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Husband, wife declared Britain’s ‘happiest couple’ say they’ve only had one argument in 50 years

A husband and wife who have been dubbed Britain’s happiest couple say they’ve only had one major argument in their 50 years of marriage.

Barry Holmes, 71, and Leslie Holmes, 72, who’ve only spent a fortnight apart during their half-century marriage, said their love is stronger than it’s ever been.

The inseparable couple still enjoys road trips, meals out and say their marital bliss can be attributed to their shared sense of humor.

“We’re always finishing each other’s sentences and making each other laugh,” Leslie told the news agency SWNS. “I just love him, the excitement I got when I first looked at him is still there.”

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The inseparable couple still enjoys road trips, meals out and say their marital bliss can be attributed to their shared sense of humor. (Photo: SWNS)

“People ask, ‘How have you made it work?’ and I always say, ‘How can it not work?'” she added.

Barry and Leslie Holmes said they’ve only had one argument during the marriage, which was about a sofa.

“We were getting a new sofa — Barry was at work and I went to pick it up, but they didn’t have the color we wanted,” Leslie recalled.

“Barry refused to move into a new house with the old secondhand sofa we already had and the next day he went to the store and got a new one.

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“We’d lived with his mom before and I think the pressure of the move got to him,” she added.

The Holmeses met and began dating when they were teenagers. After a couple of years of dating however, when Barry was 17, they broke up. During their 18 months apart, Barry said he realized what Leslie meant to him.

When his cousin confirmed to him that Leslie was single, Barry said he decided that he would ask her to marry him.

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“The love is stronger now than it ever was. I don’t regret one minute, proposing was the best decision I’ve ever made,” Barry said. (Photo: SWNS)

“He told me some of our friends were going to Blackpool for engagement rings and asked if I fancied it,” Leslie said. “I said, ‘What, going to Blackpool?’ and he said, ‘No, getting engaged’!”

“That time apart made me realize how much Leslie meant to me. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her,” Barry said.

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“The love is stronger now than it ever was. I don’t regret one minute, proposing was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

The Holmeses, who have two daughters and four grandchildren, were named Britain’s happiest couple after entering a competition run by jeweler company, Beaverbrooks. Their love story will be featured on a poster campaign.

“We got our wedding rings from Beaverbrooks in Blackpool so we were absolutely over the moon when we got the call from them to say we had won,” Leslie said.

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Where’s Lindsey? After G.O.P. Outcry, Graham Emerges as a Trump Defender

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WASHINGTON — Late last month, as damaging revelations about President Trump began piling up in the impeachment inquiry, conservative commentators and activists, including one of the president’s sons, trained their anger on an unlikely target: Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina.

Mr. Graham, normally one of the president’s most ardent defenders in the Senate, had “not lifted a finger to help this president,” said the Fox News host Lou Dobbs, a friend of Mr. Trump’s. “Lindsey Graham Keeps Making Empty Promises” was the headline for a segment on Tucker Carlson’s prime-time Fox program. Donald Trump Jr. weighed in using a trending hashtag: “#WheresLindsey.”

Now, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who had a star turn in the nation’s last impeachment drama as a manager in the trial of President Bill Clinton, has surfaced as an aggressive and unapologetically partisan defender of Mr. Trump, even starting his own investigation into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter.

In the space of a few weeks, Mr. Graham, who has long prided himself on being an institutionalist, has gone from expressing an open mind about impeachment to becoming a leader of the president’s counterattack. He has angrily denounced the House inquiry — “Salem witches got a better deal than this!” he tweeted on Wednesday — while generally acquiescing to calls from an outraged party base to mount a more vigorous defense of the president. Like Mr. Trump, he faces re-election next year.

“I think Lindsey Graham has heard the message,” said former Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, who appeared on “Fox & Friends” in the media blitz last month to call the senator to action.

At the time, Mr. Graham was separating himself from the impeachment debate, instead drawing attention for his vocal criticism of Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria. He vowed to “become President Trump’s worst nightmare” over what he called “the biggest mistake of his presidency.”

Mr. Trump was not pleased.

“I think Lindsey should focus on Judiciary,” he told reporters at the White House.

Still, Mr. Graham was wary of using his powerful perch on the committee to carry out Mr. Trump’s wishes. He privately rejected the idea of opening an investigation into the Bidens, seen by many Republicans as a way to validate Mr. Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to announce it was scrutinizing the former vice president — the conduct at the center of the impeachment inquiry. And when he was asked in an interview if he was open to supporting impeachment, Mr. Graham told Axios he was, if new evidence of wrongdoing came to light.

With those comments, long-simmering conservative frustration at Mr. Graham boiled over, and over the next two days, one by one, nearly half a dozen right-wing heavyweights made television appearances savaging the senator.

“Senator Graham is taking a very measured approach, but he is right on the precipice of a lot of frustration that he doesn’t actually hold people accountable,” Mr. Chaffetz said. “He has the gavel, and he has the personality and the reason to bring these people in.”

A spokesman for Mr. Graham declined to make him available for an interview and instead directed a reporter to an appearance the senator had made on Fox News.

“When House Republicans tried to ask these questions about the role of Hunter Biden in the investigation of the gas company, they were shut down — so, I’m going to ask,” Mr. Graham said in the interview this week.

“President Trump wants to find out about corruption in Ukraine,” he continued. “And if there’s nothing there, fine. I hope there’s not.”

The position constitutes a turnabout from just last month, when Mr. Graham persistently worked to distance himself from any talk of investigating the Bidens, to the annoyance of House Republicans who had been working to construct an impeachment counterattack, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

He privately told colleagues in the Senate that he did not think opening an investigation was necessary and that he did not want to do it, some of the people said. Pressed again and again by conservative interviewers, he replied that it was outside his committee’s purview and suggested that an inquiry should be taken up by Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

And in conversations with reporters on Capitol Hill, Mr. Graham was similarly reluctant, citing his respect for the Senate as an institution.

“I’m going to do it the way I want to do it,” he told The Washington Post. “I’m not going to turn the Senate into a circus.”

Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, who has traveled and worked with Mr. Graham on the Judiciary Committee, has sharply criticized his decision to investigate the Bidens.

“I think we’re seeing two different competing forces play out in Senator Graham’s recent actions,” Mr. Coons said.

“He is going to have to choose whether what he’s doing is insisting on thoroughness and making sure everything is investigated, or whether he is creating a distraction away from impeachment simply to throw sand in the air,” said Mr. Coons, who has endorsed Mr. Biden.

Mr. Graham’s own history has complicated his role. Long before he was a close ally and golfing buddy of Mr. Trump, he branded candidate Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” during the 2016 presidential campaign. And he counted Mr. Biden among his friends when the two served together in the Senate; video recently surfaced of Mr. Graham choking up as he referred to the former vice president being “as good a man as God ever created.”

That is not the Lindsey Graham conservatives care to hear from these days. Many of them are openly pining for the kind of performance — red-faced, blustery and unapologetic — that he gave during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett M. Kavanaugh, when he declared the proceedings “the most unethical sham” he had ever seen in politics.

“This Lindsey Graham stopped a bloodthirsty, farcical attack from the Left on our nation’s most honored institutions,” Benny Johnson, the chief creative officer at Turning Point USA, a right-wing student organization, wrote on Twitter last month, posting a video of Mr. Graham’s Kavanaugh tirade. “Lindsey crushed these attacks. Do it again Lindsey.”

Before long, Mr. Graham obliged. He introduced a resolution to condemn House Democrats’ impeachment process and dialed back his criticism of how Republicans were approaching the matter. After initially deriding as “nuts” House Republicans’ decision to storm a closed-door deposition in a secure room where an impeachment witness was testifying, Mr. Graham quickly walked back his rebuke, blaming reporters for mischaracterizing the protest.

And last week, Mr. Graham went much further, asking the State Department for documents related to the Bidens and other Obama administration officials’ dealings with Ukrainians in 2016, signaling that he may delve into a debunked theory Mr. Trump has pushed that Democratic officials conspired with Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election.

Privately, some of Mr. Trump’s most ardent defenders worried that Mr. Graham would become yet another Republican committee chairman in the Senate who was failing the president. That is how they regarded Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, after he issued a subpoena in May for the younger Mr. Trump during his panel’s investigation into Russian election interference.

In that case, Republican allies of the president declared war on the Intelligence Committee and turned several Republican senators against Mr. Burr. Some party leaders say that Mr. Graham has reason to worry about the same fate — and that voters might follow suit.

“Republican voters expect elected officials to show their full support of the president,” said Matt Moore, the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “Thus far, Senator Graham has navigated that dynamic really well. But he’s only one tweet away from being on the president’s naughty list.”

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Progressives decry fake ICE university – turns out it was created under President Obama

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Progressives unleashed on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Wednesday over reports that the agency arrested 90 foreign-born students who had enrolled in a fake university, but someone forgot to tell them that the sting operation predates their favorite target, President Trump.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others reacted to news of the arrests by accusing ICE of entrapping students and implying that the tactic was new under the Trump administration. As it turns out, former President Obama’s administration not only founded the fake university, it engaged in a similar operation in New Jersey in 2016.

“Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it. Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students. Yet were [sic] called radical for opposing it.”

“This is cruel and appalling,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano similarly seemed shocked by the news.

ICE ARRESTS 90 FOREIGN STUDENTS AT FAKE MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

In total, 250 students have been arrested in connection to the fake University of Farmington. When the university and associated arrests were reported on in January of 2019, federal prosecutors alleged the students had knowingly enrolled in the fake school in order to maintain their student visa status.

“Each of the foreign citizens who ‘enrolled’ and made ‘tuition’ payments to the University knew that they would not attend any actual classes, earn credits, or make academic progress toward an actual degree in a particular field of study,” the indictments read, according to The New York Times.

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The Detroit News reported that Homeland Security agents started posing as university officials in 2017, but the university initially opened in 2015 as part of “Paper Chase” — an undercover operation geared toward exposing recruiters engaging in immigration fraud.

Federal officials reportedly also arrested 21 people on visa fraud, using the fraudulent University of Northern New Jersey in 2016.

The vast majority (80 percent) of the arrests in Michigan resulted in “voluntary departure” from the United States, according to the Detroit Free Press. The remaining students either received an order for removal, contested their removal, or filed for relief.

While many progressive complaints didn’t specifically blame the Trump administration, the incident highlighted how Trump has repeatedly been attacked for tactics used or supported by his predecessor. Ocasio-Cortez has also clarified that she opposed Obama’s immigration policies.

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One of Democrats’ primary complaints about Trump is that he put “kids in cages” — a reference to the detention of undocumented minors attempting to cross the border.

Jeh Johnson, a former Homeland Security secretary under Obama, said the Trump administration hadn’t invented the detention tactic.

Johnson said that chain-link fences or “cages” weren’t ideal but were one of the ways authorities dealt with a mass immigrants that had to be transferred to Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours. “During that 72 hour period, when you have something that is a multiple — like four times of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids,” he said before suggesting the alternative was putting them on “the streets.”

And when House Democrats held a hearing on migrant detention, they brandished an Obama-era photo of fenced-in migrants.

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Most recently, several media organizations were forced to make retractions after falsely attributing an Obama-era migrant child-detention statistic to President Trump.

Manfred Nowak, an expert from the U.N. Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, claimed that 100,000 migrant children were detained by the Trump administration and indicated that it was the “world’s highest rate” of detained children. The following day, however, Nowak acknowledged that the cited number was from 2015, under President Obama.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Kid Rock slams Oprah in drunken rant at Nashville bar before being escorted out

Kid Rock slammed Oprah Winfrey during a foul-mouthed, drunken rant at a Tennessee bar this week.

The 48-year-old musician was at the Big A– Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse in Nashville when he yelled into the microphone, “F— Oprah. Oprah Winfrey is like ‘Hey, I just want women to believe in this sh–‘. F— her. She can s— d— sideways,” according to video obtained by TMZ.

“And if you say that, people say, ‘Hey, I’m pretty sure Kid Rock’s a racist.’ I’m, like, ‘OK, fine’. F— off’,” he added.

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Kid, real name Robert James Ritchie, also took aim at “The View” co-host Joy Behar before he was escorted offstage by security. “I’m not a bad guy, I’m just an honest guy saying I don’t like Oprah Winfrey or Joy Behar,” he said.

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Kid Rock slammed Oprah in a drunken rant at a Nashville bar.  (Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Back in 2008, Kid made his feelings about Oprah known. He told The Independent magazine, “I just don’t believe her. Maybe it’s because I’m not one of the 150 million brainwashed women who heed her every word.”

The crowd didn’t approve of Kid’s message. In the video, someone can be heard saying, “He’s racist. Look at him he’s blacked out drunk as f—.'”

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More recently, in August, the entertainer slammed Taylor Swift on social media because he disliked a tweet she wrote about her political beliefs and why she’s become more vocal about issues that are important to her.

“Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period,” Kid wrote on Friday.

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Rock then implied Swift, 29, would perform a sexually suggestive act to get in the good graces of “Hollyweird” before he concluded it was the “oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.”

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From the Hospital to an Old Navy: Thanksgiving at Work

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is synonymous with domestic leisure — turkey roasting in the oven, football on TV, family gathered around the dining table.

But across the United States, millions of people spend at least part of the holiday at work — doctors, firefighters, police officers, reporters, waiters, cashiers, gas-station attendants, concession-stand operators, professional athletes.

The reasons people work on Thanksgiving are as varied as the jobs themselves: to make a little extra money, to satisfy the demands of an overbearing boss, to keep the community safe. For some, Thanksgiving duty is a hardship, or at least an inconvenience. At many workplaces, however, employees have forged holiday traditions out of a shared obligation, organizing office dinners and pie-making contests or inviting family members to visit.

“It doesn’t seem like I’m spending time away from my family,” said Olivia Marshall, a nurse who spent Thanksgiving working in the cancer unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s like I’m with another part of my family.”

Boston

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“It’s like I’m with another part of my family,” said Olivia Marshall, whose pumpkin whoopie pies are a favorite.Credit…Haruka Sakaguchi for The New York Times

On Thursday, staff members in the cancer unit at Mass General held a Thanksgiving potluck with green-bean casserole and pumpkin cake. Ms. Marshall, 24, brought pumpkin whoopie pies, a favorite of her colleagues.

She planned to celebrate a second Thanksgiving on Friday with her parents.

Madison, Wis.

Dan Storley, 55, has spent about half a dozen Thanksgivings working in the firehouse, and he has missed eating with his family, especially as his parents have gotten older.

A few years ago, Mr. Storley brought his wife to the firehouse for Thanksgiving dinner. Then a report came through of a blaze at a nearby construction project. “The minute we sat down to dinner, there was a fire,” he said, “and all the family had to sit there by themselves.”

This year, Mr. Storley went to work alone. And it was a busy evening: A call came in at 4:45 p.m., just as the turkey was about to be carved.

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San Francisco

In a decade at Old Navy, Kyle Albers has always worked on Thanksgiving, a crucial day for retailers preparing for the holiday shopping rush. These days, the closest he gets to his family’s gathering in St. Louis is a video call.

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But Mr. Albers, 36, does his best to create holiday cheer at work. For the last two years, he has managed a store where employees compete in a pie-making contest and play board games in the break room.

“From a business standpoint, it’s about being there for the customers and maximizing those days,” Mr. Albers said. But the ultimate goal of the Thanksgiving festivities, he said, is to make employees “really feel like they’re a part of something bigger than just punching into work.”


Dallas

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Since 1966, the Dallas Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving almost every year (the holiday streak was broken twice in the 1970s), a tradition that continued with a disappointing 26-15 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. (“Cowboys Carved Up By Bills,” read the headline on the team’s website.)

It was a challenging day for the Dallas quarterback, Dak Prescott, who threw an interception and was sacked four times. But he and the rest of the Cowboys were not the only ones on call at AT&T Stadium on Thursday: Behind the scenes, thousands of game-day staff members worked throughout the holiday, running control booths and selling concessions, among other responsibilities. They also ate a Thanksgiving meal at the stadium, dining on turkey, ham, cornbread casserole and cranberry sauce.

Joseph Hernandez, a concessions supervisor at AT&T Stadium, has been spending Thanksgiving with the Cowboys since 2004, when he and his father started going to the annual game, munching on turkey sandwiches in the parking lot before kickoff.

Now, Mr. Hernandez, 39, helps oversee a team of concessions workers responsible for feeding tens of thousands of fans, some of whom prefer nachos or hamburgers to traditional Thanksgiving fare. Over the years, he said, he has learned that the holiday means different things to different people. “Not everyone enjoys it the same,” he said.


South Vineland, N.J.

For Fred Miller, there’s no downside to working on Thanksgiving. His bosses buy the crew dinner (this year it was Domino’s Pizza) and he is paid time-and-a-half for the shift.

“I’m willing to sacrifice for that,” Mr. Miller said.

When he got off work on Thursday, Mr. Miller, 43, headed to his sister’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. He expected to arrive just as the family was sitting down to eat.

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Monrovia, Calif.

Thanksgiving in the newsroom was a cheerful affair, with a dinner spread from the restaurant chain Marie Callender’s featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread and stuffing.

Joey Santos, a senior designer who spent Thanksgiving laying out the news group’s largest paper, The Orange County Register, said he had grown to enjoy spending the evening with “a lot of people you would never in a million years think you would have a holiday with.”

As for missing his family’s Thanksgiving gathering, Mr. Santos, 44, takes a philosophical approach.

“The cherished moments of my life have to be chosen by me — they can’t be chosen by the calendar,” he said. “I’ve always viewed the holidays as just another day, really. The important days are the days that I say are important.”

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Where’s Lindsey? After G.O.P. Outcry, Graham Emerges as a Trump Defender

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WASHINGTON — Late last month, as damaging revelations about President Trump began piling up in the impeachment inquiry, conservative commentators and activists, including one of the president’s sons, trained their anger on an unlikely target: Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina.

Mr. Graham, normally one of the president’s most ardent defenders in the Senate, had “not lifted a finger to help this president,” said the Fox News host Lou Dobbs, a friend of Mr. Trump’s. “Lindsey Graham Keeps Making Empty Promises” was the headline for a segment on Tucker Carlson’s prime-time Fox program. Donald Trump Jr. weighed in using a trending hashtag: “#WheresLindsey.”

Now, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who had a star turn in the nation’s last impeachment drama as a manager in the trial of President Bill Clinton, has surfaced as an aggressive and unapologetically partisan defender of Mr. Trump, even starting his own investigation into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter.

In the space of a few weeks, Mr. Graham, who has long prided himself on being an institutionalist, has gone from expressing an open mind about impeachment to becoming a leader of the president’s counterattack. He has angrily denounced the House inquiry — “Salem witches got a better deal than this!” he tweeted on Wednesday — while generally acquiescing to calls from an outraged party base to mount a more vigorous defense of the president. Like Mr. Trump, he faces re-election next year.

“I think Lindsey Graham has heard the message,” said former Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, who appeared on “Fox & Friends” in the media blitz last month to call the senator to action.

At the time, Mr. Graham was separating himself from the impeachment debate, instead drawing attention for his vocal criticism of Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria. He vowed to “become President Trump’s worst nightmare” over what he called “the biggest mistake of his presidency.”

Mr. Trump was not pleased.

“I think Lindsey should focus on Judiciary,” he told reporters at the White House.

Still, Mr. Graham was wary of using his powerful perch on the committee to carry out Mr. Trump’s wishes. He privately rejected the idea of opening an investigation into the Bidens, seen by many Republicans as a way to validate Mr. Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to announce it was scrutinizing the former vice president — the conduct at the center of the impeachment inquiry. And when he was asked in an interview if he was open to supporting impeachment, Mr. Graham told Axios he was, if new evidence of wrongdoing came to light.

With those comments, long-simmering conservative frustration at Mr. Graham boiled over, and over the next two days, one by one, nearly half a dozen right-wing heavyweights made television appearances savaging the senator.

“Senator Graham is taking a very measured approach, but he is right on the precipice of a lot of frustration that he doesn’t actually hold people accountable,” Mr. Chaffetz said. “He has the gavel, and he has the personality and the reason to bring these people in.”

A spokesman for Mr. Graham declined to make him available for an interview and instead directed a reporter to an appearance the senator had made on Fox News.

“When House Republicans tried to ask these questions about the role of Hunter Biden in the investigation of the gas company, they were shut down — so, I’m going to ask,” Mr. Graham said in the interview this week.

“President Trump wants to find out about corruption in Ukraine,” he continued. “And if there’s nothing there, fine. I hope there’s not.”

The position constitutes a turnabout from just last month, when Mr. Graham persistently worked to distance himself from any talk of investigating the Bidens, to the annoyance of House Republicans who had been working to construct an impeachment counterattack, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

He privately told colleagues in the Senate that he did not think opening an investigation was necessary and that he did not want to do it, some of the people said. Pressed again and again by conservative interviewers, he replied that it was outside his committee’s purview and suggested that an inquiry should be taken up by Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

And in conversations with reporters on Capitol Hill, Mr. Graham was similarly reluctant, citing his respect for the Senate as an institution.

“I’m going to do it the way I want to do it,” he told The Washington Post. “I’m not going to turn the Senate into a circus.”

Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, who has traveled and worked with Mr. Graham on the Judiciary Committee, has sharply criticized his decision to investigate the Bidens.

“I think we’re seeing two different competing forces play out in Senator Graham’s recent actions,” Mr. Coons said.

“He is going to have to choose whether what he’s doing is insisting on thoroughness and making sure everything is investigated, or whether he is creating a distraction away from impeachment simply to throw sand in the air,” said Mr. Coons, who has endorsed Mr. Biden.

Mr. Graham’s own history has complicated his role. Long before he was a close ally and golfing buddy of Mr. Trump, he branded candidate Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” during the 2016 presidential campaign. And he counted Mr. Biden among his friends when the two served together in the Senate; video recently surfaced of Mr. Graham choking up as he referred to the former vice president being “as good a man as God ever created.”

That is not the Lindsey Graham conservatives care to hear from these days. Many of them are openly pining for the kind of performance — red-faced, blustery and unapologetic — that he gave during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett M. Kavanaugh, when he declared the proceedings “the most unethical sham” he had ever seen in politics.

“This Lindsey Graham stopped a bloodthirsty, farcical attack from the Left on our nation’s most honored institutions,” Benny Johnson, the chief creative officer at Turning Point USA, a right-wing student organization, wrote on Twitter last month, posting a video of Mr. Graham’s Kavanaugh tirade. “Lindsey crushed these attacks. Do it again Lindsey.”

Before long, Mr. Graham obliged. He introduced a resolution to condemn House Democrats’ impeachment process and dialed back his criticism of how Republicans were approaching the matter. After initially deriding as “nuts” House Republicans’ decision to storm a closed-door deposition in a secure room where an impeachment witness was testifying, Mr. Graham quickly walked back his rebuke, blaming reporters for mischaracterizing the protest.

And last week, Mr. Graham went much further, asking the State Department for documents related to the Bidens and other Obama administration officials’ dealings with Ukrainians in 2016, signaling that he may delve into a debunked theory Mr. Trump has pushed that Democratic officials conspired with Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election.

Privately, some of Mr. Trump’s most ardent defenders worried that Mr. Graham would become yet another Republican committee chairman in the Senate who was failing the president. That is how they regarded Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, after he issued a subpoena in May for the younger Mr. Trump during his panel’s investigation into Russian election interference.

In that case, Republican allies of the president declared war on the Intelligence Committee and turned several Republican senators against Mr. Burr. Some party leaders say that Mr. Graham has reason to worry about the same fate — and that voters might follow suit.

“Republican voters expect elected officials to show their full support of the president,” said Matt Moore, the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “Thus far, Senator Graham has navigated that dynamic really well. But he’s only one tweet away from being on the president’s naughty list.”

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Carter Page accuses DOJ of ‘Orwellian overreach’ over effort to prevent him previewing FISA report

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump campaign aide Carter Page is accusing the Department of Justice of “Orwellian overreach” in its efforts to delay responding to his lawsuit seeking early access to the long-awaited report on FBI surveillance during the 2016 campaign — days before the report is expected to be released.

“On Monday, this Court confirmed that Article II authorities “do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or blood, whose destiny they are entitled to control,” Page says in a court filing, obtained Friday by Fox News. “But characteristic of the Defendant’s Orwellian overreach, DOJ has instead continued to exercise an even greater level of absolute control entailing life-threatening damages against the Plaintiff, stemming from the United States Government’s incessant violations of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other alleged criminal activity.”

FISA REPORT DROP COULD SCRAMBLE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT EFFORT

The report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, expected to be released on Dec. 9, will detail findings on allegations of abuse in the FBI’s surveillance of Trump associates, including Page, during the 2016 election. It is said to have few redactions.

Multiple news outlets reported this week that Horowitz had found evidence that an FBI lawyer manipulated a key investigative document related to its surveillance of  Page. In its initial 2016 FISA warrant application, the FBI described Page as an “agent of a foreign power.”

But as Washington braces for the report to drop, Page last month sued the DOJ saying his requests to review the report’s draft and other related records had not been fulfilled and that he has a right to see a draft.

While those implicated in an IG report are normally given the opportunity to preview relevant parts of it and issue a written response, the report is about FBI and DOJ actions and not Page’s conduct, which would explain why he has not been given that opportunity.

The DOJ responded to the suit by requesting an extension of time to respond, leading in turn to an objection by Page.

In the filing, Page accuses the DOJ of leaking details about the upcoming report to The New York Times. The filing says that Page has been in touch with the Senate Judiciary Committee and in negotiations with the DOJ “in a final attempt to find an interim solution which minimizes further damage to Dr. Page and protects him against subsequent violations of his rights while still allowing essential disclosures about the Defendant’s crimes.”

Page goes on to say that if an “amicable solution” is not reached by next week, he will file an emergency injunction “to help mitigate the impact of further criminal activity by the Defendant.”

The former Trump aide is demanding the DOJ also “expunge all records or information maintained by the DOJ that is inaccurate or derogatory” to Page, and to also award as yet unspecified damages and court costs. He also calls for any DOJ officials responsible for violating the Privacy Act to be referred for prosecution. He says in the filing that denying the DOJ’s request for an extension “may represent an initial step towards restoring the rule of law.”

The report’s release is likely to spark a political firestorm in Washington D.C., with President Trump and Republicans likely to hail the report as proof he was victimized as a candidate — while Democrats will likely play down any bombshells that emerge from the document.

CARTER PAGE: ‘THERE’S BEEN NO REAL ACTION’ TO ADDRESS FISA ABUSE

One House Republican source involved in impeachment proceedings told Fox News on Monday that the president is likely to seize on the findings to argue to lawmakers and the public that he has been unfairly targeted.

“It will be damning evidence that government officials really were trying to sabotage Trump, which is what he’s been saying all along, including during the impeachment debate,” the source told Fox News.

Horowitz is expected to testify on Dec. 11 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the report could even spark new congressional investigations while offering information to similar reviews. Sources told Fox News last month that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s separate, ongoing probe into potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 election through the spring of 2017 has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation—and that Horowitz’s report will shed light on why Durham’s probe has become a criminal inquiry.

Page told Fox News earlier this month he was “frustrated” that he had not been interviewed as part of Horowitz’s investigation.

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Last week, he told The Ingraham Angle that authorities have taken no real action to address what he describes as widespread abuse against the Trump campaign.

“They were spying on all the people I was talking with during the Trump campaign, during the Trump transition and into the early months through September, apparently of 2017 so all of my interactions with various people, they swept up all of that,” Page said.

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Exceptional But Not Famous: Tell Us About Someone You Lost in 2019

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Toni Morrison, Nipsey Hussle, John Paul Stevens – a number of notable people died in 2019. NPR’s Weekend Edition wants to highlight the lives of people whose deaths didn’t make the headlines, but who lived exceptional lives. Was there a relative, friend, or coworker you lost this year who you think others should know about?

Click here to tell us their story and we might share it on-air and online.

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Trump is in “deep trouble,” presidential historian predicts as poll shows half of country wants president impeached

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Exes Jennifer Aniston And Justin Theroux Enjoy Friendsgiving Together

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are keeping holiday traditions alive after announcing their split last year. 

Theroux attended Aniston’s “Friendsgiving” event, in which “The Morning Show” actor hosted a group of her friends for Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, the day before the actual holiday.

The “Leftovers” actor posted a group selfie on his Instagram story from the night, calling the event ”#Fakesgiving.”

In a later post, Theroux filmed Courteney Cox thanking her former “Friends” co-star for her hospitality in a speech. Cox can be heard jokingly telling Theroux to stop filming.

Theroux responds, telling the camera he’ll release a “DVD commentary.”

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Aniston and Theroux announced their split in a joint statement last year after two-plus years of marriage. 

“We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship,” a statement shared with HuffPost read. 

Earlier this year, Theroux dedicated an Instagram post to Aniston to celebrate her 50th birthday in February.

“Happy Birthday to this fierce Woman. Fiercely loving. Fiercely kind. ….and fiercely funny,” he wrote in the post’s caption.

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