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Search for missing Arizona girl, 6, becomes recovery effort

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The on-going search for a 6-year-old girl missing after being swept away in a Tonto Creek, Ariz., rainstorm last week is now a recovery operation, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, an indication the child is not expected to be found alive.

In a late-afternoon briefing, agency spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd said, “We would love to keep this hopeful, but because of the circumstances we are considering it a search and recovery” in the search for Willa Rawlings, the Arizona Republic reported.

“It’s been six days, we’re going our seventh day. We don’t know where (the girl) is at. We just want to find her for the family to get some closure.” 

— Gila County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd

The search, which began after Rawlings was swept away with two other children last Friday, would resume at 8 a.m. today, he said.

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In the last two days, searchers found both a pair of shoes and pants believed to belong to the missing girl and have widened their search area, the report said.  

Officials will employ drones and a remote-controlled sonar device to check a two-mile stretch of the waters, and possibly a helicopter, weather permitting, as rain is forecast for the area overnight, potentially causing the creek to rise again, the newspaper reported.

The girl was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Friday while trying to cross Tonto Creek at the Bar X crossing off State Route 188, near Roosevelt Lake northeast of the Phoenix area, the report said.

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The bodies of her 5-year-old brother, Colby, as well as her 5-year-old cousin, Austin, were found Saturday. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued, the Republic reported.

At the time of the incident, the crossing was closed with barricades and signs because of a storm that dropped an estimated 2 inches of rain in the area.

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A memorial service for Austin Rawlings was scheduled for Friday afternoon at a Peoria church, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the girl’s family. 

The tragic incident occurred in an area where nearby residents have been pushing for construction of a bridge for years, the Arizona Republic reported. 

Tonto Creek, which is more than 70 miles long, flows from just below the Mogollon Rim down to lower terrain, where it meets the Salt River. At that point, the waters are controlled by Roosevelt Dam, forming Roosevelt Lake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Laura Ingraham laughs off Dems latest impeachment inquiry hearing

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Laura Ingraham laughed off the Democrats latest impeachment hearing Wednesday, declaring that “it’s over” for those hoping to convince Americans that they should impeach President Trump.

“Despite the wall-to-wall coverage and relentless hype by the Democrats, today’s soporific symposium cratered any hope that they’re going to coax Americans into supporting impeachment,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday. “You know it’s over when three out of four legal eagles were Trump hating partisans.”

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Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan testified alongside Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman and University of North Carolina Law professor Michael Gerhardt — all witnesses called by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee did not hesitate on Wednesday to call Trump’s actions impeachable. Jonathan Turley, a law professor for George Washington University Law School, was the sole witness called by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee for the hearing, and he said Democrats had not made their case.

Ingraham ripped Karlan for bringing mentioning the president’s young son Barron during the hearing.

“While the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan joked Wednesday.

“But beyond their bias, there was a nasty, bitter undercurrent that bubble to the surface again from Professor Karlan,” Ingraham said.

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The host believes the hearing made for a good 24 hours for the president.

“This thing has gone south and they all know it. But this has been a great 24 hours for Trump,” Ingraham said. “Yesterday, he was dominating the agenda over at the NATO summit, pushing for more member nations to pay their fair share. We all love that. Last night, he was mocked by foreign elites in London. Today, he was mocked by academic elites on Capitol Hill.”

“Chalk up another win for the White House,” Ingraham added.

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John Solomon: DOJ watchdog’s FISA report will have ‘6 to 12 findings of wrongdoing’

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Investigative reporter and Fox News contributor John Solomon claimed Wednesday that the Justice Department Office of Inspector General’s forthcoming report on alleged FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) abuse during the 2016 election will be a “road map” for potential prosecutions, reflection on what went wrong and fixing problems with current law.

Solomon said on “Hannity” that the American people should ignore media leaks and pundits’ conjecture about the report from Michael Horowitz, which is due out Monday.

“I think everybody that is reporting on it now is just conjecturing or getting fragments from people who have a motive to get ahead of the story,” he said. “There’s going to be six to twelve findings of wrongdoing, malfeasance [and] mistakes that were made in the FISA process.”

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Solomon also predicted there will be “sweeping recommendations” on what should be changed in the FISA warrant process.

“This is going to be a very, very powerful road map, and it’s going to lead to months of debate and additional action, including discipline and possible prosecutions.”

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Solomon added that the report may contain an entry about the alleged omission of “derogatory evidence” about former MI6 spy Christopher Steele — the man who compiled the now-infamous Trump-Russia dossier.

That information, he claimed, will be a “red flag” and will likely consist of one of Steele’s “sub-sources” disowning what the ex-British agent reported in his dossier.

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“I think you’re going to see all of the things that we’ve been talking about on your show,” Solomon told host Sean Hannity.

On Monday, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., downplayed published reports that the probe had determined that there was enough information to justify the agency’s investigation of members of the Trump campaign.

Meadows was asked about a story in The Washington Post that said Horowitz’s report justified the FBI’s action at the time. The New York Times, citing two unnamed sources, reported that the findings are expected to contradict some theories put forward by President Trump himself.

Meadows, the former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that the reports are “based on speculation on information which has been leaked.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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‘Star Wars’ star Billy Dee Williams tries to clarify gender comments, says he doesn’t understand gender fluidity

Billy Dee Williams, best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” franchise, is not nonbinary, as young folks on the Internet may have hoped, and the star, 82, said he doesn’t even know the meaning of gender fluidity.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Williams allegedly opened up about his gender identity, and he discussed his masculine and feminine sides.

“I never tried to be anything except myself,” Williams said. “I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.”

“You see, I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” he continued. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

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Billy Dee Williams, best known for playing Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” franchise, is not nonbinary, as young folks on the Internet may have hoped, and the star, 82, doesn’t even know the meaning of gender fluidity. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

However, in a later interview with Undefeated, he clarified his comments.

“Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, ‘What the hell is gender fluid?’ That’s a whole new term,” Williams said. “But what I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves.”

“There’s a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they had a splitting of the ways because they had different ideas about the … what do you call it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It’s collective unconsciousness,” he continued.

“But he coined a phrase that’s, ‘Anima animus.’ And anima means that is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female. So that’s what I was referring to,” he added.

The clarification shed light on the fact that Williams confused gender fluidity with sexual fluidity.

“I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves. I wasn’t talking about sex, I wasn’t talking about being gay or straight,” he said in his latest interview. “People should read [Jung]. I mean, it would be an interesting education for a lot of people.”

The Emmy nominee is also known for his paintings, some of which can still be seen at galleries around the country, and his album of jazz standards, “Let’s Misbehave.”

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Sex blogger gives advice to men whose wives won’t have sex with them

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A sex blogger is providing advice to men whose wives have stopped having sex with them.

Nadia Bokody, who is from Australia, posted a YouTube video on Monday to help husbands navigate their “sex-starved” relationships by giving them the tools they need to get their wives’ sex drive back on track.

Bokody said that, contrary to popular belief, a woman’s lack of enthusiasm in the bedroom is not tied to a declining libido. In fact, she said, it’s likely always because of a lack of interest in their partner.

“Male desire and female desire work in totally different ways,” Bokody said. “Guys expect their female partners to get turned on in the same way and in the same frequency that they do.

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“Women get sexually bored a lot faster than men. If sex becomes repetitive, over time that woman will lose interest in having sex with that partner,” she said, adding: “Women crave very high amounts of sexual novelty.”

However, the sex-positive journalist said it’s not too late for husbands to save their love lives. Bokody provided a few tips that men could apply in an effort to improve intimacy in the bedroom.

“Women need a lot more time to build up arousal than men do,” she said. “What you can do as a partner is to start the foreplay, not one or two hours before sex but 24 hours.”

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Bokody said building excitement and anticipation without being physical is a sure way to get the women in their lives in the mood. One way to do this, she said, is to send text messages throughout the day.

“Recount a sexual encounter and give her little bits of that memory throughout the day. Women love it when you get super descriptive,” she said. “Just as she is leaving to go to work grab her and give her a deep and passionate kiss. It’s very effective at getting women turned on.”

Many of Bokody’s YouTube followers said her advice was quite helpful.

“You have helped me and my wife so much with your advice, thank you,” one person commented.

Other commenters began opening up about their personal battles in the bedroom, like one man who said he “struggled with being predictable.”

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One commenter even said: “Sorry I didn’t have this available to me 50 years ago.”

Not everyone, however, was impressed by Bokody’s advice. Another commenter expressed doubts that a man’s wife not having sex with him had anything to do with technique.

“It’s because she’s cheating on you, dummy,” the commenter said.

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Maren Morris flaunts baby bump in poolside photo during Hawaii getaway

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Maren Morris is showing her baby bump to the world.

The “My Church” singer, 29, took to Instagram to share a photo of herself in a purple bikini lounging outside.

“Someone send a good virgin colada recipe,” said Morris in the caption. “#2ndTrimester.”

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Morris’ husband, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, offered a sweet comment on the photo, writing, “Hello babies.”

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The two announced the pregnancy back in October with an Instagram post.

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“The irony is just too rich that after a year of living in the ‘GIRL’ headspace, the universe would give us a baby boy to even things out,” Morris captioned a photo of herself and Hurd, 33, cuddled up with her baby bump on display.

“See you in 2020, little one,” she added.

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Huawei Hits Back at the F.C.C. With a Legal Challenge

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SHENZHEN, China — Huawei, the Chinese technology powerhouse, is challenging the Federal Communications Commission in court for choking off its sales in the United States, the latest in the besieged company’s widening efforts to hit back at regulators and critics across the globe.

The F.C.C. voted last month to bar American telecommunications companies from using federal subsidies to buy equipment from Huawei and another Chinese supplier, ZTE. Washington considers both firms to be national security risks.

Large wireless providers such as Verizon and AT&T have long shunned the companies’ gear. But carriers in remote, rural parts of the United States have depended on it for years. The F.C.C. rule could force them to find pricier replacements.

“The F.C.C. claims that Huawei is a security threat. But F.C.C. Chairman Ajit Pai has not provided any evidence,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, said during a news conference on Thursday at the company’s headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

“This is a common trend in Washington these days,” Mr. Song said. “The F.C.C.’s order violates the Constitution, and we have no choice but to seek legal remedy.”

The Trump administration has led an all-out effort to keep Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment, out of wireless networks in the United States and globally. American officials believe the Chinese government could use the company for espionage, an accusation the firm denies. Washington’s clampdown on Huawei has become a sticking point in trade talks with Beijing, which is demanding clemency for one of China’s leading corporate champions.

Huawei sued the United States government earlier this year, challenging a spending law that blocked federal agencies from doing business with it. The company has also increased its lobbying activities in Washington and filed defamation complaints in France against a researcher who suggested the company was state-controlled.

For Huawei, mounting a legal challenge against the F.C.C. lends heft to its protestations that Washington is treating it unfairly, said Julian Ku, a professor of law at Hofstra University. The potential benefits to the company are probably worth the small risk that it will be required, in legal discovery, to reveal information about its inner workings, Mr. Ku said.

“They want to show their customers in the U.S. that they’re a serious company, that they’re not an outlaw,” he said. “Even a small victory in the case, one that makes the F.C.C. go and start the process over again, would be a huge victory for them.”

Still, courts generally give federal agencies wide leeway to interpret the law, Mr. Ku said. “There’s usually a tremendous amount of deference.”

Huawei is embarking upon this new legal battle at a moment when, despite the onslaught from Washington and apprehension in other world capitals, the company’s fortunes appear to be looking up.

The Commerce Department has begun allowing some American suppliers to resume selling parts and other technology to Huawei. Earlier this year the department had barred such sales without prior approval. Huawei’s business has remained steady over all, thanks to brisk sales of its smartphones and telecom equipment back home in China.

Throughout the rest of the world, the company has been supercharging its efforts to court the sympathies of the public and of governments. Hundreds of journalists have been invited to visit Huawei’s campuses. The company’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, has given interview after interview in which he assures the world that neither he nor his firm has anything to hide.

In Washington, Huawei has spent $1.9 million on lobbying so far this year, according to federal disclosures, dwarfing its past totals.

But the company has also lashed out against people who sully its image. In August, a Huawei lawyer sent The Wall Street Journal a letter saying that an article about the company’s activities in Africa contained “false and defamatory statements.” A Journal spokeswoman said the paper stood by its reporting.

Huawei has also filed libel complaints in France against a researcher, Valérie Niquet of the Foundation for Strategic Research, a think tank in Paris. On a television talk show in February, Ms. Niquet said that Huawei was ultimately controlled by the Chinese government.

In China, she said, “there is no company that is truly capitalist in the sense that we understand it.”

After Huawei’s complaint against Ms. Niquet came to light last month, the Foundation for Strategic Research said it supported its researchers’ right to free expression. French officials said recently that the nation would not follow the United States in barring Huawei from its telecom networks.

In a telephone interview this week, Ms. Niquet said she was surprised when she received notice, in September, of the company’s legal complaints against her. “There is such a disproportion between a researcher and a mighty company such as Huawei,” she said.

Since then, she has avoided traveling to China, she said. But, she added, “I will go on working on China, as I have for decades now.”

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Tucker Carlson: Sasse should return donations from hedge fund manager Paul Singer

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said Wednesday night that Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., should return donations from hedge fund manager Paul Singer, who played a key role in the purchase of sporting goods retailer Cabela’s by Bass Pro Shops — a move that led to the loss of 2,000 jobs in the town of Sidney, Neb., where Cabela’s formerly had its headquarters.

“We’re not saying Ben Sasse or any other senator is doing Singer’s bidding purely for the cash,” Carlson said. “But why not remove all doubt? If one of your biggest donors turned out to be a pornographer or a mass distributor of OxyContin, you’d send back the donation. You wouldn’t want to be associated with someone like that. You’d want to be clear about your own values. Senator Sasse should be clear about his.”

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Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show Singer donated $2,600 — then the maximum individual contribution allowed by federal law — to Sasse’s Senate campaign in 2014. In May of this year, Singer donated $10,600 to a political action committee in support of Sasse.

In response to a report on Sidney’s plight broadcast Tuesday night, Sasse issued a statement saying: “Melissa and I know the families in Sidney and I’ve constantly told companies — including Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops — that nobody out-works or out-hustles Nebraskans. Sidney hasn’t given up and neither have we. There’s a real problem with American communities coming apart, and it is going to require creative policymaking, but this problem isn’t going to be solved by the easy, overpromising big-government advocates on either the right or the left.”

In response to Sasse, Carlson said: “No more baby talk. Stop with the bumper sticker phrases from 1986. It’s a different country now. The question isn’t whether we’re getting big government. Too late. We already have it, in part thanks to you, Republican senators.

“The question is whether we’ll become a socialist country run by a terrifying alliance of authoritarian big tech moguls and wild-eyed identity politics cult members,” Carlson added. “That could happen. We’re closer to it than Republicans in Washington acknowledge … These are supposed to be the guardians of capitalism. Somehow they don’t seem to notice it’s in mortal peril.

“Wake up. We’re almost out of time,” the host said. “If we don’t reign in the excesses of our system, and soon, we could very easily lose the whole thing.”

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Singer’s hedge fund, Elliott Management, also issued a statement Wednesday on the blogging platform Medium in which they denied responsibility for the sale of Cabela’s and claimed the company was exploring such a move before Elliott bought an 11 percent stake.

However, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicate that while Cabela’s did consider a sale before Elliott purchased the 11 percent stake, they rejected that path in August 2015. Shortly after Elliott’s purchase, they reversed course.

Otherwise, Elliott’s statement did not contest any essential parts of Tucker Carlson Tonight’s reporting. Their statement ended with a promise to “protect and grow their [clients’] hard-earned capital.”

Fox’s Charles Couger, Alex Pfeiffer and Blake Neff contributed to this report.

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Impeachment Takeaways: History Lessons, Partisan Feuds

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress’ impeachment power.

Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans, and the experts split much like the committee, along partisan lines, over whether Trump committed an impeachable offense when he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

The lofty arguments about the Constitution were frequently interrupted by partisan sniping among committee members.

Here are some takeaways from the hearing:

REPUBLICAN DISRUPTION

Republicans allied with the president used the hearing to force procedural votes and delay the proceedings, adding to an unruly atmosphere even with the professors’ academic recounting of constitutional principles.

GOP members interrupted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and the expert witnesses, calling for more Republican witnesses, for a postponement of the hearing and for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to be called to testify. Schiff led the investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

The top Republican on the Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, said the impeachment process is a “sham.” And he said the committee had been sidelined as other panels led the impeachment investigation.

“What a disgrace to this committee, to have the committee of impeachment simply take from other committees and rubber stamp,” Collins said.

Collins also criticized the quick pace of the impeachment probe. Democrats hope to hold a final vote by Christmas.

“If you want to know what’s really driving this, there are two things — a clock and a calendar,” Collins said.

HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

The four law professors who testified brought history lessons to the hearing, with talk of American Founding Fathers and British monarchs, of the 18th-century Constitutional Convention and the 20th-century impeachment proceedings of Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

Their testimony had a contemporary purpose, too, as Democrats look to bolster the argument for impeachment by having outside constitutional experts make the case that Trump committed an impeachable offense.

Three of the witnesses made clear they thought Trump’s conduct met the definition of an abuse of power that the constitutional framers had in mind for removal of a commander in chief. They said the president’s interaction with Ukraine amounted to high crimes and misdemeanors, the impeachment standard set out in the Constitution.

“If what we are talking about is not impeachable,” said Michael Gerhardt, a University of North Carolina law professor, “then nothing is impeachable.”

Pamela Karlan, a Stanford Law School professor, said the Founding Fathers were particularly concerned about foreign interference in American politics.

“The very idea that a president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his reelection campaign would have horrified them,” Karlan said. “But based on the evidentiary record, that is what President Trump has done.”

The lone dissenter was Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University professor, who said that although he is not a supporter of the president, he found the case against Trump legally weak and warned that it would “collapse” amid an absence of criminal intent.

BRIBERY IN THE CONSTITUTION

The three Democratic witnesses agreed that Trump could be impeached for bribery as it is defined in the Constitution. Democrats have hinted that bribery could be one of the articles of impeachment.

Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School said the “clear sense” of the framers on bribery was “when the president corruptly asked for or received something of value to him from someone who could be affected by his official office.”

“So if the House of Representatives and the members of this committee were to determine that getting the investigations either announced or undertaken was a thing of value to President Trump, that was what he sought, then this committee and this House could safely conclude that the president had committed bribery under the Constitution,” Feldman said.

Karlan said that if Congress concludes that Trump asked for the investigations of Biden and his son to aid his reelection, “then yes, you have bribery here.”

Turley disagreed, warning against using a “boundless interpretation” of bribery.

“The statement has been made, not just by these witnesses but Chairman Schiff and others, that this is a clear case of bribery. It’s not,” Turley said.

ANY QUESTIONS?

There may have been four law professors at the hearing, but many of the lawmakers limited their questions to witnesses summoned by their own party — and some asked none at all.

Several GOP lawmakers, bypassing the chance to pose questions to witnesses, used their five-minute allotments with speeches that defended the president and attacked the impeachment proceedings as partisan and rushed.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio praised the testimony of Turley, the GOP-selected witness, but didn’t actually direct any questions to him.

Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas asked a series of questions of Turley but also chose to ignore the three witnesses Democrats relied on to make their impeachment case.

Democrats mostly did the same, focusing their queries to witnesses brought in by their party. Rep. Cedric Richmond, of Louisiana, brought up Turley several times but asked other witnesses — not him — about his testimony.

Still, there were some notable exceptions, such as when Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida challenged the witnesses on what he said were Democratic biases and anti-Trump leanings. H e asked Gerhardt and Karlan about contributions they’d made to Democrats including President Barack Obama.

He also asked all the witnesses to raise their hands if they had personal knowledge of the events at hand; none did.

“And let the record reflect no personal knowledge of a single fact,” Gaetz said.

When it was his turn, Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, confronted Turley directly on his past statements — and even legal involvement — in prior impeachment proceedings.

MUELLER IN THE MIX

Democrats have been debating whether to include an article on obstruction of justice as laid out in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

That report, released in April, laid out potential acts of obstruction but declined to make a determination one way or the other about whether the president had illegally subverted the Russia investigation, with Mueller citing Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. He essentially left it up to Congress to decide.

On Wednesday, Nadler signaled that he believes Mueller’s findings should be included, saying in his opening statement that Trump took “extraordinary and unprecedented steps” to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation.

He said that Trump not only “welcomed foreign interference in the 2016 election” — the focus of Mueller’s investigation — but also “demanded it for the 2020 election.”

Democrats haven’t yet decided whether to include Mueller’s investigation in any articles of impeachment. But many members have argued that it should be included.

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Emma Stone engaged to ‘SNL’ writer-director Dave McCary

Actress Emma Stone is engaged.

The actress’ beau, “Saturday Night Live” writer and segment director Dave McCary, posted a photo to Instagram showcasing Stone’s ring.

He captioned the photo with a simple heart emoji.

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Stone has yet to post an announcement on social media.

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According to Page Six, Stone, 30, and McCary, 34, have been dating since 2017. However, the two rarely make joint appearances in public and keep their relationship fairly private.

In August 2018, Stone opened up to Elle about the possibility of a future marriage and family.

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Emma Stone and Dave McCary have reportedly been dating since 2017. (Getty)

“My perspective about kids has changed as I’ve gotten older,” Stone told the magazine. “I never babysat or anything. As a teenager, I was like, I’m never getting married, I’m never having kids. And then I got older and I was like, I really want to get married, I really want to have kids.”

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The actress previously dated her “Amazing Spider-Man” co-star Andrew Garfield from 2011 to 2015.

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