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390-year-old shipwreck revealed using virtual reality

Exactly 360 years to the day since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island, experts have harnessed virtual reality to create a stunning virtual dive of the wreck.

The Melckmeyt or “Milkmaid” was on a secret trading mission when it sank during a sudden storm. Digital archaeology specialists from Australia’s Flinders University have worked with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to create a 360-degree virtual view of the wreck, which was discovered in 1992.

The ship was lost amid international tensions over Icelandic.

“The kingdom of Denmark ruled Iceland and forbade other European nations from trading with the island,” explained officials of Flinders University and the University of Iceland in a joint statement obtained by Fox News. “However, in 1659 a surprise attack by the Swedish king on the Danish capital prevented any Danish supply ships from traveling to Iceland.”

WRECK OF WWII SHIP DISCOVERED 74 YEARS AFTER IT DISAPPEARED DURING A RESCUE MISSION

Keen to grasp an opportunity for trade, Dutch merchants sent a small fleet of ships to Iceland under a false Danish flag.

“This fleet was welcomed by locals and proved a success, trading grain, timber and ceramics from mainland Europe for locally caught and dried fish, woollen goods, sheepskins and whale oil,” the universities explained in the statement.

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Divers swim over a digital reconstruction of the ship during a virtual dive. (Image by John McCarthy)

However, the Melckmeyt spent too long on its secret trading mission and was caught in the storm, losing one member of the ship’s crew. “The survivors took shelter above water in the highest point of wreck for the next two days,” said the universities.

Thanks to the icy Icelandic waters, the wreck is remarkably well preserved. Fourteen years after its discovery by local divers Erlendur Guðmundsson and Sævar Árnason, a team of researchers including experts from the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Kevin Martin, a graduate student at the University of Iceland, completed a detailed 3D survey of the site.

STUNNING CARGO DISCOVERED ON WELL-PRESERVED ROMAN SHIPWRECK

“The significance of this wreck is enormous for Iceland,” said Martin in the statement. “As it is one of the oldest known historic wrecks in this part of the world, it shines a light on a fascinating period of Icelandic history, when Denmark ruled the island and had a monopoly over trade here for a period of 200 years. We have also been able to directly embed a 3D survey of the seabed with full photographic texture. In theory, a member of the public viewing this might even spot something on the wreck that we have missed during our dives on it!”

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A scene from the virtual dive, with divers swimming over the wreck as it appears today, with areas of the wreck labeled in yellow. (Image by John McCarthy)

The virtual dive was created by John McCarthy, a graduate student in maritime archaeology at Flinders University.

“We have even based the stern painting on a real contemporary Dutch painting, Vermeer’s famous ‘Milkmaid,’ painted just one year before the ship was wrecked,” he said in the statement.

A paper on the virtual dive will be presented at the annual conference of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology in Brisbane, Australia, on Oct. 18.

SUNKEN WWII SHIP MAY CONTAIN $130 MILLION OF NAZI GOLD

Other Icelandic shipwrecks have been garnering attention. Earlier this year, the wreck of the Empire Wold, a Royal Navy tug, was discovered by coastguards off the coast of Iceland. The discovery solved a decades-long mystery about the fate of the ship, which disappeared during a World War II rescue mission.

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A 3D scan of the shipwreck. (Image by John McCarthy)

The ship sank on Nov. 10, 1944, with the loss of her 16 crewmembers. The sinking prompted speculation that the Empire Wold had fallen victim to a German U-boat, although the ship’s discovery led experts to believe that she foundered in heavy seas and 40-knot winds.

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A digital reconstruction of the wreck as it may have appeared the morning after the storm. (Image by John McCarthy)

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A digital reconstruction of the ship. Archaeologists used Vermeer’s famous painting of “The Milkmaid,” which was painted just before the ship was lost, for the stern design.(Image by John McCarthy) (Image by John McCarthy)

In 2017, the SS Minden, a German cargo ship scuttled in waters near Iceland during the early days of World War II, was in the international spotlight following the reported discovery of  a chest containing up to four tons of Nazi gold on the wreck.

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Trevor Noah rips into Joe Biden on ‘Daily Show’ after candidate’s fumbled debate response

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah laid into former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Tuesday night after his strange response to a rather pressing question.

When asked about son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine, the presidential candidate fumbled over his words and meandered aimlessly before finally getting to his point.

“My son’s statement speaks for itself. What I think is important is we focus on why it’s so important to remove this man from office,” said Biden. “On the 17 — look, the fact George Washington worried on the first time he spoke after being elected president, that what we had to worry about is foreign interference in our election,” Biden said as he oddly diverted from his initial thought.

ERIC TRUMP BLASTS HUNTER BIDEN OVER ‘RAMPANT CORRUPTION’

Upon playing this clip, Noah immediately mocked the former vice president.

“Okay, one minute he’s talking about his son, then it’s George Washington then something about the 17?” Noah asked, wondering why Biden’s response was so frenetic. “Joe Biden is the only candidate who remixes his speech while he’s giving it,” Noah said before imitating sounds of a record scratching.

The controversy behind Hunter Biden stems from when the son of the former vice president accepted a lucrative position to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

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INGRAHAM: ‘SWAMPINESS OF THE BIDEN’S’ REMINDS AMERICANS WHY THEY VOTED FOR TRUMP

The 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that accepting the lucrative position was, in retrospect, “poor judgment.”

“I know I did nothing wrong at all. Was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways? Yeah,” he said in an exclusive sit-down with ABC’s Amy Robach at his Los Angeles home.

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“I don’t regret being on the board. What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea,” he said, claiming that the allegations of impropriety have been “debunked by everyone.”

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Scarlett Johansson’s rose tattoo on display at ‘JoJo Rabbit’ premiere in LA

Scarlett Johansson showed off her tattoo for the crowd at the Los Angeles premiere for her new movie, “JoJo Rabbit.”

The actress walked the carpet Tuesday in a stunning pale-pink embellished halter top and matching high-waisted embellished trousers. The “Avenger’s” franchise star’s taut midriff and huge rose tattoo were on display for all to see.

Johansson, 34, got her large back tattoo in honor of her three-year-old daughter Rose, whom she shares with ex-husband Romain Dauriac.

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The Marvel actress debuted “JoJo Rabbit,” a new movie in which she plays the role of a single mother of a 10-year-old boy in Nazi Germany who hides a Jewish girl in their attic.

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Premiere Of Fox Searchlights’ “Jojo Rabbit” at Post 43 on October 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

The new movie is set to come out on Friday.

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Johansson, who was No. 1 on Forbes’ 2019 list of the highest-paid actresses, was joined by other cast members including Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Archie Yates, Sam Rockwell and “Game Of Thrones” star Alfie Allen.

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Super Bowl champion blasts youth football league after coach faces $500 fine, suspension over big victory

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Two-time Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted his frustrations Saturday with a Pennsylvania youth football league that allegedly fined and suspended a coach over a team’s big victory.

Smith, who retired from the NFL this season, tweeted the Keystone State Youth Football league, based in Philadelphia, was going to suspend a coach for two games and fine him $500 because the team won a game, 36-0. Smith said the league disciplines the coach if their team wins by more than 30 points.

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“Today’s story of ‘We are building weak children,” Smith wrote. “The youth football team in my wife’s hometown had a game today, they won 36-0. They don’t allow you to win by 31 without some type of punishment. The head coach is now suspended for 2 games and fined $500. ARE YOU KIDING [sic] ME?”

He then added: “@YouthKeystone is trippin!

“1. Kids need to learn how to deal with failure. Don’t want to get smashed? Play better.

“2. Life doesn’t let up. When it rains it pours.

“3. The other kids can’t give their all because there is a rule. ‘Work hard but not too hard’ that’s stupid.

“4. It’s hard to find youth coaches as is but you consider fining a coach $500 an appropriate punishment?

“5. If you truly want to have a slaughter rule simply stop the game. How do you coach or play knowing that you can’t score? That’s just stupid.”

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The coach was identified as Kyle Williams, according to NBC Philadelphia. He is also Smith’s brother-in-law. Williams, who coaches the Conshohocken Golden Bears, told the station that the league’s rules prevent a team from scoring more than 30 points.

“Less than two minutes left I called a timeout because I wanted to pull the starters off the field,” he told NBC Philadelphia. “I put kids in there who normally never played.”

However, a 5-year-old player on his team scored toward the end of the game even though Williams said he ran down the sideline yelling at the child to fall down and not score.

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The president of Williams’ team told the station that it is possible Williams could face punishment when he goes to a hearing in the coming weeks and said the league doesn’t condone the coach’s choice to run the play.

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Philadelphia mom admits to shooting and killing husband, two young daughters, police say

A Philadelphia mother is facing murder charges Wednesday after police say she admitted to shooting and killing her husband and two daughters – the youngest only 10 months old.

The suspect, identified by Fox 29 as Damyrra Jones, was found lying face down Monday following the incident with a gunshot wound to the head and a firearm in her hand, the station says. Police believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted – and the 28-year-old was taken a local hospital in critical condition, where she has been held in custody ever since.

“While being transported to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in the back of a fire rescue unit, she admitted to shooting everyone and demanded not to be resuscitated,” Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said, according to the Associated Press.

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The scene where the shooting unfolded Monday in northeast Philadelphia. (Fox 29)

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He added that there had been “domestic discord” between the couple over child support payments.

Officers say they were called to a row home in northeast Philadelphia shortly before 10 p.m. Monday where they found a 38-year-old man dead of a gunshot wound to the head. A 4-year-old girl and a 10-month-old girl also shot in the head were rushed to a local children’s hospital, but were pronounced dead shortly afterward.

A 9mm handgun found at the scene had been legally purchased by the mother the day before the shooting, Smith said.

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A neighbor also told Fox 29 that there “was literally a fight every single day” at the home.

The mother will be charged with three counts of murder, child endangerment and possessing an instrument of crime, Smith says, adding that she is “expected to survive.”

Fox News’ Thairy Lantigua and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump shouts out St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson during White House ceremony

President Trump on Tuesday offered some kind words to St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson during the team’s Stanley Cup ceremony at the White House.

Laila, the 11-year-old who helped inspire the Blues to go on an amazing run to the Stanley Cup title while battling a rare autoimmune disease, was on hand at the Rose Garden to celebrate with her favorite team. Trump recognized how important the girl was and offered some kind words to hear as he made his remarks about the team.

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“You inspired the Blues all season, and today you continue to inspire all Americans,” Trump said. “We all know your story.”

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Laila Anderson celebrates the Blues’ Stanley Cup win at the White House.

As the Blues celebrated their Stanley Cup championship on the ice in June, Laila was with the team all the way and even got to go onto the ice and kiss the Cup herself.

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Earlier this month, Alexander Steen and Colton Parayko surprised Laila at her home and presented her with her own championship ring with her name inscribed on it.

“You know how much you mean to us, right, and what an inspiration you’ve been to so many people,” Steen said. “So me and Colton are here and representing our organization and everybody there, and we have something that we would like you to open right now.”

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The Blues are currently working to successfully defend their title.

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Women’s group calls for Dems to pull MSNBC debate amid ‘culture of sexual abuse’ at NBC News

A prominent women’s group has called on the Democratic National Committee to pull its upcoming debate from MSNBC unless NBC News “cleans house” and launches an independent investigation into “allegations of a culture of sexual abuse” at the network.

UltraViolet Action, a leading national women’s organization, thinks the fifth Democratic presidential debate – which is currently scheduled to air on MSNBC next month – shouldn’t happen if NBC keeps its beleaguered leadership in place.

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“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks,” UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said in a statement.

“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ronan Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” hit stores this week and details allegations that NBC refused to expose Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. The book also suggests the Peacock Network wasn’t truthful regarding knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer.

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Matt Lauer, Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim.

Farrow reported that Weinstein leveraged information regarding Lauer to keep NBC off his back. Farrow’s former NBC News producer Rich McHugh, who is a key figure of the book, also penned a recent Vanity Fair column that said NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, and his top deputy Noah Oppenheim, breached “journalistic integrity” when they put the kibosh on the Weinstein story.

“Mounting reports show that NBC News executives – namely Noah Oppenheim – failed to hold sexual abusers accountable, failed to combat a toxic culture across newsrooms, and that the network’s so-called investigation into its culture was little more than a sham to provide cover for executives,” Thomas said.

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NBC famously told Farrow that his reporting on Weinstein wasn’t fit to print, so he took it to The New Yorker where it won the Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement. “Catch and Kill” details Farrow’s side of the story and features additional accusations against NBC News bigwigs.

“Additional reports that MSNBC executive Phil Griffin showed staff graphic images of Access Hollywood personality Maria Menounos prove that this toxic culture is an epidemic that extends across nearly all newsrooms and networks at the company,” Thomas said. “Taken together, these initial reports demonstrate that NBC’s current leadership is either unable or unwilling to take appropriate steps to combat the culture of sexual abuse at the networks.”

After the Weinstein and Lauer bombshells were reported in 2017, NBC refused to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about Lauer’s sexual misconduct and whether NBC executives looked the other way. NBC relied on in-house general counsel Kim Harris despite widespread calls for an outside law firm to conduct the review.

NBC eventually declared that management was completely oblivious to Lauer’s behavior and Harris’ high-powered colleagues were cleared by the network. Lack and Oppenheim remain atop NBC News.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

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The UltraViolet founder said the ongoing issues “can only be solved by significant structural and cultural changes at MSNBC, NBC News and its parent company, Comcast,” and called on the DNC to stand with women and force necessary changes.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News,” Thomas said.

MSNBC and NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UltraViolet bills itself as “a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture.”

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Women’s group calls for Dems to pull MSNBC debate amid ‘culture of sexual abuse’ at NBC News

A prominent women’s group has called on the Democratic National Committee to pull its upcoming debate from MSNBC unless NBC News “cleans house” and launches an independent investigation into “allegations of a culture of sexual abuse” at the network.

UltraViolet Action, a leading national women’s organization, thinks the fifth Democratic presidential debate – which is currently scheduled to air on MSNBC next month – shouldn’t happen if NBC keeps its beleaguered leadership in place.

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“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks,” UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said in a statement.

“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ronan Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” hit stores this week and details allegations that NBC refused to expose Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. The book also suggests the Peacock Network wasn’t truthful regarding knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer.

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Matt Lauer, Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim.

Farrow reported that Weinstein leveraged information regarding Lauer to keep NBC off his back. Farrow’s former NBC News producer Rich McHugh, who is a key figure of the book, also penned a recent Vanity Fair column that said NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, and his top deputy Noah Oppenheim, breached “journalistic integrity” when they put the kibosh on the Weinstein story.

“Mounting reports show that NBC News executives – namely Noah Oppenheim – failed to hold sexual abusers accountable, failed to combat a toxic culture across newsrooms, and that the network’s so-called investigation into its culture was little more than a sham to provide cover for executives,” Thomas said.

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NBC famously told Farrow that his reporting on Weinstein wasn’t fit to print, so he took it to The New Yorker where it won the Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement. “Catch and Kill” details Farrow’s side of the story and features additional accusations against NBC News bigwigs.

“Additional reports that MSNBC executive Phil Griffin showed staff graphic images of Access Hollywood personality Maria Menounos prove that this toxic culture is an epidemic that extends across nearly all newsrooms and networks at the company,” Thomas said. “Taken together, these initial reports demonstrate that NBC’s current leadership is either unable or unwilling to take appropriate steps to combat the culture of sexual abuse at the networks.”

After the Weinstein and Lauer bombshells were reported in 2017, NBC refused to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about Lauer’s sexual misconduct and whether NBC executives looked the other way. NBC relied on in-house general counsel Kim Harris despite widespread calls for an outside law firm to conduct the review.

NBC eventually declared that management was completely oblivious to Lauer’s behavior and Harris’ high-powered colleagues were cleared by the network. Lack and Oppenheim remain atop NBC News.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

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The UltraViolet founder said the ongoing issues “can only be solved by significant structural and cultural changes at MSNBC, NBC News and its parent company, Comcast,” and called on the DNC to stand with women and force necessary changes.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News,” Thomas said.

MSNBC and NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UltraViolet bills itself as “a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture.”

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Ronna McDaniel: Fourth Democratic debate was another win for President Trump and GOP

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Wednesday that Tuesday’s fourth Democratic primary debate was another win for President Trump.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, McDaniel said that “Democrats continue to lurch further and further left and out of the mainstream of what the American people want.”

Rising Democratic co-frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren came under attack from all sides during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, as former Vice President Joe Biden defiantly defended his son’s business practices overseas and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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All of the 12 Democrats onstage in Westerville, Ohio, backed the ongoing impeachment inquiry against Trump. The debate marked the first time the candidates met since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s news conference last month at which she unilaterally declared the inquiry had begun — a move that the White House has said is legally insufficient.

“Joe Biden continues to stumble and bumble through these debates. Bernie Sanders came in strong. Elizabeth Warren was treated as the frontrunner,” McDaniel said.

“I don’t think you’re going to see any of this narrowing down to one candidate any time soon which is great for us. And, again, the president won because he was the main topic of discussion,” McDaniel argued.

In addition, she said that Democrats were dishonest about the positive results of the Trump presidency, citing a strong economy.

“They continue to ignore the facts,” she told Hemmer. “We came out as big winners last night.”

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McDaniel said “there is no doubt” that the energy within the Democratic party is within “the socialist wing.”

After the debate on Tuesday, three members of the so-called far-left freshman “Squad” — including controversial New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — announced that they would back Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in 2020. CNN reported that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will endorse Sanders as well.

“With this endorsement of Bernie Sanders, every American should be paying attention,” she warned. “They will bankrupt this country. They have no answer for how much this is going to cost the American people.”

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McDaniel said this is a “frightening” time for the American people and that “everybody needs to recognize this is going to be a choice between socialism and freedom.”

“President Trump is on the side of freedom and that’s where the American people will be,” she stated confidently.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Paul Steinhauser, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Trump says Turkey’s invasion of Syria is ‘not our problem’

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President Trump on Wednesday once again defended his decision to remove U.S. military forces from northern Syria, saying before a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House that Turkey’s invasion of Syria is “not our problem.”

Trump’s comments come amid widespread, bipartisan criticism of his decision to withdraw from the region and ahead of a planned trip by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to press Turkey for a cease-fire in its attack on Syrian Kurdish fighters.

“We are not a policing agent,” Trump said. “It is time for us to go home.”

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Trump’s decision to move U.S. forces out of Syria effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters, long allied with the U.S., and cleared the way for Turkey’s invasion. After heavy criticism at home, Trump sought new leverage with Turkey by imposing economic sanctions.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far defied U.S. threat of sanctions, saying the only way its military offensive would end was if Syrian Kurdish fighters leave a designated border area.

As he met Wednesday with Italy’s president, Trump said: “If Syria wants to fight to take back their land, that’s up to them and Turkey.”

Trump added: “There’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”

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But as Trump defends removing troops from northeastern Syria, he’s also talking up his recent decision to send more troops to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom defend itself against Iran.

Trump says the U.S. is sending missiles and “great power” to the Saudis, and added: “They’re paying for that.”

Russia has moved quickly to entrench its leadership role and fill the void after Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow is committed to mediating between Syria and Turkey.

Following the U.S.’s withdrawal from northern Syria, Russia has sent troops to the war-torn region to mediate a resolution between Turkey and the Kurds.

Erdogan also said he had “no problem” accepting an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Russia soon to discuss Syria. He then threw into doubt a planned Nov. 13 meeting with Trump, citing anger over the sanctions that Washington imposed Monday on the NATO ally.

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Washington’s abrupt withdrawal of its troops pushed the Kurds to strike a deal with the Russia-backed government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, allowing his forces to return to regions of northern Syria they abandoned at the height of the eight-year civil war.

It has also allowed Moscow to take a more prominent role as an interlocutor among Assad, the former U.S.-allied Kurds and Turkey.

Russia announced it has already deployed troops outside the flashpoint town of Manbij to keep apart the Syrian military and Turkish-led forces. Syrian forces took control of Manbij as U.S. troops completed their pullout from the town Tuesday. The Syrian and Russian deployments appear to have thwarted Turkey’s hopes to capture the town, located just west of the Euphrates River.

Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister,  also said Moscow will continue to encourage Syria’s Kurds and the Syrian government to seek rapprochement following the U.S. withdrawal. The Kurds are hoping to reach a deal with Damascus that preserves at least some degree of the autonomy they seized for themselves during the civil war.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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