TopBuzz:Lindsey Graham Pledges to Investigate Alleged Andrew McCabe and others

Senator Lindsey Graham, a key ally of President Donald Trump, has pledged to investigate claims by former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that senior officials discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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In an appearance on CBS News Face the Nation on Sunday, Graham, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that McCabe’s claim was “beyond stunning.” Graham said, “The whole point of Congress existing is to provide oversight of the executive branch.”

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From CNN: Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

More bad news for diet soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“This is another confirmatory study showing a relationship between artificially sweetened beverages and vascular risks. While we cannot show causation, this is a yellow flag to pay attention to these findings,” said American Academy of Neurology President Dr. Ralph Sacco, who was not involved in the latest study.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/health/diet-soda-women-stroke-heart-attack/index.html

TopBuzz: Acting US defense secretary will review programs

(CNN)Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said, beginning Sunday, he will start studying which projects military money may come from to shift funds toward a border wall following President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.

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State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017.

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(CNN)State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday she has withdrawn from consideration as UN ambassador.

President Donald Trump had previously announced he was picking Nauert, but the formal nomination had not been sent to the Senate.

“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations. However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration. Serving in the Administration for the past two years has been one of the highest honors of my life and I will always be grateful to the President, the Secretary, and my colleagues at the State Department for their support,” Nauert said in a statement from the State Department.

The State Department said Trump will make an announcement about a new nominee soon.

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A lawyer for the kidnapped mistress of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has urged judges to be lenient with the 29-year-old beauty queen who faces a lifetime behind bars.

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El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, attended her husband’s trial and watched from the public gallery. She was not charged with any offence and is considering returning to Mexico following her husband’s trial in New York.

However, his mistress, Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, 29, who was kidnapped by El Chapo’s Sicarios on the crime lord’s orders, is facing a life sentence

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TopBuzz: Trump failed on Mexico paying for the wall and now want to used the military funds.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said that President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency is unnecessary since he broke his campaign promise that “Mexico will pay for the wall.”

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Mariotti explained that once Trump’s national emergencydeclaration goes through the courts, it will most likely be found unconstitutional.

“From a constitutional perspective, this is a problem. It lets a simple majority of Congress give away their authority. Then essentially they need a two-thirds majority to override Trump. I suspect the law will be found unconstitutional,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday.

Former White House lawyer James Schultz argued that the funds were necessary to pay for the military at the border, in which Mariotti quickly fact-checked.

“Instead of Mexico paying for the wall, now the United States military is paying for it. The military at the border is discretionary. It’s part of a Trumped-up effort by the president to try to make this sound like there’s some sort of crisis,” Mariotti said.

“The fact of the matter is that what the statute says is that the armed forces have to be necessary for the operation. I don’t think anyone, particularly the trial judge that’s ultimately going to make findings of fact, is going to conclude you absolutely need the military for this operation,” he added.

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TopBuzz: Five dead, six police officers injured

AURORA – Mayor Richard Irvin called for the city to come together after a workplace shooting Friday at the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. on the city’s near west side that left six people, including the gunman, dead.

“We will come together as one community and stand by those in pain from today’s great loss,” Irvin said during a news conference after the shooting, which also left six officers injured. “We will stand together with those officers shot in the line of duty. We will come together and heal as one Aurora.”

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