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Americans spend over a billion dollars on beer before the Super Bowl even starts

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It doesn’t matter who plays in the Super Bowl. Beer wins.

While it may not be all that surprising, Americans love beer on Super Bowl Sunday. According to a new study, before the game has even started, the country will have spent over a billion dollars on the beverage.

The Beer Institute released a breakdown of pre-Super Bowl sales on their Facebook page. According to them, “As millions around the country hit stores this week in preparation for this weekend’s Super Bowl parties, beer remains the No. 1 alcohol beverage of choice on football fans’ shopping lists. According to data provided by Nielsen, last year Americans spent $1.2 billion on beer in the two weeks leading to the Super Bowl, compared to $568 million on distilled spirits and $652 million on wine.”

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They also revealed that over 58 percent of those sales were for aluminum cans of beer, with another 37.4 percent of those sales being attributed to glass bottles.

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The Beer Institute also released the results of a survey of Americans celebrating the Super Bowl on their website. According to them, 76 percent of Americans plan to drink beer as they celebrate the Super Bowl.

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“Across the country, men and women will take a few hours this Sunday to enjoy good friends, good food, good football, and – of course – good beer,” Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, said in the statement. “Our nation’s more than 5,600 brewers and beer importers are proud to be part of Super Bowl Sunday, and they have poured their talent and dedication into making sure each celebrant has the right beer for Sunday’s game and future occasions throughout the year.”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the Super Bowl: ‘It’s become essentially its own holiday’

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In an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about “the big money” surrounding Super Bowl LIV telling host Maria Bartiromo that the game becomes “bigger and bigger every year and it becomes more complicated because of that.”

“But, that’s also the fun of it because more people share in it,” he continued. “More people have an opportunity to be part of the Super Bowl, whether you’re here in Miami or whether you’re home at a Super Bowl party. That is what we love. We love engaging our fans.”

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will go head to head Sunday for the NFL championship in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.

Both teams were among the top seeds in the NFL Playoffs and won their conference championship games decisively.

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The NFL celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, with last year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta marking the beginning of the league’s “NFL 100” initiatives, events and programs.

“We’re proud of our 100-year anniversary. It has been a wonderful celebration for us so that’s great, but the event is more than a football game now,” Goodell said.

“It’s something really special that people look forward to, plan around and it’s become essentially its own holiday.”

During the exclusive interview, Goodell also talked about the collective bargaining agreement with players as well as the renewals of contracts with media partners.

When Bartiromo mentioned contracts with broadcast and digital partners expiring after the 2022 season and asked how distribution might change, Goodell answered, “We love to be available on the broadest medium.”

“That’s why our network partners are important to us, but we’ve supplemented that by bringing in other opportunities to reach fans that may not be watching on network television, they may not be watching a full game, they may be watching highlights,” he continued.

“So social, over the top, digital transmission of our broadcasts are really important to us and so we make our games available on all those platforms.”

“We make it easy for people to engage because we want the broadest number of people to watch and to engage and to share in that,” he added.

Goodell also told Bartiromo “our discussions are always ongoing.”

He elaborated by saying, “I wouldn’t say we’re in formal negotiations, but we always have discussions.

“We are very open to changing packages, we’re very open to changing partners, we’re open to do the best thing we can for our fans and for the league overall for the long term,” he added.

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As it pertains to the collective bargaining agreement, Goodell acknowledged that the negotiation can always be challenging, “But it’s also the opportunity.”

“Because when people really put their focus on, OK here are the challenges, now let’s work to try to find solutions, our players have been extraordinary in looking at that and coming up with solutions and saying what about if we tried this? It actually leads to really terrific solutions when two parties can come together and say, ‘Here’s a great outcome,’” he explained.

The Chiefs are appearing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. San Francisco has won five Super Bowls, but has not lifted the Lombardi trophy since 1995. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to their most recent Super Bowl appearance in 2013, but San Francisco fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Goodell also told Bartiromo about measures the NFL is implementing to make the game safer, saying, “there are things that we’ve been working on for years.”

“We all want to make sure that the game is as safe as possible for our players,” Goodell said, adding that that includes answering questions like, “How do we train them? How do we take techniques out of the game? How do we take drills out of the game?”

He added, “We’re improving on the equipment. We have six new helmets being introduced this year. All of that will raise, I think, the health and safety of our players.”

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Bartiromo said more of her exclusive interview with Goodell will air on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” on Monday.

Fox News’ Julia Musto and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Inside the Sanders Surge: Iowa leader deploys army of supporters, surrogates in fight to lock down the left

DES MOINES, Iowa – Looking out at a sea of supporters, Bernie Sanders boldly predicted victory ahead of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses — which will mark the first test of whether the fiery populist can achieve in 2020 what eluded him four years ago.

“We are going to win this election because we have the strongest grassroots movement in modern American history,” the insurgent and now-surging presidential candidate proclaimed as he spoke on Saturday night to more than 3,000 people at a campaign rally and concert in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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His campaign quickly touted that it was the largest rally of any Democratic presidential contender this cycle in the Hawkeye State.

“It all begins in Iowa in two nights. So tonight I am here for your support on caucus night,” Sanders emphasized.

The gathering – coming just 48 hours before the first contest in the long road to the White House – was another sign of the Sanders surge in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Crowd sizes are one way to gauge the momentum – two others are polls and fundraising figures.

The independent Vermont senator who’s making his second straight bid for the Democratic nod has soared in polls in Iowa the past couple of months. In October and the first half of November, Sanders was in the mid-teens in the Real Clear Politics average of the latest Iowa Democratic caucus surveys, trailing two key rivals – former Vice President Joe Biden and fellow progressive rock star Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

But Sanders’ numbers edged up to the upper teens by December and skyrocketed in January. He now stands at 24 percent support among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the latest RCP average, ahead of Biden at 20 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 16 percent and Warren at 15 percent.

None of this happened by accident. As the candidate fights to consolidate the party’s left flank, his campaign has deftly leveraged its grassroots fundraising machine, enthusiastic volunteers and famous political surrogates to get out the vote even as the senator himself has been stuck in Washington for much of the final stretch.

In the campaign cash battle, Sanders easily outraised his rivals in the fourth quarter of 2019, hauling in an eye-popping $34.5 million – almost entirely from people-powered small-dollar grassroots donations.

But more importantly, he spent the money, shelling out a whopping $50 million the final three months of last year to beef up his campaign and set the stage for this moment. The Sanders campaign spent roughly $4.1 million to run ads in Iowa in the month leading up to the caucuses – far more than any other campaign – according to data provided by ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

But Sanders also used his war chest to beef up his grassroots outreach.

“Television ads are important. We have TV ads. Radio ads are important. We have radio ads,” Sanders told the crowd Saturday at a campaign stop in Grinnell, Iowa. “But you know what’s more important? People knocking on doors. People talking to their neighbors, their co-workers, and their friends talking about the important issues facing our society.”

And hours later, in Cedar Rapids, he touted that “I am so proud to tell you that here in Iowa in the last month alone, our volunteers have knocked on 500,000 doors.”

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Bernie Sanders volunteers learn how to canvass and phone bank at a training session at a Sanders campaign field office in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 31, 2020

Sanders’ campaign tells Fox News that they now have 22 field offices across the state, with over 200 field staff on the ground

“We’ve got staff who are literally in every corner of the state,” Sanders’ Iowa field director Brooke Adams said. “We have over 150 staging locations, which are kind of like pop-up offices throughout the state where our staff and our top volunteers will meet up for shift times to launch canvasses so that we have organizing operations going in every single county to turn out Iowans.”

The Sanders campaign isn’t the only one with a formidable organization in Iowa. But asked what sets the Sanders campaign apart from its rivals, Adams pointed to staffers and volunteers and stressed that “there is an unprecedented level of energy right now.”

Some of those volunteers have come a long way to help out Sanders.

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Koelen Andrews traveled from Los Angeles to Iowa to volunteer for Bernie Sanders campaign. He spoke with Fox News on Jan. 31 in Des Moines, Iowa

Koelen Andrews traveled from Los Angeles a week ago on his own dime. He’s been canvassing and phone banking for the campaign out of a Des Moines field office.

“I believe in Bernie Sanders,” Andrews said when asked why he dug into his savings to take time off and come all the way to Iowa from California.

He insisted that “Bernie can beat Donald Trump” and said that the Iowa voters he’s talked to in person or on the phone the past week are “assured that Bernie can beat Donald Trump.”

Amanda Shumaker agreed.

The Iowa voter, who had at one time considered backing Warren, drove nearly two hours from Cedar Falls to suburban Des Moines on Friday to attend a large Sanders rally and concert.

“He’s the only candidate who can beat Trump,” she said. And pointing to the Trump campaign and the Republicans, she insisted that “they don’t have any dirt on Bernie.”

Her husband Charles said he’s noticed the Sanders surge. His take: “I feel like he’s making all the right moves … he speaks to the common person.”

Sanders seemed to take off after returning to the campaign trail in October after the 78-year-old candidate suffered a heart attack.

“I think his heart attack honestly sent a jolt through his supporters and reminded them this is the time to do this,” longtime Iowa based Democratic consultant Jeff Link noted.

Link, a veteran of numerous presidential and Senate campaigns in Iowa, noted that Sanders started with a leg up in Iowa – thanks to his 2016 showing when he narrowly lost to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in that year’s caucuses.

“The Sanders campaign was the big innovator in 2016. They really made texting for organization purposes a big part of their operation and no one had really done that before,” he said.

And Link highlighted that the Sanders campaign in Iowa is “smarter and better than they were in 2016.”

This has some in the party nervous, amid worries about the democratic socialist’s general election appeal — his multi-trillion-dollar plans, his uncompromising approach to governing, his history of qualified praise regarding communist leaders are all ammunition waiting to be used against him. His Democratic rivals already are eager to exploit those concerns. Buttigieg argued in an interview with Fox News on Saturday that he’s offering the “full package” of someone who can “govern well and win big,” seeking to draw a contrast with Sanders as well as Biden.

Sanders – like rivals Warren and Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado – was stuck in Washington in recent weeks, as the senators served as jurors in the impeachment trial of President Trump.

But he had some important help from political friends.

While he was off the campaign trail, the Sanders team brought in some of the biggest progressive rock stars to campaign on his behalf in Iowa. Among them were three members of the so-called ‘Squad’ of freshman House Democrats – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, as well as famed liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.

The surrogates headlined numerous Sanders events while the senator was stuck on Capitol Hill.

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Bernie Sanders surrogates Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota speak at a Sanders campaign rally and concert on Jan. 31 in Clive, Iowa

While the high-profile surrogates helped keep Sanders supporters energized, their campaigning wasn’t without controversy.

Tlaib sparked headlines on Friday night when, responding to recent comments by Clinton that “nobody likes” Sanders, she led the crowd at a large Sanders rally in Clive, Iowa, in booing Clinton.

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She later said she had allowed her feelings about Clinton’s explosive remarks “to get the best of me.”

But Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir tweeted “Rashida, you’re all good. We love your passion and conviction. Don’t change.”

The candidate himself on Saturday morning avoided answering a question by Fox News regarding Tlaib’s booing of Clinton.

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Coronavirus prompts family to cancel vacation, they say Norwegian won’t refund them thousands of dollars

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing.

That’s the reason why one family is canceling their cruise vacation, which they booked a year ago, long before the coronavirus outbreak. Since the boat is scheduled to stop in Hong Kong, they decided that it was better to play it safe.

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“(Norwegian Cruise) is saying, ‘we understand the situation’ and ‘safety is our number one issue’ and ‘we would never put any of our passengers in harm’s way. But the bottom line is if you cancel you lose all your money,’” Pua Morrison told KHON 2. (iStock)

Unfortunately, they say that even though they’re canceling to avoid any potential outbreak, it’s still going to cost them.

Pua Morrison, a resident of Maui in Hawaii, says she bought the tickets for the Norwegian Cruise Line trip from Costco in February 2019, KHON 2 reports. After hearing the news of the coronavirus outbreak, which has prompted multiple airlines and cruise companies to alter routes and scale back their trips to China, Morrison says she and her family decided to cancel the trip.

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Unfortunately, she says she won’t be getting her money back. After contacting Costco, she says she was told to talk to Norwegian.

“(Norwegian Cruise) is saying, ‘we understand the situation’ and ‘safety is our No. 1 issue’ and ‘we would never put any of our passengers in harm’s way. But the bottom line is if you cancel you lose all your money,’” Morrison told KHON 2.

Morrison says that her family paid $4,000-a-person for the trip, coming to a total of $32,000.

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“We had excursions booked, we’ve updated the trip packages. This was a family vacation, so we were going for the gusto,” she explained. “Rather than put myself through all that headache and most of all the risk of getting this virus, I just want to be able to cancel my cruise and get my refund. That’s all I ask. And I don’t think that’s a lot to ask with what’s going on. And it’s getting worse every day.”

According to Morrison, she purchased trip insurance from Norwegian, but they told her it doesn’t cover epidemics.

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Fox News reached out to Norwegian Cruise Lines for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

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Andrew Yang not so quick to investigate Trump if elected president

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A President Andrew Yang would want to leave the past in the past.

While some of his rivals in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary want to investigate President Trump if they win the White House come November, Yang struck a more conciliatory tone on Sunday – saying that “you have to see what the facts are on the ground.”

“If you look at history around the world, it’s a very, very nasty pattern that developing countries have fallen into, where a new president ends up throwing the president before them in jail,” Yang said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He added: “That pattern unfortunately makes it very hard for any party to govern sustainably moving forward with a sense of unity among their people, and so to me, America should try to avoid that pattern if at all possible.”

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While Yang did not give a hint on whether he would pardon Trump – who was impeached by the House in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – the entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate has been critical of his fellow Democrats in the past for the focus on impeachment. During the December PBS NewsHour/POLITICO debate, Yang said that both Democrats and the media were “obsessed over impeachment.”

Yang’s comments on Sunday come one day before the Iowa Caucus, the first test in the 2020 primary season. While Yang is not polling near the top of the pile, he has surprised many with his dark horse presidential bid as he has jumped from near obscurity to the debate stage over more well-known former candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

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Yang currently sits sixth in Iowa at 3.8 percent, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, according to RealClearPolitics.

But Yang said on Sunday that he expects to “surprise a lot of people” in Iowa.

“We think we’re going to surprise a lot of people on Monday night, George, and we’ve got a ton of support in New Hampshire,” he said. “I can’t wait to take this vision to the rest of the country.”

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Joe Grogan: Every American child should have a choice when it comes to school

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The foundation to achieve the American Dream is anchored in hard work, perseverance and, most importantly, a quality education. Every child in America that has a meaningful chance to learn, can unlock the gateway to success.

America’s antiquated approach to education is failing our country’s youth, and Washington is crippling our ability to provide a world-class education to every American child. When we fail to set America’s children up for success, we fail as a nation.

Many incredible public and private schools are preparing students to succeed. Most kids have the potential to access an education that will allow them to pursue remarkable success. But, far too many kids, especially in our nation’s poorest cities, are not allowed to capitalize on that opportunity. We must remain committed to revitalizing the American dream, and that means revitalizing our broken education system.

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Too many of our children are assigned by the government to schools that simply don’t work for them and their parents don’t have the economic means to do anything about it. They’re stuck with no real options and often become just another statistic. Zip codes and invisible lines drawn by government bureaucrats are constraining the success of our children.

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Advocates of this failed status quo are quick to highlight good graduation rates, but they ignore the fact that our students still continue to lag behind their peers worldwide. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that 28 countries outperformed U.S students in math and 17 outperformed U.S. students in reading.

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The most recent “Nation’s Report Card” found that two out of three students can’t read as they should. And inner-city, low income, and minority children perform even worse. Nearly half of fourth-graders who qualify for free and reduced lunch are functionally illiterate.

Only about half of America’s high school students took the ACT college entrance exam last year. Just a quarter of them are college-ready in multiple subjects.

The education establishment terrified of losing control to parents and students has ripped the American Dream away from forgotten families across the country, prolonging the cycles of poverty, crime and despair. The Trump administration continues to promote policies that provide low-income students and all students with the tools freedom necessary for long term economic security. Our policies can help end this devastating cycle and empower students to thrive and fulfill their American Dream.

The politically powerful should not deprive children of a great education, and no child in America should be on a waitlist for success.

Forty-three states have public and private school choice programs, which allow parents to decide how and where their children learn, regardless of school zones. Nearly 500,000 students are enrolled in private school choice programs, and more than 2.5 million students enrolled in public charter schools nationwide. Yet, more than one million students are on waitlists to attend public charter schools of their choice. In Pennsylvania, special interest groups motivated Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to veto a bill that would have helped 50,000 waitlisted kids to pursue the education that was right for them.

The politically powerful should not deprive children of a great education, and no child in America should be on a waitlist for success. That is why President Trump has called on Congress to pass Education Freedom Scholarships. The bill currently before Congress is a federal tax credit that would provide families with more educational opportunities. The proposal will bolster state efforts by providing $5 billion to state-based scholarship programs. The legislation would empower parents to send their kids to the desired public, private, religious, public charter, home, or magnet school that they feel best meets the needs of their children.

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Families in states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin, which have school choice programs, will greatly benefit. Other states will also be encouraged to step forward and leave the failed status quo behind and put America’s children first!

The truth is that families who can afford private school tuition or who have the means to move out of a bad school zone already have education freedom. All American families need that freedom. States across the country are empowering families to enhance their child’s education. Americans should rally behind President Trump’s plan to ensure that every child has a chance to achieve the American Dream.

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Chiefs, 49ers make final preparations for Super Bowl LIV, fans clamor at Hard Rock Stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are gearing up for Super Bowl LIV – and so are the fans.

Supporters from both teams driving down the Florida Turnpike stopped near the 65,000-seat Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., to take photos of the Super Bowl signage.

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“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth earlier described how Chiefs fans have inundated Miami to support their team.

“Kansas City has moved to Miami for the week,” he told “Fox & Friends” co-hosts on the morning show ahead of the big game. “We’re surrounded by Chiefs fans who are absolutely fired up to be in this game.”

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Fans gathered outside the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens to take photos ahead of kickoff. (Ryan Gaydos / Fox News)

While fans clamored around the stadium, the 49ers and Chiefs were nearing warm-up time before the championship. The Chiefs are looking for their first Super Bowl title in 50 years, while the 49ers have been ring-less since 1995.

Kansas City and San Francisco both have injuries they’ve been dealing with for some weeks, and the weather threatened to put a damper on the teams’ last chances to fine-tune their stratagems before suiting up.

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Although Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said the gameday forecast is “looking spectacular” for kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.,  torrential rain Friday night into Saturday had forced the Chiefs to relocate their final practice to the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, according to the team’s pool report.

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The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens will be teeming with 65,000 fans when the game kicks off at 6:30 E.T. (Ryan Gaydos / Fox News)

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the team was loose in practice.

“They’re loose, to a point. They know the job at hand against a real good football team. But at the same time, we try to let our personalities show,” Reid said. “That’s been an emphasis, and I don’t expect them to stop doing that now.”

Reid cleared the players’ schedules after the practice in order for them to spend some time with their families and try to enjoy a little bit of the city before Super Bowl LIV.

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Fans driving down the Florida Turnpike began showing up at the Hard Rock Stadium early Sunday. (Ryan Gaydos / Fox News)

“I hope they get off their feet a little bit and enjoy their families, and then really focus in, get yourself going in the right direction,” Reid said.

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The 49ers held a 50-minute walk-through at the University of Miami’s practice facility before going to Hard Rock Stadium to look at the venue, according to the team’s pool report.

“We’re as ready as we can be,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We just need the game to get here. It’s been two weeks of (practice), and we are itching to go.”

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Shanahan said the linebacker Kwon Alexander, running back Tevin Coleman and safety Jaquiski Tartt will be a “full go” for the game. No San Francisco players will carry an injury designation.

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Sally Pipes: What I’d tell California’s single-payer commission

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On Jan. 27, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new commission exploring the viability of bringing government-run, single-payer health care to the Golden State met for the first time.

As a California-based health care scholar who’s studied single-payer for more than 30 years, I hoped Newsom would ask me to join the business leaders, medical professionals and health policy experts on the commission. But my invite never came.

Perhaps that’s because Newsom wouldn’t like what I’d have to say. Implementing single-payer in California is not only financially impossible – it would diminish the quality of care for patients.

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California has flirted with single-payer for years. In 2017, the state Senate passed the Healthy California Act, which would have dumped virtually every Californian into a single, state-run health insurance program. Like the “Medicare-for-all” plan championed by the likes of Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at the national level, the Healthy California Act would have basically outlawed private insurance and made care free at the point of service.

Newsom endorsed the bill during his gubernatorial campaign, as did the California Nurses Association, one of the state’s most powerful labor unions. Despite this support, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved the bill in 2017, calling it “woefully incomplete.”

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The bill was a disaster waiting to happen. A report commissioned by the Assembly determined it would have cost $400 billion a year – double the state’s annual budget. Analysts said half that funding would come from existing programs. Advocates proposed generating the remaining $200 billion with a 15 percent payroll tax.

A study funded by the California Nurses Association claimed that single-payer would only cost $331 billion. In that case, the state would still need to find an additional $106 billion. The report suggested generating those funds by adding a 2.3 percent sales tax on top of California’s existing 7.25 percent sales tax.

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Taxes like these aren’t popular, even in famously liberal California. According to 2017 polling from the Public Policy Institute of California, support for single-payer dropped from 65 percent to 42 percent after people learned they’d have to pay new taxes.

Californians will like single-payer even less after they consider the devastation it’s wrought in other countries. Consider the experiences of British patients living under the government-run National Health Service. Some patients are denied care because they’re overweight. Some clinics won’t remove cataracts until the patient has reached a certain level of blindness.

Governments don’t have unlimited resources. They have to make decisions about whose care to pay for and who has to wait in line.

The state can scarcely afford the expansions of public health coverage the Newsom administration has already green-lit. At the governor’s urging, the state recently expanded the state’s Medicaid program, dubbed Medi-Cal, to cover low-income, undocumented immigrants up to age 26. Official estimates peg the cost of this expansion at $98 million in its first year. On Jan. 10, the governor proposed further expanding Medi-Cal to cover around 27,000 undocumented seniors at a cost of over $80 million.

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Expansions like this will galvanize progressives who have called for Medi-Cal to cover all undocumented immigrants. Doing so would cost $3 billion a year, according to the State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.

Newsom’s Healthy California for All Commission will release its preliminary report on the state of coverage in California in July 2020 – and its final verdict on how to implement single-payer in February 2021. They shouldn’t need a year, much less six months, to determine that a government takeover of California’s healthcare system would be ruinous for the state’s finances and patients.

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Google releases ‘uniquely searched Super Bowl recipes’ by state, says Nevada searched for ‘potato’

In some parts of the country, there’s nothing better than eating a good old-fashioned potato for the Super Bowl. But when it comes to home cooking for the big game, chili reigns supreme.

According to a map that shows uniquely searched recipes in each state during the week before the Super Bowl, it’s clear that Americans love dip, chili and chicken wings.

While many states posted results that most people would expect, there were still a few surprises.

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According to Google Trends, Nevada and Idaho residents searched for “potato” to prepare for the big game. (iStock)

The map, compiled by Google Trends, shows “relatively uniquely searched Super Bowl recipes by state” over the past week. It’s also color-coded to show whether the state’s residents were searching for recipes for main dishes, side dishes, appetizers or dip. Chili was apparently popular enough to warrant its own category.

Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts are all listed as chili states. Interestingly, Illinois’ most searched for recipe is listed as “Philly Cheese Steak,” while Philadelphia’s home state of Pennsylvania is more interested in chili.

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In terms of dip, Google says New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia are intent on cooking up Buffalo chicken dip, while Maryland (not surprisingly) is listed as a crab dip state along with South Carolina.

Most of the entries are pretty obvious (several states were searching for chicken wing recipes, with stuffed poppers making several appearances as well).

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There are, however, some surprises. Apparently, residents in Nevada and Idaho (of course) are simply searching for “potato.” In Wyoming, the top searched recipe is reportedly “ground beef.” Meanwhile, up in Alaska, people were apparently preparing to make “dill pickle with beef dip” for the big game.

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While the map was prepared by Google, other studies has shown different findings. According to a study by Bid-on-Equipment that ranked each state’s favorite snacks (as opposed to what recipes they were looking up), Nevada is a Buffalo chicken dip state as opposed to just a “potato” state.

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Dershowitz: Pelosi, House Dems didn’t impeach Trump for a ‘legitimate crime’

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One of the lawyers representing President Trump in his impeachment trial said it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats’ fault for failing to charge Trump with an impeachable offense while praising the Senate for rejecting a call for more witnesses in the trial.

Alan Dershowitz, a former Harvard Law School professor who is one of the lawyers defending Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, argued during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” that House Democrats didn’t charge Trump with a “legitimate crime.”

“If they don’t charge you with a legitimate crime,” Dershowitz said.  “It’s the fault of Nancy Pelosi and others for failing to charge an impeachable offense.”

Dershowitz added: “In the criminal context that would be called a victory, a great victory. Here, if they haven’t charged an offense, then maybe he hasn’t been acquitted, but he also hasn’t been charged.  He’s in exactly the same situation he should have been in had they done the right thing and not impeached him at all.”

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The Republican-controlled Senate voted on Friday against hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial. Many Republican lawmakers were critical of Trump’s actions, but argued that they did not warrant an impeachable offense.

Trump has repeatedly called his July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy “perfect,” but a drumbeat of revelations that continued even after the trial started made that claim harder for even staunch allies to sustain.

The latest revelation came courtesy of an unpublished manuscript from former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who writes that Trump tied suspension of military aid to Ukraine to the country’s willingness to undertake the investigations the president wanted.

Dershowitz said on Sunday that it’s up to the American public on Election Day to decide if Trump’s actions warrant him being removed from office, but added that just because something is troubling it doesn’t mean a president should be impeached.

“On Election Day, as a citizen, I will allow that to enter into my decision who to vote for,” Dershowitz said. “But it’s not an impeachable offense. And I was there to argue a constitutional issue, not to tell people who to vote for for president.”

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Moderator Chris Wallace also pressed Dershowitz on representing “despised” people. The lawyer’s clients in the past have included controversial public figures like former NFL running back O.J. Simpson, who was accused of murdering his wife, and late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“I was a professor for 50 years, and I have no excuse for not taking cases. I want to be part of cases where nobody else can get — is willing to come in and do the case. I want to be part of controversial cases,” Dershowitz said.

He added: “Look, to me my hero was John Adams, standing up for them, people — the — the — the murderers in the Boston Massacre, and — and accepting all the opprobrium that was heaped upon him because he said, I want to show the king of England that we, in America, believe that everybody’s entitled to a defense. He defended them and it almost destroyed his career and his personal life. He did the right thing. And I’m going to continue to do that for as long as God gives me the strength to defend people who are guilty, innocent, popular or unpopular.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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