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Rush Limbaugh Is Weirdly Fascinated With Pete Buttigieg Kissing His Husband

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Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh seems to have an unusual fascination with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg kissing his husband. 

Limbaugh also suggested Buttigieg wouldn’t fare well in the presidential election against “Mr. Man” Donald Trump as a result. 

“Can you see Trump have fun with that?” Limbaugh said, per a transcript of the Wednesday radio show that was posted on his website. 

Limbaugh made at least five references to Buttigieg’s kisses, but framed it as the imaginary fears of fictional Democratic Party “grand pooh-bahs” who were worried about a gay presidential candidate.  

Of the supposed “pooh-bahs,” he said: 

“They’re sitting there and they’re looking at Mayor Pete — a 37-year-old gay guy, mayor of South Bend, loves to kiss his husband on the debate stage — and they’re saying, ‘Okay. How’s this gonna look, a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump? What’s gonna happen there?’” 

Limbaugh concluded that the pooh-bahs believed “America’s still not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage president.”

Then he took the analogy further, saying some Democrats believed the best way to beat the president was to “ram” gay kissing “down Trump’s throat.”

“Having fun envisioning that!” he added. 

Certainly, Limbaugh was the one doing the envisioning as he painted a vivid picture of all that kissing. Trump, on the other hand, has said Buttigieg’s marriage was “absolutely fine.” 

“I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with,” Trump told Fox News host Steve Hilton. “I have no problem with it whatsoever.”

Earlier this month, Limbaugh announced he had advanced lung cancer. Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom ― the highest civilian honor given by a U.S. president ― at the State of the Union address the next day.  

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Trump asked what he learned from impeachment trial, response goes viral

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President Trump was asked Wednesday what– if anything– he learned after enduring a Senate impeachment trial that put his presidency on the brink and he responded that he found out that the Democrats are “crooked” and “vicious.”

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The reporter introduced the question by pointing to Republicans who said they hope he would learn a lesson during the process.

Trump has long insisted that Democrats– after failing with the Mueller Report— simply concocted a new scheme to remove him from office.

He told the reporter that he learned that Democrats are “crooked” and “vicious.” He also said they miscalculated and said he is now polling “10 points higher.”

Democrats accused the president of holding up military aid for Ukraine and essentially using it as an incentive to get Kiev to investigate Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings in the country. Trump’s detractors said Trump was hoping to find dirt on the Bidens that could damage the elder’s chances in 2020. Neither have been accused of wrongdoing.

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Trump has maintained that there was never any quid pro quo and he was simply the subject of a flawed political witch hunt.

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Centrist Democrats See Hope In 2020 Race Even As Sanders Leads

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, speaks on stage during a primary night event in Concord, New Hampshire on Tuesday celebrating her unexpected third place finish in the state’s primary. Scott Eisen/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, speaks on stage during a primary night event in Concord, New Hampshire on Tuesday celebrating her unexpected third place finish in the state’s primary.

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For centrist Democrats the most important theme to emerge from the New Hampshire primary was “don’t count us out.”

For weeks they have been grappling with the reality that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, is shaping up to be their party’s front runner for president. Moderates say surging support for two more moderate Democrats is signal that their wing of the party has a chance to take the nomination. But there is growing pressure on centrists to unite around a single candidate before Sanders becomes unbeatable.

“What I think you’re seeing is an electorate that is looking hard at several alternatives,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigeg and Joe Biden.”

Coons, a top supporter of former Vice President Joe Biden, says pundits are rushing to anoint Sanders as the presumptive head of the Democratic party. But he says the results in Iowa and New Hampshire tell a different story.

“[Sanders] has gotten less than half the vote he got four years ago, and he’s had four years to prepare,” Coons said. “I’m optimistic that former Vice President Biden will do very well in South Carolina.”

Biden supporters in particular are pinning their hopes on the first southern contest. They say the tide will turn because Biden polls well with African American voters who make up a much larger share of the Democratic party there.

That’s why former Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, D- La., traveled to South Carolina to join Biden at rally there on the night of the New Hampshire primary.

Richmond said he wanted to remind Democrats in that critical state not to give up on Biden just because he fell behind in less diverse states.

“He’s never abandoned the African American community and he would hope that because of Iowa and New Hampshire that they wouldn’t abandon him,” Richmond said. “And I think that’s important.”

But other moderate candidates and their supporters have their own theory of the path to victory. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., says the momentum is shifting towards her fellow Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.

“She’s a pragmatist and she’s demonstrated that she can accomplish things,” Smith said. “I think that’s what people are interested in.”

Supporters of Buttigieg, the former South Bend. Ind. mayor who came in second place in Tuesday’s primary, point to his delegate count — one more than Sanders after New Hampshire – as the key to his victory.

And then there’s former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who skipped the early states all together. His supporters, like Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., say he has the edge thanks to a particularly robust network of volunteers and staffers funded by his own private wealth.

“What voters are afraid of in Michigan is losing again to Donald Trump,” Stevens said. “When you have a campaign operation in play, that’s what people are responding to.”

Stevens is one of a growing number of Democrats endorsing Bloomberg. Many are citing his investment in their home states, his strong business record, and his advocacy for gun control.

That divided focus has some moderates concerned. More than half a dozen Democrats privately expressed concerns about the lack of a unifying centrist voice to take hold as Sanders amasses delegates in the early contests.

They worry that many Democrats simply won’t show up to vote if Sanders is the nominee, giving an edge to Republicans running for re-election in the Senate and to GOP hopefuls running against sitting House Democrats.

That’s why, when asked about the impact Sanders could have on other Democrats running in 2020 Coons simply said “negative.”

But Sanders supporters like Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., say worries about Sanders are unfounded.

“I think people are actually misreading what his potential is,” Jayapal said. “I think that people on the Democratic side who keep talking about how he’s not electable and about how he’s too far left — that this is a fighter and the American people want a fighter.”

For now, Coons and other moderates are working to tamp down anxiety about the eventual nominee.

“It’s awfully early.” Coons said. “It’s early.”

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One of the world’s oldest Valentine’s Day cards from 1818 rediscovered after 20 years

People used to write much smarter Valentine’s Day cards.

One of the world’s oldest Valentine’s Day cards was recently rediscovered after sitting in an album for two decades. The letter, in which a man professes his feelings to his lover, was originally written in 1818.

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The letter was purchased 20 years ago by Gavin Littaur, who spoke about it with news agency South West News Agency. (SWNS)

The letter was purchased 20 years ago by Gavin Littaur, who spoke about it with South West News Agency (SWNS).

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“I’m a bit of a romantic and just talking about this Valentine rekindles my love for it,” he said. “It’s beautiful — exceptionally so, in fact.”

He doesn’t recall how much he paid for it, “but it was expensive at the time. George III would have been on the throne when this embossed letter was made by Dobbs of London more than 200 years ago. It’s one of the earliest postally-used Valentines in existence.”

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The old-timey card reads: “From him who upon the return of another Valentine’s Day, looks forward with pleasure to the time when his hopes may be realized; & at the altar of Hymen [Greek god of love] he shall receive the hand accompanied with the heart of her for whom he feels — not a wild and romantic love, which abates after a short acquaintance — but an affection which time increases rather than diminishes.”

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Maybe it’s time to upgrade that picture of Garfield telling your Valentine she’s better than lasagna this year.

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This Day in History: Feb. 13

On this day, Feb. 13 …

2016: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, is found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.

Also on this day:

  • 1633: Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition, accused of defending the Copernican theory that Earth revolves around the sun instead of the other way around. 
  • 1861: Abraham Lincoln is officially declared winner of the 1860 presidential election as electors cast their ballots.
  • 1935: A jury in Flemington, N.J., finds Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann would be executed.)
  • 1943: During World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve is officially established.
  • 1974: Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is expelled from the Soviet Union.
  • 1996: The rock musical “Rent,” by Jonathan Larson, opens off-Broadway in New York City.
  • 1998: Dr. David Satcher is sworn in as the 16th surgeon general of the United States during an Oval Office ceremony.
  • 2009: A $787 billion stimulus bill aimed at easing the worst economic crisis in decades clears both houses of Congress. 
  • 2009: Peanut Corp. of America, the Lynchburg, Va.-based peanut processing company at the heart of a national salmonella outbreak, files for bankruptcy.
  • 2017: President Trump’s embattled national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns following reports he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. (Flynn ultimately would plead guilty to lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation – and then withdraw his guilty plea, citing “bad faith” on part of the government. His long legal battle sees no near end as a federal judge has indefinitely postponed Flynn’s sentencing date.)
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Biden badly wounded as the press wonders who can beat Bernie

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It was back in 2007 when I walked into a green room, saw Joe Biden and we started chatting about the presidential campaign he was launching.

The senator offered a succinct line about his chances, after his first campaign two decades earlier had ended with a plagiarism scandal.

“If I’m the right man for this moment, it will become known,” he said softly.

It became apparent in his disastrous finish in New Hampshire that, at 77, this does not seem to be Biden’s moment.

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The press, which waited a year for Biden to collapse, is basically playing taps for his third and final run for the presidency. Now on one level this might seem wildly premature after just two small, predominantly white states have voted. Biden is right to say, as he did in South Carolina, that few African-American voters have had a chance to weigh in.

But he didn’t just lose the first two contests. For the former vice president to come in fifth in New Hampshire, in single digits, not winning a single delegate, after his fourth-place fiasco in Iowa is humiliating. He faces, at the least, a very tough comeback climb.

Politico quotes Quentin James, who runs a PAC for African-American candidates: “There is blood in the water. Black voters are starting to leave him now … A big reason lots of black voters were with Biden is they thought he was the best person to beat Trump.” And in an anonymous burst of candor, an unnamed Biden adviser says: “This is horrendous. We’re all scared.”

Why, then, are so many in the press discounting the Bernie Sanders victory?

The usual explanations—drawing a lot of flak online—are certainly valid. Sanders is a neighboring senator who was expected to win and still barely beat the previously obscure Pete Buttigieg. But it’s far deeper than that.

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On paper, at least, Bernie is now the Democratic front-runner. It’s pretty clear that most of the press doesn’t like that idea. Why, Bernie isn’t even a real Democrat, the pundits say of the independent senator. This can’t last. A self-described democratic socialist can’t beat Donald Trump. Wait till he tries to defend abolishing private health insurance! So what if he just bounced back from a heart attack? Iowa and New Hampshire are being written off as an aberration.

As I noted yesterday, the media have fallen in love with Amy Klobuchar. If you stripped the results off the screen Tuesday night, you would have thought from the cable chatter that she had won New Hampshire.

(The pundits still love Pete Buttigieg, but that relationship has grown comfortable, and Amy is a new infatuation.)

Thus we have a separate piece in the New York Times: “How Amy Klobuchar Pulled Off the Big Surprise of the New Hampshire Primary.”

And in the Washington Post: “With Third-Place Finish, Klobuchar Bursts to the Center of the Democratic Presidential Race.”

Of course the Minnesota senator deserves credit for crashing the top tier. She’s also the kind of reasonable pragmatist that the Beltway press tends to adore.

And the positive pieces about Klobuchar and Buttigieg all note that they may be poorly equipped for the Nevada-South Carolina-Super Tuesday stage of the campaign, and have yet to demonstrate much black support.

As for Elizabeth Warren’s belly-flop in a neighboring state, the press can’t identify a state she could plausibly win and is assuming she’s toast.

The Bernie trajectory has set off something of a freakout among establishment pols and pundits. Times columnist Tom Friedman devoted a piece to praising the billionaire who skipped the first four contests but certainly has the resources to take on Trump:

“Bloomberg has the right stuff — a moderate progressive with a heart of gold but the toughness of a rattlesnake — for what is going to be an incredibly big, brutal task: making Donald Trump a one-term president.” (Friedman notes that Bloomberg Philanthropies has donated to his wife’s museum project.)

President Trump, who held a rally in New Hampshire on Monday, tweeted that “Fake News CNN and MSDNC have not surprisingly refused to talk about my record setting number of voters in New Hampshire (and in Iowa).” An incumbent essentially running unopposed doesn’t get much coverage for the primaries, but it’s true that Trump turned out more than 120,000 voters on Tuesday, compared with over 49,000 for Barack Obama in 2012.

With Biden an increasingly unlikely nominee, whoever wins this muddle of a Democratic race faces a tougher-than-expected challenge against a president who just beat impeachment.

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Claims of Hillary Clinton ‘dirt’ pitched to Trump adviser ‘not true,’ professor linked to Russia probe says: report

Claims that a Maltese academic offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to a former Trump campaign adviser are “absolutely … not true,” the professor is heard saying on a newly released audio recording, according to a British newspaper.

Professor Joseph Mifsud made the remarks in October 2017 to a reporter from The Telegraph of London, the newspaper claimed Thursday in a story promoting its “Crossfire” podcast.

The paper’s website includes a 1-minute, 33-second audio clip of the reporter, Robert Mendick, purportedly talking with Mifsud, whose whereabouts have been unknown in recent years.

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“Absolutely this is not true,” a voice said to be Mifsud’s is heard saying on the recording, denying the claims that helped trigger the two-year-long Russia investigation that ended with former special counsel Robert Mueller opting not to file criminal charges against President Trump.

The then-candidate Trump’s team was accused of seeking potentially damaging information about Clinton, the Republican Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The events that were later investigated were said to have begun when Mifsud met at a London hotel with George Papadopolous, then a foreign policy adviser who was working for the Trump campaign.

In the clip, the reporter asks Mifsud if he met with Papadopoulos in London in April 2016. The professor responds that he did meet with Papadopoulos, “for a coffee or something like that.”

The reporter then asks Mifsud to confirm a claim that Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had “obtained dirt” about Hillary Clinton.

Absolutely that is not true,” Mifsud responds.

“Just to give you an idea,” Mifsud adds, “ … You know, my visits to the Russian Federation are visa-by-visa because I don’t even have a multiple entry visa to Russia. The last visa that I got to Russia was given to me through the Saudis because I was there for the seminar on Yemen. So it has nothing to do with the Russians.”

Papadopoulos reportedly had sought to meet with Mifsud as part of efforts to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Telegraph reported.

But Mifsud’s claims of Russian connections were mostly not true, Papadopoulos has since claimed.

In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on charges of lying to FBI agents in connection with his contacts with Russian government agents while working for the Trump campaign. He served a 12-day sentence, performed community service and paid a $9,500 fine to resolve his case.

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George Papadopoulos (left) pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud (right). (Twitter/YouTube)

Last November, Fox News reported on another audio recording claiming to be of Mifsud, published by Italian publication Adnkronos.

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“I have absolutely no contact with friends and family for several months,” the voice in the audio claims. “It has been almost two years now that the whole matter has exploded and been presented to the world media and on the world stage as if I had something to do with matters concerning countries or had I tried to infiltrate it, it is absolutely absurd, in programs, contacts or any other institution in the world. I have been a man of relationships all my life and this is what I do well.”

Fox News could not independently verify whether the voice was that of Mifsud, but his lawyer, Stefan Roh, expressed skepticism given that much of the recording was centered on Mifsud insisting he did not work for “any service, secret service or intelligence or none of this kind.”

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With Harsh Words, China’s Military Denies It Hacked Equifax

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SHANGHAI — China’s military on Thursday denied accusations that it hacked Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting companies in the United States.

In a harshly worded release, Wu Qian, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said that the American charges against four of its members were “without a basis in fact.”

“This behavior is completely hegemonic and amounts to legal bullying,” said Mr. Wu.

On Monday, American officials issued indictments that accused hackers in China’s military of stealing trade secrets and the personal data of about 145 million Americans in 2017 from Equifax. The Department of Justice suggested the data theft was part of an organized effort by China’s military and intelligence services to assemble caches of personal information on Americans to better target intelligence officers and other officials.

Hacking has re-emerged as a sore point between Washington and Beijing amid a broader worsening of relations. The two countries reached an interim pact in January that cooled but did not end their trade war. The United States has increasingly stopped Chinese investors from taking stakes in companies in sensitive industries, and it has warned American allies not to use equipment made by Huawei, the Chinese maker of telecommunications gear.

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Chinese Communist Party “the central threat of our times.”

The indictments underscored the increasing irrelevance of a 2015 agreement between the two countries to refrain from hacking and cyberattacks targeting intellectual property for commercial gain. As both countries continue to squabble about attacks, both will also probably continue to carry them out, cybersecurity experts say.

In the statement, Mr. Wu mentioned revelations from WikiLeaks and the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that showed the United States had targeted China with cyberattacks.

“When it comes to online security, the United States has flagrant double standards,” said Mr. Wu, according to Chinese state media. “Its conduct and deeds are incredibly hypocritical.”

“We demand the United States immediately correct this mistake and repeal the charges in order to avoid another destructive step in the relationship between the two countries and militaries,” he said.

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U.K. Regulators Examine Ties Between Barclays C.E.O. James Staley and Jeffrey Epstein

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Barclays said on Thursday that British financial regulators were investigating the relationship between James E. Staley, its chief executive, and Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who committed suicide last August after facing new allegations of sex trafficking of underage girls.

In a statement filed with the London Stock Exchange, the British bank said the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority had begun an investigation into the relationship, which is ongoing.

“As has been widely reported, earlier in his career Mr. Staley developed a professional relationship with Mr. Epstein,” the statement said. Barclays added that Mr. Staley, who is known as Jes, has told the bank that he had no contact with Mr. Epstein after taking the top position at the bank in December 2015.

Barclays, the statement said, “believes that Mr. Staley has been sufficiently transparent with the company as regards the nature and extent of his relationship with Mr. Epstein.” It said Mr. Staley retains the full confidence of the bank’s board.

Mr. Staley had known Mr. Epstein since at least 1999, when the future Barclays chief was running the private banking business of JPMorgan, the Wall Street bank.

In August, Mr. Epstein hanged himself while in a Manhattan jail, where he was being held awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. He had been charged by Manhattan prosecutors in July with sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls in New York and Florida.

Those accusations involved actions up to 2005. A lawsuit filed last month by Denise N. George, the attorney general of the Virgin Islands, cited further evidence showing Mr. Epstein sexually abused and trafficked hundreds of young women and girls on his private Caribbean island, some as recently as 2018.

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China sees 15K new coronavirus cases, change in counting procedure: report

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The number of new coronavirus cases in China surged Thursday after 14,840 people were diagnosed with the disease that has already claimed 1,300 lives worldwide.

The jump in cases comes after reports out of the country indicated that the virus may have leveled off. The latest increase was attributed to the country’s new approach to counting patients. The Los Angeles Times reported that about 90 percent of the new cases were “clinically diagnosed.” Doctors in the country previously relied on nucleic tests for the viral disease known as COVID-19.

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The nucleic tests, according to reports, were criticized over their accuracy. The public has widely criticized local officials for their handling of the outbreak and Beijing has been accused of withholding key statistics in the virus’ early days.

The Times reported that under the new guidelines, patients undergo a CT scan of their lungs and observed by doctors to see if they’re symptomatic.

China has locked down an unprecedented 60 million people in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, which has hit hardest in the city of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province. The country has 60,000 confirmed cases.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised tax cuts and other aid to industry as the ruling Communist Party tries to limit the mounting damage to the economy.

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The country is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain the virus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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