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Morning Joe laughs out loud at Fox News reactions to Rod Rosenstein reports

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough laughed out loud at Fox News hosts reacting to reports that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump.

The “Morning Joe” host wasn’t surprised by some of the more outrageous claims made by hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro, but he said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) should be embarrassed by his comments on the conservative network.

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“First of all, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro both saying this is a setup, that the ‘deep state’ wants Trump to fire Rosenstein, and did not take the bait,” Scarborough said.

He said Graham’s arguments were even more ridiculous.

“Secondly, I do not know how my friend Lindsey Graham could say with a straight face — because I had a judge in torts class that would say if you can make an argument for a jury, it’s got to pass the straight face test,” Scarborough said. “You have to make the argument in front of a mirror and if you start laughing, don’t make it in front of a jury.”

“Lindsey should have done that before going on Fox News and saying that the FBI was furiously trying to elect Hillary Clinton before the election when, in fact, you had (deputy FBI director Andrew) McCabe leaking damaging stories about the Clinton Foundation to the Wall Street Journal,” he continued.

“Then you had James Comey, the FBI director, 10 days before the election putting out a letter that was absolutely devastating to Hillary Clinton,” Scarborough added, “and put out in such a way that the only thing you could do would be severely damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes, even the Trump team said there is no way they could have won that election without Comey.”

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Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

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The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data, prompting an angry response from President Vladimir Putin.

WADA's executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, handed Russia the "robust" four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed over to investigators earlier this year.

The toughest ever sanctions imposed on Russian state authorities will see government officials barred from attending any major events, while the country will lose the right to host or bid for tournaments.

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Chilean military plane disappears with 38 aboard: Air Force

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A Chilean military plane with 38 people aboard has gone missing after it took off from the country's south for a base in Antarctica and is presumed to have crashed, authorities have said.

Seventeen of those on board the C-130 aircraft were crew and the others were passengers, Chile's air force said Monday.

The plane is believed to have crashed and "all national and international air and maritime means available in the area are continuing the search (for survivors) in the sector where communications were lost with the aircraft," it added in a statement Tuesday.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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