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Actor Nicholas Cage must surrender stolen dinosaur skull he bought at auction for $267,000

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Actor Nicholas Cage has agreed to turn over a dinosaur skull he purchased at auction in 2007 after federal authorities informed him it was stolen, the Guardian is reporting.

Last week Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara filed a civil forfeiture complaint in an effort to reclaim the stolen skull, but Cage’s name was not listed.

Cage’s publicist admitted that the actor purchased the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull via an auction at Beverly Hills gallery, I.M. Chait, for $276,000, reportedly outbidding fellow actor Leonardo Di Caprio.

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Cage was informed by the Department of Homeland Security in July of 2014 that the skull might be stolen property, and has agreed to turn it over.

According to authorities, the actor is not accused of any wrongdoing.


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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney caught on tape saying US is ‘desperate’

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was caught on tape admitting that, despite President Donald Trump's policy preferences, the United States is "desperate" for more immigrants, according to a recording obtained by the Washington Post.

He further undermined the administration's claims of its economic prowess, admitting that immigration is necessary for sustained economic growth.

"We are desperate — desperate — for more people," Mulvaney said, according to the post, stressing that it should be legal. "We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we've had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants."

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Intelligence failure: Donald Trump’s personal politics comes second to national security

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Joe Maguire, a Manhattan College alum whose life and career we admire, is out as President Trump’s acting director of national intelligence for committing an unpardonable sin. He told the unvarnished truth.A president needs confidence in his appointees. Trump apparently has more trust in Maguire’s replacement, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, despite the fact that he lacks a background in intelligence.But watch that trust evaporate if and when Grenell dares deliver facts the president really doesn’t want to hear.A week ago, a Maguire aide briefed the House Intelligence Committee on a bi... (more…)

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggests four more years of Trump might be better for Democratic Party

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As Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared headed for a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether President Donald Trump's re-election might be better for the Democratic establishment than the Vermont senator's multiracial, multigenerational movement taking over the party.

"I'm wondering if Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be President?" said Matthews. "Maybe that's too exciting a question to raise. Do they want Bernie to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? Maybe they'd rather wait 4 years and put in a Democrat that they like."

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