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Here are the 6 weirdest things we’ve learned so far from Alex Jones’ custody trial

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is in the middle of a brutal battle with his ex-wife, Kelly Jones, for custody of the couple’s three children.

Kelly Jones’ attorney, Bobby Newman, presented the jury with several stories of Alex Jones’ bizarre behavior while in court on Tuesday, including video of Jones in which he stripped down to nothing but his underwear.

Below, we recap the six weirdest allegations we’ve learned about Jones during his big custody battle on Tuesday, as relayed by BuzzFeed reporter Charlie Warzel and Austin Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove.

1. Alex Jones allegedly stripped during family therapy sessions. Newman played the jury video of Jones ripping off his clothes to demonstrate his “Super Male Virility” during an InfoWars broadcast. He also said that Jones would regularly take off his clothes when he went with Kelly Jones to joint family therapy sessions.

2. Jones forgot key pieces of information about his children — and said it was because he had eaten “a big bowl of chili” for lunch. According to Newman, Jones was so inattentive to his own children that he once forgot what grades they were in. Even more strangely, Jones claimed he forgot this information because he had just eaten a large bowl of chili for lunch.

3. Jones got drunk during the Trump inauguration and boasted about his ability to drink an entire cup of Jack Daniels in one swig. Additionally, Newman showed the jury footage of an inebriated Jones saying that he planned to “go piss on some tree” while on the Washington Mall this past January.

4. Jones trained his son to throw darts at Hillary Clinton’s photo. Among the other videos Newman wanted to show of Jones was one in which Jones and his son tossed darts at a photo of Hillary Clinton that was placed on a dartboard. However, the judge in the case would not allow this clip to be presented as evidence, as it could prejudice any jurors who voted for Clinton against Jones.

5. Jones allegedly instructed his children to record their mother’s behavior to help him in his custody fight. Jones, who regularly rails against government snooping in his show, purportedly had no problem in asking his children to act as his own personal surveillance drones to dig up dirt on his ex-wife.

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6. Jones may have completely sabotaged his own attorney’s case by posting a video insisting that he wasn’t merely a “performance artist.” Earlier this week, Jones cut a video in which he insisted that he really believed all of the crazy conspiracies he’s spouted over the years, thus undercutting his own lawyer’s plan to claim Jones isn’t really crazy, but only plays a crazy person for entertainment purposes.

This was also a particularly dubious tactic on Jones’ part because he may have made the video while he was already under gag order — which would get him into even more trouble than he’s in already.

 

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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