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Today on Fox News: Feb. 6, 2020

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist; U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: “President Trump Acquitted” – The Senate voted to acquit President Trump on Wednesday, clearing him on both articles of impeachment and ending the long process. So, how does America heal and move forward as the 2020 election heats up? U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., who co-chairs the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., join the Rundown to discuss if there’s a way to resolve America’s bitter divide.

Also on the Rundown: If you watched the Super Bowl you may have noticed the variety of electric car ads from companies like Audi, Ford and Hummer. But the acceleration of Tesla on Wall Street at the start of 2020 has many confused. FoxNews.com automotive editor Gary Gastelu joins the Fox News Rundown to discuss Tesla’s stock fluctuation and what the future of electric cars looks like.

Plus, commentary by Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton weren’t prepared for stars to mock Prince Andrew, ‘Megxit,’ insider claims

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were apparently not prepared for the shocking jokes made by Hollywood about their family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked the red carpet for the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) at London’s Royal Albert Hall Sunday night.

The ceremony is noted for being Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars. It is the fourth consecutive year the British royal couple has attended the ceremony. It is also William’s 10th anniversary as BAFTA’s president.

William, 37, and Middleton, 38, sat front row and appeared tense at the ceremony as stars such as Brad Pitt and Rebel Wilson poked fun at “Megxit” and Prince Andrew.

PRINCE WILLIAM WANTS TO GIVE HIS KIDS ‘A NORMAL CHILDHOOD WITHOUT THE CONFINES OF ROYAL LIFE,’ EXPERT SAYS

PRINCE WILLIAM TELLS JOAQUIN PHOENIX HE’S ‘GLAD’ HE DIDN’T WATCH ‘JOKER’ BEFORE BED

“The feedback is that many of the stars stepped out of line in front of the patron, which is the Duke of Cambridge,” U.K. media commentator Neil Sean told Fox News. “William is a huge supporter of films and spoke openly in his speech about the lack of diversity at the awards.”

Sean noted the star who “offended the most” was Wilson, who had no problem poking fun at recent royal controversies. The Australian actress, who took to the stage as a presenter in the “Best Director” category, was quick to crack jokes that drew gasps from the audience.

“It is really great to be here at the Royal Andrew… uh, Royal Harry, no, at this royal palace place,” the 39-year-old quipped, referencing William’s uncle and younger brother, respectively.

The camera then immediately cut to William and Middleton who looked visibly uncomfortable by the commentary.

KATE MIDDLETON RECYCLES ALEXANDER MCQUEEN GOWN FOR THE BAFTAS

PRINCE WILLIAM APPOINTED TO NEW ROYAL POSITION BY QUEEN AMID MEGXIT

Following a disastrous interview with the BBC about his relationship with accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew announced in November 2019 that he asked his mother Queen Elizabeth II if he can “step back” from his public duties.

As for Harry, 35, the prince and his wife Meghan Markle announced in January that they will take “a step back” as senior members of the royal family and instead work independently, splitting their time between the U.K. and North America.

Pitt also poked fun at “Megxit” while having Margot Robbie accept his award for best-supporting actor.

The 56-year-old was unable to attend the event but tasked his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star with accepting the accolade on his behalf and reading a few tongue-in-cheek remarks he had prepared.

“He says that he is going to name this Harry,” said the 29-year-old, holding up the trophy. “Because he is really excited about bringing it back to the states with him… His words, not mine!”

‘MEGXIT’ STILL HAS PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE MIDDLETON ‘REELING,’ ROYAL EXPERT SAYS

KATE MIDDLETON DESCRIBES FEELING ‘ISOLATED’ WITHOUT PRINCE WILLIAM FOLLOWING PRINCE GEORGE’S BIRTH

“This was not met with the smiling faces that you saw on the final edited version of the show,” claimed Sean, saying the broadcast had been allegedly edited so that there were minimal reaction shots from the royal couple.

Sean further alleged: “A mole also told me that to ensure that the royals are not embarrassed or made fun of again at such a prestigious event like this one… they will have a ‘moral clause’ inserted into their acceptance agreement ensuring that due reverence is given to the royal couple who gave their time and support to such a wonderful celebration of film and is respected.”

However, not every moment at the ceremony was an awkward experience for the pair, Sean insisted.

“I can reveal that Kate loved ‘Judy,’ which starred Renee Zellweger,” Sean said. “[She] told the star and team how much she had enjoyed the whole performance… and in particular, the fact that Renee sang the film songs in character on stage in front of an audience.”

KATE MIDDLETON, PRINCE WILLIAM GETTING A ‘BOOST’ IN POPULARITY AMID ‘MEGXIT’ NEWS, ROYAL EXPERT SAYS

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BAFTA winner Renee Zellweger and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 2, 2020, in London, England. ((Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool / Getty Images))

PRINCE HARRY WAS POSITIONED TO BE PRINCE WILLIAM’S ‘SECRET WEAPON,’ ROYAL EXPERT SAYS

And Middleton supposedly wasn’t the only royal who supported Zellweger’s performance. Sean claimed Prince Philip enjoyed revisiting his past, saying the Duke of Edinburgh saw the late Hollywood icon live “many times” when she performed in London.

“Judy was also a close friend of the queen’s sister Princess Margaret,” Sean added.

After the ceremony, William and Middleton met the winners of the 27 award categories, including Joaquin Phoenix, who was named best actor for “Joker.”

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“Lovely to meet you,” William told the 45-year-old actor, People magazine reported. “I absolutely loved ‘The Joker.’ It was brilliant. I put it off and put it off before watching it, as people kept telling me ‘be careful when you choose to watch it.’ I’m glad I didn’t watch it before bed, but huge congratulations on an amazing performance.”

The outlet said Phoenix praised William for his speech, which addressed the lack of diversity in the awards nominations.

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Warren says male candidates ‘wrong’ if they think they have a better chance of beating Trump

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Wednesday that the men running for president would be mistaken to think they have better chances of beating President Trump based on their gender.

“I believe that they think so, but they’d be wrong,” she laughed in answer to a female voter who asked the question during a CNN town hall. Warren went on to say the world changed after Trump’s election because women took to the streets in the Women’s March.

“Understand this,” Warren added, “Democrats took back the House of Representatives in 2018…because of women candidates and women and friends of women who were energized by those candidates.”

She also claimed data shows that women outperform men in competitive elections.

WARREN SAYS SANDERS ‘DISAGREED’ WITH HER BELIEF A WOMAN COULD WIN THE WHITE HOUSE RACE

When voters pick a candidate, Warren said, it has to be someone they trust, not just a candidate “who looks like what presidents looked like in the past.”

She pointed to the barriers broken by JFK’s election as the first Catholic president in 1960 and former President Obama’s win in 2008.

“In 2020 we can and should have a woman for president,” she said to cheers.

Warren clashed with Sen. Bernie Sanders at the last Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, when she claimed he told her in 2018 that he didn’t think a woman could win the presidency. Sanders called her accusation was “ludicrous.”

With Iowa’s results nearly in, Warren appears to have placed in third behind South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sanders and slightly ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the first female major-party nominee in 2016 before falling short to Trump in the election.

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Dr. Kent Ingle: The National Prayer Breakfast is crucial to the future of our nation

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In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower walked into the first National Prayer Breakfast alongside evangelist Billy Graham appearing a little hesitant. It was a risky step for a president, but it consecrated a day for our nation to remain united in prayer.

The formation of this annual breakfast, first known as the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, set Eisenhower uneasy and concerned with how critics might respond. Shortly into the meeting, the president shared his relief to be able to confide in a room of such support.

It was the first opportunity for men and women of different beliefs and parties to annually join together to pray over our nation. What started as a unifying event to solidify our efforts in prayer together, remains one of the core assets and most anticipated events in Washington, D.C.

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Today, this gathering remains vital for our government and the future of our democracy.

The first annual meetings were attended by approximately 400 political and religious leaders of faith. Thursday, as I prepare to attend the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, nearly 4,000 elected officials, diplomats, national and international religious and political leaders will join together in prayer and fellowship. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise once said the breakfast is “literally one of the toughest tickets to get in Washington.”

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This annual breakfast has long been a moment for the president to receive moral and spiritual support from leaders. It has also been an opportunity for the president to share his burdens, concerns and prayer needs before a community of faith.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson said, “No man could live in the house where I live now or work at the desk where I work now without needing and without seeking the strength and the support of earnest and frequent prayer.”

We may think the president is surrounded by endless support and confidants, but no man can be lifted up too much in prayer — least of all the leader of our nation.

Regardless of what party or religious denomination you belong to, or who you hope will reside in the Oval Office come February 2021, our nation needs our prayers.

Scripture reads in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Certainly, the act of prayer for our leaders isn’t just a way we can bless them. It is a command from God.

For years, the National Prayer Breakfast has also been an opportunity for us to unite as a nation across all religions, denominations and all sectors of belief. Each year, Christian Evangelicals, Jews and Muslims gather not only to pray together but also to discuss issues of national and international morality and crisis. It is a time for men and women to pray specifically over the pressing issues our nation currently faces. Particularly, as the politics of our country appear so deeply divided, it is crucial (and truly miraculous) that to this day, this annual event continues.

Over the past decades, each president has approached the annual breakfast slightly differently. Some remain intentionally neutral in their statements, while others unveil their passionate faith and trust in God. Some face trials and crises in their own presidencies and become more open to the large gathering of prayer as their term passes on.

While I hope otherwise, there may one day be someone in office who outspokenly does not hold to faith at all. Regardless of the individual beliefs of our future presidents, this gathering will continue to be vital for our nation.

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The passage of 1 Timothy 2:3-4 states, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” This annual event serves to unite and remind our government, our president and our nation that they are always in our prayers.

More so, it is also a time for all people of faith (whether attending the breakfast or not) to be reminded that our nation is in dire need of prayer. Regardless of what party or religious denomination you belong to, or who you hope will reside in the Oval Office come February 2021, our nation needs our prayers.

When Eisenhower first endorsed this annual meeting, it was no small achievement. Even at a time when children could shamelessly sing “God Bless America” and pray in our public schools, it was a bold step. Yet, amidst his uncertainty, Eisenhower came to acknowledge the fundamental role of faith in the founding of the United States.

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At that breakfast, Eisenhower said in his speech, “Today I think that prayer is just simply a necessity because by prayer I believe we mean an effort to get in touch with the Infinite.”

Joining together the communities of political and religious leaders to converse on the importance of faith is not a religious ritual. Rather, it is a vital gathering so that we can keep our government uplifted in prayer (regardless of party affiliation) and so that we can continue to remain a united nation as we pray.

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Trump easily beats impeachment, Romney vote stirs backlash

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Amid all the media chatter about the Iowa meltdown, whether Pete really won, Nancy ripping up Donald’s speech and Rush getting a medal, this other thing happened Wednesday:

The president of the United States was acquitted of two articles of impeachment.

And yet I had to remind myself throughout the day that the Senate trial, which consumed so much attention after the House impeachment hearings, was indeed coming to an end.

Because it felt like that already happened, didn’t it?

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The trial was over, for all intents and purposes, when only two Republican senators joined the Democrats on calling witnesses. Many in the media decried the vote, but everyone began discussing the trial in the past tense—not that there was any great drama to begin with about whether 67 senators would vote to remove Trump.

So a reality show president moved on to the next extravaganza, the State of the Union, which was elaborately staged with moving guests in the audience. Trump didn’t mention impeachment, which was politically shrewd, but also reflected the view that it was last season’s drama and he was moving on to the next ratings period.

The pre-game media chatter—always a good barometer of what the press considers hot—was divided between the continuing chaos in Iowa and reactions to the State of the Union. There is little question that Pete Buttigieg, if he indeed pulled off an upset, was robbed by an incompetent state party that still hadn’t counted more than a quarter of the votes by mid-day yesterday. The same goes for Bernie Sanders if he pulled out a win. About the only candidate who may be relieved that the results were delayed so long is Joe Biden, who appears to have cratered to fourth place.

As for Nancy Pelosi’s speech-ripping moment—the New York Post dubbed her a “TORE LOSER”—I thought it was beneath her. Yes, Trump refused to shake her hand, and yes she can argue that his speech had numerous lies. But it made her look petty. And many of the liberals and Democrats trying to justify her middle-finger gesture would be bouncing off the walls if John Boehner had done that to Barack Obama.

The only remaining question on the impeachment trial is whether a couple of senators on either side would break ranks with their party.

The more conservative Democrats–Doug Jones, Joe Manchin–voted to convict. The more critical Republicans–Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins–voted to acquit.

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Only Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, voted on the first article that Trump should be removed from office.

He gave an emotional speech, choking back tears, saying: My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.

The Mormon senator from Utah, in a pretaped interview with Chris Wallace, said it was the hardest decision of his life and he had trouble sleeping.

“You realize this is war,” the Fox anchor said. “Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.”

Romney said he was prepared for the intense blowback. “But on the other side, there is, do you do what you know is right? Do you do what your conscience and your heart tells you?”

The denunciations quickly began on the right. “Romney’s Entire Career Has Been About Punishing Republicans for Voting for Him,” said the Federalist, while a Pete Wehner piece in the Atlantic was headlined “A Profile in Courage.”

And while Romney clearly agonized over the decision, which hurts him politically, he is getting “strange new respect” from many liberals who savaged his presidential candidacy eight years ago.

In a larger sense, the Democrats, having lost their gambit as far as moving public opinion, would like impeachment to continue all year. Jerry Nadler says he’ll probably move to subpoena John Bolton.

But the reality (and not just the reality show) is that it’s over. The Trump impeachment will always be remembered as a process that left half the country thinking the president should be ousted and the other half thinking the president was being railroaded. And that leaves the final verdict up to tens of millions of Americans, not 100 senators.

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California man recommended for parole in decades-old triple murder, governor could overturn it

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A Northern California man convicted of triple murder in a decades’ old case was recommended for parole Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom will review the recommendation made by a two-person panel and could overturn it using his executive power.

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Since taking office in 2019, Newsom has halted dozens of paroles of murderers, despite his vow to take on criminal justice reform, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Convicted killer Anthony King was 16 in September 1987 when he and another man shot 35-year-old Steve Patton in the face and threw his body in the Sacramento River where he had been fishing before stealing his truck for a joyride.

Two days after abandoning Patton’s truck, they shot Raymond Rogers, 29, and his wife Dawn Rogers, 32, as they fished in the same spot.

King and Kenneth Bivert also dumped their bodies in the river before stealing their car.

They were arrested a month later in Oregon and each sentenced in 1988 to 52 years to life.

In their recommendation this week, the parole commissioners found that King no longer posed an “unreasonable risk to society if released,” the Yolo County district attorney’s office said.

“You are now 49 years old. Your change is a complete turn-around from what we saw when you were 16. We felt you showed good insight and remorse and you have realistic parole plans,” Commissioner Rosalio Castro told King, according to a statement by the district attorney.

The governor has not indicated if he plans to overturn the recommendation.

“The governor’s reversal rate [on paroles] has dramatically increased over [former Gov. Jerry] Brown,” Charles Carbone, a specialist in parole hearings, said. “The question now becomes: Is it a matter of a new policy?”

“Each case that comes before the governor is evaluated on its own merits and receives careful review and consideration,” a spokesman for the governor said last year, according to The Times.

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Bivert received the death penalty in 2001 for stabbing another inmate to death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trump easily beats impeachment, Romney vote stirs backlash

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Amid all the media chatter about the Iowa meltdown, whether Pete really won, Nancy ripping up Donald’s speech and Rush getting a medal, this other thing happened Wednesday:

The president of the United States was acquitted of two articles of impeachment.

And yet I had to remind myself throughout the day that the Senate trial, which consumed so much attention after the House impeachment hearings, was indeed coming to an end.

Because it felt like that already happened, didn’t it?

ROMNEY SAYS HE HAD TO FOLLOW ‘CONSCIENCE’ ON VOTE TO CONVICT TRUMP

The trial was over, for all intents and purposes, when only two Republican senators joined the Democrats on calling witnesses. Many in the media decried the vote, but everyone began discussing the trial in the past tense—not that there was any great drama to begin with about whether 67 senators would vote to remove Trump.

So a reality show president moved on to the next extravaganza, the State of the Union, which was elaborately staged with moving guests in the audience. Trump didn’t mention impeachment, which was politically shrewd, but also reflected the view that it was last season’s drama and he was moving on to the next ratings period.

The pre-game media chatter—always a good barometer of what the press considers hot—was divided between the continuing chaos in Iowa and reactions to the State of the Union. There is little question that Pete Buttigieg, if he indeed pulled off an upset, was robbed by an incompetent state party that still hadn’t counted more than a quarter of the votes by mid-day yesterday. The same goes for Bernie Sanders if he pulled out a win. About the only candidate who may be relieved that the results were delayed so long is Joe Biden, who appears to have cratered to fourth place.

As for Nancy Pelosi’s speech-ripping moment—the New York Post dubbed her a “TORE LOSER”—I thought it was beneath her. Yes, Trump refused to shake her hand, and yes she can argue that his speech had numerous lies. But it made her look petty. And many of the liberals and Democrats trying to justify her middle-finger gesture would be bouncing off the walls if John Boehner had done that to Barack Obama.

The only remaining question on the impeachment trial is whether a couple of senators on either side would break ranks with their party.

The more conservative Democrats–Doug Jones, Joe Manchin–voted to convict. The more critical Republicans–Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins–voted to acquit.

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Only Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, voted on the first article that Trump should be removed from office.

He gave an emotional speech, choking back tears, saying: My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.

The Mormon senator from Utah, in a pretaped interview with Chris Wallace, said it was the hardest decision of his life and he had trouble sleeping.

“You realize this is war,” the Fox anchor said. “Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.”

Romney said he was prepared for the intense blowback. “But on the other side, there is, do you do what you know is right? Do you do what your conscience and your heart tells you?”

The denunciations quickly began on the right. “Romney’s Entire Career Has Been About Punishing Republicans for Voting for Him,” said the Federalist, while a Pete Wehner piece in the Atlantic was headlined “A Profile in Courage.”

And while Romney clearly agonized over the decision, which hurts him politically, he is getting “strange new respect” from many liberals who savaged his presidential candidacy eight years ago.

In a larger sense, the Democrats, having lost their gambit as far as moving public opinion, would like impeachment to continue all year. Jerry Nadler says he’ll probably move to subpoena John Bolton.

But the reality (and not just the reality show) is that it’s over. The Trump impeachment will always be remembered as a process that left half the country thinking the president should be ousted and the other half thinking the president was being railroaded. And that leaves the final verdict up to tens of millions of Americans, not 100 senators.

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Trump supporters flood hotline for Iowa precinct chairs, adding to the confusion: report

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Supporters for President Trump flooded the hotline used by Iowa precinct chairs in the hours after Monday night’s caucus disaster shortly after photos of the caucus documents with the number were posted online, a report said.

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Technical problems were blamed for an unprecedented delay from the contest. The Iowa Democratic Party has faced bipartisan backlash and has seen calls for a change to the entire primary process.

Ken Sagar, a Democratic central committee member in the state, told a conference call Wednesday that on the night of the caucus, Trump backers were calling in to voice their support for the president, Bloomberg reported. Sagar was reportedly one of the people answering the calls.

The report was based on two participants from the conference call that was between IDP staff and the party’s governing body. Sagar did not comment for the report. He did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. The IDP did not confirm that Trump supporters were to blame for adding to the confusion when reached by Bloomberg and did not respond to an email from Fox News.

As of Wednesday night, Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Ind., mayor, led the Iowa race with 26.2 percent of delegates over the 26.1 percent in favor of Sanders, according to numbers released by the IDP.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren trailed with 18.2 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden was hovering in fourth with 15.8 percent, with 92 percent with 97 percent of the precincts reporting.

Monday’s debacle invited fresh criticism about Iowa caucuses, a complicated set of political meetings staged in a state that is whiter and older than the Democratic Party in general. Many questioned anew whether it was a quaint political tradition whose time had passed.

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“I think Iowa is a dumpster fire,” said Dick Harpootlian, a South Carolina state senator and longtime Biden supporter, who served as an Iowa precinct captain for Biden on Monday.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Kirk Douglas’ daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones reacts to his death

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is in mourning.

The “Chicago” star, 50, lost her father-in-law, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, on Wednesday when he died at the age of 103.

Zeta-Jones took to Instagram to share a message of love for her late family member.

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“To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life,” wrote the actress in the caption. “I miss you already. Sleep tight…”

In the black-and-white photo, Zeta-Jones plants a kiss on Douglas’ cheek.

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The actress has been married to Michael Douglas, his son, since 2000.

In December, Zeta-Jones shared a birthday message to Douglas on Instagram as well.

“This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!” she wrote in the caption. “Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart.”

Michael, 75, also an actor, shared the news of his father’s passing on Instagram on Wednesday.

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“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael wrote on the platform. “To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband,” he continued. “Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet.”

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The post concluded: “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

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Florida police discover illegal narcotics in bags labeled ‘BAG FULL OF DRUGS,’ our K-9s ‘can read’

The Florida Highway Patrol said they arrested two alleged drug traffickers on Sunday after finding illegal narcotics in two bags helpfully labeled “BAG FULL OF DRUGS.”

Troopers said they uncovered the not-so-discreet hiding place after pulling the men over for speeding on I-10 in Santa Rosa County.

“A traffic stop for unlawful speed on I-10 yesterday bagged two drug traffickers and their inconspicuous drug paraphernalia,” FHP Panhandle said on Twitter Sunday morning. “Troopers seized meth, GHB [aka the “date rape” drug], cocaine MDMA and fentanyl.”

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The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the traffic stop while offering some advice about the pair’s bold choice of concealment.

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“Santa Rosa K-9 Deputies recently assisted FHP on a traffic stop on I-10 where a large amount of narcotics were discovered,” the department wrote on Facebook Monday. “Note to self- do not traffic your illegal narcotics in bags labeled “Bag Full Of Drugs”

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They added: “Our K-9’s can read.”

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