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Standing Rock protesters celebrate as Army Corps of Engineers halts DAPL project

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On Sunday afternoon, reports began to trickle in that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue construction.

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Spontaneous celebrations are erupting in the protest camps and on the Sioux reservation.

More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE: The Salem News reported that the Secretary of the Army contacted tribal leaders and informed them that the DAPL will not proceed according to its current plan.

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“We will not fight tonight, we will dance!” said Rami Bald Eagle, Cheyenne River Lakota Tribal Leader as he shared the news with supporters.

Pipeline protesters, said the News’ Bonnie King, came prepared to dig in for the winter. They were joined by thousands of veterans this week.

“The bitter cold has not chilled the passion behind stopping the pipeline. The many members of ‘Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,’ brought supplies such as gas masks, earplugs and body armor, to stand firm as a unit to protect protesters from the police and their rubber bullets,” wrote King. “But instead, tonight they dance. It looks like the Americans have won, after all.”

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The Sacred Stone Camp posted the following video on Facebook:

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UPDATE: Video from MSNBC is embedded below

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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