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WaPost Editorial Board Explains Why It’s ‘Premature’ To Say Trump Won In Iran

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The Washington Post editorial board on Wednesday warned of the dangers of declaring President Donald Trump triumphant in Iran after the pause of the escalation in tensions between the two nations.

In a new op-ed, the newspaper’s board described Trump acolytes’ boast that the president had “eliminated the architect of Iran’s foreign adventurism” (top Gen. Qassem Soleimani) while “avoiding a more damaging response” as “premature and shortsighted.”

“Iran’s strikes on U.S. interests and allies will almost certainly continue in the coming months,” the board wrote. “Unless the Trump administration quickly steps up its diplomatic game, what Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called his ultimate aim — the removal of the United States from the Middle East — could soon be realized in Iraq and Syria.”

The board noted how Trump still had to tackle the thorny issues of Iran’s nuclear program and the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. Trump announced new sanctions on Iran as he addressed the nation on Wednesday.

It suggested the president “embrace the pause in hostilities as an opportunity to begin serious negotiations with the Islamic republic.”

“There was reason for relief Wednesday that the United States and Iran had avoided a plunge into full-scale war,” the editorial concluded. “But Mr. Trump’s manifest lack of clear goals or strategy in the Middle East, combined with his readiness to launch strikes or order troop movements on impulse, is cause for continued alarm.”

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Warren, Sanders join conference call with lobby group linked to Tehran — sparking backlash

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Democratic presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders faced criticism online Wednesday for participating in a conference call with an Iranian-American advocacy group just a day after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack in Iraq aimed at U.S. military personnel.

The group was the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which critics claim lobbies in Washington on behalf of the Iranian government.

The “#NoWarWithIran Strategy Call,” hosted by MoveOn.org, another advocacy group and political action committee first organized in 1998 in response to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, also included commentary from Jamal Abdi, president of NIAC. U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, both California Democrats, and others also participated.

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Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, called Warren and Sanders “disgraceful” for participating in the call with “pro-Iran group NIAC the day after Iran bombed our military bases.”

“Whose side are the Democrat frontrunners actually on?” he asked.

“How is this conference call with Sanders/Warren/ pro-Iran lobby group NIAC, with ties to Tehran & Iranian govt (who just bombed our military bases) different than the claims they made against Trump??” another user asked. “Are they conspiring with the enemy to overthrow our govt?? Start impeachment?”

“Willingness to engage with NIAC – the Khomeini lobby in DC – should be automatic disqualification for any candidate,” another user wrote.

NIAC has been accused by other members of the Iranian-American community of working as part of a U.S.-based pro-Islamic jihad alliance. A former CIA officer alleged in a 2009 brief that NIAC was actively working to influence Democrats — in Congress and the Obama administration — to push a foreign policy that would benefit Tehran’s cleric regime. A federal judge ordered NIAC to pay more than $180,000 in 2013 after its failed defamation lawsuit against Iranian-American writer Hassan Daioleslam, who published pieces showing NIAC’s links to the regime, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the work of NIAC’s founder, Trita Parsi, was “not inconsistent with the idea that he was first and foremost an advocate for the regime.” Parsi lobbied Congress and met with Obama administration officials before the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Documents uncovered during the defamation lawsuit also showed correspondence between NIAC and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The group, meanwhile, insists it works independently from the Iranian government. According to its official website, NIAC is a “nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.”

On the call, Warren, D-Mass., and Sanders, an independent from Vermont, both slammed President Trump for what was described as his “march to war” with Iran that they claim first began in May 2018 when he announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with world powers.

Trump had signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing the U.S. from the controversial agreement signed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. He said he will be re-instituting the highest level of sanctions and warned other countries against helping the Iranian government. The deal had allowed the Iranian regime to garner up to $150 billion in cash – most of which was used to fund state-run terrorist operations, the Free Beacon reported.

The conference call came after Wednesday morning’s firing of as many as 15 ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops in a major retaliation by the rogue regime after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport last week.

Iranian efforts to killed American service members were thwarted by the military’s Early Warning Systems, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Wednesday. No U.S. casualties were reported.

“There seems to be a pause in the hostilities for now, and I hope it endures but let’s be clear – this is a crisis of Donald Trump’s making,” Warren told those who dialed in Wednesday night. “The first job of the president of the United States is to keep America safe, but this president’s reckless actions have made us far less safe.

“He started this back in 2018 when he tore up the Iran nuclear deal. Iran had agreed not to advance its nuclear program, and the international community had already certified that Iran was following the terms of the deal. Our allies wanted to stay in it but not Donald Trump.

“Instead he decided just to tear it up,” she said.

Warren also accused Trump of “tweeting threats of war crimes” when he threatened attacks on Iranian cultural sites, which she said was “not in America’s favor and it is wrong.” Trump had subsequently said he would take no action that violated international law.

Speaking later on in the hour-long call, Sanders accused Trump of telling “the same old lies” told by the Bush administration in 2002-03 that he said lead to the deaths of 4,500 “brave American soldiers,” the death of “hundreds of thousands of Iraqis” and veterans suffering from PTSD still today.

“When I think back in my lifetime to the disastrous wars, the unnecessary wars that have taken place. I think back to Vietnam where people I knew got killed, where my generation suffered so terribly – 59,000 dead, God knows how many wounded. People still sleeping out on the streets today from that war,” Sanders also said, recounting his personal history of America fighting in foreign wars oversees.

“I think the lesson is that war should be avoided in every way that we can. War is the last response, not the first response,” he continued.  “I will do everything I can to prevent this war.”

“I’ll be working to make sure that we pass a War Powers Act that makes it clear that the Constitution says that it is the Congress – not the president – who determines whether this country goes to war. And that I’m afraid Congress has forgotten about that under Republican and Democratic administrations. And we’re going to do everything we can to pass that resolution.

Sanders closed out his remarks referencing health care, climate change and homelessness – issues that he said were more deserving of U.S. investment than a potential war with Iran.

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MoveOn used the call to promote #NoWarWithIran rallies to be held Thursday across the U.S. in an effort to show public opposition against war with Iran. Both Warren and Sanders urged listeners to attend their nearest event. Move On said more than 7,000 people dialed into the call. More than 70,000 also listened to the call on Facebook Live.

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Iran says black boxes from doomed Ukrainian flight were damaged, some memory lost

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Iranian investigators on Thursday said the black boxes that belonged to the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s international airport have been damaged and some parts of their memory were lost.

The crash of the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was bound for Kiev Wednesday raised concerns about Iran’s transparency during the investigation. Iran blamed mechanical failure, but some have speculated that Tehran’s earlier missile assault on Iraqi bases housing American troops played a role.

All 176 people on board the flight died.

The plane’s black boxes were found amid the wreckage not far from Imam Khomeini International Airport but Iran is refusing to turn them over to Boeing or the National Transportation Safety Board.

IRAN REFUSES TO HAND OVER AIRLINER’S BLACK BOX: REPORT

“We will not give the black box to the manufacturer and the Americans,” Ali Abedzadeh, the head of the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, according to BBC News.

Investigators haven’t given a reason for the crash that brought down the Boeing-737 but said the pilot was attempting to steer the plane back toward the airport just before the crash.

“The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash,” Abedzadeh said, according to BBC News.

The plane exploded on impact, potentially because it was loaded with fuel for the international flight.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sent investigators to assist and said, “the priority for Ukraine is to identify the causes of the plane crash … We will surely find out the truth.”

TRUMP SAYS IRAN ‘APPEARS TO BE STANDING DOWN,’ MISSILE STRIKES RESULTED IN NO CASUALTIES

So far, there is no evidence to suggest the plane was intentionally downed.

Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the NTSB, said considering an attack should be “at the top of [investigators’] agenda,” The New York Times reported.

Ukraine’s Iranian embassy initially blamed mechanical issues but later removed their statement. They also initially ruled out terrorism or a rocket attack before backing off on that assessment.

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The Ukraine International Airlines flight, bound for Kiev, was carrying 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians – nine of which were crew members – 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British citizens, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister.

There has been some back and forth about the nationalities of those on board likely because some passengers had dual citizenship and Germany has claimed they’re not aware of any German citizens who were on the plane.

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Beer toss at Celtics-Spurs game after Kemba Walker ejection gets fan arrested, report says

A fan was arrested for throwing a beer on the court during an NBA game between the Celtics and San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night — after Boston’s Kemba Walker was controversially ejected for using back-to-back profanities.

Midway through the third quarter at TD Garden in Boston, Walker collided hard with 260-pound LaMarcus Aldridge during a screen that wasn’t called a foul by the referees. Crew chief Rodney Mott later told a reporter that Aldridge was set, so a foul wasn’t called.

Angry about what many saw as a missed call, Walker reportedly gave some harsh words to referee Evan Scott, who charged him with two technical fouls and ejected the player.

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“I thought I was being nice,” said Walker. “I thought the ref missed the call. … The rest is history.”

Boos rained down from the home crowd in the stands and a fan launched a beer that landed in front of the Spurs bench and rolled onto the court, requiring a short delay in the game so crews could clean up the mess.

Celtics spokesman Christian Megliola said the suspect was promptly located and arrested. The fan’s identity wasn’t immediately made available.

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Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) watches as referee Evan Scott charges him with a technical foul during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Boston. (Associated Press)

Celtics coach Brad Stevens apologized to San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich after the incident.

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“I told Pop after the game I’m really sorry that they had to experience that,” Stevens said. “I hope that person’s not allowed in an NBA arena again.”

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein calls own players ‘thugs,’ claims he meant to say ‘slugs’: report

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein apologized Wednesday after referring to his players as “thugs” during a film session. He reportedly told them individually he meant to use the word “slugs” instead.

The strange excuse came after the 66-year-old Beilein — in his first NBA season after a long college coaching career of more than 750 wins — told his team of mostly black players, while wrapping up the film session in Detroit, that they were no longer playing “like a bunch of thugs.”

Many of the Cavaliers players were stunned and a wave of silence fell over the team, according to ESPN. Beilein claims didn’t realize he used the term until the team’s general manager Koby Altman, reached out to him later in the day, the outlet reported.

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“I didn’t realize that I had said the word ‘thugs,’ but my staff told me later I did and so I must have said it,” Beilein said, according to ESPN. “I meant to say ‘slugs,’ as in slow-moving. We weren’t playing hard before, and now we were playing harder. I meant it as a compliment. That’s what I was trying to say. I’ve already talked to eight of my players tonight, and they are telling me that they understand.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Beilein is now collecting more information regarding what transpired during the film session on Wednesday night, the outlet reported.

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He signed a five-year contract back in May to be the head coach of the Cavs after coaching the Michigan Wolverines from 2007-2019. In his first year as head coach, he’s had issues with star player Kevin Love who was reported to have an emotional “childish” outburst at practice.

Love, 31, who was traded to the Cavs in 2014 to help the team win an NBA championship when LeBron James was steering the ship, has publically showed some frustration during games this season.

He apologized for acting like a child earlier this week.

“I wasn’t acting like a 31-year-old, I was acting like a 13-year-old,” Love said. “That was not me.”

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Beilein has also been reportedly “slow to connect” with the team’s young roster — which has seven players under 25 years old, according to the outlet. Everyone on the team is under 30 except Love.

Beilein has coached basketball for nearly 50 years, although never in the pros before his current stint with the Cavs — who are 10-27 this season.

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The team is in the midst of a five-game losing and is scheduled to take on the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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Graham’s resolution calls on Pelosi to send articles of impeachment to Senate, says trial will start next week

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News in an interview Wednesday that the Senate will take up President Trump’s impeachment trial next week shortly after he crafted a resolution that called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Sean Hannity that Pelosi’s “dam is about to crack,” and cited recent reports that show emerging fissures in her own party. Several Democratic senators have publically called on the articles to be delivered.

“You said it was urgent,” Graham said. “If you believe it to be urgent, send it to the Senate for disposition.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is one Democrat apparently growing impatient.

“The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes,” she said. “So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”

Graham said he plans to introduce the resolution Thursday. In it, he writes that Pelosi lacks “the power to effectively veto a resolution passed by a duly elected majority of the House of Representatives by refusing to transmit such a resolution to the Senate.” Graham argued that hanging onto the articles “is a flagrant violation of the separation of powers expressly outlined in the bicameral impeachment process under the Constitution of the United States.”

The House impeached Trump last month on charges that he abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrats, using as leverage $400 million in military assistance for U.S. ally as it counters Russia at its border. The funding for Ukraine was eventually released but only after Congress intervened.

Trump was also charged witn obstruction of Congress. The Senate trial will determine if the president is guilty and should be removed from office — but the GOP majority in the Senate makes that outcome unlikely.

Pelosi has voiced her concerns that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was coordinating with the White House to tilt the playing field.

Democrats sought assurances that the Senate would call certain witnesses, but McConnell made no such promise and said Tuesday that he has the votes needed to start the impeachment trial without an agreement.

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“Hats off to Mitch McConnell for playing this very well,” Graham said on “Hannity.” “We’ll take the trial up next week.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Marisa Shultz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Feinstein, Manchin join Democrats pressuring Pelosi to send impeachment articles to Senate

More Democrats are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate so a trial can get underway.

Those joining the list include Sen. Dianne Feinstein from Pelosi’s home state of California, as well as Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and independent Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats.

“The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes,” Feinstein told Politico about Pelosi’s withholding of the articles approved last month, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.”

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Manchin agreed with Feinstein that the House “should move on” and deliver the articles to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“It is time,” King said Tuesday, according to NBC News.

Pelosi has been holding on to the articles since December in an effort to get McConnell, R-Ky., to agree to certain conditions for a trial, such as allowing witnesses to testify.

“We need to get folks to testify and we need more information … but nonetheless, I’m ready,” Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said, according to Politico. “I don’t know what leverage we have. It looks like the cake is already baked.”

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​​​​​​​Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is seen in her Capitol Hill office in Washington, Feb. 11, 2015. (Associated Press)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., also said it was time.

“We are reaching a point where the articles of impeachment should be sent,” Blumenthal told reporters.

Former national security adviser John Bolton on Monday said he would be willing to testify in a Senate trial if he was subpoenaed and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said he wants to hear from him.

Still, McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to move forward with a trial without any witnesses.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has also left open the possibility that Bolton could appear before the House if the Senate doesn’t call him.

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Pelosi said she plans to hold on to the impeachment articles until she learns about how the Senate trial will proceed.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report. 

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‘The Daily Show’ Is Hiring, And It Has 2 Royally Good Candidates In Mind

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Do you have at least two years of experience as a member of a royal family? Speak impeccable English? Own a castle or manor? If this is you, “The Daily Show” encourages you to apply for an open position on their program.

Trevor Noah’s late-night program issued the “job ad” Wednesday, conveniently timed just hours after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry announced they would be stepping back from their duties in the royal family and would begin to split their time between the U.K. and the U.S. 

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they said in a statement.

Now that the duke and duchess are out of a job, how lucky for them that they seem to be ideal applicants for a newly advertised role:

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Omar claim of PTSD ‘offensive’ to US veterans, Indiana congressman says; Squad member responds

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An Indiana congressman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve spoke out on behalf of America’s military veterans Wednesday after U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, said Omar’s comments were a “disgrace,” calling the remarks “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”

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Omar had made her remarks during a news conference with other Democrats on Wednesday, at which she said she “felt ill” because of “everything that is taking place” in the Middle East — a reference to the recent U.S. tensions between the U.S. and Iran, including last week’s U.S. airstrike in Baghdad and Iran’s missile attacks early Wednesday against airbases in Iraq where U.S. service members are stationed.

“And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”

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After Banks took issue with her comments, Omar posted a reply on Twitter, making reference to her youth in war-torn Somalia. After leaving her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991, she would spend four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

“Hi Jim, I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war,” she wrote in the tweet, which was addressed to Banks but not tagged. “It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors.”

But Banks doubled down on his comments later Wednesday evening, posting a video that showed Omar and other Democrats giggling in the background as their colleague, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke to reporters about the more than 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq over the years.

“Your words and actions at today’s press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself,” Banks wrote, including a video of the news conference shared by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.

Omar posted another message about a half-hour later, elaborating that she had “lived in a war zone” and had “seen what conflict does to families and communities.”

Common Defense, a veterans group that opposes President Trump, came to Omar’s defense on social media.

“Dear @RepJimBanks…Veterans like us know that people wearing uniforms aren’t the only ones impacted by war.@Ilhan is a refugee,”  the group said. “We stand with her against hawkish elites like you.”

Others also noted that PTSD doesn’t just affect those who serve in the military.

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But some commenters came to Banks’ defense as well.

“If you aren’t familiar with Banks, he’s been with the Navy since 2012,” one Twitter user wrote, “and was deployed to Afghanistan about 6 years ago. So he knows a little something about PTSD.”

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Buck Henry, screenwriter of ‘The Graduate,’ co-creator of ‘Get Smart,’ dies at 89

Buck Henry, the Hollywood screenwriter known for “The Graduate” and “What’s Up, Doc?” and who co-created the TV comedy series “Get Smart,” died Wednesday night in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, according to reports. He was 89 years old.

Many fans also know Henry for his frequent appearances on “Saturday Night Live” during its early years. For example, Henry was the sandwich-buying customer who appeared in the “Samurai Delicatessen” sketch with the late John Belushi.

“The Graduate,” released in 1967, made a star of Dustin Hoffman and earned Henry and co-writer Calder Willingham an Oscar nomination for their film adaptation of Charles Webb’s 1963 novel.

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The film, about a young man’s struggles to adapt to adulthood, made the one-word answer, “Plastics,” a popular punchline.

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Buck Henry is seen at the Broadway opening night production of “Twelfth Night” at Belasco Theatre on Nov. 10, 2013, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Hoffman’s co-star was Anne Bancroft, whose husband Mel Brooks had collaborated with Henry in the creation of “Get Smart,” which aired from 1965-1970. It starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, a hapless, comedic version of James Bond.

In 1978, Henry earned another Oscar nomination for directing Warren Beatty in the 1978 comedy “Heaven Can Wait.”

He also wrote the screenplay for the 1995 Nicole Kidman film, “To Die For.”

He also played Dick Lemon, father of Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon, on “30 Rock,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

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Henry started his career by writing for TV hosts Steve Allen and Garry Moore in the 1960s, Deadline Hollywood reported.

His wife, Irene, was by his side when he died in Cedars-Sinai Health Center, Deadline reported.

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