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Both sides in Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case want trial closed to public

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Both sides in Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual assault case want the press and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul’s next court appearance.

Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein’s right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose allegations against him aren’t part of the underlying criminal case.

Prosecutors want the women to testify at Weinstein’s June 3 trial to show he’s had a pattern of violating women. They also expect to discuss evidence that could be used against Weinstein if he testifies.

Weinstein’s lawyers say press coverage of the hearing could taint the jury pool. Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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News organizations say they’ll fight to keep the hearing open. A judge says he’ll hear from them before deciding.

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Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana law on abortion access

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A major battle over abortion access is teeing up at the Supreme Court as a Louisiana abortion clinic filed a new petition with the high court Wednesday seeking a full review on the merits of the state’s law restricting access to the procedure.

The court blocked the law in February pending a full review of the case, June Medical Services v. Gee, but Wednesday’s filing asked the justices to take the next step and decide whether the state law is too restrictive.

ROBERTS JOINS SUPREME COURT’S LIBERAL WING IN BLOCKING LOUISIANA ABORTION LAW

In February, the justices decided on a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts serving as the swing vote and siding with liberal colleagues, that they would not allow Louisiana to put the law into effect that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The Louisiana law is similar to one that the court struck down in Texas in 2016. The justices said at the time the Texas law provided “few, if any, health benefits for women.”

Louisiana abortion providers and a district judge who initially heard the case said that one or maybe two of the state’s three abortion clinics would have to close under the new law, adding that there would be at most two doctors who could meet its requirements.

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN TEXAS ABORTION LAW 

A federal appeals court upheld the law.

The Hope Medical Group clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, and two doctors whose identities were not revealed said in their appeal that the justices should strike down the law without even holding arguments because the decision so clearly conflicts with the Texas ruling from 2016.

But the Supreme Court typically won’t consider a summary reversal of a lower court ruling unless at least six justices are on board. A decision about whether to hear the case should come before the court completes its current term in June. Arguments probably wouldn’t take place before late fall.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trey Gowdy is ‘not a fan’ of releasing Mueller report, will ‘further entrench’ both sides

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Trey Gowdy is “not a fan” of releasing the redacted Mueller report because it will do nothing but “further entrench” opinions already held on the Russia probe.

The Justice Department announced Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report is set to be released to the public and Congress Thursday morning.

TRUMP LEGAL TEAM PREPARES MUELLER COUNTER-REPORT, FOCUSING ON OBSTRUCTION ALLEGATIONS

“This is going to be an evidentiary summary without a verdict,” the Fox News contributor and former South Carolina congressman told “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday.

“Tomorrow’s going to do nothing but validate what your previously held conviction is, which is why I’m not a fan of releasing the report.”

Last month, in a letter to Congress, Attorney General Bill Barr, summarized the Special Counsel’s report and concluded it found no collusion between President Trump and Russia to win the White House in the 2016 race.

TRUMP MAINTAINS ‘NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION,’ SAYS IT’S TIME TO ‘INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS’ IN RUSSIA PROBE

As a former federal prosecutor, Gowdy said he has never had a trial where there wasn’t evidence on both sides.

“At some point, someone has to say the more credible evidence is on this side, and that has to be a jury that hasn’t already made up its mind.”

Gowdy believes it should not be a partisan issue because Russia went after the American people, not one side or the other.

“If you don’t like Trump, you’re going to seize on something,” Gowdy said. “Someone’s going to seize on something they consider to be ‘evidence,’ and they’re going to use that to extrapolate and try to reach a conclusion. That’s why you need a jury that’s impartial, and we don’t have that.”

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Gowdy says he doesn’t think the report will shed new light on the Russia investigation.

“I’ll bet you can’t find a single person tomorrow who says his or her opinion has changed on President Trump or the House Democrats.”

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TIME magazine’s ‘most influential’ list reveals just who is on whose side in Washington

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TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2019 list reveals exactly who is backing who in Washington, D.C., with former and current Democratic presidential candidates rallying behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, penned a short praise for Pelosi for winning back the House and standing up to President Trump.

“Too often it seems we have a surplus of bluster in our national politics and a deficit of action. But then there’s Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Clinton wrote.

“There’s a saying that goes: ‘If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman,” she added, noting that under her leadership “Democrats passed the first major gun-safety bill in a generation.”

Warren takes cues from AOC

But while Clinton picked a safe establishment choice, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren opted to embrace Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Democrat from New York who has lately been the target of Pelosi’s scoffs over her presumed influence on Congressional Democrats.

“Her commitment to putting power in the hands of the people is forged in fire,” Warren wrote of the self-described Democratic Socialist. “Coming from a family in crisis and graduating from school with a mountain of debt, she fought back against a rigged system and emerged as a fearless leader in a movement committed to demonstrating what an economy, a planet and a government that works for everyone should look like.”

ELIZABETH WARREN DEFENDS CAPITALISM AS ‘FORCE FOR GOOD,’ SPLITTING WITH OCASIO-CORTEZ

“… she fought back against a rigged system and emerged as a fearless leader in a movement committed to demonstrating what an economy, a planet and a government that works for everyone should look like.”

— Elizabeth Warren

Warren added that nowadays “millions are taking cues from” Ocasio-Cortez while just a year ago she was “taking orders across a bar.”

“She reminds all of us that even while greed and corruption slow our progress, even while armies of lobbyists swarm Washington, in our democracy, true power still rests with the people. And she’s just getting started,” she wrote.

The senator has embraced Ocasio-Cortez since her arrival in Congress, although though she appears to take a completely opposite view on capitalism, calling it a “force for good” while the congresswoman calls it “irredeemable”.

Despite the disagreement, Warren co-sponsored the Green New Deal, a radical overhaul of the economy in a bid to cut emissions, which is estimated to cost up to $93 trillion or $600,000 per household, though she somewhat distanced herself from it following the official launch of the proposal, saying she supports only the “idea” of the proposal.

Christie rediscovers love for Trump

On the Republican side, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie offered his praise for President Trump, for his foreign policy achievements.

“Every modern U.S. President tries to influence the world. President Donald Trump has done this through opposing the NATO countries not paying their fair share, pushing China and our North American neighbors for fairer trade agreements and withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement,” Christie wrote.

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an opioid and drug abuse listening session. (Associated Press)

“His boldest move in this direction is likely his personal efforts on the issue of North Korea. President Trump has, in fact, used the past year to place his imprint on a problem spanning more than six decades,” he continued.

“President Trump deserves great credit for daring to try to personally persuade Chairman Kim to join the family of nations. This approach holds the possibility for history–making changes on the Korean Peninsula to make us all safer.”

 “President Trump deserves great credit for daring to try to personally persuade Chairman Kim to join the family of nations. This approach holds the possibility for history–making changes on the Korean Peninsula to make us all safer.”

— Chris Christie

CHRIS CHRISTIE TELLS COLBERT THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN TRUMP

Christie’s latest praise cements his support for the president. Initially a vicious critic of Trump during the 2016 campaign –even calling him a potential “entertainer-in-chief” – he went on to become one of the leading surrogates for the president.

Yet he fell out with the administration during the transition process after the election and accused Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner of engineering his ouster. He later criticized the administration over its negotiation tactics and personnel.

Earlier this year he also said during an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show that would have been a better president than Trump.

Colbert asked Christie about his relationship with President Trump, saying “he’ll throw anybody under the bus,” to which the former governor responded: “You think I don’t know? I got fired from the transition.”

McConnell’s fiery praise for Kavanaugh

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote a fiery tribute to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation last year came after turbulent hearings and allegations of sexual misconduct, slamming “unhinged partisanship” for trying to block his nomination.

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 10: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photographs before a meeting in McConnell’s office in the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“When Brett Kavanaugh was named the President’s choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, he was one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees in modern history. He had a sterling academic record, impeccable legal credentials and a prolific record of thoughtful and impartial jurisprudence over more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,” wrote McConnell.

MCCONNELL UNLOADS ON SENATE DEMS AMID KAVANAUGH PROBE: ‘THEIR GOALPOSTS KEEP SHIFTING, BUT THEIR GOAL HASN’T MOVED AN INCH’

He added: “But when unhinged partisanship and special interests sought to distract the Senate from considering those qualifications, we saw other facets of Justice Kavanaugh’s character shine forth as well.

“But when unhinged partisanship and special interests sought to distract the Senate from considering those qualifications, we saw other facets of Justice Kavanaugh’s character shine forth as well.

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

“The country saw his resilience and commitment to public service. We saw his loyal devotion to family and friends. We saw his undeterred reverence for the law, for precedents and for our nation’s highest traditions.”

McConnell played an integral part to make the Supreme Court more conservative, standing behind Kavanaugh even as the allegations of impropriety were disclosed at the very last moments of the confirmation process.

Kamala Harris’ stand for Christine Blasey Ford

As a counterpoint, 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris paid a tribute to the first accuser to step forward with the allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh.

“Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country. Her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her, galvanized Americans. And her unfathomable sacrifice, out of a sense of civic duty, shined a spotlight on the way we treat survivors of sexual violence,” Harris wrote.

KAVANAUGH ACCUSERS ROCKED CONFIRMATION PROCESS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

“Christine Blasey Ford’s ambition wasn’t to become a household name or make it onto this list. She had a good life and a successful career—and risked everything to send a warning in a moment of grave consequence.”

During the confirmation hearing of Kavanaugh, Harris praised Ford and said she believes her allegations that include Kavanaugh allegedly attacking her in the 1980s at a high school party.

“I want to thank you for your courage and I want to tell you I believe you,” the senator told her, “You have bravely come forward and I want to thank you. History will show you are a true profile in courage.”

The battle for Russia collusion

TIME’s list also features dueling tributes among current and former deputy Attorney Generals, with one praising Attorney General William Barr’s “principles” and the other touting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “apolitical” service.

“A brilliant and principled conservative lawyer, Barr brings unique experience to the challenge of working at the intersection of law and politics,” wrote Rod Rosenstein.

“He knows the history, he understands the issues, he respects the employees, and he will defend the principles. With Bill Barr at the helm, the rule of law is secure.”

“He knows the history, he understands the issues, he respects the employees, and he will defend the principles. With Bill Barr at the helm, the rule of law is secure.”

— Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

TRUMP LEGAL TEAM PREPARES MUELLER COUNTER-REPORT, FOCUSING ON OBSTRUCTION ALLEGATIONS

Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general who was fired by Trump after she refused to defend the administration’s immigration policies, said Mueller’s life was “governed not by a sense of entitlement but of duty.”

“Distinctly apolitical, he confounds those who can’t comprehend a person driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service. He is the inverse image of the man he would ultimately come to investigate,” Yates wrote.

“Distinctly apolitical, he confounds those who can’t comprehend a person driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service. He is the inverse image of the man he would ultimately come to investigate.”

— Ex-Deputy AG Sally Yates

“Soldier, prosecutor, FBI director, and when our country needed someone to untangle Russian election interference, he served again. Taking daily incoming fire, he neither flinched nor retaliated. He just did his job. For Mueller, it’s always about the work, and never about him.

“Abhorring self-promotion, while the country held its collective breath during his nearly two-year investigation, Mueller uttered not a single public word. And when he finished, he called it as he saw it. He did his duty.”

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Pelosi undermines Trump abroad on US-UK trade deal, says ‘no chance’ if Brexit hurts Irish peace accord

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking on foreign soil Wednesday, created some domestic tensions over President Trump’s call for a U.S.-U.K. trade deal should Britain leave the European Union — telling the Irish Parliament that such a deal stands “no chance” if Brexit hurts the 1998 Irish peace accords.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we must ensure that nothing happens in Brexit discussions that imperils the Good Friday accord – including, but not limited to, the seamless border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland,” she told the Irish Parliament.

REPUBLICANS RENEW CALLS FOR US-UK TRADE DEAL AMID BREXIT DELAY

“Let me be clear: if the Brexit deal undermines the Good Friday accords, there will be no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement,” said Pelosi, D-Calif., who is in the country as part of a U.S. delegation.

Pelosi’s reference to the Good Friday agreement refers to a complex issue related to Britain’s departure from the bloc, and how to reconcile trade between Northern Ireland (part of the U.K. and therefore leaving the bloc) and the independent Ireland (which would be staying in the E.U.) without the formation of a “hard border” between the two. The Good Friday Agreement brought an end to “The Troubles” that dogged Ireland for decades, and brought closer cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland — including allowing people in Northern Ireland to identify as Irish, British or both.

Pro-Brexit lawmakers have objected to the inclusion in Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal plan of a “backstop” — a safety net by which the whole U.K. would remain in a customs union until a trade deal with the E.U. is secured. The fight over the backstop has been the main reason that May has struggled to get her deal through the British Parliament, and that Brexit has therefore been delayed until Oct. 31.

Some “Brexiteers” have indicated they are in favor of a “no deal” Brexit, whereby Britain leaves without a formal withdrawal agreement and reverts to World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, which opponents have warned could result in a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

But Pelosi’s remarks come after the White House, as well as Republican allies in Congress, have been renewing calls for a U.S.-U.K. deal. Any such deal would require congressional approval — including in the House.

TRUMP BACKS BREXIT BY PROMISING ‘LARGE SCALE TRADE DEAL’ WITH UK, AS LAWMAKERS MULL DELAY

While President Trump has not weighed in specifically on the implications for the Irish peace accords, he has expressed enthusiasm for a bilateral trade deal as part of his continued support for Brexit.

“My administration looks forward to negotiating a large scale Trade Deal with the United Kingdom,” he tweeted last month. “The potential is unlimited!”

National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters in a recent interview that Trump is “very eager to cut a bilateral trade deal with an independent Britain.”

“It’s very complicated inside Britain,” Bolton said. “I know they’re going through a lot of turmoil. But really I think the president would like to reassure the people of the United Kingdom how strongly we feel, that we want to be there when they do come out of the European Union.”

Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., the ranking Republican of the British American Parliamentary Group and co-chair of the Congressional U.K. Caucus, wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Telegraph last week that a U.S.-U.K. free trade agreement is a “top priority” for the U.S.

“If the U.K. regains control over its national trade policy, our two nations will have a once-in-a-generation chance to forge an ambitious trade pact – a truly free, fair, and reciprocal agreement that will foster economic growth, spur innovation, and define a new global standard in trade,” Holding wrote.

Pelosi’s comments appeared to have disgruntled lawmakers keen on a harder form of Brexit. According to the Irish Times, Pelosi made similar comments in a meeting with British lawmakers belonging to the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) — who have brushed off concerns about a “no deal” Brexit and have opposed May’s backstop solution.

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., told the Times that while the majority of politicians they met with appreciated the delegation’s position, the ERG “were not exactly pleased.”

“The one exception clearly was the ERG who never explicitly accused us of taking sides but, as they expressed it, it is clear that their world view is that the Border issue is ‘concocted’ and that it is really just being used by Remainers in London, Brussels, Dublin and Washington all in some sort of grand conspiracy to force them to do something that they don’t want to do,” he said.

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Pelosi’s remarks are likely to be seen by Brexit supporters as the latest effort by Democrats to ward the U.K. away from a departure from the E.U. Former President Barack Obama, just weeks before the 2016 referendum, famously warned Brits that the U.K. would be “back of the queue” for a trade deal if it left the E.U.

The country voted to leave the E.U. anyway.

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Australian prime minister greets woman in Chinese who corrects him: ‘No, I’m Korean’

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on the campaign trail ahead of the May 18 federal election which will determine whether the country’s conservative government will get a third term.

Morrison was greeting voters in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield on Saturday. Morrison shook hands with people in the community and was mingling with the residents.

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Sky News Australia captured the moment Morrison shook a woman’s hand and greeted her with, “Hello, how are you, ni hao” which is Mandarin for, “hello.”

However, the women quickly corrected the prime minister.

“No, no, no, I’m Korean,” she replied.

Morrison recovered to tell the crowd that he was “no Asian languages expert, so I’m gonna say g’day to everybody”, The Guardian reported.

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A recent Ipsos poll, published by the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, gave Bill Shorten’s Labor party a lead over Morrison’s Coalition 53-47 ahead of the election on May 18.

“[The election] will determine the economy that Australians live in, not just for the next three years, but for the next decade,” Morrison said at a press conference earlier this month.

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Lori Loughlin terrified daughters will have to testify at college admissions scam trial: report

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Lori Loughlin is scared that going to trial for charges related to the college admissions scandal will damage her daughters, Isabella and YouTube star Olivia Jade, a new report claims.

“Lori is very concerned about what a trial will do to her daughters. It will undermine every accomplishment they have in the future and it will be part of their story forever,” an insider told People in a piece released on Wednesday.

Loughlin, 54, and husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges on Monday.

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The couple are accused of bribing Olivia Jade and Isabella’s ways into the University of Southern California (USC) for a cool $500,000 each with alleged scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer. The girls were reportedly recruited for the crew team despite not being coxswains in high school. Loughlin and Giannulli, 55, were arrested in March and each released on $1 million bonds.

The couple rejected a plea bargain and were slapped with additional charges of money laundering. If convicted of all counts against them, they face up to 40 years behind bars, a prospect that’s terrifying for the former “Full House” star and the fashion designer. Isabella and Olivia’s statuses at USC are reportedly on hold.

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“It’s not in their best interest for this to go to trial, and Lori knows it,” the source admitted. “Because if it goes to trial, the girls will have to take the stand, and be cross examined by a prosecution that wants nothing more than to put a notch on their belt,” says the legal source.

“Lori is very afraid that her daughters will have to testify. That will traumatize them even more,” the source added.

Loughlin, who previously was reported to have believed she’d just get a slap on the wrist for her alleged offenses, is said to be horrified at the idea of jailtime.

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“She will continue to make a good faith effort to put this case behind her,” the source said, “and she hopes the prosecutors will do the same.”

Aside from her potential prison time and her public image taking a beating, Loughlin is reportedly nervous that her relationships with her daughters won’t recover after the scandal.

“Yes, she can think about the public perception of her, but that’s nothing compared to what her daughters think of her,” the insider said.

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As for how her daughters feel about her now, it’s unclear: She was spotted laughing it up with Isabella after the scandal broke, but sources have claimed Olivia Jade feels that Loughlin and Giannulli have “ruined her life” by bribing her way into college, which she allegedly never wanted to attend in the first place.

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Fox News to host town hall with Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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Fox News will host a town hall with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) next month.

The event will air live from Milwaukee, Wis., on Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Special Report” host Bret Baier and “The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum will host the event, which will focus on the 2020 presidential election and news of the day.

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Jay Wallace, president and executive editor of Fox News and Fox Business, said in a statement, “Fox News Channel continues to produce highly informative and respectful town hall events, delivering record viewership and providing a platform to all candidates. We are incredibly proud of the entire team and look forward to hosting Senator Klobuchar for our next town hall.”

An abbreviated version of Baier’s “Special Report” will air from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET, while MacCallum’s “The Story” will run from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. The town hall will run between both programs.

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Klobuchar’s town hall is Fox News’ third of the 2020 election season and the second featuring a Democratic primary candidate.

On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appeared in a town hall from Bethlehem, Pa., garnering nearly 2.6 million viewers.

MacCallum and Baier held a town hall with potential presidential contender Howard Schultz on April 4.

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In February, Klobuchar appeared on “Special Report with Bret Baier” for the first time since declaring her candidacy, garnering 2.5 million viewers and nearly 400,000 in the key 25-54 demographic.

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Tucker Carlson: Democrats will lose to Trump if they don’t figure out what they stand for

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Imagine how it must feel to be Beto O’Rourke. You’re out there running hard for president every day, or at least vice president. You’re giving speeches about how children are our future, and how today is the first day of the rest of your life. Deep, inspiring stuff.

And there’s a physical aspect to all this. You’re riding your skateboard for the cameras. You’re taking God-knows-how-many selfies for your fans on Snapchat and Instagram. It’s not an easy gig.

Then, one morning you wake up and discover that your one true love, the American news media, have called it off. They’ve left you for a younger, hotter candidate — went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came home. They split with some guy from Indiana. You can’t even pronounce his name, but some believe South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is “chicken soup for the soul.”

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Chicken soup for the soul. Even by the naughty standards of the news media , this is a new level of political commitment. They don’t simply want to vote for this guy. They want to consume him, like a hearty stew. Every last drop of Buttigieg. Yum. They’re all in.

What’s going on here, exactly? Who is this guy? There are a lot of liberals running for president right now. Why would the 37-year-old mayor of a third-string Midwestern city — no offense, but that’s what it is — stand out? Why’s he more impressive than, say, Sen. Cory Booker, or former Gov. John Hickenlooper? Or for that matter, any of the approximately 11,000 progressive Democrats apparently running for president at the moment?

That’s a tough question. We checked — nobody seems to know, least of all, Buttigieg himself. His website gives you his bio and tells you how young he is. It says virtually nothing about what policies he might support. That’s not an accident.

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“We can’t just talk policy points all the time,” Buttigieg said recently. “As Democrats, we have to figure out how to tell a better story about our principles.”

Actually, that’s not a crazy point. Storytelling matters. But first you have to know what your story is, what your principles are.

And suddenly neither party knows. They’re not sure what they stand for. That’s why things seem so bizarre and chaotic right now. The confusion is especially acute on the left. When your only principle is gaining power, you’re out of luck, and you wind up elevating people like Bernie Sanders.

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Sanders recently took fire from the left-wing think tank, Center for American Progress. CAP noted the irony that Bernie became a millionaire by writing a book about how millionaires are evil. On Monday night, Sanders delivered this response during Fox News’ town hall.

“You raise the issue I am a millionaire. Well, actually this year we had $560,000 income,” he said. “That’s a lot of money, and in my case, my wife’s case, it came from a book that I wrote. A pretty good book, you might want to read it.  It’s a best-seller, sold all over the world, and we made money. So, if anyone thinks that I should apologize for writing a best-selling book, I’m sorry, I’m not going to do it.”

So if you want to become a millionaire, write your own bestseller. That’s Bernie’s solution: entrepreneurship. Like Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan, he’s not embarrassed to say it. OK. But let’s not tell the kids that’s socialism. It’s not. Bernie thinks it is.

Or more likely, he doesn’t think much at all. Monday night on this channel, he seemed completely baffled when Martha MacCallum asked him where immigrants detained at the border should be kept, responding at one point that, “It’s not a real question.”

“It’s not a real question.” That’s his answer to a real and tangible. Keep in mind, he’s the Democratic frontrunner. “Nobody should be denied entry at the border.” OK. Where are they going to stay? “Shut up. That’s not a real question.” And they revert to talking points. This is buffoonish. But it’s par now. In the Democratic Party, logical incoherence is practically a campaign plank.

For example, Democrats tell us America sends too many people to jail. We need to let thousands of drug dealers out of jail during the worst drug epidemic in American history. They even got the White House to sign on to that one. It’s happening. And yet, even as thousands of criminals stream out to freedom — and to voting — presidential candidate Eric Swalwell tells us we need to send a new class of people to prison. Mass incarceration for law-abiding citizens who would refuse to hand in their assault weapons. When asked whether these peole would actually be sent to jail, Swalwell answered, “They would, but I also offer an alternative, which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range … I think the greatest threat to the Second Amendment is doing nothing. The Second Amendment is not an absolute right.”

Millions of law-abiding Americans reclassified as felons overnight and sent to prison. How does Swallwell plan to seize all those weapons and imprison all those people? Who will fight on his side during the civil war that inevitably result? We have no idea, and of course, neither does Swalwell. He’s just making noises he thinks the left wants to hear. They all are. On every topic.

They [Democrats] will lose to President Trump unless figure out how to improve the lives of actual people. Otherwise, the internal contradictions of this party will become unbearable.

Democrats tell us the Green New Deal is more important than fighting World War II. OK. What’s in it? Nobody knows. They’re making it up as they go along. Impeach Trump? It must be done, they say, but nobody can tell you exactly what the charges are. Democrats can’t even agree on who leads their party. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims she does. Nancy Pelosi scoffs passive-aggressively in response, and tells “60 Minutes” the AOC wing of the Democratic Party is “like, five people.”

Five people. If only. The divide in the Democratic Party is is not between moderates and progressives. There is nothing moderate about Nancy Pelosi. AOC is not a progressive. The real divide is between equality and the identiy politics wing of the party.

The Democratic Party used to believe in equality. They cared about the individual and the constitutional rights that protected him. That’s over, replaced by identity politics. Identity politics preclude equality. In identity politics, all groups aren’t equal. Some are much better that others. Some must be destroyed. That’s not equality. It’s permanent war.

That’s what has replaced the concerns about the individual. You can see it in the personal behavior of the Democratic candidates for president. Last year, Beto O’Rourke, a rich person, gave one-third of 1 percent of his income to charity. Kamala Harris, also a rich person, gave 1.4 percent. Both of these people want to run the country but they can’t give to charity? Why is no one calling them out on this?

Because both say the right things and check off the right identity politics boxes. Both are against white privilege, so it’s enough.

Except it’s not enough. It’s not a satisfying style of politics. It doesn’t actuallty improve anyone’s life. It’s not working and the Democrats running for president, even while standing on the sidelines, know it’s not working. They will lose to President Trump unless they figure out how to improve the lives of actual people. Otherwise, the internal contradictions of this party will become unbearable.

This is the party of hedge fund managers and illegal aliens. What holds it all together? They have no idea. And until they find that out, it’s going to fall all apart.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on April 16, 2019.

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More signs of imminent Biden 2020 launch, as ad shoot turns into a ‘hot mess’

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New signs emerged this week that it’s all but certain former Vice President Joe Biden will be announcing a presidential campaign in very near future.

One of those signals comes Thursday when Biden – who’s long been a friend to the labor movement – travels to Boston to speak with striking supermarket employees in southern New England.

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That’s a very intentional move.

But another sign apparently came by accident.

Supporters of the former vice president were filming a Spanish-language commercial over the weekend in South Florida. Word of the shoot was supposed to be kept quiet, with Politico reporting that local actors paid to take part in the ad were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements promising not to discuss the shoot.

But some images were posted on social media, which ignited a flurry of email warnings calling for the images to be deleted.

“We are in a hot mess with campaign and client because someone leaked footage,” read a Monday email to the actors that Politico obtained. The email speculated that the images were from “some moms taking photo/video of their kids while they were being filmed.”

It’s not clear if Biden’s soon-to-be presidential campaign was behind the ad – or if it was American Possibilities, the political committee supporting the former vice president, or another group.

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Meanwhile, Biden will speak Thursday in Boston to striking Stop & Shop workers in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

Approximately 31,000 employees of the southern New England-based grocery chain’s employees have been on strike since last week. The chain – the largest in New England – is one of the last remaining union supermarkets in the industry.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts spoke on Friday with the striking Stop and Shop employees, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International union.

Later that day, Biden took to Twitter to write “in the last 5 years, @StopandShop’s parent company has bought back billions of dollars in stock. Now they want to cut employee wages & benefits. This is wrong. I stand with the 31,000 @UFCW workers fighting for their healthcare. Join me and support them.”

Biden’s trip to Boston comes days before a likely presidential announcement.

Sources close to the former vice president have told Fox News that the launch of a campaign – which would be Biden’s third for the White House – would come after Easter – which is Sunday – and possibly as early as next week. The sources add that a campaign staff is being lined up and Biden political advisers are in the process of hiring staff in the early voting primary and caucus states.

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