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Lindsey Graham opens Judiciary Committee hearing with what could be the worst defense of Trump ever

Sen. Lindsey Graham opened the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz about his report on the FBI investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia by first tossing out a few general par
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Lindsey Graham opens Judiciary Committee hearing with what could be the worst defense of Trump ever

Sen. Lindsey Graham opened the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz about his report on the FBI investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia by first tossing out a few general paragraphs—mostly about how he never makes long opening statements. That was the precursor for Graham to break into an opening statement that rambled on, and on, and on, rehashing every aspect of the Russia investigation, including things that had absolutely nothing to do with anything Horowitz was investigating. In the course of his 45-minute-plus statement, punctuated by shuffling through papers and frequent references to “smelly people,” Graham went through not just the Russia investigation but tangential events, false claims, and, of course, dozens of text messages. Naturally, that included reading through a whole series of texts between (say it with me) Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Because nothing satisfies a Republican audience more than hearing texts between two people having an affair. For the ten-thousandth time. Notably. Graham read through a whole series of comments made months before the election of Donald Trump and complained that Strzok and Page didn’t respect their “commander in chief.” It’s worth pausing for a moment to consider that, in the exact same period in which the texts were sent, Graham described Trump as “a kook” who was “unfit for office.” In fact, Graham directly said that Trump is “not qualified to be commander in chief.” Graham also offered the advice, “You know how to make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” Those past comments somehow did not make it into Graham’s opening. What did make it, delightfully enough, was Lindsey Graham discussing that the opening document from the research provided by Christopher Steele included Trump being involved in “a golden shower,” and making it clear that this was an incident involving prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Graham also explained that he was shown this material not by Democrats but by John McCain, and that on seeing the document, his first thought was, “They have something on Donald Trump.” During the opening, Graham also complained that “my goddamned name is all over the legal documents investigating Trump’s staff.” Which might be because he constantly referred to Trump as a “threat,” as “completely unhinged,” a “racist,” a “liar,” and an “opportunist” who would do anything to win.  For 45 minutes, Graham seemed to be half-interested in pointing out that everyone hated Donald Trump, when he wasn’t demeaning Christopher Steele. And then Sen. Dianne Feinstein talked for three minutes, and slaughtered everything he said.

'We must be a better nation': Hispanic Caucus demands border officials protect migrants against flu

During a press conference on Tuesday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on Customs and Border Protection officials to prevent another catastrophic loss of life and vaccinate people in their custody against the flu. «This is a matter
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'We must be a better nation': Hispanic Caucus demands border officials protect migrants against flu

During a press conference on Tuesday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on Customs and Border Protection officials to prevent another catastrophic loss of life and vaccinate people in their custody against the flu. «This is a matter of life and death whether the administration is willing to administer this flu shot,» chair Joaquin Castro said. Border officials have faced widespread criticism from legislators, medical professionals, and advocates for continuing to refuse to give flu shots to detained children and families, even after a new ProPublica report revealed horrific details regarding the flu death of 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernández Vásquez last May. Rep. Raul Ruiz, himself an emergency department doctor, called the kinds of inhumane cells where Carlos died «a breeding ground» for disease. «In fact, the CDC did a report studying from December 2018 [to] January 2019, they found the cases of flu in those holding cells within CBP was more prevailing than in the nation,” he said. “So we know that those areas are high risk to get the flu, especially when your immune system is weakened by a lack of caloric intake, lack of rest.” The CDC in fact recommended that families receive these vaccinations, but border officials ignored that recommendation. ”CDC officials visited Border Patrol detention facilities in El Paso and Yuma, Ariz., in December and January, at CBP’s request,” The Washington Post reported last month. “The CDC’s January report warned that because of inadequate medical infrastructure in the facilities, ‘illness in the Border Patrol facilities stresses both the Border Patrol staff and community medical infrastructure.’” So they invited officials just to not listen to what they had to say. Rep. Nydia Velázquez further called out the administration’s ongoing lie that kids aren’t vaccinated because they’re held for short periods of time, when “we have seen, time and time again, that migrants are being held much longer than intended, thanks to this administration’s inhumane policies.” A report from the Homeland Security inspector general last month found that border officials have frequently violated the law to jail kids for as long as 10 days. »Our government has a responsibility and moral obligation to keep immigrants in US custody healthy and safe,” Velázquez said. “We should not have another child or another detained migrant die on our watch. We need CBP to provide vaccinations and adequate medical care immediately. We must be a better nation.”

Indian parliament passes citizenship bill for non-Muslims

India’s MPs have approved a bill which fast-tracks the citizenship process for the country’s non-Muslim minorities. Opposition has slammed the legislation, while the government says the bill is aimed at people's protection. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Indian parliament passes citizenship bill for non-Muslims

India’s MPs have approved a bill which fast-tracks the citizenship process for the country’s non-Muslim minorities. Opposition has slammed the legislation, while the government says the bill is aimed at people's protection. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘It’s either sanctions or impeachment’: Lavrov in trolling mode when asked about timing of his visit to US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied there was anything odd about the ‘timing’ of his trip to Washington on a day that impeachment articles against Donald Trump were announced and the Senate debated new Russia sanctions. Read Full Article at RT.c
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‘It’s either sanctions or impeachment’: Lavrov in trolling mode when asked about timing of his visit to US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied there was anything odd about the ‘timing’ of his trip to Washington on a day that impeachment articles against Donald Trump were announced and the Senate debated new Russia sanctions. Read Full Article at RT.com

Shooters targeted New Jersey kosher market, leaving cop and 5 others dead, mayor reveals

A shooting at a kosher market Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, ended with a police officer, three civilians, and two suspects dead in what the city’s mayor called a targeted attack. “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now belie
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Shooters targeted New Jersey kosher market, leaving cop and 5 others dead, mayor reveals

A shooting at a kosher market Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, ended with a police officer, three civilians, and two suspects dead in what the city’s mayor called a targeted attack. “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked,” Mayor Steven Fulop said on Twitter. “Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead. We have no indication there are any further threats.” Camera footage, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-police posts reportedly published online by one of the suspects, led authorities to conclude that the shooting was a targeted attack, The New York Times reported. Police also found a stolen U-Haul truck that Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said “may contain an incendiary device” and that bomb squads were investigating, The Washington Post reported. The officer killed has been identified as Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals, a 15-year veteran of the department, Kelly said during a news conference Tuesday. He also said two other officers were shot but have since been released from the hospital. Officers responded to the shooting soon after they were alerted at about 12:30 p.m., and they were faced with “high-powered rifle fire” at the market at Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue, Kelly told reporters. Fulop said in a series of tweets that the situation could have been worse. ”Had the 2 JCPD officers on the foot post one block south not responded immediately and had they not run TOWARDS the gun fire I’m 100% certain that this situation would have been far more tragic than what it already is,” he said. “There is enough info to know this could have been far worse.”

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After year of living dangerously, Fed expected to signal time to lie low

The policy shift has slashed officials#39; forecast for the US central bank#39;s benchmark overnight lending rate over 2020 to a level half what it was when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell took the reins in February 2018.
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After year of living dangerously, Fed expected to signal time to lie low

The policy shift has slashed officials#39; forecast for the US central bank#39;s benchmark overnight lending rate over 2020 to a level half what it was when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell took the reins in February 2018.

McLaren looks to India to expand exotic car sales ahead of 2025 IPO

Pointing to the uncertainty towards Brexit, Flewitt said demand and sales of its carbon fibre and aluminium sportscars have been falling in UK which is its largest market.
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McLaren looks to India to expand exotic car sales ahead of 2025 IPO

Pointing to the uncertainty towards Brexit, Flewitt said demand and sales of its carbon fibre and aluminium sportscars have been falling in UK which is its largest market.

India#39;s fuel demand growth hits 23-month high in November

Although fuel consumption normally reflects industrial activity in India, industry officials linked the annual increase in November to a low base last year, when sales of the fuel plunged during the month due to the late falling of festivals.
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India#39;s fuel demand growth hits 23-month high in November

Although fuel consumption normally reflects industrial activity in India, industry officials linked the annual increase in November to a low base last year, when sales of the fuel plunged during the month due to the late falling of festivals.

Crisis on Infinite Earths leaves us with a cataclysmic cliffhanger - CNET

Commentary: The CW's comics and TV crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths is unlike anything seen before, and won't be back with a resolution until January.
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Crisis on Infinite Earths leaves us with a cataclysmic cliffhanger - CNET

Commentary: The CW's comics and TV crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths is unlike anything seen before, and won't be back with a resolution until January.

Best Nintendo Switch deals for 2019: All of the discounts and bundles at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy - CNET

Here's how to get 10% off the Switch or Switch Lite today.

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NASA's treasure map for water ice on Mars

Where should the first people on Mars land? A new paper provides a map of water ice believed to be as little as an inch (2.5 centimeters) below the surface of the Red Planet.
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NASA's treasure map for water ice on Mars

Where should the first people on Mars land? A new paper provides a map of water ice believed to be as little as an inch (2.5 centimeters) below the surface of the Red Planet.

Deciphering the equations of life

Research has resulted in a set of equations that describes and predicts commonalities across life despite its enormous diversity. The new theory allows predictions for organisms that might not be well understood by science.
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Deciphering the equations of life

Research has resulted in a set of equations that describes and predicts commonalities across life despite its enormous diversity. The new theory allows predictions for organisms that might not be well understood by science.

Arcona uses machine learning to compose adaptive soundtracks in real time

Arcona Music took to the stage at Disrupt Berlin today to showcase its adaptive music service. The local startup utilizes machine learning to create musical beds capable of adapting to different contexts in real-time. The user simply needs to input a handful
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Arcona uses machine learning to compose adaptive soundtracks in real time

Arcona Music took to the stage at Disrupt Berlin today to showcase its adaptive music service. The local startup utilizes machine learning to create musical beds capable of adapting to different contexts in real-time. The user simply needs to input a handful of parameters, and the service will adjust accordingly. “Give it a style, an […]

Slack’s share price and the future of direct listings

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. Today we’re starting off with a venture capital Q&A, a quick look at Slack’s share price stability and some thoughts on dire
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Slack’s share price and the future of direct listings

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. Today we’re starting off with a venture capital Q&A, a quick look at Slack’s share price stability and some thoughts on direct listings and their possible future frequency. Bu before we do, I wanted to […]

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‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Parts 1–3 Recap: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Batwoman,’ and ‘The Flash’

Grant Gustin as The Flash, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman, and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom in 'Crisis on Infinite Earths.' (Photo Credit: DEAN BUSCHER / THE CW) Thi
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‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Parts 1–3 Recap: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Batwoman,’ and ‘The Flash’

Grant Gustin as The Flash, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman, and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom in 'Crisis on Infinite Earths.' (Photo Credit: DEAN BUSCHER / THE CW) This is it. This is what the entire seasons of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Batwoman have been building up to. Since Fall, we’ve been promised a gigantic story bringing together nearly every DC show ever made, […] The post ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Parts 1–3 Recap: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Batwoman,’ and ‘The Flash’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: Dec. 10 Opelika-Auburn News on using caution following traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday: A flurry of tragic traffic accidents this past week and during the Thanksgiving holiday stretch should serve as a
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Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: Dec. 10 Opelika-Auburn News on using caution following traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday: A flurry of tragic traffic accidents this past week and during the Thanksgiving holiday stretch should serve as a strong reminder that all due caution and attention should be given when ...

Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in th
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Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in the same space are all on ...

Wildlife Intertwine in Finely Rendered Mythological Worlds by Lauren Marx

Sinuous, intertwined wildlife bridge worlds of the living and the dead in Lauren Marx’s intricate multi-media work. Twisting fox heads, disemboweled deer, and lambs bursting with flowers and birds are rendered with watercolor, ink, pen, and colored pencil.
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Wildlife Intertwine in Finely Rendered Mythological Worlds by Lauren Marx

Sinuous, intertwined wildlife bridge worlds of the living and the dead in Lauren Marx’s intricate multi-media work. Twisting fox heads, disemboweled deer, and lambs bursting with flowers and birds are rendered with watercolor, ink, pen, and colored pencil. Marx often places her animal compositions on semi-abstract backgrounds, awash with grey tones that give a sense of weightlessness to the dense drawings by evoking fog or clouds. The artist, who resides in her hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, cites frequent trips to the Saint Louis Zoo, biology classes, and National Geographic television shows as cultivating her lifelong interest in animals. More

Nonbinary Pronoun ‘They’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2019: nonbinary pronoun «they» (via Merriam-Webster) Three months after formally defining pronoun “they”—used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary—the Me
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Nonbinary Pronoun ‘They’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2019: nonbinary pronoun «they» (via Merriam-Webster) Three months after formally defining pronoun “they”—used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary—the Merriam-Webster dictionary crowned it their 2019 Word of the Year. The term (Dictionary.com’s runner-up) has […] The post Nonbinary Pronoun ‘They’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year appeared first on Geek.com.

This Hot ‘Pot’ Chocolate Won’t Harsh Your Marsh-Mellow

Grab a cup of something that'll make you feel merry faster than you can say «yule log» (via Kiva Confections) Happy holi-daze: Following their cannabis-infused turkey gravy launch, Kiva Confections announced a limited-edition pot-base
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This Hot ‘Pot’ Chocolate Won’t Harsh Your Marsh-Mellow

Grab a cup of something that'll make you feel merry faster than you can say «yule log» (via Kiva Confections) Happy holi-daze: Following their cannabis-infused turkey gravy launch, Kiva Confections announced a limited-edition pot-based hot chocolate. The company’s “fast-acting” technology, which isolates individual molecules so they can be absorbed one at a time, […] The post This Hot ‘Pot’ Chocolate Won’t Harsh Your Marsh-Mellow appeared first on Geek.com.

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Ravens seek 10th straight win, AFC North title against Jets

The Baltimore Ravens seek their 10th straight victory and their second straight AFC North crown in a Thursday night game against the New York Jets
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Ravens seek 10th straight win, AFC North title against Jets

The Baltimore Ravens seek their 10th straight victory and their second straight AFC North crown in a Thursday night game against the New York Jets

Rangers trade OF Mazara to White Sox for prospect Walker

The Chicago White Sox acquired right fielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for minor league outfielder Steele Walker on Tuesday night.
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Rangers trade OF Mazara to White Sox for prospect Walker

The Chicago White Sox acquired right fielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for minor league outfielder Steele Walker on Tuesday night.

Skip Bayless thinks Vegas bettors heavily favoring LA is the ‘external motivation’ the Cowboys need

Skip Bayless reacts to Las Vegas bettors heavily favoring the Los Angeles Rams over the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and hopes it motivates his team to play well.
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Skip Bayless thinks Vegas bettors heavily favoring LA is the ‘external motivation’ the Cowboys need

Skip Bayless reacts to Las Vegas bettors heavily favoring the Los Angeles Rams over the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and hopes it motivates his team to play well.

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