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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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    Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House.

    Donald Trump is seemingly unconcerned about the amount of debt his administration has racked up with massive tax cuts and new spending programs — leaving what one columnist calls a “nightmare” for the next president.

    Writing for the Daily Beast, Matt Lewis noted that Trump’s spending has increased tremendously despite his past promises to bring down the national debt. Lewis seized on a new report from White House sources that Trump has dismissed fears of the quickly growing debt but saying, “Yeah, but I won’t be here.”

    Lewis, who called Trump’s attitude “the antithesis of MAGA,” couldn’t imagine a scenario where another president would be so cavalier about an impending crisis.

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    Al Sharpton speaks at a political event.

    Al Sharpton’s daughter is getting a $95,000 settlement from New York City after she sprained her ankle. Her injury was caused by a patch of cracked pavement on Broadway.

    As the New York Post reported, Dominique Sharpton won the settlement after nearly four years of court jockeying. The incident happened in 2015, and the eldest daughter of the activist and television host had initially sued the city for $5 million.

    After several years, the city was apparently ready to sign off on the much smaller amount.

    “After a thorough evaluation, we determined that settling this case was in the best interest of the city,” a spokesperson for the city’s legal department told the New York Post.

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    Donald Trump

    Russia Investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller released two new filings on Friday detailing crimes by Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen and 2016 campaign chief Paul Manafort, as CNN reported, but not before President Trump unleashed a series of six Twitter posts attacking Mueller and the investigation. Trump’s Twitter explosion continued later in the day when he posted a message declaring incorrectly that Mueller’s filing “totally clears” him.

    In fact, as Politico reported, far from “clearing” Trump, Mueller said he has evidence that contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign began as far back as November 2015, and that Cohen had discussed the possibility of Trump meeting Russia President Vladimir Putin not only with a Russian official but with Trump himself — indicating that Trump likely had direct knowledge of his campaign’s involvement with the Russian government.

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    An aerial view of the Marshall Islands.

    A fisherman in the Marshall Islands hauled in a very unexpected catch — 48 kilos of cocaine, worth about $4 million.

    As the Japan Times reported, the angler was about 307 miles from the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro when he found the cocaine in professionally wrapped plastic bags, which authorities believed had broken free from a larger bundle.

    Local officials said they believe that the 48 kilos, more than 100 pounds, of cocaine were all that came free.

    “We’re pretty sure we got all of it,” deputy police commissioner Robson Almen said.

    Authorities had to call in help from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency because the small island nation doesn’t have the capacity to test the bundles and confirm that it is cocaine. As the Japan Times noted, the Marshall Islands are situated on a major drug route from South America to Asia, and authorities there have found bundles of cocaine and drug boats wash up on shores over the last decade.

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    Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements To Congress In Russia Probe

    New details are being revealed about the sentencing recommendations for Trump fixer Michael Cohen and the crimes the lawyer committed before turning on his former boss. Perhaps the most alarming accusation is how much money Cohen made selling access to his former boss.

    The Daily Beast reports that yesterday prosecutors revealed the extent to which Michael Cohen cashed in on his insider relationship with Donald Trump and his administration. The report indicates that Cohen has pleaded guilty to eight counts that the one time Trump Organization attorney “sought to monetize” his relationship with the president just after his 2016 election victory.

    Mueller’s memo released yesterday indicated that Cohen made over $4 million, but made overtures in an effort to make even more money by selling access to insiders, including Trump.

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    Hillary and Bill Clinton appear to make remarks during a public forum.

    When Fortune announced that Bill and Hillary Clinton were planning to embark on a 13 city speaking tour titled “An Evening with the Clintons,” the news was delivered with a straight face, nary a hint of sarcasm to be seen. Boasting prices of upwards of $700 for some of the better seats at the more intimate venues, the tour promised “a unique perspective on the past, and remarkable insight into where we go from here.”

    Things did not pan out as planned, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Clintons were forced to resort to hawking unsold tickets for some venues on Groupon, offering up general admission tickets at a 60 percent discount — for $35. The venue in question — The Forum, which seats approximately 17,000 souls in Inglewood, California — was apparently hit with low attendance numbers. Regardless of large marketing messages advertising the Groupon offer, exclaiming “limited time remaining” and that “tickets are selling fast!” only 450 Groupon customers bought the discounted tickets.

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    An empty mall escalator

    An Arkansas jury awarded a woman $3 million after a malfunctioning mall escalator ripped off her big toe.

    The incident happened at a mall in Little Rock in December 2013, when Aisha Siddiqui stepped onto an escalator and had her foot lodged into it. As the woman’s lawyer explained, the steps of the escalator somehow dropped below the metal teeth, and the woman’s boot got stuck in the empty space. As the escalator mechanism continued to move, the woman’s big toe was torn off her body.

    “She simply went to the mall, went shopping and came out without a toe,” attorney Densie Hoggard said, via ABC 4 News. “When her foot was lodged in there and was being drug forward, the machinery inside that escalator ground her toe up into hamburger meat.”

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    Marijuana plant

    It’s not rare for a police department, the DEA, or the FBI, to make a drug bust and then pose for a social media photo, usually with the “dope on the table,” along with guns, money, and other paraphernalia seized in the bust. One such bust took place in Texas this week, and commenters on Twitter and a local TV station’s Facebook page enjoyed poking fun at the rather small amount of money and drugs displayed.

    KTRE reported this week on a recent drug bust by the Tenaha Police Department in Tenaha, Texas. According to the station’s Facebook page, the police executed a search warrant and found “marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, guns, and cash.” As KTRE reported, three men were arrested and charged with state-jail felony possession of marijuana.

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    the california wildfires burn a hill behind houses

    A dog, whose owners had to leave him behind when they fled California’s Camp wildfire, returned to find their beloved pet not only alive and well, but dutifully guarding what had once been his family’s home, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting.

    Whenever natural disasters strike, of course there is a devastating human toll as well as massive property damage. However, also suffering when such disasters strike are pets, who are often left behind when their owners have to flee on a moment’s notice and have nowhere to take them.

    Such was the case with a golden retriever named Madison. His human, a woman identified only as “Andrea,” had to flee her home when the Camp Fire, one of many California wildfires to burn this season, closed in on her home.

    For the better part of two agonizing weeks, Andrea had no idea if Madison had survived.

    Enter K9 Paw Print Rescue.

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    Donald Trump

    When Donald Trump’s first nominee for United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from overseeing the ongoing investigation into collusion between Trumps 2016 presidential campaign and Russia due to his own contacts with Russian officials during that campaign, Trump became furious. As New York Magazine exhaustively chronicled, Sessions’ recusal — meaning that he stepped aside from what would otherwise be his job supervising the Russia probe — set off a bitter, and mostly one-way feud between Trump and the attorney general that ended on November 7 when Trump finally fired Sessions.

    Trump’s temporary replacement for Sessions, Matt Whitaker, has so far refused to recuse despite his numerous public statements opposing the investigation and, as the Inquisitr has reported, even openly suggested strangling the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller by refusing to grant Mueller adequate funding.

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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pictured mid sentence with her hands out before her.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may still be a young twenty-something, but that apparently doesn’t mean she’d ever put her bartender past ahead of the work that awaits her as an incoming legislator in the city that never sleeps. Over the weekend, the 29-year-old U.S. Representative-elect was tested on the kind of party she’d be on a brisk Winter night in the city, and to the surprise of many, it was discovered that she’d be more down to delve into some Dr. Seuss and a cup of Chai than to get lost in a sea of Santa suits for beer on tap.

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    Large plastic Santa on display.

    It looks like not everyone is feeling the Christmas cheer this year. According to a report from NBC 5 DFW, a 31-year-old man has been arrested after telling children Santa Claus wasn’t real. While that is definitely a less than kind act, it wasn’t the man’s actual offense. Police said Aaron Urbanski was arrested on Saturday, November 8, for trespassing at a church event.

    The authorities were summoned to St. Mark United Methodist Church in Cleburne, Texas, during a breakfast with Santa shindig. Upon arrival, the officers discovered Urbanski, who refused to willingly leave the premises. The man was one of three protesters at the event. The small group had been asked to leave the premises several times by church representatives, but only two of the men left. Instead of leaving, Urbanski proceeded to cause a ruckus and hindering the event’s activities.

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    Ammon Bundy at the occupation of a wildlife reserve in 2015.

    Ammon Bundy gained fame for leading the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge in protest of the federal government, making him a hero among many on the far-right.

    But now Bundy has broken sharply with this faction, quitting the militia movement and expressing his support for the migrant caravan heading toward the United States from Central America, while sharply criticizing Donald Trump. As New York Magazine reported, Bundy spoke out in a Facebook video, suggesting that Trump’s vision of America looks more like the rise of the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany.

    In the video, Bundy said that people seeking asylum in the United States should not be treated like criminals, but instead as people seeking a better life for their families.

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    Construction workers erect the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

    The National Butterfly Center in Texas will soon have a hole plowed through it, with bulldozers preparing to clear a path through the wildlife sanctuary to make way for Donald Trump’s border wall.

    The wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande is right along the path for the wall Trump has proposed at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Supreme Court this week gave approval for the land to be plowed, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The Supreme Court’s decision allowed the Trump administration to bypass 28 federal laws to plow through the land, most of them protecting the environment.

    The news was not welcomed by supporters and staff at the National Butterfly Center, especially as the majority of the 100-acre land will now fall on the Mexican side of the wall.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards the press while departing the White House December 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Mueller’s filings on Friday showed that Donald Trump stood to benefit tremendously from the Trump Tower deal in Moscow, with him likely to have received millions of dollars in licensing fees and other transactions had the deal not come apart, according to Newsweek.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Friday filings, in which he recommended a hefty jail sentence for Trump’s former personal fixer, Michael Cohen, showed that Trump was abreast with the developments of the Trump Tower Moscow deal deep into the 2016 presidential elections. Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress previously when he said that the deal, which was reportedly being sought by Kremlin officials, fell through in January 2016 after he failed to get a response from a Kremlin spokesperson. But now he admits that not only did the talks on the deal extend all the way through to June 2016 — well after the primaries started — but that he had updated Donald Trump about the deal through this period.

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    People walk into Google's New York offices on March 5, 2018 in New York City

    Scott Krulcik, a 22-year-old software engineer, was found unconscious and unresponsive in the Google’s New York offices on Friday, December 7. A janitor found him at his desk at approximately 9 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Google building situated at 111 Eighth Avenue near West 16th Street, per ABC 7. EMS workers tried to revive Krulcik, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Authorities stated that they do not suspect any foul play. Krulcik’s body did not show any signs of trauma, nor were there any indications that any criminality was involved. New York Post also reports that police sources stated that the Google employee did not have a history of medical conditions or substance abuse problems. The city’s Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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    White House Senior Advisor and President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner (C) leaves the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol November 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence attended the meeting and pushed senators to consider rewriting the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws.

    If one thought the biggest defender of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the White House is Donald Trump, it would be a wrong assumption. It appears Trump’s admiration for the crown prince is largely down to how highly his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, regards him.

    An eye-opening report in the New York Times has underlined the unflinching faith Kushner and the Saudi prince have in each other. Even more importantly, the report shows that the Saudis made a meticulous plan to “court” Kushner soon after Trump was elected. A Saudi delegation prepared a slideshow for their government, arguing why picking Kushner as their key player within the Trump administration would pay them rich dividends.

    “[The incoming Trump administration] is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner,” the delegation reportedly told the Saudi government.

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    Waved albatross spreading its wings, Espanola Island, Galapagos National park, Ecuador.

    Wisdom, a 68-year-old albatross believed to be the world’s oldest known wild bird, is set to become a mother for the 37th time after having laid another egg upon returning to her winter home at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge, according to the Guardian. Her longtime lover, Akeakamai, also seeks refuge in the same place.

    If the egg that Wisdom has laid hatches, biologists believe it would be her 37th offspring. Although the exact age of Wisdom is difficult to estimate, there is a consensus in the scientific community that she is nearly 68 years old, as biologist Chandler Robbins, who first banded her back in 1956, estimated that she was five-years-old at the time. The two reunited back in 2002 when Chandler went to band her, only to recognize that she was the same bird he had banded 46 years earlier.

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    Donald Trump stands at a podium and James Comey in a hallway in a composite photo.

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter earlier today, December 9, to tear into former FBI director James Comey’s closed-door testimony, which he provided to a House Congressional committee on Friday, December 7.

    In a pair of Twitter posts, Trump excoriated the testimony provided to lawmakers by Comey, alleging that the ex-FBI director evaded questioning with vague and forgetful answers a total of 245 times, further claiming that Comey is part of a “Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President.”

    President Trump is not the only one disappointed by James Comey’s testimony, according to HuffPo. Republican Representative for South Carolina, Trey Gowdy, released a statement claiming that, during the closed-door session, Comey deployed the phrase “I don’t know” 166 times — and “I don’t remember” in at least 71 instances. While the math doesn’t quite add up to Trump’s figure, the numbers claimed remain substantial.

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    Head coach Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors gestures from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Heading into the 1990-91 NBA season, Mark Jackson was a young point guard on the New York Knicks, preparing to play his fourth season in what would be a 17-year career in the league. While his 1990-91 Hoops basketball card had once fetched negligible values in the NBA trading card market, a recent sighting has made this card hundreds of times more valuable, as the card appears to show two men at courtside who resemble convicted killers Lyle and Erik Menendez.

    According to the New York Daily News, the sighting went viral thanks to Twitter user John Rosenberger, who shared a photo of the trading card in question, where the Menendez brothers appear to be seated in the background in the bottom left of the image. The card showcased Jackson, who had multiple NBA head coaching stints after his playing career ended, passing the ball while wearing his Knicks home court uniform.

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