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Trump, looking to ‘shake up the Dems a little bit,’ hits ‘mumbling’ Pelosi in rally ahead of key NH primary

President Trump said he was looking to get under Democrats’ skin Monday with a rally in New Hampshire on the eve of the state’s first-in-the-nation primaries, and he wasted little time — quickly reliving his dramatic State of the Union speech with a thinly veiled shot at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly,” Trump mused, as chants of “Lock her up!” broke out.

“Very distracting. Very distracting,” Trump continued. “I’m speaking, and a woman is mumbling terribly behind me. Angry. We’re the ones who should be angry, not them.”

He then thanked Pelosi for giving Republicans the highest poll numbers they’ve “ever” had — or at least since 2005, according to a recent Gallup survey. Pelosi, who ripped up Trump’s State of the Union address as soon as it concluded, was widely criticized especially after videos emerged showing that she had visibly torn some of the pages in advance.

“Nine months from now, we are going to retake the House of Representatives, we are going to hold the Senate, and we are going to keep the White House,” Trump said to thunderous applause. “We have so much more enthusiasm, it’s not even close. They’re all fighting each other. … They don’t know what they’re doing; they can’t even count their votes.”

Earlier in the day, celebrating his acquittal last week on impeachment charges, Trump couldn’t resist taking a separate dig at the Democrats for the disastrous Iowa Caucuses last week, where the results remained incoherent and subject to change amid mounting inconsistencies.

“Will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, tonight for a big Rally. Want to shake up the Dems a little bit – they have a really boring deal going on,” Trump tweeted. “Still waiting for the Iowa results, votes were fried. Big crowds in Manchester!”

Trump later retweeted a post from ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl: “Cold rain, snow and lots of Trump supporters. Despite the miserable weather, there are already more people lining up outside the venue of @realDonaldTrump‘s rally tonight than you see at most of the events for the Democratic candidates. Some have been out here all night.”

At the rally, Trump remarked to applause, “We have more in this arena and outside this arena than all of the other candidates, meaning the Democrats, put together and multiplied by five. … We have never had an empty seat from the day your future First Lady and I came down the escalator.”

He also again honored GOP Lousiana Rep. Steve Scalise, saying he looks “better now than when he got shot” in 2017 by a radical Bernie Sanders supporter while playing softball. Capitol Police officers took down the assailant as Scalise tried to crawl away, in a dramatic moment that Trump recounted last week at the White House.

The rally was part of a tried-and-tested tactic for Trump: scheduling counter-programming to divert attention from the Democrats’ debates and other major moments, keeping him in the spotlight and building supporters’ enthusiasm in the months before Election Day.

Though it may not be the same show of force as last week, when dozens of Trump’s surrogates, including officials from across all levels of government, flooded the state of Iowa, the Trump campaign made its presence known in New Hampshire before the state’s primaries.

Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, got to the state ahead of the president to do some campaigning.

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Also being deployed by the president’s re-election campaign: Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Trump’s former campaign manager, New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski.

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Supporters waiting for the start of President Trump’s rally Monday in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Still, the marquee event has been Trump’s rally, and supporters started lining up for it Sunday. Images of bundled-up supporters camped outside the SNHU Arena in Manchester broke through the news coverage of the Democrats’ primary.

“Want to shake up the Dems a little bit – they have a really boring deal going on.”

— President Trump

New Hampshire has always loomed large in Trump’s political lore as the first nominating contest he won during 2016’s heated Republican primaries. He was about to take the stage at a rally in Manchester that October when news broke that the FBI was re-opening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, breathing new life into his then-struggling campaign.

And, it was the site of the penultimate rally of the 2016 contest — an extravagant send-off just hours before a post-midnight rally in Michigan.

Though Trump narrowly lost New Hampshire in the general election four years ago, his team has said it’s one of the few states that could flip to red in November. Democrats in the state had a different view.

“It’s obvious that Trump and the RNC are desperate to put New Hampshire in play after losing the state by 3,000 votes in 2016. But, we’ll make sure that Granite Staters know that he has broken his promises to his state and he will lose here again in November,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley told reporters.

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The president relished the idea of dominating the stage in New Hampshire and stealing some of the media oxygen from the Democrats.

Advisers reportedly hoped that Secret Service moves in downtown Manchester to secure the area for the president’s arrival would make it harder for Democrats and their supporters to transverse the state’s largest city in the hours before the primary’s first votes are cast.

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

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Prosecutors want Roger Stone to serve more than 7 years in prison

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Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence former Trump confidant and GOP operative Roger Stone to between 87 and 108 months in prison after being found guilty last year on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“Roger Stone obstructed Congress’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “And when his crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this Court and the rule of law. For that, he should be punished in accord with the advisory guidelines.”

Federal Judge Amy Jackson is slated to decide on how much time Stone spends behind bars during his sentencing on Feb. 20.

Stone was found guilty in November of providing false statements to the House Intelligence Committee about communications having to do with WikiLeaks, obstructing a congressional investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, and witness tampering.

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Jackson released the boisterous political operative on his own recognizance after his conviction but kept the gag order she imposed on him earlier this year, and stated that he was still bound by that order as a condition of his release.

Federal prosecutors argued that Stone intentionally lied about his use of intermediaries to get information about WikiLeaks’ possession and release of hacked Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign emails. They also said Stone hid the truth to protect the Trump campaign.

Stone’s defense, however, maintained that Stone did not have an actual inside connection with WikiLeaks. They also argued that there was reasonable doubt that Stone lied to congressional lawmakers.

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Another defense Stone’s team put forward was that there was no way he could have lied about intermediaries between himself and WikiLeaks because there were no intermediaries. Radio host Randy Credico and author Jerome Corsi, who had allegedly been Stone’s go-betweens, never actually communicated with WikiLeaks, the defense said, even if Stone thought they had.

During the 2016 campaign, Stone had mentioned in interviews and public appearances that he was in contact with Assange through a trusted intermediary and hinted at inside knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans. But he started pressing Credico to broker a contact, and Credico testified that he told Stone to work through his own intermediary.

Meanwhile, the witness tampering allegations were based on communications between Stone and Credico, where Stone allegedly told him to “do a Frank Pentangeli,” a reference to “The Godfather Part II,” where a mob adviser testifying before Congress was expected to reveal crimes committed by the Corleone family, only to then claim ignorance once he was under oath.

Stone’s defense dismissed the “Godfather” talk as an ongoing topic of conversation between friends. They also portrayed Credico as the one who “played” Stone by lying about his ties to WikiLeaks.

Stone was indicted in January as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian actions during the 2016 campaign.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Gutfeld on socialism and the Dem candidates

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You remember Friday night’s Democratic debate? Yeah, me neither.

The high point? When a moderator asked, “Is anyone … on this stage concerned about having a Democratic socialist at the top of the Democratic ticket?”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was the only one who raised her hand. (We don’t count Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.).

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It says something good about her, and something frightening about the rest. She thinks for herself as the rest cower before the fringe.

The sad thing about this crop? You’re grateful to see even a grain of common sense.

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Apparently, voicing disgust over an ideological menace that helped to kill millions is now an act of blasphemy. What a mess.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a thesaurus without specifics. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is an evasive phony. Former Vice President Joe Biden sounded like a guy at the bar after he got fired, talking loudly about all the stuff he did better than everyone else.

It’s also bad when Democrats say they wouldn’t kill a terrorist. Who are they worried about pissing off? Terrorists?

Oddly, they seem more spiteful of companies, which are just made up of people. However, lacking economic skills, Democrats think companies are sinister engines run by the “Monopoly” guy who wears a top hat.

They plead for unity while slamming folks who were once examples of American opportunity.

As the economy rolls on, with more jobs, wages and satisfaction, they accuse half the country of exploiting the other half.

So now, reasonable Democrats have become the fringe, while others parrot the line that America is racist, leading to divisive factions and punitive actions. They deny real progress with race, which puts future progress in jeopardy. How do you measure change when you reject its existence?

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Amy’s at least rooted in some reality.

Which means she’s toast.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Feb. 10, 2020.

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Juan Williams on the Democratic race: ‘Sometimes a roller coaster goes off the tracks’

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Juan Williams defended the Democratic Party from criticism in the wake of the Iowa caucuses fiasco Monday, saying the “process is always messy.”

“The reality is that the nominating process is always a messy process and it’s always like a roller coaster,” Williams said on “The Five” Monday. “And sometimes a roller coaster goes off the tracks. And sometimes you think Jeb Bush is going to be the nominee and then it’s Donald Trump.”

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Ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, Williams predicted that the turbulence on the Democratic side will settle down once a nominee emerges.

“We don’t know where this is going,” Williams said. “But once there’s a nominee, I think the dynamic shifts and you stop talking about that dysfunction, you start talking about Democrats coalescing behind a candidate.”

Co-host Katie Pavlich disagreed with Williams, arguing that “momentum doesn’t just apply to individual candidates. It applies to the party as a whole.”

“When you have the Iowa caucus vote still being in disarray, they still can’t figure out whether all the data and information was in the voting system,” Pavlich said. “There is now this cloud over the entire primary process from the beginning about whether the person who may end up winning actually won it fairly.”

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Pavlich argued that the cloud is likely to linger if supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., believe he was unfairly deprived of the Democratic nomination for the second straight election cycle.

“That is certainly something that the Bernie camp will be thinking about when they go into this, if he doesn’t get the nomination, and whether they are going to then support the nominee against President Trump,” Pavlich said.

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‘Parasite’: What are the Oscar-winning movie’s messages?

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The 92nd annual Academy Awards wrapped with “Parasite” taking home the big win for best picture. The film from South Korea won a total of four Oscars, and made history as the first non-English language film to take home best picture.

The movie, on its surface, is a dark comic thriller about family, class and capitalism.

The film highlights South Korea’s emergence as a global cultural power, a reflection of decades of focus on building world-class industries in one of the most vibrant democracies in Asia.

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INCOME INEQUALITY

But, the film’s main characters portray South Koreans who have been left behind by the country’s dramatic changes. It’s a biting commentary on deepening inequality and other problems that have many young and poor people describing their lives as a hellish nightmare.

South Korea has one of the largest gaps between rich and poor among developed nations and is struggling mightily to deal with decaying job markets, rocketing house prices and a record-low birth rate as couples put off having babies while struggling with low pay and harsh work conditions.

The film hinted at an uncomfortable truth: While the national successes have been spectacular — from Samsung’s rise as a global economic powerhouse to the explosion of K-pop in Asia and beyond — many South Koreans recognized that there’s been a dark side to that rise.

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Only a few years ago, Bong Joon Ho, the film’s auteur who won big Sunday night at the Oscars, was blacklisted by the government, and the characters in his film reflect a society where many feel intense hopelessness.

South Korea’s rapid emergence from the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War also saw a bloody transition from dictatorship to democracy. Its association with neat smartphones and cars came amid a constant threat from nuclear North Korea. For every international success, there’s also widespread worry that South Korea will forever be overshadowed by regional giants Russia, China and Japan.

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Although fully Korean in language, humor and tone, Bong’s dark tale of poverty and class struggle resonated across borders because Western democracies also have been experiencing similar social and economic problems, albeit not as “extreme” as in South Korea, according to Chin Jung-kwon, a prominent cultural critic.

“The film shows that South Korea still has a strong message to show the world,” Chin said.

ART OF SUBSTANCE

Art of merit and depth creates political consequences for the country’s artists.

Bong was one of thousands of artists who were blacklisted and denied government funds under the rule of conservative former President Park Geun-hye for their allegedly critical views of her administration. Following protests by millions, Park was ousted from office in March 2017 and is now serving a decades-long prison term for corruption.

Not everyone was happy about how Bong portrayed the characters in “Parasite,” which tells the story of how an unemployed family of four living in a slum basement apartment comically conned its way into the lives of one of Seoul’s wealthiest families, obsessed with empty, shallow Western bourgeois consumerism, before things started to unravel darkly.

“Every society in the world experiences conflicts created by people’s efforts to move up the class ladder, and South Korean films have dealt with this issue for a long time,” veteran filmmaker Lee Jang-ho said. “Maybe Bong’s dark humor and his vivid description of the lives of the South Korean poor, including their ‘half-basement’ living spaces, felt refreshing to American moviegoers.”

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Critic Kim Gyu-hang, however, accused Bong of objectifying poor people and treating their lives like a “sightseeing attraction,” saying that the film makes no real attempt at explaining how the system, politically and financially, locked the characters in a desperately hopeless situation.

“(“Parasite”) provides no deep insight into humans, their anger and how they are a byproduct of the social system that surrounds them,” Kim said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Obama announces presidential bid: This Day in History

On this day in history, in 2007, Barack Obama officially launched his presidential bid.

Addressing a large crowd in Springfield, Illinois the 45-year-old U.S. senator from Illinois invoked President Abraham Lincoln.

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U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), with wife Michelle (R), waves after formally announcing his campaign for U.S. President in the 2008 election during a campaign rally in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, February 10, 2007.  (Reuters)

“It was here, in Springfield, where north, south, east and west come together that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people – where I came to believe that through this decency, we can build a more hopeful America,” Obama said.

He added: “And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America.”

Obama went on to defeat Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, before beating Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the general election.

He was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009 – the first African American to hold that office.

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Coming in at the height of the great recession of 2008-2009, Obama’s first term in office was marked by a tumultuous effort to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – more commonly referred to as ObamaCare.

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Obama won a second term in 2012, beating former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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Ricky Gervais swipes Oscars for injecting political commentary: ‘I … tried to warn them’

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Ricky Gervais knocked this year’s Oscars ceremony for the abundance of political and social commentary that made headlines on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Gervais received plenty of praise on social media as host of this year’s Golden Globes for his scathing monologue slamming the entertainment industry for its hypocritical virtue signaling.

“If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg,” Gervais told the crowd of A-listers. “So if you win, come up, accept your award, thank your agent, thank your God, and f— off.”

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However, his words of advice became ancient history on Sunday night as Oscar winners and presenters invoked politically charged topics like President Trump’s impeachment, health care, and climate change.

Gervais took to Twitter on Monday and sounded off on the ceremony.

“I have nothing against the most famous people in the world using their privileged, global platform to tell the world what they believe. I even agree with most of it. I just tried to warn them that when they lecture everyday, hard working people, it has the opposite effect. Peace,” the “Office” creator tweeted.

ABC’s politically charged Oscar telecast averaged 23.6 million viewers on Sunday night, the smallest audience ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR noted that total was “well below the 29.56 million and 7.7 for last year’s awards,” and down 20 percent in year-to-year viewers. The Oscars managed a 5.3 rating in the key demographic of adults age 18-49, down 31 percent from last year’s 7.7 demo rating.

The lengthy, host-less broadcast fell almost 2 million viewers short of the previous all-time low, when the Oscars averaged 26.54 million viewers back in 2018.

Several winners injected politics into the Academy Awards, starting with the telecast’s first famous victor, Brad Pitt, who took a shot at Republican senators who voted against calling witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”

Pitt was not the only actor to politicize his comments as Joaquin Phoenix used his lengthy, emotional best actor acceptance speech to discuss, among other things, the state of humanity and the plight of cows.

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“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow,” Phoenix said. “And when she gives birth, we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable and then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”

Even socialist revolutionary Karl Marx was quoted in a speech by Julia Reichert, the co-director of the Barack and Michelle Obama-produced best feature-length documentary winner “American Factory,” about a factory that opened in Ohio. She ended her speech with: “Workers of the world, unite!”

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report. 

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Pete Buttigieg mocked for ‘pandering’ with Oscars tweet celebrating diversity among nominees

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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg was mocked on social media over his tweet commemorating this year’s Oscars ceremony.

There was a bit of controversy leading up to this year’s Academy Awards for its lack of diverse acting nominees and for female filmmakers being completely shut out of the Best Director category, both slights were repeatedly eluded to during the telecast.

Buttigieg, however, still celebrated the diversity among those who were nominated with a tweet ahead of the ceremony.

Congratulations to all of tonight’s #Oscars nominees. Great films allow us to momentarily inhabit the lives and the hearts and the challenges of another person. That matters. And that’s why I’m glad to see Hair Love, Little Women, and For Sama included among this year’s nominees,” Buttigieg wrote.

“Hair Love” is the Oscar-winning animated short film starring a black family, “Little Women” won the Oscar for Best Costume Design but Greta Gerwig was snubbed for even a Best Director nomination despite the flick’s Best Picture nomination, and Best Documentary nominee “For Sama” was about the experience of a mother and her infant daughter amid the Syrian civil war.

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Critics on Twitter had some fun at the former Indiana mayor’s expense.

“Pandering Level: 1,000,” Twitter user Tom Taylor reacted.

“Thanks, I love what films are,” podcast host Cody Johnston tweeted.

Buttigieg has not had the greatest streak on social media. The 2020 hopeful was slammed last week for tweeting a picture with a saying critics claim “literally doesn’t mean anything.”

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“The shape of our democracy is the issue that affects every other issue,” Buttigieg wrote, sparking confusion and mockery.

The Buttigieg campaign was also called out for adding fake audience applause to town hall clips it shared on social media.

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Taco Bell apologizes after sign appears at restaurant calling out workers for showing up late

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This boss really doesn’t like it when people show up late.

Residents in Fairlawn, Ohio, were greeted to an unexpected site at their local Taco Bell. According to a sign posted at the restaurant, the dining room had been closed because too many workers were showing up late for their shifts.

Paula Duhon Boss posted to her Facebook page a photo of the sign, which read, “Dining room is closed until this store’s workers can show up to work on time! We will happily serve you through the drive-thru as quickly as possible. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.”

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In smaller print, the sign ended with, “Please bare [sic] with us until we find the right team to best serve our community.”

In a statement obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson for Taco Bell said, “The posting of this sign should not have happened, and the team was immediately re-trained on proper protocol. We can confirm that the dining room reopened within an hour, and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience.”

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While this Taco Bell’s manager seems really upset about tardiness, there are definitely worse things employees can do.

In December, a Taco Bell employee was arrested after causing severe damage to one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Michigan. At the time, it was believed that the incident was sparked by the man being upset when he was called away from a holiday party to clean the restaurant.

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Dakota James Joblinski was arrested on Christmas Eve, Monroe News reports. He was taken into custody on allegations of malicious destruction of property over $1,000 and disorderly conduct.

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Trump budget touches off new battle over spending cuts

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President Trump on Monday released his 2021 fiscal year budget, which included significant cuts to entitlement programs and discretionary spending, touching off a simmering battle over spending cuts.

The Trump administration has mostly avoided proposing significant spending cuts in its first three years, with the federal deficit reaching $984 billion in 2019 according to the Congressional Budget Office. But Trump’s 2021 budget – which is largely a symbolic document meant to show Congress where his priorities are – is upsetting Democrats who are crying foul over cuts to entitlements. The administration claims Trump’s spending  plan, if implemented, would lead to a balanced budget by 2035.

“With his latest budget proposal, it’s hard to imagine that President Trump could do any more to double-cross the very American workers and middle-class families he promised to help just last week in his State of the Union Address,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “By proposing severe cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, President Trump’s latest budget is simply a continuation of his war to rip away health care for millions of Americans, including people with pre-existing conditions.”

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The budget’s most significant policy prescriptions – an immediate 5 percent cut to non-defense agency budgets passed by Congress and $700 billion in cuts to Medicaid over a decade – are part of a plan to cut $4.4 trillion in government spending over 10 years.

Trump has proposed modest adjustments to eligibility for Social Security disability benefits and $465 billion in cuts to Medicare providers such as hospitals, but the real cost drivers of Medicare and Social Security are the ongoing retirement surge of the baby-boom generation and healthcare costs that continue to outpace inflation. Trump’s budget would not touch individuals’ benefits for Medicare.

These proposed cuts, which irked Democrats and touched on the “third rail” of American politics that are entitlements, pleased conservatives like Romina Boccia, the director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation.

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“Washington’s consistent denial of the consequences of overspending by the federal government is one of the greatest threats to America’s future. President Trump’s FY2021 budget takes many important steps to curtail wasteful government spending, maintain successful pro-growth policy, sustain a strong national defense, and fund key constitutional priorities,” she said.

But, she added: “Nevertheless, a number of policies in the budget represent missed opportunities. The administration must stay the course and not fall prey to using the budget as a vehicle for problematic policy initiatives, including misguided infrastructure funding from Washington and a federal encroachment in education policy.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused the president of hypocrisy, saying Trump is “brazenly inflicting savage multi-billion-dollar cuts to Medicare and Medicaid – at the same time that he is fighting in federal court to destroy protections for people with pre-existing conditions and dismantle every other protection and benefit of the Affordable Care Act.”

She continued: “Americans’ quality, affordable health care will never be safe with President Trump. The American people sent a Democratic House majority to Washington to fight for the people to lower their healthcare costs, and that is exactly what we will continue to do.”

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House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., similarly attacked Trump for what he called “deep cuts to critical programs that help American families…”

“Judging by initial reports, this destructive and irrational president is giving us a destructive and irrational budget,” Yarmuth said. “Furthermore, the budget reportedly includes destructive changes to Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security and other assistance programs that help Americans make ends meet – all while extending his tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations. Congress will stand firm against this president’s broken promises and his disregard for the human cost of his destructive policies.”

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, however, lauded the Trump budget, which he said focused on the right issues while taking a step toward fiscal responsibility.

“Most importantly, it sets us on a path to a balanced budget,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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