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Investigative journalist explains why Jared Kushner and Saudi crown prince have such a tight bond

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Investigative Intercept reporter Mehdi Hasan explained another piece of the puzzling relationship between the Saudi royal family, Donald Trump and Jared Kushner.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the reporter told MSNBC’s Joy Reid Friday night, has bragged that he “has Jared Kushner in his pocket.”

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That relationship may have to do with both being “princes,” Hasan noted — one literal and one figurative.

“What I find so fascinating when we talk about Jared Kushner and [bin Salman] is that they’re both so similar,” the reporter said. “They’re both kind of spoiled brats in their 30’s, overpromoted and actually not very good at their jobs.”

“Everything MBS touches turns to dust,” Hasan continued, referencing the country’s ill-fated war in Yemen and blockade of Qatar.

The reporter proceeded to question why it took the likely murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly ordered by bin Salman, for American companies to “think again about how much they’ve buddied up with the Saudis” as those companies pull out of a planned conference in the desert kingdom.

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’51 dry martinis’: The day Hemingway liberated the Ritz bar in Paris

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Even for Ernest Hemingway, a man whose bravado was matched only by his thirst, his liberation of the Ritz Hotel's bar in Paris was the stuff of legend.

Officially the Nobel prize-winning author of "A Farewell to Arms" and "The Sun Also Rises" was supposed to be a war correspondent for the American magazine Collier's when he entered the French capital on August 25, 1944.

In reality, the macho novelist, who strode from a commandeered Jeep with all the swagger of a general to take over the city's most luxurious hotel, was waging his own swashbuckling private war against the Third Reich.

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‘I must get my head screwed on’: Conor McGregor sorry for ‘unacceptable’ pub attack on older man

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Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor apologized on Thursday for his attack on an older man in a Dublin bar which was captured on video before going viral last week.

In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, the controversial Irish fighter said he was mortified by his conduct shown on the video, in which he punches the man in an apparently unprovoked attack.

"I was in the wrong," McGregor said. "That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did.

"I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That's not who I am."

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Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

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Google on Thursday said it disabled a series of YouTube channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

The announcement by YouTube's parent company came after Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong's protest movement and sow political discord in the city.

Google disabled 210 YouTube channels that it found behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the Hong Kong protests, according to Shane Huntley of the company's security threat analysis group.

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