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Off-duty NYPD officer found dead in Queens, force’s ninth suicide this year

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[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]

A veteran officer with the New York Police Department was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, becoming the ninth officer this year to commit suicide.

The 56-year-old officer, who worked for the department for more than 20 years, shot himself at his home in Laurelton, Queens, shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

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The officer was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His death came just one day after an officer from nearby Yonkers killed himself.

The NYPD said, “We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered another tragedy today with the loss of one of our officers to suicide.” The police department also urged officers to seek help for mental illness or depression.

“To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available,” the NYPD tweeted. “Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being.”

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer who had been on the job for seven years with the Yonkers Police Department committed suicide at his home. Yonkers is a city of 200,000 residents, in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

Over 47,000 suicides were reported in the U.S. in 2017, or 14 per 100,000 people — the highest rate in at least half a century.

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In 2018, at least 159 officers died by suicide, 9 percent more than the total number of officers killed in the line of duty, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers.

New York City had one of the highest rates of officer suicides among major U.S. cities, with 10 officers reported dead as of Jan. 1, 2019.

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NYC sanitation worker used license plates found in trash to avoid $17G in fines, investigators say

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A New York City sanitation worker was arrested Wednesday for allegedly putting license plates he found in the trash on his car to avoid paying more than $17,000 in fines.

Jason Rivera, 45, of Staten Island, incurred the penalties for parking and traffic violations as well as unpaid E-Z Pass tolls, authorities said. He faces a charge of grand larceny, the New York Daily News reported.

A criminal complaint said Rivera found the plates in 2016 and gave them to a friend, who then returned them to Rivera a year later, the city Department of Investigation concluded.

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“These types of crimes undermine the government’s ability to do its job and maintain a standard of safety on the roads,” said DOI Commissioner Magaret Garnett. “These offenses are particularly egregious when committed by a city employee who used his job as a means to commit a crime.”

Prosecutors say that Rivera racked up 72 parking and traffic violations totaling $5,500, as well as $1,793.50 in unpaid tolls and $10,600 in unpaid fees, the New York Post reported.

The plates were not registered to his vehicle, or any vehicle, the paper reported, making it difficult to determine who was responsible for the fines. The department began an inquiry after receiving a complaint from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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An investigator confronted Rivera about the pocketed plates and said he confessed to using them.

“Misusing New York State license plates, ignoring traffic and parking violations and failing to pay tolls are crimes that will result in arrest and prosecution,” Garnett said.

Rivera is expected back in court on Oct. 10.

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Europe takes wait-and-see approach to sexual misconduct claims against Placido Domingo

Whatever his future in America, opera star Placido Domingo may still have a place to perform in Europe despite allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera canceled scheduled performances by Domingo Tuesday after The Associated Press published a story in which numerous women said that Domingo used his power in the opera world to try to pressure them into sexual relationships. The Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo has been general director since 2003, announced it would hire outside counsel to investigate the claims.

But across the Atlantic, there were no immediate cancellations and some even offered words of support for the 78-year-old Domingo. Opera officials noted that no charges had been brought against Domingo and no formal judicial investigations were underway that might provide legal underpinning to cancel any contractual obligations.

One such official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AP that Domingo’s status as one of the most popular and influential figures in the opera world could trigger a backlash against European venues if performances were canceled without due process.

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Following sexual harassment allegations, concerts for legendary opera singer Placido Domingo were canceled on both American coasts, but European opera is taking a wait-and-see stance. (Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images, File)

“Some attitudes, seen in hindsight, risk being misunderstood,” cultural journalist Leonetta Bentivoglio wrote Wednesday in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “That he [Domingo] was a Don Juan was something everyone knew, and in the promiscuous theater world he is not alone. We must add that his charm has always attracted a crowd of women, and often it was he who had to defend himself.”

Bentivoglio recalled an incident at a Paris hotel during Domingo’s “Three Tenors” heyday with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, when he asked journalists to pretend to accompany him in the elevator “to escape to his room without being followed by some beautiful young women,” who were in pursuit.

“These are difficult stories to tell in the slippery era of #MeToo,” she wrote.

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Three Spanish sopranos have also come to Domingo’s defense, saying that they have never experienced the sort of behavior described in the AP story, which included accusations that he put his hand down one woman’s skirt and forced wet kisses on three others. All of the allegations were related to incidents in the United States, spanning two decades beginning in the late 1980s.

Spain’s Europa Press news agency on Wednesday quoted Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez as saying she “never felt the least indication of what they accuse the maestro of,” adding that Domingo had always shown her and theater workers “the maximum of respect, with the humbleness and generosity that characterizes him.”

Fellow Spanish soprano Pilar Jurado said that Domingo had always behaved “as a perfect gentleman” with her and Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta expressed shock at the allegations, saying she considered Domingo and his wife to be family.

“I have no idea if he might have flirted and scored. That sort of thing went on before and still does now, but I know he is not a harasser, I’d put my hand in the fire on it,” Arteta told the Spanish daily El Pais.

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According to Domingo’s website, 19 of his 24 scheduled engagements through November 2020 are on European stages. Upcoming performances in Salzburg, Milan, London, Zurich, Cologne, Hamburg and Geneva were still on but some venues said they would monitor the investigation in Los Angeles. Other venues postponed comment, citing the summer holiday.

Domingo received support from the Salzburg Festival in Austria, his next scheduled performance on Aug. 31, as well as from some singers who have shared the stage with him.

Salzburg Festival president Helga Rabl-Stadler, who said she has known Domingo for 25 years and has long appreciated both his “artistic competence” and “appreciative treatment of all festival employees,” said “it would be factually wrong and morally irresponsible to make irreversible judgments at this point.”

The Hamburg opera house in Germany also said Domingo’s Nov. 27 appearance there was still on, citing the lack of any legal action against the tenor.

“As a public institution we neither tolerate nor trivialize sexual assaults, but we are also bound by the principles of the rule of law in our actions. Valid contracts with the concert promoter exist for the appearance of Plácido Domingo,” the opera house said in a statement. “Subject to further developments, the concert will therefore take place as planned.”

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Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents but issued a statement calling the allegations “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.”

“I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone,” the statement said. “However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are —and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Scaramucci predicts ‘demagogue’ Trump will not be Republican nominee in 2020

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci predicted Wednesday night that President Trump “will not” be the Republican nominee in 2020.

Continuing his onslaught of cable news criticisms of the president, Scaramucci called Trump a “demagogue” and slammed what he called Trump’s “disgusting” bullying of Americans.

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Scaramucci was also asked about a photo he had taken with 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang and a subsequent tweet that the “force is strong with the #YangGang,” which Scaramucci denied was an endorsement.

“The guy has a lot of good principles, he’s basically a libertarian,” Scaramucci told CNN anchor Erin Burnett when asked about Yang. “We need — after this devastation, we need a post-partisan presidency where we’re not focusing on left or right policy … and focus on right and wrong policies. So Andrew has a good message, but I’m a Republican.”

He continued: “We’ll find a Republican that has the personality, the charisma, the energy, and the smarts to take this guy [Trump] on. And so we’ll do that.”

After telling Burnett that he wouldn’t consider voting for a Democrat in 2020, the short-lived White House staffer wanted to “see what happens” going forward.

“I predict that he won’t be the nominee,” Scaramucci said about Trump.

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“Really?” a surprised Burnett reacted.

“Of course,” Scaramucci doubled down. “There’s no way that the party leadership is going to- unless they’re totally dishonest…”

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The CNN anchor expressed that she thought Scaramucci was “dead wrong.”

Scaramucci and President Trump have been feuding for several days ever since Scaramucci appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which the president claimed he “accidentally” watched.

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Harry Reid says he wishes Al Franken would run for office again

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he would like his former colleague Al Franken to run for public office again, fewer than two years after Franken resigned from the Senate over allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I wish he would,” Reid said of Franken in an interview with The Daily Beast. “But I don’t think he will. He just feels hurt. And he was a good senator.”

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Reid expressed solidarity with the Minnesota Democrat who left office after several women came forward accusing the lawmaker of inappropriate touching, saying: “He got a bad deal.”

Several Democratic lawmakers have shared Reid’s sentiment in recent months, including Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who claimed Franken was “railroaded” in a recent article published by the New Yorker.

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“I made a mistake,” Udall said. “I started having second thoughts shortly after he stepped down. He had the right to be heard by an independent investigative body. I’ve heard from people around my state, and around the country, saying that they think he got railroaded. It doesn’t seem fair. I’m a lawyer. I really believe in due process.”

One person who doesn’t regret spearheading Franken’s ouster is 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

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“I could have told those seven senators and any of the senators — the 35 senators who came out against him — that there is no prize for someone who tries to hold accountable a powerful man who is good at his day job,” Gillibrand said last month. “But we should have the courage to do it anyway. So no, I do not have any regrets.”

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Epstein accuser’s lawyer: Ghislaine Maxwell was a ‘principal conspirator’ in alleged sex-trafficking ring

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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged former “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell was a key figure in trafficking young girls to the financier, according to one accuser’s lawyer.

Jennifer Araoz’s attorney Dan Kaiser claimed Wednesday on “The Story” Maxwell must be held accountable for her alleged role.

“Justice begins now for her,” Kaiser said of his client. “That’s why she filed a lawsuit today. She is fully intending to see this through to the end.”

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In response, host Martha MacCallum asked whether Araoz, now 32, has ever met the British socialite and media heiress.

Kaiser said Araoz had not met Maxwell but claims she had an important role in Epstein’s alleged criminal transgressions.

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“Ms. Maxwell was one of the principal conspirators in the human sex trafficking ring,” the attorney said.

Much of the focus going forward should be on her, “because of her [Maxwell’s] efforts, because of her perpetuation of this ring, through her administratively handling this operation, by maintaining the pipeline of girls to Mr. Epstein,” Kaiser also claimed.

The latest lawsuit, which many analysts expect to be the first of many civil cases involving Epstein’s estate and former acquaintances, accuses the disgraced financier of “forcefully” raping Araoz at his Manhattan townhome in 2002. Araoz told NBC News last month that she told Epstein repeatedly to stop and that he “knew exactly what he was doing.”

Earlier Wednesday, Fox News obtained Araoz’s lawsuit, which claims Maxwell conspired to facilitate her alleged rape.

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The suit’s defendants include Epstein’s estate, Maxwell and Jane Does 1, 2 and 3, a trio later described as a “recruiter,” a “secretary” and a “maid.”

Kaiser told Fox News that Araoz has not yet been able to identify the alleged “recruiter.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Kentucky mother arrested after children found in cockroach-infested home, eating Pop-Tarts for meals: police

A Kentucky mother was arrested last week after police discovered her three young children living in a cockroach-infested home, authorities said.

The mother, Sarah Herald, 27, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Police responded to the home in Georgetown – about 70 miles east of Louisville – on Saturday after a neighbor reported seeing three “filthy” children who’d been playing outside unsupervised for a long period of time, an arrest citation said.

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Sarah Herald reportedly told police she’d tried using spray to address the bugs, “but it’s not working, obviously.” (Scott County Detention Center)

An officer saw three stained mattresses full of cockroaches and bedbugs – both dead and alive – outside the home. The officer said a foul odor emanating from the home could be smelled outside, Lexington’s Fox 56 reported.

The children – ages 2, 4, and 5 – were found inside the home “rolling in copious amounts of trash, dirt, discarded food and crawling cockroaches,” the arrest citation said. Police said the children were barefoot and “extremely dirty,” including dirty fingernails and toenails, the Herald-Leader reported.

The officer saw trash, cockroaches, dead insects, and insect feces throughout the hours, the arrest citation said. Bedbugs were also found on the children’s mattress, according to police. In the kitchen, police found a pile of garbage with cockroaches crawling over it, court documents said.

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Herald reportedly told an officer she’d tried used spray for the cockroaches, “but it’s not working, obviously.” She also told police her children were eating Pop-Tarts for meals because the food in the fridge – which police said was moldy and expired – was not safe for them to eat, court documents said.

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Child Protective Services removed the children from the home and placed them with their paternal grandmother, the arrest citation said.

Herald was arrested and placed in the Scott County Detention Center. She was formally arraigned on Tuesday.

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FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton’s server, as State Department fought to protect her, interviews suggest

Interviews with intelligence community officials have revealed that senior FBI leaders “seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary” into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-government email server, and that State Department officials allegedly sought to “downgrade classified material found on the server,” according to Senate investigators still probing the matter.

The information was contained in a letter and interview transcripts sent Monday by the majority staff on the Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees to senior Senate Republicans including Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

“In August 2018, news articles alleged that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary Clinton’s nongovernment server and inserted code that forwarded nearly all of her emails to the foreign company,” the letter stated, referring in part to a Fox News article.

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A source briefed on the matter confirmed to Fox News at the time that the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General was so concerned by the revelation that officials drove over to the FBI to inform agents — including anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok — of the development after it was discovered via the emails’ metadata. The source said the hack was from a Chinese company, describing it as a front for Chinese intelligence.

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The letter continued: “The reporting indicated that two Intelligence Community Inspector General officials – Frank Rucker and Jeanette McMillian – discovered the code and brought the possible intrusion to the attention of the FBI.”

In a December 2018 interview with Senate investigators concerning the FBI’s response to the potential foreign hack, Rucker said Strzok — then the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division in charge of the Clinton investigation — seemed “aloof and dismissive” and didn’t ask many questions, according to a transcript.

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McMillian said FBI employees in the meeting were “poker-faced” during the roughly hourlong meeting, even though both the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) had “significant equities” in the information contained on the server.

The FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

McMillian said Rucker had identified an email address in Clinton’s email metadata as a potential “live dropbox” for all her emails, which a foreign actor could then access.

However, according to McMillian, the FBI generally seemed “impressed” with Rucker’s technical abilities in finding the apparent breach, and took the issue seriously. McMillian specifically said Strzok had found the email account’s presence in Clinton’s metadata “strange.”

McMillian said she made sure to tell the FBI that the ICIG was not trying to usurp the FBI’s authority after bureau officials asked how it had found information about the potential breach.

May 2016 email from Strzok, obtained by Fox News last year, said “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some Clinton emails, including at least one “secret” message “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers.

Strzok, earlier this month, filed a lawsuit against the bureau and the Justice Department – arguing that the FBI caved to the “unrelenting pressure” of the president when it fired him. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz previously concluded that although he could not prove Strzok had let his political bias influence official decisions, he did not have confidence that Strzok had acted without bias.

In text messages with his then-lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Strzok said on his government-issued phone that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president, and called Trump supporters “retarded.”

Separately, Rucker and McMillian offered more details into reports that the State Department sought to cover for Clinton by downgrading the classification of emails on the server.

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“At first, State fought back against the intelligence community being involved,” McMillian told investigators, before noting that they eventually relented.

McMillian claimed that two State Department employees tried to shield some of Clinton’s emails from disclosure under the “deliberative process” exemption under the Freedom of Information Act — rather than labeling the emails classified.

The employees, Austin Evers and Catherine Duval, did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. Evers has since launched the organization American Oversight along with other former Obama administration officials. The group says it is devoted to uncovering ethics issues in the Trump administration.

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Patrick Kennedy, seen here in 2016, sought to have the FBI change the classification level of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Rucker also claimed that then-Ambassador Patrick Kennedy questioned “whether certain emails should be provided to the intelligence community for review and fighting against classifying other emails,” according to the Senate investigators.

The State Department didn’t respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Interviews released in 2016, known as 302s, first revealed the serious allegation that Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public.

Fox News was told as far back as August 2015 that Kennedy was running interference on Capitol Hill. But Kennedy, in his FBI interview on Dec. 21, 2015, “categorically rejected” allegations of classified code tampering.

“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, said at the time.

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In a lengthy statement, the FBI denied it had agreed to declassify any emails in exchange for more overseas slots from the State Department.

A comprehensive IG report into potential FBI and DOJ misconduct during the Clinton and Russia probes is expected soon.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Sanford points to Labor Day decision on primary challenge to Trump

Mark Sanford says he should decide by around Labor Day if he’s going to mount what he has conceded would be a “long-shot” GOP primary bid against President Trump.

The former South Carolina governor and congressman announced last month that he would take around 30 days to test the waters before deciding whether to pursue the Republican presidential nomination.

“I gave myself a month and I’m running up on that deadline,” Sanford said Wednesday as he sat down for an interview with Fox News in New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary in the race for the White House.

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Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford sitting down for an interview during a stop in Concord, N.H., on Tuesday.

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The trip was Sanford’s first to one of the early-voting states in the primary and caucus nominating calendar as he mulls whether to run for the presidency or maybe form a think tank devoted to fiscal conservatism.

“People are politically aware here,” Sanford said. “More than any other state out there … this is a state where you can get a grassroots opinion real fast on a good idea, bad idea, go, no-go.”

One way or another, the aim of the longtime deficit hawk is to make the explosion of federal spending and a ballooning national debt a conversation in the presidential campaign.

“I think we need to have a conversation as Republicans about what it means to be a Republican,” Sanford explained. “One of the cornerstones to the Republican Party historically was, do we spend beyond our means? Do we believe in some level of financial sanity? And that seems to have gone out of the window of late.”

Sanford warned that “we’re about to drive the train off the tracks on debt, spending and accumulating deficits. And if we don’t all speak up, as Americans and as Republicans we’re going to pay the price.”

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Pointing to plans with hefty price tags being proposed by the two dozen Democrats running for the White House, Sanford said “there’s something wrong with a robust debate taking place on the Democratic side where it’s simply a debate of more versus more versus more versus more, with nobody worried about who’s going to pay for it — and no debate taking place on the Republican side.”

Sanford, a Trump critic, criticized the president for failing to take action to curb the debt.

“It’s a problem that he hasn’t used the microphone to talk about how profound this challenge is and how it’s going to hurt every one of us if we don’t do something about it,” Sanford argued. “He’s ruled out action on the very things that drive our debt and spending. It’s irresponsible.”

Sanford’s visit came one day before Trump is to hold his first campaign rally in New Hampshire – it’s a key general-election battleground state – since the eve of the 2016 election.

Trump enjoys strong support among Granite State Republicans. The latest evidence: a new poll released this week from the University of New Hampshire showing Trump with an 82 percent approval score among Republicans.

Asked if he believes he can pull off a primary upset – or if he would get in just to spotlight fiscal conservatism – Sanford said “you try to do both. Your immediate goal is, can you have an impact? Can you help shape the debate? Can you have some degree of educational impact? And, your second, longer-term goal of the process is, can you win?”

But, he admitted, “I think you have to acknowledge up front that it’s a long shot.”

Sanford spent his day sitting down for a few select media interviews – and meeting with Republican veterans of the state’s presidential primary. Among them were former state party former state attorney general Tom Rath, a top adviser to then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign, and former state GOP chair Fergus Cullen, one of the leaders of the “Never-Trump” movement in New Hampshire.

There’s already a Republican challenging Trump in the primaries – former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. He’s been making near-weekly trips to New Hampshire since February and officially launched his bid in April. But he’s failed – to date – to make a dent in the polls.

Asked how he could succeed where Weld hasn’t, Sanford answered, “That would be the test of time.”

Weld, as the former governor of a neighboring state, has some name recognition in New Hampshire. If Sanford’s known at all in New Hampshire, it’s for the “Appalachian Trail.”

That’s a reference to Sanford’s original excuse for a weeklong disappearance in June 2009. It was later revealed that Sanford was out of the country, having an affair with an Argentinian woman. The episode ended his marriage and derailed the political career of the popular two-term governor, who was considered an early leading contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

But politics is full of second chances, and the former governor won back his old congressional seat in a 2013 special election. He won reelection in 2014 and 2016. Still, Sanford, a vocal Trump critic, was targeted by the president in his 2018 reelection bid and lost a primary challenge to a pro-Trump candidate.

Asked if his possible primary challenge against the president was revenge for his 2018 loss, Sanford said no.

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But, he did take aim again at Trump over the president’s demeanor.

“For all the credits and plusses the president may have, he’s got serious demerits with regard to tone,” Sanford charged. “And you cannot play the role of schoolyard bully and expect people to follow you. Leadership fundamentally at times is not about division and how we find contrast points, but it’s about inclusion and finding ways to work together.”

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Stuart Varney on Hong Kong protests: History is unfolding before our eyes

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney called recent events in Hong Kong “extraordinary” as he discussed the violent protests that have overtaken many parts of the city.

“I can’t remember the last time where we saw a world event of this magnitude unfold in real-time on television… it is a major event,” Varney said.

For more than two months, Hong Kong has seen mass protests. Recent demonstrations have called for an independent inquiry into the city’s police and its alleged abuse of power.

Police have been seen clashing with the protestors and firing off tear gas, while Chinese paramilitary forces have assembled across the border in the city of Shenzhen for exercises that some see as a threat to crack down on the protesters.

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At one point during the protests, two American flags were spotted as demonstrators marched proudly down a popular Hong Kong street.

“Think how provocative that was to the communist authorities who are trying to suppress these demonstrations,” Varney said on his Fox Nation series “My Take.” “The American flag is like red rag to a bull. It is an invitation to clamp down on the protests and we saw it live in real-time as it was unfolding.”

Varney explained the ramifications — financial and otherwise — that could result from the Hong Kong government’s inability to restore peace.

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“You shut Hong Kong down,” he said, “and you are snuffing out what had been a bastion of liberty, free speech and the rule of law.”

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