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Las Vegas welcome sign to light up in purple and gold to honor Kobe Bryant, crash victims

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Las Vegas’ famous welcome sign will reportedly be lit up in Lakers’ purple and gold Wednesday to honor Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other seven victims who died in a Los Angeles helicopter crash Sunday morning, city officials announced Tuesday.

Marquees along the strip also read, “LA, our hearts go out to you…RIP Kobe,” instead of the new advertising slogan the city had planned to roll out, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

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Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed when their chartered Sikorsky S-76B helicopter went down over a hillside in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. They were on their way to a basketball tournament in which Gianna was playing.

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign often lights up to honor different tragedies or causes, including the 2017 shooting that took the lives of 58 people who were enjoying an outdoor concert on the Strip.

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The identities of the nine victims killed in the Sunday crash were Kobe Bryant, 41; his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13; John Altobelli, 56; Keri Altobelli, 46; Alyssa Altobelli, 13; Sarah Chester, 45; Payton Chester, 13; Ara Zobayan, 50, and Christina Mauser, 38, according to Los Angeles officials, the Sun reported.

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Don Lemon addresses CNN panel mocking Trump voters

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CNN anchor Don Lemon appeared to be on the defensive on Tuesday night after a panel discussion mocking Trump supporters went viral.

“This is personally important for me to address this, OK? Ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you- I don’t believe in belittling people, belittling anyone for who they are, what they believe, or where they’re from,” Lemon said towards the top of his show. “During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh. And while in the moment, I found that joke humorous. And I didn’t catch everything that was said.”

The anti-Trump anchor added, “Just to make it perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.”

It is unclear what specific joke Lemon was referring to. The first joke was at the expense of President Trump while the rest of the jokes were at the expense of his supporters.

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Later on during a panel discussion about the dustup between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an NPR reporter, Lemon when on to defend journalists who “get it wrong.”

“We’re not perfect. When we get it wrong, we say we got it wrong, we apologize, and we move on,” Lemon said.

On Monday night, a panel discussion went viral and faced intense backlash for mocking Trump supporters as “credulous boomer rubes,” even sparking fierce condemnation from Trump and his presidential campaign.

The panel, which originally aired on Saturday night during special live coverage of the impeachment trial, featured Lemon, New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, and ex-GOP strategist Rick Wilson discussing the heated exchange Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had with an NPR reporter, where he allegedly challenged the journalist to point out Ukraine on a blank map.

Wilson used the topic to mock President Trump as well as his supporters.

“[Pompeo] also knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter U and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it,” Wilson began, causing Lemon to chuckle. “He knows that this is, you know, an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so that’s partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.”

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As Lemon began crying with tears of laughter, Wilson went on to depict what he thought a typical Trump supporter sounded like.

“‘Donald Trump’s the smart one- any y’all elitists are dumb!'” Wilson said with a heavy southern accent.

“‘You elitists with your geography and your maps- and your spelling!'” Ali chimed in during the mockery.

“‘Your math and your reading!'” Wilson added. “‘All those lines on the map!'”

The CNN anchor almost lost his breath from laughing, wiping tears from his eyes with a tissue.

“That was good,” Lemon reacted. “That was a good one. I needed that.”

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The clip went viral on Monday night, sparking widespread condemnation. Trump knocked Lemon, who he called “the dumbest man on television” as well as his “terrible ratings.”

During the 10 p.m. hour on Saturday, which was when Lemon had his laughing fit, CNN averaged only 713,000 viewers. As of Tuesday evening, the clip had 11 million views on Twitter.

Others on social media mocked CNN as they pointed out the viewership difference between the network and the viral clip.

“The most telling thing about the Don Lemon segment is no one commented on it when it aired. No one watched it,” conservative commentator Stephen Miller tweeted.

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“Underrated hilarious aspect of this is that it took 2 full days for anyone to notice. And it got more attention being tweeted from an account with 20k followers than it did when it aired on CNN,” another Twitter user pointed out.

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Laura Ingraham warns moderate Republican senators that siding with Dems on witnesses ‘political suicide

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Laura Ingraham took aim at Democrats tonight, saying they likely do not feel as confident today in their Senate impeachment trial push than they did yesterday.

“After the Trump defense team wrapped up its arguments, even yielding back time to the Senate, the mood on the left seems to have, well, shifted,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” She said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was unhappy Trump’s legal team ended early Tuesday. “Well, only in the land of fraudulent impeachments would the lead house manager complain that the other side didn’t spend more time arguing their case.”

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“Do the Democrats really think this is going to work, that they were going to be able to invalidate the last election and steal this next one by just simply citing public statements of former White House staffers?” Ingraham asked, referencing former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s claims in his book manuscript against Trump and former White House chief of staff John Kelly‘s support of Bolton.

Ingraham asked what moderate Republican senators who could vote for witnesses have to gain if they side with Democrats.

“So who exactly do these moderate senators think they’re actually appealing to if it turns out they vote to prolong this impeachment farce?” Ingraham said.

The host accuse Democrats of trying to damage Trump and drag out impeachment before the election.

“Look, they don’t have the votes to remove Trump. Democrats don’t have those votes. Everyone on television was conceding that today. So what is the point of doing this to the country?” Ingraham said. “Well, as they did during the Kavanaugh fight, they just want to drag this out in hopes that the next news cycle will bring them some some manna from heaven to damage the president before the first ballots are cast.”

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Ingraham warned there was a political price to pay if any Republican senators side with Democrats on witnesses.

“Should these moderate Republicans vote to help [Adam] Schiff, [Nancy] Pelosi and [Jerrold] Nadler prolong this national nightmare, there won’t be enough booze in all of New Jersey to soothe the political pain coming their way,” Ingraham said. “That will be political suicide.”

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GOP develops aggressive ‘Plan B’ in impeachment trial, as several Dems appear to support acquittal: source

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With several Democrats openly floating the possibility they might vote to acquit President Trump, congressional Republicans are planning an aggressive “Plan B” strategy in the event some Republicans break off and demand additional witnesses in the president’s impeachment trial, Fox News has learned.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell privately said early Tuesday that he wasn’t sure Republicans could block an up-or-down vote on whether to call more witnesses.  But later Tuesday night, a Senate leadership source told Fox News that Republicans were specifically assessing the viability of two alternative options.

One plan is to amend any resolution calling for a particular witness to also include a package of witnesses that wouldn’t win enough support in the Senate. For example, if the Democrats seek to call former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Republicans might seek to question Hunter Biden or Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., over his inconsistent statements concerning his panel’s contacts with the whistleblower.

“After listening to the Dems’ 20+ hours of argument and the rebuttal arguments from @realDonaldTrump, I’ve got lots of questions for the Dems,” tweeted Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday. “Like this one: Why did Schiff lie about his contact with the ‘whistleblower’? More to come!”

The “package deal” proposal could afford moderate Republicans the political cover of voting in favor of witnesses, while ultimately rejecting a witness package. Any witness resolution would likely require four Republican defections. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and in the event of a 50-50 tie, Chief Justice John Roberts is highly likely to abstain.

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The Federalist senior editor and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway observed that in the House impeachment proceedings, Democrats allowed themselves to call significantly more witnesses than they afforded to their Republican colleagues — raising the possibility Republicans could reasonably insist on an equally favorable “ratio” in the Senate trial when putting together a prospective package of witnesses.

Another option, the congressional leadership source told Fox News, is for the White House to exert executive privilege to block witnesses, including Bolton.

That might end up in a court battle, and could prove dicey if Bolton opts to defy the White House’s assertion of privilege.

Meanwhile, Politico reported on Tuesday that Democrats were apparently also divided. Moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, Doug Jones, and Kyrsten Sinema were all weighing votes to acquit Trump on at least one of the two articles of impeachment, the outlet reported.

“I know it’s hard to believe that. But I really am [undecided]. But I have not made a final decision. Every day, I hear something, I think ‘this is compelling, that’s compelling,’” Manchin said. “Everyone’s struggling a little bit.”

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That news came shortly after a disputed Los Angeles Times report that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was considering a vote to acquit the president. Feinstein later said she was “misunderstood.”

GOP senators were all over the map on Tuesday as Trump’s defense team called Bolton’s new manuscript “inadmissible” and warned against opening the door to new wild-card information in the ongoing trial.

Trump told Bolton in August, according to a transcript of Bolton’s forthcoming book reviewed by The New York Times Times, “that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.”

Louisiana GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy denied reports saying that he wanted to call more witnesses by simply saying that he wanted to wait until the end of the written question period of the trial to decide — leading Sean Davis, the co-founder of The Federalist, to argue that Cassidy was issuing a “Romney-esque non-denial.”

Meanwhile, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., called for Bolton’s unpublished manuscript to be made available for senators to read in a classified Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) to understand what Bolton was alleging. His proposal got an ally in influential Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who called the idea a “reasonable solution.”

Some senators suggested that Bolton just spill the beans in a news conference on the sidelines of the impeachment trial — a proposal that could lead to legal questions concerning both executive privilege and classified information.

Bolton’s manuscript is currently in a “pre-publication review” at the National Security Council, which functions as the White House’s national security forum, is standard for any former government officials who held security clearances and publicly write or speak publicly about their official work. The review typically would focus on ferreting out any classified or sensitive material in advance of publication and could take from days to months.

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“The Wall Street Journal has called for John to just come forward — just tell the public what you know,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said. “I think that actually [would] be a smart thing. I’d encourage John to do that without involving the trial.”

Meanwhile, Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, who delivered a spirited constitutional defense of the president on Monday night in the impeachment trial, took aim at Elizabeth Warren after she said she couldn’t follow Dershowitz’s argument.

“He is a criminal law professor who stood in the well of the Senate and talked about how law never inquires into intent and that we should not be using the president’s intent as part of understanding impeachment,” Warren said Monday. “Criminal law is all about intent. Mens rea is the heart of criminal law. That’s the very basis of it. So it makes his whole presentation just nonsensical. I truly could not follow it.”

Dershowitz replied on Twitter that Warren, who formerly taught at Harvard Law School, “doesn’t understand the law” and had “willfully mischaracterized” his argument.

“If Warren knew anything about criminal law she would understand the distinction between motives – which are not elements of crime—and intent, which is. It’s the responsibility of presidential candidates to have a better understanding of the law,” Dershowitz said.

On Monday, flatly turned toward House impeachment managers and declared they had picked “dangerous” and “wrong” charges against the president — noting that neither “abuse of power” nor “obstruction of Congress” was remotely close to an impeachable offense as the framers had intended.

In a dramatic primetime moment, the liberal constitutional law scholar reiterated that although he voted for Hillary Clinton, he could not find constitutional justification for the impeachment of a president for non-criminal conduct, or conduct that was not at least “akin” to defined criminal conduct.

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“I’m sorry, House managers, you just picked the wrong criteria. You picked the most dangerous possible criteria to serve as a precedent for how we supervise and oversee future presidents,” Dershowitz told the House Democrats, including head House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

He said that “all future presidents who serve with opposing legislative majorities” now face the “realistic threat” of enduring “vague charges of abuse or obstruction,” and added that a “long list” of presidents have previously been accused of “abuse of power” in various contexts without being formally impeached.

The list included George Washington, who refused to turn over documents related to the Jay Treaty; John Adams, who signed and enforced the so-called “Alien and Sedition Acts”; Thomas Jefferson, who flat-out purchased Louisiana without any kind of congressional authorization whatosever; John Tyler, who notoriously used and abused the veto power; James Polk, who allegedly disregarded the Constitution and usurped the role of Congress; and Abraham Lincoln, who suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and others would also probably face impeachment using the Democrats’ rules, Dershowitz said.

“Abuse of power,” he argued, has been a “promiscuously deployed” and “vague” term throughout history. It should remain a merely “political weapon” fit for “campaign rhetoric,” Dershowitz said, as it has no standard definition nor meaningful constitutional relevance.

Dershowitz then said he was “nonpartisan” in his application of the Constitution, and would make the same arguments against such an “unconstitutional impeachment” if Hillary Clinton were on trial — passing what he called the “shoe on the other foot” test.

“Purely non-criminal conduct such as abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are outside the range of impeachable offenses,” Dershowitz said.

Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their opening arguments early on Tuesday. Starting on Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans will alternate in posing their questions to the House Democratic impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team. Questions will be in writing, submitted to Roberts and read aloud. Senators do not pose the questions themselves. They must sign the questions, which may come from a group of senators or an individual senator.

Fox News is told to expect between 10 and 12 questions per side before a recess. There is no time clock as to how long counsel for both sides has to respond, but Roberts said Tuesday that based on the 1999 impeachment trial precedent, both sides should  try to limit their responses to five minutes.

At the same time, Roberts noted according to the Congressional Record from 1999, everyone laughed at that suggestion. Senators laughed on the floor again Tuesday when Roberts hinted at the unofficial time restriction. There can be no challenge of given answers by counsel for either side.

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After written questions are over, the Senate will consider whether to hear additional documents and evidence. A final vote on the two articles of impeachment will follow, with a highly improbable two-thirds vote needed to convict and remove the president.

If, as expected, the Senate does not meet that threshold, Trump will have been formally acquitted.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz, Chad Pergram, and Fox Business’ Hillary Vaughn, contributed to this report.

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Trump’s impeachment trial witness vote teetering on ‘razor’s edge,’ keep eye on possible ‘devil’s bargain’

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The biggest questions in the impeachment trial are when will it conclude and if the Senate will call witnesses.

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The answer to the first question is predicated on the second question.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton was the buzz at the U.S. Capitol Monday morning. Information leaked from the manuscript of Bolton’s book, due for release in March. The Bolton information was a game-changer. It propelled the issue of witnesses to the forefront, calling into question just how long the Senate trial may run if senators call witnesses.

“I think it’s important to hear from John Bolton for us to make an impartial judgment,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), facing a competitive re-election bid in a battleground state, favors witnesses. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), not up until 2022, is also in play.

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“I’ve said from the beginning that it was very likely that I would vote for witnesses,” said Collins. “The reports about John Bolton’s book strengthens the case for witnesses and have prompted a conversation among my colleagues.”

Murkowski said that she was “still curious” about witnesses when it came to Bolton.

Republicans thought they were on a roll after the succinct presentations by the President’s defense team in opening arguments over the weekend. But GOP sources felt they lost momentum Sunday night when the Bolton information materialized. That fueled speculation by Republicans that the fix was in.

“Every time things don’t go the Democrats’ way, they try and change the narrative. They try and selectively leak information and try to do that,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX).

“This leak was designed for one purpose and one purpose only. That was to try to manipulate the thinking of my Republican colleagues in the Senate to encourage them to open it up and provide more witnesses,” charged Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

A senior Democratic aide working on the inquiry argued there was no coordination.

“We’ve had no communication with Mr. Bolton or Mr. Bolton’s lawyers,” said the aide.

Some Congressional sources immediately compared Bolton’s book to what happened in 1991 when the Senate was all but ready to confirm Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas – and then Anita Hill came forward. The Senate re-opened the confirmation hearings. An eerily similar scenario played out in 2018 with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate re-opened hearings when Christine Blasey Ford announced she had information about the nominee.

“This will never end,” complained Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) during an interview with Fox’s Bret Baier. “This is just like Kavanaugh. The Democrats are going to come up with something new every day to keep this going on forever.”

Senate Republicans cloistered themselves behind closed doors shortly after Tuesday’s trial session concluded.

Fox’s Hillary Vaughn confirms that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Republicans don’t have the votes to block impeachment witnesses. Fox’s Mike Emanuel reported that McConnell indicated he may not have the votes to oppose witnesses – yet.

None of this should surprise anyone. There was a dearth of solid information after the GOP conclave. Usually if a closed-door meeting goes well on Capitol Hill, lawmakers tumble out, willing to talk to any reporter waiting in the corridor. If the meeting goes poorly or intel is fragmentary, lawmakers speak in generalities or are tightlipped. The latter was true today.

McConnell really doesn’t have control here. Senators will cast ballots the way they like. Remember that McConnell had to retool his resolution establishing the framework for the trial on the fly last week. He scribbled changes in the margins, in longhand.

This is why Democrats continue to amp up pressure on Republicans to call witnesses. By the same token, top Republicans are trying to wrap up the case as quickly as possible. They want to convince wavering GOP senators that if their key argument was that there was a “partisan process in the House” they can’t have “a bipartisan process in the Senate.” The effort where GOPers often close ranks around the President will be put to the test now.

As we always say on Capitol Hill, it’s about the math. It’s about the math. It’s about the math. The math will be crucial when it comes to witnesses.

Here’s the breakdown in the Senate: 53 Republicans and 47 senators who caucus with the Democrats. There are at least two GOP senators potentially voting for witnesses now. Three Republican votes would result in a tie. By rule, tie votes lose in the Senate. The Constitution and the Senate impeachment rules are silent on the Chief Justice breaking ties during a trial. Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution grants the Vice President the right to break ties. But we are deep into unique parliamentary and Constitutional turf with a Senate trial. Note that the Senate conducts much of its business based on precedent. There were three ties in the trial of President Andrew Johnson in 1868. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase voted to break two of the ties. But Fox is told in a modern Senate trial, if there is a tie vote on anything, the issue would fail. The Vice President isn’t present to break the tie. Fox is told Roberts is not expected to inject himself into the trial and break a tie, ala Chief Justice Chase.

Everything about witnesses hinges on how the Senate frames a given roll call vote.

“There are so many permutations,” said one GOP source familiar with the process. “What exactly is the vote going to be on? It all depends on the batting order.”

In other words, the Senate could vote initially to go down the road to try to summon or reject witnesses. But, even if the Senate approves the idea of witnesses, it’s unclear if the Senate has the votes to call or reject specific witnesses. These are separate votes on the floor.

“Do they call (Former National Security Advisor John) Bolton? Do they call (Mike) Pompeo?” said one source.

That said, a senior GOP source augured a few days ago the trial had “a 90 percent chance” to be wrapped up over the weekend. That number dropped over the Bolton book. The source suggested that perhaps there is now a “five in six chance” that the Senate concludes by Sunday.

That said, senators often seek various avenues to find their way out of political cul-de-sacs – and simultaneously give themselves cover.

This is where the Senate sometimes devises a “devil’s bargain” of sorts. Senate leaders sometimes formulate a roster of votes on amendments (or, in this case, witnesses). But they design the package so it’s destined to fail. That way all senators can tout the fact that they voted for “X.” But the Senate defeated the issue.

The Senate engineers these devil’s bargains – not so much so senators get what they want – but to block the other side from getting what it wants. A good example of this came in the spring of 2013. The Senate considered a series of gun measures – from the left and right – after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in late 2012. Several of the proposals had 51 votes to pass. But liberal Democrats weren’t going to allow conservative gun ideas to get through. The right wouldn’t permit tighter gun control. So the Senate amalgamated the votes so that nothing would pass. And nothing did. But everyone got to say they voted for “X” and voted against “Y.”

One wonders if senators may try to draft a proposal on various slates of witnesses – all designed to fail. That way senators can say they supported this or that. But the Senate defeated the effort. Senator can then tell voters “they tried.” Republicans loyal to the President can show Mr. Trump they successfully blocked witnesses. Democrats can use the votes as evidence to show the voters that the GOP Senate didn’t want “a fair trial.”

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But it all comes down to the votes. And everything is teetering on a razor’s edge.

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Sen. Tom Cotton: China is not close to having control over coronavirus situation

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday that stopping commercial airline flights to China is the solution to shielding the United States from more cases of the deadly coronavirus.

“There’s a very simple way to stop this virus from coming into America more than it already has, and that is to stop commercial air travel from the Chinese mainland to the United States,” Cotton told host Tucker Carlson. “It’s exactly what I’ve urged the Trump administration to do today with, of course, caveats to make sure that American citizens and their family members can be evacuated and appropriately monitored.”

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In a letter to members of Trump’s cabinet, the Arkansas Republican outlined a four-step plan to contain the disease that has now killed more than 100 people and infected thousands of others.

China has been scrambling to contain the virus, which began in Wuhan and has since infected at least 4,500 people. Wuhan and 17 other cities have been quarantined, impacting up to 50 million people.

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“China is not acting right now like a government that has control of this outbreak,” Cotton said. “As you mentioned, Hong Kong has slashed travel from the mainland. China currently has more than 50 million of its own people in quarantine. That is more than the population of our West Coast [states] combined. And China has canceled school indefinitely.

“No matter what they say,” Cotton added. “China’s history and, more importantly, their actions in the last few days tell us that this is a severe outbreak that they do not have close to getting under control yet.”

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

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Bloomberg’s ruff time: Dem greets dog by shaking its mouth

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg caught flack after a viral video from a campaign stop in Burlington, Vt. showed him shaking a dog’s mouth instead of his paw.

In the awkward encounter, Bloomberg first shook a man’s hand before shaking the open mouth of a dog and then scratching the top of his head.

Although the dog appeared unharmed, some social media users were wounded over the exchange.

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Another photo surfaced from 2013 when Bloomberg attended the Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Line Christening and Inaugural at the Pier at the Hudson in New York, where he appeared to be shaking a dog’s snout there, as well.

“Mike plays with his dogs, he plays with his kids’ dogs, and this video shows him playing with a voter’s dog as he became the first candidate to campaign in every Super Tuesday state,” Stu Loeser, a spokesman for Bloomberg, told Fox News on Tuesday. “Incidentally, this is how the experts suggest you play with your dogs to train them.”

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It remains to be seen if Bloomberg will bring a dog or any other pet into the White House if elected.

President Trump is the first president in more than a century to not have a pet while in office.

Loeser told Fox News that Bloomberg “has never met a dog he doesn’t like and vice versa. As far as plans for the White House, we don’t want to bite off more than we can chew right now.”

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg pets a security dog in the new AA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The former New York City mayor has made it a priority to tackle states such as Vermont with a large number of delegates in play beginning on March 3, or Super Tuesday, while forgoing campaign stops in the first four primary states.

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Grand Duke of Luxembourg comes to wife’s defense over ‘hostile working environment’ claims at palace

The Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg defended his wife on Monday following allegations that she created a “hostile working environment” in the palace.

Henri released a statement addressed to the press on the Luxembourg royal family’s website, which came after an article published by Lëtzebuerger Land claimed that Grand Duchess Matia Teresa, 63, mistreated palace staff, according to People magazine. The letter was accompanied by new images of the couple as they walked hand-in-hand and took in the local sights.

“I am writing to you from my brother-in-law’s bedside in an intensive care unit in Geneva,” Grand Duke Henri, 64, wrote in the letter, according to People. “Out of a desire for openness, transparency and modernity, I agreed that the internal analysis proposed by the Prime Minister should go ahead.”

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“As we await publication of the report, and indeed throughout this process, articles have appeared in the media making unfair accusations against my wife, the mother of our five children and a devoted grandmother,” the statement continued. “This is taking its toll on my whole family. Why attack a woman? A woman who speaks up for other women? A woman who is not even being given the right to defend herself?”

The report Henri references is one requested by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, which will offer a look into the accounts and management of the court’s staff, according to People. Further, the report is said to be handled by Jeannot Waringo, who is a retired civil servant.

The Grand Duke also played up his and his wife’s resume of causes they have advocated for since he took the helm in October 2000.

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“Since I came to the throne, it has been our shared desire to help modernize our constitutional monarchy, and we wish to continue to contribute to this process,” he said. “The causes my wife has fought for, which I have always supported and which we will continue to fight for, are vitally important. This work includes campaigning against dyslexia, fighting sexual violence, improving the status of imprisoned children in Africa, helping to develop microfinance and promoting education for young girls and women.”

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Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and his wife Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, leave after a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

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He concluded: “I am proud of the commitment, intelligence and energy my wife brings to bear in all this work. The devotion she has shown over the past 39 years to serving our country by my side is exemplary and is of essential importance to me.”

“We will continue to serve you; to be there for you and for Luxembourg,” the statement from Sunday read. “Especially at this crucial time when our children are setting out on a family life of their own, we feel bound as parents to ensure that they can make the most of these precious years as our heirs.”

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg said in a press release on Jan. 13 that Duchess Maria had to suspend her royal duties while she cared for her younger brother Luis Mestre after he was admitted into the hospital.

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Meanwhile, an earlier story by the digital outlet Reporter said some 30 employees — about one-third of its staff –have resigned from the Court since 2015, according to People.

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Charles Hurt: Most Americans have ‘tuned out’ impeachment trial, showing why Trump was elected in the first place

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Fox News contributor Charles Hurt told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday that people in Middle America are largely tuning out President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial and do not have serious feelings one way or the other about the reported contents of ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s forthcoming book.

Host Tucker Carlson noted that Hurt, The Washington Times opinion editor, hails from a rural area where impeachment-related issues are not necessarily at the front of the collective mind.

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“When you read these stories, with the suicide rate jumping or the opioid [overdose] rate jumping, that’s not affecting any neighborhood where we are sitting right now,” Carlson said. “It’s affecting more where you live and I wonder how frustrated people become after a while when they see their neighbors literally dying and nobody here cares.”

Hurt, who hails from southside Virginia where his brother Robert once served in the U.S. House, said Carlson’s comments were well taken.

“It’s amazing how much people back home have completely tuned out everything that’s going on up here [in Washington]. They could not tell John Bolton from Captain Kangaroo,” Hurt said. “They certainly do not care about whatever was written in his book. They do not care — what are the ratings of these impeachment hearings? They are zero. Nobody cares about this stuff.”

“That’s how Donald Trump became president,” Hurt added. “Because he talked about things. Donald Trump, people overlook the fact that the 2016 election, more than anything, it was more issue-oriented than any election in our lifetime. He talked about all these issues.”

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Hurt added that he wasn’t drawn to Trump because he was a conservative, but because he was someone who exhibited “common sense.”

He said that voters who do not support Trump have effectively been lied to by Democrats who continue to claim that the next alleged scandal will remove the president from office.

“Now they’re being told they’re going to impeach him over this. It’s all nonsense,” Hurt said. “They’ve been lied to. People get lied to enough and at some point, something breaks. That’s when really bad things happen.”

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Buttigieg campaign surveyed staffers of color for ‘microaggressions,’ report says

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The national engagement coordinator for Pete Buttigieg‘s presidential campaign, Raven Hollins, sent out an internal survey at the beginning of the year asking for examples of microaggressions in the workplace, but only wanted responses from people of color.

The first question asked respondents to highlight any microaggressions they specifically experienced at the hands of a “white colleague,” ranging from “being interrupted” to being “called the name of a different staff member of color,” according to The New York Times.

In an audio recording obtained by The Times, several members of the campaign said they were having trouble making diversity hires and were upset at how many minority members had walked away entirely, during a “Building Belonging” session.

Alexis Gonzaludo, who works in the fundraising arm of the campaign, said “my stomach is in knots” over the abundance of white, male candidates available for hire. She also said she feels “pressure” to hire a person of color so the campaign can satisfy a quota.

“It’s just, like, a bunch of white dudes,” Gonzaludo said of the hiring database. “It’s been a shock, but not a surprise — really hard to find diverse candidates. I feel a lot of pressure to, like, just hire someone.”

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Gonzaludo provided a statement to the Times, saying, “These types of conversations, where people come together to have an open and honest discussion, are an opportunity to strategize on finding new resources to recruit talented candidates from all walks of life.”

In addition to catering to the needs of minorities, campaign staff also raised concerns about the fallout from Buttigieg’s ties to donor Steve Patton, who previously tried to block the release of footage from Laquan McDonald’s 2014 police shooting.

Buttigieg’s campaign returned the money, but not before the former South Bend, Ind., mayor faced heavy criticism for it.

Fox News host Chris Wallace challenged Buttigieg on “Fox News Sunday” in October and asked if he was sending mixed signals to the minority community by having such an association.

“This came to my attention in the morning and within an hour it had been taken care of,” Buttigieg replied. “The situation there, and justice and transparency for Laquan McDonald, is much more important to me than a campaign contribution, and we did the right thing as soon as it came to my attention.”

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Katrina Smith, a member of the campaign’s vetting team, spoke to the Times about the Patton incident and attributed the bad publicity to failed leadership.

“The decisions that were made on those committees that ended up impacting everybody on the campaign, especially people of color, were hard ones and were not considered appropriately because of the makeup of the committees,” she reportedly said in the recording.

“In a lot of different places on the campaign, we kind of have to screw up big-time before we make any big changes.”

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