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Sean Hannity previews President Trump Super Bowl interview

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Speaking on “Fox & Friends Weekend” live from Miami ahead of his interview with President Trump during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show, Fox News’ Sean Hannity  previewed the nearly nine-minute interview with Trump saying, “I will just say it is entertaining.”

“Let’s just say there is a little surprise in there. I tried to get as much in eight and a half minutes out as I possibly can,” he added.

Hannity’s interview with Trump comes two days after the GOP-led Senate blocked new witnesses from testifying at the president’s impeachment trial. A deal struck with Democrats to delay the impeachment vote until Wednesday sets up a wild week ahead in politics.

On Monday, 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.

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.

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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.

Less than 24 hours after the speech, the impeachment trial will resume on Wednesday, when the Senate will give Trump an all-but-certain acquittal on two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Hannity, who hosts the highest-rated host on cable news, sat down with the commander in chief at the White House and discussed a variety of topics. Much of the interview will air at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET on Super Sunday, with additional footage to be presented on Monday’s edition of “Hannity.”

Hannity said on Sunday that the interview included a “lightning round.”

During his appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend” Hannity previewed a clip from the interview where he asked the president about Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Trump responded by calling the former New York City mayor “very little.”

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“I just think of little. Now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. Okay, it’s okay, there’s nothing wrong. You could be short, why should he get a box to stand on, OK? He wants a box for the debates,” Trump told Hannity during the interview set to air on FOX before the Super Bowl.

“Why should he be entitled to that? Does that mean everyone else gets a box?”

“[Democratic senator from New Jersey] Cory Booker and all these people couldn’t get any of the things that Bloomberg is getting now,” he continued. “I think it’s very unfair for the Democrats.”

“But I would love to run against Bloomberg. I would love it,” Trump added.

When host Ainsely Earhardt asked Hannity if Bloomberg has a shot, he answered by saying, “He wants to bloody up the president a little bit by using money as a candidate; it’s unlimited funds he can use. Someone suggested he’d even spent $1 billion. He’s got a Super Bowl ad that’s apparently anti-gun. Good luck with that in swing states. Americans are very pro-Second amendment.”

“Hannity” finished 2019 as the most-watched cable news program for the third straight year, averaging 3.3 million nightly viewers to help Fox News Channel to its best primetime rating in the network’s 23-year history.

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“Hannity” also finished 2019 as the most-watched cable news program among the key demo of adults age 25-54, averaging 528,000 viewers.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Jessica Tarlov: Iowa caucuses exciting, unpredictable – don’t count these candidates out just yet

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There are 30 states with populations larger than Iowa, but right now it’s the most important state in American politics. I’m in the state of fewer than 3.2 million people for the famed Iowa caucuses, which take place Monday night and will kick off nominating contests to determine who Democrats nominate to run against President Trump in November.

Trump faces no serious competition for the Republican presidential nomination, but 11 candidates are still battling it out to become the Democratic nominee. The top tier candidates in Iowa are Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

But looming over them all is a candidate not even running in Iowa – Mike Bloomberg, the multibillionaire former New York City mayor. Bloomberg has focused his campaign on the 14 states that hold nominating contests on Super Tuesday, March 3 – including delegate-rich California and Texas.

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To win the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s national convention on the first ballot a candidate will need 1,990 delegates. Voters in the Iowa caucuses will select 41 Democratic delegates. But that’s a tiny number compared to the 1,357 delegates who will be selected by voters on Super Tuesday in the 14 states, plus American Samoa and Democrats abroad.

Bloomberg has been drawing sharp attacks since Friday, when the Democratic National Committee changed the rules to qualify for televised presidential candidate debates, eliminating the fundraising requirement.

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Bloomberg doesn’t accept contributions. Unlike other candidates, he is so fabulously wealthy that he can spend hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money on his campaign. So before the rules change, he was unable to qualify for any debates – denying him important free media exposure.

But under the new rules, a candidate will need to get support from at least 10 percent of voters in four national polls released from Jan. 15 to Feb. 18, or 12 percent in two polls in Nevada or South Carolina to take part in the debate in Las Vegas Feb. 19.

Candidates can also participate if they earn at least one delegate in the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary. So far only Biden, Sanders and Warren have met the qualifications based on polling.

This is my first time in Iowa for the caucuses. And while it’s just as cold as everyone said it was going to be, it’s also just as exciting.

Sens. Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar have had to spend most of their time in Washington since President Trump’s impeachment trial began in the Senate Jan. 16. They are spending the weekend in Iowa for last-minute campaigning.

In 2016 the Sanders campaign was all about making an impact on the presidential race and, most importantly, pushing the Democratic platform further to the left. But this time Sanders is set on winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

It’s no secret that Sanders has the best ground game and infrastructure in Iowa (notable mention to Warren’s campaign, which is a close second). And with recent reports Biden has had to divert funds from New Hampshire and South Carolina to make a final push in Iowa, there’s good reason for the Sanders camp to feel confident.

Sanders has been preparing for this moment since his campaign ended in in 2016 with Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination. A former adviser to his campaign, Tezlyn Figaro, pointed out on Fox Business that Sanders’ team actually never left Iowa – they’ve been working for this for years.

In 2016 the Sanders campaign was all about making an impact on the presidential race and, most importantly, pushing the Democratic platform further to the left. But this time Sanders is set on winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

I happen to think there’s a very real chance that Biden is going to surprise the pundits in Iowa. He is ahead of Sanders in a few recent polls and Sanders is up just 3.6 points in the RealClear Politics average.

The former vice president is now making the argument that Sanders – a self-described democratic socialist elected to the Senate as an independent – isn’t a Democrat and will hurt Democrats down-ballot if he becomes the party’s presidential nominee.

Other Democratic presidential contenders and their supporters are also questioning Sanders’ electability, warning that moderate Democrats, independents and Republicans disillusioned with Trump are unlikely to support a socialist calling for a political revolution.

I wholeheartedly agree with this view. If Iowa Democratic caucus voters wake up Monday feeling that electability is their top priority, Biden is going to be a very happy man.

But even if he loses in Iowa, Sanders won’t be finished and will keep running in primaries and caucuses. Figaro said that based on her experience with the Vermont senator, he will take his fight to the floor of the Democratic National Convention – no matter what.

But before then, Super Tuesday looms. If Biden performs poorly in the first four nominating contests – in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada – expect moderate Democrats to turn to Bloomberg to keep Sanders from winning the nomination and likely leading the party to defeat in November.

That’s why Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals turned to Twitter to attack the Democratic National Committee rules change that could open up debates to participation by Bloomberg:

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Warren tweeted: “The DNC didn’t change the rules to ensure good, diverse candidates could remain on the debate stage. They shouldn’t change the rules to let a billionaire on. Billionaires shouldn’t be allowed to play by different rules—on the debate stage, in our democracy, or in our government.”

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang tweeted: “The DNC changing its debate criteria to ignore grassroots donations seems tailor-made to get Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage in February. Having Americans willing to invest in your campaign is a key sign of a successful campaign. The people will win out in the end.”

But the biggest complaints will undoubtedly keep coming from Bernie Sanders, who has made criticizing billionaires a key plank of his campaign and platform. Outrage works for Sanders and he has a really good shot at taking home the prize Monday in Iowa.

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Complaining about the rules change that could allow Bloomberg to participate in Democratic debates, Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver said: “To now change the rules in the middle of the game to accommodate Mike Bloomberg, who is trying to buy his way into the Democratic nomination, is wrong. That’s the definition of a rigged system where the rich can buy their way in.”

No one can predict the outcome of the Iowa caucuses with certainty. But don’t count out Joe Biden – he seems to me to fit the mood of many Iowa Democrats today.

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Colin Reed: GOP, take Bernie seriously – don’t forget these lessons from Trump in 2016

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Quick pop quiz, name the political candidate: a brash outsider who barges into a presidential primary with an angry change message pledging to upset the apple cart and root out the establishment class. Backed by an ardent and loyal group of supporters, this candidate ignores naysayers and defies expectations while vanquishing more experienced politicians. While their policy positions are dismissed as too outside the mainstream, they continue to rise in the polls in their slow and steady takeover of a political party they haven’t always (or still don’t) count themselves a member.

If you guessed Donald Trump in 2016, you’d be correct. Another acceptable answer: a certain Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., this time around.

Don’t believe the professional left’s “nothing to see here” mentality toward the Vermont socialist’s rise. As we sit here in the hours before the Iowa caucus, Sanders has opened up a small yet durable lead in the Hawkeye State, according to RealClearPolitics. From there, the race shifts to New Hampshire, where Sanders enjoys a hometown advantage and the memory of his 22-point primary drubbing over Hillary Clinton four years ago. Next up, Nevada, where voters will caucus to make their voices heard. Four years ago, Sanders ran away with caucus states, winning 12 of them to Clinton’s two.

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Want further evidence other Democrats are starting to feel the “bern” about Bernie’s chances? Look at the political attacks he’s taking, and just as importantly, where they are coming from. The barbs are flying in from all sides. From the left, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., choreographed attempt to portray Sanders as a sexist didn’t slow his surge. Warren waited too late to separate from Sanders, perhaps gambling he would fade away on his own. Right now, that looks like a losing bet.

From the center, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently took aim at Sanders’ socialist identity, while outside groups on all sides of the ideological aisle have begun plastering the Iowa airwaves with anti-Sanders messages. Meanwhile, Clinton continues to take potshots at her former rival, stating that “nobody likes him” in a highly publicized interview.

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Even the right-of-center Club For Growth is getting in on the act, turning heads with an ad highlighting Sanders’ age and, perhaps in an attempt to prop him up, comparing him to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. More on that later.

What lies ahead? It’s possible the left’s fervor to oust Trump propels former Vice President Joe Biden to a narrow victory in Iowa. It’s also feasible that political gravity catches up to Sanders, and his weakness among key voting demographics of the Democratic primary sinks him when the contest heads south to Biden’s stronghold in South Carolina.

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But it’s also within the realm of possibility to see Sanders taking the first three contests and becoming a runaway train. That “Big Mo,” as President George H.W. Bush coined it, can be impossible to stop once it gets rolling. That’s where another useful lesson from recent history can be indicative.

Republicans may be licking their chops at the idea of a general election race against Bernie Sanders. So too were Democrats when it became clear Donald Trump was going to be the GOP standard-bearer in 2016.

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If Sanders becomes the nominee, maybe socialism will drive swing and suburban voters back to Trump. The astronomical price tag of his policy proposals and his unabashed plans to expand the federal government into almost every aspect of Americans’ lives may be too much to stomach.

By the same token, Republicans would be wise to take seriously the political threat of an authentic populist running on a policy platform he is very comfortable defending, and who voters are gravitating toward. Democrats didn’t take that threat seriously four years ago, and they’re still wishing they did.

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Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas football team takes part in Super Bowl LIV rehearsal

TV cameras were watching as the football team from the Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting two years ago ran plays on the field where Super Bowl LIV is being held.

About 50 players from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland took to the Hard Rock Stadium turf Friday as stand-ins for players from the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers to help Fox camera crews line up the best angles for the Super Bowl.

They ran some plays, went through a walkthrough of the pregame coin toss with referee Bill Vinovich and lined up just as the Chiefs and 49ers will for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Afterward, some members of the Parkland team met with performer Demi Lovato, who will sing the national anthem.

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“They basically split us up — one side was the Chiefs and the other side was the 49ers,” Stoneman Douglas coach Quentin Short said. “The smiles I saw on these kids’ faces, the excitement of running out of the tunnels just like the teams will, they were having a blast, man.

“To be on the actual field the Super Bowl is going to be played on, it was awesome.”

The NFL has used high school players as stand-ins at Super Bowl rehearsals for a while. When it came time to extend a team an invitation this year, organizers apparently knew which school to ask.

Stoneman Douglas quarterback Matthew O’Dowd said he understood the significance of getting the chance to be part of the show on the field where 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will battle on Sunday.

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Hard Rock Stadium is shown Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla., in preparation for Super Bowl LIV. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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“It’s a great experience for the people who get to go and do it,” O’Dowd said. “It was amazing, it was fun and it was a great team-bonding thing. We got to go, meet people, hang out with our coaches … I can’t really describe it. It was just great.”

Stoneman Douglas had one of its best seasons last year, going 8-2 and winning their first district championship in 18 years, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

A gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people and wounding 17 more.

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Among the victims who died were assistant football coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘First’ on the field: Pete Hegseth joins ‘Fox & Friends’ from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

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“Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth said the morning show was the first to hit the grass of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Super Bowl Sunday.

Hegseth told his fellow co-hosts, who were hosting the show from several miles to the southeast in Miami Beach, that the stadium crew was already preparing the venue for the big game.

“The Super Bowl is tonight and “Fox & Friends” is the only show on the field right now, we are first — and best, obviously,” he said.

Hegseth said he was able to get a ticket to the marquee matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers but had to give it up in order to make it to Iowa to cover the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

Host Steve Doocy joked that he and his fellow hosts would have loved to make it to the game, but will be watching from their hotel on the local FOX broadcast affiliate — “the best seat in the house,” he quipped. NFL on FOX commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling the game Sunday evening.

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Panning around the field, Hegseth remarked that the two quarterbacks — Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes — will have a lot of real estate to work with.

“Mahomes has got a lot of room,” he said, adding it is hard to quantify how big a professional-sized football field is when watching on TV.

He added that, while both teams have a large contingent of fans in Miami for the weekend, the Chiefs’ faithful appear to greatly outnumber those from the Bay Area.

“Kansas City has moved to Miami for the week,” he said.

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The host said that the sportsbooks’ spread on the game is marginal one way or another by a point or two, but that it is likely to be “a wash.”

“It’s going to be a fantastic game,” Hegseth said.

The last time the Chiefs made the Super Bowl was in 1970. Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7. Kansas City hadn’t gotten past the AFC Championship game since then. The 49ers were last in the Super Bowl in 2013. Colin Kaepernick led the team there, only to lose to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31. The game was unique in that brothers John and Jim Harbaugh faced off as coaches of the Ravens and 49ers, respectively.

Super Bowl LIV kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with pregame coverage on FOX.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro: I want to thank Democrats for ‘exposing their hate’

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In her “Opening Statement” Saturday night, Judge Jeanine Pirro thanked Democrats for guaranteeing the reelection of President Trump and uniting the Republican Party — except Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank our friends, specifically Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and the whole unhinged lot of them for guaranteeing the reelection of President Donald John Trump in 2020,” Pirro said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

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Pirro said she believes Democrats “exhausted” the American people to rally behind Trump with the Senate impeachment trial.

“Their nonstop hate, hypocrisy and hysteria has so exhausted us that we honestly can’t wait to reelect him again,” Pirro said. “Their political stunts have been a colossal waste of time and they’ve sealed his reelection.”

The host wondered aloud why Democrats continued to make “liars and fools of themselves.”

“Although technically it hasn’t happened yet, his acquittal in the Senate is a foregone conclusion, delayed yet again, and U.S. senators had to drag this out until next week and couldn’t work through the weekend,” Pirro said. “Why now? I keep asking myself why these Democrats keep making liars and fools of themselves.”

Pirro blasted Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for insinuating Trump would cheat in the 2020 election.

“And Adam Schiff says the president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box because, ‘We cannot be assured the vote will be fairly won,'” Pirro said.  “Adam, are you stupid or do you think we are?”

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“The Democrat Party, allegedly the party of inclusion and openness, is at this moment in time the most obstructive, mutinous, nonproductive, rebellious group of haters the party has ever seen; can only be attributed to their Trump derangement syndrome,” Pirro added. “I want to thank our friends, the Democrats, for taking off their masks and exposing their hate, their condescension and their disgust for the rest of us.”

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How does weather for Super Bowl LIV compare to past games? Here are the top 5 worst weather moments

The forecast for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday may be the biggest winner of this game, but others have been rather stormy.

When the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., both teams will at least be facing perfect weather conditions. The National Weather Service office in Miami says that the forecast for Sunday shows mostly sunny conditions with highs in the upper 60’s, with temperatures dipping into the mid-50’s by nightfall.

Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said the day is “looking spectacular” for kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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But it hasn’t always been that way for the big game. Here are five prior Super Bowls that have seen the worst weather.

–Super Bowl XLI in Miami, 2007

When the Super Bowl was played in Miami in 2007, the weather was quite different.

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 Fans sit in the rain as they watch Super Bowl XLI between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Colts defeated the Bears 29-17. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

A torrential downpour and windstorm took place during the game and at the halftime show as Prince performed. Producer Don Mischer told Rolling Stone he called up Prince hours before the big show to warn him about the weather.

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“I want you to know it’s raining,” Mischer said. “Are you OK?”

“Can you make it rain harder?” Prince replied.

The late star closed his epic performance that year with the fitting song, “Purple Rain.”

The storm also caused sloppy conditions on the field as the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts faced off, leading to a total of eight turnovers and five fumbles.

Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, 2011

When the big game was on its way to North Texas in 2011, fans faced a big mess.

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A major ice storm hit the Dallas/Fort Worth area overnight days before Super Bowl XLV was due to be held in Arlington, Texas in 2011, creating major travel issues. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

An ice storm, followed by a snowstorm and bitter cold, crippled the Dallas area leading up to the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Hundreds of flights were canceled for fans trying to get to the region, while workers trying to clean up the wintry mess faced their own set of issues. Six workers were injured when hard ice and heavy snow slid off Cowboys Stadium’s domed roof the Friday before the game.

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In the wake of the incident, firefighters had to tether to the roof, using 2x4s and pickaxes to dislodge the remaining ice before it could fall in massive sheets, NBC DFW reported at the time.

–Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta, 2000

In 2000, the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans arrived in Atlanta shortly after an ice storm brought traffic in the city to a standstill.

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In this Jan. 23, 2000, file photo, ice forms on a street sign following an overnight ice storm in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Unseasonably cold temperatures followed, and both teams had to practice outdoors since the Georgia Dome was being used for Super Bowl pregame and halftime rehearsals. The Rams wore winter jackets and thermal underwear in the biting cold.

“It’s ridiculous,” Rams coach Dick Vermeil said at the time. “But there’s nothing you can do about it except try to survive.”

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The storm left such a bitter taste the fear was the big game would never return. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium quickly swayed the NFL owners to give Atlanta another chance. When winter weather threatened a repeat in 2019, the city dodged the worst when no snow or significant black ice came.

–Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Mich., 1982

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People walk past an ice and snow covered “XVI” display in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan during the week of Super Bowl XVI in January 1982. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The first Super Bowl played in a cold climate may have been fine for the players inside the domed Pontiac Silverdome, but getting to the game was another story.

The Cincinnati Bengals faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in 72-degree weather indoors, all while the mercury dropped to 13 degrees outside, according to The Oakland Press.

But getting to the game proved to be a task on its own. Freezing rain, combined with wind chills around  21 degrees below zero made travel treacherous.

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Conditions were so bad that one of the 49ers’ buses got stuck in traffic and didn’t arrive until 90 minutes before kickoff, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

–Super Bowl VI in New Orleans, 1972

The coldest Super Bowl to be played took place in a place known for actually being warm.

The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins faced off in New Orleans in 1972 during unseasonably frigid conditions.

At kickoff, the temperature was a brisk 39 degrees at the old Tulane Stadium, with a wind chill of 24 degrees, according to NOLA.com. New Orleans typically warms into the 60’s in late January.

Despite the cold temperatures with two warm-weather teams, there were only three turnovers and none were blamed on the conditions.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos, Jennifer Earl, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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China deploys 1,400 military doctors, nurses to staff makeshift hospitals in Wuhan

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Following the first confirmed coronavirus death outside China, the country’s defense military on Sunday deployed 1,400 medical personnel to staff a new hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of the novel virus that’s now killed more than 300 people and sickened more than 14,000 in China alone.

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Meanwhile, the mysterious respiratory illness, which now can be spread from human-to-human contact, has infected at least six people throughout the United States, with confirmed cases in Washington state, California, Arizona and Illinois, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Upon direct order of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force on Sunday began airlifting 1,400 medical staff as well as 58 tons of medical supplies to Wuhan, located in China’s Hubei province, the Chinese defense ministry said in a statement.  Many of the military doctors and nurses chosen for the job have experience treating either the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 or Ebola in West Africa in 2014.

They are to join the 450 military personnel already in the city. The Chinese military took control of the newly constructed Huoshenshan Hospital on Sunday after it was constructed in less than 10 days. It is expected to open Monday and includes 1,000 beds, intensive care units and sections for diagnosis and infection control, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported. Chinese state media has been live broadcasting the construction of a second makeshift hospital in the city, the Leishenshan Hospital, which is expected to be in operation by Wednesday, the Bangkok Post reported. That facility is to include 1,300 beds.

Over the weekend, a 44-year-old Chinese man visiting the Philippines died from the coronavirus, the World Health Organization confirmed Sunday. He and his female companion, who is currently hospitalized in Manila, both are from Wuhan and stopped in Hong Kong Jan. 21 before traveling to the Philippines. The death was reported hours after Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte was to issue a travel ban on all non-Filipino citizens from China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

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The novel virus has spread to at least 24 countries since its outbreak in China in late December. Seven countries – the U.S., Australia, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United Emirates and Vietnam – reported new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, while Spain reported its first case, The Associated Press reported. The U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Israel have each banned foreigners from entering if they have been in China recently, while Russia, Mongolia and Nepal have closed land borders, AFP reported.

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Geraldo Rivera says his friendship with President Trump gets him the most criticism

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With a long-spanning career filled with controversial moments, what does Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera say has garnered him the most criticism?  His longtime friendship with President Donald Trump, of course.

“When I think of the brawl with the skinheads and the Al Capone’s vaults and those kinds of things, they pale in comparison to the criticism I get for being Donald Trump’s friend,” Rivera told Sunday’s Fox News Rundown Extra host Lisa Brady. “They could take me being, you know, burlesque, but they can’t take the fact that… he’s been my friend for 50 years. I’m going to stay as friends. I don’t care what you say.”

Rivera, who is promoting his new Fox Nation documentary series “I am Geraldo: 50 years,” defended the president’s use of social media to defend himself.

The correspondent also expressed how much he disagrees with the president on “most issues,” in particular the Middle East.

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“I disagree with him on choice. I disagree with him on immigration reform. I disagree with him on gun control. And I passionately disagree with him, his vision of the Middle East. He’s siding with the Saudis,” Rivera said, mentioning that many of the 9/11 terrorists had ties to Saudi Arabia. “And by siding with them and attacking Iran, we’ve […] caused untold suffering in the Middle East. And the president was dead wrong to do that.”

Rivera said he agrees with Fox News host Tucker Carlson when it comes to war.

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“And I absolutely agree with Tucker Carlson that this is a, it’s a military-industrial complex. They got it all wrong,” Rivera said. “They’ve gotten the president’s attention. And it’s a bad formula. And I hope that he listens to me. And I told him in no uncertain terms that’s how I feel about it.”

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Cal Thomas: The fatal flaw in Trump’s Middle East peace plan

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Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David where Barak offered almost all of what Arafat asked for in exchange for making peace with the Jewish state. Arafat rejected the offer.

The reason was and remains that the Palestinian leadership doesn’t want to make peace with Israel. Their goal is to eliminate it.

Now comes President Trump with his own peace plan, offering statehood, prosperity and peace to the Palestinians. Has anything changed in the last 20 years, indeed, since 1948 when the Arabs rejected the idea of a Jewish state and launched the first of numerous wars, spawning terrorist attacks?

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas rejected the Trump plan before it was announced, calling the president a “dog” and another name not fit to print.

The flaw in the Trump plan is that it is designed, like all the others, by people whose thinking is radically different from Arab and Muslim leaders.

Let’s start with the Palestinian Charter, which says in Article Nine: “Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine and is therefore a strategy and not a tactic. The Palestinian Arab people affirms its absolute resolution and abiding determination to pursue the armed struggle and to march forward towards the armed popular revolution, to liberate its homeland and restore its right to a natural life, and to exercise its right of self-determination and national sovereignty.”

One of the requirements in the Trump peace proposal is for the Palestinians to reject violence, including violence by Islamic Jihad and Hamas. Neither terrorist organization has accepted Israel’s right to exist and is unlikely to do so now.

The president spoke of the importance of peace for the younger generation. But young people are being educated like those who have gone before.

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According to the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based nonprofit think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, a 2017 study by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (in Jerusalem) found that “Palestinian children are being taught to glorify and value terrorism and violence” and that “The new Palestinian curriculum, which includes new textbooks for grades 1-4, is significantly more radical than previous curricula. To an even greater extent than the 2014-15 textbooks, the curriculum teaches students to be martyrs, demonizes and denies the existence of Israel and focuses on a “return” to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.”

How likely are those who believe and teach such things to do a 180 and start teaching peaceful co-existence with Israel? For years, sermons by Muslim clerics, Arab media and the actions of terrorists have been rooted in what they believe is a religious mandate to eradicate Israel and even the United States.

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One still hears such things from Iranian leaders who think ushering in Armageddon will reveal the Islamic Messiah. How does the secular West convince radical Muslims to reject the command of their god?

Then there’s the failed formula of Israel relinquishing land to its enemies in exchange for peace, another component of the Trump plan. It has been a one-way street for Israel, most recently in Gaza, which predictably became a terrorist base for Hamas.

There are plenty of good intentions in the Trump proposal, including a promise of prosperity and jobs for the Palestinian people. They could have had both long ago. Jobs and prosperity, however, do not supersede what many of them believe to be orders from Allah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival, Benny Gantz, have signed off on the plan, probably for political reasons with another election coming soon. They can’t possibly believe the Palestinian leadership will agree to the proposal.

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Peace is not, or should not be, a goal. Peace is a byproduct of victory in war, or a decision by one’s enemies to change the way they believe and act. That Palestinian leaders will change their beliefs and desire to eliminate Israel is as likely as Democrats changing their minds about Trump’s presidency.

One wishes it were not so, but history — even recent history — proves otherwise.

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