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Mueller report raises new questions about Erik Prince — and House Dems plan to drag him back in to testify: MSNBC reporter

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Washington Post senior political reporter Aaron Blake told MSNBC on Friday that the Mueller report has raised new questions for House Democrats about Blackwater CEO Erik Prince’s Congressional testimony — and they may soon drag him back in to clarify matters.

“Erik Prince was the founder of Blackwater, he’s the brother of Betsy DeVos. He’s somebody who’s very much connected to Trump World,” Blake said. “There’ve been questions previously about whether he misled Congress in his testimony about his meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker.”

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“He said, basically, that the trip was not about that meeting, that he didn’t really know who the guy was,” Blake went on. “Mueller’s report really paints an entirely different picture.”

“This is something Democrats could potentially drag Erik Prince up to the Hill to explain,” he said, and citing his sources in the Capitol, added “they were looking at it before, now they’re very much looking at it even more at this point.”

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In a secluded region in Russia’s Arctic they are rejecting Putin in rare protest

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Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

"If Nenets is merged with another region, I worry that no one will look after our language or our traditions, and that our small villages in the tundra will be forgotten," said Laptander, 61, a member of the Yasavey cultural group.

The autonomous region on the edge of the Arctic Ocean was gripped by protests in May against the government's plans to integrate it with neighbouring Arkhangelsk.

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People are paying to hire this donkey to crash their Zoom meetings

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The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to embrace meetings via Zoom, but admittedly, those can be as tedious as in-person conferences.

So one animal sanctuary in Canada, in dire need of cash after being forced to close to visitors, found a way to solve both problems.

Meet Buckwheat, a donkey at the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, who is ready to inject some fun into your humdrum work-from-home office day -- for a price.

"Hello. We are crashing your meeting, we are crashing your meeting -- this is Buckwheat," says sanctuary volunteer Tim Fors, introducing the gray and white animal on a Zoom call.

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

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There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

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