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‘She crushed him!’: Wolf Blitzer praises Sally Yates for schooling Ted Cruz on the Constitution

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her testy exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), noting she “basically crushed him” when he tried to corner her on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

During Yates’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cruz tried confront Yates over her refusal to defend Trump’s immigration ban. Yates’ memo to the Department of Justice led to her dramatic firing by the president back in February.

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Cruz on Monday brought up the “binding statutory authority for the executive order that you refused to implement that lead to your termination,” asking Yates if she was familiar with the power vested in the president by that statute. Yates, nailed Cruz for his line of questioning, explaining she refused to defend the ban out of “Constitutional concerns.”

Speaking about Cruz and Yates’ back and forth, Blitzer argued Yates “basically crushed him.”

“I was going to say, ‘Sen. Cruz, you met your match,’” CNN’s Dana Bash agreed.

“He was trying to do legal gotcha with the code, and she said, ‘I’ll hear your legal gotcha and I’ll one-up you,’” Bash added.

CNN political director David Chalian noted Cruz “met his match” with Yates.

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“She really … did remarkably well,” Blitzer said.

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Stocks, oil prices tumble as deadly China virus rattles markets

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Global stock markets and oil prices plunged Monday as panicked investors bolted into safer assets such as gold after China warned that the spread of a deadly new coronavirus was accelerating.

China extended its traditional Lunar New Year holidays to buy time in the fight against the epidemic, prompting neighbouring Mongolia to close its border after the death toll spiked to 81 despite unprecedented quarantine measures.

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‘Cat is out of the bag’: Trump supporter Byron York reverses and says GOP must allow Bolton impeachment testimony

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The Washington Examiner's Byron York has long been sympathetic to President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly defended the president's conduct in Ukraine and attacked the Democratic case. Just a week ago, he penned a column criticizing the idea that Trump has been less cooperative in the impeachment trial than President Bill Clinton. And in particular, he has opposed Democratic demands for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to be called to testify against the president, saying, "if anything is covered by executive privilege, it would be the president's private conversations with his national security adviser about issues of foreign policy and national security."

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Mothers of jihadist, Belgium attack victim write book together

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Bloodlines bind them to people on opposite sides of a violent divide. One is the mother of a jailed jihadist, the other the mother of a victim wounded in a bloody 2016 attack in Brussels.

But these two Belgian women shared tears, and compassion, and finally an idea to write a book together to tell the world what unites them beyond the differences.

Fatima Ezzarhouni, a 48-year-old born in Morocco and raised since the age of four in the city of Antwerp where she works as a care assistant, said she "just clicked" with Sophie Pirson, a 61-year-old employee in a contemporary arts museum who lives in Brussels.

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