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Democrats denounce white nationalism after El Paso massacre

On Saturday, after news broke that a gunman opened fire on shoppers in El Paso, Texas, a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates denounced white nationalism and the epidemic of gun violence in America.

One by one, the candidates spoke to a gaggle of reporters covering the AFSCME Public Service Forum in Las Vegas about the shooting; issuing statements, plans and condolences for 20 killed and 26 injured.

A visibly upset Beto O’Rourke was one of the first to deliver a statement shortly after news broke that there was an active shooter at a Walmart in El Paso. He said he’d be canceling multiple days of campaign events in Nevada and California to return to his hometown to be with his family and former constituents.

EL PASO SHOOTING LEAVES 20 DEAD, 26 INJURED; INVESTIGATORS PROBING POTENTIAL ‘NEXUS TO HATE CRIME’

“We know that there’s a lot of injury, a lot of suffering in El Paso right now,” O’Rourke said. “I’m incredibly sad and it’s hard to think about this.”

Every candidate who spoke following the shooting addressed it, while several explicitly spoke out against white nationalism and few linked the shooting to the president.

Among those with the most candor was South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who named white nationalist violence as one of the greatest threats to the nation’s security. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said authorities were looking into the shooter’s motivations and said there may be a “nexus to a hate crime.”

“America is under attack by lethal, violent white nationalist terrorism,” Buttigieg said. “… This is a national security emergency. It is killing Americans just as it is killing people around the world.”

“America is under attack by lethal, violent white nationalist terrorism. … This is a national security emergency. It is killing Americans just as it is killing people around the world.” 

— Pete Buttigieg

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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks July 4, 2019, in Carroll, Iowa. (Associated Press)

He said that until the nation is ready to confront the rash of racially motivated violence it has suffered — and implement reforms to gun laws — it will remain vulnerable to domestic terrorist attacks. The tragedy in El Paso was 250th mass shooting in America in 2019.

Buttigieg, when asked about why he was qualified to comment on white nationalism, cited his military record. According to documents obtained by ABC 57 in South Bend, the mayor was placed in the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (AFTC). The documents said the AFTC often “identifies and disrupts Taliban, Al-Qaida and other insurgent financial support networks in Afghanistan.”

“Counterterrorism was my specialty in the military, and I know a little bit about what’s involved,” Buttigieg said. “I specialized in dealing with terrorism abroad, but I learned a lot that, sadly, will be applicable here at home.”

“I specialized in dealing with terrorism abroad, but I learned a lot that, sadly, will be applicable here at home.” 

— Pete Buttigieg

The mayor, who is polling around 6 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics’ average, also took a jab at Donald Trump, stopping just short of placing the onus of the massacre on his shoulders.

“The President of the United States is condoning white nationalism,” Buttigieg said. “White nationalism is one of the evils that is motivating and inspiring at least some people to go kill Americans. The president has a responsibility to nip this in the bud.”

He said the government needs to develop a national strategy to prioritize resources to deradicalizing and defending from white nationalist violence.

Trump took to Twitter to give statements on the shooting. In one tweet, he pledged the full support of the federal government to Gov. Greg Abbott. In another, he said “it was an act of cowardice” and he condemned the “hateful act.”

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee similarly decried the act of violence and went further in accusing the president of being complicit by way of his divisive rhetoric and race relations.

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“The first order of business to reduce white nationalism is to eliminate white nationalism in our White House,” Inslee said. “The sentiments of fear and division, and outright racism, that this president has emboldened out to be sickening to anyone.”

He went on to remark that fear and division are “Donald Trump’s stock-in-trade” and that the country deserved someone who work to heal its historically wounded relationship with race.

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Leslie Marshall: Trump is wrong about plastic straws – They really do cause problems

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I was appalled when I read that President Trump’s reelection campaign has raised several hundred thousand dollars selling plastic drinking straws, branded as an alternative to “liberal paper straws.”

The straw sales began after the president questioned why some communities are banning sales of plastic straws.

“I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws,” Trump told reporters at the White House last month.” What about the plates, the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger and they’re made of the same material?”

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Now before I start getting email telling me that “Trump straws” are recyclable and reusable, please understand this: They’re still plastic, and plastic eventually is thrown away.

I live in California, and when the push to eliminate plastic straws gathered steam, many of us (yes, even liberals) rolled our eyes. Aren’t there more important issues to address?

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But then I learned why it’s essential to get rid of them. Banning plastic straws isn’t a lefty issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal rights issue – even a human health issue.

Most plastic straws can’t be recycled and they don’t biodegrade like the paper variety. A single straw may not seem to pose much of a problem, but Americans currently discard a huge amount of straws every day. No one knows the exact number, but estimates range from 170 million to 500 million straws daily.

Don’t care much about the environment? How about wildlife? Sea creatures?

Environmental advocacy groups estimate that plastic in the oceans kills 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year. Animals ingest straws and other plastic, causing them to choke or suffocate. Others starve because they’ve eaten too much plastic that they can’t digest.

Most of you have seen those sorrowful social media videos of dead whales found to have swallowed thousands of plastic straws. Our hearts cry out when we see adorable sea turtles with plastic stuck in their nostrils. Countless dolphins are suffering a similar fate.

Don’t care about sea life? Well, do you care about yourself?

Plastic straws slowly fragment into tiny pieces known as microplastics that find their way into the food chain. When you eat fish that have consumed the particles – which can include carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, chlorine, fluorine, phosphorous and silicon –  your health can be at risk.

Are you comfortable eating silicon or chlorine, the essential ingredients of bleach? Are you comfortable with your children eating that?

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A simple way to help reduce plastic pollution and the environmental damage it causes is to stop using plastic straws.

There are lots of alternatives to plastic when it comes to straws. Maybe that’s what Trump should be selling.

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Apple credit card gotchas, best free email, private OS and more: Tech Q&A

Wi-Fi Mooches No More

Q: My neighbors are using my Wi-Fi, I just know it! How can I get proof that they are hopping online for free on my dime?

A: This is a pet peeve of mine, both for the mooches who want free internet, as well as for the owners of the router, who need to beef up their security. There are only a few reasons your neighbors can access your Wi-Fi: (1) you have no password protection, (2) you gave away your password, or (3) your neighbors have managed to hack into your network. Luckily, there is software you can use to detect unauthorized use of your signal – and it’s available for both iOS and Windows. Tap or click here to see who is stealing your internet.

Apple Credit Card Gotchas

Q: I heard Apple is coming out with its credit card. What are the gotchas? I love Apple, but not so trusting of big tech now in my wallet.

A: You are wise to be skeptical, and you should never dive into a new credit card without due diligence. The Apple card will function very differently from a regular credit card; for example, the physical card will have no imprinted numbers. Not surprisingly, it will work best with Apple Pay, Apple Wallet, and other Apple products. You will be able to use this card broadly, but you may have to adjust to its quirks. The APR isn’t terrible, especially if you have strong credit, and there are some benefits you might not expect. Just like the iPod, this kind of card may very well be the future of credit transactions, and Apple has been wise to team up with a financial leviathan, Goldman Sachs, to make the new technology possible. But there are still some caveats. Tap or click here to learn more about the new Apple credit card.

Drop Me a Line

Q: My sister is big on social media. I see that you interview tech movers and shakers on your TV show. How can I submit her as a possible guest?

A: As I have learned throughout my long and varied career, there is no harm in asking. And luckily, you can ask me anything! I keep a contact page on my website just for this reason, and I promise you, every single submission gets read. We are always on the lookout for prescient new stories to cover on my site and shows, and it’s very possible that your sister could pique our interest. No promises, of course. There are a lot of fascinating people out there, and we can only produce so many shows. But I would urge you (or her) to drop me a line anytime you like. Tap or click here to contact me.

Best Free Email Program

Q: I would like an email program (preferably free) that collects my mail from work, Google, and other places. Right now, I have to check mail at all these different sites, and it’s driving me bonkers.

A: From the moment the Firefox browser became available to the masses, Mozilla has been winning millions of fans. The “software community” takes pride in its open-source programs, and Firefox is versatile enough to work in almost any desktop environment. So it should come as a little surprise that Mozilla developers have invented an equally accessible email system: Mozilla Thunderbird. The software is free and easy to use, of course, but several innovations might strike your fancy, such as near-instantaneous saving of contact information. Linux fans will especially appreciate how universal Thunderbird can be – including aggregating your mail from other services. Tap or click here for the best free email program for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Alternative Operating System

Q: You mentioned that there is an operating system more secure than Windows. Where can I get it? What does it work on? Help me, oh great, Kim Komando!

A: If you’re accustomed to Windows, you might consider Zorin OS. This new operating system has won a lot of positive attention for its security, ease-of-use, and similarity to Windows – which makes the transition smooth. There are some drawbacks to Zorin: there is no “right-click” option, and the software may very well crash your computer if you’re not careful. But Zorin so closely mimics the Windows layout and workflow that someone might not immediately recognize that it’s something else. Your concern about security issues is a valid one, and Zorin is just one decent substitute that you might consider. Tap or click here for an OS alternative to Windows and Apple.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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Ferries capsize in Philippine waters; 25 dead, 55 rescued, 6 missing, officials say

At least 25 people were dead and six others were missing off the coast of the Philippines on Sunday after three ferry boats capsized as they hit strong winds and waves the day before, officials said.

Most of those who died were aboard two ferries that flipped over off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces on Saturday, Joem Javier, a regional police spokesperson said.

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At least 25 people were dead and six others were missing off the coast of the Philippines on Sunday, officials said. (Philippine Red Cross via AP)

A third ferry that was not carrying any passengers also capsized in the Iloilo Strait — but its four crewmen survived, according to Javier.

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Five-five other passengers and crew members aboard the ferries were rescued. Survivors recounted how the sky suddenly turned dark midway through their trip, followed by strong winds and rain that battered their ferries.

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Authorities said a third ferry that was carrying four crewmen also capsized, but the crew survived. (Philippine Red Cross via AP)

Roughly three hours after two other ferries overturned almost at the same time at noon in bad weather, a third ferry was allowed to set sail — baffling authorities.

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Forecasters have warned of heavy monsoon rains, thunderstorms and rain-triggered landslides amid a tropical depression more than 620 miles off the country’s eastern coast.

About 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, making the archipelago that lies on the Pacific typhoon and earthquake belt one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rebecca Grant: Trump right to pull out of nuke arms control treaty after Russian violations

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A nuclear arms control treaty signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 came to a sad and scary end Friday when the U.S. withdrew from the pact – but don’t blame President Trump. Russia has been violating the agreement for years, so Trump did the right thing by formally killing it.

The U.S. officially confirmed for the first time Friday that Russia has not only violated the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty – it has already fielded multiple battalions of the treaty-breaking 9M729 missiles.

On top of this, China never signed the INF Treaty. In the years since Reagan and Gorbachev signed the pact, China has been piling up intermediate-range missiles unconstrained by any deal.  China today has a far more powerful military than it had in 1987, so it doesn’t make sense any longer to exclude it from arms control treaties.

US PULLS OUT OF REAGAN-ERA ARMS TREATY, SAYING RUSSIA ‘MADE NO EFFORTS’ TO COMPLY

The signing of the INF Treaty 32 years ago was a golden moment of goodwill that made Europe safer and helped bring about the end of the Cold War. The U.S. gave up 846 ground-launched missiles armed with nuclear warheads and the Soviet Union did away with 1,846. It was a good deal for both sides.

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Unfortunately, Russia and China decided to accelerate their military build-ups and debut many new types of maneuverable conventional and nuclear missiles in the years since. President Trump would be foolish to close his eyes to this build-up and pretend it wasn’t happening.

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The facts are chilling. Russia has been breaking the INF Treaty for years longer than suspected, U.S. officials revealed. Design and testing of the noncompliant 9M729 missile started in the mid-2000s.

Russia blew off President Barack Obama’s warning letter to President Vladimir Putin back in 2014 calling on Russia to comply with the treaty. But Obama stayed with a one-sided treaty, restricting the U.S. missile program while Russia ignored restrictions and China was not bound by them.

Russia blew off President Barack Obama’s warning letter to President Vladimir Putin back in 2014 calling on Russia to comply with the treaty. But Obama stayed with a one-sided treaty, restricting the U.S. missile program while Russia ignored restrictions and China was not bound by them.  

Russia mixed in the 9M729 batteries with look-alike short-range Iskander missile batteries in the Kaliningrad enclave near the Baltics. Now the missiles are likely pointed at American troops in Poland and can reach other U.S. and allied bases in NATO member nations.

NATO nations are fully in agreement with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty, concurring that the treaty has been rendered meaningless by Russia’s violations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed that NATO support, saying: “The United States greatly appreciates the steadfast cooperation and resolve NATO allies have shown in responding to Russia’s violation.”

Putin very deliberately cast away the INF Treaty. For him, this is personal. He hated seeing Warsaw Pact countries – where he’d spent time as a young KGB officer – joining up with NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

When the U.S. began helping Poland and Romania build missile detection systems to counter Iran, Putin went bananas. He accused America of secretly installing an offensive missile system with the potential to be used to strike Russia, and ramped up new Russian weapons development.

Withdrawal from the INF Treaty was no impulsive act by President Trump. Secretary Pompeo did this by the book. Russia got a 60-day notice in December 2018 and a six-month notice in February.

“Russia has developed and fielded a missile system which violates the INF Treaty,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted in December. “NATO allies call on Russia to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance.”

Instead, Russia tried months ago to slither out of the treaty on a bizarre technicality. Russia’s general in charge of rocket forces and artillery told reporters on Jan. 23 that the SSC-8/9M729 missile had been tested from 2008 to 2014 but never flew more than 490 kilometers from its mobile launcher.

But U.S. intelligence had already caught Russia testing the 9M729 at Kasputin Yar at distances well over 500 kilometers – but from a different, fixed launcher.

The Russians had an excuse – though it was pretty lame. Since Russia deployed the 9M729 missile only with the mobile launcher, not the fixed launcher, the Russians said this was not a violation of the INF Treaty.

NATO didn’t buy that tall tale.

In June, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg gave Russia one last chance. Putin rejected it.

“We have to be prepared for a world … with more Russian missiles,” Stoltenberg told the BBC July 18.

Putin’s plans get uglier from here on out.

Russia “would do everything to penetrate this shield” of U.S. missile defenses, Putin told Chris Wallace of Fox News in Helsinki last year.

Putin has boasted of a “Skyfall” nuclear-powered cruise missile with unlimited range. Russia has Kinzhal hypersonic missiles deployed on some MiG-31K fighter units and Putin announced plans to integrate it on the Su-57 stealthy fighter, too. The list goes on.

Then there’s China. Newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is glad to be “unburdened” by the INF Treaty. He says 80 percent of China’s conventional missiles fall in the treaty-limit category. That’s a development no one foresaw in 1987.

Expect the U.S. Army to move fast to modify existing launchers so they can deploy more missiles in the Pacific. Esper wants it done in months if possible.

The Army desperately needs more firepower in the Pacific to protect troops, bases and Navy ships. With the right networks in place, U.S. and allied aircraft and ships can track a Chinese ship, aircraft or missile and then hand off to Army missiles to shoot if necessary. The multi-domain capability will enhance deterrence.

Arms control advocates, don’t despair. Trump wants to reach a landmark nuclear arms control deal down the road with both Russia and China. It’s the ultimate arms control deal, after all.

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Trump said Friday that he’s talked with Putin and with China. Putin maintains Russia will sign an agreement anytime to continue the New START arms control treaty, due for renewal in 2021. We’ll see.

It’s too bad Putin violated the INF Treaty. But now America must look after the interests of our military forces and allies.

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Barbra Streisand mocks Trump with ‘Send in the Clowns’ parody — with Clintons in audience

Barbra Streisand performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night — with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rev. Al Sharpton in the crowd for the sold-out show.

Never one to shy away from politics, the Oscar winner told Republicans to cover their ears before she launched into a satirical version of “Send in the Clowns” mocking President Trump.

“Maybe he’s poor. Till he reveals his returns, who can be sure? Who is this clown?,” she sang to the famous tune as the audience cheered.

“Something’s amiss, I don’t approve. Now that’s he’s running the free world, where can we move? Maybe a town, who is this clown?”

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Following the parody, a Photoshopped photo of one of Trump’s Time magazine covers appeared on a screen behind Streisand with the president in clown makeup and a headline, “Clown of the Year.”

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Streisand, a vocal Democrat, also gave a shout-out to the Clintons, lamenting that she wasn’t able to sing at Hillary Clinton’s inauguration like she did at Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

She praised Bill Clinton for leaving office with a “big surplus,” Showbiz411 reported. She added, “A great president needs a sense of history and unquenchable thirst for knowledge. And the compassion that would not allow children to be separated from their parents.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Olivia Newton-John recalls transforming into ‘bad Sandy’ in ‘Grease,’ gives fans cancer battle update

Olivia Newton-John isn’t hopelessly devoted to her stuff — which is why she’s auctioning them all away.

California-based Julien’s Auctions will be putting numerous pieces from the star’s personal clothing collection up for bid in November, including the iconic “leather jacket and skin-tight pants” she wore at the finale of the hit 1978 film “Grease.”

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The clothes, along with a costume her character wrote in “Xanadu” and outfits she performed while promoting her “Physical” tour in 1982 (among several other pieces from her wardrobe), will hit the auction block during the Icons & Idols “two-day music extravaganza” on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the Standard Oil Building in Los Angeles.

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Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in “Grease.” — AP

Perhaps the most coveted item in the lot, however, is her leather “Grease” outfit, which is estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre near her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

Back in March of this year, People magazine reported the 70-year-old was in the midst of treating stage 4 breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1992 and then secretly overcame a bout in 2013.

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John filming “Grease.” (FOX)

The singer/actress spoke to Fox News about launching her highly publicized auction, transforming into “bad Sandy” in the beloved musical, the one item she was hesitant to give away and how she’s doing today.

Fox News: What compelled you to launch this auction?
Olivia Newton-John: It’s been 41 years since “Grease” came out so it felt like the perfect time. Also, a great portion of the proceeds will go to my cancer wellness center in Melbourne, which is my passion, my legacy. I was originally just going to give away the jacket, but then I realized I had all these other things from my career. And it was just time to simplify *laughs*. It’s great, actually.

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Olivia Newton-John’s jacket and pants from “Grease.” (Julien’s Auctions)

Fox News: Looking back, how was it transforming into a bad girl in “Grease”?
Newton-John: It was so much fun. I was playing Sandy for quite a while on set and I got to know her as this sweet little girl in a poodle skirt. But then when I got to try on that bad girl look for shooting, I actually didn’t know what to expect. I just had my hair and makeup done.

I walked on set wearing the costume while John [Travolta] was in the middle of filming a song. The reaction I got was so unexpected *laughs*. First of all, [the cast] didn’t know who I was. And then I got all of this attention from the guys. I just thought, “Oh my goodness! Is this what it takes?” *laughs*. It was an ah-ha moment, a humorous one. I was playing a character, but it was a lot of fun for me.

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Fox News: What’s your relationship like with co-star John Travolta today?
Newton-John: It’s wonderful. We speak often. I’m also good friends with his wife. We will always be close. We’re always busy, but we also find ways to see each other when we can.

Fox News: Were there any items you were hesitant to give away for the auction?

Newton-John: I wasn’t really hesitant about anything. Stuff is stuff, you know? There was no point in having all of these things in a closet or in a box. But I think maybe my wedding dress — my first wedding dress.

I offered it to my daughter, but it’s way too old-fashioned. But I just didn’t see a reason for it to be collecting dust. I thought it would maybe come back into fashion later, but if my daughter already had that kind of reaction *laughs*. So we just decided to give it away. That was probably the one I had a little twinge over. She’s the gift that came out of that dress so it’s OK.

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Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi on the red carpet for the Premiere of Syfy’s ‘Dead 7’ at Harmony Gold on April 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Getty)

Fox News: One of the items is a dress you wore for a 1978 TV special with Andy Gibb. What was your relationship like him?
Newton-John: Andy I knew pretty well. We recorded together. He was a dear friend of mine. He was just a sweetheart. Such a lovely, sensitive young man. His death was such a tragedy. Even now, his loss is greatly felt.

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Andy Gibb with Olivia Newton-John. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Fox News: Late last year you were diagnosed with a third round of breast cancer. How are you today?
Newton-John: Great — I’m doing great. Last year in September I was bedbound. I was lucky enough to be in my own hospital in Melbourne. I spent my 70th birthday at my wellness center. It couldn’t have been more wonderful. My nieces and nephews were there, my best friend was there. It was really quite beautiful. And I’m so proud of the center so it’s a great honor to raise funds for it.

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Fox News: Are you currently in remission?
Newton-John: I don’t call it remission — I just say I’m living with it. I’m living with it very well. To think that you could get rid of every single cell is not really a reality at this point. But I’m feeling great. Things are shrinking. I’m taking a lot of herbs because my husband worked in the Amazon and he’s incredibly knowledgable.

And I use cannabis extracts, which has helped me incredibly. They’ve helped me ween off morphine, which I was using for my [cancer-induced pelvis fracture] because I was in a lot of pain. Cannabis will not kill you but these opiates will. I’m an advocate of it, very much so.

Fox News: When did you realize something wasn’t right?
Newton-John: The last time? I was in incredible pain. I thought it was sciatic for a very long time… It got much, much worse and I just couldn’t walk. I had a break, which I discovered through some X-rays. But pain. Pain really because it’s in my bones. That’s how I knew.

Fox News: You originally had the chance to tour with Frank Sinatra before he passed away. What happened?
Newton-John: My daughter was pretty newly born. I just didn’t feel right going on tour. I was in that very early breastfeeding stage. I really wanted to experience going on tour with Sinatra of all people. It would have certainly been so extraordinary. I would have loved to have sung a duet with him. I was very flattered, of course. But my daughter was more important. That’s why I didn’t do it. And I know I made the right decision.

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Fox News: There’s no doubt you’re a survivor. However, was there ever a time in your career where you wanted to give up?
Newton-John: Oh probably lots of times *laughs*. But truthfully no. If things were always the same, you wouldn’t have the drive to improve, to grow, to do new things. Sure, I’ve had my share of disappointment and flops — but that’s all part of it.

You just keep going. That’s really what success is about. You keep on going despite the setbacks and flops. And I enjoyed the ride. The whole thing was great. At this point? I’m not sure if I want to [tour] anymore. This has really been the first time where I just really sat down. And I had to sit down — my body forced me to sit down. But that’s OK. Because it’s allowed me to look at my life and see where I wanted to go. And I just can’t keep on going on that treadmill forever like I was.

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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Newt Gingrich: A former CIA officer tells remarkable tales about her 30 years in a secret world

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As I have written before, the brave men and women who work in our intelligence community rarely get the praise they deserve – or the ability to share their stories.

This is why I started a series on my “Newt’s World” podcast called “Spies Like Us.”

The first person I highlighted was Charlie Allen, a key player in the U.S. strategy to overcome and overwhelm the Soviets during the Cold War.

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This week, I had the privilege to talk with another brilliant intelligence veteran, Rollie Flynn.

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Her story is remarkable. She joined the Central Intelligence Agency by literally answering an ad in a newspaper. It asked: “Would you like adventure, would you like to travel, would you like to serve your country?”

It turns out the ad was placed under a false name, to an obscure post office box, but Flynn’s answer went to CIA recruiters. After a period of extensive, intense training, Flynn soon found herself trading a life in the New York publishing industry for a life of clandestine meetings, tradecraft, and recruiting spies overseas.

Her first assignment was in Africa. It was no cakewalk for a blonde, American woman in her 20s to make it as an intelligence officer in the 1980s. She faced challenges and adversity from both the populations in which she was working, the Soviet agents with whom she was in competition – and from the established leadership within her own organization.

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Nevertheless, Flynn’s new life suited her so well, she stayed in it for 30 years – eventually moving through several leadership positions at the CIA and blazing a trail for many young women to follow.

Flynn’s story is an incredible example of heroism that the average American rarely every learns about with any sort of clarity or accuracy. I hope you will listen to this week’s episode with Rollie Flynn and learn a little bit more about the secret world of some of our most dedicated patriots.

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Vermont’s agritourism industry is bustling with baking, cheese-making classes and more

Summer is a time for road trips and discovering hidden gems off the beaten path across America. With that in mind, I joined the scores of road warriors in search of an adventure fueled by farms and food.

My road less-traveled led me to Vermont to experience the sites, smells and tastes of The Green Mountain State. Vermont is known for its commitment to agritourism, a type of travel that focuses on how food and drink are made at the source. Agritourism supports locally-owned businesses and family farms all across the country, yielding roughly $704 million in sales nationwide, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

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I discovered that Vermont is truly an agritourism paradise. The state is filled with well-known producers and brands such as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Cabot Cheese. And while it is possible to visit both of these company’s factories, I chose to seek out less corporate locations.

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Travelers flying into the Burlington Airport are treated to a BIG reminder of Vermont’s finest offerings. (Capri S. Cafaro)

We started our trip near Burlington, a charming college town on the banks of the majestic Lake Champlain. There we stayed at The Essex, billed as a “culinary resort.” Upon arrival, guests will first notice that the check-in desk doubles as a pastry counter brimming with baked goods. Cooking demonstrations fill the lobby, and cooking classes are available at an additional cost. The restaurants on the premises serve dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients including those grown in the chef’s garden on the property.

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Food is the theme in every detail at The Essex. Even the in-room guide looks like the iconic red-and-white-checked cover of a classic Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook.

Needless to say, I loved this place— and its blueberry galette.

From Burlington, we headed south with a mission to find farms that produced cheese and maple, two products that have put Vermont agriculture on the map. (Vermont is ranked number 10 in the country for cheese production, churning out over 127 million pounds of cheese a year.)  We managed to find one small slice of Vermont’s cheese producing empire at Shelburne Farms, located in a town of the same name. There are several options for visitors at Shelburne, including a guided farm tour. The farm has an inn with a farm-to-table restaurant, as well as a small bakery and snack cart. People can also walk the numerous trails on their own to explore the grounds, or simply take the tractor-drawn wagon up to the main building.

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Upon boarding the shuttle, our tractor driver told the group that he had grown up on the farm, which is now run as a non-profit for educational purposes. The stories he shared of his childhood on the farm colored a rich history of generations who have tended to the land and animals and handled the cheesemaking duties at Shelburne.

Our cheese “guide” was equally invested in sharing the art and science of making cheese. I now know more about pasteurization and raw milk than I ever thought I would, and it’s these personal insights that make visiting a working farm so interesting and meaningful.

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We left Shelburne Farms with a cheesy grin and continued down Route 7 on the hunt for a maple producer. Vermont is king when it comes to maple — it’s the number 1 producer of the sweet sap in the U.S., pumping out more than 2 million gallons in the last year alone.

In Ferrisburgh, we stopped at Dakin Farm, whose tagline is “What Vermont Tastes Like.” Dakin Farm has been harvesting maple and making syrup in its sugarhouse for almost 60 years.  Visitors can go watch the production process through glass windows and learn about the history of maple production from a video presentation as well. I, of course, went to town buying all-things-maple in their large factory store, which offers a wide variety of products including meats smoked and cured on site.

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Now that we got our maple fix, it was time to head toward our final destination, King Arthur Flour in Norwich, located almost two hours due southeast. But seeing as any good road trip has at least one unscheduled detour, we stumbled upon the Woodchuck Cider distillery in Middlebury. Founded in 1991, Woodchuck is distributed nationally. We took a walk around the factory and checked out the bar menu which offered an extensive array of hard ciders. (Since we were driving, there was no drinking for us. However, I did come away with some Woodchuck swag because I couldn’t resist that cute critter mascot.)

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Finally, after traversing the state and crossing the national forest, we arrived in Norwich on a Saturday evening. To be honest, Norwich is basically a crossroads on the Vermont-New Hampshire border. The only action in this tiny town is King Arthur Flour, a baking paradise fueled by flour since the 1700s. Even though there isn’t much around Norwich, it is absolutely worth the trek just to check out King Arthur Flour. I scheduled this whole trip around a pie-making class I signed up for here — I am biased, because I am a passionate hobby baker, but King Arthur Flour made all of my culinary dreams come true. The heavenly scent of fresh-baked bread greets your nose like an old friend at the door.

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After floating right to the in-house café, hang a left into their huge store. King Arthur offers an extensive range of bakeware, cooking tools and special ingredients to make the perfect pastry. It took a lot of will power to stop myself from bringing the entire place home with me, but it wouldn’t fit in my carry-on bag, anyway.

I explored, ate and learned on my trip to Vermont. But most importantly, I got to support local businesses and farms that are the backbone of our American economy and our American story.

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And if you can’t make it to Vermont, there are a number of agritourism activities to try all across the country. It’s likely you can find an agriculture adventure right in your backyard.

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Olivia Newton-John recalls transforming into ‘bad Sandy’ in ‘Grease,’ gives fans cancer battle update

Olivia Newton-John isn’t hopelessly devoted to her stuff — which is why she’s auctioning them all away.

California-based Julien’s Auctions will be putting numerous pieces from the star’s personal clothing collection up for bid in November, including the iconic “leather jacket and skin-tight pants” she wore at the finale of the hit 1978 film “Grease.”

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The clothes, along with a costume her character wrote in “Xanadu” and outfits she performed while promoting her “Physical” tour in 1982 (among several other pieces from her wardrobe), will hit the auction block during the Icons & Idols “two-day music extravaganza” on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the Standard Oil Building in Los Angeles.

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Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in “Grease.” — AP

Perhaps the most coveted item in the lot, however, is her leather “Grease” outfit, which is estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre near her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

Back in March of this year, People magazine reported the 70-year-old was in the midst of treating stage 4 breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1992 and then secretly overcame a bout in 2013.

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John filming “Grease.” (FOX)

The singer/actress spoke to Fox News about launching her highly publicized auction, transforming into “bad Sandy” in the beloved musical, the one item she was hesitant to give away and how she’s doing today.

Fox News: What compelled you to launch this auction?
Olivia Newton-John: It’s been 41 years since “Grease” came out so it felt like the perfect time. Also, a great portion of the proceeds will go to my cancer wellness center in Melbourne, which is my passion, my legacy. I was originally just going to give away the jacket, but then I realized I had all these other things from my career. And it was just time to simplify *laughs*. It’s great, actually.

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Olivia Newton-John’s jacket and pants from “Grease.” (Julien’s Auctions)

Fox News: Looking back, how was it transforming into a bad girl in “Grease”?
Newton-John: It was so much fun. I was playing Sandy for quite a while on set and I got to know her as this sweet little girl in a poodle skirt. But then when I got to try on that bad girl look for shooting, I actually didn’t know what to expect. I just had my hair and makeup done.

I walked on set wearing the costume while John [Travolta] was in the middle of filming a song. The reaction I got was so unexpected *laughs*. First of all, [the cast] didn’t know who I was. And then I got all of this attention from the guys. I just thought, “Oh my goodness! Is this what it takes?” *laughs*. It was an ah-ha moment, a humorous one. I was playing a character, but it was a lot of fun for me.

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Fox News: What’s your relationship like with co-star John Travolta today?
Newton-John: It’s wonderful. We speak often. I’m also good friends with his wife. We will always be close. We’re always busy, but we also find ways to see each other when we can.

Fox News: Were there any items you were hesitant to give away for the auction?

Newton-John: I wasn’t really hesitant about anything. Stuff is stuff, you know? There was no point in having all of these things in a closet or in a box. But I think maybe my wedding dress — my first wedding dress.

I offered it to my daughter, but it’s way too old-fashioned. But I just didn’t see a reason for it to be collecting dust. I thought it would maybe come back into fashion later, but if my daughter already had that kind of reaction *laughs*. So we just decided to give it away. That was probably the one I had a little twinge over. She’s the gift that came out of that dress so it’s OK.

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Fox News: One of the items is a dress you wore for a 1978 TV special with Andy Gibb. What was your relationship like him?
Newton-John: Andy I knew pretty well. We recorded together. He was a dear friend of mine. He was just a sweetheart. Such a lovely, sensitive young man. His death was such a tragedy. Even now, his loss is greatly felt.

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Andy Gibb with Olivia Newton-John. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Fox News: Late last year you were diagnosed with a third round of breast cancer. How are you today?
Newton-John: Great — I’m doing great. Last year in September I was bedbound. I was lucky enough to be in my own hospital in Melbourne. I spent my 70th birthday at my wellness center. It couldn’t have been more wonderful. My nieces and nephews were there, my best friend was there. It was really quite beautiful. And I’m so proud of the center so it’s a great honor to raise funds for it.

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Fox News: Are you currently in remission?
Newton-John: I don’t call it remission — I just say I’m living with it. I’m living with it very well. To think that you could get rid of every single cell is not really a reality at this point. But I’m feeling great. Things are shrinking. I’m taking a lot of herbs because my husband worked in the Amazon and he’s incredibly knowledgable.

And I use cannabis extracts, which has helped me incredibly. They’ve helped me ween off morphine, which I was using for my [cancer-induced pelvis fracture] because I was in a lot of pain. Cannabis will not kill you but these opiates will. I’m an advocate of it, very much so.

Fox News: When did you realize something wasn’t right?
Newton-John: The last time? I was in incredible pain. I thought it was sciatic for a very long time… It got much, much worse and I just couldn’t walk. I had a break, which I discovered through some X-rays. But pain. Pain really because it’s in my bones. That’s how I knew.

Fox News: You originally had the chance to tour with Frank Sinatra before he passed away. What happened?
Newton-John: My daughter was pretty newly born. I just didn’t feel right going on tour. I was in that very early breastfeeding stage. I really wanted to experience going on tour with Sinatra of all people. It would have certainly been so extraordinary. I would have loved to have sung a duet with him. I was very flattered, of course. But my daughter was more important. That’s why I didn’t do it. And I know I made the right decision.

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Fox News: There’s no doubt you’re a survivor. However, was there ever a time in your career where you wanted to give up?
Newton-John: Oh probably lots of times *laughs*. But truthfully no. If things were always the same, you wouldn’t have the drive to improve, to grow, to do new things. Sure, I’ve had my share of disappointment and flops — but that’s all part of it.

You just keep going. That’s really what success is about. You keep on going despite the setbacks and flops. And I enjoyed the ride. The whole thing was great. At this point? I’m not sure if I want to [tour] anymore. This has really been the first time where I just really sat down. And I had to sit down — my body forced me to sit down. But that’s OK. Because it’s allowed me to look at my life and see where I wanted to go. And I just can’t keep on going on that treadmill forever like I was.

Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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