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Fall in new coronavirus cases raises hope in China

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The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in the virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials said Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised tax cuts and other aid to industry as the government tries to limit growing damage to the economy. The outbreak has become the latest political challenge for Xi and China’s ruling Communist Party.

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While most of the infections have been in China, it has gradually rippled overseas. In Japan, 39 new cases were confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama, bringing the total to 174 on the Diamond Princess.

A Formula One race in Shanghai in April became the latest event canceled because of the virus. Nokia, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom became the latest companies to pull out of a major wireless trade fair this month in Spain that usually draws 5,000 to 6,000 Chinese visitors.

The latest developments in the outbreak, which started in December in the city of Wuhan:

NEW CASES DECLINE

The number of new cases has trended down in the past week, raising hopes that the epidemic may be peaking.

The National Health Commission said 2,015 new cases had been tallied on Tuesday, the second straight daily decline and down from nearly 3,900 a week ago. Commission spokesman Mi Feng said the situation is still grim but “we have seen some positive changes.”

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Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan told doctors in Wuhan that while the rest of China may have turned the corner, more efforts are still needed to stop the spread of the virus in the city and the rest of Hubei province, the hardest-hit area.

The total number of cases in mainland China reached 44,653 and the death toll hit 1,113. Two people have died elsewhere, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

MORIBUND ECONOMY

China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to curb the spread of the virus. Traffic remained light in Beijing and many people were still working at home.

Xi’s announcement of tax cuts came as companies face increasing losses due to the closure of factories, offices, shops and other businesses in the most sweeping anti-disease measures ever imposed.

The government needs to “maintain stable economic operation and social harmony,” Xi said in comments broadcast on state television.

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DBS told 300 employees to work from home after it learned that an employee had been infected by the virus. The Singapore bank said all staff on the same floor should do so as a precautionary measure. The city-state has 50 confirmed cases.

In China, state media said a large cluster of cases in a district of Tianjin, a port city southeast of Beijing, has been traced to a department store. One third of Tianjin’s 104 confirmed cases are in Baodi district, where the store is located, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

A salesperson in the store’s home appliance section was the first diagnosed on Jan. 31, Xinhua said, and a series of cases followed. None of the infected had visited Wuhan recently, and with the exception of one married couple, they worked in different sections of the store and did not know one another.

CITIZEN JOURNALIST DISAPPEARS

A citizen journalist reporting on the epidemic in Wuhan has disappeared, activists said, the second to vanish in days amid tightening controls on information in China.

Fang Bin, a seller of traditional Chinese clothing, stopped posting videos or responding to calls and messages on Sunday, activists Gao Fei and Hua Yong said, citing Fang’s friends. His phone was turned off Wednesday.

Fang had posted videos of Wuhan’s overcrowded hospitals, including bodies in a van waiting to be taken to a crematorium. The last video he posted was of a piece of paper reading, “All citizens resist, hand power back to the people.”

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Another citizen journalist, Chen Qiushi, vanished on Friday. Non-sanctioned storytelling by Chen, Fang and others about the epidemic is challenging the ruling Communist Party’s tightly policed monopoly on information on an unprecedented scale.

CRUISE SHIP WOES

Passengers aboard a cruise ship that has been barred from docking by four governments may finally set foot on land again.

Holland America Line said the MS Westerdam will arrive Thursday morning in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and most recently Thailand.

The Westerdam has been unwelcome because of fears that those aboard could spread the virus, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew on board.

TWO RUSSIANS FLEE QUARANTINE

Two Russian women who were kept in isolation for possible inflection by the virus say they fled from their hospitals this month because of uncooperative doctors, poor conditions and fear they would become infected.

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Both women said their hospital ordeals began after returning from Hainan, a tropical island in southern China popular with Russian tourists.

Many of those quarantined in Russian hospitals have complained about conditions in the isolation rooms and lack of cooperation from doctors who are uncertain about quarantine protocols.

EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT

A Chinese drug manufacturer announced it has begun producing a drug developed by U.S. company Gilead Sciences Ltd. for possible use against the new virus.

BrightGene Bio-Medical Technology Co. said in a statement issued through the Shanghai Stock Exchange that it had successfully synthesized the active ingredients in remdesivir.

A government laboratory said last week it was applying for a patent on the drug for treatment of the virus.

Gilead said earlier it was working with U.S. and Chinese authorities to test remdesivir as a treatment for the virus. Xinhua reported last week that clinical trials were starting.

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For Joe Biden, Two Bad Losses and a Precarious Path Forward

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s fifth-place finish in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday plunged his campaign further into peril and uncertainty, jeopardizing his fund-raising efforts and potentially upending his path to the nomination.

It is a devastating outcome for a former vice president with widespread name recognition, deep relationships across the party and a lengthy roster of endorsements both in New Hampshire and around the country. After his fourth-place finish in Iowa last week, Tuesday’s poor showing threatens to read as another rejection of Mr. Biden’s central campaign argument: that he is the strongest candidate to defeat President Trump.

For months, Mr. Biden — until recently the leader in national polls — had appeared to be the clear choice of more centrist Democrats who rejected far-reaching proposals like “Medicare for all” championed by the most progressive candidates in the race. Yet there have also been signs of Mr. Biden’s struggles to excite voters, and to build a robust campaign organization after entering the race later than many of his rivals.

And on Tuesday, Mr. Biden, 77, lagged two younger Democrats looking to seize the moderate mantle: former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Both Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar have so far shown little ability to appeal to voters of color, and Mr. Biden, who has polled strongly with African-American voters, is counting on later-voting, more diverse states to revitalize his campaign. But he will need resources to compete aggressively in Nevada, South Carolina and especially in the 15 states and territories that vote early next month, on Super Tuesday, including the large and expensive states of Texas and California.

His two straight losses will complicate his fund-raising efforts, Democratic operatives warn, at a moment when some Biden donors have also been quietly considering former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York.

“How do you raise the money? How do you convince donors small and large that they should continue to invest in you?” said Leah Daughtry, a veteran party strategist who ran the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, sketching out the challenges for the Biden camp as well as for other struggling candidates including Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“You’ve got to blow it out of the water in Nevada and South Carolina to convince small and large donors you continue to be worth the investment,” she added. “You need that money because Super Tuesday is three days after South Carolina. You don’t have a lot of time to pivot.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Biden did not even stay in New Hampshire for a previously planned primary night event. Instead, he flew to South Carolina, which has a predominantly black electorate in Democratic primaries and will be the first state to reflect the preferences of the voters who have most buoyed his candidacy.

After he arrived, Mr. Biden addressed supporters at the New Hampshire event by live stream, where he vowed that the next two contests would go very differently than the first two.

“We’re going on and we’re going to win in Nevada and in South Carolina,” he said.

Kate Bedingfield, a deputy campaign manager for Mr. Biden, told reporters on Monday that Mr. Biden would “absolutely” have the money to compete on Super Tuesday. She said she also believed Mr. Biden’s perceived South Carolina firewall would hold whatever the outcome in New Hampshire, citing his longstanding relationships with black voters.

But there is increasing competition in that state, from candidates including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who won New Hampshire, and Tom Steyer, the hedge fund billionaire who is spending heavily in South Carolina.

Some leading South Carolina Democrats say that there are warning signs for Mr. Biden on the ground there, too.

“While it’s true there’s a lot of familiarity and good feelings toward the vice president because of his association with President Obama, that familiarity and good will does not stay without some cultivation and some work,” Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a longtime state representative, said in a phone interview. “There are indications that the vote may have been taken for granted to some extent.”

On Wednesday, the Steyer campaign confirmed that Ms. Cobb-Hunter had signed on with that operation as a senior adviser, a move first reported by The Associated Press.

In recent weeks, Mr. Biden and his team sought, increasingly aggressively, to keep expectations low in New Hampshire. But they still continued to campaign here in recent days, to the frustration of some supporters in and out of South Carolina, who told aides that he should abandon New Hampshire and beeline south to shore up his standing and work toward a resounding victory.

Mr. Biden’s final 24 hours in New Hampshire showed a candidate trying the kind of multitasking that is never ideal on the campaign trail: simultaneously seeking votes from New Hampshire residents while also looking toward contests in more favorable states. He even took time Monday to call top South Carolina supporters, expressing his commitment to the state.

At his rally on Monday night, he spoke confidently of how he would fare “heading south and across this country.” And on Tuesday, just moments before he visited a Dunkin’ filled with reporters waiting for him, his campaign announced he would be heading to South Carolina later in the day.

“We’re still mildly hopeful here in New Hampshire,” Mr. Biden said when he came inside the store, even as he noted that “the rest of the nation is out there.”

Yet in the last days of the race, there were ominous signs for Mr. Biden here.

His numbers in state and national polls dropped. His message veered wildly between a wide range of subjects and he was inconsistent in his willingness to lash his rivals. Voters who fit the profile he was targeting — older, moderate, skeptical of the progressive candidates — repeatedly expressed their interest in centrist alternatives to him, like Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Buttigieg.

On Sunday, there were notable logistical difficulties, too. First, the press bus following Mr. Biden had to unexpectedly be taken out of commission, forcing his bus to pull over on the side of a road, too.

A few hours later came news that the hotel where the Biden campaign was staying — and where their primary night party was ultimately held — had lost power.

It stood eerily quiet and dark in the Nashua night.

Katie Glueck reported from Manchester, N.H., and Thomas Kaplan from Nashua, N.H.

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Black man wearing KKK robe confronted by deputies: authorities

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A black man seen wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood at a Virginia shopping center Tuesday told sheriff’s deputies that he was performing a social experiment, according to authorities.

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The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Target store at the Stafford Marketplace around 2:30 p.m. to investigate reports of someone wearing the costume, Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said in a video  statement posted to social media. Deputies found the person in the robe, identified him as a black man and determined he didn’t live in the area, he added.

Deputies warned him about wearing a mask in public and he left the scene, Kimmitz said. Virginia law prohibits wearing masks with the intent to conceal identity in public.

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A photo  posted to Twitter by a witness at the shopping center showed someone dressed in the white robe and hood talking to deputies while others looked on.

The sheriff’s office didn’t identify the man.

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‘Toy Story 4’ Easter Egg Confirms Disney Villain’s Death

Some viewers may have watched “Toy Story 4” and just seen a heartwarming tale about Woody, Buzz and a spork voiced by Tony Hale. But as it turns out, those people are wrong … dead wrong.

“Toy Story 4” hides a darker story, lurking just below the surface. 

Dun, dun, dun ….

A new video from Disney and Pixar reveals different Easter eggs hidden in the Second Chance Antiques store from “Toy Story 4,” and most are cute, blink-and-you-miss-it additions. There are cooking pans from “Ratatouille” and sewing machines from “Coco,” but there’s one that’s a bit fishy …

The barracuda from “Finding Nemo.” 

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Mounted on the wall of the antique store is the barracuda from “Finding Nemo,” the Easter egg video confirms.

For those that don’t remember the 2003 Disney movie, the barracuda appears at the beginning of the film, and though it doesn’t get a lot of screen time, it sets the whole story in motion … by eating Nemo’s entire fishin’ family.

The antagonist clearly didn’t hear the sharks’ mantra that fish are “friends, not food.”

After Nemo’s mom, Coral, and his future siblings are consumed, all that’s left is the titular Nemo and his overprotective dad, Marlin. It’s a recipe for disaster (or for a hit movie and a 2016 spinoff starring Ellen DeGeneres).

Now, some 17 years later, Nemo has finally been given justice. Will vengeance bring the catharsis Nemo hopes for? Doubtful. But it’s still pretty Easter eggcellent.

You can see the other hidden Easter eggs in the video above.

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Chinese cities forcing coronavirus patients to come forward by restricting cough medicine sales

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At least three Chinese cities have restricted the sale of over-the-counter cough and fever medications in a bid to stop citizens potentially infected with the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, from self-medicating and instead seek professional help.

So far, the restrictions apply to pharmacies in the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, The Washington Post reported, noting drugstores are asked to register the “real names and identity numbers” for anyone who buys such products.

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But some of the cities’ residents on the social media platform Weibo expressed concerns about the new policy, according to Quartz. Those who may be sick with a cold or flu could be exposed to the pneumonia-like illness by taking a trip to a hospital, many of which are already overloaded with coronavirus patients, some people argued.

“Is this policy reasonable? People could originally resolve the illnesses with drugs instead of going to hospitals to grab already stretched medical resources and being infected by others who have the virus,” one Weibo user reportedly said on the social media site, the outlet reported.

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“The government told us before if we only have a cold or fever we should not go to the hospital to avoid being infected by the virus. But now it stopped the sale of the drugs, allowing us ordinary people to be caught in between,” said another Weibo user, according to Quartz.

As of Wednesday, the novel virus has claimed some 1,113 lives. More than 44,000 people have been infected globally. The majority of deaths have occurred in China, where the outbreak began in the city of Wuhan.

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How Amy Klobuchar Pulled Off the Big Surprise of the New Hampshire Primary

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CONCORD, N.H. — Senator Amy Klobuchar knew she might have an opportunity in New Hampshire’s presidential primary.

As a fiscally moderate Democrat who opposes the “Medicare for all” and free four-year college plans of her liberal rivals, Ms. Klobuchar was in sync with the smaller-government tilt of plenty of Democrats in the state. Her emphasis on bipartisanship and pragmatism was a fit with New Hampshire’s large number of unaffiliated voters, or independents, who could participate in the Democratic primary. And she often mentioned her support for New Hampshire’s two centrist female senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

So in the aftermath of the chaotic Iowa caucuses, where her fifth-place finish might have derailed other candidates, Ms. Klobuchar placed a series of bets on New Hampshire that paid off big on Tuesday night with her surprise third-place finish in the primary. While she now has a huge challenge ahead — competing for support from Hispanic voters in Nevada and black voters in South Carolina, where she is far behind in polls — the fact that Ms. Klobuchar has a shot is because of an 11th-hour surge here that is usually the stuff of dreams for candidates.

The first bet came last week. With Ms. Klobuchar running just three percentage points behind former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the Iowa caucus results, her campaign saw room to grow with moderate voters, and decided to charter a plane to bring more than 20 staff members from the Iowa campaign to New Hampshire to mount a furious six-day sprint.

That move nearly doubled Ms. Klobuchar’s team on the ground in New Hampshire — a relatively small operation, but still a campaign that had organizational capacity to capitalize politically if the candidate had a breakthrough with voters.

Then came Friday night’s debate.

With roughly eight million people watching, Ms. Klobuchar challenged rivals like Pete Buttigieg (“a cool newcomer”) and drew contrasts with her more progressive rivals. As the marathon debate came to a close, her voice steady yet infused with the strained exhaustion of a Democrat in the Trump era, Ms. Klobuchar promised to bring compassion to the White House.

“There is a complete lack of empathy in this guy in the White House right now, and I will bring that to you,” she said onstage in Manchester. “If you have trouble stretching your paycheck to pay for that rent, I know you, and I will fight for you.”

It was a verifiable “moment,” with many political analysts calling it one of the most memorable deliveries of the debate. The campaign pounced, moving quickly on Friday night to turn the debate line into Ms. Klobuchar’s final ad in New Hampshire. In less than 24 hours, after an overnight effort to cut together the ad, her closing statement was on air in New Hampshire. Hours later, the campaign put nearly $250,000 into the cluttered New Hampshire television market for the final two days, more than any other candidate except Mr. Buttigieg.

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Money began to flow in — more than $5 million in the four days after the debate. Crowds swelled well beyond expectation and venue capacity; overflow rooms became a standard good-problem-to-have for the advance staff. And volunteers, who were once an infrequent trickle at field offices around the state, turned into a veritable army of door knockers and canvassers.

“While there are still ballots left to count, we have beaten the odds every step of the way,” Ms. Klobuchar said late Tuesday, as her primary night party speech teemed with the optimism often enjoyed only by a primary winner.

Though Ms. Klobuchar spent months tailoring her presidential bid to Iowa caucusgoers — a rural Midwestern neighbor whose entire stump speech is littered with appeals to the heartland — New Hampshire may have always been more ripe for a successful rise for the Minnesota senator.

The state’s primaries are somewhat open; independents can vote, and the state allows same-day registration. Even as her fortunes remained tethered to Iowa, top Klobuchar aides began to eye New Hampshire as a potential bright spot. The endorsements of three of the state’s four largest newspapers showed establishment approval.

So Ms. Klobuchar’s campaign began diverting her to New Hampshire after nearly every debate; she did a 10-county tour in 36 hours following the November debate in Atlanta.

Though her debate performances were often well reviewed, she rarely received a national bump. But her aides pointed to hints that voters in New Hampshire were taking notice; events with 40 R.S.V.P.s ended up with roughly 100 attendees.

“We first saw her in July, and we liked her very much, and around September, we were heavily leaning that way,” said Mark Hodgdon, 60, who lives in Epsom, N.H., but drove a half-hour to attend an afternoon event at state headquarters in Manchester on Tuesday. “She cares about all the liberal issues that I care about, including campaign finance reform, but her approaches are more practical.”

In her closing message as she barnstormed the state, Ms. Klobuchar began to make more direct appeals to moderates, and even some Republicans. Her campaign began targeting towns in New Hampshire that flipped from President Barack Obama to Donald J. Trump. She sat for an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News on Monday night after speaking to a luncheon of Nashua Rotary Club members earlier in the day.

“I’ve also seen a lot of anger, from people who stayed home in 2016, or independents, or Republicans that maybe voted for the president and are now stepping back and thinking, I don’t know if I did the right thing,” Ms. Klobuchar said at the luncheon, more often a campaign trail stop for Republican candidates than Democrats. “My campaign has always been about reaching out and not shutting people out, but bringing them with me.”

Ms. Klobuchar’s distinct and deliberate appeal to the centrist spirit caught fire with some late-breaking activists.

JoAnne St. John, an influential Democratic activist in Nashua who had long backed Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, was still adrift and without a candidate heading into the final weekend.

“I went to a Buttigieg rally, and at the end of that, I said, ‘I think I’m going to support him,’” she said in an interview on Tuesday. “But I had almost begrudgingly promised some of my very proficient Democrats here in Nashua that I would go see Amy at 3 o’clock. And I did, and I’m glad I did. I saw a woman with power. I’ve seen her many times before, but she has developed her style. I just looked at that woman onstage and I thought, ‘She can do this.’” (Ms. St. John voted for Ms. Klobuchar on Tuesday, and spent most of her day encouraging others to do the same.)

On the campaign trail, Ms. Klobuchar credited signs of growing support in New Hampshire to the fact that she actually had a chance to talk to voters here, rather than be stuck in the Senate for an impeachment trial, which kept her away from Iowa for weeks.

“I am finally unleashed,” she told supporters in Salem on Sunday. “I went to four diners this morning!”

She also added local touches. On Election Day, she bought a special wrap of The New Hampshire Union Leader, highlighting its endorsement of her. At a rally in Nashua — the biggest of her candidacy — volunteers had printed out copies of the endorsements from local papers.

And in her speeches, she referred to local matters that had flown under the radar of other candidates. She mentioned the importance of “rail to southern New Hampshire” in Nashua. She gave a shout-out to Ms. Shaheen in Salem.

Though her third-place finish in New Hampshire was pitched as victory, her campaign faces an immediate uphill battle. The next two states, Nevada and South Carolina, are far more diverse, and Ms. Klobuchar has shown little strength in polling with black and Latino voters. The Super Tuesday map is not much kinder; big, expensive states like Texas and California and an array of Southern states will all be voting, and it will be tougher for Ms. Klobuchar to break through there.

But her campaign is aggressively expanding. It currently has 50 staff members on the ground in Nevada, and plans to have campaign workers in multiple Super Tuesday states by Saturday. The campaign is also starting a seven-figure ad buy in Nevada, and she has events lined up in Reno and Las Vegas.

Before she left the stage at her party on Tuesday night, Ms. Klobuchar saw a future opened by New Hampshire.

“We are so excited, we are going to take this show on the road with all of this New Hampshire good will,” Ms. Klobuchar said. “The best is yet to come.”

Shane Goldmacher and Lisa Lerer contributed reporting from Manchester, N.H.

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Trump Praises Attorney General for Intervening in Stone Case

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday congratulated his attorney general for intervening to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for the president’s longtime friend, Roger J. Stone Jr., broadening concerns that the department is ceding its independence to White House influence.

The Justice Department on Tuesday said the Stone case was not discussed with anyone at the White House. The decision to override the recommended sentence was made by officials in Attorney General William P. Barr’s and the deputy attorney general’s offices.

In November, Mr. Stone was convicted of obstructing a congressional inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lying to investigators under oath and trying to block the testimony of a witness who would have exposed his lies.

The president’s comments come less than 24 hours after four career prosecutors withdrew from the Stone case after the department overruled their recommended seven- to nine-year term for Mr. Stone, a sentence Mr. Trump had publicly criticized.

Of the four prosecutors who quit the Stone case on Tuesday, one lawyer fully resigned from the Justice Department where he worked as a trial lawyer in the Public Integrity section.

Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who served under President Barack Obama, called it “unprecedented.”

The initial sentencing recommendation for Mr. Stone was filed late Monday. On Tuesday, it was amended and refiled stating that the earlier version “did not accurately reflect the Department of Justice’s position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter.” The Justice Department instead suggested an unspecified term.

Presidents typically have avoided interfering in Justice Department decisions to avoid allegations of improper influence, though there is no law against it. Mr. Trump has publicly inserted himself into several Justice Department matters, in some instances to protect friends like Mr. Stone and to direct investigations into his political rivals.

The president has also demanded loyalty from those who surround him, and he has been pleased with Mr. Barr’s leadership of the department. Mr. Trump fired his first attorney general who did not interfere in a special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russia. The special counsel did not recommend conspiracy charges at the conclusion of the investigation, but the case against Mr. Stone stems from the Russia inquiry.

The rare act of overruling the decisions of career prosecutors, particularly in such a politically charged case, reinforced concerns by Democrats and others that Mr. Trump was tipping the scales of justice in favor of his interests.

Walter M. Shaub Jr., the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, likened Tuesday’s actions to those in countries with authoritarian regimes.

“A corrupt authoritarian and his henchmen are wielding the Justice Department as a shield for friends and a sword for political rivals,” Mr. Shaub said Wednesday in a Twitter post. “It is impossible to overstate the danger.”

Democrats have called for a full and independent evaluation of the decision making process.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, sent a letter to the Justice Department’s inspector general, calling for him to “immediately investigate.”

Representative Adam B. Schiff, a former federal prosecutor himself, who led the House impeachment team’s arguments that the president should be removed from office, said White House intervention in Mr. Stone’s case “would be a blatant abuse of power if President Trump has in fact intervened to reverse the recommendations of career prosecutors at the Department of Justice.”

Mr. Schiff, Democrat of California, also leads the House Intelligence Committee, which Mr. Stone was convicted of obstructing.

Republicans, however, were unmoved.

Asked about the developments on Tuesday, more than six Republican senators said they were not familiar with the Justice Department’s position and could not comment.

“I do not have an opinion on that,” Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, told reporters at his weekly news conference.

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, defended the Justice Department’s actions.

“I have no idea if the change was in the works already or they were reacting to the president’s tweets,” Mr. Rubio said on Tuesday. “But it is not uncommon for the front-line prosecutor to come up with a recommendation and their superiors, or in many cases the judge themselves, comes in with something else.”

Mr. Holder, who was Mr. Obama’s first attorney general, said in a Twitter post just after midnight on Wednesday, “This affects the rule of law and respect for it. Unprecedented.”

He said, “Do not underestimate the danger of this situation: the political appointees in the D.O.J. are involving themselves in an inappropriate way in cases involving political allies of the President.”

Nicholas Fandos and Catie Edmonson contributed reporting.

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Harrison Ford mocks ‘son of a b—-‘ Donald Trump during Jimmy Kimmel appearance

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Harrison Ford called Donald Trump a “son of a b—-” on Monday during an appearance on late-night TV where he also accused the president of rejecting science.

Ford appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday to promote his upcoming movie “Call of the Wild.” After showing a clip from the movie, Kimmel held up a poster for the film that featured fake reviews labeling “Call of the Wild” a “perfect call” in various ways.

The quotes were all jokingly attributed to Donald Trump in an effort to mock the president’s go-to line about his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which launched his impeachment inquiry in the House and subsequent trial in the Senate.

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“That’s the first thing that son of a b—- has done for me … ever!” Ford said to thunderous applause and laughs from the crowd.

The Han Solo and Indiana Jones actor also claimed that science is “out the door” in the Trump administration.

“We don’t believe in science anymore,” he joked. “Nobody here believes in science anymore, right?”

Ford’s comments about science come after an appearance in Mexico City earlier this month where he bashed America’s current leadership while praising young climate activist Greta Thunberg.

“Our position in the world is tenuous because of our lack of moral leadership, basically,“ the 77-year-old actor said. “I certainly applaud with what Greta is inspired by,  her activism or her role in representing the interests of young people and I admire her… her courage, her fortitude and also admire her capacity to express herself.”

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Ford continued: “Science is being ridiculed by people in ideological campgrounds. They are refusing the wisdom, the discipline of science in favor of a political point of view. And that has to stop. And I believe young people throughout the world have known it has to stop and are capable and willing to make the sacrifices to make that happen.”

Ford spoke about science and climate change roughly one year ago as well. He expressed similar sentiments while giving an impassioned speech about the effects of climate change on the planet during the World Government Summit in Dubai.

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“Around the world, elements of leadership – including in my own country – to preserve their state and the status quo, deny or denigrate science,” Ford said at the time. “They are on the wrong side of history.”

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Ohio high school girls basketball hair-pulling incident under investigation

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An incident over the weekend involving two Ohio high school girl basketball players was under investigation, a school district said.

During a game Saturday, a Bellevue High School athlete pulled a girl from Norwalk High School down to the court by the hair. The altercation occurred after a missed 3-pointer by the Bellevue player. It wasn’t clear what sparked the incident.

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The Norwalk coach was irate after the play. None of the referees standing nearby apparently saw it.

“First and foremost, I am concerned with the health of our injured student athlete,” Norwalk superintendent George Fisk told WTOL-TV in an email. “She is a fantastic, hardworking young lady and in no way deserved the aggressive unsportsmanlike action taken against her. I have been in contact with the administration of Bellevue City Schools; they have assured me that appropriate action will be taken upon the conclusion of their investigation. Additionally, it is my hope the Ohio High School Athletic Association will not remain silent and uninvolved in this situation.”

Bellevue superintendent Kim Schubert told the station Tuesday that there was disciplinary action, but didn’t address it specifically.

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“Since viewing the video on Saturday, with the knowledge that no foul was called during the game, we quickly came to the conclusion that it would be our obligation to address the incident with disciplinary action and we have done so,” Schubert said. “I hope that this clarification will provide a conclusion to this situation leaving no doubt that the situation was immediately addressed. Our priority is the health and safety of all student athletes, including athletes at opposing schools and our own athletes.”

Family members of the Norwalk athlete told WTOL-TV that she was recovering and still being evaluated.

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The Ohio State High School Athletic Association said officials reviewed the video and would allow Bellevue first crack at the discipline.

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