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‪Fox News host offers bizarre defense of why Trump saying dead congressman is burning in hell isn’t offensive

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On Thursday’s edition of Fox News’ “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld leapt to President Donald Trump’s defense as his colleague Juan Williams criticized his decision to suggest the late Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) is “looking up” from hell.

“When he talks about John Dingell going to hell, I just — I don’t like it,” said Williams.

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“You haven’t heard that joke before?” shot back Gutfeld.

“It’s not a joke when you’re talking about a dead man!” said Williams. “Going after dead people, John McCain, John Dingell—”

“Trump doesn’t see live, dead, black, white, male, female,” scoffed Gutfeld. “He insults everybody. We’re into the fourth year of this, Juan!”

“He doesn’t see women?” repeated Williams.

“He doesn’t see anything you see!” laughed Gutfeld.

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State of emergency: High tension in Virginia as right-wing gun fanatics descend on Richmond

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Buried under the cascade of serious national news Wednesday was the alarming story that Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia had declared a state of emergency through next Tuesday evening in Richmond, the state capital. The declaration includes a ban on firearms and other weapons near Capitol Square, where the Democratic-led state legislature meets. Monday is a scheduled "lobbying day" for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a far right pro-gun group, and Northam's office announced that law enforcement has "identified credible threats of violence surrounding the event, along with white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia groups to attend."

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Another fatality in China from SARS-linked virus as mysterious illness spreads to third Asian country

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A second person has died in China from a mysterious SARS-linked virus that has stricken dozens and appeared in two other Asian countries, officials said.

Local authorities said a 69-year-old man died on Wednesday in Wuhan, the central Chinese city believed to be the epicentre of an outbreak of a coronavirus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen.

The outbreak has caused alarm because of the link with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

At least 41 people have been hit with pneumonia linked to the new virus in China, prompting authorities in Hong Kong to step up detection measures, including temperature checkpoints for inbound travellers.

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Laurence Tribe predicts how John Roberts — his former student — will rule on impeachment witnesses

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The man who taught Constitutional Law to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts expects him to vote to allow witnesses if he needs to cast a tie-breaking vote while presiding over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

Prof. Laurence Tribe was interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday. In addition to having argued three-dozen cases before the highest court, Tribe has taught at Harvard Law for 50 years and even taught the chief justice.

"What do you expect and what are you hoping to see in your former student presiding over this trial, Chief Justice Roberts?" O'Donnell asked.

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