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Kellyanne Conway ‘raised the bar’ by saying Trump must be ‘completely and totally exonerated’ in the Senate: MSNBC reporter

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Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke to reporters Friday saying that if the U.S. Senate votes on impeachment that they must “completely and totally exonerate” President Donald Trump.

MSNBC White House correspondent Hans Nichols began by explaining that it’s evident that the president is in panic mode because the volume and acceleration of his Twitter account is considerable. Host Ali Velshi explained that if it was his account, there would be a lot of questions about what was going on with him.

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“Here is the latest news just from Kellyanne Conway, who’s talked to some reporters in the briefing room on this debate on whether or not the White House wants a short or long trial, she claims everyone’s agnostic,” Nichols continued. “But Kellyanne Conway’s just done something interesting because she says the Senate has to do complete exoneration of President Trump, not just not convict him. So, it’s unclear to me what complete exoneration is.”

On the issue of the short or long trial, Conway said the only thing that mattered was a “fair trial.”

“She seemed to be leaning towards a shorter trial, not a longer one,” Nichols went on. “But the idea that the Senate would give complete and total exoneration gives you an indication of the legal challenges that they are going to have to have. Now, Pat Cipollone is likely going to be part of that team. Another name for you: Alan Dershowitz. So, I don’t think that the legal team has fully gelled, and when it does, I think it will preview how long and robust the actual strategy will be.”

Watch the full briefing in the video below:

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GOP’s use of Kanye West to help Trump has been a spectacular flop: CNN host

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On CNN Saturday, Michael Smerconish examined rapper Kanye West's presidential campaign — and how the GOP efforts to boost it to siphon voters from former Vice President Joe Biden don't appear to be working.

"Is Kanye West serious about running for president or is it all part of a dark twisted fantasy?" said Smerconish. "NPR has documented how several operatives, some with Trump ties, are actively helping the superstar get on general election ballots in various states. Kanye West officially on the ballot in Vermont, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and has filed recently in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Jared Kushner met privately with West in Colorado, where the two par took in a friendly conversation ... the RNC and Trump has denied involvement in West's campaign. but the president isn't exactly discouraging the competition."

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Greenland’s ice sheet has melted past the point of no return

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Greenland's ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.

That melting is already causing global seas to rise about a millimeter on average per year. If all of Greenland's ice goes, the water released would push sea levels up by an average of 6 meters -- enough to swamp many coastal cities around the world. This process, however, would take decades.

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Trump targets TikTok again with new executive order

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US President Donald Trump late Friday lashed out anew at ByteDance, issuing a fresh executive order stating the Chinese internet giant must sell its interest in the Musical.ly app it bought and merged with TikTok.

The order builds on sweeping restrictions issued last week by Trump that TikTok and WeChat end all operations in the US, his latest explosive moves aimed at countering China's rising global power.

ByteDance bought karaoke video app Musical.y from a Chinese rival about three years ago in a deal valued at nearly a billion dollars. It was incorporated into TikTok, which became a global sensation.

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