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Polls show impeachment hearings not working Democrats, says political reporter

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Recent polling could be bad news for House Democrats, who are trying to convince more Americans of the merits of impeaching President Trump, according to National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar.

In a recent episode of Fox Nation‘s brand new show “What Are the Odds?” pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson spoke with Kraushaar about the impact of several weeks of public impeachment on public opinion.

An early November poll conducted by Democratic polling group Global Strategy Group found that 42 percent of those who were undecided on the issue of impeachment “feel exhausted” by the proceedings, while 27 percent said they feel “confused” by the process. Only 12 percent of these potentially convinceable voters said that they now support impeachment following weeks of public hearings featuring key witnesses and legal experts.

“Is there a risk that impeachment is something where people are already dug in? There’s really very little that these hearings are going to change and that those swing voters kind of think this is the wrong topic?” Soltis Anderson asked.

“Public opinion on impeachment is about as baked in as you’ll get,” Kraushaar responded.

According to Kraushaar, it was during the initial revelations of Trump’s phone call with Ukranian President Zelensky, as well as the early stages of the impeachment process that “caused quite a bit of movement” in the polls, but he now considers the public’s opinion of Trump to have hardened.

HOUSE DEM SEES NO ‘VALUE’ IN IMPEACHMENT, AS POLLS SHOW FAILING SUPPORT AMONG INDEPENDENTS

“In the Ukraine story, you kind of got the end of the movie before you got the middle…and the beginning of the movie. So we’ve been working backward instead of the normal political process,” he explained. “I do think there was some movement among Democrats and independents supporting impeachment, supporting the president’s removal initially. But now public opinion is pretty much baked in.”

“Public opinion on impeachment is about as baked in as you’ll get.”

— Josh Kraushaar, Fox Nation

Reiterating his claim that swing voters are unable to be persuaded in favor of impeachment despite the best efforts from Democrats, Kraushaar said they care very little for the subject altogether and prefer to focus on “bread and butter economic issues.”

CNN ANALYST: IMPEACHMENT POLLING IS ‘WARNING SIGN FOR DEMS’

“With those numbers, people who are undecided, the swing voters, they don’t care that much about impeachment at all. So, you know, the notion that these hearings are going to change people’s minds, are going to get people more angry at the president — it’s not going to happen,” he explained.

“The undecided voters, the swing voters are disengaged. They want to hear about bread and butter economic issues. They don’t want to hear about impeachment. And their opinions of President Trump are already pretty much baked in the cake,” he added.

Last month, Washington Post reporter Rachael Bade issued similar warnings to Democrats after CNN’s John King reported on polling that showed 40 percent of Americans believed Democrats were abusing their constitutional powers — and that both independents and Democrats have started to lose interest in impeachment.

“I do think that this polling is sort of a warning sign for them. I mean, if they’re not able to move public sentiment at all with those five hearings with … a dozen State Department or [National Security Council] officials coming forward and testifying against the president,” Bade told CNN. “I mean, that’s a problem for them. I mean, this should be a high point for them in terms of making the case to the voters.”

For more from Soltis Anderson including an extended break down of impeachment polling heading into the 2020 election, join Fox Nation and watch “What are the Odds?” today.

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What’s the good news?

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On the roster: What’s the good news? – Biden: Warren would be ‘very angry’ about veep talk – House heads into closing impeachment arguments – DOJ watchdog Horowitz’s report to be released – Excuse me…?

WHAT’S THE GOOD NEWS?
You won’t find anything too surprising in Apple’s new “The Morning Show.” It starts out as basically a woke “Network” that in subsequent episodes turns into a standard-issue potboiler – Intrigue! Scandal! Office politics!

So what?

You can watch “The Mandalorian” or Jeff Goldblum’s new show (please do) or old episodes of “Magnum P.I.” (Would you be so lucky!) It’s not like we’re running out of things to distract ourselves.

We only bring up “The Morning Show” because it’s making some of its living off of how you do politics. Everyone has a right to make a living, and politics is no exception. In fact, we make our living off of how you do politics, too.

Our hope, though, is that we are additive. We assume you already know what you know and feel how you feel. We certainly didn’t come here to deal with any of that messy business. We wish you the best in your affections and antipathies. Our job is just to give you information in context as you look for the end of whatever ideological rainbow you’re chasing.

We also do not think that you are stupid. We understand that as a self-selected group of a third of a million people, our readers are not a representative sample. If we had a nation entirely of Halftime Report readers, we would have excellent government, political comity and a looming civil war over dressing recipes and Sturgill Simson albums.

But heckuva lot more than 300,000 people will watch Apple’s new show. And here’s what they think about American news consumers – you: You’re depressed, addicted, partisan morons.

As the neutral-chaotic, vulpine network boss is explaining to the producer of the eponymous show “how things really are” he offers a little soliloquy about news consumers:

“People get their horrible news delivered to the palm of their hand 24/7 and they get it the way they like it, colored the way they want it,” he, the Diana Christensen of the new century, intones, “The news is awful. But humanity is addicted to it. The whole world is depressed by it.”

Well that tore it for us, right there. That lazy, conventional cynicism passed off as realism is a mainstay of mainstream thinking. It’s been that way at least since Andy Griffith gave us Lonesome Rhodes in 1957.

Separate yourself for a second from your rooting interest in the ongoing political fight in America today.

How are things?

Our nation is basically at full employment, wages are up, year-over-year and we are as close to at peace with the world as we are ever likely to be. Crime is, in historical context, low. Technological innovation makes ordinary what would have seemed miraculous just a generation ago and, as of this writing, the Steelers are still on track for the playoffs.

We are not talking about what could go wrong. That is, as usual, almost everything. We are not talking about what has gone wrong before. That is a great deal. We are not talking about the opportunities to do good that have been missed. That is a list almost without end.

But the news is not awful. Humanity is not addicted to it. The world is not depressed by what’s going on.

Now, it’s certainly true that many people are making themselves too comfortable in their little partisan news silos. Snowflakeism is prevalent and not limited to any age or political philosophy. And cynics know that bad news – even apocalyptic-sounding news – works for people hunkered down in those cramped spaces. 

And yes, sometimes the news is “awful.” There’s corruption, murder, abuse, disease and discord. But is that new? We’d gladly take the producers of the show to four or five times in the past hundred years where it was worse.

Humanity is not addicted to bad news. Humanity is addicted to hope. In the face of the most hideous abuses – far worse than crappy American politics in the second decade of this century — people remain hopeful and optimistic. It is that optimism in the face of sure-fire suffering and loss that makes us who we are. It is that indomitable spirit. 

And the whole world is not depressed. The people of this planet are making their way as best as they can. They are loving the weak. They are providing for those who depend on them. They are trying to leave this place better than it found it. That’s not true for everybody in the world, but it’s true for a greater number of people than who “The Morning Show” says are depressed morons.

It’s cheap and easy to make a living off of the end of America or the end of the West or the end of anything. People on all sides do it. They don’t tell you the good news. They don’t tell you why you should be happy to be alive at this moment more than any other in history. They do not celebrate with you.

And that’s because they think of you as that fictional producer does: Addicted to pap, depressed about the country’s future and hopelessly biased.

Our plea to you: Defy them at every turn. In every way you can, stage a rebellion of informed, optimistic liberty. We have never thought any less than that of you and will be here for reinforcements whenever you need.

THE RULEBOOK: KEEP THOSE MOTIVES IN CHECK
“Two motives preponderated in that opposition: one, a jealousy entertained of our future power; and the other, the interest of certain individuals of influence in the neighboring States, who had obtained grants of lands under the actual government of that district.” – Alexander HamiltonFederalist No. 7

TIME OUT: ‘HALF A LEAGUE ONWARD’
History: “On December 9 [1854], The Examiner prints Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade,’ which commemorates the courage of 600 British soldiers charging a heavily defended position during the Battle of Balaklava, in the Crimea, just six weeks earlier. Tennyson had been named poet laureate in 1850 by Queen Victoria. … The sudden death of Tennyson’s dear friend Arthur Hallam in 1833 inspired several important works throughout Tennyson’s later life, including the masterful In Memoriam of 1842. Later that year, he published a volume called Poems, containing some of his best works. The book boosted Tennyson’s reputation, and in 1850 Queen Victoria named him poet laureate. … Tennyson’s massive frame and booming voice, together with his taste for solitude, made him an imposing character. … In 1859, he published the first four books of his epic Idylls of the King. Eight more volumes would follow. He continued writing and publishing poems until his death in 1892.”

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SCOREBOARD
DEMOCRATIC 2020 POWER RANKING
Biden: 26 points (no change in points)
Warren: 19.4 points (no change in points)
Sanders: 17.2 points (no change in points)
Buttigieg: 10.2 points (no change in points)
[Averages include: Quinnipiac University, CNN, Monmouth University, NBC News/WSJ and ABC News/WaPo.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE 
Average approval: 43 percent
Average disapproval: 52.8 percent
Net Score: -9.8 percent
Change from one week ago: no change in points
[Average includes: Quinnipiac University: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; CNN: 43% approve – 53% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 51% disapprove; Gallup: 43% approve – 54% disapprove; Monmouth University: 45% approve – 52% disapprove.]

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BIDEN: WARREN WOULD BE ‘VERY ANGRY’ ABOUT VEEP TALK
Axios: “Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be on his list of potential VP nominees, although he claims she’d be ‘very angry at my having said that.’ Biden told ‘Axios on HBO’ that he would base his VP choice on lessons learned from his time serving as No. 2 to former President Barack Obama. ‘[Y]ou have to have somebody who knows that you and he or she are totally simpatico in terms of your ideology, where you want to take the country, your vision for the country, and you have to be able to turn over significant responsibility to them,’ Biden said. … Biden acknowledged it would be valuable for the Democrats to have a woman or person of color on the ticket, but said it’d be presumptuous for him to name a potential VP list without being the nominee. ‘I’d add Senator Warren to the list. … The question is would she add me made to her list. You know.’”

Warren likes all-female ticket – AP: “Elizabeth Warren said Sunday she believes Americans are ready for a presidential ticket with two women at the top, rejecting concerns from some Democrats that a woman can’t beat President Donald Trump. ‘Sure, why not?’ the Democratic presidential candidate told The Associated Press in an interview ahead of a town hall campaign event in Charleston. ‘I think (voters) would support a lot of different combinations.’ In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat, some Democrats have expressed hesitation about nominating another woman to take on Trump in 2020. But Warren argued that women notched historic wins during the 2018 midterms, suggesting voters are worried less about gender than the message candidates are offering. … Warren has said she’d consider tapping Harris as a running mate. She also told the AP she would be ‘open’ to asking former Vice President Joe Biden to reprise his old job.”

Buttigieg releases summary of consultancy work – Fox News: “Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is calling on a consulting firm he used to work for to release a list of clients he was assigned, and to release him from his nondisclosure agreement — while releasing a summary of his work there, amid concerns about potential conflicts of interest if he were elected president. ‘I believe transparency is particularly important under the present circumstances in our country, which is one of the reasons why I have released all tax returns from my time in the private sector and since,’ the South Bend, Ind. mayor said in a statement. ‘I am today reiterating my request that McKinsey release me from this agreement, and I again make clear that I authorize them to release the full list of clients I was assigned to serve.’”

America’s rural hospital crisis becomes major 2020 campaign issue – Fox News: “Since 2010, more than 100 rural hospitals have closed, with another 430 at risk of shutting their doors, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. …  As the crisis worsens, it has started to generate increased attention on the campaign trail. Presidential candidates are now talking about the rural hospital shortage on a regular basis, unlike past cycles, as they court voters in critical states like Iowa where the thinning medical infrastructure is an everyday reality. ‘Rural health just simply has not been a topic in presidential debates and campaigns in the past,’ said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). … ‘It’s surfacing the issue as a key presidential campaign topic as we move forward.’ Voters in rural Iowa say health care access is one of their top concerns and will play a role in deciding who to vote for in the Feb. 3 caucuses.”

HOUSE HEADS INTO CLOSING IMPEACHMENT ARGUMENTS
Bloomberg: “House investigators give their closing summations Monday in the Democrats’ case against President Donald Trump as they continue debating how far they want to go in drafting articles of impeachment later this week. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Sunday his panel is on track to decide on what charges will be brought against the president, setting up an historic vote on impeachment in the full House before Congress leaves for a scheduled holiday break on Dec. 20. Likely articles of impeachment are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, he said. ‘There’s a sense of urgency, because he will do anything — judging from his past conduct — that he can to get interference and to rig the next election,’ Nadler said of Trump on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ program. Judiciary Committee Democrats worked through the weekend preparing for Monday’s hearing at which the staff counsels of both parties will outline opposing views of the evidence from months of work by multiple House committees.”

DOJ watchdog Horowitz’s report to be released today – Fox News: “The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is set to release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to document misconduct — including the deliberate falsification of at least one key document — during the investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign. At the same time, the report, as described by people familiar with its findings, is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history. It began in secret during Trump’s 2016 presidential run before then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately took it over. … The release of Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz‘s review is unlikely to quell the partisan battles that have surrounded the Russia investigation for years. It’s also not the last word: A separate internal investigation continues, overseen by Attorney General Bill Barr and led by U.S. Attorney John Durham. That investigation is criminal in nature, and Republicans may look to it to uncover wrongdoing that the inspector general wasn’t examining.”

Cruz suggests Ukraine interfered in U.S. election – Axios: “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday that Ukraine ‘blatantly interfered’ in the 2016 election, repeating a conspiracy theory that experts warn has been promoted by Russian intelligence services. Cruz is one of several Republican senators who have refused to disavow the allegations that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, despite receiving a briefing from intelligence officials that this is an alternative narrative being propagated by Russian security services. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who said he did not attend the briefing, claimed on ‘Meet the Press’ last week that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ‘actively worked’ for Hillary Clinton. The Ukrainian election conspiracy is one of the defenses that Trump’s allies have used to justify his decision to withhold military aid to the country.”

Pergram: House votes on impeachment articles would be monumental – Fox News: “There are important roll call votes on Capitol Hill — but votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump would be monumental. … The House Judiciary Committee is likely to entertain three to five articles of impeachment for Trump. … It’s then up to the Judiciary Committee to actually approve the articles and send them to the House floor. The House must then vote to adopt or reject those articles. Without question, these votes on articles of impeachment would be the most critical ballots cast in the 116th Congress. They could be the cardinal votes many lawmakers would make during their congressional tenures. That said, 55 House members who voted on the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton in 1998 have remained in the House.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., announces retirement – Politico 

House Dems, Trump trade man Robert Lighthizer close to deal on U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement – WSJ

Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocks release of Trump’s financial records – Fox News

House, Senate announce bipartisan deal banning surprise medical bills, raising tobacco purchase age to 21 – Roll Call

SupCo leaves Kentucky ultrasound law in place – Fox News

AUDIBLE: *SLOW CLAPPING* 
“People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, ‘I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate.’” – Actor Anthony Hopkins to Interview Magazine

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EXCUSE ME…?
SciTechDaily: “One of the first things new viewers of the cartoon ‘Rick and Morty’ might notice about Rick Sanchez is his penchant for punctuating his speech with burps. Linguistics can provide a new way to read into the dimension-hopping grandfather’s midsentence belching. Researcher Brooke Kidner has analyzed the frequency and acoustics of belching while speaking. By zeroing in on the specific pitches and sound qualities of a midspeech burp in ‘Rick and Morty,’ the work takes aim at finding what latent linguistic meaning might be found in the little-studied gastrointestinal grumbles. ‘There has not been any serious attempts to acoustically or phonetically describe the characteristics of belching in over 60 years,’ Kidner said. … Human speech contains a wide soundscape of nontraditional words, such groans and gasps, that still convey meaning and make up what is called a paralanguage. Belching during speech is a relatively less common paralinguistic item.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“My contention is that important as this debate [on the Holy War] is, it has become impoverished and embittered because it has been wrongly framed, because it has been so dominated by two warring tendencies—one sectarian, the other secular—both of which fundamentally misapprehend the historical role of religion in American public life.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the New Republic on April 9, 1984.

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.

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Juice WRLD vowed to quit prescription drug use in uncovered tweet months before death: ‘Addiction kills all’

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Juice WRLD hinted at a dark battle with prescription drugs and even vowed to kick the bad habit just five months before his sudden death.

In a now-uncovered tweet from July 8, five months before he died, the 21-year-old hinted at abusing the opioid drug known as codeine in a public apology to his girlfriend, Ally Lotti.

RAPPER JUICE WRLD DIES AT 21 AFTER LANDING IN CHICAGO ON FLIGHT FROM LOS ANGELES

“Bae I’m sorry I be tweaking, you’ve put up with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, f–k Codeine I’m done. I love you and im letting it be known publicly that ain’t s–t f–king up the real love I found. Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome,” he wrote in response to Lotti tweeting “pls” (standing for “please”).

The rapper died Sunday after reportedly suffering a seizure after landing at the Chicago Midway airport on a flight from Los Angeles. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Oak Lawn at 3:14 a.m.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed in an email to Fox News on Sunday that his autopsy would be completed Monday. The office confirmed his body arrived at the facility shortly before 9:30 a.m.

JUICE WRLD DIED BEFORE ATTENDING 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY, AFTER RAPPING ABOUT NOT LIVING PAST THAT AGE

While his cause of death has yet to be released, TMZ posted photos of suitcases allegedly taken from the young rapper’s jet, claiming they were loaded with 7 pounds of marijuana. The outlet also claimed to have been told by law enforcement sources that a bottle of codeine was located on the aircraft.

Just one hour before the young rapper was confirmed dead, two of his security guards were arrested at the Chicago Midway airport on gun charges, Fox News confirmed.

Christopher Long, 36, of Buena Park, Calif., was arrested at approximately 2 a.m. with one misdemeanor count of carrying and possessing a firearm in the first degree. The second guard arrested was Henry Dean, 27, of Chicago, who was charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm in an airport and a second count of sale and/or possession of a high capacity magazine and metal piercing bullets.

TWO OF JUICE WRLD’S SECURITY GUARDS WERE ARRESTED AT CHICAGO AIRPORT AN HOUR BEFORE RAPPER REPORTED DEAD

In addition to his social media confessions, the rapper suggested that he didn’t believe he would live past the age of 21.

“What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21,” Juice sings in the song “Legends.”

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The “27 club” defines a group of famous musicians who all died at the age of 27, including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

The star had touched down in Chicago to celebrate what was anticipated to be his 21st birthday celebration, Fox 32 reported. He turned 21 on Dec. 2.

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Boris Johnson takes heat for choosing 25-minute private jet flight over 55-minute train ride

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being criticized by opposition lawmakers and environmentalists Monday after choosing to fly on a private jet between two towns instead of taking a train journey that only lasts around an hour.

The 25-minute Doncaster to Darlington flight on a Danish charter company’s private jet that Johnson took with his staff and a number of journalists comes just days ahead of the United Kingdom’s general election. The same route by train is direct and only takes around 55 minutes.

UK BREXIT ENVOY IN DC QUITS, SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR ‘HALF TRUTHS’ DAYS BEFORE ELECTION

“Boris Johnson is living proof that the majority of flights are taken by the privileged few, while the rest of us pay the price of global heating,” Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, told The Independent. “Under a Labour government we’ll make sure that our trains and buses are properly invested in, so that Boris Johnson can make more environmentally friendly decisions in the future.”

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Britain’s Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson boards a plane at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Doncaster, England, on Monday, during campaigning ahead of the general election on Dec. 12.  (AP)

UK’S JOHNSON, CORBYN CLASS IN FINAL DEBATE BEFORE ELECTION

Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, added: “It’s absurd and unacceptable for anyone to take a flight for a journey that could be done less than an hour by train, not least the prime minister, who should be leading by example.”

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Last month, Johnson, while announcing the Conservative Party’s proposed environmental policies, said: “There is nothing more conservative than protecting our environment and these measures sit alongside our world-leading commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

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New York City subway fall leaves woman dead, another injured: ‘You could hear bones crunching’

One woman was killed and another was injured after falling in between train cars at a New York City subway station early Sunday in what one person described as a “terrible” thing to witness.

The incident happened around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday at the Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn, the New York Police Department said.

A preliminary investigation revealed the two women, ages 23 and 24, had walked off a southbound “A” train together and were walking on the platform, near the edge, as the train was leaving the station. Police said the two women then fell off the platform and in between two train cars as the train was moving.

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A man who was in the station at the time, Kwame Martin, 33, told the New York Post the pair were wearing high heels and “visibly intoxicated” as they stumbled and fell in between the two train cars.

“Her friend tried to catch her but the weight was too much for her and they both fell on the tracks between the two train cars. Then the A train started leaving the station,” Martin said. “You could hear them screaming as the train rode over them. You could hear bones crunching.”

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One woman was killed and another was injured after falling in between two subway cars early Sunday, according to the NYPD. (iStock)

Martin said that people on the platform did what they could to try to get the train to stop, hitting the emergency red button, but “it was terrible.”

The NYPD  said that officers from the 73 Precinct/Transit District 33 that is located in the station responded and found the 23-year-old woman “unconscious and unresponsive,” while the 24-year-old woman remained conscious.

“You could hear [the women] moaning under the train,” Martin told the Post, adding that first responders then “took the train apart” to get to the two women.

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The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, while the 24-year-old was transported to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition. Authorities were withholding the identity of the 23-year-old woman, pending notification of her family.

Law enforcement sources told The Post the women “appeared to be highly intoxicated” before falling.

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The incident caused “extensive delays” to subway service through the area for several hours, according to the MTA.

The incident remains under investigation, the NYPD said.

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‘Big Brother’ Spain contestant says she was sexually assaulted, forced by producers to watch footage

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A female contestant on Spain’s version of “Big Brother,” known as “Gran Hermano” in the European country, says she was sexually assaulted by a male contestant on the show and was made to watch footage of the incident by producers.

Carlota Prado, 26, detailed her allegations in the Spain-based publication El Confidencial. She explains that she was sexually abused by Jose Maria Lopez, whom she was in a relationship with on the show, after a night of partying with alcohol provided to the contestants.

Lopez, 26, has denied forcing himself on Prado in late November 2017, according to the BBC. Prado, however, was shown footage the following day, allegedly depicting Lopez taking her to bed because she was very intoxicated. After he tried to initiate sex, she reportedly said “No I can’t,” before passing out. Lopez is accused of forcing intercourse with her anyway.

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The following morning, Lopez and Prado had breakfast together and he explained to her that he simply took care of her the night before after she got too drunk. Soon after, producers made the decision to banish Lopez from the house due to his conduct and to confront Prado with footage of the alleged incident.

The BBC notes that she was called into the show’s Diary Room, where contestants conduct solo interviews. Producers played the footage of the previous night’s events, prompting Prado to sob and ask that the video be stopped. However, she alleges it continued to play despite her numerous pleas.

Prado asked if she could speak with Lopez, but was denied given that he’d been banished. The outlet reports she was discouraged from talking about the incident with her other housemates as well but was given support from a psychologist by the team behind the scenes as well as time in a hotel room to process the incident.

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The producers behind “Gran Hermano” did not show the footage to anyone else and turned it over to authorities afterward. Still, they have been criticized for not acting faster to possibly prevent the abuse from happening as well as the sensational way in which they revealed the incident to Prado.

“They allowed him to stay by my side many hours when they had sufficient proof to get him out immediately and then decide what to do with him,” she told the Spanish-language newspaper El Confidencial (via People).

She added: “I cannot understand how the program allowed this.”

A statement provided to the BBC through Endemol Shine Group, the company behind the “Big Brother” format, said that protocols are in place for these kinds of situations and that they were followed once “the production team on duty overnight became suspicious of an incident and escalated it to the show’s executive producers.”

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People notes that an investigating judge has decided to open a criminal case into the incident between Lopez and Prado.

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The “What happened in your state last week?” Megathread, Week 49

Welcome to the ‘What happened in your state last week’ thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. When commenting, please include the state you’re living in, and don’t forget to link sources. Also, please actually describe what happened. “I live in X, you know what happened” isn’t helpful to users and will be removed.

If someone from your state made a news round-up that you think is insufficient, feel free to comment to that round-up with further news stories. Enjoy discussion, and review our civility guidelines before engaging with others.

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Man punches Walmart holiday shopper for ‘taking too long’ in checkout line, police say

What a magical time of year.

Despite most Walmart brawls taking place on Black Friday, a 69-year-old man in Florida waited until Dec. 4 to take out his aggressions on holiday shoppers at a Cape Coral location.

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Police say Henry Harvey and his wife were waiting in line at the retailer around 7:15 p.m., when Harvey “became angry over the customers in front of them taking too long to check out at the register,” per a news release.

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Cape Coral Police say Henry Harvey (inset) punched a customer “in the head” following an argument in the checkout line.​​​​​ (Cape Coral Police (inset); Google Maps)

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Harvey and another customer then got into a verbal argument, which turned physical when Harvey punched the victim in the head. The victim was not seriously injured, police say.

Harvey then left the Walmart and went home, where police apprehended the 69-year-old and placed him under arrest. He was charged with battery.

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Harvey’s altercation is just one of several reported amid the holiday shopping season, after separate fights were observed breaking out in Walmart locations in California, Tennessee and Texas.

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Colorado backcountry skier killed in ‘very wide’ avalanche, first death of the season

A backcountry skier became the first death of the avalanche season in Colorado on Sunday, when she was buried by a “very wide” slide, according to officials.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that authorities received a 911 call around 2:45 p.m. that a backcountry skier had been caught in an avalanche near Cameron Pass on Highway 14, located about 70 miles west of Fort Collins.

“Other members of the party had dug the skier out and called for help,” the sheriff’s office said.

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The skier, a 29-year-old woman from Fort Collins, was not breathing after the avalanche and she was declared dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has said that new snow has increased avalanche danger across Colorado’s Front Range. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center.)

Deputies from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and rescue resources from neighboring Jackson County responded to the scene, and the 29-year-old’s body was later removed from the mountain by responders.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) said the avalanche happened on south Diamond Peak at 11,400 feet, where there was a “moderate” risk for avalanches at the time.

“The avalanche was described as 2 to 3 feet deep, very wide, and running close to 500 feet vertically,” the agency said.

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Strong winds and up to eight inches of new snow has increased the avalanche danger across the Front Range, according to the CAIC. As of Monday, there is a “considerable” risk for avalanches in the region where Sunday’s deadly slide took place.

“Dangerous conditions exist in the backcountry. Avoid steep northerly and east-facing slopes, especially those that are receiving wind-drifted snow,” the CAIC said. “This includes traveling underneath of these slopes and on adjacent connected terrain.”

There have been at least 185 avalanches in the state so far this season, according to FOX31.

Last season in Colorado was a particularly busy one for avalanches, with the CAIC saying at the time that plentiful snow caused conditions not seen in half a century. Two backcountry skiers died in February when they were buried in an avalanche near the town of Crested Butte in an area known as “Death Pass.”

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The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that the 29-year-old’s identity, as well as cause and nature of death, will be released by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office at a later time.

The CAIC said that staff will visit the site on Dec. 9 to update their report on the deadly incident.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased, and to everyone affected by this accident,” the agency said.

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Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’ on JEDI Contract

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Amazon said in a legal complaint unsealed on Monday that it had lost a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract with the Pentagon because President Trump used “improper pressure” to divert it from the company to harm its chief executive, Jeff Bezos.

Amazon had been considered the front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, known as JEDI, partly because it had built cloud services for the Central Intelligence Agency. It is also the country’s biggest cloud computing provider. But in October, the Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft.

Mr. Trump has openly criticized Mr. Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. The president has accused the paper of spreading “fake news.”

In its complaint, Amazon said that Mr. Trump attacked the company behind the scenes to hurt Mr. Bezos, “his perceived political enemy.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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