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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended how she has handled her relationship with President Trump — after it was pointed out that the two leaders haven’t spoken in almost a year amid mounting crises.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Craig Melvin on Monday, Pelosi (D-Calif.) faced pushback after repeatedly saying “forget him,” while answering a question about countering the commander-in-chief’s rhetoric and narrative.

Melvin noted to the nation’s highest elected Democrat that, “with all due respect, you just said, ‘forget him.’”

“Yeah, forget him,” she responded.

The MSNBC host then questioned if she and the president had “just stopped talking? Is that where we are?”

“You haven’t talked to him about the wildfires, I get the impression you probably haven’t talked to him about the coronavirus relief bill.”

Pelosi and President Trump have not spoken since the House speaker got up and walked out of a heated White House meeting in Oct. 2019 during a blowup.

Nancy Pelosi points her finger towards U.S. President Donald Trump during an October 16 meeting.
Nancy Pelosi points at Donald Trump during a meeting on October 16, 2019.REUTERS

The two were meeting about the commander-in-chief’s then-recent decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

Pelosi railed at Trump over the decision, asking him why do “all roads lead to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin” with his executive decisions.

The California Democrat walked out of the meeting, during which Trump described her as a “third rate politician,” and the two have not breathed a word to one another since.

During their fateful run-in at this year’s State of the Union, the president declined to shake the speaker’s hand, and the speaker later tore up the president’s speech.

Pelosi has, however, continued to work with other White House representatives like Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, something she noted to the network Monday.

“Well, I’ve spoken to his representatives and [Trump] says that they speak for him. I take that to be true about the Secretary of the Treasury, and we have worked together,” she said before noting other legislative accomplishments made between the two, including the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and other coronavirus relief bills.

“But I do know that the Congress and the executive branch need to work together to get the job done, and the good use of time would be to follow the data, look at the science,” she continued.

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Bidens to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday

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Joe Biden will pay his final respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday as she lies in state at the US Capitol Building.

Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to make the trip with his wife, Jill, one day after President Trump paid his respects to the late Supreme Court justice, his campaign announced.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday from complications from pancreatic cancer, has been lying in repose since Wednesday at the Supreme Court building, where thousands of mourners have paid their respects as they streamed past her flag-draped coffin.

On Friday, Ginsburg, just the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol and will be buried next to her husband, Martin, at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony next week.

Biden, who served as vice president during President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, described Ginsburg as “a giant in the legal profession,” after her death, saying she “practiced the highest American ideal of justice.”

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the former justice Thursday at the Supreme Court building.

The president was met with chants of “vote him out” from a crowd gathered on the sidewalk outside the building, a gesture the White House later described as “appalling.”

Ginsburg’s death has also sparked a tense debate between Republicans, who vowed to nominate her replacement before November’s presidential election, and Democrats, who are demanding that the appointment wait until after the election.

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Massive pack of hungry raccoons roving San Francisco park

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A pack of masked “bandits” is marauding in a San Francisco park.

A pack of 14 of the furry critters emerged from the bushes at Golden Gate Park on Thursday, startling a father and son who snapped a picture of the bizarre scene, SFGate reports.

“It was so surreal…a posse of bandits…like out of a movie,” the dad, Marc Estoque told the outlet. “And then two minutes later there was a coyote. I was waiting for the unicorn to pop out.”

Ten raccoons were pictured, while another four were still hiding off in the bushes, Estoque said of his image.

The seemingly massive population of raccoons in the Bay Area has been long chronicled, with the SFGate reporting back in 2008 of a troubling raccoon “inundation.”

Estoque said the raccoons appeared to be looking for food. He shared the image to raise awareness of the problem with people feeding snacks with park wildlife.

“We want to keep the animals wild,” he said.

Tamara Aparton, a spokesperson for San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department, told the outlet that raccoons have been a problem in the area.

“We’ve been posting signage and doing education and outreach in the area, talking to people about the harmful consequences for the animals and handing out flyers in English, Chinese and Spanish,” Aparton said. “Rangers have also increased patrols in the area.”

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Steele dossier source was investigated by FBI for Russia links: Barr

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WASHINGTON — The primary source of the controversial Steele dossier had previously been investigated by the FBI for contacts to suspected Russian-intelligence officials, according to information released by Attorney General William Barr.

The new charge was outlined in a letter sent by Barr on Thursday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), whose panel is investigating the origins of the Russia probe.

According to newly declassified intelligence, the FBI knew that the research compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele relied on a source that had “documented contacts” with suspected Russian intelligence officials — but still used it to obtain a warrant to spy on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The document, now known as the Steele dossier, led the FBI to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to monitor former Trump campaign-aide Carter Page as part of their “Crossfire Hurricane” probe.

Steele, an ex-MI6 agent, was paid by Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee to find dirt on Trump. He compiled the dossier, which was based on unverified rumors.

In Barr’s letter, he said he had declassified a footnote from Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of the Trump-Russia probe that showed Steele’s primary sub-source was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence operation from May 2009 to March 2011.

Steele’s unidentified source had contact with known Russian intelligence officials, the footnote said.

The source also attempted to recruit two people who knew an influential foreign policy advisor connected to President Obama, telling them they could “make a little extra money” for sharing classified information.

The footnote also shows the investigators in the Crossfire Hurricane probe knew in Dec. 2016 that Steele’s source was the subject of an investigation by their own department, and even interviewed the source over several days in Jan. 2017.

“To me, failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system,” Sen. Graham said.

“This is the most stunning and damning revelation the committee has uncovered,” he went on.

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation has raised questions about much of the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump’s presidential campaign.

FBI leadership knew early on that the Steele dossier they used to pursue an investigation of Trump did not support their theory and was full of rumor, but repeatedly relied on it to obtain warrants to snoop on Page, declassified documents revealed in July.

“A small group of individuals in the Department of Justice and FBI should be held accountable for this fraud against the court,” Graham said Thursday in the wake of the fresh revelations.

“The committee will press on and get to the bottom of what happened, and we will try to work together to make sure this never happens again.”

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