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‘The worst plot ever’: CNN’s Berman battles Rep. Jim Jordan over FBI anti-Trump conspiracy in off-the-rails interview

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CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday went to war with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) over the congressman’s public accusation that the FBI conspired against then-candidate Donald Trump last year.

“You say you believe there was a plot in the FBI to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president,” Berman asked Jordan. “If that’s true, was this not the worst plot ever?”

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As Berman noted, then-FBI Director James Comey (who Trump infamously fired after taking office) notoriously re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, a move many credit for handing Trump the election.

“Wouldn’t that be a lousy way to plot defeating Donald Trump?” the host asked him.

Jordan brought up Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was reassigned from special Counsel Mueller’s probe after text messages revealed anti-Trump sentiments. The GOP rep was particularly fixated on texts Strzok sent saying he considered investigations into Russian collusion an “insurance policy” in the case that Trump was elected.

“We have text messages that show this huge anti-Trump bias [at the FBI] and some that point to intent to actually try to make sure Donald Trump wasn’t the president,” Jordan claimed. 

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“Your concern about FBI bias seems partisan,” Berman replied — and then the congressman went down the rabbit hole, bringing up the infamous “golden showers” dossier, eventually claiming that most of the special counsel’s team is “anti-Trump.” 

Watch the entire off-the-rails exchange below, via CNN.

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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