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Eminem Tries To Explain Why He Randomly Performed At The Oscars

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It was the biggest night for mom’s spaghetti in years.

At the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, following a montage of iconic songs from film history, Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, came onstage and rapped “Lose Yourself” from his early 2000s movie “8 Mile.”

And everyone was left with one question: “Why?”

This wasn’t a special anniversary. The movie, featuring a climactic rap battle where Eminem’s character B-Rabbit reveals that the parents of his rival Papa Doc (Anthony Mackie) have a real good marriage (a true death blow), came out in 2002.

Lose Yourself” did win the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 2003 Oscars, but Eminem didn’t even show up to accept the award. And that was an odd 17 years ago. Is it just that Eminem is like a cicada, coming out every 17 years to make a bunch of noise?

In a tweet following the performance, Eminem said he was sorry it took 18 years to get to the Academy, and on Monday, the rapper explained more to Variety:

I kinda figured maybe since I didn’t get a chance to do it at the time, maybe it would be cool. Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed “Lose Yourself” on the Grammys with The Roots a couple of weeks before the Oscars, so we didn’t think it was a good idea. And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me.

But then when I found out I won, “That’s crazy!” That to me shows how authentic and real that award is — when you don’t show up and you still win. That makes it very real to me.

“8 Mile” was already set to be in the movie music montage, according to the magazine, and Eminem says he was approached to perform.

“It was cool because we just put out an album, so we said maybe that’ll make sense with the timing of the new album,” he said.

The performance was presented to the rapper as being secretive, so he just went with it.

“I said, ’Oh that’s kinda dope, to not even announce it,” he explained.

At least we know why the performance worked for Eminem. Why it worked for the Academy is another question. Eminem did get a standing ovation, though, so maybe that’s the answer.

Also as an added bonus, Martin Scorsese seemed to get the best sleep of his life.

You can watch Eminem’s Oscar performance below, or perhaps just wait another 17 years.

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Coronavirus outbreak ‘very grave threat’ for rest of world: WHO

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A day after a team of World Health Organization (WHO) medical experts arrived in China to help investigate the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the health agency’s director said the virus poses “a very grave threat for the rest of the world.”

Over 1,000 people in China have died after contracting the virus, which has sickened over 43,000 others globally. Just under 400 of those cases have been confirmed in countries outside of China.

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“With 99 percent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a video conference with hundreds of researchers on Tuesday.

In an appeal to researchers who had dialed in to the conference from all over the world, Tedros called for more collaboration in order to fast-track rapid diagnostic testing and vaccines.

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“It’s hard to believe that just two months ago, this virus – which has come to captivate the attention of media, financial markets and political leaders – was completely unknown to us,” Tedros said, adding that there are still many unknowns about the virus including paths of transmission and exactly how it originated.

“To defeat this outbreak, we need answers to all those questions and more,” he said.

Tedros met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last month and said it took about two weeks for the country to agree to allow an international team of experts to come to investigate the outbreak. The WHO team is being led by Canadian emergency expert Dr. Bruce Aylward, who arrived in the country on Monday.

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“Bruce and his colleagues will be working with their Chinese counterparts to make sure we have the right expertise on the team to answer the right questions,” Tedros said. “We hope the rest of the team will join them as soon as possible. The team could range between 10 and 15.”

Reuters contributed to this report. 

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#BloombergIsRacist Trends As Second Resurfaced Clip Shows Dem Candidate Saying ‘We Disproportionately Stop Whites Too Much And Minorities Too Little’

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The Long-Predicted Klobuchar Surge May Finally Be Happening

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SALEM, N.H. ― This was supposed to happen in Iowa.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar had gone to all 99 counties in the Hawkeye State, the only top-tier candidate to do so. The good people of Iowa would appreciate her corny Midwestern humor, and Klobuchar’s surge ― the one pundits wouldn’t stop predicting, often in the face of all available evidence ― would finally happen.

Instead, Klobuchar finished fifth, receiving just 12% of the vote and a single national delegate in the state. She had spent much of the run-up to Iowa trapped in Washington, serving as a juror in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. But that fifth-place finish ― only a few points behind former Vice President Joe Biden, the national front-runner at the time ― was just good enough to claim a bit of momentum heading into New Hampshire.

Following a strong performance at Friday’s Democratic primary debate in Manchester, Klobuchar seems to be having her moment. At a rally in the Republican-leaning town on the Massachusetts border on Sunday night, she was ebullient.

“I have been bolted down on my desk in the Senate,” Klobuchar said to a crowd of roughly 1,000 that broke out into sporadic “Amy, Amy” chants. “And I am finally unleashed.”

The evidence of a surge for Klobuchar, who drew a similarly sized crowd in Nashua earlier in the day Sunday, is mounting. A spate of polls have found her jumping into the double digits in the Granite State, directly challenging Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Biden for third place and greatly complicating South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s path to both a victory here and a potential presidential nomination.

For Klobuchar to become a threat that could actually triumph at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer, she will need to drastically boost her performance with Black voters. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found her polling at 0% ― yes, 0% ― among African Americans. Unless she quickly improves on that end, she’ll mostly serve as yet another moderate candidate dividing the vote and making it easier for progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to win.

At events in the Granite State, voter after voter said they were deciding between her and Buttigieg, with many citing her debate performance as the reason they decided to give her candidacy a second look.

Rich Sigel, an attorney from Manchester who attended her event in Salem, was among her few dedicated supporters in the state. (He decided to back her not long after she entered the race last February.) But he said he’s been bombarded by friends interested in supporting her.

“I’ve been getting texts all day from friends who saw her at the debate, who saw her at a [New Hampshire Democratic Party] dinner, who are heading in her direction,” Sigel said. “She’s the little engine that could.”

Gerry Frazier, a retired electrical engineer from Atkinson, said he was leaning toward Klobuchar over Buttigieg because of the latter’s relative lack of experience.

“I like her experience in Washington,” he said. “I wish he could be Amy’s vice president for eight years and then slide into the White House.”

Dennis Chmiel and Mary Ann Santilippo, a husband-and-wife team of veterinarians who attended Klobuchar’s rally in Nashua, said they were deciding between Klobuchar and Buttigieg. They liked her ability to bring people together and win in red areas, but they also admired Buttigieg’s military service and thought Trump would find “less to dig up on him,” in the words of Santilippo. Both, they hoped, could “bring back normalcy to America.”

One factor they were weighing: Can Klobuchar surpass Buttigieg and become the moderate front-runner?

“We really don’t want Bernie to become the nominee,” said Santilippo, explaining that they didn’t think his left-wing politics can win over the moderates necessary to defeat Trump.

In other words, for the Klobuchar surge to happen, Klobuchar might need to convince voters that the Klobuchar surge is happening. And she’s certainly trying. While other candidates eschew basically any process talk, a portion of Klobuchar’s stump speech was about how well she is doing: She was in third place in a new poll, she’s raised $3 million since the debate and her last rally was standing room only.

“They didn’t predict I’d make it through the summer,” she said in Salem, leaving the “they” unnamed. “They didn’t predict I’d make it to the debate stage. But I sure made it to the debate stage on Friday night!”

Much of Klobuchar’s stump speech is unchanged: She talks about how she’s been able to win, even in Minnesota’s most conservative areas. She lays out a center-left platform, including a public option for health care. She says the election will serve as a “decency check,” laying out a litany of Trump’s most unhinged moments, like when the president blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s decision to cut him out of some broadcasts of “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.”

Like she did in Iowa, Klobuchar peppered her speech with local references ― her numerous references to Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen have become a running joke among Democratic operatives here. She’s also tried to hit New Hampshire cultural touchstones, such as making a visit to the restaurant Chez Vachon and having a bite of poutine.

“It’s not shared prosperity when we don’t get the kind of infrastructure we want, like [a long-discussed passenger rail line from Boston] to Southern New Hampshire,” she said in Salem. “It’s not shared prosperity when I literally went to Iceland, where they’ve got all those volcanoes, right, and they have better cell phone service and better high-speed internet than they do in Franconia Notch.”

Klobuchar’s frequent local touchstones aren’t the only thing she might struggle to replicate when the race goes to bigger and more diverse states starting with Nevada, then South Carolina and then Super Tuesday. While Klobuchar has had online fundraising bursts after debates, she has typically not kept pace with Warren, Sanders or Buttigieg, never mind the hundreds of millions that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has at his disposal.

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Burger King closing half of its locations in China amid coronavirus outbreak

Burger King is temporarily closing approximately half of its locations in China amid ongoing concerns over the novel coronavirus.

Jose Cil, the CEO of Restaurant Brands International Inc. — which owns Burger King, along with Popeyes and Tim Horton’s — confirmed the news on Friday, the same day Restaurant Brands International (RBI) posted its fourth-quarter earnings report.

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Cil, however, has said that “most of the closures” were mandated by local officials in China, Bloomberg reports. He also suggested that many of the locations are based in malls that are being forced to close.

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Jose Cil, the CEO of Restaurant Brands International Inc., said “most” of the closures were mandated by local officials in China. (Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In its fourth-quarter report, RBI had also reported that Burger King had its “strongest year of restaurant growth in the last two decades.”

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“It’s too early to tell what impact, if any, it’s going to have on short-term performance or results,” Cil said in a call following the report’s release, according to Bloomberg.

A representative for RBI was not immediately available to confirm exactly how many stores had closed, in which areas, or when they are expected to reopen.

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The closure of approximately half of Burger King’s China locations follows similar closures from other global restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut and Dairy Queen. Some brands were also instituting additional safety precautions at locations that were still operating, including McDonald’s, which distributed masks and took employees’ temperatures when they arrived for work.

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Burger King is said to operate over a thousand stores in China. RBI, meanwhile, operates more than 27,000 restaurants across the globe.

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The Long-Predicted Klobuchar Surge May Finally Be Happening

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SALEM, N.H. ― This was supposed to happen in Iowa.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar had gone to all 99 counties in the Hawkeye State, the only top-tier candidate to do so. The good people of Iowa would appreciate her corny Midwestern humor, and Klobuchar’s surge ― the one pundits wouldn’t stop predicting, often in the face of all available evidence ― would finally happen.

Instead, Klobuchar finished fifth, receiving just 12% of the vote and a single national delegate in the state. She had spent much of the run-up to Iowa trapped in Washington, serving as a juror in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. But that fifth-place finish ― only a few points behind former Vice President Joe Biden, the national front-runner at the time ― was just good enough to claim a bit of momentum heading into New Hampshire.

Following a strong performance at Friday’s Democratic primary debate in Manchester, Klobuchar seems to be having her moment. At a rally in the Republican-leaning town on the Massachusetts border on Sunday night, she was ebullient.

“I have been bolted down on my desk in the Senate,” Klobuchar said to a crowd of roughly 1,000 that broke out into sporadic “Amy, Amy” chants. “And I am finally unleashed.”

The evidence of a surge for Klobuchar, who drew a similarly sized crowd in Nashua earlier in the day Sunday, is mounting. A spate of polls have found her jumping into the double digits in the Granite State, directly challenging Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Biden for third place and greatly complicating South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s path to both a victory here and a potential presidential nomination.

For Klobuchar to become a threat that could actually triumph at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer, she will need to drastically boost her performance with Black voters. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found her polling at 0% ― yes, 0% ― among African Americans. Unless she quickly improves on that end, she’ll mostly serve as yet another moderate candidate dividing the vote and making it easier for progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to win.

At events in the Granite State, voter after voter said they were deciding between her and Buttigieg, with many citing her debate performance as the reason they decided to give her candidacy a second look.

Rich Sigel, an attorney from Manchester who attended her event in Salem, was among her few dedicated supporters in the state. (He decided to back her not long after she entered the race last February.) But he said he’s been bombarded by friends interested in supporting her.

“I’ve been getting texts all day from friends who saw her at the debate, who saw her at a [New Hampshire Democratic Party] dinner, who are heading in her direction,” Sigel said. “She’s the little engine that could.”

Gerry Frazier, a retired electrical engineer from Atkinson, said he was leaning toward Klobuchar over Buttigieg because of the latter’s relative lack of experience.

“I like her experience in Washington,” he said. “I wish he could be Amy’s vice president for eight years and then slide into the White House.”

Dennis Chmiel and Mary Ann Santilippo, a husband-and-wife team of veterinarians who attended Klobuchar’s rally in Nashua, said they were deciding between Klobuchar and Buttigieg. They liked her ability to bring people together and win in red areas, but they also admired Buttigieg’s military service and thought Trump would find “less to dig up on him,” in the words of Santilippo. Both, they hoped, could “bring back normalcy to America.”

One factor they were weighing: Can Klobuchar surpass Buttigieg and become the moderate front-runner?

“We really don’t want Bernie to become the nominee,” said Santilippo, explaining that they didn’t think his left-wing politics can win over the moderates necessary to defeat Trump.

In other words, for the Klobuchar surge to happen, Klobuchar might need to convince voters that the Klobuchar surge is happening. And she’s certainly trying. While other candidates eschew basically any process talk, a portion of Klobuchar’s stump speech was about how well she is doing: She was in third place in a new poll, she’s raised $3 million since the debate and her last rally was standing room only.

“They didn’t predict I’d make it through the summer,” she said in Salem, leaving the “they” unnamed. “They didn’t predict I’d make it to the debate stage. But I sure made it to the debate stage on Friday night!”

Much of Klobuchar’s stump speech is unchanged: She talks about how she’s been able to win, even in Minnesota’s most conservative areas. She lays out a center-left platform, including a public option for health care. She says the election will serve as a “decency check,” laying out a litany of Trump’s most unhinged moments, like when the president blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s decision to cut him out of some broadcasts of “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.”

Like she did in Iowa, Klobuchar peppered her speech with local references ― her numerous references to Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen have become a running joke among Democratic operatives here. She’s also tried to hit New Hampshire cultural touchstones, such as making a visit to the restaurant Chez Vachon and having a bite of poutine.

“It’s not shared prosperity when we don’t get the kind of infrastructure we want, like [a long-discussed passenger rail line from Boston] to Southern New Hampshire,” she said in Salem. “It’s not shared prosperity when I literally went to Iceland, where they’ve got all those volcanoes, right, and they have better cell phone service and better high-speed internet than they do in Franconia Notch.”

Klobuchar’s frequent local touchstones aren’t the only thing she might struggle to replicate when the race goes to bigger and more diverse states starting with Nevada, then South Carolina and then Super Tuesday. While Klobuchar has had online fundraising bursts after debates, she has typically not kept pace with Warren, Sanders or Buttigieg, never mind the hundreds of millions that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has at his disposal.

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Joe Biden says Democrats can run Mickey Mouse against Trump and have a chance

Former Vice President Joe Biden declared on Tuesday that Mickey Mouse would have a shot against President Trump in the general election, so voters shouldn’t worry about Bernie Sanders winning the nomination.

Biden, 77, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” from New Hampshire and namesake co-host Joe Scarborough asked the 2020 presidential hopeful about the importance of winning Senate seats.

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Joe Biden said Democrats “could run Mickey Mouse” against President Trump and have a chance.

“As intense as Democrats are about beating Donald Trump, getting Mitch McConnell out of the position as majority leader of the Senate, not that far behind,” Scarborough said. “Would a Bernie Sanders at the top of the ticket make it more likely that Democrats would lose important swing states and Mitch McConnell would become the majority leader again?”

Biden called Sanders a “decent guy” who “labeled himself a democratic socialist,” which he doesn’t feel will help in certain states, particularly the South.

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“Talk about baggage, man, you know, you’re going into all the states as a democratic socialist,” Biden said. “How does somebody run and not have that label attached to them?”

Co-host Willie Geist said that some influential Democrats don’t think Sanders is electable as a result of the socialism tag, but Biden disagreed.

“I refuse to suggest any Democrat can lose. I think we could run Mickey Mouse against this president and have a shot.”

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“I refuse to suggest any Democrat can lose. I think we could run Mickey Mouse against this president and have a shot,” Biden said.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski responded, “Wow,” as the New Hampshire crowd applauded.

Biden has been quite the quote machine lately and recently made headlines for calling a college student a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” during a campaign event. He has gone on the offensive following his disappointing fourth-place finish in last week’s disastrous Iowa caucuses, well behind rivals Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren.

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This past December in Iowa, Biden slammed a voter who questioned Hunter Biden’s business dealings as a “damn liar” who needed to take an “IQ test.”

The former vice president then seemingly called the man “fat” after deriding him for his self-professed sedentary lifestyle, although the Biden campaign said there was a misunderstanding.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report

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Bloomberg Isn’t Running In New Hampshire, But He’s In Everyone’s Head

MANCHESTER, N.H. ― Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and multibillionaire media mogul who has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into a presidential bid, spent the weekend thousands of miles away, campaigning with television’s Judge Judy in Oklahoma City. He’s not on Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire, and won’t appear on the ballot in any state for nearly a month.

But that hasn’t prevented him from looming over the first primary voting, and his forthcoming showdown with the rest of the Democratic field is a constant source of conversation and speculation for voters, operatives and political tourists.

As the leading campaigns for the nomination to challenge GOP President Donald Trump prepare to exit New Hampshire and head to bigger and more diverse states over the next three weeks, Bloomberg’s late arrival in the Democratic race ― and likely appearance in next week’s debate in Nevada ― presents an opportunity for some candidates and challenges for others.

Bloomberg’s money erases the small-dollar dominance of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, while also playing into Sanders’ rhetoric about how billionaires have corrupted the political system. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign is looking for a game-changing moment, has long sought political combat with Bloomberg. And Bloomberg’s gains among Black voters threaten the core of former Vice President Joe Biden’s firewall. (The campaigns of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar both remain focused on the four early states, and are less immediately impacted by Bloomberg.)

There’s good reason for the campaigns to fear him: Bloomberg has spent more than $350 million on ads ― nearly twice as much as Tom Steyer, a fellow billionaire and the second-largest spender in the race. That’s nearly 10 times what Sanders’ campaign has spent on advertising. He’s hired 2,100 staffers in just months, dwarfing the extensive operations that Warren and Sanders took nearly a full year to assemble. All this money has been aimed at the states voting on March 3 ― Super Tuesday ― when about one-third of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be awarded.

And that heavy spending is leading to a rise in the polls. A national Quinnipiac University poll of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents released Monday found Bloomberg earning 15% of the vote in the primary, essentially tied for third with Warren. (Sanders led with 25%, followed by Biden with 17%.)

The ultimate sign of how much the conversation has seemed to revolve around Bloomberg came shortly after midnight Tuesday, where Bloomberg won the tiny town of Dixville Notch, which traditionally votes before the rest of the state, hijacking a New Hampshire political tradition without ever setting foot here.

“Since Iowa last week, it is clear that the candidate field, while narrowing and perhaps becoming less clear on some aspects, is not producing a candidate that can truly take on Donald Trump, and defeat him in the fall,” Dan Kanninen, a Bloomberg campaign adviser, said on a conference call with reporters on Monday.

Some allies of Sanders, who leads in the polls here and has become the national front-runner since Biden’s stumble in Iowa, fear Bloomberg’s massive television and digital ad spends could soon target the democratic socialist. (So far, all of Bloomberg’s spending has been aimed at Trump.)

While Sanders continues to shatter small-dollar fundraising records ― his campaign banked $25 million in January alone ― the amount he’ll be able to spend in expensive Super Tuesday states, including California, Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts, pales in comparison to Bloomberg’s fortune.

“It really is absurd that we have a guy who is prepared to spend — already — many hundreds of millions of dollars on TV ads,” Sanders said Sunday night in an interview on “The Dean Obeidallah Show” on SiriusXM. “Meanwhile, he did not do what all of the other Democratic candidates do. He wasn’t holding town meetings in Iowa, or New Hampshire, or Nevada, or South Carolina. Those were not important enough for him. He could simply buy the election with hundreds of millions of dollars of ads. That is wrong. That is the basic, fundamental problem of American society — is that billionaires have extraordinary wealth and power over the economic and political life of this country.”

If Bloomberg does go after Sanders, it’s likely he’ll try to contrast their records on gun control, a top issue for Democratic primary voters. Since the Newtown school massacre in 2012, Bloomberg has emerged as the key funder of gun control efforts in the United States, while moderates in the Democratic Party ― including most recently Biden ― have long attacked Sanders for accepting the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and holding pro-gun stances in the early 1990s.

On Saturday, the Sanders campaign announced the hire of Matt Deitsch, a co-founder of the March For Our Lives gun-control advocacy movement, as a policy adviser on gun violence prevention. Deitsch could help Sanders fight back against any Bloomberg attacks.

Warren, whose rhetoric on billionaires and corruption closely matches Sanders’, has long looked forward to a showdown with Bloomberg. While she typically shies away from criticisms of other Democrats in the 2020 race, she is eager to launch attacks on the highest-profile billionaire in the race,

“I will point it out every single day that billionaires are trying to buy this election,” Warren told reporters on a campaign bus on Monday. “And whether it’s a billionaire running or a billionaire who is financing a super PAC, or a billionaire who is creating the opportunities for a candidate who is going to be beholden to that billionaire. If we stay on this path, our democracy fundamentally changes.”

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has endorsed Warren, confronted the Democratic National Committee in December to alter the rules to potentially bring Bloomberg onto the primary debate stage, arguing he should have to defend his ideas in front of the American public. The group is hopeful the contrast can boost Warren’s mostly stagnant standing in the polls ahead of the Super Tuesday states, where Warren has made extensive investments in field operations. (Bloomberg is likely, but not yet guaranteed, to make the stage for the Jan. 19 debate in Las Vegas.)

“Michael Bloomberg is the personification of Elizabeth Warren’s argument that billionaires are buying and corrupting our political system,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “The fact that he’s so arrogant that he doesn’t feel the need to engage voters shows how out of touch a government run by billionaires would be.”

(On the same day as Green’s December call with the DNC, a group of Democratic candidates asked the party to alter debate rules to potentially allow New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro to participate. No rule changes were made.) 

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MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg isn’t running in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, but he and his fortune loom over upcoming big-state contests.

Bloomberg seems to pose the most direct threat to Biden, who shares his broad ideological outlook and policy priorities, but not his personal fortune. While Biden’s campaign thinks the former vice president can contrast his “Middle Class Joe” persona with Bloomberg’s billions, the Quinnipiac University poll already shows Bloomberg eating into Biden’s vote share.

Most crucially, Bloomberg is gaining with Black voters, who are crucial to Biden’s plans to rack up delegates in South Carolina and the Southern states that cast ballots on Super Tuesday. The Quinnipiac poll found Bloomberg’s share of the Black vote jumping from 8% to 22% since January, while Biden’s declined from 52% to 27%.

Bloomberg’s strength with Black voters alarmed the other campaigns. By the end of the day Monday, multiple operatives were quietly circulating an audio clip of Bloomberg defending the controversial New York Police Department stop and frisk program he expanded as mayor. Critics have long argued the program was unconstitutional and involved unfair racial profiling of Blacks and Latinos.

Interviews with moderate Democratic voters ― including some who drove up from either Bloomberg’s home state of Massachusetts or New York ― show many were prepared to see him as a savior who could block a Sanders nomination and defeat Trump in the fall.

“In the end, based on Biden’s inability to raise money, based on the fact that even Pete’s going to have trouble in Super Tuesday, and the fact that Amy who’s like the perfect candidate can’t get gain the traction she has to, then we have no choice but to support Bloomberg. He’s a great man, he was a great mayor,” said Lenny Airsch, an attorney from New York who came to Buttigieg’s town hall in Nashua on Sunday.

Is Bloomberg trying to buy the nomination?

“We have no choice. You gotta beat Trump,” said Richard Aurbach, another attorney from New York. “He’s going to spend all this money, and give it all these down-ballot candidates. What’s wrong with that? All Mike has to do is say let’s both stand on our wallets and say who’s taller now?” 

Airsch added: “Stop-and-frisk, while controversial, worked.” 

Igor Bobic contributed reporting from Nashua, New Hampshire.

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Palestinian president to speak against Trump’s Middle East peace plan at UN Security Council meeting

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to speak before the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to express his criticism and opposition to the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.

On Monday council members could not agree on a draft resolution, a setback for Abbas, who in the past few weeks has been traveling the globe in an attempt to scrub the deal.

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, told reporters Abbas should cancel his presentation and speak to Israelis in Jerusalem about his plans for peace.

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Danon said he did not understand why Abbas was coming to New York this week to dismiss the peace plan.

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“[Abbas should] cancel his trip to New York (and) come to Jerusalem speak in the Israeli Knesset to address the Israeli people and deliver a message of hope instead of a message of hate and incitement,” Danon said.

Danon’s comments echo those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who alongside Israel’s main opposition leader, Benny Gantz, gave their full support to the Trump plan late last month as it was presented at the White House. Danon said Netanyahu would be ready to meet Abbas in Jerusalem or Ramallah.

The Trump plan, which was released on Jan. 28, called for a two-state solution with the creation of a future Palestinian state. Under the plan, the Palestinians would have to reach certain benchmarks to achieve statehood, including rooting out terrorism, political reforms such as freedom of speech and ending what’s known as “pay to slay,” in which the Palestinian Authority has paid families of terrorists.

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The blueprint was backed up by an economic plan presented last year in Bahrain. The plan’s vision was to present the Palestinians and its neighbors a way to a new economy that could be worth up to $50 billion in aid, investment and funding. Abbas has rejected both parts of the administration’s peace plan.

In his upcoming speech to the security council, Abbas is reportedly going to present a list of what the Palestinians say are the many Israeli violations of international law (around 300) and present his own proposal for peace.

Just last week Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to the president and architect of the plan, told Fox News that Abbas was consulted. He said they had met four times.

“It’s a funny notion when [critics] say that the Palestinians complain that they were not consulted,” he told Fox News. “I never felt he was willing to get into details because either he’s not a details-orientated person, or because he did not know what he wanted to accomplish… and so they chose not to meet with us again which was their prerogative. They said, if you give us this we’d do a meeting, but we don’t pay for meetings, that’s not how this administration handles their policy.”

TRUMP’S MIDEAST PEACE PLAN COULD HAVE MAJOR LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS FOR ALLY JORDAN

Kushner, who was visiting New York to brief members of the U.N. Security Council on the peace plan, told a small group of reporters that the council members had listened closely in what he said was a constructive meeting. He said he was hopeful the US would do better in a vote on his plan than it did when it had to veto a resolution condemning the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote was 14-1.

Several hours after Kushner’s meeting, the Foreign Policy website broke a story quoting diplomats who stated Tunisia had recalled its Security Council ambassador over the text of the draft resolution.

The text drafted by Tunisia and Indonesia stated the Trump peace plan was a breach of international law. According to the report, the United States had complained about the text and pressured Tunisia into taking action, which they did.

Following the Tunisia incident, a second draft was introduced but was also rejected by some members.

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This weekend Israeli media quoted close associates of Abbas as calling for a diplomatic intifada against the Trump plan, but the Palestinian action that sort to kill off the U.S. peace plan has not so far materialized having encountered an unforeseen roadblock at of all places the U.N. Security Council.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 10 a.m. President Abbas is expected to be the third speaker of the morning session following the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly, John Roberts contributed to this report. 

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Trump stirs pardon speculation with condemnation of DOJ’s Roger Stone treatment

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President Trump‘s fiery reaction to the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone is stoking renewed speculation that he could end up pardoning his former associate.

Stone is awaiting sentencing for his conviction on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Federal prosecutors recommended that Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentence Stone to between 87 and 108 months in prison.

PROSECUTORS WANT ROGER STONE TO SERVE MORE THAN 7 YEARS IN PRISON

“This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning. “The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!”

Stone was found guilty in November of providing false statements to the House Intelligence Committee about communications having to do with WikiLeaks, obstructing a congressional investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, and witness tampering. Prosecutors claimed that Stone hid the truth to protect Trump’s campaign.

The president’s reaction to the DOJ’s recommendation for Stone — which followed a string of retweets related to the news — was soon met with discussions of a possible pardon. Several replies to Trump’s tweet called for a pardon, and various figures in the legal/political sphere speculated that a pardon — or at least a commuted sentence — is in Stone’s future.

Political scientist and Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas said Trump was “hinting at floating a pardon” for Stone.

“Can there be any doubt that a pardon is in the offing?” asked Politico’s Josh Gerstein after Trump’s tweet, referencing Trump’s past pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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National security attorney Brad Moss was confident that not only will Stone become a beneficiary of Trump’s executive pen, but former national security adviser Michael Flynn could as well. Flynn awaits sentencing for providing false statements to investigators, though that sentencing has been postponed indefinitely as Flynn moves to withdraw his guilty plea.

“The paperwork to commute the sentence of Stone and any sentence for Flynn likely is already drafted,” he tweeted.

Stone’s sentencing is currently scheduled for Feb. 20.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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