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‘David Pecker has met his match’: Ex-National Enquirer editor says publisher will regret blackmail attempt on WaPo’s Jeff Bezos

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The explosive allegations by Jeff Bezos that he was “blackmailed and extorted” by the National Enquirer to kill a Washington Post investigation is not going to end well for owner David Pecker, a longtime employee explained Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.

The host was joined by Jerry George, who spent 28-years at the National Enquirer, including working as the tabloid’s Los Angeles bureau chief.

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“Has David Pecker ever been up against anyone like Jeff Bezos before?” O’Donnell asked.

“No. I think for the first time, David Pecker has met his match,” George replied.

“We have finally gone through the looking glass and we are way beyond yellow journalism — we are now in the area of the RICO Act,” he explained, referring to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which federal prosecutors use to combat organized crime.

“This is extortion,” George concluded.

O’Donnell also noted the potential Saudi Arabia angle in the scandal.

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“Knowing David Pecker and knowing the company and the way they operate — they’re in need of money, they’re in need of financing, they’re looking for Saudi financing — what would they be willing to do to try to help the Saudis in terms of their coverage in, say, The Washington Post?” O’Donnell asked.

“Well, I mentioned earlier that the special issue that they had in the spring touting Saudi as the new magic kingdom was suspicious in itself in that three months later they acquired enough money to procure their biggest competitor,” he explained.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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