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Massachusetts governor defends ‘integrity’ of EBT system following report of abuse

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker defended the state’s Electronic Benefits Transfer system on Tuesday after a report published earlier in the week suggested some participants in the tax-funded welfare program committed fraud to pay for vacations in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Alaska.

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The Republican governor responded to a Monday report in the Boston Herald that said a review of more than 2 million EBT expenditures in the 2019 fiscal year revealed thousands of out-of-state transactions. EBT cards were swiped on 18 different occasions in Hawaii, including one that was used twice at a posh island resort where rooms fetch $800 a night, the paper reported. In one instance, an EBT card was also used to buy a $700 round-trip ticket from the state to Hawaii.

The state’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), which operates welfare programs including the EBT system, bars cardholders from using the EBT cards for vacation services — but hotels are not banned. Baker’s administration sent a response to the Herald Tuesday, saying that the governor has invested $1 million into “program integrity” at the DTA to bolster protocol already in place that detects forms of fraud.

The statement said the DTA conducted a “residency verification check” after two transactions mentioned in the report: a $400 EBT transaction in November 2018 at the Hanalei Bay Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai, in addition to a $140 transaction in January at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. Under current DTA rules, “if an EBT card is exclusively used out of state for 45 days, a household must provide proof of current Massachusetts residence.”

The household whose card was swiped at the Princeville resort “was asked to verify residency and did not, so the case was closed and benefits expunged from the card,” according to the DTA. The second household who used their EBT card at the Sheraton “was able to prove that their travel was temporary,” but their account was later closed “because they began receiving (Social Security), which makes them ineligible for cash benefits, and system controls closed the case.”

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The DTA’s response failed to address the EBT transactions recorded in Las Vegas and Alaska. The agency added that it “will continue to focus on identifying potential areas of fraud and abuse and strengthening internal controls so that benefits are administered to eligible households and used for permitted purposes.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Bloomberg, in single digits, needs to start making news, and fast

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Mike Bloomberg is having an impact.

After spending more than $35 million, he has pulled ahead of…Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, both at 2 percent. And Harris dropped out Tuesday.

I don’t see a cause and effect, though Harris ran out of money and took a parting shot at billionaires. Her campaign, overseen by her sister, had been flailing for a long time, as advance obits in the New York Times and Washington Post made clear. Harris kept changing positions, attacking rivals and retreating, playing up and playing down her prosecutor past, unable to carve out space in a crowded field. And that had nothing to do with Bloomberg, though he could benefit by picking up some of her staff.

The former New York mayor is at 6 percent in the latest Hill poll, trailing Joe Biden with 31 percent, Bernie at 15, the fading Elizabeth at 10, and the rising Mayor Pete at 9. Not exactly an earthquake.

I don’t understand the campaign that Bloomberg is running. (And that’s putting aside the dumb decision by his news service to not investigate the boss. That enabled the president, whose campaign has yanked Bloomberg News credentials, to tweet: “Mini Mike Bloomberg has instructed his third rate news organization not to investigate him or any Democrat, but to go after President Trump, only. The Failing New York Times thinks that is O.K., because their hatred & bias is so great they can’t even see straight. It’s not O.K.!”)

Bloomberg has his strengths, including his 12-year tenure as mayor, although that contains ample ammunition to alienate Democratic liberals. But he remains a remote figure for many American voters. And yet he isn’t doing the things you’d expect an eleventh-hour contender to do.

He hasn’t given major policy speeches. He hasn’t made the television rounds—not the Sunday shows or daytime cable shows or prime-time opinion shows. He hasn’t done a lengthy interview with a major newspaper.

In short, people haven’t heard his voice, except in paid commercials in which he approves this message. That’s an especially big vacuum since, by funding his own campaign, he won’t be included in the debates. And it’s exacerbated by his decision to skip Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, a maneuver that has never worked.

I don’t think he can spend his way to the nomination. He’s got to get in the batter’s box and show he can hit the pitching.

When Bloomberg launched his campaign in Norfolk, he told reporters that “I know how to win because I’ve done it time and again,” touting his advocacy on climate change, gun control, smoking and education.

Politico Magazine has a how-he-can-win piece that begins with the Beltway/Twitter take “that this is little more than a vanity run for the presidency—a play for the political affinities of the pundit class on the Acela corridor, a low-energy answer to a question no Democrat is asking. Bloomberg is, as he puts it himself, a short, Jewish, divorced billionaire from Manhattan. He is an avowed defender of Wall Street. He has been an apologist for #MeToo offenders. He oversaw a police department that stopped and frisked half a million primarily young men of color a year. Even putting all that aside, he is audaciously pledging to skip the first four primary states.”

The gist of the argument is that Bloomberg was a relative unknown when, a couple of weeks after 9/11 and with a tepid endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, he won the mayor’s office. Therefore don’t count him out.

But New York City is not America, which is why none of its mayors have ever come close to winning the White House.

The piece does sketch out an agenda: “It is easy to imagine him calling for filibuster reform, or strengthening voting rights, or even adding a Supreme Court justice. His comments over the past several years defending Wall Street have gotten him in trouble, but his aides point out that not only did Bloomberg raise taxes in a way that no other candidate in the field has, but he also built 185,000 units of affordable housing (a figure that essentially means building another South Bend, Indiana, and still having tens of thousands of housing units to spare), lowered the racial temperature in a city reeling from 9/11 and eight years of Giuliani, defended the right of Muslims to build a mosque near ground zero, drastically raised teacher pay, reduced the city’s prison population by 40 percent, mounted an aggressive anti-poverty campaign that recalculated the city’s poverty rate to allow more people to receive federal benefits, and spent $3.1 billion on new school construction.”

But Bloomberg himself should be making that case, not a Politico writer. Meanwhile, Bill de Blasio is “having a fit,” says another Politico piece, over Bloomberg’s candidacy. Having utterly flamed out in his own presidential bid, the mayor now spends considerable time attacking his predecessor.

De Blasio is quoted as saying “before his millions and millions of dollars of advertising … we need an honest conversation about what really happened.” He also thinks Bloomberg gets better press, saying, “I think a lot of media outlets were literally worried he might buy them some day. And I think a lot of the leaders in those media outlets did not want to make waves or alienate him.”

Some allies say it helps de Blasio at home to remind people of his criticism of the former mayor, but in any event he can’t run again. The mayor may be 6’5, but this makes him look awfully small.

Bloomberg was in Mississippi Wednesday for a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform—part of his effort to court minority voters after apologizing for his years of backing stop and frisk. But it’s late in the game for him to be doing the listening-tour thing.

Mike Bloomberg would have an outside shot if Biden’s campaign cratered, as the pundits endlessly predict it will. But as famous as the 77-year-old billionaire thinks he is, he needs to raise his profile fast, and that takes more than a bunch of slickly produced ads.

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Trudeau, Johnson, Macron appear to be mocking Trump in surfaced video from NATO summit

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The world’s top leaders at the NATO summit in London appear to be laughing at the expense of President Trump in a video that surfaced on Tuesday night.

In a video shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen with others, including Princess Anne, having a conversation at a reception at the Buckingham Palace about a press conference earlier in the day.

Trump had made an impromptu conference and weighed in on the ongoing impeachment inquiry as well as the fiery exchange he had with Macron over France not taking back any ISIS fighters.

“Is that why you were late?” Boris smirked to Macron.

“He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top- ‘Oh, ya, ya ya,'” Trudeau said, later adding, “You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

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The video went viral on social media, many assuming the world leaders were talking about Trump.

“Can’t get over this video, both for the fact that POTUS hates the thought of anyone laughing at him and for the fact that he long used “other countries are laughing at us” as an attack against his predecessors,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reacted.

“This happens at every NATO summit with Trump. Every G7. Every G20. The US President is mocked by US allies behind his back,” political commentator Ian Bremmer wrote.

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Earlier, Macron and Trump clashed over ISIS fighters.

“I have not spoken to the president about that — would you like some nice ISIS fighters?” he asked Macron, when asked about ISIS fighters from Europe captured in Syria. “I can give them to you, you can take every one you want.”

After Macron’s answer, in which he urged Trump to “be serious” and called for a broader push against ISIS overall, Trump took another swipe.

“This is why he’s a great politician, because that’s one of the greatest non-answers I’ve ever heard,” Trump joked.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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Islamists besiege Pakistan’s independent newspaper, call for editor, publisher to be hanged

ISLAMABAD — Dozens of angry Islamists swarmed the building of an independent Pakistani newspaper in the capital, Islamabad, blocking its entrance for several hours, threatening the staff and demanding its editor be hanged, the paper reported Wednesday.

A simultaneous protest also took place Tuesday evening in the southern port city of Karachi, where the Islamists gathered at the Press Club, demanding that Dawn’s editor Zaffar Abbas and publisher Hameed Haroon be hanged.

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Dec. 3, 2019, photo, angry Islamists chant slogans during a demonstration against an independent Pakistani newspaper Dawn, at outside the Press Club in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

The demonstrators, who later dispersed, were angered that the English-language paper had reported that the London Bridge attacker was of “Pakistani origin.”

The Islamist protest was condemned by Pakistani rights groups, journalist organizations, politicians and members of civil society advocating for the rights of journalists.

In a statement, the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Pakistan to prevent protests against the newspaper from turning violent and investigate death threats to its staffers.

“Pakistanis have every right to object to and demonstrate against the Dawn newspaper over its coverage, but threatening violence steps way over the line,” said Kathleen Carroll, the board chair at Committee to Protest Journalists.

The newspaper has a history of strained ties with the country’s military.

Cyril Almeida, a journalist working for Dawn, was charged last year with treason after an interview with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which Sharif accused the military of aiding the militants who had carried out the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

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Last month, Abbas was awarded the 2019 Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Kim Jong Un rides white horse through historic battlefields, experts see symbolism

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was photographed on Wednesday riding a white horse through historic battlefields in the country and an expert on the region called the photo-op an attempt by the leader to send a clear message: the opportunity for diplomacy is nearing an end.

John Delury, an East Asia scholar at Yonsei University in Seoul, told Reuters that Kim’s ride is a “message to buckle up, it’s going to be a big year for us next year.”

He continued, “And not a year of diplomacy and summitry, but rather of national strength.”

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This undated photo provided on Wednesday by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, with his wife Ri Sol Ju, right, riding on white horse during his visit to Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Photos of Kim on the horse were released a day after the country’s foreign ministry issued a thinly veiled threat to the U.S. over its “hostile policies” of denuclearization. The ministry criticized President Trump over his calls for more talks and called the overtures nothing more than a “foolish” trick.

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This undated photo provided on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mount Paektu, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

“What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get,” the ministry said.

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Kim was joined by top military officials during his ride near Mount Paektu. Reuters reported that the leader often rides there during major developments. Reports said Kim said the country needs to get ready for its “revolution.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Laura Ingraham calls out Dem’s impeachment ‘cooking show’

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Laura Ingraham dismissed the House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry report Tuesday, comparing the Democrats pursuit to impeach the president to a cooking show gone bad.

“After weeks of hearings and zero conclusive evidence, [Rep. Adam] Schiff unveiled his big report today. Well, his impeachment stew is not exactly flying off the menus, but that’s OK,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “This recipe just keeps going and going and going. It’s been simmering for two years and it’s still not ready for consumption, but that’s never stopped them before.”

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The House Judiciary Committee will move to the forefront of President Trump’s impeachment inquiry Wednesday morning with a hearing featuring four legal scholars, but no witnesses. Ingraham accused Democrats of “cooking” up the Ukraine controversy in reaction to the failure of the Russia investigation.

“The Democrats needed a new recipe, something that they could whip up quickly before the end of the year. They found just the thing. Ukrainian borsch,” Ingraham said.

The host made the case that Democrats continue to distract and have been unable the prove anything against Trump.

“They know this thing is a dud and it has been all along that despite the rabid charges and hearsay, nothing and I mean, nothing has been proven,” Ingraham said.

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Ingraham said that the American people refuse to believe Democrats when it comes to impeachment.

“But as the Democrats will learn shortly, no matter what they throw into their impeachment bouillabaisse, lacking any evidence or bipartisan support,” Ingraham said. “This is a dish the American people will not swallow.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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People Trashed That Peloton Ad So Much That Its Stock Fell Almost 10%

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It seems that the wrath of angry tweeters has made a dent in Peloton’s stock.

The exercise equipment company drew mockery this week for its holiday ad, which shows a fictional woman’s yearlong journey to fitness ― documented via selfie-videos ― after receiving a surprise Peloton exercise bike from her partner. She and her partner then sit down on the couch together and view the selfie journey on TV as she thanks him for changing her life.

Viewers took to Twitter to dunk on the video, which many described as “cringeworthy,” “ridiculous” and even reminiscent of a scene from a horror movie. Peloton trended on the platform Monday as users piled on, and a viral parody of the commercial garnered more than double the views of the original ad on YouTube. (The parody had 3.4 million views Tuesday night, while the original was at 1.6 million.)

On Tuesday, the company’s stock was down 9.12%, which stock analysts saw as a response to negative publicity over the ad. Just before the weekend, Peloton Interactive Inc. had reportedly gained almost 10%, after seeing strong Black Friday sales.

Justin Patterson, an analyst at Raymond James, told Bloomberg that the backlash over the ad and Peloton’s response are worth monitoring. He expects the ad to be pulled, Bloomberg reported.

Investment adviser site The Motley Fool suggested that Peloton shares had risen steadily through November in anticipation of a strong holiday season only to go into reverse following the ad controversy.

Peloton did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.

The original ad, titled “The Gift That Gives Back,” can be viewed below.

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The Who plans first Cincinnati-area concert since ’79 tragedy

The British rock band The Who announced Tuesday night that it will stop in the Cincinnati area as part of its upcoming tour, performing there for the first time in 40 years since 11 people were killed in a pre-show stampede outside a concert in the city at the height of their fame.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band will play April 23 at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena.

On Dec. 3, 1979, 11 people were killed and another two dozen were injured when a crowd of thousands lined up for first-come, first-serve tickets began to stampede outside what was previously named the Riverfront Coliseum. The two sites are on opposite sides of the Ohio River just seven miles away from each other. The deaths paved the way for the crowd safety ordinance.

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 photo, a memorial plaque for eleven concertgoers killed at a 1979 concert stands between Great American Ballpark and Heritage Bank Arena, in Cincinnati. Tragedy four decades ago linked the British rock band The Who to a small suburban city in Ohio.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The band’s announcement came on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy after WCPO-TV in Cincinnati aired a documentary featuring interviews with lead singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend, the remaining original members of the British band that emerged in the 1960s featuring songs of youthful rebellion such as “My Generation” and its “Summertime Blues” cover.

Both have said they’ve been haunted by the tragedy. Townshend recently told The Associated Press he was looking forward to discussing it in Cincinnati.

“Now we can have a conversation about it when we go back,” Townshend said.

“We will meet people and we’ll be there. We’ll be there. That’s what’s important,” he continued. “I’m so glad that we’ve got this opportunity to go back.”

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FILE – In this Dec. 3, 1979 file photo, a security guard and an unidentified man look at an area where several people were killed as they were caught in a surging crowd entering Cincinnati’s riverfront coliseum for a concert by the British rock band The Who. (AP Photo/Brian Horton, File)

The band is adding the concert to its “Moving On!” tour 2020 dates.

The Who said it will donate a portion of proceeds from the Cincinnati area concert to a memorial scholarship fund benefiting students in the Cincinnati suburb of Finneytown. Three of the 11 killed, including two 15-year-old girls who were the youngest victims, had attended Finneytown High. Daltrey visited a Finneytown High School memorial site in 2018 and the band has for years supported the scholarship effort there.

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The band didn’t know about the tragedy until the concert was ending. Longtime manager Bill Curbishley had made the decision to have the show go on, warning Cincinnati authorities that they wouldn’t be able to control the crowd if the concert was called off.

“Despite everything, I still feel inadequate,” he told WCPO. “I don’t know about the guys, but for me, I left a little bit of my soul in Cincinnati.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Charles Hurt: Pundits who said Kamala Harris was the ‘one to beat’ also doubted Trump in 2016

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Fox News contributor Charles Hurt reflected on Sen. Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign, saying that those in the media who lauded her campaign launch were the same pundits who promised President Trump would lose in the 2016 election.

Hurt, the Washington Times opinion editor, told Laura Ingraham on Tuesday that Harris entered the race to much fanfare.

“Everbody around here for two weeks after she announced — we had to listen to them talk about her: ‘She’s the one to beat,'” he said while being interviewed in “The Ingraham Angle”‘s Washington, D.C. studio.

“They’re the same ones who said Donald Trump would never win in 2016.”

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Hurt said the true reason the junior senator from California had to bow out of the Democratic primary sweeps is that she is a “faker.”

“The real problem for her is she’s a faker, and she ran against her record,” Hurt said. “When she runs away from all of that, she exposes herself as a faker and a fraud.”

Prior to her Senate tenure, Harris was a prosecutor in California who had handled numerous criminal cases.

To that extent, Fox News contributor and former George W. Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer claimed Harris’ campaign “fell apart” because of the revisiting of “things that she said” in the past on that front.

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Later in the interview, Ingraham aired clips of pointed reaction to Harris’ departure from the race by MSNBC host and Harlem, N.Y. civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

Sharpton claimed women like Harris are “held to a different standard — and black women especially.”

“The real problem the Democrats are going to have — the next debate, you have no black [candidate] on that stage,” Sharpton also remarked.

Hurt said he somewhat agreed with Sharpton’s sentiment.

“After years and years of being lectured to by the Democrats about this sort of thing — the optics of it are absolutely terrible,” he said.

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Willie Nelson has quit smoking weed

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It’s like Michael Jordan retiring from the NBA. It’s like Donald Trump quitting Twitter. It’s like Lindsay Lohan forsaking drama.

Willie Nelson has quit weed.

WILLIE NELSON CANCELS TOUR DUE TO ‘BREATHING PROBLEM,’ BUT SAYS HE’LL BE BACK

The country icon — whose smoking habit was rivaled only by Snoop Dogg‘s — told KSAT TV, “I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful.”

The 86-year-old added, “I don’t smoke anymore — [I] take better care of myself.”

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Nelson has allegedly smoked weed on the roof of the White House, has credited the drug with saving his life, and his personal stash was so powerful that it inspired the Toby Keith song, “I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again.”

Neither, apparently, will anyone else.

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