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Andrew McCabe, Trump Critic And Former FBI No. 2, Likely To Face Criminal Charges

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Former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe will likely soon face federal criminal charges for allegedly misleading Justice Department investigators who were probing the leak of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 campaign.

McCabe’s legal team received notice from a top Justice Department official indicating that the office had rejected their appeal of the decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia to move forward with the case, according to a person familiar with the matter. McCabe’s team had asked DOJ’s principal deputy attorney general to veto the D.C. office’s decision to indict. USA Today first reported on the news Thursday.

McCabe filed suit last month over his 2018 dismissal, which came hours ahead of his planned retirement. President Donald Trump had targeted McCabe, a Republican, in part due to his wife’s run for office as a Democratic candidate. McCabe went on to write a book about his experiences in the FBI, and recently joined CNN as a commentator.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Shares Exciting News About A ‘Girlfriends’ Cast Reunion

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Fans of the 2000s series “Girlfriends” are celebrating after one of its former stars, Tracee Ellis Ross, shared a nostalgia-inducing reunion post on Thursday. 

Ross, who starred as Joan in the series, shared a video on Instagram showing her next to her former co-stars: Golden Brooks, who played Maya; Jill Marie Jones, who played Toni; and Pershia White, who played Lynn. 

The former cast members of the iconic show, celebrated for its portrayal of Black women and sisterhood, will appear together in an upcoming episode of “Black-ish,” in which Ross stars as Rainbow. “Girlfriends” aired from 2000 to 2008.

“So we have an extra special episode of ‘Black-ish,’ and it’s a feminist episode, and I brought in some backup from some of my girlfriends,” Ross said in the video with her “Girlfriends” cast on Instagram Thursday. 

The “Girlfriends” cast members will appear in an episode slated to air on Oct. 8, Ross wrote in a caption for the post. The actor also noted that the group hasn’t been on camera together since 2006.

“These are women I grew up with and love deeply and it was easy tap back into the magic of our chemistry and how much we love each other,” she continued. “It was giggles on top of giggles on top of giggles. ‘Girlfriends’ ran for 8 years and was important to so many people.”

Ross added that having her “Girlfriends” cast on “Black-ish” was “surreal.” 

Jones reposted Ross’ video on her Instagram account on Thursday, writing “Reunited … and it feels SO GOOD.”

Fans also joined in on the celebration. “This is my actual heaven,” one Instagram user wrote.

“Omg iconic!!!!!” wrote another. 

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El Paso Shooting Suspect Indicted On Capital Murder Charge

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An El Paso County Grand Jury has indicted Patrick Crusius, who is now charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting deaths of 22 people at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Aug. 3. John Locher/AP hide caption

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An El Paso County Grand Jury has indicted Patrick Crusius, who is now charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting deaths of 22 people at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Aug. 3.

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The 21-year-old white man accused of gunning down 22 people and wounded dozens of others at a Texas Walmart was formally indicted on a capital murder charge Thursday.

A grand jury in El Paso County indicted Patrick Crusius in connection with the mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart on Aug. 3, according to a statement from the El Paso District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Jamie Esparza said on Aug. 4 that he planned to seek the death penalty.

The suspect surrendered to law enforcement as he was driving away from the bloodbath, saying, “I’m the shooter.”

He has since been held without bond and placed on suicide watch at the El Paso County Detention Facility, where authorities say he has been cooperating with the investigation.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Crusius confessed that he planned the rampage and drove nearly 10 hours from his home in the Dallas suburb of Allen to the border city with the intention of targeting Mexicans.

The 22 victims ranged in age from 15 to 90. Thirteen are listed as U.S. citizens; eight are Mexican nationals. One is German.

Authorities believe Crusius is the author of a 2,300-word, anti-Hispanic screed that was published to an online message board about 20 minutes before the mass shooting. The four-page posting talked about a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

If officials conclude that he indeed wrote the manifesto, it could also prompt federal hate crime charges.

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Liz Cheney accuses Rand Paul of putting terrorists ‘first’ after he says she’s ‘warmongering’

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Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s resignation has resurfaced tensions between perceived isolationists and war hawks in the Republican Party.

That became apparent Thursday as House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., known for her hawkish foreign policy, traded deeply personal barbs with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a noninterventionist who has fiercely criticized her father’s role in going to war in Iraq.

Paul on Wednesday tweeted an op-ed accusing Cheney of pressuring Trump into “endless war.” On Thursday, he followed up with a tweet accusing Cheney of “pro-Bolton blather” and praising Trump for rebuffing her interest in endless wars.

“Hi @Liz_Cheney, President @realDonaldTrump hears all your NeverTrump warmongering. We all see your pro-Bolton blather. I’m just grateful for a president who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars,” Paul tweeted.

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Cheney fired back by blasting Paul as a “big loser” and retweeting a 2015 post in which Trump likened Paul to a “spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.”

She added that Paul’s motto seemed to be: “Terrorists First, America Second.”

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Paul was a fierce critic of  Trump, who attempted to humiliate the senator on the debate stage.

“Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage. He’s No. 11, he’s got 1 percent in the polls. I don’t know how he got up here. There are far too many people up here anyways,” Trump said during a primary debate in California.

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Since Trump’s election, Paul and Trump have grown closer, with the Kentucky senator praising his views on foreign policy. When Trump announced Bolton’s departure on Tuesday, Paul celebrated the decision. “The chances of a war worldwide go greatly down,” he said.

Paul later responded to Cheney by tweeting an article about Trump criticizing the Bush administration’s foreign policy as a 2016 candidate.

“Hey ⁦@Liz_Cheney⁩ I feel like you might just be mad still about when Candidate Trump shredded your Dad’s failed foreign policy and endless wars,” he said.

Cheney’s father is Dick Cheney, George W. Bush’s vice president.

“Weird. I don’t see you on stage here, @RandPaul,” Cheney jabbed in response. “Oh, right. My bad – you had already lost. #weirdRand.”

As Liz Cheney and Paul exchanged blows on Twitter, Trump claimed that he was more aggressive on foreign policy than Bolton, a perceived hawk.

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“My views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!” he said.

His tweet followed suspicions that Bolton’s foreign policy was too aggressive for Trump, who, during his campaign, promised to return troops from the Middle East.

In explaining Bolton’s departure, Trump claimed multiple people in the administration disagreed with the former national security adviser’s suggestions. It’s unclear which foreign policy issues Trump was referencing, but his Thursday tweet made clear that he saw himself as stronger than Bolton on issues involving both Cuba and Venezuela.

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He included a tweet from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who said that Trump told him that many people got his relationship with Bolton wrong.

“As he reminded me it’s actually the DIRECT OPPOSITE of what many claim or assume If in fact the direction of policy changes it won’t be to make it weaker,” Rubio said.

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Varney on media coverage of Trump’s economy ‘Ignore them all, they’ll never get over Hillary’s loss’

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney accused the mainstream media of “ignoring” economic news that reflects positively on President Trump in an apparent attempt to undermine his reelection prospects.

“The media ignores any item of news that could be considered good news for America. They really are the opposition party, opposition that is, to President Trump,” said Varney on his Fox Nation show “My Take.”

Varney said the mainstream media’s failure to report positively on Trump, specifically the progress the stock market has made under his administration, is driven by a clear motive.

“Nothing that might help his reelection can be recorded,” said Varney. “Case in point, the stock markets march to almost record-highs — we’re almost there again, and there’s barely a word about it. What a rotten performance. They’re just not doing their job,” he said sarcastically.

Several factors unfolded between the close of U.S. stock markets on Wednesday and the open on Thursday, causing the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to reach near record highs on Thursday.

An improvement in the stock market would benefit all Americans, said Varney, especially those who keep their pensions and life insurance in stocks. Almost three-quarters of the value of the entire stock market is owned by people over 55, he explained.

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“You have rarely seen much about that in the media and the reason is obvious…it is Trump, but the media just can’t give him credit,” declared Varney.

Varney also accused the media of “eagerly and gleefully” reporting on a possible economic downturn last month, which lead to speculation that a recession was close.

Trump reportedly suggested to aides that the Federal Reserve Bank, the media, and other countries were behind the recession rumors, and were trying to target him, according to The New York Times.

Stocks plummeted last month after the U.S. bond market fired off a warning sign with an inverted yield curve, which reflects long-term interest rates on bonds dropping below short-term interest rates. An inversion of the yield curve indicates hesitation from bondholders by the prospects of short-term bonds and are instead putting their money into long-term bonds.

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“The media talked it up. They became instant experts on the yield curve inversion,” said Varney.  “Now, They’ve moved on…it is truly laughable. Ignore them all, they’ll never get over Hillary’s loss.”

“Instead,” he continued, “look at what’s going on, poverty declining, extraordinary employment gains by women and minorities, and yes —  the icing on the cake — record highs for the stocks that fund your retirement.”

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Andrew McCabe, Trump Critic And Former FBI No. 2, Likely To Face Criminal Charges

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Former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe will likely soon face federal criminal charges for allegedly misleading Justice Department investigators who were probing the leak of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 campaign.

McCabe’s legal team received notice from a top Justice Department official indicating that the office had rejected their appeal of the decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia to move forward with the case, according to a person familiar with the matter. McCabe’s team had asked DOJ’s principal deputy attorney general to veto the D.C. office’s decision to indict. USA Today first reported on the news Thursday.

McCabe filed suit last month over his 2018 dismissal, which came hours ahead of his planned retirement. President Donald Trump had targeted McCabe, a Republican, in part due to his wife’s run for office as a Democratic candidate. McCabe went on to write a book about his experiences in the FBI, and recently joined CNN as a commentator.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Trump Administration to Roll Back Clean Water Protections

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water.

The rollback of the 2015 measure, known as the Waters of the United States rule, adds to a lengthy list of environmental rules that the administration has worked to weaken or undo over the past two and a half years. Those efforts have focused heavily on eliminating restrictions on fossil fuel pollution, including coal-fired power plants, automobile tailpipes, and oil and gas leaks, but have also touched on asbestos and pesticides.

The repeal of the water rule has implications far beyond the pollution that will now be allowed to flow freely into streams and wetlands from farms, mines and factories. With Thursday’s announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to establish a stricter legal definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, a precedent that could make it difficult for future administrations to take actions to protect waterways.

Weakening the rule had been a central campaign pledge for President Trump, who characterized it as federal overreach that impinged on the rights of farmers, rural landowners and real estate developers to use their properties as they see fit. Mr. Trump signed an executive order in the early days of his presidency directing federal agencies to begin the work of repealing and replacing it.

“Today’s final rule puts an end to an egregious power-grab,” Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the E.P.A. said Thursday in a news conference to announce the repeal, which is expected to take effect in a matter of weeks.

Patrick Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at the University of Vermont, said that, for conservative states and leaders who hold the view that the Clean Water Act has been burdensome for farmers and industry, “this is an opportunity to really drive a stake through the heart of federal water protection.”

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Agricultural groups, an important political constituency for Mr. Trump, praised the repeal of a regulation that they said had restricted how farmers could use their land.

“The rule that was developed in 2015 was a significant overreach,” said Don Parrish, director of regulatory relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, which has lobbied for the repeal and replacement of the rule. “It overstepped the limit of protecting clean water and tried to regulate land use. It created liabilities that can end up putting farmers in jail.” He was referring to actions like using pesticides, he said.

But environmentalists assailed the repeal. “With many of our cities and towns living with unsafe drinking water, now is not the time to cut back on clean water enforcement,” said Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

The Obama rule, developed under the authority of the 1972 Clean Water Act, was designed to limit pollution in about 60 percent of the nation’s bodies of water, protecting sources of drinking water for about one-third of the United States. It extended existing federal authority to limit pollution in large bodies of water, like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound, to smaller bodies that drain into them, such as tributaries, streams and wetlands.

Under the rule, farmers using land near streams and wetlands were restricted from doing certain kinds of plowing and from planting certain crops, and would have been required to obtain E.P.A. permits in order to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers that could have run off into those bodies of water. Those restrictions will now be lifted.

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The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, which had worked together to write the original Obama rule, are expected to issue a new, looser replacement rule by the end of this year. It is expected that the new rule, still being developed, will retain federal protections for larger bodies of water, the rivers that drain into them and wetlands that are directly adjacent to those bodies of water.

But it will quite likely strip away protections of so-called ephemeral streams, in which water runs only during or after rainfalls, and of wetlands that are not adjacent to major bodies of water or connected to such bodies of water by a surface channel of water. Those changes would represent a victory for farmers and rural landowners who lobbied the Trump administration aggressively to make them.

Lawyers said the interim period between the completion of the legal repeal of the Obama rule and the implementation of the new Trump rule this year could be one of regulatory chaos for farmers and landowners, however.

“The Obama clean water rule had very clear lines defining which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act, versus which waters are not, while repealing the rule means replacing those lines with case-by-case calls,” said Blan Holman, an expert on water regulations with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“This will be very unpredictable,” Mr. Holman said. “They are imposing a chaotic case-by-case program to replace clear, bright-line rules.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross Shares Exciting News About A ‘Girlfriends’ Cast Reunion

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Fans of the 2000s series “Girlfriends” are celebrating after one of its former stars, Tracee Ellis Ross, shared a nostalgia-inducing reunion post on Thursday. 

Ross, who starred as Joan in the series, shared a video on Instagram showing her next to her former co-stars: Golden Brooks, who played Maya; Jill Marie Jones, who played Toni; and Pershia White, who played Lynn. 

The former cast members of the iconic show, celebrated for its portrayal of Black women and sisterhood, will appear together in an upcoming episode of “Black-ish,” in which Ross stars as Rainbow. “Girlfriends” aired from 2000 to 2008.

“So we have an extra special episode of ‘Black-ish,’ and it’s a feminist episode, and I brought in some backup from some of my girlfriends,” Ross said in the video with her “Girlfriends” cast on Instagram Thursday. 

The “Girlfriends” cast members will appear in an episode slated to air on Oct. 8, Ross wrote in a caption for the post. The actor also noted that the group hasn’t been on camera together since 2006.

“These are women I grew up with and love deeply and it was easy tap back into the magic of our chemistry and how much we love each other,” she continued. “It was giggles on top of giggles on top of giggles. ‘Girlfriends’ ran for 8 years and was important to so many people.”

Ross added that having her “Girlfriends” cast on “Black-ish” was “surreal.” 

Jones reposted Ross’ video on her Instagram account on Thursday, writing “Reunited … and it feels SO GOOD.”

Fans also joined in on the celebration. “This is my actual heaven,” one Instagram user wrote.

“Omg iconic!!!!!” wrote another. 

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Nicole Saphier: Our kids are in the midst of a vaping crisis – Are we doing enough?

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At least six deaths linked to vaping have been now reported.  As the number of vaping-related illnesses has continued to rise, with to at least 450 cases in 33 states, the Trump administration is making it clear they are going to get in front of this emerging crisis.

Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year (about 1 in 5 deaths).  Because of the known risk of disease associated with smoking tobacco, for decades as a medical community we have tried to lower the usage of such products.

Electronic cigarettes have gained popularity within the last several years to counter the tobacco cigarette prevalence. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are characteristically battery-operated devices that can be used to inhale an aerosol, typically containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals.

As more young adults are being hospitalized with acute lung damage following the use of e-cigarettes, the medical community is beginning to look closer at the additives in the inhalants and why so many “kids” are falling ill.

Often certain oils such as Vitamin E are added to the THC-containing and various flavored e-cigarettes as a preservative. The device is heated by a battery which causes the oils to turn into a vapor to be inhaled. However, once the chemicals are inhaled and settled in the lungs, it cools to body temperature which causes the chemicals to reform their original structure. This is what seems to be causing a chemical pneumonitis (inflammation of the lung) yet no one specific ingredient or contaminant has been identified in all cases.

As originally intended, many Americans have been able to transition from traditional tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes, which are considered less harmful. However, we must be reminded of the way the opioid epidemic began.

A product with good intentions and legitimate use was introduced to the market. Unfortunately, because of varying factors, prescription opioids were misused and led to far worse addictions such as heroin.

Analogous to the development of opioids for treating complex pain, the utility for vaping electronic cigarettes has become dichotomous.  Meaning, good intentions and valid use aside, we are also seeing an uptick in nicotine-addictions in our country.

Unfortunately, the goal for the development of e-cigarettes, like prescription opioids, was to treat an illness, in this case an addiction to tobacco cigarettes, yet they are being utilized by people without a smoking history.

Not only have young people been subject to alluring advertising, but e-cigarettes are readily accessible, offer various flavors, and the belief that they’re safer than cigarettes have helped make them appealing.

Although it’s essential to remove the negative effects of inhaling tobacco smoke from the American population, we must remember nicotine itself harbors health risks.

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Not only does nicotine pose a risk for heart disease but it can also impact the lungs, GI system, immune function and reproductive health. Because of the proven risks of nicotine to the body, it is necessary to thwart the growing crisis of nicotine addiction in youth and non-tobacco smoking adults.

As the mother of a teenager, I can tell you that e-cigarettes are quite popular among adolescents.  In fact, vaping is now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States with up to 25% of teens reporting using e-cigarettes.

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In addition to the unknown short and long-term health effects of such a new product, early evidence is showing that e-cigarette use may serve as a gateway device for preteens and teens. Often these kids then go on to use other tobacco products, including tobacco cigarettes.

In fact, a study concluded that high school students who used e-cigarettes in the last month were approximately 7 times more likely to use traditional cigarettes when asked 6 months later.

Vaping companies such as Juul have even been disparaged for appealing to young adults and children with flavors such as mango and crème with targeted advertising tactics.  However, rebuking profit-mongering corporations does little to solve a growing crisis, as we know.

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This week, following an Oval Office meeting with President Trump between Health and Human Services Secretary Azar, the Food and Drug Administration announced they are finalizing their guidance to eliminate all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes from the market within 30 days to make e-cigarettes less tempting to the younger population.

Too much money is being spent and far too many Americans are still dying from tobacco cigarettes. Like prescription opioids, e-cigarettes may still have a role in helping us reduce this devastation.  However, we must be careful with usage and swiftly end this new generation of nicotine addiction that is wreaking havoc among our youth.  Eliminating the flavors is a step forward.  Will it be enough?

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News Anchor Slams Rush Limbaugh For ‘Slut Shaming,’ Accusing Her Of Posing Nude At 14

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Hill TV news anchor Krystal Ball shared a Twitter thread on Thursday where she lambasted conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for his slut-shaming remarks and unfounded accusations against her.

In a recent broadcast of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Limbaugh talked about Ball’s unsuccessful run for Congress in 2010 and claimed that she’d posed for nude photos at age “14 or 15.”

“Remember the name Krystal Ball with a K? Some thought she was attractive. She was running for Congress, and she got elected, and some tweets came out. She posed nude when she was 14 or 15,” he said.

“She was outraged. ‘How dare you!’ I said, ‘What do you expect to happen? You put a picture of yourself nude on Facebook or MySpace or, you know, my butt, whatever it is. Somebody’s gonna find that stuff,’” he continued.

Limbaugh’s claims were incorrect in a few ways. For one, Ball didn’t get elected. And there was no controversy about nude photos. Likely what Limbaugh was recalling were some saucy, but clothed, party photos of an adult Ball and her then-husband that made the rounds online during the 2010 campaign.

The conservative commentator went on to contend that the Ball incident led to others using “blackmail” against members of Congress. He added that “Republicans can do this too” ― apparently referring to threatening people ― and may be doing it in “certain places.” 

On Thursday, Ball addressed Limbaugh’s allegations during her Hill TV show, “Rising,” as well as on Twitter.

The MSNBC alum said she “did not pose nude when I was 14 or 15,” adding that “Facebook and MySpace did not even exist when I was 14 or 15. I didn’t tweet about anything related to that.”

In his “very bizarre way,” Ball suggested, Limbaugh was probably alluding to those party photos.

“In the Trump era, this was so minimal that it was party photos that he felt the need to make this much more salacious in order to titillate his audience,” said Ball, who is now 37.

She emphasized that because Limbaugh has an audience of millions, she decided to use her own platform to set the record straight.

“I don’t want to feel like he can just slime whoever he wants and get away with it with no accountability. But if I did have some naked photos from when I was 14 or 15 or whenever, who frickin’ cares?” she said.

“It’s not your job to be the moral police or to shame me or any other young woman who is out there who may have nude photos that come out. If they want to run for office, if they want to be political leaders, they still can,” said Ball. “I wanted to make sure that I was able to put that out there.”

Ball’s Twitter thread explained the chain of events and included a video of her broadcast.

“I didn’t want this slut-shaming smear just hanging out there,” she wrote in one post.

Ball’s “Rising” co-host, Saagar Enjeti, backed her completely and even suggested she could pursue legal action against Limbaugh.

“He should know about America’s libel laws and that you would be fully within your rights in order to go after him,” said Enjeti.

On Twitter, many others rallied to show their support for Ball: 

After Ball’s public statements, Limbaugh backtracked slightly on what he’d said.

“I was under the impression that when she ran for Congress … some nude photos of her from social media had surfaced. Well, it turns out that that wasn’t quite true,” he said on his Thursday broadcast.

He went on to say, “I honestly thought it was ― ’cause I remember she got very upset that these pictures, she was very mad, and you, I remember, well, what do you expect? You know, you go on social media, you do whatever, somebody’s gonna find it and it’s gonna surface. It turns out they were party photos. Whatever it was, she was upset about.”

Limbaugh reiterated his point that “there isn’t any privacy on social media, particularly if you run for office, people are gonna dive into it” and argued that he wasn’t slut-shaming Ball.

“People who engage in social media, who desperately want to be famous, you’re gonna get it. You want to be famous, people are gonna find a way to find out what you did. I was ― no moralizing at all. You think I’m gonna be upset about some woman appearing nude somewhere? No! That’s not gonna bother me,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Ball and Limbaugh have been at odds. In 2012, Ball launched a website, Boycott Rush, that called for a boycott of advertisers on Limbaugh’s show following his incendiary comments about Sandra Fluke.

Fluke, then a law student at Georgetown University, was invited by Democrats to speak at a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on so-called conscience clause exceptions for birth control coverage in health insurance plans. 

Limbaugh talked about the hearing and Fluke in a broadcast afterward, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” He was condemned by public figures on both sides of the aisle and later issued an apology, but not before nearly 100 advertisers dropped out of his show.

HuffPost has reached out to Ball, Limbaugh and Hill TV for comment on Limbaugh’s recent claims.

This story has been updated with Limbaugh’s comments following Hall’s criticism of him.

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