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Inside the mind of Jeffrey Epstein; Trump administration defends new green card rule

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Epstein called criminalizing sex with teen girls a ‘cultural aberration’: report
Jeffrey Epstein had previously slammed criminalizing sex with teen girls as a “cultural aberration,” according to a reporter who recalled the convicted pedophile’s comments a year before his apparent suicide. Epstein was “unapologetic” and defiant to the end in his beliefs on men sleeping with underage girls, according to New York Times reporter James Stewart. “He said that criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration and that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable,” Stewart reported in the Times on Monday. Stewart spoke with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse in 2018, a year before he reportedly killed himself inside of his New York City jail cell on Saturday.

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Barr focuses on ‘irregularities’ at correctional facility, feds search one of Epstein’s homes
Attorney General William Barr on Monday blasted corrections officials and vowed to investigate the “serious irregularities” uncovered at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan where Epstein was held and found dead Saturday morning. The disgraced financier reportedly used a makeshift noose made from bedsheets to hang himself. Barr’s criticism came amid complaints about squalid, rat-infested cells and as union officials charge warnings about overworked employees at the understaffed facility went ignored for years.

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Meanwhile, the FBI confirmed to Fox News that agents are searching Epstein’s Little Saint James Island home in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The notorious island took on a string of nicknames over the years, including “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.” The 66-year-old Epstein was known to frequent the lush property in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What’s more, an employee who reportedly worked there has claimed the wealthy financier kept a mysterious safe inside the main residence.

Trump administration defends new green card rule
The Trump administration on Monday issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid. Officials described the so-called “public charge” rule as a way to ensure those granted permanent residency are self-sufficient — and protect taxpayers in the process. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), defended the rule as strengthened a long-held standard for potential immigrants and green card holders. “The rule we issued today, a public charge rule, is intended to once again give meaningful effect to the public charge standard,” he said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “What that is in ordinary English… is basically that we try to avoid having immigrants come through our process… who are likely in the future to become welfare-dependent.” Click on the video above to watch Cuccinelli’s interview from “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Senior citizen to Kamala Harris: ‘Leave our health care alone’
Presidential primary candidate Kamala Harris was confronted on Monday by an upset Iowa resident over the California senator’s plan to overhaul health care in the United States. The Democratic senator from California was speaking to voters at the Bickford Senior Living Center in Muscatine, Iowa, when one of the center’s residents challenged her on how she planned to pay for “Medicare for All.” “Leave our health care alone,” Roberta Jewell,  a 91-year-old resident at the senior living facility, told Harris as she was describing her campaign’s health care proposal. “We don’t want you to mess with it.”

Trump campaign aide: Scaramucci is about Scaramucci
The new public rift between President Trump and Anthony Scaramucci is slowly escalating as one campaign aide has described the former White House communications director as a self-centered man who abused young staffers during his short tenure. “Anthony Scaramucci is all about Anthony Scaramucci,” Mercedes Schlapp claimed Monday on “The Story.” “You can ask young staffers in the communications office that literally were terrorized by Anthony Scaramucci, where he only survived 11 days in that job.” In media interviews and on Twitter, Scaramucci has been critical of Trump, suggesting to CNN it might be best for the Republican Party to replace him at the top of the 2020 presidential ticket. In turn, the president claimed the hedge fund executive and short-timer in his administration just wants to appear on television.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
CNN’s Chris Cuomo seen in unverified video cursing at man who apparently called him ‘Fredo.’
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Sean Hannity says 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s biggest opponent is himself as he continues to make gaffe after gaffe on the campaign trail.

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Former porn star from viral ‘hijab’ scene reveals she made only $12G in career

Former adult film actress Mia Khalifa said that despite being one of the most popular porn stars on the Internet revealed she only made $12,000 during her career.

“People think I’m racking in millions from porn. Completely untrue. I made a TOTAL of around $12,000 in the industry and never saw a penny again after that,” Khalifa tweeted on Monday, sharing a recent interview with life coach Megan Abbott.

Khalifa, who spent only a few months as an adult actress, went viral in 2014 after filming a scene wearing a hijab. Her choice of headwear, she said, led to death threats from ISIS.

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“When I did the hijab scene that is when the ISIS death threats came in. All the news broke out—globally, not just in America. … I was banned from a handful of countries,” she told Abbott.

“What I actually said when they proposed the scene to me, and this is verbatim, was ‘You motherf*ckers are going to get me killed,” Khalifa recalled telling producers.

Despite her short-lived career in the adult film industry – she left the business in 2015 after only three months – Khalifa continues to be one of the most popular porn actresses with over 16 million Instagram followers and 2.7 million Twitter followers.

In 2016, she was ranked the most searched adult actress by xHamster a year after she retired.

Khalifa said she kept up her social media profile as a source of income but was looking to obtain a more traditional job. In her interview with Abbot she revealed that she worked as a paralegal and bookkeeper, and has since attempted to rebrand herself as a sports commentator.

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Sen. Scott: Racism accusations against Trump ‘inconsistent with reality’

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., defended President Trump against accusations of racism Today while appearing on “The Ingraham Angle,” calling accusations “inconsistent with reality.”

“Well there’s no doubt that President Trump is not a racist and the facts are very simple that the same folks that voted for me voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters and he’s keeping the promises,” Scott said to guest host Jason Chaffetz.

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Republicans have accused Democrats of shifting the narrative to racism accusations against the president following former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s panned testimony.  Many Democrats are still calling for Trump’s impeachment.

The president has has also faced criticism recently following the the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio with his critics blaming his rhetoric for enflaming white supremacy.

Scott says Democrats are trying to avoid discussing a lackluster policy platform.

“If you were running on the left, would you run the Green New Deal? Would you run on the 70 percent new income tax? Would you run on a 4 percent wealth tax? Would you run on a financial transaction tax? No,” Scott said.

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The senator called the racism narrative “tired.”

“Well you would run on some tired narrative that the president because he’s a Republican has to be somehow a racist,” Scott said.  “It’s a different dimension that I don’t understand.”

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Global Markets Steady After a Tough Day on Wall Street

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Global stocks showed signs of stabilizing on Tuesday after a rough Monday, as European exchanges opened only slightly lower and futures markets suggested a flat opening on Wall Street.

Asian markets followed Monday’s slump on Wall Street, after a sell-off left the S&P 500 index down 1.2 percent. Hong Kong led the losses among Asia’s biggest markets, down 1.8 percent, as antigovernment protesters swarmed the city’s busy airport for the second straight day.

Markets had been unnerved by worries about the trade war between the United States and China. On Tuesday, reflecting the ripples from that conflict, Singapore slashed its annual economic growth expectations to between zero percent and 1 percent. They were also reacting to unexpected election results from Argentina, which sent that country’s stocks and currency plunging.

Still, losses moderated as European markets opened, in a sign that investor nervousness may have been assuaged for now.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index ended down 2.1 percent on Tuesday.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 1.1 percent.

China’s Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.6 percent lower.

Both South Korea’s Kospi index and Singapore’s Straits Times index fell 0.9 percent.

In Britain, the FTSE 100 was about 0.2 percent lower in early trading.

Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 indexes were each down about 0.3 percent.

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Chris Cuomo Squares Up To Man Calling Him ‘Fredo’: ‘Like The N-Word For Us’

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CNN is standing by its primetime host Chris Cuomo after video emerged of him squaring up to a man who’d called him “Fredo,” an insult in reference to the hapless Fredo Corleone character from “The Godfather” movie franchise.

“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” Cuomo, who is of Italian descent, responded to the man in the clip amplified Monday by a reporter for right-wing website The Daily Wire.

“Fredo is from ‘The Godfather,’ he was that weak brother and they’re using it as an Italian aspersion,” Cuomo continued.

“It’s like the ‘n-word’ for us,” Cuomo claimed.

Later in the video, Cuomo told the man ― who repeatedly claimed he believed Cuomo’s actual name was “Fredo” ― that “you’re going to have a big fucking problem.”

“Don’t fucking insult me like that. You fucking called me Fredo, it’s like I call you punk bitch, you like that?” Cuomo warned.

“What are you going to do about it?” the unidentified man later asked.

“I’ll fucking ruin your shit. I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk,” Cuomo replied.

A spokesperson for CNN said it “completely” supported Cuomo following the incident.

“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” they told Mediaite.

The video divided opinion on Twitter, where it drew contrasting commentary from high-profile conservative figures as other people debated the offensiveness (racial or otherwise) of the “Fredo” insult.

Fox News host Sean Hannity, who frequently uses his widely watched show to attack CNN and stump for President Donald Trump, tweeted that Cuomo has “zero to apologize for” and actually “deserves the apology” himself.

I say good for Chris Cuomo,” Hannity wrote. “He’s out with his 9-year-old daughter, and his wife and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family.” 

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr., however, responded by reminding his followers how Republican strategist Ana Navarro once used the term on Cuomo’s show to describe him. 

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Global Markets Steady After a Tough Day on Wall Street

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Global stocks showed signs of stabilizing on Tuesday after a rough Monday, as European exchanges opened only slightly lower and futures markets suggested a flat opening on Wall Street.

Asian markets followed Monday’s slump on Wall Street, after a sell-off left the S&P 500 index down 1.2 percent. Hong Kong led the losses among Asia’s biggest markets, down 1.8 percent, as antigovernment protesters swarmed the city’s busy airport for the second straight day.

Markets had been unnerved by worries about the trade war between the United States and China. On Tuesday, reflecting the ripples from that conflict, Singapore slashed its annual economic growth expectations to between zero percent and 1 percent. They were also reacting to unexpected election results from Argentina, which sent that country’s stocks and currency plunging.

Still, losses moderated as European markets opened, in a sign that investor nervousness may have been assuaged for now.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index ended down 2.1 percent on Tuesday.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 1.1 percent.

China’s Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.6 percent lower.

Both South Korea’s Kospi index and Singapore’s Straits Times index fell 0.9 percent.

In Britain, the FTSE 100 was about 0.2 percent lower in early trading.

Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 indexes were each down about 0.3 percent.

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Andy Dick ‘cold cocked’ outside New Orleans club, hospitalized: report

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Andy Dick, the controversial comedian, was attacked Saturday after a  show in New Orleans’ French Quarter, his representatives reportedly said.

Robert Couvillion,  his booking agent, told WVUE that his  client was  outside One-Eyed Jack’s after a show and was “cold-cocked.” He said Dick’s head slammed into the cement. He said Dick was unconscious for about 15 minutes.

“We thought he was dead,” he said.

The comedian,  perhaps best known for his cameo in “Old School,” was hospitalized for two days, according to the report.

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Dick was released from the hospital and reportedly returned to Los Angeles.

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Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course with China’s Communist Party

HONG KONG — As anti-government demonstrations escalate in Hong Kong, each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions, making it difficult to find a path to compromise between the protesters and China’s ruling Communist Party.

The demonstrations, which began as a fight against a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited to the mainland, have more broadly morphed into a call for free elections, which largely do not exist in China. To Beijing, it would be a direct challenge to the leadership, tantamount to losing control of Hong Kong.

The once peaceful demonstrations have now intensified, coming into conflict with Hong Kong’s reputation for order and efficiency. Protesters on Monday filled the airport, crippling one of the world’s busiest transportation hubs. Demonstrators returned again on Tuesday, with more flights canceled that day.

China is also projecting more power, raising the possibility of more intense and more frequent clashes with the police. An official in Beijing on Monday condemned the actions of the protesters last weekend, casting it as the first signs of “terrorism.” The Chinese police also appeared to conduct large-scale exercises across the border from Hong Kong in Shenzhen, a city on the mainland.

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Protesters clashed with riot police officers on July 14.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

“We are at a crossroads,” said Martin Lee, a democracy advocate and former lawmaker. “The future of Hong Kong — the future of democracy — depends on what’s going to happen in the next few months.”

[Laser pointers and traffic cones: creative ways Hong Kong protesters are organizing]

The unrest is exposing the inherent conflict in the political experiment that began when China reclaimed Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, an ambitious attempt to marry Beijing’s brand of authoritarianism with a bastion of civil liberties.

China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, wants to make Hong Kong more like a mainland city, using economic incentives to buy happiness and propaganda to win loyalty. The protesters, who represent a wide swath of Hong Kong, want a government that looks out for their interests, not just Beijing’s, to help resolve problems like astronomical housing prices and low wages.

The two sides no longer seem to recognize each other’s concerns.

The protesters recently adopted a slogan with pro-independence roots: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Many say they use it to describe their desire for a political voice. But Beijing has held up the slogan as evidence that the protesters support independence.

The differences started to widen when the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, pushed ahead with an unpopular extradition bill, despite a massive rally in early June that drew one million people. To many protesters, her decision drove home the fundamental shortcomings of a leader who is accountable to Beijing.

Riot police officers during a protest on July 27.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Mrs. Lam later suspended the bill but stopped short of formally withdrawing it, infuriating the protesters and drawing them out in greater numbers. In the weeks since, she has refused to make further concessions, including the call for an independent investigation of the police’s handling of the protests.

“They kind of try to rule Hong Kong the way they rule China. That doesn’t really work in an open society,” said Michael C. Davis, a global fellow at the Wilson Center, a think tank in Washington. “In Hong Kong, when you push people, when you repress them, when you ignore them — they push back.”

But the protesters’ challenge to Beijing has also backed the party into a corner. In recent days, protesters have grown more defiant, lighting fires, hurling bricks and gasoline bombs and defacing symbols of Chinese rule.

The party is determined to not look weak in the face of the tumult, which has quickly become the biggest public resistance to the rule of Mr. Xi since he took power in 2012. The Chinese government has made veiled threats of military intervention and accused protesters of plotting a “color revolution” with help from the United States, referring to anti-Communist uprisings it says are orchestrated by the West.

“It is now a ‘life-or-death’ fight for the very future of Hong Kong,” Wang Zhimin, the head of the central government’s office in the city, warned members of Hong Kong’s establishment last week. “There is no room for retreat.”

Police used tear gas as protesters approached the legislative building on June 12.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Crystal Yip, a 20-year-old university student, sat peacefully among the demonstrators at the airport on Monday, which prompted the cancellation of more than 150 flights. She is usually at the front lines of street clashes with the police, snuffing out tear gas canisters, building makeshift barricades and providing cover to protesters who hurl bricks.

Millions of people — teachers, construction workers, lawyers, students, and even civil servants — have filled the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the government in a largely peaceful manner. But a small group of young, confrontational protesters like Ms. Yip is using forceful tactics to get a message across to Beijing.

“I know I’m risking my life,” Ms. Yip said. “But I’ve thrown caution to the winds.”

During pro-democracy protests in 2014, Ms. Yip, then a high school student, hovered on the edge of rallies, terrified of standing up to the authorities. But her attitude recently shifted after watching documentaries about the anti-Russian protests in Ukraine in 2014, and about Edward Leung, a pro-independence activist who was sentenced to six years in prison for rioting.

“Peaceful protests are no use,” Ms. Yip said. “If violent resistance can work, then why not use it?”

Ms. Yip and others have embraced more extreme tactics after the failure of Hong Kong’s previous political movements, including the Umbrella Revolution of 2014, to deliver free elections. Their anger has grown as the government has encroached further, removing several pro-democracy lawmakers from office and sentencing protesters to long jail terms.

More than 700 people have been arrested since the protests started.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

In that time, Hong Kong’s problems — vast income inequality, a shortage of affordable housing, a dearth of high-paying jobs — have only seemed to worsen.

“I felt so sorry about how we, the Hong Kong people, have been treated,” said Charlie Li, a construction mechanic who was inspired by the persistence of other protesters.

Mr. Li, 35, says he has thrown umbrellas and helmets at police officers. He blames the mainland government for driving protesters toward violence. “They don’t listen to us at all,” Mr. Li said.

The movement reached a turning point in July, when a small group of activists stormed the legislature, smashing glass walls and spray-painting slogans. Since then, the protesters’ list of demands has expanded to include free elections.

Under the current system, a committee of about 1,200 residents, dominated by Beijing’s allies, selects the leader. A small minority of protesters have openly called for Hong Kong’s independence, but most complain of feeling politically powerless.

The protesters are pushing for free elections. A democracy rally on June 26.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

As China takes a harder line, Hong Kong’s veteran pro-democracy politicians also face a dilemma.

The protests have helped reinvigorate their push. But by continuing to support the younger demonstrators’ more extreme tactics, the camp risks endangering the activists and increasing the chances of repression. More than 700 people have been arrested already, some 150 people last weekend alone.

“The Communist Party does not forget, and it does not forgive,” said Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute in London. “The more successful they are, the more the Chinese government and Xi Jinping feel embarrassed, the higher the price will be.”

On the mainland, pundits have warned that Hong Kong is on the brink of disaster. State-run newspapers have called on the public to help protect China’s sovereignty. Prominent officials have blamed American diplomats for working as “black hands” intent on fomenting an uprising.

Beijing once worked diligently to keep word of the Hong Kong protests from reaching the mainland, perhaps fearing the unrest could spread. But in recent days, Mr. Xi’s government has led an all-out effort to discredit the protesters.

The sudden shift reflects deepening concern within the party that it is facing a secessionist threat that could undermine Mr. Xi’s hard-line image.

A June 9 protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong. Organizers said more than a million people attended.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

It poses a delicate challenge. Mr. Xi, who has led a broad crackdown on dissent, does not want to be perceived as yielding to the party’s foes. Yet he is likely wary of taking drastic action, such as deploying troops, for fear of a broader fallout.

Such moves could energize his critics, including pro-independence forces in Taiwan, a self-ruling island that China claims as its own. Hong Kong has long served as China’s entree into the global financial system and a symbol of the Communist Party’s ability to work with free-market societies; an overreaction might alienate big companies and imperil the territory’s economy.

“Anything too dramatic is going to be quite a high cost. It will be called Tiananmen 2.0, and they don’t want that kind of reputational hit,” said Kerry Brown, a professor of Chinese politics at King’s College London, referring to Beijing’s bloody crackdown on protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

For the moment, Mr. Xi’s strategy appears to be to throw the government’s support behind Mrs. Lam and the police while blaming the United States for sowing strife.

Inside a ballroom at the Wuzhou Guest House in southern China last week, Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing’s top official for Hong Kong, told an audience of 500 politicians and business executives from Hong Kong that the protests “have the clear characteristics of a color revolution,” a reference to uprisings in the former Soviet bloc that Chinese officials believe drew inspiration from the United States.

In a turning point for the movement, anti-government protesters stormed the legislature on July 1.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

In a smaller meeting after the remarks, Michael Tien, a pro-establishment lawmaker from Hong Kong concerned by the escalating violence, said he confronted mainland officials. He urged them to consider giving in to some of the protesters’ demands, including the withdrawal of the extradition bill. “We must resolve these issues,” Mr. Tien said he told Mr. Zhang at the meeting, which took place in Shenzhen. Mr. Tien said Mr. Zhang smiled and took a lot of notes but didn’t comment on his proposals.

Mr. Zhang also rejected the protesters’ demands for free elections, saying the Chinese government would not be willing to consider any electoral system that does not allow Beijing to screen a list of candidates, according to Mr. Tien. Anything short of that, Mr. Zhang said, would be as good as giving up control of Hong Kong.

“I just want the central government to be more concerned about how these future generations will think, beyond the current unrest,” said Mr. Tien.

The debate focuses now on whether the “one country, two systems” arrangement can survive in Hong Kong, or whether Beijing will seek to make it “one country, one system.”

Ronny Tong, a pro-establishment member of the executive council, Mrs. Lam’s top advisory body, said he worries that Hong Kong risks losing its special status.

“How do you think Beijing will think now?” he added. “Do you think they will want to give democracy to people when people are insulting their rule?”

Protestors are directly challenging Beijing. An emblem on the Chinese government’s liaison office in Hong Kong was defaced on July 21.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

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Today on Fox News, Aug. 13, 2019

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst; Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist.

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: “The Jeffrey Epstein Story Is Far From Over” – As Americans continue to raise questions regarding the apparent suicide of accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Attorney General William Barr vowed Monday to get to the bottom of what happened. Bernard Kerik, former New York City police commissioner, explains why Barr and others are so shocked one of the country’s highest-profile federal prisoners could end his own life. Then, attorney Spencer Kuvin, who represented four Epstein accusers, discusses the criminal and civil cases that will continue despite the disgraced financier’s death.

In an effort to curb America’s opioid epidemic, some states are allowing families to force loved ones into treatment through court orders. In Hampden County, Mass. some of those patients may even find themselves in a section of the county jail. Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi explains why he thinks his tough tactics are working, while Bonnie Tenneriello of Prisoners’ Legal Services tells the Rundown why this approach goes too far.

Plus, commentary by Marc Thiessen, Fox News contributor and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Calls On Beto O’Rourke To Drop Out

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The Houston Chronicle editorial board has called on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to pull out of the 2020 race, return to Texas and run for senator.

“So Beto, if you’re listening: Come home. Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator,” it wrote. “The chances of winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.”

O’Rourke failed to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the 2018 midterms and the board acknowledged it “wouldn’t be easy” for O’Rourke to beat Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in 2020.

“But a lot has changed since 2018,” it added. “You had a lot to do with that — and Trump is no longer rock-solid in Texas. Neither are the Republicans who support him.” 

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