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Biden, Sanders trade fire over Social Security

EXETER, N.H. – A simmering feud between 2020 rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden over Sanders’ accusations that Biden had long-advocated cutting Social Security broke out into a verbal fistfight on Saturday, as Biden called a Sanders’ campaign video “a lie” and “a doctored tape” while the Sanders campaign accusing Biden of “trying to doctor his own public record.”

Sanders has repeatedly argued this election cycle that Biden, during his years as a senator from Delaware and later as vice president for two terms under President Barack Obama, had pushed to weaken Social Security. Biden has repeatedly denied the claims.

A video tweeted out by the Sanders campaign hours before Tuesday’s primetime Democratic presidential primary debate in Iowa included a clip of Sanders from a recent CNN interview saying: “Joe Biden has been on the floor of the Senate talking about the need to cut Social Security.” It then showed an old C-SPAN clip of Biden on the Senate floor saying, “When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security, as well.”

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Campaigning in Iowa on Saturday, Biden pushed back.

“It’s simply a lie, that video that’s going around,” he said. “This is a doctored tape. And I think it’s beneath, and I’m looking for his campaign to disown it but they haven’t yet.”

Sanders’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir responded hours later, charging in a statement that “Joe Biden should be honest with voters and stop trying to doctor his own public record of consistently and repeatedly trying to cut Social Security.”

“The facts are very clear: Biden not only pushed to cut Social Security — he is on tape proudly bragging about it on multiple occasions,” Shakir added. “The vice president must stop dodging questions about his record, and start explaining why he has so aggressively pushed to slash one of the most significant and successful social programs in American history, which millions of Americans rely on for survival.”

Sanders didn’t mention his dispute with Biden over Social Security at campaign events in New Hampshire on Friday. But he did turn up the volume on his pitch for women voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks to the crowd ahead of a Portsmouth Women’s March in Portsmouth, NH on Jan. 18, 2020

Sanders’ comments at the Portsmouth Women’s March and at a town hall event in Exeter came four days after the populist senator clashed on-stage at Tuesday’s debate in Iowa with fellow progressive and 2020 nomination rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts over sexism and whether or not he told her a woman couldn’t win the presidency.

SANDERS-WARREN SEXISM CLASH PAYS OFF FOR BOTH CAMPAIGNS

“We are in this together,” Sanders said in a short speech ahead of the march in Portsmouth.

“Men, if you think abortion rights, if you think equal pay for equal work is just a women’s issue, you are dead wrong,” Sanders said. “It is a human issue and the men have got to stand with the women.”

Sanders didn’t take part in the actual march in Portsmouth. Instead, he headed to Exeter, where he pledged to more than 1,000 people gathered at the high school “that I will never nominate any individual to the Supreme Court or any other federal courts who is not 100 percent pro-Roe v. Wade.”

On Friday, the Sanders campaign went up with two new TV commercials in New Hampshire. In one of the ads, the senator highlights his commitment to women’s rights, warning that under Republican President Trump, “women’s rights are under attack.”

Sanders’ appearance at the rally in Portsmouth was a late addition to his schedule. Reporters weren’t notified until Friday night. The campaign told Seacoast Online that the organizers of the event had invited the senator — but not everybody appeared happy with his appearance.

Portsmouth Democrats Chair Laurie McCray told Fox News that “the Women’s Marches, in my opinion, should be for, by and a about women and the issues that are important to them. The should not be used as platforms for political candidates.”

McCray endorsed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand earlier in the 2020 presidential cycle, but she’s stayed neutral since the New York Democrat ended her White House bid in late August.

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Sanders’ spotlighting of women’s rights comes less than a week after his clash with Warren at the debate over a disputed CNN report that Sanders had privately told Warren in a December 2018 meeting that a woman could not realistically become president in 2020. The meeting took place as both lawmakers were each gearing up to launch White House bids.

“Well, as a matter of fact I didn’t say it,” Sanders insisted at the debate, as he unequivocally denied that the conversation took place.

Warren said she disagreed with the notion that a woman candidate couldn’t defeat President Trump in November’s general election.

“Bernie is my friend and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she also explained, before saying it was important to take the issue of sexism “head-on.”

But at the end of the debate, Warren refused to shake Sanders’ hand as the two senators had a brief, heated conversation in which both candidates called each other a liar. Since the salvos on the debate stage, both candidates have refused to discuss the showdown, and Sanders didn’t bring it up at his Portsmouth or Exeter stops.

The fireworks smashed the non-aggression pact between the two. And the clash brings gender back into the spotlight and opens up Sanders to allegations of sexism. This, after the independent senator earlier this cycle survived a controversy over claims of sexual harassment by some of his male staffers on his 2016 presidential campaign.

Fox News’ Madeleine Rivera and Rob DiRienza contributed to this report.

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Utah boy arrested after shooting that killed 4, injured 1 in same family, police say

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A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday, and injuring a fifth victim who is now in the hospital, authorities said Saturday.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the shooter’s family, and the victims are all related, according to Deseret News. Initial reports said the accused is a teenager, but police have not released his name because he’s being charged as a minor.

The suspected shooter is reportedly facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall visited the scene to offer his condolences and said law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” he said Friday. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

“We appreciate everybody’s thoughts and support,” Marshall added. “We ask that you continue to pray for the family and for these officers who are trying to figure out what happened.”

MINNESOTA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING THAT CRITICALLY WOUNDED OFFICER

Gov. Gary Herbert also offered his condolences on Twitter, just after midnight on Saturday. He urged citizens to lock up their firearms and said only love can help heal the wounds created by the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.”

Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told The Associated Press that authorities are at a loss when it comes to the motive and are still investigating.

“We’re trying to make certain that we verify people’s relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” she said. “As for motive, we don’t have any of that.”

Fields also said the fifth victim, who sustained a gunshot, is stable and expected to survive.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested at the hospital and is currently being held at a youth detention facility.

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Utah boy arrested after shooting that killed 4, injured 1 in same family, police say

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A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday, and injuring a fifth victim who is now in the hospital, authorities said Saturday.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the shooter’s family, and the victims are all related, according to Deseret News. Initial reports said the accused is a teenager, but police have not released his name because he’s being charged as a minor.

The suspected shooter is reportedly facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall visited the scene to offer his condolences and said law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” he said Friday. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

“We appreciate everybody’s thoughts and support,” Marshall added. “We ask that you continue to pray for the family and for these officers who are trying to figure out what happened.”

MINNESOTA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING THAT CRITICALLY WOUNDED OFFICER

Gov. Gary Herbert also offered his condolences on Twitter, just after midnight on Saturday. He urged citizens to lock up their firearms and said only love can help heal the wounds created by the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.”

Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told The Associated Press that authorities are at a loss when it comes to the motive and are still investigating.

“We’re trying to make certain that we verify people’s relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” she said. “As for motive, we don’t have any of that.”

Fields also said the fifth victim, who sustained a gunshot, is stable and expected to survive.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested at the hospital and is currently being held at a youth detention facility.

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Rod Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts: DOJ

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was his call to release hundreds of politically charged text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to the media, according to a Friday court filing by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In his declaration, Rosenstein explained he did not see any legitimate reason to withhold the text messages because they were sent on government phones and subject to FBI review. He also said they were being sought by the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate, for oversight reasons.

“I learned that the text messages were ready for release to the Senate and House committees that had requested them, there was no basis to withhold them, and they were arguably relevant to the Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearings,” he wrote, according to the DOJ filing.

“[The texts] were sent on government phones with the knowledge that they were subject to review by FBI; [and] were so inappropriate and intertwined with their FBI work that they raised concerns about political bias influencing official duties,” Rosenstein said.

STRZOK CLAIMS ANTI-TRUMP TEXTS PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT, ADMINISTRATION VIOLATED HIS RIGHTS

Rosenstein said he released the text messages in their entirety on Dec. 12, 2017, to avoid selective leaking by federal lawmakers, who were set to receive the texts the next day.

“If I had believed the disclosure to was prohibited by the Privacy Act, I would have ordered department employees not to make the disclosure,” he wrote.

The Justice Department argued that Rosenstein did his due diligence by having his aides consult with the DOJ’s top privacy official Peter Winn on the release of the text messages, and cannot be held responsible for violating the Privacy Act because there was no willful intent.

“Even if [the] Plaintiff could show that the disclosure was somehow inconsistent with the Privacy Act — the Department did not intentionally or willfully violate the statute,” the court filings read.

LISA PAGE SUSES FBI AND DOJ, CITING ‘COST OF THERAPY’ AFTER TRUMP MOCKED HER SALACIOUS TEXT MESSAGES

Strzok and Page, who were both members of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team, were caught exchanging messages that were disparaging of President Trump and highly partisan in nature throughout 2016.

They discussed a possible “insurance policy” if Trump won the presidency, and referred to him as a “loathsome human” and an “idiot.” They were also engaged in an extramarital affair with one another during the period in question.

Page, who eventually resigned from the Bureau, sued the DOJ last month over the release of the text messages, claiming it violated the Federal Privacy Act. She said she has suffered numerous damages including therapy costs and “permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage.”

Strzok also sued the DOJ last month, claiming his First Amendment Rights had been violated. He is seeking reinstatement on the basis that his firing was unconstitutional. Rosenstein’s declaration was part of the government’s defense in Strzok’s lawsuit.

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During their time in the public eye, Trump has made both Strzok and Page frequent political targets and recently discussed their ongoing issues on Twitter.

“When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being “crushed”, and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s “Insurance Policy” text, to her, just in case Hillary loses,” he Tweeted last month. “Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?”

Rosenstein resigned from his post with the DOJ in April and is now with a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Dom Calicchio and Brooke Singman contributed to this report 

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House Democrats urge Senate to ‘eliminate the threat’ of Trump, in opening impeachment trial salvo

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House impeachment managers released their opening trial briefing on Saturday, claiming the evidence against President Trump “overwhelmingly” establishes that “he is guilty” of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and the only question that remains is whether the Senate will carry out its duty to remove him from office.

“President Trump’s conduct is the Framers’ worst nightmare,” the impeachment managers wrote in their 111-page filing.

The briefing is House Democrats’ opening salvo in the historic impeachment trial that will kick off in earnest on Tuesday. The House managers outline their case against the president in their first briefing, arguing that Trump used his official powers to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the U.S. presidential election for his personal political gain, and then attempted to cover up his scheme by obstructing Congress’s investigation into his misconduct.

WHO ARE THE TRUMP IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS? MEET PELOSI’S HAND-PICKED PROSECUTORS

The House’s prosecution team said in its filing: “[The] Constitution provides a remedy when the President commits such serious abuses of his office: impeachment and removal.”

And in a message directly aimed at the 100 senators who serve at jurors in the trial, the House Democrats wrote: “The Senate must use that remedy now to safeguard the 2020 U.S. election, protect our constitutional form of government, and eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security.”

Sources close to Trump’s legal team already previewed its full-throttle defense to the articles of impeachment Saturday night, calling them “constitutionally invalid.”

At the heart of the case is Trump’s effort to convince Ukraine to launch investigations into Democrats, while his administration is said to have withheld military aid. Trump denies wrongdoing, while Democrats allege he abused the power of his office.

Adding to the Democrats’ case is a legal opinion Thursday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine. The White House disputed the finding.

The seven House Democratic impeachment managers were spending the long weekend studying the evidence and practicing their opening arguments to the Senate, which has a 53-seat GOP majority. Dozens of House staffers from multiple committees were slated to spend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday break preparing for the historic trial.

The managers — led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California — will square off with Trump’s growing legal team starting Tuesday in the Senate.

The third presidential impeachment trial formally began Thursday when Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the senators and each signed an “oath book” to cement their role as impartial jurors.

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: SCENES FROM INSIDE THE OPENING OF TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

During the trial, senators — who normally can roam freely in the chamber — must stay seated in their desks and are prohibited from bringing electronic devices with them. They also must stay quiet and listen to the House impeachment managers and White House lawyers present their cases, and only submit their questions in writing.

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When the senators reconvene Tuesday, Democrats are expected to force votes on calling witnesses in the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to tackle the divisive issue of new evidence after lawyers for both sides present their opening arguments.

“The case against the President of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputable, and the evidence is overwhelming: President Trump abused the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in our elections for his own personal political gain, thereby jeopardizing our national security, the integrity of our elections and our democracy,” the seven House managers said in a statement after the filing was made public. “And when the President got caught, he tried to cover it up by obstructing the House’s investigation into his misconduct.”

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Trump lawyers respond to articles of impeachment: ‘Constitutionally invalid’

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President Trump’s legal team on Saturday issued a full-throttled defense to the articles of impeachment, refuting the substance and process of the charges while accusing House Democrats of engaging in a “dangerous attack” on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.

“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election now just months away,” said a source close to the president’s legal team, reading from the expected legal filing.

The legal paperwork is the first formal response to the two articles of impeachment read in the Senate on Thursday for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

PELOSI GLOATS: TRUMP HAS BEEN IMPEACHED ‘FOREVER’

Trump’s lawyers argued that the articles of impeachment violated the Constitution and are “defective in their entirety” because they were the product of invalid House proceedings that “flagrantly denied the President any due process rights,” a source close to Trump’s legal team said Saturday in briefing reporters.

At the crux of Trump’s defense is that he did nothing wrong in his July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine when he asked for investigations into Democrats. Trump’s lawyers argue that military aid to Ukraine was ultimately released without any announcement of investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The articles of impeachment “are constitutionally invalid” because they “fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone, high crimes or misdemeanors,” a source close to the legal team said, reflecting the argument in the legal filling.

The response is the first of many expected in the coming days from Trump’s growing legal team as they battle to acquit the commander in chief in the Senate impeachment trial.

The House impeachment managers were expected to release their opening trial briefing Saturday evening, and Trump’s lawyers will give their response by Monday.

Adding to the Democrats’ case is a legal opinion Thursday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine. But the source close to Trump’s legal team rejected the findings and accused the GAO of trying to insert itself into the impeachment “news cycle.”

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The third presidential impeachment trial formally began Thursday when Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the senators and each signed an “oath book” to cement their role as impartial jurors.

The trial will kick off in earnest Tuesday when House impeachment managers will prosecute the case and Trump’s lawyers will offer a robust defense. The 100 senators took an oath Thursday to become jurors in the trial.

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National Archives apologizes for blurring anti-Trump signs in Women’s March photo: ‘We made a mistake’

The National Archives on Saturday apologized for blurring out signs in a photograph of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., showcased at the museum — saying it would review policies and replace the image.

“We made a mistake,” it said in a statement.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES BLURS ANTI-TRUMP SIGNS IN IMAGE OF 2017 WOMEN’S MARCH: REPORT

The photograph in question — on display as part of an exhibit celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage — shows the 2017 march down Pennsylvania Avenue the day after President Trump was elected. The image, taken by Getty Images photographer Mario Tama, shows the street crammed with marchers, many showing anti-Trump signs.

But The Washington Post first reported that many of those placards had been blurred out. Placards that read “God Hates Trump” had “Trump” blurred. Other signs that refer to women’s anatomy were altered, according to The Post. One that said “If my vagina could shoot bullets, it’d be less REGULATED” had “vagina” blurred out, while one that says “This P—y Grabs Back” had the obscenity blurred out.

In its statement, the National Archives said that it was not an archival record, but one licensed to use as a promotional graphic: “Nonetheless, we were wrong to alter the image.”

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“We have removed the current display and will replace it as soon as possible with one that uses the unaltered image,” the statement said. “We apologize, and will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.”

In a previous statement to The Post, it had said that archivist David Ferriero — appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009 — supported the decision.

“As a non-partisan, non-political federal agency, we blurred references to the president’s name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy,” Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman told The Post.

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But the decision quickly came under heavy criticism.

Rice University historian Douglas Brinkey told The Post there was no reason to alter a historic photograph.”

“There’s no reason for the National Archives to ever digitally alter a historic photograph,” Brinkley said. “If they don’t want to use a specific image, then don’t use it. But to confuse the public is reprehensible.”

The apology came as new Women’s Marches were scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., New York and in other cities across the country.

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Andrew McCarthy: On Trump impeachment, consider these fantasy thought experiments

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Thought experiment No. 1: Suppose Bob Mueller’s probe actually proved that Donald Trump is under Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s thumb.

Fill in the rest of the blanks with your favorite corruption fantasy: The Kremlin has video of the mogul-turned-president debauching himself in a Moscow hotel; the Kremlin has a bulging file of real-estate transfers through which Trump laundered racketeering proceeds for Putin’s favored mobsters and oligarchs; or Trump is recorded cutting a deal to drop Obama-era sanctions against Putin’s regime if Russian spies hack Democratic accounts.

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Thought experiment No. 2: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is not a demagogue. (Remember, this is fantasy.)

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At the very first televised hearing, when he alleged that President Trump told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent … lots of it,” Schiff was not defrauding the public.

Instead, impeachment’s Inspector Clouseau can actually prove that Trump was asking a foreign government to manufacture out of whole cloth evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden and his son were cashing in on the former’s political influence (as opposed to asking that Ukraine look into an arrangement so objectively sleazy that the Obama administration itself agitated over what to do about it).

What do these two scenarios have in common, besides being fictional? Answer: If either of them were real, we’d already be talking about President Pence’s upcoming State of the Union address.

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This is the point that gets lost in all the endless chatter over impeachment strategy and procedure. Everything that is happening owes to the fact that we do not have an offense sufficiently grave for invocation of the Constitution’s nuclear option. If we had one, the machinations and the posturing would be unnecessary — even ridiculous.

Why are we talking about how Chairman Schiff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Democrats rushed through the impeachment inquiry without making a real effort to interview key witnesses?

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Japanese fashion house accused of cultural appropriation for putting models in cornrow wigs: ‘Racist show!’

Critics didn’t care for this “hair”-brained idea.

Commes des Garçons, a Japanese fashion house, is being accused of cultural appropriation after sending models down the runway in wigs designed to look like cornrows.

The show took place on Friday at Paris Fashion Week and showcased several different male models, many of whom were white, strutting down the runway modeling the brand’s latest Homme Plus menswear collection. Nearly all of them were seen sporting what appeared to be ill-fitting cornrow wigs.

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The criticism was swift on social media, with some deeming it a “racist” show, and others declaring that Commes des Garçons was “canceled.”

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Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garçons faced backlash for the look, which appeared on the runway at its Paris Fashion Week show on Friday. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m outraged and disgusted by your models’ choice of hairstyle knowing where it originated from. Where is the real representation?!?” one user wrote on Instagram.

“Cancel culture incoming y’all really messed up on this one, man,” another user said.

“They wanna make money off the culture but don’t wanna show love and respect to the people,” someone else commented.

“Racist show!” another simply wrote.

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Others, still, appeared to be just as offended by the placement and quality of the lace-front wigs.

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Critics on social media called the move “racist,” while others declared that Commes des Garçons was “canceled.” (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

“Cornrow forehead wigs?” one asked.

“I can’t even be mad because I know y’all did this for attention but come on … the lace? At least do it right,” someone else added.

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On Friday, Canadian fashion designer and model Tani also called out the brand in a Twitter post that has been liked more than 3,300 times.

“Lmaoooo why?!” she wrote.

Commes des Garçons has not publicly commented on the backlash, nor shared any photos from the show on its Instagram page as of Saturday afternoon. The fashion house, however, had once come under similar scrutiny in 2018, following accusations from fashion writer Marin Lerma that it had not hired a black model in the two decades prior.

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That same year, Kim Kardashian also faced criticism for arriving at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards with her hair in cornrows.

“It’s not cute to appropriate my culture,” one critic wrote on social media at the time. “Your privilege is really showing.”

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ICE subpoenas NY for info on illegal immigrant accused of murder, as sanctuary city fight escalates

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday subpoenaed New York for information of multiple illegal immigrants who have been arrested in New York City, but were shielded by the city’s controversial sanctuary city policies — including one illegal immigrant who is accused of murdering a 92-year-old woman.

“Like any law enforcement agency, we are used to modifying our tactics as criminals shift their strategies; but it’s disheartening that we must change our practices and jump through so many hoops with partners who are restricted by sanctuary laws passed by politicians with a dangerous agenda,” Henry Lucero, acting Deputy Executive Associate Director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, said in a statement announcing the subpoenas on Saturday.

The subpoenas are being served on the New York Department of Corrections.

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In a press release, the agency says that ICE can use subpoenas to obtain information on potentially deportable immigrants but does not normally need to do so, as local law enforcement agencies will normally provide agents with the information about arrested aliens they need. The move represents another escalation by the Trump administration in its ongoing fight against so-called sanctuary policies.

Sanctuary jurisdictions demand that local law enforcement limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities and ignore most ICE detainers. Those detainers are requests that ICE should be informed of an illegal immigrant’s pending release from custody so they can be transferred to deportation proceedings.

The controversy over New York City’s sanctuary policies fired up again this week after it emerged that Reeaz Khan — an illegal immigrant from Guyana accused of sexually assaulting and murdering 92-year-old Maria Fuertes this month — had been arrested in November on assault and weapons charges. ICE filed a detainer for Khan, but it was ignored and he was set free.

“A phone call, one simple phone call and Maria Fuertes could be alive today,” a visibly furious ICE Director Matthew Albence told reporters in New York City on Friday.

New York City has pushed back against the criticism, however, claiming that the policy makes New Yorkers safer.

“New York City has passed its own common-sense laws about immigration enforcement that have driven crime to record lows. There are 177 crimes under NYC law that trigger cooperation with federal authorities, if and when someone is convicted,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. “That policy has kept us safe.”

The subpoenas issued by ICE request information on four illegal immigrants. While none of the aliens are named, one is clearly Khan, as the agency identifies a Guyanese national charged with murder and other crimes including sexual abuse of a 92-year-old woman.

The other illegal immigrants ICE is seeking information on are:

  • A citizen from El Salvador who was arrested in September for assault and is wanted in his home country for homicide. According to ICE, he was held in Riker Island and a detainer lodged against him. But he was released in December.  
  • A Mexican man arrested in January for attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and attempted assault. He also had two prior arrests. ICE issued a detainer, but he was released after posting bail.  
  • A Mexican man arrested in October on drug charges, who had previously sentenced to 60 months in federal prison in 2012 for attempting to import methamphetamine. He had also been previously deported to Mexico. ICE lodged a detainer against him, but recently discovered he too had been freed.

It’s the second time ICE has used its subpoena power in a week. Earlier this week it subpoenaed Denver seeking information on three Mexicans and one Honduran who had been in custody.

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One of the Mexicans had been arrested for sexual assault, another for vehicular homicide, and a third for child abuse and strangulation assault. The Honduran man arrested on domestic violence charges. All had been previously removed from the country. Three were released from custody and one was still in custody.

Denver, however, denied the request, saying it could be “viewed as an effort to intimidate officers into help enforcing civil immigration law.”

Albence on Friday warned that the agency could use the subpoena tool more broadly if sanctuary jurisdictions didn’t hand over information about potentially dangerous illegal immigrants.

“These subpoenas are an attempt to at least defray some of the damage that is being done by these sanctuary policies,” Albence said. “I suspect that we’ll start utilizing them much more broadly.”

But the move represents the next step in a fight that seems likely only to continue bubbling between the administration, which has pledged to take a hard line against criminals, illegal immigrants and liberal cities that have embraced sanctuary policies.

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Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday took aim at the policies again, and specifically rejected the claim that it makes law-abiding Americans safer.

“What this does, the only sanctuary it provides is to criminals,” he said on “Fox & Friends.” “It makes those communities less safe, it also makes ICE and law enforcement officials less safe so instead of picking up an individual in a confined jail setting, they have to go into communities to knock on doors and the like.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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