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Mark Meadows was 'mission control' for Trump's 'wingnut' election schemes and must be forced to testify: CNN analyst

On CNN Thursday, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig weighed in on the new allegations against former President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows — and what he could offer the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.

"Now we know Mark Meadows was calling the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon and others and, among other things, wanted to look into an alleged plot by China to change the thermostats in voting machines and change the vote totals," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Meadows at one point was an elected member of Congress, and this stuff happened."

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Trump is 'furious' at Mark Meadows for spilling the beans about his illness last year: Gloria Borger

CNN's Gloria Borger reported on Thursday that former President Donald Trump is not pleased with his one-time chief of staff for spilling the beans about his testing positive for COVID-19 earlier than had been previously disclosed.

Borger told host Anderson Cooper that "a source who is familiar with the president's thinking" told her that Trump is "furious about what is in the book" and is "angry with Mark Meadows."

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Not just cops: here's why the Oath Keepers are recruiting media experts

On Thursday, writing for Rolling Stone, Tim Dickinson profiled how the far-right paramilitary group the Oath Keepers, best known for recruiting current and former police and law enforcement, are also recruiting another kind of person: Media professionals.

"When joining a right-wing militia, most members brag about their military credentials, tactical training, or prowess with firearms. But a select group of members in the hacked Oath Keeper rolls touted a very different skillset — pledging to be information warriors for the extremist group," said the report. "These Oath Keepers signed up pitching past affiliations with the Washington Post, USA Today, Tampa Tribune as well as local television news and newspaper outlets from New Jersey to Kansas to Arizona. Still others offered experience in film and radio production or pledged to serve the Oath Keepers on the public affairs front, helping to market the militia to the masses."

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60 Michigan schools close amid 'tidal wave' of copycat threats after Oxford High School shooting

PONTIAC, Mich. — Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard noted Thursday that at least 60 Michigan schools have closed amid copycat threats circulating following the Oxford High School shooting Tuesday and vowed to those making false claims "we will find you." Bouchard said the authorities "anticipated a flood of false threats" and they are straining resources. The FBI and the Secret Service are joining in to help assess claims, he said. "I don't know what's in people's minds to make them think that after a real tragedy it makes sense to make false threats," Bouchard said. "It is ridiculous tha...

'I am never a minute late': Trial unearths Elizabeth Holmes bizarre written daily schedule

The fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has unearthed her written daily schedule in which she makes a series of bizarre proclamations about her diet and her communications style.

The schedule was admitted into evidence at Holmes's trial this week and it begins with her waking up at 4 a.m. with instructions to "rise and thank God."

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Georgia teen manufacturing 'ghost guns' fatally shot his sister during firearms sale gone bad: cops

On Thursday, CNN reported that a 13-year-old boy in Douglas County, Georgia who was making and selling so-called "ghost guns" fatally shot his 14-year-old sister while firing at a pair of thieves trying to rip off his operation.

"Two people had come to the family's home in Douglasville, about 20 miles west of Atlanta, on November 27 to purchase a gun that the 13-year-old made, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds said in a news conference livestreamed by CNN affiliate WGCL Wednesday," reported Dakin Andone. "But instead of buying the firearm, the pair stole the gun from the 13-year-old and fled the scene, the sheriff told reporters. The boy then shot at them as they were leaving, Pounds said, but instead struck his 14-year-old sister, who was identified by the sheriff's office as Kyra Scott. Investigators believe the weapon he used was one that he had made."

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'Bags and bags' of money found stashed in bathroom wall at Joel Osteen's megachurch: report

A plumbing repair at televangelist Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston reportedly led to the discovery of "bags and bags" of cash and checks in a bathroom wall.

The discovery came several years after someone stole $600,000 in cash and checks from a safe at Osteen's Lakewood Church, according to a report from KRPC Channel 2. The station suggested that whoever stole the money in 2014 may have been hidden it in the bathroom wall.

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U.S. VP Harris' office shakeup to bring 'new voices' into White House, Psaki says

By Nandita Bose

(Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders is leaving by the end of the year, the latest high-profile departure from her office amid growing concerns over her communication strategy and how well the first woman to hold the job is being positioned for future political roles.

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U.S. to restart Trump-era border program forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

By Ted Hesson and Dave Graham

(Reuters) - The Biden administration will restart a controversial Trump-era border program that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. immigration hearings, in keeping with a federal court order, U.S. and Mexican officials said on Thursday.

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Missouri officials planned to thank Post-Dispatch for finding data vulnerability before threatening newspaper, emails show

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Before blaming the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was preparing to thank the newspaper for discovering a significant data vulnerability, according to records obtained by the Post-Dispatch through a Sunshine Law request. In an Oct. 12 email to officials in Gov. Mike Parson’s office, Mallory McGowin, spokeswoman for DESE, sent proposed statements for a press release announcing the data vulnerability the newspaper uncovered. “We are grateful to the member of the media who brought this to the state’s attention,” said a p...

Gov. Cooper vetoes election bill that would end grace period for North Carolina’s mail-in ballots

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a Republican-backed bill Thursday that would force elections officials not to count any mail-in ballots that arrive after polls close. “The legislature ironically named this bill ‘The Election Day Integrity Act’ when it actually does the opposite,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “Election integrity means counting every legal vote, but this bill virtually guarantees that some will go uncounted.” North Carolina currently has a three-day grace period for absentee ballots. Nobody can vote after the election is over, but as long as...

Wisconsin suspect says he’s being ‘demonized’ nearly 2 weeks after driving through Christmas parade

After nearly two weeks behind bars, the man who allegedly plowed an SUV through a Wisconsin Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring dozens more, said he is starting to feel less than human. Darrell Brooks Jr. is charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the parade massacre last month. In his first interview since the deadly holiday event, the 39-year-old suspect on Wednesday did not provide a motive for the incident, but lamented his current situation. “I just feel like I’m being (made out to be a) monster — demonized” and “dehumanized,” he told ...

Beginning of the end for NY's flashpoint Teddy Roosevelt statue

Workers have erected scaffolding around the bronze equestrian statue of former US president Theodore Roosevelt, an imposing but controversial memorial set for removal by the City of New York

New York (AFP) - New York has begun the extended process of removing a statue of former US president Theodore Roosevelt, which has been long criticized as a racist and colonialist symbol and became a cultural flashpoint in recent years.

The bronze equestrian memorial to "Teddy" Roosevelt, whose removal order was announced in June 2020, was surrounded by scaffolding Thursday outside an entrance to the American Museum of Natural History where it has stood welcoming visitors for 81 years.

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