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Awful-smelling plant along this US roadway has one saving grace — it melts snow

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Mild winter temperatures along a stretch of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County have resulted in the growth of a fetid-smelling pod that, despite its odor, has the uncanny ability to create enough heat to melt snow around it, a published report said.

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While experts say the plant – known as skunk cabbage – is fatal if eaten, in a Facebook post Saturday, National Park Service officials say the prodigious bloom has “a face only a mother could love,” the Charlotte Observer reported.

“Equipped with a chemical process that heats this early bloomer up to over 55 degrees Fahrenheit, these stinky members of the Arum Family can even melt snow in order to bloom. Talk about determination!” 

— National Park Service Facebook post

Skunk cabbage is “a warm-blooded plant” that can raise the surrounding temperatures by as much as 20 degrees, according to a Pennsylvania State University report. By doing this, it “will use as much oxygen as a comparably sized mammal,” the report says.

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Descriptions of the plant say it “looks like something out of a science-fiction movie,” with a fierce defense mechanism, according to Gardening Know How.

“Skunk cabbage gets its name from the fact that, when the leaves are crushed or bruised, it gives off a smell of skunk or rotting meat,” Gardeningknowhow.com says.

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“In small doses, or two small bites, the skunk cabbage plant can cause burning and swelling of the mouth and a choking sensation. Eating larger portions of these leaves can, in extreme cases, be fatal,” the gardening site says.

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Today on Fox News: Feb. 18, 2020

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Michael Bloomberg’s comments on farmers. Tomi Lahren on the rise of threats and violence against Republicans.

Your World with Neil Cavuto, 4 p.m. ET: Special guests include: House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy, R-La.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “The Democrats’ Bloomberg Problem” – Mike Bloomberg’s popularity is surging in the polls, but could some recent controversies hurt his chances of winning the nomination? Fox News’ Dave Anthony sits down with RealClearPolitics co-founder and president Tom Bevan to talk about the former New York City mayor’s chances in the presidential race and if he can slow Senator Bernie Sanders’ momentum.

Also on the Rundown: The first voting states have cast their ballots and the 2020 Democratic primaries are officially underway. Fox News national correspondent and Rundown host Jacqui Heinrich, who spent 24 days trekking across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, sits down with her field producer to discuss their experience on the road covering the candidates and talking to voters.

Plus, commentary by Dr. Nicole Saphier, a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fox News contributor.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Eugene Scalia, U.S. Secretary of Labor and more.

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Dershowitz: Obama asked FBI to investigate someone on behalf of Soros; Boys Scouts file for bankruptcy

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your day …

Dershowitz: ‘Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros’
As President Trump faces ongoing criticism for allegedly interfering in the Roger Stone case — and Attorney General William Barr confronts more calls for his resignation for his handling of the case — Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says he has proof that former President Obama “personally asked” the FBI to investigate someone “on behalf of George Soros,” the liberal billionaire megadonor.

“There was a lot of White House control of the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration and I don’t think we saw very many liberal professors arguing against that,” Dershowitz said in an interview with Breitbart News that aired Sunday on SiriusXM. “I have some information as well about the Obama administration – which will be disclosed in a lawsuit at some point, but I’m not prepared to disclose it now – about how President Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros, who was a close ally of his.”

Dershowitz did not say specifically who the target might have been. His claim comes as Barr, who has maintained that Trump never personally intervened in a criminal matter, has been hit by a letter reportedly signed by more than 2,000 former DOJ officials organized by a leftwing group demanding his resignation. In recent days, Barr has openly asked President Trump to stop tweeting about ongoing Justice Department matters, saying it made it “impossible” to do his job.

In an interview on “Hannity” Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., slammed Barr’s critics, saying they have a political agenda separate from upholding the rule of law. Click here for more on our top story.

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a statue stands outside the Boys Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy after sex abuse lawsuits
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy early on Tuesday after decades of sexual abuse claims within one of the country’s largest youth organizations.

The move filed in Delaware bankruptcy court halts the hundreds of lawsuits the BSA is facing that allege sexual misconduct by people within the 110-year-old organization over the years.

Sexual abuse settlements had reportedly strained the Boy Scouts’ finances, with states passing laws last year so victims from long-ago abuse can sue for damages. Click here for more.

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Ryan Newman, top center, goes airborne as he is hit by Corey LaJoie (32) on the final lap of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday’s race was postponed because of rain. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

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Denny Hamlin emerged victorious at the Daytona 500 on Monday night, winning the iconic NASCAR race for a third time, but it was overshadowed by a string of frightening crashes — including a fiery wreck that sent Ryan Newman to the hospital.

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Denny Hamlin (11) celebrates in front of the grandstands after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Newman flipped several times; his car ultimately crossed the finish line engulfed in flames. Fortunately, his injuries were not life-threatening, according to NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell, who read a statement from Roush Fenway Racing Monday night. Click here for more. 
 
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Laura Ingraham says Michael Bloomberg’s recent comments about farmers reveals who he really is and shows the Democratic Party is a party of snobs.

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Janice Dean: Why I love the weather

Growing up, my dad always used to tell me: “Janice Anne, find what you most love to do in life, and it will never feel like work.”

I remembered him saying this at a very young age, and I am happy and proud to say, I am living my father’s advice.

Becoming a meteorologist wasn’t always on the horizon when it came to following my career path.  But, every job I did do early on I believe has led me to where I am today.

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It started where I grew up. Living in Ottawa, Canada I was reminded that I was living in one of the world’s coldest winter capitals.

The fondest memories I have as a kid did not always happen in the summer months. I have more pictures of me in my snowsuit, making snowmen or skating on the ice than I do of me at the beach building sandcastles.

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The author in an undated childhood photo.

And every single year, God willing, if I live to be 100 years old, I’ll always create a snow angel following the first snowfall of the season!

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When I visit children in classrooms around the country and tell them about my job, I bring pictures to show them the house I grew up in with snow piled up to the roof.

When I am asked about what my favorite season is or what kind of weather I like to cover the most, I say all of it.

We also had memorable ice storms – one particular historic year ice piled up on the roads, sidewalks and power lines. The National Guard had to come in and help get our city cleaned up and the power restored after weeks of being in the dark (and the cold!).

I remember seeing the weather forecasters during these big events and being fascinated by how they could forecast these sometimes life-changing storms. I would wonder how they knew when these big weather events were going to strike.

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When I first graduated from college, I had my mind all set on a broadcasting career. For several years I worked at a classic rock station and it was during this period in my early 20’s a news director told me he thought I should some television reporting.  He asked if I had ever done the weather (back then you didn’t need the meteorology background to be an on-camera presenter).

Eager to try new things, I said yes and sat for days learning how to create weather graphics and figure out a five-day forecast.

I never imagined someday I would be doing it fulltime but I enjoyed the excitement of television, being outside, and looking at clues to see what the next day’s weather would bring.

When I was hired at Fox News over a decade later as their daytime forecaster, I went back to school to make it official.  It took me several years to become a broadcast meteorologist and in 2009 I was awarded the American Meteorological Society (AMS) seal of approval.

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When I talk with kids who are trying to figure out their career path, I always tell them to do everything you can to broaden out your job opportunities.

When I was in school, I LOVED math and science – the subjects you need to excel at when you study weather — and my years doing radio and reporting have also given me the building blocks to what I do every morning on “Fox & Friends.”

Weather is all around us. It can start up conversations with strangers and is a good way to think about life.

Someone recently asked me if my years as a radio D.J. has helped me in my job today. And the answer is absolutely. 

People are shocked to find out that meteorologists don’t read scripts from a TelePrompter. It’s all ad-lib, and my days in radio certainly have helped my presentation.

The fact that I went back to school in my thirties to study meteorology is a lesson that there should never be a time limit to learning something new.

And because I love talking and teaching kids about weather, that inspired my other love – writing about it. 

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The idea for my “Freddy the Frogcaster” series came from friends and family members who were looking for recommendations for children’s weather books.  After doing some research, I felt like there was a need for more of them, so I “leaped forward” and began to create my own.

I had read somewhere that frogs somehow innately know when the weather is changing, and have been known to “croak loader” when a storm is coming.  I’m not sure if this is scientifically proven, but when I read it, I thought wow – frogs are natural weather forecasters.

I’ve written five books in the “Freddy the Frogcaster” series including his adventures covering thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms and flash floods.

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Janice Dean with Freddy the Frogcaster in Fox Square in New York City. (FNC)

I’m also proud that Freddy the Frogcaster is an ambassador for NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation program. (He’s got his own seal of approval!)

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Now that I’ve written these books and have spoken to thousands of kids about weather, I think this is one of the most important things I’ve ever done. And, just like I was as a kid, the children I go out and talk with are excited to tell you everything they’ve been through. Even the tough stuff.

Over the years covering extreme weather events, I am always struck by how communities come together and help each other. We can help save lives by talking about what to do and how to prepare in advance.

Parents have told me that after they read the “Freddy” books, many times it’s their children who are the ones who take the initiative to get an emergency preparedness kit together.

When I am asked about what my favorite season is or what kind of weather I like to cover the most, I say all of it.

I feel incredibly responsible when it comes to forecasting severe weather or hurricanes.  Meteorologists are sometimes the first ones to alert communities of the possibility of a dangerous weather event.  All of us want to make sure we’re giving the most up to date information so that families and communities can make their best plans.

Our forecasting tools area getting better at predicting when bad weather could strike more accurately. We’re the last ones that want to get the forecast wrong, but sometimes it happens and we hear about it. But, I always say I’d rather see people be over-prepared for a weather situation that doesn’t happen than that they are underprepared and caught off guard.

In terms of fun, though, I have to go back to my days as a kid. I love that moment when the first snowfall arrives and maybe there’s a day off from school to get bundled up and make snowmen, snow forts and snow angels.

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Rosy cheeks and fresh air remind you it’s a great day to be outside.  And then there’s the warm up inside with hot cocoa and marshmallows to discuss all of the snow that came down in just a few hours.

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Every morning when I’m outside on Fox Square bringing you the nation’s weather I’m always reminded that weather is the one thing that we all experience together on this planet. Those cold, sunny days when you can see your breath and quite literally they remind you that you’re alive.

Weather is all around us. It can start up conversations with strangers and is a good way to think about life: After every storm, the sun comes out, and the winds sometimes will clear a path to a new destination, a different path or just a brand new day to begin again.

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Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy after sex abuse lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early on Tuesday after decades of sexual abuse claims within one of the country’s largest youth organizations.

The move filed in Delaware bankruptcy court halts the hundreds of lawsuits the BSA is facing that allege sexual misconduct by people within the 110-year-old organization over the years.

Sexual abuse settlements had reportedly strained the Boy Scouts’ finances, with states passing laws last year so victims from long-ago abuse can sue for damages.

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FILE- In this June 25, 2016, file photo, Cub Scouts watch a race during the Second Annual World Championship Pinewood Derby in New York’s Times Square. In January 2020, the Boy Scouts of America will increase its annual youth membership fee by more than 80% as it faces a potentially ruinous wave of new sex-abuse lawsuits. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Mike Pfau, an attorney whose firm was representing 300 victims in New York as of last April said the bankruptcy would be “bigger in scale than any other sex abuse bankruptcy.”

“You’re talking about thousands of perpetrators,” Seattle-based lawyer Michael Pfau, who has represented over 300 Boy Scout victims in 34 states, told the New York Daily News. “You’re talking about tens of thousands of victims. This will be the largest bankruptcy the country has ever seen, and likely one of the largest corporate bankruptcies.”

The national organization said they made the move to fairly compensate victims harmed during their time in scouting and to keep the 100-year-old nonprofit running for years to come.

A Victims Compensation Trust will reportedly be set up during the bankruptcy process, which the organization says will provide “equitable compensation to victims.”

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“The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologizes to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to harm innocent children,” said Roger Mosby, president and chief executive officer of the BSA.

“While we know nothing can undo the tragic abuse that victims suffered, we believe the Chapter 11 process – with the proposed Trust structure – will provide equitable compensation to all victims while maintaining the BSA’s important mission,” he added.

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The bankruptcy petition reportedly listed the Boy Scouts’ assets as between $1 billion and $10 billion, and its liabilities at $500 million to $1 billion.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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Olivia Culpo sizzles in tiny bikini on vacation: ‘Let’s go to the beach!’

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Olivia Culpo is enjoying some R&R.

The 27-year-old took to Instagram on Monday to flaunt her toned physique while on vacation.

For the series of photos, Culpo rocked a tiny bikini from Versace paired with a matching scrunchie, black maxi skirt and open-toe mules.

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“Let’s go to the beach! @versace @fwrd,” she captioned the post.

In November, it was announced that the model will return for her third year in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, set to hit stands this year.

Culpo opened up to Fox News back in February 2019 about how she prepared for the big photoshoots, including her “really strict diet.”

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“No sugar. No carbs. No alcohol,” she said. “Basically, all protein and fiber, and the only kinds of carbs I’ll have is sweet potato or greens or fruit.”

Despite watching what she ate ahead of photoshoots, Culpo said she didn’t strictly follow diets in her normal day-to-day life.

“I really don’t believe in dieting,” she said. “I notice that when I have a shoot coming up or when I’m being really diligent about my diet, I can pretty much do it up until the day or two before, and then I start to go crazy and basically self-sabotage myself. As soon as I tell myself I can’t have sweets, then I really want sweets.”

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Culpo — who said she loved indulging in ice cream, pizza “and/or” alcohol — also credited her fitness routine with allowing her to splurge whenever she wanted.

“I love working out,” she said. “I feel like if I didn’t work out as much as I did, I probably wouldn’t be able to get away with eating the way that I eat, so for me, it works out well.”

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Reporter’s Notebook: How the war-powers fight has stretched back decades

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Let’s start with Operation Ajax.

It was 1953. The United States, working with British intelligence, overthrew democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the “Shah of Iran.”

The CIA-engineered coupe d’état marked the first time the U.S. used covert means to undercut the leadership of another country. U.S. intelligence services dubbed the mission “Operation Ajax.”

It should surprise no one that the American encroachment had a lot to do with oil.

Toppling Pahlavi came back to bite the U.S. during the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Iranians ran the Shah off, seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Things haven’t gone well for the U.S. with Iran since.

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The expression “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” comes to mind as the U.S. backed Iraq in a lengthy war it waged with Iran in the 1980s. The U.S. and other western nations sent significant monetary support to Baghdad to fuel the fight against Iran. The west also dispatched guns, helicopters and missiles. U.S. intelligence services helped bolster Iraq track Iranian troops.

President Reagan boasted that the U.S. “would do whatever was necessary to prevent Iraq from losing” to Iran.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in 1987 and 1988. The U.S. began reflagging Kuwaiti tankers navigating the Persian Gulf and Straits of Hormuz. The U.S. Navy escorted the ships to protect them from attacks by Iranian forces. The U.S. skirmished with the Iranian military on several occasions – leading to the deployment of the U.S.S. Vincennes in the spring of 1988. That July, the Vincennes mistook the flight of a passenger jet for an Iranian F-14 Tomcat. As a result, the Vincennes fired two missiles at the airliner, killing nearly 300 passengers and crew on board.

The U.S. has been involved in formal wars in the Persian Gulf and nearby neighborhoods since 1991. It started with Congressional authorization for the Gulf War. Congress approved a broader “Authorization for Use of Military Force” (AUMF) in 2001, shortly after 9/11. That measure greenlighted the deployment of U.S. military personnel to Afghanistan and elsewhere to wage “the war on terror.” Then came a 2002 Congressional blessing for the 2003 war in Iraq. The U.S. is still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan – and all over the world – as a result of the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. But Congress has never specifically authorized any attack against Iran. Things got murkier earlier this winter when President Trump ordered a strike to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani – in Iraq.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., has tried for years to revamp the 2001 and 2002 authorizations which the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump used to rationalize military intervention in a host of locales. Kaine and lawmakers from both parties contend the old authorizations are outmoded. Concern about the calcified authorizations grew after Trump called in the Soleimani strike. After that operation, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, trashed the administration for delivering what he characterized as the “worst” briefing he’d witnessed since coming to Washington.

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“They were in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public,” excoriated Lee. “I find that absolutely insane. I think it’s unacceptable.”

Lee pressed Trump Administration officials for what they would see as a circumstance where they would have to ask Congress for a war declaration or an AUMF for Iran.

“’I’m sure we can think of something,’” one of the briefers told inquisitive lawmakers, according to Lee.

Over time, various administration officials and President Trump said the U.S. was justified in killing Soleimani because he posed an imminent threat. Late last week, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., blasted the administration for sending a report to Congress accounting for the legal justifications for knocking off Soleimani. But Engel said “the administration’s explanation in this report makes no mention of any imminent threat.” Engel called the Trump Administration’s accounting of the episode “spurious” and asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify on Feb. 28 “about war powers.”

As this unfolded, Kaine and others prepared a war powers resolution regarding Iran. Kaine’s measure would specifically limit potential U.S. military engagement in Iran to a month – unless Congress expressly signs off on additional fighting. The Senate approved the package late last week 55-45. All 47 Senate Democrats voted aye, joined by eight GOP senators: Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rand Paul, R-Ky., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Todd Young, R-Ind., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Lee.

“Clearly the resolution is not ready for prime time,” chastised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., describing it as “deeply flawed on a number of levels.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said proponents of Kaine’s plan hoped to curb a war scenario with Iran. But Rubio believed adoption of the measure “potentially increases the chances of war.”

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Rubio said he didn’t question the motives of Kaine and other senators who supported the resolution.

“The problem is that their intentions and how this will be perceived,” said Rubio. He said that Iran would interpret the resolution as hemming in President Trump at a time of anxiety in the region. Florida’s senior senator worried about the Senate undercutting the chief executive.

Still, the Senate adopted Kaine’s resolution, which some characterized as a bipartisan rebuke of the president. The measure now goes to the House. Lawmakers there likely will approve the package as well.

“Congress has a role to play,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., when it comes to war and peace. “We want to do it in a way that does not eliminate the power of declaring war from the Congress of the United States.”

But neither the House nor Senate have two-thirds to override a potential veto by the president.

Even so, supporters of the plan note that President Trump has said repeatedly he wants to end U.S. involvement in “endless wars.”

Shortly after the Senate closed the war powers vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the resolution showed that “no president can sidestep Congress.” He added that presidents “cannot plunge the United States into an endless conflict in the Middle East.”

The U.S. is technically not engaged in hostilities with Iran. But the United States and Iran have waged a sort of “cold” war against one another since Operation Ajax. By the same token, the U.S. has fought in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan for decades. It’s unfurled Congressional justifications for doing so which date back years. The circumvention of Congress continues. And, despite the vote, presidents can still plunge “the United States into an endless conflict in the Middle East.” The U.S. is already there. Things aren’t changing any time soon.

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This is ironic. At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, the Founders ultimately decided to award the power “to declare war” to Congress. The thinking was that it should be hard to get into war – but easier to make peace.

But here, the opposite appears to be true.

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New Jersey NICU nurse who treated baby also treated his father decades ago, mom says

A New Jersey nurse reunited with a man she cared for years ago when he was born prematurely — in the same hospital where she is now watching over his son.

Renata Freydin revealed that she was looking through her fiancé’s baby book when she came across a photo showing him as a newborn with a smiling nurse.

“I knew that lady!!,” Freydin wrote in a Facebook post that has received over 29,000 reactions. “I immediately asked him who she was and he confirmed that she was the nurse who took care of him during his stay in the NICU and his mom loved her so much that she needed a photo of the two of them on the day he was discharged.”

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Lissa McGowan, a nurse at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., holding then-newborn David Caldwell decades ago. (Renata Freydin/Facebook)

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Freydin’s son, Alexander Caldwell, was born 10 weeks early on Jan 30. Lissa McGowan was one of the nurses assigned to looked after the baby at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.

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David Caldwell posing for a photo with NICU nurse Lissa McGowan, who took care of him as a newborn in the same hospital where she looked after his newborn son. (Renata Freydin/Facebook)

Her fiancé, David Caldwell, brought a photo showing McGowan and him to the hospital. Three other nurses confirmed it was McGowan, Freydin wrote.

“Yesterday (Valentine’s Day) she was back at work and taking care of our little nugget again so we had to recreate the picture!” the post read.

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Nurse Lissa McGowan holding Alexander Caldwell. The NCIU nurse took care of the baby’s father when he was prematurely born years ago in the same hospital. (Renata Freydin/Facebook)

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“The past 2 weeks have been filled with worries and uncertainty but we can breathe easy knowing my lil nuggets nurse is the same one that helped the man I love when he was in the same situation,” Freydin continued.

Her son was “doing amazing,” she said.

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Maryland man dies at Rocks State Park after falling from Queen Seat formation, police say

A 22-year-old man fell to his death at Rocks State Park in Hartford County, Maryland, on Monday, police confirmed to Fox News.

Joseph Buxton, from Savage, Md., was at the park with his friends when he stepped out on to the rocks of the Queen Seat area, lost his footing and fell, Lauren Moses, the spokeswoman for Maryland Natural Resources Police, told Fox News.

The King and Queen Seat rises 190 feet above the park, according to the Department of Natural Resources website, which also has urged hikers to “use caution in this area.”

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A man and woman on the King and Queen Seat rock formation at Rocks State Park in Maryland. (Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images, File)

Police say they were called to the scene around 10:41 a.m. and Buxton was pronounced dead there.

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Crews took his body to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Buxton wasn’t the first person to die at the scenic outcrop described as a challenge even to experienced hikers. In June 2018, a 35-year-old man also fell from the same area and died, according to officials. In July 2015 another person committed suicide off the outcrop, investigators said.

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Lindsey Graham slams critics calling for Barr resignation: ‘We know your agenda’

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Monday that critics who calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign have a political agenda separate from upholding the rule of law they claim to cherish.

Graham, R-S.C., told “Hannity” that Barr was doing his job when his office stepped in to soften a sentencing recommendation from four now-resigned federal prosecutors in the case of Republican consultant Roger Stone.

Stone has been convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress in relation to the Russia investigation. The prosecutors recommended up to nine years in prison — but Barr balked at the suggestion.

“Bill Barr stepped in and stopped what I thought was an unjust sentence enhancement – and to the people who want Barr to resign, we know your agenda,” he said.

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“You are not trying to uphold the rule of law. You’re trying to take a good man down because you hate” President Trump.

Graham added that the counterintelligence investigation into potential links between Trump campaign figures and Russia — dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” — was a “danger to democracy.”

“I think it should never happen again. I think it was set up to destroy the Trump campaign, not protect it from Russian influence,” he said.

“I think [former Mueller team prosecutor] Andrew Weissmann needs to tell the country why it took two years to do the Mueller investigation when he should’ve figured it out in the first week there was nothing there.”

Regarding Barr’s action, which came around the same time as a tweet from President Trump slamming the initial Stone recommendation, several Democrats had expressed outrage.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Barr “ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.” He also said the controversy served as yet another example of “political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., didn’t answer a question on whether Barr should resign, but said: “I think the behavior is extremely egregious.”

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Barr, speaking to ABC News last Thursday, pushed back on Trump’s tweet while also defending his handling of the Stone case.

“I’m gonna do what I think is right,” he said, “and you know, I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me.”

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