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At Least 3 Dead In China From New Virus That Officials Say Can Spread With Human Contact

A senior Chinese health official said Monday the new coronavirus strain that has left hundreds sick and at least three people dead can be transmitted by human-to-human contact, prompting concerns that it could spread far more quickly as hundreds of millions of people in China prepare to travel this week for Lunar New Year.

Zhong Nanshan, who is well-known in China for his work fighting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003, told China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency that two people had been infected with the coronavirus from family members. Chinese officials had said that at least 217 cases of the new virus had been reported as of Monday evening, predominantly in the city of Wuhan, where the first case was traced to a seafood market.

“The current cases show there is definitely human-to-human transmission,” Zhong, the head of a team established by China’s National Health Commission to investigate the virus, told the state-run CCTV. Officials had initially said the virus appeared to spread primarily through contact with animals.

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses and causes a type of pneumonia with symptoms that include fever and difficulty breathing. The English-language China Daily said Tuesday at least 15 medical workers in Wuhan had already been diagnosed with pneumonia linked to the coronavirus. One staff member was in critical condition. 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Travelers wear face masks outside of the Beijing Railway Station on Jan. 20, 2020. China reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus on Monday, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country’s busiest travel period as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged officials to take the outbreak seriously in his first public comments on the matter, saying “party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first,” The Associated Press reported.

Zhong expressed confidence that the new coronavirus would not be as dangerous as SARS, which killed nearly 800 people globally during the outbreak. The official said it only took two weeks to identify the new virus and China had quarantine systems that would help control its spread.

But the outbreak has already prompted global fear the virus could spread, particularly as hundreds of millions of people in China begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday this week. The Washington Post notes that Chinese officials expect 3 billion trips to be taken in the 40-day period surrounding Lunar New Year’s Day, which is this Saturday.

Infections have already been reported domestically in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. Internationally, there have been cases in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

Authorities have begun screening airline passengers traveling from Wuhan to airports in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the United States — including in New York and Los Angeles.

The World Health Organization has convened an emergency committee that will meet this Wednesday to determine if the spread of the coronavirus amounts to an international health emergency, Reuters reported. The declaration has recently been used for the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo and the rise of the Zika virus in 2016.

The U.N.’s health agency has not yet recommended any travel restrictions or guidance for the new coronavirus.

Within the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was “closely monitoring” the spread of the virus, but said there is “much more to learn” about how it is transmitted.

“More cases may be identified in the coming days, including more in countries outside China, and possibly in the United States,” the agency said. “Given what has occurred previously with MERS and SARS, it’s likely that some limited person-to-person spread will continue to occur.”

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Sean Hannity warns Republican senators ‘must not capitulate’ or ‘lend legitimacy to the demands’ of Democrats

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Sean Hannity warned Republican senators Monday night that it is their job only to “render a verdict” in President Trump’s impeachment trial and nothing more.

“For those Republicans, the people you’ve elected, want to prove their own moral superiority and sense of extra special fairness,” Hannity said on his television program. “You need to focus on your constitutional role. Period. Which is why the voters hired you.”

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Hannity spoke directly to his viewers in explaining what he expects.

“Now you, the American people, you need to know this. It is not your Republican senator’s job to bolster what are pathetically weak articles of impeachment from the House,” Hannity said. “It is not your senator’s duty to call witnesses that the House didn’t even subpoena. It is not your representative’s responsibility to investigate evidence the House neglected to examine. There are no do-overs. The Senate doesn’t get to take on the constitutional role of the House.

“Senators review the articles of impeachment. That’s it. As delivered by the House. They now have House managers. They will present their case. And your Republican senators need to render a verdict. That’s it,” Hannity added.

The host warned of the impact the articles of impeachment could have on the future of the executive branch.

“These articles are an affront to our entire constitutional system,” Hannity said. “The ramifications would transcend and alter the presidency, the executive branch of our government.”

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Hannity said Republican senators must not “lend legitimacy” to the Democrats’ impeachment push.

“Your elected senators must not capitulate, lend legitimacy to the demands of a compromised, in this specific case, congenital liar whose been lying to us for three years, [Rep.] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.,] and the rest of his malignant house managers,” Hannity said. “That’s because this is a baseless impeachment. It has been a politically motivated witch hunt from the very beginning.”

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At Least 3 Dead In China As Officials Say New Virus Can Spread With Human Contact

A senior Chinese health official said Monday the new coronavirus strain that has left hundreds sick and at least three people dead can be transmitted by human-to-human contact, prompting concerns that it could spread far more quickly as hundreds of millions of people in China prepare to travel this week for Lunar New Year.

Zhong Nanshan, who is well-known in China for his work fighting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, in 2003, told China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency that two people had been infected with the coronavirus from family members. Chinese officials had said that at least 217 cases of the new virus had been reported as of Monday evening, predominantly in the city of Wuhan, where the first case was traced to a seafood market.

“The current cases show there is definitely human-to-human transmission,” Zhong, the head of a team established by China’s National Health Commission to investigate the virus, told the state-run CCTV. Officials had initially said the virus appeared to spread primarily through contact with animals.

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses and causes a type of pneumonia with symptoms that include fever and difficulty breathing. The English-language China Daily said Tuesday at least 15 medical workers in Wuhan had already been diagnosed with pneumonia linked to the coronavirus. One staff member was in critical condition. 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Travelers wear face masks outside of the Beijing Railway Station on Jan. 20, 2020. China reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus on Monday, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country’s busiest travel period as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged officials to take the outbreak seriously in his first public comments on the matter, saying “party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first,” The Associated Press reported.

Zhong expressed confidence that the new coronavirus would not be as dangerous as SARS, which killed nearly 800 people globally during the outbreak. The official said it only took two weeks to identify the new virus and China had quarantine systems that would help control its spread.

But the outbreak has already prompted global fear the virus could spread, particularly as hundreds of millions of people in China begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday this week. The Washington Post notes that Chinese officials expect 3 billion trips to be taken in the 40-day period surrounding Lunar New Year’s Day, which is this Saturday.

Infections have already been reported domestically in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. Internationally, there have been cases in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

Authorities have begun screening airline passengers traveling from Wuhan to airports in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the United States — including in New York and Los Angeles.

The World Health Organization has convened an emergency committee that will meet this Wednesday to determine if the spread of the coronavirus amounts to an international health emergency, Reuters reported. The declaration has recently been used for the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo and the rise of the Zika virus in 2016.

The U.N.’s health agency has not yet recommended any travel restrictions or guidance for the new coronavirus.

Within the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was “closely monitoring” the spread of the virus, but said there is “much more to learn” about how it is transmitted.

“More cases may be identified in the coming days, including more in countries outside China, and possibly in the United States,” the agency said. “Given what has occurred previously with MERS and SARS, it’s likely that some limited person-to-person spread will continue to occur.”

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How The Senate Impeachment Trial Will Work

President Trump’s fate is now in the hands of the Senate. The House of Representatives has impeached the president, and it is up to senators to determine whether he will be removed from office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released a resolution outlining the rules of the Senate trial on Monday. The Senate is voting on the proposal Tuesday; it is expected to pass, given the Republican’s majority.

It has been more than a month since the House voted to impeach Trump, charging him with abusing his power and obstructing Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had been holding off on transmitting the articles to the Senate, essentially delaying the trial, because she wanted details on how the trial would work.

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She ultimately relented without any further information from McConnell, naming House impeachment managers to serve as the prosecution team on Jan. 15.

The next day, Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over the trial. He then administered the oath to senators, who swore to render “impartial justice” as jurors.

Here is more about the various roles and how the trial will play out.

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Setting The Ground Rules

Timing: Senate will vote on organizing resolution on Jan. 21

The details of a Senate impeachment trial are generally up for negotiation, but that negotiation essentially ended when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he had the votes to move ahead with a resolution outlining the process without Democrats. That is expected on Tuesday.

McConnell’s plan has two main phases: first, opening arguments and questioning. The second stage begins with debate on whether to call witnesses and introduce more evidence.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had been pushing for a deal up front that would include testimony from witnesses, including Trump administration officials.

It takes only 51 votes to approve the rules, though, so McConnell can rely on his majority to begin the trial without such a deal. Schumer has been unable to get four Senate Republicans to break with McConnell on Democrats’ demands for witnesses.

The Trial

Timing: begins on Jan. 22

Once the trial begins, there are clear rules for each of the key players. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presides. Senators do not do the talking; they can only submit written questions.

Impeachment managers from the House will represent the Democrats’ argument. The president’s defense includes White House counsel, outside attorneys and a number of Republican members of the House. It is the first time in the inquiry that the White House is making its case on the record. The White House declined to participate in the Democratic-led House proceedings, which Trump considered a “sham.”

Opening arguments begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. Each side gets up to 24 hours over two days to make their case.

Then, senators will have 16 hours to ask questions in the chamber, followed by two hours of arguments each by the House impeachment managers and the president’s lawyers.

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Then comes the debate on whether to subpoena witnesses or introduce new documents.

This is where moderate Republicans could throw wrenches into the leadership’s plans, if enough of them decide they want to hear additional testimony.

Once again, these procedural votes require only a majority. A 50-50 tie is considered a failure to pass because Vice President Pence cannot cast the deciding vote as he would (and has) in other cases. The chief justice is unlikely to want to cast a deciding vote as he presides over the trial, seeking to maintain impartiality.

The rules also note that any witness must be deposed before testifying.

The Final Vote

Timing: TBD

After the trial, the Senate votes on whether to convict or acquit the president on each article of impeachment. Convicting Trump and therefore removing him from office requires 67 votes. That would mean 20 Republicans would have to join Democrats in the effort — a highly unlikely prospect.

Acquitting Trump of the charges or dismissing the charges, however, takes only 51 votes.

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Photos: Win McNamee/Getty Images (Mitch McConnell); Paul Morigi/Getty Images (Susan Collins); Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (Lisa Murkowski and John Roberts); Mark Wilson/Getty Images (Cory Gardner, Joe Manchin, Martha McSally and Chuck Schumer); Alex Wong/Getty Images (Doug Jones and Mitt Romney)

This story originally published on Dec. 31, 2019.

NPR’s Susan Davis, Claudia Grisales and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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McConnell Impeachment Rules Modify Clinton Precedent

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WASHINGTON — For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell sought to deflect charges that he was trying to stack the deck in favor of President Trump in his impeachment trial by repeating that he was merely replicating the Senate’s only modern precedent: the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton.

“What was good enough for President Clinton in an impeachment trial should have been good enough for President Trump,” he told reporters this month, as Democrats pressed him to include a new guarantee for witnesses and documents. “And all we are doing here is saying we are going to get started in exactly the same way that 100 senators agreed to 20 years ago.”

But when Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, finally released a draft of his resolution on Monday evening, less than 24 hours before the Senate was expected to consider it, there were several meaningful differences from the rules that governed Mr. Clinton’s impeachment, some of which were in line with Mr. Trump’s preferences and his legal team’s strategy.

The measure is expected to pass on Tuesday along party lines, over strenuous Democratic objections. Here is a look at the similarities and differences.

While Mr. McConnell proposes that the trial unfold in a similar sequence to the 1999 one — opening statements, then questions from senators, then an up-or-down vote on whether to consider calling witnesses or new evidence — his plan would speed up the proceedings.

Like in the Clinton trial, the Democratic House impeachment managers and Mr. Trump’s defense lawyers will have up to 24 hours to argue their respective cases for and against conviction on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But in 1999, the Senate imposed no additional limit on how the time was used. Mr. McConnell’s proposal states that each side much complete its work within two days, beginning as early as Wednesday.

That means opening arguments could be finished by the end of this week, allowing the senators 16 hours for questioning and a subsequent debate early next week over whether to consider witness testimony. In the fastest possible scenario, the Senate could vote to convict or acquit by the end of January.

Aides for Mr. McConnell played down the differences, arguing that he had never meant to say the Trump rules would be identical to the Clinton ones, but would deal with opening arguments and consideration of witnesses in the same order.

But Senate Democrats were not pleased, and their leader, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, accused Mr. McConnell of trying to push the proceedings into “the wee hours of the night” to hide a damaging case against Mr. Trump. Mr. Schumer said he would offer a series of amendments on Tuesday “to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal.”

The White House, which has worked closely with Mr. McConnell on the trial’s parameters, indicated it was pleased. Eric Ueland, the president’s congressional liaison, said the team was “gratified that the draft resolution protects the president’s rights to a fair trial.”

When the Clinton trial opened, the Senate “admitted into evidence,” printed and shared with senators all records generated by the House impeachment inquiry into Mr. Clinton. Not so this time.

Though the House’s evidence from the Trump impeachment inquiry would still be printed and shared with senators, it would only be formally considered by the Senate as part of its official record if a majority of senators voted to do so. That vote could only take place after the Senate decided whether to call witnesses and seek additional documents — that is, as the trial moves toward conclusion.

A senior Republican aide in the Senate said the change reflected a fundamental difference in the Clinton and Trump cases. In the Clinton case, the House’s evidentiary record largely consisted of materials compiled by Ken Starr, the independent counsel.

This time, House Democrats conducted their impeachment inquiry entirely themselves, without the benefit of a Justice Department investigation. The aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity to detail internal strategy, argued that in doing so, the House had denied Mr. Trump proper due process rights afforded to Mr. Clinton, suggesting the current president was not given a chance to contest the House’s record.

The House invited Mr. Trump to mount a defense before the Judiciary Committee during its impeachment proceeding, including requesting witnesses and documents, but the president’s legal team declined, saying it would not dignify an inquiry it deemed illegitimate with a response.

By not admitting the House impeachment inquiry’s findings into evidence at the outset, Mr. McConnell, too, is in effect treating them as illegitimate.

As expected, the draft resolution does not incorporate Democratic demands that the trial guarantee witness testimony or requests for new documents. This was also the case in the Clinton trial, but Mr. McConnell’s proposal still differs slightly.

It says that after senators conclude their questioning, they will not immediately entertain motions to call individual witnesses or documents. Instead, they will decide first whether they want to consider new evidence at all. Only if a majority of senators agree to do so will the managers and prosecutors be allowed to propose and argue for specific witnesses or documents, each of which would then be subject to an additional vote.

If a majority of the Senate ultimately did vote to call a witness for testimony, that witness would first be interviewed behind closed doors and then the “Senate shall decide after deposition which witnesses shall testify, pursuant to the impeachment rules,” if any. Consistent with the Clinton trial rules, this essentially means that even if witnesses are called, they might never testify in public.

Democrats said Mr. McConnell’s intentions were clear.

“Under this resolution, Senator McConnell is saying he doesn’t want to hear any of the existing evidence, and he doesn’t want to hear any new evidence,” Mr. Schumer said. “It’s a cover-up.”

But Mr. McConnell appeared to have the votes he needed to move the resolution without Democrats. Minutes after the resolution was shared with reporters, a key moderate Republican who had been pushing the leader to ensure a vote on whether or not to call witnesses, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, said he would be a yes.

And Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, another possible swing vote who favors calling witnesses, said the resolution met his requirements and tracked “closely with the rules package approved 100 to 0 during the Clinton trial.”

Mr. McConnell’s resolution does not include a guarantee that the Senate will vote on a motion to dismiss the case after opening arguments and senatorial questions rather than see the trial to its full conclusion. That guarantee was included in the Clinton-era rules in deference to Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, a towering figure in the chamber at the time.

Individual senators or Mr. Trump’s lawyers could still make a motion during the trial to force a dismissal vote — an idea Mr. Trump has said he likes.

But Republican leaders believe doing so is unwise. With moderates committed to seeing the trial through, it risks dividing the party on a key vote, and in any case, they have argued it will be better for Mr. Trump in the long-run to have a Senate acquittal to his name.

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Ex-NBA guard Delonte West allegedly appears in two distressing videos as fans seek help for former player

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Former NBA guard Delonte West seemed to appear in two distressing videos circulated on social media Monday as fans called on the league and other professional basketball players to get him some help.

In one video, West appears to be in an altercation on a street in Washington, D.C.

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In another video, he appeared to be getting questioned by police officers and accused a man of pulling a gun on him, leading to the altercation. West yelled, “I don’t give a f—k” twice after being questioned and then began to say something incoherently.

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NBA fans on social media called upon the league’s stars and the players’ association to get West some kind of help.

West’s former teammate Jameer Nelson offered his prayers while former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said he was going to “figure out” how he can help West.

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West, a D.C. native, was a star guard at St. Joseph’s University before the Boston Celtics selected him with the No. 24 pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. He then played for the Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks before falling out of the league after the 2011-12 season.

Over the last few years, a series of events have occurred that have led to many people wondering how West was doing. He had been seen in 2016 wondering around Houston without any shoes on and then had altercations outside a strip club and at a youth basketball game.

West was seen in 2016 walking down a street in Maryland, sparking concerns that he was homeless. However, West was adamant that he was not homeless and that he was doing fine, Complex reported.

His brother told The Daily Mail in 2016 that Delonte was suffering from bipolar disorder.

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“Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs,” Dmitri West said. “I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he’s doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford.”

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California man intentionally rammed vehicle with 6 teens inside, killing 3, officers allege

The California Highway Patrol said Monday that a driver intentionally rammed his vehicle into a Toyota Prius that was filled with teenagers, causing a fatal crash that killed three boys in Temescal Valley.

The crash was reported shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, near the intersection of Temescal Canyon Road and Trilogy Parkway.

Investigators determined that two vehicles were traveling southbound on Temescal Canyon when the driver of a white Infiniti, later identified as 42-year-old Anurag Chandra, of Corona, intentionally struck the Prius, causing it to slam into a tree, the CHP said.

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Anurag Chandra was arrested after the deadly crash. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

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The crash left three teenage boys dead and three others injured.

“It was an intentional act,” CHP Lt. David Yokley told reporters at a news conference Monday. “Our investigation led us to believe Mr. Chandra intentionally rammed the Prius, causing the driver to lose control.”

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The Prius was occupied by six juveniles at the time of the collision, three of which became trapped inside the vehicle after it struck the tree.

Firefighters freed some teens trapped in the car. One boy died at the scene, while two others were pronounced dead while en route to the hospital, officials said. Their names were not immediately released.

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Gun rights activist Colion Noir: Virginia gun control legislation is all about power

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Gun rights activist Colion Noir told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday that gun control legislation like the bills currently under consideration in Virginia affects minorities the most.

“The irony is, when they talk about gun control, where do you think they’re going to implement these laws the most? They’re going to implement them in the minority cities,” Noir said. “So they like to bring up the idea and the issue of race and how all of these white supremacist gun owners are going to come and start shooting people. Yet the people most affected by these gun control laws are the very people that they’re trying to manipulate to not exercise their rights.”

Noir was reacting to the massive gun-rights rally in Richmond, where thousands of people from across the country protested a push by Democrats in the commonwealth to pass more comprehensive gun control laws.

“When it comes to these politicians who are anti-gun when it comes to talking about issues that they’re even not doing that well on or things that they just don’t want to address, they always pivot to gun control because they see it as one of the easiest things to talk about,” Noir said on “Because they like to frame it under the guise of all of, ‘these crazy gun owners out here, we got to get the guns off the streets.'”

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The bills that sailed through the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee last week would require background checks on all firearms purchases; allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others; limit handgun purchases to one a month, and let localities decide whether to ban weapons from certain events. The bills still have to pass the full Senate and House of Delegates — both controlled by Democrats — before going to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

“We conclude that these gun control laws, all of these measures have nothing to do with actual safety. This has nothing to do with saving lives,” Noir said. “It is about accumulation of power and control. That’s what this is about. And it’s always been that way.”

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“When you own a firearm and you are a citizen who owns a firearm, you don’t completely and wholly depend on the government for your own safety,” he added. “You’ve now empowered yourself in taking safety into your own hands.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Tucker Carlson: Trump must pledge to ‘improve people’s lives’ to be sworn in for second term this time next year

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With exactly one year to go before the next presidential inauguration, Tucker Carlson said Monday that campaigning against the leftward lurch of the Democratic Party is not enough to ensure President Trump will win a second term.

“America remains as divided as it was three years ago,” he said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Trump could lose. Will he lose? That depends entirely on what he runs on,” he added, noting that many Republicans wrongly feel assured they will claim an easy victory in November because of the “freak show” in the Democratic Party, where “elderly socialists are accusing each other of Thought Crimes.”

Carlson recalled that Trump won in 2016 not by telling voters what he was against, but instead what he was for.

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The Republican’s “Make America Great Again” slogan embodied that spirit, the host said, adding that Trump told Americans that people who run the country are “clueless,” do not care about the working class, and had “screwed up foreign policy [and] left the door open on our southern border.”

According to Carlson, voters responded to Trump’s message of improving the economy, securing the border, and embracing American nationalism over globalism.

While the economy and overall unemployment numbers are trending positively, nearly half of lower-income Republicans say economic conditions were still hurting them personally, according to a recent poll.

“Keep in mind, these aren’t sociology professors from the Oberlin faculty lounge,”  Carlson said. “This is the president’s core, it’s his base. Why do they feel that way? It’s not personal. It’s just really simple.”

According to the host, the costs of basic necessities — like housing, education and health care — continue to rise faster than wages.

“The candidate who makes it easier for 30-year-olds to get married and have kids will win the election. … Improve people’s lives and they will vote for you, period,” he said. “Republicans ought to write that on their hands.”

Carlson stated that focusing on the “lunacy” in the Democratic Party will distract from the true needs of Americans. While Trump and Republicans in Congress can successfully make the case that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., plans to transform American into a socialist country, that will not be enough to win.

Without a positive message from the right, Carlson said, Sanders’ promises of student loan forgiveness and a long list of new entitlements will energize many young Americans — including Trump voters — to back him if he is the Democratic nominee.

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“Democrats are waging the most aggressive possible campaign against everything normal people think is virtuous. They are promising to undo our justice system, empty our prisons,” he said. “They think so little of this country that they are pledging to open our borders to the world: ‘Every impoverished nation on Earth welcomed here for free health care paid for by you.’

“They want Americans sorted into creepy little categories by their DNA, judged or ordered punished by the basis of their sex and skin color,” Carlson went on. “They don’t simply deny the existence of biological sex, they’re trying to force you to deny it too — you’ll be fired if you disagree or have your kids taken from you. Democrats aren’t promising change. They are promising revolution.”

Normal Americans, Carlson continued, do not want a radical transformation back to “Year Zero,” but instead they just want “things to get better.”

“The candidate who promises to make them better incrementally but tangibly will be inaugurated president a year from today.”

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Tom Brady ‘open-minded’ about future as return to Patriots becomes more uncertain

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Tom Brady’s status for 2020 is the underlying storyline as the NFL prepares for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady has been adamant about playing until he’s 45 years old, which means at least two more seasons and two more chances to win his seventh Super Bowl title. However, the legendary quarterback may not be in a New England Patriots uniform come kickoff in September. He told Fox News contributor Jim Gray on his Westwood One radio show Sunday that he’s “open-minded” about the free-agency process.

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“I am open-minded about the process and at the same time I love playing football and want to continue to play and do a great job,” Brady said. “I am looking to what is ahead. Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms.”

Brady’s contract voids once the offseason begins in March. According to NFL.com, he cannot be franchise tagged due to a certain provision in his contract that prevents it.

Brady has spent his entire career with the Patriots. CBS Sports reported Sunday that it would be “surprising” if Brady re-signs with New England and that he “intends to take a methodical approach to his first foray into free agency” and will “weigh all options” before deciding on the next move.

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Brady told Gray earlier this month that he’s been focusing more on “decompressing” than on his next contract. He said he wasn’t putting a timetable on his plans for his future.

“The contract things, a week after the season, I would say these things haven’t even started to pick up. It’s really not my concern at this point,” Brady said. “It’s been about decompressing and resting my mind a little bit and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months.”

Brady reiterated his plans to play in 2020, something he also suggested in an Instagram post. He added that the speculation around his retirement wasn’t going to make his decision come any quicker.

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“I can only say how I feel, and that’s what’s the truth to me and what’s authentic to me,” he said. “And, I have no decision that I have made, and there won’t be for some considerable time, so I know there is speculation; there always is. That’s just part of being in professional sports. That’s part of being a professional athlete.

“When people aren’t talking about this season, they want to talk about next season, and the reality is that next season is quite a ways away. I have some other things that are happening at this time: like I said, spending some time with my family, my loved ones and giving them the time they need. And then, as people begin to plan for next season, like I said, these things will take care of themselves.”

The Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders have all been rumored to be destinations for Brady if he decides to leave New England.

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