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Elizabeth Warren reveals she made $1.9 million from private legal work over 3 decades

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., received $1.9 million from private legal work during her time as a law professor stretching back three decades, according to a release by her campaign.

The work, since 1986, included fees from large corporate clients, her campaign said in the release.

Some of her clients included the attorneys for Rabobank, a Dutch financial institution that became a creditor in the Enron bankruptcy; former directors of Getty Oil, who were involved in Texaco’s bankruptcy; and women whose allegations of harm from silicone breast implants produced by Dow Corning were imperiled when the company filed for bankruptcy.

In May, Warren released a list of 56 cases on which she worked as an attorney going back to the 1980s, as The Associated Press reported; 15 pages of newly released data showed she was paid over $1.9 million on nearly 40 of those cases in total.

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The release Sunday came against the backdrop of an escalating feud between Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg  of South Bend, Indiana. The senator has condemned the closed-door fundraisers that the mayor has attended, suggesting Buttigieg could be making secret promises to top donors.

Buttigieg and his campaign responded that Warren should release past tax returns that detail her work for corporate clients. Warren previously had released 11 years of tax returns.

“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues. … Elizabeth does not sell access to her time — no closed door big dollar fundraisers, no bundling program, no perks or promises to any wealthy donor,” said Warren Communications Director Kristen Orthman.

She added: “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”

Warren’s campaign said Sunday’s information provides more details on her business income that her returns did not provide because they didn’t fully itemize earnings.

Also Sunday, Warren said she believed Americans would be ready for a presidential ticket with two women at the top, rejecting concerns from some Democrats that a woman couldn’t beat Trump.

“Sure, why not?” she told The Associated Press in an interview ahead of a town hall campaign event in Charleston, South Carolina. “I think (voters) would support a lot of different combinations.”

Warren has said she’d consider picking California Sen. Kamala Harris as a running mate. She also told the AP she would be “open” to asking former Vice President Joe Biden to reprise his old job.

“Look, it would be presumptuous of me to be talking about individuals, but I’m open to getting this right because that’s what we want to do,” Warren said. “We want to build a Democratic ticket and a stronger Democratic Party that’s ready to get out there and compete at the national level, at the state level, at the local level.”

Last week, Harris abruptly dropped out of the race for the presidential nomination, prompting a debate about whether a party claiming it valued diversity and inclusion was shortchanging candidates of color and women.

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Other than Warren, the top tier of Democrats has been made up entirely of white men.

Warren argued that voters were worried less about identity politics than the messages that candidates were offering.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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America’s rural hospital crisis becomes major 2020 campaign issue

MELCHER-DALLAS, Iowa – When Spenser Miller lost a finger in a work accident at 21 years old, he was driven 10 minutes away to a local hospital where he was treated for three hours before being transported to a nearby specialist in Omaha, Neb., for surgery to reattach his finger.

A year later, he opted to have the finger removed after physical therapy wasn’t improving his muscle control, but he remains grateful to this day for that local hospital and its initial care.

WARREN IN POLLING SLIDE AMID MEDICARE-FOR-ALL PLAN CRITICISM

“That local hospital was instrumental in being able to save my finger originally … because they said the only thing that saved my finger was them being able to get that finger on ice right away,” he said. “If I wouldn’t have had that local hospital, I mean, I don’t know what would have happened then. Thank God we had that local hospital.”

But times have changed since Miller’s accident a decade ago, with rural hospitals now shuttering at a rapid clip. Since 2010, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed, with another 430 at risk of shutting their doors, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. This poses a huge challenge — and danger — for the 20 percent of the population living in rural America.

As the crisis worsens, it has started to generate increased attention on the campaign trail. Presidential candidates are now talking about the rural hospital shortage on a regular basis, unlike past cycles, as they court voters in critical states like Iowa where the thinning medical infrastructure is an everyday reality.

“Rural health just simply has not been a topic in presidential debates and campaigns in the past,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). “We’re seeing a unique focus on rural health … this presidential campaign that we haven’t seen in the last 20 to 30 years … It’s surfacing the issue as a key presidential campaign topic as we move forward.”

Voters in rural Iowa say health care access is one of their top concerns and will play a role in deciding who to vote for in the Feb. 3 caucuses. Most of the major Democratic primary candidates have outlined plans to tackle the crisis, with many in favor of expanding “telehealth” services — essentially doctor’s appointments via video chat, and increasing reimbursement rates for rural hospitals.

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According to the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a total of 161 rural hospitals have closed their doors since 2005.  (Fox News)

For his part, Miller now lives in a suburb of Des Moines and said close access to reliable health care was a major factor in his decision to move.

Laurie Goff, a Melcher-Dallas native and nurse practitioner, told Fox News the alarming rate of closures has life-or-death implications for rural communities. She treats injuries above her pay grade every day in the clinic she opened 13 years ago in her hometown of almost 1,300 people.

“I see everything from regular things to the more rare cases. Colds, diabetes, the full gamut. I’ve had a couple heart attacks walk in the door,” she said. “There was another provider that would come here from Knoxville, which is a town about 20 miles from here…one day a week to see patients on that day. Other than that, there was no medical care on other days of the week or no kind of options. “

There are no highly trained specialists here, not even an OB-GYN. In fact, nearly three dozen Iowa hospitals have stopped delivering babies in the past 20 years, leaving the Hawkeye State 50th out of 50 states for obstetricians per population.

RURAL AMERICA HAS TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCES FOR EMERGENCY CARE

Instead, Goff has to be flexible for residents who can’t drive the hour on average it takes to get to a major hospital from the town. That drive time more than doubles for patients needing specialized care for critical cases like burns and brain surgeries.

“So, they may not go,” Goff explained. “They may put off medications and getting their chronic illnesses taken care of…then they just kind of ‘Band Aid’ things along until the next thing happens and then two or three things are really flared up at that point because we weren’t able to get them to health care access sooner.”

According to the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, rural populations saw mortality rates rise 5.9 percent after a hospital closure, and 46 percent of rural hospitals currently operate at a loss, compared with 40 percent in 2017.

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Bamberg County Hospital in South Carolina shut its doors in 2012, leaving residents with long-distance drives to seek medical care until a smaller clinic recently opened. (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

And as hospitals board up their doors, communities crumble.

Serving as anchors of some towns, hospital closures are causing a ripple effect across the country; student numbers in rural schools decrease and businesses like flower shops, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants struggle, leading to higher unemployment numbers and a drop in average income in rural towns.

Causes to the crisis are disputed — some blame decreasing populations in small towns, while others point the finger at low Medicaid reimbursement rates not allowing hospitals to break even.

Before Medicaid expanded under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals still treated uninsured patients and were never paid for the care provided. The expansion largely benefited rural hospitals, but these benefits were not felt in states that opted not to expand the program.

At least 180 of the 430 hospitals under threat of closing, according to a study by the consultancy firm Navigant, are in the 14 states with governments that refused to expand Medicaid.

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Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures. In 1960, Texas had 300 rural hospitals and now has 158 hospitals serving more than 3 million Texans who reside in rural counties. (Fox News)

On the campaign trail, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have promised to set aside billions to improve care in rural communities along with their controversial “Medicare-for-all” proposal.

It’s unclear, however, whether this would alleviate the problem.

Though the NRHA has not formally come out against “Medicare-for-all,” Morgan is skeptical of the proposal.

“I think it’s important that we separate the Medicare-for-all discussion … from the other provisions that are being promoted by the presidential candidates,” he said. “The Medicare-for-all proposal just isn’t detailed enough to know the actual impact that would have on rural communities.”

Iowa’s rural health care facilities long have faced challenges due to Medicare reimbursement rates. A study by Texas A&M University’s Rural & Community Health Institute predicted a greater risk of closure, due to projected loss in revenue, for many of Iowa’s rural hospitals if the government plan expanded.

This possible risk has been highlighted by candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, who is in favor of building on ObamaCare and preserving Americans’ ability to choose private insurance so “hospitals won’t be threatened by having to get by on low Medicare reimbursement rates for all,” according to his plan. Biden would also expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grant funding to emphasize telehealth “for mental health and specialty care” and the former VP is the only candidate to specifically endorse the NRHA-backed “Save Rural Hospitals Act” in his platform.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has proposed The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (REACH Act), bipartisan legislation with Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley to increase the number of rural emergency centers and allow for hospitals to provide only emergency care in rural communities and to receive Medicare reimbursement at 110 percent of operating costs.

Only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice in rural areas and, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration, rural parts of the U.S. need an additional 4,022 doctors to close their coverage gaps.

HOW HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY MAKES RURAL AMERICA FEEL BETTER

To address the worker shortage, most candidates have pledged to incentivize medical professionals through service and loan forgiveness programs.

“We have just taken the wrong approach when it comes to graduate medical education and training physicians,” said Morgan. “We are attracting and training urban-based kids … and then we’re surprised they don’t want to work in rural communities. We need to make sure that we’re attracting kids from rural areas, training them in rural areas and placing them in rural areas.”

Both Klobuchar and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are calling for the expansion of the “Conrad 30” program, which allows immigrant doctors practicing in underserved areas to remain in the country, and Buttigieg also wants to double funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s “Rural Health Care Program” subsidies and the passage of the “Rural MOMS Act”.

Morgan says there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling this problem.

“Each rural community is unique, and what they need from a health care standpoint is unique as well so any type of federal proposals have to be flexible in nature and recognize the diversity which is rural America,” he said.

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According to the Pew Research Center, people in rural areas on average have to travel more than twice the distance than people in urban areas to get emergency care.  (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

But as an Iowa voter, Miller says he’d like to see less talking and more action from the candidates.

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“People focus a lot on the big cities, they don’t actually get out and see what life is like in the rural communities and what’s going on what’s available for options…a lot of people have never had to experience driving an hour just to go to the doctor,” he said. “People just need to be educated and shown what is actually happening. At least once people see what’s happening, I think more will be done to help.”

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America’s rural hospital crisis becomes major 2020 campaign issue

MELCHER-DALLAS, Iowa – When Spenser Miller lost a finger in a work accident at 21 years old, he was driven 10 minutes away to a local hospital where he was treated for three hours before being transported to a nearby specialist in Omaha, Neb., for surgery to reattach his finger.

A year later, he opted to have the finger removed after physical therapy wasn’t improving his muscle control, but he remains grateful to this day for that local hospital and its initial care.

WARREN IN POLLING SLIDE AMID MEDICARE-FOR-ALL PLAN CRITICISM

“That local hospital was instrumental in being able to save my finger originally … because they said the only thing that saved my finger was them being able to get that finger on ice right away,” he said. “If I wouldn’t have had that local hospital, I mean, I don’t know what would have happened then. Thank God we had that local hospital.”

But times have changed since Miller’s accident a decade ago, with rural hospitals now shuttering at a rapid clip. Since 2010, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed, with another 430 at risk of shutting their doors, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. This poses a huge challenge — and danger — for the 20 percent of the population living in rural America.

As the crisis worsens, it has started to generate increased attention on the campaign trail. Presidential candidates are now talking about the rural hospital shortage on a regular basis, unlike past cycles, as they court voters in critical states like Iowa where the thinning medical infrastructure is an everyday reality.

“Rural health just simply has not been a topic in presidential debates and campaigns in the past,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). “We’re seeing a unique focus on rural health … this presidential campaign that we haven’t seen in the last 20 to 30 years … It’s surfacing the issue as a key presidential campaign topic as we move forward.”

Voters in rural Iowa say health care access is one of their top concerns and will play a role in deciding who to vote for in the Feb. 3 caucuses. Most of the major Democratic primary candidates have outlined plans to tackle the crisis, with many in favor of expanding “telehealth” services — essentially doctor’s appointments via video chat, and increasing reimbursement rates for rural hospitals.

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According to the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a total of 161 rural hospitals have closed their doors since 2005.  (Fox News)

For his part, Miller now lives in a suburb of Des Moines and said close access to reliable health care was a major factor in his decision to move.

Laurie Goff, a Melcher-Dallas native and nurse practitioner, told Fox News the alarming rate of closures has life-or-death implications for rural communities. She treats injuries above her pay grade every day in the clinic she opened 13 years ago in her hometown of almost 1,300 people.

“I see everything from regular things to the more rare cases. Colds, diabetes, the full gamut. I’ve had a couple heart attacks walk in the door,” she said. “There was another provider that would come here from Knoxville, which is a town about 20 miles from here…one day a week to see patients on that day. Other than that, there was no medical care on other days of the week or no kind of options. “

There are no highly trained specialists here, not even an OB-GYN. In fact, nearly three dozen Iowa hospitals have stopped delivering babies in the past 20 years, leaving the Hawkeye State 50th out of 50 states for obstetricians per population.

RURAL AMERICA HAS TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCES FOR EMERGENCY CARE

Instead, Goff has to be flexible for residents who can’t drive the hour on average it takes to get to a major hospital from the town. That drive time more than doubles for patients needing specialized care for critical cases like burns and brain surgeries.

“So, they may not go,” Goff explained. “They may put off medications and getting their chronic illnesses taken care of…then they just kind of ‘Band Aid’ things along until the next thing happens and then two or three things are really flared up at that point because we weren’t able to get them to health care access sooner.”

According to the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, rural populations saw mortality rates rise 5.9 percent after a hospital closure, and 46 percent of rural hospitals currently operate at a loss, compared with 40 percent in 2017.

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Bamberg County Hospital in South Carolina shut its doors in 2012, leaving residents with long-distance drives to seek medical care until a smaller clinic recently opened. (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

And as hospitals board up their doors, communities crumble.

Serving as anchors of some towns, hospital closures are causing a ripple effect across the country; student numbers in rural schools decrease and businesses like flower shops, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants struggle, leading to higher unemployment numbers and a drop in average income in rural towns.

Causes to the crisis are disputed — some blame decreasing populations in small towns, while others point the finger at low Medicaid reimbursement rates not allowing hospitals to break even.

Before Medicaid expanded under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals still treated uninsured patients and were never paid for the care provided. The expansion largely benefited rural hospitals, but these benefits were not felt in states that opted not to expand the program.

At least 180 of the 430 hospitals under threat of closing, according to a study by the consultancy firm Navigant, are in the 14 states with governments that refused to expand Medicaid.

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Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures. In 1960, Texas had 300 rural hospitals and now has 158 hospitals serving more than 3 million Texans who reside in rural counties. (Fox News)

On the campaign trail, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have promised to set aside billions to improve care in rural communities along with their controversial “Medicare-for-all” proposal.

It’s unclear, however, whether this would alleviate the problem.

Though the NRHA has not formally come out against “Medicare-for-all,” Morgan is skeptical of the proposal.

“I think it’s important that we separate the Medicare-for-all discussion … from the other provisions that are being promoted by the presidential candidates,” he said. “The Medicare-for-all proposal just isn’t detailed enough to know the actual impact that would have on rural communities.”

Iowa’s rural health care facilities long have faced challenges due to Medicare reimbursement rates. A study by Texas A&M University’s Rural & Community Health Institute predicted a greater risk of closure, due to projected loss in revenue, for many of Iowa’s rural hospitals if the government plan expanded.

This possible risk has been highlighted by candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, who is in favor of building on ObamaCare and preserving Americans’ ability to choose private insurance so “hospitals won’t be threatened by having to get by on low Medicare reimbursement rates for all,” according to his plan. Biden would also expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grant funding to emphasize telehealth “for mental health and specialty care” and the former VP is the only candidate to specifically endorse the NRHA-backed “Save Rural Hospitals Act” in his platform.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has proposed The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (REACH Act), bipartisan legislation with Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley to increase the number of rural emergency centers and allow for hospitals to provide only emergency care in rural communities and to receive Medicare reimbursement at 110 percent of operating costs.

Only 9 percent of primary care physicians practice in rural areas and, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration, rural parts of the U.S. need an additional 4,022 doctors to close their coverage gaps.

HOW HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY MAKES RURAL AMERICA FEEL BETTER

To address the worker shortage, most candidates have pledged to incentivize medical professionals through service and loan forgiveness programs.

“We have just taken the wrong approach when it comes to graduate medical education and training physicians,” said Morgan. “We are attracting and training urban-based kids … and then we’re surprised they don’t want to work in rural communities. We need to make sure that we’re attracting kids from rural areas, training them in rural areas and placing them in rural areas.”

Both Klobuchar and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are calling for the expansion of the “Conrad 30” program, which allows immigrant doctors practicing in underserved areas to remain in the country, and Buttigieg also wants to double funding for the Federal Communications Commission’s “Rural Health Care Program” subsidies and the passage of the “Rural MOMS Act”.

Morgan says there is no one-size-fits-all approach to tackling this problem.

“Each rural community is unique, and what they need from a health care standpoint is unique as well so any type of federal proposals have to be flexible in nature and recognize the diversity which is rural America,” he said.

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According to the Pew Research Center, people in rural areas on average have to travel more than twice the distance than people in urban areas to get emergency care.  (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

But as an Iowa voter, Miller says he’d like to see less talking and more action from the candidates.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“People focus a lot on the big cities, they don’t actually get out and see what life is like in the rural communities and what’s going on what’s available for options…a lot of people have never had to experience driving an hour just to go to the doctor,” he said. “People just need to be educated and shown what is actually happening. At least once people see what’s happening, I think more will be done to help.”

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Devin Nunes on phone record release: ‘We’re definitely going to take legal action’

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House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Saturday that he would be pursuing legal action after his phone records were exposed in the release of the Committee’s impeachment inquiry report.

On Tuesday, the Committee voted to adopt and issue the 300-page report on the findings from the panel’s impeachment inquiry, accusing President Trump of misusing his office to seek foreign help in the 2020 presidential race. The report included records of calls from Nunes, presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Giuliani connection Lev Parnas, and other White House associates.

SEN. RAND PUAL: SCHIFF’S RELEASE OF PHONE RECORDS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS — HERE’S WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN NEXT

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Lisa Boothe, and Ed Henry, Nunes said he’s been under fire for three years because Republicans “continue to expose corruption,” citing Democrats “unmasking Trump transition officials” and “funding the dossier” to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page.

“And then, of course, over the two weeks before Thanksgiving, I think they were embarrassed by their lack of evidence they were able to present through the hearings,” he said. “So, what happened is, the Friday before Thanksgiving, this fake news story drops about me supposedly being in Vienna. And then we get back from Thanksgiving and then — lo and behold — my name along with one of my current staff people…and a former staff person, all of a sudden our civil liberties are violated because our phone records show up in this report.”

The Congressman is currently suing CNN for defamation after the network published reporting alleging that he met with Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin last year in Vienna in order to dig up “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden was “demonstrably false.”

Nunes told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts that, upon review, his phone records do not match what Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Democrats put in the report.

“So, you did not talk to Lev Parnas, for example, as many times as they’re alleging?” asked Henry.

“Well, let me tell you what I have. I can tell you that, it doesn’t match. Okay?” Nunes replied. “So, I have one call with Rudy Giuliani in April, one in May. Substantive calls…The rest of the calls are where either somebody didn’t connect or it was a voicemail, right?”

DOUBTS RAISED AFTER SCHIFF CLAIMS PHONE RECORDS PROVE GIULIANI’S WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICE CALLS

Nunes also recognized an incoming call from a woman who he had assumed was Parnas’ wife.

“I would do what I would normally do in a situation where you don’t recognize somebody, you don’t know somebody: you say ‘thank you very much. Let me get you to the appropriate staff person,'” he noted.

“So, did you ever have a substantive conversation with Lev Parnas about information in Ukraine — yes or no?” Henry probed further.

“I didn’t recognize the name until just in the last month when he was indicted, because I didn’t know who the person was,” said Nunes. “I can tell you that there’s no way that I talked about me being in Vienna meeting with random Ukrainians; that didn’t happen. Right? So, I can tell you we didn’t talk about that because that didn’t happen.”

Nunes said that Schiff is “in touch” with Parnas all the time, and if there’s a “problem with Parnas” they need to “investigate themselves.”

“And so, the truth is two calls with Rudy Giuliani and one call with a guy that I don’t even know seems pretty odd to say that that’s a conspiracy,” he added.

“I believe I am the first member of Congress ever to have [my] phone records exposed like this,” Nunes stated. “We’re definitely going to take legal action.”

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“We need to get to court to try to stop that from happening again,” he concluded.

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Martha MacCallum presses former Schumer aide about Trump quid pro quo claim

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A former aide to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., maintained that President Trump was trying to hold up defense aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into political rival Joe Biden. However, “The Story” host Martha MacCallum on Friday said the text of the transcript, as cited by guest Christopher Hahn, reflected nothing of the sort.

“The president was so convinced by that theory [that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election] that he withheld aid from Ukraine so they would chase down that theory,” Hahn, now a liberal radio host, claimed.

“I direct your attention to the bottom of page three and the top of page four of the transcript where the president of the United States was holding up aid for an investigation into Joe Biden — and Crowdstrike, which is a company based in California owned by a former Russian who is an American now, who the RNC [Republican National Committee] uses,” he added, referring to the phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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However, MacCallum said the transcript reflects nothing that ties the U.S. aid to an investigation into Biden, the former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

Hahn responded by citing a passage in the transcript that references “a favor.”

“I can’t believe we are about to go through this again,” MacCallum responded. “Right after that [passage] comes ‘you know we went through a lot in 2016.'”

Hahn said another purported problem for Trump is that he allegedly is “trusting Russian misinformation over his own National Security Council.”

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The former Democratic aide claimed the entire exchange portrays the president as “completely incompetent.”

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski responded to Hahn’s remarks and claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would be the politician, if any, who would be friendly to Russia because she has not passed a federal budget that he said would provide further aid to Ukraine.

Hahn fired back that Lewandowski should instead prepare to potentially “testify in the Senate” — an apparent reference to a potential Trump impeachment trial in that chamber.

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Rep. Swalwell grilled on impeachment inquiry, defends release of Nunes’ phone records

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Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell said Friday he would not “assume how people will vote” on articles of impeachment, but that he did believe it was warranted for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to release Ranking Member Devin Nunes’ phone records.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Democrats to “proceed with articles of impeachment.” Her announcement came following the release of a 300-page report from the Intelligence Committee which accused the president of placing his own personal and political interest before the United States, seeking to undermine the integrity of the presidential election process, and endangering national security.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, the California congressman said it would be unfair to President Trump to predict whether Democrats have the votes to pass an impeachment. But he expressed confidence that there are “enough responsible people in the House to hold the president accountable.”

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He said that Democrats have to “make sure people understand just what’s at stake here” and that they want the American people to “understand what the president did … is wrong and people need to be held accountable when they commit wrongdoing like that.”

However, Swalwell also told Hemmer he believes the president “deserves a process that’s fair.”

“The facts are powerful, but the process behind the facts also [has] to be fair,” he said.

The House Intelligence Committee’s report also revealed phone records obtained by Schiff to bolster the impeachment case against the president. The records included calls from Rep. Nunes, presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, and other White House associates.

Hemmer asked Swalwell why Schiff was making these phone numbers public, with Swalwell answering that a “better question” is why Nunes was talking to Giuliani and Parnas at a time when a “smear and clear campaign” by the president was taking place to remove the Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

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“That’s an accusation,” Hemmer pushed back. “You’re already drawing a conclusion…”

“The call records are clear,” Swalwell responded. Ranking Member Nunes was talking to these individuals and what is really striking is that he used all of this time during the public hearing to attack Adam Schiff.”

“If you don’t talk to indicted felons, you don’t end up on call records,” he concluded.

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Limbaugh on impeachment, jobs report: Trump has achieved ‘peace and prosperity,’ Dems have nothing but ‘hatred’

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House Democrats don’t care about the needs of the American people because their hatred for President Trump is blinding, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Limbaugh said that Democrats have “sacrificed every bit of concern for the American people” in their efforts to impeach the president.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats will proceed with articles of impeachment against President Trump, declaring that the president’s conduct “leaves us no choice but to act.”

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Her announcement comes after a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday featuring four law professors — most of them notably Democrat-invited witnesses who presented arguments for impeachment.

Pelosi claimed the facts are now “uncontested” that Trump “abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security” by allegedly using aid as leverage to seek an investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter from Ukraine.

However, the Trump administration and Republicans say the president did nothing wrong.

Trump accused Democrats of trying to impeach him over “NOTHING” and warned that this impeachment could set a dangerous precedent in the future. Limbaugh said Democrats are motivated by one thing — hatred of Trump.

“Democrats are wandering aimlessly and being propelled by one thing, you guys. You’re watching it. You watched it with the three so-called expert witnesses. We are watching pure, raw, hatred. They hate the man and they hate the people who elected him. They hate him because he beat them,” Limbaugh explained.

He told the “Friends” hosts that Democrats have “not a shred of evidence for any allegation they have made for three-and-a-half, going on four years” and that Pelosi and her leadership are “almost sickeningly absorbed with destroying Donald Trump.”

“Meanwhile, Trump keeps plugging away. The economy is roaring, its future looks great, wages are up, Trump’s job approval numbers are up…The Democrat Party does not care about the things the American people [care] about,” he said.

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the United States added a staggering 266,000 jobs in November with unemployment down to 3.5 percent — a 50-year low.

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Limbaugh cited stalling legislation including passing the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) and lowering prescription drug prices as further evidence that Democrats are not working on behalf of the American people.

“They have abandoned any pretense of any care or concern of what the American people want,” he said. “After Trump wins 2020, they’ll keep going like he’s John Gotti. So people better get ready for this because this isn’t going to end because the Democrats are nothing but pure raw hatred.”

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Tulsi Gabbard trades Hawaii for snowy New Hampshire ahead of February primary

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has rented a home in New Hampshire just two months before the first-in-the-nation 2020 presidential primary state votes in February.

“I grew up in Hawaii, where Christmas was 80 degrees and a day at the beach, and so being here in the winter, it’s just — the first snow of the year is always fun,” she said, according to WMUR-TV in Manchester.

Gabbard said she thinks New Hampshire, which votes after Iowa, will be her best chance to break through as a presidential candidate.

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On Tuesday, Gabbard tweeted a post of a yoga session at her new place just outside Manchester.

“Rain, snow or sun … it’s always a good time for #yoga,” she wrote while doing poses with a blanket of snow visible outside the window.

“We had a town hall in Rochester and then in Gilford right before the storm hit, and people said, ‘You must be getting out of town,’ and nope, we’re here for the duration,” Gabbard said, WMUR reported.

Gabbard is currently polling in fifth place at 5 percent in the state, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

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She has not yet qualified for the Democratic presidential debate in December.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, has rented a home in New Hampshire just two months before the first-in-the-nation 2020 presidential primary state votes in February.

“I grew up in Hawaii, where Christmas was 80 degrees and a day at the beach, and so being here in the winter, it’s just — the first snow of the year is always fun,” she said, according to WMUR-TV in Manchester.

Gabbard said she thinks New Hampshire, which votes after Iowa, will be her best chance to break through as a presidential candidate.

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On Tuesday, Gabbard tweeted a post of a yoga session at her new place just outside Manchester.

“Rain, snow or sun … it’s always a good time for #yoga,” she wrote while doing poses with a blanket of snow visible outside the window.

“We had a town hall in Rochester and then in Gilford right before the storm hit, and people said, ‘You must be getting out of town,’ and nope, we’re here for the duration,” Gabbard said, WMUR reported.

Gabbard is currently polling in fifth place at 5 percent in the state, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

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She has not yet qualified for the Democratic presidential debate in December.

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GOP’s Joni Ernst portrayed as gun-firing sniper in Democratic challenger’s campaign ad

The campaign of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, blasted as “outrageous and offensive” a new campaign ad posted by her 2020 Democratic challenger Thursday that depicts Ernst as firing gunshots at him while he talks about gun control, climate change, health care and taking on President Trump.

In the ad, candidate Eddie Mauro, a businessman and congressional candidate in 2018, introduces himself as a “progressive Democrat” before telling viewers he decided to run for Ernst’s Senate seat in part because “our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it’s OK to run ads glorifying guns.”

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As Mauro speaks, the video repeatedly cuts to footage from a 2014 campaign ad for Ernst showing her shooting a gun at an indoor range. Then the ad cuts back and forth to Mauro as he walks through a field with bullets whizzing by, narrowly missing him before striking a fence post, the grass, barrels and other objects. The edits make it appear as though Ernst is firing the shots at him.

“She doesn’t seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, police officers,” Mauro said of Ernst. “Well, I care.”

After the ad went public, Ernst’s campaign posted a response on Twitter.

“It’s outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign,” came the statement posted under the “Team Joni” Twitter handle. “He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately.”

Later in his ad, Mauro takes aims at President Trump, referring to him as Ernst’s “boss in the White House” and the Trump agenda as a “non-stop assault on our climate, on our democracy, on decency, on what it means to be an American.”

“I’m the best Democrat to take on Joni and the Washington establishment,” Mauro adds. “I won’t take PAC money, I won’t accept the status quo. So, Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, the NRA — you won’t like what I have to say.”

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Mauro defended pushback against the ad throughout the day Thursday through his Twitter account.

In separate tweets, Mauro also advocated for the Green New Deal and promised: “to stand up to hate, take down the NRA and to flip the Senate to a progressive majority.” The 56-year-old announced his 2020 Senate campaign in May. Last year, he lost a primary challenge for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District to U.S. Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne, the Des Moines Register reported.

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Ernst, 49, is a native Iowan who served in the Iowa National Guard for more than two decades and spent 12 months in Kuwait in 2003-04 before retiring in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel. Before going to Washington in January 2015, she served as an Iowa state senator.

The divorced mother of an adult daughter made national headlines earlier this year when she revealed that she was raped by an abusive former boyfriend while she was a college student. During her divorce proceedings, Ernst also claimed that her estranged husband had been physically and verbally abusive.

Mauro also is a native Iowan, living in Des Moines with his wife and two children. He has served as a teacher and a coach in addition to running a small business, according to his campaign website.

Mauro is among four Democrats hoping to face Ernst in the general election next November. The others are Theresa Greenfield, Kimberly Graham and Michael Franken.

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