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Parnas turns spotlight on Pence's role in Ukraine affair

Parnas turns spotlight on Pence's role in Ukraine affairAmong the many revelations in Lev Parnas’s spate of recent interviews was his claim that Vice President Pence was “in the loop” regarding President Trump’s plan to withhold U.S. military aid to Ukraine unless its government publicly announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.



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Tulsi Gabbard, encouraged by Trump, may seek spoiler role

Tulsi Gabbard, encouraged by Trump, may seek spoiler roleRep. Tulsi Gabbard will likely not win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, but she could still help reelect President Trump.



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Durham Scrutinizing Former CIA Director Brennan’s Role in Russia Investigation

Durham Scrutinizing Former CIA Director Brennan’s Role in Russia InvestigationFederal prosecutor John Durham, tasked with probing the Russia investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign by Attorney General William Barr, is scrutinizing what role former CIA director John Brennan played in the investigation, the New York Times reported Thursday.Durham has requested various documents from the CIA including Brennan's emails and call logs, according to the Times. The prosecutor is looking into what Brennan knew of the Steele dossier, how the dossier was received by the agency, and whether Brennan conferred with former FBI director James Comey regarding it.Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the dossier played a "central and essential" role in the FISA application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. In his report released earlier this month, Horowitz also confirmed that the FBI did not inform the court that the dossier, which some in the CIA believed amounted to an "internet rumor," was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and was never independently verified by the bureau.Durham is also trying to discover if Brennan privately contradicted any public testimony he made regarding the Russia investigation.On Wednesday Barr confirmed on Fox News that Durham's investigation was casting a wide net by looking at several aspects of the Russia investigation."He’s not just looking at the FBI, he’s looking at other agencies, and departments, and also private actors, so it’s a much broader investigation," Barr said. Durham "is looking at all the conduct both before and after the election.”Durham upgraded the investigation from an administrative review to a criminal probe in October but it's unclear what, if any, criminal acts he's uncovered.



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Barr taps top prosecutor for key Justice Department role

Barr taps top prosecutor for key Justice Department roleSeth DuCharme has worked closely on some of the most high profile federal cases of the last decade.



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The role of race and gender in the 2020 presidential race – CBS News poll

The role of race and gender in the 2020 presidential race - CBS News pollDo Democrats think black or female nominees would have harder time beating Trump in 2020?



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Biden Claims the Media Inflated AOC’s Role as Party Leader: ‘You Guys Got it All Wrong’

Biden Claims the Media Inflated AOC’s Role as Party Leader: ‘You Guys Got it All Wrong’Former Vice President Joe Biden is accusing the media of "bad judgment" in their coverage of progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying reporters and commentators have exaggerated her political rise as indicative of the direction of the overall party."You guys got it all wrong about what happened," Biden told Axios on HBO in Iowa."You sound like Trump. Fake news?" host Mike Allen remarked."I do," Biden responded. "It's not fake. It's just bad judgment.""You all thought that what happened was the party moved extremely to the left after Hillary. AOC was the new party," Biden continued. "She's a bright, wonderful person. But where's the party? Come on, man."That comment came amid a discussion on healthcare in which Biden agreed that while some of 2020 presidential opponents are all in on Medicare for All, "the party is not there at all."Ocasio-Cortez burst upon the political scene last year when she snagged her Bronx and Queens congressional seat in an upset election against 10-term incumbent and Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley. Since then, she has pushed a progressive agenda similar to that of Biden's 2020 opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, including Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.The freshman congresswoman said in June that Biden would not be a “pragmatic” choice as the Democratic 2020 presidential nominee.“If you pick the perfect candidate like Joe Biden to win that guy in the diner, the cost will make you lose because you will depress turnout as well," the Bronx congresswoman explained. "And that’s exactly what happened [in] 2016. We picked the logically fitting candidate, but that candidate did not inspire the turnout that we needed.”Biden still leads in the crowded Democratic primary race, followed by Sanders, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.



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Investigators probing role weather may have played in deadly South Dakota plane crash

Investigators probing role weather may have played in deadly South Dakota plane crashAn NTSB investigator examines the wreckage of a Pilatus PC-12 airplane near Chamberlain Municipal Airport in South Dakota. The aircraft crashed on Saturday, November 30, 2019, moments after taking off amid heavy snowfall. The crash killed nine of the 12 people on board. (NTSB) The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released new information Tuesday about the plane crash in Chamberlain, South Dakota, that killed nine people and injured three others within a mile of takeoff. A review of the available information about the fatal crash, which occurred Saturday within a mile of takeoff, indicates weather was a significant, if not major, factor, experts say.Chamberlain, and much of South Dakota, was under a winter storm warning and experiencing near-blizzard conditions around the time of the crash on Saturday.The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 arrived in Chamberlain Friday at about 9:30 a.m. CST, according to the NTSB report. The airplane remained parked on the airport ramp until the accident a day later, the report noted."They landed on Friday ahead of the storm, and it looks like they just left the plane parked on the runway," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist David Samuhel, who reviewed the NTSB statement. "There was probably 8 or 9 inches of snow, so the plane probably had a whole lot of snow and ice on it." The NTSB is still investigating the crash, and it's not clear if the snow and ice were cleared from the aircraft before takeoff. Samuhel said, "If they didn't get the snow and ice off the wings, that would be a huge problem." A photo of a Pilatus PC-12 in flight. (Pilatus Aircraft Ltd) An aviation expert AccuWeather spoke with also said there was likely frost or ice below the layer of snow and added that it's "doubtful the facilities exist for that sort of deicing at this small airport." AccuWeather reached out to the Chamberlain airport manager, who as of late Thursday had not yet responded.Ice and snow needs to be properly removed from a plane for the flight to be legal, and if that doesn't happen, the consequences can be dire. "You're looking at [an] increase in drag of 40 percent and decrease of lift of 30 percent if you don't deice properly."Also, the NTSB reported the weather observation station at the Chamberlain airport recorded winds of 7 mph, with half-mile visibility and moderate snow and icing. AccuWeather's Samuhel believes the winds were likely much stronger."I question the wind reading at Chamberlain airport," he said. "Pierre is about 65 miles to the northwest of Chamberlain, but the conditions probably weren't much different and winds in Pierre were gusting to 40 mph and even higher some parts of the day."They were leaving Saturday and the storm was starting to wrap up, but they were still in a bad part of it where the wind was really kicking up and they were probably getting blowing snow, too," Samuhel said.According to Travis Garza, president of wellness company Kyani, the company's two founders, Jim Hansen and Kirk Hansen, were among the crash victims. The other seven passengers who died were their relatives; three passengers survived.Another factor that could have contributed to the crash was a possible load imbalance. The Pilatus PC-12 pilot's information manual notes the "maximum number of occupants is 9 passengers" plus 1-2 pilot(s). According to the NTSB report, there were 12 people on the plane.There were 393 U.S. civil aviation deaths in 2018, an increase from 347 in 2017, according to the NTSB. Most aviation deaths in 2018 took place during general aviation operations - all civilian flying except scheduled passenger airline service – when 381 were killed, compared to 331 in 2017.



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Harassed but unbowed, Philippines VP to take on 'poisoned chalice' role

Harassed but unbowed, Philippines VP to take on 'poisoned chalice' roleThe last time aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a text message to his vice president, it was to tell her to stay away from his cabinet meetings. Robredo, a 54-year-old who was elected separately to Duterte, has called the campaign ineffective and out of control. Robredo’s allies see the job offer – to co-chair an inter-government panel on drugs along with the head of the anti-drugs agency – as a poisoned chalice.



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New transcripts of Yovanovitch and McKinley testimonies show Republicans' role in depositions

New transcripts of Yovanovitch and McKinley testimonies show Republicans' role in depositionsGOP Rep. Jim Jordan voiced concern over the impeachment proceedings at the start of both witnesses' depositions.



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Huffman has been released from prison after 2-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal

Huffman has been released from prison after 2-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scandalFelicity Huffman has been released from federal prison after spending nearly two weeks in a Northern California facility for her role in the college admissions scandal.



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