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Would Republicans Follow Their Garland Rule for the Court in 2020?

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WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital last weekend after another in a string of health scares, blue America breathed a sigh of relief. Only one more month, many whispered, until the start of a presidential election year when filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court would be off limits in the Senate.

But would it?

That was the case in 2016 when Senate Republicans stonewalled President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland to fill an opening that occurred with 11 months left in Mr. Obama’s tenure. “Let the people decide,” was the Republican mantra at the time, as they argued that it was improper to consider Mr. Obama’s nominee when voters were only months away from electing a new president who should get the opportunity to make his or her own choice on a Supreme Court justice.

But with the tables turned and Republicans holding the White House, that almost certainly would not be their refrain in 2020 if a court seat were to open up through death or retirement.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, majority leader and unapologetic mastermind of the 2016 Garland blockade, has made clear that he would move ahead with a high court nominee from President Trump. The only potential barrier would be resistance from his own party on the grounds it would be hypocritical and unfair for Republicans to do what they prevented Democrats from doing four years ago.

Widespread defections on that basis seem highly unlikely.

And Senator Susan Collins, the moderate Republican from Maine who broke with her party and backed holding a confirmation hearing and vote on Judge Garland in 2016, said she would take the same position in 2020: Should a vacancy arise, the sitting president should get the chance to choose a nominee, and the Senate should move forward to confirm.

“My standard on the nomination of Supreme Court nominees remains the same,” she said. “As long as the president is in office, he has the constitutional right to nominate. I thought that Merrick Garland should have had a hearing and a vote. Now obviously, senators could have voted against him based on the timing. But to block the nomination from proceeding at all, I thought was wrong.”

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, chaired the Judiciary Committee but refused to convene a hearing for Judge Garland and met with him only grudgingly. As a result, he said last year that he would not consider a nominee in 2020 if he were still chairman of the panel. But he has since left the top spot on the panel to take over the Finance Committee, sparing him the prospect of either going back on his word or infuriating Mr. Trump and his colleagues. Allies say they doubt he would take a stand against a nominee since he is no longer chairman.

Republicans say the difference between 2016 and 2020 is one of political alignment. Democrats held the White House and Republicans controlled the Senate in 2016; Republicans now control both. To Mr. McConnell and his colleagues, that shift justifies their new position. But in 2016, Republicans focused most of their argument against taking up Mr. Obama’s nominee not on party control, but on the basis of the approaching presidential election, and they would face thunderous charges of hypocrisy if they took up a nomination next year.

Democrats remain angry over the treatment of both Mr. Obama and Judge Garland and expect Republicans to move aggressively if the chance arose for Mr. Trump to place a third nominee on the court. Should any nominee replace one of the four justices picked by Democratic presidents, it would cement a commanding 6-3 conservative majority on the high court, and the lure of that lineup would probably prove irresistible to Republicans.

“Do you have any Republican senator saying that in 2020 we won’t ram through a Supreme Court nominee?” asked Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware and a member of the Judiciary Committee. “Of course they will.”

Mr. Coons, an active player on judicial nominations, called the stonewalling of Judge Garland — a man some Republicans had earlier said they would consider a strong choice by a Democratic president — “among the worst things the Republicans have done in my decade in the Senate.” His colleagues agree. The dispute, which colored both the confirmation fights over Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, has badly frayed relationships both on the committee and in the Senate.

Should Republicans remain united, however, there is little Democrats could do to impede a nomination, because a series of rules changes has neutered the filibuster when it comes to judicial picks, meaning the majority party can push through the president’s choice without a single vote from the minority.

Though Democrats would lack procedural weapons, they and their allies say they would still mount a challenge using whatever tools available, and their attention would focus intently on the nominee. While it is hard to imagine proceedings more toxic than the Kavanaugh hearings, a move to install an election-year nominee with the specter of impeachment swirling in the capital would certainly be considered inflammatory by Democrats and those on the left.

“Any scenario where an impeached president is trying to jam through a Supreme Court pick in an election year, in direct defiance of the precedent Mitch McConnell set with Merrick Garland in 2016, would rightly spark a war,” said Brian Fallon, the head of Demand Justice, a progressive group formed in response to the Republican blockade of Judge Garland.

Mr. Coons said his preference would be that the conflict be avoided altogether and no vacancy arose. If one did, the fight would no doubt spill over into the presidential and congressional elections. It could also give momentum to calls by some Democratic presidential contenders and advocacy groups to reconfigure the court to offset what they see as an illegitimate conservative imbalance — building support for ideas that have not yet been embraced by the party mainstream.

“While there are few options we would have to stop that nominee before the election, my hope is it would mobilize Democrats at the polls to insist on restoring balance to the court,” Mr. Coons said.

One wild card is the timing of any vacancy. Judge Garland was nominated to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in mid-February, a time frame that would ordinarily be well beyond the period needed to pick a nominee for Senate review and a confirmation vote if it had not been for the Republican refusal to take up the nomination. A vacancy that occurred later in 2020, much closer to the election, could present Republicans with a tougher argument to make, though there would no doubt be intense pressure for them to move forward no matter what the calendar said.

But with no vacancy imminent — and Democrats holding their breath that none will occur — just one thing is certain about a potential 2020 Supreme Court fight: It would be brutal for all involved.

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Harris’ aides believe Gabbard attacks accelerated 2020 woes: report

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Advisers to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., believe that her plunge in the polls over the summer was accelerated by a withering attack in a primary debate in July by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, that left the then-front-runner reeling and donors “alarmed,” according to a new report about her struggling presidential bid.

In a lengthy deep-dive into the California senator’s struggles on the campaign trail, The New York Times on Friday reported that many Harris advisers point to a July debate moment between Gabbard and the senator as “accelerating” her decline in the polls.

TULSI GABBARD RIPS KAMALA HARRIS ON HER RECORD AS CALIFORNIA PROSECUTOR DURING SECOND DEBATE

In that debate in Detroit, Mich., Gabbard took aim at Harris’ record as a prosecutor, saying she was “deeply concerned” about it.

“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said.

She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as “cheap labor” as well as blocking evidence that would have “freed an innocent man from death row.”

“The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and impact in these people’s lives, you did not,” Gabbard responded.

It was the latest in a series of attacks from Gabbard — and Harris’ advisers were reportedly unimpressed, especially as she had been prepped on potential attacks on her record. Harris responded then claiming that she had consistently fought against the death penalty and reformed the criminal justice system.

GABBARD ACCUSES HARRIS OF ‘LIES AND SMEARS’ IN FIERY DEBATE CLASH

According to the Times, several of Harris’ donors were “alarmed” and urged the campaign to fire back at Gabbard. Harris was also aware that her response was “insufficient,” a view “reinforced by her advisers” according to the Times.

Harris advisers were also frustrated at the senator’s alleged inability to “carry a message beyond the initial script.”

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the nomination, Harris was in second place in early July, commanding an average of 15 percent of primary voters. But since then, she has declined quickly.

Now, RCP polls have her with an average of just under 4 percent — far behind candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden (27 percent), Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (18.3 percent), Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (15.8 percent), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (11 percent).

Harris attemped to hit back at Gabbard this month, accusing her on spending “the course of this campaign criticizing the Democratic Party.”

“What we need in November is someone on this stage who has the ability to win, someone who has the ability to go toe to toe with Donald Trump, and someone who has the ability to rebuild the Obama coalition and bring the country back together,” Harris said.

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But Gabbard hit back.

“What Senator Harris is doing, is, unfortunately, continuing to traffic in lies and smears and innuendos because she cannot challenge the substance of the argument that I’m making,” she said.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Florida woman loses nipples, nearly dies after botched plastic surgery abroad

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A Florida woman who sought a tummy tuck, breast reduction and butt lift from a surgeon in Colombia back in May said she has since lost her nipples and been hospitalized with infections stemming from the botched procedures, which nearly killed her.

MOM WHO NEARLY DIED AFTER GIVING BIRTH SHARES MOMENT SHE MET NEWBORN SON: ‘LUKA AND I NEEDED EACH OTHER’

“I am extremely embarrassed and ashamed of the decisions I’ve made,” Lyndsay Colosimo, who was only dismissed by her U.S. doctors earlier this month, previously told WPTV.com. “I feel like a monster to be honest.”

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Lyndsay Colosimo, pictured before her surgery, said she had undergone a tummy tuck before but wanted it redone, and later discussed a breast procedure and butt lift with the surgeon.  (Caters News Agency)

Colosimo, who said before surgery she wouldn’t wear a bikini, said two of her friends went to the same clinic in Colombia and were happy with the results.

“I had a tummy tuck in the U.S. in 2012 and I wasn’t happy with it and wanted it revised with a bum lift,” she told Caters News Agency, according to The Sun. “When I got to the clinic, I was advised on a breast reduction and lift too – something I have always wanted but it wasn’t my priority.”

She said she went against her gut and went ahead with all three because “you trust the professionals.”

But when she woke from the surgery, she immediately began vomiting and her doctor was nowhere to be found.

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Colosimo, pictured after the multiple procedures, said she could tell immediately that something was wrong. (Caters News Agency)

“It continued for a few days and I could see a black spot under my bandage, but I was told it was dried blood and not to worry by medics,” she told Caters, according to The Sun. “I knew in my heart it wasn’t as I was getting worse by the day – eventually I saw what was under the bandage and 30 percent of my nipple was black.”

At that point, Colosimo told WPTV.com she began expressing her concerns to her sister back in the U.S., who allegedly showed a doctor. He reportedly told her the nipple looked like necrosis, which is the death of tissue. But back in Colombia, Colosimo said her doctor was telling her over a messaging app that her symptoms were fine, and the infection would go away. She claims she was being visited by a nurse in a hotel where she was supposed to be recovering but was leaking out of her wounds.

WOMAN HAD BREAST IMPLANTS REMOVED AFTER DEVELOPING ‘BLURRED VISION,’ ‘BREATHING DIFFICULTIES’ 

“I had wounds on my breasts as the implant pocket wasn’t big enough – it’s like the incision was made for a C-cup and DD was shoved in,” she said, according to The Sun. “My skin started breaking open, it was terrifying to see. I had a fever and continued to show signs of infections and encouraged to walk around whereas people are told to rest after surgery.”

She said despite the circumstances, she ignored the red flags like a nurse using massage oil to push the infection out of her wounds because she just wanted to feel better. Once she got back to the U.S., she went straight to the hospital where she was diagnosed with an E. coli infection in her breast and told she needed more surgery to fix her stomach. She needed a wound vax and her bandages had to be changed by doctors daily, according to Caters.

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Once back in the U.S., Colosimo was immediately hospitalized for infections and had to undergo several more procedures to correct the damage done.  (Caters News Agency)

“The infection almost cost me my life – I developed cellulitis and I am still in constant pain at the incision point,” she told Caters, according to The Sun. “I was seeking perfection but now I look back and realize I was good enough.”

Colosimo is not the first person to fall victim to medical tourism, as many others continue to travel abroad in search of cheaper cosmetic surgery despite many warnings from health officials and plastic surgeons.

“Every surgery, including cosmetic surgery, has some risks involved,” according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “These risks may increase during vacation-related plastic surgery.”

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The ASPS also warns that traveling on long flights after surgery can increase the potential risk of pulmonary embolism and blood clots. There are also no U.S. laws that protect the patients or mandate that the physicians aboard be specifically qualified to perform the procedures outside the U.S.

“I thought I would feel liberated after, but I feel ashamed,” Colosimo said.

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‘A Warning’ replaces Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘Triggered’ as No.1 book on NYT bestseller list

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Several Injured In Terrorist Incident Near London Bridge

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Police and emergency services at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in central London following a police incident, on Friday. Dominic Lipinski/AP hide caption

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Police and emergency services at the scene of an incident on London Bridge in central London following a police incident, on Friday.

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London police report that a male suspect was shot and killed at the scene of a terrorist incident near London Bridge.

Neil Basu, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police held a news conference at Scotland Yard several hours after the incident.

“I’m now in a position to confirm that it has been declared a terrorist incident,” Basu said. “Officers from the Met’s counter-terrorism command are now leading this investigation, but I must stress, we retain an open mind as to any motive.”

Basu did not say how many may have been injured in the attack saying only “a number of other people” sustained injuries.

Witnesses initially reported to police that the suspect had an explosive device, Basu said, but he confirmed that it was a “hoax explosive device.”

“Officers continue to carry out particular searches in the area to ensure there is no outstanding threat to the public,” he said. “Those extensive cordons will remain in place for a considerable time, and I would ask the public, please continue to avoid the area.”

The Metropolitan Police say they were called to London Bridge at 1:58 p.m. local time on Friday.

“One man has been shot by police. We will provide further information when possible,” police reported.

Earlier, Metropolitan policy wrote on Twitter that: “A man has been detained by police. We believe a number of people have been injured.”

The area is currently on lockdown. London Ambulance Services declared it a “major incident,” saying several crews were called to the scene.

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Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge in London, on Friday. Alberto Pezzali/AP hide caption

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Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge in London, on Friday.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson went to No. 10 Downing St. after being informed of the incident.

“I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response,” he said.

Basu of the Metropolitan Police said he was on his way to personally brief Johnson.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that President Trump had been briefed on the attack and was monitoring developments. “The United States strongly condemns all horrific acts of violence on innocent people, and we pledge our full support to our Ally, the United Kingdom,” he wrote.

On June 3, 2017, seven people were killed and nearly 50 wounded in a terrorist attack in London. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for attack that began when a van plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge. At least one knife-wielding assailant also reportedly stabbed one of the victims.

This is a developing story. Some facts reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.

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McDonald’s shares ‘one-handed meal hack,’ Instagram responds

McDonald’s Australia wants everyone to give its newest eating trick a hand — but only one.

The fast-food chain shared a four-step guide – complete with helpful arrows – on how to eat an entire hamburger meal with one hand, and it has gone viral on social media.

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The brand’s self-proclaimed “meal hack” involves first procuring a drink, fries and one of the various hamburgers the fast-food chain sells that comes in a box. Then, the customer is asked to precariously balance said box open on top of the drink. The third step involves pouring the full box of fries into the empty side of the open box. And finally, the fourth step asks you to apparently sit back and admire your work.

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The diagram does not explain where one would place a sauce packet for dipping purposes. It also does not mention that the one-handed meal hack still involves both hands — one to hold the beverage, and one to eat the food.

Rest assured, though, the entire four-step procedure does not involve a hammer, screw or Allen wrench, as McDonald’s illustrates on the side. However, it does only work if you have a sturdy straw — an instrument the chain has been working toward eliminating and replacing with paper straws that many have referred to as “soggy.”

With or without the controversial straw, Instagram does not seem to be lovin’ the “meal on the go” option.

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The diagram does not explain where one would place a sauce packet for dipping purposes. It also does not mention how the meal hack still involves both hands – one to hold the beverage, and one to eat the food. (iStock)

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“Imagine being this lazy,” one person wrote.

“Putting hot food on top of a cold drink ain’t a good idea lmao,” another wrote.

“My burger just fell on the ground… screw you,” another who claimed to have tried the trick wrote.

“Mine fell. Don’t do it you will have to buy another one,” another Instagram user wrote.

“If [you] lift the burger up…the fries are dropping on the ground,” another alleged tester commented, throwing a really Allen wrench into the chain’s promise that this can be eaten on the go.

“Not much help if you get a cheeseburger wrapped in paper,” one person pointed out.

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This is not the first time a unique repurposing of McDonald’s signature packaging has gone viral. A while ago, awitter user gained popularity for claiming to discover the famous McDonald’s fry carton’s “purpose.”

In a tweet, the user suggested the carton was meant to be bent back and used as a platform to pour ketchup on. However, the clever hack was hotly debated by those on social media.

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McDonald’s shares ‘one-handed meal hack,’ Instagram responds

McDonald’s Australia wants everyone to give its newest eating trick a hand — but only one.

The fast-food chain shared a four-step guide – complete with helpful arrows – on how to eat an entire hamburger meal with one hand, and it has gone viral on social media.

WHITE CASTLE OPENS ANOTHER ‘LARGEST IN THE WORLD’ RESTAURANT NEAR DISNEY WORLD

The brand’s self-proclaimed “meal hack” involves first procuring a drink, fries and one of the various hamburgers the fast-food chain sells that comes in a box. Then, the customer is asked to precariously balance said box open on top of the drink. The third step involves pouring the full box of fries into the empty side of the open box. And finally, the fourth step asks you to apparently sit back and admire your work.

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The diagram does not explain where one would place a sauce packet for dipping purposes. It also does not mention that the one-handed meal hack still involves both hands — one to hold the beverage, and one to eat the food.

Rest assured, though, the entire four-step procedure does not involve a hammer, screw or Allen wrench, as McDonald’s illustrates on the side. However, it does only work if you have a sturdy straw — an instrument the chain has been working toward eliminating and replacing with paper straws that many have referred to as “soggy.”

With or without the controversial straw, Instagram does not seem to be lovin’ the “meal on the go” option.

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The diagram does not explain where one would place a sauce packet for dipping purposes. It also does not mention how the meal hack still involves both hands – one to hold the beverage, and one to eat the food. (iStock)

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“Imagine being this lazy,” one person wrote.

“Putting hot food on top of a cold drink ain’t a good idea lmao,” another wrote.

“My burger just fell on the ground… screw you,” another who claimed to have tried the trick wrote.

“Mine fell. Don’t do it you will have to buy another one,” another Instagram user wrote.

“If [you] lift the burger up…the fries are dropping on the ground,” another alleged tester commented, throwing a really Allen wrench into the chain’s promise that this can be eaten on the go.

“Not much help if you get a cheeseburger wrapped in paper,” one person pointed out.

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This is not the first time a unique repurposing of McDonald’s signature packaging has gone viral. A while ago, awitter user gained popularity for claiming to discover the famous McDonald’s fry carton’s “purpose.”

In a tweet, the user suggested the carton was meant to be bent back and used as a platform to pour ketchup on. However, the clever hack was hotly debated by those on social media.

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Resigns After Weeks Of Anti-Government Protests

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Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ankara, Turkey, in May.

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said Friday he would step down following weeks of violent protests and a call for his ouster by the country’s top Shia Muslim cleric.

“In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government,” the prime minister said in a statement translated by Reuters.

Nearly a month ago, Abdul-Mahdi indicated his agreement in principle to resign, but didn’t give an exact date.

In the latest statement, he appeared to put the timing of the resignation in the parliament’s court.

Dozens of protesters have been killed and hundreds more injured in clashes with police since popular unrest swept across parts of Iraq’s south beginning on Oct. 1, when thousands took to the streets demanding jobs, an end to corruption and what they said was Iran’s meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs.

In the last 24 hours, security forces have fatally shot at least three dozen people during protests in the southern city of Nasiriya, in the bloodiest day of anti-government demonstrations in some two months. There were also reports of at least two protesters killed in the capital, Baghdad.

Earlier Friday, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shia cleric, suggested that the government had lost control of the situation and that “parliament, from which the current government emerged, must reconsider its choices and do what’s in the interest of Iraq.”

It followed the storming and burning of the Iran’s consulate in the holy city of Najaf on Wednesday. Security forces responded by firing on the protesters. Iranian diplomats were believed to have left the building before the attack and there were no reports of Iranian casualties.

Late last month, Abdul-Mahdi first agreed to step down, pending an agreement on a replacement by the various factions in government.

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Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez share adorable family photos on Thanksgiving: ‘So grateful today’

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Jennifer Lopez was truly in the holiday spirit with fiancé Alex Rodriguez and his two daughters this Thanksgiving.

JLo, 50, took to Instagram on Thursday to share the celebratory post with her 106 million followers.

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“So grateful today and everyday! Blessings…🧡💛🍁🦃. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!” the “Baila Conmigo” singer wrote in the post.

The post features several images from the family’s Thanksgiving celebration, all showing JLo alongside family members as they rang in the holiday.

Photos in the post depict the family smiling and posing for the camera while other photos show off the family preparing their meals for their big Thanksgiving feast.

A-Rod, 44, reciprocated by sharing one of the same photos from JLo’s post — which features the former New York Yankee holding a watermelon while his fiancée laughed beside his daughters Natasha, 15, Ella, 11.

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The music star and the retired baseball legend got engaged in March after two years of dating.

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The pair officially celebrated their two-year anniversary on Feb. 4 and A-Rod shared a heartfelt message to his fiancée on Instagram at the time.

“Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words,” A-Rod wrote.

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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli had ‘low key’ 22nd anniversary celebration amid college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, reportedly were not in a celebratory mood on Wednesday as they marked their wedding anniversary.

The couple, who are preparing their case in the college admissions scandal, marked 22 years of marriage, but a source close to them claims the upcoming trial has sucked up all their focus.

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“Their anniversary is the last thing on their mind, as they’re trying to figure out their legal options and the case against them,” a source told People magazine prior to the big day. “They’re unified and working together to fight these charges, but they’re not really in a celebration mood, as far as I can tell.”

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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannuli reportedly celebrated their 22 anniversary. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

“It’s all business all the time with them as they move through this,” the source added. “Anything they do will be low key and just between the two of them.”

The actress and her husband pleaded not guilty to expanded charges in the college admissions scandal after being counted among 11 parents additionally accused of bribery.

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Prior to that, the couple were accused of arranging a total collective payment of $500,000 to William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters recruited to USC as athletes on the crew team, despite never having participated in the sport.

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Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin were accused of helping their children get into universities through a bribery scheme. (Getty Images)

The Justice Department announced in October that the duo, along with nine other parents, were indicted on additional federal charges related to bribery. A grand jury in Boston indicted the parents on charges of trying to bribe officials at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in federal funding.

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The charge of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The couple was previously hit with charges of money laundering and conspiracy that could land them behind bars for 40 years if convicted on all of them.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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