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Buttigieg Rising: How ex-mayor aims to go 2-for-2 in New Hampshire and upend the 2020 race

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Pete Buttigieg is definitely not lowering expectations in New Hampshire.

After claiming victory in Iowa and shocking the political world by essentially tying Democratic presidential nomination rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the caucuses even before the delayed results started trickling out, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., says he’s aiming to go two-for-two in the state that holds the first primary in the White House race.

BUTTIGIEG ON THE RISE IN LATEST NEW HAMPSHIRE POLLS

And if he does, the youngest candidate in the Democratic field who, if elected, would become the nation’s first openly gay president,  would upend the nomination race and raise serious doubts about former Vice President Joe Biden’s ability to bounce back from two early setbacks.

While who actually won in Iowa is still in dispute — both Buttigieg and Sanders are claiming victory — an emboldened Buttigieg told Fox News’ Pete Doocy after Friday night’s Democratic presidential nomination debate that “we’re definitely in it to win it in New Hampshire.”

Buttigieg’s a close second to Sanders in two of the three latest polls of likely Democratic presidential primary voters in the Granite State: a University of New Hampshire survey for CNN that was released Saturday afternoon and an NBC News/Marist survey released Friday evening. And Buttigieg edged past Sanders on Friday night in a daily tracking poll by Suffolk University for the Boston Globe and WBZ-TV.

Senior Sanders adviser Jeff Weaver downplayed the Buttigieg rise in the polls, telling Fox News: “He keeps moving up because he overperformed in Iowa. We won there, but everybody thought we were going to win there, so you don’t get the same kind of bump. This is typical 48 hours after the thing, you get a bump. The question is can you sustain until the next election. That’s what we’ll see on Tuesday. I think not.”

The candidate — who at 38 is the youngest contender in the field of Democratic White House hopefuls — soared in the autumn but had seen his poll numbers — and his fundraising — slip a bit over the past two months.

But his strong finish in Iowa’s changed all that. Buttigieg’s campaign announced on Friday night that it raised $4 million in fundraising in the four days following the caucuses — with some of that cash haul coming from 30,000 donors new to the campaign.

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And his team in New Hampshire — one of the more formidable 2020 organizations in the state — is working to make sure Buttigieg’s polling and fundraising momentum translates into the candidate’s supporters actually making it to polling stations on Tuesday.

The campaign has 75 staffers in New Hampshire — spread out among 15 offices across the state. And they’re touting their army of volunteers on this final weekend before the primary. The campaign told Fox News that on Saturday morning’s door knock shift, they sent out 25 percent more volunteers than on their previous best day in New Hampshire.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg lands the endorsement of Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, in Nashua, NH on Feb. 4, 2020

Separate from his ground game, Buttigieg’s getting a helping hand when it comes to the air wars.

The campaign is spending a modest $240,000 to run ads during the final week leading up to the primary, according to figures a few days ago from the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

But Buttigieg’s benefiting from the efforts of Vote Vets, a pro-Democratic outside group that’s spent over $1 million in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire to run ads supporting the Afghanistan War veteran.

BUTTIGIEG TAKES INCOMING FIRE AT FRIDAY NIGHT’S DEBATE

Buttigieg went into Friday night’s prime-time debate as the candidate with the most momentum – and he faced plenty of incoming fire from his rivals on the stage.

Buttigieg came under attack for being too green for the White House, for being dismissive of Washington experience, and for being beholden to big money interests. But nothing happened during the marathon two and a half hour showdown to apparently soften his movement.

Still, one of the harshest lines of questioning did not come from a candidate, but from ABC debate moderator Linsey Davis, who challenged Buttigieg on his record in South Bend, especially over arrests for marijuana possession during his tenure as mayor.

Primary veteran Neil Levesque, the executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, highlighted that “we’ve seen all through the fall and into the winter here in New Hampshire, there’s something that he is saying and the way that he is saying it that’s very attractive to voters and so it might hold as we go into Tuesday and he’s certainly gaining some momentum.”

Lucas Meyer — president of the increasingly influential New Hampshire Young Democrats – explained that “there may be a peak in interest in him based off his performance in Iowa, but in part because he’s new to the state. I think there probably is a bit of an appeal in his freshness to the state.”

But he asked “whether that holds into the weekend and through primary day is anybody’s guess. A strong showing in Iowa definitely helps maintain that.”

His co-victory Iowa exceeded expectations. But now expectations are heightened because of his Iowa showing.

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Top aids to another rival – former Vice President Joe Biden – told reporters on Friday that Buttigieg should have an advantage in New Hampshire because of the state’s overwhelmingly white electorate. Buttigieg’s struggles to resonate with African American and Latino voters has been well documented in the media.

With the White House race moving next to Nevada and South Carolina – which have much more diverse electorates – a strong finish in New Hampshire is paramount for Buttigieg.

Veteran New Hampshire Democratic consultant Sean Downey – who was a senior adviser on Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey’s presidential campaign, emphasized that “Mayor Pete’s situation here is urgent given his real lack of traction in the south and out west.”

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Buttigieg Rising: How ex-mayor aims to go 2-for-2 in New Hampshire and upend the 2020 race

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Pete Buttigieg is definitely not lowering expectations in New Hampshire.

After claiming victory in Iowa and shocking the political world by essentially tying Democratic presidential nomination rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the caucuses even before the delayed results started trickling out, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., says he’s aiming to go two-for-two in the state that holds the first primary in the White House race.

BUTTIGIEG ON THE RISE IN LATEST NEW HAMPSHIRE POLLS

And if he does, the youngest candidate in the Democratic field who, if elected, would become the nation’s first openly gay president,  would upend the nomination race and raise serious doubts about former Vice President Joe Biden’s ability to bounce back from two early setbacks.

While who actually won in Iowa is still in dispute — both Buttigieg and Sanders are claiming victory — an emboldened Buttigieg told Fox News’ Pete Doocy after Friday night’s Democratic presidential nomination debate that “we’re definitely in it to win it in New Hampshire.”

Buttigieg’s a close second to Sanders in two of the three latest polls of likely Democratic presidential primary voters in the Granite State: a University of New Hampshire survey for CNN that was released Saturday afternoon and an NBC News/Marist survey released Friday evening. And Buttigieg edged past Sanders on Friday night in a daily tracking poll by Suffolk University for the Boston Globe and WBZ-TV.

Senior Sanders adviser Jeff Weaver downplayed the Buttigieg rise in the polls, telling Fox News: “He keeps moving up because he overperformed in Iowa. We won there, but everybody thought we were going to win there, so you don’t get the same kind of bump. This is typical 48 hours after the thing, you get a bump. The question is can you sustain until the next election. That’s what we’ll see on Tuesday. I think not.”

The candidate — who at 38 is the youngest contender in the field of Democratic White House hopefuls — soared in the autumn but had seen his poll numbers — and his fundraising — slip a bit over the past two months.

But his strong finish in Iowa’s changed all that. Buttigieg’s campaign announced on Friday night that it raised $4 million in fundraising in the four days following the caucuses — with some of that cash haul coming from 30,000 donors new to the campaign.

THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

And his team in New Hampshire — one of the more formidable 2020 organizations in the state — is working to make sure Buttigieg’s polling and fundraising momentum translates into the candidate’s supporters actually making it to polling stations on Tuesday.

The campaign has 75 staffers in New Hampshire — spread out among 15 offices across the state. And they’re touting their army of volunteers on this final weekend before the primary. The campaign told Fox News that on Saturday morning’s door knock shift, they sent out 25 percent more volunteers than on their previous best day in New Hampshire.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg lands the endorsement of Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, in Nashua, NH on Feb. 4, 2020

Separate from his ground game, Buttigieg’s getting a helping hand when it comes to the air wars.

The campaign is spending a modest $240,000 to run ads during the final week leading up to the primary, according to figures a few days ago from the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

But Buttigieg’s benefiting from the efforts of Vote Vets, a pro-Democratic outside group that’s spent over $1 million in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire to run ads supporting the Afghanistan War veteran.

BUTTIGIEG TAKES INCOMING FIRE AT FRIDAY NIGHT’S DEBATE

Buttigieg went into Friday night’s prime-time debate as the candidate with the most momentum – and he faced plenty of incoming fire from his rivals on the stage.

Buttigieg came under attack for being too green for the White House, for being dismissive of Washington experience, and for being beholden to big money interests. But nothing happened during the marathon two and a half hour showdown to apparently soften his movement.

Still, one of the harshest lines of questioning did not come from a candidate, but from ABC debate moderator Linsey Davis, who challenged Buttigieg on his record in South Bend, especially over arrests for marijuana possession during his tenure as mayor.

Primary veteran Neil Levesque, the executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, highlighted that “we’ve seen all through the fall and into the winter here in New Hampshire, there’s something that he is saying and the way that he is saying it that’s very attractive to voters and so it might hold as we go into Tuesday and he’s certainly gaining some momentum.”

Lucas Meyer — president of the increasingly influential New Hampshire Young Democrats – explained that “there may be a peak in interest in him based off his performance in Iowa, but in part because he’s new to the state. I think there probably is a bit of an appeal in his freshness to the state.”

But he asked “whether that holds into the weekend and through primary day is anybody’s guess. A strong showing in Iowa definitely helps maintain that.”

His co-victory Iowa exceeded expectations. But now expectations are heightened because of his Iowa showing.

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Top aids to another rival – former Vice President Joe Biden – told reporters on Friday that Buttigieg should have an advantage in New Hampshire because of the state’s overwhelmingly white electorate. Buttigieg’s struggles to resonate with African American and Latino voters has been well documented in the media.

With the White House race moving next to Nevada and South Carolina – which have much more diverse electorates – a strong finish in New Hampshire is paramount for Buttigieg.

Veteran New Hampshire Democratic consultant Sean Downey – who was a senior adviser on Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey’s presidential campaign, emphasized that “Mayor Pete’s situation here is urgent given his real lack of traction in the south and out west.”

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Trump, RNC cash in on impeachment, raising $117M more in funds

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The Democrats’ impeachment saga not only ended Wednesday with a double acquittal but a $100 million windfall for President Trump’s reelection campaign efforts, the Republican National Committee (RNC) revealed Saturday.

The RNC, Trump’s campaign and their joint fundraising committee have raked in $117 million in online donations since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24, 2019, thanks to an influx of new small-dollar donors who wanted to stand by the president.

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“We’ve seen through our record-breaking fundraising that the Democrat’s bogus impeachment galvanized President Trump’s supporters across the country to contribute financially to his re-election efforts,” RNC spokesman Steve Guest said.

During the impeachment probe, Trump and the RNC went on offense by spending $11.3 million in new TV ads and digital campaigns with the theme: “Stop the madness.” They gained 1 million new small-dollar donors through their efforts.

The fundraising over the last four months during impeachment proceedings was 137 percent more from the same period a year prior, the RNC said.

“With this financial support, it’s allowed us to expand our field program across the country to continue to engage with voters and with the ultimate goal of re-electing President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,” Guest said.

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Trump formally launched his reelection bid in June 2019 at a rally in Florida — the nation’s largest swing state. He’s since held a steady pace of rallies to energize his base and has raked in millions from his supporters.

He raised more than all of his competitors, bringing in $211.3 million through the end of 2019, federal election records show.

Democrat Tom Steyer brought in $209 million, but $202 million of that haul came from his own pocket. The third-highest fundraiser to date is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who has completely self-funded his campaign with a $200 million infusion of cash.

Trump, a fellow wealthy businessman, hasn’t donated any personal funds to his reelection campaign account, records show.

Trump and the RNC have the big fundraising advantage this cycle, amassing a giant stockpile of money and not having to burn through cash to win a heated primary race.

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $92.3 million so far this cycle, but spent most it and had $10.1 million cash in the bank at the end of 2019, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.

The RNC raised a total of $241 million this cycle, spent $192.6 million of it and ended 2019 with $72 million in cash on hand, FEC records show.

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Justin Haskins: Sanders, AOC and other socialists are wrong – Socialism is a cause of poverty, not the cure

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and his fellow socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say the only way to end poverty in America is to destroy the economic system that made the U.S. the most powerful and prosperous country on Earth and the land of opportunity.

The claim by the senator from Vermont and the congresswoman from New York is a dangerous lie that ignores economics, history and reality. It makes as much sense as telling a family you will burn down their house so they can get a better one – but then failing to build anything of value on top of the ashes after their home goes up in flames.

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez have become the most prominent faces of a radicalized Democratic Party that has moved further left than any time in American history. Not long ago they would have been considered fringe extremists with no chance of winning election to a federal office.

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Yet incredibly, Sanders is now a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination this year, and Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters talk about her as a presidential candidate in future years. If you pitched Hollywood a movie about these socialist comrades 20 years ago no studio would buy it – it would have been considered too crazy to be taken seriously.

AOC, a 30-year-old who worked as a bartender before being elected to the Congress in 2018, recently complained in a widely publicized interview that too many of her Democratic colleagues in Congress believe “we can capitalism our way out of poverty.”

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Instead, AOC, Sanders and other radical Democrats (some of whom deny they are socialists but really are) argue that they need to supersize government, send tax rates skyrocketing, and fundamentally transform America into a socialist state to enable people be able to escape poverty.

As I explained in Part I of this column last week, that argument has been proven false on numerous occasions over the past 100 years.

Just look at world history since the Russian Revolution of 1917, almost 70 years after a compassionate-sounding theory of economic justice and equality was laid out by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in “The Communist Manifesto” in 1848. When communism and socialism jumped from the pages of “The Communist Manifesto” to become the basis of government in Russia and elsewhere, tyranny and economic ruin followed.

In fact, Marx gave the world the most economically destructive, toxic, blood-soaked idea of the 20th century. That idea was the Marxist belief that important economic decisions should be made by the collective, rather than by individuals. Although Ocasio-Cortez and Comrade Bernie are not authoritarians like the Soviets or communists in China, they share that dangerous idea.

While one socialist society after another collapsed in the post-World War II years, capitalist economies thrived and their people became healthier, wealthier, and happier than ever before. This was true not just in the United States, but around the world.

However, this doesn’t mean America’s current conditions are perfect or that our nation is free from suffering. More than 38 million Americans lived below the poverty line in 2018 – nearly 12 percent of the population.

The poverty rate did go down in the final years of President Barack Obama’s administration and under the recent remarkable economic boom experienced under the Trump administration. But we can and must do much better.

Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders and all of the Democrats now running for president – including those who don’t identify as full-blown socialists – say that the best way to fix America’s poverty problem is to confiscate wealth from business owners who create jobs, as well as other wealthy individuals.

Some Democratic politicians have said high taxes should make it impossible for anyone to be a billionaire, and would make sure that there are a lot fewer millionaires and that they have a lot less money. They sell themselves as modern-day Robin Hoods who supposedly want to rob from the rich to give to the poor – but this time via massive new government programs that would employ legions of taxpayer-paid bureaucrats to do the “robbing.”

We know from experience that this doesn’t work.

As the old saying goes, the best anti-poverty program is a job. And as another old saying goes, you can’t have employees without employers. By taking as much money as they can squeeze out of businesses and wealthy Americans, the socialists and near-socialists would suck money out of the economy that could otherwise be used to create jobs. That would leave more people dependent on government assistance to survive.

Despite tens of trillions of dollars spent on such programs since the start of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1964, policymakers have hardly made a dent in America’s poverty problem. There’s no question that they meant well. But this war is the longest in American history – a fact that ought to make our nation’s leaders and would-be leader consider a different battle plan.

The sad truth is that poverty in many communities – including numerous towns and cities controlled by those who insist bigger government is needed to reduce poverty – are worse off today than they were 50 years ago. (For example, see Detroit’s remarkable collapse).

There are much better ways to improve prosperity than punishing those who have wealth and building gigantic government programs that lock impoverished people into a cycle of dependency. Here are just two of the many bold ideas that the United States should pursue.

Embracing educational freedom

One of the keys to tackling poverty is improving education. Study after study shows that young people who receive a high-quality education are far more likely to rise out of poverty than those who are trapped in failing schools.

The best and quickest way to improve the U.S. educational system – which has for years been lagging behind comparably wealthy nations around the world – would be to provide all children in the nation with the freedom to attend the school they and their parents choose.

It is heartbreaking and completely outrageous that millions of students in this country are forced to attend K-12 schools that won’t or can’t provide a quality education. No child should ever be subjected to a broken school system simply because of his or her ZIP code.

The best way to fix this problem is for states to create universal education savings account programs, which would empower all parents with the ability to enroll their children in the school that fits their needs – whether that be a private, public, or home school.

An evaluation by EdChoice of more than 100 empirical studies of school choice programs revealed that  the “vast majority of random assignment studies – the gold-standard method in social science – find school choice programs help improve students’ academic performance, especially over time.”

School choice programs have also proven to reduce segregation and improve civic values.

The essence of the capitalist system that made America the great nation it is today is the belief that competition stimulates improved quality and lower prices. If schools had to compete for students, they would have to offer improved educational opportunities – and those that failed to do so would close.

Children would benefit from this change – especially low-income children, who now often attend substandard schools.

Help, not a handout

One of the biggest problems with government poverty programs is that they don’t provide a way for people to escape poverty. Instead, they often trap people in welfare systems by making it difficult or even impossible to stop receiving government aid without losing access to essential services, such as health coverage.

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State and city governments can help people in these difficult situations by revising poverty programs so that recipients are able to receive partial benefits – relative to the size of their incomes – as they work and become more self-sufficient.

Poverty programs should also provide all able-bodied enrollees with job-training and/or access to education programs, so that those who are unable to find a job can gain marketable skills while they receive benefits.

When able-bodied enrollees are required to work or enter job training or education programs, they are more likely to find their way out of poverty. For example, after such requirements were created in Arkansas in January 2016, enrollment of able-bodied, childless adults in the state’s food stamp program fell by 70 percent. Even better, the families who left Arkansas’s welfare program saw their incomes triple, according to an analysis by the Foundation for Government Accountability.

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If similar models were adopted across the United States, millions of people would move out of poverty, just as they did following the welfare reforms created by Congress and President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

The way to lower the poverty rate in the United States isn’t to embrace principles that have destroyed nations and led to economic turmoil, but rather to embrace the same ideals that made America the economic powerhouse it is today: free markets and individual liberty.

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Trump slams ‘very insubordinate’ Vindman, day after ouster from White House

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President Trump on Saturday ripped into Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified in the House impeachment inquiry and was fired by the National Security Council on Friday.

“Fake News @CNN & MSDNC [MSNBC] keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was,” Trump tweeted. “Actually, I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him (I don’t believe!) but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, & was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information.”

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“In other words, ‘OUT,'” he added.

Vindman was fired Friday and escorted from the White House grounds, just two days after Trump was acquitted by the Senate on two articles impeachment over his conduct in regard to Ukraine.

Vindman was an important witness for Democrats during the House impeachment inquiry. He raised concerns over Trump’s July 25, 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he pressed Kiev to launch an investigation concerning presidential candidate Joe Biden’s family.

On Saturday, Vindman’s attorney shot back, calling the allegations made by Trump “false.”

“The President this morning made a series of obviously false statements concerning Lieutenant Colonel Vindman; they conflict with the clear personnel record and the entirety of the impeachment record of which the President is well aware,” Ambassador David Pressman, counsel to Vindman, said in a statement.

“While the most powerful man in the world continues his campaign of intimidation, while too many entrusted with political office continue to remain silent, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman continues his service to our country as a decorated, active duty member of our military,” the statement said.

Vindman was reportedly planning to leave his post at the end of the month. But instead, he was fired — the same day as E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who also testified in the hearings, was recalled from his position.

With Sondland and Vindman out, eight of the 12 officials who testified publicly during the impeachment hearings have left their roles, been fired or reassigned.

A senior administration official also told Fox News that Vindman’s twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, has also left the National Security Council. Yevgeny Vindman was assigned to the office that vetted publications such as former national security adviser John Bolton’s book — though he has said he was not involved in the vetting of the Bolton manuscript.

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Trump, when asked about Vindman on Friday, told reporters that he was “not happy with him.”

“You think I’m supposed to be happy with him? I’m not,” Trump said, adding that a decision would be made soon.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Father of missing Connecticut baby charged in killing of child’s mother

Connecticut police have charged a man with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend as he remains a suspect in the disappearance of their 1-year-old daughter.

Ansonia police said they hope the arrest Friday of 43-year-old Jose Morales in the killing of 43-year-old Christine Holloway will lead to information that helps them find the missing baby, Vanessa Morales.

“Our hope is that this will spur anyone who has information, now that an arrest has been made, to come forward and provide us with that information,” Lt. Patrick Lynch said.

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Police believe Vanessa is alive and still in Connecticut, Fox 61 Hartford reported.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Vanessa when they found Holloway’s body Dec. 2, 2019.

Morales was locked up the next day and charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon after police found two stun guns in his home.

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Vanessa Morales, 1, and her mother, Christine Holloway, 43.

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In the murder arrest affidavit, police say Morales claimed not to remember much of what happened during the weekend of Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 because he was high most of that time on PCP, Fox 61 reported. He also claimed he could never do harm to Holloway or Vanessa.

Morales was arraigned on the murder charge and ordered held on $5 million bond.

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His attorney is Norm Pattis, who represented Fotis Dulos, the man charged with killing his wife Jennifer Dulos. Her body has not been found and Dulos killed himself last month.

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Tom Brady trolls Peyton Manning golf skills on twitter: ‘He’s had much more practice these past few years’

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Tom Brady seems to enjoy poking fun at the Manning brothers.

On Friday, the New England Patriot’s quarterback replied to a tweet critiquing two-time Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning for his golf skills this weekend at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

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“Brady would have sunk this,” the Barstool Sports’ account tweeted with a video of Manning, 43, missing the hole by a few feet.

Brady, 42, offered a dig of his own, masked as a compliment.

“Not true. Peyton is the better golfer right now. He’s had much more practice these past few years,” he said of his retired rival.

Manning retired in 2016 after 18 seasons in the NFL, most of which he spent with the Indianapolis Colts where he won his first Super Bowl. He went on to play for the Denver Broncos for four seasons and won a his second championship title.

Brady, who is set to enter free agency in March, took to Twitter last month to troll Manning’s younger brother, Eli Manning, with whom he shares an even greater rivalry.

“Congratulations on your retirement, and a great career Eli!,” Brady’s tweet read. “Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn’t won any Super Bowls.”

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Manning and the New York Giants bested Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, making Manning one of only five players to be named Super Bowl MVP twice.

Eli Manning retired after a disappointing 4-12 season, playing only four regular-season games. But his career stats of 57,023 passing yards, 366 touchdown passes, and 4,895 completions are part of his legacy.

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Biden campaign ad mocks Buttigieg’s experience as South Bend mayor

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign released an ad Saturday that mocks rival Pete Buttigieg’s experience as mayor of South Bend, Ind. — and sharply contrasts their achievements — as Biden seeks to regain ground before next week’s New Hampshire primary.

“We’re electing a president,” says the narrator in the ad. “What you’ve done matters.”

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The ad, titled “Pete’s Record,” highlights the differences between the candidates, with dramatic music swelling playing as Biden’s experience and accomplishments are recited.

“Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Buttigieg have taken on tough fights. Under threat of nuclear Iran, Joe Biden helped to negotiate the Iran deal,” the ad says. “And under the threat of disappearing pets, Buttigieg negotiated lighter licensing regulations on pet chip scanners.”

The mocking continues: “Both Vice President Biden and former Mayor Pete have helped shape our economy. Joe Biden helped save the auto industry, which revitalized the economy of the Midwest and led the passage and implementation of the recovery act, saving our economy from a depression. Pete Buttigieg revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend by laying out decorative brick.”

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The ad also notes Buttigieg’s decision to fire the city’s first African-American police chief.

The attack ad comes amid increasing scrutiny on Buttigieg, who appears to have won the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses according to delayed returns. Biden, meanwhile, finished fourth and admitted Friday that he is “probably going to take a hit” in New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday.

Buttigieg’s campaign shot back at what it called “this classic Washington-style of politics.”

“While Washington politics trivializes what goes on in communities like South Bend, South Bend residents who now have better jobs, rising income and new life in their city don’t think their lives are a Washington politician’s punchline,” national press secretary Chris Meagher said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

“The Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Petes’ perspective as a mayor and a veteran,” he said.

Biden made a similar attack against Buttigieg on Wednesday, when he said it was a risk “for this party to nominate someone who’s never held office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 in Indiana.”

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On Friday night, presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., also appeared to take a swing at Buttigieg — without mentioning him by name — for accepting campaign donations from billionaires.

“I don’t think anyone should be able to buy their way into a nomination or to be president of the United States,” she said, adding, “I don’t think people who suck up to billionaires in order to fund their campaigns ought to do it.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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‘Conservative Squad’ co-founder: Democratic socialist ideology must be stopped

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American voters have to combat 2020 Democrats’ radical democratic socialism, Alabama Republican congressional candidate Jessica Taylor said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” Taylor maintained that socialism is a “failed ideology” that has never worked. In December, she and three other female congressional candidates formed the “Conservative Squad” to challenge Democratic socialists.

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Taylor said she believes presidential candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will not be able to sell his socialist ideals to the electorate, and predicted that Republicans will take back the House because of “everything [Democrats] have done.”

Still, she worries about young, impressionable minds.

Taylor said she was shocked by an annual yougov poll showing 70 percent of millennials saying they would vote for a socialist, with one-in-three supporting communism.

“It’s absolutely crazy to me,” she said.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 52 percent of voters have a positive view of capitalism, 18 percent have a negative perception, and 24 percent say they are “neutral.”

In December 2019, a Fox News poll found an uptick in favorable views of socialism, although capitalism remained far more popular. The poll showed 31 percent of voters view socialism favorably, up six percentage points since February. Despite the rise, a 53 percent majority still views socialism negatively.

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“Socialism is when [the] government controls the means of production and it takes away our freedom,” Taylor said. “The country as we know it will not be the same if we inch towards socialism, so what the Democrats are doing here is alarming.”

She accused Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her “squad” of “brainwashing the younger generation of Americans into believing that socialism is something we should embrace.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis reveals Kirk Douglas once saved her from drowning

Jamie Lee Curtis says she has Kirk Douglas to thank for saving her life as a child.

The actress, 61, took to Instagram on Friday with a touching tribute to the late Hollywood icon, who died Wednesday at the age of 103. Douglas starred in “The Vikings” in 1958 alongside her parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

The “Knives Out” actress stressed that Douglas was an “important” person in her parents’ lives, but also shared how she may not be alive if it wasn’t for the actor.

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“I just remembered this morning that Kirk saved my life when I rode my tricycle into the pool at a party and he dove in and brought me up from the bottom, still peddling,” Curtis wrote, captioning a throwback black-and-white photo of Douglas with her parents.

Curtis also revealed how the families dealt with similar tragedies and leaned on one another in times of grief.

“I was in school with their son, Eric who they lost in 2004. Tony lost his son, Nicholas in 1994. Families tied together in life and success and loss and struggle, past and present. Kirk is an example for us ALL,” she continued.

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Kirk Douglas at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Douglas died Wednesday, Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

The actress summed up Douglas with three words: “COURAGE. INTEGRITY. GENEROSITY.”

Actor Michael Douglas, 75, announced his father’s death Wednesday on social media. It was not revealed how or where Kirk Douglas died, but several reports claimed he passed away at his Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion.

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael Douglas wrote Wednesday. “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.

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“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.”

Michael concluded:  “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. 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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Back in September, Curtis honored her own father on the ninth anniversary of his death.

“Gone but never forgotten,” she wrote under a portrait of the star as she referenced his 1957 film “Sweet Smell of Success”. “This day. ‘The cat’s in the bag and the bag’s in the river.'”

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