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The grinding pressure of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is starting to do strange things to people’s heads.

How else to explain a staggering, reality TV-style meltdown of short-lived Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg on Monday, played out in a batch of cable news interviews, marking the oddest twist of the Russia saga yet?
In a stunning blast of accusations, insults and non-sequiturs, Nunberg vowed to defy a grand jury subpoena, dared Mueller to arrest him and claimed the relentless prosecutor believed that Donald Trump was a Manchurian candidate.

Bill Cosby is back in court — and might face 19 more accusers in April:

This time, Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial could look a lot different than his first.

The 80-year-old comedian returned to the same Pennsylvania courtroom Monday where he stood trial last year. That trial ended with a hung jury, and Cosby’s retrial will start April 2.

More than 50 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past 40 years. But only one, Andrea Constand, has a criminal case against Cosby. The vast majority of accusers came forward after the statute of limitations had passed.
At this week’s pretrial hearing, prosecutors are trying to persuade Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill to allow 19 more accusers to testify in the upcoming retrial.

Jordan Peele is first black screenwriter to win best original screenplay:

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” has placed him in the Oscar history books.

Peele was crowned the winner in the the best original screenplay race at Sunday’s Academy Awards, making him the first black screenwriter to receive the honor.
In his speech, Peele thanked the people “who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”
Heading into Sunday, Peele and his film were nominated for a total of four awards, including best picture.

Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality:

Washington state has a new law to protect net neutrality at a time when the feds are getting rid of it.

In a bipartisan effort, the state’s legislators passed House Bill 2282. which was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee

“Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” Inslee said at the bill signing.

The state law, approved by the legislature last month, is to safeguard net neutrality protections, which have been repealed by the Federal Communications Commission and are scheduled to officially end April 23.

E-cigarettes: Where do we stand?:

E-cigarettes are increasingly being used as a nicotine alternative as smokers seek ways to kick their habit. They work by heating a pure liquid called e-juice — composed of flavorings, propylene glycol, glycerin and often nicotine — until it vaporizes. The resulting vapor is much less offensive to many, both smokers and non-smokers.

But their use has been surrounded by debate, focusing on the lack of evidence regarding the harms associated with their long-term use, as well as their potential to act as a gateway into smoking among teens.

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