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AOC, Kellyanne Conway trade blows over the treatment of migrants in detention

AOC, Kellyanne Conway trade blows over the treatment of migrants in detentionOcasio-Cortez accused Conway of defending the "clear and indefensible." Conway shot back later, saying that Ocasio-Cortez was "all talk, no dollars."



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5-Year-Old A.J. Freund Died From Repeated Blows to the Head in Fatal Beating, Coroner Says

5-Year-Old A.J. Freund Died From Repeated Blows to the Head in Fatal Beating, Coroner SaysScott Olson/GettyAndrew “A.J.” Freund, the 5-year-old Illinois boy whose body was found Wednesday morning in the woods, was forced into a cold shower “for an extended period of time” before he was beaten “repeatedly” to death by his parents on April 15, prosecutors allege. He died as a result of “craniocerebral trauma” caused by “multiple blunt force injuries,” the McHenry County Coroner's office announced Thursday. Nine days after his murder, the missing toddler’s body was found wrapped in plastic and buried in a shallow grave about seven miles away from his Crystal Lake home. The toddler’s parents, 36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham, who is currently pregnant, and 60-year-old Andrew Freund Sr., were arrested and charged hours after the Wednesday discovery with first-degree murder, aggravated battery, domestic battery, and failure to report a missing child or child death. Freund Sr. was also charged with concealment of a death.“It was apparent to me that nobody was going to sleep and nobody will sleep until justice is brought for AJ. This is the beginning of that process,” said FBI Agent Jeffrey Sallet at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.The couple appeared at McHenry County Circuit Court on Thursday morning, wearing orange prison jumpsuits as Judge Robert A. Wilbrandt set their bond at $ 5 million each. Both were represented by public defenders, who did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment.Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that three days before the 5-year-old’s parents reported him missing, he was forced into the shower and then “struck” to death.Local, state, and federal authorities launched a multi-county search for the little boy, finally finding his body after the couple was confronted with cell-phone evidence, Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black told The Daily Beast on Thursday. Search crews recovered the toddler’s body in the woods and technicians immediately removed evidence from the family’s home, including a child’s mattress and a shovel. “To A.J.’s family, it is my hope that you may have some solace knowing that A.J. is no longer suffering, and his killers have been brought to justice,” Black said Wednesday. “To A.J., we know you’re at peace playing in heaven’s playground, and are happy you no longer have to suffer.”According to Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) records, A.J. was born in 2013 with “opiates in his system,” and was removed from his parents’ custody a month later. He was placed in foster care, records show, for two years before he was returned to Cunningham and Freund Sr. in June 2015. Twice last year, DCFS caseworkers were called to the Freund home to investigate separate allegations of neglect, but both were “determined to be unfounded,” a spokesperson said Thursday. In December, when police called the agency after Cunningham was arrested on a misdemeanor traffic charge, authorities documented “significant problems” with the couple’s “cluttered” and “dirty” home, including an “overwhelming” “smell of feces” in the toddlers’ bedroom, documents show. Crystal Lake Police also confirmed officers visited the home, which is an hour outside of Chicago, about 10 times over the past five years, and often noted the poor condition of the house in their reports. “This news is heartbreaking. Protecting vulnerable children who come to our attention is at the core of our mission at DCFS. All of us feel this loss,” Marc Smith, acting director of DCFS, said in a statement obtained by The Daily Beast. “Our priority is the care and safety of Andrew’s younger sibling.”A DCFS spokesman confirmed Thursday that the couple’s younger son, 3-year-old Parker, has been placed in protective custody.Cunningham and Freund are scheduled to appear in court on April 29. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Meghan McCain Blows Up Over Mueller Report; Whoopi Goldberg Cuts Her Off

Meghan McCain Blows Up Over Mueller Report; Whoopi Goldberg Cuts Her OffThe ViewReturning from a week-long break, The View began Monday’s broadcast reacting to the recently released Mueller report. Naturally, that segment ended with Whoopi Goldberg cutting off conservative co-host Meghan McCain during a tirade claiming Democrats are going to get President Trump re-elected by “demonizing” all Republicans.In response to Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) highly critical statement of Trump following the report—which found Trump repeatedly tried to obstruct the Russia probe—co-host Sunny Hostin said the Utah senator would still likely not vote for impeachment if it reached the Senate. Romney and other Republicans, he said, will ultimately refuse to hold Trump accountable.Former Fox News host Abby Huntsman jumped in to debate both Hostin and co-host Joy Behar, noting that Trump’s base feels like he “got a big win” from the report because the media set an expectation that “he was going to be booted out.” Behar and Hostin, meanwhile, pointed out that Trump’s overall approval rating went down to 37 percent—and that’s where McCain jumped in for her take.“Then what's the problem?” McCain asked. “So he’s the worst president in history. According to our legal analyst, there's so much in this report that is damning and whatever. Then what’s the problem? Why is everyone so nervous about 2020? If this is the nail in the coffin…”Behar snapped back that she is “afraid the Russians will steal the election again,” which prompted McCain to call her “irrational.”“What’s the rational answer?!” Behar, McCain’s regular sparring partner, exclaimed.“Unfortunately for Democrats, you got to get out there and win over the voters you lost in the middle of the country,” McCain replied with one of her most recurring talking points. When one woman in the audience applauded, McCain turned and thanked her.“I always took Trump seriously,” she continued. “You can go back and check the receipts when I worked at Fox and on my radio show. I always took Trump seriously. This mess that we all got ourselves into, I blame the left as much as the right, and the demonizing of all conservatives in this country, all Trump supporters in every way. You’re getting him re-elected.”When Hostin pressed once more, “But what about his behavior?” McCain replied, “It came out that there was nothing that collude—that he didn’t collude.” (The report actually doesn’t make a determination on “collusion, which has no legal definition.)As McCain continued to shout, she then invoked her late father, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). “I accepted the Magnitsky Award in London on behalf of my father,” she exclaimed. “I’m someone who has been speaking out against Russia, by the way—let me finish!”As she continued to shout at her colleagues, Goldberg calmly mouthed to the camera that the segment had to wrap. McCain, meanwhile, continued to rant.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Israel, Hamas trade blows as Gaza tensions simmer

Israel, Hamas trade blows as Gaza tensions simmerGAZA/JERUSALEM, March 26 (Reuters) – Gaza militants fired rockets into southern Israel and Israeli aircraft carried out strikes in the Hamas-ruled territory overnight Tuesday, though the level of violence appeared to abate after Palestinians said a ceasefire had been reached. Beset by corruption scandals, he faces a strong challenge from a centrist coalition led by a top general.



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Equities slide as US and China trade blows

Equities slide as US and China trade blowsAsian and European stocks slid Monday as US tariffs on another $ 200 billion of Chinese imports took effect, clouding the global economic outlook as the trade war reached a fever pitch.



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Erdogan, rival Ince trade blows on eve of crunch Turkey polls

Erdogan, rival Ince trade blows on eve of crunch Turkey pollsPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival Muharrem Ince on Saturday traded blows in mass rallies on the final day of campaigning for Turkey’s most fiercely contested elections in years. After mega meetings by Ince in Izmir and Ankara over the last two days, hundreds of thousands packed the vast Maltepe shoreside on the Asian side of Istanbul for his final rally. Ince claimed that five million people had surged to the Istanbul rally but it was not possible to immediately confirm the numbers.



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Scott Pruitt, EPA chief, bobs and weaves, but Democrats still land blows in Senate hearing

Scott Pruitt, EPA chief, bobs and weaves, but Democrats still land blows in Senate hearingIn his first appearance before a Senate subcommittee, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faced withering questions from Democrats about his ethical lapses, even as Republicans sought to shield him.



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Texas bombings suspect blows himself up as police move in

Texas bombings suspect blows himself up as police move inA 24-year-old white man suspected of being behind a series of deadly parcel bombings in the US state of Texas blew himself up Wednesday as authorities moved in to arrest him. Police said the suspect detonated a device in a car outside a hotel in the state capital Austin which has been gripped by fear since the attacks began nearly three weeks ago. “The suspect is deceased,” Austin police chief Brian Manley told an early morning news conference after the dramatic end to the massive manhunt.



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More Than $300M in Gold Falls From Sky After Hatch Blows Open on Russian Cargo Plane

More Than $  300M in Gold Falls From Sky After Hatch Blows Open on Russian Cargo PlaneMore than three tons of gold fell from a Russian cargo plane.



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Nunes Memo Stunt Blows up in the GOP's Face

Nunes Memo Stunt Blows up in the GOP's FaceRachel Maddow shows how key claims in the Nunes memo didn't even survive the weekend before being disproved, and the memo is now both a political and legal can of worms for Republicans to deal with.



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