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Impeachment hearing flies off the rails as GOP lawmaker accuses House Judiciary counsel of bribery

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) disrupted testimony during Monday’s impeachment hearing and suggested the Democratic majority’s attorney had bribed the House Judiciary Committee to get his job.

Barry Berke, who has served as the special oversight counsel to the committee since February, was asking Republican counsel Stephen Castor about President Donald Trump’s state of mind toward Joe Biden when Gohmert interrupted.

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“The gentleman is not recognized,” said committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), banging his gavel. “Mr. Berke has the time.”

Gohmert complained that Nadler was ignoring House rules by allowing Berke to present an opening statement before the hearing and then question Castor.

“How many other rules are you going to disregard?” Gohmert said.

Nadler again warned Gohmert to suspend his remarks, but the Texas Republican continued complaining.

“This is not appropriate to have a witness be a questioner of somebody that was a witness when he was,” Gohmert said, as Nadler banged his gavel. “It’s just wrong.”

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“There is no rule or precedent for anybody being a witness and then getting to come up and question,” he added. “The point of order is he’s not appropriate to be up here asking questions.”

Then Gohmert lobbed an accusation of impropriety by the Democrats and their attorney.

“How much money do you have to give to get to do that?” Gohmert said.

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Five things to watch for at the Grammys

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Music's glitterati will sparkle on the red carpet at this Sunday's Grammy awards, which honors the top hits and artists of the year.

Scandal at the Recording Academy, which puts on the show, has overwhelmed the lead-up to the glam event, but there are still plenty of musical moments to watch for.

Here is our quick guide to the event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:

- Women poised to lead -

Women dominated at last year's gala and are leading the pack this year as well, with the twerking flautist Lizzo and the teenage goth-pop phenomenon Billie Eilish expected to battle for the top awards.

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Mexican children take up arms in fight against drug gangs

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With baseball caps and scarves covering their faces, only their serious eyes are visible as a dozen children stand to attention, rifles by their side.

In the heart of the violence-plagued Mexican state of Guerrero, learning to use weapons starts at an early age.

In the village of Ayahualtempa, at the foot of a wooded hill, the basketball court serves as a training ground for these youths, aged between five and 15.

The children practice with rifles and handguns or makeshift weapons in various drill positions for a few hours every week.

"Position three!" yells instructor Bernardino Sanchez, a member of the militia responsible for the security of 16 villages in the Guerrero area, which goes by the name of Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF).

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Delta fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers

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Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes.

In its consent order, the department said it found Delta "engaged in discriminatory conduct" and violated anti-discrimination laws when it removed the three passengers.

In one incident on July 26, 2016, a Muslim couple were removed from Delta Flight 229 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris after a passenger told a flight attendant their behavior made her "very uncomfortable and nervous".

"Mrs X" was wearing a head scarf and the passenger said "Mr X" had inserted something into his watch.

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