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Fox News’ Chris Wallace stunned as Trump weighs in on Manafort trial: Things have changed — and not for the better

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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Friday highlighted the abnormality of President Donald Trump weighing in on the federal trial of one of his former top advisers, Paul Manafort.

As a jury considered a verdict in the Manafort case, Trump told reporters that what had happened to his former campaign chairman was a “sad day for our country.”

“You know, as I heard that I thought boy, we really have changed. I’m not sure for the better,” Wallace said. “I remember Richard Nixon back in the 60s, early 70s talking about the Charles Manson trial — not someone who many people had doubts about. The president weighed in on his guilt and people went nuts.”

“I remember Barack Obama weighing in on Trayvon Martin or Henry Louis Gates in Cambridge, weighing in on those, and people when nuts. The idea a president would in any way intervene in a trial,” Wallace continued.

“You have now with Paul Manafort, the jury is considering the case and the president basically saying it’s sad that the prosecution was brought against this man who was a former — briefly — top advisor, campaign chairman for president Trump. How things have changed.”

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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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