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Dr. Kent Ingle: The National Prayer Breakfast is crucial to the future of our nation

Westlake Legal Group young-people-praying Dr. Kent Ingle: The National Prayer Breakfast is crucial to the future of our nation Kent Ingle fox-news/world/religion/christianity fox-news/us/religion/christianity fox-news/us/religion fox-news/opinion fox-news/faith-values fox news fnc/opinion fnc f0128005-bbba-5d62-874a-9bb2f84e3679 article

In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower walked into the first National Prayer Breakfast alongside evangelist Billy Graham appearing a little hesitant. It was a risky step for a president, but it consecrated a day for our nation to remain united in prayer.

The formation of this annual breakfast, first known as the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, set Eisenhower uneasy and concerned with how critics might respond. Shortly into the meeting, the president shared his relief to be able to confide in a room of such support.

It was the first opportunity for men and women of different beliefs and parties to annually join together to pray over our nation. What started as a unifying event to solidify our efforts in prayer together, remains one of the core assets and most anticipated events in Washington, D.C.

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Today, this gathering remains vital for our government and the future of our democracy.

The first annual meetings were attended by approximately 400 political and religious leaders of faith. Thursday, as I prepare to attend the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, nearly 4,000 elected officials, diplomats, national and international religious and political leaders will join together in prayer and fellowship. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise once said the breakfast is “literally one of the toughest tickets to get in Washington.”

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This annual breakfast has long been a moment for the president to receive moral and spiritual support from leaders. It has also been an opportunity for the president to share his burdens, concerns and prayer needs before a community of faith.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson said, “No man could live in the house where I live now or work at the desk where I work now without needing and without seeking the strength and the support of earnest and frequent prayer.”

We may think the president is surrounded by endless support and confidants, but no man can be lifted up too much in prayer — least of all the leader of our nation.

Regardless of what party or religious denomination you belong to, or who you hope will reside in the Oval Office come February 2021, our nation needs our prayers.

Scripture reads in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Certainly, the act of prayer for our leaders isn’t just a way we can bless them. It is a command from God.

For years, the National Prayer Breakfast has also been an opportunity for us to unite as a nation across all religions, denominations and all sectors of belief. Each year, Christian Evangelicals, Jews and Muslims gather not only to pray together but also to discuss issues of national and international morality and crisis. It is a time for men and women to pray specifically over the pressing issues our nation currently faces. Particularly, as the politics of our country appear so deeply divided, it is crucial (and truly miraculous) that to this day, this annual event continues.

Over the past decades, each president has approached the annual breakfast slightly differently. Some remain intentionally neutral in their statements, while others unveil their passionate faith and trust in God. Some face trials and crises in their own presidencies and become more open to the large gathering of prayer as their term passes on.

While I hope otherwise, there may one day be someone in office who outspokenly does not hold to faith at all. Regardless of the individual beliefs of our future presidents, this gathering will continue to be vital for our nation.

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The passage of 1 Timothy 2:3-4 states, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” This annual event serves to unite and remind our government, our president and our nation that they are always in our prayers.

More so, it is also a time for all people of faith (whether attending the breakfast or not) to be reminded that our nation is in dire need of prayer. Regardless of what party or religious denomination you belong to, or who you hope will reside in the Oval Office come February 2021, our nation needs our prayers.

When Eisenhower first endorsed this annual meeting, it was no small achievement. Even at a time when children could shamelessly sing “God Bless America” and pray in our public schools, it was a bold step. Yet, amidst his uncertainty, Eisenhower came to acknowledge the fundamental role of faith in the founding of the United States.

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At that breakfast, Eisenhower said in his speech, “Today I think that prayer is just simply a necessity because by prayer I believe we mean an effort to get in touch with the Infinite.”

Joining together the communities of political and religious leaders to converse on the importance of faith is not a religious ritual. Rather, it is a vital gathering so that we can keep our government uplifted in prayer (regardless of party affiliation) and so that we can continue to remain a united nation as we pray.

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Trump easily beats impeachment, Romney vote stirs backlash

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Amid all the media chatter about the Iowa meltdown, whether Pete really won, Nancy ripping up Donald’s speech and Rush getting a medal, this other thing happened Wednesday:

The president of the United States was acquitted of two articles of impeachment.

And yet I had to remind myself throughout the day that the Senate trial, which consumed so much attention after the House impeachment hearings, was indeed coming to an end.

Because it felt like that already happened, didn’t it?

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The trial was over, for all intents and purposes, when only two Republican senators joined the Democrats on calling witnesses. Many in the media decried the vote, but everyone began discussing the trial in the past tense—not that there was any great drama to begin with about whether 67 senators would vote to remove Trump.

So a reality show president moved on to the next extravaganza, the State of the Union, which was elaborately staged with moving guests in the audience. Trump didn’t mention impeachment, which was politically shrewd, but also reflected the view that it was last season’s drama and he was moving on to the next ratings period.

The pre-game media chatter—always a good barometer of what the press considers hot—was divided between the continuing chaos in Iowa and reactions to the State of the Union. There is little question that Pete Buttigieg, if he indeed pulled off an upset, was robbed by an incompetent state party that still hadn’t counted more than a quarter of the votes by mid-day yesterday. The same goes for Bernie Sanders if he pulled out a win. About the only candidate who may be relieved that the results were delayed so long is Joe Biden, who appears to have cratered to fourth place.

As for Nancy Pelosi’s speech-ripping moment—the New York Post dubbed her a “TORE LOSER”—I thought it was beneath her. Yes, Trump refused to shake her hand, and yes she can argue that his speech had numerous lies. But it made her look petty. And many of the liberals and Democrats trying to justify her middle-finger gesture would be bouncing off the walls if John Boehner had done that to Barack Obama.

The only remaining question on the impeachment trial is whether a couple of senators on either side would break ranks with their party.

The more conservative Democrats–Doug Jones, Joe Manchin–voted to convict. The more critical Republicans–Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins–voted to acquit.

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Only Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, voted on the first article that Trump should be removed from office.

He gave an emotional speech, choking back tears, saying: My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.

The Mormon senator from Utah, in a pretaped interview with Chris Wallace, said it was the hardest decision of his life and he had trouble sleeping.

“You realize this is war,” the Fox anchor said. “Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.”

Romney said he was prepared for the intense blowback. “But on the other side, there is, do you do what you know is right? Do you do what your conscience and your heart tells you?”

The denunciations quickly began on the right. “Romney’s Entire Career Has Been About Punishing Republicans for Voting for Him,” said the Federalist, while a Pete Wehner piece in the Atlantic was headlined “A Profile in Courage.”

And while Romney clearly agonized over the decision, which hurts him politically, he is getting “strange new respect” from many liberals who savaged his presidential candidacy eight years ago.

In a larger sense, the Democrats, having lost their gambit as far as moving public opinion, would like impeachment to continue all year. Jerry Nadler says he’ll probably move to subpoena John Bolton.

But the reality (and not just the reality show) is that it’s over. The Trump impeachment will always be remembered as a process that left half the country thinking the president should be ousted and the other half thinking the president was being railroaded. And that leaves the final verdict up to tens of millions of Americans, not 100 senators.

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California man recommended for parole in decades-old triple murder, governor could overturn it

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A Northern California man convicted of triple murder in a decades’ old case was recommended for parole Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom will review the recommendation made by a two-person panel and could overturn it using his executive power.

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Since taking office in 2019, Newsom has halted dozens of paroles of murderers, despite his vow to take on criminal justice reform, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Convicted killer Anthony King was 16 in September 1987 when he and another man shot 35-year-old Steve Patton in the face and threw his body in the Sacramento River where he had been fishing before stealing his truck for a joyride.

Two days after abandoning Patton’s truck, they shot Raymond Rogers, 29, and his wife Dawn Rogers, 32, as they fished in the same spot.

King and Kenneth Bivert also dumped their bodies in the river before stealing their car.

They were arrested a month later in Oregon and each sentenced in 1988 to 52 years to life.

In their recommendation this week, the parole commissioners found that King no longer posed an “unreasonable risk to society if released,” the Yolo County district attorney’s office said.

“You are now 49 years old. Your change is a complete turn-around from what we saw when you were 16. We felt you showed good insight and remorse and you have realistic parole plans,” Commissioner Rosalio Castro told King, according to a statement by the district attorney.

The governor has not indicated if he plans to overturn the recommendation.

“The governor’s reversal rate [on paroles] has dramatically increased over [former Gov. Jerry] Brown,” Charles Carbone, a specialist in parole hearings, said. “The question now becomes: Is it a matter of a new policy?”

“Each case that comes before the governor is evaluated on its own merits and receives careful review and consideration,” a spokesman for the governor said last year, according to The Times.

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Bivert received the death penalty in 2001 for stabbing another inmate to death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trump easily beats impeachment, Romney vote stirs backlash

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Amid all the media chatter about the Iowa meltdown, whether Pete really won, Nancy ripping up Donald’s speech and Rush getting a medal, this other thing happened Wednesday:

The president of the United States was acquitted of two articles of impeachment.

And yet I had to remind myself throughout the day that the Senate trial, which consumed so much attention after the House impeachment hearings, was indeed coming to an end.

Because it felt like that already happened, didn’t it?

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The trial was over, for all intents and purposes, when only two Republican senators joined the Democrats on calling witnesses. Many in the media decried the vote, but everyone began discussing the trial in the past tense—not that there was any great drama to begin with about whether 67 senators would vote to remove Trump.

So a reality show president moved on to the next extravaganza, the State of the Union, which was elaborately staged with moving guests in the audience. Trump didn’t mention impeachment, which was politically shrewd, but also reflected the view that it was last season’s drama and he was moving on to the next ratings period.

The pre-game media chatter—always a good barometer of what the press considers hot—was divided between the continuing chaos in Iowa and reactions to the State of the Union. There is little question that Pete Buttigieg, if he indeed pulled off an upset, was robbed by an incompetent state party that still hadn’t counted more than a quarter of the votes by mid-day yesterday. The same goes for Bernie Sanders if he pulled out a win. About the only candidate who may be relieved that the results were delayed so long is Joe Biden, who appears to have cratered to fourth place.

As for Nancy Pelosi’s speech-ripping moment—the New York Post dubbed her a “TORE LOSER”—I thought it was beneath her. Yes, Trump refused to shake her hand, and yes she can argue that his speech had numerous lies. But it made her look petty. And many of the liberals and Democrats trying to justify her middle-finger gesture would be bouncing off the walls if John Boehner had done that to Barack Obama.

The only remaining question on the impeachment trial is whether a couple of senators on either side would break ranks with their party.

The more conservative Democrats–Doug Jones, Joe Manchin–voted to convict. The more critical Republicans–Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins–voted to acquit.

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Only Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, voted on the first article that Trump should be removed from office.

He gave an emotional speech, choking back tears, saying: My faith is at the heart of who I am. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.

The Mormon senator from Utah, in a pretaped interview with Chris Wallace, said it was the hardest decision of his life and he had trouble sleeping.

“You realize this is war,” the Fox anchor said. “Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.”

Romney said he was prepared for the intense blowback. “But on the other side, there is, do you do what you know is right? Do you do what your conscience and your heart tells you?”

The denunciations quickly began on the right. “Romney’s Entire Career Has Been About Punishing Republicans for Voting for Him,” said the Federalist, while a Pete Wehner piece in the Atlantic was headlined “A Profile in Courage.”

And while Romney clearly agonized over the decision, which hurts him politically, he is getting “strange new respect” from many liberals who savaged his presidential candidacy eight years ago.

In a larger sense, the Democrats, having lost their gambit as far as moving public opinion, would like impeachment to continue all year. Jerry Nadler says he’ll probably move to subpoena John Bolton.

But the reality (and not just the reality show) is that it’s over. The Trump impeachment will always be remembered as a process that left half the country thinking the president should be ousted and the other half thinking the president was being railroaded. And that leaves the final verdict up to tens of millions of Americans, not 100 senators.

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Trump supporters flood hotline for Iowa precinct chairs, adding to the confusion: report

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Supporters for President Trump flooded the hotline used by Iowa precinct chairs in the hours after Monday night’s caucus disaster shortly after photos of the caucus documents with the number were posted online, a report said.

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Technical problems were blamed for an unprecedented delay from the contest. The Iowa Democratic Party has faced bipartisan backlash and has seen calls for a change to the entire primary process.

Ken Sagar, a Democratic central committee member in the state, told a conference call Wednesday that on the night of the caucus, Trump backers were calling in to voice their support for the president, Bloomberg reported. Sagar was reportedly one of the people answering the calls.

The report was based on two participants from the conference call that was between IDP staff and the party’s governing body. Sagar did not comment for the report. He did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. The IDP did not confirm that Trump supporters were to blame for adding to the confusion when reached by Bloomberg and did not respond to an email from Fox News.

As of Wednesday night, Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Ind., mayor, led the Iowa race with 26.2 percent of delegates over the 26.1 percent in favor of Sanders, according to numbers released by the IDP.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren trailed with 18.2 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden was hovering in fourth with 15.8 percent, with 92 percent with 97 percent of the precincts reporting.

Monday’s debacle invited fresh criticism about Iowa caucuses, a complicated set of political meetings staged in a state that is whiter and older than the Democratic Party in general. Many questioned anew whether it was a quaint political tradition whose time had passed.

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“I think Iowa is a dumpster fire,” said Dick Harpootlian, a South Carolina state senator and longtime Biden supporter, who served as an Iowa precinct captain for Biden on Monday.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Kirk Douglas’ daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones reacts to his death

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is in mourning.

The “Chicago” star, 50, lost her father-in-law, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, on Wednesday when he died at the age of 103.

Zeta-Jones took to Instagram to share a message of love for her late family member.

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“To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life,” wrote the actress in the caption. “I miss you already. Sleep tight…”

In the black-and-white photo, Zeta-Jones plants a kiss on Douglas’ cheek.

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The actress has been married to Michael Douglas, his son, since 2000.

In December, Zeta-Jones shared a birthday message to Douglas on Instagram as well.

“This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!” she wrote in the caption. “Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart.”

Michael, 75, also an actor, shared the news of his father’s passing on Instagram on Wednesday.

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“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael wrote on the platform. “To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”

“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband,” he continued. “Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet.”

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The post concluded: “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

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Florida police discover illegal narcotics in bags labeled ‘BAG FULL OF DRUGS,’ our K-9s ‘can read’

The Florida Highway Patrol said they arrested two alleged drug traffickers on Sunday after finding illegal narcotics in two bags helpfully labeled “BAG FULL OF DRUGS.”

Troopers said they uncovered the not-so-discreet hiding place after pulling the men over for speeding on I-10 in Santa Rosa County.

“A traffic stop for unlawful speed on I-10 yesterday bagged two drug traffickers and their inconspicuous drug paraphernalia,” FHP Panhandle said on Twitter Sunday morning. “Troopers seized meth, GHB [aka the “date rape” drug], cocaine MDMA and fentanyl.”

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The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the traffic stop while offering some advice about the pair’s bold choice of concealment.

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“Santa Rosa K-9 Deputies recently assisted FHP on a traffic stop on I-10 where a large amount of narcotics were discovered,” the department wrote on Facebook Monday. “Note to self- do not traffic your illegal narcotics in bags labeled “Bag Full Of Drugs”

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They added: “Our K-9’s can read.”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Despite his impeachment trial acquittal, Trump clearly guilty of a high crime

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 “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” – George Orwell, “1984”

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump ended not with a bang but a whimper. What different outcome could one expect from a trial without so much as a single witness, a single document, any cross-examination or a defendant respectful enough to show up?

Law students are taught early on that a trial is not a grudge match or an ordeal; it is a search for the truth. Trial lawyers know that cross-examination is the most effective truth-testing tool available to them.

But the search for the truth requires witnesses, and when the command from Senate Republican leaders came down that there shall be no witnesses, the truth-telling mission of Trump’s trial was radically transformed into a steamroller of political power.

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And in its wake is a Congress ceding power to the presidency, almost as if the states had ratified a constitutional amendment redefining the impeachment language to permit a president to engage in high crimes and misdemeanors so long as he believes that they are in the national interest and so long as his party has an iron-clad grip on the Senate.

How could presidential crimes be in the national interest? Here is the backstory.

When the House of Representatives voted in favor of two articles of impeachment against Trump, it characterized his lawlessness as contempt of Congress and an abuse of power.

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The contempt of Congress consisted of Trump’s orders to subordinates to disregard congressional subpoenas. Both Republican- and Democratic-controlled Houses of Representatives have deemed such presidential instructions in an impeachment inquiry as impeachable per se.

The abuse allegations address Trump’s solicitation of assistance for his reelection campaign from a foreign government by holding up the release of $391 million in military aid to the same foreign government. These funds were congressionally appropriated and ordered to be paid by legislation that Trump had signed into law.

Federal law prohibits such solicitation as criminal and prohibits government officials from seeking personal favors in return for performing their governmental duties. The latter is bribery.

Because the solicitation that Trump committed was a crime against the government, it is among those referred to when the Constitution was written as a “high” crime. High crimes are a constitutional basis for impeachment, along with bribery and treason.

The evidence that Trump did this is overwhelming and beyond a reasonable doubt, and no one with firsthand knowledge denied it. Numerous government officials recounted that the presidential leverage of $391 million in U.S. assistance for a personal political favor did occur and the government’s own watchdog concluded that it was indisputably unlawful.

The favor Trump sought was an announcement by the Ukrainian government of the commencement of an investigation of Trump’s potential presidential foe, former Vice President Joe Biden.

While the Senate was hearing House prosecution managers argue their case, and Trump’s lawyers challenged those arguments, The New York Times revealed that John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, had authored an as yet unpublished book demonstrating that the House case against Trump was true.

True because, unlike the senators who shut their eyes and ears at Trump’s trial, Bolton saw for himself the presidential tit-for-tat machinations that the House had alleged and, if proven, were criminal and impeachable.

The Times also revealed the existence of 24 emails sent by Trump aides manifesting indisputably his lawless behavior. But the emails are secret.

At the same time, two signal events occurred in the impeachment trial. The first was an argument by Trump’s lawyers that every president seeking reelection believes his victory will be in the national interest and thus all presidential efforts toward that victory are constitutional and lawful.

This morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest argument – which effectively resuscitates from history’s graveyard President Richard Nixon’s logic that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” because the president is above the law – must have resonated with Senate Republican leaders.

The leaders coerced their Senate Republican colleagues into embracing the view that – since the president did not want Bolton to testify or White House emails to be revealed – they must bar all witnesses and documents.

The second signal event was shameful. It was the 51 to 49 Senate vote to bar witnesses and documents from the trial.

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Isn’t it odd that a president who clamors for exoneration, who claimed loud and long that he committed no crime and did no wrong, who insisted that his request to the Ukrainian president to seek dirt on Biden in return for American financial assistance was “perfect,” would command the members of his own party to block testimony adverse to him – rather than hear it, cross-examine it, challenge it and thereby obtain the exoneration on the merits that he seeks?

Do innocent people behave this way?

If Trump really believes he did not commit any crimes and any impeachable offenses, why would he orchestrate blocking evidence? And who – having taken an oath to do “impartial justice” – would close their eyes to the truth? How could such a marathon of speeches possibly be considered a trial?

Trump will luxuriate in his victory. But the personal victory for him is a legal assault on the Constitution. The president has taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Instead, he has trashed it.

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How? By manipulating Senate Republicans to bar firsthand evidence and keep it from senatorial and public scrutiny, Trump and his Senate collaborators have insulated him and future presidents from the moral and constitutional truism that no president is above the law.

Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling.

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Airline passenger forces WestJet plane back to Toronto with coronavirus claim

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Video has emerged of an airline passenger who was allegedly arrested Monday after making an “unfounded claim” about being infected with the coronavirus aboard a recent WestJet flight bound for Jamaica, the Toronto Sun reported Wednesday.

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The “unruly” passenger’s claim forced the plane to divert back to Toronto Pearson International Airport, WestJet confirmed.

“WestJet flight 2702 from Toronto to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, diverted back to Toronto due to an unruly guest,” the airline wrote in a statement shared with Fox News. “We sincerely apologize to the 243 guests who were affected by this unfortunate situation.”

The passenger was identified as a 29-year-old from Ontario, Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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In the short video, the passenger, dressed in a pink hoodie and wearing a mask, is seen being escorted by a flight attendant down the aisle of the plane to apparently retrieve his carry-on luggage as fellow passengers apparently cheer and jeer him, the Sun reported.

A passenger who spoke with the CBC also claimed to have seen the passenger stand up from his seat, announce he had recently been to China and claim he had contracted the coronavirus. He also attempted to take a selfie or a video, the witness said.

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“The flight attendants came, gave him a mask and gloves and just told him that he had to move to the back of the plane,” Julie-Anne Broderick told the CBC.

WestJet’s statement said law enforcement officials met the plane after it landed back in Toronto.

“Out of an abundance of caution, our crew followed all protocols for infectious disease on board, including sequestering an individual who made an unfounded claim regarding Coronavirus.”

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Matt Gaetz to file ethics charges against Pelosi, force a vote in House

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House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said Wednesday he will be filing ethics charges against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over what he called her “temper tantrum” following President Trump’s State of the Union address the previous evening.

Gaetz told Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” that he will join two other Republicans and file the charges with the House Ethics Committee on Thursday. Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York and Kay Granger of Texas will join him, he said.

“[Pelosi] disgraced the House of Representatives, she embarrassed our country and she destroyed official records. The law does not allow the Speaker of the House to destroy the records of the House and the rules of the House do not permit some little temper tantrum just because you don’t like what the president of the United States says,” he said.

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Gaetz said that he is one of many Republicans who are tired of political double standards on Capitol Hill. He pointed to Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican who was reprimanded in 2009 for yelling out “You lie!” when then-President Obama claimed illegal immigrants would not be covered by ObamaCare.

“The Democrats really brought the heat down on him,” Gaetz said, adding: “By the way, Joe Wilson was right. We ought to apply the same standards to the Democrats that they want to apply to us and there will be an ethics investigation to Nancy Pelosi and we will start the ball rolling to have her censured.”

“From the inside out, Nancy Pelosi has been a poison,” added Zeldin, who joined Gaetz on the program.

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“She is now poisoning the House of Representatives and Congress and our country because they start off with her getting rolled by her far left, which is basically taken over the Democratic Party.”

To that effect, Gaetz said the 79-year-old lawmaker has “some real impulse control problems.”

The White House also reacted to Pelosi tearing the speech earlier.

The Trump administration had quickly responded to Pelosi’s act of tearing up the speech.

“Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member’s reunion with his family. That’s her legacy,” the White House tweeted, referencing individuals whom Trump mentioned during his address.

Other lawmakers investigated by the House Ethics Committee include Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.

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