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Two U.S. nuclear plants under threat as flood waters rise

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Two U.S. nuclear electricity facilities, the Fort Calhoun and Cooper nuclear plants in Nebraska, are facing the threat of rising flood waters from the Missouri river.

Though safety regulators insist the plants were designed to withstand flooding and no risk of disaster exists, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been enforcing a no-fly zone over the Fort Calhoun plant since early this month, even though the plant has been shut down since early April for refueling.

That may be due in part to a reportedly minor fire at the plant which temporarily knocked out pumps that inject cool water into a pool of used nuclear fuel — or it may be due to something else entirely.

The FAA reportedly told “Big Picture” host Thom Hartmann that it was maintaining the aircraft ban for security reasons, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has insisted there was no danger to people in surrounding areas.

But that still begs the question: Why would anyone build a nuclear plant so close to a river — or any other potentially dangerous region?

This video is from Russia Today, broadcast Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

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Hannity melts down over news of Mueller testimony: Democrats are ‘abusing their power’

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Just moments after news broke late Tuesday that Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress next month, Fox News host Sean Hannity complained the testimony was nothing less than  presidential harassment.

The host of "Hannity," who acts as an informal adviser to the president and often uses his widely watched primetime program to go to bat for Trump, predictably devoted much of his program Tuesday night to attempts to discredit Mueller and downplay the significance of the former special counsel's upcoming testimony.

During a discussion with Fox News personalities Dan Bongino and Geraldo Rivera, Hannity argued that Mueller's appearance was just another way for Democrats to further probe allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. (Mueller did not find sufficient evidence that Trump's campaign coordinated with Moscow during his investigation, which wrapped up in late March.)

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Elijah Cummings shames Republicans for shrugging off Trump’s lawlessness: ‘We don’t teach our children to lie!’

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Wednesday delivered a scathing rebuke to Republican lawmakers who are shrugging off the lawlessness of President Donald Trump and his administration.

During a hearing in which United States Special Counsel Henry Kerner reiterated his finding that Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway repeatedly broke the law by violating the Hatch Act, Cummings shamed GOP lawmakers who defended Conway's actions and suggested that breaking the law isn't a big deal.

"It concerns me that we've gotten so far from the basic principles of obedience to the law," he said.

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Trump issues veiled threat to Jerry Falwell Jr: ‘I could tell you stories’

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President Donald Trump issued what sounded like a veiled threat to Jerry Falwell Jr. during a speech to an evangelical audience.

The president spoke Wednesday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition 2019 Road to Majority Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., where he thanked Falwell -- who has been implicated a racy photo scandal involving his wife, a pool boy and Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen.

"Jerry Falwell is a friend of mine, and he was with me right from the beginning, and he's so happy about it," Trump said, smiling and pausing a bit. "I could tell you stories. He said that he was so honored to be there. He understood from the beginning what was going on."

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