably with biodegradable coffee bags and composted chaff, and are a community-driven business that contributes to local charities and supports the surrounding rural population.

North End Bag Co. Bags

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Based out of Virginia Beach, North End Bag Co. cuts, stitches, and rivets every single bag right in their shop, and if you’re in the area, you can even stop by to see it done. Order The Murray bag for the students on your list, or one of their canvas and leather purses for all the ladies that prefer a stylishly simple bag that’s made in Virginia. 

Shockoe Atelier Denim Pants

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Perhaps the dress clothing is a little too formal for the people on your list; instead, get them a pair of handmade jeans from Shockoe Atelier. The denim shop, located in downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, offers a free lifetime repair guarantee on all of their clothing for rips or tears, ensuring that your gift will be treasured for many years to come. 

Hugo Kohl Jewelry

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The jewelry made at Hugo Kohl is unlike anything you’ll find at the average jewelry store. The owner of this Harrisonburg shop is one of the only jewelers in the world using old-world craftsman methods and tools to produce his show stopping pieces. While you can peruse and shop online, we recommend visiting the store, if possible; you’ll get the chance to see them make the jewelry through the glass wall of the show room, and they even offer tours of the workshop at certain times. 

Richmond Prints from Claire Hill

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Residents of the capital city will love these hand-drawn prints of Richmond from local artist Claire Hill, which range from black and white portraits of the city’s most notable landmarks and hot spots to a vibrantly illustrated map of the city, complete with those same landmarks dotted throughout the streets. 

Nectar Sunglasses

The owner of Nectar Sunglasses, Sean Holmes, was raised in Richmond and went to Virginia Commonwealth University for college. Afterwards, he started a small company with a buddy from Radford aimed at crafting affordable yet stylish sunglasses. Initially assembling the sunglasses by hand one at a time, the company grew to be one of the most notable sunglass companies on the East Coast. While Sean has moved the company to Charleston, South Carolina, he’s still a proud Virginian at heart, using his love for the Commonwealth to produce high-quality shades at an approachable price point. 

Yama Mountain Camping Gear 

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Based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, Yama Mountain Gear designs and builds tents, tarps, backpacks, and other camping accessories. The company strives to be environmentally responsible in all aspects of their business, reusing packaging whenever possible, supporting renewable energy sources, and utilizing materials that are more easily recycled. The staff are all experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, testing their own products out on the trails before putting them out on the market for sale. 

Anderson Neck Oysters

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Anderson Neck Oysters grow their Eagle Flats oysters in offshore tidal flats along the York River, delivering a buttery oyster with a perfect balance of savory and sweet. Get these Virginia seafood delicacies as gifts, or order a few dozen to serve during your holiday parties. In addition to oysters, Anderson Neck Oysters sells oyster shuckers, shucking gloves, branded merch, and even craft beer growlers with their logo.  

Pewter Jefferson Cups

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Know someone who is both a fan of history and Virginia spirits? Get them a set of Pewter Jefferson Cups from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. These classic cups can be engraved with the recipient’s initials, adding a special touch to this already thoughtful gift. 

Blue Ridge Outdoors Apparel

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Carrying a selection of super soft and lightweight tees and hoodies, Blue Ridge Outdoors Apparel is a great option for outdoor lovers looking for everyday clothing options. 

Virginia State Necklace 

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Share your love of Virginia with friends or family members with this Virginia state necklace, made in both gold and silver. Etsy shop owner Amy Houston is based out of Charlottesville, and handmakes her entire collection of simple yet stunning jewelry. In addition to the necklace, we also LOVE the petite heart stud earrings in her shop.

Mill Gap Farms Maple Syrup 

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Made in rural Highland County in the Virginia Mountains, Mill Gap Farms Maple Syrup is Virginia’s first and only producer of organic maple syrup. Snag a few bottles as gifts for your friends and family, and consider making a trek out to Monterey to visit the maple syrup farm yourself. In March, the Highland County Maple Festival draws thousands of people to the quiet Virginia community, and Mill Gap Farms is an integral part of that event. The farm also hosts visitors year-round Monday through Saturday for hands-on tours, where you can feed the animals, bottle the maple syrup, and even stay overnight in their “House in the Trees”

Official Virginia is for Lovers Merch

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Finally, check off your holiday list with Virginia is for Lovers branded merch, all 25% off from now until November 30, 2019! Find everything from tshirts with an array of branded slogans (think music, wine, history, etc.) to craft beer growlers and oyster platters. 

Share your favorite Virginia-made products with us in the comments below!

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Shailene Woodley Wore An Outrageous, Oversize Sleeping Bag On The Red Carpet

A sleeping bag, but make it fashion. 

Shailene Woodley ensured all eyes were on her at the 2019 British Fashion Awards in London on Monday night. The “Big Little Lies” actor showed up in a massive navy puffer dress, designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli for Moncler.

Fitted at the bodice, the oversize gown spilled out to envelope the surrounding red carpet area. The expansive dress also included a partially striped, vest-like apparatus that added a hood ― which Woodley wore up for some red carpet pictures ― and a long cape. 

The actor kept her accessories simple and wore a bright, bold lip, which coordinated with her nails, and her hair swept up. 

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Karwai Tang via Getty Images It’s quite the look. 

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Jeff Spicer/BFC via Getty Images She showed off the hooded part of her ensemble on the red carpet. 

Model Liya Kebede also wore a Moncler skirt designed by Piccioli to the awards, though her blue, red and white striped item looked a bit less overwhelming, as she paired it with a tucked-in white shirt from her line, Lemlem

One thing is for sure: You can hide a lot of “Big Little Lies” in either of these ensembles. 

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Tim Whitby/BFC via Getty Images Woodley and Liya Kebede both wore Moncler to the awards. 

If the voluminous garment looks familiar, you may recall seeing actor Ezra Miller of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” wear a similarly shaped Moncler look last year around this time for the Paris premiere of the film. 

Miller, now 27, paired his black puffer coat-gown hybrid with black gloves and a dark lip at the time: 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Ezra Miller poses at the world premiere of the film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in Paris on Nov. 8, 2018.

Check out all of the outfits the stars wore to the British Fashion Awards below: 

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Court Directs Banks To Provide Trump Financial Records To House Democrats

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NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday handed President Donald Trump another defeat in his bid to keep his financial records secret, directing Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to comply with subpoenas from congressional Democrats demanding the material.

A three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Trump’s bid to block two House of Representatives committees from enforcing subpoenas to the two banks seeking the documents. Trump had sued the two banks in an effort to prevent the disclosure of his financial records.

The Republican president is expected to appeal the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for Trump could not immediately be reached for comment.

The subpoenas were issued months before House Democrats began an inquiry in September into whether there were grounds to impeach Trump over his request to Ukraine to investigateDemocratic political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

In subpoenas issued in April, the House Financial ServicesCommittee and the Intelligence Committee asked Deutsche Bank for records related to Trump, three of his children and the TrumpOrganization. Lawmakers have said the requests are part of a wider investigation into money laundering and foreign influence over U.S. politics.

The Financial Services Committee subpoenaed Capital One inApril, seeking records related to the Trump Organization’s hotel business.

In Tuesday’s decision, a 2-1 majority of the 2nd Circuit panel rejected Trump’s argument that Congress did not have a valid purpose for seeking his records, and that enforcing the subpoenas would compromise his and his family’s privacy. The panel said that congressional investigations “substantially’ overbalance’ the privacy interests invaded by disclosure of financial documents.”

Deutsche Bank has long been a principal lender for Trump’s real estate business. A 2017 disclosure form showed that Trump had at least $130 million of liabilities to the bank.

Congressional investigators have already identified possible failures in Deutsche Bank’s money laundering controls in its dealings with Russian oligarchs, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

Trump has sought to keep his financial and tax records private. He broke with tradition by not releasing his tax returns as a candidate in 2016 and as president.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment. Capital One did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In separate legal cases, Trump has sought to block HouseDemocrats from obtaining his tax and financial records.

The Supreme Court as soon as Dec. 13 will decide whether to hear Trump’s appeal of lower court rulings that directed Mazars LLP, his long-term accounting firm, to provide local prosecutors in New York Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns from 2011to 2018 as part of a criminal investigation.

Trump also is due to file by Thursday his appeal of a court ruling in Washington directing Mazars to turn over his financial records to the House Oversight Committee. The Supreme Court last week put the lower court ruling on hold to give Trump time to appeal.

(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New YorkEditing by Will Dunham and Chizu Nomiyama)

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Asteroid ‘attack’: Scientists eye space rock collision

The European Space Agency has received approval to aid NASA in its asteroid deflection plan, the upcoming Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

According to the ESA’s website, the European space ministers have approved the agency’s plan to build and launch the Hera spacecraft, which will visit the Didymos asteroid system. NASA’s DART spacecraft is slated to collide with the smaller Didymoon asteroid, which orbits Didymos, sometime near the end of 2022.

Didymoon’s diameter is roughly 525 feet (160 meters), according to NASA, whereas the larger Didymos is approximately 2,560 feet wide. Both are considered “potentially hazardous” near-Earth objects.

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An artist’s illustration of asteroids, or near-Earth objects, that highlight the need for a complete Space Situational Awareness system. (ESA – P.Carril)

NASA GAMEPLANS MASSIVE ASTEROID STRIKE

“Potentially hazardous” NEOs are defined as space objects that come within 0.05 astronomical units and measure more than 460 feet in diameter, according to the U.S. space agency.

“Hera will be humanity’s first-ever spacecraft to visit a double asteroid, the Didymos binary system,” the ESA wrote on its website.

The ESA added: “Hera’s up-close observations will turn asteroid deflection into a well-understood planetary defense technique.” A video was also posted to the agency’s YouTube page providing more detail.

The current plan is for DART to launch aboard a SpaceX rocket in the middle of 2021, ultimately crashing into Didymoon toward the end of 2022. If successful, Hera would launch in 2024 and arrive by 2026 to inspect the findings. The ESA added Hera would “map the resulting impact crater and measure the asteroid’s mass.”

It will also have CubeSats on board that will be able to get closer to the asteroid’s surface, carry out studies and ultimately, touch down on its surface.

In April, NASA awarded a $69 million contract to SpaceX, the space exploration company led by Elon Musk, to help it with asteroid deflection via its DART mission. Separately that month, the ESA announced that it was developing a self-driving craft for Hera.

NASA has recently expanded its planetary defense protocols, including last year’s unveiling of a bold new plan to protect Earth.

ANCIENT ASTEROID STRIKES ON MARS MAY HAVE ‘PRODUCED KEY INGREDIENTS FOR LIFE’

Last June, NASA unveiled a 20-page plan that details the steps the U.S. should take to be better prepared for NEOs such as asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of the planet.

Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, said at the time that the country “already has significant scientific, technical and operational capabilities” to help with NEOs, but implementing the new plan would “greatly increase our nation’s readiness and work with international partners to effectively respond should a new potential asteroid impact be detected.”

In addition to enhancing NEO detection, tracking and characterizing capabilities and improving modeling prediction, the plan also aims to develop technologies for deflecting NEOs, increasing international cooperation and establishing new NEO impact emergency procedures and action protocols.

Separately in April, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that an asteroid strike is not something to be taken lightly and is perhaps Earth’s biggest threat.

“We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about movies,” Bridenstine said at the International Academy of Astronautics’ 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Md., according to Space.com. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life, and that is the planet Earth.”

According to a 2018 report put together by Planetary.org, there are more than 18,000 NEOs.

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Boy killed in Thanksgiving hunting accident saves 3 others through organ donation, grandpa says

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A 9-year-old boy killed in a Thanksgiving hunting accident has saved the lives of three others through organ donation, his grandfather said. Colton Williams, who was hunting rabbits with his dad in Springfield, S.C., donated his kidneys and liver.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have prayed, visited, brought meals, made donations or helped in any way during this trying time when Beverly and I lost our only grandson,” Vince Furtick, the boy’s grandfather, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “I saw many of our friends from all over the south today at the funeral in support of our families. God has Colton in his arms now and we truly miss him but rest in the knowledge that we will see him again one day.”

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“Life goes on and in Colton’s case, three lives were saved by his donated kidneys and liver,” Furtick continued. “He was the brightest light in our lives and he will be missed greatly. Again, thank you.”

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources called the boy’s death a “terrible tragedy.”

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“The indication is that six adults and two children were at the site rabbit hunting,” Robert McCullough, the department spokesman, told the Daily News. “The daddy shot the 9-year-old by accident. They were out in the field when it happened. It’s a continuing investigation, so I can’t really speak to the actual incident, but I would say anytime you’re out hunting, always identify your targets and what’s behind them.”

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Colton, a Clemson Tigers fan was who was a fourth-grade honor student at Kelly-Edwards Elementary School, was described as a boy who “enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and loved playing.”

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Hannity takes on FBI lovebirds: Lisa Page is ‘neither innocent nor a victim’

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Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is “neither innocent nor a victim,” Sean Hannity said Monday.

In his “Hannity” monologue on Monday, Hannity offered to “educate the journalists and the so-called mob in the media.”

“Lisa Page is neither innocent nor a victim. She carried out what was a lengthy affair with the top investigator at the FBI named Peter Strzok. Their personal business is their business, but the two of them inserted their rampant political bias into highly sensitive top-notch investigations including the probe into Hillary Clinton’s secret server,” he said.

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In an interview published late Sunday, Page, the ex-FBI lawyer who carried on an extramarital affair with former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok, said it was not “fathomable” that she broke the law.

“And, by the way, if you want real obstruction, that would be the bleach bit that deleted subpoenaed emails, et cetera. And began the collusion on the campaign against Trump: the dossier,” Hannity continued.

“Remember?” he asked. “They were using their work phones and why Robert Mueller didn’t demand that they be handed over and we do a search of all of it is anybody’s understanding. But, anyway, her and Strzok, they were obsessing about their hatred for all things Donald Trump.”

Hannity pointed to texts — among thousands — from Strzok and Page from March 2016.

Page writing: “God, Trump is a loathsome human.”

And, Strzok responding: “Omg [Trump’s] an idiot” and “God Hillary should win 100,000,000-0.”

Hannity noted that in August, “only eight days after [then-FBI Director] Jim Comey opened his counter-intelligence investigation against the Trump campaign,” the two wrote back-and-forth that they’d stop the president’s election.

“We’ll stop him. Insurance policy. Those aren’t texts between two low-level employees in the federal government. Those were two of the most powerful individuals working at the highest levels of the FBI and involved in the rigged investigation into Hillary Clinton,” said Hannity.

Hannity said Page — and Strzok’s — actions damaged the FBI and damaged the United States.

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Page and Strzok exchanged a series of anti-Trump text messages that fueled suspicion that there was a conspiracy within the FBI and intelligence community against the Trump presidency. In an interview with The Daily Beast, she said Trump’s comments at a rally in October that mocked her and Strzok over the affair were “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” and she decided she had to speak out.

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Jimmy Carter Hospitalized For Urinary Tract Infection

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Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to the hospital over the weekend to receive medical attention for a urinary tract infection, according to the Carter Center.

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Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a Georgia hospital over the weekend to receive treatment for a urinary tract infection, according to the Carter Center, which says the 39th president “looks forward to returning home soon.”

Spokesperson Deanna Congileo said in a statement that Carter “was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., this past weekend for treatment for a urinary tract infection.”

“He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon,” the statement said.

No further details were released.

This is the latest in a string of health challenges the former president has faced in recent months.

Carter, 95, was recovering from an operation at Emory Hospital in Atlanta to relieve pressure on his brain caused by two recent falls. As NPR reported last month, Carter sustained a subdural hematoma, a common type of brain bleeding after a fall.

As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, Carter was released from the hospital following that surgery on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, “with little fanfare.”

The Carter Center said after that earlier procedure that there were “no complications from the surgery.”

Carter fell twice in October suffering injuries. One fall took place at his home in Plains, Ga., where he suffered a “minor pelvic fracture” and another fall resulted in him suffering a black eye.

In May, Carter fell and broke his hip, at his home.

In 2015, the former president was diagnosed with melanoma, which he said spread to his liver and his brain. While he was receiving treatment, he continued to teach Sunday school and help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

A few months after announcing his cancer diagnosis, he said that he was cancer-free.

Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Previously, he served as governor of Georgia.

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Wild brawl breaks out at end of Arizona high school basketball game: ‘It was ugly’

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An Arizona high school boys basketball tournament Saturday was marred by a wild brawl that broke out in the handshake line which spilled into the stands.

Skyline High School defeated Cesar Chavez High School, 63-57, in the championship game of the Phoenix Union High School District Coyote Classic basketball tournament. The fight occurred as players from both schools were in the middle of the handshake.

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According to video obtained by the Arizona Republic, the brawl started after a Cesar Chavez player punched a Skyline player. Video showed the melee spill into the stands with parents getting involved trying to break it up and fans fighting in the middle of the court.

Phoenix police helped break up the fight and authorities told the newspaper that no arrests were made.

David Hines, executive director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), announced consequences for both high schools Monday in hopes that a fight like that would never happen again.

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Cesar Chavez will forfeit its next game and a determination is still to come as to whether the high school boys team will play again this season. Any player directly involved with the fight will receive a three-game ban at the minimum. Officials also said that Cesar Chavez will issue a formal apology to Skyline and the tournament host school Phoenix Central.

“It was ugly,” Hines told the Arizona Republic. “The video is not good. Parents have to understand they cannot get involved. I understand they want to protect their kids. The schools will take appropriate consequences.

“What makes it difficult is our officials are off the court, it’s the end of the game. It still falls under some of our bylaws. Our schools can follow up and make appropriate adjustments to that. That’s what we expect them to do.”

According to the newspaper, each school will determine whether players are suspended and for how long.

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“They will identify any other kids that we did not,” Hines said. “They’re taking this very seriously. They will deal with the kids from their end. They know there is no tolerance for this. We need to make a statement, understand that this is high school athletics. This behavior is unacceptable.”

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