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Feds urge court to uphold Bridgegate convictions– say defendants are ‘unrepentant’

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Rejecting arguments by two former Christie administration insiders convicted in the Bridgegate scandal that the corruption case had “criminalized politics,” prosecutors urged an appellate court to uphold the 2016 verdicts against Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly.

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The ‘War on Christmas’ was started more than 500 years ago — by Christians

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If it feels like the “War on Christmas” is getting really old, it is. Almost 15 years have passed since Bill O’Reilly first opened December with a segment called, “Christmas Under Siege”—ten long years in which his cadences and refrains and echoing chorus have become as familiar to most Americans as Handel’s Messiah. More familiar, in fact.

Not that O’Reilly invented the idea. During the 1920’s, Henry Ford’s newspaper published a series of anti-Semitic articles titled, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.” Among the complaints:

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US accused of seeking climate funding waiver at UN talks

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The United States was accused Wednesday of using crunch UN talks to avoid compensating poorer nations hit by climate change, despite its decision to leave the process to limit global warming.

Delegates and observers at the COP25 negotiations in Madrid told AFP that Washington was pushing for a change in the rules of the UN climate convention that could let history's largest emitter largely off the hook when it comes to so-called "loss and damage" funding for developing nations.

Under the bedrock UN climate treaty, adopted in 1992, rich nations agreed to shoulder more responsibility for curbing global warming, and to help developing countries prepare for unavoidable future impacts -- the twin pillars of "mitigation" and "adaptation".

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WATCH LIVE: Justice Dept inspector general testifies in Senate about FBI-Russia report

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Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz will testify on Capitol Hill on his new report detailing the origins of the Russia probe.

The report criticizes FBI officials for making errors at the start of the investigation but concluded those errors were not intentional acts of political bias, and Attorney General William Barr immediately questioned Horowitz's finding that the probe of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was justified.

Horowitz will testify Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A live stream video will be available before the hearing begins.

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