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New Intel Committee’s Russia probe is much broader than America — or Trump — expected: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow could not contain her excitement Wednesday when describing in-depth how broad the House Intelligence Committee’s newly-reinstated Russia investigation under Democratic leadership is to be.

“This is not what I was expecting,” Maddow said. “This is way more of a capital-D ‘doozy’ than anybody was expecting outside of this committee.”

The host outlined the five main avenues the committee’s investigation is set to explore: the “scope and scale” of Russia’s electoral interference; potential collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign, transition and administration and foreign governments; whether Trump or his family or business associates have been compromised by “foreign actors”; whether Trump or his associates were vulnerable to foreign intelligence; and whether the president obstructed justice.

Maddow pointed out that the third point — essentially investigating whether Trump or anyone near him acted as a foreign agent — is perhaps the most startling to come from Congress.

“The Intelligence Committee is also going to investigate, quote, ‘whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds level, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates,'” she read.

“This means they’re now officially and with subpoena power investigating directly the thing that you shout out in the dark in the middle of the night when you wake up sweating and you thought it was a dream and you didn’t realize you said it out loud,” Maddow added. “You know how you wake up in the night drenched in sweat saying ‘what if the president is a foreign agent? That’s point number three.”

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The host later said that she wasn’t sure Trump was aware of such a broad investigation when he made his strange rhyming aside claiming “if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation” during the State of the Union the night prior.

“I don’t know what the president was hoping for last night when he decided to say in his State of the Union address that Congress shouldn’t investigate him anymore or the country gets it,” Maddow quipped, “but I cannot imagine this was the desired result of that now indelible and permanent line that will always be part of the history of the Trump presidency and the history of the State of the Union address in America.”

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Hong Kong is bracing for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over a controversial extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader.

Organisers are hoping for another mammoth turnout as they vowed to keep pressure on chief executive Carrie Lam, who suspended work on the hugely divisive bill Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood.

Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will tangle people up in China's notoriously opaque and politicised courts as well as hammer the city's reputation as a safe business hub.

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Here’s why the FDA is urging people to be careful with ‘poop transplants’

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In recent years, a medical procedure known as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), known colloquially as "poop transplants," have risen in popularity as a means of treating certain infections of the gastrointestinal tract without antibiotics. But according to Business Insider, the FDA is issuing a warning on the procedure following its first ever reported death.

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Saudi Arabia urges ‘decisive’ response to threats against energy supplies

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Saudi Arabia's energy minister on Saturday called for a "swift and decisive" response to threats against energy supplies following twin attacks on tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel.

"There must be a swift and decisive response to the threat against energy supplies... created by the recent terrorist acts in the Arabian Gulf," Khalid al-Falih was quoted as saying on the ministry's Twitter page.

He was speaking at a meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Japan after the attacks on Thursday, which sent crude prices soaring amid a tense standoff between Iran and the US.

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