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Trump easily wins Iowa Republican caucuses

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President Trump easily defeated his primary rivals in Monday’s Iowa Republican caucuses, in the first indication that those attempting to take on the president inside his own party stand a slim chance of making headway against the incumbent.

Iowa results showed the president winning with roughly 97 percent of the vote over former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh. The primary challengers walked away with about 1 percent each.

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel congratulated the president, vowing he’ll carry the state in November.

While the focus has been on the Democratic contest Monday, Iowa Republicans also caucused at precincts throughout the state.

“The president has record support among Republican voters,” Republican National Committee spokesman Rick Gorka told Fox News on Monday. “I am not concerned with those embarked on a vanity project.”

When asked how long he would stay in the Republican primary race after his defeat Monday night, Walsh campaign spokesman Charles Siler told Fox News on Monday that the former congressman “is keeping every option open.”

“He sees President Trump as the greatest threat to our republic, the exact thing our Founders feared in a leader,” Siler said, noting that the campaign has spent the last three weeks in Iowa and Walsh has visited the state nearly every week since he announced his candidacy in August.

“We’re leaving straight from Iowa to go to New Hampshire,” Siler said, noting that Walsh has been campaigning in New Hampshire “regularly” since he announced his run.

“We know this is a long-shot effort, but it’s an important one for the nation,” Siler said. “That’s why it’s so distressing that the GOP has canceled so many primary elections and blocked challengers in many other states.”

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

During the 2016 Iowa caucuses, Trump came in second place — trailing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, by nearly 4 percentage points.

While Weld and Walsh are not expected to pose a tough challenge for the president this primary season, the Trump campaign and more than 80 Trump surrogates were sprinkled across Iowa, speaking at Republican caucus locations. They were geared toward planting a flag in Iowa for the general election as much as ensuring a strong showing in the caucuses.

“We are training activists as staff in every corner of the state. We have held over 230 Trump Victory Leadership Initiative Trainings with over 1,700 attendees,” Gorka told Fox News. “The Iowans form the backbone of our program and are the keys to our success in November.”

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“After the results tonight, the Democrat machine/attention leaves Iowa and will not be back until there is a nominee,” Gorka continued. “Meanwhile, Republicans will continue to work to keep Iowa in the president’s column in November.”

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale was joined in recent days in Iowa by a slew of Trump officials, like White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney; Education Secretary Betsy DeVos; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and five other members of Trump’s Cabinet.

Others out making the case for the president’s reelection were House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Lynne Cheney, R-Wyo.; Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; former Texas governor and former Energy Secretary Rick Perry; Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.; and Mike Lindell, the inventor of “My Pillow.”

Iowa is considered a swing state in the general election. It was narrowly carried by the Democrats in the 2000 election and narrowly by Republicans in 2004. Then-Sen. Barack Obama captured the state by 6 points in 2012. And Trump won Iowa in 2016 by nearly 10 points.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Second person connected to Mexican monarch butterfly reserve found dead in a week

Mexican authorities are investigating the deaths of two men — a part-time tour guide and an anti-logging activist — both of whom had connections to one of the country’s largest butterfly sanctuaries and whose bodies were discovered within a week of each other.

Police found the body of 44-year-old Raúl Hernández Romero Saturday and presumed the tour guide was beaten to death with a sharp object, according to reports by the Washington Post.

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Just days before, the body of an esteemed and popular politician, Homero Gómez González, who championed preserving the monarch butterfly sanctuary and advocated for clamping down on illegal logging in Mexico, turned up at the bottom of a holding pond. He suffered a traumatic head wound and drowned, according to local authorities, the Associated Press reported.

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Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of community activist Homero Gomez Gonzalez as the funeral procession makes its way from the church to a hillside cemetery, in Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Hundreds of farmers and agricultural workers attended the funeral Friday, and the homage to the anti-logging activist was like a tribute to the monarch butterfly he so staunchly defended. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The deaths have fueled fears in Mexico that activists are being targeted. However, authorities have not been able to confirm a link between the deaths.

“Something strange is happening, because they’re finishing off all the activists, the people who are doing something for society,” Amado Gómez, González’s brother, told the AP.

The push to stop illegal logging was born from the deterioration of the monarch butterflies habitat, a site that millions of monarchs migrate to in Michoacan for the winter, drawing in tourists to take in the scene.

Prosecutors said they have ruled out robbery as a potential motive in González’ death since almost $500 in cash was found on his body.

On Thursday night, mourners in threadbare clothes lit candles and adorned the casket of González with simple floral arrangements.

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A photo of Homero Gomez Gonzalez rests atop his coffin during his wake in Ocampo, Michoacan state, Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Relatives of the anti-logging activist who fought to protect the winter habitat of monarch butterflies don’t know whether he was murdered or died accidentally, but they say they do know one thing for sure: something bad is happening to rights and environmental activists in Mexico, and people are afraid.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

“I would like to ask the authorities to do their job and do more to protect activists like my brother, because lately in Mexico a lot of activists have died,” Amado Gómez said. “With his death, not only my family lost a loved one; but the whole world, and the monarch butterfly and the forests lost, too.”

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador called Gonzalez’s death “very unfortunate and painful.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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L. Brent Bozell: Rush Limbaugh is our True North — we listen to him to understand the world

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The news just broke, and an entire movement is in shock. At this writing, the severity of Rush Limbaugh’s cancer is not disclosed, but any lung cancer is serious and when it’s advanced it’s a grave situation. There are tens of millions of Americans praying tonight for him tonight (and by the way, they’re not all conservatives).

Why the national state of shock?

I was introducing Rush at an event not too long ago and I decided to say publicly what I’ve told him privately several times. I know it makes him uncomfortable to hear it but it’s true. It’s a pretty simple proposition, really, a test of any man’s value: Where would the world be without you?

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Apply that test to Rush and I conclude that the conservative movement would not be alive today but for him.

Rush is — not was, is! — a giant. Consider that his radio show has been going for over 32 years, and for the entire time he’s been #1. It’s almost incomprehensible. There are other giants in this field and behind them many times more, dozens upon dozens who could be the best. But they’re not. Year after year, for over three decades, he’s bested everyone. Why?

Let me offer a few reasons.

He is unapologetically the True North for an entire movement, the clarion call of personal liberty, a champion of national defense and a defender of a civil society. Millions around the country turn their radios on at noon every day, as they have week after week, month after month, year after year, to hear his take on whatever current event is dominant, knowing he’ll always come through.

The good he’ll applaud with style, the bad he’ll eviscerate if necessary. There are five words every conservative has heard countless times. “Did you hear Rush today?”

He can out-analyze anyone. I’ve kidded him that he reminds me of the old V-8 commercial where the person realizes there’s something he’s missed, and then slaps his forehead with the famous, “I should have had a V-8!” line. In Rush’s case, it’s his ability to take an analysis one step further than everyone else.

During the second Gulf War, there was growing opposition to America’s involvement in that part of the world and many on the left saw the opportunity. I recall Rush analyzing the situation. a) If Iraq becomes another Vietnam, American public opinion will turn against the war; b) If public opinion turns against the war, as with Vietnam, America would be forced to withdraw; and c) The humiliation would lead the left to political victory; therefore d) The left wants America defeated.

Many said that on their shows, but then Rush took it one step further. The only way for America to lose this war is for there to be the endless reports of casualties, therefore e) The left wants Americans to die. It was the logical progression of thought for him, and a “V-8” moment for everyone else.

He is genuine. Rush is worth gazillions and could walk away from the microphone any day, except he really can’t. His audience is his lifeblood. He’ll prepare for his show, but unless it’s a skit, nothing he delivers has been prepared beforehand. He can be passionately upset about something or he might find great humor in it, mercilessly poking fun at his enemies. He can be introspective, quietly discussing and sharing personal issues, or he can choose to be bombastic and braggadocious. He can put on an act but he’s never an act. It is why he’s not just beloved, but trusted by millions.

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He is humble. I know, I know. “Talent on loan from God” and all that. But that’s schtick, not Rush. He amazes me with a humility I’ve witnessed time and again for decades. I could give you endless examples, but I’ll share one. Rush’s drug addiction scandal and arrest in 2006 was unquestionably humiliating, and when I asked him to make a surprise appearance at one of my MRC Dishonors Galas, he was understandably nervous. It would be his first public outing. But he agreed.

We went through the act that night, and when Rush walked on to the stage, the crowd gasped — and then erupted, leaping to their feet, 1,000 people roaring their support. Rush came backstage afterward somewhat stunned. “They gave me a standing ovation!” he said almost in disbelief.

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Now let’s put those four elements in the blender. There is a reason why he has over 20 million people tuning into him weekly and why, at dinnertime they tell their families what Rush said that day. There’s a reason every conservative leader wants Rush’s attention and favor. There’s a reason the left despises him. More than any man alive, from either side of the political divide, Rush penetrates. To listen to Rush is to understand the world. More, it’s to understand oneself.

I never tire of this one. Back in, oh, 1989, after I’d undergone a back operation, I received a call from an old girlfriend of ours from our college days. “I just heard!” she said. How sweet. I hadn’t talked to Ruth in years. I tried to explain that it was no big deal. “But I just heard!” she said again, even more emphatically. I replied that look, this back surgery was rather routine, no big deal at all, and please not to worry. “What back surgery?” she asked, confused. “I wanted you to know I just heard Rush Limbaugh!”

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Tens of millions of Americans are praying for Rush tonight. Let us hope those supplications continue tomorrow. Rush may be our True North, but he’s also an anchor. Listen to him and somehow the world makes sense. We need that now more than ever.

I have a heavy heart tonight. Rush, old friend, you’re in my prayers too.

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Dems on Twitter are ‘more liberal,’ less likely to seek compromise, poll shows

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A recent poll suggests that Democrats on Twitter are more liberal and less willing to make compromises across the aisle, compared to Democrats who don’t use Twitter.

The Pew Research Center survey showed that 56 percent of Democrats who used Twitter said they were either “liberal” or “very liberal” while 38 percent considered themselves “moderate.” In contrast, 41 percent of Democrats who didn’t use the platform described themselves as “liberal” or  “very liberal” while nearly half of them — 49 percent — said they’re “moderate.” The poll results were released late last week.

When the polled Democrats were asked about potential compromises with Republicans, the results showed a significant split.

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Some 45 percent of Democrats on Twitter said they wanted their party’s presidential nominee to push for their preferred policies “even if it makes it harder to get things done” rather than focus on bipartisan compromise, while 54 percent of Democrats on the social media platform said finding common ground was more important.

Meanwhile, a whopping 65 percent of Democrats not active on Twitter said compromise was more important; only 34 percent said they wanted their nominee to focus more on their preferred liberal policies.

Among preferred candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was the most popular among Twitter-friendly Democrats with 29 percent while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., polled in second with 21 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden came in third with 15 percent support.

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However, the preferences were virtually flipped for Democrats not on Twitter. In that group, Biden led with 26 percent while Sanders polled in second with 22 percent and Warren came in third with 13 percent.

All the other candidates had single-digit support among the polled Democrats.

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CDC works to provide coronavirus testing capabilities across US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday called for more “aggressive actions” to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the CDC is working to expand testing capabilities of the virus to states other than Georgia.

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A man wears a protective mask while shopping in Alhambra, Calif., Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.  (AP)

Currently, rapid diagnostic tests can only be conducted at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta and lab results from around the country must be sent in for testing – a process that can take up to 36 hours.

The agency is now working to provide state and local health departments with the tools needed to conduct tests themselves — without sending in the results.

The CDC said it will submit diagnostics to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of the changes under “emergency use authorization.”

“The process is extremely expedited and our colleagues at [the FDA] have been working with us closely ever since we made the plan that we were going to this in this way,” Messonnier told reporters Monday.

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She added that negative tests don’t necessarily mean a person is not infected and do not guarantee people won’t get sick. It is possible for tests to come back as negative because diagnostics couldn’t detect the virus yet.

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Since first emerging in China last month, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of 425 people, with more than 20,400 confirmed cases – nearly quadruple that of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-2003, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

For News’ Madeline Farber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rush Limbaugh’s boyhood experience with cancer in his family inspired him to raise millions for a cure

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Fans of Rush Limbaugh, who announced Monday he has advanced lung cancer, may recall a gripping story the talk radio king once shared from his childhood that would inspire him to raise some $50 million to fight the very disease now stalking him.

Limbaugh, who held annual “cure-a-thons” for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on his widely heard radio program from 1990-2016, told listeners four years ago how he became driven to help fund cancer research. While a young boy, Limbaugh explained, he heard his father, also named Rush, talking in the family’s Cape Girardeau, Mo., kitchen with a cousin named Rusby. The houseguest was a doctor and he was stricken with cancer, his voice reduced to a rasp.

“And, they’re arguing over whether or not there will ever be a cure for it,” Limbaugh recalled, “and I remember Rusby telling my dad, ‘Rush, it’s never gonna be cured. Don’t you understand, Rush?’”

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A short time later, Limbaugh said, his father told Rush and his brother, author David Limbaugh, that Rusby wanted them to have his dog. The father and two sons went to see Rusby and pick up a basset hound they named Jason. Limbaugh recalled visiting a rustic cabin in the woods, where the dying man told the elder Limbaugh he had lost all hope.

“What does it matter, Rush?” Limbaugh remembered Rusby telling his father. “I’m dying. Can’t you see, Rush? I’m dying.”

“And, he would cough up and spit something into a cup,” Limbaugh told his listeners. “I’m 10 years old. I’m not… This is shocking, it’s scary, it’s any number of things.”

In a grim twist, Jason would also die of cancer and be put down just before Limbaugh left home at age 20 on a journey that would see him land various radio jobs, work for the Kansas City Royals and then become the man who virtually defined modern talk radio and political analysis.

With the infectious optimism that many of his 20 million listeners have known well, Limbaugh in 1990 began devoting a portion of his program, once a year, to raising money to fund a cure for cancer. Over the years, he donated millions of dollars of his own money, generously matching the contributions of his listeners. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society President and CEO Louis DeGennaro said the man known to fans as “El Rushbo” helped bring in approximately $50 million over 26 years.

“Mr. Limbaugh used his significant platform to raise awareness about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to find cures while giving hope and encouragement to many patients and families coping with a cancer diagnosis,” DeGennaro said. “The funds raised through the Cure-a-thon have helped LLS support research leading to today’s most promising blood cancer treatments that have saved thousands of lives. All of us at LLS wish him a positive outcome.”

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Limbaugh said Monday he trusted his faith to get him through the battle of his life.

“I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about, but I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously,” he said. “I am, at the moment, experiencing zero symptoms.”

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Democracy 2020 Digest: Democrats battle to avoid Iowa caucus elimination

DES MOINES, Iowa – After a more than yearlong Democratic primary battle, the voters finally get to weigh in – as Monday night’s Iowa caucuses kick off the presidential nominating calendar.

And for many of the Democratic contenders, a strong finish in Iowa is crucial for their survival in the high-stakes battle for their party’s nomination.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – who held a slight polling advantage over former Vice President Joe Biden in the final stretch – was urging his supporters to show up in force.

The populist senator who’s making his second straight White House bid stressed on Sunday night to supporters that, “If the turnout tomorrow night is low, we’re going to lose. If the turnout is high, we’re going win. Our job together is to create the highest turnout in the history of the Iowa caucus.”

That happened in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama made history by winning the caucuses on his way to capturing the nomination and eventually the White House. Nearly 240,000 Democrats turned out to caucus in Iowa that year. But the turnout plunged to just 171,109 in 2016, when eventual nominee Hillary Clinton narrowly edged Sanders.

Sanders supporters appear energized as he drew 3,000 people to a rally in Cedar Rapids this weekend, which his campaign touted was the largest of any Democratic contender in Iowa this cycle.

“I’m looking at turnout. Will it exceed 2008?” said former Democratic National Committee chair and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile.

Biden – who drew over 1,000 supporters Sunday, in what was his largest crowd in Iowa – could use a strong finish in the Hawkeye State to help pump up his campaign coffers. Biden trails Sanders and his other top-tier rivals Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the crucial metric of campaign cash on hand.

The former vice president, delivering pizzas to a campaign field office in Des Moines on Monday, pushed back against suggestions he couldn’t survive without winning in Iowa.

“We’re going to survive all the way through this whole thing,” he told reporters.

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Buttigieg – who’s seen his support in Iowa polls slip the past month – has struggled to resonate with African-American and Latino voters. With more diverse Nevada and South Carolina following Iowa and the first primary state of New Hampshire on the calendar, strong finishes in the first two states seem imperative.

The candidate – the youngest in the field – has drawn large crowds the past week. On Monday he stopped by a field office in West Des Moines to thank staffers and volunteers.

“You have sacrificed. I can’t thank you enough. You are an absolute force sweeping through Iowa right now,” he said.

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Also looking for a strong showing is Warren. She’s seen her support in polls in the early voting states and nationally drop since the late autumn. But the progressive senator  – along with Sanders – has a powerful organization in the state and is banking on her ground game to help her come out of Iowa with momentum.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of neighboring Minnesota is facing the danger of not being viable. That happens when a candidate fails to crack 15 percent support at an individual caucus precinct and his or her supporters then have the option of supporting another candidate or remaining neutral.

But regardless of her finish in Iowa, Klobuchar pledged during an interview this weekend on Fox News Sunday that “I’m going to New Hampshire no matter what.”

IOWA CHAOS: CAUCUS RULE CHANGE COULD CREATE DUELING CLAIMS OF VICTORY BY CANDIDATES

Making the results of Monday night’s caucuses even more complicated are new changes to reporting the results that may result in more than one contender claiming victory.

For the first time, the state party will not only report the percentages of the number of state delegates won by each candidate – which has been done for decades – but also the raw vote totals at the beginning of the caucuses and at the end of the evening.

“There’s this old saying that there’s three tickets out of Iowa. I think tonight we may see four, perhaps five,” said Brazile, who ran then-Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Iowa muscle flex by Trump campaign

President Trump’s re-election campaign is out in force in Iowa on caucus day.

While all the action and the national spotlight are on the Democratic caucuses, there are Republican caucuses being held as well across the state.

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Roughly 80 top Trump surrogates – including leading current and former members of the Trump administration and some of the president’s biggest supporters in Congress – attended a news conference in West Des Moines on Monday afternoon before fanning out across the state to Republican caucus precincts.

The idea is to pump up the turnout at the GOP caucuses.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale highlighted that “we built a well oiled machine” and that the Iowa caucuses are “the first test of our grassroots campaign.”

And Parscale emphasized that “we’re here in force to show the American people that this is a real movement” and explained that “today’s the first step in that process.”

Parscale was accompanied on the podium by both of the president’s sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as well as top campaign offiicials Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Eric Trump touted the campaign’s massive fundraising effort and unprecedented war chest. Spotlighting the Trump campaign’s huge current advantage over the Democratic presidential campaigns, he showcased that “right now we have over $200 million cash on hand. Since inception we’ve raised $465 million dollars.”

Among those on hand was 2016 Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, a close friend and outside adviser to the president who is advising and assisting the 2020 campaign.

Asked by Fox News how the 2020 campaign differs from the organization he steered during the 2016 primaries, Lewandowski said “it’s a completely different operation from running an insurgent campaign that we took over the Republican Party to now having a campaign that everybody is united on the Republican side.”

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US ratifies 15th Amendment: This Day in History

On this day in history, in 1870, the U.S. Congress ratified the 15th Amendment, which granted African American men the right to vote.

Spearheaded by Republicans in Congress, the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1869, four years after the end of the American Civil War.

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President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act which enforced the 15th Amendment.  (nps.gov)

It followed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States, and the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to African Americans.

Though the trio of amendments appeared to signify a promise of equal rights to African Americans, it represented the beginning of a new struggle that has lasted for more than a century.

Jim Crow laws, which ensured a system of segregation based on race, were enacted throughout the South and remained in place until the 1960s. Under these laws, African Americans were reduced to second-class citizens.

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In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson urged Congress to pass legislation that would enforce the 15th Amendment. He told Congress: “We cannot have government for all the people until we first make certain it is government of and by all the people.”

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President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on Aug. 6, 1965. The Act outlawed discriminatory voting practices, like literacy tests and grandfather clauses, that had been in place since the Civil War. Congress extended the law in 1970, 1975 and 1982.

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Vatican responds to coronavirus outbreak by giving China hundreds of thousands of masks

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The Vatican has sent hundreds of thousands of protective masks to China amid the coronavirus outbreak that has killed hundreds and sent Chinese officials scrambling to contain the illness.

The Catholic News Service reported that the Vatican has sent up to 700,000 masks to China beginning last month.

“The masks are destined to the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Fujian,” the press office told the CNS. “It is a joint initiative of the Office of Papal Charities and the Chinese Church in Italy, in collaboration with the Vatican pharmacy.”

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Some of the masks were sent to Hubei, the province that has become the epicenter of the coronavirus, the Vatican News reported. More than 360 people have died from the illness and 17,000 people have been sickened worldwide as of Monday.

China has responded by issuing widespread quarantines, quickly building hospitals and enacting travel restrictions. The United States has confirmed 11 coronavirus cases.

Last week, some pharmacies across the U.S. reportedly sold out of masks as the coronavirus was in the midst of spreading beyond China’s borders.

Nearly 200 Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, the city where the virus began, last week. Evacuees are subject to a 14-day quarantine where they will be monitored for symptoms.

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U.S. officials last week declared a public health emergency and said some travelers would be temporarily banned from entering the country.

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Lou Diamond Phillips recalls Ritchie Valens’ sister breaking down on the set of ‘La Bamba’

Lou Diamond Phillips can still vividly recall the one moment filming “La Bamba” that forever changed his life.

The biopic, released in 1987, tells the story of singer Ritchie Valens who died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959, alongside Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. Through Don McLean’s 1971 hit song “American Pie,” that tragic date would become known as “The Day the Music Died.”

Valens, who was 17 at the time, was a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who captivated teens with songs like “Donna” and “La Bamba.” Phillips played the late star, a role many fans still recognize him for.

Phillips, now 57, told Fox News it was crucial to get the final moments of Valens’ life “right” for the big screen.

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“The scene of Ritchie getting on the plane was probably the one event that really brought it all home,” he explained. “His sister Connie [Lemos], who I’m still in contact with, came to the set that day. Our producer warned her not to do that because it would probably be too emotional for her. And it was. But she wanted to be there.

“She came up to me on set and said, ‘Can I say something to you, Lou?’” Phillips recalled. “It was interesting because we had been shooting for weeks and [his family] never called me Lou. They always called me Ritchie. I thought, ‘Oh my, there must be something wrong because she’s calling me Lou, not Ritchie.’ I thought maybe I had done something to offend her. But I said, ‘Of course, Connie.’”

At the time, Phillips was still getting touched up in the makeup chair before filming the emotional scene. And once he got up, Lemos completely broke down.

“Connie just fell apart,” he said. “She started weeping and then collapsed into me. She kept saying over and over again, ‘Why did you go? Why did you have to go?’ It was this moment, this catharsis for her that was, I don’t know, 30 years in the making. She was 12 years old, so therefore she was fully capable of understanding what had happened to her brother and felt the full impact of his loss. She carried that lack of closure for 30 years.”

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Ritchie Valens (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“At that moment, I realized this isn’t just another role,” he continued. “This is something that meant something and continues to mean something for his family. And maybe that’s why people still love the film and are still affected by it. Because it really, really goes straight to the heart.”

The Winter Dance Party tour, which kicked off on Jan. 24, 1959, had opened the previous night at George Devine’s Ballroom in Milwaukee. Despite a successful encore performance in Kenosha, the grueling, nonstop tour was plagued with freezing temperatures and broken-down buses.

The final straw was when a bus stalled in Duluth, Minn. Holly’s drummer, Carl Bunch, was hospitalized due to frostbite on his feet.

An exhausted and frustrated Holly refused to step foot on another bus. The bands rocked the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before Holly, then 22, booked the next flight he could find to the tour’s next stop in Moorhead, Minn.

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In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 file photo, flowers adorn a memorial at the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed, killing all aboard on Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The three young singers were in a single-engine aircraft flying in a light snowstorm in 1959 when the pilot apparently lost control. Holly decided to fly because his tour bus was having heating problems. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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Tommy Allsup, a member of Holly’s band, flipped a coin to see whether he or Valens would get a seat on the plane. He lost and took a bus to the next stop on the tour.

The chartered plane, which carried Holly, Valens, Richardson, 28, as well as pilot Roger Peterson, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all four people aboard.

Phillips said he’s grateful longtime fans still praise the film, as well as Valens’ legacy, and that new, curious visitors are discovering it all for the first time decades later.

“I will never resent the amount of love that ‘La Bamba’ gets,” he said. “It put me on the map. It was my Cinderella story. Even though it’s an ‘80s film set in the ‘50s, it still feels timeless. People are rediscovering it all the time. It’s a true story. Therefore, it touches people’s hearts in a way that a lot of fictionalized stories don’t. It hasn’t gone away — not that I would ever want it to go away. People who saw the film at ages 18, 19 are now showing it to their kids. It’s replayed on television all the time. It’s a film that will never go away. People are continuing to love it. And I’m grateful it gave me this opportunity to meet Valens’ family.”

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Rock ‘n’ roll singer Ritchie Valens poses for a photo during the filming of ‘Go, Johnny, Go!’ on January 20, 1959, in Los Angeles, California. ((Photo by Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

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Back in 2017, Lemos told LA Weekly Valens’ family has become devoted to keeping his legacy alive.

“He was a big brother,” she said. “He teased you, he chased you and he watched over you. But since my mom worked, he was also a father figure; he fed us, he entertained us, watched over us.”

And as a budding star, Valens not only remained loyal to his family, but he was eager to give them a better life as his success grew. According to the outlet, Valens wrote 22 of the 33 songs he recorded in his brief lifetime.

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Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela) and president of Del-Fi Records Bob Keane on a TV show in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“When he bought us the house, we all drove up, parked outside, and I couldn’t believe it,” she recalled at the time. “It was monumental, for people in our position. I said, ‘We are going to live here? It’s like a castle!’ That was the happiest day in my mom’s life, but it also was the saddest, because she really couldn’t live there after he died. She’d rather have him alive, with us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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