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2020 candidates’ 1st-quarter fundraising: By the numbers

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All candidates running for president in 2020 have until Monday evening to file their full first-quarter fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission. The following are the first-quarter fundraising totals available for the 2020 presidential candidates that have been reported by either the FEC or the candidiates’ campaigns.

President Donald Trump – $30 million

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. –  $18.2 million

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. – $12 million

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas – $9.4 million

Pete Buttigieg, Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Ind. – $6,405,929.62

Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md. –

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. – $6 million

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. – $5.2 million

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. – $5 million

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D- NY – $3 million

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee – $2.25 million

Businessman Andrew Yang – $1.7 million

Former Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julian Castro – $1.1 million

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Capital Gazette’s Pulitzer citation: ‘rollercoaster moments’

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The editor of the Capital Gazette of Maryland said Monday that his staff experienced some “rollercoaster moments” as it won a special Pulitzer Prize citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its own newsroom.

The Gazette, based in the Maryland state capital of Annapolis, published on schedule the day after the shooting attack that claimed five staffers’ lives. It was one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history. The man charged in the attack had a longstanding grudge against the paper.

Rick Hutzell, editor of Capital Gazette Communications, said the paper had submitted entries for five categories, including a joint entry with The Baltimore Sun for breaking news. Although the Gazette didn’t win in any of those five categories, the Pulitzer board awarded it the citatioin together with an extraordinary $100,000 grant to further its journalism.

Hutzell said he thought the Pulitzer judges handled the decision admirably.

“Clearly, there were a lot of mixed feelings,” Hutzell said. “No one wants to win an award for something that kills five of your friends.”

He also said the paper was aware it would be facing stiff competition.

“It’s very difficult when you are reporting in some ways on yourself,” he said. “That’s not what we do. We’re behind the camera, not in front of it.”

Five newspaper employees — John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen — were killed in the attack last June 28 . The shooting didn’t stop other staffers from covering it and putting out a newspaper the next day, with assistance from colleagues at The Baltimore Sun, which is owned by the same company.

Jarrod Ramos, the man charged in the newsroom shooting, had a history of harassing the newspaper’s journalists. He filed a lawsuit against the paper in 2012, alleging he was defamed in an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case in 2011. The suit was dismissed as groundless.

County police arrested Ramos in the newsroom. They said he blocked an exit and then used a shotgun to blast his way through the entrance.

Ramos’ trial is scheduled to start in November. He pleaded not guilty last year to first-degree murder charges. April 29 is the deadline for attorneys to change his plea to not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

In October, the National Press Foundation announced that Hutzell won the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award . The award was established in 1984 to recognize imagination, professional skill, ethics and an ability to motivate staff.

In December, the newspaper’s staff was included by Time magazine among its 2018 Person of the Year honorees.

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‘Unplanned’ star Ashley Bratcher says ‘it’s so incredible’ how movie is changing hearts and minds on abortion

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Ashley Bratcher, the actress behind the brilliant portrayal of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood “employee of the year” turned pro-life activist is once again opening up about the impact the film has had on many viewers since its debut last month.

“The response had been incredibly positive. I mean, through it all – this has been the most rewarding and fulfilling role I’ve ever had in my entire career,” Bratcher told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “To be able to hear someone come up to you and say, ‘I was so affected by your work that I decided instead of having an abortion, that I’m now going to have my child’ – I don’t know how to really explain the way that feels to know that you could potentially just saved a life. There’s not a lot of actors who get to say that, and I am so honored to be able to have a part of this.”

‘UNPLANNED’ ACTRESS ON TWITTER BACKLASH: ‘I COULDN’T EVEN FOLLOW MY OWN MOVIE’

The “War Room” actress said she’s been inundated with an outpour of support from women who have shared their own personal stories surrounding abortion and relishes in the opportunity to bring mainstream awareness to the subject of abortion.

“Yeah, I think I cry every time I talk to you guys. But, I can’t help it because it’s so incredible. It’s literally so incredible that people are being affected this much – this is why we did this movie,” Bratcher explained. “And not only that, but being able to share my story with you guys – it’s not only the movie, but being able to share my heart and the fact that I care so much and that, we really do want to help women that we’re here to walk alongside of them.”

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Unplanned” initially struggled to find its footing with conventional publicizing as the film not only received an unexpected R rating but had its Twitter account temporarily suspended and 50,000 of its followers erased shortly after the film debuted.

Twitter said that the account was suspended in error.

“It wasn’t directly about this account. When an account violates the Twitter Rules, the system looks for linked accounts to mitigate things like ban evasion,” a spokeswoman explained at the time, via email. “In this case, the account was mistakenly caught in our automated systems for ban evasion.”

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Bratcher had also previously criticized Google after the tech giant allegedly categorized the film as “propaganda,” which spurred backlash from social media.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” last week, “Unplanned” filmmakers and writers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon discussed their frustration with the pushback they’ve been receiving when trying to market the film.

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“[Twitter] closed us down on opening night, which, considering we had the account for nine months, was quite unusual,” Solomon told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy. “It just so happens that happens on opening night which, for a movie, is the most important night of the whole run.”

Konzelman added that he doesn’t think the tech company gave an adequate reason as to why it shut down the “Unplanned” account in the first place saying that he believes its pro-life message was to blame.

ABBY JOHNSON: ‘UNPLANNED’ IS MY STORY AND YOU CAN’T UNSEE IT

“Well, we are completely blocked at every turn. I mean, our primary difficulty was with Google, who refused to take any of the advertising for our film. All of our banner ads up until our date of release were refused,” Konzelman said. “Basically, they identified us with a conservative issue, which is the pro-life side of the abortion issue. They said, ‘your marketing is related to abortion.’ We said, ‘no it’s not. It’s a film.’ And they still refused us.”

The creative duo claimed that Netflix “has no appetite” for the film and that Amazon Prime will likely pass on it as well in favor of a pro-choice film.

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Representatives for Netflix and Amazon Prime did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Woman pleads guilty to GoFundMe scam involving homeless man

A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty to her role in concocting a feel-good tale about a homeless man rescuing her from the side of a highway and scamming 14,000 donors out of $400,000 in GoFundMe contributions.

Katelyn McClure pleaded guilty in state Superior Court Monday to second-degree theft by deception under a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say McClure will serve four years in state prison and must repay the $400,000 under the deal. She must also testify against her former boyfriend and co-defendant Mark D’Amico.

McClure’s plea comes after Johnny Bobbitt was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation for his role in the scheme.

Prosecutors say the trio fabricated the 2017 story of Bobbitt rescuing McClure from the side of a Philadelphia highway to enrich themselves.

D’Amico has denied wrongdoing.

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Bernie Sanders’ evolution: Democratic socialist rises from party gadfly to front-runner

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is on a tear.

The independent senator from Vermont burst out of the gates on Feb. 19, as he launched his second straight bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — and he hasn’t slowed down yet.

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The self-proclaimed ‘democratic socialist’ is drawing huge crowds on the campaign trail and racking up big bucks. He hauled in $18.2 million in fundraising in the first 41 days of his campaign, becoming the overwhelming leader of the pack in the fundraising race among the large roster of White House hopefuls.

The senator consistently registers in second place — in double digits — in 2020 polling, trailing only former Vice President Joe Biden. But until Biden officially jumps in, as is widely expected, Sanders for now is the front-runner among declared candidates. This status marks an incredible ascension from the start of the last cycle.

“We have come a long way in the last four years,” Sanders said recently on the campaign trail.

He’s not kidding.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS

When the senator first launched his 2016 White House bid, he was considered a far-left fringe candidate who would be a longshot against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. He was barely taken seriously as he made multiple trips to the early voting states in 2014 and the first half of 2015.

But Sanders caught lightning in a bottle in the summer of 2015, after officially declaring his candidacy. Along with Republican Donald Trump, he tapped into the anger among the electorate with a system that many felt was failing them. And he launched his White House bid at a time when the Democratic Party was moving further to the left.

Whether Sanders sensed this and rode the wave, or whether he is largely responsible for the party’s shift since that time, remains to be seen. But the 77-year-old politician is seemingly in the right place at the right time — at last, after decades in the political wilderness. Today, policies he espouses are virtual litmus tests for the field. Even his presidential primary rivals scrambled to co-sponsor his latest “Medicare for All” bill last week.

Veteran political scientist Dante Scala says that since President George W. Bush’s administration, more and more Democrats “have been willing to identify themselves as liberal.”

HOW DID BERNIE SANDERS MAKE HIS MONEY?

“What we’ve seen over the past decade or so is this decline in moderate and conservative Democrats. A lot more Democrats are willing to say to survey researchers and pollsters that ‘I’m liberal and I’m proud.’ In some way, Sanders was able to capitalize on a trend that was occurring with the Democratic Party,” explained Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire.

“Sanders capitalized – in 2016 in particular – with a growing sense among both young voters, white working-class voters, that the system was broken and that radical change was necessary to fix it. And I think a lot of that comes out of the great recession,” Scala added. “They wanted a politician who would go big and Bernie was happy to oblige on that.”

Sanders’ crushing defeat of Clinton in 2016 in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary launched a political juggernaut, sending him into a marathon battle with the eventual nominee that didn’t end until after the primary and caucus calendar.

As he runs a second time, the stridently liberal candidate doesn’t appear to have a problem standing out from the rest of the pack and resonating with younger voters – even with rivals that are four decades younger. And he’s changed the conversation, with many of his fellow White House hopefuls pushing the same proposals that Sanders highlighted on the presidential campaign trail four years earlier.

But Democrats not feeling the ‘Bern’ argue that Sanders was expected to start strong, thanks to his strong name recognition and the extensive nation-wide organization that he built in 2016 and maintained in the ensuing years.

“He starts with a leg up because of running previously but I don’t think it’s an insurmountable advantage by any means,” longtime Democratic strategist Judy Reardon said.

But Scala says Sanders will be successful again because he’s “kind of married liberalism and populism.”

“I think that’s what makes him such a danger to the other 2020 candidates in that he could be what Trump was in 2016. That is, it could be the case that a strong minority bloc of voters who are married to Bernie and they’re not interested in dating,” he said.

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Officials: Officer fatally shoots man who wielded knife

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Police in Tennessee say an officer fatally shot a man who was armed with a knife and grabbed another person as officers attempted to serve a warrant.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a news release that 42-year-old Samuel Charles Talbott produced the knife and grabbed someone inside the Pigeon Forge apartment where police had gone to find him Monday. The release says Talbott refused to comply when repeatedly told to drop the weapon and that the situation escalated.

The TBI says one officer fired at least one shot, killing Talbott. The officer wasn’t identified.

The TBI says no one else was injured.

The investigation was continuing.

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Gordon Ramsay fires back after reviewer slams celeb chef’s ‘Asian’ restaurant concept

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Gordon Ramsay is calling out a restaurant critic for allegedly reigniting controversy over his latest restaurant concept and labeling it a “real life Ramsay kitchen nightmare” in a review.

Writer and restaurant reviewer Angela Hui covered a preview event for the celebrity chef’s upcoming London restaurant Lucky Cat, which bills itself as an “authentic Asian eating house” in press materials. In her review for Eater London, Hui took the restaurant to task over a misspelling on the menu, the lack of windows or ventilation in the preview space, and the “seedy nightclub” atmosphere of the event.

“It was probably for the best that the strange, cold blue lighting throughout and rooms so dark rooms meant that diners were barely able to see the food in front of them,” Hui wrote.

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Hui’s comments on Lucky Cat also spilled over onto Instagram posts, where she allegedly made comments about the quality of the food from head chef Ben Orpwood, whom Ramsay claimed had been “travel[ing] back and forth to south Asia for many months” for research, according to Hui’s review.

“I can only drink thru the pain that is this an ‘Asian’ event,” she wrote on Instagram, per the Times of London. “Japanese? Chinese? It’s all Asian who cares,” she added, in response to Orpwood allegedly describing the preparation and ingredients for a duck dish to be both Chinese and Japanese.

Hui further claimed she was the only “east Asian person” at the event, chefs included.

Hui’s comments also appeared to reignite controversy that first erupted when Ramsay announced his restaurant concept in February. Social media users and chefs took issue with the restaurant’s name, blasted as a “stereotype,” as well as the alleged lack of Asian chefs and the “whitewashing” of Asian cuisine.

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Ramsay soon took to social media to defend Lucky Cat, calling out Hui by name.

“Despite the very positive feedback from guests, there was, regrettably, one offensive response from the night which I have to call out,” he wrote on Instagram, before calling Hui’s coverage on social media “derogatory and offensive.”

“It is fine to not like my food, but prejudice and insults are not welcome, and Ms. Hui’s comments around [Ben Orpwood] and his wife, calling her a ‘token Asian wife,’ were personal and hugely disrespectful,’ he added, referencing a comment Hui allegedly made on Instagram.

“Gordon Ramsay Restaurants do not discriminate based on gender, race or beliefs and we don’t expect anyone else to. I may not agree with all reviews, but if someone is going to be critical, then I expect them to be professional and have some integrity.”

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Lucky Cat is scheduled to open in London’s Mayfair district in June.

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Joaquin Phoenix is playing Jesus in new film but refused to do one thing: ‘Who the f— would do that?’

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Joaquin Phoenix is playing Jesus in the upcoming film, “Mary Magdalene,” but he refused to perform one of the miracles recorded in the gospels.

An early scene in the movie required the 44-year-old actor, who recently played Joker, to perform a miracle from John’s gospel, in which Jesus healed a blind man by rubbing mud in his eyes (portrayed by a woman in the film).

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“I knew about that scene from the Bible, but I guess I had never really considered it,” Phoenix told CNN. “When I got there, I thought, ‘I’m not going to rub dirt in her eyes. Who the f— would do that?’ It doesn’t make any sense. That is a horrible introduction to seeing.”

Phoenix took matters into his own hands, by simply licking his thumb and rubbing the woman’s eyes. No mud but he argues it doesn’t take away from the miracle Jesus performed.

The film, set for release on Good Friday, looks at the story of Jesus from a more feminine perspective, as many biblical scholars have lableled Mary Magdalene, played by Phoenix’s real-life girlfriend, Rooney Mara, the “first feminist.”

The film was originally set for release in late 2017 but was repeatedly pushed back after The Weinstein Co. was caught in the multiple accusations of sexual assault against producer Harvey Weinstein. IFC Films ultimately released it.

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Man convicted of 5 murders in Kansas City cul-de-sac in 2014

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A man with a violent past has been convicted of killing five people in 2014 in a quiet cul-de-sac in south Kansas City.

Brandon Howell, 39, was found guilty Monday on five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies in the killings. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.

The Jackson County jury deliberated less than two hours after getting the case Monday morning. The defense did not call any witnesses during the weeklong trial, The Kansas City Star reported .

According to court records, the killings began when Howell tried to steal a classic Jaguar from the home of 80-year-old George Taylor and his wife, Anna Taylor. Police have said Howell couldn’t get the car started and instead stole the Taylors’ sports utility vehicle.

Witnesses told police they saw the driver of the Taylors’ vehicle stop in front of Susan Choucroun’s house next door. He got out and shot her in her driveway before leaving. Arriving officers found the Taylors severely beaten in their basement. They died a week later in a hospital.

Two other potential witnesses to the theft — 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and her son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst — also were shot to death, possibly as they were returning from the grocery store.

The SUV later was found abandoned near a Motel 6 in neighboring Platte County, where Howell is charged with assaulting three people. Howell was arrested that night walking along a freeway carrying a shotgun in his pants.

Howell had long been on the radar of law enforcement. In 1998, the body of his classmate, 18-year-old Nick Travis, was found buried in the yard of a duplex in Kansas City, Missouri, that was being renovated by Howell’s father. Howell was the last person seen with Travis and 16-year-old Tabitha Brewer before the sweethearts disappeared from Johnson County, Kansas. Brewer’s body has never been found, although her partially burned purse was discovered in a trash container.

While that case was under investigation. Howell was arrested in a 1999 home invasion robbery in Gardner, Kansas, in which a pet cat was beheaded. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Before he was freed, Jackson County, Missouri, jurors acquitted him in the deaths of Travis and Brewer.

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Man convicted of 5 murders in Kansas City in 2014

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A man has been found guilty of killing five people in September 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that jurors on Monday convicted 38-year-old Brandon Howell of five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours.

Prosecutors said Howell beat 80-year-old George Taylor and his wife, 86-year-old Anna Taylor, while trying to steal their vehicle. They died a week later.

The Taylors’ neighbor, 69-year-old Susan Choucroun, was shot in her driveway. Two others — 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and Hurst’s son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst — were killed as they returned from a store.

Howell was arrested that night walking along a freeway carrying a shotgun in his pants.

Howell previously was acquitted of killing two teens from Kansas.

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