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Pope Francis Sends A Relic Of Jesus’ Manger To The Holy Land

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Clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Sat., Nov. 30, 2019. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Sat., Nov. 30, 2019.

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A small relic of wood that’s believed to be a fragment of the manger where Jesus was laid after his birth arrived in Bethlehem on Saturday, a gift from Pope Francis to help mark the start of the Christmas season.

The relic was welcomed in the city some 1,400 years after it is said to have left the Holy Land. It was donated to Pope Theodore in the 7th century by St. Sophronius, patriarch of Jerusalem, according to the Custos of the Holy Land for the Catholic Church, the group receiving the relic.

Palestinian Authority President President Mahmoud Abbas had asked Pope Francis to borrow the entire manger, but the pope decided to send a tiny portion of it to stay permanently in Bethlehem, the custodian of the Franciscan order in the Holy Land, Brother Francesco Patton, told the Associated Press.

The rest of what is believed to be left of the manger is kept at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

The thumb-sized relic was unveiled at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem before it arrived in Bethlehem, where it was greeted with marching bands and cheerful crowds, Reuters and the Associated Press reported. It is now being kept at the Franciscan Church of St. Catherine, next to the famous Church of the Nativity, traditionally known as the site where Jesus was born.

“We are proud that part of the manger is back in Bethlehem because we feel that the soul of God is with us more than before,” said Chris Giacaman, 53, a Bethlehem homemaker, told Reuters as she stood outside the church.

Others were less ecstatic. “It’s a small piece, we thought it would be a bigger piece,” said Sandy Shahin Hijazeen, 32, told Reuters.

The relic’s arrival coincides with Advent, the four-week period ahead of Christmas, also high season for tourism in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

It was not the first time that the pope has sent out relics this year. In July, he gave relics of what is believed to be fragments of St. Peter’s bones to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, generating controversy among Catholics, the Catholic News Agency reported. The pope later wrote a letter explaining that he wanted to bring the two churches closer together through the gift.

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Two Storm Systems Set To Snarl Holiday Travel

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Parts of California are blanketed in snow after a powerful Thanksgiving storm, with more snow expected in parts of the state over the weekend.

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The weekend after Thanksgiving is already a nightmare for travel, no matter the weather. But storm systems are likely to snarl travel even further across wide swathes of the United States at the end of the holiday weekend.

Heading into Sunday — one of the busiest travel days of the year — there are two major storm systems that forecasters are concerned about, says National Weather Service meteorologist Lara Pagano.

A major storm system pummeling the Great Plains region at the moment is forecast to move east and impact travel into the northeast by Sunday, she says.

“We’re seeing travel impacts for the upper Midwest into the Great Lakes, and then that’s going to transition into portions of the northeast for wintry precipitation as we get through the remainder of Sunday, Sunday night and then getting into Monday as well,” says Pagano. The Great Lakes region is going to see “significant snow and blizzard conditions that will continue into early tomorrow.”

Pagano says that early in the day on Sunday, snow and high winds are likely to make travel difficult across much of the region. Parts of the Northern Plains into Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin could see snowfall of 6 to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service, with some areas seeing as much as a foot and a half of snow.

And as the storm moves east, travel into and out of East Coast destinations such as New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts on Sunday evening may be impacted. This is the same storm that caused problems on the West Coast earlier in the week, which is why forecasters are calling it a coast-to-coast storm.

The second system that’s likely to complicate travel is bearing down on the West Coast.

“It’s just this plume of moisture that’s moving into, around San Francisco Bay region and the coastal region, and it’s really helping to squeeze out a lot of that precipitation,” Pagano says.

Portions of northern California and Nevada are under Winter Storm Watches or Warnings, with the NWS Sacramento saying that “travel is highly discouraged” between Saturday morning and Monday evening. The Sierra Nevada mountains could see up to two feet of snow at elevations above 6000 feet, with even higher snowfall at the highest elevations.

Huge amounts of travel have been predicted this holiday weekend. Nearly 32 million airline passengers were projected to take flights between Nov. 22 and Dec. 3, according to the trade organization Airlines for America. That represents a 3.7% increase over last year and an all-time record, according to the group’s calculations.

According to FlightAware, more than 225 U.S. flights had been cancelled and more than 2,000 delayed on Saturday alone as of early afternoon.

About 49 million people are also expected to travel by car for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to an estimate by AAA.

Conditions are finally improving in other parts of the country – for example, the town of Tusayan, Ariz., which is right by the south rim of the Grand Canyon. After a storm of heavy, wet snow on Thanksgiving night knocked out power, the town declared a state emergency and set up a shelter.

“Without electricity, not only was there no heat in most homes and hotels but food service was limited,” the town’s mayor, Craig Sanderson, told NPR. It was hard for emergency workers to locate the source of the problem because of the heavy snow and low visibility, though the power eventually was restored early Saturday.

Sanderson added that “we expect everything to be mostly back to normal here in Tusayan by the end of the day.” And tourists who were stuck inside during the holiday weekend will be treated to a spectacular sight. While airplane tours of the Grand Canyon are not operating, Sanderson says helicopter tours are taking off – and it “will be an amazing view from the air or ground with the snow down in the Canyon.”

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Alex Clark: Left dominates pop culture – Conservatives must engage and not be left behind

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The left has hijacked pop culture.

Liberals force-feed the general public their agenda through pop culture much like parents feed a child vegetables (except unlike broccoli, most of pop culture is terrible for you).

In the so-called age of consent, it’s more than a little ironic that whether we like it or not, those on the left have decided that politics will be inextricably intertwined with entertainment.

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It’s time for conservatives to stop forfeiting the culture and take back our seat at the table.

Social media have become society’s most effective distributors of pop culture, acting as a landing strip for young Americans hungry for a taste of current celebrity gossip, movies, music and entertainment.

A recent study conducted by Marketing Drive found that more than half of Generation Z (people born after 1997) chose social media as their preferred influence channel for information and interactions.

Between 2015 and 2018, there was a 28 percent increase in social media users who log on to follow celebrities and celebrity news. Whether it’s Kim or Taylor and the Biebs, social media has allowed the left to comment on anything from their Sunday mimosas in Santa Monica to Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

The lines between aspects of our lives we used to be able to keep neatly separate are now blurred, creating a social media culture where public figures are in a constant battle to “out-woke” each other.

You’d have to be willfully ignorant to overlook the blatant, not-so-slow drip of progressivism into the veins of Gen Z and millennials. From our schools to our cellphones, there’s no escaping it.

In the TV show “Scandal,” as just one example, fans watched Olivia Pope calmly get an abortion as if it was as ordinary a task as going to the ATM.

Cassie, a pregnant high schooler on HBO’s hit “Euphoria,” went to a family planning center where the employees were depicted as heartless, then went to Planned Parenthood, where the staff was portrayed as heroes.

Taylor Swift painted conservatives as fat, toothless, homophobic hillbillies in her “You Need to Calm Down” music video and promoted the sweet-sounding poison pill, the Equality Act, at the end of it.

Selena Gomez is executive producer of the new Netflix documentary “Living Undocumented” that downplays the effects of illegal immigration.

Teen Vogue, the now-defunct print publication, has found a home on Snapchat, targeting pre-teen girls with how-to advice on sex and promoting prostitution as a legitimate career choice.

And don’t even get me started on late-night talk shows, where hosts regularly try to outdo each other with half-baked roasts of the president.

Conservatives can’t wait around for leftists to retreat and hand back the culture – it won’t happen.

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Historically, we’ve been too nice. Rather than a seat at the table, the left expects us to settle for scraps. But no war has ever been won by being complacent, and the culture war is no different.

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Look no further than Kanye West’s recent transformation into America’s foremost evangelist!

West is a pop icon who is flipping the script on Hollywood, the news media and youth culture by using the levers of culture to influence it for the good, not by avoiding it in some spiritual seclusion. He’s having a real, news cycle-saturating impact as a result.

This is exactly why I left a career as a morning show co-host in pop radio to create the daily show “POPlitics” with Turning Point USA. Having a show that tackles pop culture without leftist propaganda is the best way to serve conservatism while still being fun and creative – and palatable and persuasive to a younger demographic.

Pop culture is consumed by everyone, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. Progressivism shouldn’t be the default, one-note filter that every movie, TV show, song or celebrity gossip story is fed through.

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If conservatives want to reclaim the culture, we need to normalize conservative voices in social and mainstream media, and not allow ourselves to be marginalized to the cultural fringe, bowing down to the schoolyard bullies in Hollywood who think they have a monopoly on entertainment.

Oh, and one last thing. Per 2016 tallies, we don’t just want one seat at the table, we want at least 63 million of them.

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Mom’s hack to stop kids from begging for toys in stores before Christmas goes viral

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A mom’s trick to stop her kids from begging for toys while shopping during the Christmas holiday season is the parenting hack you never knew you needed.

Kristina Watts, from Washington, shared on Facebook last week her clever strategy, which has since gone viral.

“Once again my camera roll is FULL of pictures of Emerson with every single thing she wants for Christmas,” Watts wrote in a post sharing pictures of her daughter posing with toys in department stores.

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“Why…because it’s the most amazing parenting hack ever and has stopped MANY meltdowns! If you aren’t using this hack…listen up friends.”

Watts explained that every year around Christmas time her daughter, Emmie, would want everything she saw inside the stores. But since employing her parenting hack, she’s managed to keep her daughter’s toy craze under control.

The trick? Simply take a picture.

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“Pause for a second, comment on the thing they’re pointing out, and say, ‘Let’s take a picture with it and send it to Santa so he knows you want it!’” Watts said. “Note: you can send it to Santa, grandma, TeeTee Stephanie or whoever it is you can pawn it off on. Totally up to you and can be different every time.

“You’re welcome,” she added.

Watts’ simple, yet brilliant hack was praised by moms in the comments section.

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“I love this idea, thank you for sharing!” a Facebook user commented.

“Genius and I admire your honesty!” another person said.

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“Thanks this is exactly what we did Saturday at Target,” said one mom, who shared a picture of her daughter posing with a toy unicorn.

Apparently many parents agreed. Watts’ viral post was shared on Facebook 50,000 times and sparked 15,000 comments.

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London Knife Attacker Identified; Public Lauds Narwhal Tusk Takedown

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (second from right), Home Secretary Priti Patel (front center) and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (far left) attend the scene in central London on Saturday.

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Metropolitan Police in London have confirmed that 28-year-old Usman Khan was the attacker who killed two people and wounded three others with a knife on London Bridge Friday before police shot and killed him.

Khan had been living in the Staffordshire area, north of Birmingham, police said. They said Khan had been known to authorities in Britain, having been convicted in 2012 of “terrorism offenses.”

According to a 2012 article in The Guardian, Khan had been part of a nine-person plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a training camp for terrorists. Although he had originally been sentenced to prison for public protection — an indefinite term until a parole board decided he was no longer a threat — his sentence was revised in 2013 to 16 years with an eight-year minimum, The Guardian reported.

Police said they are not actively seeking any other individuals connected to Saturday’s attack and have confirmed that it was being investigated as a terrorist incident.

“[Khan] had been released a year ago on the provision that he had agreed to wear an electronic tag, submit to curfews and restrictions to his movements,” Lucy Fisher, defense editor of The Times in London, said in an interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday morning. Khan had been released on license, Britain’s equivalent of parole, serving only eight years of his 16-year sentence.

“And it was while he was subject to these conditions that he performed this horrific attack yesterday,” Fisher said.

Police said they were called to Fishmonger’s Hall shortly before 2 p.m. local time, where Khan had attended a conference on criminal justice and prisoner rehabilitation, called “Learning Together,” run by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology. Khan had been wearing a fake suicide vest, police said, adding that the attack started inside Fishmonger’s Hall. Khan stabbed “a number of people” inside the hall, police said, and The Times reported that one of the two killed died inside the hall.

“I am devastated to learn that today’s hateful attack on London Bridge may have been targeted at staff, students and alumni,” University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope said in a statement posted online.

Police said Khan then left the building and moved to London Bridge, where he continued his attack before being apprehended by bystanders, one armed with a narwhal tusk, another with a fire extinguisher. Videos of the attack posted online show Khan being sprayed by a fire extinguisher as another man jabs forward with the tusk.

As Khan is tackled to the ground, a third individual wrests the knife out of Khan’s hands and backs away, with police closing in with their guns out. They drag a bystander off Khan, then shoot and kill Khan. London Bridge and the surrounding area remain closed on Saturday, and police are asking anyone who was present at Fishmonger’s Hall to come forward with any information.

Amy Coop, a director who attended the Learning Together conference, tweeted that the tusk, 5 feet in length and one of a pair flanking the entrance doors, had been taken off the wall by a man who rushed out of Fishmonger’s Hall to follow Khan.

The Times reported that the tusk-wielder was a Polish man who had worked at Fishmonger’s Hall, “setting up events and managing porters.” The identity of the other individual with the fire extinguisher, or the origin of the extinguisher, is not known.

Those individuals who intervened to stop the attacker were lauded by both the public and British leadership, earning recognition from Queen Elizabeth II on down.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said on BBC Breakfast that the civilians who intervened had no idea whether the suicide vest was real.

“They ran towards him, to stop him from hurting other people. And I’m so proud, and we should all be really proud, of these people,” Khan said.

In an interview on Sky News, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that those individuals represent “the best of our country.”

Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick echoed Johnson and Khan’s sentiments in an interview near London Bridge Saturday morning.

“It’s a terrible thing that people found themselves in that position, but as we saw the worst of humankind, we also saw the very best of human spirit and of London,” Dick said.

Friday’s attack reminded many of the 2017 London terrorist attacks. In March 2017, a car jumped the sidewalk on Westminster Bridge, killing five before the driver jumped out and stabbed a police officer to death. The driver was then shot and killed by another police officer.

In June 2017, a van plowed through pedestrians on London Bridge and crashed outside a pub on the south bank of the Thames, a short walk from Fishmonger’s Hall. The rampage continued as three attackers got out of the van, pursuing and stabbing people, killing eight and wounding 48. The attackers had also been wearing fake suicide vests and were killed by police. ISIS had claimed responsibility for the June attacks.

With the country’s general election scheduled on Dec. 12 a showdown between Johnson’s Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, Britain’s leadership and justice system now grapple with the question: How was a convicted terrorist released from prison eight years early, and how was he able to carry out this attack with an ankle bracelet monitoring his movements?

“For the Conservatives, there will be questions for the home secretary about why, only three weeks ago, she reduced the terror threat in the U.K. from severe to substantial,” the Times‘ Fisher said, adding that cuts to police numbers could have had an impact on their surveillance of Khan.

And in the Labour Party, Corbyn has faced scrutiny over his vague stances on questions of national security, said Fisher. “This week, he was asked in an interview six times whether he would ever be prepared to give the order to kill a terrorist if that terrorist could not be safely apprehended,” she said. “Six times he refused to say if he would give that kill order.”

“In the minds of voters, there are questions about how secure the nation would be in his hands if he became prime minister,” Fisher said.

Alexander Tuerk is an intern at Here & Now.

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Colin Kaepernick speaks at ‘Unthanksgiving’ celebration, criticizes US

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Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick had an odd way of celebrating Thanksgiving, attending an event that appeared to serve as a rebuke to the holiday and the United States.

On Thursday, Kaepernick spoke at the “Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony,” also known as “Unthanksgiving,” on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California. The event is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Native Americans occupying the famous island, which previously served as the site of a federal prison.

“Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz,” Kaepernick tweeted on Thanksgiving day.

“The US government has stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people. Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always.”

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Kaepernick is no stranger to controversy and has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season. He started a national firestorm when he decided to kneel during the national anthem before games to raise awareness about perceived social injustices across the U.S. He accused NFL owners in a grievance of blackballing him from the league because of the anthem protest, but the two sides settled earlier this year.

He tweeted a video of a man proclaiming that Native Americans were taking the land by “right of discovery.” The video also appeared to show him speaking to celebrants on the island.

“It’s been 50 years since the occupation,” Kaepernick said. “And that struggle has continued for that 50 years … It’s our responsibility to honor our ancestors and honor our elders by carrying on that struggle. Don’t let their sacrifices be in vain. That’s why it’s important for all of us to be here today — to show that we’re together, that we’re unified, that we have that solidarity. And I hope to spend many more of these with you.”

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Kaepernick also apparently attended the event in 2017.

Kaepernick also retweeted an article by Washington Post writer Christopher Petrella who indicated Thanksgiving was racist.

“Antebellum campaigns to establish Thanksgiving as nat’l holiday grew up alongside colonizationist efforts to remove free Black people from U.S. Nationalization advocates mobilized white fears of Black equality to build support for holiday,” he said in the post retweeted by Kaepernick.

Kaepernick released a hype video Monday, days after he worked out for a handful of NFL teams at an Atlanta-area high school in hopes of making a still-elusive return to the league.

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The video showed Kaepernick launching passes to receivers during his workout at Charles Drew High School. It also included a message to the media after his workout that he was ready to come back and compete again in the NFL.

There have been conflicting reports on whether any NFL teams are interested in the quarterback after his midseason workout. ESPN reported Sunday that no teams have reached out to Kaepernick to work him out further, while his attorney appeared on Adam Carolla’s podcast last week and said at least two teams were interested. The attorney didn’t specify which teams.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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2 Storm Systems Set To Snarl Holiday Travel

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Parts of California are blanketed in snow after a powerful Thanksgiving storm, with more snow expected in parts of the state over the weekend.

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The weekend after Thanksgiving is already a nightmare for travel, no matter the weather. But storm systems are likely to snarl travel even further across wide swaths of the United States at the end of the holiday weekend.

Heading into Sunday — one of the busiest travel days of the year — there are two major storm systems that forecasters are concerned about, says National Weather Service meteorologist Lara Pagano.

One pummeling the Great Plains region at the moment is forecast to move east and impact travel into the Northeast by Sunday, she says.

“We’re seeing travel impacts for the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes, and then that’s going to transition into portions of the Northeast for wintry precipitation as we get through the remainder of Sunday, Sunday night and then getting into Monday as well,” says Pagano. The Great Lakes region is going to see “significant snow and blizzard conditions that will continue into early tomorrow.”

Pagano says that early in the day on Sunday, snow and high winds are likely to make travel difficult across much of the region. Parts of the Northern Plains into Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin could see snowfall of 6 to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service, with some areas seeing as much as a foot and a half of snow.

And as the storm moves east, travel into and out of East Coast destinations such as New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts on Sunday evening may be affected. This is the same storm that caused problems on the West Coast earlier in the week, which is why forecasters are calling it a coast-to-coast storm.

The second system likely to complicate travel is bearing down on the West Coast.

“It’s just this plume of moisture that’s moving into, around San Francisco Bay region and the coastal region, and it’s really helping to squeeze out a lot of that precipitation,” Pagano says.

Portions of Northern California and Nevada are under winter storm watches or warnings, with NWS Sacramento saying that “travel is highly discouraged” between Saturday morning and Monday evening. The Sierra Nevada could see up to 2 feet of snow at elevations above 6,000 feet, with even higher snowfall at the highest elevations.

Huge amounts of travel have been predicted this holiday weekend. Nearly 32 million airline passengers were projected to take flights between Nov. 22 and Dec. 3, according to the trade organization Airlines for America. That represents a 3.7% increase over last year and an all-time record, according to the group’s calculations.

According to FlightAware, more than 225 U.S. flights had been canceled and more than 2,000 delayed on Saturday alone as of early afternoon.

About 49 million people are also expected to have traveled by car for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to an estimate by AAA.

Conditions are finally improving in other parts of the country — for example, the town of Tusayan, Ariz., which is right by the south rim of the Grand Canyon. After a storm of heavy, wet snow on Thanksgiving night knocked out power, the town declared a state of emergency and set up a shelter.

“Without electricity, not only was there no heat in most homes and hotels but food service was limited,” the town’s mayor, Craig Sanderson, told NPR. It was hard for emergency workers to locate the source of the problem because of the heavy snow and low visibility, though the power eventually was restored early Saturday.

Sanderson added that “we expect everything to be mostly back to normal here in Tusayan by the end of the day.” And tourists who were stuck inside during the holiday weekend will be treated to a spectacular sight. While airplane tours of the Grand Canyon are not operating, Sanderson says helicopter tours are taking off — and it “will be an amazing view from the air or ground with the snow down in the canyon.”

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Fall during Delicate Arch hike in Utah kills 2, injures 1

A hike to Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch turned tragic when three hikers fell and two of them were killed.

The arch sits on the edge of a sandstone bowl with steep slopes, and authorities said the three fell into that bowl at about 7:30 a.m. Friday.

“It appears they were all from California and that they may be related,” the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “Authorities are currently investigating and more information will be released as it becomes available.”

The victims were a 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, the news release said.

The survivor was a 30-year-old man. He was taken to the hospital by helicopter.

Chief Ranger Scott Brown told KSL-TV the cause of the fall was not known, though the trail was wet and slick at the time of the incident.

Rangers closed Delicate Arch Trail temporarily following the incident but reopened later that evening, The Washington Post reported. Park officials said in a tweet that winter conditions have caused slippery hiking and warned visitors to proceed with caution.

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Delicate Arch in Utah sits on the edge of a sandstone bowl with steep slopes that winter ice and snow can leave treacherous.  (National Park Service)

“People come from all over the world to visit Arches National Park, and visiting Delicate Arch is on the top of many visitors’ to-do lists,” the National Park Service says on its website.

The trail to see Delicate Arch up close and personal is 3 miles roundtrip and climbs 480 feet, according to the park service.

At the end of the trail hikers follow a narrow rock ledge with exposure to heights.

“Rangers frequently rescue people who underestimated the trail’s difficulty,” the park service says.

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Republicans Are Trying To Use Impeachment To Win 2020 Congressional Races

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats’ majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters.

It could work, especially in Democratic-held districts Trump carried in 2016 with throngs of independent voters who polls shows are closely divided over his removal. Or it could flop, in an era when news zooms by so swiftly that today’s concerns may be eclipsed in 11 months and many people are more focused on pocketbook issues such as health care costs.

“It will be part of the mosaic, but hardly the overriding issue,” GOP pollster Whit Ayres predicted about impeachment’s impact next November. “It will have faded by then and it will also have simply reinforced the preexisting attitudes and made them more intense.”

What’s clear is that for now, Republicans are wielding impeachment mostly as an offensive weapon and Democrats are generally playing defense or changing the subject as 2020 congressional races rev up. House Democrats will be defending their 233-197 majority, with four vacancies. Republicans will try preserving their 53-47 Senate control.

Since late September, Republicans and their allies have spent $8 million on impeachment-related TV ads aimed at House members, according to Advertising Analytics, a nonpartisan firm that examines political spending. That’s triple the sum spent by Democrats and their supporters.

The American Action Network, closely aligned with House GOP leaders, has produced TV and digital ads attacking 30 Democrats, mostly freshmen. Spots also “thank” seven Republicans for opposing impeachment, a tactic often used to pressure lawmakers to stand firm.

In one, the announcer accuses Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., of abandoning health care and other issues to back impeachment and says, “Tell Congressman Cunningham, ‘Let the voters decide elections.’” The announcer speaks amid images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who’s led the impeachment inquiry.

GOP groups regularly blast impeachment-themed fundraising emails. Relatively obscure Republicans such as Rep. Elise Stefanik of upstate New York have reaped campaign contribution bonanzas by taking high-profile roles defending Trump.

“This process they’re embarking on is going to cost them their majority next fall,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., who heads his party’s House campaign committee. He said Democrats have “an obsession” with impeachment, adding, “It’s just getting worse for them.”

While Democrats are favored to retain House control, the early blitz of GOP attacks has prompted them to protect their targeted members.

House Majority Forward, an outside group tied to top House Democrats, has spent nearly $2 million defending 14 Democratic incumbents. All but three are freshmen from Trump-won districts.

“Forget the noise. Haley Stevens is focused on Michigan,” said an ad citing the first-term Michigan Democrat.

Pro-impeachment groups have run ads attacking GOP lawmakers for supporting Trump. That included liberal groups MoveOn and Need to Impeach, which put billboard trucks in eight House Republicans’ districts from Nevada to New York that carried signs saying, “Defend democracy. Impeach Trump.”

Stefanik’s step into the spotlight has had decidedly mixed results. Her little-known Democratic opponent, Tedra Cobb, announced she had raised more than $1 million soon after Stefanik stepped into the impeachment spotlight. Cobb has been bolstered by celebrities such as “Star Wars’’ actor Mark Hamill, who urged his 3.4 million Twitter followers to back Cobb and help Stefanik “spend more time being a #TrumpToady on Fox ‘News.’”

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., who leads House Democrats’ campaign committee, said Emmer is “precisely wrong” about her party.

“When we are not out in Washington, we are home, in our districts and we are listening to people every day, and we are hyper-focused on local issues,” she said.

After an initial uptick in support for ousting Trump over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to seek dirt on his Democratic political rivals, voters’ views have jelled.

About 9 in 10 Democrats support removing Trump and similar shares of Republicans back him, while independents are roughly evenly divided. Trump seems certain to be impeached, or found worthy of removal, by the Democratic-led House but likely acquitted by the GOP-majority Senate and kept in office.

Last fall’s elections left Democrats in control of 31 seats in districts Trump carried in 2016. GOP lawmakers hold just three seats in districts Democrat Hillary Clinton won. Democrats also outnumber Republicans 62-30 among freshmen, who are often more vulnerable targets.

Many competitive Democratic seats are in suburbs, where centrist voters have abandoned the GOP in recent elections over Trump’s coarse behavior and conservative policies. Republicans will have to guard against impeachment accelerating those defections, while Democrats must watch for signs suburban voters think they’re overreacting.

For moderate Democrats, “the smart response is to keep doing their job, be in the district, meet with constituents, listen to what they’re saying,” said centrist Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., a leader of Democrats’ efforts to defend endangered incumbents.

Democratic pollster John Anzalone said his party’s candidates should focus on issues that helped clinch their 2018 House takeover.

“I will take any day being able talk about health care and education and the environment and wages if they’re talking about impeachment,” Anzalone said.

The reverse dynamic is true in the Senate, where perhaps two Democrats and five Republicans face competitive reelections. Those in the trickiest spots on impeachment include Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of staunchly pro-Trump Alabama and GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in Democratic-leaning Colorado.

GOP pollster Glen Bolger said while it was unpredictable how powerful a factor impeachment will be in 2020, swing state Republican senators have little choice from a purely political standpoint.

“You can’t vote for removal,” Bolger said. “You’ll have just totally collapsed your base, your ability to raise money, to get volunteers.”

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Ohio farmer who left GOP over Trump’s agricultural policy to challenge Jim Jordan

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