January 19, 2020

Essentials

Conor McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor came back with a big bang.McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone with a head kick and punches 40 seconds into the first round at UFC 246 on Saturday night, announcing his return to mixed martial arts with his first victory since 2016.The Irish former two-division champion came out of a three-year stretch…

Delbert Africa, Philadelphia MOVE group member linked to cop’s death, released after 42 years

Delbert Orr Africa, a member of the radical Philadelphia group MOVE, was reportedly released from a Pennsylvania prison Saturday, 42 years after he and eight other members were convicted of third-degree murder in a shootout that resulted in the death of a city police officer.Africa, 73, is the second to last of the nine convicted to be released…

Baltimore state’s attorney blasts police union’s ‘political rhetoric’ after video shows mob attacking officer

Baltimore’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, took aim at the city’s police union Saturday after union officials condemned a violent attack Friday night against a city police officer.Mosby accused the police union of “fanning the very flames they then call on me to put out,” saying union officials responded to the violent attack with “inappropriate political…

Trump lawyers respond to articles of impeachment: ‘Constitutionally invalid’

President Trump’s legal team on Saturday issued a full-throttle defense to the articles of impeachment, refuting the substance and process of the charges while accusing House Democrats of engaging in a “dangerous attack” on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.”This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and…

Hawley expects McConnell’s final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss | TheHill

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (R-Mo.) told Axios Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying…

READ: House impeachment managers’ trial brief | TheHill

The House impeachment managers on Saturday filed a more than 100-page brief ahead of the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women’s March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to ‘game’ the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: ‘Take your letter…

Oregon woman fired from bank job after giving struggling man $20 to get home for Christmas: report

An Oregon woman claims she was fired from her bank job after helping a struggling customer get home to his family on Christmas Eve by giving him $20 of her own money.Emily James worked as a senior banker at a U.S. Bank call center in Portland when she received a call from a customer last…

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle will no longer use royal titles, Queen and palace announce

Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace released much-anticipated statements on Saturday confirming that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer use their royal titles and will move forward with their initial “Megxit” plan in the spring of 2020.QUEEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY AFTER FAMILY TALKS, AGREES TO PART-TIME MOVE TO CANADA”The Duke and Duchess…

Moose traps Alaska man inside shed while he frantically calls wife, doorbell camera captures encounter

A man from Anchorage, Ala., was momentarily trapped in his shed after a curious bull moose followed him out to the garbage bin, footage shows.Curtis Phelps had just taken out the trash on the morning of Jan. 11 when he spotted something heading his way out of the corner of his eye. It turned out…

Royal Caribbean claims grandfather knew window was open before toddler’s fatal fall

Royal Caribbean is seeking to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Chloe Wiegand, claiming that her grandfather was “well aware” that the 11th-floor window was open before the Indiana toddler’s fatal fall.Chloe, who was just 18-months old at the time of her death, had fallen from the Freedom of the Seas cruise…

Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: ‘You are impeached forever’ | TheHill

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump’s impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) needled President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women’s March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of…

Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP | TheHill

Pressure is growing on Senate Republicans to call Lev Parnas, an associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women’s March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to ‘game’ the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: ‘Take your letter and shove…

Biden, Buttigieg look to exploit Iowa opening as impeachment drags rivals back to DC

MANCHESTER, N.H. — With the clock ticking toward Tuesday’s start of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, the four Democratic senators who are running for the White House are making the most of their remaining free time to campaign in the states that kick off the presidential primary and caucus nominating calendar.Sen. Bernie Sanders…

NYPD union leader sides with ICE against de Blasio over ‘sanctuary’-tied murder: ‘He owns this’

A top New York Police Department union official on Friday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “own” the consequences of the city’s sanctuary policies — while insisting officers want to be allowed to work with federal immigration enforcement — after an illegal immigrant who was freed in November is alleged to have sexually assaulted and…

Maher rips Warren for playing ‘woman card’ against Sanders to ‘save her campaign’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday night accused Elizabeth Warren of playing the “woman card” against Bernie Sanders during Tuesday’s presidential debate in Iowa, suggesting it was a ploy designed to help the Massachusetts Democrat “save her campaign.”Maher’s remarks came during the show’s panel segment, after guest Kara Swisher of The New York Times asserted that Warren “brought up” Sanders’…

Holman Jenkins: The Comey coverup unravels

James Comey focus of FBI leak investigationThe Justice Department is investigating whether then-FBI Director James Comey illegally leaked secret information concerning a Russian document; Fox News correspondent David Spunt reports.In a curious report on Thursday evening, the New York Times carefully averts its eyes from everything that’s interesting. Even Adam Schiff has acknowledged that James Comey’s actions…

Sanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial | TheHill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: ‘I don’t think it played out well for either of them’ Former Vermont Governor: Sanders ‘will play dirty’ Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) is set to headline a campaign event in Iowa for his presidential bid next week in the middle…

House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials | TheHill

House Democrats have released a second batch of materials from Lev Parnas, a former associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked…

Supreme Court to hear ‘faithless elector’ case ahead of 2020 presidential election

The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear a case over whether presidential electors have to vote in accordance with their states’ popular vote in the Electoral College.The court said it would take up the case of Chiafalo v. State of Washington, where three so-called “faithless electors” who were fined after voting in 2016 for Colin…

‘America’s Newsroom’ says goodbye to Bill Hemmer: ‘This is a show you built’

Bill Hemmer signed off of “America’s Newsroom” on Friday, after 12 years co-hosting the morning show on Fox News Channel.Hemmer, who joined Fox News in 2005, will anchor “Bill Hemmer Reports” weekdays starting Monday at 3 p.m. EST. Hemmer will be replaced by Ed Henry, who will co-anchor “America’s Newsroom” alongside Sandra Smith.The veteran journalist will lead all breaking news coverage…

Miranda Lambert reveals ‘deal-breaker’ that would have led to split from Brendan McLoughlin

Miranda Lambert has done nothing but gush about her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, during their first year of marriage. But the country crooner has now revealed the one deal-breaker that would have ended their relationship from the very start.The “It All Comes Out in the Wash” singer opened up about her relationship with the New York City police officer to…

Overweight ISIS fanatic arrested in Iraq sparks stream of Internet memes

A massive 560-pound jihadi dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been nicked by Iraqi forces, sparking a stream of hilarious Internet memes.Hate preacher Abu Abdul Bari had to be loaded onto a flatbed truck after he was nabbed in his Mosul bolthole by Iraqi security forces.Cops said he was an ISIS member who issued fatwas leading to the…

Wedding guest slammed for ‘gross’ response to invitation: ‘How tacky can you get?’

If you thought you had heard every excuse in the book from a wedding guest, keep reading.REDDIT BRIDE-TO-BE’S CHEAP (BUT BEAUTIFUL) WEDDING MAKEUP LOOK GOES VIRALTaking to Reddit, one person shared pictures of the response their mother received after sending out wedding invitations in 1981— and it’s really something.In response, the unnamed guest wrote: “Sorry I’m strapped for…

Mark Levin slams Democratic hypocrisy on Trump impeachment, warns Republican ‘weak links’ against voting fo…

Mark Levin slammed anti-Republican forces within the federal bureaucracy for going after President Trump after ignoring much sturdier allegations of malfeasance, telling “Hannity” host Sean Hannity that the last thing Democrats have been concerned about over the years is foreign interference in U.S. elections.Levin recalled the 1996 Democratic campaign finance controversy involving Chinese-American businessmen, some of whom were…

Iran’s supreme leader calls Trump a clown, praises missile attack in rare appearance

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, conducted Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012 and used the platform to praise the country’s retaliatory strike against the U.S. over the killing of one of its top generals. He called President Trump a clown who cannot be trusted.His decision to lead the prayers was seen as a “symbolically significant…

Massachusetts couple chase suspect’s vehicle after Amber Alert about abducted schoolgirl, 11: video

A Massachusetts couple traveling with their three children posted video this week showing them chasing down a vehicle that matched an Amber Alert description following the alleged kidnapping of an 11-year-old Springfield schoolgirl.The girl, Charlotte Moccia, was ultimately found safe nearly six hours after she was reported missing, thanks in part to the family’s efforts, Massachusetts…

GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff | TheHill

Republicans are threatening to weaponize a fight on Senate impeachment witnesses amid growing concerns that moderates within their caucus could help Democrats call former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonParnas says he doesn’t think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine Parnas: Environment around Trump ‘like a cult’ Collins says she’s ‘likely’ to support…

Trump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts | TheHill

Chief Justice John Roberts will soon discover firsthand that while the Supreme Court and the Senate sit on adjacent Washington city blocks, the two institutions occupy separate worlds.Roberts on Thursday appeared in the Senate in his black robes to preside over President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine…

‘The Five’ responds to criticism of male James Bond: ‘Since when is common sense now controversy?’

“The Five” panelists responded to social media outrage after a producer for the James Bond movie franchise announced this week that the next 007 would not be a female.”I don’t care if it’s a man or woman, we are all adults,” Jesse Watters said Thursday. “If the producer wants to make James Bond a lady assassin, let her make her a…

McCabe reveals critical flaw in FISA system, denies political bias

Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe claimed Thursday there is an “inherent weakness” in the process the FBI uses to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and expressed doubt that it will be corrected without any major change.During a rare public appearance, McCabe — a controversial figure who was fired in 2018 over allegations he gave…

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