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WATCH: Sarah Palin heaps praise on Julian Assange in surreal video — and apologizes for ‘being a stinker to him’

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Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin this week praised WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a champion of freedom — despite the fact that Assange leaked her own personal emails all the way back in 2008.

In an interview promoted by WikiLeaks itself, Palin acknowledges that she was once angered that Assange had violated her privacy by posting her hacked emails, but she says that she has long since gotten over it.

“We do have a lot of history,” she acknowledged. “He leaked, published somehow a few emails of mine and I was so ticked off. He was such a foe until I started figuring out where he was headed with his agenda with what he’s doing is trying to provide people with information so that we can make better decisions for our own lives for the community, for our country, for the world and I really appreciate him more.”

Now, however, Palin sees Assange as such an asset that she says she personally apologized to him over her past statements attacking him.

“I appreciate him so much I actually apologized to him for calling him out, and kind of being a stinker to him,” said the former Alaska governor. “I appreciate that he’s all about freedom. He wants people to have information.”

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Matt Gaetz gets laughed at after his attempt to derail Mueller hearing hilariously backfires

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to turn the latest hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election into a hearing on border security -- and then got hilariously shut down by one of the panelists.

During his allotted time, Gaetz changed the subject away entirely from the Mueller report and decided to grill one of the witnesses for her views on border security.

In particular, Gaetz asked Carrie Cordero, a Robert M. Gates senior fellow and general counsel at the Center for New American Security, about her work writing about the security problems posed by Mexican drug cartels.

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Lindsey Graham shoves Trump toward war: ‘Anyone would believe we’re one step closer’

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President Donald Trump seemed to try and deescalate the situation between Iran and the U.S. in wake of the former shooting down an American drone. But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seems to be shoving the president toward war.

"I think anybody would believe that we’re one step closer" [to war], Graham told the press in the hallways of Congress Thursday. "They shot down an American asset, well within international waters -- trying to assess the situation. What are you supposed to do?"

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Fireworks erupt at latest Mueller hearing as chairman Jerry Nadler schools GOP’s Jim Jordan

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A feisty Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) schooled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for blatantly misstating facts about the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

After Jordan went on a lengthy diatribe against the FBI for supposedly relying on the Steele dossier to launch an investigation against the Trump campaign, Nadler jumped in to formally correct the record.

"It is well established that the investigation was not predicated on the Steele dossier, but rather on the observation of..." Nadler began.

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