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2020 Democrats: Climate change comes off the backburner as White House hopefuls take on President Trump

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How adult Americans think about climate change. Alex Brizee, Alex Brizee

There’s perhaps no topic that more starkly divides Democratic hopefuls and President Trump than the debate on climate change.

Democrats writ large see global warming as an existential crisis, while Trump has dismissed the issue as a Chinese-made “hoax“. He has incorrectly suggested wind turbines cause cancer, while arguing that his rivals plans would throw the U.S. economy into a funk

Yet, until this week, global warming has remained largely a backburner issue in an internal Democratic debate that’s largely focused on who is best equipped to take on Trump in the general election and whether pursuing Medicare for All is the best way to fix health care in America.

That could be changing.

Capped with Wednesday’s CNN’s climate town hall — coming as Hurricane Dorian bears down on the southeastern United States — top Democratic hopefuls this week tried to demonstrate how they would approach turning the tide on global warming should they become the next commander-in-chief.

“We see that now with Hurricane Dorian,” said former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who was among ten leading Democrats invited by CNN to talk part in marathon climate forum and was among five Democrats this week to unveil a climate agenda. “The Arctic ice caps melting. The Amazon on fire. We don’t need climate scientists to tell us what we see with our eyes.”

To be certain, there is little disagreement among Democratic hopefuls that climate change is a mounting catastrophe that Washington and the world needs to take immediate action on. But candidates are trying to highlight their credentials as true champions on the issue, which polls show is among the highest priorities of likely Democratic primary and caucus voters.

The issue is particularly salient with young people — voters 18 to 23 are projected to make up one-in-ten eligible voters in 2020. A Harvard University poll published in March found that 74% of likely voters ages 18 to 29 disapprove of Trump’s handling of climate issues, and 53% of likely voters agree that the government should do more to curb climate change even at the expense of economic growth.

Human-induced warming reached approximately 1°C  above pre-industrial levels, according to a 2017 United Nation’s Intergovernmental Plan on Climate Change. Scientists project dire impact should the planet warm by 2°C above the pre-industrial levels.

“Heat waves would last around a third longer, rain storms would be about a third more intense, the increase in sea level would be approximately that much higher and the percentage of tropical coral reefs at risk of severe degradation would be roughly that much greater,” according to NASA.

Where the candidates stand

Castro Wednesday said he would set a goal of pushing the country to end its reliance on carbon-fueled energy by 2045. He said his first act, should he be elected, would be to take executive action declaring to recommit to the Paris climate agreement, an international pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that Trump notified fellow signatories the U.S. would officially leave in November 2020. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she would spend $3 trillion research and investment to cut carbon emissions. Her agenda includes making sure that new cars, buses and many trucks run on clean energy – instead of gasoline or diesel – by 2030 and that all the country’s electricity comes from solar, wind and other renewable, carbon-free sources by 2035.

“We have a chance to turn this around in 2020 but we’re running out of time,” Warren said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has unveiled a $16.3 trillion climate plan that he says would create 20 million jobs, end private utilities and ban hydraulic fracking, pushed back against the notion the nation can’t afford his agenda.

“Maybe, just maybe, instead of spending a trillion and a half dollars every single year on weapons of destruction designed to kill each other, maybe we pool those resources and we work together against our common enemy, which is climate change,” Sanders said.

Sen. Kamala Harris said she would move to ban hydraulic fracking, consider getting rid of the legislative filibuster in the Senate in order to pass the Green New Deal. The far-reaching, proposed climate legislation championed by liberal lawmakers Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, and derided by Trump as economic flimflam, aims to tackle climate change. By ending the filibuster, the legislation could be passed with a simple majority in the upper chamber instead of the 60-vote threshold currently needed for legislation.

She’s also pitched a $10 trillion spending plan that sets out for the United States to reach the goal of 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030. She vowed to end fossil fuel production on public lands and end federal subsidies for fossil fuels.

Harris said from Day 1 as president, if she’s elected, that she will make clear to the scientists in the U.S. government that her administration “will back you up” as it changes government approach to fighting rising global temperatures.

“Let’s just be really clear, Donald Trump he’s got everyone excited by those crazy tweets,” Harris said. “Meanwhile, with this hand he’s quietly undoing regulations that were built over years, including incredible stuff the Obama administration did. Everybody is distracted by the crazy tweet. Meanwhile, he’s completely de-regulating industry.”

Biden faces criticism over backer’s ties: Biden says he will rethink fundraiser hosted by fossil fuel company co-founder

Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has floated a more modest $1.7 trillion agenda for clean energy spending over 10 years, and set the goal of eliminating the country’s net carbon emissions by 2050. He pushed back on a question by CNN moderator Anderson Cooper about whether his plan is not aggressive enough — a notion that’s been repeated by some environmental activists as well as rivals for the nomination.

“I think it is aggressive enough, and it’s got good reviews from most of the environmental community,” Biden said. “Science and technology are going to change and as it charges, we learn more and can do more.”

Biden, who was one of 18 candidates to pledge to reject campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, also found himself facing some pointed questioning from the CNN audience about his ties to it.

Isaac Larkin, a Northwestern University doctoral student, questioned the former vice president on why he should be trusted to be a environmental champion when he was allowing Andrew Goldman, a former Senate aide who later founded the natural gas production and transportation company Western LNG, to hold a Thursday fundraiser for him Thursday.

Biden and his campaign countered that Goldman, who now is the managing director of an investment firm, doesn’t have day-to-day involvement in Western LNG.

“If you look at the SEC filings, he’s not listed as one of those executives.” Biden said. “I’ve kept that pledge. Period.”

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, said that solving the climate crisis is perhaps the greatest challenge that humanity has faced since World War II. The mayor, who this week introduced a $1.5 trillion climate plan that he said would create 3 million clean energy and infrastructure jobs, went on to say failure to act was akin to sin, wondering out loud about what God thinks as he watches us destroy the environment.

“I also frankly think of it more selfishly when we talk about hitting this target of 2050 for decarbonizing our economy,” said Buttigieg, the youngest of White House hopefuls at 37. “Lord willing, I plan to be here — I would be in my 60s by the time we know whether we have succeeded and can look back and be proud of what we did to getting on the right tack or realize we are the ones that blew it.”

The climate forum didn’t go unnoticed by Trump. The president took to Twitter to blast Democrats’ “destructive” proposals that he predicted would raise energy bills and prices at the pump.

“Don’t the Democrats care about fighting American poverty?” Trump offered as a part of stream of tweets that served as a prebuttal. 

On Wednesday, the Trump administration also announced it was rolling back Energy Department requirements to make commonly used bulbs more efficient.

The new standards were included in energy legislation implemented under President George W. Bush, and finalized under the Obama administration. The news standards, which would have gradually phased out incandescent and halogen bulbs, were set to go into effect in January 2020.

“I think he’s just messing with CNN on that,” entrepreneur and longshot candidate Andrew Yang joked. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota noted at the town hall that the Ojibwe tribe underscores the need to think about the impact their decisions will have on seven generations.

“We have a president that can’t make a decision about seven minutes from now,” Klobuchar said. 

Until Wednesday, the Democratic presidential field had hardly pressed on the issue. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who ended his presidential run last month after he failed to qualify for the September debate in Houston, was the outspoken climate candidate, making stemming global warming the central theme of his candidacy.

Several candidates who participated in the climate forum poured praise on him for making the issue central part of the campaign.

“I proudly adopted many of @JayInslee’s plans — you go anywhere where there are good plans,” Warren posted on Twitter after stepping off stage at the climate forum. “The only way we’re going to make change is by looking everywhere.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Steve King Over Toilet Water-Drinking Stunt

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) drew widespread ire on Wednesday after he tweeted a video of himself drinking from a fountain attached to a toilet in a bid to show conditions inside migrant detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border aren’t that bad.

He claimed there was “no way” she was “objectively honest” when swearing under oath in July that some detainees told her during a visit to one facility that they’d had to drink out of the toilet bowl because the sink was broken. King, who has a long history of making racist and white supremacist comments, claimed the video showed him drinking from the very same sink.

Ocasio-Cortez fired back:

Other Twitter users also chided King over the footage, which he posted after describing the experience at a town hall event in Eagle Grove. “I smacked my lips,” he told the audience, reported NBC News’ Maura Barrett.

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Thief breaks into Subway sandwich shop, fixes himself chicken hero

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A hungry crook broke into a Subway sandwich shop in Washington DC and fixed himself a midnight snack, police said.

The suspect, wearing a collard shirt and khaki shorts, broke into the store in the Northwest section of the city at about 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 2, DC police said.

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He grabbed a bag of chips before launching himself over the sandwich counter and falling to the floor, video of the break in shows.

He then scans the sandwich-making area of the fast-food shop before settling on a loaf of bread and assembling a foot-long sandwich, the video shows.

Police told NBC 4 Washington that the chicken sandwich was worth about $8.

The suspect stumbled out of the sandwich shop and has not been caught, authorities said.

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He’s wanted for burglary, according to cops.

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Taliban car bombing rocks Afghan capital near US Embassy; at least 3 dead, 30 wounded

A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a Kabul neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. At least three people were killed and another 30 wounded, a hospital director said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted three vehicles of “foreigners” as they tried to enter the heavily guarded Shashdarak area where the Afghan national security authorities have offices.

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Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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It was the second major blast by the militant group in Kabul this week while a U.S. envoy has been in town briefing officials on a U.S.-Taliban deal “in principle” to end America’s longest war.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the car bomb exploded on a main road, destroying at least 12 vehicles, and police quickly sealed off the area. The blast appeared to target a checkpoint in Shashdarak.

Three bodies and 30 wounded people were brought to nearby Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hospital, said its director, Gul Ahmad Ayubi.

An Associated Press reporter on the phone with the U.S. Embassy when the blast occurred heard sirens begin blaring there.

Taliban suicide bombing in eastern Kabul on Monday night — which the insurgents said targeted a foreign compound — killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100, almost all of them local civilians.

The attacks are again raising questions in Kabul and in Washington about the dangers of trusting the Taliban to make peace after nearly 18 years of fighting.

The Afghan government has expressed serious concerns about the U.S.-Taliban deal, which U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said only needs the approval of President Donald Trump to become final.

Khalilzad says 5,000 U.S. troops would withdraw from five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of a final deal. Between 14,000 and 13,000 troops are currently in the country.

Thursday’s blast occurred as Afghan presidential adviser Waheed Omer was speaking to reporters, warning that difficult days were ahead and describing the U.S.-Taliban deal as moving with “excessive speed.”

The Afghan government on Wednesday said it shares the concerns raised by several former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan. Their joint statement warned that a full U.S. troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the Taliban to meet certain conditions, such as reducing violence, could lead to “total civil war.”

The Taliban, at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a U.S.-led invasion, want all of the approximately 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops out of Afghanistan immediately, while the U.S. seeks a withdrawal in phases that would depend on the Taliban meeting certain conditions such as a reduction in violence.

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The U.S. also seeks Taliban guarantees that they will not allow Afghanistan to become a haven from which extremist groups such as al-Qaida and the local affiliate of the Islamic State group can launch global attacks.

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Victor Davis Hanson: World War II rages on in minds of world leaders – It profoundly influences them today

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World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers.

Japan and South Korea should logically remain natural allies. Both are booming capitalist constitutional states. Decades ago both nations emerged from devastating wars. And in pacifist fashion they vowed never to suffer such mass carnage again.

Both nations are staunch allies of the United States. They are likewise similarly suspicious of their neighbor, aggressive communist China, which threatens their economies and security. Yet Tokyo and Seoul are now more adversaries than democratic allies, and they are locked in a bitter fight. In their acrimony over trade and past war reparations, neither can forget World War II.

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South Koreans continue to press for more reparations to atone for the horrific treatment of the Korean Peninsula by Japanese occupiers and imperialists. Imperial Japan stripped Korea’s natural resources and exported thousands of Korean women to war zones to be raped by Japanese troops.

The wealthier that South Korea becomes, the more an ascendant Seoul begins to rival — and worry — Tokyo. And the more distant World War II becomes, the more Japan and South Korea relive their bitter shared wartime past.

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The United States has had difficulty forming a Pacific alliance of containment against a bellicose China. Australia, the Philippines and Southeast Asian nations fear Chinese aggression. But they also share bitter memories of merciless Japanese imperialism that killed as many as 15 million Chinese — the vast majority of them civilians.

In their minds, our allies know China is the chief threat. But in their hearts, even now they can’t quite forget how their ally Japan once committed genocide throughout the region.

NATO was designed to avoid another European war and the constant threat of bullying from Germany and Russia. NATO’s creed, first, was that the United States should stay engaged in Europe and never again allow it to commit collective suicide.

Second, America was to keep Russia out of Western Europe, as it did in at the end of World War II.

Third, the alliance must keep Germany “down” so it would never start another European war. That third element of the original NATO mission is often laughed at as entirely irrelevant today.

But is it?

Germany now dominates the European Union. Its banks squeeze Southern European countries for overdue loan payments. Berlin pressures Eastern Europe — whose leaders grew up with lectures about the nightmares of Nazi Germany — to follow Berlin’s disastrous open borders plan. That laxity has resulted in more than a million migrants entering the European Union from the Middle East and North Africa.

Berlin also tried to hold the United Kingdom hostage to prevent Brexit — the verdict of the British people, a majority of whom voted to leave the EU. Less than half of today’s German population has a favorable view of America, the country whose troops and nuclear umbrella still keep a virtually unarmed Germany secure.

A clairvoyant in 1945 might have warned both Europe and the United States that a “Fourth Reich” financial powerhouse would someday dominate Europe.

In addition, Germany still has an existential fear of Russia. After all, more than 3 million German soldiers perished on the Eastern Front in World War II. Millions of German speakers were ethnically cleansed from postwar Russia and Eastern Europe by the Russian Army.

No wonder that German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks close ties with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s autocratic Russia. As was true during the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, Germany once again has little if any ability to ward off Russian aggression, whether conventional or nuclear, and knows it.

Finally, a recent poll of Americans reveals a veritable abyss between younger and older Americans. Today’s millennials, children of the postwar baby boomers, grew up in the affluence of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. They claim that they will be far less likely to marry, to value religion or to feel patriotic.

In contrast, those who were once children during World War II, or who had parents and grandparents who fought in the war, have a far more realistic appraisal of human nature and the need to find security, stability and transcendence in a dangerous world.

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One way of keeping sane and safe during and after such a global catastrophe was to marry and raise a family, to believe in God, and to appreciate the unique morality and strength of a victorious United States.

World War II ended in 1945. And then again, it really did not.

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Off-duty Arizona police officer dies piloting small plane

An off-duty Arizona police sergeant died when a small plane he was flying crashed Wednesday morning, according to reports.

Tucson Police Department Sgt. Timothy Froebe’s ultralight aircraft crashed in Benson, Ariz., about 50 miles southeast of Tucson just before 8 a.m., KOLD News 13 reported.

Witnesses from the ground said he was struggling with the throttle just before the crash.

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Sgt. Timothy Froebe (Tucson Police Department)

Froebe took off from the Benson Airport where he had a hanger, investigators told KOLD.

Froebe joined the Tucson Police Department in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007. He also served as a Marine from 1978 until 2012.

“Sergeant Froebe served his country for 34 years, and locally served his community for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, many more family members, friends, and colleagues,” the department said in a statement.

They said they extend their “deepest condolences to Sergeant Froebe’s family and friends. He was loved and respected by so many at TPD and he will be deeply missed.”

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The Benson Police Department is investigating the crash.

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Man gets 99 years for strangling ex buried at Virginia park

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In 2018, a 17-year-old Ebrahim strangled the 16-year-old Moussa until she grew limp; he then continued choking her until his hands grew tired. He hid her body under a pile of leaves, later returning to push her into a shallow grave dug with a chef’s knife.

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Carolinas coast preps for a strengthened Hurricane Dorian

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents Wednesday to adhere to evacuation orders and finish last-minute storm preparations as the Carolinas coast braces for Hurricane Dorian, a Category 3 storm whose center is projected to come within 40 miles off Charleston, S.C.

“Today is the day to finish preparing,” Cooper said Wednesday afternoon. “Do not underestimate this dangerous storm. Listen to your local emergency officials and leave now if they have ordered evacuations.”

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 3 a.m. ET Thursday that the Category 3 storm’s maximum sustained winds were at 115 mph. Dorian was located about 105 miles south of Charleston, S.C., moving north at 7 mph.

The hurricane was a Category 3 storm Tuesday, then dropped to Category 2 before regaining strength Wednesday night, according to the NHC. Hurricane-force winds were extending outward up to 60 miles from the center, while tropical storm force winds were extending outward up to 175 miles.

“Dorian could maintain this intensity for about 12 hours or so, but guidance is showing shear increasing, and that should result in gradual weakening,” Lixion Avila, a specialist at the National Hurricane Center, told The Charleston Post and Courier.

The hurricane is expected to hit Charleston by midday Thursday. Hurricane force winds are expected the thrash the coast by early Thursday. The paper reported that forecasters predicted high tide of about 10 feet in the city by 2 a.m. The streets flood there at 7 feet, the report said. 

A federal state of emergency was issued in North Carolina. Nearly 8,000 troops across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and nearly 400 North Carolina National Guard soldiers are also positioned in armories across the state.

Cooper issued a mandatory state evacuation for barrier islands along the entire North Carolina coast that went into effect 8 a.m. Wednesday. More than two dozen counties have declared states of emergency, the governor’s office said.

A flash flood watch is in effect in parts of central and all of eastern North Carolina through Friday. Shelters are opening to accommodate evacuees. A large state shelter opened last night in Durham—an inland city located adjacent to state’s capital, Raleigh.

Cooper toured C3 church in Clayton, N.C., which was turned into a medical facility for evacuees who need constant medical attention. Cooper said the church represents the state’s partnership with non-profits and churches in eastern North Carolina to make sure people are taken care of during the storm. The shelter provides a place where nursing home residents could go in the case of an evacuation, he said.

The state’s medical examiner’s office announced the first storm-related fatality in North Carolina. An 85-year-old in Columbus County died Monday after falling off a ladder while preparing his house for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

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“We really are very sorry about that and thinking about his family. It reminds us that preparations for storms can really be a dangerous activity,” Cooper said, according to Raleigh’s The News & Observer. He warned residents to take caution when boarding up windows and carrying out other measures to prepare for the storm.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in 21 counties Wednesday morning and ordered residents to evacuate amid high winds, rain and slight flooding as Dorian krept up the coast. Kemp expanded a state of emergency to include nine additional counties by the afternoon and reopened highways to expedite access for rescuers, supplies and equipment after the hurricane passes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Lori Loughlin’s marriage to Mossimo Giannulli reportedly on the rocks

Lori Loughlin’s relationship with husband Mossimo Giannulli is on the rocks, according to a report published Wednesday.

The couple recently butted heads over whether they should take a private jet to their court appearance last week in Boston for a hearing in the college admissions scandal, US Weekly reported.

“The couple was advised by their lawyers not to,” a source told the magazine, adding that the “Fuller House” star agreed — “but Mossimo insisted [on taking a private jet], saying it would be a ‘zoo’ if they flew commercial.”

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Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, have pleaded not guilty to money laundering and conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud after allegedly paying $500,000 to admissions consultant Rick Singer to falsely submit their daughters Olivia Jade, now 19, and Isabella, 20, as rowing recruits to the University of Southern California.

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Actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, leave federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, April 3, 2019. (Associated Press)

The actress was reportedly angry that her fashion designer hubby recommended they reject a plea deal from prosecutors in April.

“Lori was inclined to take the deal, but Mossimo said it would ruin both of their careers,” one source said.

A source familiar with the case recently told Page Six Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty before they fully understood the severity of the charges — and now realize taking a plea deal might have been better.

Now friends told US Weekly they think Loughlin should cut her husband loose.

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“Her friends think she should leave him,” a source told the outlet. “But Lori refuses and says the ordeal has made them stronger.”

“Their daughter Bella is extremely concerned they’re going to get divorced,” another source said.

The couple face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted.

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Fortis Dulos was ‘lying in wait’ for estranged wife, police say; his lawyer asks, ‘Where’s the murder charge?’

The girlfriend of the Connecticut man whose estranged wife vanished months ago allegedly told police in a recent interview that he had his truck washed because the body of his wife was “at some point” in there.

Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, was arrested for a second time Wednesday in connection with the disappearance. Police said Fortis Dulos was apparently “lying in wait” at her residence, according to the warrant application. Police claimed the crime and cleanup occurred between 8:05 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. May 24, the day she vanished.

Jennifer Dulos disappeared amid a contentious child custody proceedings with Fotis Dulos.

The new allegations were revealed in a 43-page warrant. Fortis Dulos was arrested at his home and hit with an additional charge of tampering with or fabricating evidence in her disappearance.

But Norm Pattis, an attorney for Fortis Dulos, claims there is “not much” in the allegations that wasn’t already known, The Stamford Advocate reported.

“Where’s the murder charge?” Pattis asked.

Dulos posted $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday, according to a police report obtained by Fox News.

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Fotis Dulos, 51, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, were arrested in early June and pleaded not guilty to evidence-tampering and hindering prosecution. They had been released on bail. Both have denied any involvement in the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.

Fortis Dulos was arrested again after Troconis and an employee of his construction company, Pawel Gumienny, allegedly told investigators that Dulos had used a vehicle registered to Gumienny on the morning Jennifer Dulos disappeared.

Gumienny also allegedly said he made strange requests in the days following her disappearance, including asking him to swap out the seats of the vehicle because he was afraid police would find his hair in the car.

Jennifer Farber Dulos, 50, has not been seen since she dropped her children off at school on the morning of May 24. Her 2017 black Chevy Suburban was found near Waveny Park in New Canaan shortly after she was reported missing.

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Jennifer Dulos, 50, vanished after she dropped her children off at school in New Canaan, Conn. on May 24. (New Canaan Police Department)

New police photos from surveillance footage captured in and around New Cannan showed a red 2001 Toyota Tacoma, which was registered to Gumienny but which Fotis Dulos had allegedly used, parked near a dirt turnout on Lapham Road, near where Jennifer Dulos’ car later turned up abandoned.

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When police combed through the mother-of-five’s home, they found bloodstains on the garage floor and evidence of cleanup attempts.

Police said they believed Fotis Dulos drove her body “and a number of other items associated with the cleanup which occurred in the garage of the residence,” to Lapham Road and switched vehicles.

A man resembling Fortis Dulos was also caught on surveillance footage in a third vehicle, a 2014 Ford Raptor pick-up truck, registered to his company, dumping bags of trash “which appeared to be stained with a substance consistent with the appearance of blood,” according to court documents. A woman matching Troconis’ description was also seen sitting in the vehicle, the documents said.

Troconis later allegedly told police that she and Fortis Dulos were the two people in the video, but that she didn’t know what he was doing when he was disposing of the bags.

Investigators spent weeks sifting through garbage and trash and reportedly uncovered bloody clothing, including a T-shirt and bra that Jennifer Dulos was wearing on the day she disappeared, as well as bloodied cleaning supplies such as sponges.

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Police reports revealed that a man resembling Fortis Dulos was caught on camera placing an item in a storm drain. When police searched the drain, they found license plates that were linked to him.

Troconis allegedly told investigators in an interview June 6 that she and Fortis Dulos wrote the notes to “help them remember” where they were and what they were doing on these dates, including false alibis.

“It is difficult to see why the state waited for months to serve this warrant,” Pattis, the attorney for Fortis Dulos, said in a statement to Fox News on Wednesday. “It was unnecessary. Apparently, Michelle has changed her tune and a handyman is telling tales to deflect attention from himself. We wish the state police spent more time looking for Jennifer and less trying to build a case against Fotis. We will plead not guilty to these charges next week in Norwalk.”

Troconis again allegedly told police in an Aug. 13 interview that “she had not been truthful” in previous interviews.

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She allegedly admitted that she did not see Fortis Dulos on the morning Jennifer disappeared and didn’t see him until the afternoon.

Troconis allegedly said she saw him cleaning “spilled coffee” out of the Tacoma after Jennifer went missing. She allegedly said Dulos “handed her a stained towel he had been using to clean the truck and told her to place it into a plastic garbage bag.”

She said she did not remember the color of the stain but admitted that it did not smell like coffee, the police report said.

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.

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