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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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Russian-backed mercenaries using videos of America’s hasty retreat in Syria as propaganda: Fox News

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Russia is using videos of American soldiers fleeing Syria as propaganda, according to Fox News. As Turkey bombed the Kurdish people, American forces on the ground left the area, some even coming under Turkish artillery fire.

"We just learned the U.S. military had to use a show of force to disrupt Turkish backed forces who got too close to a base in northern Syria," Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin said. "The U.S. military had to use Apache gun ship and F-16s to deter the Turkish-backed forces. U.S. military is undergoing hasty withdrawal of nearly all of the 1,000, or so, U.S. troops to help stabilize northern Syria."

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People close to Giuliani are advising him to hire a criminal lawyer: CNN reporter

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After two business associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested, it was revealed federal investigators were looking into the finances of Giuliani to see the degree to which he was involved financially with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Now, those close to Giuliani are urging him to hire a criminal attorney to handle possible charges.

"Rudy Giuliani is parting ways with the personal attorney representing him so far in matters related to the impeachment inquiry," tweeted CNN's Shimon Prokupecz. "Giuliani confirmed to CNN Tuesday that his current attorney, Jon Sale, is ending his representation of the former New York City mayor shortly."

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Trump trade adviser busted for making up ‘whimsical pen name’ to quote himself in his books for years

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A senior economic and trade advisor to President Donald Trump has been busted for making up a person he can quote in his books and to justify his policies.

A shocking expose in The Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that Peter Navarro invented the name "Ron Vara," an anagram for Navarro, to justify his own opinions in his books.

The so-called Ron Vara has strong opinions, fortune-cookie-style quotes and an elaborate back story as "a military veteran and Harvard-trained economist who made seven figures in the stock market by investing in companies that do well during international crises," the report said.

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