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Brandon Judd: Border wall critics are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ calls court ruling ‘a great win’

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Critics of President Trump’s border wall are “absolutely incorrect” and a drop in illegal immigration and drug smuggling proves it, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Saturday.

Judd, appearing on “Fox & Friends,” said the administration has developed a system that allows authorities to have better control of the border, preventing illegal crossings.

“Al of this new wall that we’re building is a huge deterrent and, frankly, it stops illegal drugs and criminal aliens from coming into the country,” he said.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MARKS 100 MILES OF BORDER WALL, VOWS ‘MANY MORE’ TO COME

The administration Friday marked the 100th mile of wall construction along the southern border, describing it as a “milestone achievement.”

Building a border wall was a major Trump campaign promise in 2016. He is now pledging to build 450 miles of new wall by the end of this year.

Those efforts were boosted Wednesday by a decision from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which allows the administration to use $3.6 billion in military funds for border wall construction.

The court reversed a lower court order that had stopped Trump, who declared a national emergency along the southern border in February 2019, from diverting the Defense Department money.  Opponents argued that pulling money that was approved by Congress to pay for the border wall is an abuse of power.

“Breaking News: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars,” the president tweeted Thursday. “Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!”

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“It’s a great win.” Judd said Saturday. “But, what’s interesting is we knew this was going to happen. We know that the lower courts are full of judicial activism. We know that the lower courts are constantly trying to stymie President Trump and all of his directives.”

Judd said that since border wall construction began illegal immigration and drug smuggling has declined. He challenged critics to go down to the border and see the progress for themselves.

“President Trump refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer,” he said. “He continues to push forward with his agenda.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Hans von Spakovsky: Trump killing of Soleimani and action against Iran legal – Despite Democratic complaints

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The War Powers Resolution passed Thursday by the House in an effort to restrict President Trump’s ability to take military action to defend America against attack from Iran is a meaningless political document designed only to embarrass the president.

The nonbinding resolution criticizes the president for not “consulting” with Congress and receiving its “authorization” before ordering the killing of Iranian general and terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani. The resolution also orders Trump to stop using military force against Iran until he gets congressional approval.

Trump acted fully within his constitutional authority when he ordered the drone strike against Soleimani, a mass murderer responsible for thousands of deaths – including over 600 Americans – who was engaged in planning additional imminent and ongoing deadly attacks.

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President Trump told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham in an exclusive interview Friday that Soleimani was planning attacks on four U.S. embassies.

Nine other terrorists traveling with Soleimani were also killed in the U.S. drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq last week.

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Imagine how much better off we would be if U.S. forces had been able to kill Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden and nine of his fellow terrorist leaders while they were planning the horrific Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly than 3,000 people. Can anyone seriously argue that preventing those tragic deaths would not have been the right thing to do if a past president had the opportunity?

We’ll never know how many more people Soleimani would have murdered if he had lived longer, but it’s a safe bet that the number would be a big one, and that Americans would be among the dead. President Trump should be applauded for eliminating this very real threat.

Imagine how much better off we would be if U.S. forces had been able to kill Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden and nine of his fellow terrorist leaders while they were planning the horrific Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly than 3,000 people.

The framers of the Constitution understood we needed a strong president to defend our country. One reason they replaced the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution was to create the office of president with the powers it currently possesses.

Article II of the Constitution makes the president the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.”  He is also vested with all of “the executive Power” and the duty to execute the laws.

The text, structure, and history of the Constitution make it clear that this article gives the president broad constitutional authority to use military force to support our foreign policy and to respond to threats to our national security.  And that’s the way it has been interpreted by successive administrations and the courts since the very beginning of our nation

As the U.S. Justice Department said in a 2001 legal opinion issued after the 9/11 attacks, the “power of the President is at its zenith under the Constitution when the President is directing military operations of the armed forces, because the power of Commander in Chief is assigned solely to the President.”

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No law and no congressional resolution – such as the one passed Thursday by the House – “can place any limits on the President’s determinations as to any terrorist threat, the amount of military force to be used in response, or the method, timing, and nature of the response. These decisions, under our Constitution, are for the President alone to make,” according to the Justice Department legal opinion.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. Congress has done so five times in our nations’ history and also authorized the use of military force over 40 times. But the commander in chief is charged with defending the country. He – and he alone – has the authority to use the armed forces for our defense.

In cases such as the killing of Soleimani – a situation calling for self-defense based on a verifiable, ongoing and imminent threat – a president can clearly act based on his constitutional authority. Neither Trump – nor any other American president – need ask for a congressional declaration of war or even an authorization for the use of military force in cases like this. 

Trump acted wisely, quickly, and constitutionally to save American lives. That’s something we are entitled to expect all our presidents to do – regardless of their political party.

You can be sure that if Trump had done nothing and Soleimani had gone on to stage a nightmarish terrorist attack that claimed hundreds or even thousands of American lives, the president’s critics would be screaming at the top of their lungs that Trump was incompetent and derelict in his duty for failing to prevent the mass murder.

The simple fact is that the authority of Congress to declare war does not limit the ability – in fact, the responsibility – of the president to direct the armed forces to respond either defensively or offensively to terrorist threats.

If Congress wants to flex its constitutional muscles on this, it can cut off funding for the military.  After all, Congress has the power of the purse. If it really wants to stop specific military actions, it can use its budget authority to withhold appropriations and to ban the use of any public funds for specific purposes.

The War Powers Resolution passed by the House Thursday does not do that. The fact that the House is not willing to use its actual authority in this matter strongly suggests that this resolution is just political theater meant to score points against the president.

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In addition, the nonbinding resolution puts members of the House in the embarrassing position of seemingly defending a terrorist mass murderer. It may give the rest of the world – including our most dangerous enemies – the impression that our government is in disarray and doesn’t want to respond to attacks on our embassies, our citizens and our armed forces.

This, in turn, could invite further attacks. 

Soleimani was unquestionably a legitimate target – someone who could have and should have been taken out years ago by a past president in the interests of our national security. Had that happened, an untold number of innocent civilians and members of the U.S. armed forces whose deaths were caused by Soleimani would still be alive today.

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Those condemning President Trump for taking out Soleimani should answer this question: How many American military personnel and others is a terrorist allowed to kill before you think he is a legitimate military target?

And Trump’s critics should be willing to sit down with the widows, widowers, orphans and parents who lost loved ones because of Soleimani’s barbarism and explain to them why it was a good thing than an earlier American president did not rid the world of this monstrous mass murderer.

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Omar, Tlaib balk after report of Trump administration plan to expand travel ban: ‘Straight up racism!’

Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., expressed outrage Friday after a report said the Trump administration was considering an expansion of the nation’s travel ban to cover more countries.

In a statement, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley neither confirmed nor denied the expansion report but defended the existing policy.

“The Travel Ban has been very successful in protecting our Country and raising the security baseline around the world,” Gidley said. “While there are no new announcements at this time, common-sense and national security both dictate that if a country wants to fully participate in U.S. immigration programs, they should also comply with all security and counter-terrorism measures — because we do not want to import terrorism or any other national security threat into the United States.”

Nevertheless, Omar and Tlaib both addressed the travel ban Friday.

“What do 5 out of 7 of these countries have in common? They are Muslim-majority countries the President already tried to ban,” Omar tweeted.

It wasn’t clear whether she was referring to the currently banned countries or a potential list.

“We need to pass the #NoBanAct immediately to stop this madness,” she added.

Tlaib called the ban “Straight up racism!”

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“No more waiting,” she tweeted. “Too many Muslims have been intentionally targeted, discriminated against, separated from their families and denied opportunities solely based on their faith.”

The administration’s travel ban, which has been through several rounds of litigation and iterations, currently includes seven countries (with certain exceptions) not allowed to fly to the United States: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.

Some confusion ensued at airports across the country in 2017 — about who was allowed in and who wasn’t — after President Trump signed the original travel ban into law through an executive order just seven days after taking office. Massive protests added to the disorder.

Trump’s first version of the travel ban — dubbed by critics as “the Muslim ban” because it called for a 90-day travel from Muslim-majority countries Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — proposed blocking refugee admissions for 120 days and suspended travel from Syria and was immediately blocked by the courts.

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A watered-down version was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote.

The list of banned countries could potentially be doubled from seven to 14, two people familiar with the proposal told the Associated Press. Iraq, Sudan and Chad could be on the list, a different person said.

The added countries would most likely be Muslim-majority – a point of controversy as Trump openly floated the possibility of banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. while running for president.

The expanded ban would reportedly be part of a hyper-focus on immigration for the 2020 election.

A document outlining the plan has been circulating around the West Wing, but the listed countries have been blacked out.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., called the proposal “xenophobic.”

“An expanded Muslim Ban will worsen our relationships with countries around the world. It won’t do anything to make our country safer. It will harm refugees, alienate our allies and give extremists propaganda for recruitment,” she said.

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Trump criticized the Justice Department in 2017 for making changes to the original ban, tweeting they “should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Brian Brenberg: Iran fears sanctions more than bullets — Economic pain is our most potent weapons

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With the killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani and retaliation by Iran on U.S. bases in Iraq, many predict that military escalation is inevitable. But this view ignores the increasingly devastating effects of economic sanctions on Iran. The clear and compelling lesson of the past 18 months is that the U.S. doesn’t need to be drawn into war in order to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

Iran’s leaders face enormous and growing pressure at home as the country’s economy shrivels, and they’d like nothing more than to distract and unify the population with a “defensive” war with the West.

President Trump shouldn’t take the bait. Instead, he should stay the course of increasing economic pressure. Friday’s announcement that his administration will do just that is encouraging. Economic sanctions remain the most effective tactic to bring Iran back to the negotiating table in a weakened position and advance a safer, denuclearized world.

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The economic pain caused by U.S. sanctions is the reason Iran has lashed out against our military forces and allies, and it remains the most potent weapon to undermine the regime’s influence in the Middle East.

The reinstatement in 2018 of restrictions on trade with Iranian energy, shipping, and financial firms, and exclusion from U.S. markets for companies who trade with Iran, has hammered the Iranian economy. Gross Domestic Product shrank by nearly 5 percent in 2018 and is forecasted to fall by nearly 10 percent in 2019. As a result, the unemployment rate in Iran rose to nearly 17 percent last year, and the cost of living has skyrocketed as key imports dried up.

As Iran tries to up the ante with rockets and bullets, we need to remember that the most potent weapon we’ve deployed and can continue to use, is economic pressure that strikes at the heart of Iran’s energy, shipping, and financial sectors.

U.S.-led sanctions have also decimated Iran’s oil production and revenue as oil buyers faced a choice: abandon Iran or lose access to U.S. markets. Overwhelmingly, they abandoned Iran. As a result, Iran’s oil exports have plummeted and are expected to continue to plummet, depriving the Iranian regime of a key source of revenue to finance its military and the militias it backs in the Middle East.

As Iran’s economy shrinks, its people are showing little patience for the government draining the country’s resources on nuclear weapons development and military pursuits. Economic turmoil caused Iranians to take to the streets in November to protest against their government, leading to severe and highly unpopular crackdowns by authorities.

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The Iranian regime has gotten more aggressive militarily because it simply cannot respond to—and cannot withstand– the economic pressure the U.S. is exerting. As Iranian behavior now threatens to become even more reckless and desperate, it would be a mistake for the U.S. to abandon this advantage.

Iran’s leaders are eager to shift from an economic to a military battlefield. Economic pressure has sowed popular discord in Iran, pitted the authorities against the people, and deprived the Iranian military of resources. But military confrontation with the U.S. could have the opposite effect—energizing both popular support for the regime and Iran’s armed forces and Iranian-backed militias.  From Iran’s perspective, the best way to unify its population is to pull the U.S. out of an economic war and into a shooting war.

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Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the administration would increase economic sanctions on Iran in response to Iran’s most recent attacks. The Trump administration’s restraint is prudent and strategic. As Iran tries to up the ante with rockets and bullets, we need to remember that the most potent weapon we’ve deployed and can continue to use, is economic pressure that strikes at the heart of Iran’s energy, shipping, and financial sectors.

Iran’s leaders know how to drag countries into demoralizing and prolonged military conflicts. It’s familiar territory for them, it’s a fight they think they can win, and they’re desperate to shift the focus away from the economic pain the U.S. has inflicted. The U.S. shouldn’t oblige. Sanctions have severely harmed Iran’s economy and deprived its leaders of resources and support. They’re lashing out because they’re out of options. We ought to keep it that way by sticking with the economic fight that Iran can’t win.

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Texas gusts topple 18-wheeler; Arkansas tornado destroys at least 3 homes

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Strong winds in Texas reportedly flipped an 18-wheeler on its side in Dallas County during a severe thunderstorm that blew through the region Friday.

Gale-force winds blew the truck onto the grass next to westbound Interstate 635 in Irving, Texas, FOX 4 reported.

Crews had to break a window to get the driver, who suffered minor injuries, out of the truck. The rig was eventually righted using a crane.

Severe winds also ripped off a section of wall from nearby Hilton Garden Inn. No injuries were reported.

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Much of Northern Texas was under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. local time, FOX 4 of Dallas reported.

Meanwhile, two homes were destroyed by winds in Logan County, Ark. where “a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” touched down Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Only the foundation of a trailer home was left after the storm blew through Midway, Ark., Little Rock’s FOX 16 reported.

“Winds so strong that it picked it up from its foundation and just tossed everything out here,” Re’Chelle Turner of FOX 16 reported.

She advised people in the area to be careful: “This weather is nothing to play with.”

Turner said a tornado warning near a Walmart in Clarksville, in Logan County, forced everyone huddle at the back of the store.

“The wind was just so hard,” she said. “The rain, it sounded just like what people actually say – like a freight train.”

The national Storm Prediction Center said more than 18 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma were at an enhanced risk of storms Friday, including from strong tornadoes, flooding rains and wind gusts that could exceed 80 mph (129 kph), the speed of a Category 1 hurricane. The area included Dallas, Houston and Austin.

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Parts of nine states — Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana — were under flash flood watches on Friday in anticipation of the drenching rains.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Southern California doctoral student, mother and sister among 176 killed in Iran plane crash

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A Southern California doctoral student and her mother and sister were reportedly among the 176 people killed when a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed in Iran early Wednesday morning.

Sara Saadat, 23, who was studying at Alliant International University in San Diego, was visiting family in Iran with her sister Saba Saadat, 21, and their mother Shekoufeh Choupannejad, when their plane went down minutes after leaving Tehran’s international airport bound for Kiev, Ukraine, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Saadat’s sister and mother both lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Saba was a student at the University of Alberta and Choupannejad was a physician.

Iran admitted Saturday it shot down the plane in “error” just hours after the country fired ballistic missiles at U.S. and collation forces in Iraq in retaliation for a U.S. strike that killed a top Iranian general several days before.

The California school issued a statement Friday after learning of Sara Saadat’s death.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to family and friends of Sara Saadat,” the Alliant statement said, according to the Union-Tribune. “We know that the entire Alliant community is affected when tragedy strikes any one of us, and we are here to provide support during these trying times.”

The school plans to hold a memorial service.

Daniel Ghods-Esfahani, Saba’s boyfriend, said the two sisters were “best friends.”

Ghods-Esfahani told the CBC their family had left Iran seven years ago to live in Canada.

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“Given the tragedy of the situation, I take some comfort from the fact that, in that last moment, the three of them were together,” he said, according to the Union-Tribune.

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R2-D2 now ‘gliding around’ Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, bleeping, blorping

Good news for people who pretend to understand gibberish-spewing robots!

R2-D2, arguably the cutest droid in the galaxy before BB-8 came along, is now “gliding around” freely at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, probably bumping into people’s feet or being mistaken for a trash can.

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“On your next transport to Batuu in Disneyland park, you may see a familiar sidekick gliding around: R2-D2!” Disneyland announced on social media earlier this week.

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A recent post on the Disney Parks Blog further confirmed that Artoo has been bleeping and blorping around Galaxy’s Edge since at least Tuesday.

“A resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 has shown great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils,” the blog post reads, while cleverly avoiding any explanation as to how this real-life version will navigate even a short set of steps, or avoid some jerk trying to dump Bantha milk on its head.

While certainly a fun addition to Disneyland’s new Galaxy’s Edge, the Disney Parks has not unleashed a similarly free-gliding R2-D2 upon the Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney World. But until they do, “Star Wars” fans can still assemble their own droids at the parks’ Droid Depots — for the cost of “$99.99 per astromech droid unit, plus tax.”

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When reached for comment, R2 himself said only, “Bleep blorp. Zwip! Zwippity!”

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Joshua Rogers: What a child’s dance moves can teach us about brokenness

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I have friends who adopted a little girl from another country and their child has some significant disabilities that require her to wear a brace on her leg. You would think that fitting braces for a child’s leg wouldn’t be a difficult thing but it has actually been a long process that has been debilitating and painful for her.

What strikes me, however, is the joy with which my friends diligently work to rehabilitate their daughter’s leg and the joy she has when her parents do so.

In my favorite example, the mother posted a video of her daughter using her braces to dance around the living room to a worshipful song. Despite the girl’s struggle to use an uncooperative leg, she beamed while moving across the hardwood floor as gracefully as she could.

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What was just as beautiful as her dance was the sound of her mother behind the camera emotionally saying, “Oh my goodness — I’m so proud of you!”

All believers have been adopted into the family of God (Romans 8:15). We come with imperfections, with brokenness that will take years to rehabilitate.

Our journey is painful and embarrassing at times and it’s easy to feel like we’re the only ones who struggle. But when we move in acts of worship – no matter how humble they may be – it is beautiful in our Father’s eyes.

Our journey is painful and embarrassing at times, and it’s easy to feel like we’re the only ones who struggle. But when we move in acts of worship – no matter how humble they may be – it is beautiful in our Father’s eyes.

Our repeated attempts to forgive an unrepentant offender . . . they are beautiful.

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The awkward attempt to encourage a depressed coworker . . . lovely.

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That simple, helpless prayer, “Lord, I believe — help my unbelief” . . . it moves Him.

None of our offerings are perfect, but they are all lovely. And what makes them lovely is our Father’s love for us.

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We are the children He called worthy; adopted; and taught to dance, one step at a time.

To us, in the midst of our broken and imperfect efforts, He nonetheless exclaims, “Oh my goodness — I’m so proud of you!”

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Utah woman goes missing in Florida while on work trip; last seen on hotel video in pajamas: husband

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Utah woman in Florida on a work trip has gone missing, Florida authorities say. Kelly Glover was last seen on hotel security footage in her pajamas, according to her husband.

“We are missing an amazing woman. We just need her home,” Kelly Glover’s husband, Adam Bremer, told reporters. “She’s got a sweet spirit and she’s a very sweet girl and she has a big heart. She’s a good person, an amazing wife. She’s my best friend.”

Glover, 37, of Holladay, Utah, had been staying with a friend at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. She was in Florida on a trip related to her job, FOX 13 of Salt Lake City reported.

“Her friend went to bed early,” Bremer said, according to Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV. “My wife was still up and her friend woke up around 4 a.m., and my wife was nowhere to be found and the door was left open.”

Bremer told reporters his wife left behind her phone and purse.

“She left it in the room and that’s the last we’ve seen of her,” he said, according to Miami’s WPLG-TV.

Bremer said hotel security footage shows Glover in her pajamas and socks in a back stairwell headed for an exit around 2 a.m. Thursday.

“As far as I know there is no evidence that she’s left the hotel,” her cousin, Ryan Glover, said, according to KSL.

He said he knew something was wrong when he hadn’t heard from her in the morning.

“She’s pretty responsive,” he said, KSL reported. “I usually get up before her and I send her the first message in the morning and not one morning has gone by where I haven’t heard from her by 9 o’clock.”

”I can confirm a report was made for the missing person, detectives are investigating and following up on any leads they get but have no other details other than she has not been recovered at this time,” Fort Lauderdale Police Department Detective Tracy Figone said, according to KSL.

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Police dive teams searched a nearby body of water, and they’ve also used helicopters and dogs to try to find her, FOX 13 reported.

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Bernie Sanders top pick for Democratic nomination in latest Iowa poll ahead of February caucus

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The latest poll in Iowa — the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary nominating calendar in just three weeks – shows Sen. Bernie Sanders claiming a narrow lead over his top rivals for the Democratic nomination.

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Twenty percent of likely caucusgoers preferred the Vermont independent as the Democratic Party’s pick to face off against President Trump in the general election come November 2020, the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll published Friday showed.

The three other top-tier candidates meanwhile fell closely behind him, clustering in a neck-and-neck competition for second place with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden polling at 17, 16 and 15 percent respectively.

“There’s no denying that this is a good poll for Bernie Sanders. He leads, but it’s not an uncontested lead,” pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, told the Des Moines Register.

This is the first time Sanders was chosen as the top pick for president in an Iowa poll. He and Warren, Buttigieg and Biden have each now placed as the lead in an Iowa poll conducted during a fluctuating and crowded 2020 campaign cycle among Democrats. But Selzer added that poll numbers also suggested that Sanders’ “got a firmer grip on his supporters than the rest of his compatriots.”

Since skyrocketing ahead of his rivals in an earlier Iowa poll in November by the same group, Buttigieg notably fell 9 percentage points, placing him in third among Democratic presidential candidates in the race. The poll published Friday had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Of the 701 likely Democratic caucusgoers questioned between Jan. 2-8, 40 percent said their mind was made up on who they would support on caucus night – a 10 percentage point jump since November. But 45 percent said they could still be persuaded on which candidate to support. And 13 percent said they still had not chosen a favorite Democrat vying for the White House.

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“The caucus process is an invitation to keep an open mind,” Selzer added, pointing out that a similar number of potential caucusgoers said they were undecided at the same point before 2016’s crowded Republican primary.

The Iowa caucus is scheduled for Feb. 3, which will be followed by the New Hampshire primary Feb. 11. Other Democratic candidates — holding out for a last-minute spike in support – polled accordingly: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at 6 percent, entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 5 percent and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at 3 percent.

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