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Catalina Lauf takes aim at AOC with ‘Latina by heart, American first’ congressional run

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Catalina Lauf, a 26-year-old former Trump administration adviser and Latina running for Congress in Illinois, doesn’t explicitly bill herself as the Republican counterweight to New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Lauf’s nascent congressional bid is already attracting national media attention, not only because of comparisons to Ocasio-Cortez, but also because she has become one of a small number of prominent Republican Latinas to defend President Trump’s immigration policies.

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Swinney: No. 1 Clemson to play several new faces on D-line

Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year’s national championship squad is so tight “we don’t know who’s going to run out there first.”

Swinney will have to figure it out soon since No. 1 Clemson opens defense of its title Thursday night at home against Georgia Tech. Two starters are listed at three of the four defensive line positions on the team’s opening depth chart with only senior Nyles Pinckney locked into place at defensive tackle.

Jordan Williams, a third-year sophomore, had carried the other starting tackle spot into fall camp, but has been pressured by Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound freshman who arrived in January. Both end positions are in flux, too, with junior Justin Foster and sophomores Xavier Thomas and Logan Rudolph battling for the two starting spots.

“We’ve still got a couple of more days of practice and meetings,” Swinney said. “I do know this. We’re going to play a lot of guys. We’ve got a bunch of guys who are just like a big, ole pack.”

Clemson didn’t have such problems the past few years with ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence controlling the middle as the Tigers’ defense gave up only 13.1 points a game, the fewest total in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

Ferrell and Wilkins, both All-Americans, and Bryant chose to return for their senior seasons and join Lawrence for one more chance at a national championship, which they helped the Tigers accomplish last fall.

Since the victory parade in January, much focus at Clemson has been on whether Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables had groomed to take over after those rock-solid players had gone.

“It’s definitely different,” said Clemson center Sean Pollard who for several seasons had been pounded in practice by last season’s defensive veterans.

Rudolph, the younger brother of ex-Oklahoma State and current Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, played 141 snaps over 14 games a year ago. Rudolph has brought an intensity, Swinney said, to his offseason practices and work habits that moved him to the top.

Thomas is a quick, 6-2, 265-pound player who came into the program last year as the country’s top defensive end prospect. Thomas had several big moments a backup a year ago, including a crowd-pleasing blind-side sack of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey in the final moments to lock up Clemson’s 27-23 victory. But Swinney said Thomas must develop the consistency to do it every down.

Thomas is “a special talent,” Swinney said. “But he’s got to be a down in, down out special player, not just a special talent.”

Rudolph believes he’s done more than enough to earn a starting spot and is confident Clemson’s line will be just as salty and strong this season.

“I think me and whoever they want to put out there would be great,” he said with a smile.

First-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins isn’t concerned about Clemson’s position battles. He’s got his hands full changing the Yellow Jackets approach on offense and defense. Collins said he’s also run his players through pre-game practices, all the way to their meal before they play.

“We want to be make sure that we’ve already done all of those things so that regardless of what environment we step into, we have a process and we have a way to do things,” Collins said.

For Swinney, last year’s defensive group was also the Tigers conscience, taking care of issues on their own that might’ve split apart other programs. It was Wilkins who took then new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence out to breakfast a few days after popular veteran Kelly Bryant left the team after Lawrence was elevated to starter.

When a problem got to Swinney, the coach said Wilkins, Ferrell and senior linebacker Kendall Joseph were among the veterans who quickly stepped up to tell Swinney they’d take care of things.

“We don’t have any alpha dogs up front,” Swinney said. “But it’s coming.”

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Swinney: No. 1 Clemson to play several new faces on D-line

Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year’s national championship squad is so tight “we don’t know who’s going to run out there first.”

Swinney will have to figure it out soon since No. 1 Clemson opens defense of its title Thursday night at home against Georgia Tech. Two starters are listed at three of the four defensive line positions on the team’s opening depth chart with only senior Nyles Pinckney locked into place at defensive tackle.

Jordan Williams, a third-year sophomore, had carried the other starting tackle spot into fall camp, but has been pressured by Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound freshman who arrived in January. Both end positions are in flux, too, with junior Justin Foster and sophomores Xavier Thomas and Logan Rudolph battling for the two starting spots.

“We’ve still got a couple of more days of practice and meetings,” Swinney said. “I do know this. We’re going to play a lot of guys. We’ve got a bunch of guys who are just like a big, ole pack.”

Clemson didn’t have such problems the past few years with ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence controlling the middle as the Tigers’ defense gave up only 13.1 points a game, the fewest total in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

Ferrell and Wilkins, both All-Americans, and Bryant chose to return for their senior seasons and join Lawrence for one more chance at a national championship, which they helped the Tigers accomplish last fall.

Since the victory parade in January, much focus at Clemson has been on whether Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables had groomed to take over after those rock-solid players had gone.

“It’s definitely different,” said Clemson center Sean Pollard who for several seasons had been pounded in practice by last season’s defensive veterans.

Rudolph, the younger brother of ex-Oklahoma State and current Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, played 141 snaps over 14 games a year ago. Rudolph has brought an intensity, Swinney said, to his offseason practices and work habits that moved him to the top.

Thomas is a quick, 6-2, 265-pound player who came into the program last year as the country’s top defensive end prospect. Thomas had several big moments a backup a year ago, including a crowd-pleasing blind-side sack of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey in the final moments to lock up Clemson’s 27-23 victory. But Swinney said Thomas must develop the consistency to do it every down.

Thomas is “a special talent,” Swinney said. “But he’s got to be a down in, down out special player, not just a special talent.”

Rudolph believes he’s done more than enough to earn a starting spot and is confident Clemson’s line will be just as salty and strong this season.

“I think me and whoever they want to put out there would be great,” he said with a smile.

First-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins isn’t concerned about Clemson’s position battles. He’s got his hands full changing the Yellow Jackets approach on offense and defense. Collins said he’s also run his players through pre-game practices, all the way to their meal before they play.

“We want to be make sure that we’ve already done all of those things so that regardless of what environment we step into, we have a process and we have a way to do things,” Collins said.

For Swinney, last year’s defensive group was also the Tigers conscience, taking care of issues on their own that might’ve split apart other programs. It was Wilkins who took then new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence out to breakfast a few days after popular veteran Kelly Bryant left the team after Lawrence was elevated to starter.

When a problem got to Swinney, the coach said Wilkins, Ferrell and senior linebacker Kendall Joseph were among the veterans who quickly stepped up to tell Swinney they’d take care of things.

“We don’t have any alpha dogs up front,” Swinney said. “But it’s coming.”

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Osaka, Nadal, Gauff headline packed second day at US Open

Tennis’ future takes center stage on the second day of the U.S. Open.

The focus will be on youngsters seeking to wrest major titles from the game’s Big Three, the return of defending champion Naomi Osaka and the first main-draw appearance at Flushing Meadows for 15-year-old American Coco Gauff.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have combined to take 11 Grand Slam titles in a row, so the speculation is who can succeed them. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios all will make their case Tuesday.

Nadal will be there too, with a night match against Australian John Millman, who stunned Federer last year in New York.

Gauff takes on Anastasia Potapova of Russia.

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Swinney: No. 1 Clemson to play several new faces on D-line

Clemson fans should get used to seeing several new faces on defense this season, especially up front.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said some of the competition to replace the seven vacancies from last year’s national championship squad is so tight “we don’t know who’s going to run out there first.”

Swinney will have to figure it out soon since No. 1 Clemson opens defense of its title Thursday night at home against Georgia Tech. Two starters are listed at three of the four defensive line positions on the team’s opening depth chart with only senior Nyles Pinckney locked into place at defensive tackle.

Jordan Williams, a third-year sophomore, had carried the other starting tackle spot into fall camp, but has been pressured by Tyler Davis, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound freshman who arrived in January. Both end positions are in flux, too, with junior Justin Foster and sophomores Xavier Thomas and Logan Rudolph battling for the two starting spots.

“We’ve still got a couple of more days of practice and meetings,” Swinney said. “I do know this. We’re going to play a lot of guys. We’ve got a bunch of guys who are just like a big, ole pack.”

Clemson didn’t have such problems the past few years with ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence controlling the middle as the Tigers’ defense gave up only 13.1 points a game, the fewest total in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

Ferrell and Wilkins, both All-Americans, and Bryant chose to return for their senior seasons and join Lawrence for one more chance at a national championship, which they helped the Tigers accomplish last fall.

Since the victory parade in January, much focus at Clemson has been on whether Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables had groomed to take over after those rock-solid players had gone.

“It’s definitely different,” said Clemson center Sean Pollard who for several seasons had been pounded in practice by last season’s defensive veterans.

Rudolph, the younger brother of ex-Oklahoma State and current Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, played 141 snaps over 14 games a year ago. Rudolph has brought an intensity, Swinney said, to his offseason practices and work habits that moved him to the top.

Thomas is a quick, 6-2, 265-pound player who came into the program last year as the country’s top defensive end prospect. Thomas had several big moments a backup a year ago, including a crowd-pleasing blind-side sack of Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey in the final moments to lock up Clemson’s 27-23 victory. But Swinney said Thomas must develop the consistency to do it every down.

Thomas is “a special talent,” Swinney said. “But he’s got to be a down in, down out special player, not just a special talent.”

Rudolph believes he’s done more than enough to earn a starting spot and is confident Clemson’s line will be just as salty and strong this season.

“I think me and whoever they want to put out there would be great,” he said with a smile.

First-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins isn’t concerned about Clemson’s position battles. He’s got his hands full changing the Yellow Jackets approach on offense and defense. Collins said he’s also run his players through pre-game practices, all the way to their meal before they play.

“We want to be make sure that we’ve already done all of those things so that regardless of what environment we step into, we have a process and we have a way to do things,” Collins said.

For Swinney, last year’s defensive group was also the Tigers conscience, taking care of issues on their own that might’ve split apart other programs. It was Wilkins who took then new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence out to breakfast a few days after popular veteran Kelly Bryant left the team after Lawrence was elevated to starter.

When a problem got to Swinney, the coach said Wilkins, Ferrell and senior linebacker Kendall Joseph were among the veterans who quickly stepped up to tell Swinney they’d take care of things.

“We don’t have any alpha dogs up front,” Swinney said. “But it’s coming.”

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At 34, Raptors’ Marc Gasol will carry Spain’s World Cup hope

Marc Gasol is 34 years old, which means he’s particularly fond of offseasons.

He didn’t get much of one this year.

There’s a very good reason for that — a most unusual and, he thinks, worthwhile opportunity. After helping the Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship in June, Gasol is now looking to lead Spain to a World Cup title in September. And although the 7-foot-1 veteran center’s body may have preferred some more downtime before the grind of another season begins, Gasol could not pass up this chance.

“It’s a special group of guys,” Gasol said. “It’s always special when you put on this jersey. And I couldn’t leave them hanging. That’s what my heart told me and that’s what it keeps telling me.”

Gasol was on the team that won the World Cup — then called the world championship — for Spain in 2006, rolling past a Greece team that had just beaten the United States in the tournament semifinals. He helped Spain win silver medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, losing both times in the title game to the U.S.

He’s the oldest player on a very seasoned team that will play for Spain in this World Cup. Out of the 12 on the final roster for coach Sergio Scariolo, eight have celebrated their 30th birthdays already. But it’s also clear that Gasol, even on a roster featuring the likes of Phoenix’s Ricky Rubio and Real Madrid standout Sergio Llull, is the leader of the bunch.

“It was probably a key move for us, one of the important ones, the most important one,” Scariolo said. “We need somebody to be the guy who you can give the ball in the tough moments, not necessarily for the shot but to make a good play — whether it’s to create a shot for a teammate, to take a shot himself, to draw a foul and be a solid free throw shooter. He’s extremely important and the rest of the players respect him a lot.”

That respect was there before Toronto topped Golden State in six games for the NBA title.

But the ring Gasol will be getting on opening night certainly adds to his legacy.

Among players born outside the United States, Gasol is one of only seven — a list that also includes his older brother Pau Gasol, who would have played in this World Cup had he not gotten injured last season — to have amassed more than 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 2,700 assists at the NBA level. And when the Raptors added him in a trade last February, their entire makeup seemed to change.

“I think we started passing the ball, our assists started going way up, we became the No. 1 3-point shooting team in the league because of the extra passes and the contagious passing,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who is coaching Canada at the World Cup. “And our team’s sense of who they thought they could become went up.”

The same could ring true for Spain.

The U.S. has won the last two World Cups, though a third consecutive gold in the event — something that no nation has ever accomplished — hardly seems guaranteed. Spain lost to the Americans by nine in an exhibition earlier this month in Anaheim, California, a game where neither side was exactly in tournament form.

Spain should have little, if any, trouble getting through its group phase: It faces Iran, Tunisia and the Dominican Republic in its first three games at Guangzhou, China starting on Friday. The top two teams will advance to the second round. Those first three games will likely become mere tune-ups for Gasol and the Spainards, as they get ready for the bigger matchups later in the tournament.

“The teams that are in the past, they’re in the past,” Gasol said. “What matters is the guys who are playing today and their talent and their qualities.”

There has been minimal rest for Gasol this summer.

The Raptors won the title, had a parade a few days later, and within a few days after that Gasol was simultaneously starting recovery and workouts for the FIBA challenge. Spain spent about a week in the U.S. for the game against the Americans, using that as a bonding trip of sorts. Then it was back to Spain for more games, before heading out to China.

All worth it, Gasol said.

“I cherish every second of it, every practice, every trip, every lunch that we have together,” Gasol said. “I know how special it is. Obviously it’s not ideal, but I think it was completely worth it to play all the way to June. … Whenever it is, 10 years from now, when I’m sitting on the beach in Spain, I won’t be able to reproduce this feeling.”

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Cal Thomas: San Francisco has a new definition of political insanity – (You won’t believe this one)

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San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live.

The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors’ adoption of new “person first” language guidelines meant to “change the public’s perception of criminals.” The words “convicted felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” are out. These individuals will henceforth be referred to as a “justice-involved person.” Someone previously called a “criminal” will now be referred to as “a returning resident,” or “a formerly incarcerated person.”

Supervisor Matt Haney told the San Francisco Chronicle the intent is to keep people from being “forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them, ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

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A noble objective, to be sure, but language has — or used to have — a purpose beyond interpersonal communication. Like so much else today, language has now been appropriated to advance political agendas.

The encroachment of euphemisms on common sense is everywhere. Illegal immigrants have become “undocumented workers.” Babies in the womb lose their humanity when they are labeled “fetuses.”

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Euphemisms are most used to hide a more accurate description of behavior or status in order to avoid conflict, or not injure someone who might be offended or hurt. It fails to communicate anything meaningful, while claiming to do so. George Orwell called it “Newspeak,” or “doublespeak.”

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Too often, euphemisms are used to make bad behavior appear good, or at least tolerable, and to allow one to avoid responsibility and accountability. They are interpreted according to one’s personal wishes. As Humpty Dumpty told Alice in the Lewis Carroll classic: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

The English language once conveyed meaning. Properly written and spoken, it suggested one was educated and capable of conversing in polite company. Today, it is often used to cover up true intentions. Consider how often “racism” is misapplied.

The proper use of language can also be redemptive. That used to be a major goal, along with punishment, of penitentiaries — the word being derived from “penitent,” suggesting the possibility of changing one’s life after admitting wrongdoing and repenting so as not to repeat bad behavior. Is anything “bad” today, or has that also become subjective?

In our muddled language and culture, one dare not suggest anyone has done anything wrong lest negative labels be attached to them. Such labels are unevenly applied. The political left often retains them to attack the right, but should the right seek to use words that accurately describe the conduct or status of another they are condemned as old-fashioned, rigid, judgmental, or worse.

“Wardrobe malfunction,” has been a recent favorite, a euphemism for showing off what were once considered “private” body parts.

If you are unemployed, you are “between jobs” or a “consultant.” “Underserved community” means the politicians aren’t getting all the money they want. A corollary: you are no longer poor, you are “economically disadvantaged.” The list is endless.

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Instead of applying euphemisms, San Francisco should be seeing to the homeless (“previously housed individuals”?) and the filthy streets that now require maps so people can avoid stepping in human waste.

Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but the city seems to have lost its mind there too.

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Cautious optimism in US-China trade war; 2020 Dems endure ‘Hunger Games’; Epstein accusers to speak out

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

New optimism in US-China trade war felt on Wall Street, Asian markets
Asian shares traded mostly higher on Tuesday, following a rally on Wall Street. Traders are cautiously optimistic again about the potential for progress in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei rose 1.2 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose at first but reversed course and was down nearly 0.2 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite was up 1.1 percent. U.S. equity futures were searching for direction Tuesday morning.

Monday’s rally on Wall Street got its start early after President Trump said his negotiators had received encouraging calls from China on Sunday, though China’s foreign ministry denied knowledge of any such calls. At the end of the G-7 summit, the president stood firm and defended his handling of the trade war with China and said his approach was seeing results.

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Struggling 2020 Democrats fume at DNC over debate criteria crackdown
With the deadline to qualify for next month’s third round of Democratic presidential debates closing in, the Democratic National Committee is facing an angry chorus of criticism from the candidates not likely to make the cut. At issue is the DNC’s criteria for the contenders to take part in the prime-time showdown, including contributions from 130,000 individual donors and reaching at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado were among the candidates complaining about the DNC’s process.

While the criticism is not new, this time around the national party committee is specifically being attacked over the dearth of qualifying polls. Critics say this is unfairly preventing candidates close to qualifying from actually making the stage. Bullock, who also needs a miracle to qualify by the end-of-Wednesday deadline, argued that “these DNC debate rules have turned this primary into the ‘The Hunger Games’ — each step of this seems to be all about getting donors.”

Epstein accusers expected to speak at hearing
Up to 30 of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims could take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the sex trafficking case prosecutors brought against Epstein, scheduled the hearing after prosecutors asked that he toss charges against Epstein because of his death. Epstein, a previously convicted sex offender, died Aug. 10, his death ruled a suicide as he apparently killed himself rather than face sex trafficking charges. Berman said he would give prosecutors, Epstein’s lawyers and any alleged victims a chance to speak.

Since the hearing was scheduled, it was revealed that Epstein signed a will just two days before his suicide putting over $577 million in assets into a trust fund. The will, filed in the Virgin Islands where Epstein maintained a residence, was expected to make it more difficult for dozens of accusers to collect damages. Tuesday’s hearing comes amid a report that video footage from at least one camera in the hallway outside Epstein’s jail cell is too flawed to be of any value for investigators.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572M in opioid case, setting up more trials and possible legal settlements
An Oklahoma judge found Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies liable for stoking the opioid crisis in the state and said the company must pay $572 million, far less the $17 billion that the state was seeking. Judge Thad Balkman, of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma, is the first judge to rule in the opioid cases brought to trial by thousands of state and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors. His precedent-setting ruling was being closely watched as 2,000 other pending suits await to be heard before a federal judge in Ohio in October. J&J said it plans to appeal Balkman’s ruling and that the decision was “flawed.”

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Miley Cyrus made a huge statement during an emotional performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star took the stage Monday evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. to perform her latest single “Slide Away,” which many believe to be about her 10-year relationship with estranged husband, actor Liam Hemsworth.

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Taylor Swift accepts the video of the year award for “You Need to Calm Down” at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Cyrus wasn’t the only star making a statement at the VMAs. Taylor Swift called out the White House after she won the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards’ top prize — video of the year — for her LGBTQ pride anthem, “You Need To Calm Down.” Click here for the list of winners at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: The winner of the “Fox & Friends” summer grilling contest is revealed! Plus, a preview of the U.S. Open with tennis legend Tracy Austin.

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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Anthony Pope, former prosecutor; Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of RealClearPolitics

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET:  Lawrence Jones, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform and Fox News contributor; Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and author of “Liars, Leaders and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.”

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The Fox News Rundown podcast:New Conservative Challenger a Sign of Trouble for President Trump?” – President Trump finished up his third G-7 summit in Biarritz, France Monday, calling it “successful”. Last year, the gathering of world leaders ended in disarray as he abandoned a joint statement and had a public spat with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While the president used this meeting to address the current trade war with China and showed a willingness to work with Iran, the allies rejected his request that Russia be readmitted to the G-7. Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, discusses how this year’s G-7 went.

Also on the Rundown: From robocalls to ransomware attacks, scammers are costing Americans millions of dollars a year. Frank Abagnale, a former con man and the real-life inspiration for the film “Catch Me If You Can,” says it’s easier now than ever to be the victim of fraud. He joins the podcast with tips for how to protect yourself and discusses his new book, “Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists.”

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‘Brady Bunch’ star Maureen McCormick reveals special way she’s honoring TV dad Robert Reed

Maureen McCormick still treasures the memories she has of her on-screen dad Robert Reed.

The actor, best known for playing beloved patriarch Mike Brady in “The Brady Bunch,” passed away in 1992 at age 59 after suffering from colon cancer for six months.

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The pair starred in the popular series, which chronicled the misadventures of a large family after a widow and widower tied the knot, from 1969 until 1974. And McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, insisted they really were like family when cameras stopped rolling.

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“I have a real love for gardening and gardens and being outdoors and Bob had a beautiful place in Pasadena and the most beautiful rose gardens,” the 63-year-old recently told Closer Weekly.

“It’s funny because my backyard is filled with roses now and I always think of him and there was one rose that had been at the Brady house when we first got there — it was taken out of the ground and put in a really special place, just right outside the family room to celebrate Bob which was so special,” she shared.

People magazine previously reported Reed took pride in his work, especially as an actor who studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and later made his mark in theater. Therefore, he wasn’t afraid to voice his opinions concerning the “Brady Bunch” scripts.

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He would fire off sarcastic memos to Sherwood Schwartz, the show’s creator, as well as change the dialogue. But when he was truly frustrated with the quality of the scripts he would head “off to an Irish pub near the Paramount studio” to down three Scotches.

“I should have tried to get out of the show rather than inflict my views on them,” he admitted to the outlet before he died. “… I’m glad we did it. But I do not want it on my tombstone.”

In 2004, Florence Henderson, who played Reed’s on-screen wife Carol Brady, told the Miami Herald that the show embarrassed Reed, who had threatened to quit.

“He thought we should be doing Shakespeare,” she recalled. “I would say, ‘Bob, this is just a sitcom.’”

Still, Reed never forgot his TV family and even kept them in mind as he was dying.

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“He called me and said, ‘Florence, I’m not going to make it. It would mean so much if you would tell the kids,’” Henderson recalled. “Each one I told and we were all crying.”

Earlier this month, McCormick also told Closer Weekly that Henderson, who passed away in 2016 at age 82 from heart failure, was on her mind.

“The biggest life lessons I have learned came from Florence, and that was, being able to find joy like in a big way,” she told the outlet. “I mean, I spent a lot of time with her before she passed away. And I truly believe she taught me so much about finding joy and I feel such joy again in my life. You know, I’ve gone through so many different things in my life… pretty amazing.”

The former child star revealed another lesson she learned from Henderson.

THE SPECIAL WAY MAUREEN MCCORMICK IS HONORING HER TV MOM FLORENCE HENDERSON

“Be around positive, good people that lift you up, that doesn’t tear you down, but just want to nurture you and you want to nurture them and you all work together,” McCormick explained. “You know, I think that’s really important.”

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“Inclusion for everyone to me is a huge life lesson,” she continued. “And one thing my father always told me was to find the love and to look for love in each and every human being. And I think that’s really important.”

Just three days before her death, Henderson attended a taping of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” to cheer on McCormick, who was participating in the dance competition series.

“[Florence was] a person who wanted to spread love and laughter,” said McCormick on her friend to Fox News in 2017. “She loved people, she loved life. She’s born on Valentine’s Day, how perfect, right? [She was] just a great woman. Someone I really admired.”

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