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Pete Hegseth: Biden ‘done’ after poll shows former vice president, Warren, Sanders now neck and neck

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential hopes are dimming after a new poll showed him in a virtual tie with two progressive candidates, according to Pete Hegseth.

Biden’s campaign appeared to be largely based on his potential to defeat President Trump in the 2020 general election — but with two other candidates appearing to erase his primary lead, the point becomes moot, Hegseth claimed Monday on “The Five.”

“I think Biden’s done,” he said, pointing to a Monmouth University poll showing Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., leading the Democratic field with 20 percent each, while the former vice president clocked in at 19 percent.

“I never thought he had a chance from the beginning. He’s undercut his best sell. His best sell is ‘I can beat Trump’.”

BIDEN PLUNGES, TIED WITH WARREN AND SANDERS IN NEW NATIONAL POLL

Hegseth wondered if Democratic primary voters are beginning to doubt the Delaware Democrat’s ability to defeat the New York Republican.

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“If voters are starting to say, ‘Can he?’ — ‘Does he have it?’ — he’s done,” the “Fox & Friends” weekend host said.

“And that’s what’s beginning to percolate in their minds. He’s not in step with where his party is right now — it’s not a ‘moderate’ moment.”

In addition, on the campaign trail, Biden was caught making a handful of verbal gaffes, as noted in a montage played on “The Five.”

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Speaking in New Hampshire on the weekend, the onetime senator appeared to think he was on the other side of the Connecticut River from the city.

“I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it?” he asked.

In another clip, Biden spoke of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and discussed his recollection with a crowd.

“My senior semester, they were both shot and killed. Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would have happened in America?” he asked.

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Alleged Pittsburgh synagogue gunman to face death penalty

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Federal prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year, according to a Monday court filing.

The Justice Department cited the planning, killing of vulnerable victims, hostility toward the Jewish faith and premeditation in its intent to seek the death penalty against suspect Robert Bowers.

Scott W. Brady, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, had been expected to seek the death penalty. A Justice Department spokesman said last year that Brady had “initiated the approval process” for the punishment.

Bowers, 46, was accused of using an AR-15 rifle and several handguns to kill worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue during an Oct. 27, 2018, Shabbat service while shouting anti-Semitic slurs.

Seven people, including five police officers, were wounded. A tactical police team shot Bowers during the deadly assault.

He has pleaded not guilty to more than 50 charges.

Investigators said Bowers expressed hatred toward Jewish people after police arrested him.

The filing in the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania said Bowers targeted the worshippers “in order to maximize the devastation, amplify the harm of his crimes and instill fear within the local, national and international Jewish communities.”

Prosecutors wrote that the death penalty will be justified if Bowers is convicted of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, or of using a gun to commit a crime of violence.

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Following the massacre, President Trump said the perpetrator should “suffer the ultimate price.”

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to a 120-day extension in the case.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson denied visa by Russian government for congressional trip

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday the Russian government has denied his request for a visa to visit the country as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation trip, as he ripped into Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Johnson, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had planned to speak with Russian government officials, American businesses and civil society organizations during the visit.

“Unfortunately, Russian officials continue to play diplomatic games with this sincere effort and have denied me entrance to Russia,” Johnson, a Wisconsin senator, said in a statement. “Regardless of this petty affront, I will continue to advocate a strong and resolute response to Russian aggression — and frank dialogue when possible.”

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Johnson, the chairman of his panel’s Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, didn’t say when the trip was scheduled to take place, or whether other lawmakers had been granted visas. But he did not mince words when it came to Putin: “The path Vladimir Putin has chosen for Russia is a tragedy of historic proportions. Instead of holding free and fair elections, respecting the rule of law, and integrating Russia’s economy with Western democracies, Putin has invaded Georgia, attempted to illegally annex Crimea, conducted war in eastern Ukraine where thousands have died, and supported a barbaric regime in Syria that has used chemical weapons on its own people in a war that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.”

Johnson’s office, in announcing the visa denial, listed tough stances taken against Russia by the senator.

“Senator Johnson has led and supported a number of pieces of legislation that aim to hold Russia accountable for its aggression in Ukraine and its targeting of dissidents,” his office said. “Last Congress, Senator Johnson was one of the lead sponsors of legislation to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington after dissident Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in 2015.”

His office also said, “In the last Congress and in the current Congress, Senator Johnson has led Senate resolutions calling for a more robust response to Russia’s aggression in the Kerch Strait in November 2018, as well as sanctions related to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.”

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Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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New York Times newsroom hit by bed bug infestation: report

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Being on the receiving end of President Trump‘ biting tweets might make The New York Times squirm. But here’s something else that could be making The Gray Lady uncomfortable (and itchy) at the moment: bed bugs.

Multiple Times staffers shared the news on social media Monday: The famed newsroom has an infestation of bed bugs.

According to an internal email sent to employees — obtained by Slate, the bugs were found in the “wellness room” on the second floor, on a couch on the third floor, and in a booth on the fourth floor over the weekend.

The email went on to say that “evidence of possible bedbug activity was found in a few personal lockers on the third floor,” and that “treatment is underway” for those whose lockers were contaminated.

Assistant editor Stuart Thompson shared the news on Twitter, before columnist Sopan Deb (apparently a Trekker) joked that he’d “ordered shields up” and “phasers to be set on stun” to combat the critters.

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The Times did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

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Gutfeld on CNN saying Trump is worse than Hitler, Stalin and Mao

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First, President Trump was as bad as Hitler.

Then he was worse than Hitler.

Now he’s worse than Hitler, Mao and Stalin combined!

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“Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were. He needs to be contained but he needs to be contained by attacking his policies, not his person,” one psychiatrist told CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Attack his policies, not his person, says the jackass, after saying Trump’s deadlier than three of the biggest mass murderers in history.

But, why stop there?

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Why not add Genghis Khan, the black plague, ISIS, diptheria, lawn darts, crib death, cigarettes, climate change, Maroon 5 and the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs?

Hell, just go for it: Trump is responsible for more death than death itself!

Now, after some outcry, CNN’s Brian Stelter admitted he should’ve hit back, blaming his meekness on tech issues — which I’d believe, if his network hadn’t spent three years priming their guests for this kind of hysteria.

“The president of the United States is racist,” one guest said. “He is a racist pig!” said another. According to a third, “Reclaiming our heritage — that sounds a lot like a certain leader that killed members of my family and about 6 million other Jews in the 1940s.”

Just last week, CNN accused Trump of not aging, a supernatural augmentation directly related to his inhuman callousness.

And now, for the 115th time, Stelter barfs out that familiar refrain about Trump’s erratic behavior getting worse.

“There is definitely widespread recognition that Trump’s behavior is getting worse,” Stelter said. “It seems he’s acting more erratic more often. We can’t tiptoe around it anymore. We’ve got to talk about this.”

Come on. When was the last time Stelter was able to tiptoe around anything?

There’s got to be a new phrase to replace “jumping the shark” to describe CNN.

Maybe it’s called “losing viewers by the buttload.”

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Because the problem with the shrink’s opinion about Trump’s murderous footprint isn’t that it stood out from this pack of braying hyenas, but that it didn’t stand out at all.

He wasn’t trying to shock Stelter. He was auditioning for his job.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Aug. 26, 2019.

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Amazon slammed over product safety issues

Amazon could be committing “widespread deception” by selling thousands of products without any warnings despite certain goods having been deemed unsafe, according to a top consumer protection regulator.

“This article raises real concerns about whether Amazon is profiting from widespread deception on its platform,” Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Rohit Chopra tweeted, referring to a Wall Street journal piece. “Deceptive acts or practices can threaten our health and safety and are unlawful under the FTC Act.”

Chopra’s comments came after a Journal investigation found 4,152 unsafe items listed for sale on Amazon. After The Journal made the Seattle tech giant aware of the safety issues, Amazon removed many of the items.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called for “swift action” following the report.

“Amazon’s failure to remove illegal, deadly and deceptive products from their site threatens consumer safety,” Blumenthal tweeted. “They must prioritize safety over profit.”

Amazon responded to The Journal’s story in a blog post explaining how the tech giant, which is led by Jeff Bezos, checks the enormous number of products on its platform.

“We invest significant resources to protect our customers and have built robust programs designed to ensure products offered for sale in our store are safe and compliant,” the company wrote in its post.

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Amazon is under fire after a new investigation into product safety. (Reuters)

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Nonetheless, some experts say Amazon helped to create the problem it’s now facing, by making it relatively easy for sellers to market goods on its site.

“In many ways, Amazon has built themselves into a corner,” Juozas Kaziukenas, chief executive of Marketplace Plus, a business intelligence firm focused on e-commerce, told The Washington Post. “The building blocks of Amazon prevents them from fixing it.”

Still, the company pushed back on the notion that it is sacrificing safety for consumer convenience.

Amazon has long aimed to provide the widest selection of goods at the lowest prices with rapid delivery, “but not at the expense of our customers’ safety, and this insinuation is simply wrong,” spokesperson Cecilia Fan told The Post.

Fox News reached out to Amazon for comment.

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Joe Kennedy III considers 2020 Senate primary challenge against Markey

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Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III is considering a 2020 Senate primary challenge against Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey — which could pit a longtime, well-known Democratic lawmaker against a scion of one of the nation’s most famous political families.

Kennedy, the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy — the former U.S. senator from New York who served as attorney general in his brother John’s administration — wrote on Facebook on Monday that he is not mulling the decision “lightly,” but wanted to share his thoughts with his supporters.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve begun to consider a run for the U.S. Senate,” Kennedy said. “This isn’t a decision I’m approaching lightly and — to be completely candid — I wasn’t expecting to share my thoughts so soon. Family is my first consideration with any big decision like this,” he said.

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“I haven’t reached a decision yet — that’s the truth. I’m thinking about what I have to offer Massachusetts voters, what is most important in this political moment, and what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future,” he continued in the Facebook post.

In addition, the 38-year-old lawmaker said he has been humbled by the encouragement of supporters, but remarked that some people have advised him to wait his turn.

“Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it,” he said.

“I’ve got some ideas on how to do that. And I don’t think our democratic process promises anyone a turn. What it does promise is the chance for anyone to earn it — if we think we have something to offer and are willing to put ourselves and our ideas out there.”

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His potential opponent, Markey, has been active in Massachusetts politics for decades — previously serving as a U.S. congressman from the Boston area for more than three decades.

Markey, 73, won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election held after then-Sen. John Kerry resigned after being nominated by ex-President Barack Obama to serve as secretary of state.

More recently, Markey has been a vocal proponent of climate change legislation. Earlier this year, he co-authored the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

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For his part, Kennedy was recently given the prominent role of offering the minority rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union.

In his 2018 speech, the lawmaker called Trump a “bully” and claimed Russia was “knee-deep in our democracy.”

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“Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future,” Kennedy said.

Following a report earlier this month that Kennedy has been mulling a bid for the seat, Markey’s campaign told The New York Times that he still plans to run for re-election, regardless of what Kennedy decides.

“Ed is not going anywhere,” Markey adviser Paul Tencher said. “He’s going to run, and he’s going to run no matter who is in this race.”

In July, Politico reported the existence of a Massachusetts telephone poll of a hypothetical Markey-Kennedy race. A “Jump in, Joe!” group of Kennedy supporters later launched a website and a Facebook group.

“He has energy, courage, integrity, and progressive ideas,” the website for the group said. “The United States Senate needs a bench of proactive, progressive leaders to counter the divisive tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican Party. We believe the United States Senate needs Joe Kennedy III.”

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In Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate elections of late, both incumbents have won handily over their Republican opponents.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., won 60 percent of the vote against her 2018 Republican challenger, State Rep. Geoff Diehl.

One year after winning the special election to succeed Kerry’s appointed replacement, former Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass., Markey defeated Hopkinton, Mass. lawmaker Brian Herr by a similar margin in 2014.

Fox News’ Molly Line, Alex Pappas and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe Kennedy III considers 2020 Senate primary challenge against Markey

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Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III is considering a 2020 Senate primary challenge against Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey — which could pit a longtime, well-known Democratic lawmaker against a scion of one of the nation’s most famous political families.

Kennedy, the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass., and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy — the former U.S. senator from New York who served as attorney general in his brother John’s administration — wrote on Facebook on Monday that he is not mulling the decision “lightly,” but wanted to share his thoughts with his supporters.

“Over the past few weeks I’ve begun to consider a run for the U.S. Senate,” Kennedy said. “This isn’t a decision I’m approaching lightly and — to be completely candid — I wasn’t expecting to share my thoughts so soon. Family is my first consideration with any big decision like this,” he said.

JOE KENNEDY III MULLING DEM PRIMARY CHALLENGE FOR MASSACHUSETTS SENATE SEAT

“I haven’t reached a decision yet — that’s the truth. I’m thinking about what I have to offer Massachusetts voters, what is most important in this political moment, and what kind of party Democrats need to be building for the future,” he continued in the Facebook post.

In addition, the 38-year-old lawmaker said he has been humbled by the encouragement of supporters, but remarked that some people have advised him to wait his turn.

“Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it,” he said.

“I’ve got some ideas on how to do that. And I don’t think our democratic process promises anyone a turn. What it does promise is the chance for anyone to earn it — if we think we have something to offer and are willing to put ourselves and our ideas out there.”

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His potential opponent, Markey, has been active in Massachusetts politics for decades — previously serving as a U.S. congressman from the Boston area for more than three decades.

Markey, 73, won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election held after then-Sen. John Kerry resigned after being nominated by ex-President Barack Obama to serve as secretary of state.

More recently, Markey has been a vocal proponent of climate change legislation. Earlier this year, he co-authored the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

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For his part, Kennedy was recently given the prominent role of offering the minority rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union.

In his 2018 speech, the lawmaker called Trump a “bully” and claimed Russia was “knee-deep in our democracy.”

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“Bullies may land a punch. They might leave a mark. But they have never, not once, in the history of our United States, managed to match the strength and spirit of a people united in defense of their future,” Kennedy said.

Following a report earlier this month that Kennedy has been mulling a bid for the seat, Markey’s campaign told The New York Times that he still plans to run for re-election, regardless of what Kennedy decides.

“Ed is not going anywhere,” Markey adviser Paul Tencher said. “He’s going to run, and he’s going to run no matter who is in this race.”

In July, Politico reported the existence of a Massachusetts telephone poll of a hypothetical Markey-Kennedy race. A “Jump in, Joe!” group of Kennedy supporters later launched a website and a Facebook group.

“He has energy, courage, integrity, and progressive ideas,” the website for the group said. “The United States Senate needs a bench of proactive, progressive leaders to counter the divisive tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican Party. We believe the United States Senate needs Joe Kennedy III.”

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In Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate elections of late, both incumbents have won handily over their Republican opponents.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., won 60 percent of the vote against her 2018 Republican challenger, State Rep. Geoff Diehl.

One year after winning the special election to succeed Kerry’s appointed replacement, former Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass., Markey defeated Hopkinton, Mass. lawmaker Brian Herr by a similar margin in 2014.

Fox News’ Molly Line, Alex Pappas and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oklahoma judge rules against Johnson & Johnson, orders $572M payment

NORMAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to clean up the problem.

Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s ruling followed the first state opioid case to make it to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.

“The opioid crisis has ravaged the state of Oklahoma,” Balkman said before announcing the verdict. “It must be abated immediately.”

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Judge Thad Balkman arriving to give his decision in the opioid lawsuit in Norman, Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

The companies are expected to appeal the ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Before Oklahoma’s trial began May 28, Oklahoma reached settlements with two other defendant groups — a $270 million deal with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and an $85 million settlement with Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Oklahoma argued the companies and their subsidiaries created a public nuisance by launching an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that overstated how effective the drugs were for treating chronic pain and understated the risk of addiction. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says opioid overdoses killed 4,653 people in the state from 2007 to 2017.

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Mike Hunter has called Johnson & Johnson a “kingpin” company that was motivated by greed. He specifically pointed to two former Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries, Noramco and Tasmanian Alkaloids, which produced much of the raw opium used by other manufacturers to produce the drugs.

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Attorneys for the state looking over court documents following Judge Thad Balkman’s announcement of his decision. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

“They’ve been the principal origin for the active pharmaceutical ingredient in prescription opioids in the country for the last two decades,” Hunter said after the trial ended July 15. “It is one of the most important elements of causation with regard to why the defendants … are responsible for the epidemic in the country and in Oklahoma.”

Attorneys for the company have maintained they were part of a lawful and heavily regulated industry subject to strict federal oversight, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, during every step of the supply chain. Lead attorney Larry Ottaway said during closing arguments that opioid drugs serve a critical health need — to address chronic pain that affects thousands of Oklahomans every day.

“This problem of untreated chronic pain afflicts people here in Oklahoma,” Ottaway said.

Oklahoma pursued the case under the state’s public nuisance statute and presented the judge with a plan to abate the crisis that would cost between $12.6 billion for 20 years and $17.5 billion over 30 years. Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson have said that estimate is wildly inflated.

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Judge Thad Balkman posing for a photo with the sign above his door before the court session to announce his decision in the oipiod lawsuit. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

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Also on Monday, the Kentucky Supreme Court declined to review an earlier ruling, making previously secret testimony from former Purdue Pharma President Rickard Sackler and other documents public. The court record was sealed in 2015 as part of a $24 million settlement between Purdue and Kentucky.

The 17 million pages of documents were being shipped Monday from Frankfort to Pike County, where the case originated. The Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s office could not immediately say how and when they would be available.

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Popeyes’ chicken sandwich is surprise hit: ‘We didn’t expect this type of reaction’

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It appears people really wanted a new chicken sandwich.

Ever since announcing its new one, Popeyes has reportedly been selling out of it. Reports are coming in from across the nation of long lines and restaurants exhausting their supply.

The new sandwich keeps the formula simple. a buttermilk-battered and hand-breaded chicken filet on a toasted brioche bun, topped with pickles and either mayo or spicy Cajun spread.

If you think it sounds delicious, well, you’ve got lots of company; fans have been lining up to score one of the new sandwiches.

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Rapper Quavo, from the group Migos, jokingly posted a video to Instagram claiming that he was selling the in-demand sandwiches for $1,000 each. He shows a bag of them in the trunk of his car.

More officially, Popeyes saw traffic to its restaurants spike by 103.3 percent on Wednesday, just over a week after the sandwich launched, Yahoo Finance reports.

Jose Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands (which owns Popeyes), told Yahoo Finance, “You can do all the social media buzz that you want, but if you don’t have a great-tasting product, people won’t react the way that they have.”

He added, “We didn’t expect this type of reaction.”

The success of the new item hasn’t gone unnoticed by other brands. Chick-fil-A tweeted out a message seemingly directed at Popeyes, saying, “Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the (love) for the original.”

Another competitor, Wendy’s, offered this on Twitter, along with a pic of its own sandwich: “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second-best chicken sandwich.”

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Even McDonald’s appears to be feeling the pressure. Blake Casper, the leader of a coalition of McDonald’s franchises, released a memo to members insinuating that the company would be responding to the popularity of Popeyes’ new sandwich, Nation’s Restaurant News reports. It’s unclear if this means a new sandwich is on the way, courtesy of the Golden Arches, or if the chain just plans a promotional push for the sandwiches it already serves.

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When Fox News reached out to Popeyes for a comment about the response to the new sandwich, the company did not immediately send over a statement, stating that things were “a bit crazy” at the moment.

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