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Jon Stewart catches Glenn Beck ‘digging for gold’

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Glenn Beck goldGlenn Beck, the latest Fox News target of liberal critics, got a further drubbing Thursday from Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart.

In a segment about the rising price of gold, Stewart noted that one of the major advertisers on Beck’s program is Goldline, a company that traffics in the yellow metal. The irony, Stewart notes, is that the price of gold tends to move in inverse relationship to public fear.

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“So it goes up when people are panicked or concerned,” Stewart mused. “I know there are a lot of concerns and panic right now. I wonder what is fanning the flames of that panic and concern.”

“Glenn Beck is paid by Goldline to drum up interest in gold, which increases value during times of fear; an emotion refinforced nightly on Fox by Glenn Beck,” he noted.

The video from Stewart’s Dec. 10 Daily Show follows.

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Two treated for deadly pneumonic plague in Beijing

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Two people in Beijing have been diagnosed with the pneumonic plague -- a rare instance of the highly-contagious disease that is fatal if left untreated.

The two individuals were being treated at a central hospital in China's capital city -- home to over 21 million inhabitants -- on Tuesday, local authorities said.

Pneumonic plague can prove fatal in 24 to 72 hours and is the "most virulent form of plague," according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while the bubonic form is less dangerous.

The patients are from the northwestern Inner Mongolia province, district officials said in an online statement, adding that the "relevant prevention and control measures have been implemented."

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Venezuela ex-intel chief missing in Spain ahead of US extradition

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Venezuela's former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.

"They are currently looking for him," said a spokeswoman for Spain's national police, referring to General Hugo Armando Carvajal.

Judicial sources said police had gone to his house in Madrid after Friday's court decision but could not find him.

In mid-September, Spain's National Court had rejected a US extradition request, instead ordering the release of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

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How The Hill’s John Solomon helped Rudy Giuliani spread his Ukraine conspiracies

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After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.

As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.

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