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This Day in History: Feb. 13

On this day, Feb. 13 …

2016: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, is found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.

Also on this day:

  • 1633: Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition, accused of defending the Copernican theory that Earth revolves around the sun instead of the other way around. 
  • 1861: Abraham Lincoln is officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.
  • 1935: A jury in Flemington, N.J., finds Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann would be executed.)
  • 1943: During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established.
  • 1974: Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is expelled from the Soviet Union.
  • 1996: The rock musical “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson, opens off-Broadway in New York City.
  • 1998: Dr. David Satcher is sworn in as the 16th surgeon general of the United States during an Oval Office ceremony.
  • 2009: A $787 billion stimulus bill aimed at easing the worst economic crisis in decades clears both houses of Congress. 
  • 2009: Peanut Corp. of America, the Lynchburg, Va.-based peanut processing company at the heart of a national salmonella outbreak, files for bankruptcy.
  • 2017: President Trump’s embattled national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns following reports he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. (Flynn ultimately would plead guilty to lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation – and then withdraw his guilty plea, citing “bad faith” on part of the government. His long legal battle sees no near end as a federal judge has indefinitely postponed Flynn’s sentencing date.)
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Biden badly wounded as the press wonders who can beat Bernie

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It was back in 2007 when I walked into a green room, saw Joe Biden and we started chatting about the presidential campaign he was launching.

The senator offered a succinct line about his chances, after his first campaign two decades earlier had ended with a plagiarism scandal.

“If I’m the right man for this moment, it will become known,” he said softly.

It became apparent in his disastrous finish in New Hampshire that, at 77, this does not seem to be Biden’s moment.

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The press, which waited a year for Biden to collapse, is basically playing taps for his third and final run for the presidency. Now on one level this might seem wildly premature after just two small, predominantly white states have voted. Biden is right to say, as he did in South Carolina, that few African-American voters have had a chance to weigh in.

But he didn’t just lose the first two contests. For the former vice president to come in fifth in New Hampshire, in single digits, not winning a single delegate, after his fourth-place fiasco in Iowa is humiliating. He faces, at the least, a very tough comeback climb.

Politico quotes Quentin James, who runs a PAC for African-American candidates: “There is blood in the water. Black voters are starting to leave him now … A big reason lots of black voters were with Biden is they thought he was the best person to beat Trump.” And in an anonymous burst of candor, an unnamed Biden adviser says: “This is horrendous. We’re all scared.”

Why, then, are so many in the press discounting the Bernie Sanders victory?

The usual explanations—drawing a lot of flak online—are certainly valid. Sanders is a neighboring senator who was expected to win and still barely beat the previously obscure Pete Buttigieg. But it’s far deeper than that.

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On paper, at least, Bernie is now the Democratic front-runner. It’s pretty clear that most of the press doesn’t like that idea. Why, Bernie isn’t even a real Democrat, the pundits say of the independent senator. This can’t last. A self-described democratic socialist can’t beat Donald Trump. Wait till he tries to defend abolishing private health insurance! So what if he just bounced back from a heart attack? Iowa and New Hampshire are being written off as an aberration.

As I noted yesterday, the media have fallen in love with Amy Klobuchar. If you stripped the results off the screen Tuesday night, you would have thought from the cable chatter that she had won New Hampshire.

(The pundits still love Pete Buttigieg, but that relationship has grown comfortable, and Amy is a new infatuation.)

Thus we have a separate piece in the New York Times: “How Amy Klobuchar Pulled Off the Big Surprise of the New Hampshire Primary.”

And in the Washington Post: “With Third-Place Finish, Klobuchar Bursts to the Center of the Democratic Presidential Race.”

Of course the Minnesota senator deserves credit for crashing the top tier. She’s also the kind of reasonable pragmatist that the Beltway press tends to adore.

And the positive pieces about Klobuchar and Buttigieg all note that they may be poorly equipped for the Nevada-South Carolina-Super Tuesday stage of the campaign, and have yet to demonstrate much black support.

As for Elizabeth Warren’s belly-flop in a neighboring state, the press can’t identify a state she could plausibly win and is assuming she’s toast.

The Bernie trajectory has set off something of a freakout among establishment pols and pundits. Times columnist Tom Friedman devoted a piece to praising the billionaire who skipped the first four contests but certainly has the resources to take on Trump:

“Bloomberg has the right stuff — a moderate progressive with a heart of gold but the toughness of a rattlesnake — for what is going to be an incredibly big, brutal task: making Donald Trump a one-term president.” (Friedman notes that Bloomberg Philanthropies has donated to his wife’s museum project.)

President Trump, who held a rally in New Hampshire on Monday, tweeted that “Fake News CNN and MSDNC have not surprisingly refused to talk about my record setting number of voters in New Hampshire (and in Iowa).” An incumbent essentially running unopposed doesn’t get much coverage for the primaries, but it’s true that Trump turned out more than 120,000 voters on Tuesday, compared with over 49,000 for Barack Obama in 2012.

With Biden an increasingly unlikely nominee, whoever wins this muddle of a Democratic race faces a tougher-than-expected challenge against a president who just beat impeachment.

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Claims of Hillary Clinton ‘dirt’ pitched to Trump adviser ‘not true,’ professor linked to Russia probe says: report

Claims that a Maltese academic offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to a former Trump campaign adviser are “absolutely … not true,” the professor is heard saying on a newly released audio recording, according to a British newspaper.

Professor Joseph Mifsud made the remarks in October 2017 to a reporter from The Telegraph of London, the newspaper claimed Thursday in a story promoting its “Crossfire” podcast.

The paper’s website includes a 1-minute, 33-second audio clip of the reporter, Robert Mendick, purportedly talking with Mifsud, whose whereabouts have been unknown in recent years.

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“Absolutely this is not true,” a voice said to be Mifsud’s is heard saying on the recording, denying the claims that helped trigger the two-year-long Russia investigation that ended with former special counsel Robert Mueller opting not to file criminal charges against President Trump.

The then-candidate Trump’s team was accused of seeking potentially damaging information about Clinton, the Republican Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The events that were later investigated were said to have begun when Mifsud met at a London hotel with George Papadopolous, then a foreign policy adviser who was working for the Trump campaign.

In the clip, the reporter asks Mifsud if he met with Papadopoulos in London in April 2016. The professor responds that he did meet with Papadopoulos, “for a coffee or something like that.”

The reporter then asks Mifsud to confirm a claim that Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had “obtained dirt” about Hillary Clinton.

Absolutely that is not true,” Mifsud responds.

“Just to give you an idea,” Mifsud adds, “ … You know, my visits to the Russian Federation are visa-by-visa because I don’t even have a multiple entry visa to Russia. The last visa that I got to Russia was given to me through the Saudis because I was there for the seminar on Yemen. So it has nothing to do with the Russians.”

Papadopoulos reportedly had sought to meet with Mifsud as part of efforts to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Telegraph reported.

But Mifsud’s claims of Russian connections were mostly not true, Papadopoulos has since claimed.

In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on charges of lying to FBI agents in connection with his contacts with Russian government agents while working for the Trump campaign. He served a 12-day sentence, performed community service and paid a $9,500 fine to resolve his case.

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George Papadopoulos (left) pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud (right). (Twitter/YouTube)

Last November, Fox News reported on another audio recording claiming to be of Mifsud, published by Italian publication Adnkronos.

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“I have absolutely no contact with friends and family for several months,” the voice in the audio claims. “It has been almost two years now that the whole matter has exploded and been presented to the world media and on the world stage as if I had something to do with matters concerning countries or had I tried to infiltrate it, it is absolutely absurd, in programs, contacts or any other institution in the world. I have been a man of relationships all my life and this is what I do well.”

Fox News could not independently verify whether the voice was that of Mifsud, but his lawyer, Stefan Roh, expressed skepticism given that much of the recording was centered on Mifsud insisting he did not work for “any service, secret service or intelligence or none of this kind.”

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China sees 15K new coronavirus cases, change in counting procedure: report

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The number of new coronavirus cases in China surged Thursday after 14,840 people were diagnosed with the disease that has already claimed 1,300 lives worldwide.

The jump in cases comes after reports out of the country indicated that the virus may have leveled off. The latest increase was attributed to the country’s new approach to counting patients. The Los Angeles Times reported that about 90 percent of the new cases were “clinically diagnosed.” Doctors in the country previously relied on nucleic tests for the viral disease known as COVID-19.

MEN APPEAR TO FAIR WORSE WITH THE VIRUS

The nucleic tests, according to reports, were criticized over their accuracy. The public has widely criticized local officials for their handling of the outbreak and Beijing has been accused of withholding key statistics in the virus’ early days.

The Times reported that under the new guidelines, patients undergo a CT scan of their lungs and observed by doctors to see if they’re symptomatic.

China has locked down an unprecedented 60 million people in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, which has hit hardest in the city of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province. The country has 60,000 confirmed cases.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised tax cuts and other aid to industry as the ruling Communist Party tries to limit the mounting damage to the economy.

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The country is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain the virus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Men appear to be more vulnerable to the coronavirus: report

Scientists believe that males could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus because they may have a weaker immune response to the disease, according to a column by Financial Times.

The virus has killed roughly 1,300 people and infected over 48,000 worldwide as of Thursday. Another case was discovered in San Diego Calif. on Wednesday, bringing the total U.S. infected to 14.

Roughly two-thirds of 99 infected patients admitted to a Wuhan hospital last month were men, science writer Anjana Ahuja wrote, citing a Lancet medical study published on Jan. 30.

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“It is an eye-catching discrepancy,” Ahuja wrote. “A picture is emerging of 2019-nCoV [now COVID-19] as a novel pathogen that disproportionately affects older men, particularly those with existing illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.”

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

She said possible reasons for the differences between men and women could be smoking, a variation of hospital treatment and hormonal differences which could impact males’ immune system response.

Females are prone to autoimmune diseases, which causes parts of their immune system to become stronger to compensate, resulting in a possible stronger response to the coronavirus, according to FT. Women routinely outlive men by six to eight years and are more likely to reach their first birthday, according to the World Health Organization [WHO].

Stanley Perlman, an immunologist at the University of Iowa and his colleagues suggested that hormones, including Estrogen, could be a possible defense against the virus.

Perlman studied how SARS — a disease often compared with coronavirus — impacts male and female mice. He concluded that male mice were affected in greater number, while adding that his study was consistent across coronaviruses as well, according to FT.

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Two studies on SARS and MERS [Middle East respiratory syndrome] patients found that males had a higher death rate for both diseases.

One study showed that out of 1,800 Sars patients — men had a 9 percent higher date rate. A 2019 study of 229 Mers patients showed found that males had a six percent higher death rate over females, FT reported.

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“Some scientists are now convinced that these sex differences in clinical data reflect a genuine male vulnerability to coronavirus, rather than a bias in exposure,” Ahuja said. “The observations add to growing evidence that immunologically speaking, men are the weaker sex.”

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Rush Limbaugh ponders a Trump debate against Pete Buttigieg: ‘What’s gonna happen there?’

Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday suggested former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg wouldn’t look masculine standing next to “Mr. Man” President Trump on a presidential debate stage because he is an openly gay married man.

Democrats are “sitting there, and they’re looking at Mayor Pete, a 37-year-old gay guy … loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage,” Limbaugh told his radio show listeners while discussing what he perceives as a weak Democratic field. “And they’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this gonna look, a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband onstage next to Mr. Man Donald Trump? What’s gonna happen there?'”

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Limbaugh said Democrats must be thinking, “despite all the great progress and despite all the great ‘wokeness,’ and despite all the great ground that’s been covered,” Americans likely still aren’t ready to elect an openly gay man.

He suggested some liberals may see Buttigieg’s sexuality as an asset.

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“What’s gonna happen there?” Rush Limbaugh, right, asked his listeners Wednesday, referring to the prospect of a presidential debate between President Trump and Pete Buttigieg, left.

He added, “a gay guy, 37 years old, loves kissing his husband on debate stages. Can you see Trump have fun with that?”

Limbaugh received the Presidential Medial of Freedom during Trump’s State of the Union address last week, a day after he revealed he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

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Buttigieg has not yet responded to Limbaugh’s remarks.

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AOC says Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk damage-control bid falls short

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday that she wasn’t buying billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to distance himself from his 2015 remarks about “stop and frisk,” a controversial anti-crime policy that was used when he was mayor of New York City.

“People’s lives were ruined,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told reporters on Capitol Hill about the Bloomberg policy, according to The Hill. “So are those folks going to get their records expunged? With a tweet? They’re not. So I think that we need something a little bit more than that.”

“Stop and frisk was a uniquely and largely Bloomberg-administration policy,” she added later. “I don’t think he can blame it on a predecessor.”

“Stop and frisk was a uniquely and largely Bloomberg-administration policy. I don’t think he can blame it on a predecessor.”

— U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

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In a statement Tuesday, Bloomberg claimed he “inherited” stop and frisk – without mentioning his mayoral predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, by name – and added that the policy was “overused.” He then claimed that while he “cut it back by 95%,” he regretted not having done so “faster and sooner.”

The statement was in response to the resurfacing of a 2015 video in which Bloomberg said “ninety-five percent” of murders in New York appeared to follow a familiar pattern.

“They are male, minorities, 16-25,” Bloomberg says in the video, referring to both murder suspects and their victims. “That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city [inaudible]. And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”

He also says he “put all the cops in minority neighborhoods” because “that’s where all the crime is.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to distance himself from 2015 remarks about the anti-crime policy “stop and frisk” didn’t win approval from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

But critics argued that stop-and-frisk granted police officers too much liberty in detaining, questioning and searching people, thus violating their constitutional rights in many cases. They added that minorities were far more likely than whites to be stopped by police for no reason.

New York Civil Liberties Union data show police stops increased from 97,296 in 2002, when Bloomberg became mayor, to 685,724 in 2011, then dropped sharply to 191,851 in 2013, Bloomberg’s final year in office, The Hill reported. Nearly 90 percent of those stopped were not charged with any crime, the figures show.

Now that Bloomberg, a former Republican and independent, is running as a Democrat, he has been expressing regrets about the policy as he tries to win votes from liberals and minority groups, who have regarded the policy as unfair, particularly to African-Americans.

Bloomberg has also touted endorsements he has received from prominent African-Americans, such as Congressional Black Caucus members Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York, Lucy McBath of Georgia and Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands.

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Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president.

On Tuesday, another Sanders supporter – his national campaign co-chair Nina Turner, an Ohio state senator – called on Bloomberg to end his presidential campaign because of his stop-and-frisk policy, Axios reported.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this story.

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Rudy Giuliani rips Bidens and media: ‘They are lying and lying and lying and the corrupt media just repeat it’

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The president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani responded to those upset following Attorney General William Barr announcing that the Justice Department will review information about Ukraine from the former mayor of New York City, saying he is not receiving special treatment.

“Not only am I not I’m not getting special treatment. I’ve been getting terrible treatment,” Giuliani sad Wednesday on “Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream.” “This should have been investigated three years ago. If President Trump had gone on the stage and said, ‘I pressured the president of another country to dismiss a prosecutor,’ there’d be an investigation the next day.”

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“In fact, they tried to say President Trump said something like that about two months ago,” Giuliani quipped.

Giuliani told Bream he revealed “facts” regarding the allegation that the former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter committed multiple crimes in Ukraine, China and Iraq 10 months ago but that “nobody paid attention.

“They are lying and lying and lying,” a frustrated Giuliani told Bream. “And the corrupt media just repeat it.”

Barr confirmed Monday that the DOJ is reviewing the information through an “intake process” to gauge its credibility.

“The Justice Department has the obligation to have an open door to anybody who wishes to provide us information that they think is relevant,” Barr told reporters. “But as I did say to Senator [Lindsey] Graham … we have to be very careful …with respect to any information coming from the Ukraine.”

Giuliani told Bream he had a “smoking gun,” which on “Watters’ World” Saturday host Jesse Watters summarized as “a ’roundabout’ — an international wire to avoid detection disguised as a loan.”

Bream pressed Giuliani on the claims put forth with the former mayor telling the host to listen to his podcast.

“Look, Biden is so guilty. It is so obvious this was a bribe,” Giuliani said. “You have to be a fool not to see it.”

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., sent a letter to Barr seeking answers to the “channel” set up to vet Giuliani’s information, which CBS News reports is the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh.

“Whether or not you are in league with Giuliani and his associates, DOJ guidelines and regulations exits to protect you and the Department from even the appearance of a conflict of interest or any impropriety,” Nadler wrote.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Government is spying on us without warrants, in violation of Constitution

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The Framers … conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)

While we were all consumed by impeachment, a pernicious piece of legislation was slowly and silently making its way through Congress. It is a renewal of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

The Patriot Act of 2001 has three sections that are scheduled to expire on March 15. One of those sections is the infamous 215, which authorized the federal government to capture without a warrant all records of all people in America held by third parties.

Do we really want the federal government to spy without warrants? How can Congress, which has sworn to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, legislate such a blatant violation of it? Here is the backstory.

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After the Constitution was ratified in 1789, it was soon amended to recognize the existence of natural rights and to keep the government from interfering with them. As Brandeis wrote 140 years afterward, the most comprehensive of those rights was the right to be let alone, which today we call privacy.

To secure that right, the Fourth Amendment was ratified. The purpose of the Fourth Amendment was to prevent the government from utilizing general warrants and to require judicially authorized search warrants issued under narrow circumstances. James Madison, who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, shared the hatred that colonists-turned-Americans had for general warrants.

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A general warrant was a document issued by a secret court in London authorizing the bearer of the document, usually a British soldier or intelligence agent, to search wherever he wished and to seize whatever he found. The applicant for the warrant needed to demonstrate to the court only that the warrant was intended to unearth something that the government wanted. Because these warrants did not specify the object of the search, there was no limit to them.

Hence Madison’s language in the Fourth Amendment preserving privacy but permitting the government to invade it only upon a showing, under oath, of probable cause of crime, and then requiring the warrant to specify in writing the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized.

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After 9/11, in the collective spirit of fear, timidity and subservience to the presidency, and in utter disregard for its members’ oaths to uphold the Constitution, Congress enacted the Patriot Act. It permits one federal agent to authorize another federal agent to search and seize whatever the latter wishes to look at and capture so long as it is in the possession of third-party financial institutions.

Over the years, the definition of “financial institution” has been radically expanded by both legislation and presidential executive orders so as to include nearly every conceivable entity that has any records about any person in America — from banks to hospitals to lawyers to merchants to credit card issuers to telecoms and computer service providers and even the post office.

At the same time that the Patriot Act was being expanded, the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spy apparatus — was not even pretending to follow legislation.

We know from Edward Snowden’s revelations — which have never been disputed by the government — that since 2003, the NSA has captured not only the records of Americans held by third parties but also the records of every keystroke touched by every person in America and every telephone call transmitted over fiber optic cable. That includes every email, text message and piece of data — even what was deleted. This warrantless mass surveillance continues today unabated.

Also unabated and equally unlawful and unconstitutional is the government’s use of cell towers as monitors of movement. Whenever anyone travels with a mobile device in the U.S., the nearest cell tower picks up signals from the mobile device, even turned off. The government, which either owns the cell towers or, under Section 215, may capture all the data the towers amass, can effectively follow any person with a mobile device in real-time.

How does the government get away with this?

The feds have labored mightily to keep all of these constitutional violations as far from judicial scrutiny as they can. They rightly fear — they know — that all of this violates the Fourth Amendment.

If their nefarious behavior, which we know they have used on the president of the United States and on the Supreme Court, comes under judicial scrutiny, the feds will argue that the Fourth Amendment only pertains to criminal prosecutions and not to domestic spying; thus, they can ignore it when they spy.

They have made up this argument out of thin air. There is neither a hint in the language of the amendment nor a whiff in its history to support that argument.

Has the government lost sight of our birthright? It is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — not to mention getting into heaven. How can we do any of this if the government we have hired to preserve our liberty is surreptitiously destroying it?

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Brandeis’ language about being let alone was written in 1928, in a dissent to a Supreme Court opinion that failed to recognize the right to privacy. Today, his dissent is the law of the land, but the feds ignore it. He wrote that there is more to life than owning material goods. There is the fulfillment of spiritual, intellectual and cultural goals and the achievement of intimate aspirations, none of which are the government’s business.

Why do we permit the government to assault our most basic freedoms, under the law or under the table?

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Ex-NHL star Jeremy Roenick ‘angry’ he won’t return to NBC after suspension for sex remarks about co-workers

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Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick won’t be returning to NBC Sports, a network spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, a little more than a month after he was suspended without pay for making inappropriate comments about his coworkers while on a podcast.

Roenick broke the news himself on Twitter, posting a video titled “What a Joke!!” In the video, he says he was angry and disappointed about NBC’s decision.

“I’m also grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to share my love, my passion and my knowledge of the game with millions of people, millions of fans,” he adds.

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He adds that he plans to return to broadcasting at some point, “better and more motivated to bring you the best entertainment and the best that I have for the game of hockey.”

Roenick also thanks the fans who’ve stood by him, saying their support has been “overwhelming.”

Roenick was suspended by the network indefinitely just before Christmas, days after he discussed a vacation to Portugal that he took with his wife and co-broadcaster Kathryn Tappen in which he joked about the idea of the three of them having sex together.

“I play it off like we’re going to bed together every night, the three of us,” he said on the podcast “Spittin’ Chiclets,” about when someone asked about their situation at the resort. “If it really came to fruition, that would really be good, but it’s never going to happen.”

Tappen issued a statement at the time, criticizing Roenick’s comments.

“While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially among workplace colleagues. I do not condone his comments,” Tappen said.

Roenick later called anchor Patrick Sharp “so beautiful” and said: “I’d have to think about it if he asked me. … I wouldn’t say no right away,” and then seemed to contrast Sharp’s appearance with his and Anson Carter’s.

“It’s good to have a beautiful face that talks well, that knows the game because it’s totally the opposite when me and Anson get on there,” he joked.

Roenick had worked with NBC since 2010 and previously played 20 seasons in the NHL for several teams, including the Chicago BlackhawksPhiladelphia FlyersSan Jose SharksArizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings.

NBC said it would have no further comment.

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Roenick is just the latest high-profile firing from NBC in the wake of Megyn Kelly who was let go by the network for questioning why blackface is offensive and Matt Lauer who lost his job in 2017 for sexual misconduct.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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