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Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider Drug Tests: Book Excerpt

A new biography of Sherry Lansing reveals that the 2001 film — which helped turn Jolie into a major star — was one of her biggest challenges, and an experience that left her feeling empty.

Few of Paramount’s films under Sherry Lansing proved as complicated as 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which needed an actress sexual enough to resemble the computer creation while accessibly human. Only one person could pull it off: Angelina Jolie.

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Mexican president says seeking ‘new relationship’ with US

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Wednesday he is working on “a new relationship” with the US and thanked Latin American neighbors for support as Mexico faces “big challenges” with its vital trading partner.

His comments were made at a one-day summit in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose that gathered leaders from Mexico, Central America and Colombia.

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John Podesta slaps the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter

John Podesta slapped the Daily Caller with a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday after the conservative news outlet published a story about the former Clinton campaign chairman and Obama counselor.

The letter sent to publisher Neil Patel by Podesta’s counsel, Marc Elias, singles out a March 26 article titled, “EXCLUSIVE: John Podesta May Have Violated Federal Law By Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares.” In it, reporter Richard Pollock wrote that Podesta “may have violated federal law by failing to disclose the receipt of 75,000 shares of stock from a Kremlin-financed company when he joined the Obama White House in 2014.”

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Seattle Files Lawsuit Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Funding Threat

The city of Seattle on Wednesday announced a federal lawsuit over the Trump administration’s threat to withhold federal grants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” citing the 10th Amendment that deals with states’ rights.

“Apparently the Trump administration, their war on facts, has now become a war on cities,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said. He said the goal of the suit is to have a judge declare the order unconstitutional.

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Hawaii Again Rules Against Trump Ban

A U.S. judge in Hawaii is keeping President Donald Trump’s travel ban on hold while the state’s lawsuit works its way through the courts, the latest defeat for the government after it pushed for a freeze on the nation’s refugee program to go forward.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a 24-page order Wednesday extending his temporary order blocking the ban. It came after the Department of Justice argued for a narrower ruling only covering the part of Trump’s executive order that suspends new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries.

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DC Mayor, Police Dept. reiterate District policy of not enforcing civil immigration laws

While announcing the arrest of a man suspected in the murder of a woman in D.C., Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held to their policy that the District would not enforce U.S. civil immigration laws.

Newsham, who announced the arrest of 28-year-old El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, a man suspected in the murder of Corrina Mehiel in a Northeast D.C. home last week, was asked about the suspect’s immigration status at Tuesday’s press conference.

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California immigration town hall to highlight state’s red-blue divide

Liberal California was set to square off against conservative elements in the state at a town hall meeting on immigration on Tuesday night featuring the director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Sheriff Scott Jones, a supporter of President Donald Trump’s with strong backing in the region’s conservative suburbs, invited acting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan to the public forum.

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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner: Rising Powers at the White House

The speculation began almost immediately after Donald Trump was elected: Who would have the ear of the famously unpredictable 45th president?

For a time it appeared that White House adviser Steve Bannon, memorably depicted as the Grim Reaper on “Saturday Night Live,” was the power behind the throne. Another trusted aide, Kellyanne Conway, was also said to be an influential member of Trump’s inner circle. And then there were Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller — all skilled and ambitious political animals vying for the boss’ attention.

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Japan to ‘bomb North Korea’ in missile strike before crazed despot Kim Jong-un can ‘destroy’ the country in nuclear attack

Japan is paving the way for war against North Korea by ushering in new laws allowing the country to launch pre-emptive strikes after despot Kim Jong-un angered the region with missile tests.

Hiroshi Imazu, the head of Japan’s ruling party, told The Washington Post: “Japan can’t just wait until its destroyed. It’s legally possible for Japan to strike an enemy base that’s launching a missile at us, but we don’t have the equipment or capability.”

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Massachusetts Sheriff: Arrest Leaders Of Sanctuary Cities

A Massachusetts law enforcement official testifying before Congress on Tuesday called for leaders of sanctuary cities to be arrested.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told the House Subcommittee on Illegal Immigration that sanctuary cities “have become magnets for illegal aliens, some of which have violent criminal records.”

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Hamas Develops New Highly Powerful Short Range Rocket

Hamas has produced several dozen short-range rockets that can carry a relatively heavy explosive load, Army Radio reported Tuesday.

The report described the rocket as “completely different than any weaponry we know from the direction of the Gaza Strip, regarding the weight of the explosive payload.”

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Embattled DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major overhaul of the party’s organization, which has been stung by recent crises — and the DNC has requested resignation letters from all current staffers.

Party staff routinely see major turnover with a new boss and they had been alerted to expect such a move. However, the mass resignation letters will give Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC’s headquarters from scratch. Staffing had already reached unusual lows following a round of post-election layoffs in December.

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