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Ken Starr is leading Trump’s defense team — years after Trump called him a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘wacko’

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According to reports, President Trump has selected who will defend him as his impeachment trial in the Senate ramps up. But as the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake points out, one of the members of Trump’s newly-selected legal team was once a target of his ire.

When Kenneth Starr led the impeachment effort against former President Bill Clinton, Trump was not a fan.

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“I think Ken Starr’s a lunatic,” Trump said at the time. “I really think that Ken Starr is a disaster.”

“I really think that Ken Starr was terrible,” he added.

In another interview, this time with Geraldo Rivera when Hillary Clinton was running for state senator of New York, Trump brought up Starr’s name again.

“[Bill Clinton] had a very tough life the last few years,” Trump said. “I mean, what could be tougher than that? I mean, can you imagine those evenings when he’s just being lambasted by this crazy Ken Starr, who is a total wacko? There’s the guy. I mean, he is totally off his rocker.”

Why the turnaround? According to Blake, it’s because Starr has wooed Trump thanks to his appearances on Fox News.

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“Saying things that Trump likes on cable TV is a surefire way to gain his good graces, and Starr has certainly done that,” Blake writes. “Starr began appearing on Fox News during the early days of the Russia investigation to cast doubt on the evidence. And Trump noticed and quickly began hailing the legal analysis of the man he once repeatedly labeled a crazy person.”

Read more over at The Washington Post.

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Devin Nunes’ hometown newspaper blasts ‘authoritarian’ lawmaker: ‘He should step aside’ — and get a job on Fox News

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Rep. Devin Nunes’ war against the free press reached a new low on Tuesday when he barred The Fresno Bee from covering a major water forum in Tulare, Calif.The forum covered matters of crucial public interest. The chief executive officer of Friant Water Authority, a public agency, moderated the event. David Bernhardt, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, also attended. Yet despite the fact that the McClatchy reporters had reserved tickets, Nunes’ staff banned them.“The Fresno Bee learned at 10 a.m. Tuesday that its reporters would not be allowed to cover the event, after receiving ... (more…)

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Investigators see ‘xenophobic motive’ behind Germany shootings

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German investigators said Thursday they suspected a "xenophobic motive" behind shootings at a shisha bar and a cafe that left 10 dead overnight in the city of Hanau.

Hours after police found the suspected gunman dead at his home in the early hours of Thursday following a huge manhunt, federal counter-terror prosecutors took over the case.

The probe was of "particular importance" and there were "signs of a xenophobic motive", a spokesman for the prosecutors told AFP.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed media reports that text and video material was found at the home of the perpetrator, who media reported was a 43-year-old man identified only as Tobias R.

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What makes dogs so special? Science says love

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The idea that animals can experience love was once anathema to the psychologists who studied them, seen as a case of putting sentimentality before scientific rigor.

But a new book argues that, when it comes to dogs, the word is necessary to understanding what has made the relationship between humans and our best friends one of the most significant interspecies partnerships in history.

Clive Wynne, founder the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University, makes the case in "Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You."

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