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CNN’s Van Jones blows up Trump supporter’s feeble defense of embattled AG Whittaker: ‘I feel like I’m talking to a child’

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CNN’s Van Jones said that sitting on a panel with former Trump campaign strategist David Urban felt like he was talking to a “child” on Thursday.

During a panel discussion hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jones explained the significance of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker refusing to appear in an oversight hearing unless he was guaranteed not to be subpoenaed.

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“Whitaker is a tough guy,” Jones said. “He is no shrinking violet. He can defend himself. But the idea that we’re going to have brinkmanship now on everything, brinkmanship on the wall, on the budget, on hearings, it doesn’t make any sense.”

Urban then pointed fingers at House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and blamed him for Whitaker’s action.

“Nadler moved the first chess piece,” Urban said.

“I feel like I’m talking to my children most of the time. He started it. No, he started it,” Jones told Urban.

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“Van, it’s clear here. Who made the first move, Nadler or Whitaker?” Urban asked.

Jones explained that it doesn’t matter who started the fight and noted that the political system is acting “dysfunctional.”

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my kids. Who is going to make the responsible move now?” Jones said.

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“My point is this. It doesn’t matter who started this completely insane process that we are in of complete dysfunction. Where grown people are saying I will not come and talk to you unless you do it my way,” Jones said.

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Harvey Weinstein to face new indictment in #MeToo sexual assault trial

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Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is awaiting trial on two sexual assault charges, will return to court next week to hear a new indictment against him, prosecutors said Thursday.

Weinstein, 67, will appear in a New York state court on Monday, said a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney, declining to comment on the details of the indictment.

He added, however, that it did not contain new charges and that the film producer's trial would start as scheduled on September 9.

The indictment is likely to allow another alleged victim of Weinstein to testify at the trial.

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El Paso hospital forced to call out Trump’s lie that surgeons left the operating room to see him

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President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso's University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president's account of events.

"Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.

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Priest bound and gagged teen boy with masking tape and held him hostage in church’s janitor room

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A Michigan Catholic priest has been charged with one count of false imprisonment after he wrapped a teenage boy in plastic wrap and covered his eyes and mouth with masking tape, all while trapping him in the janitor's room of a church, ClickOnDetroit reports.

Rev. Brian Stanley, 57, faces up to 15 years in prison and would also have to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Stanley was reportedly entrusted by the teen's family as a counselor before the incident took place in the fall of 2013 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Otsego.

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