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Michigan nixes filming of Kid Rock video in women’s prison

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Michigan nixed an effort by musician Kid Rock to film a music video in a women’s prison in the state.

The Michigan Department of Corrections received the request last Thursday by Los Angeles-based production company Boulevard Industries to film the video at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, agency spokesman Chris Gautz said on Thursday.

The company had offered to stage a concert in the prison, which is the only women’s prison in the state and has a capacity to house 2,000 inmates, he said.

The request was rejected early this week for a number of reasons, including concerns about the added security that would have been required and an inability to mix low, medium and maximum security prisoners together, Gautz said. Building a stage also would have been problematic because everything brought into the prison has to be documented.

“It didn’t have to be a very long discussion,” Gautz said. “We knew that it wasn’t something we were going to be able to do.”

It is also against policy to film inside a prison, he said.

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The video may still be filmed in a shuttered Michigan prison. The sides are talking about a vacant maximum security facility in Standish, Michigan, that has been used for filming before, Gautz said.

According to Boulevard Industries’ website, it has filmed music videos for such musicians as Bruno Mars, Colbie Callait and Rod Stewart.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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Trump jumped to Speaker Pelosi’s defense in marathon Fox News interview

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In a strange twist, President Donald Trump appeared to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.

"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.

But what Trump said was the unusual point.

"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."

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