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Republican House minority leader goes down in epic flames during ’60 Minutes’ interview

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had an embarrassing moment on “60 Minutes” Sunday, when co-host Scott Pelley read the concerning excerpt from the transcript of the call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

McCarthy was asked about Trump’s quote, “I would like you to do us a favor, though.”

“You just added another word,” McCarthy claimed.

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“No, it’s in the transcript,” Pelley corrected him.

“He said- ‘I’d like you to do a favor, though’?” McCarthy asked.

“Yes, it’s in the White House transcript,” Pelley explained to McCarthy.

Given McCarthy is the top Republican in the House, it’s unclear why he was unaware of what the transcript actually said. When it came to talking points from the White House, however, McCarthy could cite them verbatim.

“How do you expect the president’s defense to roll out?” asked Pelley.

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McCarthy was confused, and asked “the defense of what?”

“Well, there is an impeachment inquiry,” Pelley said.

McCarthy rattled off the talking point that the impeachment would never have happened if Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the Ukraine transcript. In fact, the transcript was more damning than many expected.

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Pelley called McCarthy out on parroting the Trump line.

“[These] are the White House talking points emailed to the Congress this week,” Pelley said. “And I am asking you, was it appropriate for the president to ask for investigations of his Democratic rivals with another foreign leader?”

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“I’ve never seen one talking point from the White House,” McCarthy replied.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro launches political party emphasizing ‘respect for God and religion’

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Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday launched a new political party called the Alliance for Brazil, which will put an emphasis on God, family and homeland, as he tries to win back evangelical voters. 

"If I had done this sooner, we would have gotten 100 deputies and a senator elected in each state," Bolsonaro said at a formal launch event in a luxury hotel in the capital Brasilia.

It's the ninth time that the 64-year-old Bolsonaro, a former army captain, has changed parties in his three-decade political career.

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Trump expects Joe and Hunter Biden to testify in Senate impeachment hearing

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President Donald Trump wants an impeachment trial to go forward in the U.S. Senate because he would receive due process there and he expects Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would be among the witnesses, a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

"President Trump wants to have a trial in the Senate because it’s clearly the only chamber where he can expect fairness and receive due process under the Constitution," spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

"We would expect to finally hear from witnesses who actually witnessed, and possibly participated in corruption - like Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the so-called Whistleblower, to name a few," Gidley said, referring to House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff, who is leading an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

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‘Humor saved my life’, says subversive ‘Hairspray’ director John Waters

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Big smile flashing and pencil-thin moustache quivering, subversive director John Waters laughs heartily as he looks back at an improbable 40-year career that made him a trash film icon.

"Humour saved me, saved my life," the 73-year-old sharp-dresser told AFP on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, where he was a guest of honour earlier this month.

From a homemade horror stage in his garage, Waters went on to tear down barriers with transgressive fare such as "Eat Your Makeup", "Mondo Trasho", "Multiple Maniacs" and the scatological classic "Pink Flamingos" in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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