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Woman suffers brain injury after road-raging man punches her during late night rampage

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An Ohio bar manager underwent emergency brain surgery after happening upon a parking lot argument.

Jen Watts, who manages the popular Japp’s bar in Cincinnati, was seriously injured early Sunday after leaving work with another employee and seeing two men shouting at one another, reported WCPO-TV.

One of the men got into his car and rammed the other man’s car, and a bartender walking with Watts pulled out his cell phone and started recording video.

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That apparently enraged the driver, who got out of his car and punched Watts in the face — knocking her to the ground and cracking her skull.

The man knocked the cell phone out of the bartender’s hand, got back into his car and drove off.

“This guy was upset about something and took it out on an innocent — doesn’t hurt a fly — person,” said Molly Wellman, who owns Japp’s. “She is one of the most hardworking people in Cincinnati and in this industry. She is incredible. Luckily, she’s healing.”

The bartender tried to chase the man and called 911 as he drove away.

“If help hadn’t gotten there when they did, she wouldn’t have made it,” Wellmann said.

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Watts suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in the attack and is recovering from brain surgery.

Police identified the suspect as Lucien Lanier, who was seen shortly before the road rage attack being “very disorderly” outside the nearby Treehouse Patio Bar, about an hour before closing time.

“We have to catch this guy,” Wellmann said. “We don’t want him in our neighborhood. We don’t want him to hurt anyone else.”

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‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.

As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.

"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

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Sondland directly implicates Trump and Giuliani in ‘quid pro quo’ in bombshell opening statement

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland is directly implicating both President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani in running a "quid pro quo" scheme to condition a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Daily Beast has obtained excerpts of Sondland's opening statement that show the EU ambassador will make clear that Giuliani wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- and that he was pushing for it with Trump's encouragement.

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Elise Stefanik shredded by local columnist for selling out to Trump: ‘She’s not one of us’

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Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has been dubbed a "rising star" by President Donald Trump for her sycophantic defenses of him during the House impeachment inquiry.

But Ken Tingley, a newspaper columnist at the Glens Falls Post Star in upstate New York, believes that her strident defenses of the president will cost her dearly in her district.

In his latest column, Tingley offers a scathing assessment of Stefanik's character by pointing out that she swooped into the district despite not living there after a career that suggested she'd rather be running the Republican National Committee than representing New York's 21st district.

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