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Mitch McConnell recovering from shoulder surgery in Louisville

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly recovering after undergoing shoulder surgery on Thursday.

McConnell fractured his shoulder earlier this month when he tripped on the patio of his Louisville, Ky., home, Politico reported.

“The surgery was performed without incident, and the Leader is grateful to the surgical team for their skill,” McConnell’s communication director said in a statement.

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A photo tweeted by McConnell on Aug. 5 appeared to show that it was his left shoulder that had been injured. In the tweet, McConnell holds a busted sneaker and compares the mishap to a sneaker incident that happened to basketball star Zion Williamson.

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Since injuring his shoulder, the 77-year-old senator has maintained his schedule but his recovery will keep him from attending a Kentucky Republican dinner this weekend,” Politico reported.

He is up for reelection in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Playboy reporter Brian Karem says he’ll sue over suspension of White House credentials

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Playboy senior White House reporter and CNN political analyst Brian Karem said Friday he intends to sue the federal government over the temporary suspension of his White House hard pass credentials last month.

Karem’s credentials were taken away after an altercation with former White House aide Sebastian Gorka during a conservative social media summit in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11.

Gorka and Karem got into a shouting match that was captured on video, after Karem described the summit participants as a “group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”

JUDGE ORDERS WHITE HOUSE TO RESTORE JIM ACOSTA’S PRESS PASS

After a bit of back and forth, Gorka shouted at Karem, “You’re a punk, you’re not a journalist, you’re a punk.” Karem then told Gorka to “get a job.”

At one point, Karem suggested they take their conversation “outside,” although they were already in the Rose Garden.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in a letter said she based the suspension decision on Karem’s “insulting invited guests,” threatening a physical altercation and not leaving when asked by a White House staffer during the event.

A letter written by Karem’s legal team Friday said the suspension violates his First Amendment and due process rights and was “yet another example of this administration’s unconstitutional campaign to punish reporters and press coverage that President Trump doesn’t like.”

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Last fall, the White House took away the credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, after a contentious exchange with President Trump in which the White House claimed Acosta had placed his hands on a female intern while trying to hold on to his microphone.

CNN sued and nine days later a judge ordered his credentials restored.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report. 

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U.S. issues warrant to seize Iran oil tanker 'Grace 1' after Gibraltar judge orders its release

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President Trump called Iran “nothing but trouble” after saying he heard from the U.K. that tankers were seized in the Strait of Hormuz. USA TODAY

The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker detained in Gibraltar, a day after a judge in the British overseas territory ordered its release.

The U.S. move late Friday deepens a weeks-long diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Washington. It also comes amid a standoff between the two countries after President Donald Trump withdrew from an international nuclear accord with Tehran and reimposed sanctions. Tensions in the Persian Gulf have been on the rise since.  

The tanker “Grace 1” was seized last month in a British Royal Navy operation off the coast of Gibraltar. Authorities suspected it of violating European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Its seizure aggravated fears of a conflict in the Persian Gulf, where Iran claims control of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for oil shipments. 

But despite a last-minute U.S. attempt on Thursday to keep the oil tanker detained in Gibraltar, a court there ordered its release. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he had received “written assurances” from Iran that its tanker would not seek to travel to a destination that is subject to EU sanctions. “This assurance has the effect of ensuring that we have deprived the (President Bashar) Assad regime in Syria of more than one hundred and forty million dollars of valuable crude oil,” he said. 

The “Grace 1” was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil. 

It wasn’t immediately clear if the tanker has tried to depart Gibraltar. 

The warrant unsealed in the U.S. District Court in Washington alleges “all petroleum aboard it and $995,000.00 are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), bank fraud statute, and money laundering statute, as well as separately the terrorism forfeiture statute.”

Federal prosecutor Jessie Lui claimed Iran had used a “network of front companies” to launder money used to ship its oil abroad in violation of sanctions and that these companies had links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, an organization with ties to Iran’s military and economy that the U.S. has placed on a terrorism list.

There was no immediate response from Iran or the United Kingdom.

Tehran has called the impounding of “Grace 1” an “illegal interception.”

Still, the attempted U.S. intervention Friday may further strain the situation in the Persian Gulf. After Gibraltar’s detention of “Grace 1,” Iran seized the British-flagged oil tanker “Stena Impero” as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz. The Islamic Republic is still holding the “Stena Impero,” claiming it failed to stop after colliding with an Iranian fishing boat. Iran has also seized other foreign oil tankers and the U.S. blames Tehran for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone as well as a series of sabotage attacks on ships operating in the Persian Gulf. Iran disputes claims it was involved. 

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Following Iran’s shootdown of an American drone, tensions are high. But this is nothing new for the U.S. and Iran. We have the FAQs. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

The Trump administration late last month sanctioned Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a move that has narrowed the window for dialogue with Iran. It was a decision that came after weeks of heated rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran as Washington has attempted to squeeze the regime economically and isolate it diplomatically. European signatories to the nuclear deal brokered during President Barack Obama’s administration, including Britain, have so far resisted pressure from Washington to abandon the landmark 2015 agreement that placed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for easing sanctions on its key industries, such as oil. 

“A successful U.S. seizure of the Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar would further increase tensions between Iran and the Trump administration,” said Rocky Weitz, the director of Maritime Studies at The Fletcher School of Tufts University.

Authorities in Gibraltar said they decided to release “Grace 1” to ease tensions. Legal action against the ship’s crew and captain, an Indian national, were dropped.

New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who enjoys a good relationship with Trump, has not indicated publicly whether he intends to back Washington’s “maximum pressure” strategy over Iran that has stoked fears it could lead to military conflict. The two leaders will hold their first meeting since Johnson’s elevation to prime minister on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 24-26. 

The U.S. State Department has meanwhile threatened a visa ban or potential prevention of admission to the U.S. on anyone who assists the “Grace 1.”

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GOP Senator John Cornyn Torched Over ‘Dumbest’ Climate Change Explainer

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared to display a highly questionable understanding of climate change on Twitter, and promptly got hauled over the coals.

The lawmaker was on Friday widely ridiculed for the way in which he responded to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for action on the climate crisis. Schumer had tweeted about July 2019 being “the hottest month ever, of any month, on record” and described climate change as “the greatest threat facing our planet.”

Cornyn replied: “It’s summer, Chuck.”

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee and actress Patricia Arquette were among those to fire back at Cornyn’s post, with many people explaining the difference between climate and weather to the senator.

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GOP Senator John Cornyn Torched Over ‘Dumbest’ Climate Change Explainer

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared to display a highly questionable understanding of climate change on Twitter, and promptly got hauled over the coals.

The lawmaker was on Friday widely ridiculed for the way in which he responded to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for action on the climate crisis. Schumer had tweeted about July 2019 being “the hottest month ever, of any month, on record” and described climate change as “the greatest threat facing our planet.”

Cornyn replied: “It’s summer, Chuck.”

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee and actress Patricia Arquette were among those to fire back at Cornyn’s post, with many people explaining the difference between climate and weather to the senator.

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GOP Senator John Cornyn Torched Over ‘Dumbest’ Climate Change Explainer

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared to display a highly questionable understanding of climate change on Twitter, and promptly got hauled over the coals.

The lawmaker was on Friday widely ridiculed for the way in which he responded to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for action on the climate crisis. Schumer had tweeted about July 2019 being “the hottest month ever, of any month, on record” and described climate change as “the greatest threat facing our planet.”

Cornyn replied: “It’s summer, Chuck.”

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee and actress Patricia Arquette were among those to fire back at Cornyn’s post, with many people explaining the difference between climate and weather to the senator.

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GOP Senator John Cornyn Torched Over ‘Dumbest’ Climate Change Explainer

Westlake Legal Group 5d57a93e3b0000a912dce889 GOP Senator John Cornyn Torched Over ‘Dumbest’ Climate Change Explainer

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared to display a highly questionable understanding of climate change on Twitter, and promptly got hauled over the coals.

The lawmaker was on Friday widely ridiculed for the way in which he responded to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for action on the climate crisis. Schumer had tweeted about July 2019 being “the hottest month ever, of any month, on record” and described climate change as “the greatest threat facing our planet.”

Cornyn replied: “It’s summer, Chuck.”

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee and actress Patricia Arquette were among those to fire back at Cornyn’s post, with many people explaining the difference between climate and weather to the senator.

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Maine man pleads not guilty in 1993 rape, murder of Alaska woman; bail kept at $1M

A Maine man charged in a 26-year-old cold case rape and murder of a Native woman in Alaska pleaded not guilty in a Fairbanks courtroom Thursday.

But at a hearing Friday, a judge kept the bail for defendant Steven Downs at $1 million despite his defense attorney’s efforts to get it reduced.

“We’re not surprised by the outcome,” his attorney said, according to the Sun Journal. “We’re talking about a serious homicide here and the individual here has no current connections to the state of Alaska.”

COURT DOCUMENTS: DNA TRAIL LED TO ALASKA COLD CASE SUSPECT

Downs, 44, was arrested outside his home in February after new DNA evidence linked him to the 1993 killing of Sophie Sergie at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which he attended from 1992 to 1996.

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​​​​​​​Steven Downs is led into a courtroom for arraignment in Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 6, 2019. (Associated Press)

The DNA was linked through Downs’ aunt who had submitted a sample to a genealogy website.

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Sergie was found sexually assaulted, stabbed and shot in the back of the head in a bathtub at the university dorm where Downs lived.

Her mother participated in the arraignment via phone through a Yupik language interpreter and asked if Downs was going to be “let out.”

“We fully expected there would be no change to the bail, but it was a good opportunity for us to advance some of our concerns about the evidence in this case,” his attorney said, the Sun Journal reported.

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Sergie’s family attended the bail hearing and advocated for keeping it at $1 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Maher doubles down on call for recession to oust Trump; says it would be ‘very worth’ it

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher doubled down Friday on his desire for the U.S. economy to fall into recession in hopes of blocking a second term for President Trump — telling his panel of guests any hardship that results would be “very worth” it.

“I’ve been saying for about two years that I hope we have a recession and people get mad at me,” said Maher, a multimillionaire who would likely be well insulated from a financial downturn.

“I’m just saying we can survive a recession,” he continued. “We’ve had 47 of them. We’ve had one every time there’s a Republican president! They don’t last forever, You know what lasts forever? Wiping out species!”

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The HBO star then pointed to a U.N. report warning how many species of plants and animals are at the risk of extinction and went on to blast the Trump administration for rolling back regulations from the Nixon-era Endangered Species Act “like any evil villain would do.”

“So yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump and these kinds of policies,” Maher reiterated. “A recession would definitely knock him out of office.”

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Earlier this month, Maher revived his argument in favor of a recession and last week found an ally in NBC News correspondent Richard Engel during a panel discussion.

“Short-term pain might be better than long-term destruction of the Constitution,” Engel argued.

“Right!” Maher replied. “Thank you very much.”

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Rhode Island guard resigns after video shows truck driving into anti-ICE protesters

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A Rhode Island correctional officer resigned Friday, one day after being placed on administrative leave following an incident in which a truck driver plowed the vehicle into a small crowd of anti-ICE protesters — reportedly injuring two of them.

It remained unclear whether Capt. Thomas Woodworth — who had worked at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, a government facility operated by a private contractor — was behind the wheel of the truck in the Wednesday incident. The operator holds contracts to detain illegal immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Providence Journal reported.

In a now-viral video posted on social media, a black pickup truck is seen advancing toward a group of protesters as they block the entranceway to the ICE facility. The truck stops briefly as protesters rise to their feet and move toward the vehicle, chanting “Shame!” and “The whole world is watching!”

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The truck then suddenly moves forward while some protesters remain in its path. A female protester can be seen jumping on the back bed of the truck. A second video shows a group of detention officers approach the protesters after the confrontation with the truck driver. The officers reportedly told the crowd to back away before allegedly using pepper spray on them.

The Rhode Island State Police and facility officials are both investigating the incident, the Providence Journal reported.

The protest was organized by Never Again Action, a Jewish youth movement that compares current federal immigration policies, including immigrants being held at detention facilities, to the atrocities of the Holocaust. The group’s Twitter page has more than 53,000 followers.

The detention facility’s managers have not confirmed the identity of the driver, citing the ongoing investigation, the Journal reported.

Never Again Action, which claims Woodworth was the driver, issued a statement Friday after the officer’s resignation. In addition to the two injuries, the group also claims three people were treated for exposure to pepper spray, the Journal reported.

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One of the protesters, Jerry Belair, 64, suffered a broken leg and internal bleeding and was being examined for a possible back injury, the organization told Boston’s WBZ-TV.

“We hope that will not be the end of an effort to hold him accountable for attempting to run over multiple Jewish youth and elders peacefully protesting,” Never Again Action’s statement said.

Never Again Action said about 300 protesters gathered at the detention center Wednesday, and about 30 of them were blocking the entrance when the truck first approached.

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