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Rudy Giuliani: Trump won’t throw me under the bus but I have ‘good insurance’ in case he does

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Rudy Giuliani says he has no doubt that President Trump will remain loyal to him, but he joked that he has “good insurance” just in case things don’t turn out as he expects, The Guardian reports.

When asked by The Guardian in a phone interview if he’s worried about being “thrown under the bus” by Trump, Giuliani replied, “I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid.”

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Giuliani’s lawyer interjected to point out that “he’s joking.”

His comments come as speculation grows that he’ll be painted as a rogue actor by Republicans regarding the Ukraine scandal enveloping the White House.

Giuliani told The Guardian that he had no knowledge of the call between Trump and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, where Trump reportedly inquired about “investigations” he wanted the Ukrainian government to conduct targeting his political rivals — investigations that Sondland reportedly said Giuliani was “pushing for.”

“I’m not sure this is very solid testimony. In court we would call it hearsay, triple hearsay. It would not even be admissible. But if you are asking me flat out had I ever heard of a conversation like that? No,” Giuliani said.

“I thought it was a weak way to start a trial,” he added.

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“I acted properly as his lawyer,” Giuliani continued. “I did what a good lawyer is supposed to do. I dug up evidence that helped to show the case against him was false. That there was a great deal of collusion going on someplace else other than Russia. And then I stepped on the number one minefield, which is Joe Biden, who is heavily protected by the Washington press corps.”


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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house

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A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.

Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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