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1 Speaker Pelosi Addresses Taiwan's Parliament In Landmark Visit

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is praising Taiwan as "one of the freest societies in the world" – delivering those remarks to the Taiwanese Parliament this morning. Pelosi and her Congressional delegation made the trip after being warned against the visit by China – and get this, the GOP is cheering her on. But more on that in a second. Pelosi was greeted warmly by the Taiwanese people – with the iconic landmark skyscraper Taipei 101, lit up with a message welcoming Pelosi as her plane landed. "TW (loves) U." Someone else supporting her trip? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 25 GOP Senators.  Someone not so thrilled? China. Calling it “a complete farce,” China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi lashed out and warned that "those who play with fire will perish." No word what that means, but this trip flies outraged the country as they see Taiwan as their territory – not an independent democracy.

2 Pentagon Under Fire Over Missing Text Messages

First, it was the Secret Service agents accused of deleting text messages surrounding January 6th, 2021. Now? It’s being alleged that Pentagon officials did the same. What both scenarios have in common? A pushback against the suggestion that anyone did anything untoward. American Oversight, an government watchdog group, says the Pentagon "wiped" text messages from the cell phones of key Trump administration Defense Department officials after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Department of Defense? They’re saying it’s completely normal to clean electronics when a federal employee leaves. The problem with that notion is this: the Federal Records Act. The law, which has been in place since 1950, seeks to preserve records and data. As it relates to the Secret Service and now, the Pentagon, these deletions seemingly occurred after they were requested under the Freedom of Information Act. In both cases, the Department of Justice is being encouraged to investigate – and perhaps, prosecute.

3 Legendary Broadcaster Vin Scully has Died

Reaction from the sports world is pouring in following the death of legendary baseball broadcaster Vin Scully, who has passed at 94. A born and bred New Yorker, Scully discovered his love of baseball at age eight, while watching the second game of the 1936 World Series at a laundromat. Scully went on to serve in the United States Navy for two years, and began his career as a student broadcaster and journalist at Fordham University in New York. From there, he was calling college football games for CBS – and soon, Scully became the principal announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was known for his classic opening line of "It's Time for Dodgers Baseball." Moving with the team to Los Angeles in 1958, legend has it, that while the games were being played at the massive L.A. Memorial Coliseum, fans had a hard time keeping up with all the action and started bringing transistor radios to listen to Scully give them the play-by-play. In all, Scully spent 67 seasons as the Dodgers' play-by-play announcer, retiring after the 2016 season. He has a long list of awards and accomplishments, including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Emmy awards, but it’s his call of Kirk Gibson's famous home run during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series has been voted the most memorable call in baseball history. For the record, Scully’s run is the longest of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. Do the math - Scully called Dodgers games for nearly 70 years before retiring in 2016.

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