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Bernie Sanders dances his way into 2020, as presidential candidates ring in new year

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Surging in the polls and likely to post another large campaign fundraising haul in the coming days, an apparently jubilant Sen. Bernie Sanders rang in the new year with supporters in Iowa, the state that in one month will kick off the presidential primary and caucus nominating calendar.

The Democratic presidential candidate capped his “Big New Year’s Bash” at the downtown Marriott hotel in Des Moines by dancing to “Takin’ it to the Streets,” the hit 1970s song by the Doobie Brothers.

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At his party – held a couple of hours before the clock struck midnight – the populist independent senator from Vermont told the crowd, “I don’t have to tell anybody in this room how important the Iowa caucus is. You go first….You set the pace for this entire election system.”

And predicting a victory in Iowa, Sanders appeared to do a riff from Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean’s infamous 2004 Iowa caucus night “Dean Scream” speech, minus the scream.

“We’re going to take that victory into New Hampshire, we’re going to go to Nevada, South Carolina, California,” Sanders emphasized as his supporters cheered with every state he mentioned. “With your help we’re going to win the Democratic nomination and with your help in 2020, we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of America.”

The Sanders campaign told Fox News that roughly 1,300 people were in the crowd for the candidate’s New Year’s Eve party. “New Power Generation,” the band of the late musician Prince, performed at the event.

Meanwhile in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first presidential primary in the White House race, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang rocked in 2020 with supporters at a party in Nashua. The late-night bash, that went past midnight, was the final of six events the candidate held in New Hampshire on Tuesday to mark the new year.

Some supporters from all over the country drove to New Hampshire to celebrate with Yang, a onetime long shot who’s soared to mid-tier status. Tickets for the soiree sold out days ago.

Yang – who’s been known to cut-it-up on the campaign trail – took it relatively easy at his party.

Asked earlier in the day by Fox News if he was going to get crazy at his midnight bash, Yang said “probably not. I’m campaigning tomorrow too, so it would be unseemly for the candidate to get sloshed or anything on New Year’s Eve.”

“I need to be at it again tomorrow. So you know, you have to maintain control of your faculties,” he added.

But his message to supporters was, “Don’t let me be a stick in the mud because I’m going to be in an excellent mood and we’re going to ring in the New Year right and then we’re going to help make the 20’s the decade that we’re proud of to reverse a lot of the stuff that’s gone on in this country over the last number of years unfortunately.”

Yang jokingly picked a man in the crowd – named Sam – as his stand-in every time he was asked to have a toast with supporters at the event.

Asked by Fox News what his New Year’s resolution was, Yang said “to become president-elect of the United States of America and we are on our way thanks to you New Hampshire, so thank you.”

As for his best moments in the fleeting decade, Yang noted “you know I had two kids this decade. I got married this decade. So I’d say those are the three biggest highlights I can remember from the tens. I guess that’s what we’re going to call it. The tens.”

While Yang was ringing in 2020 in Nashua, another presidential contender was in Manchester – New Hampshire’s largest city – for what was billed as the first house party of the new year.

Headlining the gathering was Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, a long shot for the nomination.

“My New Year’s resolution is to come in the top three in New Hampshire and do everything I can to beat Donald Trump and take back the Senate,” Bennet told those assembled.

“This year is going to be the most important one yet for our democracy, and I couldn’t be more excited to start 2020 with family and friends dedicated to moving the country forward,” he predicted.”

Meanwhile, while these Democrats were wooing voters in the early states, President Trump joined the New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with well-known supporters, like attorney Rudy Giuliani, and family members, like Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

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Kristi Hamrick: Casting ‘cancel culture’ stones – how real-life grace can counter virtual cruelty

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The year 2019 brought us the phenomenon of “cancel culture” in which mob-like behavior is often rallied against public figures who have sinned – maybe today, maybe decades ago, maybe even accidentally – for violating rules that may not even have been obvious at the time.

Some behavior – sexual assault for example – has no gray areas. But the cultural relativism of our current life makes it almost impossible for even those who want to be politically correct to practice what they preach.

Which leads to a New Year’s resolution that could be good for all of us. It comes from Jesus’ example in John 8, when he was goaded by a crowd of cultural leaders to condemn a woman caught in adultery.

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Rather than giving in to a mob mentality, the Apostle John reports that “Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’”

Imagine what the New Year could be like if everyone offered more grace to others, knowing that someday they might want that for themselves. Imagine a year in which fewer stones were thrown.

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Former President Barack Obama raised the issue earlier this year at an Obama Foundation youth activism event.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff,” Obama said, “you should get over that quickly.”

“The world is messy; there are ambiguities,” he continued. “People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.”

Forgiveness and kindness open the door for relationships. And it might take more than one act of grace to make it past the kinds of things that separate us, especially in the kind of culture in which differences over policy are often described with the language of sin, which raises every opinion to a new commandment.

Peter asks how often he should forgive someone who sins against him. “Seven times?” he asks. “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but 70 times seven!” That kind of standard is hard to live up to, and lately people seem less inclined to give that kind of do-over a try.

Sin has been described as an old-fashioned word without relevance to modern secularists or non-believers. But that seems to be changing. In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” theologian Jonathan Edwards notes that all people are inclined to make mistakes, separated as we are from our own ideals and from the God who made us, the God who has high standards for those he loves.

Edwards noted that in Deuteronomy 32:35, while we will all make missteps on our journey, it is God’s place to judge … not Twitter’s.

In Matthew 18, Peter asks how often he should forgive someone who sins against him. “Seven times?” he asks. “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but 70 times seven!”

That kind of standard is hard to live up to, and lately people seem less inclined to give that kind of do-over a try.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has a new docuseries out detailing his fall from grace and ongoing comeback efforts. He follows a wildly successful Netflix special “Sticks & Stones” performed by Dave Chappelle, in which he mocks the fact that one of the things he’s irritated about is audience members sitting there ready to judge him. The death of comedy is headline news today with performers saying it’s too complicated, in part because it’s not possible to know how every word will be perceived.

Strange to think how much conservatives and comedians might have in common as people use the internet and social media to paint individuals in the public eye in ways that are unrecognizable to what they really are. It’s a bit ironic that performers who lampoon others are today often feeling the impact of cultural disdain, a burden many others in public life have had to endure.

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Still, that doesn’t make it right. A lot has been written about the depression, grief and agony caused by the use of our amplified media against people caught in the crosshairs of a keyboard. The constant drip of criticism of those around us erodes the landscape of our culture and teaches the next generation that everyone is fair game.

Rather than preaching “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” we are modeling “Go after others, so they cannot come after you.”

In Matthew 12:36, Jesus urges us to be cautious with our words, saying, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”

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Careless words and a critical attitude drive a wedge between people. This year, when given the opportunity to throw that first stone, perhaps all of us should consider walking away, and offer a second chance at hope and a future.

The grace we offer today, we might need tomorrow.

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Toxic impeachment fight leaves unfinished business for Congress in 2020

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Congress faces a lengthy to-do list in the new year, as an already divided Washington heats up amid a potential Senate impeachment trial and the upcoming presidential primary races.

House Democrats went into the holiday break touting a long list of legislative achievements they passed in their first year as majority, while Republicans complained the toxic impeachment fight halted important legislation.

What’s clear is that much work still remains. Once back in Washington, the top policy issue for Republicans is finalizing the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the Senate. After House Democrats spent months securing greater enforcement of labor standards in Mexico and earning the support of the influential AFL-CIO union federation, the new pact passed the House 385-41 in December — a day after Democrats impeached Trump.

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The first hearing in the Senate is expected on Jan. 7.

Republicans accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of dragging her feet for a year on the NAFTA replacement.

“It should have been passed months ago and it’s had a toll on our economy,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. “It sat on a shelf in the House because Pelosi was fixated with impeachment. So those jobs didn’t get created.”

President Trump initially announced the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada on Nov. 30, 2018, but it has yet to be ratified because of the prolonged negotiations with Congress that Pelosi defended as necessary to improve the pact.

Meanwhile, Democrats touted the more than 400 bills they passed despite impeachment and panned the Senate “graveyard” for failing to take up any of their priorities. In 2020, they want Senate action on their bills, including expanding gun background checks, adding LGBTQ protections, reforming the government, lowering health care costs and addressing the gender pay gap.

“This has been the most productive House of Representatives in my memory,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. “Unfortunately, everything we pass sits on Mitch McConnell’s desk and goes to the graveyard we call the Senate.”

In a letter to Democratic colleagues in December, Pelosi said, “When we return in the New Year, House Democrats will continue to accelerate a drumbeat to make our legislation ‘too hot to handle’ until Senator McConnell, the Grim Reaper, takes up our bills, which are alive and well with the American people.” 

Several House Democrats interviewed by Fox News said in the new year they’d like a bipartisan spending bill with the White House to fix the country’s crumbling roads and bridges.

“I’m really hopeful next year we start out with a good infrastructure package,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J.

Rep. Max Rose, a freshman Democrat from the Staten Island, N.Y. district that Trump won, wants to overturn Trump’s controversial executive order banning travel from several countries, including several that are majority Muslim.

“The fact that we have not yet taken a vote to overturn the Muslim ban is a f–king disgrace,” Rose said. “To go home for the holidays without showing the American people that this wrong enough for us to vote to overturn it is disgraceful, and despicable and disgusting. We should take a vote on that.”

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After USMCA, House Republicans point to bipartisan health care legislation that passed unanimously out of the Energy and Commerce Committee to help lower prescription drug costs, but has yet to get a vote on the House floor.

Instead, the House successfully passed a different prescription drug bill – the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act – that the GOP panned as too partisan and having no chance of becoming law. Some lawmakers remain hopeful there’s a chance for bipartisan drug reforms despite the bitter impeachment divide.

“I think the biggest issue – even bigger than USMCA – is prescription drug prices,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Here’s a look at what did, and did not, get done in 2019.

What did the House do?

All told, the new Democratic-led House passed 434 bills and joint resolutions this year, but 349 of them, or 80 percent, saw no Senate action.

Despite impeachment, the amount of legislation the House passed its first year was high.

In the last 20 years, there’s only been two other times when the House topped 400 measures in its first year — in 2017, when the House GOP passed 461 bills and joint resolutions just after Republicans won a clean sweep of the White House, the Senate and the House; and in 2007 when Pelosi last held the gavel and passed 524 bills and joint resolutions in her first year, records show.

Some pieces of legislation the House passed include raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

What did the Senate do?

The GOP-led Senate passed 131 Senate bills and joint resolutions this year and 95 of them, almost 73 percent, sit waiting in the House.

A huge accomplishment for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was his steady pace of judicial confirmations, billed as a “historic transformation of the courts.”

Just this year alone, the Senate confirmed 20 of Trump’s circuit court nominees and 80 of his district court nominees. Since Trump’s presidency, McConnell has ushered through 187 of his GOP-backed court nominees, including two Supreme Court justices.

What became law?

As of Dec. 24, 101 pieces of legislation have passed both chambers and have been signed into law by the president.

Among the marquee laws are the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund to help first responders and other victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, and the National Defense Authorization Act that gave federal workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave, boosted the pay for troops 3.1 percent and created Trump’s Space Force as a new branch of the military.

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Trump also signed into law the SECURE Act, which strengthens retirement savings, and legislation that raised the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21.

The House and Senate passed spending bills to avoid another government shutdown. They also found common ground on legislation to crack down on annoying robocalls, which Trump is also expected to sign.

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Andy Puzder: Trump economy defies critics – 2019 another year of the ‘experts’ getting it all wrong

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The only thing that rivals President Trump’s tally of kept promises is the endless list of inaccurate predictions his critics have made about the U.S. economy. 

Of course, we heard these apocryphal predictions even before Donald Trump won the 2016 election. For instance, in October 2016, the far-left publication Politico boldly declared that “Wall Street is set up for a major crash if Donald Trump shocks the world on Election Day and wins the White House.”

The ability of Trump’s critics to predict our economic future hasn’t improved with age. Throughout 2019, numerous so-called “economists” and “experts” have taken a swing at the president’s economic policies, warning Americans that the next stock market crash was right around the corner. 

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In January, the uber-liberal Huffington Post published a typically baseless piece titled “4 Signs Another Recession Is Coming ― And What It Means For You.” Vox published a similar fear-mongering prediction over the summer, arguing that Wall Street “is at a point where it can’t — or won’t — ignore President Donald Trump’s trade antics and Twitter tirades like it used to.”

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And who could forget some of the most recent warnings that slam Trump’s trade policy, such as Investor’s Business Daily’s headline: “Stock Market Reaction To Tariffs: Wall Street Has Seen This Before; The End Is Not Good.”

Despite the doom and gloom, as 2019 came to an end, the president inched ever-closer to a revolutionary trade deal with China, completing negotiations on what has been called phase one of that agreement.  The Trump administration also successfully campaigned to get the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement approved by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, further instilling confidence and optimism in entrepreneurs that the ongoing economic renaissance is here to stay.

The Democrats love to make predictions about President Trump’s policies, but they don’t seem to learn from their own mistakes.

Not surprisingly (unless you suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome), investors responded. The S&P 500 finished 2019 up 29 percent, its best year since 2013. The Nasdaq finished the year up 35 percent, shattering the 9,000 level for the first time in history. The Dow’s listing of blue-chip stocks rose an impressive 22 percent. These results leave little doubt that investors are fully confident in the U.S. economy – despite the droning criticism from the Left.

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In fact, under Trump, the benchmark S&P 500 has already returned over 50 percent and is performing well above the average under past administrations. 

These returns aren’t just for the millionaires and billionaires you heard so much about if you listened to the millionaires and billionaires who participated in the Democratic presidential debates describe how they would tank the economy – for our own good. Rather, according to Gallup, about 55 percent of American workers own stocks either individually or through mutual funds or retirement savings accounts, like a 401(k) or an IRA. They have all been positively impacted by stock market growth under Trump and I can guarantee you they noticed. That’s a lot of voters.

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No wonder Democrats have so aggressively pursued an obviously futile attempt to remove the president from office. At this point, it’s all they’ve got – and it isn’t much.

The Democrats love to make predictions about President Trump’s policies, but they don’t seem to learn from their own mistakes. As Trump said in response to the latest stock market surge, “With new trade deals, and more, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!”

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Doctors remove 5-inch cancerous ‘dragon horn’ from man’s back

This is not what they meant by “grabbing life by the horns.”

A U.K. man baffled doctors after a 5-inch cancerous “dragon horn” sprouted out of his back despite him having no history of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

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The unnamed 50-year-old day laborer’s protuberance – which also resembled a gnarled talon and pumpkin stem – was diagnosed with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most prevalent strain of non-melanoma skin cancer, study authors report.

His growth was perplexing, as the patient had “no previous or family history of skin malignancy and was not immunosuppressed,” per the report. Not only that, but there weren’t any of the lymphatic abnormalities generally associated with such an aberration.

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While most cutaneous cases are surgically nipped in the bud, this patient had allowed his tumor to blossom for three years — in effect making a mountain out of a malignant molehill.

As a result, the growth had to be excised by surgeons at the Countess of Chester Hospital, the BBC reports. The deficit tissue was then replaced with a skin graft from his thigh.

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Although the operation was successful, the surprised BMJ study authors said the anomalous ailment only occurred because it was “neglected by a patient living in a developed country with access to free health care.”

“This highlights that despite current public skin cancer awareness and rigorous health care measures, cases like this can still arise and slip through the net,” wrote the quartet of Counter of Chester Hospital surgeons behind the case study.

This isn’t the first time an easily treatable condition snowballed out of control in 2019. This past Thanksgiving, an Indian man underwent surgery for a cystic kidney that had swelled to the size of a Butterball turkey. And in October, a Panamanian patient made headlines for his sports-bag-sized scrotum — the result of gangrene run amok.

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Cathy Areu: ‘The Trump Show’ 2019 – Our reality TV president has put on quite a performance

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His every move is monitored and documented by the media. Audiences follow the most popular and famous man in the world 24/7. He’s the ultimate reality star.

You probably think I’m referring to President Trump. I am – and I’m not.

I’m also describing Jim Carey’s character, Truman Burbank, from the 1998 movie “The Truman Show.”

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In the film, Truman is adopted by a corporation as a baby and raised in a giant TV studio made to look like a seaside town, with 5,000 cameras capturing his every move for a round-the-clock reality show.

Everyone in the town is an actor or actress hired to play a part. Only Truman doesn’t know he’s living in a simulated reality show. His entire life is documented by a manipulative producer showcasing his every move to capture TV ratings.

“The Trump Show” also has secrets, a cast of diverse characters and drama. Lots of drama.

A major difference between these two shows is that one was fictional with an unwilling protagonist who had no idea the world was watching him; the other is real with a star who desperately craves the world’s attention around the clock.

Another key difference is that Truman didn’t tweet, since Twitter wasn’t launched until 2006. Trump has tweeted more than 47,000 times since 2010 and now has over 68 million followers. Between tweeting, playing golf and making “perfect” phone calls with foreign leaders in which “there was no quid pro quo” it’s a wonder he finds time to eat and sleep.

But as we start 2020, let’s look back to see how the tweeter-in-chief performed in “The Trump Show” in 2019.

January 2019 began as the year ended: with a battle between Trump and his longtime adversary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. If you’re a Republican, you probably believe Trump is Superman and the hero of this battle of the pols. If you’re a Democrat, you probably see Pelosi as Wonder Woman battling a dastardly villain.

With the many events that occurred in the last 12 months, it’s hard to believe that we had the longest government shutdown in history at the beginning of the year, spanning 35 days.

The shutdown was about Trump’s desire to build a wall along our border with Mexico, using taxpayer dollars (from American taxpayers, not Mexican ones as he claimed dozens of times when he ran for president).

I think Trump wanted to show the Chinese he could build a big beautiful wall even greater than their old decrepit one. Will our great wall be lined with Trump golf courses, resorts and towers?

While the government shutdown was in progress, Pelosi made history by not allowing Trump to give his State of the Union address in the House chamber. She’s no dummy. She knows denying Trump the chance to appear before a big TV audience is the worst punishment you can possibly inflict on him. Who knows, if she let him give the speech before the government reopened the shutdown might still be going on.

Then came the resignations and firings. I can’t remember who left when without getting dizzy, but over the course of the Trump presidency the departures have included: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Chiefs of Staff Reince Preibus and John Kelly, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Press Secretaries Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions … oh, forget it, there are too many to name over three years. I should have started listing those who didn’t leave, to save space.

A big focus of “The Trump Show” was immigration. The president – who married two immigrants (but not at the same time), had an immigrant mother and immigrant grandparents – tried to make us believe our country has no more room for new arrivals and wanted us to be terrified of dangerous criminals invading our homeland.

We saw images of children in cages, and Trump still demanding funds for a wall – which he finally took from other parts of the federal budget. We still don’t have comprehensive immigration reform, but we had to move on.

Trump tweeted, and this time it was about an evil witch hunter: former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In March, the long-awaited summary of the Mueller Report came out. Remember? Me neither. It was supposed to lead to many investigations, arrests, and proof of Trump-Russia collusion. Attorney General William Barr gave a summary of a summary, and a 400-plus page report was released. Mueller testified before Congress and America fell asleep.

A few investigations were launched by Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the House; some arrests were made and some people were convicted of crimes and then we moved on.

“The Trump Show,” if you haven’t noticed by now, is an action-packed thriller with a rapidly changing cast.

By summer, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea and met with dictator Kim Jong Un. According to a Trump tweet, his visit with “Rocket Man” – as Trump affectionately once called Kim – was “amazing.”

At one point, Trump even said he and Kim “fell in love.” But now Trump’s newest love interest is threatening to resume testing missiles and maybe even nuclear weapons. Ah well, love doesn’t always last.

Then Trump started a trade war with China, Mexico and Canada, and started criticizing our NATO allies. But thankfully, he kept up good relations with his best buddy, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In other news … Trump, tried to buy Greenland, I think. He could’ve changed its name to Trumpland, put up some golf courses and resorts and casinos, and made it a world-class tourist mecca like the world has never seen. It would’ve been something really special. But those silly Danes refused to sell.

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The leader of the free world visited with the great Kanye West, went to Mar-a-Lago over and over again at the cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers (U.S. taxpayers, not Mexican ones) and held rallies before adoring crowds. Ah yes, the rallies. The end of 2019 has led us to the end of “The Trump Show” for the year as we head into a new season of a spinoff: “The Candidate.”

Oh wait, I almost forgot. We have the battle of impeachment. According to the president, this is another witch hunt led by unhinged Democrats and he’s done nothing wrong. House Democrats didn’t buy that plotline and voted to impeach him.

But never fear for the hero of our reality show. Trump Chief Defense Attorney Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – who also holds a second job as Senate majority leader – has guaranteed that the Senate will acquit Trump in a trial, no matter what. Evidence, schmevidence. Witnesses? Who needs them? McConnell knows Trump can do no wrong. After all, the president himself told us that “I am the chosen one.”

“The Trump Show” has had so many plot twists, characters and settings that I know I’ve left out quite a lot.

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What lies ahead? The biggest cliffhanger of all time. What is Nancy Pelosi going to do with those articles of impeachment adopted by the House? Remember what they are? Me neither!

And the plot thickens on the most popular reality show and soap opera in history … far, far more interesting than “The Truman Show” ever was.

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Texas church shooter’s ex-wife says she’s ‘glad they stopped him’

The ex-wife of a Texas gunman who killed two people at a church service in a Fort Worth suburb Sunday before being fatally shot himself, said this week that she is deeply “sorry.”

Angela Holloway, who divorced the gunman, Keith Kinnunen, in 2010, told FOX 4 in Dallas she had tried to encourage him to get his life together.

“It’s hard on all of us. Only thing I can tell them numerous times, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry,” she said. “We tried to encourage him. He’s popped in and out of our lives for years. He’s kept in contact with my oldest son, my two younger kids and everybody kept telling him, you need to get right. You need to do right.”

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Kinnunen had reportedly been a drug addict with a long criminal history.

West Freeway Church of Christ’s senior minister, Britt Farmer, told The Christian Chronicle he recognized the shooter after seeing a photo of him.

“We’ve helped him on several occasions with food,” Farmer told the Chronicle. “He gets mad when we won’t give him cash. He’s been here on multiple occasions.”

Kinnunen was fatally shot by Jack Wilson, a member of the volunteer security team, after he opened fire in the church.

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“I’m glad they stopped him when they did,” Holloway told FOX 4.

Deacon Tony Wallace and volunteer security team member Richard White died of their injuries at a hospital.

The investigation into the gunman’s motive is ongoing.

The church announced services will be held this Sunday in the fellowship hall.

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“We knew he was crazy but not like this,” Holloway told Fort Worth’s KXAS-TV. “I don’t wish this on anybody. I feel sorry for the victims. I really do.”

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Erin Foster marries Simon Tikhman in New Year’s Eve wedding: report

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Erin Foster is a married woman.

The reality star and daughter of music producer David Foster married Simon Tikhman in a New Year’s Eve ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., according to Entertainment Tonight.

Just days ago, Foster, 37, posted a photo to Instagram showing herself and Tikhman on their way to their wedding destination.

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“On our way to Nashville to get married!” Foster wrote in the caption. “Only one of us is embracing the theme so far.”

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In the photo, Foster wears a cowboy hat, while Tikhman sports a black baseball cap, worn backward.

In November, Foster said that she was hoping her stepmother, “American Idol” runner-up Katherine McPhee, would perform at her wedding.

“So (McPhee) wrote me the other day, she was like, ‘Is there anything that I can be doing to help you prepare?'” Foster said. “And I said, ‘Yes. Vocal exercises. Prepare your voice because you will be performing.’ She’s like, ‘OK.'”

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Foster’s rep did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Kayleigh McEnany: Trump winning, Democrats whining — president achieved in 2019 despite obstruction

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While Democrats spent the year of 2019 obstructing, President Trump spent the year achieving.

Neither an almost $35 million Mueller investigation, ending in an exonerating report, nor a sham impeachment effort could deter Trump from moving forward with the business of the American people.

Indeed, in 2019, America saw landmark trade deals negotiated, historic progress on long-stalled issues like paid family leave, and a robust U.S. economy hugely benefiting low- and middle-income Americans.

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In 2019, the president continued to make good on his promise to rip up NAFTA and negotiate and push a new, modern, America First trade deal through the halls of Congress.

For more than a year, Democrats held up the Trump-negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. But in an effort to distract from their increasingly unpopular impeachment, Democrats finally permitted a vote on the USMCA, advancing the Trump-negotiated deal that would create almost 200,000 jobs and add $68.2 billion to the economy.

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In addition to a Japan trade deal that would bring in $7 billion in new agricultural trade, Trump completed a phase-one China deal. China agreed to an additional $200 billion in U.S. purchases in addition to rectifying much of the unevenness and unfairness that has characterized the U.S.-China relationship for decades.

These landmark breakthroughs on trade come on top of the hottest economy in modern history, which is making gains for all Americans.

Trump has created 7.1 million new jobs, including one million manufacturing and construction jobs, reversing the trend during the Obama years when 200,000 manufacturing jobs were lost.

Paychecks, meanwhile, are growing at the fastest pace in a decade and twice as fast for low- and middle-income Americans, all while median household income has hit a record high of $65,084.

Furthermore, the poverty rate is at its lowest point since 2007 as 6.2 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.

There is simply no denying the continued success of the Trump economy.  Nor is there any denying the historic progress made on issues which were stalled for decades, issues like paid family leave for federal workers and criminal justice reform. 

There is simply no denying the continued success of the Trump economy.

Nor is there any denying the historic progress made on issues which were stalled for decades, issues like paid family leave for federal workers. This bill Paid, which passed in December, enables 2.1 million federal employees to spend up to 12 weeks with their newborn children.

This noted achievement comes just a year after Trump made significant progress on criminal justice reform, signing into law the First Step Act, which remedies sentencing disparities and undoes a Clinton-era law that disproportionately affected the African American community.

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Both paid family leave and criminal justice reform came with bipartisan support – a rare achievement in Washington.

Beyond these key marks of progress for the Trump administration came the continued construction of a barrier on our southern border, a record 187 judges confirmed by the Senate, the reversal of onerous Obamacare taxes, and a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops.

These 2019 Trump achievements are but a snapshot of the substantive progress the president has made for the American people.

Democrats, for their part, have chosen to go the way of reckless obstruction, pursuing the first partisan impeachment in history. It was the Russia hoax in 2018.  It was Ukraine in 2019. What will it be in 2020?

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While we do not yet know the next bizarre conspiracy theory of the left, we do know what voters care about: the issues, as the economy, health care, and immigration continue to top the polls in issues that matter to the American voter.

But despite the left’s best effort to obstruct and remove the president, ultimately, the good news of the Trump administration in 2019 and beyond will frame and determine the outcome of the 2020 election.

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Barbara Walters honored with ‘This is 2020’ tribute video featuring star cameos

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Barbara Walters, now 90 years old and retired, was apparently way ahead of her time when she first said: “This is 20/20.”

To many, that introduction to the news magazine program she co-anchored on ABC from 1974-2004 seemed like the perfect way to kick off the new year 2020.

So to celebrate the new year, New York City’s WABC-TV put together a star-studded video tribute to Walters, featuring stars such as Kelly Ripa, Whoopi Goldberg and others voicing the introduction that Walters made famous.

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The video kicks off with clips of Walters giving her signature intro to “20/20.”

“No one says it like Barbara, but…” reads the video before a slew of celebrities give their best impression of the legendary journalist.

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Sofia Vergara from “Modern Family,” Marsai Martin from “Black-ish,” Ryan Seacrest and more can be seen offering their impressions, delivering the line in their best Barbara Walters voice.

“Do I get the job?” asks Goldberg, Walter’s former co-host on “The View,” after delivering the line.

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The video includes one more vintage clip of Walters delivering her iconic line before text appears, reading: “Welcome to 2020.”

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