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‘Bachelor’ alum Jade Roper Tolbert loses $1M fantasy football prize: report

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Bachelor” alum Jade Roper Tolbert and her husband have been stripped of their $1 million prize from a DraftKings daily fantasy football contest, according to a new report.

DraftKings, the company behind the “Millionaire Maker” contest for the NFL, released a statement Saturday confirming that their leaderboard for the Wild Card competition that Jade and her husband, Tanner Tolbert, entered back in January has been updated.

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“DraftKings has decided to update the standings for several contests,” they announced on their official Twitter account. “All customers affected by the updated standings will be notified directly. It is our general policy not to comment further on such matters.”

According to TMZ, the updated standings show that Jade and Tanner were, in fact, not the winners. Instead, the big prize went to a person who runs an account named Spclk.

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Jade and Tanner did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Earlier this month the former “Bachelor” hopeful reportedly entered the maximum of 150 individual lineups into the contest, but shortly after her win spurred allegations of collusion with her husband, who is widely known as a high-volume daily fantasy player.

DraftKings began investigating her victory after the ex-reality star came under fire.

Per ESPN, the couple combined submitted 300 lineups at $25 per entry into the DraftKings contest portal. Fantasy experts who tore through the Tolbert’s entries found that of their 300 entries, 298 were unique, meaning they lacked duplicate entries.

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DraftKings informed the Tolberts of their probe into whether or not their win was legitimate, and a spokesperson for the fantasy-betting site issued a statement to ESPN, saying: “We take the integrity and fairness of our contests very seriously and are looking into this matter.”

In a statement to Fox News, a company spokesperson said at the time: “The DraftKings compliance team reviews the results of all major contests to ensure they comply with our terms of use and applicable state regulations. We take the integrity and fairness of our DFS contests seriously, and prizes are not paid out until our reviews are complete.”

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Jade and Tanner told Fox News in a statement earlier this month: “We respect that DraftKings feels they must do their due diligence in regard to Jade winning their $1 million dollar prize for the fantasy contest for the NFL’s wild-card round this weekend. Though we must ponder, would the questions, accusations and curiosity about this win be the same if the winner had been male and someone who wasn’t already in the public eye? It is incredibly important for us to establish that Jade’s win is nothing more than pure luck and we are confident that DraftKings will determine the same.”

Tanner and Jade both appeared on the second season of the “Bachelor” spinoff series, “Bachelor in Paradise,” before they tied the knot in 2016.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report. 

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Woman celebrates 50-pound weight loss with pics at hotel where she felt her ‘lowest,’ goes viral

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A woman has gone viral after sharing her incredible weight loss journey.

Three years and 50 pounds lighter, Glasgow resident Emma Young, 23, took to Twitter to celebrate her journey and show off her new body.

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“Same hotel 3 years apart. [49 pounds] down,” she wrote. “Madness to see how far [I’ve] actually came[sic]. [Here we go].”

The Scottish woman shared that she took the initial picture when she felt at her “lowest” point, tipping the scales at 147 pounds in August 2016, Daily Mail reported. February of the following year, Young decided to take action and began dieting. Soon she started adding one high-intensity work out per week.

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Young started watching the weight fall off and upped her workouts. Now, she works out with a personal trainer two or three times a week, as well as does high-intensity classes and circuit training with weights.

After three years of hard work, Young decided to revisit where she felt her worst and take a new bikini snap to celebrate her weight loss victory — a celebration thousands on Twitter applauded.

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Though she has completely changed her lifestyle, Young shared that she is not “extremely strict” about her diet and credits her long-lasting weight loss to “balance.”

“If I’m good 5/6 days out of 7 then a cheat meal is allowed. You’ll be able to stick to healthy eating so much more if you allow yourself a cheat meal,” she wrote on Instagram.

As far as her recommendations to other people trying to lose weight, Young swears by taking before and after photos to track progress.

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“Best way to track your progress is 1000% by taking before and after pictures. Also helps motivate me when all I want to do in winter is eat every single bit of chocolate/crisps/pizzas/Chinese there is,” she wrote.

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The White House is reportedly worried that House Democrats will continue to dig up damaging information on Trump after the impeachment trial

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The conservative brain works this way, yes.

Conservatives are unable to view others as legitimate, independent people who hold genuine views. They have convinced themselves that their views are the only legitimate views and everyone else is a troublemaker getting in their way.

So when you hear CSPAN callers call in and say, “let’s get this thing over with, nobody cares about this” or Pompeo say “Do you really think anyone cares about Ukraine?”, they are being serious. They don’t care about Ukraine so they automatically assume no one else legitimately does either so if you just wait it out, the illegitimate troublemakers will stop mentioning it bc they dont really care.

But, we do care. We care about self-determination. We care about democracy and the benefits it brings. We care that when leaders commit wrongs, they are held accountable by congress and by fair elections. The demand for elections free from treasonous, foreign interference will never stop. People lost blood and lives to establish this democracy and we’ll be damned if a fat orange piece of shit destroys it. Fuck every authoritarian scumbag betraying our democracy in support of Trump

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Trump rates his legal team’s performance in Senate impeachment trial

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A pleased President Trump views his lawyers’ forceful two-hour defense presentation Saturday as a “mandate to end” the impeachment trial swiftly, sources familiar with Trump’s thinking told Fox News.

“The President was pleased with the presentation. He thought they did an excellent job with rebuttal on the facts,” according to sources who spoke to the president after his defense team presented their case Saturday.

Trump, who has previously said he wanted to hear from Hunter Biden and Rep. Adam Schiff at his trial, now favors avoiding calling witnesses completely that could drag the trial on for much longer.

TRUMP LEGAL TEAM GOES ON OFFENSE IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, ACCUSE DEMOCRATS OF ‘MASSIVE’ ELECTION INTERFERENCE

“Because of the effective oral arguments, he sees this as a mandate to end the impeachment process expeditiously,” sources familiar with Trump’s thinking said.

After three days of Democrats making their case on why Trump should be impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Trump’s legal team got their chance Saturday to address senators. The offered a swift 2-hour takedown of the Democrats’ case and will present more when the Senate resumes on Monday at 1 pm.

While the White House team “feels like everything went really well,” the trick will be “to carry the momentum into Monday and not have any missteps on the Sunday shows,” sources familiar with Trump’s thinking said.

Trump’s lawyers went on offense Saturday, accusing Democrats of “massive” voter inference by trying to remove the president from office and the 2020 ballot just months before voters could decide for themselves.

Trump was happy his lawyers were “calling out” the Democratic managers for cherry-picking facts and videos in their nearly 24-hour presentation. He was “very, very encouraged” to hear his lawyers deliver factual rebuttals to the presentations made by Schiff, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and other House managers.

The president was especially impressed with deputy counsel Mike Purpura who did “an incredible job,” sources told Fox News.

At the heart of the case is Trump’s effort to convince Ukraine to launch investigations of Democrats, while his administration withheld military aid. Trump denies wrongdoing, while Democrats allege he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress by blocking their investigation.

TRUMP’S SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: GOP LEADERSHIP TRIES TO AVOID DEFECTIONS ON POSSIBLE WITNESS VOTE

Purpura kicked off his speech Saturday by playing video of Schiff reading a “fake” transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. He also called out Democrats for omitting favorable witness testimony from their presentation.

Purpura tackled the foundation of the Democrats’ case head on. He argued there can be no quid-pro-quo because Trump never tied security assistance to investigations in the phone call.

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He told senators Zelensky didn’t feel pressure to investigate the Bidens and the Ukrainian leaders didn’t even know there was a pause on aid until after the call in August. No witnesses testified they heard Trump personally link nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine or a White House meeting to the investigations of Democrats, he said.

“The president did absolutely nothing wrong,” Purpura said.

Another vote on witnesses is expected next week after Trump’s defense team finishes its arguments and senators complete 16 hours of questioning to both sides.

Democrats will need the support of four GOP senators to allow new documents and witnesses into evidence. Meanwhile, GOP leaders are actively working to avoid defections in their ranks, so the trial can conclude.

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Tape Made Public of Trump Discussing Ukraine With Donors

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WASHINGTON — For an hour one evening in 2018, President Trump sat around a table in a private room in his Washington hotel with a group of donors, including two men at the center of the impeachment inquiry, talking about golf, trade, politics — and removing the United States ambassador to Ukraine.

The conversation, captured on a recording made public Saturday, contradicted Mr. Trump’s repeated statements that he does not know the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who went on to work with the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to carry out a pressure campaign on Ukraine.

The hourlong recording — a video shot on Mr. Fruman’s phone during the dinner in April 2018 — confirmed Mr. Parnas’s account of having raised with Mr. Trump criticisms of the ambassador to Kyiv at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and the president’s immediate order that Ms. Yovanovitch should be removed from the post.

“Get rid of her,” Mr. Trump can be heard responding.

The recording was made public by Mr. Parnas’s lawyer, Joseph A. Bondy, hours after the president’s lawyers began presenting their defense in the impeachment trial and as Democrats looked for leverage to persuade Republicans to support their calls to expand the inquiry by calling new witnesses.

Mr. Bondy said it was being released in “an effort to provide clarity to the American people and the Senate as to the need to conduct a fair trial, with witnesses and evidence.”

In the recording, Mr. Parnas, who is the more talkative of the two, broached an energy deal the two were pursuing in Ukraine, and then went on to discuss several themes that became central to the pressure campaign. He claimed that Ms. Yovanovitch had been disparaging Mr. Trump, that the Ukrainians “were supporting the Clintons all these years” and even mentions in passing the family of the former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The recording does not appear to introduce substantive new information about the effort to oust Ms. Yovanovitch.

But it does seem to shed light on the origins of Mr. Trump’s interest in the issue, and to foreshadow his administration’s withholding of military assistance from the country as part of the pressure campaign. It hints at the motivations of Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, who had come to believe that Ms. Yovanovitch was opposed to their business plans in Ukraine, where they had tried to break into the natural gas market, according to associates of the two men, both of whom are Soviet-born American citizens.

And it provides a glimpse of something rarely seen: top-tier political donors getting a chance in an intimate setting to share their views with the president and press their agendas with him.

Democrats are seeking Mr. Trump’s removal from office on the grounds that he abused his power pressing Ukraine to investigate targets of the president, including Mr. Biden and his family. Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman worked closely with Mr. Giuliani in seeking information and making contacts in Ukraine in support of the effort.

For most of the recording, the camera is pointed at the ceiling. But in its early moments it shows Mr. Trump as he enters the private room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on April 30, 2018.

The existence, and some of the conversation in the recording, was first reported by ABC News on Friday.

In the full recording released on Saturday, Mr. Parnas can be heard telling Mr. Trump that he and Mr. Fruman “are in the process of purchasing an energy company in Ukraine right now.”

Mr. Trump responds “How’s Ukraine doing?” then quickly adds “don’t answer,” prompting laughter in the room.

After some conversation about Ukraine’s war with its hostile neighbor, Russia, and its efforts to establish energy security, Mr. Trump asked, “How long would they last in a fight with Russia?”

“I don’t think very long,” Mr. Parnas responded. “Without us, not very long.”

Mr. Parnas continued by saying that “the biggest problem is corruption there,” and later added Ms. Yovanovitch, though not by name, to a list of issues Mr. Trump should address in Ukraine.

“The biggest problem there, I think, where we, where you, need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador,” he said. “She’s basically walking around telling everybody, ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.’”

Mr. Trump asked for the ambassador’s name. Mr. Parnas said, “I don’t remember.” Mr. Trump then said: “Get rid of her. Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. O.K.? Do it.”

Those comments were directed at one of Mr. Trump’s aides who was in the room at the time, Mr. Parnas has previously said. There was some laughter in the room at his remarks.

Ms. Yovanovitch remained in her job for another year after Mr. Trump’s remarks until she was recalled on the White House’s orders, according to testimony in the impeachment inquiry. It is not clear whether the president changed his mind, forgot about his order or was talked out of dismissing her.

At the beginning of the video, the person holding it walks around the private suite filming chatter between the guests, who include Jack Nicklaus III, the grandson and namesake of the legendary golfer, and Barry Zekelman, a Canadian billionaire whose business is mostly in the United States.

At one point, Mr. Fruman is warned by the voice of someone who appears to be an organizer “some people may not want their pictures taken. Just be aware of that.”

Later, Mr. Trump tells attendees, “This is all sort of, like, off the record, right?”

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Andrew McCarthy: Trump impeachment trial should let him justify why he wanted Bidens investigated

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When you get to court, though, you are horrified to learn that the judge is excluding your defense. The prosecutors peremptorily assert that it’s all a big lie. The judge doesn’t want to hear your constitutional claims about the rights to present a defense and call witnesses; your motion to subpoena evidence is denied.

Then, at the trial, not only do the prosecutors establish that you planned to take millions from the bank; they tell the jury there was not a shred of evidence that you had any legitimate collateral or business investment prospects. The whole thing, they insist, was a scam.

That is, they stop you from presenting your defense, and then they argue that you should be convicted because you have no defense.

TRUMP LEGAL TEAM GOES ON OFFENSE IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, ACCUSE DEMOCRATS OF ‘MASSIVE’ ELECTION INTERFERENCE

It sounds like something out of Kafka. It would never be tolerated in the U.S. judicial system: no competent judge would bar an accused from attempting to prove his defense; and if one did, any conviction would be reversed on appeal.

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It would not matter whether the prosecutor’s proof was convincing; having one’s day in court means having an opportunity to present any exculpatory evidence.

Yet, what I’ve just described is essentially what House Democrats have done to President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial on the matter of the Bidens and Burisma.

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One of the most effective summations in the House impeachment managers’ presentation to the Senate on Thursday was given by Representative Sylvia Garcia, a freshman Democrat from Texas who used to be the presiding judge in Houston’s municipal court system.

Garcia took direct aim at claims about suspected Biden self-dealing in Ukraine that have been advanced by President Trump and his defenders, particularly House Republicans and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s private lawyer.

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Full video released of Trump discussing Ukraine ambassador’s ouster: Watch the tape

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Fox News has obtained the full video of an April 2018 meeting where President Trump told associates that he wanted then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired.

“Get rid of her. Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it,” Trump is heard saying.

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ABC News first reported on the recording, made during a meeting at the Trump International Hotel in Washington that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman – former Rudy Giuliani associates who have since been indicted. Parts of the audio were previously aired on ABC News, but Fox News is posting the full video here.

Parnas attorney Joseph Bondy provided the tape.

“Given its importance to the national interest, we decided to release this recording in a manner intended to ensure equal public access, and in an effort to provide clarity to the American people and the Senate as to the need to conduct a fair trial, with witnesses and evidence,” Bondy said in a statement to Fox News.

In the tape, Fruman and Parnas tell Trump that Yovanovitch — who was recalled from her position in May 2019 — had been speaking negatively about him. It is then that Trump calls for her ouster.

“The biggest problem, where you need to start is we got to get rid of the ambassador, she’s still left over from the Clinton administration,” Parnas says. “She’s basically walking around telling everyone ‘wait, he’s going to get impeached.'”

Shortly afterward, Trump says to “get rid of her.”

The original report had raised new questions about the lengths to which the administration went to pursue Yovanovitch’s removal.

When the report first came out, one source familiar with the recording told Fox News that the context of the conversation was not being accurately reflected, questioning how serious the president was in the tape and also noting that the ambassador served more than a year after that conversation. It is unclear from the tape alone how serious Trump was at that moment in the meeting — Ukraine was only discussed for a few minutes.

During that discussion, Trump is also heard complaining that the U.S., as opposed to European allies like Germany, has to shoulder the burden of supporting Ukraine.

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After ABC initially reported on the tape, the Trump administration downplayed its significance.

“Every president in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his administration,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to Fox News on Friday.

Asked about the report on Friday, Trump told “The Ingraham Angle’s” Raymond Arroyo that he was not relying on Parnas to get rid of Yovanovitch while acknowledging: “I am not a fan of that ambassador.”

“I want ambassadors that are chosen by me. I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors,” Trump said.

Yovanovitch’s ouster was one of several events that became central to the House impeachment push, as Democrats linked her ouster to what they say was a pressure campaign to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.

The full tape shows Trump discussing everything from trade to golf to pot legalization. On Ukraine, he expresses surprise that Ukraine has oil, and asks how long they can last without U.S. support.

“Not long,” one of the participants says, before saying that Russia “talks a big game.”

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The House approved two articles of impeachment last month, pertaining to Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine while withholding U.S. aid. The Senate impeachment trial began this past week, with Democratic House managers making their case to lawmakers that the president should be removed from office.

On Saturday, Trump’s defense team began to make their case, arguing that Trump had done nothing wrong and calling for his acquittal.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Tape Made Public of Trump Discussing Ukraine With Donors

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WASHINGTON — For an hour one evening in 2018, President Trump sat around a table in a private room in his Washington hotel with a group of donors, including two men at the center of the impeachment inquiry, talking about golf, trade, politics — and removing the United States ambassador to Ukraine.

The conversation, captured on a recording made public Saturday, contradicted Mr. Trump’s repeated statements that he does not know the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who went on to work with the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to carry out a pressure campaign on Ukraine.

The hourlong recording — a video shot on Mr. Fruman’s phone during the dinner in April 2018 — confirmed Mr. Parnas’s account of having raised with Mr. Trump criticisms of the ambassador to Kyiv at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and the president’s immediate order that Ms. Yovanovitch should be removed from the post.

“Get rid of her,” Mr. Trump can be heard responding.

The recording was made public by Mr. Parnas’s lawyer, Joseph A. Bondy, hours after the president’s lawyers began presenting their defense in the impeachment trial and as Democrats looked for leverage to persuade Republicans to support their calls to expand the inquiry by calling new witnesses.

Mr. Bondy said it was being released in “an effort to provide clarity to the American people and the Senate as to the need to conduct a fair trial, with witnesses and evidence.”

In the recording, Mr. Parnas, who is the more talkative of the two, broached an energy deal the two were pursuing in Ukraine, and then went on to discuss several themes that became central to the pressure campaign. He claimed that Ms. Yovanovitch had been disparaging Mr. Trump, that the Ukrainians “were supporting the Clintons all these years” and even mentions in passing the family of the former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The recording does not appear to introduce substantive new information about the effort to oust Ms. Yovanovitch.

But it does seem to shed light on the origins of Mr. Trump’s interest in the issue, and to foreshadow his administration’s withholding of military assistance from the country as part of the pressure campaign. It hints at the motivations of Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, who had come to believe that Ms. Yovanovitch was opposed to their business plans in Ukraine, where they had tried to break into the natural gas market, according to associates of the two men, both of whom are Soviet-born American citizens.

And it provides a glimpse of something rarely seen: top-tier political donors getting a chance in an intimate setting to share their views with the president and press their agendas with him.

Democrats are seeking Mr. Trump’s removal from office on the grounds that he abused his power pressing Ukraine to investigate targets of the president, including Mr. Biden and his family. Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman worked closely with Mr. Giuliani in seeking information and making contacts in Ukraine in support of the effort.

For most of the recording, the camera is pointed at the ceiling. But in its early moments it shows Mr. Trump as he enters the private room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on April 30, 2018.

The existence, and some of the conversation in the recording, was first reported by ABC News on Friday.

In the full recording released on Saturday, Mr. Parnas can be heard telling Mr. Trump that he and Mr. Fruman “are in the process of purchasing an energy company in Ukraine right now.”

Mr. Trump responds “How’s Ukraine doing?” then quickly adds “don’t answer,” prompting laughter in the room.

After some conversation about Ukraine’s war with its hostile neighbor, Russia, and its efforts to establish energy security, Mr. Trump asked, “How long would they last in a fight with Russia?”

“I don’t think very long,” Mr. Parnas responded. “Without us, not very long.”

Mr. Parnas continued by saying that “the biggest problem is corruption there,” and later added Ms. Yovanovitch, though not by name, to list of issues Mr. Trump should address in Ukraine.

“The biggest problem there, I think, where we, where you, need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador,” he said. “She’s basically walking around telling everybody, ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait.’”

Mr. Trump asked for the ambassador’s name. Mr. Parnas said, “I don’t remember.” Mr. Trump then said: “Get rid of her. Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. O.K.? Do it.”

Those comments were directed at one of Mr. Trump’s aides who was in the room at the time, Mr. Parnas has previously said. There was some laughter in the room at his remarks.

Ms. Yovanovitch remained in her job for another year after Mr. Trump’s remarks until she was recalled on the White House’s orders, according to testimony in the impeachment inquiry. It is not clear whether the president changed his mind, forgot about his order or was talked out of dismissing her.

At the beginning of the video, the person holding it walks around the private suite filming chatter between the guests, who include Jack Nicklaus III, the grandson and namesake of the legendary golfer, and Barry Zekelman, a Canadian billionaire whose business is mostly in the United States.

At one point, Mr. Fruman is warned by the voice of someone who appears to be an organizer “some people may not want their pictures taken. Just be aware of that.”

Later, Mr. Trump tells attendees, “This is all sort of, like, off the record, right?”

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Trump admin threatens to revoke federal funding from California over abortion coverage mandate

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The Health and Human Services Department warned California on Friday that it would cut off some of its federal funding if it continued mandating universal abortion coverage, arguing that doing so violated the conscience rights of all Americans.

News of the violation notice came on the same day as the March for Life rally, where President Trump made history by becoming the first president to attend the annual gathering of pro-life activists.

“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said in a press release.

Roger Severino, who leads the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), denounced California for “forcing people of goodwill to subsidize the taking of human life.” According to HHS, more than 28,000 people in the state were unable to access plans that didn’t cover elective abortions.

HHS argued that the state violated the Weldon Amendment, which blocks federal funding for states that discriminate against providers who refuse to cover abortion. The issue arose after a Catholic order of religious sisters and a nonprofit Christian church complained about the alleged violations.

“With this Notice,” the department said, “OCR requests that California inform OCR, within thirty days, whether California will continue to enforce its requirement that all health plans cover elective abortions, or whether it will agree to take corrective action and remedy the effect of its discriminatory conduct.”

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“No one in America should be forced to pay for or cover other people’s abortions,” Severino said. The administration previously came under fire after OCR expanded protections for doctors who held “conscience” objections to performing abortions and other procedures.

According to Politico, California politicians pledged to defy the administration’s decision.

“The Trump administration would rather rile up its base to score cheap political points and risk access to care for millions than do what’s right,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “California will continue to protect a woman’s right to choose, and we won’t back down from defending reproductive freedom for everybody — full stop.”

Attorney General Xavier Becerra similarly tweeted that the state would fight the decision “by any means necessary.”

“Make no mistake, this attack on California is just one more attempt to chip away at reproductive rights and access to abortion,” he said.

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The controversy was just the latest move by Trump that positioned him as a warrior on the abortion issue. Prior to the March for Life, Trump flouted the legacy of Roe v. Wade by using its anniversary to institute a National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

Trump’s campaign also launched a coalition this week that’s dedicated to galvanizing pro-life voters toward supporting his reelection.

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Watch The Full Video Of Trump Ordering For Marie Yovanovitch’s Ouster

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A full, 80-minute video of President Donald Trump calling for the ambassador of Ukraine to be booted out of her post was released by PBS News on Saturday.

A portion of the recording shows Trump in frame of the video, which was filmed at a private dinner in April 2018. The recording also picked up Trump telling his associates to “get rid” of then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, adding that they needed to “take her out.”

ABC News and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on excerpts of the recording on Friday.

Watch the full recording here:

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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