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George Conway Says He’s Changed His Mind About Trump: ‘Racist To The Core’

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George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, wrote a scathing editorial on Monday blasting President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on a coalition of Democratic congresswomen as “racist to the core” and “beyond the bounds of human decency.”

Conway, a vocal critic of the president despite his wife’s senior role in his administration, said Trump’s comments in recent days had shifted his opinion of the president. Though Conway once thought of Trump as merely “boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive,” now the lawyer says the president’s behavior leaves “no doubt” about his character.

“No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot,” Conway wrote in The Washington Post. “Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. … Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to ‘go back’ to the ‘countries’ they ‘originally came from’? That’s racist to the core.”

Conway’s comments come amid an ongoing furor over Trump’s vicious attacks against several Democratic lawmakers. In a series of tweets this weekend, the president, apparently referring to progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) — should “go back” to the countries they came from.

All four are women of color, but only Omar was born outside the U.S. The Minnesota congresswoman’s family emigrated from Somalia when she was a child.

The remarks prompted a widespread outcry, with many saying they amounted to a racist, xenophobic and inaccurate attack on duly elected members of the government. But Trump refused to back down on Monday, telling reporters outside the White House he had no regrets about the statements.

“If you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave,” he said Monday. “You can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want. Don’t come back, that’s OK, too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave.”

The four congresswomen held their own news conference on Monday, at which they chastised the president’s attacks as “blatantly racist” and akin to the “agenda of white nationalists.”

“For him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in, it’s complete hypocrisy,” Omar said Monday.

In his piece in the Post, Conway also slammed Republican leaders for largely ignoring the controversy, saying that party members have largely grown accustomed to Trump’s divisive rhetoric and fearful he’ll turn against them.

“They’re silent because, knowing that he’s incorrigible, they have inured themselves to his wild statements; because, knowing that he’s a fool, they don’t really take his words seriously and pretend that others shouldn’t, either,” Conway wrote. “Because, knowing how damaging Trump’s words are, the Republicans don’t want to give succor to their political enemies; because, knowing how vindictive, stubborn and obtusely self-destructive Trump is, they fear his wrath.”

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Hannity: ‘The radicals are in charge’

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity focused Monday night on the change within the Democratic Party, declaring once again that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is now the leader and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is “powerless.”

“They are on the verge of an all-out civil war. Nancy Pelosi has lost complete control of her radical socialist base. Freshman Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman Tlaib and Omar and Ayanna Pressley are now running the show,” Hannity said on his television show.

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“Speaker Pelosi is now totally powerless.”

Hannity was reacting to past comments made by the four congresswomen who responded to President Trump’s controversial tweets Sunday calling for the progressive congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from.

Trump doubled down Monday calling out the lawmakers for their Anti-American “hate.”

Hannity warned that “radicals” within the Democratic Party will use identity politics to attack any that oppose them including other Democrats to “reshape America.”

“It does not matter what Speaker Pelosi says, what she does. The radicals who are in charge, anyone who opposes them of course quickly labeled xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, sexist, and a bigot and want dirty air and water,” Hannity told his audience.

“The so-called ‘squad’ of far left freshmen congresswomen are now using identity politics even against members of their own party. The end goal is to fundamentally reshape America.”

The Fox News host also pointed out the influence this “wing” has on the Democratic presidential candidates.

“The base of the Democratic Party is so powerful that every 2020 hopeful has adopted their fringe socialist policies. And if they don’t adopt it completely they are trashed by many of the four,” Hannity said.

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Hannity blasted the four congresswomen for calling for the impeachment of President Trump Monday during a press conference and for their vision of the country.

“They don’t want to improve this country. They want to remake this country into something we all know will fail,” Hannity said. “They want to impeach the one person that’s been standing in their way.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Radiation levels in Marshall Islands higher than Fukushima, Chernobyl, study finds

Radiation levels across the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, where the United States conducted more than 65 nuclear tests during the Cold War, are still alarmingly high — even higher than Fukushima and Chernobyl in some parts, a new study shows.

Researchers at Columbia University tested soil samples on four uninhabited isles and discovered that they contained concentrations of nuclear isotopes that are “significantly” higher than those found near the two disaster sites.

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“All of these measurements are important due to the potential for repopulation of at least some of the atolls in the Marshall Islands,” explained Dr. David Krofcheck, of the physics department at the University of Auckland.

“Such measurements of the effects of nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands must continue on a regular basis into the indefinite future,” he told the Science Media Centre.

Two of the isles where the soil was analyzed — Bikini and Enewetak — were used as “ground-zero” for US nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958. The others, Rongelap and Utirik, were affected by radioactive fallout from the largest of the 67 tests conducted, known as the Bravo test.

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Researchers at Columbia said they aimed to “present a picture of current radiological conditions” in the region “by examining external gamma radiation and soil radionuclide activity concentrations.”

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Their findings, which were published Monday in the journal PNAS, showed that gamma radiation in some areas were “well above” the legal exposure limit established in agreements between the US and Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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Acting CBP Commissioner: Some critics either misinformed or lying about agency, actions

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being wrongfully criticized and attacked by misinformed or intentionally misguided people, according to Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner said.

Law enforcement and the intelligence community are likely successfully tracking potential threats against the agency and its infrastructure, Morgan claimed Monday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It’s absolutely dangerous,” he said of some of the opposition to the agency’s mission of border enforcement.

“I have full confidence that the law enforcement mechanisms and intelligence agencies are watching these groups.”

WASHINGTON ICE DETENTION CENTER ATTACKER WILLEM VAN SPRONSEN WROTE ‘I AM ANTIFA’ MANIFESTO BEFORE ASSAULT

“A lone wolf or violent extremist are very hard to prevent,” he said, referring to a 69-year-old Antifa activist shot and killed by Washington state police after attacking an ICE facility in the Evergreen State.

The group Seattle Antifascist Action described assailant Willem Van Spronsen a “good friend and comrade” who “took a stand against the fascist detention center in Tacoma” and “became a martyr who gave his life to the struggle against fascism.”

Van Spronsen was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department. Employees reported he was throwing ‘incendiary devices’ and setting vehicles on fire and the first officers on the scene said he was wearing a sachet and carrying flares.

In light of van Spronsen’s attack, Morgan slammed some of the rhetoric from agency opponents and critics.

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“The rhetoric that’s out there from our own elected leaders — they’re attacking the men and women of ICE, they’re attacking the men and women of CBP,” he said.

“It’s unjust, it’s unfair, it’s misinformed, and outright sometimes, they’re just lying to the American people and it’s undoubtedly fueling this.”

Of the comparison between border detention facilities and World War II-era concentration camps, Morgan said the two are completely different.

“In the concentration camps, the Nazis were killing people. Customs and Border Protection are saving lives,” he said.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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'Flat racist' tweets: In Iowa, Biden says Trump should 'go home'

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WAUKEE, Ia. — Former Vice President Joe Biden said President Donald Trump should “go home” after he penned a series of “flat racist” tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen.

“As recently as the way he spoke about four members of Congress, women members of Congress. No matter what you think of their politics. He talked about going back to the awful countries they were from — Brooklyn, Michigan,” Biden said to laughter. “But I mean, I mean, it’s a flat racist attack. He said they should go home. He should go home.”

Biden made the comments Monday in Waukee, Iowa, at the home of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who hosted a house party for the former vice president.

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Trump tweeted Sunday about Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he wrote. “Then come back and show us how it is done.”

The tweets were widely condemned as racist.

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All four of the congresswomen were born in the United States with the exception of Omar, who came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia when she was young.

Analysis:: Will the furor over Trump’s tweets be any different?

Trump has denied the comments were racist, telling reporters that “if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave.”

More: Donald Trump says the House Democrats he insulted should apologize day after his ‘go back’ tweets

Biden was campaigning in Iowa as part of a three-day swing across the state. He spoke earlier in the day at a forum hosted by the Des Moines Register and AARP about senior issues. There, he highlighted his new health care plan, an alternative to “Medicare for All”, which would build on Obamacare.

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Kellyanne Conway says critics employ Hatch Act to ‘silence’ her support for Trump

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Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway responded to critics Monday after formally defying a Hatch Act-related subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.

Her opponents are concerned about her effectiveness at her job and hoped to silence her, Conway said Monday on “Hannity.”

“I’m concerned that there’s such a weaponization and politicization of this thing called the Hatch Act,” she said.

The Hatch Act limits political activity by federal workers. Congress approved the Hatch Act in 1939 to limit partisan activity by federal employees to ensure the government functions fairly and effectively.

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The Office of Special Counsel — separate from the office formerly run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — opened two cases focused on allegations Conway violated the Hatch Act by engaging in “both official and political activity” — during her media appearances and on her Twitter account, @KellyannePolls.

The report stated, “Ms. Conway regularly participated in official media interviews in her capacity as a White House spokesperson to answer reporters’ questions about the Administration. Beginning in February 2019, Ms. Conway, during official media appearances, engaged in a pattern of partisan attacks on several Democratic Party candidates shortly after they announced their candidacy for President,” detailing instances involving Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

The OSC stated that in one Feb. 19 interview on “Fox & Friends,” Conway “insinuated that Senator Booker was ‘sexist’ and a ‘tinny’ ‘motivational speaker,’” and claimed Warren, D-Mass., was “’lying’” about her ethnicity.

Conway said that no matter how heavy the pressure is on her to keep a low profile, she will continue to publicly support the president’s policies.

“They’re not going to silence me,” she said. “They’re not going to take away my First Amendment rights.”

Conway also “attacked” O’Rourke for not “thinking the women running are good enough to be President.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report

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Trump Admin Says Abortion ‘Gag Rule’ Effective Immediately

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups.

The head of a national umbrella group representing the clinics said the administration is following “an ideological agenda” that could disrupt basic health care for many low-income women.

Ahead of a planned conference Tuesday with the clinics, the Health and Human Services Department formally notified them that it will begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions. Another requirement that both kinds of facilities cannot be under the same roof would take effect next year.

The rule is widely seen as a blow against Planned Parenthood, which provides taxpayer-funded family planning and basic health care to low-income women, as well as abortions that must be paid for separately. The organization is a mainstay of the federally funded family planning program and it has threatened to quit over the issue.

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said in a statement that “our doors are still open” as her organization and other groups seek to overturn the regulations in federal court. “We will not stop fighting for all those across the country in need of essential care,” Wen said.

HHS said no judicial orders currently prevent it from enforcing the rule while the litigation proceeds.

Clare Coleman, president of the umbrella group National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said “the administration’s actions show its intent is to further an ideological agenda.”

Abortion opponents welcomed the administration’s move. “Ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for common-sense health care,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, said in a statement.

Known as Title X, the family-planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates, which serve about 40 percent of all clients. The program provides about $260 million a year in grants to clinics.

The family planning rule is part of a series of Trump administration efforts to remake government policy on reproductive health. Other regulations tangled up in court would allow employers to opt out of offering free birth control to women workers on the basis of religious or moral objections, and grant health care professionals wider leeway to opt out of procedures that offend their religious or moral scruples.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.

Under the administration’s rule, clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients, along with other options. However, that would no longer be required.

The American Medical Association is among the professional groups opposed to the administration’s policy, saying it could affect low-income women’s access to basic medical care, including birth control, cancer screenings and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. By law, the family planning program does not pay for abortions.

Religious conservatives see the regulation as a means to end what they call an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.

Although abortion remains politically divisive, the U.S. abortion rate has dropped significantly, from about 29 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 1980 to about 15 in 2014. Better contraception, fewer unintended pregnancies and state restrictions may have played a role, according to a recent scientific report. Polls show most Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

The Trump administration’s policy echoes a Reagan-era regulation that barred clinics from even discussing abortion with women. It never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled it was appropriate.

The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule took effect requiring “nondirective” counseling to include a full range of options for women. The Trump administration is now rolling back the Clinton requirement.

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Video shows bear charging man who came within feet of cubs in Tennessee

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A black bear in Tennessee charged at a man who was seen on video Saturday approaching the animal and her cubs.

The man is seen coming within feet of the bear and her cubs at Cades Cove, a popular tourist spot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The man was not hurt, according to Paige Marple of Knoxville, who was in the area with her boyfriend and brother when they noticed the bear and her cubs. Marple told Fox News that they stayed in their truck and watched from a distance as the man approached the bear.

She recorded the risky encounter.

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Marple called what she had witnessed “intense,” calling it unbelievable that the man had gotten away unscathed.

“I don’t know how he’s still alive, honestly,” Marple wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday, adding that in Cades Cove “there are signs everywhere stating to stay 50 yards away from the animals.”

“This man did not listen and could have died because of it,” she wrote.

In the video, the bear appeared to charge before backing off to follow her cubs.

Marple told Fox News, “I was confused at first, as I couldn’t understand what enticed this man to even consider going towards the bear and her cubs.”

She said fear set in shortly thereafter.

“You can hear myself, my brother and my boyfriend all gasp, as we thought it was going to get bad,” Marple said. “Shock and relief was followed by a feeling of anger because the man did something that could have very well ended bad for himself and the family of bears.”

Dana Soehn, a park spokesperson, told Fox News that visitors need to be aware that bears are wild animals, and can be dangerous or unpredictable, adding that it is illegal to come within 50 yards of them in the park.

Violations can result in fines and arrest, Soehn said.

In a statement sent to Fox News Soehn wrote, “To help us best protect bears in the park, it is critical that people act responsibly during their visit.”

Soehn added that bears should never be fed or approached.

“We work hard to keep bears wild in a space shared with 11.4 million people,” the statement said. “We need each visitor to do their part by always staying at least 50 yards back from bears and properly disposing of food waste – for their safety and that of the bears.”

Soehn said mother bears are extremely protective of their cubs and will aggressively defend them from harm.

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“By approaching a mother bear with cubs, visitors are putting themselves and others at risk of injury,” the statement said.

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Trump Taps Health Care Expert As Acting Top White House Economist

President Trump has named Tomas Philipson as acting chair of his Council of Economic Advisers. Philipson, who is already a member of the council, is a University of Chicago professor who specializes in the economics of health care.

He previously served as a top economist at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Philipson takes over from White House economist Kevin Hassett, whose departure was announced on Twitter last month.

“I want to thank Kevin for all he has done,” Trump tweeted. “He is a true friend!”

“I’m leaving on very good terms with the president,” Hassett said in an interview. He stressed that two years is a typical tenure for CEA leaders, many of whom come to the White House on loan from universities.

“One of the reasons why CEA has stayed an objective resource over all these years is that the chairmen have tended to turn over after a couple of years, which is not really enough time to go native,” Hassett said. “If you stay here too long, then you might end up being too fond of all the political types over in the West Wing and it might be a little bit harder to tell them the difficult truths.”

Hassett, a sunny optimist who co-authored the book Dow 36,000 at the height of the dot-com bubble, hasn’t felt the need to tell many difficult truths. While many forecasters predict a slowdown in the U.S. economy this year, Hassett continues to project economic growth of at least 3%.

Colleagues describe Philipson as a top-notch economist and a creative problem-solver.

“Tom is a very fresh thinker,” said Mark McClellan, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration who recruited Philipson to work for him, first at the FDA and later at CMS. “Tom had a great background in health economics and wanted to do work that was very policy relevant. So it was a win-win.”

Although Philipson grew up in Sweden, where the vast majority of health care costs are covered by the government, he stresses market-oriented reforms and consumer choice.

“Coming from the University of Chicago, it’s probably not surprising that as an economist he would envision a big role for consumers in improving how markets function,” McClellan said. “I would emphasize as well, though, that he has a good understanding of government institutions and the role of regulation.”

At the FDA, McClellan said, Philipson helped institute a system in which drugmakers and medical device manufacturers paid higher fees to facilitate faster approvals. At CMS, he worked on Medicare Advantage — a program that allows about a third of Medicare recipients to get their benefits through private insurers.

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Extra protection sought for certain lawmakers after Trump’s comments about ‘squad’

EXCLUSIVE – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., was seeking extra protection for members of Congress on Monday after President Trump’s tweets and remarks about the progressive “squad.”

Trump’s remarks apparently were directed at four congresswomen: Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S.

Far from backing down, Trump on Monday dug in on comments he had initially made a day earlier on Twitter that if lawmakers “hate our country,” they can go back to their “broken and crime-infested” countries.

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The House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., right, is seeking extra protection for members of Congress. The letter is addressed to Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, left, because, this year, he heads the Capitol Police Board. (Getty, File)

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“If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, you can leave, you can leave right now,” he said.

In the letter for House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, Thompson argued that the Capitol Police Board should meet to “analyze the current threat environment and set thresholds for enhanced safety of Members.”

Thompson asked for a meeting within 48 hours and a classified readout of the meeting.

The letter was addressed to Stenger because he has headed the Capitol Police Board this year.

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Thompson said security officials should set “thresholds for enhanced security for certain targeted Members, and evaluate threat streams with law enforcement partners in Member districts. Being proactive in this instance is vital to the safety of not only these targeted Members, but all Members of Congress.”

Fox News has been told that despite Thompson’s pleas, other lawmakers have faced more serious threats than members of the squad ahead of Trump’s tweets.

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