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Fox News reaches highest viewership in network’s history, topping MSNBC, CNN in 2020

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Fox News Channel continued its cable news domination in February, reaching its highest viewership in the network’s 23-year history.

FNC has been celebrating a 44-month consecutive streak as the most-watched network on basic cable and a 218-month streak as the most-watched cable news network, averaging 3.5 million primetime viewers and 2 million total-day viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Among the most-watched cable news shows, FNC had 13 out of the top 15 on the list, including “Hannity,” “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Ingraham Angle,” “The Five,” “Special Report with Bret Baier,” “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Outnumbered,” “Bill Hemmer Reports,” “Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream,” “Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner,” “America’s Newsroom” and “The Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino.

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FNC also nabbed 14 out of the top 15 most-watched cable news shows within the key 25-54 audience demo.

“Hannity” has continued its reign as the most-watched cables news show, averaging 4.3 million viewers in February. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged over 4 million viewers for the first time. “The Ingraham Angle” averaged 3.6 million viewers, making Laura Ingraham the most-watched woman host in cable news history.

“The Five” dominated in its early evening timeslot with 3.6 million viewers, well above its MSNBC and CNN competitors. “Special Report,” anchored by FNC’s chief political anchor Bret Baier, averaged 3 million viewers and “The Story,” anchored by Martha MacCallum, averaged 2.7 million viewers.

FNC also fueled success during its weekend programming. “Justice with Judge Jeanine” secured the title of No. 1 cable news show on Saturdays, averaging 2.88 million viewers, followed by “The Greg Gutfeld Show” with 2.6 million viewers and “Watters World” with 2.5 million viewers.

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Both of FNC’s signature Sunday-morning programs also had their most-watched month in network history. “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” landed 2.1 million viewers while “MediaBuzz” hosted by Howard Kurtz landed with 1.87 million viewers, doubling CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

In the news-dominated month of February, FNC was the number-one news outlet among viewers during coverage of President Trump’s State of the Union address and outdrew CNN and MSNBC during the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

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Greg Gutfeld praises Trump for putting ‘scar across the face of media’ after Acosta confrontation

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“The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld applauded President Trump for creating a “healthy” skepticism of the media after he scolded CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a press conference in India Tuesday.

“Are we getting the real story? Gutfeld asked, referencing disputed reports of Russian meddling in the 2020 presidential election. “I think that is super healthy that now we do not trust this, and one of Trump’s big achievements is that he put a scar across the face of media that will never go away.”

“One of Trump’s big achievements is that he put a scar across the face of media that will never go away.”

— Greg Gutfeld, ‘The Five’

Trump attacked the credibility of Acosta and CNN after he questioned whether the president would accept foreign interference in the upcoming election and how he could justify replacing Joseph Maguire as acting director of national intelligence.

Acosta’s question was sparked by claims that Russia is making a specific “play” to boost President Trump’s reelection bid. CNN and other outlets reported last week that top U.S. intelligence officials had told lawmakers earlier this month that Russia wanted to help the president’s campaign. CNN has since walked back its report.

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“First of all, I want no help from any country, and I haven’t been given help from any country,” Trump answered before highlighting CNN’s retraction Sunday.

“Your record is so bad that you ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Trump added as Acosta attempted to interrupt. “You have probably the worst record in the history of broadcasting.”

Gutfeld slammed the network for “losing the trust of the American people” by becoming the “Weekly World News for Trump derangement.”

“This is an epiphany,” Gutfeld said. “We have watched the fourth estate shattered after 2016 … embarrassment after embarrassment. We have been living decades in this sealed narrative of cultivated stories that help make money for these corporatist companies.”

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Gutfeld added pointed to several controversies that have dominated headlines during Trump’s first term — among them the Russia investigation, the rise and fall of attorney Michael Avenatti, and the battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“It is the fact it all happened in a concentrated time all in succession. It used to be isolated … but in the last four years, we have seen so many of them and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s because they were more of them or because we have become so red-pilled that now we finally see them for what they are and now we question anything that we didn’t question before,” Gutfeld said.

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The host also pointed to the public’s skepticism over reported details of the Coronavirus outbreak as an example of the shift in public trust with regard to the mainstream media.

Co-host Jesse Watters blamed the “fake news scandals” that have surfaced in a “condensed period of time” on the media’s “desperation” to remove Trump from office and avoid his re-election.

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“The media is so desperate,” Watters said. “They have to manufacture this to get Trump out of office as fast as possible and because it’s a 24-hour news cycle now, they have to keep generating rating after rating.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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What are the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act?

Two abortion-restricting bills, one aimed at restricting late-term abortions and and the other providing care for survivors of the procedure, failed to pass the Senate on Tuesday.

The first bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would prohibit doctors from performing an abortion after 20 weeks – the point at which, according to a review study published in a maternal medical journal, Seminars in Perinatology, fetuses can feel pain – unless it is necessary for the mother’s life or was the product of rape.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (AP)

The United States is currently one of seven countries in the world that permit elective abortion after 20 weeks.

The second bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., mandates that care be provided for babies that survive an abortion attempt.

Sasse said the bill was intended to make sure every newborn baby “has a fighting chance — whether she’s born in a labor and delivery ward or whether she’s born in an abortion clinic.”

Forty-one Democratic senators voted to block the born-alive bill by filibustering the legislation and preventing it from advancing to a floor vote.  The pain-culpable bill also failed to advance, with 44 senators voting “nay.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr. (AP)

Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Joe Manchin from West Virginia were the only lawmakers to cross party lines on the born-alive bill. Jones and GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska opposed the late-term abortion ban.

Given previous failed attempts to pass the bills, they stood little chance of advancing on Tuesday. A vote on each was primarily intended to put lawmakers’ abortion stance on record ahead of the general election in November.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of bowing “to the radical demands of the far left” to “drown out common sense” and the views of millions of Americans.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Republicans of acting in bad faith and alleged that the bills would “criminalize” women’s reproductive care and intimidate health care providers.

“Every single Senate Republican knows that these bills cannot and will not pass,” he said. “But they’re putting them on the floor anyway to pander to the hard right. And to cover up the fact that they won’t provide good health care for women.”

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The two votes marked the latest efforts by Republicans to restrict abortion availability. President Trump evoked the issue during his State of the Union address earlier this month.

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” he said. “Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jesse Watters tells Democrats the way to defeat Bernie is to ‘treat him like the fool he is’

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Jesse Watters said on “The Five” Tuesday that the key to defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2020 presidential race is not to attack his throngs of supporters but instead to deconstruct his entire socialist platform and his personal background.

Watters claimed that Sanders “cannot take a punch” and said that former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg had proven as much in last week’s Nevada debate when the Vermont lawmaker appeared flustered when Bloomberg remarked that America’s “best known socialist happens to be a millionaire with three houses.”

“The way to take out Bernie is to treat him like the fool he is,” Watters remarked. “Say, ‘Bernie you can’t even do math, here’s a calculator.’ Say ‘Bernie, you’ve been in D.C. your whole life and you’ve never gotten anything done. Why would we think you get something done as president?”

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Watters said Sanders’ Democratic rivals should find it easy to cast the 78-year-old as “anti-Hillary” and “anti-Obama” and a candidate who is running on a platform that takes away every American’s preferred health care coverage.

“That’s dumb politics and dumb policy,” he said, adding that Sanders has a history of being a “weirdo” who created “erotic writings” decades ago and was once reportedly kicked out of a “hippie commune.”

Watters suggested that record be contrasted with the other candidates who have either built businesses, served in the military, taught school or worked a gainful job.

“The guy’s wife was a scam artist and got caught with her college deal,” Watters added, pointing to Jane O’Meara Sanders’s involvement with the now-defunct Burlington College — which financially collapsed a few years after she departed as president, according to the Burlington Free Press.

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In 2018, a family spokesman told the Associated Press that O’Meara Sanders was told by the Vermont office of the United States Attorney that she would not face charges for her role in a land deal involving the college.

Federal investigators were probing allegations by a Republican activist that Sanders committed bank fraud when she arranged for the college to buy the property on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Barr pitches GOP lawmakers on FISA reforms to clean up Russia probe ‘mess’

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Attorney General William Barr met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday pledging internal reforms to the FISA warrant process, while some GOP senators will seek to cement additional changes into law to prevent further mishaps exposed in the Russia probe.

Barr told Republican senators he’ll be making executive changes to clean up the significant errors and omissions outlined by Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz in applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page as part of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

“I think he’s going to take a lot of what Horowitz did and add his own stamp on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday after the lunch meeting with Barr.

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Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has been concerned with FISA warrant abuse, said Barr’s executive changes were “pretty comprehensive [and] very impressive.”

“And he made a commitment to make sure that what happened in 2016 that internally he’s going to clean up that mess, and whether or not we need statutory changes I think is a subject of debate,” Graham added.

A spokesperson for Barr did not immediately respond to a request for comment on details of the reforms the attorney general plans to implement.

The timing for the FISA debate is crucial. Congress is seeking to renew the USA Freedom Act that’s set to expire next month, including one authority that enables the FBI to collect from a third party a wide range of documents and records on subjects in terrorism and national security investigations. The deadline is March 15, leaving Congress with little time to act.

Some senators want broader reforms to the government’s secret surveillance program for those posing a national security risk. Barr made the case that the tools in the statute are important to national security and he wanted Congress to pass a straight reauthorization of the provisions while revisiting other reforms after the deadline, senators said.

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“He basically talked about a clean reauthorization of the Freedom Act and tinkering with it from there,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said.

Barr’s meeting with Republican senators was scheduled weeks ago, long before Barr raised the prospect of a possible resignation, though tensions between the attorney general and the Republican president seem to have cooled in recent days.

Barr told people close to him early last week that he has considered leaving his post after President Trump wouldn’t respect his request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department’s cases. The week before, Barr took a public swipe at Trump, saying in a television interview that the president’s tweets about department cases and staffers make it “impossible” for him to do his job.

Barr’s suggestion that he might quit over the president’s tweets left many close to Trump questioning whether the attorney general really was considering stepping aside, instead believing he was trying to quell an internal uproar at the Department of Justice and bolster his own reputation and his ability to act on Trump’s behalf. In the days that followed, some of the president’s closest GOP allies scrambled to let Trump know they think Barr is the right person to lead his Justice Department.

Lawmakers interviewed by Fox News said Barr didn’t address his job status or Trump’s tweets but received a warm welcome and encouragement to stay on the job.

“He received a lot of encouragement in hopes that he would [stay on],” Cramer said, adding that several senators thanked Barr for his service and urged him to stick it out. “He didn’t commit to anything like that.”

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The FBI believes the surveillance powers are vital in thwarting acts of terrorism, with Director Christopher Wray urging Congress this month to permanently authorize them.

Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that none of the provisions at issue for renewal have anything to do with the mistakes made in the Page case and urged lawmakers to keep the issues separate.

“They are vital to our relentless efforts to keep something like 325 million American people safe,” Wray said of the surveillance powers.

The Fox News’ Jason Donner and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hot Pockets heiress sentenced to 5 months in prison in college admissions scandal

The heiress to the Hot Pockets microwavable snack fortune was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison for her part in the college admissions scandal.

Prosecutors had been seeking nearly two years in prison for Michelle Janavs for her role in helping buy her children’s way into elite universities across the country. The government called her one of the “most culpable parents” they had charged in the case and said she only accepted responsibility when backed into a corner.

Janavs, whose family developed Hot Pockets, admitted to paying Rick Singer — the consultant at the center of the scandal — $100,000 to have a proctor correct her daughters’ ACT exam answers. She also paid $200,000 to have one of her daughters labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California.

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Unlike some of the parents who had come before her and were sentenced, Janavs was also hit with a money laundering conspiracy charge — something prosecutors tacked on for parents who did not quickly plead guilty to their crimes.

“I’m so very sorry I tried to create an unfair advantage for my children,” she told the court Tuesday.

Janavs is scheduled to report to prison on April 7. She is the 17th defendant sentenced in the scam.

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Janavs’ lawyers painted her as a concerned mother who was simply looking out for her children, and that she fell for Singer’s “manipulative sales tactics” caused in part by the competitive college admissions process. Her lawyers argued that she should not be forced to spend any time behind bars and that she had already been punished enough.

“The fallout from Michelle’s actions stand as a beacon to others that illegal shortcuts are a recipe for disaster, regardless of the punishment the court imposes on Michelle,” her lawyers wrote in court documents.

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Janavs is one of nearly two dozen prominent parents who have pleaded guilty in the case. Others include actress Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT answers.

Two parents who are fighting the charges against them are “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Twitter freaks out over ‘demonic kitchen’ photo featuring floating chairs

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A photo of a swanky kitchen inside a Texas home is raising eyebrows online, with Twitter users calling out a certain interior design as bizarre and “demonic.”

The images of the undisclosed home were posted to Twitter last week by writer Kate Wagner, whose blog, McMansion Hell, pokes fun at architecture “we love to hate the most.”

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“Ok y’all you have to see this image from a Texas house that was submitted on the mcmansion hell live stream. you are simply unprepared for this,” Wagner wrote along with a photo of a pristine white and gray kitchen with tons of natural sunlight.

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While at first glance the kitchen appeared to be every homeowner’s dream, upon further inspection many Twitter users noticed a unique design choice: dozens of floating chairs.

“The part of my brain that knew how to do long division has been replaced wholesale by ‘floating chair,’” Wagner later tweeted.

Twitter had plenty to say (and plenty of questions) about the home’s “demonic” kitchen.

“Do the chairs swivel out or are they for people without legs?” said one curious Twitter user, pointing out the lack of legroom between the chair and the kitchen counter.

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“They’re ghost chairs!” another person tweeted.

Others zeroed in on what they felt were an unnecessary amount of chairs.

“Spending tens of thousands so I can make my home look like an airport waiting area,” one person joked.

Another Twitter user wrote: “When you rich so you want your house to look like a fancy McDonald’s.”

“I want to add seat belts?” someone else tweeted.

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As it turns out, Wagner pointed out that the floating-seat concept wasn’t confined to just the kitchen.

“The previous image in the listing is also great bc it is simply the preview for the main event,” she tweeted along with another photo of a dining area with more floating chairs — including one by a desk area.

For some, that apparently went too far.

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“This honestly feels like someone who was pushed to the edge of sanity because the Roomba kept bumping chair legs. Now I want to see the rest of their house,” someone tweeted.

“PLEASE REMOVE THIS IMAGE FROM MY RETINAS,” another said.

At least one person, however, saw a potential benefit to having floating chairs in your home, noting it’s “easy to sweep when the chairs have no legs.”

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Mike Gonzalez: My family came from Cuba — Sanders should educate himself on Cuban suffering

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In a “60 Minutes” segment that aired on Feb. 23, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., once again praised the supposed achievements of the Castro family’s communist rule over Cuba since 1959. His remarks were ill-informed, as I can attest.

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program,” Sanders told 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper.

Such comments demonstrate at the very least a lack of sympathy for the victims of the Castro regime.

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They are of a piece with something Sanders told an audience at the University of Vermont in 1986: “I remember, for some reason, being very excited when Fidel Castro made the Revolution in Cuba. I was a kid and I remember reading that, and it just seemed right and appropriate that poor people were rising up against rather ugly rich people.”

All of this gets it backward. Marxists and Marxist sympathizers have always insisted that the ends justify the means, which may account for the contempt for Castro’s victims. But the results of Castro’s Cuba do not justify the savaging of a culture.

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Let’s first take the comments about the “ugly rich people.” At first blush, one would think he is talking about people like my parents, who were fresh off the University of Havana’s Law School when the revolution triumphed, and who suffered greatly later in the 1960s.

But actually, both my parents were elated when the dictator Fulgencio Batista fled on New Year’s Eve, 1958. Like most of their lawyer friends, they enthusiastically backed Castro and his movement.

One of the reasons was that they knew Castro from law school. Though they did not approve of his gangsterish ways, he promised elections and said he was not a communist (he lied). Besides, nobody could be worse than Batista.

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The young professionals detested Batista because of his corruption, but so did the elites, for an entirely different reason that always elides Castro supporters: racism. Batista was a colored man, blackballed from at least one country club because of his race. Castro, the son of a Spanish soldier who did well in Cuba, was white. Black and mixed-raced Cubans tended to be poorer and were much more likely to support Batista and be members of his police.

Deriding the opponents of the Castro regime as the “ugly rich” is thus baseless. It is also in itself what’s ugly. My maternal grandfather was an electrician, an immigrant from Asturias. My grandmother’s parents were poor immigrants from Galicia. My grandparents worked up to gain a comfortable life and send their daughter to law school. Did they deserve to lose everything?

Did my parents deserve the constant fear of arrest after the revolution because they refused to embrace communism? All they wanted was to have freedom of speech and be able to offer my sister and me a religious education without fear of retribution. As an altar boy in the 1960s, I can tell you that practicing Catholicism took guts. I was eight or nine.

Did my father deserve to die from diabetes at 44 because he could not get the diet or medication he needed? Had he not walked out of the University and refused to teach law in 1961 he might still be alive. When he died in hospital, the only piece of equipment that could have saved his life was being used on a Russian diplomat; our father did not have access to it.

And all this human suffering, all these broken eggs, for what kind of omelet? For all the vaunted gains in literacy, Cubans today cannot read what they want, only what the party says.

Cuba was a fairly advanced country before 1959, which is why Europeans — like five of my eight great-grandparents — emigrated there.

According to data that anyone could have easily Googled, Cuba in 1959 had the fourth-highest literacy rate in Latin America. Of course, those people could read whatever they wanted. My own paternal grandfather was an anti-Batista columnist and lawyer; there are copies of his opposition columns at the University of Miami library. (He also regularly excoriated Batista on a radio show — try doing that with Raul Castro in Havana today).

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Cuba also had the lowest infant mortality rate in Latin America and the 13th lowest in the world. In per capita food consumption, it ranked third in Latin America. In per capita television sets, it ranked first in Latin America and fifth in the world.

All of this has been crushed by 60 years of communism. No European or American in his right mind would immigrate to Cuba today. Rather than scorn, anti-communist Cubans deserve respect.

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Paul Batura: National Pancake Day — It’s more about the memories than the flapjacks

There’s an old saying that a day is what you make it and the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday has proven to mean many things to many different people.

Traditionally recognized as a day of feasting prior to the religious practice of fasting to begin Lent (the 40-day Christian season ahead of Easter), it’s known around the world as “Shrove Tuesday,” “Fat Tuesday” and the end of Carnival – a celebratory festival otherwise known as Mardi Gras.

But it’s also known as “Pancake Day” and for many of the same reasons. A big stack of pancakes is symbolic of abundance.

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I’m sure there are plenty of people who don’t like pancakes, but I’m not sure I’d enjoy spending much time with them.

Maybe it’s the early childhood memories of flapjacks with my family – of my dad pulling out the aluminum Sunbeam electric frying pan on Sunday mornings and cooking up a feast for me, my three brothers and sister along with our mother.  We’d sit around the small kitchen table together and laugh, arguing over who had more and who probably had too much.

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Those pancakes didn’t just nourish or satisfy our appetites – they provided an excuse to linger a little longer, share ideas and talk about the silly and often inconsequential things that represent typical happy family life.

During summer vacations to Maine, I remember walking the woods around the lake with my siblings in search of wild blueberry bushes. We’d pick enough for breakfast and bring them back to our dad in the cabin.  As a kid, there’s something extra special about playing a small part in the preparation of the meal and knowing what you’re eating is wholesome and fresh.

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With a family of seven, we didn’t go out to eat very often, but when we did, it was either to the Red Coach Grill for a special celebration or to Howard Johnson’s or Denny’s during summer road trips. Pancakes were always on the menu and always on our plates. I can still taste the warm syrup, flowingly not just over the hot cakes but also the sausage and eggs.

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In recent years, I’ve become a fan of Cracker Barrel’s pancakes. But then again, maybe it’s the homey atmosphere in which they’re served. Everything tastes better on a cold day when you’re eating it by a roaring fire.

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When my father moved in with us following the death of his wife and my mother, he brought with him boxes of kitchen ware – bowls and utensils of all kinds – inadvertently reminding us that most manufacturers don’t make things like they used to. We now have 50-year-old spatulas and 60-year-old knives that put modern engineering to shame.

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But maybe the most cherished of all those kitchen items that remains today is that electric frying pan – dented in spots but still working like a champ. Whenever I pull it out, I think of my dad in his apron on Sunday mornings, whipping up another batch of Aunt Jemima pancakes, stacking them up high in a makeshift boiler to keep them warm on the stove.

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It’s my turn now to make the pancakes for our boys, and I happily do it and sometimes wonder what they’ll remember about these mornings when I’m gone. I hope what lasts aren’t the memories of the food but rather the love behind it.

Pancakes for dinner, anyone?

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Bolton blasts Sanders for AIPAC snub, asks if he’d make Ilhan Omar secretary of state

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President Trump‘s former national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday railed against Bernie Sanders‘ “extremism” for snubbing the AIPAC conference and wryly suggested he might even make Rep. Ilhan Omar his secretary of state if elected president.

Bolton, Trump’s hawkish ousted aide, blasted Sanders for rejecting the pro-Israel conference and asked whether he’d add Omar, one the first Muslim women elected to Congress, to his potential cabinet.

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“America is getting a full dose of @berniesanders extremism. He glorifies communist Cuba & now he’s calling @AIPAC ‘leaders who express bigotry.’ In the past, he’s called the Israeli govt  ‘racist.’ What’s next? @IlhanMN as Sec of State?” Bolton tweeted.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) late Sunday also called out Sanders over his decision to skip its conference next month in Washington. Sanders cited his concern that the group provides a platform for leaders to “express bigotry” and oppose basic Palestinian rights.

Sanders, who is on the heels of a big win in the Nevada caucuses, took to Twitter on Sunday to voice his concern about the influential lobby. The Vermont senator vowed that if elected president he would work with both Israelis and Palestinians to bring peace and stability to the region.

AIPAC wasted little time to respond to the public rebuke and called his comments an ill-informed and “odious attack.” The pro-Israel lobby said Sanders never attended a conference, which is “evident in the outrageous comment.”

“Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel,” the statement read. “Truly shameful.”

Bolton, who declined to testify in the House’s impeachment inquiry and was never subpoenaed by the Senate, has been trying to build anticipation for his forthcoming book.

He’s taken aim at Sanders, the Democratic front-runner, for his past comments about support for communist Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s literacy programs. Sanders defended them recently on an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

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“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders told Anderson Cooper in the interview that aired Sunday.

Bolton tweeted Monday that Sanders “thinks Castro’s communist Cuba is not all bad, what does he have to say about Maduro? Praising the actions of a brutal dictator is abhorrent and unacceptable. Bernie is revealing the extent of his extremism.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report. 

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