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Cartel hitmen who killed ICE agent have 2 counts vacated

Two Los Zetas cartel assassins have had their convictions partially vacated in the killing of a federal agent in Mexico nine years ago, according to a new report.

Jose Emanuel “Zafado” Garcia Sota and Jesus Ivan “Loco” Quezada Pina had been convicted of four counts in the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata in San Luis Potosi. A jury in Washington returned the verdict in 2017.

Last month, a DC federal appeals court vacated their convictions on two of those counts — murder and attempted murder of a federal officer, The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas, reported Saturday. The court reached its decision on technical grounds.

U.S. ICE AGENT JAIME ZAPATA SHOT AND KILLED IN MEXICO, SECOND AGENT SURVIVES

Garcia Sota, 39, and Quezada Pina, 32, are serving life sentences in prison on those two counts.

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ICE agent Jaime Zapata

They are also serving life on a third count they asked the court to overturn — use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence causing death. The court rejected their appeal on that count.

The two men had also been sentenced to 20 years in prison on the fourth count, which criminalizes the killing of certain persons protected under international law. They did not challenge that conviction.

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A Los Zetas hit squad killed Zapata while trying to steal vehicles, the paper reported.

Another ICE agent, Victor Avila, was wounded in the attack.

Prosecutors told the jury that investigators recovered 90 shell casings at the scene, according to the paper.

“I applaud today’s verdict and hope that it provides some measure of solace to the victims and their families,” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan in 2017.

Five other defendants were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to federal charges in the case.

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In its 14-page ruling, the appeals court remanded their case for “a limited resentencing in which the district court may determine whether to modify its sentence in light of our vacatur.”

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Andrew McCarthy: Why wasn’t Andrew McCabe charged?

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The Justice Department announced Friday that it is closing its investigation of Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, over his false statements to investigators probing an unauthorized leak that McCabe had orchestrated. McCabe was fired in March 2018, shortly after a blistering Justice Department inspector general (IG) report concluded that he repeatedly and blatantly lied — or, as the Bureau lexicon puts it, “lacked candor” — when questioned, including under oath.

Why not indict McCabe on felony false-statements charges? That is the question being pressed by incensed Trump supporters. After all, the constitutional guarantee of equal justice under the law is supposed to mean that McCabe gets the same quality of justice afforded to the sad sacks pursued with unseemly zeal by McCabe’s FBI and Robert Mueller’s prosecutors.

George Papadopoulos was convicted of making a trivial false statement about the date of a meeting. Roger Stone was convicted of obstruction long after the special counsel knew there was no Trump–Russia conspiracy, even though his meanderings did not impede the investigation in any meaningful way. And in the case of Michael Flynn’s false-statements conviction, as McCabe himself acknowledged to the House Intelligence Committee, even the agents who interviewed him did not believe he intentionally misled them.

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I emphasize Flynn’s intent because purported lack of intent is McCabe’s principal defense, too. Even McCabe himself, to say nothing of his lawyers and his apologists in the anti-Trump network of bureaucrats-turned-pundits, cannot deny that he made false statements to FBI agents and the IG.

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Rather, they argue that the 21-year senior law-enforcement official did not mean to lie, that he was too distracted by his high-level responsibilities to focus on anything as mundane as a leak — even though he seemed pretty damned focused on the leak while he was orchestrating it.

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The “he did not believe he intentionally misled them” defense is not just implausible; it proved unavailing on McCabe’s watch, at least in Gen. Flynn’s case. Hence, McCabe has a back-up plan: To argue that it would be extraordinary — and thus unconstitutionally selective and retaliatory — for the Justice Department to prosecute a former official for false statements in a “mere” administrative inquiry (which the leak probe was), as opposed to a criminal investigation.

Again, tell that to Flynn, with whom the FBI conducted a brace-style interview — at the White House, without his counsel present, and in blithe disregard of procedures for FBI interviews of the president’s staff — despite the absence of a sound investigative basis for doing so, and whom Mueller’s maulers squeezed into a guilty plea anyway.

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Michigan police hail ‘heroic individuals’ after toddler saved from drowning in hotel pool

Authorities in Michigan are praising the actions of four people after a 2-year-old child nearly drowned in a hotel pool last month.

The Livonia Police Department released the disturbing surveillance footage Wednesday on Facebook that showed the incident as it unfolded on Jan. 24.

According to police, the young boy was found unresponsive after a 9-year-old girl noticed the child motionless and alerted her godmother, who “screamed for others to call 911” before she dived into the pool and pulled the boy out.

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“Thankfully, two amazing off-duty nurses were at the hotel and took immediate action,” police said. “The nurses performed CPR on the child, successfully reviving him after many cycles.”

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The disturbing footage released by police shows the 2-year-old boy’s near-drowning in a hotel pool last month. (Livonia Police Department)

The 2-year-old child was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

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Police said the four “heroic individuals” involved in the dramatic rescue have been nominated to receive the department’s highest civilian honor: the Livonia Police Department Exceptional Service Award.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three children die every day as a result of drowning. The CDC says that drowning kills more children between the ages 1 to 4 than anything else except birth defects.

“Thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning,” police said on Facebook. “The Livonia Police Department would like to remind you to always monitor children in the water.”

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Ice balls appear on Lake Michigan beach, wash up ‘by the thousands’

Goodness gracious, great balls of ice!

A bitter blast of Arctic air that brought dangerous wind chills across the Midwest last week also helped create the conditions for a rare phenomenon known as “ice balls” on a Lake Michigan beach.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids said Friday that it “took a while” but the conditions needed to form the balls finally got just right.

“These can usually be seen as early as late December and early January when temperatures fall into the teens and single digits,” the Weather Service said.

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Officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shared photos of ice balls washing up on a beach at Holland State Park, about 30 miles west of Grand Rapids.

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Thousands of ice balls formed and washed along the shore of Lake Michigan on Friday. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“It’s cold as balls out here!” park staff posted on Facebook. “Seriously, if you’re coming out to see the ice balls, please dress warm and be careful of snow covered debris.”

The frigid attraction varied in size from softballs to yoga balls, DNR supervisor Sean Mulligan told the Detroit Free Press.

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The ice balls spotted Friday along Lake Michigan varied in size. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“We went down to the beach to check on things and we saw these large ice balls,” he told the paper. “I had heard of them before, but I hadn’t ever seen them.”

Mulligan estimated Friday that thousands of the balls had rolled up on the lakeshore.

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According to the Weather Service, ice balls form when temperatures are just below freezing along shallow beaches. A layer of floating slush is sculpted by waves into spheres.

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Large ice balls can be seen in the water offshore at Holland State Park in Michigan on Friday. (Holland State Park/Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

“These balls of ice then wash up on the beach by the thousands and freeze solid,” the Weather Service said.

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According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the “lake effect” phenomenon can happen when cold air moves over a lake’s warmer water and heavy snow falls on the shore.

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A graphic depicting how lake effect snow forms. (National Weather Sevice)

“As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes region the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes,” according to the NSSL. “This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Between late fall and into winter, lake effect snow occurs in the Great Lakes region when frigid air, often from Canada, moves in.

The dangerously cold air mass that caused the ice balls to form Friday was expected to give way to more moderate temperatures over the weekend in the Midwest. The cold blast caused schools to be closed and had a deadly impact on the region.

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Cold temperatures turned the fountain in front of the Southern Illinois University, Student Services Building into a partial ice sculpture, Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2020, in Carbondale, Ill. (Byron Hetzler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office was investigating the death of a 73-year-old woman who was found in her unheated Milwaukee home.

The woman’s body temperature had dropped to less than 40 degrees. The electricity was working, but the heat was either turned off or malfunctioning, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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In Omaha, Nebraska, the death of an 80-year-old man was being investigated as possibly related to the cold. Police found Robert Freymuller’s body on Thursday near the assisted-living center where he lived. Police said he was not dressed appropriately for temperatures that plunged to minus-26 degrees with the wind chill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden calls out Sanders after supporters reportedly targeted union: ‘Find out who the hell they are’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden called out 2020 presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after the Culinary Union complained that Sanders’ supporters “viciously attacked” them.

The union said its members were targeted after the organization released a flyer claiming that Sanders wants to “end culinary health care” with his “Medicare-for-All” plan. Biden said that Sanders has not done enough to condemn this or root out this sort of behavior.

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“He may not be responsible for it, but he has some accountability,” Biden told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an excerpt the network posted of an interview airing in full Sunday.  “You know me well enough to know if any of my supporters did that, I’d disown them. Flat disown them. The stuff that was said online. The way they threatened these two women who are leaders in that Culinary union. It is outrageous.”

The union represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers in Nevada, which will have its Democratic caucuses on Feb. 22. While the union said they are not endorsing any of the candidates in the Democratic race, they said in a leaflet that “presidential candidates suggesting forcing millions of hardworking people to give up their health care creates unnecessary division between workers, and will give us four more years of Trump.”

After reports that Sanders’ supporters targeted union members on social media, Sanders condemned it.

“Obviously, that is not acceptable to me. And I don’t know who these so-called supporters are,” he told PBS. “Anybody making personal attacks against anybody else in my name is not part of our movement.”

Biden believes words alone are not enough for this situation, and that Sanders should take action.

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“And to say I disassociate is one thing. Find out who the hell they are, if any of them work for me, fire them. Find out, see what’s going on,” Biden said.

The Nevada caucuses are the next stop in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders has already won the New Hampshire primary and came in second in the Iowa Caucuses. Biden finished fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Christen Limbaugh Bloom: Never underestimate God’s love

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Have you ever hesitated to ask God for something for fear He will think you are testing Him? I pondered this conundrum recently while reading the story of Gideon in the Old Testament. Gideon was an Israelite in a time when God’s people were living in oppression at the hands of the Midianites. After seven years, the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, telling him that God would help him lead an army to defeat the Midianites and bring the Israelites out of captivity.

Gideon then asked God to give him a physical sign of reassurance saying, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised — look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said” (Judges 6:36-37). God granted Gideon’s petition and the next morning the fleece was completely wet while the ground underneath remained dry.

As if God hadn’t been gracious enough at that point, Gideon had the boldness to go back and make a second appeal, saying, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew” (Judges 6:39). I paused at this point in the story thinking surely God was about to give Gideon a slap on the wrist for his lack of faith and presumptuous request. But the very next line simply records, “That night God did so” (Judges 6:40).

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At first glance, I was dumbfounded by this passage, because when God initially gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments and instructions on how to live, He told them, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test” (Deuteronomy 6:16). Yet when Gideon asked God to give him not one but TWO tangible signs of reassurance, God did not rebuke or punish him for “testing” him, but instead graciously granted his prayer.

I dug further into this, reading several Biblical commentaries about whether or not Gideon displayed a lack of faith in this particular encounter with God. I read and reread the passage, looking for that one “aha” explanation that would clear it all up for me. I wound up even more confused. I couldn’t find a definitive answer on whether or not Gideon was testing God.

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I was about to give up my desperate search, but then God revealed something new to me. I had been so zeroed in on Gideon’s fleece encounter, I had neglected to focus on the next part of the story.

In the very next passage, Gideon is preparing his men for battle against the Midianites. He had 32,000 men to begin with, but God instructed, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me’” (Judges 7:2). So God instructed Gideon to send home all the men who were afraid. Gideon obeyed, and 22,000 men left. God then told Gideon their numbers were still too large and gave him another direction on how to separate the soldiers. Gideon obeyed, and after this test, he was left with only 300 men. Because of Gideon’s obedience, God was able to bring the Israelites to a victory that no one could deny was to HIS credit, rather than the strength of their army. When faced with a seemingly impossible command to pare down his army, Gideon not once protested.

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I realized after reading this second part of God and Gideon’s interaction that I had been asking the wrong questions. I was busy focusing on the aspects of the story we don’t know for certain while neglecting the things we do.

We do know that God is a good and faithful God (Psalm 107:1). We know His mercy never ends (Lamentations 3:22). We know that God knows everything we will ever do before we’ve ever lived (Psalm 139:16), and yet creates us anyway, knowing we will hurt and disappoint Him. We may not fully know how God felt about Gideon’s request, but we do know He granted it.

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Pastor Georgie Kelsey recently preached a sermon titled “The Power of Love” highlighting that God IS love. It sounds so simple on the surface, but she revealed there is immeasurable power in this truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4 tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” God and love are interchangeable. He is patient and kind. He never changes.

Gideon was just another imperfect human called to follow an absolutely perfect God. I realized after seeing the story in full-scope that I had rushed to judge Gideon with a legalistic mindset, thinking he deserved some type of reprimand. And in a strange way, by looking for an answer as to why God hadn’t punished Gideon, I myself was testing God.  In my search for an answer, God gave me the same grace He gave Gideon by reminding me that He and only He knows what is best. He had a personal relationship with Gideon and knew exactly what he needed, just as He does with me.  Whether Gideon was right or wrong in his requests with the fleece didn’t matter, because God showed that His love was bigger. His mercy and His plans will always outweigh our weaknesses.

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US to fly home citizens in coronavirus quarantine aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship

The U.S. State Department is sending chartered planes to Japan Sunday night to evacuate the nearly 400 Americans who remain quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship amid an outbreak of the coronavirus aboard.

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About 380 Americans are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has docked at Yokohama, a port city southwest of Tokyo. Passengers and crew have been subjected to a 14-day quarantine aboard the ship that’s expected to end Wednesday. So far, 285 people from the ship have tested positive for the new virus that began in China, after 67 new cases were found Saturday.

It was unclear how many people in total are aboard the ship and how many American citizens aboard have tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo sent a letter to American citizens aboard the ship informing them the State Department was sending chartered flights that will depart Yokohama to the United States on Sunday. The embassy required a response by 10:00 a.m. Tokyo time.

“The U.S. government’s top priority is the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. “The U.S. Embassy has been in continual contact with American passengers on the Diamond Princess since the quarantine began in Japan, and U.S. health experts have been working closely with Carnival Cruise Lines and the government of Japan to assess the unique circumstances on the Diamond Princess.”

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A bus leaves a port where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 67,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“To fulfill our government’s responsibilities to U.S. citizens under our rules and practices, as well as to reduce the burden on the Japanese health care system, the U.S. government recommends, out of an abundance of caution, that U.S. citizens disembark and return to the United States for further monitoring.”

Passengers who opt to take the chartered aircraft will be subjected to a second 14-day quarantine in the United States at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., or Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas.  Health authorities will screen all passengers from the ship prior to allowing them to board the chartered flights. No symptomatic or infected passengers will be allowed to board.

“We are working with our Japanese partners to ensure that any symptomatic passengers receive the required care in Japan if they cannot board the flight,” the State Department spokesperson said. “Should passengers choose not to return on this charter flight, they will be unable to return to the United States for a period of time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make a final determination on this matter.” 

“These charter flights are the only opportunity for eligible passengers to fly to the United States until March 4, 2020, at the earliest,” the letter said. “This date is 14 days after the remaining passengers are expected to depart the ship on February 19.”

One of the American passengers, Matthew Smith, who has been tweeting aboard the ship, including photos of the food passengers have been given, expressed disappointment at what he called “a monkey wrench” the American government was throwing into the quarantine aboard the ship.

Smith complained about having to begin a new 14-day quarantine even though he was due to get off the ship next week.

“OK, so here’s the thing: As long as the official plan by Japanese health officials is to release those of us who are still healthy from quarantine in just under four days, why would I want to interfere with that by taking up an offer from U.S. officials to fly us back to Travis?” he said on Twitter.

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A woman from Utah was one of the American citizens aboard the Diamond Princess who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jerri Jorgensen and her husband Mark were tested last week aboard the ship. Jerri was forced to disembark when she tested positive and was placed in isolation at a Japanese hospital, Fox 13 Salt Lake City reported. Mark meanwhile will be leaving Jerri behind and will be boarding the State Department plane back to U.S., where he’s to be placed under the second 14-day quarantine in either California or Texas.

A second American from Utah, John Haering, also tested positive for coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess last week and was evacuated to a Japanese hospital for additional monitoring.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Connecticut nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 wounded, police say

One person was killed and four others wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Connecticut early Sunday,  authorities said.

The shooting was first reported on Twitter about 3 a.m. in Hartford’s South End, police said.

Hartford police Lt. Paul Cicero said the shooting took place inside the Majestic Lounge on Franklin Avenue, and that a “long, complex investigation” was underway.

“We’re not going to have anything for quite a bit of time,” he told The Associated Press.

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Officials said that preliminary information indicated that two men and two women were wounded.

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Multiple people were shot at a Connecticut nightclub, leaving one person dead, police said early Sunday. (Ayah Galal, Channel 3 Eyewitness News (WFSB-TV) via AP)

Police identified the victim who was killed as a 28-year-old male.  Two of the wounded people were still in surgery. The others were listed in “stable” condition, police said.

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In this photo provide by Channel 3 Eyewitness News (WFSB-TV), a view of the scene of a shooting at the Majestic Lounge, in Hartford, Connecticut, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Ayah Galal, Channel 3 Eyewitness News (WFSB-TV) via AP)

The names of the victims and the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately released.

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Officials told FOX61 there were two active scenes related to the shooting: one at the nightclub; and another involving a car crash on Maple Avenue near Hartford Hospital, involving one of the victims.

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Police tweeted that streets surrounding the club remained closed during the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Diego Sanchez teased by Conor McGregor on Twitter after DQ win

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Moments after Diego Sanchez emerged victorious at UFC Fight Night 167, he was apparently already getting teased over a possible future matchup.

Conor McGregor, the famed Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, took to Twitter moments after Sanchez beat Michel Pereira by disqualification.

“Conor McGregor Vs Diego Sanchez,” he tweeted.

The two have previously traded barbs on Twitter, going back in forth in 2013 over suggesting a fight at UFC 171 in Dallas.

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Sanchez had appeared to be headed for another defeat on Saturday after dropping three of his last five fights, according to Bleacher Report. The night took a turn when Pereira kneed Sanchez in the head with 1:41 left in the third round, which resulted in Sanchez winning by a DQ.

If a future matchup between the two does happen, it would come after McGregor returned with a big bang in 2020.

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In January, the Irish former two-division champion came out of a three-year stretch of relative inactivity and outside-the-cage troubles with a performance at UFC 246 that echoed his greatest fights during his unparalleled rise. McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone with a head kick and punches 40 seconds into the first round at that matchup.

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After a year spent out of competition and in repeated trouble with the law, McGregor got back into training and vowed to return to elite form. This dramatic victory over Cerrone indicated he’s well on his way, and McGregor has vowed to fight multiple times in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Eric Trump: Michael Bloomberg doesn’t have the ‘personality’ to win the presidency

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Eric Trump, in an interview with the “Fox News Rundown Extra” podcast, blasted Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, saying the former New York City mayor doesn’t have the charisma or “personality” that his father President Trump has or that of former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

“All the people who have done well in presidential elections over the years. Look at Clinton… has a certain charisma, had a strong personality that people were drawn to. Barack Obama has a certain grace and personality that people are drawn to. Ronald Reagan has a personality and kind of charisma brand that people… are drawn to, were drawn to, still are drawn to,” Trump told host Dave Anthony. “My father clearly had the same thing.”

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“[The thing] that you can’t buy is personality and enthusiasm and love,” Trump said. “We know Bloomberg well enough, and he certainly doesn’t have that.”

Trump also addressed Bloomberg’s money, saying it won’t guarantee him an election victory and that supporters of Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders would not vote for him.

“And if you could buy elections, Hillary Clinton would have won,” Trump said. “We spent 300 million dollars on the election in 2016. She spent 2.1 billion. And it’s not like we beat her a little bit. You know, my father beat her by, by a lot,” Trump said. “I don’t think Mike Bloomberg can get the Bernie voters because they detest everything that he stands for, which is… a wealthy capitalist, et cetera… He’s certainly not going to get anybody on the right.”

Trump criticized Bloomberg’s stance on guns and his comments on “stop and frisk,” calling them “disgusting.” He also said that the billionaire would need to answer for his relationship with China.

“I mean, he pretty much sold his soul to [China]. You know, Bloomberg News and other outlets could be in China,” Trump said. “You know, I think he’ll really have to answer for that.”

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The president’s son also mentioned Bloomberg’s soft drinks agenda that limited their size that he instituted while mayor, saying those top of policies wouldn’t fly in other parts of the country.

“I don’t think that works in Michigan and Pennsylvania and all these other places. I mean, I think people want to be left alone. I think people want to be able to drink a soda,” Trump said, “that’s the size that they choose. I don’t think they want to deal with soda taxes and nonsense. I mean, this is a serious stuff. And then we’ve got, this world’s got real problems.”

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