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49ers win 1st playoff game in 6 years, 27-10 over Vikings

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then watched San Francisco’s defense and running game take over from there in the 49ers’ 27-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round Saturday.

The Niners (14-3) first playoff game in six seasons and first ever at Levi’s Stadium turned into a lopsided one as top-seeded San Francisco turned a pair of second-half turnovers by Minnesota (11-7) into 10 points.

Richard Sherman set up Tevin Coleman’s second short touchdown run of the game with an interception against Kirk Cousins and Marcus Sherels’ fumbled punt led to a field goal that made it 27-10 early in the fourth quarter.

San Francisco didn’t allow Minnesota to gain a first down for more than 27 minutes of game action starting late in the second quarter.

The Niners will host the NFC championship game next week against the winner of Sunday’s game between Seattle and Green Bay.

Garoppolo threw an interception deep in his own territory late in the first half and then spent most of the second half handing the ball off to Coleman and Raheem Mostert.

There was little reason for coach Kyle Shanahan to take chances the way his defense completely bottled up talented runner Dalvin Cook. That took away Minnesota’s play-action game and forced Cousins into becoming a drop-back passer.

Cousins finished 21 for 29 for 172 yards with his only big play coming on a 41-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs in the first quarter.

Cook was held to 18 yards on nine carries as the Niners defense was back to its dominant early season form thanks in part to the return from injuries of defensive end Dee Ford, linebacker Kwon Alexander and safety Jaquiski Tartt.

San Francisco had six sacks and held Minnesota to 147 yards for the game with a large chunk coming on two late garbage-time drives.

TAKE IT AWAY

Eric Kendricks intercepted a pass from Garoppolo late in the first half to give the Vikings the ball at the San Francisco 29. Minnesota couldn’t capitalize with Dee Ford getting a third-down sack in his return to the lineup from a hamstring injury. Dan Bailey’s 39-yard field goal cut the Niners lead to 14-10 at the half. The interception was the 19th turnover this season by Garoppolo, who had the most giveaways in the regular season of any player who made the playoffs.

BLOCKING BACK

Garoppolo showed he has skills beyond his throwing. He threw a lead block on 255-pound linebacker Anthony Barr on a reverse by Deebo Samuel in the second quarter. Samuel fumbled the ball on the play but replay ruled his knee was down, negating the turnover. That proved especially important when Coleman capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run.

BURNED AGAIN

The Vikings scored on their second drive of the game when Diggs outmaneuvered Ahkello Witherspoon for a 41-yard TD catch. It was the fifth TD pass allowed by Witherspoon in the past three games and he was replaced at cornerback the following drive by Emmanuel Moseley.

INJURIES

Vikings: RT Brian O’Neill left with a head injury after a blindside block from Nick Bosa in the third quarter following Cousins’ interception.

49ers: Mostert (calf) and LB Mark Nzeocha (stinger) left the game in the second half.

UP NEXT

Vikings: The offseason.

49ers: NFC championship game next Sunday against either Seattle or Green Bay.

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Ocasio-Cortez says she’s a ‘proud’ Democrat, even though she won’t pay party ‘dues’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted she’s a “proud” Democrat despite protesting a Democratic Party arm and withholding $250,000 in “dues” aimed at retaining the House majority.

“I’m a Democrat, I’m proud to be on this team. I’m proud to be part of the Democratic majority,” Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News in an interview Friday amid criticism she should quit the party and become an independent if she won’t be a “team player.”

As evidence that she’s willing to work for the party, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to the more than $300,000 she’s raised directly for progressive candidates. That effort, she said, is for “preserving and expanding the Democratic majority.”

Fox News reported Friday that the New York Democrat has been catching heat for failing to pay her $250,000 in dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in protest of a policy that she says “blacklists” vendors for working with insurgent primary challengers, such as herself.

AOC RILES DEMS BY REFUSING TO PAY PARTY DUES, BANKROLLING COLLEAGUES’ OPPONENTS

“I don’t see the sense in giving a quarter-million dollars to an organization that has clearly told people like me that we’re not welcome,” Ocasio-Cortez said in defending her decision.

The youngest female ever elected to Congress also took issue with the amount of money the DCCC wanted her to pay from her campaign coffers.

“It’s pretty nuts — $250,000 for a freshman member. Can you imagine being 30 years old and getting a bill for $250,000? I still have $20,000 in student loan debt,” she said.

All House Democrats are assigned “dues” to pay to the DCCC to help the party win elections and retain the majority. Amounts range from $1 million for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to $150,000 for newer members or less prolific fundraisers. Republicans have a similar system.

Ocasio-Cortez said she respects people who do pay up and that she’s not trying to shut down the DCCC.

But she takes issue with a party arm that “want(s) to take my money, but push me out, or push candidates like me out” who are challenging the establishment.

Ocasio-Cortez, with her nationwide stardom, is expected to raise more than $5 million in 2019 for her reelection campaign.

AOC RAISES MORE THAN PELOSI, SCHIFF IN THIRD QUARTER

Instead of cutting a check to the Democratic Party, she is building her own grassroots fundraising network to finance progressive candidates by soliciting online donations directly for them. She argues her actions are aimed at improving the party by lessening the influence of big corporations and lobbyists and giving other upstart candidates a real shot.

“This is a place that should be for everyone,” Ocasio-Cortez said outside the Capitol complex. “It should be for working people. It should be for everyday people who aren’t connected to big money.”

Galling to some in the Democratic Party is that two of the candidates she’s financed so far are challengers to sitting Democratic members of Congress: Reps. Dan Lipinski of Illinois and Henry Cuellar of Texas. Traditionally, members of Congress don’t actively work to unseat their party colleagues.

“I would hope in the spirit of teamwork that we don’t see any further incursions with other members,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. “I would hope at least it stops there.”

But Ocasio-Cortez signaled she’s not letting up.

Two outside groups that are ideologically aligned with Ocasio-Cortez — Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats – have already endorsed many more primary challengers. They are hoping to topple Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri, Eliot Engel of New York, Joyce Beatty of Ohio, Richard Neal of Massachusetts and more.

Ocasio-Cortez said there’s a “distinct possibility” she’ll be backing more primary challengers, though she said of the two groups: “I don’t anticipate our endorsements will overlap 100 percent.”

Because the majority of congressional districts are drawn to be solidly Democratic or solidly Republican, the one chance for competition comes in a primary race, she said.

“Seventy percent of Americans live in a safe blue seat, or a safe red seat, which means the only choice that they have realistically is in their primary election,” she said. “The idea that we should take democracy away from people is one that I fundamentally disagree with.”

By pressing for more primaries nationwide, Ocasio-Cortez said she understands that she’ll be at risk for Democratic challengers, too.

“I’m comfortable with that,” she said. “I want to earn my seat every two years. I want to earn the right to have this job.”

Some Democrats have griped that AOC is not a team player and her efforts to “purify” the caucus could cost Democrats the House majority by ousting moderate Democrats in swing districts. Ocasio-Cortez recently grumbled that the Democratic Party can “be too big of a tent” if she and former Vice President Joe Biden are considered the same party.

A CNN opinion columnist this week even said Ocasio-Cortez should try ditching the party altogether.

Asked if she’s considering becoming an independent like Sen. Bernie Sanders — whom she backs for president — or whether the Democratic Party still serves her, Ocasio-Cortez said: “Being a Democrat, it is a service. It does serve me.”

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“I think I’m an independent thinker within the Democratic Party for sure. I do things that are unusual and unorthodox,” AOC added.

Being an independent voice is important when so many people are “sick “of the two parties and special interests controlling government, she said.

“Washington is so much about Republican versus Democrat,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We don’t realize that some of the largest plurality of voters in America are neither.”

She added: “They identify as independent. It doesn’t mean that they are moderate. It doesn’t mean that they are half Democrat and half Republican. It means that they think a lot of the system is BS.”

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Deroy Murdock: Trump economy benefits low-income workers – Opposite of what Democrats falsely claim

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It’s an article of liberal faith: Thanks to President Trump’s $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the prosecco is popping on Wall Street, while the unsold Pepsi gathers dust on Main Street, where Americans are too poor to buy soft drinks.

“Workers are delivering more, and they’re getting a lot less,” former vice president Joe Biden told the Brookings Institution last summer. “There’s no correlation now between productivity and wages.”

Americans “are sick and tired of the income and wealth inequality that sees the rich getting much richer,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told CapitalAndMain.com last month.

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Wages have largely stagnated,” the campaign website of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., complains, while “fundamental changes in our economy have left millions of working families hanging on by their fingernails.”

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These grim, lachrymose myths cannot mask this incredibly upbeat fact: The sparkling wine is flowing on Wall and Main streets, and it’s running more rapidly on Main, where take-home pay is expanding the most among those with the least.

Never mind the liberal lies. Hard data reveal this reality. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s monthly Wage Growth Tracker shows that Americans are making more money, particularly those who have been forgotten for decades.

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Trump tweets support of Iranian anti-government protesters after Ukrainian passenger plane shot down

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Anti-government protests erupted at Iranian universities across the country on Saturday, following Iran‘s claim that it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane with surface-to-air missiles, killing all 176 people who were on board.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, had told state TV that his unit accepts “full responsibility” for shooting down the Ukrainian aircraft, just minutes after it took off from Tehran’s international airport on Wednesday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed “human error” in a tweet Friday, and called it a “great tragedy and unforgivable mistake.”

Students called for the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with one protester holding up a banner that read, “F–k you & your mistake,” at Amir Kabir University, the New York Post reported. The banner also showed the names and photos of 16 students who died in the crash.

Crowds of students chanted for the Revolutionary Guards to “let go of the country!” and also mentioned deceased Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying that he “was a murderer” and “his leader is too!” President Trump had ordered the drone strike on Solemani and declared the world a safer place following his death.

IRAN ADMITS TO ‘UNINTENTIONALLY’ SHOOTING DOWN UKRANIAN PLANE, SAYS IT MISTOOK AIRCRAFT FOR HOSTILE TARGET

Trump tweeted a message of support to the protesters on Saturday, in both Persian and English, promising that his administration would continue to stand with them in solidarity.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” Trump’s first tweet read.

The president quickly followed up with a second tweet, calling on Iran to allow human rights advocates to monitor major protests within the country, and warning against any draconian government action.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” Trump wrote. “There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.”

ERIC SHAWN: ‘DEATH TO THE DICTATOR!’ ECHOES IN TEHRAN

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighed in on the protests, tweeting Saturday that the Iranian people have every right to be frustrated and deserve a brighter future.

“The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir‘s kleptocracy,” he said.

“We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future,” Pompeo added.

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Protests were also reportedly held at three other Universities in Tehran.

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Conservative group slams Burger King over commercial using the ‘D-Word’

The conservative group One Million Moms is accusing Burger King of “crossing the line” over an Impossible Whopper commercial that uses the “D-word.”

“Burger King is airing a commercial that uses profanity to advertise its Impossible Whopper — a burger made from plants instead of beef,” the group’s website reads. “The language in the commercial is offensive, and it’s sad that this once family restaurant has made yet another deliberate decision to produce a controversial advertisement instead of a wholesome one.”

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The group, which is a division of the American Family Association, called out a commercial that documents the reactions of taste tests of the now-popular meatless burger.

One man, completely stunned by the Impossible Whopper’s tastiness says: “Damn, that’s good.”

Apparently the use of the “D-word” went too far for One Million Moms.

“One Million Moms finds this highly inappropriate. When responding to the taste test, he didn’t have to curse,” the group said. “Or if, in fact, it was a real and unscripted interview in which the man was not an actor, then Burger King could have simply chosen to edit the profanity out of the commercial.”

CONSPIRATORS ARE CONVINCED BURGER KING’S IMPOSSIBLE WHOPPER GIVES MEN BREASTS

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Conservative group “One Million Moms” called the Burger King ad “irresponsible and tasteless.” (Photo: Burger King)

The group called the ad “irresponsible and tasteless.”

“It is extremely destructive and damaging to impressionable children viewing the commercial. We all know children repeat what they hear,” they continued.

One Million Moms called for the public to sign a petition urging Burger King to cancel the commercial, “or at the very least, edit out the cuss word immediately.”

This isn’t the first time the group, which claims its mission is to “stop the exploitation of our children,” has used its platform to call out a commercial it does not agree with.

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Last month, the group caused the Hallmark Channel to initially pull a Zola commercial featuring two brides kissing during a same-sex wedding ceremony.

“Now, parents can no longer trust Hallmark because Hallmark is no longer allowing parents to be the primary educators when it comes to sex and sexual morality,” One Million Moms said at the time.

Hallmark later announced that it decided to pull the commercial just days after the petition was launched. After public backlash, however, the network reversed its decision and reinstated the same-sex marriage commercials.

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Salt Bae restaurant called cops on customer who refused to pay for $1G gold-wrapped steaks

A customer at the popular Nusr-Et steakhouse in Miami, owned by the Instagram star known as Salt Bae, had the cops called on him after he disputed a whopping $5,000 bill.

Duane Miranda said he was stunned after seeing the massive bill at the end of his group’s luxurious meal last month at the swanky restaurant, according to the Miami Herald.

Nusr-Et is known for its signature tomahawk steaks, in which the meat is cut tableside in performative fashion. The restaurant’s owner, Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, performs the task himself on nights he’s in town.

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Gökçe earned the nickname Salt Bae after going viral on Instagram for the culinary routine, in which he artfully cuts the meat and garnishes it with salt. The gimmick has made him a social media and international sensation, and he has restaurants around the globe, including in New York City, Mykonos, Dubai and Istanbul.

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 Nusret Gökçe earned the name Salt Bae after going viral on Instagram for the culinary routine. (Photo by Simon Hofmann – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

But Miranda is now on a mission to expose Nusr-Et after his dramatic dispute with the restaurant.

“I think they’re out to victimize their customers,” Miranda said. “It’s a bait-and-switch.”

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On Dec. 28, 2019, Miranda and his party of three couples dined at the Miami location, where they ordered a pair of steaks and a rack of lamb. Where things get completed is when Miranda claims the staff insisted that they order the “golden” option, in which the meats are wrapped in an edible 24-karat gold leaf.

What Miranda didn’t know, he said, was that the gold option came with an upcharge, costing $1,000 each. The standard tomahawk steaks are considerably cheaper at $275 each.

When the couples refused to pay until the manager adjusted the hefty bill, the police were called. The party ended up paying the bill to avoid further conflict.

Miranda, who said he was “flabbergasted” by the incident, has since taken to social media and several online review sites to call out Salt Bae and his culinary empire.

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In one post, Miranda calls Gökçe a “communist-loving piece of crap,” apparently referring to the time Salt Bae hosted and fed Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and honored Fidel Castro.

The restaurant stands by the bill, pointing out that all of its prices are clearly marked on its menus. The general manager, identified only as Oguz, also claims the couples threatened to leave without paying the bill.

“I have people with bills of $20,000; $30,000; $40,000. I never had this issue,” he said.

Miranda said he is no stranger to dropping big bucks for services, including a boys’ night at a night club where they ordered bottles costing $2,400. The difference, he claims, is that Nusr-Et did not tell them about the upcharge.

This isn’t the first time the restaurant has encountered similar disputes.

Miami police were reportedly called to the restaurant at least 12 times when a customer disputed a bill. Outraged diners have also taken to social media to post pictures of their jaw-dropping receipts.

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Miranda said he has since asked American Express to dispute the charge.

As for what was left of the four-figure meal, Miranda said he took home both foot-long tomahawk bones that come with the steak — one of which was for his friend’s dog. The other he plans to have tested to see if the gold left on it is actually 24 karats.

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Queen Elizabeth orders private meeting with Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles: reports

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Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly called a private meeting with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry to discuss the recent royal drama that has unfolded in the press.

Buckingham Palace made headlines this week when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they would be stepping down as “senior members” of the British royal family and splitting their time between the U.K and U.S. to become financially independent of the crown.

Sky News tweeted Saturday about news of the reported family meeting, saying it was meant to help find “solutions” to help ease the tension of their departure.

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“The Queen has called a family meeting to thrash out solutions to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior royals,” the outlet said.

Sources told People magazine that the high-level meeting was to “talk things through” after the Sussexes’ announcement. Meghan, who is currently in Canada, might call in for the meeting, per the publication.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said this week that their decision to step back came “after many months of reflection and internal discussions.”

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“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” they said. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report

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Pompeo’s decision not to run in Kansas Senate race boosts immigration hawk Kris Kobach

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to rule out a run for the open Senate seat in Kansas gives a major boost to fellow Republican and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a favorite among immigration hawks who is promising to bring a tough line on both legal and illegal immigration to Washington if elected.

“My approach to immigration is one that puts the American national interest first, both with respect to legal immigration and with respect to ending illegal immigration,” Kobach told Fox News in a phone interview.

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Pompeo had been urged to consider running to replace outgoing Sen. Pat Roberts, having represented Kansas in the House between 2011 and 2017 before becoming CIA director. But despite fueling speculation of a bid with numerous visits to Kansas, a source told Fox News this week that Pompeo told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would not be running.

Kobach is seen as the favorite for the party’s primary, but Pompeo could have shifted him out of that spot if he had elected to run. With the latest development, Kobach is optimistic about his chances in the primary and subsequent election in November.

“It transformed what would have been a very long slog and a tough fight into a different type of race,” he said. “The current position I’m in now, if you believe the polls, is a good one.”

The boost for Kobach is also good news for immigration hawks in the party, some of whom have been frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Trump administration to be as forceful as they’d like both in cracking down on illegal immigration and in restricting some forms of legal immigration.

Kobach has long argued for more hawkish policies on immigration. He spearheaded voter I.D. laws as secretary of state and is on the board of “We Build the Wall” — a private group building its own sections of wall along the southern border. When asked what he’d fight for if elected to the upper chamber, he rattled off policies including ending the diversity lottery visa — which provides visas to countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. —  and implementing mandatory E-Verify nationwide — which would force employers to confirm the legal immigration status of their employees.

He’d also urge a tougher line on so-called sanctuary cities —  jurisdictions that refuse to comply with detainers from immigration enforcement authorities. He says that while there has been some efforts to go after sanctuary cities by the administration and some in Congress, it hasn’t been enough.

“There’s already a federal prohibition in federal statute against sanctuary cities but it doesn’t have any teeth so I’d seek to put teeth in that and I have an idea of how that can be done through threat of civil lawsuits, through loss of federal funds and the like,” he said.

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Kobach also wants to re-examine the legal immigration system more broadly, re-orientating it to what he describes as an “America First” outlook. He’s a supporter of Sen. Tom Cotton’s, R-Ark., RAISE Act that would establish a skills-based points system and reduce extended forms of family-based immigration. Kobach also wants to focus on restricting companies who are using the legal immigration system to bring in cheap labor to replace American workers.

“You can also do a number of things to ensure certain industries aren’t bringing in hundreds of thousands of foreign workers when American graduates in those exact same fields are unable to find jobs,” he said. “And in some parts of the tech sector you see that happening, and these are areas where the American national interest is not being served and you have to have a deep understanding of immigration policy and immigration law that so many don’t have.”

Kobach, who cites his past experience teaching constitutional law and as a clerk on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, also wants to help the president in picking originalist judges to courts.

“President Trump has done a tremendous job transforming the courts to a more originalist outlook, but he does need help in the Senate to continue on that path,” he said.

“President [George W.] Bush nominated a number of judges who ended up being activists indistinguishable from [President Barack] Obama nominees, and usually it helps for presidents to have a backstop in the Senate — several senators who perform very significant and deep vetting, so if someone in the White House Counsel’s office slips up and nominates someone who is not a judicial originalist, hopefully a senator can catch that person,” he said.

The support from fellow hawks is rock solid. Conservative author Ann Coulter was reported to have lobbied Trump to pick Kobach as his running mate in 2016. In April she scolded Trump for not having appointed Kobach to the Department of Homeland Security.

“Trump’s immigration agenda is a full-blown catastrophe because putting anyone other than Kris Kobach at DHS is like having the [American Civil Liberties Union] advise him on judges, instead of the Federalist Society,” she tweeted.

NumbersUSA, a group that seeks to reduce levels of immigration said in April that there was “no one more qualified” to head DHS than Kobach. RJ Hauman, head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told Fox News that Kobach has “fought for years for American workers and secure borders.”

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Kobach, who backed Trump in 2016 and who served on his transition team, praises the administration’s work on a number of immigration-related issues, including its successful fight for the travel ban for residents of certain countries deemed high-risk, as well as building what it has of the wall in the face of congressional hurdles. He also backs the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which sees migrants sent to Mexico to await their immigration hearings.

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But he argues that some officials in the executive branch over the last three years have “dragged their feet” on implementing policies he says he knows Trump favors — including ending birthright citizenship. He also places a lot of blame on Congress for why some policies have not been implemented.

“There are many things President Trump wants to get done that requires congressional action and Congress has completely failed in those areas — in things like changing priorities toward skill-based immigration, ending the diversity lottery visa, implementing E-Verify, stopping sanctuary cities,” he said. “There are a host of areas like that where he can’t do it with the executive branch alone, he needs congressional help and that help has not been there.”

Kobach is a controversial figure among not only Democrats, but also with some Republicans both in Kansas and in Washington D.C. He faces a primary field that includes Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas — who, according to Roll Call, has racked up $250,000 for his campaign in the days since Pompeo said he wouldn’t run.

Kobach is likely to face significant opposition from GOP leaders in the capital, who fear that his hardline stances could make the seat vulnerable to be flipped by a Democrat. Kobach lost the Kansas governor’s race in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly after he beat sitting Gov. Jeff Colyer in a primary.

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“Just last year Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate Majority at risk,” Joanna Rodriguez, press secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in July. Bloomberg News reported that McConnell this week met with Marshall. Others are calling for other candidates to rally behind an anti-Kobach candidate.

“Everybody but Kobach probably should get together and say, ‘Now why are we doing this and what are we trying to gain?’ And pick somebody and go head-to-head,” Tim Shallenburger, a former Kansas Republican Party chairman and state treasurer, told The Associated Press.

But Kobach said there was a significant difference in that the gubernatorial race is often focused on issues such as education funding, and therefore the governor’s seat regularly goes back-and-forth between parties. The Senate seat, meanwhile, has stayed firmly red for years.

“On federal issues Kansans lean more strongly to the right, so I think the outcome is likely to be different and our models indicate it is going to be different,” he said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Rich Edson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pompeo’s decision not to run in Kansas Senate race boosts immigration hawk Kris Kobach

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to rule out a run for the open Senate seat in Kansas gives a major boost to fellow Republican and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a favorite among immigration hawks who is promising to bring a tough line on both legal and illegal immigration to Washington if elected.

“My approach to immigration is one that puts the American national interest first, both with respect to legal immigration and with respect to ending illegal immigration,” Kobach told Fox News in a phone interview.

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Pompeo had been urged to consider running to replace outgoing Sen. Pat Roberts, having represented Kansas in the House between 2011 and 2017 before becoming CIA director. But despite fueling speculation of a bid with numerous visits to Kansas, a source told Fox News this week that Pompeo told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that he would not be running.

Kobach is seen as the favorite for the party’s primary, but Pompeo could have shifted him out of that spot if he had elected to run. With the latest development, Kobach is optimistic about his chances in the primary and subsequent election in November.

“It transformed what would have been a very long slog and a tough fight into a different type of race,” he said. “The current position I’m in now, if you believe the polls, is a good one.”

The boost for Kobach is also good news for immigration hawks in the party, some of whom have been frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Trump administration to be as forceful as they’d like both in cracking down on illegal immigration and in restricting some forms of legal immigration.

Kobach has long argued for more hawkish policies on immigration. He spearheaded voter I.D. laws as secretary of state and is on the board of “We Build the Wall” — a private group building its own sections of wall along the southern border. When asked what he’d fight for if elected to the upper chamber, he rattled off policies including ending the diversity lottery visa — which provides visas to countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. —  and implementing mandatory E-Verify nationwide — which would force employers to confirm the legal immigration status of their employees.

He’d also urge a tougher line on so-called sanctuary cities —  jurisdictions that refuse to comply with detainers from immigration enforcement authorities. He says that while there has been some efforts to go after sanctuary cities by the administration and some in Congress, it hasn’t been enough.

“There’s already a federal prohibition in federal statute against sanctuary cities but it doesn’t have any teeth so I’d seek to put teeth in that and I have an idea of how that can be done through threat of civil lawsuits, through loss of federal funds and the like,” he said.

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Kobach also wants to re-examine the legal immigration system more broadly, re-orientating it to what he describes as an “America First” outlook. He’s a supporter of Sen. Tom Cotton’s, R-Ark., RAISE Act that would establish a skills-based points system and reduce extended forms of family-based immigration. Kobach also wants to focus on restricting companies who are using the legal immigration system to bring in cheap labor to replace American workers.

“You can also do a number of things to ensure certain industries aren’t bringing in hundreds of thousands of foreign workers when American graduates in those exact same fields are unable to find jobs,” he said. “And in some parts of the tech sector you see that happening, and these are areas where the American national interest is not being served and you have to have a deep understanding of immigration policy and immigration law that so many don’t have.”

Kobach, who cites his past experience teaching constitutional law and as a clerk on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, also wants to help the president in picking originalist judges to courts.

“President Trump has done a tremendous job transforming the courts to a more originalist outlook, but he does need help in the Senate to continue on that path,” he said.

“President [George W.] Bush nominated a number of judges who ended up being activists indistinguishable from [President Barack] Obama nominees, and usually it helps for presidents to have a backstop in the Senate — several senators who perform very significant and deep vetting, so if someone in the White House Counsel’s office slips up and nominates someone who is not a judicial originalist, hopefully a senator can catch that person,” he said.

The support from fellow hawks is rock solid. Conservative author Ann Coulter was reported to have lobbied Trump to pick Kobach as his running mate in 2016. In April she scolded Trump for not having appointed Kobach to the Department of Homeland Security.

“Trump’s immigration agenda is a full-blown catastrophe because putting anyone other than Kris Kobach at DHS is like having the [American Civil Liberties Union] advise him on judges, instead of the Federalist Society,” she tweeted.

NumbersUSA, a group that seeks to reduce levels of immigration said in April that there was “no one more qualified” to head DHS than Kobach. RJ Hauman, head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told Fox News that Kobach has “fought for years for American workers and secure borders.”

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Kobach, who backed Trump in 2016 and who served on his transition team, praises the administration’s work on a number of immigration-related issues, including its successful fight for the travel ban for residents of certain countries deemed high-risk, as well as building what it has of the wall in the face of congressional hurdles. He also backs the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which sees migrants sent to Mexico to await their immigration hearings.

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But he argues that some officials in the executive branch over the last three years have “dragged their feet” on implementing policies he says he knows Trump favors — including ending birthright citizenship. He also places a lot of blame on Congress for why some policies have not been implemented.

“There are many things President Trump wants to get done that requires congressional action and Congress has completely failed in those areas — in things like changing priorities toward skill-based immigration, ending the diversity lottery visa, implementing E-Verify, stopping sanctuary cities,” he said. “There are a host of areas like that where he can’t do it with the executive branch alone, he needs congressional help and that help has not been there.”

Kobach is a controversial figure among not only Democrats, but also with some Republicans both in Kansas and in Washington D.C. He faces a primary field that includes Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas — who, according to Roll Call, has racked up $250,000 for his campaign in the days since Pompeo said he wouldn’t run.

Kobach is likely to face significant opposition from GOP leaders in the capital, who fear that his hardline stances could make the seat vulnerable to be flipped by a Democrat. Kobach lost the Kansas governor’s race in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly after he beat sitting Gov. Jeff Colyer in a primary.

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“Just last year Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate Majority at risk,” Joanna Rodriguez, press secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in July. Bloomberg News reported that McConnell this week met with Marshall. Others are calling for other candidates to rally behind an anti-Kobach candidate.

“Everybody but Kobach probably should get together and say, ‘Now why are we doing this and what are we trying to gain?’ And pick somebody and go head-to-head,” Tim Shallenburger, a former Kansas Republican Party chairman and state treasurer, told The Associated Press.

But Kobach said there was a significant difference in that the gubernatorial race is often focused on issues such as education funding, and therefore the governor’s seat regularly goes back-and-forth between parties. The Senate seat, meanwhile, has stayed firmly red for years.

“On federal issues Kansans lean more strongly to the right, so I think the outcome is likely to be different and our models indicate it is going to be different,” he said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Rich Edson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rebecca Grant: Iranian shoot-down of Ukrainian plane – Here is what went wrong

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Caught red-handed with solid evidence showing it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane – tragically killing all 176 people aboard – the government of Iran had to admit Saturday that it was guilty of the horrific attack.

Iran bears full responsibility for this unprovoked mass killing and should be required to pay compensation to the families of the dead passengers and the airline – although no amount of money can make up for the lost lives.

And airlines from around the world would be wise now to consider whether flying into Iran is worth the risk. If some international airlines stop service to Iran it would strike yet another economic blow to the rogue regime, further isolating it from the rest of the world.

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Any attempt to blame the U.S. for provoking the downing of the Ukrainian plane would be absurd, although Iran is trying to do that.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the shoot-down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was human error “caused by U.S. adventurism” in part.

Zarif is correct about the “human error” part – but Iran’s military escalation caused it.

Make no mistake: Iran intended to shoot down the target it attacked with a surface-to-air missile.

Iran’s Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aerospace commander, claimed Saturday the battery mistook the Boeing 737 for a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile.

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The explanation fits if the airliner leveled off and was near terrain. In that case, the profile may have looked like an inbound cruise missile, at least on a radar scope. That may be all Iran says, so we may never know the full truth.

The bigger problem is that military commanders of anti-aircraft batteries were authorized to fire at will whenever they detected what they believed to be a hostile aircraft over Iranian territory.

The airline route early Wednesday out of Tehran was for a standard departure, but the route takes planes over an area thick with air defense batteries protecting the city and major nuclear sites nearby.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has its own air defense batteries and mission alongside Iran’s regular military units. The Revolutionary Guards have tinkered with the Russian missile systems they buy and have even built some of their own systems – like the one they used to shoot down the U.S. Navy Global Hawk drone last June.

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The airliners taking off out of Tehran all day Tuesday were in no danger because the air defense alert status was “weapons tight” – meaning, don’t shoot at anything. Business as usual.

Then Iran launched ballistic missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq at Al Assad and Irbil early Wednesday before dawn (Tuesday night in the U.S.). Fortunately, there were no American causalities.

Iranian air defenses went into combat mode, wrongly anticipating a U.S. strike in response, since they had intended to harm Americans.

Iran saw how U.S. and allied airstrikes caused devastating damage to President Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad in Iraq in 2003. The Iranians saw how American, British and French warplanes blew past Russian air defenses and hit chemical weapons sites in downtown Damascus in Syria in April 2018.

Because of their fear of a violent U.S. response to the Iranian attack on U.S. forces in Iraq, the Revolutionary Guards’ air defense headquarters changed the alert status to “weapons-free” – authorizing air defense batteries to shoot independently at any target in the air that they thought posed a threat.

At this point, the commander had permission to launch when his battery’s radars detected a target. This commander may have been inexperienced and poorly trained; however, as a Revolutionary Guards officer, he was primed to fight.

The Iranian equipment should be able to distinguish an airliner from a cruise missile or drone or combat plane, but Iran has been modifying systems and adding its own technology, which may impair performance.

The soldiers manning the Iranian air defense batteries near Tehran and the nuclear sites north of the city must have been tense. But no one ordered air traffic control at Tehran’s airport to halt takeoffs and landings – something that would have been a sensible safety precaution.

Iran does not have a good “single integrated air picture” to track aircraft coming into the country from hundreds of miles out, identify them, and transmit the information across the air defense network.

The Iranian system simply gathers information on flying objects, without necessarily knowing in advance or for sure what those objects are. When the battery radar picks up an aircraft brushing the radar lobe of the battery, the target is in range for just seconds.

At that point, the commander must decide quickly whether to fire and risk hitting the wrong target, or letting the aircraft pass and possibly being responsible for allowing an attack on an Iranian target.

This Iranian commander made the wrong decision.

U.S. systems detected the anti-aircraft missile launch. Next, Iranian communications probably when berserk. The air defense higher command was probably on open phone lines calling the battery. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is also the commander in chief of Iran’s military and was probably demanding answers as to what happened.

The missile launch, the tragic fiery plane crash, and the spike of Iran’s military and emergency communications lay out all the evidence of what Iran did. U.S. TV news programs were even airing video of the missile attack.

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At the Pentagon, the National Military Command Center would have received information about the attack on the Ukrainian plane quickly and informed the White House. The U.S. was then able to pass on the information to allies, including Canada, one of the “Five Eyes” in a treaty with the U.S. to share signals intelligence information. The downing of the plane took the lives of 63 Canadians.

Iran’s shoot-down was an accident, at least in part, but only in the misidentification of the target. Iran did not intend to shoot down an airliner. The air defense battery commander thought and hoped he was shooting at an American drone, cruise missile or combat plane like one of those B-52s deployed to Diego Garcia or the F-15Es that struck Iranian-backed militia targets in Iraq last month.

Iran is guilty of building up the Revolutionary Guards to carry out a regime policy of blood-thirsty hostility and fueling it with weapons.

It’s relatively easy to launch offensive ballistic missiles. Accurate air defense is much more difficult. The Iranian regime would be smart to pay fresh attention to Iran’s military weaknesses and the operational problems that resonate through other branches of the nation’s armed forces.

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Admitting that it shot down the Ukrainian plane offers Iran a chance to begin to cooperate and deescalate tensions with the U.S. and other nations. This is the time for Iran to behave like “a normal nation” as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

By respectfully apologizing (as it has done) and assisting with the recovery of remains of the passengers and the investigation of the shoot-down, Iran has the opportunity to accept this moment of appalling grief as a chance to change course. Let’s hope the regime takes it.

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