Sen. Chuck Grassley says Robert Mueller’s report is about a month away from release. The Iowa Republican on Tuesday said the report should be out within the month, 21 months after the investigation into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia to rig the 2016 election first launched. Grassley wants as much of the report to be public as possible, echoing public comments by President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr.
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The Democrat field for president in 2020 is so far shaping up to be smaller than predicted. More than half a dozen Dems are officially in, and while there’s still time for top-tier candidates to enter the fray, the crowd of two or three dozen contenders some predicted early on hasn’t materialized so far. Those who have ruled out a race include billionaire Tom Steyer, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A top Nancy Pelosi aide has told the insurance industry not to worry about far-left plans for a “Medicare for All” takeover of health care. Just a month after the election, the top health policy adviser to the then-incoming House Speaker told insurance bigwigs that Democrat leadership had serious reservations about the scheme, which was a key part of some newly elected Dems’ platforms. Instead of the Bernie Sanders-inspired plan—which would abolish private insurance and force everyone onto a government plan—Pelosi’s office has insisted they’ll focus on lowering drug prices and will be an ally of private health insurance.
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President Trump gave his second State of the Union speech amid the backdrop of surprisingly resilient poll numbers. A new Rasmussen poll released Tuesday found 48 percent of Americans approve of his job performance, with 51 percent disapproving. Trump’s numbers during the first few months of his presidency were a few points lower than President Obama’s, but over the past year-plus have tracked almost exactly with the former president’s approval ratings, despite a media all but unified to take him down.
The cause of death for Colin Kroll has been released. The CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia died from an overdose of multiple drugs, including fentanyl. Per the NYC Medical Examiner, Colin died from acute intoxication due to combined effects of fentanyl, fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
He was found in the bedroom of his apartment last December after a welfare check was called in by his girlfriend. He was 34-years-old.
Kris Humphries – former Mr. Kim Kardashian – 34
Axl Rose – Guns ‘n’ Roses frontman – 57
Fabian (Fabiano Anthony Forte) – 1950s and 60s pop singer – 76
Tom Brokaw – TV news anchor – 79
Rip Torn – 88
BORN ON THIS DATE
Bob Marley – legendary guitarist – 1945
Natalie Cole – daughter of Nat King Cole – 1950
Zsa Zsa Gabor – socialite and actress – 1917
Ronald Reagan – 1911
Babe Ruth – 1895
Aaron Burr – 1756
American and French delegates meet to formalize an alliance during the American revolution.
The Treaty of Amity and Commerce made the U.S. a sovereign and independent country in the eyes of the French government, and opened up trade between the two countries.
The Treaty of Alliance outlined France’s military support against Great Britain. It said the only term for peace would be the complete independence of the United States from Great Britain.
The Dalton Gang attempt their first train robbery — and fail.
Bob, Emmett, and Grat Dalton were 3 of 10 sons in the Dalton family. One of their brothers became a U.S. Marshall.
A stealing spree of banks and trains would continue for over a year. But in their last robbery, the townspeople in the bank fought back, killing Bob and Grat, and wounding Emmett. Emmet would serve 14 years in prison.
After his release from prison in 1907, Emmett became a successful real estate magnate in Los Angeles.
A German U-Boat torpedoes an American passenger steamer called the California off the coast of Ireland.
The ship sank in only 9 minutes, killing 43.
The attack came 3 days after Woodrow Wilson declared publicly that the U.S. would sever diplomatic ties with Germany if such attacks continued.
Later British intelligence would uncover the Zimmerman telegram. That was a correspondence between the Germans and Mexicans about an invasion of the U.S. via Mexico.
These events combined forced the U.S. into World War I on April 6 that year.
A woman claiming to be Anastasia of the Romanov family arrives in New York City.
The Romanovs were murdered in the Bolshevik takeover of Russia in 1918, but it had been rumored that one child escaped with the help of one soldier.
Several women came forward claiming to be the heir to the throne. But this woman’s story was consistent.
Any gaps in knowledge the real Anastasia should have known were blamed on the time she spent in an asylum following the murder of her family.
After her death, her DNA was analyzed against that of a great nephew to Czar Nicholas — confirming her lineage.
Princess Elizabeth becomes the Queen of England when her father, George VI dies. He’s the guy with the stammer in the movie The King’s Speech.
Elizabeth was in Kenya at the time on holiday. She was 27 years old, married to distant cousin Philip Mountbatten, and had one child, Charles.
She was coronated on June 2, 1953.
Vince Young was arrested for a DWI in Texas on Monday. The former Tennessee Titan QB was pulled over in Fort Bend County, booked into the county jail and released on bond.
The 35-year-old was also arrested in 2016 for a DUI, after he was pulled over for driving dangerously in Austin. He pled guilty in that case and received 18 months of probation. He issued an apology to fans saying he “understood the seriousness of the situation.”
21 Savage’s lawyer believes his client was arrested by ICE because of his application for a U-Visa to become a legal resident. USCIS (United States Citizenship And Immigration Services) investigates all applications, which includes background checks. In the check it was discovered the rapper was born in the U.K., came to the U.S. legally in 2005 on a visa, but that visa expired the following year and he has been living here illegally ever since.
Savage applied for a U-Visa in 2017, a form of relief for people who have been in the U.S. illegally for 10 years or longer and have a qualifying U.S. relative living here—in this case, it would be his 3 kids. The issue is that he has a felony conviction for drug charges from 2014, that knocks out him qualifying for a U-Visa.
Kendall Jenner posted a photo of herself on Instagram, rocking a new do and fans are freaking out. The 23-year-old’s new hairstyle includes bangs and fans cannot decide if they make her look more like mom Kris Jenner or little sis Kylie Jenner.
Meghan Markle’s banana writing has caused some controversy. The Duchess and Prince Harry stopped by a charity, called One25, in Bristol the other day and while there Meghan decided to write words of encouragement on a bunch of bananas that were being handed out—as part of a whole meal—to sex workers. Cue the ridicule.
Piers Morgan started the criticism by writing “Giving a sex worker a banana is clearly exposing them to potential mockery.”
Of course, Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle jumped on the bandwagon and tweeted, “I was hoping my sister would give them each a beautiful bouquet of flowers, words of strength, and enough money to change their lives. That is what #humanitarians do. Bananas? WTF.”
Andy Cohen is a dad! The host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” announced the news on his Instagram, with a sweet photo of his baby boy, Benjamin Allen Cohen. The 50-year-old added that the child, born via surrogate, was named after his grandfather, Benjamin Allen.
Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Kerr Aldean have welcomed their baby girl. The country star announced the news on his Instagram page, writing “Today our family became complete as we welcomed our daughter Navy Rome to the world.”
Navy joins big brother, 1-year-old Memphis Aldine.
Virginia’s Lieutenant Gov. is denouncing claims he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004 as a “smear.” The second in line for the state’s top job on Monday dismissed claims that surfaced in the Washington Post that he forced himself on a woman at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, insisting it’s a nefarious plot by those who want to stop him from taking over as governor if embattled Gov. Ralph Northam is forced to resign in disgrace.
MEANWHILE, despite calls from all corners of the Dem Party for him to step down, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still enjoys the approval of half the state’s Democrat voters, a new poll released Monday shows. Party elders, from both of the state’s Dem senators to Nancy Pelosi, have called for his resignation after a photo of him in blackface in 1984 surfaced from a med school yearbook. His apparent support for infanticide wasn’t enough for the party to try forcing him out, but a costume did the trick.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat candidate in the Iowa caucuses, just less than a year away. That’s according to a new poll of likely caucus attendees showing Biden with 29 percent support. The 76-year-old led California Sen. Kamala Harris by double digits, with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren rounding out the top four with 15 and 11 percent respectively. Biden hasn’t said he’s running, but last year declared himself “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
MEANWHILE another 2020 prospect, a campaign to draft “Beto” Robert Francis O’Rourke into running only garnered about half a dozen attendees at an event over the weekend.
The U.S. government is preparing to start construction on more border walls along the Texas-Mexico border. The new wall in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley will likely go on federally owned land preserved as a wildlife refuge. $600 million for 33 miles of border barrier in that part of Texas was approved by Congress last March, but President Trump and Congressional Democrats remain in standoff over $5.7 billion in additional funding for walls elsewhere.
A Washington Post reporter challenged the paper’s owner, billionaire Jeff Bezos, to put his money where his mouth is and provide paid paternal leave and what she called equal pay for female employees. Reporter Abigail Hauslohner linked back to a Bezos tweet in which he promoted the paper’s $5.25 million Super Bowl ad claiming the paper’s mission is to bring people the facts “no matter what.” Hauslohner wasn’t the only reporter to challenge the boss over his virtual signaling tweets.
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Americans are increasingly buying into the socialist notion of soaking the rich. A new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday found that 76 percent of registered voters believe the wealthiest Americans should pay more in taxes. And a recent Fox News poll found 70 percent support raising taxes on those earning more than $10 million, including 54 percent of Republicans. Those are just two among a spate of polls showing the public favors such vague and vogue notions of tax fairness at the top, notwithstanding the fact that the top ten percent of earners already shoulder the vast, vast majority of taxes in this country.
Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino has a new boyfriend. After finalizing her divorce to ex-husband Jim in August last year, she stepped out with Andy Bohn on Instagram. No real word on if Mr. Bohm is anyone of note in the celebrityspehere.