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SDNY investigating Rudy Giuliani is ‘the ultimate fall from grace’: Washington Post columnist

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani taking a photo of the audience while on stage at a political event. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Rudy Giuliani suffered public humiliation on Friday after The New York Times revealed he is being investigated by the Southern District of New York — the office of federal prosecutors he once led.

MSNBC anchor Ari Melber skipped a commercial break to report on the breaking news.

“Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the inquiry,” The New York Times reported.

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“The investigators are examining Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to undermine the American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch, one of the people said. She was recalled in the spring as part of Mr. Trump’s broader campaign to pressure Ukraine into helping his political prospects,” the newspaper added.

Melber interviewed conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin for analysis.

“It is the ultimate fall from grace,” Rubin declared.

“The guy who was the tough on law prosecutor and tough on criminals sort of mayor is now himself being investigated by the Southern District. The irony, if you will, cannot be lost,” she explained.

“It is also the case that Giuliani is now caught in this web of schemes he has sort of created and both gotten involved in,” she noted. “So this is getting to be an extremely complex web but doesn’t really make sense to say Trump was directing him in all of his dealings. Trump only had one part — one interest in one part of that.”

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“And this sounds like he’s being kicked to the curb,” Rubin added.

“Well, Rudy is thrown under the bus by Donald Trump? Stop the presses,” Jonathan Alter noted. “This is what we expected from Donald Trump for a long time.”

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White supremacist gang member shot dead after ambushing police in California: report

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Authorities in California on Thursday announced that one man was dead after a shootout with law enforcement.

"A white supremacist gang member was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement after he ambushed and shot a deputy pursuing him Thursday near the Templeton Cemetery, Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference," The Triubune reported Thursday.

"According to Parkinson, a sheriff’s deputy was driving in the Theatre Drive area around 10:20 a.m. when the deputy recognized the car of a wanted felon parked on the side of the road. The deputy made a U-turn and pulled up next to the vehicle, which was unoccupied. The deputy then proceeded north and found the man walking on Cemetery Road off Theatre Drive near the Templeton Cemetery, Parkinson said. He said the deputy tried to make a pedestrian traffic stop, but the man took off running toward the cemetery," the newspaper reported.

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Fox News was forced to make a damning admission in a Tucker Carlson lawsuit

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Fox News got to claim victory on Thursday after a new ruling in a lawsuit brought against the company came out in its favor, but the win arrived at a steep cost. To deflect an allegation of defamation, the network was forced to claim that one of its highest-profile personalities can't reasonably be expected to consistently provide accurate information to viewers.

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Eric Trump: My father will concede to Biden if he gets ‘blown out of the water’

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According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Eric Trump said during a campaign trip in Nevada that President Donald Trump will, in fact, concede to Joe Biden if he decisively loses the race.

“I think my father’s just saying listen, if he got blown out of the water, of course he’d concede,” said Eric Trump. “If he thought there was massive fraud, then he’d go and try and address that.”

This week, the president repeatedly refused outright to commit to honoring the peaceful transition of power — and suggested that he needs to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court ahead of the election to make it easier for him to contest mail-in ballots.

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