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The View’s Meghan McCain bashes Nikki Haley for throwing John Kelly under the bus

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“The View” co-host Meghan McCain took umbrage at Nikki Haley’s apparent political calculation in a new book on her time serving President Donald Trump.

The show’s two conservatives, McCain and Abby Huntsman, criticized the former UN ambassador for revealing that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly had tried to enlist her to push back against the president.

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“I find her to be probably the most ambitious politician since Hillary Clinton,” Huntsman said. “I do, and I don’t call this a tell-all book. To me, these are all setup books. Don’t read it to really get an authentic view of that person, what she’s doing is trying to butter up to the right people that she can they can help her win the next election.”

Huntsman said the former South Carolina governor had clearly been positioning herself for another political run since leaving the administration.

“Here’s what she doing against, I think, Kelly and Tillerson,” Huntsman said. “She’s now going to be able to say, see, I worked against the swamp, which is what she’s calling them, and I helped the president withstand that. She thinks that will help her in the campaign.”

McCain was offended that Haley had thrown Kelly under the bus to further her own ambitions.

“I agree with what you are saying, but John Kelly served and he lost his son,” McCain said. “It is Veterans’ Day, and the idea that he is, like, some swamp creature that hasn’t served his country, I take such offense at.”

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Haley appeared to be positioning herself for a run sooner than the end of a second Trump term.

“If she thinks 2024 is soon, it might as well be 170 years from now,” McCain said. “If you don’t think there are going to be bright, shiny new objects not attached to Trump, and some of us still don’t like it, especially women, I think it’s a completely calculated political move.”

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No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

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The most serious nationwide strike to hit France in years caused new weekend travel turmoil on Saturday, with unions warning the walkouts would last well into next week.

The challenge thrown to President Emmanuel Macron over his plans for radical pension reform has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets and key transport services brought to a standstill.

The strikes, which began on Thursday, have recalled the winter of 1995, when three weeks of huge stoppages forced a social policy U-turn by the then-government.

Unions have vowed a second series of mass demonstrations nationwide on Tuesday after big rallies on Thursday and there is expected to be little easing of the transport freezes over the coming days.

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PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

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California's Pacific Gas and Electric will pay $13.5 billion to settle lawsuits over its role in a series of wildfires that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes, the utility giant said Friday.

Faulty PG&E powerlines were blamed for sparking last year's so-called Camp Fire in northern California -- the deadliest in the state's history -- that left 86 people dead.

Outdated facilities including vulnerable wooden poles and failure to deforest land surrounding high-voltage transmission lines were blamed for the inferno, prompting accusations the San Francisco-based firm had put profit before safety.

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Russia likely listened to Trump when he used unsecured phone to call Giuliani: security officials

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Russia likely learned of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings months before they were exposed by a whistleblower report, because he used unsecured phone lines to speak with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, current and former officials told The Washington Post.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Phone records released in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report this week showed that Giuliani made multiple calls to a blocked number listed as “-1.” Though Trump is not identified by name in the records, investigators believe the number belongs to Trump, and administration officials confirmed that Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured lines.

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