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Fox panel descends into chaos after host insists a ‘coverup’ isn’t a crime

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Panelists clashed on the Fox News program “Outnumbered” after a host insisted there can’t be a coverup if there’s no crime.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused President Donald Trump of engaging in a “coverup” by blocking former officials and associates from testifying before Congress, and the president reacted with a self-pitying rant outside the White House after walking out of a meeting with Democratic leadership.

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“That meeting was never going to be any good, there was never going to be anything that ever came out of that,” said host Chris Stirewalt. “The use of the phrase ‘coverup,’ remember when the attorney general talked about spying and everybody freaked out? Okay, you want me to say surveillance. You say potato, I say po-tah-toe.”

Host Harris Faulkner cut him off: “There’s never a legal coverup.”

Stirewalt insisted a coverup could be legal, and Faulkner challenged him to explain.

“There’s all kinds of ways legally that you can conceal your activities from other people seeing them,” he said.

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Co-host Melissa Francis asked what crime Trump is accused of covering up, and co-host Katie Pavlich called the Democratic leadership “complete cowards.”

“They’re acting like engaging in an impeachment-like behavior without going forward with it because they know politically it’s not a good 2020 move for them,” Pavlich said. “They’re trying to appease their far-left base. When it comes to the cover-up, they’re moving the goal posts in terms of the narrative here, and it’s, well, you know the cover-up is worse than the crime, even though there was no crime that was committed according to the Mueller report.”

Co-host Jessica Tarlov argued that Trump and his administration may have committed multiple crimes, including refusing to comply with subpoenas and obstruction of justice — and the panel descended into chaos.

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“I’m answering your questions,” Tarlov said, as the other panelists peppered her. “I don’t know what more I can do here. I said it in plain English.”


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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East

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The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.

Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.

The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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