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Biden says Ernst
Biden says Ernst 'spilled the beans' with caucus comments amid impeachment fight

"Iowa caucus-goers take note," the former vice president tweeted.

Palestinians protest, Israel braces ahead of Trump plan
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  • 2020-01-28 12:30:08Z

Israeli troops meanwhile reinforced positions near a flashpoint site between the Palestinian city of Ramallah and the Jewish settlement of Beit El in the Israel-occupied West Bank. While Israeli leaders have welcomed Trump's plan, Palestinian leaders have rejected it even before its official release. The Palestinians fear the plan will dash their hopes for an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem - areas Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War - by permitting Israel to annex large chunks of territory.

Britain allows Huawei limited role in 5G networks
Britain allows Huawei limited role in 5G networks

Trump lawyers wrap up defense in Senate impeachment trial
Trump lawyers wrap up defense in Senate impeachment trial
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  • 2020-01-28 11:03:35Z

Donald Trump's lawyers will wrap up their arguments on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of the Republican president after attacking Democrat Joe Biden but shrugging off disclosures from a former top White House adviser. In about seven hours of arguments before the Senate on Monday, Trump's lawyers largely ignored revelations in an unpublished manuscript by John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, that go to the heart of impeachment charges against Trump. It was not clear when senators would begin submitting their questions to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, the next step in the Senate impeachment trial.

China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon
China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon

(Bloomberg) -- The Chinese Embassy to Denmark wants the newspaper Jyllands-Posten to apologize for publishing a drawing that depicts China's flag with virus symbols instead of five stars."We express our strong indignation and demand that Jyllands-Posten and [cartoonist] Niels Bo Bojesen reproach themselves for their mistake and publicly apologize to the Chinese people," the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.When asked to comment, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen avoided any direct reference to Jyllands-Posten's cartoon."I have nothing to say on the matter other than [to note that] we have a very strong tradition in Denmark not just for freedom of speech for also for...

Duterte Takes On Philippine Elite and Ends Up Even More Popular
Duterte Takes On Philippine Elite and Ends Up Even More Popular

(Bloomberg) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is cracking down on some of the Philippines' biggest businesses, pushing a populist agenda that's endearing him to his supporters while putting off investors.The nation's stock market has dropped as much as 11% from its 2019 peak and valuation has fallen to its lowest since 2011 relative to peers as Duterte stepped up his attacks last month. The 74-year-old leader whose drug war has killed thousands saw his popularity hit a new high last quarter.The benchmark index fell 1.6% on Tuesday, its second straight day of decline. Duterte is scheduled to have a televised interview with his spokesman later Tuesday.Scrutinizing contracts and forcing...

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from
Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'

Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States. The "assisted return" of the Central Americans took place between January 18 and Monday, according to the interior ministry and the National Migration Institute. A total of 1,064 Honduran migrants were deported on National Guard planes and charter aircraft, they said in a statement.

Iran, photos suggest a US-criticized satellite launch looms
Iran, photos suggest a US-criticized satellite launch looms
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  • 2020-01-28 05:15:37Z

Iranian officials and satellite images suggest the Islamic Republic is preparing to a launch a satellite into space after three major failures last year, the latest for a program which the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. Satellite images from San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. that have been annotated by experts at Middlebury Institute of International Studies show work at a launchpad at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran's Semnan province. The photos also show more cars and activity at a facility at the spaceport, some 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Iran's capital, Tehran.

Congressman Demands Records On New Border Chief
Congressman Demands Records On New Border Chief's Reported Links To Racist Group

Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson wants to know if Customs and Border Protection reviewed Rodney Scott's alleged ties to Facebook's "I'm 10-15."

The Latest: Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals
The Latest: Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):

Dreaming of a Dreamer Deal
Dreaming of a Dreamer Deal

Indian Wells, Calif. -- There's no way a Democratic House and a Republican Senate could pass legislation resolving the future of the Dreamers before Election Day. Or is there?"Dreamers" is the common term for undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children, who benefited from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed them to avoid deportation.The leaders of Stand Together -- the coalition of political and charitable organizations established by billionaire Charles Koch -- seem oddly optimistic; other observers of the immigration issue might even find their belief that a deal could come together this year to be naïve or loony.Brian...

'We want to hear that': News of John Bolton's book casts shadow over Trump impeachment trial

The House impeachment managers said Bolton's reported claims directly contradict key elements of Trump's defense.

Team Trump Settles on Its Impeachment Defense: A Healthy Dose of Lib Triggering
Team Trump Settles on Its Impeachment Defense: A Healthy Dose of Lib Triggering

The Senate impeachment trial hadn't been in session for an hour on Monday before the man famous for his drive to impeach Bill Clinton was lecturing senators on the solemn nature of impeachment and bemoaning the politicization of the process. "Like war, impeachment is hell-or at least, presidential impeachment is hell," said Kenneth Starr, the special counsel who investigated Clinton for years and who now served as part of President Donald Trump's defense team. His words carried not a whiff of irony. "Instead of a once-in-a-century phenomenon, which it had been, presidential impeachment has become a weapon to be wielded against one's political opponent." The combination of the...

Sex Offender Charged With Killing His 5 Infant Children on Day He Was Due to Be Released From Prison
Sex Offender Charged With Killing His 5 Infant Children on Day He Was Due to Be Released From Prison

Paul Perez, 57, was charged in the deaths of the children born between 1992 and 2001.

China counts 106 virus deaths as US, others move to evacuate
China counts 106 virus deaths as US, others move to evacuate
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  • 2020-01-28 01:42:19Z

China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, raising the total to at least 106, as the U.S. government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the center of the outbreak. The total includes the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 more fatalities in Hubei province, where the first coronavirus illnesses occurred in December. The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where authorities cut off most access Jan. 22 in an effort to contain the disease, was preparing to fly its diplomats and some other Americans out of the city.

The helicopter that carried Kobe Bryant and 8 others before crashing on a hillside did not have a black box on board, investigators say
The helicopter that carried Kobe Bryant and 8 others before crashing on a hillside did not have a black box on board, investigators say

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday that investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.

Trump Call
Trump Call 'Less Than Perfect,' Defense Says: Impeachment Update

(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump's defense lawyers resume their presentation at 1 p.m. Monday after opening their arguments Saturday by saying House managers failed to prove the president should be removed from office.Here are the latest developments:Trump Call 'Less Than Perfect,' Defense Says (7:45 p.m.)Former independent counsel Robert Ray said Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine's president was "less than perfect," but that doesn't mean it's an impeachable abuse of power.It would have been better for Trump to have pursued an investigation "through proper channels," said Ray, a member of Trump's legal team."While the president certainly enjoys the power to do otherwise, there is consequence...

F-bombs and death threats: Kobe Bryant, Mike Pompeo and the abuse of women journalists
F-bombs and death threats: Kobe Bryant, Mike Pompeo and the abuse of women journalists

Treatment of Mary Louise Kelly after Mike Pompeo interview and Felicia Sonmez after Kobe Bryant's death shows how often women reporters are attacked.

U.S. State Department bars NPR reporter from Pompeo trip after testy interview
U.S. State Department bars NPR reporter from Pompeo trip after testy interview
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  • 2020-01-28 00:04:29Z

The U.S. State Department removed a National Public Radio reporter from the press pool for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming foreign trip, a press association and NPR said on Monday, days after Pompeo angrily responded to another NPR journalist's interview with him. The removal of NPR reporter Michele Kelemen, who was part of the traveling pool of correspondents with Pompeo on his planned trip to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus and Central Asia, can be seen only as retaliation for her colleague's interview, the State Department Correspondents' Association (SDCA) said.

Opinion: McConnell Derangement Syndrome
Opinion: McConnell Derangement Syndrome

Main Street: Sneering hashtags like #MidnightMitch, "Saturday Night Live" skits and accusations of coverup only underscore what's really bothering Democrats: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell somehow always seems to outfox them. Image: Saul Loeb/Getty Images

OnPolitics: The day impeachment witnesses became a maybe
OnPolitics: The day impeachment witnesses became a maybe

Lawmakers dodged the question about John Bolton but Sen. Angus King said he expects as many as 10 Senators to vote in favor of allowing witnesses

'Not a Single Witness': Trump Lawyer Continues to Deny Quid Pro Quo Despite Bolton Book Leak

Just one day after a leaked excerpt of John Bolton's upcoming book revealed that he directly witnessed President Trump condition Ukrainian military aid on a politically beneficial investigation, Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow claimed during Monday's impeachment trial that "not a single witness" made such a claim."Not a single witness testified that the president himself said that there was any connection between any investigation and security assistance, a presidential meeting, or anything else," Sekulow stated.During the House phase of the impeachment process, prominent Republicans, such as Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), based their defense of the president largely...

British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida
British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida

* Death of man, 39, initially attributed to hanging * UK Foreign Office said to be in touch with man's wifeA British man has died while being held in US immigration detention in Florida, the Guardian has confirmed.The death was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which said the man was 39 years old and that the cause was initially attributed to asphyxiation due to hanging. The incident was reported to have occurred on Saturday last week."Our staff are in contact with the US authorities following the death of a British man in Florida," said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in London.Foreign Office officials are understood to have been in contact with the deceased man's wife, as US...

Trump
Trump's lawyers attack the Bidens during impeachment trial

After much speculation, President Trump's defense team finally reeled the Biden family into the Senate impeachment trial Monday.For the most part, the case against impeachment was focused on poking holes in the Democrats' opposing argument, but former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who's defending the president, made former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and Burisma -- the Ukrainian gas company upon whose board Hunter Biden sat -- the centerpieces of her presentation, as did another Trump attorney, Eric Herschmann.Their point was that Burisma's corruption made Trump's investigation request legitimate, and since the Bidens were connected to the company, they were worth...

Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic Bomb
Historians Unmask Fourth Soviet Spy Who Worked on the Atomic Bomb

Just what nuclear secrets did "Godsend" deliver to Russia in the 1940s?

The oldest cruise ship on the seas is retiring. Here
The oldest cruise ship on the seas is retiring. Here's a look at its bizarre history

From its fatal collision with the Andrea Doria to entertaining East German Communist Party leaders, the MV Astoria cruise ship has a wild backstory.

ESPN considering removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball
ESPN considering removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that ESPN is strongly considering removing analyst Jessica Mendoza from her role on Sunday Night Baseball. Mendoza signed a multi-year contract with ESPN last year and the company still intends to utilize her elsewhere. Mendoza recently made headlines for criticizing pitcher Mike Fiers, a former Astro who provided details to The Athletic about the Astros' sign-stealing scheme.

Trump
Trump's defense called Giuliani a 'minor player' in impeachment. He came up in the Trump-Zelensky call 6 times.

This might be the most easily debunked claim of the whole impeachment trial.President Trump's team of defenders got their turn on the Senate floor on Monday, with one of them, Trump lawyer Jane Raskin, employing a new strategy to distance Trump from his lawyer and Ukraine link Rudy Giuliani altogether. "In this trial, in this moment, Mr. Giuliani is just a minor player, that shiny object designed to distract you," Raskin said. "Senators, I urge you most respectfully, do not be distracted."While Raskin may try to downplay Giuliani's involvement, the transcript of Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which Trump so often begs the world to...

New York, FTC sue
New York, FTC sue 'pharma bro' Shkreli, others over Daraprim price hikes

Martin Shkreli, the "pharma bro" in prison for defrauding investors, faces a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General's office for a scheme to preserve his monopoly for the drug Daraprim, which saw its price increase by more than 4,000% in one day. The

Trump defense counsel Ken Starr says impeachment is
Trump defense counsel Ken Starr says impeachment is 'hell'
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  • 2020-01-27 21:02:38Z

Impeachment, he said, "is hell." A measure of "last resort." A bad habit to be kicked. With that, Ken Starr, the man whose years-long probe led to the impeachment of the 42nd president, stood before senators on Monday and delivered a nearly hour-long argument against the ouster of the 45th. Starr spoke to the senators in a modulated tone, flicking at the Pentagon Papers, Richard Nixon's crimes, the Iran-Contra scandal and, yes, the Clinton impeachment in a presentation that had echoes of a preacher extolling the virtues of moderation and expressing anguish that impeachment has become weaponized.

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla has sued California and a county sheriff in what is the latest battle in the investor
Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla has sued California and a county sheriff in what is the latest battle in the investor's fight to keep a beach near his $37 million estate to himself

The lawsuit comes just three weeks after the state of California sued Vinod Khosla, alleging that he blocked public access to Martin's Beach.

Jessica Simpson Shares Photo from Kobe Bryant Crash Scene:
Jessica Simpson Shares Photo from Kobe Bryant Crash Scene: 'I Felt the Power in the Sky'

Jessica Simpson Shares Photo from Kobe Bryant Crash Scene

Recording Shows That the Swamp Has Not Been Drained
Recording Shows That the Swamp Has Not Been Drained
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  • 2020-01-27 19:47:28Z

WASHINGTON -- It became such a central slogan of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign that at rallies his supporters would chant the three words representing his pledge to take on big donors and special interests: "Drain the swamp."But as President Donald Trump ramps up his 2020 reelection bid, it is clear that he has tolerated if not fostered a swamp of his own in Washington, granting up-close access to deep-pocketed supporters and interest groups willing to write six- and seven-figure checks to his political operation. Some have used the opportunity to plead their cases directly to him.The latest evidence came over the weekend, with the release of a secret recording of an April 2018...

Bolton
Bolton's Account Upends Trump's Denials, but Will It Upend Trump?
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  • 2020-01-27 19:33:15Z

WASHINGTON -- In another time, in another Washington, this might be the moment that changed the trajectory of the presidency. A former national security adviser confirms that the president, despite his denials, conditioned security aid to a war-torn ally on its cooperation against his domestic rivals, the issue at the heart of his ongoing impeachment trial.At first glance, at least, John Bolton's account of President Donald Trump's private remarks sounds like an echo of the so-called smoking gun tape that proved that President Richard M. Nixon really had orchestrated the Watergate cover-up and ultimately forced him from office. But this is Trump's era and Trump's Washington, and the old...

US officials want to interview Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein, but he hasn
US officials want to interview Prince Andrew about Jeffrey Epstein, but he hasn't responded to them
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  • 2020-01-27 19:30:00Z

US Attorney Geoff Berman held a press conference Monday morning, saying the prince has yet to get back to them about a possible interview.

Site That Called Impeachment a
Site That Called Impeachment a 'Jew Coup' Got Passes for Trump Trip

To coordinate coverage of President Donald Trump's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the White House provided press credentials to the usual mix of American news organizations, including Fox News, Reuters and The New York Times.One media outlet stood out: TruNews, a website

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit:
Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit: 'Get Your Facts Straight!'

Sparks flew Monday on the Fox News set between Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and conservative contributor Katie Pavlich, with Wallace demanding his colleague get her "facts straight" after Pavlich insisted that certain witnesses had not been called in the impeachment trial.Moments before President Donald Trump's defense team began its arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, Pavlich noted during Fox's pregame coverage that while Republican senators are now weighing whether to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton following his bombshell claims, the House should have presented a more thorough case."The Senate is not the House, the House did not come with a complete case, and...

Supreme Court allows Trump policy against immigrants receiving public aid to go into effect
Supreme Court allows Trump policy against immigrants receiving public aid to go into effect

Under the rule, non-citizens receiving or likely to need non-cash benefits such as housing and food aid can be denied residency or green cards.

Ex-boyfriend who died by suicide named suspect in Stephanie Parze murder: Prosecutor
Ex-boyfriend who died by suicide named suspect in Stephanie Parze murder: Prosecutor
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  • 2020-01-27 18:55:13Z

The ex-boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman who vanished last October, Stephanie Parze, was named Monday as a suspect in her murder. Parze, of Freehold Township, New Jersey, was last seen on Oct. 30, sparking a months-long search organized by her grief-stricken parents. Parze's ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, who was initially named a person of interest in her disappearance, was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges in November.

MacKenzie Bezos, Amazon CEO
MacKenzie Bezos, Amazon CEO's ex-wife, sells $400M in stock after pledge to give away billions

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, has sold off about $400 million worth of the Amazon stock she received as part of the couple's divorce settlement - potentially providing the wherewithal for the charitable activities she's planning. Word of the sale came indirectly, in an

Kobe Bryant started using helicopters as a player as a way to maintain his body and spend more time with his family
Kobe Bryant started using helicopters as a player as a way to maintain his body and spend more time with his family

Training and competing with the Lakers didn't leave Kobe Bryant with much spare time, so he used helicopters to avoid traffic in Los Angeles.

Underwater bombs damage Syria
Underwater bombs damage Syria's offshore oil facilities
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  • 2020-01-27 18:42:10Z

Bombs planted underwater off Syria's coast exploded Monday, damaging oil facilities used to pump oil into one of Syria's two petroleum refineries, state media and the oil minister said. Oil minister Ali Ghanem told state TV that the bombs were planted by divers in the facility used to pump oil to the coast. "The aim of the attack is to cease (oil) imports into Syria," Ghanem said, adding the ministry's experts are evaluating and fixing the damage.

15 Flaws in Adam Schiff
15 Flaws in Adam Schiff's Case

Adam Schiff did most of the heavy lifting for the House managers, and if he performed ably, he also relied on arguments and tropes that don't withstand scrutiny.The Democratic case for impeachment and removal is now heavily encrusted with clichés, widely accepted by the media, meant to give their indictment additional weight.In his lengthy opening statement last week, Schiff relied on all of them, and then some.This is not to say that the basic charge against Trump - withholding defense aid to Ukraine to try to force investigations that he wanted - is wrong, or that Trump's conduct was proper.It's just that to try to get it to the level of impeachment and removal requires rhetorical...

Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule
Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers. Under the new policy, immigration officials can deny green cards to legal immigrants over their

U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump
U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump's 'public charge' immigration curb

The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future. The justices, on a 5-4 vote, granted the administration's request to lift a lower court's injunction that had blocked the so-called public charge policy, which has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates as a "wealth test" that would disproportionately keep out non-white immigrants. The court's five conservative justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, carried the day.

'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists

Governments need to implement "draconian" travel curbs to stop a mystery coronavirus in China becoming a global epidemic, a team of experts mapping the outbreak said Monday. Scientists at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) presented a briefing warning that the spread of the deadly SARS-like virus that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan was accelerating. "We have to be prepared that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic," said Gabriel Leung, head of the team.

Trump rally on Jersey shore shows loyalty beyond heartland
Trump rally on Jersey shore shows loyalty beyond heartland

President Donald Trump is holding his next rally in a county with almost no factory jobs to save, a reliance on immigrant workers and an economy built in part by coastal elites who summer there. Cape May County on the southern tip of New Jersey reflects just how much loyalty Trump' commands with voters outside the industrial heartland. Trump is holding the Tuesday rally along the beach in Wildwood in support of New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who flipped to the Republican party last month after opposing the House Democratic majority's impeachment of the president.

House to Vote on Repealing Trump Travel Ban
House to Vote on Repealing Trump Travel Ban

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the House will take up a bill to repeal President Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of certain countries with high rates of extremist violence from entering the U.S. on national security grounds.Pelosi said the Judiciary Committee will take up in the next several weeks the "National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants or NO BAN Act," written by Representative Judy Chu."House Democrats continue to stand opposed to President Trump's cruel, un-American travel ban in all of its iterations," Pelosi said in a statement, adding that the bill will "prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system and...

Nigeria had no warning on potential U.S. travel ban: minister
Nigeria had no warning on potential U.S. travel ban: minister

Nigeria had no warning from Washington that it could be added to the list of countries subject to a U.S. travel ban, information minister Lai Mohammed said on Monday, adding such a move would be "hasty" and send the wrong signal to investors. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would add more countries to his travel ban list. While he gave no details, a source familiar with the proposal said the tentative list included seven nations - Nigeria, Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania.

Emmanuel Sanders on Ben Roethlisberger: "That bridge was burnt"
Emmanuel Sanders on Ben Roethlisberger: "That bridge was burnt"

49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders is scheduled to become a free agent in March. One thing seems certain about his uncertain future: There is zero chance he returns to Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger still the Steelers quarterback. Sanders spent his first four seasons with the Steelers after they made him a third-round choice in 2010, and he made 161 catches for 2,030 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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