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Feminist group calls for Chris Matthews firing after tense confrontation with Warren

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Progressive activists are blasting MSNBC host Chris Matthews following a tense exchange Tuesday night in which he peppered Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with questions about why she believed a woman who accused former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg of pressuring her to have an abortion.

“It’s honestly shameful that Chris Matthews is still on air,” writer Jessica Valenti tweeted. The women’s group Ultraviolet similarly called on MSNBC to fire the longtime anchor.

“MSNBC needs to fire Chris Matthews. Today,” UltraViolet President Shaunna Thomas said in a statement, which she also relayed on Twitter. “Matthews’ refusal to believe women, and history of sexual harassment, make it clear that he is not fit to continue to cover this election. MSNBC can and must do better, and they can start by firing Chris Matthews.”

MSNBC’S CHRIS MATTHEWS CHALLENGES WARREN 6 TIMES IN JUST OVER ONE MINUTE ON BLOOMBERG ACCUSATION

During Tuesday’s Democratic debate, Warren confronted Bloomberg over the allegation. After the debate, Matthews pressed Warren on whether she believed the woman.

“You believe he’s lying,” Matthews told Warren. When Warren said she believed the woman, Matthews asked why Bloomberg would lie.

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“Because just to protect himself?” Matthews asked. Warren responded: “Yeah, and why would she lie? I mean, that’s the question, Chris.”

“Why do you assume that he’s the guy…” she started, before Matthews interjected. “I just want to make sure you’re clear about this. You’re confident of your accusation?”

Feminist Lauren Duca described Matthews’ line of questioning as “insane.”

MSNBC ANALYST SLAMS COLLEAGUE CHRIS MATTHEWS OVER BERNIE SANDERS COVERAGE: ‘STUCK IN AN OLD WAY OF THINKING’

In 2017, The Daily Caller reported that NBC paid an assistant producer on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” $40,000 in 1999 to settle her sexual harassment claim against the anchor. An MSNBC spokesperson said at the time that executives were told that Matthews made inappropriate jokes and comments about the woman in front of others, that the matter was reviewed and it was determined the comments were inappropriate and made in poor taste but were never meant as propositions.

MSNBC have not confirmed the amount paid to the woman, nor has the network said whether the payment was made to settle a harassment claim. NBC Universal did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment Wednesday.

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Bloomberg has faced scrutiny over dozens of employment lawsuits against him and his company, Bloomberg LP. According to one of the lawsuits, Bloomberg allegedly told a female employee to “kill it” after learning that she was pregnant. She interpreted that as a directive to have an abortion in order to keep her job, according to The Washington Post.

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Trump addresses coronavirus in primetime news conference, as fears of US outbreak spread

As Americans’ fears grow of a possible coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., President Trump was addressing the nation in a Wednesday evening news conference at the White House to discuss how his administration was handling the virus threat — saying that a vaccine is being developed “rapidly” and “coming along very well.”

“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low,” Trump said at the press conference.”We’re ready to adapt, and we’re ready to do whatever we have to.”

The president said that of the 15 American citizens taken in from Japan, eight have “returned to their homes to stay in their homes until fully recovered, one is in the hospital, and five have fully recovered; and one is, uh, we think in pretty good shape, and is in between hospital and going home.” However, Trump later said the person was “pretty sick and hopefully will recover.”

Even as he reassured Americans that “great quarantine facilities” have been set up, he noted that the scale of the virus has been somewhat misrepresentated. He said he was “shocked” and “amazed” when he spoke to medical experts to hear that the flu kills from 25,000 to 69,000 people per year.

The U.S. is the most prepared country in the world to handle an epidemic, Trump said, citing Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier in the day, after two days of the stock market tumbling, Trump blamed the media and Democrats for causing undue alarm and harming American financial markets. On Twitter, he singled out MSNBC and CNN for “doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible.”

“Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action,” Trump continued. “USA in great shape!

In advance of his primetime address, Trump played down the mortality rate for a pathogen that has been confirmed to have killed 2,700 people globally. His top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, echoed Trump’s outlook, saying Tuesday that the U.S. had “contained” the threat of a domestic outbreak.

Trump’s and Kudlow’s comments were apparently at odds with warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials who said that American communities need to prepare now for when the disease starts spreading domestically. So far, there have been just 60 confirmed cases in the U.S.

But reports in South Korean media and the Los Angeles Times said a Korean Air cabin crew member who tested positive for the disease may have worked on flights between Seoul and Los Angeles — a development that could have exposed Americans and people coming into America to the virus that takes up to 14 days after exposure to trigger symptoms, according to the CDC.

CORONAVIRUS FITS CRITERIA FOR ‘DISEASE X,’ WHO EXPERT SAYS

On Capitol Hill, senior lawmakers called for a bipartisan spending package that would give federal, state and local officials more resources. Congress in recent years took a similar approach with the opioid epidemic, pumping out federal dollars for treatment and prevention. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York unveiled an $8.5 billion coronavirus proposal.

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James Denaro monitors stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Democrats did not mince words on the matter. “The Trump administration is absolutely bungling the response to coronavirus, putting our public health and our economy at risk,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said earlier this week. “This is why we need a real plan and an adult in charge.”

“Trump is putting American lives at risk every day, ignoring science, claiming the virus will ‘miraculously’ disappear by April and relying on ‘warm weather’ to end the spread of the virus,” presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s campaign said in a press release. “It is clearer than ever that the country needs a leader with real experience managing a crisis.”

BLOOMBERG SLAMS TRUMP’S HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS

There have been renewed signs that the economy will continue to be affected internationally. Microsoft on Wednesday its supply chain is being hurt by the virus outbreak in China and the company will return to normal operations at a slower pace than expected.

The tech giant had predicted it would make between $10.75 billion and $11.15 billion in revenue from its personal computing segment in the January-March quarter. But Microsoft now says the supply chain for its Windows business and Surface devices “are more negatively impacted than previously anticipated.”

And last week, Apple warned investors that it won’t meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company said all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities in China have reopened, but production is ramping up slowly. The company said demand for iPhones was also down in China because Apple’s retail stores are closed or operating with reduced hours.

Broadly, major U.S. stock indexes gave up early gains and closed mostly lower Wednesday, extending the market’s heavy losses for the week. The benchmark S&P 500 fell for the fifth straight day after swinging between a 0.6 percent loss and 1.7 percent gain. Smaller company stocks bore the brunt of the selling. The bond market continued to flash warning signs as long-term Treasury yields fell further below short-term yields.

CORONAVIRUS DISRUPTION TO ‘EVERYDAY’ LIFE IN US ‘MAY BE SEVERE,’ CDC OFFICIAL SAYS

Worry about economic fallout from the virus outbreak that originated in China has fueled a sharp sell-off this week that’s wiped out the market’s gains for the year.

“The messaging by the White House is unhelpful,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University. “What the White House is doing is conveying a sense of overconfidence. … Of course, we do want to maintain calm with the public, but it flies in the face of facts. There is strong likelihood that we will see an outbreak in the United States and that we could see community transmission.”

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Trump’s public efforts to project calm masked a behind-the-scenes focus. During his 36-hour visit to India, Trump received briefings from staff and periodically checked the impact on Wall Street, tweeting at all hours to try to reassure Americans and the markets about the spread of the virus.

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President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, step off Air Force One upon arrival, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump reportedly expressed deep concern to aides about the impact on the markets, according to White House officials and Republicans close to the West Wing. Trump has tied his fortunes to Wall Street more closely than any of his recent predecessors and has made a strong economy his No. 1 one argument for reelection.

As the media coverage of the virus has increased, Trump has grown concerned that even fears of an outbreak would stagger Wall Street, leading him to wonder aloud if Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was the right person to lead the administration’s response, the officials said.

The White House has considered naming a virus czar to be the point person on the disease, but is not sure that is the right route.

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“Americans want to see their president taking charge and showing leadership, and that is exactly what President Trump is doing,” said Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. “In restricting travel and implementing quarantines, President Trump has taken unprecedented action to protect American citizens from the coronavirus.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gutfeld on Tuesday night’s disastrous debate

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The Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina Tuesday night made “Dumb and Dumber” look like “Citizen Kane.” Some call it a disaster. Others call it a train wreck.

I’ve seen more order in a prison riot.

The constant over- and under-talking created an apt metaphor for Democrats: a daycare center with no supervision and no diapers.

INFLUENTIAL HOUSE DEMOCRAT CALLS CHAOTIC SOUTH CAROLINA DEBATE A ‘DISGRACE’

Now, intraparty debates require infighting. But are they in the same party? Really? They were like different species exchanging battle cries.

Sadly, even the most capable adult, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, could barely tell a joke. It was sad, but not as sad as watching him apologize to a leftist for curbing crime. Because once you do that, they smell blood. And then there’s no forgiveness, only punishment. Unless you’re an actual criminal.

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But those aren’t the big problems. It’s way worse.

That wasn’t a debate. It was a launch party on the Titanic.

You saw the “opposition” toxin at work, where every idea is positioned as “A vs. B.” Men vs. women. Black vs. white. Gay vs. straight.

So when you talk about uniting a country, it’s met with a smirk. “Unity” means “patriotism,” which they view as oppression driven by bigotry.

Incapable of uniting behind American ideals of free markets and free minds, they shout about how bad everything is, even when things are great.

They’ll tell you: “But things aren’t great for everyone!”

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That’s true, but your divisive message only makes things worse for those who want to do better. That’s the oppositional mindset. Every answer ends with, “Off with their heads.” The only way you can do better is if someone does worse. They’ve even managed to politicize a global virus.

That’s not a message. It is a virus. And they’re stuck with it.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Feb. 26, 2020.

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Ben Shapiro jokes Elizabeth Warren was ‘openly campaigning’ to join Sanders ticket during Dem debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., spent much of Tuesday’s Democratic debate attacking former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an effort to win over current front-runner Bernie Sanders, Ben Shapiro said.

Breaking down the heated South Carolina debate on “The Ben Shapiro Show” Wednesday, the conservative commentator mocked Warren for shamelessly pursuing a spot as Sanders’ running mate.

“Elizabeth Warren … is just openly campaigning … in the middle of the debate, she walked over to Bernie’s podium and slipped him a resume for VP,” Shapiro joked.

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Warren repeatedly attacked Bloomberg on the stage Tuesday night, just a week after she clashed with the same candidate during the last week’s primary debate in Las Vegas.

The Charleston debate was easily the most contentious of the primary season to date, as candidates frequently sparred with the moderators and ripped into each other on spending, foreign policy, and more.

FORMER TOP CLINTON STRATEGIST: WARREN IS ‘BLOOMBERG SLAYING’ ON BEHALF OF SANDERS

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“She is so obvious and so transparent, and so terrible … so ten minutes into the debate, she swivels and just starts clocking Bloomberg,” Shapiro said.

Warren, who the RealClearPolitics polling average shows to be in fourth place in South Carolina, challenged Bloomberg over offensive remarks that he allegedly made to female employees and his past financial support for Republican candidates.

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“Bloomberg ain’t the frontrunner, he is fading in the polls,” Shapiro noted, adding that Warren’s attack on the billionaire was simply “to prove her bonafides…” to Sanders.

“That is just her showing off to Bernie Sanders at this point,” he added.

According to a report by The Intercept, the Sanders campaign recently inquired about securing Warren as a running mate and floated the prospect of assigning her the role of treasury secretary in addition to vice president.

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“Really,” Shapiro concluded, “what it’s about is taking down Bloomberg at Sanders’ behest. When you spend all your time attacking the guy that is polling like third in national polling, it sort of betrays what exactly you are doing, Elizabeth Warren.”

Fox News’ Matt London contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders’ campaign walks back vow of total deportation freeze

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign appears to be walking back a key plank of its radical immigration policy — a total moratorium on all deportations — by promising that “violent criminals” could still be removed from the country.

Sanders’ campaign, in its immigration proposal, promises a “moratorium on deportations until a thorough audit of past practices and policies is complete.” The document does not specify how long that freeze would last, but it does also envision breaking up both Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and handing deportation power back to the Department of Justice.

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While such a freeze has delighted radical immigration activists, it is far from clear how that would play with a broader, less extreme electorate.

But campaign manager Faiz Shakir was asked by BuzzFeed News reporter Hamed Aleaziz last week if a President Sanders would deport violent criminals — noting that ICE had recently deportated people convicted of double murder.

“We’re talking about violent criminals sit in jail or prison right now, upon the end of whatever sentence they may currently have, they would be deported,” Shakir said, quickly followed by saying that was a “tiny number of people on a case-by-case basis that would be outside the moratorium.”

But, depending on how broad the definition of “violent criminals” is, it is not a small number at all.

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According to ICE’s numbers, 267,000 illegal immigrants were removed in Fiscal Year 2019 and 143,000 were arrested. More than 86 percent of those arrested had either criminal convictions or pending charges.

Additionally, among those arrested, those individuals had racked up:

  • More than 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide;  
  • More than 1,800 convictions and charges for kidnapping;  
  • Over 12,000 sex offenses, with more than 5,000 convictions and charges for sexual assault;  
  • More than 45,000 convictions and charges for assault;  
  • More than 67,000 convictions and charges for drug-related crimes;  
  • More than 10,000 convictions and charges for weapons offenses; and  
  • More than 74,000 convictions and charges for Driving Under the Influence.

It is then unclear where a President Sanders would draw the line. While it appears that a homicide or kidnapping conviction would be a deportable offense, would an assault charge or a gun conviction? It is also not clear whether sexual offenses would be included.

The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. But, in his remarks to Buzzfeed, Shakir repeated it was something that would be considered on a “case-by-case” basis.

“No, it starts with a broad moratorium. Yeah. It starts with a broad wholescale full sweep moratorium, acknowledging that there’s going to be case-by-cases that may need to be dealt with differently,” Shakir said.

Sanders himself had teased limited exceptions in the past. According to The Washington Post, he had said in January there might be an exception made “if someone has been convicted of a terrible, terrible crime.”

The Sanders camp isn’t the only campaign struggling between agreeing to a full moratorium demanded by radical pro-illegal immigration groups and allowing exceptions for criminal illegals as many voters would want.

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday at a CNN debate said he would institute a moratorium on deportations for 100 days “until we get through the point that we find out the only rationale for deportation will be whether or not, whether or not you’ve committed a felony while in the country.”

A Biden adviser reportedly told Buzzfeed that saying he supported a moratorium was “inaccurate” — only to release a joint statement with the Latino Victory Fund to the outlet hours later committing to such a moratorium.

“Vice President Biden is absolutely committed to a 100-day moratorium on any deportations of people already in the United States,” the Biden campaign and the Latino Victory Fund said in the joint statement. “The campaign and Latino Victory Fund stand fully together in this and in the mission to support immigrant communities and center all the issues important to Latinos at the heart of this movement as we work to send Donald Trump and his unmitigated assault on our national values packing.”

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Who is in the presidential line of succession?

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In the aftermath of President Trump’s impeachment and facing an upcoming election where a Democratic candidate will eventually name a running mate, one question that remains in the back of many voters’ minds is: Who is next in line should the president leave office for one reason or another. While most people are aware that the vice president is next in line, the full line of succession includes 18 positions.

Here they are, currently, in order:

1. Vice President Mike Pence

2. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate Charles Grassley

4. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

5. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin

6. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

7. Attorney General Bill Barr

8. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt

9. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

10. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

11. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia

12. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar

13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson

14. Secretary of Transportation (However, Elaine Chow, the current officeholder, is ineligible as she is not a “natural-born citizen,” as required by the Constitution, so the presidency would go to the official next in line)

15. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette

16. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie

18. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf (Wolf is current only serving in an acting capacity)

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Congressional Dems echo concerns about down-ballot consequences of Bernie nomination

A day after presidential rivals argued on the debate stage that Bernie Sanders‘ nomination would cost moderate Democrats their seats across the country, congressional Democrats began to echo similar concerns.

Rep. Kim Schrier, who flipped a Washington state district from red to blue in 2018, was asked whether Sanders at the top of the ticket could be devastating to down-ballot candidates in the House.

“This is a big-tent party and there is a lot of variety of viewpoints. And … there may be consequences,” said Schrier, the first pediatrician elected to congress.

Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., another swing district freshman, said he’ll support the Democratic nominee but declined to commit to campaigning on the same stage as Sanders when asked by reporters.

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Democrat Gil Cisneros flipped a red seat in the 2018 midterm election.  (AP)

“We don’t know who the nominee is going to be yet,” Cisneros said at the Capitol Wednesday.  “So you know, I think that’s [thinking] too far into the future.”

He added: “Whoever the Democratic nominee is… Democrats in my district are going to rally around that individual.”

Cisneros, a former Republican, said he’ll distinguish himself from the nominee on issues such as Medicare-for-All or free college if they don’t align.

“I think people know where I stand and I’ve been pretty vocal in my district where I am on the issues and I think people will get behind me on that,” he said.

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Privately Democrats in swing districts have been quietly freaking out about the possibility of a democratic socialist at the top of the ticket, Fox News previously reported. Several interviewed by Fox earlier this month warned that Democrats will lose the House if Sanders and his extreme policies are on the ballot in their moderate districts.

“It’s bad,” said one freshman Democrat from a swing district said after Sanders’ New Hampshire win. “We are having conversations about how to deal with this.”

“If [Sanders] is the nominee, we lose,” another Democrat told Fox News at the time.

At the South Carolina debate, both former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg warned voters that a Sanders’ candidacy would cost Democrats down-ballot elections.

“It adds up to four more years of Donald Trump in the White House, Kevin McCarthy as Speaker, and an inability to get the Senate in Democratic hands,” Buttigieg said.

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Both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries made the case that the House will be firmly in Democrats’ hands and attempted to quiet the Democrats’ concerns.

Pelosi said Wednesday she’ll support Sanders at the top of the 2020 ticket and responded “no” when asked if his candidacy could cost the House Democratic majority.

Jeffries, from New York, said Democrats picked up “40 seats in a historic blue wave election” by running on the people’s agenda  — lowering healthcare costs, increasing paychecks and working on infrastructure — and voters will see House Democrats fulfilling those promises.

“I look forward to re-nominating Speaker Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in January 2021 and making it clear that House Democrats are still down with NDP,” Jeffries said Wednesday, in a nod to his famous nominating speech in 2019.

With his recent big win in Nevada and his strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, a Sanders nomination is seeming increasingly possible. While some Democrats say it’s still way too early in the nominating process, others are giving thought to how his nomination would affect their colleagues.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, who is facing a progressive primary challenger, gave credit to the front-line House members in swing districts who have taken tough votes and argued they can’t afford to be attached to extremist ideas – whether they are from Sanders or anyone else.

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“If you’re that radical, I don’t care who you are, I think you put our members in jeopardy who are on the front line, and those folks, every day, come here and fight for the people against all odds, so I’m going to stand up with them because they’re here for the people,” said Beatty, who hasn’t endorsed but thought former vice president Joe Biden “came into his own” on the stage in South Carolina, a must-win state for him.

Beatty also said questioned the math on Sanders’ sweeping proposals (“You have to be able to count”) and his ability to enact change if elected.

“Bernie Sanders has been here for almost 30 years, if this stuff was so great, why wouldn’t we have any of it now?” Beatty said.

She urged Sanders or any of senators who want to be president to take up one of the more than 400 bills that the House passed in the last year that now sit dormant in the Senate.

“My message to them is: Pass one of the bills that Speaker Pelosi sent over there,” Beatty said. “And that’s not just beat[ing] up on Bernie, that’s anybody that’s over there now professing that they’re going to do all the things that we’ve already done in the House. Words matter and you have to be able to count.”

Democrats will face their next big test Saturday when South Carolina voters head to the polls. Biden has staked his campaign on a comeback there.

Fox News’ Caroline McKee contributed to this report. 

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Trump sues New York Times for libel over Russia ‘conspiracy’ op-ed

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The Trump campaign has filed a libel lawsuit against what it called the “extremely biased” New York Times, saying the paper’s March 27, 2019 op-ed titled “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo” amounted to a knowingly false smear intended to “improperly influence the presidential election in November 2020.”

The lawsuit seeks “compensatory damages in the millions of damages,” as well as punitive damages and legal fees. Knowing that then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller was about to exonerate President Trump, the campaign argues in the lawsuit, the Times sought to quickly “damage” the president’s campaign “before the Mueller Report would be released debunking the conspiracy claims.”

“Today the President’s re-election campaign filed suit against the New York Times for falsely stating the campaign had an ‘overarching deal’ with ‘Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy’ to ‘help the campaign against Hillary Clinton’ in exchange for ‘a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from … economic sanctions,'” senior Trump campaign legal advisor Jenna Ellis said in a statement.

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“The statements were and are 100 percent false and defamatory,” Ellis added. “The complaint alleges The Times was aware of the falsity at the time it published them, but did so for the intentional purpose of hurting the campaign, while misleading its own readers in the process.”

In a statement, the Times shot back: “The Trump Campaign has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable. Fortunately, the law protects the right of Americans to express their judgments and conclusions, especially about events of public importance. We look forward to vindicating that right in this case.”

Lawsuits for libel against media organizations by public figures must clear a high bar, and require a showing that the media organization was reckless in reporting a falsehood — meaning either that the organization knew the information was false, or intentionally disregarded a significant risk that the material was false. Opinions cannot be defamatory.

“The constitutional guarantees require, we think, a Federal rule that prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves that the statement was made with ‘actual malice’—that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not,” the Supreme Court held in the landmark 1964 case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, which also involved the paper.

The March 2019 op-ed, published shortly before Mueller’s findings became clearer in April 2019, asserted that “there was no need for detailed electoral collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy because they had an overarching deal: the quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy, starting with relief from the Obama administration’s burdensome economic sanctions. The Trumpites knew about the quid and held out the prospect of the quo.”

The Times “obviously had a malicious motive,” the campaign charged, because the paper published numerous articles in 2017 and 2018 that established only “isolated contacts between individual Russians and some persons associated with the Campaign, which did not result in any ‘deal’ or ‘quid pro quo.'” Nevertheless, the allegedly defamatory 2019 article did not present those findings.

The Trump campaign noted in its lawsuit that the Times’ editorial board hasn’t backed a Republican presidential candidate in more than 60 years. Additionally, the campaign pointed out, the author of the disputed piece, Max Frankel, previously “described himself in an interview as ‘a Democrat with a vengeance.'” Frankel was the executive editor of the Times from 1986 to 1994.

“The Times thus published the statements at issue knowing that they were false at the time of publication, or at the very least, published them with reckless disregard for the truth,” the lawsuit states.

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The lawsuit came as fears of Russian intervention have gripped the 2020 presidential race following an unverified report by The Times and CNN that Russia wanted to help Trump, which CNN has since walked back.

Contrary to those and recent media reports, there is no evidence to suggest that Russia is making a specific “play” to boost Trump’s reelection bid, a U.S. intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday.

In addition, top U.S. election official Shelby Pierson, who briefed Congress on Russian election interference efforts, may have overstated intelligence regarding the issue when speaking to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, the source added.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week, citing people familiar with her work, that Pierson “has a reputation for being injudicious with her words and not appreciating the delicate work of corralling federal agencies, technology firms and state election officials to collaborate on election security.”

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Coronavirus concerns on New York’s Long Island see 83 being monitored

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Health officials on New York’s Long Island said 83 people in Nassau County are being monitored over coronavirus concerns, but added that, as of Wednesday, there were no confirmed cases of the illness in the area, and that the individuals aren’t necessarily exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

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“We have boots on the ground and we are monitoring this situation in Nassau very, very closely and have been right from the very beginning to respond to any cases should they emerge in our county,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in a press conference on Wednesday. “The Office of Emergency Management will be coordinating with supplies and resources as needed with our state partners. We’re working very closely with our state partners and our federal partners in the health realm as well.”

Officials further stressed that the individuals being monitored aren’t necessarily exhibiting possible symptoms of COVID-19, but that they had recently come from an area where there are confirmed cases. The individuals are being asked to quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days based on flight logs.

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“We have a procedure in place where, as airplanes arrive — and right now only American citizens are allowed to arrive as of a few weeks back — we receive notification off a list from the CDC that comes down to us of anybody that’s coming into our county who lives here, who has a potential exposure, meaning they’ve been in mainland China sometime in the last 14 days,” Dr. Larry Eisenstein said. “It is our job to within 24 hours of receiving this notice — and as you know an airplane can arrive at basically anytime — to reach out to them, to let them know that we are asking them to isolate themselves.”

Eisenstein said most of the individuals involve residents who are self-isolating in their own homes.

As of Wednesday, Nassau County officials received 320 names on such lists from the CDC, with a total of 175 people who have experienced “a partial time where they were removed from contacting other people.” The 83 people currently being monitored are checking their temperature each day, and reporting to health officials, Eisenstein said, adding that the county is following state protocols.

“There are no cases confirmed in Nassau County, and that is very important,” he said.

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In a separate press conference on Wednesday, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio called for expanded travel screenings for people returning from areas currently dealing with large outbreaks of the virus. At least 38 countries have reported cases of coronavirus. As of Wednesday, New York had no confirmed cases of the illness.

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Joy Behar says Rush Limbaugh needs to ‘take a pill and keep quiet’ after coronavirus comments

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“The View” co-host Joy Behar appeared to mock radio host Rush Limbaugh’s historic addiction to pain medication Wednesday, telling him to “take a pill.”

Limbaugh had downplayed the danger posed by the coronavirus, claiming that it was being “weaponized” to take down President Trump. He also compared it to the common cold.

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“He needs to take a pill and keep quiet,” Behar said. Limbaugh, who recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, revealed in 2003 that he had become addicted to painkillers after undergoing spinal surgery. Earlier this month, Limbaugh told his listeners that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

On Wednesday’s show, Behar also took aim at President Trump for cutting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) budget.

“In 2018, the CDC had to cut 80 percent of its efforts to prevent global disease outbreaks because Trump wanted to use his money to build his wall … Let that sink into your heads as you’re sneezing around town,” she said.

Co-host Meghan McCain wasn’t too keen on the way Behar attacked Trump.

“I prefer not to politicize when people are dying in this way because it really is tragic,” McCain said.

Trump previously tweeted that MSNBC and CNN were hyping the virus to cause problems in the stock market.

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“Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!”

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