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Pelosi suggests amid Trump impeachment, ‘the arts’ will help heal America

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested Thursday night that “the arts” will help unite the country as House Democrats pursue impeachment against President Trump.

During a televised town hall, Pelosi was asked how she planned on “unifying the nation” throughout the impeachment process and she began by stressing that the country “was divided” and how Trump had been “divisive” before House Democrats launched their inquiry last fall. She later added that despite existing divisions before he took office, Trump made them “much, much worse.”

After touting the 275 “bipartisan bills” she said the House passed that were “waiting” on the desk of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Pelosi stressed that the country not only had to “heal” but also to “repair” itself.

“I myself think that one of the ways that America will heal is through the arts,” Pelosi told the CNN town hall attendee. “I truly believe that’s something where we find our common ground. You enjoy music together, you see a play or movie, you laugh, you cry, you’re inspired, you laugh, you cry…”

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She went on to paraphrase poet Percy Bysshe Shelley by saying, “the greatest force for moral good is imagination.”

“Imagination, the creativity of it all, again, to share an experience in a way that puts aside your differences. Imagination, put yourself in another person’s shoes,” Pelosi continued. “I think that that plus a discussion, people talking to each other — we all have much more in common than divides us and we have to find that common ground.”

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R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to Aaliyah

R. Kelly is facing a new bribery charge allegedly related to the disgraced singer’s 1994 marriage to fellow R&B singer Aaliyah.

The new charge accused R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a “fraudulent identification document” for someone identified only as “Jane Doe” on Aug. 30, 1994, according to a superseding indictment unsealed on Thursday and obtained by Fox News.

A day later, Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time, in a secret ceremony arranged by Kelly at a hotel in Chicago. The marriage was annulled months later because of her age.

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The indictment did not mention the wedding. However, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed to Fox News that “Jane Doe” was Aaliyah and that the fake ID listing her age as 18 was to be used to obtain a marriage license.

The indictment didn’t identify the person who was paid the bribe in order to get the fake ID, except to say that the person was a public employee.

Kelly’s attorney, Douglas Anton, told The Associated Press the latest charge against his client was “ridiculous and absurd.”

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Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, worked with R. Kelly on her debut album ”Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.” She died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.

R. Kelly’s attorneys have long maintained he was unaware of Aaliyah’s age when they married.

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Aaliyah, pictured here at the MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios on June 3, 2000 in Culver City, Calif., died in a plane crash at 2001 at age 22. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage via Getty Images)

The Brooklyn prosecutors already had charged the 52-year-old singer — whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly — with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation. They alleged he and his employees and assistants picked out women and girls at concerts and groomed them for sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Kelly has been held without bond and is scheduled to stand trial in federal court in Chicago in April on child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges before facing trial in Brooklyn.

Fox News’ Marta Dhanis and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Alanis Morissette says ‘Jagged Little Pill’ was initially rejected by several record labels

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Record labels oughtta know better than to bet against Alanis Morissette.

Morissette, 45, stopped by “The Tonight Show” to talk about her upcoming Broadway show, and she revealed that her legendary album “Jagged Little Pill” was rejected by several labels before it found success.

“Is it true that no record labels were interested, they didn’t want to sign you?” host Jimmy Fallon asked.

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“No, not an uncommon thing for rejection to persevere,” Morissette said.

According to the “Ironic” singer, she had written 10 songs to “get my whistle wet” before she began getting rejected.

“When we started getting rejections, I asked everyone to stop so that I could go back under my rock and keep writing,” Morisette said. “I went back and wrote more and then once I was writing ‘All I Really Want,’ which is the last song on the record… we got a call to go meet Maverick [and] Guy Oseary, Madonna‘s label.”

Morissette said she was hesitant to go to the meeting because she was wearing sweatpants, but they told her, “Who cares? Get in the car and go.”

“So I met [Oseary] in my sweatpants and we played ‘You Oughtta Know’ and ‘Perfect’ and ‘Hand in My Pocket’ and he was very excited,” she recalled.

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Fallon, 45, then reminded the audience that the album — currently in the top 20 best-selling albums of all time, selling more than 33 million copies worldwide — was certified diamond and 16-times platinum, won four Grammys, spent 12 weeks at number one on the Hot 100 charts and produced three number one singles.

“This is like a legendary record, I love it so much,” Fallon said. “It’s so great, one of my all-time favorites.”

The two then discussed Morissette’s upcoming Broadway show, also titled “Jagged Little Pill,” which will feature music from the 1995 album.

According to Morissette, she worked for eight years to create the show, which is not autobiographical.

“It’s not a direct autobiographical story,” she explained. “It’s a story about a family, but [writer] Diablo Cody said she pulled all characters out of the songs, so in some ways, I relate to a lot of the characters in a direct way.”

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The musical, which was set to open Thursday, is only one of Morissette’s current projects, as she is also working on a new album due out in May 2020 and is preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Jagged Little Pill” with a tour alongside Liz Phair and Garbage.

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Washington Post mocked for suggesting Melania Trump could be ‘sending coded messages’

The Washington Post raised eyebrows Thursday for a column asking whether first lady Melania Trump is “sending coded messages” while serving as the presidential spouse or if “we are just talking to ourselves.”

Post columnist Monica Hesse opened her piece by addressing the upcoming unauthorized biography “Free, Melania” and acknowledged how much of the book relied largely upon other people’s accounts as well as speculation, which Hesse described as “analysis” about things ranging from the first lady’s body language to fashion choices.

According to Hesse, author Kate Bennett argued that the first lady made “intentional” fashion statements, one of which involved the memorable jacket she wore on a trip to the southern border where migrant children were being detained that read, “I really don’t care, do u?” The biography author insisted it was actually a message to Ivanka Trump, who supposedly took credit for urging her father to end the separations of migrant families.

“Is there symbolism in everything Melania Trump does, or not?” Hesse asked. “Is Melania Trump playing five-dimensional chess against the rest of her checkers-playing family, or not? Will we ever know? Does it even matter? Does your pointed commentary about the administration’s immigration policy matter, if, to understand you’ve commented at all, the American public must intimately know the shopping habits of your grown stepdaughter?”

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A Washington Post columnist suggested first lady Melania Trump may have been sending “messages” with her fashion choices. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Montage)

Hesse then asked whether “bizarrely choosing to communicate in fashion code” instead of spoken language or having “no plan at all” was the “more unsettling interpretation” of Melania Trump, later writing, “I have wondered whether Melania Trump is a genius. I have wondered whether she’s an idiot. I have wondered why I wonder about her at all.”

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“A job requirement of models is the ability to disappear: to sublimate one’s own identity into the clothing so that the shopper can picture herself wearing it instead,” the Post columnist explained. “Melania Trump’s greatest achievement has been her self-sublimation, her ability would like Melania Trump to mean something. I would like for her to mean something in the way that we would all like any of this chaotic era to mean anything, because the alternative is that we’re just living in chaos, in a country led by chaotic people.ty to let people project their own worldviews onto her. Conservatives see a classy helpmeet, bringing old-world elegance to the White House. Liberals, zeroing in on her initial New York home base and her thirsty eyes toward Justin Trudeau, proposed for a while that she might loathe her husband as much as they did.”

She continued, “I would like Melania Trump to mean something. I would like for her to mean something in the way that we would all like any of this chaotic era to mean anything, because the alternative is that we’re just living in chaos, in a country led by chaotic people… What if there was no meaning. What if we stopped inventing meaning… Free, Melania. Free us all.”

The column sparked questions of concern from many readers on social media.

“R u ok,” Washington Examiner executive editor Seth Mandel asked.

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The Daily Wire’s Jessica Fletcher similarly tweeted, “Is everyone there doing ok?”

“Always good to get the perspective of absolute lunatics,” Daily Wire contributor Harry Khachatrian quipped.

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Army-Navy game to feature throwback 1960s Navy football uniforms this year

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“Forged by history, bound by brotherhood.”

It’s that time of year again for one of the biggest American college football rivalries.

The 120th ArmyNavy game is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, in Philadelphia, and the Navy Midshipmen are looking to break the Army Black Knights’ three-year winning streak while also showcasing new uniforms.

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Navy, which leads the legendary rivalry 60-52-7, will be sporting throwback uniforms that pay homage to the Midshipmen teams of the 1960s.

“The uniforms they wore featured a traditional navy blue contrasted with brilliant gold accents, a brilliant look for some of the best teams in the nation during their respective seasons,” Under Armour said in a press release. “This era provided the appropriate inspiration needed to outfit the current Midshipmen squad for Saturday’s rivalry game.”

Under Armour and the Navy collaborated to design the uniforms, which are a tribute to halfback Joe Bellino — who passed away in March — and quarterback Roger Staubach, who both won the Heisman while at Navy in 1960 and 1963, respectively.

Once a 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound halfback for the Naval Academy, Bellino was the first player awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1960 for his exceptional performance on and off the field.

Staubach, the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner for the U.S. Naval Academy and a Hall of Fame quarterback, didn’t join the Dallas Cowboys until 1969 — five years after he was drafted — so that he could complete his required military service, including a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam.

The Army also unveiled their 1st Cavalry Division uniforms for the big game, which feature a camouflage-based helmet and jersey.

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The Midshipmen and Black Knights first met on the football field in West Point, N.Y., in 1890.

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The branches will meet on Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia, on Dec. 14. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET.

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Thailand carnival ride malfunction causes people to fall off in terrifying video

A carnival ride went terribly wrong at a fair in Thailand after a malfunction caused riders to fall off and crash onto the ground.

A one-minute video posted by CGTN on Twitter captured the terrifying incident.

Carnival goers were enjoying the “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed ride when the safety bars suddenly came loose, the Daily Mail reported. Five riders then fell off their seats and onto the steel platform, and one was even flung onto the ground outside the waiting area.

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Horrified onlookers quickly ran to the aid of the victims. The ride’s operator reportedly turned off the machine immediately.

The riders who fell are seen getting up from off the ground. One of them was a young boy who appeared to have injured his forehead.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported those who were injured to the nearest hospital.

Law enforcement ordered the ride to close down while they interviewed the owner. Local government officials will also reportedly investigate the ride.

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A carnival ride went terribly wrong at a fair in Thailand after a malfunction caused riders to fall off and crash onto the ground. (Photo: iStock)

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One onlooker said they were shocked by the incident.

“I was taking my young relatives to the fair and watching this ride because it looked so scary. I just heard people screaming at the top then they fell out when the ride came down,” said the woman, identified as Jidapa.

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“The people who fell out hit the floor very hard, but they kind of slid along the ground, too. One of the girls was crying because of the shock. One boy was thrown outside,” the woman said.

“I’m very shaken by it, too. I’ve never seen this happen before,” she added.

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Pelosi’s Leap on Impeachment: From No Go to No Choice

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi was planning to deliver back-to-back eulogies at funerals here and in South Carolina during a busy weekend of late September travel when she saw an explosive headline in The Wall Street Journal: “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine to Investigate Biden’s Son.”

For months, Ms. Pelosi had resisted calls for impeachment. It would be nearly another week before the release of a whistle-blower’s complaint detailing Mr. Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son — and days before nervous moderates told her they were ready to back an impeachment inquiry they had shunned all year.

But the news of Mr. Trump’s repeated entreaties for Ukraine to investigate a leading political rival was too much for Ms. Pelosi. The speaker’s mind was made up to embark on proceedings that could lead to the impeachment and removal of the 45th president of the United States.

Now, Ms. Pelosi has taken a substantial leap forward in an evolution that began when she assumed the speakership in January and reached a critical turning point on that Saturday in September. On Thursday, she announced she had directed her lieutenants to draft articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump.

The decision, delivered in a somber tone punctuated by unusual flashes of emotion — “Don’t mess with me,” she told a reporter who asked if she hates the president — demonstrated how thoroughly Ms. Pelosi had transformed from impeachment skeptic to impeachment warrior.

Just nine months ago, Ms. Pelosi declared flatly in an interview with The Washington Post Magazine that she was “not for impeachment” because it would be “so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path.”

“He’s just not worth it,” Ms. Pelosi added with a disdainful flourish.

Congressional Republicans have repeatedly thrown that comment back at Ms. Pelosi. On Thursday they said they thought she caved to the impeachment demands of the progressive left.

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For more than 15 years, Representative Nancy Pelosi has been a powerhouse fund-raiser for her party and a lightning rod for the right. Here’s how she’s done it.

Nancy Pelosi has led the Democrats in the House for the last 16 years. She’s been in power for the party’s highs … … and lows. “Sweeping, stunning Republican victories all across the country.” “… the president of the United States.” Now she is again Speaker of the House, and leading an impeachment battle in a big election year in 2020. “I couldn’t be more honored.” So what are the tactics that have kept her in power for so long? “Good morning.” Pelosi’s affinity for politics may be genetic. “Well, I was born into a political family in Baltimore, Md. My father was in Congress when I was born, and he was mayor my whole life from when I was in first grade to when I went away to college.” But despite being raised in political circles, Pelosi didn’t jump in right away. Instead, she moved to San Francisco with her husband in the late 1960s and raised their five children as a stay-at-home mom. But as they grew up, Pelosi decided to enter the fray. Pelosi quickly rose through the ranks of the California Democratic Party, earning a reputation as a star fund-raiser, and in 1987 she won a seat in Congress. Through the ’90s Pelosi navigated the party in Washington, becoming leader in 2003. “Thank you all very much.” Since then, she’s raised millions for the Democrats. Over the years, Pelosi has earned a reputation as a shrewd legislator, especially when it comes to corralling votes. Her tactic: rewarding loyalty with good roles and coveted assignments, and punishing those who cross her. Exhibit A: when Representative John Dingell didn’t support Pelosi for Democratic whip, she eventually backed someone else to take one of his committee seats. Pelosi has never been shy about how she feels about her leadership. “Well, I’m a master legislator. I think I’m the best person to go forward to unify. I have a strong following in the country. Thank you.” And while her confidence has likely paid off, it also provides a counter to her other public persona: Democratic bogeywoman. Pelosi’s long tenure has made her an easy target for the right. “Amy McGrath is a Nancy Pelosi liberal —” “… whose name is Conor Lamb, but in Washington he’d be one of Nancy Pelosi’s sheep.” And occasionally for the left. “I didn’t support Nancy Pelosi for any leadership position. “We need some new leadership.” But when asked, she just shrugs it off. “I think I’m worth the trouble, quite frankly.” Pelosi is no stranger to a fight or a quick retort. “Please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting.” She’s battled President Bush and recent G.O.P. leaders. “Mr. President, ‘stay the course’ is not a strategy it’s a slogan.” “Say one nice thing about Paul Ryan —” “There’s a big difference between the president and me: He has very thin skin, and I have very thick skin.” And with a challenging year ahead, there are inevitably many more fights to come. “So, help us God.”

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“I think she has lost control,” said Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas. “In March, she said it wasn’t going to be successful unless it was bipartisan, and she totally abandoned that.”

But at her weekly news conference on Thursday, Ms. Pelosi told reporters the president had given Democrats no choice: “He is the one who is dividing the country on this. We are honoring the Constitution of the United States.”

As the speaker turned to leave the lectern, James Rosen, a correspondent for the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, shouted out to ask if she hated Mr. Trump. Ms. Pelosi spun around to address him, her finger wagging, her voice quivering.

“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me,” she said sharply. “I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

People close to the speaker say that she has said privately what she often says publicly: She has never been eager to impeach the president. She worried that vulnerable moderates would lose their seats, that it would tear the country apart. And it was a distraction from the poll-tested agenda Democrats had campaigned on: lowering the cost of prescription drugs, raising the minimum wage, fighting corruption and gun violence.

“She came to where we are today with real reluctance — that was genuine,” said Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut and a close Pelosi ally. “It was fear of the division of the country and fear of re-litigating the last election.”

How Ms. Pelosi got to “where we are today” is in part the story of her sense of timing, her methodical approach to decision making and her ability to read the sensibilities and political needs of her fractious and often unruly caucus. As Washington’s most powerful Democrat, she is the only lawmaker in the Capitol who can, and routinely does, go toe to toe with the president.

On Thursday, after the speaker called Mr. Trump “a coward” during her fiery exchange with Mr. Rosen, the president fired back on Twitter, accusing Ms. Pelosi of having “a nervous fit.”

Earlier, Ms. Pelosi struck a somber tone as she announced that the House would move forward with impeachment articles. Her brief speech, delivered from a teleprompter against the backdrop of a row of six American flags in a corridor outside her office suite in the Capitol, was the speaker’s equivalent of a presidential address from the Oval Office. She chose the same spot, and the same format, when she announced the opening of the House inquiry in September, days after she saw the headline that persuaded her to move forward.

“She’s fond of quoting Thomas Paine, ‘The times have found us,’” Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview. “But they have found no one more than her. She really was made for this hour, but I think she also recognized when that hour was right for the country to go down this road to impeachment.”

Ms. Pelosi has kept a tight rein on the impeachment process. On the night before the Intelligence Committee convened its first public impeachment hearing last month, the speaker line-edited Mr. Schiff’s opening statement, suggesting that he change a word to sharpen his point.

Mr. Schiff planned to introduce Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr., the top diplomat in Ukraine who was a crucial witness, as a graduate of West Point. She changed “was” to “is,” arguing that the present tense made for a stronger credential.

“She has been very hands-on,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington and a member of the Judiciary Committee who also leads the House Progressive Caucus. “She knows exactly what’s happening or her office is involved in all of the decisions, and she works to try to find a balance where the caucus will come together.”

“Once the speaker is on board with a strategy,” Ms. Jayapal added, “she is completely on board.”

From the very day that Democrats took power in Washington in January — and even before — Ms. Pelosi has faced pressures from all sides of her caucus. On her left, Representative Rashida Tlaib, the liberal firebrand freshman from Michigan who campaigned on a vow to impeach the president, was caught on videotape using an expletive for Mr. Trump as she described her desire to oust him from office.

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‘I Don’t Hate Anyone,’ Pelosi Tells Reporter After Trump Question

Speaker Nancy Pelosi took issue with a reporter from a conservative television network who asked her if she hated the president.

“I don’t hate anybody.” Reporter: “Rep. Collins — the reason I ask —” “I was raised in a Catholic house,” we don’t hate anybody, not anybody in the world. So don’t you accuse me —” Reporter: “I did not accuse you —” “You did, you did.” Reporter: “I asked a question. Rep. Collins, yesterday, suggested that the Democrats are doing this simply because they don’t like the guy.” “That has nothing to do with it. Let me just say this —” Reporter: I think it’s an important point.” “I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our ‘Dreamers,’ of which we’re very proud. I think he’s in denial about the — about the climate crisis. However, that’s about the election. This is about the — take it up in the election. This is about the Constitution of the United States, and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office. And as a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is full — a heart full of love, and always prayed for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

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On her right, moderate first-term members like Representatives Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, both of whom won narrowly in Trump-friendly districts, wanted nothing to do with impeachment. Ms. Pelosi knew that if they lost their seats, Democrats would lose the majority — and with it, her speakership.

Even after Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, came out with his report in April detailing several instances of possible obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump, Ms. Pelosi was reticent. From her travels around the country — she is gone almost every weekend, often raising money for Democrats — she had concluded that neither the public nor her Democratic members were ready.

“What’s instructive to her?” asked Representative Anna G. Eshoo, Ms. Pelosi’s fellow California Democrat and a close friend of the speaker. “It’s the public sentiment — the quote of Abraham Lincoln which she has repeated so many times I wish I had a dime for every time she said it, that public sentiment is everything and without it, very little can be achieved.”

Despite Ms. Pelosi’s own reticence, Democrats say she has never pressured them to take a stand on impeachment one way or another. It is a point she reiterated during a rare members-only, no-aides-allowed private meeting with her rank and file on Wednesday morning.

Representative Jim Himes, Democrat of Connecticut and a member of the Intelligence Committee, recalled how he had approached Ms. Pelosi in June — long before most Democrats had embraced impeachment — to inform her he was coming out in favor of an inquiry.

“She said, ‘You know, you need to do what you think is right for your district,’” Mr. Himes said. “She has been studiously neutral until the point of, you know, September, when it became clear that what the president had done was a very serious abuse of power.”

On Sept. 20, a Friday, The Wall Street Journal came out with a report detailing how Mr. Trump, at eight separate moments during a telephone call in July, had pressed President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to work with Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, to investigate the Bidens. Soon after, The New York Times posted a similar article.

Ms. Pelosi was to deliver a eulogy for Cokie Roberts, the well-known Washington television correspondent, the next day. And on Sunday, she was to travel to Columbia, S.C., to speak at the funeral of Emily Clyburn, the wife of Representative James E. Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat.

Although Ms. Pelosi kept her own counsel, aides said that her tone changed over that weekend and it became clear that she was planning to make an announcement about impeachment. She briefly thought of doing so the next Monday morning, before flying to New York for a dinner and panel discussion on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.

But Ms. Pelosi decided to hold back; she wanted to take the pulse of her caucus one more time, and members were still back home in their districts.

That Monday evening, while Ms. Pelosi was in a holding room at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, she took a conference call with moderate Democrats, all with national security backgrounds — including Ms. Slotkin and Ms. Spanberger — who told her they had submitted an op-ed to The Washington Post calling for an impeachment inquiry.

As she flew back to Washington late that night, the speaker was seen reading the Washington Post piece on the plane. In midflight, she wrote the first draft of a speech that said Mr. Trump had “seriously violated the Constitution,” and that the House would investigate — the most consequential decision of her second speakership. She delivered it the next day.

As she told reporters on Thursday, “The facts of the Ukraine situation just changed everything.”

Carl Hulse and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting.

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Tucker Carlson: Pelosi deployed meaningless ‘cliches’ to defend Democrats’ ‘somber approach’ to impeachment

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Tucker Carlson said Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s continued support for impeaching President Trump has been a political disaster for her party, to the point Pelosi has turned to “cliches” to make her case.

Carlson referenced Pelosi’s comments, in which she invoked Founding Fathers James Madison, Gouveneur Morris and Benjamin Franklin. The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host said that the House Speaker implied that the fourth president of the United States had put his “personal seal of approval” on the Democrats’ impeachment process.

“For a brief moment, the founders of our country are useful to the left, so they are being presented as heroes,” Carlson remarked, noting that in the past, Democratic-leaning groups and Democratic politicians have rallied in support of removing statuary and other representations of figures like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

“Enjoy it while it lasts,” said Carlson, who added that Pelosi’s historical references were complemented by a “dense cluster of familiar phrases.”

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“It’s not so much an ‘argument’, as it is a ‘cliche-bomb’.”

During her afternoon remarks, Pelosi claimed America’s “democracy is what is at stake,” adding, “The president leaves us no choice but to act. He is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”

Carlson said Pelosi is essentially saying that going forward with impeachment is vital to our democracy — “In order to honor the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, we must suspend our democracy in order to preserve it.”

He added that Pelosi would’ve been “laughed off the stage” for her remarks had she made them to Democrats in the 1970s. However, Carlson said that at some point, Democrats stopped trying to win elections through persuasion and put their faith in demographics, claiming that former President Barack Obama had helped usher in an era in which Democrats supported open borders in the hope that new citizens would vote them into power perpetually.

“And then, out of nowhere, Donald Trump proved them wrong,” Carlson said. “He leaped off the front page of the New York Post and beat them in a presidential election.”

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The host added that Trump’s victory had left Democrats “shattered” and scrambling for a way to undermine the system that made his election possible.

He also rejected Pelosi’s claim that Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., have taken a “somber approach” in their capacity as House committee chairmen to the process of impeachment.

“That is what Nancy Pelosi would like you to recall from the past couple weeks, and appreciate the ‘dignity’ that that bug-eyed lunatic from Burbank [Schiff] brought to this process,” he added.

Carlson also played a clip of Nadler appearing to doze off while witnesses were being questioned Wednesday. by House Judiciary Committee member Steve Chabot, R-Ohio.

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Immigrant Rights Groups Demand Buttigieg Return Donations From Firm Linked To ICE

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A coalition of four immigrant rights groups urged 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to return more than $50,000 in donations from McKinsey & Co. employees amid reports that the consulting firm helped the Trump administration carry out its hard-line deportation policies.

The request — laid out in a letter signed by the Center for Popular Democracy Action, Make the Road Action, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Action and United We Dream Action — references a Dec. 3 report by ProPublica and The New York Times. In the article, the news organizations detail how McKinsey advised U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cut spending on food, supervision and medical care to immigrants in custody in order to save money. The company also helped ICE figure out how to accelerate deportation proceedings. 

“The reports [present] shocking and appalling evidence of complicity with the Trump Administration’s mass deportation efforts, which target our members and communities,” the groups wrote in the letter, which was first reported by The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel. “And while McKinsey claims to have ended its relationship with ICE, it continues to work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an equally abusive agency that has played a similarly devastating role towards our communities.” 

McKinsey was hired by the federal government under the Obama administration as part of a planned “transformation” at ICE. But the company was later tasked with implementing President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants when he was elected, and it recently signed a contract with Customs and Border Protection that runs through next year and is worth up to $8.4 million.

Buttigieg’s campaign responded to the criticism on Thursday, saying he was “frustrated and disappointed with some of the decisions McKinsey made since he stopped working there nearly a decade ago, and he has called the work they did with ICE ‘disgusting.’” His team said it had looked at the documents cited by ProPublica and the Times, saying it would return any donation from any McKinsey employee who worked on the immigration contracts.

“Pete is a strong defender of immigrant rights and is appreciative of the important work these organizations do,” his campaign said in a statement to HuffPost. “As a campaign that lives our values, we will not accept contributions from anyone who was involved in that project.”

The revelations sparked widespread condemnation. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who had been a 2020 presidential candidate, said McKinsey should be held accountable “for profiting from human misery” and said the company should never hold another government contract. The firm had already been linked to many ethically tenuous contracts before this week’s report, including an effort in South Africa that was ultimately determined to be illegal and deals to help advise opioid manufacturers.

Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who has seen his support skyrocket in the race for the White House, has received about $55,000 from employees and organizations affiliated with McKinsey, according to a report last month by The Wall Street Journal, more than any other Democratic candidate at the time. At the same time, the candidate has struggled to attract interest from Latino voters.

HuffPost has reached out to his campaign about its plans for the donations.

Buttigieg has faced questions over his own ties to McKinsey in recent days. The candidate worked for the consultancy for three years but has so far refused to say what exactly he did at the firm, citing a nondisclosure agreement he signed as an employee.

A campaign spokesman told HuffPost this week it had asked McKinsey to release Buttigieg from the terms of the agreement but said that “to date, they have not agreed.”

“We will continue to ask and are hopeful we can share more about his work soon,” the spokesman said.

In its letter, the immigrant rights groups urged Buttigieg to respond to the letter by the end of the day and return all of the related contributions by Dec. 12.

Read the full letter below: 

This article has been updated with a statement from Buttigieg’s campaign.

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Darlene Love blasts ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ producers for leaving her out of NBC special

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Darlene Love, best known for her hit song “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” is unhappy with NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special, which aired on Wednesday.

The singer put the producers of the annual tree lighting ceremony on blast after not being invited to perform.

“Once again I was snubbed by Brad Lachman Productions who produce the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and instead they book another artist to perform my song ‘Christmas Baby, Please Come Home’ each year,” Love, 78, said on Facebook. “Such an insult and let down!”

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Love said that she’s worked for a long time to secure her spot in the annual special.

“They book these young artists who can’t even hit the notes properly and are off-key,” she said. “Makes NO sense!! That’s my song and I’m still alive. Show me some respect! My publicist has been trying for over 10 years to lock this performance down for me and they keep saying that I’m not their demo or big enough and would only book me if Bette Midler or Bruce Springsteen would do it with me.”

This year, Love’s hit was performed by “Pitch Perfect” star Skylar Astin and “Glee” alum Alex Newell. The two are set to co-star in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” for NBC.

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“This business can be so unfair at times,” Love continued. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m TRULY blessed for what I have accomplished at 78 years of age but it’s still a constant struggle to stay relevant and convince those who control the industry that I’m worth it.”

Outside of her Christmas music, Love has released jazz, rock and pop albums, as well as appeared as Trisha Murtaugh in the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and several times on Broadway. Most recently, she starred in the Netflix original film “Holiday Rush.”

Released in 1963, “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” has been certified gold. Love performed it each year on David Letterman’s late-night talk show from 1986 to 2014.

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NBC had no comment when reached by Fox News and Brad Lachman Productions, who produced the special, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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