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Volkswagen marks the end of Beetle production in Mexico

Volkswagen on Wednesday celebrated the coming end of production of its most iconic model, the Beetle.

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An event was held at the automaker’s Puebla, Mexico, factory as a denim blue Final Edition coupe rolled down the assembly line that is slated to be put on display at the company’s nearby museum.

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However, a Volkswagen spokesperson said that production of the third-generation Beetle will continue into next week, before the facility is retooled to replace it with a subcompact SUV aimed at the North American market.

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The Beetle was first built in Wolfsburg, Germany, but the car was manufactured in more than a dozen locations around the world over the years before production was consolidated in Puebla, Mexico.

It’s the second time the facility has hosted a grand farewell for the beloved Bug. The last of the 21.5 million original Type 1 cars was manufactured there in 2003, ending a run that stretched back to 1938 when it debuted in Germany under the Nazi regime.

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The New Beetle was designed by American J Mays. (VW)

Puebla also produced the retro-modern New Beetle from 1998 to 2010, but it and the latest version were niche products compared to their mass-market predecessor, with a combined total of fewer than 2 million produced.

This will mark the first time since Beetle production was restarted in 1945 at the end of World War 2 that the nameplate won’t be in the company’s portfolio, and there are no plans to resurrect it in the foreseeable future.

Instead, VW will soon be launching an all-electric reboot of the classic Microbus minivan called the I.D. Buzz as its flagship heritage model, while a battery-powered dune buggy is under consideration.

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Bernie Sanders unveils list of ‘anti-endorsements,’ including Disney CEO and Home Depot co-founder

Bernie Sanders unveiled a list of 13 “anti-endorsements” on Wednesday, saying he is “proud” to be opposed by “modern-day oligarchs” including Disney CEO Bob Iger, billionaire Haim Saban, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone.

Others on the list were former Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam (who was called Sanders’ views “contemptible”), former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (who has implied that Sanders’ efforts could be “dangerous”).

Conspicuously absent from the list was Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor, whom Sanders condemned during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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“I want to thank Rahm Emanuel for not endorsing me,” Sanders wrote at the time. “I don’t want the endorsement of a mayor shutting down schools and firing teachers.”

Sanders’ anti-endorsements were posted to his campaign website, and they  began with a headlining quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”

In an accompanying statement, Sanders threw in some fiery rhetoric of his own.

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“You can tell who is truly fighting for working families by the enemies they make, and we’ve made a lot of enemies,” Sanders said.  “We understand that nothing will fundamentally change for working Americans unless we have the guts to take on the most powerful corporate interests in this country. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that corporate CEOs and billionaires have united against our movement. These people have a vested interest in preserving the status quo so they can keep their grip on power and continue to exploit working people across America. We welcome their hatred.”

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Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was named to Sanders’ anti-endorsement list. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)

“While Kenneth Langone has a net worth of $3.7 billion, Home Depot pays wages so low that many of its workers are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing subsidized by U.S. taxpayers,” read one blurb on the anti-endorsement list. “Today, cashiers at Home Depot make as little as $9 an hour — the very definition of a starvation wage.”

The blurb was accompanied by a sarcastic remark in which Langone, the Home Depot co-founder, referred to Sanders as “the antichrist.”

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Sanders, briefly the Democrat presidential frontrunner, has trailed former Vice President Joe Biden in fundraising and polling since Biden’s entrance into the race.

In a related bit of business, Sander, Independent senator from Vermont, on Tuesday criticized liberal megadonor Tom Steyer’s decision to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election.

“I like Tom personally,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “But I do have to say as somebody who in this campaign has received two million campaign contributions, averaging I believe $19 a person, I am a bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power.”

Earlier this year, Sanders sparred with progressive activist groups that pointed out that he has since largely dropped his criticisms of “millionaires and billionaires,” opting instead to single out “billionaires” only — ever since Sanders himself became a millionaire.

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Sanders has released tax returns showing that he and his wife paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on $561,293 in income, and made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017. Sanders donated only $10,600 to charity in 2016 and $36,300 in 2017, the records showed, followed by nearly $19,000 in 2018.

Those relatively minimal charitable contributions led critics in both parties to accuse Sanders of hypocrisy.

“People like Sanders … would have more credibility if they didn’t engage in such hypocritical practices, condemning the big, bad rich people whose greed they want to harness for their own allegedly benevolent bidding,” Liz Wolfe wrote in The Federalist.

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Former Puerto Rico education secretary and five others arrested in corruption probe

Six people, including Puerto Rico‘s former education secretary, were arrested in a sweeping corruption probe in which it’s alleged that they steered federal funds to unqualified, politically connected contractors, federal officials said Wednesday.

The FBI arrested former education secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on fraud and related charges.

“It was alleged that the defendants engaged in a public corruption campaign and profited at the expense of the Puerto Rican citizens and students,” Neil Sanchez, the special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s Southern Region, said in a Wednesday news conference. “This type of corruption is particularly egregious because it not only victimizes taxpayers, it victimizes those citizens and students that are in need of educational assistance.”

FBI AGENTS RAID SAN JUAN GOVERNMENT OFFICES AS PART OF INVESTIGATION INTO FRAUD, CORRUPTION

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Federal agents escort former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who was arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

The alleged fraud involved $15.5 million in federal money spent between 2017 and 2019. Keleher’s education department spent around $13 million during her two years as secretary. Another $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila-Marrero led the agency.

Officials said Velázques Piñol illegally used federal money to pay for lobbying, and improperly used contacts in the education and health insurance agencies to win contracts. Ponce-Mendoza worked as Keleher’s assistant; both her and her sister were friends with the former secretary.

Keleher is accused of steering contracts toward her friends without going through regular procedures.

PUERTO RICANS ACCUSED OF MISUSING $8M IN FUNDS

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FBI agents escort businessman Fernando Scherrer-Caillet. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

“It’s a shame because there is a lot to do for Puerto Rico and the people accused here profited from this, they sought to benefit their own personal interests and did not think they could help or that they were in a position to help Puerto Rico,” said Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico. “It’s embarrassing.”

Officials said there was no evidence that Keleher or Ávila-Marrero profited from the scheme. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello was not involved in the investigation.

He was returning from vacation in Europe to meet with lawmakers about the investigation.

In a tweet, he said the “allegations against the people arrested today are a shame.”

Keleher’s tenure as the island territory’s education secretary was marred by criticism over her proposed expansion of charter schools and the closing of hundreds of schools after Hurricane Maria.

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The island has been plagued by allegations of corrupt officials misusing funds in recent years.

“It’s a shame that we see this type of scheme, one after another,” Rodríguez said. “There’s much work to be done in Puerto Rico. … This is the type of case that’s been seen so much, involving federal funds, and it’s shameful.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Bride shamed for $165G wedding paid for by parents: ‘I lost my job a month after getting engaged’

A bride is getting dragged for having an elaborate wedding that set her back a whopping $165,000. Though the outrage didn’t stem from the bride’s expensive tastes — it was from who was footing the bill.

Emily, 29, from Phoenix, Ariz., shared details of her wedding on Refinery29’s article “10 Women Share Who Paid For What at Their Wedding.”

Emily, who did not give a last name, shared that her wedding cost $165k — including marriage prep, church-related costs, ceremony and reception with fireworks.

Though the expense was massive, those who commented on Emily’s story were outraged by the fact that Emily did not pay for any of it.

BRIDE SLAMS COUSIN FOR REFUSING REQUEST TO BE BRIDESMAID: ‘YOU’RE TOO FAT TO BE A BRIDESMAID ANYWAY’

“My parents paid for basically everything. I paid for a few little ‘extras,’ like my bridesmaids’ gifts, but I lost my job a month after getting engaged, so I didn’t have an income for about half of the time I was wedding planning. I would have liked to contribute more, but it just wasn’t in the cards, and my parents were very generous,” she wrote in Refinery29’s questionnaire.

Emily added that her husband paid for the engagement ring and engagement trip to Canada, as well as his groom expenses, and his parents paid for the rehearsal dinner and gave the couple $5,000 toward the honeymoon.

My husband and I are aggressively paying back his six-figure student debt, so a lavish 200+ person wedding would not have been in the cards.

— Emily

The 29-year-old goes on to explain that her parents’ generosity was just “understood.”

“It was just always understood that my parents would be paying, but I still often felt guilty about how much everything cost. But my parents, my husband, and I all agreed very early on that we wanted a big, fun wedding, and that’s just expensive,” she wrote.

“Since I wasn’t working, I would have had to forgo a lot of that stuff in the moment, and they made it possible for me to just enjoy it and not worry about the cost,” she continued, adding that she is “incredibly grateful” to her parents.

Emily went on to explain the couple would have had a wedding that looked “a lot different” if her parents didn’t pitch in.

“My husband and I are aggressively paying back his six-figure student debt, so a lavish 200+ person wedding would not have been in the cards,” she wrote.

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Though the expense was massive, those who commented on Emily’s story were outraged by the fact that Emily did not pay for any of her wedding. (iStock)

Though Emily claimed she doesn’t think anyone “should go into debt” for a wedding, she is happy she was able to have the wedding of her dreams.

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“It’s the marriage that is important, not the wedding. (I know, I know, easy for me to say, I got both.)” Emily read.

Those on Refinery29’s Facebook page were quick to respond, shaming the bride’s budget.

“That’s just immature and irresponsible. Wow,” one person wrote.

“You can have an amazing wedding day for less than $165k and it is definitely not a parent’s job to pay for a wedding,” another person commented.

“My parents paid for my wedding. About $30k 20 years ago. They saved my whole life to do this for me. It was such a blessing! I will do the same for my daughter. $165k however is over the top. And I would never ask for that, and I’m raising my daughter to now be outlandish too!” one person shared.

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Those on Refinery29’s Facebook page were quick to respond, shaming the bride’s budget. (iStock)

“’My husband and I are aggressively paying back his six-figure student debt, so a lavish 200+ person wedding would not have been in the cards… …If you can’t afford a big party, don’t have one.’ Girl. YOU couldn’t afford it, your parents could,” another person wrote, referencing the bride’s husband’s debt.

“Geez, you could buy a house (or at least an awesome down payment) for that!” one shared.

“That’s a waste of money, your parents could use that money for retirement. Spoiled much,” another wrote.

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Not everyone was against the bride, though.

“Why shame someone else on what they spent on their wedding? If her parents were happy to pay for it, that’s their business,” a commenter wrote.

“I’m tryna have coins like this. I’d love to be able to really afford my son’s wedding. Or honeymoon. It’s goals for me,” one commented.

“This a good way to distribute wealth. ~ If the parents of the bride can afford it, more power to them. this wedding kept a number of people employed.  It is a whole lot better than handing it out,” another in favor of the bride wrote.

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Chrissy Teigen details mystery health ailment on Twitter: ‘I can’t lift my babies’

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Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter this week to detail a health ailment.

The model on Tuesday shared a video of her arm uncontrollably twitching.

“Hello my arm won’t stop doing this after I stretched funny. Numb, not painful but feels extremely heavy and gives out easily,” she began. “I tried cupping (the marks) but no go. It has been 3 days and I can’t lift my babies. I don’t need help just want attention.”

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“See your doctor, just friendly advice,” suggested one person.

“Have you tried turning it off and then back on?” one user joked.

“Earthquake arm,” commented a third.

“The body is a crazy machine,” said a fourth, while another sarcastically suggested that Teigen “spray some Windex on it.”

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Muscle twitching — also known as muscle fasciculation — “involves small muscle contractions in the body,” per Healthline.

“Your muscles are made up of fibers that your nerves control. Stimulation or damage to a nerve may cause your muscle fibers to twitch,” it added.

Though it’s not currently clear what exactly is causing Teigen’s arm to twitch, muscle twitching can occur following physical activity. Muscle twitching can also be caused by stress and anxiety, consuming too much caffeine, vitamin D, vitamin B, and calcium deficiencies and dehydration, among other causes, according to Healthline.

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Robert Redford mistaken for Zach Galifianakis in viral Internet meme

Robert Redford is not Zach Galifianakis.

The Internet learned this week that the “nodding meme guy” many believed to be the 49-year-old “Hangover” star is actually Redford’s character from the 1972 movie “Jeremiah Johnson.”

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The meme depicts a heavily bearded Redford nod in approval as the camera zooms in on his face. It has circulated online since 2012, according to Know Your Meme, a website that catalogs memes.

Many social media users posted their astonishment following the revelation, which was published in a story from Splinter News on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, those more familiar with cinema and the 82-year-old actor wondered how the Oscar winner could be confused with Galifianakis.

One user wrote that “Jeremiah Johnson” is one of Redford’s “finest films” and noted how the incident sparked “an interesting look at the knowledge gap between consumers of classic #film & general internet users.”

Redford has starred in films such as “The Great Gatsby,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Natural.” He received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1974’s “The Sting.”

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Redford is an accomplished actor and director who also founded the Sundance Film Festival. (Reuters)

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He’s also directed many movies, including “A River Runs Through It” and “Quiz Show.” He won an Oscar for directing the 1980 film “Ordinary People.”

Redford founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1978. It is the largest independent film festival in the U.S.

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Labor Secretary Acosta defends role in Epstein plea deal, faults state prosecutors

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta pushed back Wednesday against calls for him to stand down over his past involvement in a plea deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein — who was charged in federal court this week with sex trafficking.

“Facts are important, and facts are being overlooked,” he said in a press conference.

Acosta said what Epstein was accused of was “despicable.”

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Acosta, who was U.S. attorney for Florida in 2008, helped Epstein to secure a plea deal that resulted in an 18-month sentence — he served just 13 months. The deal was criticized as lenient because Epstein could have faced a life sentence. Acosta negotiated a deal that resulted in two state solicitation charges, but no federal charges.

But he said Wednesday that his office took charge after the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was ready to let Epstein walk free, “no jail time, nothing.” Acosta said this was unacceptable, and it was his office that secured jail time, restitution, and for Epstein to register as a sex offender.

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s based on new evidence. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.

Since then, Acosta’s ties to Epstein have drawn fire from Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Monday for Acosta to step down over what she called an “unconscionable agreement” with Epstein, and was soon joined by a chorus of other top-ranking congressional Democrats.

“As U.S. Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice,” she tweeted. “This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet.”

Meanwhile, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee wrote to Acosta on Wednesday inviting him to testify at a July 23 hearing that will examine his actions related to Epstein.

Acosta first spoke out in a series of tweets Tuesday, calling Epstein’s crimes “horrific” while saying he was pleased that prosecutors were moving forward with the case based on new evidence.

“With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator,” he said. “Now that new evidence and additional testimony is available, the NY prosecution offers an important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice.”

President Trump, who also has past ties to Epstein, backed his Labor secretary on Tuesday and said he has done a “fantastic job,” while saying his administration would look closely at the situation.

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“I can only say this from what I know, and what I do know is he has been a really great secretary of labor—the rest of it, we’ll have to look at it. We’ll have to look at it very carefully,” he said. “I feel very badly actually for Secretary Acosta because I have known him as being someone who has done such a good job. I feel very badly about that situation.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Willy Wonka’ actress Julie Dawn Cole speaks out on co-star Denise Nickerson being taken off life support

Julie Dawn Cole is heartbroken over the news concerning her pal and “Willy Wonka” co-star Denise Nickerson.

The actress has been taken off life support one year after suffering a stroke.

“It is dreadfully sad,” Cole, 61, told Fox News on Wednesday in a written statement. “Denise has been like a sister to me and we were very close. She had a massive stroke last July and never really recovered. Paris [Themmen] (Mike Teevee) and I went to visit her in September. It was a very sad visit as she couldn’t verbally communicate. But we sang songs — ‘Willy Wonka’ of course! And that made her smile and laugh.”

‘WILLY WONKA’ ACTRESS DENISE NICKERSON TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT 1 YEAR AFTER STROKE

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Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, Julie Cole, and Rusty Goff attend the 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Jacques Torres Chocolates on Oct. 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

“But after that visit, she had more seizures and it was clear she was never coming back,” continued the British actress. “Desperately sad as she was about to be a grandmother as am I. I am sure we would have had a lot to share with each other around that. My thoughts are with her son and daughter-in-law.”

It was Nickerson’s son, Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, who announced via Facebook on Wednesday the news concerning the 62-year-old.

“They just took off all the equipment,” the couple wrote. “None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We’re telling her it’s okay to let go.”

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Nickerson’s family also told TMZ Nickerson has been taken off a respirator and she is no longer receiving medication.

The former child star is best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder.

Josh and Jasmine previously shared Nickerson suffered a “major medical emergency” at home on Monday and was admitted to the ICU.

According to an update on the family’s GoFundMe page, Nickerson, “got into her medicines and took as much as she could” while Josh and Jasmine were away at a doctor’s appointment. Josh reportedly stopped her and brought her to the ER, where her condition got worse.

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“She’s had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress. The doctors have found that she aspirated and has developed pneumonia,” Jasmine shared on Facebook. “They have upped her oxygen. She’s under a DNR order so they aren’t putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube.”

Jasmine later wrote on Tuesday that Nickerson’s condition worsened and she was unable to breathe on her own, saying the former actress was in a “coma-like state.” Jasmine also asked for prayers for her husband, who has “never really experienced a major loss like this.”

“He is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn’t know how to process it. He says to me a few minutes ago that she won’t ever get to see or hold or know her granddaughter.”

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Nickerson had been admitted to the hospital in June 2018 after having a stroke.

In “Willy Wonka,” Nickerson played one of the spoiled children who wins a tour of the chocolate factory. An avid gum-chewer, she steals an experimental piece from Wonka’s factory that leads to her blowing up like a giant blueberry. Her career also included roles on “The Brady Bunch,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Electric Company.”

She later became a nurse.

Back in January of this year, Cole told Fox News she and Nickerson, as well as Peter Ostrum, became fast friends on set.

“We were the friendliest among the bunch because we were so close in age and we stayed in the same hotel,” said Cole at the time. “We’re all still friends now. It was nice to hang out with kids on a movie set. I had done other things, but you’re usually the only child in an adult world. We all got to hang around and do crazy things.

“Staying in a hotel without any TV meant we used to eat our way through the menu and try all the weird and wonderful things, like frog legs and snails. And if we felt like it, we would eat three desserts in one night and not have anything else because there was no one who could tell us we couldn’t. It really was great. I consider [the other children] my brothers and sisters today. We’re a lifelong family.”

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

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Former Gov. Martinez on AOC wanting to get rid of DHS: ‘It’s pure insanity’ and would put country at risk

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Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday on “Outnumbered” that getting rid of the Department of Homeland Security – as  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently suggested – is “pure insanity” and would put the country at risk.

“Homeland Security was created in order to keep America safe, it was created after 9/11. I just think Ocasio-Cortez is into the shock and awe. She wants to make a statement and be ahead of everything,” said Martinez, who served as the state’s Republican governor from 2011 to 2019.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made her remarks during a Friday appearance on the New Yorker Radio with host David Remnick, bringing up the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is under DHS.

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“Would you get rid of the Department of Homeland Security, too?” Remnick asked.

“I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious, umm, a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who has championed the elimination of ICE.

Martinez said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to balance the party and keep the focus away from Ocasio-Cortez’s “far left” ideas before the 2020 presidential election.

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Panelist Charlie Hurt said it was “amazing” that Pelosi, D-Calif., used to be on the far left of the Democratic Party, and is now seeming like the “center of her party.”

“Joe Biden used to be the center of the party. Now he’s on the right-wing fringe of his party and it’s not healthy for the Democrats,” said Hurt, joking that Ocasio-Cortez and other liberal freshmen members should call themselves “the committee to re-elect Donald Trump” because their policy ideas could hurt Democrats in 2020.

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Trump vows to ‘substantially’ increase sanctions on Iran in response to uranium enrichment

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President Trump announced Wednesday that he will add to existing sanctions on Iran, after the Islamic republic admitted Monday that it surpassed uranium enrichment levels that were set by the Iran Nuclear Agreement in 2015. The U.S. backed out of that deal, but several European nations remain involved.

The deal said that Iran could not enrich uranium above 3.67 percent, and Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said the country has passed that and may proceed further, Reuters reported. The 3.67 percent level is enough for nuclear power reactors, but far short of the 90 percent needed for weapons.

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“Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years,” Trump tweeted. “Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!”

Iran’s previous announcement that it would boost uranium enrichment above the cap prompted a rebuke from President Trump on Sunday, saying: “Iran better be careful. … Iran is doing a lot of bad things,” Trump said. “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.”

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President Trump has already imposed significant sanctions against Iran as part of an effort to cripple its economy and force it back to the negotiating table to work out a new deal that imposes stricter requirements than the one arranged under the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., supported Trump’s tough stance against Iran, calling the country “a terroristic regime that needs to be reined in.”

Tension between the U.S. and Iran has escalated in recent months, as Iran shot down an unmanned American drone that was flying over international waters. The Trump administration has also accused Iran of attacking oil tankers in the same region in the Gulf of Oman, although the Iranian government did not claim responsibility.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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