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‘I never understood wind’: Trump goes on bizarre tirade against wind turbines

‘I never understood wind’: Trump goes on bizarre tirade against wind turbinesPresident’s nonsensical rambling remarks about ‘windmills’ in segment from weekend speech raised eyebrowsHe says he knows more about Isis than his generals, and claims to understand politicians “better than anybody”. Now there is another subject in which Donald Trump’s expert knowledge surpasses that of everybody else: wind turbines, though he calls them windmills.“I’ve studied it better than anybody I know,” the president asserted in a bizarre segment from a weekend speech to young conservatives in West Palm Beach, Florida, close to his winter retreat at Mar-a-Lago where he is spending the holidays.“I never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much. They’re noisy. They kill the birds. You want to see a bird graveyard? Go under a windmill someday. You’ll see more birds than you’ve ever seen in your life.”> President Trump: "I never understood wind, you know I know windmills very much. I've studied it better than anybody." pic.twitter.com/0U432SgNA2> > — The Hill (@thehill) December 22, 2019Trump ripped into a range of familiar targets in a speech lasting more than one hour at the Turning Point USA student action summit, from the Democrats and House speaker Nancy Pelosi, to his recent impeachment and the so-called Never Trumpers in the Republican party who he said were “the dumbest human beings on earth”.But it was his rambling and often nonsensical remarks about wind turbines, during a diatribe against the Green New Deal and renewable energy resources, that raised eyebrows.“They’re made in China and Germany mostly,” Trump said of wind turbines, of which there are more than 57,000 across the US, according to the American Wind Energy Association. “But they’re manufactured tremendous if you’re into this, tremendous fumes. Gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything.“You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right? Spewing. Whether it’s in China, Germany, it’s going into the air. It’s our air, their air, everything, right?”It was unclear what exactly Trump meant, or how Trump equated wind turbines converting clean air into energy to toxic fumes fouling the atmosphere. But he did share his thoughts on their appearance.“You see all those [windmills]. They’re all different shades of color,” he said. “They’re like sort of white, but one is like an orange-white. It’s my favorite color, orange.”The president’s “war on wind” is not new: earlier this year he was ridiculed for his claims that wind turbines destroyed property values and caused cancer from their noise.He is accused of having begun his tirades against wind turbines after wind farm developments were proposed near the golf course he owns in Scotland.There is some evidence that wind turbines have a negative impact on wildlife: a 2013 study by the Wildlife Society of fatalities in California resulted in the society estimating that nationally more than half a million birds, including 83,000 raptors such as bald and golden eagles, died such deaths.The president’s final words on the subject, before hailing himself an “an environmentalist” presiding over an environment “in very good shape”, concerned the long-term aesthetics of wind turbines.“You know what they don’t tell you about windmills? After 10 years they look like hell. They start to get tired, old,” he said, lamenting that owners of ageing windmills not replacing them without government subsidies was “a really terrible thing”.• This article was amended on 24 December 2019 to clarify estimates of US bird deaths linked to wind turbines.



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Man attempts to defend smacking TV presenter on bottom live on air by saying ‘I got caught up in the moment’

Man attempts to defend smacking TV presenter on bottom live on air by saying ‘I got caught up in the moment’The man who objectified a TV reporter when he smacked her on the bottom during a live broadcast has spoken out, saying it was a “misjudge in character” and he “was caught up in the moment”.Tommy Callaway, a 43-year-old youth minister and boy scout leader, spoke to newsmagazine Inside Edition in his first interview since a video of him smacking WSAV News reporter Alex Bozarjian went viral.



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Matt Gaetz: ‘I Think it’s a Little Weird’ that Giuliani is in Ukraine Meeting with Government Officials

Matt Gaetz: ‘I Think it’s a Little Weird’ that Giuliani is in Ukraine Meeting with Government OfficialsTrump ally Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) distanced himself from the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday night.“I think it’s a little weird that Rudy Giuliani is over in Ukraine right now, and I’m not here to defend Rudy Giuliani,” Gaetz told Cuomo.Cuomo began by asking Gaetz what he made of Giuliani’s presence in Ukraine, where he met this week with government officials as part of his ongoing effort to prompt the opening of a corruption investigation that would benefit Trump politically.Giuliani met on Thursday with a KGB-trained member of Ukraine’s parliament to discuss a possible investigation into Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden. In November, news broke that Giuliani considered taking Ukraine’s top prosecutor as a client earlier this year, as he urged the prosecutor and other Ukrainian officials to investigate former vice president Joe Biden.Gaetz replied by saying that Giuliani deserved “to get the benefit of the doubt” due to his past credentials, but was not shy about voicing some skepticism.“As you point out, there’s some ambiguity about the role that Rudy Giuliani’s playing, and I think it probably would be helpful if Rudy clarified the role that he was playing in these different circumstances, and if he’s acting for other clients or other entities, that would be helpful information to have,” Gaetz said. The Florida congressman added that “if Mayor Giuliani did something wrong, which I haven’t seen evidence of, then of course there’s a process to deal with that.”> "There is some ambiguity about the role that Rudy Giuliani is playing," says GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz about the President's personal attorney's efforts in Ukraine. "It probably would be helpful if Rudy clarified the role that he was playing in different circumstances." pic.twitter.com/uepPuBECW9> > — Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) December 6, 2019Gaetz was also quick to defend Trump when Cumo pressed on whether Giuliani’s work was proof of the crimes Democrats are mulling in drafting articles of impeachment.“When it comes to the president, which is what this impeachment is about, you have a long-held criticism and concern about foreign aid, you have a legitimate concern about Ukraine — the third-most corrupt country in the world — and you also have specific legitimate concern about Burisma,” Gaetz said.“It was in fact Mr. Kent, who testified that there was such substantial concerns about Burisma, that our own embassy had to pull out of a private partnership with them out of fear that we would be smeared with this type of corrupt behavior. So, with all of that being a legitimate question, the president should not never be impeached on it.”Giuliani continues to publicly claim that he is in possession of evidence that proves Joe Biden abused his position as vice president to benefit his son.> …to the US assisting Ukraine with its anti-corruption reforms. > > The American people will learn that Biden & other Obama administration officials, contributed to the increased level of corruption in Ukraine between 2014 to 2016. > > This evidence will all be released very soon.> > — Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 5, 2019



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Romney Contests Trump’s Ukraine Election-Meddling Narrative: ‘I Saw No Evidence’

Romney Contests Trump’s Ukraine Election-Meddling Narrative: ‘I Saw No Evidence’Senator Mitt Romney of Utah broke with his Republican colleagues on Tuesday, telling reporters that, based on testimony from American officials, he does not believe there is evidence of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.Romney’s comments come after U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, the No. 3 State Department official, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that he was not aware of any Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election.“I saw no evidence from our intelligence community nor from our representatives today from the Department of State that there is any evidence of any kind that suggests Ukraine interfered in our elections,” Romney said Tuesday. He added that “we have ample evidence that Russia interfered in our elections.”> ROMNEY: "I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is *any* evidence of *any* kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections. We have ample evidence that Russia interfered…" pic.twitter.com/zSTBcEviSQ> > — Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) December 3, 2019During his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart “to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine.” He went on to specify that he wanted a probe into the so-called "Crowdstrike theory," which holds that Ukrainian hackers posed as Russians while interfering in the 2016 election in order to sow discord between the two powers.“They say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it,” Trump said according to the transcript of the call. In September the Justice Department confirmed that the probe led by U.S. Attorney John Durham was exploring Ukrainian election interference.During House testimony in the impeachment inquiry, Republicans repeatedly cited Trump’s concern over Ukrainian corruption as reasonable in his decision to delay military aid to the country, a position a new House-Republican report reinforces.“President Trump has a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption,” the report — released Monday — states.Republicans have also referenced a January 2017 article from Politico titled “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire,” which cites examples of Ukrainian officials attempting to sabotage the Trump campaign.State Department officials and Democrats have pushed back on the narrative, emphasizing Trump’s mention of the “Crowdstrike” theory, which they argue amounts to Russian propaganda.In her testimony last month, former National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill called Ukrainian 2016 election interference “a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”“The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016,” Hill’s opening statement reads. “This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan Congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified.”



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‘I can’t think properly’: Assange fights back tears and struggles to say own name as he appears in court over US extradition

‘I can’t think properly’: Assange fights back tears and struggles to say own name as he appears in court over US extraditionJulian Assange appeared to fight back tears and said “I can’t think properly” as he faced court to fight extradition to the US.The Wikileaks founder also mumbled, paused and stuttered as he confirmed his name and date of birth at the beginning of the start of a case management hearing in London on Monday.



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‘I Am Back’: Bernie Sanders Addresses 26,000 With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

‘I Am Back’: Bernie Sanders Addresses 26,000 With Alexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed a raucous crowd on Saturday as he showcased two high-profile progressive endorsements, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and filmmaker Michael Moore,…



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Giuliani refuses to comply with impeachment subpoena as attorney steps down: ‘I don’t need a lawyer’

Giuliani refuses to comply with impeachment subpoena as attorney steps down: ‘I don’t need a lawyer’Rudy Giuliani has said he will not co-operate with an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump and insisted he did not need a lawyer following the arrest of two business associates accused of campaign finance violations.The president’s personal attorney posted a letter on Twitter to the House permanent select committee on intelligence in which his lawyer wrote: “Please accept this response as formal notice that Mr Giuliani will not participate because this appears to be an unconstitutional, baseless and illegitimate ‘impeachment inquiry.’”



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Pete Buttigieg Swats Down Beto O’Rourke on Guns: ‘I Don’t Need Lessons From You on Courage’

Pete Buttigieg Swats Down Beto O’Rourke on Guns: ‘I Don’t Need Lessons From You on Courage’Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said on the debate stage Tuesday night that Americans who refuse to turn over banned semi automatic rifles under his mandatory gun buyback program would be met with unspecified “consequences,” a stance which drew major pushback from his fellow Democratic contenders.The Texas Democrat didn’t get into much more detail, but made clear that police will exercise force to confiscate weapons banned under his plan, the most sweeping gun control proposal offered by any Democratic presidential candidate.“If someone does not turn in an AR-15 or an AK-47…then that weapon will be taken from them,” O’Rourke said. “If they persist, there will be other consequences."Every candidate who addressed the issue on Tuesday evening supported additional restrictions on the sale of so-called assault weapons, but none went as far as O’Rourke. And his proposal prompted a harsh rebuke from others, especially South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.“Congressman, you just made it clear you don’t know how this is actually going to take weapons off the streets,” he told O’Rourke. “I don’t need lessons from you on courage, political or personal. The problem is not other Democrats who don’t agree with your particular idea of how to handle this. The problem is the National Rifle Association and their enablers in Congress, and we should be united in taking the fight to them.”That drew a heated response from O’Rourke, who accused Buttigieg of minimizing the problem of gun violence and the toll it’s taken on victims of mass-casualty shootings.“When you, mayor, describe this policy as a shiny object, I don’t care what that meant to me or my candidacy,” O’Rourke shot back. “But to those who have survived gun violence, those who have lost a loved one to an AR-15 or an AK-47, marched for our lives, formed in the courage of students willing to stand up to the NRA and conventional politicians and poll-tested politicians, that was a slap in the fact to every one of those groups and every survivor of a mass casualty assault.”O’Rourke’s proposal would likely require a massive police mobilization to enforce the confiscation of millions of firearms targeted by the plan. And that raised concerns for other candidates on the stage.“In the place I grew up in, we weren't exactly looking for more reasons for cops to come show up at the door,” said Julian Castro, the former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “I am not going to give these police officers another reason to go door to door in these communities.”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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Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro: ‘I Am Never Disappointed in My President!’

Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro: ‘I Am Never Disappointed in My President!’Reacting to reports that President Donald Trump promised China he would stay quiet on the Hong Kong protests while mentioning his potential political rivals, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday refused to answer whether he brought up former Vice President Joe Biden to China—proudly declaring he’s never been “disappointed in my president.”Appearing on CNN Newsroom on Friday morning, the White House official was pressed early on by host Jim Sciutto about the president’s reported assurance to the Chinese leader that he’d stay mum on the protests as trade talks between the two countries continued. Navarro, meanwhile, implied the story was false because CNN was relying on “anonymous sources.”“You assert that—that’s not a fact in evidence,” Navarro exclaimed. “I read through that whole story. It was one assertion of fact after another, without sourcing.”After Sciutto defended the reporting, noting there were multiple sources and public information corroborating the story, he continued to question Navarro about Trump not taking sides in the Hong Kong protests, noting that the president’s trade adviser himself has praised the protesters.“He said very clearly he wanted a peaceful resolution to that,” Navarro declared, prompting Sciutto to once again state that Trump merely said he wanted “both sides to refrain from violence.”“So what’s the point here, Jim?” Navarro snapped back.“I’m asking you, are you disappointed the president hasn’t made a public statement of support,” the CNN host wondered aloud.“I’m never disappointed in my president,” the Trump aide declared. “I’m never disappointed in my president!”Towards the end of the segment, after Navarro repeatedly compared him to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (a favorite target of Trumpworld’s lately), Sciutto circled back to the president calling on the Chinese government to investigate the Biden family.“Have you ever raised investigating Joe Biden or his son during contacts with Chinese officials?” Sciutto asked.“Here’s the thing,” the White House official responded. “I will never talk about what happens inside the White House. OK? Not confirm or deny. Because that’s the slippery slope.”Navarro would go on and deflect some more as Sciutto attempted to get a yes-no answer from him, complaining about leaks from the White House and anonymous sources in reports on the administration. 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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‘I Read the Article!’: Laura Ingraham’s Interview With Black NFL Star Ben Watson Backfires

‘I Read the Article!’: Laura Ingraham’s Interview With Black NFL Star Ben Watson BackfiresThings didn’t go as planned for Fox News host Laura Ingraham at the end of a Monday night interview with New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson, causing the conservative primetime star to stumble when she realized her guest didn’t have the opinion she seemed to want of him.Watson, who had just spent the majority of the segment defending New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees’ involvement with anti-LGBTQ group Focus on the Family, was then asked to react to Atlantic writer Jemele Hill’s call for elite black athletes to stop attending white-majority colleges—an article that has predictably sparked outrage on the right.“When I saw the uproar over it, I read the article,” Watson told the Ingraham Angle host. “I agreed with her. She had some great points in that article there.”The pro athlete went on to note Hill’s article argued that historically black colleges and universities have struggled to compete financially with majority-white institutions since integration, possibly contributing to the large wealth gap between white and black families.“What she was saying was simply we are trying to pump money and revenue into some of these communities that are still big disparities,” Watson added. “This may be a way to do it. Obviously, that’s in a vacuum for other factors to figure into that but when you read her argument, she lays it out very cleanly and it’s actually something that I agree with.”Ingraham, meanwhile, was caught by surprise, likely figuring Watson would be on the same page as her and react in disgust to Hill’s argument.“Well I think Duke would have not been thrilled about you’re not being there, but we will leave it at that,” she exclaimed. “College sports would certainly be a lot different today if we went down a color-coded way of figuring out college admissions. That’s like re-segregating the country! Why do we want that?!”“No because segregation, as you know, is government-mandated,” Watson calmly responded. “This is not segregation. If you read the article…”The Fox News host, however, wouldn’t let Watson finish his thought, rolling her eyes before cutting him off so she could end the interview.“I read the article!” Ingraham declared. “I read the article. All right, we have to go.”The Fox News primetime star exhibited restraint, however, compared to other times where she found herself in political disagreement with a pro athlete. “Shut up and dribble,” she infamously declared last year while discussing NBA star LeBron James’ vocal opposition to President Trump.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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