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Tom Brokaw says Democrats don’t have ‘the goods’ on Trump like they did with Nixon

Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw said Tuesday that Democrats don’t have “the goods” on President Trump in their impeachment push the way they did during the Watergate investigation that led to former President Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

Brokaw told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that House Democrats “don’t have the same kind of clarity” that Congress did during Watergate “because it was so clear that these were criminal acts he was involved in.”

Mitchell concurred that there’s no evidence yet on par with Nixon’s Oval Office tapes that showed Nixon was involved in the Watergate coverup. The tapes were considered a “smoking gun” in the investigation.

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“There are no more taping systems in the Oval Office,” Brokaw agreed.

“That we know of,” Mitchell added.

Brokaw covered the Watergate investigation in 1973 as an NBC White House correspondent and just wrote a book called “The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate.”

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The House launched an impeachment investigation against Trump earlier this month over a July phone call between the president and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s links to the country.

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California middle school students receive student ID cards with sex hotline number

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A California public school district apologized Tuesday after a sex hotline number was printed on identification cards issed to middle school students, according to reports.

The Lancaster School District in northern Los Angeles County said New Vista Middle School intended to print a suicide prevention hotline number on the IDs but mixed up two digits, resulting in a sex hotline number unknowingly being printed instead, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported.

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“Late yesterday we were made aware that the middle school student ID cards have the wrong phone number listed for the Suicide Hotline. The phone numbers have two digits transposed and this is a mistake. The number listed on the card is actually a sex line,” the district said in a statement.

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“The middle school administrators will be collecting all student IDs today and we will be printing new student IDs and distributing them to our students. We are very sorry for this error and we are working hard to correct it.”

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‘It takes one ember … to start another brush fire’: Extreme winds put California fire officials on high alert

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The Kincade, Getty and Tick fires are some of many wildfires that are raging through California. They have led to mass evacuations and power outages. USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Gusty winds are threatening to further spread wildfires that are already burning up and down California on Wednesday, putting thousands of residents on alert for another wave of evacuation orders.

As the Getty Fire threatened 7,000 homes, Los Angeles officials stationed crews at fire-prone locations in an effort to quickly extinguish any new blazes. “Extreme” red-flag warnings took effect at 11 p.m. Tuesday and were expected to persist into Thursday night, bringing the potential for “rapid fire spread” and “extreme fire behavior,” according to the National Weather Service.

“It takes one ember, just one ember downwind, to start another brush fire, so I encourage all people in the city of Los Angeles and the neighboring communities to register for alerts,” said Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.

Low humidity, dry fuel and sustained winds up to 55 mph conspired to test firefighters, who had contained 15% of the 656-acre Getty Fire by Tuesday evening. The flames had injured one firefighter and destroyed or damaged 18 buildings.  

Mandatory evacuation orders were still in place in some areas, and Terrazas warned nearby neighborhoods to be prepared to flee. 

In Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, firefighters battling the Kincade Fire faced another round of the “Diablo” winds. Sustained gusts between 20 and 30 mph could fan the 118-square-mile blaze, but pose less of a threat than winds recorded over the weekend. 

The wildfire had damaged or destroyed more than 200 buildings, including an 150-year-old winery, and was 15% contained Tuesday evening. Another 80,000 homes were threatened, prompting officials to keep 15 evacuation centers open. 

‘Here we go again’: Weary Californians seek shelter amid latest wildfire outbreak

About 200,000 people had been forced from the area since the fire ignited last week, although officials have reduced some evacuation orders to evacuation warnings as firefighting efforts progressed. 

“Our hearts and prayers are with the firefighters out there doing a spectacular job, but with the situation so fluid, with the winds still blowing, we’re not through this yet,” said Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt. 

Breathing smoke: As wildfires foul California air, residents need respirator masks, not face masks

Preemptive power shutoffs also weren’t over for nearly 1.5 million Northern and Central California residents. Pacific Gas & Electric turned off power in 29 counties Tuesday, marking its fourth shutoff this month and third in the last week. 

Southern California Edison warned that crews may cut off power for an additional 300,000 customers — mainly in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties — if conditions worsen this week.

The shutoffs, designed to reduce the risk of utility equipment sparking wildfires during strong wind events, have drawn criticism from residents and public officials. 

PG&E on Tuesday yielded to pressure from Gov. Gavin Newsom by announcing it will issue a bill credit for customers affected by the first shutoff this month. Residential customers will see a $100 credit in the next billing cycle and businesses will get $250, the utility said. Credits will not be issued for the subsequent shutoffs, PG&E said, because the company worked to improve how it notified customers. 

Why not just bury them?: California power lines spark wildfires and prompt blackouts

“This is not an industry standard practice, nor approved as part of a tariff, but we believe it is the right thing to do for our customers in this case, given the challenges with our website and call center communications,” said the utility’s CEO and President Bill Johnson. 

The utility is also facing scrutiny amid Cal Fire’s investigation into the Kincade Fire’s origin. PG&E acknowledged last week a live, 230,000-volt transmission line malfunctioned minutes before the fire erupted Wednesday night. 

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Long Beach shooting reportedly leaves at least 3 dead, several injured

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Police in Southern California responded late Tuesday to reports of gunfire at a Long Beach home, killing at least three and wounding several.

First responders were seen outside the home treating seven victims in a nearby yard, ABC 7 reported. Reports indicated that there may have been a Halloween party at the house at the time of the shooting.

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Reporters at the scene tweeted that up to 10 people in total may have been shot.

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Police in Southern California responded late Tuesday to reports of gunfire at a Long Beach home, killing at least three and wounding several.

First responders were seen outside the home treating seven victims in a nearby yard, ABC 7 reported. Reports indicated that there may have been a Halloween party at the house at the time of the shooting.

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Reporters at the scene tweeted that up to 10 people in total may have been shot.

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Jared Kushner slams Joe Biden, claims he’s been cleaning up ‘messes’ ex-VP left behind

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump, said Tuesday that most of his White House work involves “cleaning up the messes” left behind by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Kushner, who married the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump a decade ago, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with News Israel 13. He was responding to comments Biden made over the weekend on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” in which the Democrat charged it was “improper” for Trump to appoint his son-in-law and daughter to senior positions in his administration.

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“A lot of the work that the president’s had me doing over the last three years has actually been cleaning up the messes that Vice President Biden has left behind,” Kushner told News Israel 13. “I think President Trump is entitled to pick his team. We’ve worked with him for a long time and I think we’ve done a good job at trying to help him be successful.”

“I think President Trump is entitled to pick his team. We’ve worked with him for a long time and I think we’ve done a good job at trying to help him be successful.”

— Jared Kushner

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Kushner also addressed the House Democrats’ ongoing Trump impeachment inquiry, which has shed light on Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who reportedly used his father’s name to gain a seven-figure job at one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies despite having no prior related worked experience. Hunter Biden worked for the company, Burisma Holdings, at the same time his father, while vice president, was seeking the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating a top Burisma official.

The impeachment probe stems from a whistleblower’s complaint that President Trump, during a July phone call, asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Biden family’s business dealings in the country. Trump made the request while the U.S. was withholding military aid but maintains there was no quid quo pro.

Kushner insisted that the president was clear of wrongdoing.

“They’ve been trying to impeach the president for the past three years or get him out of office and they’ve been unsuccessful at that,” Kushner said. “The best thing going for the president is that he hasn’t done anything wrong, and at this point, they’ve investigated him over and over and over again, and I think the American people are sick and tired of it.”

“The best thing going for the president is that he hasn’t done anything wrong, and at this point, they’ve investigated him over and over and over again, and I think the American people are sick and tired of it.”

— Jared Kushner

“The president’s record of accomplishments is unimpeachable, and he’s going to continue to do the things that the American people care about,” Kushner continued.  “If Congress wants to be a part of the work we do to try to make the country stronger and more prosperous, we welcome them to join us. If they want to play silly games, we’ll obviously deal with that in an appropriate manner, but we’re not going to let that distract us as an administration.”

Kushner, who is Jewish, traveled to Israel on Monday where he met separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former military chief Benny Gantz. The two rivals were deadlocked following last month’s Israeli elections, with neither able to easily form a majority coalition, raising the possibility of an unprecedented third election in less than a year. Kushner urged Gantz and Netanyahu to form a government so Israel would be able to seize on the “tremendous opportunities” in the region, including military and business partnerships with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations.

“Benny was a great general in the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] and he did a great job there and served Israel tremendously, and he seems to have a good intention to try and bring good to Israel, and hopefully he will be able to work with Prime Minister Netanyahu and find a way to move forward,” Kushner told News Israel 13.

He also responded to Israeli concerns after President Trump made the call to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a decision some critics said left the Kurds, who are American allies, vulnerable to Turkey and other forces.

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“Anyone in Israel who thinks it has any implications for the U.S.-Israel relationship is badly mistaken,” Kushner said, “because under President Trump, the bond between America and Israel has been significantly strengthened and our intention is to continue to do more of the same.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Schiff ‘interrupted continually’ to ‘coach’ latest Trump impeachment witness: Nunes

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Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, accused the panel’s Democrat chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, of coaching a Trump impeachment inquiry witness during closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill.

“I have never in my life anything like what happened today,” Nunes, R-Calif., told “Hannity” on Tuesday, referring to the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

The scene was unprecedented, Nunes said.

“I mean, they’ve been bad at most of these depositions, but to interrupt us continually to coach the witness, to decide… what we’re going to be able to ask the witness.”

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Nunes slammed Schiff, D-Calif., for refusing to allow Republicans to not yet call witnesses of their own, which he also said has never happened to him in Congress.

“And, to see someone coach a witness, this isn’t the first time that Schiff — Schiff is very good at coaching witnesses.”

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He said Schiff’s staff previously met with the yet-unnamed Ukraine whistleblower, again calling the entire impeachment inquiry process under Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “unprecedented.”

In a fiery news conference earlier Tuesday, other GOP lawmakers said Schiff prevented a witness in the latest impeachment hearing from answering certain questions from Republican members.

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Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters that Schiff shut down a Republican line of questioning toward Vindman.

“When we asked [Vindman] who he spoke to after important events in July — Adam Schiff says, ‘no, no, no, we’re not going to let him answer that question,”‘ Jordan said.

Jordan went on to say that Schiff seemed to be breaking his own rules for the hearings, implying the chairman was acting almost as a “lawyer” for Vindman.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Ilhan Omar slammed by NBA player for voting against Turkish sanctions

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Enes Kanter, the center on the Boston Celtics, slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Tuesday for voting against a bill that would impose sanctions on Turkey over the invasion of northern Syria.

Kanter wrote on Twitter that is was an “absolute disappointment and shame” that Omar was the only Democrat to not support the “Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act.”

He added that it seemed like Omar was on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s payroll and “working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!”

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Last week, Omar penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in which she called sanctions part of the “failed foreign policy playbook.”

Kanter is Turkish and a critic of Erdoğan, The Hill reported.

The bipartisan bill passed 403 to 16.

Omar also voted “present” Tuesday on a bill that would recognize the Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turks.

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In an explanation of her vote, Omar said “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight” but should instead “be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”

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Stephen Strasburg’s stellar performance sets up dramatic Game 7 of the World Series

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HOUSTON — It was a day that cemented a pitcher’s legacy forever in Washington, D.C., as one of the toughest, baddest dudes in Washington Nationals history.

A game that guaranteed we’ll see the ultimate drama, a pitcher who couldn’t even get out of bed two days ago, now being asked Wednesday to win the first World Series in the nation’s capital since 1924.

A game that made a critical interference call nothing more than a footnote.

A series that will be remembered for more than an executive’s expletive tirade that got him fired.

Finally, the World Series theater everyone craved.

Game 7.

The Nationals made it possible by winning 7-2, over the Houston Astros in a game that was upstaged by controversy, Nats manager Dave Martinez being ejected, and resurrected memories of first-base umpire Don Denkinger’s blown call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series.

It was all forgotten by the time the Nats walked off the field, with all of the attention immediately turning to Max Scherzer, their three-time Cy Young winner, who’s scheduled to start Game 7.

Scherzer, scratched from his Game 5 start on Sunday when he couldn’t even raise his right arm, and traveled to Houston in a neck brace, threw on the side Tuesday afternoon, warmed up during the game, and was ready to go.

Scherzer won’t be pitching with a bloody sock, but it will bring back memories of Curt Schilling pitching for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series with blood dripping from the stitches in his ankle.

“He’s good, he felt good, so yeah, as of right now,’’ Martinez said, “he’ll definitely start Game 7. Max will pitch until his neck decides he can’t pitch anymore.’’

And there will be no pitch count or limitations.

“I can’t see myself telling Max, you’re only going to go 75 pitches. He’s going to want to go out there and go as long as he can.’’

The moment was made possible by the brilliance of Stephen Strasburg, who is turning into Bob Gibson this postseason.

Strasburg became the first pitcher in baseball history to go 5-0 in the postseason, and nearly became the first pitcher since Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants to pitch a complete game in the World Series, Game 2 of 2015, against the Kansas City Royals. He was pulled after 8 ⅓ innings.

His ERA now 1.98.

And now, for the first time in World Series history, we have a series in which the visiting team has won every game.

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The Astros, who had bludgeoned the Nationals in Washington, sweeping all three games by a combined score of 19-3, scored two runs in the first inning off Strasburg, and then went silent.

The only time Strasburg got into the slightest bit of trouble was in the middle innings. In the fourth, he walked Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez on nine pitches, but then came back and struck out Carlos Correa.

In the fifth, he gave up a one-out single to Josh Reddick and a double into the left-field corner by George Springer. No sweat. He got Jose Altuve to flail away on a curveball in the dirt, and Michael Brantley hit into a sharp groundout.

He cruised the rest of the way, making the Nationals 9-0 this postseason on games started by Strasburg and Scherzer.

The Astros, who have wanted to be remembered for having one of the greatest teams of all time, have been outscored 24-9 in their three games at Minute Maid Park.

They have one last chance.

If nothing else, the Nats’ victory at least took the focus off the umpiring crew. Yan Gomes hit a leadoff single in the seventh, and Trea Turner hit a slow roller to the right side of the mound. Astros pitcher Brad Peacock fielded it, and threw it off the back of Turner touching first base. Yet, home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook called Turner out for running inside the first-base line, and the Nats went ballistic.

One batter later, Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer. But, in between innings Martinez was so incensed that he charged Holbrook and was ejected.

Game 7.

It should be magical.

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Nats top Astros 7-2, force World Series Game 7

HOUSTON — Stephen Strasburg took a gem into the ninth inning and Juan Soto ran all the way to first base with his bat following a go-ahead home run, the same way Houston slugger Alex Bregman did earlier.

Yep, these Washington Nationals have matched the Astros pitch for pitch, hit for hit, win for win — even home run celebration for home run celebration.

Adam Eaton and Soto hit solo homers off Justin Verlander in the fifth, Anthony Rendon also went deep and drove in five runs, and the Nationals beat the Astros 7-2 Tuesday night to tie the World Series at 3-3.

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Now, it’s onto a winner-take-all Game 7 to decide the first Fall Classic in which the visiting team won the first six.

“It’s weird, really. You can’t explain it,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

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Fired up after a disputed call at first base went against them in the seventh, the Nationals padded their lead moments later when Rendon homered off Will Harris. Martinez, still enraged at umpires, was ejected during the seventh-inning stretch, screaming as a pair of his coaches held him back while the crowd sang along to “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Rendon added a two-run double off Chris Devenski in the ninth to just about seal it after Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw five-hit ball for 8 1/3 innings.

Washington pitching coach Paul Menhart told Strasburg after the first inning that he was tipping pitches. Strasburg allowed only three more hits.

“Started shaking my glove, so they didn’t know what I was throwing,” he said. “It’s something that has burned me in the past, and it burned me there in the first.”

Nationals ace Max Scherzer, boosted by an injection of painkiller, is primed to return from an irritated nerve in his neck to start Game 7. Scherzer was warming up in the seventh before Rendon’s homer, then sat down as Martinez became the first manager tossed from a Series game since Atlanta’s Bobby Cox in 1996.

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“Anytime we get Max on the mound for us, we like our chances,” Rendon said.

Now the Nationals will attempt their ultimate comeback in a year in which they were written off time after time, hoping for the first title in the 51-season history of a franchise that started as the Montreal Expos and the first for Washington since the Senators in 1924. Zack Greinke will be on the mound for the Astros, who led the majors with 107 wins and are seeking their second title in three seasons.

Visiting teams have won three straight Game 7s in the Series since the Cardinals defeated Texas at home in 2011.

Washington rebounded from a 19-31 start — the Nats were given just a 1.6% chance to win the Series on May 23 — to finish 93-69. They rebounded from a 3-1 eighth-inning deficit against Milwaukee in the NL wild-card game, a two games to one deficit vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series and a 2-1, fifth-inning deficit in Game 6 vs. the Astros.

Outscored 19-3 at Nationals Park while going 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position, the Nationals got the strong outing they needed from Strasburg, who allowed his only runs in the first inning, struck out seven and walked two while throwing 104 pitches.

“It was a mental grind out there, especially after the first,” Strasburg said. “Just got to keep fighting.”

He improved to 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in six postseason starts this October despite failing to get a swing and miss in the first two innings for the first time this year, and eight of nine swings and misses overall were on breaking balls. Strasburg escaped a two-on, two-outs jam in the fourth by striking out Carlos Correa.

After George Springer’s one-out double put runners at second and third in the fifth, José Altuve struck out on curve in the dirt and Michael Brantley hit a hard grounder to second.

“Stras is doing Stras things out there,” Rendon said. “It’s been amazing.”

Sean Doolittle got the final two outs as the Nationals bullpen headed into Game 7 relatively rested. He gave up a two-out double to Correa before retiring Robinson Chirinos on a popup.

Verlander dropped to 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven Series starts, a blemish on his otherwise sterling career.

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In the first game with lead changes since the opener, Rendon’s RBI single through a shifted infield put the Astros ahead in the first. Verlander gave up 10 runs in the first inning during six postseason starts this year after allowing 12 during 34 regular-season outings,

Houston needed just four pitches to tie the score. Springer lined a fastball off the left-field scoreboard, at 112 mph off the bat the hardest-hit ball of the Series. He advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Altuve’s sacrifice fly to left, easily beating Soto’s throw.

Bregman put the Astros ahead on Strasburg’s 12th pitch, driving a fastball into the Crawford Boxes over the left-field scoreboard for his fourth home run of the postseason and third of the Series. Bregman carried his bat out of the batter’s box and tried to hand it to first base coach Don Kelly, only for the bat to fall as Kelly stuck out his hand for a shake.

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Eaton tied the score in the fifth when Verlander hung a slider. Soto, who homered at age 20 in the opener, followed one out later with his second long ball after turning 21. He lined a high-and-inside fastball into the right-field upper deck, a no-doubt drive Verlander didn’t bother to watch.

Soto, too, flipped the bat at his first base coach, Tom Bogar.

“I don’t think there’s a person in the building that would have assumed that all road teams were going to win,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “We’ve just got to make sure that last one is not the same.”

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