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Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw on Monday addressed the controversy surrounding his successor, Brian Williams, who was suspended from NBC amid allegations that Williams embellished stories about his reporting in Iraq.

According to CNN, Brokaw said at an event at University of Chicago's Institute of Politics that William's suspension has been "a very, very difficult time" at NBC News. He did not reveal any details or updates about the NBC investigation into Williams' storytelling.

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BOSTON (AP) — Deval Patrick has a new job.

The former Democratic Massachusetts governor will be joining the Boston firm Bain Capital to develop a line of so-called "social impact" investing to support causes from climate change to hunger.

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ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) — Beware! Chimp Tushi at the Dutch Burgers' Zoo is a real drone-buster.

When the zoo sent a drone over the chimpanzee enclosure for a better look at how their 14 apes live, the response was swift.

With the unfamiliar intruder coming close to them, 23-year-old female Tushi waited in a tree, gritted her teeth and with two whacks from a long branch, downed the drone. No sweat.

Zoo spokesman Bas Lukkenaar said on Tuesday that "we can write the drone off. It cost about 2,000 euros ($2,100). Then again, it doesn't surprise that Tushi did this. She is very handy with sticks."

With the camera still rolling on the ground Friday after Tushi's strike, the zoo got some close-up footage anyway — of chimps coming to inspect their kill.

WASHINGTON — Nothing infuriates Senate Democrats' budget chief Bernie Sanders quite like calls for cutting Social Security.

So the Vermont senator was livid when TPM asked him at a Capitol news conference about a proposal floated Tuesday in New Hampshire by Republican presidential hopeful and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to incrementally raise the Social Security retirement age to 69 and reduce benefits for upper earners.

"You take a deep breath and try to wonder what world these people live in," said Sanders, who is also considering a run for president. "What Governor Christie is saying is just the continuation of the war being waged by the Republican Party against the elderly, against the children, against the sick and against the poor, in order to benefit millionaires and billionaires. It is an outrage."

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The media is in a frenzy over the entry of Marco Rubio into the presidential race. He’s young, handsome, well-spoken in English and Spanish, he’s got an immigrant history. He is a genuine American success story. The media has been waiting for a Republican candidate whose vision of America isn’t something found on a black-and-white sitcom from the 1950’s, and at first glance, Marco Rubio seems like that candidate.

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