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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.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH DESANTIS, RULES CONVICTED FELONS MUST PAY OFF FINES BEFORE VOTING

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.”

HOW DANGEROUS IS CORONAVIRUS?

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.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH’S EX-BOYFRIEND LARRY BIRKHEAD RECALLS LAST TIME HE SPOKE TO LATE PLAYMATE

‘REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE’ STAR SAL MINEO WAS ‘ON A GOOD ROAD’ BEFORE HORRIFIC MURDER, AUTHOR SAYS

“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.”

FORMER TEEN IDOL LEIF GARRETT EXPLAINS DESCENT INTO HARD DRUGS: ‘THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MORE TO MY STORY’

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

RONNIE WOOD’S EX-WIFE JO WOOD RECALLS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ROLLING STONES OVER THE YEARS: ‘THEY DIDN’T NOTICE’

“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.

HUMPHREY BOGART’S EX-WIFE MAYO METHOT STRUGGLED TO BOUNCE BACK IN HOLLYWOOD AFTER DIVORCE, BOOK CLAIMS

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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)

DEAN MARTIN’S DAUGHTER DEANA RECALLS GROWING UP WITH ‘THE KING OF COOL,’ THE RAT PACK AND JERRY LEWIS

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.”

LIBERACE TOLD ELVIS PRESLEY HE NEEDED ‘MORE GLITZ’ IN HIS SHOWS BEFORE LAS VEGAS TRANSFORMATION, BOOK CLAIMS

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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)

JANIS JOPLIN ENJOYED ‘THE MANY PLEASURES THAT CAME HER WAY’ TO COPE WITH INSECURITIES, BOOK CLAIMS

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.

‘30S STAR THELMA TODD ‘WAS BECOMING’ TIRED ‘OF HOLLYWOOD’ BEFORE HER MYSTERIOUS DEATH, BOOK CLAIMS

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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)

MARY TYLER MOORE WAS ‘DEVASTATED,’ PLAGUED WITH GUILT OVER HER SON’S TRAGIC DEATH, BOOK CLAIMS

“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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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.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH’S EX-BOYFRIEND LARRY BIRKHEAD RECALLS LAST TIME HE SPOKE TO LATE PLAYMATE

‘REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE’ STAR SAL MINEO WAS ‘ON A GOOD ROAD’ BEFORE HORRIFIC MURDER, AUTHOR SAYS

“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.”

FORMER TEEN IDOL LEIF GARRETT EXPLAINS DESCENT INTO HARD DRUGS: ‘THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MORE TO MY STORY’

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

RONNIE WOOD’S EX-WIFE JO WOOD RECALLS PHOTOGRAPHING THE ROLLING STONES OVER THE YEARS: ‘THEY DIDN’T NOTICE’

“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.

HUMPHREY BOGART’S EX-WIFE MAYO METHOT STRUGGLED TO BOUNCE BACK IN HOLLYWOOD AFTER DIVORCE, BOOK CLAIMS

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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)

DEAN MARTIN’S DAUGHTER DEANA RECALLS GROWING UP WITH ‘THE KING OF COOL,’ THE RAT PACK AND JERRY LEWIS

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.”

LIBERACE TOLD ELVIS PRESLEY HE NEEDED ‘MORE GLITZ’ IN HIS SHOWS BEFORE LAS VEGAS TRANSFORMATION, BOOK CLAIMS

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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)

JANIS JOPLIN ENJOYED ‘THE MANY PLEASURES THAT CAME HER WAY’ TO COPE WITH INSECURITIES, BOOK CLAIMS

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.

‘30S STAR THELMA TODD ‘WAS BECOMING’ TIRED ‘OF HOLLYWOOD’ BEFORE HER MYSTERIOUS DEATH, BOOK CLAIMS

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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)

MARY TYLER MOORE WAS ‘DEVASTATED,’ PLAGUED WITH GUILT OVER HER SON’S TRAGIC DEATH, BOOK CLAIMS

“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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Jesse Watters ‘can’t stop thinking about the box’ at center of Trump-Bloomberg feud

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The Five” hosts responded to the ongoing feud between President Trump and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg Monday after Trump mocked the Democratic candidate’s height during a Super Bowl LIV pregame interview with Sean Hannity.

“I do not think there is a box, but I can’t stop thinking about the box. Is it wood? Is it steel?” co-host Jesse Watters joked in reference to Trump’s claim that Bloomberg had requested to stand on a box if he qualifies for the next Democratic debate.

TRUMP, BLOOMBERG FIGHT HEATS UP

“The thing is,” Watters continued,” [is] that Trump just started a rumor … and the media just runs with it. They are doing the dirty work for him. This is what he does. He accuses [his] opponent of having a shortcoming and the media reports about the … shortcoming and then the opponent denies he has a shortcoming, but the whole time we are talking about the shortcoming.”

Trump went after Bloomberg in a series of tweets over the weekend, calling him “Mini Mike” and claiming that he requested to “stand on boxes, or a lift, during the debates.” In his interview with Hannity Sunday, Trump doubled down on his attacks on the billionaire’s height, questioning whether allowing him a platform to stand on would be fair to the other candidates.

TRUMP WARNS 2020 DEMS THAT BLOOMBERG WILL TURN HIS BACK ON THEM

“You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. OK? It’s OK, there’s nothing wrong,” Trump said. “You can be short. Why should he get a box to stand on, OK? He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled to that? Really. Does that mean everyone else gets a box?”

Bloomberg fired back Sunday night denying Trump’s claims, saying he “stands twice as tall as he does on the stage that matters.” He also called Trump a “pathological liar who lies about his fake hair, obesity and spray-on tan.”

“There’s something brilliant about the fact that the question isn’t ‘Is there a box?’ the question is, ‘Is it fair that he has a box and other people don’t?” Greg Gutfeld said.

Gutfeld offered one of his popular analogies, saying Trump utilizes the media “like a T-shirt cannon.”

“He puts this visual message on the shirt, Bloomberg on a box and he fires it into the media and you have half the media, [like] CNN who falls for it and writes, ‘There is no box.’

“They get all freaked out,” he continued, “while we are sitting here laughing at it because we know that this is how the show works and getting the media riled up … is all he is trying to do.”

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Co-host Juan Williams said the president’s “punching down” of Bloomberg may actually help the Democratic hopeful and give his candidacy “more oxygen.”

“I do see that the president is punching down at Michael Bloomberg and unintentionally elevating Mike Bloomberg,” he explained.

“Are you calling Mike Bloomberg short?” guest host Katie Pavlich cut in.

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“That’s an easy retort, but that’s not what I meant,” Williams fired back. “He’s the president of the United States and Mike Bloomberg is not even in Iowa. He’s not running ads in Iowa, and the president’s attention is giving more oxygen to Mike Bloomberg’s candidacy.”

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VA Secretary Wilkie fires deputy, cites ‘loss of confidence’ in ability ‘to carry out his duties’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie fired his deputy on Monday, citing a “loss of confidence” in his ability “to carry out his duties.”

Wilkie announced in a statement: “Today, I dismissed VA Deputy Secretary James Byrne due to loss of confidence in Mr. Byrne’s ability to carry out his duties. This decision is effective immediately.”

The VA did not respond to a Fox News request for further explanation behind the dismissal.

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VA Deputy Secretary James Byrne was fired Monday. (Department of Veterans Affairs)

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His removal was not linked to recent controversies regarding proper care for America’s veterans, a VA spokeswoman told Fox News.

The Senate had confirmed Byrne to the job just five months ago in a bipartisan vote of 81-11. Before his confirmation last September, the position had been vacant for more than a year.

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Byrne had filled the position in an acting capacity since August 2018.

He previously served as the VA’s general counsel.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says Dems ‘have a problem’ in Iowa, compares Sanders to ‘old guy’ with socialist lit

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed some pessimism about the Democrats running for president, ahead of the Iowa caucuses Monday.

“What are my thoughts? I’m not happy. I’m not happy with this field. I think they have to find a candidate for president that can beat Trump,” Matthews told the “Morning Joe” panel.

“You don’t think anybody in this field –” Joe Scarborough replied.

“I’m looking, I’m still looking,” Matthews responded.

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski then asked her “Hardball” colleague, “What’s the problem?”

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“Obvious problems, they’re all problems,” Matthews shot back. “Bernie Sanders is not going to be president of the United States, okay? I look back at the ’72 race, I was a young volunteer for the DNC… I’ve got to tell you, it feels a lot like it. A lot of giddiness, a lot of excitement, thrill about this guy.”

“You’re saying, a lot like [George] McGovern,” Scarborough asked, referencing the failed presidential candidate, a former South Dakota senator.

“Well, exactly,” Matthews replied, “because he excited the party completely, blew away a really good candidate like [then-Sen. Edwin] Muskie, a very good guy, blew him right out of the water because he had some issues.”

Matthews then pointed out how Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was “riding high” and said he initially predicted she’d sweep the beginning primaries. However, he added that “a lot of scrutiny” had damaged her campaign, particularly on how she would fund “Medicare-for-all” and free college.

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“All of that stuff got killed… and guess who’s gonna get it now? Bernie’s gonna get it now,” Matthews continued. “Bernie’s gonna ride high and he’s finally gonna get scrutinized about his whole life, his ideology, his whole life — who did he root for all of his life, who is this guy? It’s not just the nice, good stuff like health care. Why does he say the stuff he says about [disputed Venezuelan President Nicolás] Maduro and people like that… people have got to figure out who the guy is. I think I know… they’re usually the guys at the card table at an antiwar rally. There’d be some old guy with some old literature from his socialist party or that, trying to sell it, trying to latch on the antiwar movement. There’s always guys like that.”

He added,  “I know him, but I think the country is going to get to know him and I think we’ve got a problem. We’ll see. But, you know, nobody is going to be saying it tonight. They’re gonna be cheering, ‘good ole Bernie.’ I think he’s gonna win big tonight, real big, real big.”

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Harvey Weinstein accuser breaks down in tears during cross-examination

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Jessica Mann — one of the key accusers in Harvey Weinstein‘s New York City rape trial — broke down in tears while on the witness stand in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday during an exhaustive cross-examination over the nature of her relationship with the disgraced movie mogul.

During her cross-examination, Mann, 34, started sobbing and couldn’t stop. The incident, which prompted the judge to send the jury home about an hour earlier than usual, came after the defense sought to paint Mann as an opportunistic manipulator who took advantage of Weinstein while pursuing an acting career, even after he allegedly raped her.

Mann said she “tried to make him my pseudo father” after a rough upbringing. The judge decided to resume court on Tuesday. Mann left the courtroom still crying and drying her tears.

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“I wanted him to believe I wasn’t a threat,” she said. She later added: “I was afraid of his unpredictable anger.”

Defense lawyer Donna Rotunno, a known #MeToo skeptic, sought to shoot down those explanations by zeroing in on the accuser’s admission that she also had non-coerced sexual encounters with Weinstein that she said only happened after “a long negotiation.” Even then, “I wasn’t happy to do it,” she said.

“You manipulated Mr. Weinstein every single time, isn’t that correct?” Rotunno asked.

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She responded: “I felt there was an aspect to the way I felt I needed to protect myself that had an element of manipulation.”

At one point, Rotunno shot back: “You made a choice to have sexual encounters with Harvey Weinstein when you weren’t sexually attracted to him. … You liked the parties and you liked the power.”

Mann returned to the stand on Monday after she told jurors last week that Weinstein trapped her in a New York hotel room in March 2013, allegedly angrily ordered her to undress as he loomed over her, and then raped her.

A second attack came eight months later at a Los Angeles hotel, where she worked as a hairdresser after she told Weinstein that she was dating an actor, she said.

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“You owe me one more time!” she claimed he screamed at her. She said she begged him not to take off her clothes, but he said, “I don’t have time for games,” and allegedly ripped off her pants before pushing her legs apart and raping her.

Mann was grilled on Monday about emails that continued after those alleged attacks. From the emails, it appeared the witness was still cutting Weinstein’s hair in early 2014. In one January 2014 email, he wrote her: “That’s the best hair cut and trim I’ve gotten. I’ve gotten a million compliments. Thank you.”

She wrote back: “Your the one who makes it look good with your smile and beautiful eyes!! But thank you that makes me so happy to hear :)”

Rotunno asked Mann whether she was trying to make Weinstein “believe that you cared about him.”

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“I did want him to think that I was naive and safe and not a threat,” she responded.

“But you’re not naive, are you?” Rotunno asked.

“I’m observant but I’m not that smart,” she replied.

Mann later read from a lengthy confessional email she sent to her then-boyfriend in May 2014 about her relationship with Weinstein. “Harvey was my father’s age and he gave me all the validation I needed at that time,” she said as she choked up, adding, “I tried to make him a pseudo father.”

She began weeping uncontrollably after reading a passage attempting to explain that she had submitted to Weinstein’s sexual advances because she had been sexually assaulted when she was younger. She was still crying after an eight-minute break when the judge cut the day short.

Weinstein, 67, appeared to be sleeping at times during the emotional testimony, closing his eyes and drooping his head in his chair at the defense table. A juror also dozed off for a spell, prompting a scolding from judge.

Asked why he was sleeping as he left the courtroom, Weinstein scowled at a reporter: “Oh please.”

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The testimony comes at a pivotal moment in the trial of Weinstein, whose downfall energized the #MeToo movement. He is charged in New York with the 2013 rape and also sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, in 2006. A conviction could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Weinstein has insisted that any sexual encounters were consensual. His lawyers aim to raise doubts about the rape accuser’s credibility by seizing on her complicated history with the former film producer.

Mann caused a stir Friday when, after being asked by a prosecutor to describe Weinstein’s body, she said that when she first saw him naked, she noticed “extreme scarring” and thought he had characteristics of both male and female genitalia.

“When I first saw him, I was filled with compassion, absolute compassion,” she said, adding, “It seemed his anger came from a place of pain.”

Fox News’ Marta Dhanis and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Iowa caucus precinct officials report struggles with app

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Some precinct chairs at several sites across Iowa have said that they are unable to download and log in to a new phone app designed to simplify the process of reporting voter tabulations from the first Democratic primary of the season.

The app was intended to replace the usual system of reporting voter results by telephone — a process where local caucus officials from the nearly 1,700 polling sites in the state call a hotline and read the results to officials from the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP).

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The IDP says the old system has worked fine in the past, and they do not expect a delay in reporting results.

“We’ve always been able to report results through the hotline so we’re not concerned about a serious delay,” a senior IDP official told Fox News on Monday.

Caucus leaders received training on how to use the app, which would also simplify the math that calculates which of the candidates meet the 15 percent threshold necessary to make them a viable party nominee, weeks ahead of the first night of early voting in the country, the IDP said.

“The IDP is working with any precinct chairs who want to use the optional tabulation application to make sure they are comfortable with it,” Mandy McClure, IDP Communications Director told Fox News on Monday. “We’ve always been aware that many precinct chairs prefer to call in results via a secure hotline, and have systems in place so they can do so.”

Despite issues with the app, the IDP said there are also many backup systems in place, including a paper trail established when caucus-goers receive and complete a physical numbered presidential preference card to document their choice, that ensure that voter tabulation is efficient and accurate and the results can be reviewed and verified as needed.

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Alabama doctor pleads guilty to drug distribution charges over opioids

An Alabama doctor pleaded guilty Friday to distributing opioids from a clinic she operated in the state, U.S. prosecutors said.

Celia Lloyd-Turney, who operated a Choice Medicine Clinic in Huntsville, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

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Lloyd-Turney, 66, wrote multiple subscriptions for controlled substances to patients who were actively abusing other drugs, suffering from addiction, and selling the pills, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

Her guilty plea came while a federal jury in Huntsville was deliberating on whether to convict her 15 criminal charges, the DOJ said. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining 14 charges in exchange for Lloyd-Turney’s plea.

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The investigation involved the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Huntsville, Alabama police department.

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Lloyd-Turney’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 8, 2020. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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