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UK to start ‘points-based immigration system’ giving preference to skilled migrants

The U.K. government on Tuesday unveiled a new points-based immigration system that will assess prospective immigrants based on their skills, qualifications and salary while shifting the economy away from a reliance on cheap labor.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government said the new rules would “open up the U.K. to the brightest and the best from around the world.”

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his first Cabinet meeting flanked by his new Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, centre right, after a reshuffle the day before, inside 10 Downing Street, in London, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.  (AP)

The new rules follow Britain’s calamitous exit from the European Union last month after 47 years of membership.

More than 3 million EU citizens currently living in the U.K. are entitled to stay. But from January 1, 2021, new immigration rules will apply to EU and non-EU citizens alike.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said Britain’s new “points-based immigration system” would assess prospective immigrants on a range of skills, qualifications, salaries or professions.

The new rules make it tougher for EU citizens but easier for people from many other nations starting next year. Skilled immigrants are currently required to have a university degree but in the future will only need the equivalent of Britain’s pre-university “A levels.”

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The government said it would come up with specific proposals for scientists, graduates, health care workers and those in the agricultural sector. But there is no specific immigration route for what the government calls “low-skilled workers” — a category it says includes 70 percent of the more than 1 million EU citizens who have moved to the U.K. since 2004.

The immigration plan still has to be passed by Parliament — which is highly likely since the Conservatives have a large majority.

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In response to some employers’ arguments that the new changes could bring about a labor crisis for sectors such as health and social care, the government said the U.K. needed to “shift the focus of our economy away from a reliance on cheap labor from Europe and instead concentrate on investment in technology and automation,” adding: “Employers will need to adjust.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sen. Tom Cotton stands by startling theory on coronavirus origins: ‘We need to be open to all possibilities’

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. stood by his earlier suggestion that the deadly coronavirus may have originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, China, telling “The Story” Tuesday that we “need to be open to all possibilities” in exploring the origins of the outbreak that has sickened more than 75,000 people around the world.

When host Martha MacCallum pressed the Senator on his startling and unverified claim, Cotton cited a study published by Chinese scientists in The Lancet, which he called a “respected international science journal.”

“I’m suggesting we need to be open to all possibilities and we need to demand that China open up and be transparent so a team of international experts can figure out exactly where this virus originated,” Cotton said.

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He also brought up the “questions” surrounding the biosafety level 4 “super laboratory” in Wuhan, the city where the virus is believed to have originated.

“We know it didn’t originate in the Wuhan food market based on the study of Chinese scientists … I’m not saying where it started, I don’t know. We don’t know because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) won’t open up to international experts,” Cotton said. “That’s what we need to do so they can get to the bottom of where the virus originated and hopefully can effect a diagnostic test and vaccine for it.”

Cotton also pushed back against critics, specifically Rutgers University chemical biology professor Richard Ebright, who said he found no indication in the genome sequence of the virus to indicate it was engineered.

“Let’s take the professor,” Cotton said. “He was …in fact today cited in the Asia Times saying that it was quite possible that it was a laboratory incident.”

“That’s not saying this is a bioweapon,” Cotton clarified, “but we do know they were investigating and researching coronavirus in that laboratory. It could’ve been an accidental breach, it could’ve been a worker that was infected.”

“Until we get all the evidence from the Chinese Communist party, it is only responsible, not irresponsible to keep an open mind about the hypotheses.”

— Sen. Tom Cotton, ‘The Story’

“My point is that we don’t know,” Cotton said, adding that “until we get all the evidence from the Chinese Communist Party, it is only responsible, not irresponsible, to keep an open mind about the hypotheses.”

Cotton also mentioned reports earlier Tuesday that the State Department has designated five Chinese media outlets as “foreign missions,” calling them, in essence, state-sponsored propaganda agents of the CCP.

MacCallum told Cotton that the State Department’s designation “does go to the point that you are making that the information we are getting is very difficult to verify,” but Cotton turned his focus to The Washington Post and The New York Times, which have both published articles criticizing Cotton since his initial remarks and claimed he suggested the virus was the result of a Chinese bioweapon.

STATE DEPARTMENT DESIGNATES 5 CHINESE MEDIA OUTLETS ‘FOREIGN MISSIONS’

“It tells you the Chinese Communist Party, just like any communist party, has a widespread propaganda effort and regrettably The Washington Post and New York Times have taken millions and millions of dollars from something called ‘China Daily’  to run so-called inserts that purport to be news but in reality are Chinese propaganda,” Cotton claimed.

China Daily Distribution Corporation is among the five media outlets designated foreign missions.

“They ought not be doing that,” Cotton added.

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The senator said he “hoped” such contracts would be terminated and revealed that he had personally raised the matter in a letter to the Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr.

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“I wrote to the Department of Justice and Attorney General Bill Barr a few weeks ago asking them to examine these inserts and whether or not they ought to be registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” he said.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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Pennsylvania Democrat apologizes for old pro-Trump, anti-Hillary Clinton Facebook posts

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A Pennsylvania Democrat endorsed by a local committee to run for the state’s seat in the House of Representatives is facing backlash after the contender she defeated dredged up old posts made on social media indicating she bashed Hillary Clinton and expressed her support for President Trump instead.

Heather Kass, of Carrick, Pittsburgh, apologized for the resurfaced Facebook posts, in which she slammed recipients of Obamacare, saying “THESE LAZY NO GOOD IDIOTS SUCKING THE SYSTEM DRY AND I STILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM.”

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She also wrote in the post from 2105, “GO TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!” with 12 exclamation points, according to reports by the Pittsburgh City Paper.

A year earlier, Kass also shared another post on Facebook from the right-wing group Freedom Works, decrying that they did not want Hillary Clinton to become president in 2016.

Kass, a moderate Democrat was endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Party on Monday despite the posts, to replace retiring Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Penn., in April. She was selected after beating another more liberal candidate, Jessica Benham, by a landslide, 49 to 19 for the endorsement.

Democrats will decide on a final nominee for the seat in April.

“I apologize for what I said five years ago,” Kass told KDKA, a local Pittsburgh affiliate of CBS. “What I said was wrong. I don’t want to be chained to my past.”

Her Democratic opponent, Benham, called Kass a Trump supporter telling KDKA: “I thought it was interesting that someone running as a Democrat supported Trump,” adding, “voters in the district get to decide between myself, who is running as a progressive champion, and a Trump supporter.”

Kass said she does not support Trump and never has and explained that at the time of the posts, she was struggling with health issues and disgruntled at her high premiums and medical bills.

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“I did not support anybody…At the time, I was going through a lot of issues with health,” she said. “And whenever I made the post—not only about that but about other things—I was under a lot of stress, had huge medical bills that had come in, and I was aggravated.”

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North Carolina voter ID law blocked by appeals court as discriminatory

A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked the state’s voter identification law from going into effect, arguing it was a “discriminatory intent” to suppress black votes and should have been blocked months ago.

In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge Court of Appeals panel reversed a lower court’s July decision that refused to prevent implementation of the photo ID requirement approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. The law came after voters added an ID requirement to the state constitution in November 2018.

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“I Voted” stickers wait for voters at a polling station inside the library at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in Los Angeles. 

A majority of judges on the lower state court had declared that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate they were likely to win at trial on claims that the December 2018 law designed to implement the amendment showed discriminatory intent against black voters.

Republican lawmakers said this law expanded the types of qualifying IDs and made it easier for registered voters without IDs to have their votes counted, making it very different from a 2013 voter ID law that federal courts previously overturned as discriminatory.

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U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs wrote a similar opinion on Dec. 31, saying the new voter ID rules appear to contain the racially discriminatory taint of the 2013 law. The federal plaintiffs say the new law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act and Constitution.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice, whose lawyers are helping represent the voters in the state case, have said both injunctions are important in case one is overturned.

Lawyers for the state of North Carolina are appealing the federal ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republican legislative leaders have not said whether they’ll also appeal the state ruling.

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The members of Tuesday’s panel — Judges Toby Hampson, Allegra Collins and John Arrowood — are all registered Democrats but aren’t on the 2020 ballot. Six of the seven state Supreme Court justices are registered Democrats. Three of those seven seats are up for election in the fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gregg Jarrett: AG Barr was right in Stone case to overturn harsh sentencing recommendation – new trial needed

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Toward the end of his life, the legendary criminal defense attorney Clarence Darrow gazed back on his long career and sadly observed to a reporter: “There is no such thing as justice – in or out of court.”

Darrow knew through experience that, all too often, prosecutors are willing to abandon their ethical duty that requires them to see that justice is done. Instead, emboldened by their immense powers and unlimited resources, they become consumed by a zeal to win, sometimes at any cost.

Fairness and justice become secondary to the goal of gaining a conviction and a harsh penalty. The law, Darrow concluded, had evolved into a “horrible business.”

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Darrow was likely right. His thesis can be seen in the unduly harsh punishment of Donald Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone that was sought by trial prosecutors, compounded by the irrational demand of more than 2,000 former Justice Department employees that Attorney General William Barr resign for attempting to insert reasonableness into the process.

Stone was found guilty by a Washington jury of making false statements, obstruction and witness tampering in a case that arose from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The four trial prosecutors, two of whom worked for Mueller, requested a seven- to nine-year prison sentence for Stone.

Barr and other senior Justice Department officials felt the recommended sentence was “excessive” under the facts and circumstances of the case. In an interview with ABC News, Barr explained that “when people are working on one case, and devoting a lot to it, they can sometimes lose perspective.”

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After consulting with senior lawyers at the Justice Department, Barr was under the impression that the trial prosecutors would back off their draconian recommendation. Instead, according to Barr, he expected the prosecutors would “let the judge decide and explain why a lower sentence could be justified.” Obviously, this did not happen.

Barr called it a “miscommunication.” When he learned that the line prosecutors had advocated to the judge a seven- to nine-year sentence, Barr notified his staff that corrective action would need to be taken the following morning “to amend and clarify what our position was.”

Importantly, this decision was made before President Trump tweeted a criticism of the sentencing recommendation as “horrible, unfair and a miscarriage of justice.”

The following exchange with ABC News removes all doubt about political interference by the president.

ABC News: So just to be clear, did you talk to the president at all about your decision regarding the recommendations?

Barr: The recommendations on this case? Never.

ABC News: Anybody from the White House call you to try to influence you?

Barr: No. Nope. I have not discussed the Roger Stone case at the White House.

ABC News: At all?

Barr: At all.

Barr insisted that he didn’t need anyone to tell him that seven to nine years was an overly harsh sentence. He then posed a rhetorical question: “You think I need the president’s tweet to tell me that seven to nine years is excessive?” Barr added that he would “not be bullied or influenced” by anyone on any case.

While Darrow’s cynical view of overzealous prosecutors was surely a product of the many injustices he witnessed as a defense attorney, Barr is still a practicing idealist.

The attorney general refused to allow an injustice to occur on his watch. “I came to the view as my colleagues did that I wouldn’t support affirmatively advocating what I thought was an excessive sentence,” Barr said.

There is no evidence that President Trump or anyone in the White House had any involvement in Barr’s decision to revise the sentencing recommendation in the Stone case to a more reasonable and appropriate level. But that did not stop the more than 2,000 former Justice Department staff members from signing an online petition urging the attorney general to resign.

Did any of them bother to consult the facts or Barr’s explanation of what happened before they demanded that he be banished from the Justice Department? Did any of them consider that, by any reasonable standard, the trial prosecutors were wrong in seeking an extreme sentence or that the attorney general was attempting to dispense justice fairly and equitably? Apparently not.

As law professor Jonathan Turley pointed out: “The critics have shown the very same disregard for the facts, the merits, and the process that they ascribe to Barr.” Indeed, they have.

Before passing judgment, shouldn’t these former Justice Department officials have withheld their condemnation until the attorney general offers his testimony on the matter before the House Judiciary Committee in March?

This would be prudent, notwithstanding the fact that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has already prejudged Barr by accusing him of “the misuse of our criminal justice system for political purposes.” 

Even more baffling, if not injudicious, is the move by the Federal Judges Association, which has reportedly called an emergency meeting to discuss the Justice Department’s intervention in the Stone case. Apparently these judges intend to disregard the same admonition they give to jurors that they must wait until all of the evidence is presented before reaching a conclusion.

This brings us to Tuesday’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson who presided over the Stone trial. She has decided to proceed with the sentencing of the defendant on Thursday, despite compelling new evidence that the jury foreperson harbored extreme anti-Trump opinions which she may have concealed from the court during jury selection.

Jackson, an Obama appointee, expressed reluctance to hold a hearing to inquire about juror misconduct, although she said “I may decide to do it in an abundance of caution.” Fundamental fairness, not caution, demands that she hold such a hearing. Jackson’s failure to recognize this bodes poorly for Stone.

As I detailed in my recent column, there is ample evidence that the foreperson, Tomeka Hart (who is also a lawyer), is a Democratic activist who has communicated a string of social media posts critical of Trump and actively engaged in protests against him.                                                   

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Before Hart was picked as a juror, she made specific comments about the Stone case, praised the Mueller investigation, and suggested that the president and his supporters (such as Stone) were racists.

At one point, Hart referred to Trump with a hashtag of “klanpresident.” When questioned during jury selection, Hart disclosed only her ties to the Democratic Party. It seems that she conveniently omitted her incendiary accusations of racism that would almost certainly have disqualified her from serving due to bias.

In America, we expect jurors to be fair and impartial. Hart’s record demonstrates an acute prejudice against the defendant by virtue of his close association with President Trump.

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Hart should never have been permitted to sit in judgment of the case, much less to serve as the foreperson of the jury, who may have guided the convictions.

Stone deserves a new trial. If Judge Jackson doesn’t recognize the obvious, then Clarence Darrow will again be proven correct when he concluded: “There is no such thing as justice – in or out of the court.”

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Bloomberg under fire for referring to transgender women as ‘some guy wearing a dress,’ using ‘it’ pronoun

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Surging 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg is under fire for remarks he made about transgender people last year.

In March 2019, the former New York City mayor participated in a forum conducted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency, where he discussed how the political “establishment” has been losing worldwide and pointed to the election of President Trump as well as Brexit. He warned Democrats running for president at the time to not focus on issues that aren’t being talked about by the majority of Americans.

“If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula with most people,” Bloomberg said. “They care about health care, they care about education, they care about safety and all of those kinds of things. And some of these social issues … we’re focusing on a lot of things that have little relevance to people who are trying to live in a world that is changing because of technology, communications and things like that.”

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He continued, “So you can understand where somebody like Trump comes from. You can understand — if you look at the Democratic Party, they are so far left that two years ago, there was nobody on their side that would take these positions and today, virtually all of the candidates for president in the Democratic Party have been so progressive — I don’t know what progressive means, but they are in a place where some of the American public is. And it remains to be seen if the majority of the electorate is.”

A Bloomberg campaign spokesperson told Fox News, “Mike understands that the transgender community has been under attack for decades and the advance of rights has not been equal. In April 2002, during his first year as mayor, Mike signed a sweeping transgender civil rights bill into law. His company provides comprehensive healthcare coverage for his transgender employees. As president, he has a comprehensive plan to secure rights for transgender Americans, including passing the Equality Act, ensuring transgender people have access to affirming healthcare and working to end the crisis of violence against transgender women. Mike is running to defeat Donald Trump and reverse the many policies he has implemented that attack the rights of the transgender community.”

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While he has risen in the polls in recent weeks and secured a spot in the upcoming Democratic debates, the Bloomberg campaign has been on the defense over the billionaire’s past remarks defending stop and frisk, comments he allegedly made about women, and a clip critics say disparages farmers.

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Michael Milken, ‘Junk Bond King,’ among numerous Trump pardons

Financer Michael Milken, the so-called “Junk Bond King” who became one of Wall Street’s richest men, was among the several people who received pardons or commutation from President Trump on Tuesday.

Milken was head of the junk bonds department at the now-defunct firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, and from his X-shaped desk in the office’s trading room, he orchestrated one of the largest criminal schemes Wall Street had seen. In particular, Milken was accused of channeling clients’ money to a stock trading corporation that was investing in companies involved in takeovers — including some takeovers for which Drexel was responsible, creating an apparent conflict of interest.

The owner of that stock trading corporation, Ivan Boesky, reached a settlement in response to insider-trading charges in 1986. In 1990, Milken was able to avoid racketeering and insider-trading charges, and instead pleaded guilty to a slew of securities violations amid the fallout. He served two years in prison and reportedly paid approximately $600 million in fines.

Upon release, Milken, also a cancer survivor, focused on philanthropy, including medical research — and on Tuesday, he said he only would continue those efforts.

“Lori and I, who recently celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary, along with our children and grandchildren, are very grateful to the president,” Milken said in a statement obtained by Fox Business. “We look forward to many more years of pursuing our efforts in medical research, education and public health.”

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Financier Michael Milken leading a discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., in April 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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The White House on Tuesday praised Milken for having “democratized corporate finance by providing women and minorities access to capital that would have been unavailable to them otherwise.”

However, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-N.J,., lumped the Milken pardon in with Trump’s commutation for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill. — and said more “abuses” of power likely were imminent.

“The pardoning of these disgraced figures should be treated as another national scandal by a lawless executive,” Pascrell said. He predicted that, following Trump’s overwhelming acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate, “outrageous abuses like these will accelerate and worsen.”

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Other lesser-known names pardoned by Trump on Tuesday included Ari Friedler, the CEO of Virginia-based Symplicity Corp., who pleaded guilty to hacking his competitors’ computers in 2014; Paul Pogue, the founder of a Texas construction company, who was given three years’ probation after pleading guilty to filing false income tax statements;  David Safavian, once a high-ranking official at the General Services Administration, who was convicted of making false statements and of obstructing an investigation tied to the probe into the activities of disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff; and Angela Stanton, a best-selling author and television personality who was sentenced to six months of home confinement for her part in a stolen-vehicle ring.

Fox Business’ James Langford and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emily Compagno fires back at Sanders criticism of Trump pardons, commutations: ‘I think that is all wrong’

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“The Five” hosts responded Tuesday to President Trump’s issuance of pardons to Bernard Kerik and Michael Milken, as well as his commutation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence after Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called the decision a result of a “racist and broken criminal justice system.”

“I have such an issue with that,” co-host Emily Compagno said before noting that Sanders has “been a legislator for a long time and he’s had plenty of years to work on and be a leader for legislative reform in the criminal justice system, so the notion that President Trump waving a wand is so abhorrent to the people who’ve had all the power this entire time, for someone who does spend a lot of times in prisons with inmates and convicted felons, I think that is all wrong.”

Blagojevich, a Democrat, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption charges, including trying to “sell” President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat — which he was caught on tape calling a “f—ing golden” thing. Trump remarked Tuesday that “many people disagreed with the sentence … He’s a Democrat, he’s not a Republican. It was a prosecution by the same people, [James] Comey, [Patrick Fitzgerald], the same group.”

Months before Blagojevich stood trial, he appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”

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“I think he probably got his sentence commuted because he was on “Celebrity Apprentice,” Jesse Watters said. “Everyone knows … probably it’s a personal connection … but that is neither here nor there. “

Watters added that Kerik, the former NYPD commissioner who was once called “America’s Cop” for his leadership after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, was a “patriot” who “made a really bad judgment.”

Kerik was sentenced in 2010 to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to eight felonies, including tax fraud and lying to the White House while being vetted for the Homeland Security Secretary post in 2004. He has since completed the sentence, but Trump’s symbolic pardon completely clears him.

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“This doesn’t fit the mission of draining the swamp,” Greg Gutfeld responded, singling out Blagojevich as “one of the worst kind[s] of swamp rat.”

“It’s not something I agree with,” he continued, before adding that  “it’s not something I care too much about it. I would prefer to see other people more deserving of commutation.”

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Gutfeld then joked about Blagojevich’s “incredible wavy hair,” predicting that “he’s going to do the sexy grandpa calendar 2021.”

Guest host Donna Brazile said the Blagojevich pardon “sends a bad signal” but then praised Trump by noting that the president “did release two nonviolent individuals today… so that is a good thing.”

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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‘SARS-like damage’ seen in dead coronavirus patient in China, report says

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A lung biopsy found that a man who died in China from the new coronavirus last month had lung damage reminiscent of two prior coronavirus-related outbreaks, SARS and MERS.

The patient died on Jan. 27 after falling ill two weeks earlier and becoming increasingly breathless. Doctors bombarded him with various medications in attempts to save his life, including anti-infection treatment alfa-2b, AIDS medicines lopinavir and ritonavir and the antibiotic moxifloxacin to prevent secondary bacterial infection. He also received a steroid to treat inflamed lungs and “serious shortness of breath” and a lack of oxygen in his blood.

He reported traveling to Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 outbreak began, from Jan. 8-12 and experienced initial symptoms of mild chills and a dry cough on Jan. 14, the first day of the illness.

His fever decreased as a result of the treatment, but his breathing worsened and his blood-oxygen levels plummeted as he reached his final day of life.

His heart stopped after experiencing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which occurs when fluid builds in the alveoli, the tiny elastic air sacs in the lungs that bring oxygen into the blood and expel carbon dioxide.

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“The pathological features of COVID-19 greatly resemble those seen in SARS and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection. In addition, the liver biopsy specimens of the patient with COVID-19 showed moderate microvascular steatosis and mild lobular and portal activity (figure 2C), indicating the injury could have been caused by either SARS-CoV-2 infection or drug-induced liver injury,” the new report published in The Lancet concluded.

The new case study provides insight into how the virus attacks the lungs of patients. Such analysis has been limited by “barely accessible autopsy or biopsy” data, the study’s authors said.

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The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has infected more than 72,000 people and killed over 1,868, far larger numbers than those who suffered from the SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, or MERS, Middle East respiratory syndrome, two other coronavirus epidemics of the past two decades.

In late 2002, a coronavirus nicknamed SARS broke out in Southern China, causing severe pneumonia and rapidly spreading to other countries. SARS infected more than 8,000 and killed 774, before disappearing altogether after a number of public health measures. In 2012, a similar outbreak known as MERS began infecting people in Saudi Arabia. It still causes infections in a small number of people each year, and in total has caused around 2,500 infections and more than 850 deaths.

SARS and MERS came from animals, and this newest virus almost certainly did, too. The first people infected with the coronavirus visited or worked at a seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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The SARS disease appeared to be more deadly, however, killing around 10 percent of those infected.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report. 

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Hayden Panettiere’s boyfriend Brian Hickerson arrested for domestic battery

Hayden Panettiere‘s boyfriend, Brian Hickerson, was arrested on Friday in Jackson, Wyo., for domestic battery and interference with a peace officer, Fox News can confirm.

Per the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Hickerson was arrested at around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 after they responded to a disturbance at a private residence between Hickerson and a 30-year-old female.

Per TMZ, a caller alleged an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE’S BOYFRIEND, BRIAN HICKERSON, ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

According to authorities, Hickerson allegedly punched Panettiere, 30, “with a closed fist on the right side of her face,” the outlet reported.

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Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson are seen on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images via Getty Images)

When police arrived, they found Hickerson in the driveway, and he allegedly told them Panettiere was inside the home, according to TMZ, citing documents.

Hickerson reportedly avoided answering when asked by the cops if he had physically assaulted the “Nashville” star.

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Per TMZ, the documents reportedly claim that Panettiere told authorities she and Hickerson were in their bedroom when he allegedly started throwing her around and punching her. Cops allegedly said that Panettiere’s face was red and swollen. She also reportedly had a scrape and some swelling on her left hand, which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch, TMZ reported.

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The Teton County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News that Hickerson has been charged two misdemeanors, domestic battery and interference with a peace officer. Hickerson has since been released. His bond was $5,000.

According to Page Six, the interfering with a peace officer charge stems from Hickerson allegedly refusing to identify himself.

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In November, it was reported that Hickerson and the “Heroes” star were back together after they were spotted at an airport following the dismissal of a felony domestic violence charge against Hickerson in September, which stemmed from a May 2019 arrest.

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At the time, TMZ sources said that Hickerson allegedly got into an altercation with Panettiere. As a result, he was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Panettiere, Page Six reported. According to the outlet, the case against him was dismissed in September when the Los Angeles district attorney’s office could not “secure a material witness.”

The actress started seeing Hickerson shortly after her August 2018 split from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, 43, — with whom she shares 5-year-old daughter Kaya. The former couple’s daughter lives in Ukraine with her retired boxer father, per People.

A rep for Panettiere did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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