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Super Bowl Exclusive: Simulated security takedown with Customs and Border Patrol

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When thousands of fans descend on Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2 for Super Bowl LIV, they will be protected by multiple law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security.

Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren went on an exclusive ride-along with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which is the federal law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security and is tasked with securing the land, air, and sea around the big game.

“Most Americans know what U.S. Customs and Border Patrol does at our border but what many don’t realize is they are also in charge of protecting the single largest event in our country — the Super Bowl,” said Lahren in Fox Nation’s Super Secure: Protecting The Big Game.”

Adding to the difficulty of securing the area around Hard Rock Stadium is the fact that the venue is so close to the Atlantic Ocean.

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO) has to be prepared to identify, stop and potentially board any vessels in the area that they deem to be potential threats, and they showed Lahren how that would work in a simulated stop of a fishing boat.

“So we’re heading out to do kind of a mock intercept, so can you tell me what we’re going to see and how this process is going to go?” Lahren asked AMO Marine Interdiction Agent, Alex Rodriguez.

“Our air assets are going to go in to identify a target?” said Rodriguez, in reference to Black Hawk helicopters monitoring the area.

“We utilize our Black Hawk to be the eyes in the sky for the overall interdiction effort,” he continued. “They have the means of stopping that vessel as well.”

“There’s going to be a lot of overwhelming force. You’ll see that it’s going to compel them to stop. And if he doesn’t, we have means to actually mitigate that as well.”

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“Our nation’s largest event requires the largest and most secure force possible. Luckily we have the best at the forefront and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol makes sure that fans coming to Miami are safe,” Lahren concluded.

To watch all of Super Secure: Protecting The Big Game” go to Fox Nation and sign up today.

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Jim Daly: Should you pray for your team to win?

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It’s a common sight in the waning moments of a tense and competitive sporting event – fans in the crowd on the edge of their seats or standing on their feet, hands clasped, eyes closed or gazing upward to the sky, presumably in prayer for their team to win the big game.

But should we really be petitioning the Creator of the universe for a championship banner or trophy?

My short answer is “no” – asking for divine intervention in an earthly sports match-up is a misapplication of prayer.

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It would seem to me that at the heart of the answer to that question are our priorities and belief in how God’s economy intersects with ours.

I love sports from football to baseball and golf to basketball. In fact, I’ve been both a spectator and a competitor, and it’s been a highly enjoyable aspect of my life. Early in my high school years, I had dreams to play NCAA division one football and envisioned myself quarterbacking one day in the National Football League.

So, I’m no sports snob, and I root heartily for my teams, especially the Denver Broncos and baseball’s Colorado Rockies.

I hope they win – but I don’t pray they win. There’s a difference.

In this wonderous age of miraculous connectivity, prayer is the original and best form of wireless communication.

Prayer is a magnificent privilege for a Christian. In its best form, it’s a one-on-one conversation, like sitting down with a loved one and shutting out all the distractions of the world for an intimate and heartfelt exchange.

But it’s not just any conversation. It’s an audience with the most powerful and wisest Force in all the world.

In this wonderous age of miraculous connectivity, prayer is the original and best form of wireless communication.

OK, so a critic may ask what’s the harm just asking for a win? I mean, if God cares about all the souls on the field or the court, He’s obviously paying attention and could intervene on our behalf, right?

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That’s where I think we might be missing the whole idea of prayer. God is not a celestial butler granting our every wish and whim. He’s a loving Heavenly Father who has put each of us here with a purpose – to love Him and love others – not indulge ourselves.

So prayer is our privilege to engage with Him on behalf of others, particularly those who are hurting.

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Speaking very personally, my life almost always goes better when I’m praying – not so much for myself or my team – but for other people.

I love to pray for my wife, Jean, and our boys, Trent and Troy. I pray for the many children who have passed through our house during their time in foster care. I sometimes lie awake wondering how they are and what came of their lives, so chaotic and by no fault of their own.

I pray for our elected leaders – for our president and representatives on both sides of the aisle.

I pray for shalom – for a peace that transcends all the chaos and contention occurring around the globe.

To be completely transparent, though, I have to admit, prayer doesn’t always come easy to me. I’m so easily distracted – a ring or ding on my phone, thoughts of dinner, my to-do-list, a movie, the urge for a nap – or the big game on television.

But I’m heartened by the fact that even Jesus’ disciples fell asleep praying – so there’s hope for me – and for you.

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Incidentally, it might sound strange to call prayer a conversation, especially since God has never spoken to me audibly. But it’s really an encounter and a divine one at that. I have “heard” more in my prayer time than in hours of actual conversation with anyone else.

In the end, it’s a shame that there can only be one winner per game when both teams play well. But if they’ve played their best, prayer for victory is a moot point because it’s the thrill of the game itself that draws me in.

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Brad Parscale: Trump immigration and border security record unassailable

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Even with an obstructionist Democratic-controlled House of Representatives that is hell-bent on keeping America’s borders porous and the flood of illegal immigration flowing, President Trump has delivered victory after victory on his border security agenda. The emerging threat of the coronavirus reminds us of just how important that agenda truly is.

In a recent interview on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” when Lou asked me about immigration and border security, I responded that President Trump is “already in the winning column” on that issue and that we need voters concerned with other issues “to come across to make this a landslide.”

Unfortunately, some folks misinterpreted my words — but make no mistake. Just because I highlighted the fact that President Trump is fulfilling his promises on immigration and is getting things done, and that this election will be fought on multiple messaging fronts, that doesn’t mean the president or his campaign are putting immigration on the back burner. Far from it. In fact, immigration is the second-most common topic used in the Trump campaign’s Facebook advertising.

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We recognize that immigration remains one of the biggest challenges facing our country and that there is still work to be done. But we also recognize that it’s only through Donald Trump’s unflagging determination that we’ve achieved as much progress as we have over the past three years. Indeed, it’s only through Donald Trump that more progress in restoring sanity to our immigration system is even possible.

President Trump has earned the trust of voters who care about ending the border crisis, both because of what he’s already achieved and because he keeps fighting to accomplish even more. He’s the most effective leader we’ve ever had when it comes to fixing our broken immigration system, whereas every single one of the Democrats competing to run against him in November would immediately start dismantling that legacy in favor of their party’s radical open-borders agenda.

Look at the bottom line first: illegal immigration is going down. After an unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants over the summer, apprehensions at the border are back down to historic lows. And despite the “caravan” phenomenon of 2018, illegal immigration has remained well below historical levels throughout Trump’s presidency.

Donald Trump promised to restrict illegal immigration, and he kept that promise.

The wall is being built, as well. More than 100 miles of new, state-of-the-art barriers are already in place. A total of 450 miles are slated to be built by the end of the year, and the president just secured funding for up to 885 miles to be completed by the end of 2022.

At the same time, the “Remain in Mexico” policy and similar bilateral agreements with other Central American countries, tens of thousands of unauthorized migrants are being turned away from our borders and fraudulent asylum seekers are being stopped from abusing our generous asylum laws. The president’s travel ban from terror-ridden countries is in place and working.

Donald Trump promised border security, and he kept that promise, too.

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The Chinese coronavirus offers yet another reminder of how important it is to have a strong border. The government is taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the U.S., but we can’t keep the plague out of our country if we can’t control who is coming across our southern border. Rampant illegal immigration already poses a significant public health risk, and the danger to Americans will become significantly greater if the coronavirus establishes a foothold in Mexico or Central America.

Far from giving up on the goal of fixing our broken immigration system, which was so central to his revolutionary 2016 campaign, the president continues to find new ways to improve enforcement of America’s immigration laws.

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Congress has refused to act to rein in the pernicious “birth tourism” industry, for instance, so President Trump decided to take action himself, issuing new rules designed to prevent pregnant foreigners, predominantly wealthy Chinese and Russian women, from taking organized trips to America to give birth so that their children can have automatic American citizenship. Once the new rules take effect, the State Department will be able to deny visas to anyone consular officials reasonably believe is partaking in birth tourism.

Similarly, Congress has refused to enact mandatory nationwide implementation of the E-Verify program, which prevents businesses from illegally hiring low-wage undocumented aliens instead of Americans. So the president’s allies are getting it done at the state level. Rep Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is spearheading a campaign to persuade “weak-kneed Republicans” in the Florida state legislature of the need to get a bill on Governor Ron DeSantis’s desk that mandates E-Verify — something both DeSantis and President Trump promised when they ran for office. E-Verify is a perfect example of a Trumpian policy solution that puts the interests of American workers over those of business owners who merely want an uninterrupted source of cheap, illegal labor.

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Polling confirms that Americans recognize the Trump administration’s successes. A Rasmussen poll in September found that a healthy majority of Americans — 56 percent — believe it has become harder for illegal immigrants to enter the United States since President Trump took office. Moreover, 78 percent of Republicans think he’s doing a good or excellent job of handling immigration policy.

Anyone who cares about ending the crisis on our southern border couldn’t ask for a better candidate this November than President Donald J. Trump. His leadership has put the border security issue into the winning column, allowing us at the Trump campaign to spend more of our time highlighting this President’s myriad other accomplishments.

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February sky: NASA’s top tips for skywatchers

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February will be a good month for skywatchers with bright planets and a supermoon shimmering in the sky.

On Feb. 1, the moon will be “half-full,” according to NASA. “On Saturday evening, the moon will appear half-full as it reaches its first quarter at 8:42 p.m. EST,” it wrote on its website. The February full moon, which is also a supermoon, will reach its peak on Feb. 9.

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Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, according to NASA.

“When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that’s where we get a ‘supermoon’,” explains the space agency on its website.

Dubbed the “Snow Moon,” the February full moon played an important role in Native American culture. “As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” explains NASA. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

The bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — are set to feature prominently during February, experts say.

“In February 2020, you might be able to see all five bright planets, two after sunset and three before sunrise,” explains EarthSky, on its website. “Spot the two evening planets – Venus and Mercury – in the west not long after the sun goes down. Then see the three morning planets – Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – in the east before daybreak.”

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“For the Washington, D.C., area (and similar latitudes at least), Thursday morning, February 4, 2020, will be the first morning when the planet Saturn will appear just above the horizon in the east-southeast at the time morning twilight begins,” explains NASA, on its website.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones: Football reminds us that America endures and sports can bridge any partisan divide

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As the sun sets on Sunday people all across this amazing country will settle into their seats, tune into their TVs and (unlike the rhetoric so disingenuously spouted in Washington, D.C.) actually come together and celebrate one of our greatest traditions: the Super Bowl.

In a time when our country is split on so many things, it ironically feels somewhat refreshing to think of us as split over a team from Kansas City or San Francisco. While we’ve been marred all week in choosing sides between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader McConnell, between House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff or President Donald Trump, it seems much more American to pick between quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo.

Growing up in rural Northeast Georgia, I learned to love this country at a young age but I learned to love the game of football even younger.

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From the food we eat to the technology we use it’s sometimes hard to find things that are as uniquely American as apple pie and thank God, football is one of them.

Throughout these unfortunate times in our nation’s political history, it seems the American people understood how important it was to keep at least one eye on something so pure even political malpractice at the highest level couldn’t overshadow it.

When those two teams from Kansas City and San Francisco take the field on Sunday we can use this prompt (and necessary) reminder that in the long and storied history of the Super Bowl our country has endured many tests and times of turmoil, yet here we all are — still playing football and still thriving as the greatest country in the world.

Partisan impeachment proceedings might win today’s headlines but our love and celebration of professional sports will be the real winner when the history books are written.

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In 1869, the year President Andrew Johnson left office, after being impeached by the House but surviving a conviction in the Senate in 1868, the Cincinnati Red Stocking went 70-0 as the first professional baseball team.

In 1975, after weathering a summer of Nixon impeachment hearing and the president’s subsequent resignation, Terry Bradshaw and the Pittsburgh Steelers were defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX.

In February 1999, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment came just a few weeks after legendary Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway won his second consecutive Super Bowl over the Atlanta Falcons and walked into retirement on top — a coveted feat few athletes have been able to accomplish.

Throughout these unfortunate times in our nation’s political history, it seems the American people understood how important it was to keep at least one eye on something so pure even political malpractice at the highest level couldn’t overshadow it.

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As we move towards an end to only the fourth presidential impeachment in our country’s history we’ll be mindfully aware that another hardworking young American will cement his legacy as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback this weekend and join the ranks of Bradshaw and Elway as one of those to do it at a time when our country is so uniquely divided.

Regardless of what happens in Washington, I’ll be tuned into the event in Miami on Sunday. And, much like the Super Bowl itself, I know with certainty that America will endure and continue on because in this country there are colors beyond red and blue, heroes who aren’t politicians and a camaraderie in sports stronger than any partisan divide.

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Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders didn’t do enough to unite Democrats in 2016

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Hillary Clinton claimed Friday that Bernie Sanders didn’t do enough to help unite Democrats in 2016 after she became the party’s presidential nominee following their divisive primary battles.

“Unfortunately his campaign and his principal supporters were just very difficult and — really, constantly — not just attacking me but my supporters,” she told Emily Tisch Sussman on the podcast “Your Primary Playlist.”

Clinton said some of the behavior of Sanders’ supporters at the Democratic National Convention that year was “very distressing,” specifically mentioning how speakers Rep. John Lewis and then first lady Michelle Obama were booed.

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“All the way up until the end, a lot of people highly identified with his campaign were urging people to vote third party, urging people not to vote,” she said.

She called it a contrast to how Democrats united after her loss to then Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 primary, when she said she did 100 events for the eventual president.

She told Sussman she thinks the Democratic Party is “light years” better than the Republican Party, “but just look at the price we paid for a Trump presidency.”

Clinton said she can’t imagine how any “caring, smart, concerned American” who identifies on the party’s left would want four more years of “destructive” President Trump.

“That cannot happen again,” she added. “I don’t care who the nominee is. I don’t care. As long as it’s somebody who can win, and as long as it’s somebody who understands politics is the art of addition, not subtraction.”

Clinton also made news earlier in January when she told The Hollywood Reporter, “nobody likes” Sanders. “Nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” she claimed.

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She at first didn’t say if she would support him if he were the nominee, but later responded to a backlash, clarifying she’ll do whatever she can to “support our nominee.”

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Victor Davis Hanson: Woke elites love to point fingers. Always consider the source of their outrage

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An ancient habit of Western elites is a certain selectivity in condemnation.

Sometimes Westerners apply critical standards to the West that they would never apply to other nations.

My colleague at the Hoover Institution, historian Niall Ferguson, has pointed out that Swedish green-teen celebrity Greta Thunberg might be more effective in her advocacy for reducing carbon emissions by redirecting her animus. Instead of hectoring Europeans and Americans, who have recently achieved the planet’s most dramatic drops in the use of fossil fuels, Thunberg might instead turn her attention to China and India to offer her “how dare you” complaints to get their leaders to curb carbon emissions.

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Whether the world continues to spew dangerous levels of carbons will depend largely on policies in China and India. After all, these two countries account for over a third of the global population and continue to grow their coal-based industries.

In the late 1950s, many elites in the United States bought the Soviet Union line that the march of global communism would “bury” the West. Then, as Soviet power eroded in the 1980s, Japan Inc. and its ascendant model of state-sponsored industry became the preferred alternative to Western-style democratic capitalism.

Once Japan’s economy ossified, the new utopia of the 1990s was supposedly the emerging European Union. Americans were supposed to be awed that the euro gained ground on the dollar. Europe’s borderless democratic socialism and its “soft power” were declared preferable to the reactionary U.S.

By 2015, the EU was a mess, so China was preordained as the inevitable global superpower. American intellectuals pointed to its high-speed rail transportation, solar industries and gleaming airports, in contrast to the hollowed-out and grubby American heartland.

Now the curtain has been pulled back on the interior rot of the Chinese Communist Party, its gulag-like re-education camps, its systematic mercantile cheating, its Orwellian surveillance apparatus, its serial public health crises and its primitive hinterland infrastructure.

After the calcification of the Soviet Union, Japan Inc., the EU and the Chinese superpower, no one quite knows which alternative will next supposedly bury America.

The U.S. and Europe are often quite critical of violence against women, minorities and gays. The European Union, for example, has often singled out Israel for its supposed mistreatment of Palestinians on the West Bank.

After the calcification of the Soviet Union, Japan Inc., the EU and the Chinese superpower, no one quite knows which alternative will next supposedly bury America.

Yet if the purpose of Western human rights activism is to curb global bias and hate, then it would be far more cost-effective to concentrate on the greatest offenders.

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China is currently detaining about a million Muslim Uighurs in re-education camps. Yet activist groups aren’t calling for divestment, boycotts and sanctions against Beijing in the same way they target Israel.

Homosexuality is a capital crime in Iran. Scores of Iranian gays reportedly have been incarcerated and thousands executed under theocratic law since the fall of the Shah in 1979. Yet rarely do Western activist groups call for global ostracism of Iran.

Don’t look to the United Nations Human Rights Council for any meaningful condemnation of worldwide prejudice and hatred, although it is a frequent critic of both the U.S. and Israel.

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Many of the 47 member nations of the Human Rights Council are habitual violators of human rights. In 2017, nine member nations persecuted citizens who were actively working to implement U.N. standards of human rights.

There are many reasons for Westerners’ selective outrage and pessimism toward their own culture. Cowardice explains some of the asymmetry. Blasting tiny democratic Israel will not result in any retaliation. Taking on a powerful China or a murderous Iran could earn retribution.

Guilt also explains some of the selectivity. European nations are still blamed for 19th-century colonialism and imperialism. They will always seek absolution, as the citizens of former colonial and Third World nations act like perpetual victims — even well into the postmodern 21st century.

Western elites are perpetually aggrieved. But the next time they direct their lectures at a particular target, consider the source and motivation of their outrage.

Virtual-signaling is increasingly common. Western elites often harangue about misdemeanors when they cannot address felonies — a strange sort of psychological penance that excuses their impotence.

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It is much easier for the city of Berkeley to ban clean-burning, U.S.-produced natural gas in newly constructed buildings than it is to outlaw far dirtier crude oil from Saudi Arabia. Currently, the sexist, homophobic, autocratic Saudis are the largest source of imported oil in California, sending the state some 100 million barrels per year, without which thousands of Berkeley motorists could not get to work. Apparently, outlawing clean, domestic natural gas allows one to justify importing unclean Saudi oil.

Western elites are perpetually aggrieved. But the next time they direct their lectures at a particular target, consider the source and motivation of their outrage.

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Bill Maher: Like Trump, Bernie Sanders has ‘army’ of supporters ‘who will get in the streets’

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher suggested Friday night that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the strongest Democratic candidate to go up against President Trump in a general election because he also has “an army.”

Maher began the show’s panel segment by saying he’s gone “back and forth” between progressives Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., but argued that moderates like former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., can “win more easily.”

“I’ll tell you why Bernie Sanders is attractive to me now because he’s the only Democrat who, like Trump, has an army, who when it gets to this other level, he’s got a bunch of bad— motherf—–s who will get in the streets,” Maher said.

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The HBO star slammed Warren for vowing to have a transgender high school student to vet her choice for Secretary of Education.

“Now, Obama said people just don’t want crazy stuff. Is this not crazy stuff? Is she running for president of Berkeley?” Maher asked.

Maher lamented that Democrats are “bad at politics,” arguing that billionaire Michael Bloomberg‘s planned “anti-gun” ad for Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV was targeting the wrong “demo” for such a campaign message.

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“A bunch of wings-eating, beer-drinking guys and you’re gonna come out there and say, ‘Let me introduce myself, I want to take your guns’ right after the truck commercial,” Maher continued.

The “Real Time” host then urged Democrats to not talk about the “environment” on the campaign trail since they’ve already locked up those voters. He suggested they campaign instead on “raising the minimum wage, health care, legalize pot.”

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China slams Trump’s coronavirus travel limits: ‘Not a gesture of goodwill’

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BEIJING — China’s death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for“domestic outbreak control” if the disease spreads in their countries.

Beijing criticized Washington’s order barring entry to most foreigners who visited China in the past two weeks.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced similar measures on Saturday, following Japan and Singapore.

Meanwhile, South Korea and India flew hundreds of their citizens out of Wuhan, the city at the center of an area where some 50 million people are prevented from leaving in a sweeping anti-virus effort. The evacuees went into a two-week quarantine. Indonesia also sent a plane.

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Nearly 12,000 cases

The number of confirmed cases in China rose to 11,791, surpassing the number in the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The virus’s rapid spread in two months prompted the World Health Organization on Thursday to declare it a global emergency.

That declaration “flipped the switch” from a cautious attitude earlier to recommending governments prepare for the possibility the virus might spread, said the WHO representative in Beijing, Gauden Galea. Most cases reported so far have been people who visited China or their family members.

The agency acted out of concern for poorer countries that might not be equipped to respond, said Galea. Such a declaration calls for a coordinated international response and can bring more money and resources.

WHO said it was especially concerned that some cases abroad involved human-to-human transmission.

“Countries need to get ready for possible importation in order to identify cases as early as possible and in order to be ready for a domestic outbreak control, if that happens,” Galea told The Associated Press.

“Countries need to get ready for possible importation in order to identify cases as early as possible and in order to be ready for a domestic outbreak control, if that happens.”

— Gauden Galea, WHO representative in Beijing

On Friday, the United States declared a public health emergency and President Donald Trump signed an order barring entry to foreign nationals, other than immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents, who visited China within the last 14 days, which scientists say is the virus’s longest incubation period.

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China criticized the U.S. controls, which it said contradicted the WHO’s appeal to avoid travel bans, and “unfriendly comments” that Beijing was failing to cooperate.

“Just as the WHO recommended against travel restrictions, the U.S. rushed to go in the opposite way. Certainly not a gesture of goodwill,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

“Just as the WHO recommended against travel restrictions, the U.S. rushed to go in the opposite way. Certainly not a gesture of goodwill.”

— Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman

WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva that despite the emergency declaration, there is “no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade.”

Meanwhile, the ruling Communist Party postponed the end of the Lunar New Year holiday in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, for an unspecified “appropriate extent” and appealed to the public there to stay home.

Another locked-down city in Hubei, Huanggang, on Saturday banned almost all of its residents from leaving their homes in the most stringent controls imposed yet. The government said only one person from each household would be allowed out to shop for food once every two days.

“Others are not allowed to go out except for medical treatment, to do epidemic prevention and control work or to work in supermarkets and pharmacies,” it said in an announcement.

China’s increasingly drastic anti-disease controls started with the Jan. 23 suspension of plane, bus and train links to Wuhan, an industrial center of 11 million people. The lockdown has spread to surrounding cities.

The holiday, China’s busiest annual travel season, ends Sunday in the rest of the country following a three-day extension to postpone the return to factories and offices by hundreds of millions of workers. The official Xinhua News Agency said people in Hubei who work outside the province also were given an extended holiday.

The party decision “highlighted the importance of prevention and control of the epidemic among travelers,” Xinhua said.

Americans returning from China will be allowed into the country, but will face screening and are required to undertake 14 days of self-screening. Those returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Beginning Sunday, the United States will direct flights from China to seven major airports where passengers can be screened.

Also Friday, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended all flights between the United States and China. Other carriers including British Airways, Finnair and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific also have canceled or cut back service to mainland China.

The U.S. order followed a travel advisory for Americans to consider leaving China. Japan and Germany also advised against non-essential travel to China and Britain did as well, except for Hong Kong and Macao.

A plane carrying Indians from Wuhan landed Saturday in New Delhi. The government said they would be quarantined in a nearby city, Manesar. Sri Lanka also pulled out more of its citizens and promised to bring out the remaining 204 students.

South Korea’s second evacuation flight landed in Seoul with 330 people from Wuhan. They were to be screened for fever before being taken to two quarantine centers.

South Korea also reported its 12th virus case, which appeared to be a human-to-human transmission.

At least 23 countries have reported cases since China informed WHO about the new virus in late December.

The death rate in China is falling but the number of confirmed cases will keep growing because there are thousands of specimens from suspected cases yet to be tested, WHO’s Galea said.

“The case fatality ratio is settling out at a much lower level than we were reporting three, now four, weeks ago,” he said.

Both the new virus and SARS are from the coronavirus family, which also includes those that cause the common cold. Experts say there is evidence the new virus is spreading among people in China.

Although scientists expect to see limited transmission of the virus between people with family or other close contact, they are concerned about cases of infection spreading to people who might have less exposure.

In Japan, a tour guide and bus driver became infected after escorting two tour groups from Wuhan. In Germany, five employees of a German auto parts supplier became ill after a Chinese colleague visited, including two who had no direct contact with the woman. She showed no symptoms until her flight back to China.

On Saturday, Japan reported its 17th case, a woman in her 20s who also worked as a guide for Wuhan tourists on the same bus as the two other cases.

Vietnam confirmed one more case for a total of six, and Australia counted its ninth infection.

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On Friday, Germany confirmed a sixth case, a child of one of the people already infected. In the United States, health officials issued a two-week quarantine order for the 195 Americans evacuated this week from Wuhan.

It was the first time a federal quarantine has been ordered since the 1960s, when one was enacted over concern about smallpox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

None of the Americans being housed at a Southern California military base has shown signs of illness, but infected people don’t show symptoms immediately and may be able to pass on the virus before they appear sick.

Associated Press writers Aniruddha Ghosal in New Delhi, Tong-hyung Kim in Seoul, South Korea, Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo, Hau Dinh in Hanoi, Vietnam, Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Bharatha Mallawarachi in Colombo, Sri Lanka, contributed to this report.

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Oscars: How to watch movies nominated for best picture

The Academy Awards are right around the corner and this year, there are nine films nominated for best picture.

If you’re looking to catch all of the nominated films ahead of the February 9 awards show, fear not, there are plenty of ways to see this year’s batch of best picture nominees.

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“Marriage Story”

Where to find it: Netflix

“Marriage Story” follows a young couple as they navigate a divorce that begins amicably, but quickly turns sour as they try to negotiate their split while living on opposite sides of the country.

“Marriage Story” is nominated for six Oscars including best motion picture, best performance by an actress in a leading role, best performance by an actor in a leading role and best performance by an actress in a supporting role.

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“Jojo Rabbit”

Where to find it: Theaters, pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

Written and directed by Taika Waititi, who also co-stars in the film, “Jojo Rabbit” tells the story of a young boy who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home during World War II.

“Jojo Rabbit” earned six Oscar nominations, including best motion picture of the year and best performance by an actress in a supporting role.

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Little Women

Where to find it: Theaters, pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

“Little Women” is an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel following the lives of the March family as they grow up, facing death, heartbreak and more along the way.

The film is nominated for six Academy Awards, including best motion picture of the year, best performance by an actress in a leading role and best performance by an actress in a supporting role.

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“The Irishman”

Where to find it: Netflix

“The Irishman,” based on the nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” tells the story of Frank Sheeran as he becomes involved with organized crime under notorious gangster Jimmy Hoffa.

The movie has 10 Oscar nominations, including best motion picture of the year and two nominations for best performance by an actor in a supporting role.

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“Parasite”

Where to find it: Theaters, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

“Parasite” is a Korean-language film that highlights class discrimination between the wealthy Park family and the not-so-wealthy Kim family.

The film has garnered six Academy Award nominations, including best motion picture of the year, best achievement in directing and best original screenplay.

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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Where to find it: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

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Brad Pitt received an Oscar nomination for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Quentin Tarantino pays homage to Hollywood history in this tale following a fictional movie star and his stunt-double on their quest for success during the rise of Charles Manson.

The film has earned 10 Oscar nominations, which include best motion picture of the year, best performance by an actor in a leading role and best performance by an actor in a supporting role.

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“Joker”

Where to find it: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

We’ve all heard of the titular Batman villain, but this film delves into his origin, following Arthur Fleck as his mental illness and societal isolation drive him to become the evildoer we know him to be.

“Joker” has been nominated for 11 Oscars, including best motion picture of the year, best performance by an actor in a leading role and best achievement in directing.

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“Ford v Ferrari”

Where to find it: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

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“Ford v Ferrari” stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale (20th Century Studios)

“Ford v Ferrari” follows designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles as they work to create a racecar for Ford that can outrun a Ferrari.

The flick now has four Oscar nominations, including best motion picture of the year.

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“1917”

Where to find it: Theaters, pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube

“1917” follows two British soldiers during World War I who are sent on a mission to call off an attack doomed to result in a loss.

“1917” has earned 10 Oscar nominations, including best motion picture of the year and best achievement in directing.

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