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Elvis-impersonating former ricin suspect sings Randy Travis song on CNN

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The Elvis impersonator who was freed on Tuesday after being cleared of sending ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other government officials gave CNN a sample of his talents with an impromptu performance of a Randy Travis song.

CNN host Chris Cuomo concluded a nearly 30-minute interview with Paul Kevin Curtis and his attorney, Christi McCoy, on Wednesday by asking the performer how he would continue to earn a living after being falsely fingered for the ricin-tainted letters.

“It can destroy you or it can thrust you into the lime light,” Curtis explained. “I’ve seen pieces of television shows where someone was taken from their home and falsely arrested or something happened and no one knew who they were. They might have been a lawnmower repairman, and the next thing you know, they are in Washington performing for the president. You know, so this thing could flip and I could become the next best thing since sliced bread.”

“I could get a record deal and publish my book and take my kids to Disneyland,” he added. “You know, that’s the way that I’m looking at it, from a positive standpoint.”

At that point, Cuomo asked Curtis for “a little taste” of his performing skills.

Taking the hand of his lawyer, who he had called “Perry Mason on crack,” the Elvis impersonator launched into a rendition of Randy Travis’ On the Other Hand.

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“On one hand I count the reasons / I could stay with you / And hold you close to me / All night long,” he sang. “But on the other hand / There’s a golden band / To remind me of someone / Who would not understand.”

Watch this video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast April 24, 2013.

 
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Federal Reserve chair defiant in face of Trump threats: ‘The law is clear — I have a four-year term’

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded a defiant note on Wednesday as he announced that there would be no further cuts to interest rates for the time being.

Even though President Donald Trump has been publicly calling for a rate cut to spur additional economic growth ahead of his reelection campaign, Powell kept interest rates at their current level and signaled that he did not foresee any interest rate cuts for the rest of the year.

Powell was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about being "demoted" by Trump in the wake of this announcement, the Federal Reserve Chairman said he wasn't worried.

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Economist mocks GOP for trying to pin racism on Democrats — after telling a harrowing story about anti-black economic envy

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Economist Julianne Malveaux explained to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that there was a time in the United States where black Americans were actually closing the wealth gap with white Americans -- until white Americans rioted and burned their property.

During her testimony at a hearing on reparations, Malveaux recounted the horrific story of the destruction of "Black Wall Street," which was a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known for its high concentration of black-owned businesses and black wealth.

The area's prosperity came to an end in 1921 when white Tulsa residents used baseless accusation of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman as a justification to chase out all black residents and set fire to their neighborhoods. Hundreds of black residents were killed in the riots and the majority fled the city.

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Meghan McCain explodes after declaring herself a ‘sacrificial Republican’ — and shocks audience with slur against Joy Behar

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Whoopi Goldberg had to cool off a heated argument on "The View" between Joy Behar and Meghan McCain, who complained about being the show's "sacrificial Republican."

McCain mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for appearing at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Orlando, where the president belittled him from the stage.

"The transformation is complete," McCain said. "That's what I thought last night, the transformation is complete."

She then warned the other panelists not to overlook the crowd enthusiasm for Trump, and she recalled a conversation with a producer who couldn't understand why the president's supporters loved him so much.

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