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WATCH: NC Republican sets off fire alarms while fleeing reporters’ questions about election fraud

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A North Carolina Republican fled from reporters asking about allegations of election fraud, and set off fire alarms in the process of running away.

Mark Harris, the GOP candidate for the 9th Congressional District, addressed a Monday night meeting of the Mecklenburg County Republicans at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center when WSOC-TV reporter Joe Bruno approached.

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An unidentified man tried to block the TV news crew from following Harris into a stairwell, and he finally allowed them to pass after they asked if he worked for the city.

Reporters shouted questions at Harris after they entered the stairwell, and the GOP candidate fled through a fire escape and sprinted across the street to the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, where he previously served as pastor.

Harris later tweeted to Bruno that he had run away from reporter because he wanted to get home in time to watch the college football National Championship game.

“Hey man,” Harris said. “Sorry I missed you guys tonight. I had to get to the kickoff of the #NationalChampionship game. We’ll have plenty to talk about in the days ahead. #GoTigers.”

His Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, wasn’t buying Harris’ explanation about his speedy retreat, or allegations of election fraud piling up against his campaign.

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“Mark Harris can run from the media, but he can’t hide from the truth,” McCready said. “The people deserve answers.”

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Former UK consulate worker says Chinese secret police tortured him

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A former employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong said Wednesday that Chinese secret police tortured and interrogated him about London's role in protests in the semi-autonomous city.

Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, claimed he was shackled to a steel "tiger chair", hung spread-eagled on a "steep X-Cross" and beaten while he was detained for 15 days in August.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Cheng's allegations are credible and that the treatment "amounts to torture".

Raab told BBC radio that he summoned the Chinese ambassador to denounce the "disgraceful" and "outrageous behaviour from the authorities in China" which violate international law.

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Sondland briefed Pompeo on Trump’s Ukraine scheme — and secretary of state signed off on it: report

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President Donald Trump's ambassador to the European Union kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the loop on efforts to pressure Ukraine's president to announce an investigation of Joe Biden.

Gordon Sondland notified Pompeo in mid-August of a draft statement he'd produced with another U.S. diplomat and Ukrainian officials that they hoped would persuade Trump to invite Volodymyr Zelensky to the Oval Office, reported the New York Times.

He and Pompeo discussed later that month the possibility of pushing Zelensky to pledge during a planned meeting with Trump in Warsaw that he would pursue the investigation sought by the U.S. president in hopes of smoothing relations between the two countries, according to two sources who were briefed on the matter.

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MSNBC’s Mika shocked by Morning Joe’s withering criticism of House GOP: ‘I’ve never heard you accuse someone of that’

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski was astonished by her co-host and husband Joe Scarborough's denunciation of congressional Republicans.

The "Morning Joe" hosts agreed GOP attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who earned a Purple Heart fighting in the Iraq War, and other impeachment inquiry witnesses were shameful, but Scarborough went even further in his criticism.

"People talk about the time, 'It's a time we're in,' -- no, it's not," Scarborough said. "It's lack of character among people on these committees, just a lack of character and a lack of love of country that they put their political party above their country."

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