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Jesse Watters: Elizabeth Warren’s Native American apology rings hollow because she ‘stole their identity’

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s latest apology for previously claiming Native American heritage should fall on deaf ears, according to Jesse Watters.

Watters criticized Warren Monday on “The Five,” going as far as to suggest she would be an easy opponent for President Trump in 2020.

“She’s got terrible political instincts and she’s a phony,” he said, adding the Massachusetts Democrat appeared to have “scrubbed” from her campaign website the video in which she reveals her DNA results.

“What she did to Native Americans was, some people say, a lot worse than what Trump’s done to minorities. Think about what she did — she stole their identity.”

WARREN APOLOGIZES TO NATIVE AMERICANS FOR ANCESTRY CLAIMS: ‘I HAVE MADE MISTAKES’

On Monday, Warren told a Native American forum in Sioux City, Iowa, she was sorry for any harm she caused the community.

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“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” she said.

Elaborating on his claim, Watters said he believed Warren adopted Native American ethnicity to help herself to the detriment of others.

“She used that fake identity to suppress minorities’ access to higher education jobs and then she profited from the fake identity,” he said, nodding to the fact Warren was employed at Harvard.

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“When she got busted on it when President Trump mocked her, she said, ‘Oh, that’s an ethnic slur: Pocahontas’ — that’s about as an ethnic slur as ‘Fredo,’ it doesn’t make any sense,” Watters said.

Last week, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, became incensed by a man who referred to him as “Fredo,” a character from “The Godfather.” The newsman claimed in an expletive-laden response he saw the remark as an ethnic slur against Italian-Americans.

On “The Five,” Watters also explained why Warren would have trouble facing off with Trump.

He said the president’s “Pocahontas” nickname stuck and is complemented by what he called her “irritating demeanor.”

“It’s another landslide victory for the president if she gets the nomination.”

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Marianne Williamson announces plan to create ‘Department of Peace’

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Monday unveiled details of her plan to create a peace-building agency to focus on ending violence following decades of U.S. military conflict and an uptick in mass shootings.

In her announcement, the spiritual author called for a “Department of Peace” to spur peace initiatives domestically and abroad.

“I believe our country’s way of dealing with security issues is increasingly obsolete,” Williamson said in a statement. “We have the finest military force in the world, however, we can no longer rely on force to rid ourselves of international enemies.”

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Marianne Williamson, seen here speaking Monday in Iowa, announced details in her plane to crate a “Department of Peace.” (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

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“The planet has become too small for that, and in so doing, we overburden our military by asking them to compensate for the other work that we choose not to do, and we are less effective, and less secure, because of our choices,” she added. 

The main duties of the proposed agency would be promoting justice and democratic principles, she said, expanding human rights, working to avert armed conflict, ending gun violence, addressing white supremacy and promoting conflict mediation and resolution.

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Specifically, the department would work with local, state governments to decrease gun violence, rehabilitate prisoners, examine how food supply affects behavior and trying to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Abroad, Williamson wants to help governments end conflicts without providing U.S. military assistance and providing and coordinating humanitarian relief.

The plan calls for the cabinet’s secretary to serve on the National Security Council and would have power to coordinate with other agencies — including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Justice, and State, and the new U.S. Department of Children and Youth.

The department also would create a peace academy that would offer a four-year concentration in peace education. The academy would be modeled after the military service academies and graduates would be required to serve five years in public service programs focused on domestic and international conflict resolution.

Funding for the agency would come from various peace-building and violence-reduction efforts within the federal government.

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“As the Department [of Peace] becomes effective in its work, a true ‘peace dividend,’ reflecting a declining domestic and international need for the instruments of violence, will more than fund the costs of the Department’s activities,” Williamson said.

Last month, Williamson criticized the U.S. budget for peace-building agencies, which she said gets $1 billion of the $40 billion given to the State Department. Throughout her campaign, she has vowed to defeat President Trump with a politics of “love.”

Fox News’ Patrick Ward contributed to this report.

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Sam Claflin and wife Laura Haddock separate after six years of marriage

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“Me Before You” star Sam Claflin and his wife, actress Laura Haddock, have split after six years of marriage.

“Laura and I have decided to legally separate,” the 33-year-old actor wrote in a statement on Instagram Monday. “We will move forward with nothing but love, friendship and a deep respect for one another, whilst we continue to raise our family together.”

He continued, “We won’t be commenting on this further. Thank you in advance for your support and respecting our privacy at this time. Both of us x.”

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Claflin and Haddock, also 33, reportedly met while auditioning for the film “My Week with Marilyn” in 2010 and tied the knot in 2013.

The pair have two children together: a 3-year-old son named Pip and a 1-year-old daughter named Margot.

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Haddock has starred in shows including “Upstairs Downstairs” and “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Claflin is also known for playing Finnick Odair in the “Hunger Games” films.

This article originally appeared in Page Six

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Facebook, Twitter accuse China of disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters

Twitter and Facebook suspended almost 1,000 accounts that were tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign that targeted pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

On Monday, Twitter announced that it had suspended 936 accounts that were related to the disinformation efforts. In a blog post, the company said the “coordinated state-backed campaign” was intended to “sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground.”

The Jack Dorsey-led company said it had conducted “intensive investigations” into the suspicious accounts, which were taken down due to violations of Twitter’s policy against platform manipulation.

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An example of content in violation that was taken down, provided by Twitter.

Facebook conducted its own investigation, based on a tip from Twitter, and removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that originated in China and also targeted Hong Kong.

“They frequently posted about local political news and issues including topics like the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to individuals associated with the Chinese government,” Facebook said in a blog post.

According to the social network, about 15,500 accounts followed one or more of the pages and about 2,200 accounts had joined at least one of the groups.

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This is a sample of the content posted by some of these pages, according to Facebook. Translation: Protesters. ISIS fighters. What’s the difference? (Facebook)

“We are making progress rooting out this abuse, but as we’ve said before, it’s an ongoing challenge. We’re committed to continually improving to stay ahead,” Facebook said. “That means building better technology, hiring more people and working more closely with law enforcement, security experts and other companies.”

Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong to protest against police brutality and a now-suspended extradition bill. The demonstrators, who have been mostly peaceful, have also clashed with local police and brought Hong Kong’s main airport to a standstill recently.

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Protesters march while holding umbrellas during the demonstration. Over 1 million Hong Kongese protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong Island to protest against police brutality, the extradition bill, and other grievances despite a constant heavy downpour. (Getty Images)

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Both Twitter and Facebook have faced increasing scrutiny over their response to disinformation campaigns in the wake of Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

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Ted Cruz blasts New York Times: ‘Propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals’

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Sen. Ted Cruz blasted The New York Times in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday, calling the paper “a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals.”

Slate recently published a transcript of a town hall meeting that New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet conducted last week. Before taking questions, Baquet reportedly said running the paper got trickier when news shifted from potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to a “more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Cruz has sent multiple tweets slamming the paper following the remarks.

“There was a time when journalists covered ‘news.’ The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their ‘town hall’ are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet,” Cruz wrote.

Cruz continued: “If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) ‘for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.’ That’s not journalism.”

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He also said the Times is “destroying itself” with Trump hatred and said “it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when ‘journalists’ openly revel in being partisan propagandists.”

Cruz then accused the Times of “stoking the fires of racial tension.”

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The New York Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Andy McCarthy: Tlaib, Omar Israel controversy was ‘political stunt from the beginning’

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Andy McCarthy said Monday that attempts made by Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to travel to Israel last week were nothing but a farce.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott, McCarthy argued that Israel was well within its rights to block entry to the two Democratic congresswomen.

“Israel has a law on the books that makes promotion if you have an alien – that is, a non-Israeli – who is promoting this BDS movement, which is “is ‘Boycott, Divestiture, and Sanctions.’  They rightly consider that an attempt to dismantle and ultimately destroy the Jewish state,” McCarthy said.

“They have a law on the books that says that is a reason to exclude someone from coming into their country.”

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At the urging of President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Israel statements in enforcing travel restrictions, saying the government would bar them from entering Israel.

Tlaib and Omar had planned to visit Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian group and support the Palestinian-led international movement boycotting Israel.

“You don’t have a right to go into another country. It’s a privilege to be allowed to come in,” McCarthy stated. “These were U.S. lawmakers who were non-Israelis who agitate against Israel and who said they weren’t even going to Israel!”

On Monday, a State Department spokesperson said: “Israel, like any country, is sovereign and has the right to pass its own domestic laws and make decisions about the entry of individuals into its country.”

WHITE HOUSE FIRES BACK AS HOUSE DEMS MULL RETALIATION OVER ISRAEL NIXING OMAR, TLAIB VISIT

After originally denying Tlaib, last week Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Tlaib had been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see her aging grandmother. In accordance, the Minister’s office released a letter that it said was from Tlaib, which promised to respect travel restrictions during her visit.

However, shortly following the announcement, the congresswoman tweeted she wouldn’t allow Israel to use her love for her grandmother to force her to “bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”

Deri quickly retaliated, tweeting that Tlaib’s hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley continued the administration’s criticism of the two lawmakers on Monday, amid reports that Democrats may be planning reactive moves in Congress against two top American and Israeli diplomats in response to Israel’s decision: “Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts and anti-Semitic relationships. Israel, has the right to prevent people who want to destroy it from entering the country — and Democrats’ pointless Congressional inquiries here in America cannot change the laws Israel has passed to protect itself.”

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McCarthy added, “It was a political stunt from the beginning and I was glad to see that they called her on it because once she said, ‘Oh, never mind. I don’t want to come in the first place,’ I think it put the lie to the whole escapade.”

The two freshman House members said they would discuss “potential policy responses” to Israel’s decision during a news conference on Monday.

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“She’s allowed to say whatever she wants to say as long as she stays on the right side of incitement,” McCarthy told Smith and Scott. “But, that doesn’t mean that her statements don’t have consequences. And, while she can’t be prosecuted for them, people can take natural action in response to them.”

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Proud Boys members convicted in 2018 clash with Antifa demonstrators

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NEW YORK — Two members of the far-right Proud Boys have been found guilty of charges including attempted gang assault for their part in a melee that followed a speech at New York‘s Metropolitan Republican Club.

A jury convicted Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman on Monday in connection with the October 2018 brawl between members of the all-male Proud Boys and the loosely organized anti-fascist group known as Antifa.

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Lawyers for Hare and Kinsman said the men acted in self-defense, but prosecutors said they and other Proud Boys members started the physical fight.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the defendants beat four people “in a brutal act of political violence.”

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An attorney for Kinsman said he had no comment on the convictions. A message seeking comment was left with Hare’s attorney.

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Model Alicia Arden says she went to cops after Epstein groped her during what she thought was a VS interview

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In 1997, a woman reportedly went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex crime complaints against Jeffrey Epstein: that he groped her during what she thought was a modeling interview for the Victoria’s Secret catalog.

According to The Associated Press, Alicia Arden says she never heard back from investigators about her complaint and no charges ever came of it. And to this day she sees it as a glaring missed opportunity to bring the financier to justice long before he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls and women.

“If they would have taken me more seriously than they did, it could have helped all these girls,” the actress and model said. “It could have been stopped.”

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After Arden’s 1997 complaint to Santa Monica police first came to light several years ago, the department said little about it and Epstein’s lawyers said only that police discounted her allegations.

In response to AP’s inquiries and a public records request, Santa Monica police agreed last week to summarize parts of the detective’s notes to one of the news outlet’s reporters. The notes showed that Epstein was questioned soon after Arden’s complaint and gave a conflicting statement. Most notably, the detective wrote that Arden did not want to press charges against Epstein but wanted him warned about his behavior, an assertion that she strongly denies.

In a follow-up statement to The Associated Press, police spokeswoman Lt. Candice Cobarrubias declined to say anything more about how Epstein’s account differed from Arden’s and stressed that the case was closed because the victim was not “desirous of prosecution.”

“If the victim tells the detective they do not wish to prosecute, then the detective will close the case,” the statement said. “In this case, the victim advised the detective she did not wish to prosecute so there was no point in presenting it to the City Attorney for review.”

When asked by The Associated Press to provide documentary evidence of Arden’s stated wishes, Cobarrubias refused to provide any more details from the detective’s notes.

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Contacted this past week by the news outlet, Arden was adamant that she did not, in any way, communicate to the police that she did not want to press charges. She was outraged to hear that the police say otherwise.

“The fact that they didn’t do anything, and they discredited me, is just a stab to my heart,” Arden said.

At the time of Arden’s May 12, 1997, encounter with Epstein, she was 27 and had credits including TV’s “Baywatch” and “Red Shoe Diaries.” She claims she sent modeling portfolio shots to Epstein’s New York office after hearing from a mutual friend that he could help get her into the Victoria’s Secret catalog. He followed up by asking to meet her, and his secretary booked an appointment for the two at a beachfront hotel.

“I always was sending my resumes and pictures around to people who owned magazines,” Arden said. “I never thought that it would be bad to go and meet him.”

When she showed up, she says she found Epstein barefoot and clad in sweat pants and a T-shirt with USA on the front. He started criticizing her figure and asked her to come close to him so he could evaluate it, according to accounts Arden gave in interviews with the AP and in her police report.

Per the news outlet, Epstein then asked her to undress and assisted in pulling her top off and skirt up, saying, “Let me manhandle you for a second” as he began groping her buttocks.

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Arden said she pushed his hands away and left.

“He was bigger than me,” she said. “I felt like it could have been bad if I didn’t leave.”

One detail she told the AP that was not in her original complaint was what happened as she left the hotel room. She said Epstein spontaneously pulled out $100 and tried to give it to her, an offer she refused because she felt he was treating her like a prostitute. But after he followed her out to her car, she took it because she needed gas.

According to The Associated Press, Arden went to police the next day, and she says she got an off-putting reception. A male detective noted that she had willingly gone to Epstein’s room — though she emphasized the purpose was business, she said. She remembered the detective suggesting she think about whether she really wanted to file a report.

She left, crying on the phone to a friend that she wished she could talk to a female police officer.

“I felt like I was being blamed,” she said.

Nevertheless, she went back to police a week later and filed the report with the same detective.

“I wanted to be taken seriously,” she said.

The report recorded Arden’s account in two pages of detail and noted that she had been there a week earlier, but it did not address what the detective told her. Police spokeswoman Cobarrubias said there’s no record of it, according to The Associated Press.

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Epstein went on to be accused of operating a sex-trafficking scheme involving a network of recruiters and dozens of teenage girls, some as young as 13. He was arrested last month on federal charges involving allegations that he paid teenage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then sexually abused them.

At the time of his death on Aug. 10, he had pleaded not guilty and was preparing to make the argument that he could not be charged because of a 2008 deal he made to avoid federal prosecution on similar allegations.

On Friday, the medical examiner’s office ruled the 66-year-old’s death a suicide, confirming that he hanged himself in his cell.

The entire episode has left Arden appalled — by the jail’s questionable monitoring, the unanswered questions and the way police handled her own complaint.

“The whole situation is just awful,” she said. “And he doesn’t have to face us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Recovered tackle box gives loved ones hope of finding missing firefighters

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The sister of one of two firefighters missing since leaving the Florida coast Friday to go fishing told Fox News on Monday she has hope they are still alive after crews pulled one of their tackle bags from the ocean.

“It means they’re out there and they’re alive and they’re trying to tell us ‘We’re here and to come get us,'” Jessica Bergstresser, sister of Justin Walker, said on “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Walker, a member of the Fairfax County, Va., Fire and Rescue, and Brian McCluney with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, disappeared after leaving Port Canaveral for the 8A Reef, an offshore fishing spot.

On Monday, McCluney’s wife, Stephanie Young McCluney, wrote on Facebook that she confirmed her husband’s tackle bag turned up 50 miles off the coast of St. Augustine.

“Right now we’re all just feeling that they’re still in their boat and their floating and obviously with the sign of the tackle box, they’re there and they’re putting out breadcrumbs for us,” an emotional Bergstresser told Fox News’ Shepard Smith. “That tackle bag… that really helped us.”

St. Augustine is about 125 miles north from where the pair went fishing. The Coast Guard has sent search teams to the area.

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Crews encompassing the Coast Guard, local agencies and private citizens have scoured nearly 24,000 miles on water and air trying to locate the firefighters from Post Canaveral all the way up to South Carolina.

The men’s boat belonged to McCluney’s late father and has experienced mechanical problems in the past, McCluney’s wife told WKMG-TV.

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Humans played major role in driving cave bear to extinction, study says

Humans played a much bigger role than previously thought in driving the cave bear to extinction, according to new evidence revealed last week.

The enormous bears, which typically lived in Asia and Europe, were driven from caves by human hunters thousands of years ago and put on the road to extinction, the researchers found.

“We see this dramatic drop in the population of the cave bear starting from 40,000 years ago, which coincides with the arrival of anatomically modern humans in Europe,” University of Zurich Professor Verena Schuenemann, who led the study, told BBC News.

In order to complete their work, the scientists analyzed mitochondrial DNA extracted from cave bear bones that were collected across several European countries.

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The cave bear also faced shrinking food resources and the start of the last Ice Age. (Getty Images)

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The bears, which completely died out about 24,000 years ago, also faced shrinking food resources and the start of the last Ice Age.

“It is the clearest evidence we have so far that humans might have played a big role in the extinction of the cave bear,” Schuenemann added.

Despite the findings, the debate over what exactly led to the cave bear’s extinction – human activity, the changing environment or some combination of both – will continue.

The study was published in Scientific Reports.

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