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British foreign secretary: England will leave EU without a deal if necessary, by October

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British foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the United Kingdom is prepared to leave the European Union by October, even if they are unable to reach a final deal with their neighboring countries.

“We’re going through a challenge. We’ve got a historic crossroads with Brexit and we really appreciate the fact that we’ve got the relationship with our U.S. Friends and the U.S. Government, in such a good place. And we want to build on that,” he told Bret Baier during an interview on “Special Report” on Wednesday.

“The prime minister has appointed a much more united and disciplined cabinet which is going to get this Brexit process done by the end of October — preferably with a deal with our E.U. partners. But if they refuse to move… then we’ll leave without a deal.

“And come what may, we want to take the opportunities of Brexit. So that includes a free trade deal in both the interests of the U.K. but also the U.S.”

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Baier asked Raab if he was worried about a trade war within the European Union, and he said he has complete confidence in the British people to rise to the challenge without any help from the surrounding counties.

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“We don’t regard Brexit as a precipice [to a trade war]. I think there are some risks but we can manage them,” he replied.

“I think the most important thing that prime minister Boris Johnson has done is lifted up the head of the government and said, you know what — we’ve got the economic wherewithal, the capacity, we’ve got the business know-how, we’ve got the entrepreneurs and the innovators. Let’s actually go into this challenge with some self-confidence and grasp the opportunities.”

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California man, 70 accused of manslaughter after Minnesota girl, 6, dies in car fire

A 70-year-old Southern California man has been charged with three felonies in Minnesota — including second-degree manslaughter — after he put a hot cookstove in the back of his van, causing a fire that spread to another vehicle, killing a 6-year-old girl and critically injuring her sister, authorities say.

Investigators say Roberto Hipolito, of Long Beach, Calif., and his wife slept overnight in their van outside a Walmart in Fridley, Minn., a northern suburb of Minneapolis. Surveillance video shows Hipolito cooking something on the stove, then putting it in the van before going into the store.

Hipolito’s van caught fire and engulfed the two vehicles on either side of it, including a minivan where the two sisters, ages 6 and 9, were waiting for their mother to return from shopping.

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This Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 photo shows two charred vehicles in the parking lot of a Walmart in Fridley, Minn. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP) (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

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According to court documents, Hipolito’s wife, who stayed with the van, was told by a passerby that the vehicle was on fire. The woman jumped out and tried to remove belongings, but the fire grew stronger “within thirty seconds of the rear door being opened,” the document said.

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Six-year-old Ty’rah White died Tuesday night while being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Daniel Douglas told the Star Tribune. Her 9-year-old sister, Taraji White, remained in critical condition at the same hospital on Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The girls’ mother, 33-year-old Essie McKenzie of Coon Rapids, Minn., said Ty’rah was “such a bright kid” with “a huge personality,” and said her daughter “loved people.”

When asked about the stove, Hipolito said he had not used it for several days, the complaint said. He later clarified that he had used the stove the previous night. When investigators interviewed him again, and Hipolito said he had used the stove that morning to cook and then placed it in the rear of his van. Before moving to a parking spot closer to the store’s front door, Hipolito said he had tossed pillows and blankets to the rear of the van where the stove was.

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Walmart is well known for allowing overnight RV parking at some locations, and the company’s corporate website says it does so “as we are able,” with permission coming from individual store managers. A frequently asked questions section on the company’s website didn’t cover other vehicles. A manager of the Fridley Walmart referred questions to a corporate media relations number, and messages weren’t immediately returned.

Hipolito has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of negligently causing a fire. Hipolito is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gutfeld on the media’s polarizing attacks

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The media continue to use tragedy to indulge their own resentment.

First, there’s Nicole Wallace of MSNBC claiming President Trump said he wanted to exterminate people.

Wallace said: “You now have a president … talking about exterminating Latinos.”

After being called out she apologized, if you could call it that.

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Wallace tweeted: “I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry. Trump’s constant assault on people of color and his use of the word ‘invasion’ to describe the flow of immigrants is intentional and constant.”

In sum, it’s as if she is saying that Trump didn’t say “kill all Latinos,” but he meant it anyway, so it’s not Wallace’s fault for saying so.

She’s not the only one hating for ratings.

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Wallace’s network now claims that you, me, or anyone who isn’t in the resistance is a white supremacist.

And people on MSNBC have accused Fox News of spreading hatred.

This is irresponsible and probably dangerous. But they don’t care, because they don’t see us as wrong, only evil. And of course, profitable. It borders on comedy, like a clown linking President Trump’s act of mourning to Nazis.

Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI official who is now an MSNBC contributor, suggested that President Trump’s decision to order flags flown at half-staff to mourn the victims of the shootings in Texas and Ohio is tied to white supremacy.

Figliuzzi said: “The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th, that’s 8/8. Now I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House. The numbers 8/8 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter “h” is the eighth letter of the alphabet – and to them, the numbers 88 together stand for ‘Heil Hitler.’

OK, he’s crazy, and he’s on MSNBC.

Then there’s Joe Scarborough, who tweeted that any business donating to Trump endorses white supremacy. Has anyone in politics ever put so many targets on so many backs over a personal grudge?

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So as these people create a warlike fervor with heated rhetoric, I say “stay cool.” Don’t feed their hostility, because to you and me, tragedies are to be mourned, not exploited.

At “The Five,” we come up with paths forward. We’ve examined the media and the community’s role, and how to prevent the next attack if it’s possible. It’s not as exciting as painting bullseyes on half the country, or on your competition, but at least we can sleep at night.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on August 7, 2019.

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Beto O’Rourke calls Trump ‘white supremacist,’ says US ‘has been racist since it’s been a country’

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The war of words continues between President Trump and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who on Wednesday declared Trump a “white supremacist” and said that the United States “has been racist since it’s been a country.”

As the president visited O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, following the mass shooting there last weekend that left 22 people dead, the former congressman ratcheted up his attacks during an interview on MSNBC. He insisted another shooting will occur because of Trump’s rhetoric, which some say influenced a manifesto that investigators suspect was the El Paso gunman’s.

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“What happened in El Paso is not an isolated incident,” O’Rourke told MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff. “After the president warned of caravans, you had somebody go into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh warning of caravans. You had the mosque in Victoria, Texas, burned to the ground on the day President Trump signed his executive order to ban Muslim travel to the United States. So there are very real consequences to his words, to the tweets, to the racism that he fans.”

O’Rourke continued: “He’s not the source of racism in this country. This country has been racist as long as it’s been a country, but he is certainly fanning the flames, he is certainly making violence like this more possible and more real.”

“You’ve been very clear that you believe the president is a racist; is the president a white supremacist?” Soboroff asked.

“He is,” O’Rourke responded. “He’s also made that very clear. He’s dehumanized or has sought to dehumanize those who don’t look like or pray like the majority here in this country.”

The presidential candidate has been very outspoken with his attacks against Trump, calling him a “racist,” blaming him for the shooting and saying he wasn’t welcome in El Paso on the heels of the bloodshed.

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Trump fired back late Tuesday night on Twitter and mocked his “phony name.”

“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1 percent in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted.

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Ohio governor praises Trump visit, calls for gun control laws that respect Second Amendment

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Ohio’s Republican governor called for his state legislature to adopt Red Flag Protection Order laws in the wake of the mass shooting in Dayton.

Gov. Mike DeWine also thanked President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for their visit with victims and families affected by the tragedy, in an interview Wednesday on “Your World.”.

“I have asked the state legislature to pass a very well-thought-out process that respects the Second Amendment and respects due process of law,” he said.

“When you have someone who is a threat to themselves or a threat to others, and who has guns, there ought to be a procedure where family members could go into court or police could go into court and present the evidence and have those guns temporarily taken away from that person.”

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DeWine said such a policy would go a long way to prevent suicides and save lives in general.

He added during Ohio’s last budget proceedings, he had asked the legislature in Columbus to put an emphasis on mental health reform, especially in the school system.

“We really have an epidemic,” he said.

Of Trump’s visit to Dayton, DeWine said the president and first lady were gracious and consoling to victims and appreciative of law enforcement.

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“I can just tell you in every room he went, there were family members and sometimes victims and they were all very happy to see the president,” he said.

He added he asked the president about passing “red flag” laws, and that Trump, in turn, asked him to forward him a “summary” of his ideas in the near future.

Nationwide, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and the District of Columbia have enacted state “red flag” laws.

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Ben Shapiro says ‘red flag’ laws could bring massive gun grab if not done right

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The editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, said partisan anger and political abuse of proposed red-flag gun laws could lead to a power grab by the government if statutes and regulations aren’t instituted properly.

Shapiro, who said he supports the passage of a red-flag law, also shared in the skepticism of Second Amendment advocates, who claim such measures allow adversaries to institute gun seizures against individuals they simply dislike.

“They are worried about due-process protections,” he said on “The Ben Shapiro Show” on Wednesday. “If you make a frivolous claim to try and deprive somebody of their Second Amendment rights, then there should be blowback upon you.”

Shapiro added, “I’ve been supportive of red-flag laws but the counter-argument … is that you cannot trust people to be able to take away other peoples’ gun rights, because there are too many people who are going to use that in bad faith, and there are too many judges who are willing to impose such orders in bad faith.”

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Shapiro said the vilification of those on the right has led to such massive distrust, that conservatives and moderates alike are unwilling to join with Democrats for fear of being double-crossed.

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“This is why I say that when the left targets everybody on the right as a potential shooter or a supporter of a shooter, they’re undermining the ability to actually pass laws that could actually do something about this stuff. So, normally we should all be able to agree on a red-flag law.”

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Shapiro also blamed Democrats for overplaying their hand with identity politics and said they’ve hindered their own ability to pass positive legislation.

“There are a lot of people on the right who are worried about this and I think that that worry is not an unreasonable one, given the way that the left is treating the right, right now — given the way that Democrats are treating anyone who says they will vote for Trump — given the way they are lumping in everybody who is on the right with white supremacists,” he said.

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Twitter locks out McConnell’s campaign for posting video of calls for violence at his home

Twitter locked accounts belonging to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign and several prominent conservatives Monday, after they posted videos of left-wing protesters gathered outside McConnell’s Kentucky home — with one demonstrator calling for someone to stab McConnell “in the heart” and for McConnell to break his “raggedy” neck.

The episode prompted the McConnell campaign, known as “Team Mitch,” to slam Twitter for political bias, saying the social media platform had effectively blamed the victim. Meanwhile, observers noted, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro remains active on Twitter, even after he posted the names of San Antonio residents who donated to Trump.

“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden said in a statement. “This is the problem with the speech police in America today.”

Golden continued: “The Lexington-Herald can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it. Twitter will allow the words ‘Massacre Mitch’ to trend nationally on their platform. But locks our account for posting actual threats against us. We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”

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McConnell, 77, has been resting at home since tripping on his patio fracturing his shoulder on Sunday — and the Team Mitch account posted images showing him at his residence. In the wake of this weekend’s deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the hashtag “Massacre Mitch” trended on Twitter — and some activists took their case to McConnell’s residence.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., over the weekend. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

In a livestream video of the protest, Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm, standing with other demonstrators outside McConnell’s home, said that he “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-(expletive) neck” rather than fracturing his shoulder.

“Just stab the m—– f—– in the heart,” Helm said, after a fellow demonstrator referenced a McConnell voodoo doll.

Helm told the Lousville Courier-Journal in an interview on Wednesday that she had no regrets.

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“McConnell doesn’t care about people who actually do break their necks, who need insulin, who need any type of medication, because they want to stop and prevent health care for all,” Helm said. “And that is something that every American out here wants. There’s only a few Americans who don’t want that, and those people are politicians and their cronies.”

As of late Wednesday, the Team Mitch had not deleted the offending tweet containing the video. Twitter’s policy for accounts violating its rules on certain offending content is to require the account owners to delete offending tweets in order for their access to be restored unless the conduct is so severe it warrants an indefinite suspension.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized McConnell for offering prayers after recent mass shootings.

Its most recent tweet, made late Tuesday, Team Mitch called the threats outside McConnell’s home “serious calls to physical violence” and said law enforcement had been notified.

Twitter declined to provide an on-the-record comment. Because the video included an explicit call for violence, and took place steps away from McConnell’s residence, it apparently violated Twitter’s rules for anyone to post the video — including McConnell and his supporters.

But another Twitter user who posted the video, The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra, said Twitter simply does not want the “Left’s pure hatred exposed because it damages the narrative that many at Twitter have.”

“By suspending me for telling the truth, Twitter is making it clear that they seek to control the news media and only allow content on their platform that does not expose the evil, projection, and hypocrisy of the political Left,” Saavedra wrote. “Do not be surprised if they permanently ban me.”

Saavedra added: “By suspending McConnell’s re-election campaign for exposing the violent rhetoric directed at McConnell, which was allowed to foment on Twitter for days, Twitter is interfering in the 2020 elections in a manner to help Democrats and hurt Republicans.”

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Capitol Hill communications director Ben Goldey said that he, too, had been locked out of Twitter.

“My account was temporarily suspended after posting a video of far-left activists chanting death threats at Senator McConnell,” Goldey wrote on Twitter. “Meanwhile, @Castro4Congress tweet, targeting his own constituents by name and employer is still up and does not violate Twitter’s Rules.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has blamed McConnell for ‘Team Mitch’ staffers posing with a cardboard cutout of her. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Former McConnell aide and political commentator Scott Jennings also called the situation inexplicable.

“Mitch McConnell has people on his yard threatening to “stab the motherf******” in the heart” & @twitter suspends MCCONNELL from its platform,” Jennings wrote on Twitter. “This nation needs to heal & this platform is actively removing voices from the conversation who can help find solutions. Absolute garbage.”

On Tuesday, McConnell’s campaign accused New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of encouraging threats against the senator and “trying to dox some underage kids” after she blasted a group of McConnell-supporting boys who took a controversial photo with a cardboard cutout of her during a recent Kentucky political event.

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“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and liberal Twitter personalities are trying to dox some underage kids for taking a photo with a cutout at the Fancy Farm political picnic and are cheering on thousands of accounts calling for Senator McConnell to ‘break his neck,’” Team Mitch tweeted.

In a tweet Monday, Ocasio-Cortez did not explicitly call for harassment or threats but she prompted a wave of negative reactions to the boys when she suggested that their gestures — “groping” and “choking” the cut-out, as she alleged — represented the “culture” of McConnell’s campaign.

After Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, McConnell’s campaign responded by distancing itself from the photo, clarifying that the boys weren’t employees of the campaign. “Team Mitch in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning act toward life-sized cardboard cutouts of any gender,” campaign spokesman Kevin Golden said, according to the New York Post.

Golden added: “These young men are not campaign staff, they’re high schoolers and it’s incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs rather than report real, and significant news in our country.”

McConnell’s campaign appeared to downplay the photo by comparing it to one that a former aide to President Obama took after his election in 2008. The photo, posted at the end of 2008, showed Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau appearing to grope a cardboard cut-out of Hillary Clinton, then Obama’s choice for secretary of state.

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The situation quickly spiraled. The Daily Beast posted a tweet claiming that McConnel’s campaign had “essentially” told Ocasio-Cortez that “boys will be boys” — prompting Ocasio-Cortez, and later Newsweek, to falsely imply that McConnell’s campaign had, in fact, used that phrase.

“How a lie gets laundered,” wrote Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy.

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Posing with octopus on face sends Washington woman to hospital

A Washington woman, hoping an octopus on the face would make for a prize-winning photo, instead wound up with something she never expected: a faceful of pain and a trip to the hospital.

Jamie Bisceglia told Fox News on Wednesday that she was participating in a fishing derby in the South Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge last Friday when a group of men in the competition snagged an octopus.

Bisceglia, 45, of Fox Island, on Wednesday recalled asking the men for the juvenile Pacific octopus they’d snagged, saying, “I’d like to eat it for dinner.”

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Jamie Bisceglia of Fox Island, Wash., was sent to the hospital after posing for a photo with an octopus on her face last Friday. (Jamie Bisceglia)

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She also asked the men to take a photo of her with the sea creature, intending to enter the snap in the derby’s photography contest: “It’s soft, it’s squishy, it doesn’t feel like it can hurt you — I put it on my face.”

And at first, that wasn’t so bad. “The tentacles were squirming in my ear, my nose, it was just playing with me on my face,” she said.

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Jamie Bisceglia told Fox News she asked a group of men to photograph her with the octopus. (Jamie Bisceglia)

“And then all of a sudden its beak entered my chin and my eyes popped open wide and they could all see that I was getting attacked, and the photos are taken at the moment it was attacking me.”

The sensation was vivid and unforgettable. “Oh my gosh,” she said, “when it bites you it feels like it’s barbed and if I pulled it out it was going to take out my flesh.”

When she finally pulled the octopus off, she said, the pain was intense, and the bleeding lasted for a half-hour.

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Jamie Bisceglia described the pain of the octopus bite as “intense,” adding that the bleeding lasted for 30 minutes. (Jamie Bisceglia)

Still, she didn’t go to the hospital for two days, determined to finish two back-to-back fishing derbies first.

Between derbies, she even went to a friend’s house, cooked the octopus for dinner and “enjoyed a beautiful meal that was delicious.”

“I got a little revenge,” she added.

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Jamie Bisceglia said she cooked the octopus that bit her for dinner. “I got a little revenge,” she told Fox News.  (Jamie Bisceglia)

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The next day she competed in the second derby. But when she woke up after, she realized she had to see a doctor immediately.

“I could tell I couldn’t swallow properly and I could tell when I opened my eyes it was kind of blurry, the left side of my face, my throat, my glands were swollen and it felt my left side of my face was parlayed,” Bisceglia said.

Days later, she said, she’s still hurting, and her face and throat remain swollen. She also has a rash on her chin to show for her bid to grab a memorable photo.

Bisceglia said doctors told her the swelling could linger for months. And “I have to take tons of medicine, three different heavy doses of antibiotics and I’m taking milk thistle, which is supposed to help with the venom.”

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Now, Bisceglia knows the octopus thing was “a very big mistake that I will never forget.” (Jamie Bisceglia)

Her takeaway? “I would tell everyone not to touch something that they don’t know what the consequences are.”

And who won the fishing derby photo contest that set this misadventure in motion. The results, she says, are still coming sometime this week. After her octo-ordeal, she’s hoping it’ll at least pay off with a win.

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“There might be a silver lining,” she said.

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Feds arrest 32 in kickoff of San Francisco drug, crime crackdown

Federal officials said Wednesday that 32 people, many of them Honduran nationals, had been arrested in connection with two international operations that poured heroin and cocaine into San Francisco’s notorious Tenderloin District.

“My belief is that the Tenderloin, in fairness, deserves the rule of law every bit as other fine neighborhoods in San Francisco,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson said. “This is not an immigration initiative. This is not a deportation initiative. This is a public safety initiative.”

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Anderson said the arrests were the first step in a crackdown on crimes ranging from drugs to sex trafficking. He added that his office is devoting 15 prosecutors to the effort for at least the next year.

Chris Nielsen, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in San Francisco, said an investigation launched in late 2017 uncovered two independent operations stretching from Mexico to Seattle in which defendants living on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area commuted daily to the Tenderloin to sell drugs.

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Sleeping people, discarded clothes and used needles are seen on a street in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco last month (AP)

Nielsen said the “commuter drug dealers” acted like “independent contractors,” selling drugs in exchange for housing.

“Each morning, drugs were dropped off with dealers in the East Bay and then commuted into the city to sell to people from all over the area,” he said.

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It’s not uncommon to see people shooting up or snorting powder in the Tenderloin neighborhood, which contains City Hall and several federal buildings and is just minutes from tourist-heavy Union Square. A city report published in April stated that more than half of nearly 900 people booked into jail or cited for incidents tied to drug sales in 2017-18 were cited or arrested by police in the Tenderloin. It said a high percentage of drug sales involve organized crime and “sellers often give drugs to homeless people who are addicted in exchange” for holding the drugs.

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San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney, whose district includes the Tenderloin, told The Associated Press residents are fed up with dealers using the neighborhood as a dumping ground for drugs. He welcomed the assistance but says the city needs to remain vigilant on immigration. San Francisco was a so-called “sanctuary city” before the rest of California largely pledged not to work with federal authorities on deporting people in the country illegally.

“I hope that this isn’t a way to get around San Francisco sanctuary laws,” he said. “There can be an important role for the U.S. attorney in going after higher-level individuals, and I hope that is where they would put their focus.”

Anderson has vowed that the crackdown would not affect “innocent” homeless people or drug users but would tackle high-level drug dealing, fraud, identity theft and firearms.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Chris Stirewalt: Texas safe for Republicans in 2020 unless Biden the nominee

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Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt said Texas will likely vote Republican across the board in the upcoming 2020 elections — unless Democrats choose former Vice-President Joe Biden as their nominee.

“We spend all of this time talking about what the election might be. The election’s really only going to last four or five months, because we won’t know who the Democrats have chosen until April or May, at the soonest. And once we know that, then we know what kind of race [it’s going to be],” he said Wednesday on “The Daily Briefing.”

“Look, if Joe Biden’s the nominee, are the Republicans going to be playing defense in Texas? You better believe it. If they somehow end up with Elizabeth Warren as the nominee, I think we can pretty safely say that the Republicans aren’t going to have to spend a lot of time worrying about Texas.”

Texas has long been considered a GOP stronghold in presidential races, but their political dominance has been called into question this week, following the deadly mass shooting in El Paso that left 22 people dead. Democrats have not carried the state in a presidential contest since Jimmy Carter won it in 1976.

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Stirewalt also expressed optimism about Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, retaining his seat and said it would be a bad tactical move for 2020 presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, to drop out of the race to try and avenge his 2018 Senate loss to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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“I would also add another asterisk here. John Cornyn ought to be safe, regardless of what happens. He’s very popular, very well-liked in Texas,” Stirewalt added.

“Any Democrat who is telling Beto O’Rourke, who has turned into — what a disaster of a joke of a presidential campaign, anybody who’s telling him to drop out and run against Cornyn is giving him bad advice.”

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