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December 7, 2018

After a long and grueling prison sentence, many ex-convicts just want to eat good food and spend time with their families. Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos just wants to get back out on the conservative speaking circuit.

Perhaps that's because his sentence was neither long nor grueling. Papadopoulos was released Friday from a federal prison in Wisconsin after serving 12 days, which he was sentenced to after lying about contact with Russians during the 2016 election. His first move? He's headed straight to Washington, D.C. to speak at the the conservative American Priority Conference, reports CNN.

This conference, which declares on its website that it welcomes "all Americans who want to 'make America great again,'' proudly lists Papadopoulos as one of its scheduled speakers. The conference is currently underway, and some of its other speakers include Roger Stone, the informal Trump campaign adviser whose ties to Wikileaks are being examined by Special Counsel Robert Mueller; Laura Loomer, the conspiracy theorist who recently handcuffed herself to Twitter's headquarters after being banned for anti-Muslim tweets; and alt-right commentator Jack Posobiec, who helped spread the debunked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her advisers ran an underground child sex ring out of a completely normal pizzeria. Stone already spoke at the conference and said he intends to plead the fifth amendment in the Mueller probe, while Loomer, per The Daily Beast's Will Sommer, spoke to a "nearly empty room."

Papadopoulos' biography on the American Policy Conference fails to mention his recent prison stint or the fact that he will be under a 12-month supervised release when he attends the conference. Brendan Morrow

February 19, 2019

Don Newcombe, a star pitcher for the Dodgers, died Tuesday, following a long illness. He was 92.

Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement that Newcombe's "presence and life established him as a role model for major leaguers across the country. He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium and players always gravitated toward him for his endless advice and friendship." Sandy Koufax said Newcombe was "a mentor at first, a friend at the end. He will be missed by anyone who got to know him."

After getting his start in the Negro Leagues, Newcombe broke barriers as one of the first black pitchers in Major League Baseball. Newcombe played for 10 seasons, starting with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, and in 1956 he won the inaugural Cy Young Award and National League MVP. Following his retirement, Newcombe disclosed that he had a drinking problem, and after becoming sober in the 1960s, he raised awareness about alcohol abuse. He later worked with the Dodgers as director of community affairs and later special adviser to the team's chairman. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2019

President Trump is nominating Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, the White House announced Tuesday night.

Rosen, the deputy transportation secretary, served in the George W. Bush administration. Last week, William Barr was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as attorney general, and people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News that Barr picked Rosen; both worked at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. In a statement, Barr said Rosen's "years of outstanding legal and management experience make him an excellent choice to succeed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has served the Department of Justice over many years with dedication and distinction."

Rosenstein is reportedly expected to leave the Justice Department in mid-March. After Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2019

After a model called Burberry out for showing a sweatshirt with a noose around the neckline during London Fashion Week, the luxury brand announced on Tuesday that the item has been removed from its latest collection.

The sweatshirt was part of Burberry's "Tempest" line, for autumn/winter 2019. Model Liz Kennedy saw the sweatshirt while getting ready to walk in Sunday's runway show, and was disturbed. "Suicide is not fashion," she wrote in an Instagram post. "It is not glamorous nor edgy. Let's not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck."

Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti and Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci both apologized, and Gobbetti released a statement saying the company is "deeply sorry" for the "distress" caused by the sweatshirt. "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake," he said. Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2019

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) got candid during an interview Tuesday with CBS News, saying President Trump is "pretty weak" going into the 2020 election, and other Republicans who will be on a ballot should take notice.

While Hogan thinks Trump will likely stave off any Republican primary challengers, because of his low poll numbers, the odds of Trump "losing a general election are pretty good. I'm not saying he couldn't win, but he's pretty weak in the general election." If he "weakens further," Hogan added, Republican elected officials will have to ask themselves if he is "going to take the rest of us down with him."

Hogan is the governor of a blue state, and was re-elected in November. Some anti-Trump Republicans have been trying to get him to take on Trump in 2020, but he thinks that would be "very difficult. Nobody has successfully challenged a sitting president in the same party in a primary since 1884." Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2019

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano says that if a bombshell New York Times report about President Trump asking then-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to put one of his allies in charge of the Michael Cohen investigation is correct, this was "an attempt to obstruct justice."

Trump wanted Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, to take the Cohen case, the Times reports; because of a conflict of interest, he had recused himself. While discussing the report with anchor Shepard Smith on Tuesday, Napolitano said such a phone call shows "corrupt intent. That is an effort to use the levers of power of the government for a corrupt purpose, to deflect an investigation into himself or his allies."

Smith asked if this was obstruction of justice, and Napolitano explained it was "attempted obstruction. It would only be obstruction if it succeeded. If you tried to interfere with a criminal prosecution that may knock at your own door by putting your ally in there, that is clearly an attempt to obstruct justice." He also warned that Whitaker, who testified to Congress that the White House never asked for "promises or commitments" about any investigations, could face his own legal issues. "There's two potential crimes here for Matt Whitaker," Napolitano said. "One is actual perjury, lying to the Congress. The other is misleading. Remember, you can be truthful but still misleading." Catherine Garcia

February 19, 2019

Democrats aren't making it easy to choose a 2020 presidential candidate — or a location for their election-year convention.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has narrowed down potential Democratic National Convention locations to Houston, Miami, and Milwaukee, with party members saying Milwaukee is in the lead. Yet after the DNC seemingly made final visits to the potential cities, "a fierce debate has unfolded behind the scenes" as Democrats try to pull Perez away from his apparent top choice, The Associated Press reports.

As AP puts it, the convention "could funnel millions of dollars into the local economy" of its chosen city. But Milwaukee has never held an event as big as the Democratic convention, and even though Wisconsin Democrats insist there's enough room for everyone, the city simply has fewer high-end hotels compared to the other two cities. Still, Chicago is just a two-hour drive away, meaning fancy donors could "stay and entertain [there] before traveling to Milwaukee for the biggest prime-time events," AP says.

Houston and Miami would have no problem providing luxury accommodations. But an ongoing labor and wage spat between Houston's mayor and firefighters wouldn't be a good look for a party looking to regain working class voters, AP notes. Miami's best hotels are far from downtown — not to mention that the convention coincides with the start of hurricane season.

Republicans set their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, eight months ago. Democrats, meanwhile, still have a long way to go before their invitations can be sent. Read more at The Associated Press. Kathryn Krawczyk

February 19, 2019

Thousands of patients were improperly prescribed a highly potent and restricted class of fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine, between 2012 and 2017, reports CNN.

A paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, which was based on nearly 5,000 pages of Food and Drug Administration reports and other documents, described how nearly every party involved in the medical profession — from the FDA and drug companies to doctors and pharmacists — were in part culpable of negligence, allowing the medicine to fall into the wrong hands.

This class of fentanyl is meant only for cancer patients who are experiencing "breakthrough pain" and who have already been prescribed "around-the-clock opioids," writes CNN. Because of its potency, the FDA created a program to monitor prescription of the drug in 2011. The research, however, found that anywhere from 34.6 to 55.4 percent of patients, or about 12,900 people who received the treatments were not, in fact, cancer patients, and were "opioid-nontolerant" or prescribed the drug for conditions such as arthritis. Fentanyl was involved in about 28 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2016, more than any other drug.

"The prescribing of this medicine was supposed to be closely monitored and contained but was not," G. Caleb Alexander, a senior author of the study and director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said, per CNN. "What we found was that several years after the program was started, there were alarming deficiencies identified, and yet little was done by the FDA and drug manufacturers to effectively address these problems." Tim O'Donnell

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