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Trump Jr. paid $50,000 for speech at think tank headed by man who nominated Putin for Nobel Peace Prize

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Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, was paid $50,000 to deliver a speech last year at a think tank that was founded by a man who nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump Jr. gave a talk at the Ritz Hotel in Paris during a conference being sponsored by the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, a think tank ostensibly dedicated to ending the civil war in Syria.

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CPFA President Fabien Baussart — a wealthy French businessman — has regularly cooperated with Russia in its efforts to end the conflict through its military support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In fact, Baussart was so impressed with Russia’s work in this area that he even used it as a justification for nominating Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize this past December.

“They are openly linked with the Russians,” Renaud Girard, who moderated the session Trump attended, told ABC News. “They don’t hide it at all.”

Baussart’s wife, a Syrian-born woman named Randa Kassis, is also “a leader of a political faction endorsed by Russia in negotiations to end the war in Syria,” the Journal reports.

Baussart is described in French media as “a former lobbyist for Russian oligarchs,” according to ABC News.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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