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Roger Stone desperately claims ‘crosshairs’ photo of judge is not threatening: ‘It is open to interpretation’

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Trump confidante Roger Stone on Monday defended his decision to post an ominous photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing his prosecution in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In a post on Instagram, Stone shared a photo of Jackson. Pictured beside her head was what appeared to be a crosshairs symbol.

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Stone eventually took down the post, and told the New York Daily News that he had not seen the crosshairs symbol beside Jackson’s head.

He later told CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson that the photo was not intended to threaten the judge, and that he did not violate a gag order in the case.

“I do not believe that I have violated any order of the court,” Stone insisted, “and that this sentiments for [sic] within my first amendment rights.”

“Any interference that this in someway threatens the judge is false,” he added. “Because it is open to interpretation I’m going to take it down.”

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

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Trump wants Ric Grenell to keep his ambassador job while also overseeing every intelligence agency: report

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was reported to be planning to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence — a position for which he has zero qualifications. The move raised immediate fears, given that Grenell is a hardline Trump loyalist.

But it doesn't stop there. Reports also suggest that the president intends for Grenell to keep serving as Ambassador to Germany at the same time as he is overseeing every U.S. intelligence agency.

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‘You lost me’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graciously defuses confrontational question

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In an appearance on ABC's popular daytime talk show "The View" Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about what she called a "disconnect" between centrist, establishment members of the Democratic Party and progressive lawmakers who have been viewed as agitators in the party.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that while she had applauded Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in her 2018 primary against Wall Street-backed former Rep. Joe Crowley, she has since cooled on the lawmaker due to what she views as a dismissal of baby boomers' past activism. Ocasio-Cortez has pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back a Green New Deal, called on her fellow Democrats to support Medicare for All, and criticized Democrats who take big-money donations from the financial, for-profit healthcare, and fossil fuel sectors.

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