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Olympian Lindsey Vonn goes from skiing to hosting a dog competition show


Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn has reached the highest peak of athleticism for humans — so now she’s turning her attention to dogs.

She’s hosting “The Pack,” premiering Nov. 20 on Amazon Prime. It’s a canine competition reality series following 12 teams of dogs and their human companions.

“I was presented with this opportunity, and as soon as they said ‘dogs,’ I was in,” Vonn, 36, tells The Post. “I love animals, especially dogs — I have three of them– and they’ve been such a huge part of my life. Post-skiing career, I was looking for a new challenge, and I thought this was a perfect fit. I could be around animals and explore the world.”

Lindsey Vonn with Lucy.
Lindsey Vonn with Lucy.David Scott Holloway/Amazon Stud

During the show, the dogs and owners are divided into two different “packs” that compete against each other in various challenges scattered across the globe, including Switzerland, Costa Rica, London and Mexico City. All the while, Vonn is accompanied by her trusty furry friend Lucy, a 4-year-old King Charles Spaniel who she also brought to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, before her retirement in 2019.

“I’ve been to a lot of ski resorts in my life, but had never visited a lot of these places that we did on the show,” she says. “It was a fun adventure for both of us.

“I had never been to Costa Rica. I haven’t really had too many beach-y vacations in my life. We had toucans trying to break into our hotel window every morning. It was a really incredible experience.”

"The Pack."
“The Pack.”David Scott Holloway/Amazon Studios

As the series progresses, some human and dog pairs are eliminated from each team until just one is left standing. The winning dog-owner duo gets a $750,000 prize — $500,000 for them and $250,000 going to the animal charity of their choice.

“That aspect of the show is very important to me and I’m very happy that we did that,” Vonn says about the emphasis on animal charities.

Lindsey Vonn and Lucy.
Lindsey Vonn and Lucy.Ali Goldstein/Amazon

But, unfortunately, Lucy was not up to the task of some of the challenges. In Costa Rica, the dogs and owners must walk across a narrow rope bridge while the owners climb rocks with their canine companions. In London, dogs must “herd” balls into a designated area.

“It was pretty cool to watch,” says Vonn. “We did most of the challenges before the contestants did. So I got to see how Lucy would fare if she was actually competing. It’s safe to say that she wouldn’t have done that well — but the skills that they were able to do were incredible. There were some very talented dogs on the show for sure.”

In terms of the pressure, Vonn says that hosting a dog show wasn’t that different than participating in the Olympics.

“I’ve never been on TV in this way before,” she says. “I had a very small part in ‘Law & Order’ but it was totally different. This is a competition show, and you have to really deliver your lines at the right time in the right way. There’s not a lot of wiggle room. The first couple episodes were really intimidating. It was oddly very similar [to the Olympics] because your adrenaline is so high and you have to stay calm, deliver and perform.

“I love [‘The Pack’] because I have Lucy, and it’s not a traditional hosting job,” she says. “So I don’t know that I would do [hosting] for any other show. But for this show it’s perfect for us.”

"The Pack."
“The Pack.”David Scott Holloway/Amazon Studios



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Jaime Harrison Mocks “Sad” Lindsey Graham for Ducking Latest Debate


There are a lot of things going wrong for Lindsey Graham right now. The South Carolina senator has been getting crushed fundraising wise and has taken to regularly begging for donations on Fox News.

Graham is also up against a really tough challenger in Jaime Harrison. And Harrison has been getting under the senator’s skin in the worst way.  The democratic challenger when viral during their first debate when he brought his own plexiglass divider.

The men were set to debate again tonight. Graham decided not to participate. The incumbent senator has decided that it is more important to be in Washington DC to concentrate on the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination process.

Harrison wasn’t about the let Graham live the decision down. He told SiriusXM’s Laura Coates:

“This is probably the most historic Senate race in the history of this state, and to have Sen. Graham ducking and dodging [the debate] is really sad, but it’s a testament to who he is. He believes that he represents the interest in Washington, D.C., instead of representing the interests of the people in South Carolina. And that’s why he’s on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home.”

The challenger continued, “We are building something because we are focusing like a laser on the people in the state. As I said so many times on this campaign trail, we’re about to close the chapter on the old South and write a brand new book called the new South, one that is bold, that is inclusive and diverse.”



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Jaime Harrison Rips Lindsey Graham Over his “Good Old Days of Segregation” Comments


Lindsey Graham has typically had an easy road to reelection since joining the United States senate in 2002. But his toadyism towards Donald Trump has made him one of the most unpopular lawmakers in America.

Graham’s race against Jaime Harrison is now being watched by people all over the country. Incredible amounts of money are coming into the Harrison campaign which has led to Graham repeatedly begging for money on Fox News.

And now, with this being such a high profile race, every move the South Carolina senator makes is scrutinized. Graham certainly didn’t help himself with comments he made during Wednesday’s Amy Coney Barrett hearing.

The South Carolina lawmaker asked the Supreme Court hopeful, “Do you think Brown vs. Board’s Super-precedent. Is that, you’re not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation?”

Harrison quickly seized on the matter, sharing a video of the comments on his Twitter page. The Democrat wrote, “Lindsey Graham just called segregation ‘the good old days.’ The good old days for who, Senator? It’s 2020, not 1920. Act like it.”

The senate hopeful followed with another tweet that read, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

Graham quickly moved into damage control over the controversy. The GOP lawmaker told reporters:

“It was with deep sarcasm that I suggested that some legislative body would want to yearn for the good old days of segregation. he point that I’m trying to make — there is nobody in America in the legislative arena wanting to take us back to that dark period in American history. For my opponent to suggest that says far more about him than me.”





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Lindsey Graham Sells Out America By Supporting Russian Asset Roger Stone Not Going To Prison


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took his betrayal of the United States to a new high by supporting Roger Stone not going to prison.

Graham tweeted:

It is important to remember what Roger Stone lied to Congress about doing. Stone worked with the Russians to spread hacked information and then helped Donald Trump cover it up.

The Stone case is about more than his lies. Stone lied because he helped Trump betray America. Roger Stone helped Russia attack US democracy. Stone isn’t some elderly first-time offender as Sen. Graham described him. He, like his pal Trump, is a threat to the United States.

The same Lindsey Graham who stood beside John McCain and wrapped himself in patriotism and the flag is now standing arm in arm with Trump and Putin.

If there is any justice the voters of South Carolina will see Lindsey Graham’s enablement of traitors and send him packing in November.

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Lindsey Renee Lagestee, singer with Dixie Crush, dies at 25



Dixie Crush, which bills itself as “the Midwest’s Ultimate Country Party Band,” said Lagestee was a founding member of the group in 2015 and praised her as an “incredible performer, great friend, and the best bandmate.” She died on Monday.

“Above and beyond her beautiful voice, Lindsey just had a way of connecting with every audience leaving an indelible impression,” the band said on Facebook. “Not only would she give an amazing performance, but after every show, Lindsey would come offstage, take time to meet anyone who wanted to say hi, take pictures, and build friendships.”

Dixie Crush said it had played more than 250 shows over the past five years.

“Like a true professional, it made no difference to Lindsey whether we were playing to 40,000 people at Arlington Racecourse, a few thousand people at Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont, a few hundred people at a community festival, or the last 25 patrons at 1:00am at a club, Lindsey cherished every moment on stage and put her heart and soul into every song…every performance,” the group said.

According to its website, the band performs Top 40 hits from country music’s biggest stars.

Lagestee was also a published pharmacist and graduated with a doctorate in pharmacy from Midwestern University, according to her obituary.



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Lindsey Graham: Impeachment inquiry is ‘invalid’ without whistleblower’s testimony


Graham, whose committee would be at the center of Trump’s trial in the Senate should the House approve articles of impeachment against the President, also said in his Sunday interview with Fox News that the process would be “dead on arrival” in the Republican-controlled chamber if the whistleblower doesn’t testify before Congress.

“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint, we wouldn’t be talking about any of this and I also see the need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the President and if you don’t do those two things it’s a complete joke,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said.

He continued: “It’s impossible to bring this case forward in my view fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross examine them about any biases they may have. So if they don’t call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”

The comments from Graham come a day after House Republicans and Democrats sparred over whether the whistleblower would provide testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry, an aspect of the process that was seen as critical during the start of it, but was put to rest Saturday by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
House Republicans had submitted to Democrats earlier Saturday a list of witnesses they’d like to testify as part of the chamber’s impeachment inquiry into Trump and Ukraine, seeking testimony from the whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden and former US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, among others.

“As of right now, they are giving us no witnesses,” California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News Saturday night. Democrats have so far received testimony from 15 witnesses that they called before the committee.

But Schiff, in his letter to Nunes on Saturday, said the whistleblower’s testimony would be “redundant and unnecessary.”

“The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint. The whistleblower’s testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary,” the letter, obtained by CNN Saturday night, read.

Schiff also argued in his letter that “in light of the President’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk.”

The President has been encouraging media outlets to out the whistleblower, and he wrote in a September tweet that “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser.”

The whistleblower’s complaint at the heart of the House’s inquiry alleges that Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, the former vice president’s son and the 2016 election in order to help the President politically and that the White House took steps to cover it up. Trump has denied doing anything improper.

Trump has pushed an unproven accusation that then-Vice President Biden improperly tried to help his son by pressuring the Ukrainian government to fire the country’s prosecutor general. Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company at the time.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

House Republicans ask for Hunter Biden and whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe

Asked during a Sunday interview on Fox News about the possibility that outing the person could send a “chilling message” to other government officials looking to file complaints, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said protecting whistleblowers is important but so is questioning their motivations.

“Whistleblower protections are important,” she said. “But you can’t just not question the motivations of this whistleblower.”

But at least one Republican lawmaker, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, has spoken out against revealing the identity of the whistleblower.

“I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower, I’ve said that since the very beginning,” Hurd told Fox News in a Sunday interview, adding: “How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future.”

CNN’s Tedd Barrett, Manu Raju, Phil Mattingly and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.



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Lindsey Graham: Resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry process has 50 co-sponsors



That number would give Republicans enough votes to reach a simple majority in the Senate if Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in favor if it comes to the floor. If Senate Democrats were to filibuster, however, that would raise the threshold needed to 60 votes.

The resolution is critical of the way House Democrats are conducting the impeachment inquiry and calls on the House to hold a vote to initiate a formal inquiry.

It argues that the House is “denying President Trump basic fairness and due process accorded every American.”

That leaves just three Senate Republicans who have not signed on in support of the resolution, according to the list sent out by Graham: Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Romney’s office, through a spokesperson, said the senator “would take a look at it, and that he’d like to see a vote in the House and a more open process.”

Hannah Ray, a spokeswoman for Murkowski, told CNN, “Senator Murkowski hasn’t yet reviewed the Graham resolution yet. So she will review the resolution before making a determination.”

CNN has reached out to Collins’ office with a request for comment on the resolution but has not received a response.

Romney has rebuked Trump for calling on Ukraine and China to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Murkowski and Collins are known as among the more moderate Senate Republicans.

Collins is up for reelection in a state that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election and is a top target of Democrats hoping to flip the seat in an effort to win back the Senate.

This story has been updated with additional developments Friday.



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