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Kimberley A. Strassel: Behold the Lord High Impeacher: Failure to vote on inquiry allows Schiff to make up rules as he goes along

Rep. Elise Stefanik was informed this week by Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers of a new diktat from Chairman Adam Schiff. It made the New York Republican’s jaw drop.

Democrats had informed Republicans that, from here on out, the committee would produce a single, printed transcript of every interview it conducted as part of its impeachment inquiry.

NEWT GINGRICH: PATHETIC TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS FALLING APART – WHAT ARE PELOSI AND DEMS AFRAID OF?

Only members of the three committees involved in the purported inquiry would be allowed to view that printout, and only in the presence of a Democratic staffer. Stefanik — an elected member of Congress who sits on the Intelligence Committee — will be babysat while reading by an unelected employee of the Democrats.

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“It’s outrageous, and it’s an abuse of power,” Stefanik said in an interview. “Every constituent across this country deserves to have their members have access to all the facts.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY KIMBERLY STRASSEL

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Kimberley A. Strassel: Behold the Lord High Impeacher: Failure to vote on inquiry allows Schiff to make up rules as he goes along

Rep. Elise Stefanik was informed this week by Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers of a new diktat from Chairman Adam Schiff. It made the New York Republican’s jaw drop.

Democrats had informed Republicans that, from here on out, the committee would produce a single, printed transcript of every interview it conducted as part of its impeachment inquiry.

NEWT GINGRICH: PATHETIC TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS FALLING APART – WHAT ARE PELOSI AND DEMS AFRAID OF?

Only members of the three committees involved in the purported inquiry would be allowed to view that printout, and only in the presence of a Democratic staffer. Stefanik — an elected member of Congress who sits on the Intelligence Committee — will be babysat while reading by an unelected employee of the Democrats.

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“It’s outrageous, and it’s an abuse of power,” Stefanik said in an interview. “Every constituent across this country deserves to have their members have access to all the facts.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY KIMBERLY STRASSEL

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Canadian window washers rescued after harsh winds throw scaffolding into side of skyscraper

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Firefighters in Canada rescued two window washers from a skyscraper Friday afternoon after “harsh winds” threw their scaffolding into the side of the building, leaving one of the men dangling above the ground.

Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to a call at the Stantec Tower downtown at around 12:52 p.m. over a call for a high angle rescue, Global News reported citing rescue spokeswoman Brittany Lewchuk.

TREE CRASHES INTO MARYLAND HOME, TEEN GIRLS CREDIT HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE FOR SAVING THEM

Once on the scene, rescue officials saw one man on the scaffolding and another dangling from it by means of his safety harness.

Video from the scene appeared to show one of the workers thrown from the platform after the scaffolding slammed into the side of the building.

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Firefighters were able to get both men down safely and they were “unharmed.”

Lewchuk said that several windows were broken on the east side of the building. While a wind warning was in effect for the area, investigators are still looking into what caused the incident.

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Canadian window washers rescued after harsh winds throw scaffolding into side of skyscraper

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Firefighters in Canada rescued two window washers from a skyscraper Friday afternoon after “harsh winds” threw their scaffolding into the side of the building, leaving one of the men dangling above the ground.

Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to a call at the Stantec Tower downtown at around 12:52 p.m. over a call for a high angle rescue, Global News reported citing rescue spokeswoman Brittany Lewchuk.

TREE CRASHES INTO MARYLAND HOME, TEEN GIRLS CREDIT HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE FOR SAVING THEM

Once on the scene, rescue officials saw one man on the scaffolding and another dangling from it by means of his safety harness.

Video from the scene appeared to show one of the workers thrown from the platform after the scaffolding slammed into the side of the building.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

Firefighters were able to get both men down safely and they were “unharmed.”

Lewchuk said that several windows were broken on the east side of the building. While a wind warning was in effect for the area, investigators are still looking into what caused the incident.

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Kimberley A. Strassel: Behold the Lord High Impeacher: Failure to vote on inquiry allows Schiff to make up rules as he goes along

Rep. Elise Stefanik was informed this week by Republican House Intelligence Committee staffers of a new diktat from Chairman Adam Schiff. It made the New York Republican’s jaw drop.

Democrats had informed Republicans that, from here on out, the committee would produce a single, printed transcript of every interview it conducted as part of its impeachment inquiry.

NEWT GINGRICH: PATHETIC TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS FALLING APART – WHAT ARE PELOSI AND DEMS AFRAID OF?

Only members of the three committees involved in the purported inquiry would be allowed to view that printout, and only in the presence of a Democratic staffer. Stefanik — an elected member of Congress who sits on the Intelligence Committee — will be babysat while reading by an unelected employee of the Democrats.

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“It’s outrageous, and it’s an abuse of power,” Stefanik said in an interview. “Every constituent across this country deserves to have their members have access to all the facts.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY KIMBERLY STRASSEL

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Camila Cabello Freaks Out Meeting Jason Momoa And Emilia Clarke On Chat Show

The singer-songwriter came face-to-face with the onscreen husband and wife on Friday’s broadcast of “The Graham Norton Show” on BBC One — and promptly freaked out.

“My queen,” Cabello addressed Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s epic fantasy drama, after performing her new song “Liar.”

“I’m sorry. I would just like to say, I am the biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ fan in the entire world and my heart, literally, there’s a reason why I’m the only red wine on this table and it’s because I’m just freaking out to meet you guys,” she told Clarke and Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on the show.

“I went through a ‘Game of Thrones’ … literally, finished all eight seasons in a month this year,” she explained. “It’s going to take me about the whole time of this interview to recover from this. I’ve never fangirled so hard in my lie.”

Check out the clip here:

Twitter users were also excited by Momoa’s entrance to the show, when he made a beeline for Clarke instead of host Norton:

On Saturday, Clarke thanked Cabello “for making me feel like a [khaleesi] all over again” with this picture of the pair on Instagram:

Cabello, meanwhile, shared this image as an Instagram story:

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“I was more nervous for this than my actual performance swear to God,” she wrote in another post.

Check out that performance here:

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s criticism of NBC News over scandals too little, too late, critics say

Far-left MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke her silence Friday night about the ongoing sexual misconduct scandals detailed in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill” that have plagued NBC News for over two years — but some critics still don’t think the beleaguered network has done enough.

“It would be impossible for me to overstate the amount of consternation inside the building around this issue,” Maddow said before bluntly rehashing the all-too-familiar details and bringing Farrow on her show to condemn her employer.

COMCAST CEO BRIAN ROBERTS URGED TO PROBE NBC NEWS’ ‘CULTURE OF WIDESPREAD SEXUAL HARASSMENT’

NBC News chairman Andy Lack and his top deputy, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, have been adamant that Farrow’s bombshell reporting on Harvey Weinstein wasn’t good enough for their network. The NBC News leaders essentially told Farrow to take his reporting elsewhere, so he published it in The New Yorker where it won a Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow called out NBC News leaders Noah Oppenheim and Andy Lack on their own network.

“When you take NBC’s word for it, NBC letting the story get away is a shame. But in Ronan Farrow’s telling, it’s not a shame. It’s a scandal,” Maddow said.

“When you take NBC’s word for it, NBC letting the story get away is shame. But in Ronan Farrow’s telling, it’s not a shame. It’s a scandal.”

— Rachel Maddow

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Andy Lack, Matt Lauer and Noah Oppenheim are key figures in Ronan Farrow’s “Catch and Kill.”

Maddow pointed out that the New Yorker published Farrow’s story “less than two months” after NBC sent him packing, implying that she believed the celebrity scion’s version of events. Maddow also independently confirmed Farrow’s claim that NBC ordered him to stop reporting on Weinstein.

NBC NEWS REPORTEDLY RENEWS NOAH OPPENHEIM’S CONTRACT, DRAWING OUTRAGE: ‘STATUS QUO HAS BEEN BLESSED’

“Rachel spoke for the voiceless and terrorized staff of NBC News when she described the terrible morale here.”

— NBC News insider

Farrow has long claimed that NBC didn’t expose Weinstein as a sexual predator in part because the now-disgraced Hollywood mogul leveraged ex-NBC anchor Matt Lauer’s own sexual misconduct. Once Lauer was fired, Lack and Oppenheim famously refused to launch an outside investigation to determine who knew about his alleged misconduct. Instead, Peacock Network honchos allowed NBCUniversal general counsel Kim Harris to declare her colleagues were oblivious to all wrongdoing.

“There has been consternation, even inside this building, inside MSNBC and NBC News that that matter was handled with an internal investigation. That the company, in effect, investigating itself rather than hiring an external firm to do it,” Maddow admitted.

“NBC News is obviously our parent company here at MSNBC. The allegations about the behavior of Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer are gut-wrenching at baseline no matter who you are or what your connection is to this story,” Maddow continued. “But accusations that people in positions of authority, in this building, may have been complicit in some way, in shielding those guys from accountability. Those accusations are very, very hard to stomach.”

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NBC Universal spokeswoman Hillary Smith did not immediately respond when asked if Maddow’s comment will lead to an independent investigation.

Maddow read a statement that she was provided by NBC News declaring the network still stands by the internal review despite widespread scrutiny from people both inside and outside the troubled company.

Maddow began her show the way she does most evenings, delivering a lengthy monologue condemning President Trump. She eventually broke her silence on the Weinstein scandal — almost two weeks after Farrow’s book was released as NBC News faces everything from protestors swarming its New York City headquarters to some of the most powerful women in media urging parent company Comcast to step in.

WOMEN’S GROUP CALLS FOR DEMS TO PULL MSNBC DEBATE AMID ‘CULTURE OF SEXUAL ABUSE’ AT NBC NEWS

“Rachel spoke for the voiceless and terrorized staff of NBC News when she described the terrible morale here. If her words can’t force an independent investigation — Noah and Andy have more immunity than Donald Trump,” an NBC News insider told Fox News.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” namesake hammered that the issue is troubling and ongoing, specifically inside NBC’s headquarters — all before Farrow joined her on set for the second half of the internal takedown.

“I can tell you that inside this building, this issue, the Weinstein story having to leave the building in order to get told, and combine that with another previous gigantic story on a related subject, the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, Billy Bush story, also having to leave this building in order to get told, the amount of consternation this has caused among the rank and file people that work here would be almost impossible for me to overstate.”

RONAN FARROW ‘BEHAVES LIKE A TERRORIST’ NBCUNIVERSAL EXECUTIVE REPORTEDLY SAYS

Author and activist Sil Lai Abrams has said she is “one of the many survivors that NBC silenced” and recently detailed claims that her own sexual misconduct bombshell was also shut down by NBC News.

“Noah Oppenheim wants to keep his job. This is his attempt to do so. Letting Maddow be the messenger is smart, but doesn’t change the structural issues at the network.” 

— Sil Lai Abrams

“Noah Oppenheim wants to keep his job. This is his attempt to do so,” Abrams told Fox News. “Letting Maddow be the messenger is smart, but doesn’t change the structural issues at the network.”

Maddow also broke the news on Friday that NBC would release alleged victims of sexual misconduct from non-disclosure agreements (NDA) upon request. This is one of numerous issues that women’s groups have urged – but former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester’s Silence Breakers Alliance isn’t satisfied.

“NBC Universal’s statement is not enough. The company should not make any former employee, specifically women, go begging on their hands and knees back to NBC to be released from an NDA. Women have already been through hell with this company,” Silence Breakers Alliance told Fox News.

NBC NEWS BOSS ANDY LACK TAKES AIM AT FARROW’S CLAIMS HE WAS BLOCKED FROM REPORTING ON ALLEGED WEINSTEIN CRIMES

“Instead, here’s what NBC should do: issue a blanket statement simply releasing from NDA’s all current and former NBC News/MSNBC employees who have information regarding sexual misconduct, retaliation, silencing or coverups. Because it’s not just the harassment, it’s everything management does to enable perpetrators and harm victims,” the group continued. “

Silence Breakers Alliance pledged to help any current or former NBC News and MSNBC employees to come forward with information about wrongdoing at the company.

“Despite what Noah Oppenheim claims, the company most definitely does have secrets and something to hide,” Silence Breakers Alliance said.

NBC KILLED MY SEX ASSAULT STORY AFTER FARROW’S WEINSTEIN PIECE, AUTHOR CLAIMS

Meanwhile, as Maddow mentioned, NBC News has still not explained how the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump was leaked from within Oppenheim’s new division to the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold — an old college buddy of Oppenheim.

Fahrenthold, like Farrow, won a Pulitzer Prize for his story that NBC News passed on under Oppenheim. Fahrenthold was later given a paid consultancy with NBC News. Oppenheim and Fahrenthold attended Harvard University together, but NBC has long denied that Oppenheim leaked the scandalous tape to Fahrenthold.

Insiders have long believed that Maddow is the only person with the clout to get away with booking Farrow to attack NBC on MSNBC. It is believed that she had planned the Farrow segment for quite some time and NBC News’ in-house media reporter Claire Atkinson even hinted at it earlier in the week.

It is unclear if Lack and Oppenheim approved of the segment, but Maddow is known to have complete control over her program.

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Maddow remains MSNBC’s most-watched host despite viewers turning away when the Robert Mueller’s report failed to backup her longstanding allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. While Maddow earned heavy praise on social media for calling out her own employer Friday night, not everyone was satisfied and MSNBC’s cash cow is clearly peeved at the leaders of her own network.

“Until there is an independent investigation… remains NBC’s word versus Ronan Farrow’s reporting and assertions,” she said.

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Ocasio-Cortez Gives Policies An Ariana Grande Twist And The Singer Is ‘Screaming’

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Progressive policies as an Ariana dance party:

👋🏽 thank u, next: Replace for-profit health insurance w/ #MedicareForAll

👩🏾 God is a Woman: Strike the Hyde Amendment

👨🏽‍🎓 Break Free: Student loan debt forgiveness

🌎 Be Alright: Pass a Green New Deal!

💃🏽🎶 https://t.co/g0URPlhiJV

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 25, 2019

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Dog People Live Longer. But Why?

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Hugging a dog is one life’s greatest joys. Getting to see fur on four legs and a wagging tail is like experiencing a love drug — quite literally.

Dogs and humans that interact with each other get a jolt of oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle hormone.” And, if you get to look at dogs and hug them every day, you just might live longer than people who don’t have to clean animal hair off their clothes, according to a pair of studies out this month.

The studies, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, suggest that dog ownership is linked to a 21% reduction in the risk of death — over the 12-year period studied — for people with heart disease. Those studies, along with a body of literature linking dogs to good health, all point toward one thing, says Dr. Dhruv Kazi, a cardiologist and health economist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Kazi wrote an accompanying editorial for the new studies but was not involved with the research.

“When you look at the big picture and look at all the evidence around dog ownership and cardiovascular health, it’s pretty clear the signal is real and likely causal,” he says.

In other words, he’s convinced getting a dog improves your health — especially for those with heart disease.

The research is not definitive, though, Kazi adds.

“They’re not randomized trials, the gold standard for what we would do to evaluate a new drug,” he says.

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Ideally, Kazi says, researchers would conduct an experiment where 1,000 people get a dog and 1,000 people get a stuffed animal. Then the researchers would try to measure how their health changed afterward. Instead, these studies looked at data from dog owners and people without pets from national registries in Europe.

WBUR spoke with Kazi about dogs, their effect on health and why you might want to consider becoming a dog person.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What have researchers observed in the past when it comes to the health benefits of dog ownership?

We’ve known forever that owning a dog increases one’s physical activity. Regardless of weather, you have to get out and walk the dog. Otherwise, you might be tempted to stay home and watch TV.

There are other effects that we’ve known for a while. There is the idea that owning a dog makes you spend more time outdoors, and time spent outdoors improves health and, specifically, cardiovascular health.

But I think the biggest advantage of having a dog is what it does for mental health. We see very beneficial effects on depression, on anxiety, etc.

We’ve had programs where therapy dogs walk through the residency rooms and interact with patients. You see people light up. Unless you have a friend or family member by you all day, it’s an incredibly lonely experience in the hospital. To have this animal walk by and, you know, offer you its unconditional love. That tail wag has the ability to make that day, and I see that all the time in the hospital.

Owning a dog or interacting with a dog even for a short term reduces blood pressure, improves your cholesterol profile. All of these taken together, we imagine would improve cardiovascular health.

These two most recent studies suggested that dog ownership reduces the risk of death from any cause for people with cardiovascular disease — not just heart attacks. What did they do in these studies?

In one case, it was what we call a meta-analysis. It looked at all prior literature on dog ownership and heart health and showed there’s an effect of dog ownership on mortality from any cause and cardiovascular mortality.

In another study, [researchers] looked over a 12-year period at dog owners in Sweden who have cardiovascular disease. They adjusted for the kinds of things we know affect cardiovascular health — age, demographics, socioeconomic status, marital status, number of children at home — and even after adjusting for all of that, they found a benefit of dog ownership.

How much was that benefit?

In the Swedish study, they followed over 100,000 people and found a 21% reduction in deaths from any cause. In particular, I found it very convincing and striking that the benefits seems to be larger among individuals who live alone compared to multi-person households. That suggests the companionship of a dog is possibly very important to their heart health.

That seems like a massive benefit, doesn’t it?

Yeah. You know, I’m reluctant to hang my hat on that number because it may be that some of the effect is because healthier people own dogs, and etc. Well, let’s say it’s 15% not 21%. That’s an intervention that is relatively low risk and could have a substantial mortality benefit. Doctors should feel comfortable discussing dog ownership with their patients in the right setting. In individuals who are able to — this is a therapy worth trying. But you also wouldn’t get a dog just for cardiovascular health. In the end, you have to have the space in your life to accommodate an animal and a friend.

But I think that Americans have generally internalized the benefits of having a dog. At this point there are more pet dogs in the U.S. than kids under the age of 18.

Or maybe they’ve internalized the health consequences of having kids.

Right, [laughs]. That could be true, too.

Do you have a dog yourself?

I don’t, but I’ve wanted one for 40 years. I think these studies have finally convinced me to get one. I think we’ve thought of dogs as a form of comfort, a luxury even. For me, the study forces a rethinking of pets in our society. We’ve started out with dogs as accomplices during hunts as hunter-gatherers.

Gradually, we selected for traits of loyalty and friendship. At this point, society — particularly Western society — is very individualistic and fragmented. I can totally see the rationale for why dogs improve our sense of well-being, reduce loneliness, improve self-esteem and can be a boost to our physical and mental health.

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