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Trump’s attorneys flopped because they live in a ‘Fox News bubble’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough couldn’t believe how unprepared President Donald Trump’s defense team was for the impeachment trial, and he blames the “Fox News bubble.”

The “Morning Joe” host agreed with contributor Elise Jordan, who said the president’s defense team seemed to be focused on delivering “Fox News hits” instead of substantial legal arguments.

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“I’m glad you brought up that, the Fox News bubble that these people live in,” Scarborough said. “Because I remember growing up, and I remember reading an article about John Roberts, and I think it was Grover Norquist who explained the reason he was such a good student and so good on his feet in those hearings was, he said, when you were a conservative at Harvard Law School, if you opened your mouth you knew you were going to get your head knocked off by the other students, so you had to have all of your arguments together.”

Fox News has lulled conservatives into a false sense of security, Scarborough said, and had destroyed Republicans’ ability to argue.

“Here we are in 2020 and it’s the Trumpists, it’s the conservatives, it’s the right wing that’s created this bubble, they go into that bubble, they don’t know what exists outside of that bubble, as far as for making arguments,” Scarborough said. “We saw this (with) this Mitt Romney in 2012. He watched Fox News, he looked at Gallup polls and was sure he was going to win, when the rest of America knew he was headed to defeat.”

“Isn’t that bizarre that conservatives have now, like liberals, used to created their own echo chamber online, on Fox News, in newspapers of their choice and it allows them to live very comfortably in their 42 percent. They have no idea what’s coming in November.”

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Walkouts as Roman Polanski wins best director at French Oscars

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Roman Polanski won best director for "An Officer and a Spy" at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early Saturday.

The entire French academy had been forced to resign earlier this month amid fury that the veteran -- wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 -- had topped the list of nominations.

Protesters chanting "Lock up Polanski!" tried to storm the theatre where the ceremony was being held before being pushed back by police firing tear gas.

And France's Culture Minister Franck Riester had warned that giving the maker of "Rosemary's Baby" a Cesar would be "symbolically bad given the stance we must take against sexual and sexist violence".

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Trump accuses Democrats of coronavirus ‘hoax’ as confirmed cases in US gather pace

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats of a new “hoax” over criticism of his handling of the coronavirus threat, as US health officials reported Friday a fourth case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin, indicating the disease was spreading in the country.

The latest case is a boy under 18 in Washington State who tested "presumptive positive" and is currently in home isolation in Snohomish County. The high school he attends will be shut until March 3 while it is deep cleaned, the Washington State Department of Health said.

A positive test is treated as "presumptive" until the results have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Regulators move to fine telecoms for selling location data

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US regulators moved to impose fines Friday against the nation's four major wireless carriers for selling location data of customers without their consent.

The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining T-Mobile more than $91 million; AT&T some $57 million; Verizon $48 million, and Sprint $12 million.

The wireless firms were accused of having disclosed mobile network user location data to a third party without authorization from customers, the FCC said.

The FCC began an investigation after a report that a sheriff in Missouri used a "location-finding service" operated by a prison communications services company called Securus to track whereabouts of people including a judge and law enforcement officers.

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