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Off the hook: Manta ray asks divers for helping hand

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A giant manta ray with several fishing hooks caught below its eye appeared to ask two nearby divers for help in removing them, and then waited patiently for them to do so.

Underwater photographer Jake Wilton was diving off Australia’s west coast when the three-meter wide animal moved toward him, footage showed.

“I’m often guiding snorkelers in the area and it’s as if she recognized me and was trusting me to help her,” Wilton said in a statement Monday.

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“She got closer and closer and then started unfurling to present the eye to me.”

Incredible footage shows Wilton repeatedly diving down toward the animal and removing the hooks, before the manta ray departs after the final impediment is dislodged.

“She never moved. I’m sure that manta knew that Jake was trying to get the hooks out,” said marine biologist and fellow diver Monty Hall.

Manta rays are considered one of the most intelligent underwater creatures and are common off parts of the west coast of Australia.

The ocean giants can grow up to seven meters wide and live for about 50 years.

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They don’t have the sharp barb of a stingray and are harmless to humans.

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‘CBS News just lost all credibility’: network slammed for hiring Reince Priebus as a political analyst

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CBS News received harsh blowback on Wednesday after the network announced it had hired former Donald Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus.

CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter posted on Twitter a clip of the network announcing the hiring.

The network quickly received criticism for the decision, especially in light of reports that everyone who works for Trump is required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) which permanently bars them from ever disparaging Trump.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/MattNegrin/status/1220092428109197312

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Jon Stewart is back — this time with a movie that pokes fun at politics just in time for election season

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Comedian Jon Stewart is coming back to the screen, this time the silver screen with a movie he wrote and directed titled Irresistible, which is a political satire starring Steve Carell set to open on May 29.

As Vanity Fair points out, the movie will be released just as the 2020 election season starts to heat up, and the storyline involves a Democratic strategist (Carell) "who sees political potential in a retired, Wisconsin-based Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) after the colonel stands up for the town’s undocumented workers and goes viral."

The movie will be Stewart's second, coming after his directorial debut for Rosewater in 2014.

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Republicans are losing — even if Trump will be acquitted: Columnist Max Boot

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot walked through the ways that Republicans are completely failing in their attempt to defend President Donald Trump.

The president's trial began Tuesday with a series of votes where Republicans blocked a vote on whether to include witnesses, evidence and any information from the House investigations. It appeared that the president's team was unprepared to argue against the witnesses and evidence, instead, demanding the trial begin immediately and arguments over witnesses be dismissed.

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