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Iran says it will examine the plane it shot down domestically — but a national air safety director admitted that the agency hasn't been able to open black boxes previously

Iran says it will examine the plane it shot down domestically — but a national air safety director admitted that the agency hasn't been able to open black boxes previouslyThe director previously said investigators from France, Canada and the US would assist Ukraine in examining the black box.



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Spain's Balearic Islands crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays

Spain's Balearic Islands crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidaysSpain’s Balearic Islands passed a bill Friday aimed at clamping down on alcohol-fuelled holidays in the Mediterranean archipelago which bans happy hours when drinks are offered a discount and open bars. “This is the first law adopted in Europe which restricts the sale and promotion of alcohol in certain touristic areas,” the regional government of the Balearic Islands which have long been a magnet for young German and British tourists, who often drink heavily and enjoy rowdy late-night clubbing. The restrictions will apply to three areas with a reputation for excess: San Antoni on the island of Ibiza and El Arenal and Magaluf — which has been nicknamed “Shagaluf” because of its reputation for drunken casual sex — on Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic’s four islands.



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The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down

The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat downTara Houska was going through security at the Minneapolis airport on Monday when she said an agent humiliated her by whipping her braids.



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Iranian general says officials lied about shooting down jet to defend national security

Iranian general says officials lied about shooting down jet to defend national securityAn Iranian general defended his government's decision to lie for days about whether it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people onboard.



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The Trump Presidency Delivers Its Craziest 24 Hours Yet as America Heads Down the Tubes

The Trump Presidency Delivers Its Craziest 24 Hours Yet as America Heads Down the TubesCan we try to take stock of these insane last 24 hours? ● First and most obviously, the articles of impeachment were delivered to the Senate. Third time in history. Consider the first two. One president fired a Cabinet official Congress basically dared him to fire—a politics fight, in other words. The whole thing was shaky enough that seven senators from the opposition party voted to acquit the president. The next president to be impeached, of course, lied about sex after being set up in a sting operation.By comparison, this president invited a foreign country to interfere in the next election. Not “allegedly”—he and his chief of staff have admitted they did it. If that doesn’t sound a lot worse to you than the first two, you have no idea what the Constitution and laws of the United States are about.● And yet, Senate Republicans, supposedly the impartial jurors here, for the most part carry on with the up-is-down charade that it’s all a scam. Mitch McConnell, already staunchly against having John Bolton and other witnesses, has now moved to limit the Capitol Hill press corps’ ability to cover the trial. Transparency! Democracy!● We got a look at those mind-blowing documents Lev Parnas provided to Congress, which showed that American foreign policy in Ukraine—under attack at the time from Russia—was being conducted by a group of freelance goons who a) were trying to convince Ukraine to pin a phony crime on Hunter and Joe Biden and b) claiming to be spying on the movements and engineering the firing of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, whom they wanted to “get rid of.” No, it’s not clear that phrase was meant in its most ominous sense, but the mob talk fits right in to who these people are.● Oh, yes, those documents also showed—for the first time—Rudy Giuliani saying that the anti-Biden plot was at Donald Trump’s direction.● Then we had Parnas’ stunning interviews, notably the Rachel Maddow one, in which he said “President Trump knew exactly what was going on” and Attorney General Bill Barr “was basically on the team.”● And then Thursday morning, the Government Accountability Office dropped the hammer, flatly saying that Trump’s Office of Management and Budget had broken the law by withholding Ukraine’s money: “Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.” Government Accountability Office Finds That Trump White House Illegally Held Up Ukraine AidIs that everything? Oh, wait. For good measure, we learned that the president of the United States is a little foggy on what happened at Pearl Harbor. How foggy, I’m not sure. It turns out that back in 2018, he did, in his usual thuggish way, threaten his supposed buddy Shinzo Abe with the words “I remember Pearl Harbor.” Which of course he does not, strictly speaking, “remember,” since he was born in 1946. Now. Imagine that instead of the United States, all this were unfolding in a country where we were accustomed to seeing strongmen who perverted the government so that it was little more than an extension of their piggish and corrupt personalities, enriching themselves by the billions (or at least multi-millions) of dollars in the process. Where the strongman’s political party consisted of nothing but a collection of oleaginous yes-men and contemptible toadies. Where he drove crowds to frenzy railing against liberals and cosmopolitans and their, their, their liberal and cosmopolitan dishwashers, which failed the noble herrenvolk in just the same effete way their meddling laws did.Where the strongman, his henchmen, and the majority-party politicians placed the rule of law and democratic norms under constant attack. Where they constantly pulled the old time-honored trick of accusing the opposition party of doing exactly what they did to muddy things up and confuse people. And finally, where the state-owned propaganda network drove home, daily and incessantly, a reality that was the exact opposite of the truth. Oh, those crazy people in those unsophisticated countries, we’d cluck.Well folks, we are those people. We are that country.Speaking of those countries, I just pulled up out of curiosity Freedom House’s world freedom rankings, which it issues every year. You can look at the map. Green countries are free, yellow are so-so, blue are in trouble. The United States is still green, which is a relief. But we score 86 out of 100, which is worse than Canada (99), Australia (98), Spain (94), Chile (94), the U.K. (93), and a bunch of other places, and about on par with Mongolia (85) and Ghana (83). And we’re slipping. Freedom House ranks countries in three categories: civil liberties, political rights, and overall freedom. In 2015, we had 1 rankings in all three. By 2019, we were 1, 2, and 1.5. Think where we’ll be by 2024 if Trump is re-elected and Mitch McConnell maintains Senate power.This nation is being cheapened, weakened, destroyed. And they know it. Well, Trump may not know it. Trump is an emotional 5-year-old and a gangster whose only concern with laws is how to break them and whose only concern with corruption is how to increase it on his behalf.But the rest of them know. They know what they’re doing. Some are venal, some are just cowards, but at this point it hardly makes a difference. The end result is the same. Did you see what Susan Collins said? Is she a propagandist or just an idiot? I don’t think she’s an idiot. Her response, though laughable, showed that she can be fast on her feet. So she’s not dumb. She’s a propagandist. And she, of course, is among the least bad of them.I will be very happily surprised if four Republicans vote to have witnesses. But I doubt it will happen. McConnell shows every intention of seeking to make the trial as short as possible. I guess Vegas hasn’t established an over/under, but if you asked me to, I’d put it at five days. And I’d bet the mortgage on the under.I’d love to be wrong. But if I am, it will be an aberration, a happy accident. If after these last three years you’re still naïve enough to think that these people will follow any rule except the rule that keeps them in power, then you really should move to one of those nice places that Freedom House still scores in the 90s. Because we’re now below that, and we’re spiraling down fast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Kellyanne Conway Melts Down Under Grilling by Fox News

Kellyanne Conway Melts Down Under Grilling by Fox NewsWhite House counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked four times by Fox News on Thursday morning to “flat-out” refute claims from Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas that President Donald Trump was fully “aware” of what he was up to in Ukraine. She didn’t give a straight answer once. After Fox aired a clip of Parnas’ interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow from Wednesday night, they asked her to refute his central claims. Conway first tried to laugh it off, joking with no sense of irony, “Remember, people who go on TV are never under oath.” Meanwhile, the Trump White House has blocked witnesses from testifying under oath and criticized the credibility of those who have. But that argument didn’t satisfy Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, who repeatedly grilled Conway on the substance of what Parnas was saying. “Are you saying flat-out, 100 percent what he alleges is not true, yes or no?” Hemmer asked. Instead of answering yes or no, Conway went on to offer up an “objection” to the idea that Parnas could know Trump was aware of his movements. “You cannot say what someone else knew or thought,” she said. “That was a TV show, not a court of law.” Tucker Carlson Goes Full Bernie Bro in Attack on CNNAs she continued to filibuster, Hemmer interrupted her. “But back on Parnas, cut through it: Is he lying or not, Kellyanne?” “He’s a proven liar, he’s been indicted,” she answered, again without addressing the specific claims about Trump. Moments later, Hemmer’s co-host Sandra Smith jumped in as well. “Just to finish on that point, it’s a yes or no question,” she said. “‘Trump knew exactly what was going on,’ said Lev Parnas, and we’re asking, is that statement true or false?” “Trump knew what was going on how?” Conway said, answering the true or false question with a question of her own. “In other words, what is Lev Parnas actually saying?” It was her fourth time refusing to answer the question and ultimately the Fox hosts had no choice but to move on. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Accuses CNN of Helping Trump Spread LiesRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Iran shuts down internet again as government protests resume

Iran shuts down internet again as government protests resumeIran wants to make sure what happens in its country stays there.As Iranians prepared to launch another round of anti-government protests on Thursday, the government appeared to start shutting down internet and mobile service to seemingly block protesters' messages from reaching the rest of the world. Internet monitoring service NetBlocks reported an internet outage starting at 6:30 a.m., and Reuters reported it "appear[ed] to be spreading."Iranians gathered Thursday to continue protesting rising gas prices, which influence price hikes across the economy. They also commemorated the estimated 1,500 people who had been killed in previous protests against the government. Reuters recently made that estimate via government sources, and it's about five times as high as the toll Amnesty International has predicted. In at least one case, The New York Times' Farna Fassahi reported that a family mourning the death of protester Pouya Bakhtiari was blocked from visiting his grave, and that some of his family members were arrested.> IranProtests > Pouya Bakhtiari's grave is encircled by security forces. Entrance to cemetery blocked, family ordered out & several people arrested. Helicopters hover above. His parents are in jail. pic.twitter.com/cxd5MdeHq8> > — Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) December 26, 2019Reporter Yashar Ali, who has family in Iran, tweeted that he'd messaged several of his relatives to check in, but none of his messages were received. > Iranian authorities have shut down or slowed down internet/mobile services in certain parts of the country. > > None of the messages I've sent to relatives have gone through. > > I tried a younger relative who is always glued to their phone. Messages haven't been delivered. > > pic.twitter.com/aArT36gc6u> > — Yashar Ali (@yashar) December 26, 2019More stories from theweek.com The most consequential politician of the decade The future is so much more housebound than we expected 'Fairytale of New York': How a soused Irish punk band created the greatest Christmas song of all time



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Cooks, Servers and Dishwashers Almost Shut Down a Democratic Debate, Showing That Unions Have Political Clout

Cooks, Servers and Dishwashers Almost Shut Down a Democratic Debate, Showing That Unions Have Political CloutJoe Biden was among the top candidates who met with union workers in Las Vegas.



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North Korea: How Kim Could Start World War III (An Expert Broke It All Down)

North Korea: How Kim Could Start World War III (An Expert Broke It All Down)Yes, this is possible. Here is how it could occur.



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Iowa Woman Ran Down Teen With Car Because She Was ‘Mexican’: Police

Iowa Woman Ran Down Teen With Car Because She Was ‘Mexican’: PoliceAn Iowa woman has admitted to authorities that she intentionally hit a teenage girl with her car because she was “Mexican,” police said Friday.Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, was charged Thursday near Des Moines with attempted murder after allegedly running down a 14-year-old as she walked to Indian Hills Junior High School on Dec. 9 and then fleeing the scene, the Clive Police Department said. Franklin is being held at the Polk County Jail.“Franklin told investigators that she ran the girl over because she was, in her words, ‘a Mexican,’” Clive Chief of Police Michael Venema said in a Friday press conference.“She went on to make a number of derogatory statements about Latinos to the investigators.”Suspect in 3 Louisiana Black Church Fires Charged With Hate CrimesAuthorities said at 5 p.m., Franklin drove her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee onto the sidewalk near the middle school, where the girl was walking “on the way to an activity.”Franklin then “ran the girl over” before she allegedly fled the scene. Authorities eventually identified the woman after asking for the public’s help, reviewing surveillance video, and speaking to the victim, Venema said. The girl, who has not been identified, suffered “numerous injuries” that were serious, authorities said. After spending several days at a hospital, she was able to return to school a week after the incident, a school representative said Friday.About fifteen minutes later, Franklin was arrested at a Conoco gas station in West Des Moines after allegedly throwing items at an employee and calling several people by a racial slur, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Des Moines Register.Franklin was arrested and charged with assault, operating under the influence, theft and public intoxication, authorities said. After identifying Franklin's vehicle, police interviewed her at the Polk County Jail on Thursday, where she being held for the gas-station assault. During the interview, Venema said, “not only did Franklin admit to being the driver of the car that struck this girl, but also that she had done so intentionally.” Franklin then proceeded to admit the incident was racially fueled, he said. American Moms and Kids Massacred in Mexican Ambush That Killed at Least 9“I want to say, in the strongest terms possible, that there is no place in our community—or any other—for this type of hatred and violence,” he said. “We are committed to stand by and support this family and work diligently with them to seek justice.”The police chief declined to provide further details into Franklin’s motive or her police interview because “we still need to prosecute this case,” but stated the teen’s family was “surprised and shocked” to learn the woman “targeted their daughter and intentionally try to cause harm.”“They were appropriately updated,” Venema said, adding he was also horrified to hear the hit-and-run was an “intentional act,” even after years of working in law enforcement. It is not immediately known if Franklin and the teenage girl previously knew each other.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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