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Gov. Mike Huckabee: Trump would be doing all Americans a favor by commuting Roger Stone’s sentence

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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said on “Outnumbered Overtime” Thursday that President Trump would be doing Americans a “favor” by commuting the expected prison sentence of former associate Roger Stone.

Huckabee, a Fox News contributor, made the comment one day after Trump denied interfering in Stone’s criminal case while declining to say whether he’d consider a pardon for the GOP political operative.

The president also continued to rail against federal prosecutors who initially recommended up to nine years in prison for Stone, calling it a “disgrace.” Also Wednesday, the Justice Department confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31; Democrats on the panel have raised concerns over the department’s handling of the Stone case, among other issues.

When host Harris Faulkner asked Huckabee if the president should have pardoned Stone, the former governor responded: “There’s a middle ground.”

He then explained that President Trump could commute the sentence, “which doesn’t undo it.”

DEMS DEMAND BARR’S RESIGNATION AMID STONE SENTENCE STORM

“Roger Stone would still be convicted, but it would commute his sentence to no time would be served,” Huckabee said. “So instead of a nine-year prison sentence — and I honestly cannot imagine why anybody, even the people who hate the president and hate Roger Stone, thinks that that makes any sense. And the truth is as taxpayers, we’re going to have to pay for it, so the president would do us all a favor by saying, ‘I’ll commute the sentence.’”

Huckabee went on to say that the president can “review the details of the case” at a later date, “and if it turns out that the only thing that Roger Stone is guilty of is being braggadocious and flamboyant, on those two things we can all agree he’s guilty. But whether he deserved to be frog-marched across his lawn with CNN cameras tipped off and rolling at 5:00 a.m, with SWAT Teams and automatic weapons pointed on him and his wife, this is ridiculous and it’s an overreach of the federal government.”

“If you don’t stop it, then we’re all vulnerable,” he added.

Federal prosecutors had on Monday recommended a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison for Stone’s conviction on seven counts of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

But in a stunning reversal, as Fox News first reported, leadership at the Justice Department (DOJ) overruled the prosecutors on the case, scaling back the proposed sentence for Stone, which immediately led Democrats to accuse Trump interfering in the process.

House Judiciary Committee member Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.  would not rule out a new impeachment effort against Trump over his alleged interference in the criminal case.

TRUMP DENIES INTERFERING IN ROGER STONE CASE, STAYS MUM ON POSSIBLE PARDON

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said that Barr “ought to be ashamed and embarrassed and resign as a result of this action directly interfering in the independent prosecution of Roger Stone.” He also said the controversy was yet another example of “political interference by the president to alter the independent decisions of the Department of Justice.”

“The fact is the sentence is absurd, it’s irrational and you have these questions about whether or not the jury was genuinely tainted,” Huckabee said on Thursday.

“If you read some of the tweets and the social media posts by the jury foreperson who was doing this in the midst of the trial, this is not something that happened later when she found her liberal conscience, this was while the trial was going on and that certainly raises some questions.”

Huckabee was referencing former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart who revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted Stone on obstruction charges last year. Soon afterward, her history of Democratic activism and a string of her anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts came to light.

Hart even posted specifically about the Stone case before she was selected to sit on the jury, as she retweeted an argument mocking those who considered Stone’s dramatic arrest in a predawn raid by a federal tactical team to be excessive force. She also suggested President Trump and his supporters are racist and praised the investigation conducted by Mueller.

“Move this off the table,” Huckabee continued on Thursday. “The best way to do it, is a commutation.”

“It doesn’t give Roger Stone everything he wants, but it certainly says to the Democrats, ‘Hey we didn’t erase his prison sentence, we didn’t erase his even conviction,’ we just said, ‘We’re not going to spend a bunch of the taxpayer’s money giving him food and shelter and housing him for the next nine years.’”

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Stone is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Feb. 20.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Ohio inmate caught, 4 still at large after escaping Canton correctional facility, police say

Authorities in Ohio confirmed Thursday that one of five inmates who fled a correctional facility earlier this week has been taken into custody and the rest are still at large.

The group escaped the Stark County Regional Community Correction Center in Canton by breaking a first floor window and running away sometime between 8:45 p.m. Monday night and 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to media reports.

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Five Ohio jail inmates escaped from a correctional facility earlier this week, authorities said. One has been captured, according to media reports. Jaden Miller and Michael Fisher; bottom row: Joshua Bingham, Jason Drake and Vincent Blanc. (Courtesy of Canton police)

The escapees were identified as Joshua Bingham, 36, of North Canton, who was convicted of burglary; Vincent Blanc, 24, who was convicted of menacing and drug possession; Jason Drake, 39, who was convicted of burglary; Michael Fisher, 30, who was convicted of aggravated drug possession; and Jaden Miller, 23, who was convicted of having weapons under disability and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, according to Cleveland.com.

The Canton Repository newspaper reported that Miller was the captured inmate. He was re-arrested at a residence Wednesday night and was booked into the Stark County jail on suspicion of escape and vandalism, both felonies.

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All the escaped inmates have been charged with third-degree felony of escape and a fifth-degree felony of vandalism.

The correctional facility houses felony prisoners sentenced through Stark, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas county courts, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

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Jenna Bush Hager says that dad George W. Bush and Ellen DeGeneres can be friends despite ‘different beliefs’

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Jenna Bush Hager thinks that just because you have different beliefs, doesn’t mean two people can’t be friends.

The NBC anchor, 38, appeared on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” with her “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb and answered a question from a fan about the controversy that went down on the Internet after her dad, former President George W. Bush, sat next to Ellen DeGeneres at a football game in October 2019.

“Well, I mean, I had just had a baby so to be totally honest I didn’t pay that much attention to it,” Hager admitted. “But I do think that people can have different beliefs and still be friends.”

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She added, “And I also think decency and humanity should be at the basis of all conversations.”

Last fall, social media was divided when DeGeneres, 62, and Bush, 73, were photographed sitting next to one another at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers football game, laughing in a suite. Some people were offended that a gay liberal Hollywood figure would be friendly with a Republican president.

The following week, DeGeneres defended her “friend” on her talk show.

ELLEN DEGENERES STANDS UP TO TWITTER MOB, DEFENDS APPEARING WITH ‘FRIEND’ GEORGE W. BUSH

“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics. … I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres joked. “So I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”

“They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president? … A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad … they tweet,” she said.

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different … but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”

“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter,” she added.

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Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, told Fox News at the time: “President and Mrs. Bush really enjoyed being with Ellen and Portia (de Rossi) and appreciated Ellen’s comments about respecting one another. They respect her. “

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Roger Stone case: Timeline of Trump associate’s dramatic prosecution

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Roger Stone awaits his fate after being convicted of charges of obstruction, witness tampering, and providing false statements to Congress, but the drama surrounding the case continues to unfold.

With one week until Stone’s scheduled sentencing on Feb. 20, here is a refresher of what led to this moment.

TRUMP STIRS PARDON SPECULATION WITH CONDEMNATION OF DOJ’S ROGER STONE TREATMENT

Indictment

A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., indicted Stone on Jan. 24, 2019, on seven charges that included five counts of false statements, one count of obstruction, and one count of witness tampering.

Prosecutors alleged that Stone worked to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by making false statements to the committee, denying he had records sought by the committee, and persuading a witness to provide false testimony. The charges were related to communications Stone had related to WikiLeaks and their publication of hacked Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign emails.

Stone has maintained that he’s done nothing wrong.

The case stemmed from then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

Arrest

Stone was famously arrested at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a pre-dawn raid by the FBI on Jan. 25, 2019. CNN, which conveniently happened to be staking out Stone’s Fort Lauderdale home, posted video of the arrest that showed a team of FBI agents with guns banging on Stone’s door and demanding that he come outside.

“At the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles, with lights flashing, when they could have contacted my lawyer,” Stone explained after a court appearance. “But the FBI agents were extraordinarily courteous.”

At the time, Stone was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong.”

Gag order

Stone spoke to the media extensively in his own defense following his arrest, asserting his innocence. Judge Amy Berman Jackson then issued a limited gag order, forbidding Stone from discussing the case near the courthouse. After Stone then posted an image to Instagram that featured a picture of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs, Jackson completely barred Stone from speaking about the case.

Months later, the judge barred Stone from posting anything on social media after ruling that he violated the gag order with Instagram posts that disparaged the Mueller investigation and the broader election interference probe.

Trial and verdict

Stone’s trial took place over the course of a week in November 2019, but the drama kicked off before opening statements even took place.

During the trial, several witnesses highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about emails the U.S. said were hacked by Russia and then provided to WikiLeaks. Stone was regarded as an “access point” to WikiLeaks, due to his frequent boasts of having insider access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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.

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.

A jury ultimately found Stone guilty on all counts.

Sentencing drama

Stone is currently scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 20. Federal prosecutors submitted a sentencing memo recommending a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison. Trump heavily criticized the recommendation on Twitter, and the Justice Department later submitted a new filing recommending a lighter sentence.

“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” a senior DOJ official told Fox News. “The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”

Federal prosecutors withdrew from the case after senior officials made the change.

Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal demanded that Attorney General William Barr resign, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for a DOJ Inspector General investigation into the change of position, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., went so far as to say that a second impeachment of the president was not “off the table.”

The drama only continued from there, when jury foreperson Tomeka Hart was reported as posting on social media in support of the prosecutors who had stepped down. It was then discovered that Hart had posted messages on Twitter and Facebook in the past that suggested a political bias.

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A spokesperson for Stone, Grant Smith, told Fox News that Stone’s legal team was looking into how to handle this development.

“Mr. Stone and his defense team are diligently reviewing the newly reported information to determine any appropriate next steps,” Smith said in a statement.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson, David Spunt, Edmund DeMarche, Gregg Re, Marisa Schultz and Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.

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US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says

U.S. officials have confirmed to Fox News Thursday that a U.S. Navy warship intercepted Iranian-made weapons from a vessel in the Arabian Sea earlier this week.

Crew members from the USS Normandy seized a huge cache of weapons from a dhow – a small vessel with lateen sails – on Sunday while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central area of operations.

The weapons and weapon components were intended for the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to officials.

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The crew of the USS Normandy seized an illicit shipment of advanced weapons and weapon components intended for the Houthis in Yemen, aboard a dhow during a maritime interdiction operation in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations, Feb. 9, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lehman)

Among the weapons seized were 150 “Dehlavieh” anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs.

Other weapons were also Iranian design and manufacture, including three surface-to-air missiles, thermal imaging weapon scopes, components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels, as well as other munitions and advanced weapons parts.

Many of the weapons were identical to those seized by the USS Forest Sherman in the Arabian Sea in November. Those weapons were also determined to be of Iranian origin and assessed to be destined for the Houthis in Yemen – a violation of UN Security Council Resolution that prohibits direct or indict supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis.

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The weapons seized Sunday are now in U.S. custody awaiting final disposition. The assessment of the material will be an interagency and international effort. International partner nations and organizations have also been invited to inspect the cache.

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The operation is ongoing, and further information will be shared as it becomes available.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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CAA men’s basketball championship history

The CAA, otherwise known as the Colonial Athletic Association, holds an annual men’s basketball tournament with the winner getting an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The conference features 10 teams, including Charleston, Delaware, Drexel, Elon, Hofstra, James Madison, Northeastern, UNC Wilmington, Towson and William & Mary.

The CAA men’s basketball championship begins March 7 and runs through March 10.

The CAA started its conference tournament championships in 1980. The conference was known as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South from 1979 to 1985.

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Read below for a list of past champions.

2019: NORTHEASTERN

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Northeastern won the CAA title in 2019. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Northeastern won its second CAA title in 2019. The Huskies defeated Hofstra, 82-74. Vasa Pusica was awarded the MVP.

2018: CHARLESTON

Charleston bounced back in 2018 and defeated Northeastern for the CAA title. Grant Riller was named MVP of the tournament.

2017: UNC WILMINGTON

UNC Wilmington won its sixth CAA title. The Seahawks defeated Charleston, 78-69. C.J. Bryce won the MVP award.

2016: UNC WILMINGTON

UNC Wilmington defeated Hofstra, 80-73, in overtime in 2016. Chris Flemmings was given the MVP award.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2015: NORTHEASTERN

Northeastern defeated William & Mary, 72-61. The Tribe remained winless in the CAA title game. Northeastern’s Quincy Ford was named MVP.

2014: DELAWARE

Delaware won its first CAA title in 2014. The Blue Hens defeated William & Mary, 75-74. Jarvis Threatt won the MVP of the tournament.

2013: JAMES MADISON

James Madison defeated Northeastern, 70-57, in 2013. The Dukes’ A.J. Davis won the MVP award of the tournament.

2012: VCU

VCU narrowly defeated Drexel for its fifth CAA title in 2012. Darius Theus won the MVP award.

2011: OLD DOMINION

The Monarchs won back-to-back titles in 2011. They defeated VCU, 70-65. Frank Hassell won the MVP award.

2010: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion was holding up the CAA title in 2010. The Monarchs defeated William & Mary, 60-53. Gerald Lee won the MVP award.

2009: VCU

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Eric Maynor won two conference titles with VCU. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

VCU won its second title in three seasons in 2009. Eric Maynor led the Rams to a 71-50 victory over George Mason. Maynor won his second MVP award.

2008: GEORGE MASON

George Mason bounced back in 2008 and defeated William & Mary, 68-59. Folarin Campbell won the MVP award.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2007: VCU

VCU and Eric Maynor won the CAA title in 2007. The Rams defeated George Mason, 65-59. Maynor was named MVP.

2006: UNC WILMINGTON

UNC Wilmington defeated Hofstra, 78-67, in 2006. T.J. Carter was named MVP.

2005: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion defeated VCU in overtime, 73-66. Alex Loughton was named MVP of the tournament.

2004: VCU

VCU edged out George Mason in 2004, 55-54. Domonic Jones was awarded the MVP.

2003: UNC WILMINGTON

UNC Wilmington won its third title in four years. The Seahawks defeated Drexel, 70-62. Brett Blizzard became the first person to win three MVP awards.

2002: UNC WILMINGTON

UNC Wilmington started a decent run in the CAA starting in 2002. The Seahawks defeated VCU, 66-51. Brett Blizzard was award the tournament’s MVP award.

2001: GEORGE MASON

George Mason defeated UNC Wilmington in one of the lowest-scoring championship games in 2001. The Patriots knocked off the Seahawks, 35-33. Erik Herring was named MVP.

2000: UNC WILMINGTON

UNC Wilmington had a 10-point victory over Richmond in 2000, 57-47. Brett Blizzard was awarded MVP.

1999: GEORGE MASON

George Mason defeated Old Dominion, 63-58. George Evans was named MVP.

1998: RICHMOND

Richmond defeated UNC Wilmington, 79-64. Daryl Oliver was named MVP.

1997: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion captured another CAA title in 1997. The Monarchs defeated James Madison, 62-57. Odell Hodge was awarded the MVP.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

1996: VCU

VCU won its first CAA title in 1996. The Rams defeated UNC Wilmington, 46-43. Bernard Hopkins was named MVP of the tournament.

1995: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion won the CAA title in 1995. The Monarchs defeated James Madison, 80-75. Petey Sessoms was awarded the MVP.

1994: JAMES MADISON

James Madison edged Old Dominion in 1994, 77-76. Odell Hodge, of Old Dominion, was awarded the MVP. He was the first player to win the award on the runner-up team.

1993: EAST CAROLINA

East Carolina won its first championship in 1993. The Pirates defeated James Madison, 54-49. Lester Lyons was named the MVP.

1992: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion got back to the podium in 1992. The Monarchs defeated James Madison, 78-73. Ricardo Leonard was named MVP.

1991: RICHMOND

Richmond won its fourth title in 1991. They defeated George Mason, 81-78. Jim Shields won the MVP award.

1990: RICHMOND

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was a star at Richmond. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Richmond won title No. 3 in 1990. The Spiders defeated James Madison, 77-72. Kenny Atkinson, the future coach of the Brooklyn Nets, was named MVP.

1989: GEORGE MASON

George Mason and UNC Wilmington took the 1989 championship to overtime. The Patriots ended up the victors, 78-72. Kenny Sanders was named tournament MVP.

1988: RICHMOND

Richmond narrowly defeated George Mason in 1988, 73-70. Peter Wollfolk was named tournament MVP.

1987: NAVY

Navy won third consecutive championships in 1987. They defeated UNC Wilmington, 53-50. David Robinson won a second tournament MVP award.

1986: NAVY

Navy won back-to-back titles in 1986 and became the first repeat champion. David Robinson led the Midshipmen over George Mason, 72-61. Robinson won the MVP award.

1985: NAVY

Navy won the title in 1985. They defeated Richmond, 85-76. Vernon Butler won the MVP award.

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

1984: RICHMOND

Richmond captured its first conference title in 1984. The Spiders defeated Navy, 74-55. Johnny Newman was awarded MVP of the tournament.

1983: JAMES MADSON

The Dukes tied Old Dominion with their second title. James Madison defeated William & Mary, 58-57. Derek Steele was named MVP.

1982: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion would win its second ECAC South title in 1982. The Monarchs edged James Madison, 58-57. Mark West won his second MVP award.

1981: JAMES MADISON

James Madison defeated Richmond, 69-60, the next season. Charles Fisher was named the MVP.

1980: OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion came away with the first conference title when it was known as the ECAC South in 1980. They defeated Navy, 62-51. Mark West was named the MVP.

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Google and God: How churches are using tech to reach people seeking religious advice

If you have a nagging question, the first thing to do usually is Google it.

That means religious leaders and institutions, long sources for the faithful, must face the reality that a majority of Americans don’t seek their advice anymore when making important decisions, according to a 2019 survey by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

But it’s not because of a lack of faith.

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“It’s nearly impossible now to get a relationship with a clergyman or woman,” Timothy Buchanan, a 41-year-old father in North Carolina, said of his nondenominational Christian megachurch.

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Churchome Global added a “Pastor Chat” feature as a way for anyone to talk with a trained pastor. (Churchome Global)

In addition to its huge size, he said some of his reticence to reach out to a pastor could be a reflection of technology-focused times.

“People don’t know how to have personal communications with other folks when you need to ask questions or need to get help,” he said. “For instance, we’ve got some issues with our health insurance plan, so I spent an hour today Googling … instead of just picking up the phone and calling somebody.”

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It’s a challenge that many industries face, but churches, which thrive on community, are seeking solutions that blur the lines between virtual and in-person contact.

Today, Christians can access the Bible (in any version or language), sermons from pastors of all denominations on almost any subject and more, on their phone.

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Judah Smith, lead pastor of Churchome in Seattle and Los Angeles, which counts celebrities like Justin Bieber and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as part of its flock, saw this and decided to launch the Churchome Global App last year.

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Churchome Global is described as “a new app and community-based platform that brings the totality of the church experience to people around the world via their mobile devices.” (Churchome Global)

“We recognize that all of us — no matter who or where we are — are having a hard time connecting with each other,” Smith told Fox News. “The power of real community is simply hard to experience and grasp when we need it most.”

On Thursday, Churchome added the “Pastor Chat” feature, which the 41-year-old Smith said is an opportunity “for us to provide people around the world with 1-on-1 interactions with our team.”

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“We don’t presume to have all the answers but this is our way of making ourselves available to people in ways that make it easier than walking into a building on Sundays.”

Meanwhile, other churches are relying heavily on their website and reviews online to attract people googling answers or places to worship.

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Whereas most houses of worship used to rely on signs outside their buildings to relay information, they now use social media to share information about service times and other details.

And when new members or believers join a church, more and more now, they are being encouraged not to fill out a paper form but to text a number or scan a QR code.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chris Wallace: Trump should not have weighed in on Barr, Roger Stone sentence

President Trump should not have weighed in on his former adviser Roger Stone’s trial, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said Thursday.

In an interview on Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” Wallace said that while some Democrats’ calls for another impeachment over comments he made via Twitter this week were “ludicrous,” the president “should not have done what he did.”

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“You know, let me put it this way,” he continued. “If you were about to be sentenced, would you want me attacking your judge? The answer is no. No, you wouldn’t like that and he shouldn’t be doing it. He should just leave it alone.”

“Any president – not Obama, not Trump – shouldn’t put their thumb on the scales of justice,” Wallace stated.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the president offered his “congratulations” to Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department (DOJ) submitted an amended filing in Stone’s criminal case seeking a lighter sentence than prosecutors first recommended – a move that comes as Democrats accuse the White House of politicizing the DOJ and career prosecutors have withdrawn from the case in apparent protest.

“I don’t think he should have complained about the guidelines that – apparently they were going to be changed anyway,” Wallace told Kilmeade. “So, just be quiet. Don’t thank Attorney General Barr and certainly do not attack the judge who is going to sentence.”

In November of 2019, Stone was convicted of obstructing a congressional inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lying to investigators under oath, and trying to block the testimony of a witness.

Federal prosecutors initially suggested a lengthy sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison on Monday. The following day, the DOJ leadership overruled the prosecutors in the case, submitting a new filing that said the DOJ “respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration far less than 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment would be reasonable” for Stone.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump wrote. “Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”

It is unclear what the president was specifically referring to as “tainted,” but this is not the first time the president has made unsubstantiated claims about independent counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Two months in jail for a Swamp Creature, yet 9 years recommended for Roger Stone (who was not even working for the Trump Campaign.) Gee, that sounds very fair!” he continued in a follow-up tweet. “Rogue prosecutors maybe? The Swamp!”

Since the tweets posted, Democrats have accused the president of interfering in the process – a charge which he has vehemently denied – and called for Barr’s resignation. Additionally, the case has been complicated further by questions over possible juror bias.

Meanwhile, it emerged Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson had denied a defense request to strike a potential juror who was an Obama-era press official with admitted anti-Trump views – and whose husband worked at the same DOJ division that handled the probe leading to Stone’s arrest.

And, another Stone juror, Seth Cousins, donated to former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and other progressive causes, federal election records reviewed by Fox News show.

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In defense of the president’s comments, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning that the president has a “right to his opinion.”

She also said that Barr was correct in labeling Stone’s previously recommended nine-year sentence “excessive.”

“That was something that they knew was excessive and did on their own,” she said.

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Wallace mused that if he were in the Democrats’ shoes, he would be spending his time passing legislation to help real people and not going after the president.

“You want to criticize the president, hold a news conference – fine,” he concluded. “But, I wouldn’t be using my precious time in the majority in the House with that. I’d be spending it on legislation that’s going to affect peoples’ lives.”

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Warren accuses Bloomberg of lying over ‘redlining’ housing practice

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Thursday called fellow 2020 Democratic contender Michael Bloomberg a liar over his comments about a controversial banking practice known as “redlining.”

The Associated Press broke a story Wednesday about comments the former New York City mayor made in 2008 at a forum hosted by Georgetown University. He said the end of the practice, in which banks would refuse to give out mortgages to people in poor – usually minority – areas, was a contributing factor to the 2008 housing crisis because “banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn’t as good as you would like.”

Warren responded to the comments in a thread of tweets Thursday.

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“I’m surprised that someone running for the Democratic nomination thinks the economy would be better off if we just let banks be more overtly racist,” she said. “We need to confront the shameful legacy of discrimination, not lie about it like Mike Bloomberg has done.”

She continued: “The end of redlining didn’t cause the 2008 crash. Out-of-control greed by Wall Street and big banks, and the corruption that lets them control our government, caused the crash. Predatory lenders steered families of color into the worst loans and those families lost billions.”

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Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said that the candidate “attacked predatory lending” as mayor and, if elected president, has a plan to “help a million more Black families buy a house, and counteract the effects of redlining and the subprime mortgage crisis.”

The campaign also pointed to efforts by Bloomberg’s private philanthropy to help other cities craft policies that will help reduce evictions. After the Associated Press published its original story on Bloomberg’s redlining comments, Loeser added: “He’s saying that something bad – the financial crisis – followed something good, which is the fight against redlining that he was part of as Mayor.”

Bloomberg’s redlining comments were made public after he was forced to apologize this week for supporting a “stop-and-frisk” policy while mayor. Resurfaced comments from the candidate show he was defending the policy as recently as 2015.

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While bashing Bloomberg, Warren took the opportunity to flaunt one of her signature accomplishments — working to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“We need to take concrete steps to address the impact of redlining and the subprime mortgage crisis,” she said. “I built an office at the @CFPB to fight lending discrimination and my housing plan helps families in formerly redlined areas to buy homes and build wealth.”

With Super Tuesday drawing near, many Democratic candidates like Warren have taken shots at Bloomberg as he uses his personal fortune to flood the airwaves in the 14 states that will vote in the Democratic presidential primary March 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Australia wildfires ‘contained’ in New South Wales for first time in ‘exhausting’ fire season

After months of battling wildfires that scorched thousands of homes and created mass evacuations in eastern Australia, officials announced Thursday that all the blazes in the New South Wales state are considered contained after recent rains.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service‘s deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said in a video posted Twitter that while there is still some fire activity in the southern part of the state, emergency workers can now focus on “helping people rebuild.”

“After what’s been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents, who’ve suffered so much this season, all fires are now contained in New South Wales,” Rogers said.

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Rogers said all fires are contained, meaning that a perimeter has been established around the blazes to prevent additional spread.

The fire service said while “substantial rain” has recently fallen in some areas, firefighters continue to work on 24 bush and grass fires.

“The main focus now for crews is to locate and extinguish any remaining hotspots,” RFS said.

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In all, Australia’s wildfires killed at least 33 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes. The fires began causing widespread destruction toward the end of 2019, which was both the hottest and driest year in Australia’s recorded history, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Recent rains have helped drenched deadly wildfires in Australia. (NSW RFS)

During the deluge over recent days, coastal areas have experienced some of the heaviest rainfalls, which has caused flash flooding in some places.

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Sydney, the central coast and the Blue Mountains received up to 16 inches since last Friday, representing some of the heaviest falls in decades.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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