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Fox News host: Trump’s comments about Jeffrey Epstein ‘are horrifying’

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Fox News host Melissa Francis on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump for his remarks about financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Trump told New York Magazine in 2002 that he had known Epstein for 15 years.

“Terrific guy,” he told the magazine. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

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Speaking to reporters in the White House on Tuesday,  Trump said that he was not a fan of Epstein.

“I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. People in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I was not a fan,” the president told reporters.

Reacting to his comments, Francis said Trump had failed to clean up his previous praise of the accused sex trafficker.

“Trying to put on the record, I guess it was, that they had some huge falling out and they haven’t been friends 15 years. I don’t know why he would address this at all, especially in this setting. It seems unwise,” she remarked.

“Obviously, there are these older comments surfacing that have been everywhere, of him saying that they both liked women, comments that have been requoted and are horrifying in the light of day now given what’s going on with Epstein.”

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“But I don’t know that this was the right place or time or way to try and clean that up. Especially when you’re connecting it with Acosta. There needs to be a massive investigation into what happened there and if there was corruption afoot,” Francis added.

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Trump’s threats of violence should warn us what’s coming after impeachment

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Donald Trump is an authoritarian and an autocrat. For him and others of such ilk, violence is political currency in the form of raw power. Autocrats and authoritarians such as Trump are de facto crime bosses who just happen to be leaders of their respective countries.

This article was originally published at Salon

As such, Donald Trump uses violence in an effort to intimidate his enemies and control the public. Trump also uses violence to control his allies, servants and other supporters.

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Tsunami warning after 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Jamaican coast

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A massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Jamaica and Cuba Tuesday afternoon.

The quake, which took place around 2:15 pm, was felt in Jamaica, residents reported.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings of tsunami waves of up to a meter above sea level for Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico.

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There was no further information available at press time.

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Trump’s lawyers are betting on their audience having no idea how the law works

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President Donald Trump’s lawyers are staking out bold ground by claiming that abuse of power — which is, to many, the quintessential impeachable offense — is not actually grounds for removing a president at all.

Criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz had been the most prominent advocate of this assertion, even though both the constitutional scholar who Dershowitz cites in his argument contradicts the interpretation, and the Republicans’ other witness on constitutional matters, Jonathan Turley, doesn’t buy the extreme claim.

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