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Fox’s Judge Jeanine: If the devil had dirt on an opponent I’d be ‘on the first trolley to Hell’

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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said on Sunday made an interesting admission with regards to her morals around electoral help from hostile foreign powers or other unsavory sources.

The Hill reported that Pirro said she would ride “the first trolley to Hell” if the devil had incriminating information on a political rival.

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Pirro was defending the actions of President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr. who met with a Kremlin-aligned Russian Lawyer and a Russian-born lobbyist along with the top brass of the Donald Trump 2016 campaign staff.

“This hysteria has nothing to do with Russia and everything to do with Donald Trump,” Pirro said, “their hatred, their intolerance, their venom for him. And if it doesn’t stop, then the Democrats alone will be responsible for the demise of a workable and effective government for the people.”

She went on, ““As someone who’s run for office five times, if the Devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent, I’d be on the first trolley to Hell to get it.”

She added, “And any politician who tells you otherwise is a bald-faced liar.”

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“There is no law that says a campaign cannot accept information from a foreign government,” she insisted.

However, The Federal Election Campaign Act stipulates, “Federal law prohibits a foreign national from directly or indirectly making a “contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election[.]” 52 U.S.C. § 30121(a)(1)(A), and prohibits a person from soliciting, accepting or receiving such a contribution or donation from a foreign national, id. a § 30121(a)(2).”

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The term “thing of value” is the key element of the statute here, which courts have ruled can include information about a political opponent, meaning that if anyone on or related to the Trump campaign received opposition research information from a foreign national, they have placed themselves in legal jeopardy.

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Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge

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Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.

“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”

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Missouri official choose Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ for swearing-in ceremony instead of ‘The Bible’

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A Missouri county official is being both celebrated and attacked after a decision to forgo The Bible for her swearing-in ceremony and opted for a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.

The Friendly Atheist at Patheos captured the story, posting a photo of St. Louis City Councilmember Kelli Dunaway's children holding a copy of the book while she took her oath of office.

This was the scene last week at the STLCO government center. Democrats took back control of the council and @DunawayKelli was sworn in on a copy of “Oh the Places you’ll go” with her children❤️ so proud to be part of #TeamKelli pic.twitter.com/iJ1dxfZ1Zg

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In a permission tweet, President Donald Trump announced that his presidency is the only thing keeping the New York Times in business. Yet, somehow, they're also attacking him and lying about him.

"The New York Times will be out of business soon after I leave office, hopefully in 6 years. They have Zero credibility and are losing a fortune, even now, especially after their massive unfunded liability. I'm fairly certain they'll endorse me just to keep it all going!" he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163238629730373632

Since taking office, subscriptions for The Times have increased dramatically. According to an August report, The Times boasted a 4.7 million increase in subscribers for the second quarter. Their revenue growth was 5.2 percent. It certainly is a modest increase, but it's also an increase in an era when newspapers are struggling to survive.

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