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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.

“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.

“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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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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