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Conservative group estimates ‘devastating’ Green New Deal would drive up energy costs, kill jobs

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A conservative group on Wednesday launched a website highlighting the “devastating” impact of the Green New Deal — the sweeping environmental and economic agenda being pushed by a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls.

GreenNewDealStats.com, set up by America Rising Squared, includes an interactive map of the U.S., which allows readers to see the alleged impact on their state, such as the number of jobs at risk and the expected increased energy cost from the policy.

SANDERS RELEASES $16 TRILLION ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’ PLAN, PROMISES IT WILL ‘PAY FOR ITSELF’

In the state of Pennsylvania, for instance, the website estimates that 322,600 jobs would be put at risk, and energy costs would increase by up to $327 per month. In Ohio, 262,800 jobs are estimated to be at risk along with an average energy cost increase of $303 a month.

“The Green New Deal is the most radical proposal ever embraced by liberal politicians,” AR2’s communications director Chris Martin said in a statement. “Every American deserves to know how many jobs it could destroy in their state and how much their energy costs could increase should this liberal pipe dream ever be implemented.”

The Green New Deal, an idea once popular only at the fringes of the Democratic Party, entered the party mainstream in 2018 when it was pushed in a non-binding resolution in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. It was signed onto by a number of presidential hopefuls.

One of those, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been promoting a Green New Deal for much longer. His own plan demands the U.S. hit 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, and $16.3 trillion in investment toward creating 20 million jobs in areas including construction, energy efficiency retrofitting and a Civilian Conservation Corps.

The plan would support “small family farms by investing in ecologically regenerative and sustainable agriculture,” weatherize homes, expand a “climate justice movement” and throw $200 billion at the international Green Climate Fund.

His plan would also replace all shipping trucks with electric ones, “decarbonize” the transport sector — including the aviation industry — and provide a $40 billion Climate Justice Resiliency Fund.

OUTSIDE GROUP FINDS ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’ EMISSIONS TARGET CRASHES GOVERNMENT MODEL

In a nod to the social justice part of the plan, he says that the deal is an “opportunity to uproot historical injustices and inequities to advance social, racial, and economic justice, including redressing the exclusion of black, brown, Native American and other vulnerable communities from the programs that made up the original New Deal.”

The GreenNewDealStats.com website includes a video that shows criticism of the plan by Democrats, analysts and even environmentalists. It also cites estimates that the plan could cost as much as $93 trillion.

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It also points to wilder details that came in an accompanying FAQ from Ocasio-Cortez’s office that accompanied the rollout of the resolution that said the plan would provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.” Her office later distanced itself from the FAQ, saying it was only a draft.

The new website comes after Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, moving him to frontrunner status for the Democratic nomination. As he was speaking, his supporters could be heard chanting: “Green New Deal, Green New Deal.”

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Fashion Week events in China postponed amid coronavirus fears

These fashion weeks have become fashion victims.

Two major fashion industry events in China have been postponed as a precaution amid fears surrounding the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, previously referred to as the novel coronavirus.

MEN APPEAR TO BE MORE VULNERABLE TO THE CORONAVIRUS: REPORT

Productions for Shanghai Fashion Week and China Fashion Week in Beijing have been temporarily halted as the number of coronavirus cases in China continues to rise. As of Thursday, over 50,000 people in the country had been reportedly infected with the virus, while the death toll had reached 1,300 worldwide.

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Productions for Shanghai Fashion Week and China Fashion Week in Beijing have been temporarily halted as the number of coronavirus cases in China continues to rise. (Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Both Fashion Weeks were slated to begin on March 26, and have been deferred for the foreseeable future, the South China Morning Post reports. No information has yet been released regarding when events might be rescheduled, as “designers, trade show owners, fashion week committees and the local governments have not yet been able to agree on a time slot” that is both viable for brands and be deemed “safe” by the government, reports Women’s Wear Daily.

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In partnership with Beijing’s Central Committee, State Council and Shanghai’s local government, Shanghai Fashion Week officials announced the news on Monday, postponing what the Business of Fashion calls “the country’s most important fashion moment of the year.” The event has been called off for now as a “precautionary measure” against the COVID-19 virus.

“We hope that everyone will stay vigilant and pay attention to the government’s advice,” said Shanghai Fashion Week executive Lv Xiaolei. “The organization will focus on keeping up trade, communicating with all parties and find a solution to the situation.”

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A model walks the runway during the Jasmine Collection show on day 13 of Shanghai Fashion Week 2019 A/W at Minsheng Art Wharf on April 8, 2019 in Shanghai, China.  (Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Reps for China Fashion Week also suspended their plans soon after, according to the Morning Post.

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Chinese consumers fuel the world’s largest luxury market, spending over $100 billion annually both at home and abroad, CBS reports.  As brands like Balenciaga, Burberry and Gucci limit their store hours of operation or even shutter their doors altogether in mainland China, it remains to be determined how the ongoing COVD-19 outbreak will ultimately affect luxury brands’ bottom lines.

China has locked down an unprecedented 60 million people in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, which has hit hardest in the city of Wuhan and surrounding towns in the Hubei province.

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Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Michael Goodwin: Bloomberg’s ‘stop and frisk’ remarks won’t derail him in 2020

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Michael Bloomberg has spent as much as $500 million trying to buy the presidency and has been getting a decent return on his money. The former New York mayor is making a move in national polls, hitting 15 percent in a recent Quinnipiac survey, good enough for third place in the Democratic field.

Amid lots of buzz about his unorthodox strategy and rising chances, the poll is the first solid sign of a sweet spot. It’s timely, too, coming as Joe Biden limps out of New Hampshire and draws closer to the inevitable collapse, opening a lane for Bloomy.

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All of which made Tuesday a rotten time to have a bad day. The emergence of a 2015 recording in which Bloomberg forcefully defended stop, question and frisk is causing a political uproar.

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Most critics argue the recording will make it difficult for him to attract far-left liberals and black voters, and some think it could be fatal to his chances. I don’t think that’s true, but in the short term, the episode does prove another point: Money is no substitute for authenticity.

These days, that’s the real political gold. Bloomberg had it, and squandered it in a pander bid.

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Coronavirus evacuee in Texas diagnosed with virus, marking 15th case in US: CDC

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An American evacuee who arrived on a State Department-chartered flight last week from Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak — is now the 15th confirmed case of the virus in the U.S., federal officials said on Thursday.

2ND CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED IN QUARANTINED SAN DIEGO PATIENT, 14TH OVERALL IN US

The patient, who was not identified, is one of the evacuees under federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He or she is the first person under the mandatory 14-day quarantine at the airbase to show symptoms of and test positive for the virus, now known as COVID-19, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed in a news release provided to Fox News. Signs of the novel virus have been reported to include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

“The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby,” they added. No other details were immediately provided.

CDC officials reiterated that there will “likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan.” Though the first 195 evacuees were released on Tuesday, “more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine and are being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus,” officials added.

The case also marks the first in Texas. The 14 other cases have been reported across the country, the first of which occurred in a Washington State man who has since been released from the hospital. Other cases have been confirmed in California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois. No deaths have been reported in the U.S., and the large majority of cases still remain in China.

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Overall, more than 60,000 people have been sickened globally while 1,370 have died.

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Judge Napolitano: Roger Stone should get new trial in light of juror’s anti-Trump tweets

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Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Thursday that former Trump adviser Roger Stone deserves a new trial in light of resurfaced tweets that indicate partisanship and “inherent bias” from a jury member against Stone.

Former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted Stone on obstruction charges last year — and soon afterward, her history of Democratic activism and a string of her anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts came to light.

“[Stone is] absolutely entitled to a new trial with a member of a jury making these types of revelations about the politics involved in the decisions to prosecute him,” Napolitano told “Fox & Friends.”

ROGER STONE JURY FOREPERSON’S ANTI-TRUMP SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS SURFACE AFTER SHE DEFENDS DOJ PROSECUTORS

Hart even posted specifically about the Stone case before she voted to convict, as she retweeted an argument mocking those who considered Stone’s dramatic arrest in a predawn raid by a federal tactical team to be excessive force. She also suggested President Trump and his supporters are racist and praised the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately led to Stone’s prosecution.

Independent journalist Mike Cernovich, not CNN, then first reported that a slew of Hart’s other publicly available Twitter and Facebook posts readily suggested a strong political bias. Some of Hart’s posts were written as Stone’s trial was in progress.

Hart, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress as a Democrat in 2012, quoted someone in an August 2017 tweet referring to Trump as a member of the KKK.

In January 2019, she retweeted a post by pundit Bakari Sellers, who noted that “Roger Stone has y’all talking about reviewing use of force guidelines,” before suggesting that racism was the reason for all the attention Stone’s arrest had received from conservatives.

Napolitano said that he presided over 150 jury trials and “most were criminal.”

“It is the duty of the judge to ensure that both the government and defendant get a fair trial and if the judge discovers afterward that there was a built-in inherent bias on the part of a member of a jury against the defendant, that is an automatic trigger for a new trial,” he explained.

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“She’s going to have to call those jurors back in and interrogate them or make a decision on the spot,” Napolitano said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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Tesla recalling 15K Model X SUVs with potential power steering issue, updates similar recall for 123K Model S sedans

Tesla is recalling 15,000 Model X SUVs to replace a part that could lead to power steering failure.

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The Model X launched in 2016. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The automaker said that the bolts connecting the power steering component to the steering gear can corrode and fracture, leading to the loss of power assist. No accidents or injuries related to the issue have been reported.

The recall affects vehicles built before mid-October 2016. Tesla will replace the bolts and apply a corrosion-resistance sealant to the new parts.

Tesla also modified a previous recall first issued in March 2018 that covers 123,000 Model S sedans with a similar issue. At the time, Tesla said the Model X and Model 3 were not affected by the problem.

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Tucker Carlson: Elizabeth Warren’s campaign can be summed up like this: ‘died of wokeness’

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After Joe Biden, the other big loser on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, was another ex-front-runner, Elizabeth Warren. She finished fourth. She had barely half the votes of the third-place finisher, Amy Klobuchar.

If you’re barely half the votes of Amy Klobuchar — no offense to Amy Klobuchar — not good.

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So officially, Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is still going. Nobody believes, really, it means anything. In fact, we can’t say at this point what exactly Elizabeth Warren is running for.

Maybe she hopes to get a few delegates she can exchange for a Cabinet job if a Democrat wins. Maybe she wants to sabotage Bernie Sanders because he’s a sexist by siphoning votes from him. Or maybe she just likes traveling around giving speeches with lots of servants around her, flying on private planes, which she loves to do.

But one thing for certain: Warren is not running for president because she thinks she can become president – because she can’t. Despite that, in her non-concession speech Tuesday night — and this is very telling — Warren bragged about taking half the bank account of a broke college student to finance her doomed ambitions.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and 2020 presidential candidate: A young woman came up by herself. And she said I’m a broke college student with a lot of student loan debt. And she said, I checked and I have $6.00 in the bank. So I just gave $3.00 to keep you in this fight.

That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to stay on this fight with people who are counting on us.

She’s literally begging for money from the indigent to continue a campaign that can’t win. It’s not really a campaign at that point. It’s a religious movement or a cult or something.

But really, did it even happen? Is the student story real? Who knows? Warren has been caught lying about so many things we can actually check. Just imagine what she says when she can’t be caught. I mean, really.

Elizabeth Warren fell apart for the same reason that Beto O’Rourke did. Because, in place of a message – an actual message that unites people around ideas and policies – she went all-in on “wokeness” – all-in.

So attempting to say that Warren collapsed – that her campaign died because she lies a lot – that’s actually not the case. Warren has been lying for a long time. She pretended to be an American Indian. Remember that? That happened before she launched her campaign. Voters knew it. And yet, for a while, she was the Democratic front-runner.

So clearly, Democrats were willing to forgive her fabrications. No, she destroyed her campaign for a different, a much more interesting reason.

Warren fell apart for the same reason that Beto O’Rourke did. Because, in place of a message – an actual message that unites people around ideas and policies – she went all-in on “wokeness” – all-in.

Every public appearance brought out a new facet to her remarkable wokeness. There was her town hall endorsing race-based reparations.

Warren: I believe it’s time to start the national full-blown conversation about reparations in this country.

So she rode that for a while, but then by summer that wasn’t enough. Reparations – old hat. But Warren is nothing if not creative. So she invented a brand new kind of racism, a whole new category.

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Warren: We live in a country now where the president is advancing environmental racism, economic racism, criminal justice racism, health care racism.

Yes, Warren was pledging to fight “health care racism.” Is that committed by doctors? She never explained. Are nurses committing health care racism? Who knows? But she was going to eliminate it if it was the last thing she did.

But then she kept going. By early this year, Warren was promising to let transgender children pick her Cabinet members — for real.

Warren: I’m going to have a secretary of education that this young trans-person interviews on my behalf. And only if this person believes that our Secretary of Education nominee is someone who is committed to creating a welcoming environment, a safe environment and a full educational curriculum for everyone, will that person actually be advanced to be Secretary of Education. You like that? Let’s do that.

So was that pandering? Was that scripted? No, it wasn’t. No lobby group told her to say that. You couldn’t make that up.

She came to that on her own because you know what? She meant it. After a while, the wokenss infected her brain so completely, took over Elizabeth Warren that she really believed what she was saying. And it got crazier and crazier. Reparations for gay couples – great idea. Gender and non-binary people – the backbone of our democracy. She literally said that.

Eventually, it was too much even for liberals. The liberals said, “What? What the hell are you talking about?”

Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, was promising universal health care, something they actually want. Whether it’s a good idea or not, it’s something people wanted. Warren tried to jump on and promised the same thing except she said she would magically do it without raising taxes on the middle class. Again, even Democrats couldn’t buy it after a while.

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When Warren finally gives up this charade – I’m running for president. No, you’re not, please – well, you’ll be able to summon her campaign up in three words: Died of wokeness.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Feb. 12, 2020.

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A quick history of the Daytona 500

Daytona Beach became the unofficial “Birthplace of Speed” in 1903, when two men argued over who had the fastest horseless carriage and decided things in a race on the white, hardpacked sand along the Atlantic Ocean.

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Before the speedway was built, events were held on the sands of Daytona Beach. (AP)

Since then, the community of 61,000-plus in the heart of Florida’s Fun Coast region has become a motorsports mecca, with a long, storied history filled with thrills, glory and tragedy.

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The early years of NASCAR pre-date the building of Daytona International Speedway. (AP)

STOCK CARS ARRIVE

The speed competitions along the beach by 1958 had graduated to stock cars, which used a 3.2-mile course that combined both the beach and the city of Daytona. Bill France, then a local mechanic, entered the inaugural race on March 8, 1936, and finished fifth. France dabbled in racing for 10 years, became a promoter and founded NASCAR in 1947.

By 1953, France recognized that development was going to make it nearly impossible to continue racing a course that utilized the city and the beach so he began plans on a permanent speedway. He signed a $2.5 million agreement a year later for what he decided would be a 2.5-mile tri-oval circuit with 31-degree banking.

It was a wildly ambitious plan.

“The World Center of Racing” was completed in 1959 and hosted the first Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. A crowd of more than 41,000 watched a field of 59 cars race for a purse of less than $70,000. The finish was so close it took three days to determine Lee Petty had edged Johnny Beauchamp.

The Daytona 200 motorcycle race continued to run on the beach until it moved to the speedway in 1961, and the next year the venue hosted the inaugural running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance sports car race.

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Lee and Richard Petty were injured during qualifying for the 1961 race. (ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)

EARLY HEYDEY

In 1961, during a pair of Daytona 500 qualifying races, both Lee Petty and his son, Richard Petty, were injured in separate accidents in which both went over the guardrail. Oddly, both incidents happened on Lap 37 of their respective races. Lee Petty suffered serious injuries in the second qualifying race, while Richard Petty suffered minor scrapes and a sprained ankle in the opener.

The next year, local star Glenn “Fireball” Roberts finally won a major event in his hometown when he captured his only Daytona 500.

The first shortened Daytona 500 came in 1965 when rain gave Fred Lorenzen the victory after 133 of the 200 laps.

Mario Andretti earned his only Daytona 500 win in 1967 and became the first open-wheel driver to do so. In 1972, A.J. Foyt joined Andretti in the winner’s club by dominating in a car fielded by the Wood Brothers. Foyt won his only Daytona 500 by more than two laps.

Richard Petty became the first driver to win consecutive Daytona 500s in 1974, while David Pearson that July won a record third consecutive Firecracker 400.

In 1976, Pearson and Petty crashed battling for the lead coming out of the fourth turn on the last lap of the Daytona 500. When both cars came to a rest, they had still not crossed the start/finish line. Petty’s car wouldn’t start but Pearson dumped the clutch and kept the car in neutral to slowly cross the finish line to capture the only Daytona 500 of his career. The finish was the slowest under green flag conditions in race history.

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Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough fought on and off the track at the 1979 race. (AP)

Janet Guthrie in 1976 became the first female driver to compete in the Daytona 500, and finished 12th. Three years later, the race was televised live for the first time in event history by CBS Sports and Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison crashed on the final lap while battling for the lead. Yarborough and Allison then began to fight, and Allison’s brother, Bobby, joined the brawl.

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Cale Yarborough in 1984 was the first driver to win the pole at Daytona at more than 200 mph with his lap at 201.848 mph. In July for the Firecracker 400, President Ronald Reagan was grand marshal and gave the command to start the engines. Reagan witnessed Richard Petty’s historic 200th NASCAR win and it marked the first time a sitting president attended a race.

The first restrictor-plate Daytona 500 was in 1988 when Bobby Allison held off his son, Davey, in the race’s only father-son, one-two finish. Allison became the oldest Daytona 500 winner, too, at 50 years, two months, 11 days.

Dale Earnhardt suffered one of the greatest upsets in Daytona 500 history in 1990 when he cut a tire in the third turn of the final lap and Derrike Cope stole the win. In 1998, in his 20th attempt, Earnhardt finally earned his first and only Daytona 500 victory.

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Big multicar crashes, like this one in 1999, are a common occurrence in the Daytona 500. (AP)

TRAGEDY STRIKES

Three years later, Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap of the race. The event was won by Micheal Waltrip, his first career victory in his 463rd career Cup start. Waltrip was driving for Earnhardt.

NASCAR returned to Daytona that July still reeling from Earnhardt’s death and the 400-mile night race was won by Dale Earnhardt Jr.. It was his first career Daytona victory and came 11 years to the day that his father got his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona.

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Ryan Newman held off teammate Kurt Busch to win the 2008 race. (Gregg Ellman/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

NEW ERA

Ryan Newman in 2008 won the 50th running of the Daytona 500, using a huge push from teammate Kurt Busch to pass Tony Stewart on the last lap and give motorsports titan Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 trophy.

Danica Patrick’s eighth-place finish in 2013 made her the highest-finishing woman in the Daytona 500 and the first to lead laps under a green flag.

Later that year, International Speedway Corp. announced a $400 million renovation to modernize the speedway. The massive project broke ground in July 2013 and the venue was completed in January 2016 for the 54th running of the Rolex 24. The redesign included five expanded and redesigned entrances, while three different concourse levels featured social areas, or “neighborhoods.”

In 2019, the speedway hosted its final July Fourth race, ending a long, sporadic tradition as the event was moved to August. From 1959 through 1987, the race ran on July 4 before being moved to the Saturday of the closest weekend to the holiday. It was a daytime race until 1998.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole for the 2020 race, which will be run Feb. 16.

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Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King after slamming her Kobe Bryant interview

Snoop Dogg has apologized to Gayle King.

The rapper took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a video apology, and to invite the journalist to “sit down and talk” with him following his criticism of her asking WNBA star Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case.

“Top of the morning! Big Snoop Dogg coming at you live and direct with a message,” the 48-year-old rapper said in the video. “Two wrongs don’t make no right. When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.”

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He then directly addressed King.

“So with that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions… Me being angry at questions that you asked,” said Snoop Dogg. “[I] Overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that. I was raised better than that. So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful.”

He continued: “I didn’t mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn’t here to defend himself. A lot of people look up to me and they love me and they appreciate me, so I want to let them know that anytime you mess up, it’s OK to fix it, it’s OK to man up and say that you’re wrong. I apologize. Hopefully, we can sit down and talk privately. Have a good day.”

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The caption of the video read: “Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma. 2 wrongs don’t make it right time to heal. @gayleking Peace n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids.”

The controversy began after video emerged of King asking Leslie during a “CBS This Morning” interview: “It’s been said that [Bryant’s] legacy is complicated because of a sexual assault charge, which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?”

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Gayle King was criticized by rapper Snoop Dogg, who posted a profanity-filled video attacking the anchor.

The case was dismissed after Bryant’s 19-year-old accuser refused to testify on Sept. 1, 2004. He later released a public apology acknowledging while he believed the pair had consensual sex, he understands that was not the way she viewed the incident, Yahoo reported. She later brought civil charges against the Lakers star, which was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

In an Instagram video posted after King’s interview, Snoop Dogg, a longtime friend of the deceased basketball star, said “We expect more from you Gayle. Respect the family and back off, b—-, before we come get you.”

Snoop insisted that his comment was not a threat.

“Here’s a message for the people that need to know,” he said in another video clip posted to Instagram. “I’m a non-violent person. When I said what I said, I spoke for the people who felt like Gayle was very disrespectful towards Kobe Bryant and his family.”

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“Now, with that being said, do I look like I would want any harm to come to a 70-year-old woman? I was raised way better than that. I don’t want to harm to come to her and I didn’t threaten her. All I did was said, ‘Check it out: you outta pocket for what you’re doing and we’re watching you. Have a little bit more respect for Vanessa, her babies, and Kobe Bryant’s legacy,’” he said.

Fox News’ Jack Durschlag contributed to this report.

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Colin Kaepernick staying prepared for possible NFL call even after bungled workout

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Colin Kaepernick still has the desire to play in the NFL, revealing in an interview published Thursday that he continues to train and prepare for the possibility.

Kaepernick, 32, last took a snap in the NFL during the 2016 season. He was admonished and praised for kneeling during the national anthem, sparking a firestorm through the league and nationally, and has yet to find a job after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

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He told USA Today in a rare interview he still wants to play in the NFL.

“My desire to play football is still there,” Kaepernick said. “I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I’ll be looking forward to it.”

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Kaepernick may have had his best chance to get back into the NFL when the league gave the quarterback an opportunity to throw for teams in November. The workout soon became mired in controversy after a discrepancy over a liability waiver. Kaepernick decided to snub the NFL-organized workout at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility and hold his own at a high school miles away.

A handful of teams watched Kaepernick and at least one scout reportedly said he still maintained an elite level arm – the same arm that got the 49ers within one play of a Super Bowl victory during the 2012 season.

However, Kaepernick remains without a team.

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Even after football, Kaepernick has become a prominent social justice activist and spokesman for Nike. He told USA Today he plans to start a publishing company and release his own memoir.

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