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‘This is what a cover-up to a crime looks like’: Dem lawmaker unloads on Nunes’s White House stunt

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) appeared on Morning Joe Tuesday morning to call out his colleague, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), for rushing off to the White House in the middle of the night last week to get a secret intelligence briefing without notifying anyone on the House Intelligence Committee.

Co-host Joe Scarborough started off his interview with Swalwell by joking that the Democratic Congressman could “taking up golfing now” because “there’s sure not going to be an investigation in the House” into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, especially not in the wake of Nunes’s antics.

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“It’s time for Devin Nunes to leave this investigation, let alone lead it,” Swalwell replied bluntly. “He should be gone. And what we saw was, going over to the White House, he went to receive information that… we can receive at the Capitol. We have our own secure facility. If this was done the proper way, they could have brought it over, shared it with both parties on the committee.”

Swalwell said that because the information was shared exclusively with Nunes, however, that it was clearly done as a political operation.

“This was done because the White House wanted it to be done,” he said. “And this is what a cover-up to a crime looks like. We are watching it play out right now.”

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The only nationwide database of priests deemed credibly accused of abuse

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ProPublica published an interactive database on Tuesday that lets users search for clergy who have been listed as credibly accused of sexual abuse in reports released by Catholic dioceses and religious orders.

It is, as of publication, the only nationwide database of official disclosures. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the religious leaders’ national membership organization, does not publicly release any centralized, countrywide collection of clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual assault.

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Catholic peaders promised transparency about child abuse — but they haven’t delivered

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It took 40 years and three bouts of cancer for Larry Giacalone to report his claim of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a Boston priest named Richard Donahue.

Giacalone sued Donahue in 2017, alleging the priest molested him in 1976, when Giacalone was 12 and Donahue was serving at Sacred Heart Parish. The lawsuit never went to trial, but a compensation program set up by the archdiocese concluded that Giacalone “suffered physical injuries and emotional injuries as a result of physical abuse” and directed the archdiocese to pay him $73,000.

Even after the claim was settled and the compensation paid in February 2019, however, the archdiocese didn’t publish Donahue’s name on its list of accused priests. Nor did it three months later when Giacalone’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, criticized the church publicly for not adding Donahue’s name to the list.

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UAE announces first Wuhan coronavirus case

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The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday its first case of the new coronavirus, in a family from Wuhan, in what is thought to be the first confirmed case in the Middle East.

“The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a case of the new coronavirus affecting people from one family coming from the city of Wuhan in China,” the state news agency WAM reported, without saying how many were infected.

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