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Trump lawyer accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining transition emails

A top lawyer for President Donald Trump’s transition team has accused a government agency of unlawfully turning over thousands of emails to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russia’s election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Kory Langhofer, general counsel to the transition team known as Trump for America (TFA), wrote a letter to the House Oversight Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee Saturday detailing claims that Mueller’s team had improperly received emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his…

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Entertainment 

Toy Story 2 outrage: Are SEX dolls and vibrators ALIVE? Where’s the rabbit?

Is there anything more wholesome than Toy Story? Well… Toy Story 2 is back on UK television screens this afternoon. While the kids are enjoying all the innocent fun, from an adult point of view it could be a little Toy Story too, too much. To start with, consider the basic premise that all toys can come alive behind their unsuspecting owners’ backs. In a fair and equal world this must also mean the same for the poor old hidden away sex toys. In a story about prejudice and fairness,…

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Technology 

Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with ‘Bright’ – CNET

As far as early film screenings go, this one’s a bit unorthodox. I’m in Hollywood to watch Netflix’s “Bright,” a buddy cop film starring Will Smith as a grizzled veteran and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner. (You read that right, a goblin cop.) The movie will be released three days before Christmas, but I get to watch it now. Rather than filing into a traditional theater, I enter a small screening room on the sixth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices. There are a half-dozen plush leather chairs decorated with…

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Is Star Wars science fiction? ‘The Last Jedi’ settles this age-old argument.

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “The Last Jedi” is set in large part in a green, mountainous landscape inhabited by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — an old, grizzled dude with flowing robes and mysterious powers. The plot involves talk of royal bloodlines, astral projection, swords that choose their wielders, and an epic battle between light and a twisted, all-seeing Sauron-like darkness. The film also includes cute Disney-like snow cats and owl-critters, and it opens with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” which sure sounds…

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Sport 

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp refuses to take credit for Mohamed Salah signing

Most managers would be rushing to claim credit for signing the top scorer in the country. Especially when that buy is not even a specialist centre-forward but a winger. But not Klopp. The Liverpool boss was quick to deflect praise towards the scouting team. They wanted Mohamed Salah. They kept telling Klopp that. He listened. He acted. He spent £37 million. He is grateful for their good advice. “The scouting department did a fantastic job about him,” Klopp said.  “They didn’t get out of our ears. It was 100 percent,…

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Science 

The Vatican Bans Sales of Saints' Body Parts in Updated Relic Rules

The new rules govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be handled More (VATICAN CITY) — The Vatican’s saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration. The instructions explicitly rule out selling the hair strands, hands, teeth and other body parts of saints that often fetch high prices in online auctions. They also prohibit the use of relics in…

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Alyssa Milano’s activism started way before #MeToo and Doug Jones

Alyssa Milano is no stranger to stardom. But in the last couple of months, the actress and activist has received attention for being a driver of change — literally, this week, as she chauffeured voters to the polls in Alabama’s special Senate election. Her recent moment began with her response to the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein: In October, Milano sent a tweet that turned the hashtag #MeToo into a rallying cry against sexual assault and harassment. This month, Milano and the creator of the original Me…

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Technology 

The best comedies on Netflix this January – CNET

‘Tropic Thunder’ (2008). DreamWorks Pictures If you could use a good pick-me-up, why not watch a good comedy? We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the best comedy movies (and thrown in a couple of stand-up specials to boot) that are available on Netflix right now.  Admit it: You could use a good laugh. ‘Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006) Metacritic score: 66 One of Will Ferrell‘s best comedy movies, “Taladega Nights” follows Ricky Bobby’s (Ferrell) absurd and hilarious rise to the top of the Nascar standings, bringing…

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Between ‘Get Out’ and ‘Thor’, originals and sequels can coexist – CNET

“The Last Jedi” rounds out a year of some very good blockbusters (and a lot of mediocre ones). Disney Hollywood, eh? It’s all sequels and remakes! Where’s the imagination? This year at least, it seems a fair bit of the imagination went into those very sequels and remakes. The devastating “Logan“. The heartstopping “War for the Planet of the Apes“. The wondrous “Wonder Woman“. The uproarious “Thor: Ragnarok“. The dazzling “Star Wars: Last Jedi“. You don’t have to be a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and geeky flicks to love these…

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In defense of bad Christmas movies

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE There is a hierarchy of canonical Christmas movies. On top, you have those that you could’ve watched with your parents and even grandparents, and may watch with your children and eventual grandchildren, like “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street” — classic Christmas films that deliver the warm fuzzies across the decades. Then there are the standard Christmas-themed rom-coms with A-list stars like Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker or Kate Winslet (see: “Four Christmases,” “Love Actually,” “This Christmas,” “The Family Stone”),…

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