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2020 Democrats risk backlash in trashing Trump’s Iran strike

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A week ago, the top challenge facing Democrats was how to run against Donald Trump in a strong economy.

Now they face a dual dilemma, namely how to run against a president who also, for all the criticism around the globe, took out Iran’s top terrorist.

The most liberal 2020 contenders are ratcheting up their rhetoric on the killing of Qassam Soleimani, which they obviously believe plays well with the party’s left wing. But when the general election rolls around, it could leave them looking like their sympathies are misplaced.

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The situation is obviously complicated, and will be influenced by how the Iranians retaliate, the magnitude of the president’s counterattack, and whether Iraq destabilizes the region by expelling American troops. The Bush invasion of Iraq looked very different a year later.

Bernie Sanders cast Trump’s decision in the harshest possible light by telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper:

“This guy, you know, was, as bad as he was, an official of the Iranian government. And, you unleash — then, if China does that, you know, if Russia does that, you know, Russia has been implicated under Putin with assassinating dissidents.”

Now I understand the argument that Soleimani, in addition to being one of the region’s top terrorists and responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, was also part of the Tehran regime and therefore should have been off-limits.

But comparing what the president of the United States did to Vladimir Putin having political dissidents murdered is rather offensive. And yet it will undoubtedly draw some cheers on the Trump-hating left.

Elizabeth Warren, while accusing the president of a “reckless move,” initially called Soleimani a “murderer” who was “responsible for the deaths of thousands.”

But by Sunday morning, Warren was describing Soleimani only as “a government official, a high-ranking military official.” In a CNN interview with Jake Tapper, she said that next week “the president of the United States could be facing an impeachment trial in the Senate. We know he’s deeply upset about that. And I think people are reasonably asking, why this moment? Why does he pick now to take this highly inflammatory, highly dangerous action that moves us closer to war?”

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As Chris Cillizza put it, “Wow. We went from ‘murderer’ to ‘wag the dog’ in the space of a few days.”

Again, I get the distract-from-impeachment argument. But why promote Soleimani as just “a high-ranking military official”?

On “The View” Tuesday, it took Meghan McCain three attempts before Warren tersely acknowledged that Soleimani was a terrorist.

Such rhetoric has opened the door to criticism from the likes of Nikki Haley. “The only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat presidential candidates,” she told Fox. That’s political spin—almost no one in America is “mourning” the general’s death—but the former U.N. ambassador knows her target.

The more moderate Democrats have been more restrained.

Joe Biden, looking at the long-term effects, said Iran would boost its nuclear program and that “this is totally a crisis of Donald Trump’s making.”

Iran, he said ungrammatically, “now is going to be the person occupying and influencing Iraq, which is clearly not very much in our interest.” Biden, of course, was vice president when the Iranians agreed to a nuclear deal.

The furor gives Pete Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan, a chance to play up his military credentials. He dodged Tapper’s question on whether the Soleimani killing was an “assassination,” saying he’s interested in consequences: “Did the president have legal authority to do this? Why wasn’t Congress consulted? It seems like more people at Mar-a-Lago heard about this than people in the United States Congress who are a coequal branch of government with a responsibility to consult. Which of our allies were consulted?”

And the former mayor told reporters in New Hampshire: “You could also argue that we wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the invasion of Iraq in the first place, which I still believe was a grave mistake.” (Sanders, meanwhile, is using the occasion to rip Biden for voting for Bush’s Iraq invasion, which is true but also happened 17 years ago.)

Biden, Bernie and Buttigieg are in a three-way tie in Iowa, at 23 percent, with Warren 7 points back, according to a new CBS poll. Warren doesn’t want to let Sanders get too far to her left. And all the candidates have convince voters that they beat Trump, and that means besting him on the foreign policy crisis that is suddenly dominating the headlines.

Saying anything that be construed or twisted into sympathy for Soleimani does not help their case.

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Pennsylvania girl reunited with Minnie Mouse doll that helped through 39 brain surgeries

A Pennsylvania girl was reunited with her beloved Minnie Mouse doll that she said helped her overcome 39 brain surgeries, according to her mother.

Bryanna Ramirez, 13, lost the doll at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Trevose, Pa., last week before she was set to undergo another operation this week. She’s had a brain and connective tissue disorder since birth, according to NBC 10.

The doll was a little stuffed companion that had been through her side for every surgery since she was 18 months old.

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“UPDATE!!! WE HAVE MINNIE!! WE HAVE MINNIE!! Thank you for all the shares and prayers,” her mother, Niki Dougherty-Ramirez wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “We appreciate each and every one of you!! This was one of the worst couple [of] days. There were so many tear[s] shed by all of us. Bryanna is soooooo ecstatic to have her in her arms again. Now she can eat and sleep again!!! This poor thing hasn’t eaten in days. Thank you again so much to EVERYONE we can not thank you enough.”

After losing Minnie, Ramirez said her daughter was “beyond heartbroken” and added it was “the only thing that helps her get through all that she goes through.” She added that she thought Minnie had been left in the car at first.

“This Minnie has been through all 40 of her Brain Surgeries with her and this doll means the world to this child,” Ramirez said. “She is a MESS!! We NEED TO FIND MINNIE!!”

People throughout the community came to her aid after the post, including the Bensalem Police Department, the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Horizon Boulevard and its employees.

“It was very emotional, to know what the kid went through with all these operations. This thing went with her through every operation,” A Chick-fil-A employee told NBC 10.

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A Pennsylvania girl has been reunited with her beloved Minnie Mouse doll that helped her overcome 39 brain surgeries —  after it was lost earlier this week, according to her mother. (Bensalem Police Department – Facebook)

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“Thank you again so much to EVERYONE we can not thank you enough,” her mother said. “Thank you especially to Chick Fil A and Bensalem Police and all the News stations it meant the world to us!”

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Iranian official tweets photo of Iranian flag after attack on U.S. troops in Iraq

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Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, tweeted a photo of the Iranian flag with no caption after the country claimed responsibility for ballistic missile attacks on bases in Iraq hosting U.S. troops Tuesday.

The tweet was an obvious response to President Trump who posted an American flag last week after he ordered an airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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Iran’s foreign minister claimed the Tuesday attack was “proportionate” retaliation for Solemani’s killing.

Initial assessments showed “no U.S. casualties,” a U.S. military official in Baghdad told Fox News.

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“All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!” Trump tweeted hours after the Iranian attack. “We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”

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Kim Cattrall on coming back to TV: ‘I waited a long time’

Kim Catrall is returning to the small screen in a big way.

The “Sex and the City” star will lead Fox’s “Filthy Rich,” a drama about the heirs of a businessman fighting for their piece of his pie. The role will also mark her first time on Network television.

“After “Sex and the City,” I waited a long time to go back to television,” Cattrall, 63, said in a press conference Tuesday. “It wasn’t until I saw “Sensitive Skin” that I really wanted to go back to television. I was having a lot of questions about mid-life crisis, about menopause, about what now, what is the next chapter of my life.”

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Sensitive Skin,” which aired on HBO Canada from 2014-2016, followed Cattrall’s Davina as she and her husband navigated middle age.

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Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker sparked a very public feud. (Reuters)

The actress noted that working for network television is vastly different than working for premium networks like HBO, where “Sex and the City” aired.

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“I’ve never been on network television. Coming back to television has changed so much just since I did Sex and the City,” she recalled. “I mean we don’t cut anymore, we just keep going. Everything is digital, instead of one or two cameras, we have five cameras. You can’t kind of warm-up to a close-up. You have to be right on your game all the time.”

Cattrall says that her character in “Filthy Rich” is “exploring mortality.”

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“She’s in her 60s like I am,” the actress explained. “You’re starting to lose your family members, you’re starting to lose friends. It does bring to question, what now and how much longer? I like to work things out in my work. If I have these questions, maybe other women are having them.”

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Matt Gaetz says Trump has been ‘measured’ in dealing with Iran: ‘Let’s hope that restraint wins the day’

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Despite Wednesday morning’s missile firings by Iran against U.S. bases in Iraq, President Trump was still right to order the airstrike last week that killed Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani, according to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

Iran fired as many as 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military and coalition forces, officials said. Ten missiles hit Al-Assad Air Base, one missile hit a military base in Erbil and four missiles failed to hit their targets.

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“I’m hopeful this was an intentional miss,” Gaetz , a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

He added he believes President Trump understands the American people hope to avoid a war with Iran — and said the president’s actions have reflected that.

“I think the president has been measured,” Gaetz said. “And let’s hope that restraint wins the day.”

Gaetz argued against those who claim Trump provoked Iran by reneging on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated by the Obama administration.

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He said he hoped the Trump doctrine would get the U.S. out of the Middle East and argued that Iran seems to respond to U.S. demonstrations of strength.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Eric Trump blasts Democrats for ‘ironic’ claims of president using Iran as ‘distraction’ from impeachment

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It’s “ironic” that some Democrats in Congress claim President Trump is using recent hostilities between the U.S. and Iran as a “distraction” from his impeachment proceedings, according to Eric Trump.

The president’s 36-year-old son, who serves as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, made the observation Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

Following last week’s airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian terrorist Gen. Qassem Soleimani — and the ensuing reaction from Tehran — several Democratic lawmakers, including some 2020 presidential candidates, criticized the White House.

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Trump was “trying to distract from the news of the day,” U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., claimed, while presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., regarded the idea as a “reasonable question.”

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., a former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, also claimed Trump was acting in his own “self-interest” rather than putting America first when he ordered the drone attack against Soleimani.

But Eric Trump dismissed those arguments Tuesday.

“Don’t you find the word ‘distraction’ so ironic?,” Trump asked host Laura Ingraham, in response to the Democrats’ assertions about his father.

Trump told Ingraham it was the Democrats who have tried to distract from every political and policy victory the president has notched since taking office.

“The only thing that the Democrats have been trying to do is distract,” he said, “whether it be [from] the Russia investigation, the impeachment hoax, everything else they do, when the fact is that this country has the greatest economy we’ve ever seen, we’ve the lowest unemployment we’ve ever seen, we’ve the best numbers, the best consumer confidence. We’re leading the world in just about every metric.

“It is so ironic that now they are the ones coming out and saying somebody is trying to distract.”

Trump said other countries have been “jealous” of the American economy and America’s standing in the world.

“[My father] is doing a great job for this nation,” he added.

Last month the U.S. House of Representatives, along party lines, approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has not yet passed the approved articles to the Senate for adjudication.

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Eric Trump said he is enjoying watching Pelosi “squirm,” and predicted the self-described “master legislator” from San Francisco will lose her political and Constitutional battle with the president — whether she passes the impeachment articles to the Senate or not.

“If she sends them over, she loses. If she doesn’t send them over, she loses,” he said.

He suggested Pelosi had to follow through with holding an impeachment inquiry to avoid a mutiny by the more progressive members of the House Democratic caucus, who had demanded such a probe.

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Mississippi homeowner shoots and kills home invasion suspect in broad daylight: report

A Mississippi homeowner reportedly shot and killed a suspect attempting to enter his home in broad daylight Tuesday.

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The Pascagoula, Miss., man reported the crime to police before noon and later told officers he shot the suspected burglar during the alleged home invasion, WXXV-TV reported.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

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No charges have been filed against the homeowner, according to WXXV.

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Some US troops transported from Iraq to Kuwait aboard Canadian aircraft, report says

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“Dozens” of U.S. and allied troops were transported to Kuwait aboard Canadian aircraft ahead of missile strikes that targeted military bases in Iraq, according to a report.

The relocation effort began Monday and continued Tuesday, with the military personnel leaving Iraq for safety reasons on numerous Canadian C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

Senior military sources said civilians and unarmed personnel were being prioritized, according to Canada’s Global News.

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Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Tuesday that the Defense Department was considering numerous steps to shield U.S. personnel.

“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region,” Hoffman said.

Canadian Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the country’s defense staff, said in a letter regarding deployed military in the Middle East that some of their people were being moved to ensure their safety and security.

“Some of our people will be moved temporarily from Iraq to Kuwait,” he wrote Monday.

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He later tweeted: “I can assure you that all deployed CAF personnel are safe & accounted for following missile attacks in Iraq. We remain vigilant.”

According to the Government of Canada, people traveling to Kuwait should exercise a high degree of caution when traveling due to the threat of terrorism in the region, while a non-essential travel risk has been issued for the town of Jaleeb Al-Shuyoukh due to high crime rates.

NATO said it was shifting some of its troops out of Iraq amid tensions over the killing of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike in Baghdad last week.

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“We have temporarily suspended our training on the ground, and we are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people,” NATO said. “This includes the temporary repositioning of some personnel to different locations both inside and outside of Iraq.”

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Jussiee Smollett will not return for ‘Empire’ finale, Fox exec says

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Jussie Smollett will not return for the series finale of “Empire.”

Fox entertainment president Michael Thorn told TVLine that the actor would not reprise his role after being written out of the show.

“We’re not going to bring Jussie back to the show,” Thorn said. “There were a number of factors that went into the decision to not bring him back. There were many points of view about if he should come back or if he shouldn’t. As hard as a decision as that was, for us… it felt like it was in the best interests of the show and the cast.”

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Smollett, 37, departed “Empire” after his claims of being a victim of hate crimes in Chicago were questioned in early 2019.

“Our hope is that all of the controversy surrounding Jussie doesn’t overshadow the show, which we think is bigger than him,” Thorn said.

Last month, showrunner Brett Mahoney said that Smollett’s return was being “discussed.”

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“It would be weird in my mind to end this family show and this family drama of which he was such a significant part of without seeing him,” Mahoney said. “It’s fair to say it’s being discussed, but there’s no plan as of yet to bring him back. There’s been no decision made.”

In Jan. 2019, Smollett reported that he was attacked by two masked men around 2 a.m. He claimed the men yelled racial and homophobic slurs as they beat him, poured acid on him and tied a noose around his neck.

Chicago police said the attack was staged, and Smollett was charged with making a false report.

Prosecutors dropped the case in March. Smollett maintained his innocence but agreed to let authorities keep the $10,000 bail.

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Reps for “Empire” did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Ukrainian plane carrying 180 passengers crashed outside Tehran airport: Iran state media

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A Ukrainian airplane carrying 180 people — including passengers and crew — crashed Wednesday morning shortly after takeoff near the airport in Tehran, according to Iranian state-run television.

There was no immediate information about casualties, according to The Associated Press. The state TV report said the plane had taken off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport. Mechanical issues were blamed. Social media posts suggested the plane was en route to Kyiv.

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An investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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