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Tom Homan: 2020 Dems don’t want to talk immigration, it’s a ‘loser’ for them

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2020 Democrats failed to address the issue of immigration during Friday’s presidential debate because it’s “a loser for them,”  former Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Jason Chaffetz and Emily Compagno, Homan said that Democrats’ avoidance of topics like illegal immigration and border security is directly tied to their own political track records.

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“Most of the people on that stage have failed as a congressman, senator, vice president on this very issue for the last two decades,” he commented.

“The only one who has won on this issue is the president,” Homan stated. “His actions alone got this crisis back in May down 72 percent — because of his actions.”

In May 2019, the number of migrants apprehended at America’s southern border skyrocketed to levels not seen in over a decade. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported more than 144,000 arrests and CBP called the influx a “full-blown emergency. The number of apprehensions was the highest monthly total in more than 13 years.

However, in August 2019, apprehensions saw a dramatic drop. Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000 migrants, representing a 22 percent decrease from the previous month.

The Trump administration said that the numbers showed the extent to which Trump policies — such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the miles of new border wall — and Mexican engagement helped to resolve the crisis.

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“Congress hasn’t done anything,” said Homan. ‘So, what are they going to say: ‘We lost on this issue? We have lost on this issue for decades, but President Trump won on this issue?”

“It’s a loser for them,” he concluded.

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Thai soldier kills at least 12 people during shooting rampage: reports

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At least 12 people are dead after a Thai soldier opened fire Saturday night in a popular city just north of Bangkok, according to local media reports.

A spokesman from the Thai Ministry of Defense told the BBC that the shooter, identified as Cpl. Jakraphanth Thomma, opened fire on his fellow soldiers at a military camp before doing the same at a Buddhist temple and a shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima, just 160 miles northeast of Bangkok.

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Thomma is accused of killing at least 12 people, including his commander, Col. Anantharot Krasae, and two other people on the base before making off in a stolen military vehicle, the Bangkok Post reported.

Part of the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook and Thomma was said to have posted a selfie of himself holding a firearm to social media with the caption “so tired.”

Several images and videos posted to social media appeared to show gunfire near a shopping center parking lot.

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Lt. Gen. Thanya Kriatisarn, commander of the Second Army Region, told the Bangkok Post that authorities are still searching for Thomma who remains at large.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Dr. Marc Siegel: No need to panic about coronavirus in US

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Americans have no reason to panic over the coronavirus, Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel said Saturday.

“People are walking down the street with masks about a virus that literally only has infected 12 people” in the United States, he said.

Siegel, appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend,” said Chinese misinformation and secrecy has made the virus harder to control, but the United States has done a great job in helping to control the spread and treat infected people.

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While the risk of infection in America right now is “very, very, very, low,” he said China’s failure to stem the outbreak is causing a  “greater risk to the world.”

The fast-spreading virus has killed more than 700 people and infected more than 34,500 in China as of Friday. According to the World Health Organization, 72 countries have implemented travel restrictions.

Siegel told the “Fox & Friends” hosts that Chinese officials are still suppressing information about the full extent of the epidemic in that country.

“I believe there [are] well over 34,000 cases — probably closer to 100,000,” he said.

So far, 12 patients have been diagnosed with the virus in the U.S. and a 60-year-old  diagnosed with the virus in Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — has reportedly become the first U.S. citizen to die.

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“I think we’re going to see a worldwide pandemic from this. I don’t think we are going to see anything here of the level of what is happening there, though,” Siegel said.

“We have to get boots on the ground, though, over in China, which hasn’t happened yet,” he said.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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When Trump shocked the establishment and won in New Hampshire

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The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are descending on New Hampshire, competing in the upcoming first-in-the-nation primary for the opportunity to take on President Donald Trump in the November election.

It was in the Granite State in 2016 where Donald Trump saw his seemingly long-shot presidential campaign launch on a trajectory to win the Republican nomination and eventually the White House.

Fox Nation’s docuseries, “Proving Grounds: New Hampshire,” examines the role that the state has played in picking America’s presidents and re-visits the phenomenon that was the 2016 Trump campaign.

“A lot of supposedly smart people who know a lot about New Hampshire politics, like myself, were waiting for Donald Trump to falter,” New Hampshire University politics professor Danta Scala told Fox Nation.

“The primaries are designed to disrupt and they’re designed to upset things. [Many in the Republican establishment] sat there dumbfounded on primary night and watched Donald Trump ignore all the party elites,” he recalled.

The Trump campaign arrived in New Hampshire after coming in second to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Iowa Republican caucuses. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida finished a close third. 

“I’ve covered some crazy elections in my lifetime, but I think that the craziest thing I’ve ever seen was Donald Trump, who nobody gave a shot to,” said New Hampshire-based Fox News politics reporter Paul Steinhauser.

“He was drawing large crowds and not your traditional Republican crowds. Not that country club or business-Republican kind of crowd. We’re talking about more populist, blue-collar, working-class crowd. And that told me that something was happening,” he remembered.

Another big story of the 2016 New Hampshire primary was the faltering campaign of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

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“Jeb had announced that he wanted to run a joyful campaign, and I think his timing was just bad,” said John Sununu, former New Hampshire governor and White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush.

“Joyful campaigns might have been okay in the late 90s, but with folks like Donald Trump entering the fray, a joyful campaign was not going to cut it with the voters,” Sununu told Fox Nation.

In one moment that many in the media deemed cringe-worthy, Bush encouraged a New Hampshire campaign trail crowd to applaud as he delivered a stump speech.

“I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter to get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world,” said Bush to dead silence in a town hall meeting.

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“Please clap,” he asked sheepishly.

When the results of the first-in-the-nation primary came in, Trump was on top.

“Fox News can now project that Donald Trump will win the Republican presidential primary,” declared Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier on the night of the election, and the rest is history.

“Proving Grounds: New Hampshire” is available exclusively on Fox Nation.

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Sheila Walsh: My doctor said, ‘Your baby is incompatible with life’ — Here’s what happened next

The first few weeks of my pregnancy were a blur of absolute joy. I told complete strangers that I was pregnant. I read books to the wee one in my belly and played an assortment of songs to see if he or she was more country or pop.

At our sonogram, we learned the baby was a boy. We were so happy.

Then one phone call interrupted our happiness. I would be 40-years-old when the baby was born, and my doctor had asked for additional tests, one being an amniocentesis.

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When the results came back, she asked us to come to her office. We sat on one side of her desk as she sat on the other with a brown folder in front of her. I don’t remember everything she said, but I remember this: “Your baby is incompatible with life.”

I stared at her as if she was speaking in a foreign language. This was a phrase I’d never heard before. Neither Barry nor I said anything. We were stunned.

She went on to explain about “markers” and “abnormalities” and what my results showed. I could see her mouth moving, but I felt as if I had a glass dome over my head and couldn’t hear her.

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Then she said that she recommended performing a termination the following day. I heard that, and her words snapped me back into reality. I was shocked. “No!” I said vehemently. “No! Absolutely not. This little one will have every day God has planned for him to live.”

We drove home in silence. There was nothing to say.

For the next couple of weeks, I was tormented with one thought: I had begged God to give me a child, and now He was going to take him away before we had a chance to love him. Why?

I felt as if I were falling into a dark hole. Some days I felt angry, others I was overwhelmed with sorrow. One day turned the tide for me.

I woke up early and drove to the beach, as we were living in Southern California at the time. The beach was deserted; my only companions were seagulls.

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I took off my shoes and walked to the edge of the water and prayed. I prayed like I had never prayed before, out loud to the wind and the waves and the birds.

Jesus! My heart is aching. I don’t understand this at all, but I just want to declare here and now that we are in this together. I’ve always needed You, but I know right now that I need You more than I ever have. I don’t know how this will end, but I’m not letting go of You for one moment. You didn’t promise me happiness, but You did promise You would never leave me. I’m not letting go. I’m not giving up. You and me—we’re in this together.

Something shifted inside me. I had no idea how long I could carry our son, but I became relentless in my prayers, not for a perfect outcome but for the presence of a perfect Father. At 35 weeks, my doctor called. I held my breath.

She told me that the day my results had come back the results of another 40-year-old patient had also come back. My results had gone into her chart and hers into mine.

There had never been anything wrong with our son. I fell to my knees and thanked God, but then I prayed for the other mother who would be getting a very different phone call.

I believe in the sovereignty of God, and I’ve often wondered if I was allowed to carry her burden for a while. I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that when my heart was breaking, I learned to hold on to God as I never had before in my life.

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Today my son, Christian, is 23. He’s just graduated from Texas A&M and is now studying Clinical Psychology at Houston Baptist University.

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I look back on this particular battle and I’m grateful for how it changed my understanding of prayer. During those weeks and months of not knowing what the outcome of my pregnancy might be, I prayed out my fear, my heartache and began to understand what the Psalmist David meant when he wrote in Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”

He shepherded me through every day, right beside me, loving me on my best days and my worst. That’s who He is. We get to come as we are with our questions, our pain and even our anger. God is big enough to handle whatever is going on inside of us

I don’t know what battle you are facing right now. It may be for your child, your marriage, your health, or your very sanity, but what I want you to know is this: when we pray and refuse to give up, no matter how long an answer takes, things change.

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If you are discouraged, let me say, in Jesus’s name, hold on! The enemy would love nothing more than for us to give up and stop praying.

Jesus graciously gifted us His Word to make it clear that no matter how hard the place is that you find yourself in right now, no matter how long the night of suffering and struggle we are going through, we should never, never stop praying.

Adapted from Sheila Walsh’s “Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say” (Baker Books, February 4, 2020)

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Sen. Tom Cotton: Eliminating coronavirus requires Chinese Communist Party to make big changes

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China has been hobbled by the mysterious coronavirus that emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year. The ruling Chinese Communist Party is now taking aggressive measures to regain control of the situation.

Nearly 60 million Chinese live under quarantine – more than the combined population of our entire West Coast. Videos filmed in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, show convoys of tanker trucks fogging empty streets with disinfectant. More disturbing videos show yellow body bags stacking up at Chinese hospitals.

Official Chinese tallies of the toll taken by the coronavirus as of Friday were more than 34,000 infections in that nation and 722 deaths. However, shortages of test kits and other resources indicate the real numbers are much higher, amid widespread reports that the sick are being turned away unexamined from hospitals.

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One study estimated that coronavirus was “growing exponentially” in large Chinese cities, with more than 75,000 infected patients in Wuhan alone. That study’s projections went up to Jan. 25, when official figures claimed there were just over 2,000 cases in all of China.

We still have a chance to prevent coronavirus from becoming an epidemic in America, and even a narrow shot at heading off a global pandemic. Achieving this will require drastic changes from the Chinese Communist Party, whose secrecy and paranoia are responsible for the rapid growth of this epidemic.

The Chinese Communist Party must cooperate with the world and permit the free transmission of information among ordinary Chinese on the front lines of the disease.

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In the early weeks of the outbreak in Wuhan, Chinese authorities worked harder to suppress information about coronavirus than to fight the outbreak. When doctors started to discuss strange cases of pneumonia appearing in their clinics, the official response was to punish them.

One brave doctor, Li Wenliang, who warned his colleagues to wear protective clothing, was harassed by local police, attacked by state media, and forced to renounce his supposed “false statements.” He was reported to have died of coronavirus this week.

The Chinese Communist Party has now acknowledged that these doctors were right, but its policy of censorship and secrecy is little changed. Half-truths and falsehoods about coronavirus linger in official narratives long after they’re debunked, such as the claims that the disease originated at an exotic animal market or can’t be transmitted via human-to-human contact.

The Chinese Communist Party has been forced to abandon these claims in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

When Chinese Internet users flooded social media sites with indignation following the death of Dr. Li, their calls for freedom of speech were scrubbed from the Internet by censors. And the man who filmed body bags at a Chinese hospital was arrested and interrogated by police officers pretending to be hospital workers.

The central authorities, under the control of Chairman Xi Jinping, explicitly prioritize political security over fighting the epidemic, with grievous consequences for us all.

China’s coordination with the outside world has been little better. Chinese scientists only released the genome of coronavirus, which is essential to finding a vaccine, in mid-January – six weeks after the start of the outbreak.

And China has rejected repeated American offers to send teams of scientists and doctors to Wuhan. As the U.S. government took prudent measures to protect American citizens – including the announcement of travel restrictions late last week – Beijing issued propagandistic coverage that blamed our country for “spreading fear” about the outbreak.

The desire of public officials to downplay serious outbreaks of disease is a frequent historical occurrence – and it’s almost always deadly. Officials may hope by their actions to prevent panic, serious economic disruption, or political instability. But measures to suppress the truth about epidemics typically fail in their objectives, while hastening the spread of disease.

This human frailty, exacerbated by the suffocating dynamics of authoritarian regimes, was illustrated in the Chinese Communist Party’s disastrous response to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003. In the early weeks of that epidemic, the Communist Party claimed falsely that the outbreak in Guangdong Province was under “effective control.”

Yet the disease was still spreading, and secrecy within the Chinese Communist Party itself delayed the government’s response. An early internal report on the disease went unread for three days because it was labeled “top secret.”

Rivalry between the military and political factions of the Chinese Community Party hindered its response yet further. The Communist Party only responded strongly to the SARS outbreak after weeks of growing panic, disruptions and death. It started by firing its top health ministers.

China is now learning anew the consequences of wishful thinking and secrecy when facing a deadly illness. The disastrous spread of coronavirus will surely take a toll on the party’s credibility in the eyes of the Chinese people – as it should.

But the Chinese government is still the central actor in this drama, and it can still play a constructive role in mitigating harm to the world from this coronavirus.

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First, China must cooperate with world health authorities to combat the disease and allow international experts – including teams from the United States – to work and conduct research at the center of the epidemic in Hubei province.

Outside experts are most likely to provide the impartial analysis necessary to respond to coronavirus because only they are free from conflicts of interest and fear of censorship. The American offer to send medical experts and scientists to Wuhan still stands.

Second, the Chinese Communist Party must give the Chinese people more freedom to speak their minds and share information about the disease, however damaging or distressing to the regime.

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This is essential for scientists, doctors and first responders, who must be free to speak candidly and creatively to identify problems in the government’s response and test solutions. But this is also important for ordinary Chinese, who become more suspicious of their government and less likely to obey its edicts the more they think it is hiding the full extent of the epidemic.

It’s worth noting that the Chinese government already has laws on the books that prohibit “concealing, misreporting, or delaying” evidence of infectious disease epidemics. To fight coronavirus, it ought to apply this very sensible lesson to itself as well.

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Westminster Dog Show: Everything to know about the 2020 competition

They’ve all worked their tails off, but only one can be crowned top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show.

The 144th annual canine competition will take place from Feb. 8 – 11 in New York City, as over 2,600 dogs from 49 states and 19 countries, representing 204 breeds, battle for the top spot in the Hound, Toy, Sporting, Non-sporting, Herding, Working and Terrier divisions, WKC Dog Show national spokesperson and FOX Sports analyst Gail Miller Bisher told Fox News.

Ahead of the event, Miller Bisher discussed the history of America’s longest continuously-held dog show, the misconceptions about the competition, and just what the judges are looking for in determining this year’s “Best in Show” champ.

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Bichons Frises gather in the judging ring during the Daytime Session in the Breed Judging across the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Pier 92/94 in New York City on February 11, 2019.  (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

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FOX NEWS: What can fans expect from the Dog Show this year?

GAIL MILLER BISHER: We have a new breed in the ring, as the Azawakh joins the Hound group. It will be the Azawakh’s first time showing at Westminster, as the breed is new to the American Kennel Club (AKC.) Six dogs are entered, and one will win best of breed, then continue on to that advanced competition on the green carpet at Madison Square Garden for the first time ever. It’s exciting for the Azawakh!

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Pictured are three young Azawakh dogs. The breed will compete for the first time ever at theWestminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City this year. (iStock)

FOX: How many dogs are competing this year?

GMB: There are over 2,600 in the Dog Show from 49 states and 19 countries. All must be American champions in order to show. Our largest entry in terms of states is from California – there are well over 200 entries, coming all the way across the country to Manhattan, to compete.

FOX: What is something people may not know about the competition?

GMB: There was a third day added this year, with prejudging on Sunday for the first time at Pier 94. It’s a good thing because families can come on the weekend and see all the dogs.

[In addition to the signature WKC Dog Show events on Monday and Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, the organization’s Masters Agility Championship will be held on Saturday and the Masters Obedience Championship will be held on Sunday.]

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – 2019/02/13: Wire fox terrier named King won Best in show during 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Many people also don’t know that we’re a benched dog show. Since the first show was held in 1877, it’s aimed to be a public education event. Say, if you love beagles, the public is welcome to go and meet the breeders, owners and handlers, to really learn more about the dog. Probably as soon as they’re done competing, people are welcome to go visit the dog, touch them, ask questions and talk to the dog’s team about the breed, maybe if they’re looking to see if that dog would work with their lifestyle. People think that because they’re show dogs, they can’t approach them!

We have CEO’s, teachers, postal workers and many more – so many different people involved in the dog breeding, owning and handling world.

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The Pekingese ‘Pequest Primrose’ and trainer compete during the Toy Group judging at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

FOX: What is a common misconception about how the dogs are judged?

GMB: One thing that we always try to explain is that there’s a written standard, per breed, as the dog’s form follows their original function. These are purpose-bred dogs, many bred to work in some capacity originally. Things like their shape, coat texture and temperaments are based on that original purpose, and explains all the elements of their ideal.

Our judges learn, study and judge for many, many years – it’s very experienced dog show judges coming to Westminster. Say if you had two very different dogs like German Shepherds vs. Corgis, you’re going to be judging whether it’s closer to that ideal German Shepheard or Corgi. It’s much more detailed than people think. It’s not a beauty contest at all! There’s history involved, there’s science involved – there is a lot more to it.

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A Kerry Blue Terrier hugs its handler while competing in Best of Terrier group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, first held in 1877, is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. (David Williams/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

FOX: People often forget that these aren’t just show dogs, these are people’s pets.

GMB: Oftentimes, people in this sport are two or three generations deep. I’m second generation, my parents did breeding, showing, judging – often times it’s a family affair, because these dogs live in your house. It’s part of your life, part of the family! If you’re used to that and you love the dogs, it’s a lifestyle, almost.

When I first had my daughter, my dogs were always right there, and I think that’s telling of the sport in general. People love it, love trying to preserve the breeds and its special features, to make sure the next generation is healthy and sound, continues and doesn’t fade away.

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The Australian Terrier ‘Bacon’ and handler compete during Terrier Group judging at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

FOX: What are you most looking forward to this year?

GMB: We try to make the show better every year. With the Azawakh joining, the breeders who put so much into going through the AKC process [of accreditation] can finally enjoy the moment. The best thing [for competitors] is being able to talk and explain things – at its core, that’s what a dog show really is.

It’s an evaluation of breeding stock – what the dogs should be used for, and how they can best produce the next generation. At the core of it, it’s all about the love of dogs. People are coming cross-country, from Canada, investing time, money and energy into this, they’ve been dedicated. This is one of the largest celebrations of dogs you will find.

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Watch the 144th WKC Dog show on the WKC website, WKC app and Fox Sports app from Feb. 8 – 11. Select group competitions, followed by the Best in Show competition, will be held on Tuesday night from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm EST and streamed live on FS1.

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Company releases ‘Politics Scented Candle’ made from genuine horse poop: ‘Subtle notes of bureaucracy’

Smell how you really feel.

For anyone frustrated by politics these days, Kentucky for Kentucky has released a “Politics Scented Candle” that allows you to wordlessly share your frustrations. In fact, you don’t even have to be in the room to air your grievances. Actually, it’s probably better for you if you’re not.

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The small company, which sells Kentucky-focused apparel as well as cheeky gifts, describes the candle as made from “real Kentucky horse — for subtle notes of bureaucracy, hypocrisy, & old farts.”

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For all those frustrated by politics, Kentucky for Kentucky has released a “Politics Scented Candle” that allows you to wordlessly share your frustrations. (Kentucky for Kentucky)

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“Ahh, politics. United, divisive, and smells like the same old s—. Burn it down and start over with a revolutionary new scented candle!” the product description reads, claiming the candle is made with real dehydrated horse poop.

The limited-edition candle retails for $24 on the company’s website, and it claims it is perfect for “family gatherings, comment sections, séances, and unprompted conversations in line at the convenience store.”

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But if you want your home to smell more apolitical, the brand has a variety of other scents – like cornbread and the popular fried chicken – to keep your abode smelling more delicious than contentious.

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First American dies of coronavirus in China: US embassy

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A 60-year-old diagnosed with coronavirus in Wuhan, China, has reportedly become the first U.S. citizen to die of the novel virus.

The patient died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan on Thursday, The New York Times reported.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing confirmed the patient’s death Friday night but gave few other details.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a spokesman for the embassy said, according to the Times. “Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”

The fast-spreading virus has killed more than 700 and infected more than 34,500 in China as of Friday.

Chinese officials are still trying to stem the flow of infections in the mainland as the virus continues to spread globally. The country’s ruling Communist Party is also dealing with public anger over the death of a doctor who was detained and threatened by authorities for spreading early warnings of the illness in December.

As of Friday, 72 countries have implemented travel restrictions, according to the World Health Organization.

So far 12 patients have been diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., but some have already been released from the hospital.

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President Trump on Friday tweeted that he had a “good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but he will be successful.”

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Helgi Walker: Clarence Thomas’ legacy is one all Americans should admire

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I clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas 25 years ago. To millions of people across America he is a heroic figure, just as he is to me. But I am sometimes approached by people who have never read a Supreme Court decision, much less met the justice, but nonetheless have something negative to say about him. 

So how do I respond? I explain that he is widely considered one of the most influential legal thinkers of his time by lawyers, academics, and historians, whether they agree with him or not. And I say, “If you ever had a chance to meet and talk with the justice, you would love and admire him as a human being as much as I do.” 

Now every American has that chance. A powerful new documentary, ”Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” directed by Michael Pack, gives us all the opportunity to hear directly from Justice Thomas in his own words.

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In the film, he speaks into the camera, direct and unfiltered. Watching this movie is like sitting down and having a long conversation with him about his life, faith, family, and values.

And what a wonderful conversation it is. Everybody should see it — the many for whom he is already an American hero, and those who think they know him based on mainstream media depictions.

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It’s not designed as a movie for a legal audience (thank goodness it’s not for the lawyers!). It’s a powerful biography, from a human perspective, about a very special man’s life, and what he achieved in this great country of ours through grit, commitment to principle, and personal bravery. 

A Washington Post writer called it “a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room. The film … is a mesmerizing and deeply moving account of Thomas’s journey from a no-plumbing shack in Georgia’s Lowcountry to the highest court in the land.” Another critic called it “undeniably compelling.”

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In the movie, we learn about Thomas’ upbringing and how those experiences shaped his journey to the Supreme Court. He talks about growing up in the segregated South in the 1940s and 50s, starting out as a child in a one-room shack in the rural poverty of Pin Point, Georgia and ultimately being raised by his grandparents in a modest house in nearby Savannah that seemed a paradise to him with its running water and a real kitchen.

He talks of being six-years-old and wandering the streets by himself, hungry. He tells us about why he was determined to go into the legal field: His grandfather was pulled over by the police for wearing too many clothes, yet had no way to defend himself in society.

He talks about the nuns at his Catholic high school, who, despite the existing segregation, “were on our side from day one.” The kindness they showed him changed his life. As he explains, “You knew they loved you. And … when you think somebody loves you and deeply cares about your interests, somehow, they can get you to do hard things.” And so they did, encouraging him to excel academically, which he did.

Racism was a daily and hurtful reality. He describes how this discrimination motivated him to be an over-achiever in school, saying, “So I can’t get a 98 … I have to have 100. In other words, to leave them nothing but race. It’s sort of like ‘checkmate.’” 

In the 1960s, the assassination of Martin Luther King threw Thomas into dark despair about the state of race relations in America. He says he became “an angry black man.” He shares about the night he prayed to God to take the hate out of his heart and found a way to embrace love, faith and hard work as his guiding values — the values his grandfather originally taught him.

His commitment to these beliefs allowed Thomas to withstand a brutal Supreme Court confirmation hearing. True to form, he cared more about defending his honor than the job itself.

Even when pushed to withdraw his name from consideration, he would not retreat, saying, “I’d rather die than withdraw.” The film showcases his strength under fire and his unbreakable belief that personal integrity matters more than anything.

After donning the robes of a Supreme Court justice, Thomas reshaped modern jurisprudence to reflect the original intent of the Founding Fathers by relying on the text of the Constitution. Thomas is not swayed by temporary expediency but is guided by the enduring values of our founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and its world-changing idea that “All men are created equal.” As he explains in the movie, those values are the key to our constitutional democracy.

Over the decades, Thomas has written forceful and widely-acclaimed opinions protecting free speech, religious freedom, and personal liberty against the administrative state. He has authored more than 600 opinions, 30 percent more than any other sitting justice.

These opinions display a willingness to delve deeply into the history of the Constitution and its meaning and to follow that meaning wherever it leads in a particular case, no matter who the particular parties are. They are based on a rigorous, intellectually honest approach to the law. In this way, he honors and protects our most cherished principles for the long run. 

He taught us all this as law clerks. But what he taught us about life — and what comes through loud and clear in the film — is to think for yourself and to decide for yourself. Exercise your God-given right to intellectual freedom. Don’t let anybody tell you who you have to be, or what you have to believe. Even if it doesn’t always make you popular, you will be true to yourself.

Those in the mainstream media unfortunately often overlook this amazing legal legacy and his personal story. Thankfully, ”Created Equal” captures the justice’s life and honors his legacy as one of the most thoughtful and important jurists of all time.

The film, which is now in select theaters across the country, is living history. I encourage everybody to go see it. 

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You will laugh, you will cry, and you will come away inspired to forge your path, even when things seem stacked against you. And to those of you who think you already have all the answers, I challenge you to go see the movie and hear for yourself what he has to say. Then make up your own mind.

That’s a right enjoyed by every American; a right Justice Thomas fights for every day.

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