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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    Senator Elizabeth Warren looks around the room during Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network's post-election meeting on November 13, 2018.

    With the 2020 presidential election under the two-year mark, the United States is buzzing with theories about who will announce their run to become the next commander in chief. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is a major contender for the race, but according to CNN, the politician fears her prospects may have already taken a major hit after releasing a video confirming her Native American heritage that did not take well with the public.

    After releasing the results of a DNA test in October this year–a decision she made as a means of being transparent and stands firmly by–the senator received negative reactions from tribal leaders and even more ridicule from conservatives, digging her into a hole that some advisers think requires drastic measures to be taken to get her out of.

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    Donald Trump raises a warning finger.

    Amidst a barrage of unfriendly press reports surrounding the upcoming “big friday” for Robert Mueller and special counsel — an investigation that the president has frequently described as a “witch hunt,” per CNBC— it appears that Donald Trump is preparing a special report of his own.

    Apparently set to counter the claims made by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of “Angry Democrats” as the president frequently refers to them as, Donald Trump and partner Rudy Giuliani are working on a document to contrast the arguments made by the Mueller and his legal team. While the Atlantic reports that no such document exists — and further alleges that there is no plan to provide a contrary accounting of the facts which will presumably be laid out by Mueller in the coming days — Trump says that this reportage is, in fact, another example of “fake news,” writing as much in a Twitter message made earlier today.

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    Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) gives farewell remarks to State Department employees March 22, 2018 at the State Department in Washington, DC.

    Rex Tillerson, Trump’s former secretary of state who never really seemed to get along with him, launched a scathing criticism of the president in a rare interview he gave to CBS News political contributor Bob Schieffer at a dinner to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Center, reports the Washington Post.

    For the first time since his unceremonious removal from office in March of this year, Tillerson seemed to get candid about his actual views of the president. He is known to have called Trump a “moron” privately while he was the secretary of state, an accusation that he never denied, leading many to believe that it revealed what Tillerson thought of the president even while serving under him.

    Speaking to Schieffer, Tillerson said it was a big jump for him from working for one of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world, ExxonMobil, to a man who was “undisciplined” and didn’t “like to read,” reported the Post.

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    Chris Watts appears handcuffed in jail.

    For the first time, the parents of Shanann Watts are sitting down for an interview and talking about their daughter’s life, death, and killer husband.

    As the Inquisitr shared yesterday, Frank and Sandra Rzucek recently sat down with ABC’s 20/20 to remember their daughter and grandchildren who were taken from them far too soon. The interview comes just a few weeks after Shanann’s husband, Chris Watts, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, their two daughters Bella and Celeste, and their unborn son, Niko.

    In the tell-all interview, Sandra Rzucek explains that she had told her daughter to give Chris a little bit of space after noticing that he was becoming distant and unloving. Both Sandra and Frank knew that their daughter’s marriage was not perfect and that Shanann and Chris were having problems, but they had no idea that he would end up doing what he did.

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    Former Directors of the CIA George Tenet, John Brennan, and current CIA Director Gina Haspel pay their respects at the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    In a blistering attack on President Donald Trump on Friday morning, former CIA director John Brennan said that Trump is getting “increasingly desperate” in the face of increased Mueller disclosures — and is likely feeling the “walls closing in” around him, according to Newsweek.

    As reported by the Inquisitr earlier today, Trump is expecting some bad news on Friday, with special counsel Robert Mueller set to file sentencing memos on former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Trump has already been rattled with last week’s sentencing memo on Flynn, in which — although Mueller didn’t seek a jail term for Trump’s former National Security Adviser — he revealed that Flynn had provided “substantial assistance” in the probe attempting to link Trump’s transition team to Russian government officials.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after a meeting between the presidents of Argentina and Russian Federation as part of Argentina G20 Leaders' Summit 2018 at Casa Rosada on December 01, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter, Yekaterina Tikhonova — whom he has yet to refer to by her name in public statements — made her state television debut on Thursday. She represented Moscow’s State University, and discussed a series of new scientific advancements.

    According to BBC Monitoring, Tikhonova appeared on Russia state network Rossiya 1 for its main evening news bulletin, where she discussed technological advancements designed to control the brain’s electrical impulses. The 32-year-old Tikhonova was referred to on television as the deputy director of State University’s institute for mathematical research of complex systems — and as the head of a research firm called Innopraktika.

    “It is very important that a neurocenter is built on the synergy of these technologies and on the real demand for them in the economy,” BBC Monitoring quoted Tikhonova as saying.

    “Truly, we can say that at the same time a person comes to know both the capabilities of technology and of his own self.”

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    A seal with an eel up its nose.

    Young monk seals, an endangered species of seal native to the northwestern Hawaiian islands, keep showing up with eels stuck in their nasal cavities — and biologists aren’t sure why, CNN is reporting.

    On Monday, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program posted a rather uncomfortable photo on their Facebook page, showing a juvenile monk seal with an eel lodged up his nose.

    “Mondays… it might not have been a good one for you but it had to have been better than an eel in your nose. We have reported on this phenomenon before which was first noted a few years back. We have now found juvenile seals with eels stuck in their noses on multiple occasions. In all cases the eel was successfully removed and the seals were fine. The eels, however, did not make it.”

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    An empty classroom, desks and chairs present.

    A California elementary school teacher is behind bars after she was caught on video allegedly cutting a boy’s hair — and throwing chunks of it behind her — while singing the national anthem, ABC News is reporting.

    Margaret Gieszinger had, until this week, been a teacher at University Preparatory High School on the campus of College of the Sequoias Community College in Visalia. However, her teaching career — and indeed her freedom — are now in jeopardy following the bizarre incident, one which was captured on video and uploaded on Wednesday.

    In the video, which you can see a few paragraphs below, Gieszinger can be seen ordering a reluctant boy, a teenager, into a seat at the front of the classroom. She can then be seen cutting the boy’s already-short hair — all while singing the national anthem — and throwing chunks of his hair behind her.

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    President-elect Donald Trump points at U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly before their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is reported not to be on speaking terms with Donald Trump anymore, was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of the Russia probe, CNN reported on Friday.

    Earlier today, per the Inquisitr, reports emerged that Kelly, whose relationship with Trump has apparently taken a turn for the worse, was set to leave the White House in the coming days. It is apparently a mutual decision, although Kelly was allegedly becoming increasingly frustrated with Trump repeatedly bypassing the protocols established by the retired Marine Corps general since taking over as the White House Chief of Staff in July 2017.

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    Don Lemon attends Tyra Banks and Carolyn London Discuss Their New Book 'Perfect Is Boring' at 92nd Street Y on April 5, 2018 in New York City.

    CNN commentator Don Lemon roasted Donald Trump on Monday, calling the president the “hypocrite in chief” after the New York Times revealed that he employs undocumented immigrants. The Huffington Post says that Lemon called Trump out for condemning immigrants and claiming that he didn’t have “one” illegal immigrant working for him, all while employing them at his residence and club.

    “Donald Trump: Hypocrite-in-Chief,” Lemon said on CNN Tonight. “We’re learning tonight that while this president has been railing against immigrants, calling them criminals, rapists, even animals, his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey… has employed people who managers allegedly knew were in the country illegally.”

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    Michael Cohen exits federal court,

    Michael Cohen’s legal team requested that their client receive no prison time, based on his cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but federal prosecutors have recommended that President Trump’s former attorney be sentenced to at least four years.

    Per CNBC, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York (SDNY) acknowledged that Cohen worked closely with Mueller’s investigation. However, they also wrote that the sentence “should reflect the seriousness of Cohen’s brazen violations of the election law.” This was mentioned in tandem with the statement that Cohen “sought to influence the election from the shadows.”

    As Inquisitr previously reported, Robert Mueller’s team filed their own recommendations today. Although Mueller did not suggest a specific prison term, he did cite Michael Cohen’s “substantial cooperation” as a reason to allow concurrent sentencing for the two cases brought by the United States and the SDNY.

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    The silver Dodge Charger alledgedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr. passes near the Market Street Parking Garage moments after driving into a crowd of counter-protesters on Water Street on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    James Fields, Jr., the man who killed Heather Heyer when he plowed his vehicle into a group of counter-protestors at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty of murder on Friday. Fields, 21, was convicted of first-degree murder and nine other charges for his role in the violent Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017, according to local station NBC12.

    Fields drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protestors, injuring dozens and killing 32-year-old Heyers. In addition to the charge of murder, a jury of 12 individuals found him guilty on five counts of malicious wounding, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, and one count of hit and run for failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving a death. The jury deliberated for seven hours before determining that Fields had deliberately smashed into a crowd of people.

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    U.S. Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks in the press briefing room at the Department of State on November 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Nauert addressed the media on Thursday about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his future at the State Department.

    Donald Trump announced in a Friday tweet that Heather Nauert will replace Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley resigned from the position after less than a year in the role.

    Heather Nauert does not have foreign policy experience. She is a former Fox News host, and according to the Huffington Post, she has a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric.

    As recently as 2016, Nauert used her Twitter account to share links from a site run by anti-Muslim activist Robert Spencer. He was actually banned in the U.K. for his racist and Islamophobic rhetoric.

    In 2009, while part of Fox News, Nauert reportedly hosted an hour dedicated to “stealth jihad.” She invited Spencer and another anti-Muslim activist, Frank Gaffney, to participate in the broadcast. Gaffney has been deemed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “America’s most notorious Islamophobe.” They say that his organization is a hate group.

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    Candy Cane Decoration

    A Nebraska principal has come under fire for trying to police the way that Christmas spirit was expressed at the elementary school she managed. The New York Post reports that Jennifer Sinclair, the principal at Manchester Elementary School, has been put on leave because of the strict guidelines she gave to teachers for decorating classrooms. She banned decorations that are normally associated with Christmas like Santa, Christmas trees, and candy canes. According to the Post, she prohibited candy canes because she believed that they symbolized Jesus.

    “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus,” Sinclair’s memo reportedly read. “The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection,” she reportedly wrote. “This would also include different colored candy canes.” She justified the ban by claiming that she was trying not to make people who did not celebrate Christmas uncomfortable

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    Hye-Jin Choi of South Korea hits her tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship at Trump National Golf Club on July 16, 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    A new report from the New York Times alleges that Donald Trump’s private New Jersey club has hired undocumented workers in the past, according to CNN.

    The New York Times spoke to two women who said they entered the U.S. illegally, and became employed at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    One of the women, Victorina Morales, was born in Guatemala. She came to the U.S. in 1999, and obtained a job at the club in 2013. She used phony documents to gain employment as a housekeeper.

    Sandra Diaz is from Costa Rica. Though she is now a legal resident of the U.S., she was undocumented when she worked at Bedminster from 2010 to 2013.

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    Hands clasp in motion of forgiveness.

    In October 2, 2006, then 20-year-old firefighter paramedic Matt Swatzell was heading home after spending the previous 24 hours saving lives. He was exhausted after his long shift and closed his eyes for only a few seconds while behind the wheel. Those few seconds were all it took for him to nod off and accidentally crash into another car. The passengers in the vehicle he collided with were a young mother and her 19-month-old daughter, Faith, according to Today.

    Swatzell was horrified when he realized what he had done. Though he had dedicated his career to saving lives, his mistake cost the young mother, 30-year-old June Fitzgerald, her life.

    “I can still see it. I can still smell it. The horrendous noise and the glass breaking,” Swatzell said.

    June Fitzgerald was the wife of Erik Fitzgerald, a pastor at a local church. After being told the news of his wife’s death, he recalls breaking down while holding his sleeping daughter, Faith, who had survived the crash.

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    An assortment of Hershey's chocolate candies.

    Just about everyone loves chocolate, but few have an appreciation for it like Lavoy Sales, a Tennessee car detailer, who decorated his car in tribute to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, according to Today. Sales’ vehicle was wrapped from top to bottom in the Reese’s logo, so naturally it turned a few heads around town. Before long, photos of it were circulating on social media, catching the attention of the Hershey Company themselves. The company decided to go on a hunt to find the owner of the car, who was undeniably their biggest superfan.

    Hershey took their search to the next level by posting giant billboards around Tennessee with a picture of the decked out car.

    “Is this your car? Last seen in Nashville,” billboards read with a phone number for the owner to call in order to be recognized. Before long, the company got a call from a local news station, identifying Sales as the owner of the car.

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    Ted Lieu at the 'From Russia With Trump' panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

    Friday filings by federal prosecutors and Mueller’s team showed that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer, had informed him about the two election-related crimes he had committed back in 2016. Experts on either side of the political spectrum appear increasingly convinced that Mueller has got Trump cornered, with California congressman Ted Lieu saying the Friday disclosures proved that Trump committed at least two felonies, according to The Hill.

    Lieu, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and has been one of the most vociferous critics of Donald Trump while in office, was speaking with MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews when he claimed that Trump “committed two felonies while running for president”.

    “When you look at what the prosecutors did in the Southern District of New York they allege that Donald Trump directed two campaign finance violations. These are felonies and you can infer intent by looking at a defendant’s statements.”

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    Close-up of the emergency door on the back of a school bus

    In a very scary moment when the driver of a school bus transporting elementary students home from Atkinson Academy collapsed and fell from her seat, eight-year-old Nolan Barry and nine-year-old Thomas MacKeen quickly reacted to the situation to stop the bus that was still in motion.

    According to Yahoo Lifestyle, Atkinson Police Chief Timothy Crowley confirmed the bus driver did collapse from a medical emergency. Crowley also confirmed Nolan and Thomas noticed the bus driver fall from her seat and raced to the front of the bus to help.

    Typically sitting in the front seat, Nolan has watched the driver operate the bus on more than one occasion. Thus, making himself somewhat familiar with the various controls.

    “I forgot which yellow one to press,” Nolan told the WCVB. He, however, was able to figure out the controls and stop the bus.

    “Yeah, I was like, thank God,” the eight-year-old replied when the interviewer asked if he felt relieved.

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    Strips of fried bacon on a wood counter

    Ohio State University students will have a little help to get them through finals week — bacon, straight out of a vending machine.

    As USA Today reported, the university is temporarily housing a bacon vending machine on campus for the next week as part of a fundraiser sponsored by Ohio State’s Meat Science Club. The machine is packed with strips of cooked bacon and bacon bits donated by Smithfield, Hormel, and Sugardale.

    “The Bacon Vending Machine is a unique and fun way for the Ohio Pork Council to support Ohio State students and promote the pork industry at the same time,” said Ohio Pork Council’s President-Elect Dave Shoup, (via Fox 28 Columbus).

    The university’s Meat Science Club is certainly getting a boost with its fundraiser. The bacon vending machine has attracted some national attention, with a number of major news outlets featuring the unusual snack option.

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