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US intel officials warned Jared Kushner that the Chinese might use Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife to influence him: report

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In 2017, U.S. counterintelligence officials warned Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner that Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Deng Murdoch, a friend of Kushner and Ivanka Trump, may using her proximity to their family “to further the interests of the Chinese government,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

As the Journal reports, officials feared Murdoch was using her connection to Kushner to advance a $100 million project that involves the installation of a 70-foot tower at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. The intelligence community is concerned the tower could be outfitted to carry out surveillance on the U.S. government.

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Murdoch, a U.S. citizen, was married to News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch from 1999 until their divorce in 2013.

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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