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Roberts, the Senate establish a new precedent during Trump’s impeachment trial

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So much of politics is scripted.

So much of what we’ve seen over the past week or so in the Senate trial of President Trump was not.

The outcome of President Trump’s trial was settled long ago. Try 1787. That’s when the Founders finished the Constitution, asserting in Article I, Section 3 that it would take “two-thirds” of the Senate to convict and remove someone from office.

It was clear long ago that the contemporary Senate wouldn’t have anything close to 67 votes to bounce President Trump from office. But how everyone navigated the trial waters was mostly unscripted.

Take the issue of witnesses. It was far from clear last week if the Senate would summon witnesses. It would come down to less than a handful of votes. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) were well documented in their support for witnesses. Republicans now hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate. So the attrition of Collins and Romney likely brought the vote tally on the witness gateway to just 51. In play were Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). But it was thought that Collins and Romney may constitute the entire universe of GOPers willing to open the door to witnesses.

The gateway vote on witnesses could have presented the Senate with a rabbit warren of options for what would happen next in the trial. If the Senate agreed to the witness gateway, would that just be it? Would the Senate only support the concept of witnesses – but vote to reject various slates of witnesses or individual witnesses? That’s why the gateway vote last week was so important. Democrats obviously pushed for witnesses – most significantly, former National Security Advisor John Bolton. Many Republicans thought they’d like to hear from former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. But the gateway vote on witnesses was like opening a parliamentary wormhole. If the Senate approved the motion to theoretically call witnesses, then senators never truly knew where’d they come out on the other side. \

Would this extend the trial for weeks? Months? So much for a quick acquittal for the President, pushed by many of the President’s loyalists. Sure, some GOPers thought it would be amusing if not politically helpful to drag the Bidens into the Senate to testify. But in the minds of Mr. Trump’s Senate supporters, was testimony from the Bidens more important than clearing the chief executive expeditiously? The same with the idea of calling the whistleblower. Lots of Republicans liked to talk a good game about hearing from and exposing the name of the whistleblower. But to what political end? Incinerating national security law? Annihilating whistleblower statutes which many senators worked so hard to pass over the years? Exposing persons who work undercover in the national security community?

The idea of voting to have the whistleblower testify was never going to happen. But it was sure a good way for some Republicans to gin up their base and call into question what lead impeachment manager and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) or his staff allegedly knew about the whistleblower.

One more vote in favor of witnesses would present the Senate with a tie on the gateway vote. By rule, tie votes in the Senate lose. Would Chief Justice John Roberts vote to break the tie? Senate impeachment rules note that the role of the Vice President – who is eligible to break other ties in the Senate – “devolved” in an impeachment trial. So there would be no role or possibility of the Vice President breaking a tie. In President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial in 1868, Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase broke two of three ties in the Senate. Could Roberts break a tie in this instance and prolong the trial, forcing witnesses?

Unclear. And, in real time, senators were looking at what an elongated trial may mean. President Trump’s counsel Jay Sekulow argued that calling witnesses would “take a long time” and may consume Senate business “for months.”

Schiff disputed this, suggesting they could call and depose witnesses in a week.

That’s a nod to what the Senate did in 2018 when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to raise questions about the conduct of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. After much debate and negotiation, the Senate postponed a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh until the FBI completed a probe of Blasey Ford’s allegation. The supposition was that if Republican senators were willing to pause Kavanaugh’s confirmation for a week, then surely they could take a week to hear from witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

It was also a red herring that calling witnesses would devour all Senate business. If the Senate voted to call witnesses, it’s likely the trial would go dark on the floor for a week or two. Maybe just meet in trial session for a few minutes each day as the Senate took the depositions offstage. Senate impeachment rules don’t require the trial to meet until 1 pm et each day. So it’s possible the Senate could still debate and vote on legislation and nominations either before or after the trial sessions during this period.

But, it turns out, the Senate lacked the votes to swing open the gateway to the possibility of witnesses. Lamar Alexander announced his opposition to the witness option. Lisa Murkowski followed suit the next day. The Senate wouldn’t call witnesses.

That left the Senate with but a handful of unanswered questions: When would the Senate finish the trial? Would any Republicans vote to remove Mr. Trump? Would any Democrats vote to acquit the President?

We now have an answer to the first question. The Senate will vote sometime after 4 pm et Wednesday on both articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It’s unclear if we will know how everyone will vote until just before the Senate takes those roll call tallies. But Friday afternoon – once the Senate knew the math on the witness question, there wasn’t an obvious answer to how it got from point A to point C.

Many Republican senators and the White House wanted to conclude the trial Friday night or in the wee hours of Saturday morning. On Capitol Hill, when you have the votes, you move, regardless of the hour. You don’t tempt fate. There’s a reason why the Senate voted on the first version of Obamacare before dawn on Christmas Eve morning in 2009. You never know when some new allegation may come tumbling in over the transom to alter the calculus.

But, here was the problem. The Senate had heard nothing but arguments from the impeachment managers and Mr. Trump’s defense counsel for weeks now on the floor. Would the Senate suddenly just call votes on the articles of impeachment without allowing senators to actually speak and debate on the floor the guilt or innocence of the President?

So, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held off on the witness gateway vote until late Friday afternoon. It was only then that he could secure an agreement between GOPers and Democrats on how to finish the trial. It wouldn’t wrap over the weekend. Things would extend through late Wednesday – punctuated by President Trump’s State of the Union speech in the middle.

Some GOPers wanted the President cleared before the Tuesday address. But Democrats noted that President Clinton presented a State of the Union message during his impeachment trial in 1999.

There was naturally some grumbling from those close to the President.

“It’s a terrible thing,” said one source familiar with Mr. Trump’s thinking. “(Republican) senators should have stayed in on Saturday. They got rolled.”

But McConnell was hamstrung on having the votes to finish the trial immediately.

“It was the best deal McConnell could get,” said one Republican source. “The Administration is pleased that this is the best the Republican Senate could do to shorten the process.”

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland put a different spin on things. Ueland thought having State of the Union one night – followed by the trial verdicts – would boost Mr. Trump.

“It’s a strong, one-two punch to have the State of the Union with a clear vision, clear agenda and clear focus for 2020 followed immediately by acquittal on this fake articles of impeachment the next day,” said Ueland.

And even though it was a moot point by the weekend, we finally got some clarity as to if John Roberts could break a tie in the Senate trial.

A book of 44 “standing rules” govern Senate practice. But what is more voluminous is a catalogue for thousands of Senate “precedents.” In fact, the Senate conducts much of its business based on precedent. So on Friday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) posed a parliamentary inquiry to Roberts as to whether he could break ties in an impeachment trial. Roberts answered Schumer from the dais.

“I think it would be inappropriate for me, an unelected official from a different branch of government, to assert the power to change that result so that the motion would succeed,” declared Roberts.

And with that, Roberts and the Senate established a new precedent.

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We already know the outcome of President Trump’s impeachment trial. And now we know if there is ever another impeachment trial, the Chief Justice can’t break ties because of the precedent established in Mr. Trump’s tribunal by Roberts.

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Andy Reid finally wins Super Bowl with Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid waited 21 years for this moment.

Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday to win Super Bowl LIV. It is Reid’s first-ever Super Bowl title in only his second appearance. It only took him 364 total games to get to that elusive Super Bowl win.

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The Chiefs defeated the 49ers thanks to a 21-point fourth-quarter behind Patrick Mahomes’ two touchdown passes and two total touchdowns from Damien Williams.

The win drew a lot of reaction on social media, even from his former team the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Reid helped the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. Reid coached the Eagles from 1999 to 2012. He joined the Chiefs in 2013 and made the playoffs six of his seven years coaching them. He has never had a losing record as Chiefs head coach.

It all culminated with a win in Miami on Sunday night.

Kansas City was down by as many as 10 points in the Super Bowl and were down 24 points in the divisional round. Both times they came back and won the game.

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Reid now gets to celebrate one of the biggest moments of his career. The Super Bowl trophy is back in Kansas City for the first time since 1970.

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Celebrity sightings at Super Bowl LIV

Millions of people watch the Super Bowl each year, and celebrities are no exception.

Like years past, many celebrities have been seen at this year’s big game.

Here are some of the biggest stars at Super Bowl LIV:

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Jay-Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy

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Jay-Z walks with his daughter Blue Ivy Carter. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

One of music’s most famous families was spotted at the game.

Jay-Z‘s entertainment company has a hand in the halftime show, so it’s no surprise that he was there with his family.

Photos of the trio are scarce, but TMZ was able to obtain some of the family staying seated during Demi Lovato’s performance of the national anthem.

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Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Miles Teller

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(Left to right) Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Miles Teller attend Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Cheifs superfan Paul Rudd was spotted at the Super Bowl, and he spent time with a couple of his famous pals.

Rudd’s Marvel co-star Jeremy Renner was seen at the game, as was “Top Gun: Maverick” star Miles Teller.

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DJ Khalid

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DJ Khaled attends Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The rapper and producer was spotted at Super Bowl LIV.

Khaled, 44, also starred in a commercial with Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and Pitbull.

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Emily Ratajkowski

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(Left to right) Sebastian Bear-McClard and Emily Ratajkowski at the big game. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Emily Ratajkowski was seen at the big game with her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard.

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Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart at Hard Rock Stadium before Super Bowl LIV. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Funnyman Kevin Hart was spotted speaking with the press outside of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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Cardi B

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Cardi B posted a video of herself singing and dancing along to Jennifer Lopez’s performance at Super Bowl LIV. (Cardi B/Instagram)

Rapper Cardi B shared several videos on Instagram for the big game.

Among the videos she posted were clips from Demi Lovato’s national anthem performance, and Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block.”

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Iowa caucuses: Who is ahead in the polls heading into Monday

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The Democratic race is unusually large heading into Monday’s Iowa caucuses, with four presidential candidates locked in a fight for victory in Iowa and others still in a position to pull off surprisingly strong finishes.

Many campaigns were looking to final weekend polls to provide some measure of clarity.

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Polls show former Vice President Joe Biden in a tight race in Iowa with Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and entrepreneur Andrew Yang also are competing aggressively in the state.

An Emerson College poll released Sunday night found Sanders leading with 28 percent support, Biden at 21 percent, Buttigieg at 15 percent, Warren at 14 percent and Klobuchar at 11 percent.

A CBS News poll had Biden and Sanders holding the lead with 25 percent each, Buttigieg with 21 percent, Warren at 16 percent and Klobuchar at 5 percent.

Late Saturday, a final CNN and Des Moines Register poll opted not to release their survey because of concerns that the results may have been compromised.

For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will release three sets of results: who voters align with at the start of the night, who they pick after voters supporting nonviable candidates get to make a second choice, and the number of state delegate equivalents each candidate gets.

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The new rules were mandated by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as part of a package of changes sought by Sanders following his loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primaries. The revisions were designed to make the caucus system more transparent and to make sure that even the lowest-performing candidates get credit for all the votes they receive. But party officials in Iowa and at the DNC have privately expressed concerns that multiple campaigns will spin the results in their favor, potentially creating chaos on caucus night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Candidates make their closing cases on the eve of Iowa’s caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa – On the eve of the Iowa caucusesSen. Bernie Sanders predicted that the first contest in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination will lead to the end of President Trump’s tenure in the White House.

“Tomorrow night is the beginning. It is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” the independent senator from Vermont, who is making his second straight presidential bid, told cheering supporters at a sports pub in Iowa’s capital city.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks to supporters at a Super Bowl watch party at a sports bar in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb. 2, 2020

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And the populist lawmaker once again spotlighted that turnout will be crucial to his success in the caucuses.

“Tomorrow night please do your best not only to come out and caucus, bring your friends, bring your distant cousins, bring those people you haven’t talked to in years, and get them out to the caucus,” the candidate joked as he urged his supporters to convince friends and family to caucus on his behalf.

And Sanders — speaking Sunday what was billed as a Super Bowl watch party — repeated his prediction 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.”

An average of the latest polls in Iowa’s Democratic presidential caucuses compiled by RealClearPolitics indicates Sanders with a low single-digit edge over former Vice President Joe Biden, with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts a few percentage points back, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of neighboring Minnesota hovering just below double digits.

Warren also wrapped up her final day on the campaign trail in Iowa at a Super Bowl watch party.  The senator arrived at the event, which was hosted by Progress Iowa, carrying a six-pack of beer.

She told the crowd that “you, Iowa, have made me a better candidate, and you will make me a better president.”

Earlier, at a town hall in Iowa State University in Ames, Warren once again emphasized that choosing a female nominee is the best way to defeat the GOP president in November’s general election.

“Right now across in America in competitive races, women are outperforming men. So here’ how I see this — our number one job is to beat Donald Trump. Women win,” she stressed.

Klobuchar joined her fellow senators in ending her day at Super Bowl watch party at Jethro’s BBQ N’ Pork Shop Grill in suburban Des Moines.

A strong finish in Iowa’s caucuses is crucial for Klobuchar’s uphill climb to win the Democratic presidential nomination. And some political pundits have spotlighted that a less than stellar showing in Monday night’s caucuses could spell doom for Klobuchar.

KLOBUCHAR PLEDGES SHE’S MOVING ON TO NEW HAMPSHIRE ‘NO MATTER WHAT’

But in an exclusive interview Sunday on “Fox News Sunday,” the Democratic White House hopeful vowed that “I’m going to New Hampshire no matter what.”

New Hampshire votes eight days after Iowa and holds the first primary in the race for the presidential nominations.

All three senators returned to the nation’s capital on Sunday night in order to attend Monday’s session of the Senate impeachment trial of President. And all three hope to return to Iowa on Monday evening in time for the caucuses.

Buttigieg — pointing to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s historic victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses — asked his supporters at a large rally in Des Moines on Sunday to repeat history.

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Buttigieg — who would become the nation’s first openly gay president if elected — asked “are you ready to make history one more time tomorrow evening. And make sure that everybody has a voice in this process. I believe you’re going to make me the next president to the United States.”

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Biden wrapped his final day of campaigning ahead of the caucuses by addressing his largest crowd to date in Iowa. Just over 1,100 people showed up to see the former vice president Sunday evening at a middle school on the east side of Des Moines.

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Karl Rove’s advice to Trump for SOTU address: ‘The less said about impeachment, the better off’

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Karl Rove told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace and the accompanying panelist that President Trump should stray from discussing impeachment during his State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday, and “it is more important to herald achievements.”

“The less said about [impeachment] in the State of the Union address, the better off for President Trump,” Rove said on how he would advise Trump.

The GOP-led Senate may have blocked new witnesses from testifying, but a deal struck with Democrats to delay the ultimate impeachment acquittal vote of President Trump until Wednesday sets up a wild week ahead in politics.

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On Monday, the 2020 presidential election kicks off with the first votes cast being cast in the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, the House Democratic impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team will return to the Senate chamber at 11 a.m. to make their closing arguments in the impeachment trial.

The following day, senators will give floor speeches on whether or not Trump should be impeached — just hours before the commander in chief arrives at the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address.

The White House had wanted a quick acquittal to end what they’ve dubbed a witchhunt. But the administration signaled that the delayed vote won’t stop Trump from delivering an optimistic nationally televised address Tuesday that celebrates his achievements.

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“We’ve heard he’s going to be talking about the blue-collar economic prosperity.”

Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush who served during the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,  also said that Trump should discuss his plan for the remainder of his current term as president and a potential second term in the White House.

“Tomorrow night is a valuable moment for him. It is a moment where he could sort of be dismissive of the impeachment by giving it as little attention and remarks as possible and putting the focus on what he’s done and what he intends to do.”

Fox News’ Marissa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Emily Compagno: ‘All American citizens lose when Dems refuse to work with Trump’

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Fox News’ contributor Emily Compagno on Sunday raised concern that an ongoing feud between President Trump and House Democrats could be a “disservice” to Americans.

“He’s like, you know what, they’re never going to collaborate and I think he probably knew it in his heart of hearts,” Compagno, one of the hosts of “The Five” Compagno, said, reacting to Trump’s Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity.

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In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show, Trump confirmed that the State of the Union address would go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday — just a day before the Senate is set to overwhelmingly acquit him after a months-long impeachment process.

“Well, it’s been very unfair. From the day I won … from the day I came down from the escalator. … it probably started from there. It’s been a very, very unfair process,” Trump said. “The Mueller Report, Russia, Russia, Russia, as you say, which was total nonsense — it was all nonsense, the whole thing. It was very unfair, and mostly it was unfair to my family. I mean, my family suffered because of all this. And many other families suffered also.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced late Thursday night that he would not support additional witnesses in Trump’s “shallow, hurried and wholly partisan” Senate impeachment trial, seemingly ending Democrats’ hopes of hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton and paving the way for the president’s imminent acquittal as soon as Friday night.

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“The hatred, as he said, is going to be difficult to surmount,” she added.

Compagno went on to say, “It’s to all of our disservice –because it’s all of us [American] citizens that lose when the Democrats refuse to collaborate with him.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Trump campaign prison reform Super Bowl ad features Alice Marie Johnson

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After becoming the face of prison reform, Alice Marie Johnson is now the star of an $11 million Super Bowl LIV ad paid for President Trump’s reelection campaign.

The great-grandmother, once sentenced to a lifetime behind bars for nonviolent drug charges, tweeted during the big game as the Kansas City Chiefs took on the San Francisco 49ers, with the ad attached.

“Two Super Bowls ago I was sitting in a prison cell,” she wrote. “Today I am a free woman and my story was featured in a Super Bowl Ad. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for the wrongly and unjustly convicted! God Bless America!”

“Politicians talk about criminal justice reform,” the ad’s text reads. “President Trump got it done. Thousands of families are being reunited.”

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Johnson is seen in the commercial thanking Trump and hugging her family.

Trump also tweeted the ad: “I promised to restore hope in America. That includes the least among us. Together, let’s KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

The First Step Act is Trump’s signature criminal justice reform.

The bipartisan movement to improve public safety and restore second chances came to fruition with the passage of the First Step Act.

Johnson was arrested in 1993 and convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1996, Mic reported.

A series of life-altering events led to her involvement with cocaine dealers. Johnson never dealt drugs but found herself acting as an intermediary on occasion.

Johnson said that her faith in God got her through her long prison stretch and gave her hope that one day she would get her freedom back.

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“I knew that God was going to get me out. So many things he promised me he was constantly doing things — it might seem like small things, but I’d pray for something, and it would materialize. God was speaking to my heart, ‘If I can take care of the small things, trust me with the big thing,’” Johnson told Ainsley Earhardt in an interview that aired on Fox News.

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2nd case of coronavirus confirmed in Bay Area, marking 9th case in US

California health officials on Sunday confirmed the second case of the novel coronavirus in the Bay Area, marking the ninth confirmed case in the U.S.

Officials say the new case is not related to the one declared Friday, in which a Santa Clara County resident tested positive for the virus. The patient is a man who recently traveled to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — and entered the U.S. on Jan. 24.

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The new patient is a woman from China who arrived in California on Jan. 23 to spend time with her family, Dr. Sara Cody, a health officer with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, said during a news conference.

The woman has stayed home since her arrival, leaving only twice to seek outpatient medical care, Cody said, adding that she is being regularly monitored and was not sick enough to be hospitalized.

The woman’s family, meanwhile, remains isolated and hasn’t left their home, the health department said in a statement.

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to the general public remains low,” Cody said. “A second case is not unexpected. With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases, including close contacts to our cases.”

The woman’s case marks the ninth overall confirmed in the United States. As of Sunday, there have been two others in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois.

Later Sunday, health officials in New York City said two patients are suspected of having the coronavirus, The New York Times reported. The patients are a woman in her 40s and a man in his 60s who had recently been in China. Both had come down with flulike symptoms and have been tested for influenza and other common illnesses associated with the virus, The Times reported.

The viral outbreak, which began in China in December, has infected more than 14,550 people globally, with mainland China reporting 99 percent of the cases. The death toll in China, meanwhile, has climbed to more than 300.

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The first death from the virus outside the country was recorded Sunday in the Philippines. The country’s health department said a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was hospitalized last week with a fever, cough and sore throat, and died after developing severe pneumonia.

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The number of cases from the novel coronavirus has surpassed levels seen during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak that erupted in southern China. The SARS virus infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 before disappearing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jennifer Lopez, Shakira perform hits during Super Bowl LIV halftime show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have taken the stage.

The Super Bowl LIV halftime show opened with Shakira and several backup dancers performing in red sparkling leotards before the singer, 43, picked up an electric guitar to perform “Empire.”

Known for her dancing abilities, Shakira took a moment to prove that her hips don’t lie before performing “Whenever, Wherever,” adding a dance with a rope that she performed when on tour.

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The songstress then launched into “I Like It” as Bad Bunny took the stage with her.

The performance included multiple Spanish-language songs, as the show was designed to be a celebration of Latino culture.

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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez here joined on stage by Bad Bunny and J Balvin at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show. (Getty)

Of course, the crowd cheered loudly while Shakira performed “Hips Don’t Lie” while crowd surfing.

Then came Lopez.

“Miami are you ready?” shouted Lopez, 50, before launching into “Jenny From the Block.”

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Lopez then stripped off her black leather bodysuit in favor of a revealing silver one. She performed pole dancing while singing “Waiting for Tonight.”

J Blavin then joined the singer on stage for a performance of “Mi Gente”

Lopez’s 11-year-old daughter then came on stage and lead a performance of “Let’s Get Loud” alongside her mother, who donned a Puerto Rican flag made of feathers for the song.

Shakira then returned to the stage to perform “Waka Waka” with dancers dressed in gold.

“Muchas gracias!” said Shakira.

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“Thank you so much!” concluded Lopez.

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