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President Trump urges Fox News to bring back Jeanine Pirro, 'keep fighting' for Tucker Carlson

President Trump urges Fox News to bring back Jeanine Pirro, 'keep fighting' for Tucker Carlson"We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the Fox News statement read. But Trump urged Fox News to reinstate Pirro, whom he’s personally known for years.



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Venezuela's pro-regime 'colectivos' vow to back Maduro whatever it costs

Venezuela's pro-regime 'colectivos' vow to back Maduro whatever it costsThe scene occurred during a weeklong blackout that was the worst in Venezuela’s history. Maduro had called on his supporters to show “active resistance” to the “electric sabotage” he claimed was waged by the United States.



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US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight back

US-backed Syrian forces push on as IS militants fight backBAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces said Wednesday that Islamic State militants are putting up a desperate fight against their advances and staged a counterattack overnight from the tiny speck of land the extremists still hold in eastern Syria.



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New York Judge Rules Unvaccinated Students Can't Go Back to Class

New York Judge Rules Unvaccinated Students Can't Go Back to ClassThe parents of 44 unvaccinated students in a New York suburb sued



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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes back honorary office Paul Ryan gave to Mike Pence

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes back honorary office Paul Ryan gave to Mike PenceDon't cry for the vice president. As the president of the Senate, he will still have space on that chamber's side of the Capitol.



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Netanyahu hits back at 'Turkey's dictator Erdogan'

Netanyahu hits back at 'Turkey's dictator Erdogan'Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “dictator” and “a joke” in the latest exchange of insults between the two leaders. Turkey on Tuesday denounced Netanyahu’s “blatant racism” after he called Israel the nation-state of “the Jewish people” only, not all its citizens. Netanyahu’s initial comment had come amid an online spat sparked by Israel’s right-wing firebrand culture minister Miri Regev, ahead of April elections and subsequently joined by Israeli Hollywood star Gal Gadot.



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Elon Musk shoots back at US regulators, accusing them of 'retaliation and censorship'

Elon Musk shoots back at US regulators, accusing them of 'retaliation and censorship'Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk shot back against US financial regulators on Monday, arguing that his recent tweet about his company's production numbers did not violate a previous fraud settlement and that he cannot be held in contempt. Lawyers for Mr Musk said that his "single, immaterial" tweet to more than 24 million Twitter followers, claiming that Tesla would produce around 500,000 electric cars in 2019, complied with the communications policy his company has been forced to adopt.  The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had asked a court in New York City to hold Musk in contempt, saying his tweet in February violated a fraud settlement from September which barred him from sharing material information about Tesla on social media without the company's pre-approval. Bur Mr Musk's lawyers argued in a court filing that the SEC was exceeding its power in attempting to hold him in contempt, saying its action “smacks of retaliation and censorship”. "This contempt action, following Musk's sincerely-held criticism of the SEC on 60 Minutes [a US TV show], also reflects concerning and unprecedented overreach on the part of the SEC," the filing said. In December, Musk said in an interview with the US news programme 60 Minutes that: "I do not have respect for the SEC." The settlement between Musk, Tesla and the SEC resolved an SEC lawsuit over claims Mr Musk made on Twitter in August that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private at $ 420 per share. The SEC called those tweets "false and misleading", and a deal never materialized. As part of that settlement, Musk stepped down as the company's chairman and he and Tesla agreed to pay $ 20m each (£15m) in fines. The renewed public battle between Tesla's chief executive and the top US securities regulator adds pressure on Mr Musk, the public face of Tesla, who is struggling to make the company profitable after cutting the price of its Model 3 sedan to $ 35,000. Tesla has backed off a plan to close all its US stores and said it will instead raise prices of its higher-end vehicles by about 3 percent on average. In the filing, Mr Musk's lawyers said his tweet was a "proud and optimistic restatement of publicly disclosed information." Mr Musk corrected his tweet four hours later to say that the "annualized production rate" at year-end 2019 would probably be about 500,000, with deliveries expected to be about 400,000. Moreover, Mr Musk has exhibited self-censorship in dramatically reducing the volume of tweets since the settlement, they wrote, adding that the SEC's request, if granted, would raise free speech issues. "This self-censorship is reflective of his commitment to adhering to the Order and avoiding unnecessary disputes with the SEC," they wrote in the filing. Mr Musk called the regulator the "Shortseller Enrichment Commission" on Twitter after the settlement, and tweeted that "something is broken with SEC oversight" just one day after the agency started pursuing the contempt order. Legal experts have said the SEC could now pursue multiple avenues, including a higher fine, imposing further restrictions on Mr Musk's activities or removing him from Tesla's board or helm. Tesla published a new communications policy in December for senior executives as part of the settlement. It called for Tesla's general counsel and a newly designated in-house securities law attorney to pre-approve any written statements about Tesla that could be material. A disclosure controls committee, made up of board members Brad Buss, Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, was tasked with overseeing compliance with the new policy.



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Huawei fights back against U.S. blackout with Texas lawsuit

Huawei fights back against U.S. blackout with Texas lawsuitHONG KONG/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies sued the U.S. government on Thursday, saying a law limiting its American business was unconstitutional, ratcheting up its fight back against a government bent on closing it out of global markets. Huawei said it had filed a complaint in a federal court in Texas challenging Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in August, which bars federal agencies and their contractors from procuring its equipment and services. The lawsuit marks the latest confrontation between China and the United States, which spent most of 2018 slapping import tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods.



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R. Kelly back in custody for failing to pay child support

R. Kelly back in custody for failing to pay child supportR&B superstar R. Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday for failing to pay child support, just weeks after he was briefly detained on sex abuse charges. “He was taken into custody and he will be transported to Cook County jail later today,” Sophia Ansari of the local sheriff’s office said following a court hearing in Chicago. Ansari said Kelly owes $ 161,000, and is required to pay the full amount, with the next court date in the case set for March 13.



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US, South Korea end spring military drills to back diplomacy

US, South Korea end spring military drills to back diplomacySEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.



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