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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The two former Republican presidential candidates best known for bucking the party on immigration found themselves at odds over the issue Friday. Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and an early presidential frontrunner prior to 2016, unloaded on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in an interview with USA Today, voicing intense frustration with what he said was a lack of leadership on his Florida colleague's part. "God forbid you actually took on something that was controversial and paid a political price," Bush said. "That's the attitude in D.C. right now. Certainly Sen. Rubio is no different in that regard. Marco is a talented guy and he understands this issue really well, and maybe behind the scenes he's working hard. But at some point, his leadership would be really helpful."


Callum Borchers, Washington Post: In the hours after the New York Times reported on Thursday night that President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III last June, journalists at other news outlets scrambled to confirm the story independently. By 11 p.m., Fox News's chief national correspondent Ed Henry had done so. "We're breaking tonight a source close to the White House telling Fox the New York Times is accurate," Henry said at the top of the network's late newscast. "The president did tell top officials last summer he wanted to fire Robert S. Mueller III. But a White House counsel, Donald McGahn, and other aides convinced the president not to do it." Henry might as well have gone to bed early, because on Friday morning Fox & Friends disregarded his reporting in a staggering display of pro-Trump sycophancy.


Tributes have been paid to actor Simon Shelton, best known for playing purple Teletubby Tinky Winky, following his death at the age of 52. ... Shelton took over the role of handbag-carrying Tinky Winky after original actor Dave Thompson was sacked in 1997. ... The original Teletubbies ran on the BBC from 1997 to 2001 and spawned a number one single, called Teletubbies say 'Eh-oh!', in December 1997. read more


A California state Democrat is introducing state legislation that would punish waiters who gave customers an unsolicited plastic straw. The restaurant employee would face up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Here is California Majority Leader's press release. read more


Brazil will use blockchain – the technology behind the bitcoin currency – to curtail fraud. The move comes on the heels of a four-year, high-level corruption investigation, but experts warn that this attempt will not be a silver-bullet fix.The platform's supporters believe it can reduce fraud in Brazil's antiquated land titling system, which enables swathes of Amazon rainforest to be cut down for soy and beef farming, in a country where half the population lack property rights.


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