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Bolsonaro calls Oscar-nominated Brazil political film ‘rubbish’

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday dismissed an Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary about the 2016 impeachment of leftist ex-leader Dilma Rousseff as “rubbish.”

The film, which exposes the deep political divisions in Latin America’s biggest democracy, has been shortlisted alongside “American Factory,” “The Cave,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland” for the best documentary prize.

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“Am I going to waste time on rubbish like that?” the far-right leader told journalists in the capital Brasilia when asked if he had watched “The Edge of Democracy” by director Petra Costa.

“Fiction … for those who like what vultures eat, it’s a good film.”

The film follows the rise and fall of left-wing icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the impeachment of his successor Rousseff.

Their political ups and downs paved the way for Bolsonaro’s 2018 election victory, which ended decades of leftist rule in the country.

While various Brazilian-made films have previously been nominated for Oscars, none have won a golden statue.

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GOP senators are questioning allegiance to Trump as impeachment becomes a reality: Morning Joe panel

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According to members of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel, Donald Trump may see more defections by previously supportive Republican senators now that the impeachment of the president has become a reality and their conduct will be scrutinized by voters back home.

Speaking with columnist David Ignatius, host Joe Scarborough noted that multiple Republican senators -- including several who are retiring -- are going soft on defending the president and may be inclined to allowing multiple witnesses who could damage the president.

"David Ignatius, you know, we've known Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) both of us, for a long time. and as they coming to the end of their careers," Scarborough began. "I would think [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell would be concerned that these gentlemen would vote their conscience and not just blindly follow Donald Trump and would vote to have a fair, open hearing and trial and get this new evidence that's coming in, that's come in since the House impeached."

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Iran’s supreme leader says Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians

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Iran’s supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a “clown” who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will “push a poisonous dagger” into their backs, as he struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the mass funerals for Iran’s top general, who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials. He said the “cowardly” killing of Soleimani had taken out the most effective commander in the battle against the Islamic State group.

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With David Bernhardt running Trump’s Interior Dept, former corporate clients are lavishing tens of millions in new lobby spending

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"The corruption is absolutely shameless."

More than a dozen former lobbying clients of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt have spent nearly $30 million convincing the Trump administration to do the bidding of the fossil fuel industry, according to a new report by Public Citizen.

The government watchdog released its study, entitled "Bernhardt Buddies," on Thursday after examining lobbying records and Bernhardt's recusals due to conflicts of interest. The former oil and gas lobbyist infamously had such a long list of companies he officially had to avoid working with when he was serving as a deputy at the Interior Department, that he carried the list around on index cards.

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