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Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’

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Behind Trump’s Texas Show Of Force, A Weakened President

DALLAS ― President Donald Trump brushed off impeachment concerns, railed against Democrats and promised to deliver a resounding victory in the 2020 election at a rally here Thursday attended by thousands of cheering supporters. 

A sea of red hats and shirts calling for “liberal tears” and “Trump 2020: No more bullshit” flooded downtown Dallas ahead of the rally. Thousands of supporters came, with some arriving two days early. Volunteers collected signatures for a petition demanding an end to the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. 

“They should stop the impeachment because the president is doing a great job,” said Alan Bewley, a Trump supporter who lives on a country road 90 minutes outside Dallas. 

In the speech, Trump hurled insults against leading liberal figures like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (“crazy”), former Vice President Joe Biden (“sleepy”), former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas (“very dumb”) and elected Democrats in general (“very sick”). Biden and O’Rourke are among Trump’s 2020 rivals.

“They want to impose an extreme agenda,” Trump said of the Democrats. “They cannot pass it and they cannot win it at the ballot box. They won’t come close in 2020. They know it ― they’re not going to win it… It’s going to be a landslide.” 

But behind Trump’s show of force lies lackluster polling numbers, a weakening Republican Party and uncertainty about whether the president is more of an asset or a liability for the conservative control of the country’s largest red state. 

Dallas itself is a Democratic stronghold, so Trump’s visit offered a moment for the president to connect with supporters in the surrounding suburbs and rural areas, where he remains popular. But Democrats are gaining on Republicans across Texas. They sharply narrowed the statewide gap in last year’s midterm election, led by O’Rourke’s near-miss Senate campaign. Republicans’ margin of victory in that statewide race was not the double-digit thumping they’re used to here. Sen. Ted Cruz held on to his seat in a less-than-3-percentage-point squeaker, and the power of the far-right dwindled in the Statehouse. 

O’Rourke’s campaign hinged on the use of Trump as a foil. 

“Trump is without question the worst thing that has happened to the Texas Republican Party in the last 20 years,” Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said. “He single-handedly turned Texas from a red state to a pink state.” 

Some Texas Republicans have echoed that theory behind closed doors. “With all due respect to Trump, who I love, by the way, he’s killing us in the urban-suburban districts,” Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said in a private meeting in June, according to secretly recorded audio released this week.

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Jonathan Ernst / Reuters President Donald Trump at a campaign rally Thursday in Dallas.

“The only reason Donald Trump is in Texas tonight is that he knows he will lose the state and lose this election,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “Several polls show Trump losing Texas to top Democratic contenders. Donald Trump is terrified.” 

Trump carried Texas in 2016 by 9 percentage points. But 48% of Texas voters said they definitely wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last month, compared with 35% who said they’d definitely support him. Other surveys have shown leading Democrats within the margin of error in head-to-head matches with Trump. 

Texas leaders who joined Trump, however, offered full-throated support and cast aside concerns that the state could flip as an invention of the media. 

“If they take Texas, they will take the U.S. Senate. If they take Texas, they will take the White House. But we can’t let that happen ― not on our watch,” Sen. John Cornyn said at the rally. “We know the liberals who are running against President Trump want open borders, socialized medicine. They want to bankrupt Texas with the Green New Deal.” 

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urged the crowd to boo O’Rourke repeatedly and excoriated the “progressive left” as “our enemy.” Patrick bragged that the president would draw more people to the portable toilets at his rally than O’Rourke would draw at the counter-rally in nearby Grand Prairie. 

Thursday’s rally marked Trump’s second major political event this year. He also held a major rally in El Paso back in February aimed at drumming up support for his proposed border wall and to take jabs at O’Rourke after his Senate run. He also visited in April for fundraising.

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Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano: Hosting G-7 At Trump Resort Is ‘Profound’ Emoluments Breach

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Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to host the next Group of Seven summit at his own golf resort in Miami as a “direct and profound” violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Trump has “bought himself an enormous headache now” with his choice for next year’s summit, Napolitano explained Thursday on Fox Business. “This is about as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create.” 

The emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits federal officeholders from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments. It’s designed to prevent the president from being influenced by gifts or cash from foreign entities. The Doral setup is “exactly what the emoluments clause was written to prohibit,” Napolitano said.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced the decision Thursday. He told reporters during a press briefing that the Trump National Doral is the “best place” to host the summit and dismissed concerns that the president would personally profit from the choice of venue. Mulvaney said there’s “no issue of him profiting on this in any way, shape or form,” because the event will be provided “at cost,” which would be determined by Trump’s golf resort. Critics point out that the business also will greatly benefit financially from the worldwide exposure such an event would bring.

In any case, the Constitution “does not address profits,” Napolitano noted.

“It addresses any present, as in a gift, any emolument, as in cash, of any kind whatever — I’m quoting the emoluments clause — from any king, prince or foreign state,” he emphasized.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) called the decision among the most “brazen examples yet of the president’s corruption. He is exploiting his office and making official U.S. government decisions for his personal financial gain.”

Check out what else Napolitano had to say in the video up top. 

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Furious husband chops off rapist’s penis after catching him attacking wife in the street

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A husband has chopped off a rapist’s penis after seeing him allegedly sexually assaulting his wife.

The 27-year-old spouse was on his way home in Shevchenkovo, a village in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine, when he claimed he saw the attack.

Reports say the couple were spending time with their friends at a local restaurant. At about 1 a.m. the wife left, with her husband following ten minutes later.

But as she walked near her apartment block, the 25-year-old rapist, Dmitry Ivchenko, allegedly attacked her from behind while covering her mouth.

When the victim’s husband reached the apartment block, he heard noises coming from the bushes and claimed to see Ivchenko squeezing his victim’s throat while raping her.

The furious husband then allegedly attacked the rapist and hit him on the head with a fist, before grabbing his Swiss army knife and chopping his penis off, local media report.

Attorney Dmitry Spaskin said: “The husband lost the ability to control his actions. He did not understand what he was doing.”

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The rapist’s screams woke up all the residents in the area who rushed to the scene.

The victim’s mother immediately reported Ivchenko to the police while others called an ambulance for him as he was bleeding heavily.

Mr. Spaskin said: “After the incident, the husband was in a state of shock and just walked away. He walked about 13 kilometers (eight miles) and reached a neighboring village. There he met an acquaintance and asked to drive him to a police station.”

The husband was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and put under house arrest.

He said to local media: “I cannot explain what happened to me at that moment.”

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Ivchenko was taken to Shevchenko District Hospital and underwent surgery.

Sergey Mitrakov, the head of the hospital’s surgical unit said: “The patient needs a long-lasting treatment.”

Doctors have not speculated on the chances to reattach the penis or whether it will work if it is.

Police were said to be investigating the rape allegations against Ivchenko. He is at the hospital under police surveillance now.

Prosecutor Tetiana Vasileva commented: “The rapist said that he was dumped by his girlfriend a week ago. On the day of the incident, he drank a liter of vodka. He is refusing to say more so far.”

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The female residents of the village support the husband.

Hanna Khaustova said: “Ivchenko tried to hit on me but I told him to stop. Then he said, ‘You will regret it’. I believe any girl from our village could have become his victim. I support the husband. If he had not done it the rapist would have continued to assault girls. I am sorry for the wife. She has a hard time now.”

But he could face up to eight years in prison if found guilty and the rapist Dmitry Ivchenko faces up to five years if found guilty.

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15 Times Trump and His Allies Claimed ‘No Quid Pro Quo’

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WASHINGTON — It was not the message that the White House and its supporters have been trying to hammer home in recent weeks as the impeachment investigation has intensified on Capitol Hill: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in part to pressure Kiev to pursue a politically motivated investigation into the 2016 election.

His comments — even after he issued a statement walking back his remarks — undercut weeks of denials from Mr. Trump, his aides, Republican lawmakers and the conservative news media that the president was seeking a quid pro quo in his dealings with the new Ukrainian president. Some of their statements were focused on a July 25 phone call between Mr. Trump and the president of Ukraine in which Mr. Trump repeatedly brought up his desire for investigations into political rivals. Others touched specifically on Mr. Trump’s decision in July to hold up the $391 million package of security aid to Ukraine, a development that government officials there said they only learned about at the end of August.

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“Now, all of a sudden, quid pro quo doesn’t matter because now they see, in the call, there was no quid pro quo.”
— In remarks at the White House

The New York Times also found several other instances of Mr. Trump proclaiming “no quid pro quo” on Twitter, in remarks to reporters, in news conferences and at political rallies.


oct. 3, 2019

“Contrast that with the president’s — the transcript of the president’s phone call with President Zelensky where there was no quid pro quo. There was no pressure.”
In remarks to reporters


Oct. 3, 2019

“What we do know is there was definitely no quid pro quo. I mean, it came out over and over.”
In remarks to reporters


Oct. 13, 2019

“In the Oval Office, when the president was asked about this in front of the vice premier, the president made very clear, they can do what they want. So, again, people who are trying to imply that the president is asking for things or quid pro quos, I think this is ridiculous.”
In an interview on ABC


Oct. 4, 2019

“And it’s not a difference of opinion. Any rational person looking at it, any reasonable person, can only conclude that there was no quid pro quo. There was no threat of any kind.”
— on Fox News


Sept. 28, 2019

“And as the president said, this was a perfect call. The Ukrainian president said on live TV the other day, up at the United Nations General Assembly, that he felt no pressure. And, in fact, if you read what’s there, you see what’s not there — no quid pro quo.”

In an interview on Fox News


Sept. 26, 2019

“There was no quid pro quo. There was no issue about finally getting the military assistance. And he thanked us. The Ukrainian president thanked us for our support on his anticorruption campaign.”
In an interview on Fox News


Oct. 14, 2019

“And I think a lot of these members in swing districts are hearing that, hey, you ran saying you were going to work with people to get things done and all you’re focused on is impeaching the president over a lie about quid pro quo that never even happened. What are you people doing up there?”

In an interview on Fox Business Network


Oct. 14, 2019

“President Zelensky had no idea that there was a hold on aid during the July 25th call. The readouts of the July 25th call on both the Ukraine side and the U.S. side mention nothing about a hold on aid or a quid pro quo. July 26th, the day after that phone call, Ambassador Volker met with President Zelensky. During that meeting, there was no reference to a hold on aid or a quid pro quo.”
In remarks to reporters


Oct. 13, 2019

“There was no quid pro quo in the — in the phone conversation. So, no doubt that the haters are going to hate.”
In an interview on CNN


Oct. 13, 2019

“I think that was good because a lot what the Democrats had been raising, alleging an illegal quid pro quo was not, in fact, backed up by the transcript.”
In an interview with CBS


Oct. 8, 2019

“If they would release the transcript from Ambassador Volker’s testimony and interview last week, you would see that Ambassador Volker backs up exactly what you just said. There was no quid pro quo.”
— During an interview on Fox News


Oct. 6, 2019

“Every Democratic member of the House needs to be on record: Do you agree with Nancy Pelosi that the transcript is enough to impeach President Trump? Remember when Pelosi said that the transcript would show a quid pro quo? It doesn’t.”
In an interview on Fox Business Network


Oct. 8, 2019

“But more so, what is so disgusting is the fact that the Democrats continue to try to build up this narrative on, well, there was a quid pro quo when the call — when the call happened. They just jumped the gun without facts, without being credible.”
— In an interview on Fox Business Network


Oct. 2, 2019

“Well, right. But this doesn’t have anything to do with the 2020 election and the president was very clear about that and that wasn’t in the call. What else wasn’t in the call was the quid pro quo.”
In an interview on Fox News

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Reporter’s Notebook: Rep. Elijah Cummings’ megaphone goes silent

It’s the iconic image of the 2015 riots in Baltimore: the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., striding down the streets, a bullhorn cocked in his right hand.

Baltimore was in turmoil in the spring of 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The city exploded into riots after police struggled to explain how Gray died. Twenty police officers were hurt. There were scores of fires and looting. The governor summoned the National Guard.

And so, Cummings stormed the streets of his hometown, night after night, wielding his bullhorn. The congressman beseeched people to get home and calm down.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings pleading for protestors to go home at curfew rather than risk arrest in Baltimore, on April 29, 2015. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, File)

“It’s time to go home!” implored Cummings. “Come on now. Go home!”

Cummings truly didn’t need a bullhorn to be heard. His resonant baritone often echoed off the marble corridors of the Cannon House Office Building and in the House chamber when the Maryland Democrat got revved up.

Cummings earned the megaphone thanks to a 2014 exchange with then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Issa abruptly ended a hearing with former IRS employee Lois Lerner examining whether the agency politicized the tax status of conservative organizations. Cummings was the top Democrat on the committee and was about to speak when Issa cut him off. Issa slammed the gavel on the dais and slashed his hand across his throat, ordering aides to cut Cummings’ microphone.

“We’re adjourned,” yelled Issa. “Close it down.”

Democrats howled in protest. Even Republicans asserted Issa’s conduct was repugnant. Democrats demanded that then-House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sanction Issa for his conduct.

Former Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., took notice of Cummings’ plight with Issa. Grayson sent Cummings the megaphone, along with a plaque reading, “The Gentleman Will Not Yield.” Cummings then deployed the tool to help ease the tension in Baltimore after the riots.

During the riots, the Baltimore Orioles were scheduled to play a home game at Camden Yards against the Chicago White Sox. Citing security concerns, the Orioles elected to play the game in an otherwise empty stadium. Cummings confided in me that he disagreed vehemently with the Orioles’ decision. He said the O’s should have opened up the stadium to all Baltimore schoolchildren in an effort to salve the wounds after the riots.

Notably, it was Major League Baseball which helped propel Cummings into the national spotlight.

In February 2008, the House Oversight Committee agreed to hear testimony from All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens. Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee told lawmakers he injected Clemens with human growth hormone (HGH) many times. The pitcher had asked the panel for an opportunity to try clearing his name.

“I have never taken steroids or HGH,” testified Clemens.

That’s where Cummings entered the national consciousness.

“It’s hard to believe you, sir,” boomed Cummings. “I hate to say that. You’re one of my heroes, but it’s hard to believe you!”

The clip has continued to play to this day on TV shows about doping and sports.

It’s unclear if Cummings cared much about ice hockey. But, a phenomenon in hockey helped bolster the status of the Maryland Democrat: getting the right matchup.

REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS DEAD AT 68

Hockey coaches strategize constantly to get certain defensive pairings on the ice at the same time as their opponent’s top offensive line. Republicans won control of the House in 2010 and promoted the aggressive Issa to the chairmanship of the Oversight panel. Such a scenario was seen as posing a problem for Democrats and then-President Obama. Former Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., was in line to serve as the top Democrat on the panel. But, Fox News was told at the time that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lacked confidence in Towns’ ability to defend the president and wrestle with Issa. Towns withdrew from the race. Cummings then defeated Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., to become the leading Democrat on the panel, and Issa’s sparring mate.

Former Reps, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., succeeded Issa as chairs of the Oversight Committee. Gowdy led the Benghazi Committee. Pelosi made Cummings Gowdy’s dance partner on that panel, too. And, when Democrats won the House in 2018, Republicans made sure they had a good matchup against Cummings: Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio would serve as the ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee.

Cummings patrolled the streets of Baltimore by night with his bullhorn during the spring of 2015. But, the congressman double-shifted, driving to Washington, sans sleep, to battle with Chaffetz and Gowdy. Even as Baltimore melted down, Cummings faced big challenges an hour southwest of his home. The Benghazi investigation was coming to a head. The Oversight Committee was holding major hearings over misdeeds at the Secret Service and how it was protecting President Obama. There was an investigation into how the U.S. Capitol Police allowed a gyrocopter to land on West Front of the Capitol.

There were days where Cummings would walk the streets of Baltimore at night, drive himself to Washington the next morning, go back to Baltimore in the afternoon, return to Washington for evening votes and then head back for another shift on street patrol.

Amid all of that, Cummings found himself rushing to the House floor to vote, running out of the hearing about the gyrocopter incursion. I was already aboard a car of the underground tram linking the Rayburn House Office Building with the Capitol. Exhausted, Cummings lumbered onto the trolley, stretched out his legs and leaned his head against the Plexiglas window. Cummings closed his eyes, trying to marshal a moment of shuteye for the 38-second trip to the Capitol.

It’s likely the only kind of respite Cummings got those days – a bumpy, noisy ride on a subway car snaking beneath Independence Avenue.

The House of Representatives honored Cummings on Thursday afternoon with a moment of silence.

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“He’s now with the angels, out of pain,” said Baltimore native Pelosi between tears. “I didn’t know it was this close. I thought he was coming back in a few weeks.”

“A moment of silence will not be enough to respect the life of Elijah Cummings,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. “What will be enough is if we follow his example for a lifetime.”

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Dennis Rodman on NBA-China fallout: ‘Politics with sports, it doesn’t mix’

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Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman discussed the NBA’s stance toward China in the wake of controversy over the league’s response to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong protests.

Rodman told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday that politics and sports should be kept separate.

“I just look at it — I think the NBA is a great sport around the world,” he said. “NBA players have an obligation to do one thing — it’s to play sports. I think when you put politics with sports, it doesn’t mix.”

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The 58-year-old former power forward, who played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons, told host Tucker Carlson athletes often are not well-informed on politics.

“I think that the fact when you put politics and sports [together], it seems to have a different twist on the sports world,” he said. “I think that you just got to understand that we don’t know too much about politics and I don’t want to know too much about politics.”

Carlson asked Rodman about the controversy surrounding Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who criticized a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that expressed support for the Hong Kong demonstrators.

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The former NBA star called the situation “difficult,” but described James as a very smart man who has done good charitable works.

Rodman, who has traveled to North Korea to visit with that country’s dictator leader Kim Jong Un — who he considers a friend — said many people in Asian countries love Americans and love American sports like basketball.

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“Basketball is a very universal sport,” he said.

On Tuesday, James attempted to clarify his position after his initial remarks calling Morey’s tweet “misinformed” were widely rebuked on social media.

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“We’re not politicians,” said James, perhaps the league’s most recognizable player.

The Los Angeles Times quoted James as saying that he didn’t “have a reaction” to the protests in Hong Kong and was only criticizing Morey’s statement.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Marianne Williamson rules out third party run, vows to get behind Democratic nominee

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Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson ruled out a third-party run Thursday, telling Fox News it is “very important” to her “that the Democrat win in 2020.”

“I will get behind whoever the Democrat is, of course I will. I’m running as a Democrat,” Williamson said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.” “I am a Democrat.”

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Williamson said “everyone had a bad night” at Tuesday’s fourth Democratic presidential debate and that the candidates’ lackluster performances are why she isn’t dropping out of the race.

In an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post on Wednesday, Williamson — who failed to meet the criteria to take part in the fourth-round debate — criticized the Democratic National Committee, saying political insiders are parading around a “repackaged” nominating process that she called a “faux democracy.”

On Thursday, Williamson cited America’s first president, George Washington.

“He said we’d be more concerned with their faction than with their country” and added that she feels “strongly about the power of the individual citizen,” Williamson told MacCallum. “That’s the decider in all this.”

Williamson told MacCallum there are two “political universes.”

“One is the pundits and the polls and the money and all of that, “Williamson said. “And then there’s another political universe and that’s what happens when candidates are out there in the primary states, just talking to people about our country and about what matters.”

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Williamson deflected after MacCallum asked about Bernie Sanders supporters walking out of the 2016 Democratic National Convention after Hillary Clinton’s nomination over accusations that the primary race was rigged in Clinton’s favor.

“I remember my mother used to say, ‘You have a problem with anybody in the family, you keep it in the family. Don’t talk about outside the family,'” Williamson said. “I’m here on Fox, and I know I see some things that disturb me. I wrote about it. Then I’m not going to sit here on Fox and … They’re [the Democrats] my political family.”

Fox News’ Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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Christina Hendricks, Geoffrey Arend call it quits after 10 years of marriage

After just days over a decade of marriage, actors Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend have announced they are splitting up.

In a joint statement posted to Instagram, the couple said simply, “Today we take our next step together but on separate paths. We will always be grateful for the love we’ve shared and will always work together to raise our two beautiful dogs.”

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The thespian pair married on Oct. 11, 2009.

Back in 2014, Hendricks told Health magazine that she and Arend did not want any children.

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“We got a puppy, that’s my idea of starting a family,” she said.

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Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks attend the 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party at Pacific Design Center on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

“It seems like it’s expected that you’d want to have kids,” Hendricks, 44, added. “It’s just very normal for people to say, ‘Well, when you guys have kids…’ And then when I say, ‘Actually I don’t think we’re going to do that,’ people will say, ‘Oh, you say that now…’ It doesn’t bother me, though. And, you know, there’s a small chance I could change my mind.”

Hendricks was nominated for six Emmys for the role of Joan Harris on AMC’s celebrated ’60s drama, “Mad Men.” Arend, 41, plays a supporting role in “Madam Secretary” on CBS.

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Hendricks also stars in NBC’s “Good Girls” and provided the voice of Gabby Gabby the doll in “Toy Story 4.”

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New York City lawmakers approve plan to close Rikers jail complex by 2026

New York lawmakers voted on Thursday to shutter the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect. The plan calls for moving inmates to smaller jails throughout the city.

The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex of 10 jails on an island in the East River, with four smaller more modern facilities, which would be closer to main courthouses in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other Democrats support the plan to shut down Rikers, which mainly houses inmates awaiting trial, and replace it with the smaller jails by 2026. That would end Rikers’ decades-long run as one of the world’s largest jails.

On Thursday, de Blasio tweeted, “Our city is a big step closer to closing Rikers Island — and ending the era of mass incarceration.”

“This action today means that New York City is set on a new path,” de Blasio told reporters.

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“This is a plan that is about fairness and compassion. It’s about safety. It’s about valuing every human life.”

The plan has a price tag of more than $8 billion. The operating theory behind the plan: that in an age of falling crime rates, huge jails contribute more to public safety problems than they do to solutions.

“Rikers Island is a symbol of brutality and inhumanity and it is time for us to once and for all close Rikers Island,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a Democrat who shepherded the plan through the governing body. “As a city we must do everything we can to move away from the failed policies of mass incarceration.”

Some critics say they don’t want new jails, though. Said one councilman who voted no, Carlos Menchaca, who voted no, “There is nothing in the plan that guarantees closing Rikers.”

He added, “I do not trust this mayor. Do you?”

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The vote was disrupted by anti-jail activists who threw flyers from the balcony and chanted, “If you build it they will fill it.”

City officials said a significant drop in the jail population has made it possible to close the existing complex.

Supporters of the jail overhaul have said they anticipate New York City’s jail population will keep dropping because of criminal justice reforms and several district attorneys in the city saying they are no longer prosecuting small-time marijuana possession cases.

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The Rikers Island jail complex, set against the backdrop of the New York City skyline. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Also, police officers have been encouraged to write tickets for minor offenses instead of bringing people to jail.

On the other hand, critics of the plan have said fewer cells may lead to more violent criminals on city streets.

The plan has also received some resistance from residents of neighborhoods surrounding the four new jail sites.

City Council leaders announced Tuesday that they would decrease the heights of the planned jails to win support. A prison skyscraper planned for Lower Manhattan was cut from 45 to 29 stories and City Council member Margaret Chin, a Democrat who represents the area, said the shorter jail tower “will no longer be out of scale with the neighborhood.”

Also, a proposed Brooklyn jail went from 39 to 29 stories.

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Rikers Island has housed jail inmates since the 1930s. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Rikers saw hundreds of stabbings each year and in a 2014 Associated Press investigation dozens of inmate deaths were detailed, including that of a homeless Marine vet who died in a hot cell.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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