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Nancy Grace: Idaho mother of missing kids ‘no doubt’ lying to authorities

The Idaho mother of two missing children is clearly lying to authorities, Fox Nation’s Nancy Grace said Saturday

“She lied. No doubt about it,” Grace said of Lori Vallow, 46, who is facing felony charges after her arrest in Hawaii.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Grace, a former prosecutor, said she reached her conclusion after studying the bizarre case.

“I started at the divorce allegations,” the “Crime Stories” host said. “According to her now-dead husband, he says that not only did she claim she was a god” but that she has come to lead people to heaven “after the Great War.”

The “Great War” refers to what the New Testament calls Armageddon.

“If he stood in her way, she would kill him,” Grace said. “That’s in the divorce papers. Let’s just start with that. And now he’s dead. That’s not a coincidence.”

LORI VALLOW, MOM OF MISSING IDAHO KIDS, REPORTEDLY DECLARED HERSELF A GOD SENT TO PREPARE WORLD FOR APOCALYPSE

“What I’m worried about right now are these two children, JJ and Tylee. JJ was last seen — we think — sometime around September and — interesting — Tylee, the 17-year-old little girl, was last seen at Yellowstone park with her mother. There is a photograph. Then she is never seen again,” Grace said.

According to accounts by family and friends, Vallow was once a model parent. But 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and his 17-year-old sister, Tylee Ryan, haven’t been seen since last year.

After fleeing from Idaho to Hawaii during an investigation, Vallow was arrested Thursday on felony child abandonment charges.

Investigations into the strange circumstances surrounding Vallow began months earlier.

Her husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed in July at the family’s suburban Phoenix home by her brother, Alex Cox.

The couple had been in the midst of a divorce, with Charles Vallow alleging in court documents that he feared she would kill him and that she’d developed doomsday cult-like beliefs, reportedly calling herself “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.”

But Cox told police the shooting was in self-defense, after Charles Vallow came at him armed with a baseball bat. The investigation was stymied when Cox died of unknown causes in his Arizona home in December. Toxicology reports done as part of an autopsy have not yet been released.

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FILE – This combination photo of undated file photos released by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children show missing children Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, left, and Tylee Ryan, 17. As authorities in Idaho continue to plead with the public for any information about the two kids missing for five months, experts say a potential criminal case against the mother, Lori Vallow, could be bolstered if she fails to meet a court-ordered deadline to produce the children. Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since late September, and police in Rexburg, Idaho have said they “strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee’s lives are in danger. Lori Vallow, who has recently been living in Hawaii, was given a court order earlier this week directing her to bring the kids to an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare office by 5pm Thursday. (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via AP)

Lori Vallow then moved to Idaho with her children. She got an apartment in Rexburg in early September and reportedly spent time with an old acquaintance: Chad Daybell.

Daybell is a publisher and author who has written several books loosely based on the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a focus on doomsday scenarios. He also posted podcasts for an online organization aimed at preparing church members for biblical end times. Vallow participated in some of the podcasts.

Daybell’s longtime wife, Tammy Daybell, died in October. Her obituary said the 49-year-old school librarian died suddenly of natural causes, and the family declined an autopsy before she was buried in Utah.

About two weeks later, Daybell and Vallow married on a beach in Hawaii.

Idaho authorities — increasingly suspicious after hearing that Daybell had married so soon after his wife’s unexpected death — exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body. The results of toxicology and other testing have not yet been released.

“They needed a felony case. And now, according to these charging documents, they have one,” Grace said on “Fox & Friends.”

Grace, a former prosecutor, said Vallow is charged with multiple felonies including child abandonment and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to police about the whereabouts of her children.

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Vallow appeared Friday in court in Hawaii.  Her attorney failed to get her $5 million bail lowered after authorities called her a flight risk.

She was ordered last month by a judge to bring the children to Idaho authorities, but she didn’t comply.  She now faces a hearing March 2 on extradition to Idaho.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pamela Anderson’s ex Jon Peters is engaged to another woman weeks after 12-day marriage: report

Just weeks after Pamela Anderson and Jon Peters ended their 12-day marriage, the movie mogul is engaged to another woman, according to a report.

Peters, 74, is now engaged to a woman named Julia Bernheim, according to Us Weekly. The famed producer’s new engagement comes less than three weeks after his breakup from Anderson, 52.

News of the engagement was revealed at an event attended by Peters and his new fiancee at the NASDAQ Closing Bell, the magazine reported.

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Pamela Anderson and Jon Peters married in Malibu on Monday. (Getty)

Bernheim, who is reportedly an actress also known as Julia Faye West, has not spoken out about the engagement. A rep for Peters did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Peters was actually dating West last month but left her to marry Anderson, according to Page Six.

The actress has appeared in “Ballet of Blood,” “Reality Queen!” and “Deadly Punkettes” among other TV series and movies, according to her IMDB page.

Peters’ engagement comes after Anderson slammed him for making “ludicrous” statements claiming he paid off $200K of her debt. This week, Peters denied making such comments.

PAMELA ANDERSON SPLITS WITH MOVIE MOGUL JON PETERS AFTER 12-DAY MARRIAGE

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Pamela Anderson and Jon Peters ended their marriage after 12 days. (Carmelo Redondo)

The “Baywatch” icon shocked fans last month when she revealed on Instagram she had tied the knot to Peters, her fifth husband, in a secret ceremony in Malibu, Calif. However, the duo split just 12 days later amid reports they never obtained a legal marriage license.

In a statement to Fox News last month, Anderson explained the two put a delay on their marriage license.

“I have been moved by the warm reception to Jon and my union. We would be very grateful for your support as we take some time apart to reevaluate what we want from life and from one another,” Anderson said via her rep.

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“Life is a journey and love is a process,” she said. “With that universal truth in mind, we have mutually decided to put off the formalization of our marriage certificate and put our faith in the process.”

“Thank you for respecting our privacy,” she added.

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Clint Eastwood backs Mike Bloomberg, wishes Trump would be ‘more genteel’ in office

Clint Eastwood is breaking his silence over the 2020 presidential hopeful he believes is best fit for office.

The 89-year-old discussed the #MeToo movement, career highlights and dished on his political views in a revealing interview with the Wall Street Journal, and it turns out Mike Bloomberg has the actor’s support.

“The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” Eastwood told the outlet.

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Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Eastwood, who described himself to the outlet as a libertarian who has “respect for other people’s ideas and is willing to learn constantly,” said there are “certain things” Trump has done during his presidency that he approves of.

But the “Richard Jewell” director said he still takes issue with the “ornery” state of politics in America, adding that he’d like to see the president act “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names.”

“I would personally not like for him [Trump] to not bring himself to that level,” Eastwood added.

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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, director Clint Eastwood speaks with actor Paul Walter Hauser as they work during the filming of the movie “Richard Jewell.”  (Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Eastwood’s comments about Trump come years after the actor caused a social media frenzy for his infamous empty-chair speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where he put on an uproarious mock interview with a chair as a stand-in for Barack Obama.

Then, ahead of the 2016 election, Eastwood told Esquire it was Trump over Hillary Clinton in his eyes, admitting it was his anti-Obama views that influenced his decision.

“I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps. There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”

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“The Mule” actor also touched on the #MeToo movement to WSJ, sharing that sexual predatory behavior has been “very prolific” in the film industry, dating back to the 1940s.

The actor and director shared his appreciation for women who are “standing up against people who are trying to shake you down for sexual favors.”

While Eastwood shared no sympathy for disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the legendary actor said he does worry that the dishonorable movie exec’s rape scandal — he’s currently on trial in New York awaiting a verdict — as well as other high-profile sex crime cases as of late, has led to the public being “on the defensive.”

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Eastwood held his own office for a two-year term as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. in 1986.

In December, the actor was spotted letting loose on the ski slopes with former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Warren on Bloomberg’s 3 NDA agreements: How many other women are ‘muzzled?’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren rejected Michael Bloomberg‘s announcement Friday that he’ll allow three female employees who complained about him to speak up, blasting the billionaire for a lack of transparency and suggested hundreds of more women could be “muzzled.”

“That’s just not good enough,” Warren told reporters Friday after Bloomberg said he’d release three women from their nondisclosure agreements. “Michael Bloomberg needs to do a blanket release so that all women who have been muzzled by nondisclosure agreements can step up and tell their side of the story in terms of what Michael Bloomberg has done.”

BLOOMBERG ADMITS COMPANY SIGNED NDAS WITH 3 WOMEN WHO COMPLAINED ABOUT HIM

The Massachusetts senator pummelled Bloomberg during his debut debate this week for signing nondisclosure agreements with women in his vast company and demanding he release them all from their legal agreement not to speak. To drive home the point, Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, drafted a blanket waiver for all of Bloomberg’s employees and urged the former New York City mayor to sign it.

“If he wants to be the Democratic nominee and he wants to be the president of the United States, then he’s going to have to be fully transparent on this issue,” Warren told reporters outside Tacos El Gordo Friday in Las Vegas, following a campaign stop.

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Responding to the pressure, Bloomberg announced Friday that he will allow three female former employees of his media company to be released from their non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that were signed “to address complaints about comments they said I had made.”

In a statement released Friday, the former New York City mayor said the agreements had been signed “over the past 30-plus years,” but did not provide a specific timeframe.

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“If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they’ll be given a release,” he said.

“I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I’ve decided that for as long as I’m running the company, we won’t offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward,” Bloomberg added.

Bloomberg’s team said they reviewed the NDAs for the last three decades and only found three agreements that involved complaints directed specifically at Bloomberg.

But Warren doubted the numbers.

“If there are only three, then why didn’t he sign a blanket release?” Warren said. “If he’s limiting the number, then you can’t know whether there are three or 30 or 300. And that should not be within the control of Michael Bloomberg.”

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Warren is fighting to make a comeback in the presidential race after lackluster results in Iowa and New Hampshire, where Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg were the top finishers.

Nevada Democrats head to the caucuses later Saturday to cast their votes.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report. 

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Justin Haskins: Amy Klobuchar’s support for the socialist Green New Deal proves she’s no moderate

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has positioned herself, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, as one of the few “moderates” available for Democratic primary voters.

According to Klobuchar, whose support has been increasing in recent weeks, she’s one of the only candidates who can appeal to both leftists and party moderates. Klobuchar has even said she thinks she can win support from Midwest Republicans.

But here’s the cold, hard truth: Klobuchar has sold her soul to the far left to make it this far in the race, and her support in 2019 for the Green New Deal — a radical proposal backed by self-described socialist Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. — is proof of it.

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Among other things, the Green New Deal (GND) would, in just 10 years, eliminate nearly all fossil fuels and mandate the end of gasoline-powered cars and the rebuilding or retrofitting of every single building in the United States.

The GND would also provide free college, “economic security,” a federal jobs guarantee with a “living wage” and “a commercial environment where every businessperson is free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies” — whatever the heck that means.

The Green New Deal is the most radical, destructive and costly policy proposal in modern U.S. history. The American Action Forum estimates the total cost of the GND could top $94 trillion over 10 years, about four times our current national debt.

And Klobuchar didn’t merely pay lip service to this socialist legislation; she co-sponsored the GND resolution put together by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with other far-left senators like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.

Since co-sponsoring the Green New Deal, which failed spectacularly in both the House and Senate, Klobuchar has continuously bragged about her support for Ocasio-Cortez’s GND resolution.

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Calling it an “urgent priority for our communities, for our economy and for our planet,” Klobuchar still touts on her presidential campaign website that she was a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.

It’s true that Klobuchar has moderated her position on a number of components of the Green New Deal since co-sponsoring the GND resolution. For example, Klobuchar says she would ensure the United States hits a target of “100% net-zero emissions no later than 2050,” while the Green New Deal itself says its imperative that target be reached in just 10 years.

Similarly, Klobuchar says she supports free college tuition at community colleges, but not at four-year institutions — a position that separates her from fellow Green New Deal backers like Comrade Bernie.

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But Americans shouldn’t trust Klobuchar or her attempts to appear more moderate — which, in today’s Democratic Party, still makes you a far-left zealot. No politician who promoted the Green New Deal should ever be considered anything less than a socialist because that’s precisely what the GND proposed.

Klobuchar’s decision to move back toward the center after supporting the Green New Deal is nothing more than political theater, and not particularly good or persuasive political theater, either.

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In supporting the Green New Deal, Klobuchar allied herself with her party’s most radical figures and their extremist policy proposals.

Now, she should be forced to suffer the political consequences.

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Carnival begins in Rio, but tourists will face contaminated water

Sexy costumes, bands, festivities, wild parades – and murky water.

As the official Carnival celebrations kick off in the Brazilian city of Rio Saturday, potable water has become a valuable commodity, especially in the peak of summer when temperatures hit 120 degrees F.

Since the beginning of January, sinks and showers have provided only cloudy water that smells like clay. The problem has not been resolved and with the arrival of 10 million tourists next week, the situation likely will get worse.

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People of the Samba School Academicos da Rocinha perform during the Rio Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2020  (Photo by Gilson Borba/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Rio’s public water company, called CEDAE (State Company of water and sewage) apologized for what happened and blamed the supposedly inoffensive and safe organic compound “geosmin.”  It multiplies in nutrient-rich aquatic environments, such as springs that receive untreated sewage, but is atoxic. Some disagree.

“If the water is not odorless, colorless and tasteless is not safe,” said biologist Ana Passos.

On Feb. 3, the crisis hit a new low, and the whole treatment center of Guandu was closed due to the presence of a detergent in massive quantities. It’s not clear where the compound came from, but specialists said the source is probably industries outside Rio and blamed heavy rain.

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People of the School Unidos da Ponte perform during the Rio Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2020  (Photo by Gilson Borba/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

To stop the contamination, treatment was started using activated charcoal at Guandu. For experts, however, the solution is temporary and does not solve the problem.

“The city discharges sewage directly into the tributaries of the Guandu River. The quality of the water that reaches the station is very poor. The station is overloaded,” said Márcia Dezzoti, a specialist from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

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For tourists, it was never safe to drink from the sink in Rio, but even filtered water is not potable anymore.

The crisis, however, hasn’t scared international visitors, according to City Hall. Hotel occupancy is up to 90 percent. Argentinians and Americans lead the population of foreign tourists for Carnival. Tourism representatives are nonetheless worried about the lack of information provided to those who come.

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People of the Samba School Academicos de Vigario geral perform during the Rio Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2020  (Photo by Gilson Borba/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“People get to the hotel and don’t know anything. We have to do the information, a public information that was supposed to be available, because it is dangerous. It’s summer, people will be in contact with the water, not only drinking, but, for example, washing vegetables, having a shower, etc.,” said Igor Machado, an employer of Discovery Hostel.

The Tourism Office of Rio (RioTur) declined to comment. The Health Surveillance Agency (Vigilância Sanitária) is informing tourists and residents through campaigns around the city and in social media. But, like Karl Mariano, who arrived from Holland with two Brazilian friends, the info didn’t reach most of them.

“I had no idea the water was contaminated, people even told me it wasn’t safe to have a shower,” he said. “I was never informed, nothing. I will enjoy the party, but will buy bottled water.”

Residents and tourists are in a race for mineral water in the city. Bottles disappear in markets in hours and prices are spiking all over town. Some families are even having to choose between water or food.

Though the ongoing crisis is having a substantial impact on the daily lives of Rio’s residents, it was less than surprising that hundreds of revelers are using it to inspire creative costumes in the pre-Carnival festivities. Resident Maíra Amorim was one of those, carrying a bottle of water as a valuable asset.

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“It’s an absurd situation,” she said. “But we can’t lose our Carnival spirit of making criticism with a sense of humor.”

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Future farmer’s message to Mike Bloomberg: ‘Do your research’

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University of Georgia student says she needed to speak out after listening to 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s controversial comments on the agricultural industry.

Laurabeth Bland said Saturday on “Fox & Friends” that she was surprised by Bloomberg’s newly unearthed comments making light of the industry.

“I felt like I — as an agriculturalist myself — I felt like I needed to take a stance and make sure that someone was informing the public that that is not the reality of American farmers today,” said Bland, who wrote an open letter rebutting Bloomberg.

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“I felt very obligated that I needed to make sure that our voices were being heard, because oftentimes I feel like we are very overlooked in the light of the media,” she added. “And so I wanted to be sure that someone was able to advocate for farmers.”

The former three-term New York City mayor has been in damage control over the past two weeks after newly surfaced past comments — on several topics — bruised his campaign.

In a recently discovered video, Bloomberg told a crowd at London’s Oxford University in November 2016 that he could “teach anybody to be a farmer.”

“It’s a process. You dig a hole, put a seed in, put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn,” he said.

Bland told host Lisa Boothe that comments like that illustrate how some politicians discount the importance of farming.

“Well, the reality is that less than 2 percent of Americans today are involved in production agriculture. And so, with our numbers being such a small percentage, I feel like it’s no surprise that oftentimes we’re not exactly considered when it comes to politics and that sort of thing,” she said.

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“I think the biggest thing that I would tell not only him but also consumers in general is that it is so important today to know where your food comes from and how it got from the farm to the table,” she added. “And so the best way to do that is to just do your research.”

In her letter to Bloomberg posted  on Facebook, she wrote that she was sorry he was “never taught agricultural education” and that he doesn’t understand what farmers actually do every day.

“I’m sorry you’ve never learned the scientific process it takes for a seed to become a crop or seen the beauty of livestock growing and developing. I’m sorry you’ve never shaken hands with the man who put the food on your plate or the woman who grew the nice cotton you’re wearing right now,” she wrote. “I’m sorry no one told you that, in addition to feeding the world, those who work in production agriculture are also mechanics, meteorologists, veterinarians, nutritionists, and soil analyzers to name a few things.”

She added: “Get a little mud on your boots, sweat on your brow, and then tell me again how simple it is to feed the world.”

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Tim Graham: White House correspondents get ready to host another Republican-bashing dinner

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Washington journalists are rejoicing that celebrity glitz and glamour are returning with their self-celebrating soiree, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

They announced that longtime “Saturday Night Live” player Kenan Thompson will host the April event, and Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj will perform the Republican-bashing “comedy” routine.

“The dinner has a serious message, but we also believe it is as important as ever to be able to laugh — at ourselves, as well as at the people we cover,” said White House Correspondents’ Association President Jonathan Karl. “I’d argue that humor is more important now than ever.”

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Liberals cling desperately to humor, “now more than ever,” just as The New York Times advertises by saying, “The truth is more important now than ever.”

The biggest joke of this dinner is Karl’s claim that it is “a nonpartisan event.” Just look at the last three presidents. Leftists like Stephen Colbert famously roasted President George W. Bush. But when Barack Obama became president, a series of comedians oozed their appreciation of the Almighty Barack, spelunking to the all-time low of Larry Wilmore, who proclaimed in 2016: “Yo, Barry. You did it, my n—–!”

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The “nonpartisan” newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC covered that event with 35 sound bites that celebrated Obama’s comedy routine and touted him as “the funniest president of all time,” compared with only two sound bites from Wilmore. One clip was a supine tribute to Obama, not even a joke.

Minhaj was hired for this gig in 2017, so we know Karl must be joking that this man is going to attempt to be nonpartisan. Back then, the association’s president, Jeff Mason of Reuters, claimed it would be unfair “to roast President Trump in absentia.” But it was inevitable.

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Minhaj dribbled out lame jokes about President Trump’s aides who were not in attendance including “Nazi Steve Bannon” and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was “busy curating her collection of children’s tears.” Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was busy with a “pre-Civil-War reenactment.” Minhaj joked that Sessions said no to attending, and that “no” is “his second favorite N-word.”

Minhaj compared Trump to amoral, sadistic, inbred King Joffrey of “Game of Thrones” and joked: “The leader of our country is not here, and that’s because he lives in Moscow. … As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”

Then Minhaj mocked the media for criticizing Trump’s golfing habits, since any distraction prevents war with North Korea. He suggested that the headline should read, “Trump Golfing. Apocalypse Delayed. Take the W.”

Minhaj goaded the press to stay tough: “We are living in the golden age of lying … and Donald Trump is liar in chief! And remember you guys are public enemy No. 1. You are his biggest enemy. Journalists, ISIS, normal-length ties. And somehow, you’re the bad guys. That’s why you have to keep your foot on the gas.”

Jon Karl heard it all and clearly wants another heaping helping of this kind of “comedy.”

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Last time around, Minhaj worried out loud saying that in the Trump era, “trust is more important than truth.” And many people don’t trust the press, which he equates with truth, just like The New York Times does.

These highly educated, well-read policy nerds somehow can’t imagine that a comedy routine like this mixed in with candid shots of Wolf Blitzer or Brian Stelter guffawing along isn’t helping the idea that the press is nonpartisan, that it doesn’t see itself as valiantly taking a side. They’re urged to keep their “foot on the gas” and excuse most of us for not daring to hitchhike.

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Twitter suspends 70 Bloomberg-boosting accounts posting identical messages of support

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Twitter is reportedly suspending 70 accounts, some of which are backed by Michael Bloomberg’s campaign, that have posted identical messages in support of the Democrat’s presidential bid, calling the content “platform manipulation.”

The Los Angeles Times examined the accounts and alerted Twitter, who on Friday determined the posts violated company policy and said they would begin suspending the profiles.

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A portion of accounts are operated by Bloomberg campaign workers — called “deputy field organizers” — who pump out pro-Bloomberg content across social media networks, including Twitter, for $2,500 a month, the report said.

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One identical post shared by at least four different accounts directs users to a recent pro-Bloomberg tweet by singer Barbra Streisand.

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“A President Is Born: Barbra Streisand sings Mike’s praises. Check out her tweet,” the post reads.

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Twitter told The Times: “We have taken enforcement action on a group of accounts for violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam.”

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Betsy McCaughey: Sanders gets it wrong on ‘Medicare-for-all’

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Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is flaunting a “study” he claims backs up his “Medicare-for-all” health plan. Sanders bragged to Las Vegas debate watchers Wednesday night that a “major study” from a “Yale epidemiologist in one of the leading medical publications in the world “ shows that “Medicare-for-all” will reduce health care costs and save the nation a bundle.

Don’t believe it. This is not objective research.

The chief author, Alison Galvani, worked as an unpaid adviser to Sanders’ Senate office. Galvani notes that she designed and wrote the study for the purpose of supporting Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” bill. That’s the opposite of what scientists are supposed to do. Scientists are supposed to objectively study something to discover the truth – not selectively assemble information to build an argument in support of a predetermined conclusion.

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Here are the four fallacies in the study Sanders referenced.

Fallacy 1: Medicare is a 54-year-old real-world test for the viability of single-payer government-funded health care.

That’s wrong. Medicare is able to cover some 58 million people affordably because it shortchanges hospitals and doctors, paying them only about 87 cents for every dollar of care delivered. Doctors and hospitals shift the unmet costs onto their patients with private insurance.

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However, in Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” plan, there would be no privately insured patients. Everyone would be shortchanging the health care providers. Some hospitals and doctors’ offices would have to shutter their doors, and others would operate in an environment of scarcity, laying off nurses, spreading care thinner, and cramming more beds into each room.

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Fallacy 2: As providers reduce their administrative workload, they free time for patient care, which will bolster career satisfaction and increase their revenue.

Nonsense. The federal government imposes the most onerous record-keeping and administrative costs of all, turning doctors into data entry clerks. It’s a major cause of burned-out doctors abandoning the profession. The biggest loser is the patient whose needs don’t fit the cookie-cutter medicine protocols. Single-payer will only make it worse.

Fallacy 3: The provision of universal health care would entail expanded use of health services by those who are currently uninsured and those who are insured but for whom cost, such as copays, imposes a barrier to health care.

True, demand for health care will increase. But with hospitals, doctors and nurses getting paid less, will supply increase to meet this demand? No. Instead, get ready for long waits, dangerous delays between diagnosis and treatment, declining cancer survival rates, and the kind of rationing against the elderly that is notorious in the British National Health Service.

Fallacy 4: If ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act) is repealed, 21 million Americans are predicted to lose health insurance coverage. Elimination of the Affordable Care Act would result in the loss of 38,557 lives.

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Ridiculous. No one on either side of the aisle has proposed eliminating ObamaCare without replacing it. Suggesting otherwise is sheer demagoguery.

It’s too bad when respected medical journals stoop to publishing partisan hackwork.

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