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Brazil’s president says ‘worst is yet to come’ on massive oil spill

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Sunday that “the worst is yet to come” with an oil spill that has affected more than 200 beaches on the country’s coast.

“What came so far and what was collected is a small amount of what was spilled,” Bolsonaro said in an interview with Record television.

He said he did not know if additional oil would impact his country’s coastline, but that “everything indicates that the currents went to the coast of Brazil.”

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Oil slicks have been appearing for three months off the coast of northeast Brazil and fouling beaches along a 2,000 kilometer (1,250 mile) area of Brazil’s most celebrated shoreline.

Crews and volunteers have cleaned up tons of oil on the beaches.

Officials say it not yet possible to quantify the environmental and economic damage from the oil slicks.

The government on Friday named a Greek-flagged tanker as the prime suspect behind the oil slicks.

The ship Bouboulina took on oil in Venezuela and was headed for Singapore, it said.

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The space agency Inpe said Friday there might still be oil at sea being pushed by currents and it could reach the states of Espiritu Santo and Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil.


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Legal experts highlight ‘huge error’ in Trump lawyers’ impeachment wrap-up

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Tuesday was the final day of President Donald Trump's defense team making the case that not only did the president commit the crimes of which he is accused but that it isn't actually a crime.

The team focused the majority of their time making the case that the House had no standing with the impeachment allegations that the United States should simply get rid of impeachment altogether. It was an accusation that sent legal scholars and commentators to Twitter to lament the absurdity.

Another argument from Trump's team came in response to the recent revelations from former national security adviser John Bolton. While Fox News is accusing Bolton of being a liberal, Republican senators

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John Cornyn admits he doesn’t care if Trump broke the law

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On Fox Business on Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) outright said that he doesn't care whether President Donald Trump pursued a quid pro quo against Ukraine — it doesn't change his mind about blocking additional witnesses in the impeachment trial.

"If the president did indeed tell John Bolton that there was a relationship between getting that information on the Bidens and aid to the country, that wouldn't be enough for you say, let's look into this more?"

"No," said Cornyn. He added that "president's always leverage foreign aid," notably leaving out that presidents generally leverage foreign aid for U.S. objectives, not to secure an investigation against a political opponent.

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WaPo reporter describes how former White House staffers run from ‘mafia-caliber loyalty’ after leaving Trump

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President Donald Trump's history of thinking that loyalty is a one-way street have come back to haunt him.

On Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace reported how former White House chief of staff John Kelly said he believed former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” Kelly told a crowd in Florida.

For analysis, Wallace interview Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker.

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