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Vox journalist mocked for pushing theory that Trump itches face with ‘middle finger’ to dig opponents

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A journalist for Vox was mocked on Thursday for suggesting that President Trump purposely itches his face with his middle finger in order to subtly insult Democrats and other opponents.

Vox associate editor Aaron Rupar shared a video clip of the president touching his face with “the bird” on two separate occasions.

One instance was while Trump was on speakerphone with what Rupar described was an “uppity woman”; the other was of him at a press conference responding to a question about whether he thought Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Hunter Biden should testify as part of the impeachment inquiry.

“If someone can find a clip of Trump scratching his face with his middle finger when he’s not talking to uppity women or about Democrats, please let me know,” Rupar tweeted.

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Rupar received an overwhelming response, particularly from conservative political strategist Caleb Hull, who had found a clip of President Trump using the same finger to itch his face while talking about his friend, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Hull also found several examples of President Obama also itching his face with the middle finger, including while talking about his former rivals Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

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“This is honestly one of the dumbest tweets I have ever seen on this website, and I’ve lived through the Army/Navy circle game episode, Hull reacted.

He added, “It’s absolutely amazing how deranged you are.”

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‘No War With Iran’ Protesters Demonstrate Across U.S.

Hundreds of peace demonstrations took place across America on Thursday to protest any further actions toward war with Iran after a week of escalating tensions that were ignited when the U.S. killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week.

The “No War With Iran” rallies, organized by the liberal MoveOn.org civic action group and scheduled at more than 370 sites across the U.S., sought to dramatically oppose President Donald Trump’s decision to order an airstrike that killed the Iranian general Friday. The protesters demanded an immediate de-escalation.

“Trump’s reckless action has needlessly endangered countless lives of U.S. troops, Iraqis, Iranians, and countless other civilians,” the event website stated. “The devastation that a war with Iran could bring upon the earth and humanity cannot be overstated — millions of lives hang in the balance.”

“We’ve learned our lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and global endless war.”

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MoveOn.Org Demonstrations took place at hundreds of sites around the U.S. on Thursday to demand the de-escalation of tensions between America and Iran.

The demonstrations began about the same time the House approved a war powers resolution meant to limit the president’s ability to attack Iran unless there’s an imminent threat or unless Congress declares war. The resolution would still need to pass in the Senate, where its fate is uncertain, and survive a Trump veto.

In a statement Friday, the president said that the drone strike at Baghdad International Airport was intended “to stop a war,” not to start one.

Iran retaliated Wednesday for Soleimani’s killing, launching ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases that house U.S. military forces. There were no casualties reported among American or Iraqi forces; however, U.S. officials reportedly believe Iran shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane shortly after it took off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

Following the retaliatory strike, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the Islamic Republic does not “seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.” Trump said in a national address that “Iran appears to be standing down” but vowed to impose additional sanctions on the country.

Signs at rallies around the country included “Trump: This is your fault,” “Impeach, convict and remove the MF” and “Stop sacrificing innocent lives for your reelection campaign.”

The national movement saw rallies held from New York to Chicago to Atlanta to Los Angeles, with hundreds of protesters braving cold weather to take a stand. Attendees shared footage and images of the events with the hashtag #NoWarWithIran.

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Mark Levin: ‘Appalling’ to watch lawmakers invoke ‘unconstitutional’ War Powers Act against Trump

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Mark Levin declared the War Powers Act of 1973 “unconstitutional” and criticized lawmakers who cited it as a reason to support a similar resolution passed Thursday in the House of Representatives as an intended check on President Trump’s power to take military action.

“The War Powers Act of 1973 is unconstitutional,” Levin said on “The Mark Levin Show” on Westwood One. The resolution requires a president seeking to engage in military conflict –whether through the declaration of war or “response to a national emergency created by [an] attack upon the United States, its territories, possessions or armed forces”– obtain the consent of Congress.

Levin said the act, authored by former Rep. Clement Zablocki, D-Wis., was rightfully vetoed by former President Richard Nixon.

Despite Nixon’s veto, Levin recalled, the Democrat-controlled Congress overrode his rejection and the resolution became law.

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The “Life, Liberty & Levin” host added that nearly every president since Nixon has believed the act to be constitutionally questionable, and noted the Supreme Court has never ruled on its constitutionality.

“So to watch Mike Lee and Rand Paul and Matt Gaetz and others acting as if it’s constitutional really is quite appalling to me,” he remarked.

Noting that some Republican supporters of House Democrats’ resolution have claimed the libertarian mantle in their departure from the general party line, Levin said the U.S. Constitution is “not a libertarian document.”

“It is what it is,” he continued, adding that Nixon vetoed the resolution based on Constitutional grounds.

Levin said the California Republican was concerned at the time that the War Powers Act would define his executive power in a way that would limit his defined authority.

He also pointed to Founding Fathers’ debate of the language in Article I that gives Congress the power to “declare war.”

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“The framers actually consciously substituted-out ‘make war’ with ‘declare war’,” he said, quoting Josh Hammer in the “Daily Wire.” “‘Make war’ was rejected.”

Levin said the move was a cautious action supported by former President James Madison, who the host said told former Vice President Elbridge Gerry that ‘declare war’ allowed for the presidential power to “repel sudden attacks” on the homeland.

“The framers understood that there was great merit to leaving decisions such as the commencement of hostilities to one man, not to a fractious Congress,” he said, again quoting Hammer.

Levin said Thursday’s exercise has shown that libertarian-minded lawmakers have been “cherry-picking” their Constitutional decrees.

“I would ask these radical libertarians, does Congress have the power to tell a president to go to war?” he continued, going on to criticize Lee for how he responded to a classified briefing held with White House officials on the Iran matter.

“The Constitution does not confer on Congress the power that Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Matt Gaetz and others — some of them are my friends — claim that it does. The War Powers Act is fundamentally unconstitutional. Congress does not have the authority to micromanage a president as commander-in-chief. The right to declare war does not give them that authority.”

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After Trump brags about lower cancer deaths, American Cancer Society says they “dropped before you took office”

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‘No War With Iran’ Protesters Demonstrate Across U.S.

Hundreds of peace demonstrations took place across America on Thursday to protest any further actions toward war with Iran after a week of escalating tensions that were ignited when the U.S. killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week.

The “No War With Iran” rallies, organized by the liberal MoveOn.org civic action group and scheduled at more than 370 sites across the U.S., sought to dramatically oppose President Donald Trump’s decision to order an airstrike that killed the Iranian general Friday. The protesters demanded an immediate de-escalation.

“Trump’s reckless action has needlessly endangered countless lives of U.S. troops, Iraqis, Iranians, and countless other civilians,” the event website stated. “The devastation that a war with Iran could bring upon the earth and humanity cannot be overstated — millions of lives hang in the balance.”

“We’ve learned our lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and global endless war.”

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MoveOn.Org Demonstrations took place at hundreds of sites around the U.S. on Thursday to demand the de-escalation of tensions between America and Iran.

The demonstrations began about the same time the House approved a war powers resolution meant to limit the president’s ability to attack Iran unless there’s an imminent threat or unless Congress declares war. The resolution would still need to pass in the Senate, where its fate is uncertain, and survive a Trump veto.

In a statement Friday, the president said that the drone strike at Baghdad International Airport was intended “to stop a war,” not to start one.

Iran retaliated Wednesday for Soleimani’s killing, launching ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases that house U.S. military forces. There were no casualties reported among American or Iraqi forces; however, U.S. officials reportedly believe Iran shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane shortly after it took off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

Following the retaliatory strike, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the Islamic Republic does not “seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.” Trump said in a national address that “Iran appears to be standing down” but vowed to impose additional sanctions on the country.

Signs at rallies around the country included “Trump: This is your fault,” “Impeach, convict and remove the MF” and “Stop sacrificing innocent lives for your reelection campaign.”

The national movement saw rallies held from New York to Chicago to Atlanta to Los Angeles, with hundreds of protesters braving cold weather to take a stand. Attendees shared footage and images of the events with the hashtag #NoWarWithIran.

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Boeing Employees Mocked F.A.A. and ‘Clowns’ Who Designed 737 Max

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Boeing employees mocked federal rules, talked about deceiving regulators and joked about potential flaws in the 737 Max as it was being developed, according to over a hundred pages of internal messages delivered Thursday to congressional investigators.

“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one of the employees said in messages from 2018, apparently in reference to interactions with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The most damaging messages included conversations among Boeing pilots and other employees about software issues and other problems with flight simulators for the Max, a plane later involved in two accidents, in late 2018 and early 2019, that killed 346 people and threw the company into chaos.

The employees appear to discuss instances in which the company concealed such problems from the F.A.A. during the regulator’s certification of the simulators, which were used in the development of the Max, as well as in training for pilots who had not previously flown a 737.

“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” one employee said to a colleague in another exchange from 2018, before the first crash. “No,” the colleague responded.

In another set of messages, employees questioned the design of the Max and even denigrated their own colleagues. “This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys,” an employee wrote in an exchange from 2017.

The release of the communications — both emails and instant messages — is the latest embarrassing episode for Boeing in a crisis that has cost the company billions of dollars and wreaked havoc on the aviation industry across the globe. The Max has been grounded for nearly 10 months, after the two deadly crashes. A software system developed for the plane was found to have played a role in both accidents, and since then the company has been working to update the system.

There is still no indication when the Max might be cleared to fly again, as the company and regulators continue to discover new potential flaws with the plane.

The messages threaten to further complicate Boeing’s tense relationship with the F.A.A. Both the company and agency indicated Thursday that the messages raised no new safety concerns, but they echoed troubling internal communications among Boeing employees that were previously made public.

In several instances, Boeing employees insulted the F.A.A. officials reviewing the plane.

In an exchange from 2015, a Boeing employee said that a presentation the company gave to the F.A.A. was so complicated that, for the agency officials and even himself, “it was like dogs watching TV.”

Several employees seemed consumed with limiting training for airline crews to fly the plane, a significant victory for Boeing that would benefit the company financially. In the development of the Max, Boeing had promised to offer Southwest a discount of $1 million per plane if regulators required simulator training.

In an email from August 2016, a marketing employee at the company cheered the news that regulators had approved a short computer-based training for pilots who have flown the 737 NG, the predecessor to the Max, instead of requiring simulator training.

“You can be away from an NG for 30 years and still be able to jump into a MAX? LOVE IT!!” the employee says, following up later with an email noting: “This is a big part of the operating cost structure in our marketing decks.”

Requiring simulator training can be costly for airlines and even after the crashes, Boeing told the F.A.A. it was not necessary. It was not until Tuesday that Boeing said it would recommend simulator training for pilots who fly the Max.

Boeing on Thursday expressed regret over the messages. “These communications contain provocative language, and, in certain instances, raise questions about Boeing’s interactions with the F.A.A. in connection with the simulator qualification process,” the company said in a statement to Congress. “Having carefully reviewed the issue, we are confident that all of Boeing’s Max simulators are functioning effectively.”

“We regret the content of these communications, and apologize to the F.A.A., Congress, our airline customers and to the flying public for them,” Boeing added. “The language used in these communications, and some of the sentiments they express, are inconsistent with Boeing values, and the company is taking appropriate action in response. This will ultimately include disciplinary or other personnel action, once the necessary reviews are completed.”

The messages outraged several lawmakers, who saw a disregard for safety and broader problems with the culture at the company.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said in an interview that he would push for new congressional hearings to question Boeing leadership about the “astonishing and appalling” messages.

Boeing said that it notified the F.A.A. about the documents in December and that it had “not found any instances of misrepresentations to the F.A.A. with its simulator qualification activities,” despite the employee’s comment about “covering up” issues with the simulator.

Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the F.A.A., said in a statement that the messages did not reveal any new safety risks.

“Upon reviewing the records for the specific simulator mentioned in the documents, the agency determined that piece of equipment has been evaluated and qualified three times in the last six months,” Mr. Lunsford said. “Any potential safety deficiencies identified in the documents have been addressed.”

Mr. Lunsford added that, “while the tone and content of some of the language contained in the documents is disappointing, the F.A.A. remains focused on following a thorough process for returning the Boeing 737 Max to passenger service.”

The relationship between Boeing and the F.A.A. has been a complicating factor for the company as it works to persuade international regulators that the Max is ready to fly. Last month, Boeing fired its chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, whose optimistic projections about the plane’s return to service created a rift with the regulator.

Stephen Dickson, the new chief of the F.A.A., has struck a more assertive tone in public comments about the Max, urging his employees to ignore outside pressure to quickly lift the plane’s grounding and telling Boeing that there is no set timetable for the Max to return.

In a meeting with Mr. Muilenburg last month, Mr. Dickson told the company not to make any requests of the regulator and to instead focus on completing the paperwork necessary for regulators to evaluate the update.

Last year, Boeing disclosed internal messages from 2016, in which a top pilot working on the plane told a colleague that he was experiencing trouble controlling the Max in a flight simulator and believed that he had misled the F.A.A.

“I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly),” the pilot, Mark Forkner, said to his colleague, Patrik Gustavsson.

Boeing did not inform the F.A.A. about the messages when the company first discovered them, waiting until about two weeks before Mr. Muilenburg was set to testify in front of Congress to send them to lawmakers. The conversation, which took place before the Max was approved to fly, angered key F.A.A. officials, who felt misled by the company, according to three people familiar with the matter.

After the congressional hearings, Boeing moved Mr. Gustavsson out of his role working on the certification of new planes

On Thursday, Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon who is leading the House investigation into the development of the 737 Max, called the newly released messages “incredibly damning.”

“They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews and the flying public,” he added, “even as its own employees were sounding alarms internally.”

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Alex Trebek Just Got OK Boomer’ed On ‘Jeopardy’

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Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek just got OK Boomer’ed… and he was totally fine with it.  

In one of many memorable moments from the current “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time” matchup between three of the show’s biggest champions, Ken Jennings buzzed in to respond to this clue:

“I get to say it to Alex!” Jennings replied excitedly. “What is ‘OK, Boomer’?” 

“Thank you,” Trebek replied with a smirk. “Thank you.” 

Born in 1940, Trebek is not actually a baby boomer, which is typically defined as those born from 1946 to 1964. 

The series pitting Jennings against James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter resumes next week. 

Jennings won Thursday, giving him two victories to Holzhauer’s one. 

Rutter is winless so far. 

The first to three wins takes the “Greatest of All Time” bragging rights along with a $1 million prize.

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Mother of slain California woman accuses Oakland mayor of protecting suspect, an illegal immigrant

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The mother of a 19-year-old California woman who was murdered last month, allegedly by an illegal immigrant, spoke out against the state’s sanctuary policies that she said led to her daughter’s death.

“I feel that she has no concern for the citizens that are already here, who have been born and raised here for generations,” Shauna White told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” when asked about Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who made headlines in 2018 when she posted a warning that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was “preparing to conduct an operation in the Bay Area, including Oakland.”

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White’s daughter Madisyn was shot in a road rage accident after she got into a fender bender, White explained. The suspect has been identified in court documents as Roberto Martinez, 19, an illegal immigrant living in Hayward, Calif.

“When she got out of the car to take care of it with the insurance, he [Martinez] became aggressive,” White claimed. “He’s well known over there to rob people. … When she didn’t have anything else to offer him, he attacked her. He punched her in her face and continued to hit her.”

White said Madisyn eventually returned to her car and was attempting to film Martinez’s license plate when he allegedly fatally shot her.

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“He let out 10 rounds on my daughter. He killed her,” an emotional White alleged. “He just, he killed her.”

White claimed that Schaaf cares only about “lining her own pockets and her own agenda.”

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Martinez reportedly fled to Mexico following the killing. White claimed that a photo of the suspect that could aid investigators has not been released due to Schaff’s “personal agenda.”

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Twitter thread inspiring middle-aged people to share their ‘big breaks’ goes viral

A viral tweet encouraging middle-aged people to share their “big breaks” online has sparked some rather inspiring stories.

TV writer and producer Melissa Hunter started the thread on Tuesday, tweeting: “At the end of 2020, instead of 30 Under 30 and NextGen lists, please profile middle-aged people who just got their big breaks.”

She added: “I want to read about a mother of 2 who published her first novel, a director who released their first studio feature at 47, THAT’S THE LIST WE WANT.”

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Some responses slammed the concept of a “30 for 30” list, arguing that it snubs those who happen to be older.

“This is the reason people don’t go back to school or change careers or get out of bad relationships, because we are told that everything in life goes downhill after 30,” one person tweeted. “After 30 you’ve lived life, made some decisions, had time to reflect, so you should be at a better place.”

However, most responses came from middle-aged Twitter users who shared their personal success stories after their 30s.

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Twitter users slammed the concept of a “30 for 30 list,” arguing that it snubs those who happen to be older. (Photo: iStock)

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“I’m 41 and my first book comes out next week! The idea that you’ve got five years between 20 and 30 to do everything you’re ever going to do is ridiculous,” tweeted writer Mike Rothschild.

Another person said they served three years in prison for a drug offense and was released at 49. After staying clean, they started an online business.

“Last year I turned 56 and my business broke the $1M sales mark,” they said.

Other inspiring stories came pouring in, like a man who became a trial attorney at 53, and a 65-year-old painter who finally pursued her lifelong dream.

The Twitter thread has taken on a life of its own, with more than 183,000 likes and 29,000 likes.

Many praised the inspirational thread as a reminder to others that, when it comes to pursuing your dreams or doing what you love, age is nothing but a number.

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“I’m a big fan of the idea that your 1st 30 years don’t count. Whatever you’re doing, trying or experiencing, it’s just preparing you for your next 30-50 years,” someone tweeted.

“Obviously choices in your 1st 30 can have long-term consequences. But your life isn’t defined by those early choices,” they added.

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Tom Steyer Qualifies for Democratic Debate With Two Surprising Polls

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With two startling polling results released late Thursday afternoon, the billionaire former hedge fund executive Tom Steyer became the sixth candidate to qualify for next week’s Democratic presidential debate.

Mr. Steyer will join former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on the debate stage on Tuesday in Des Moines.

Mere hours earlier on Thursday, the chances of that seemed almost nonexistent: Mr. Steyer needed two more polls showing him with 5 percent support, or two polls of early-voting states showing him at 7 percent, and the qualification deadline was only a day away.

Enter Fox News, which polled voters in Nevada and South Carolina and found Mr. Steyer at 12 percent and 15 percent.

Those are surprising numbers for a candidate who had never before exceeded 5 percent in a debate-qualifying poll, and for now they are outliers, inconsistent with the trends reflected in other surveys. But these are also the first qualifying polls specific to Nevada and South Carolina in almost two months, and significant changes are certainly possible in that amount of time.

CBS News/YouGov polls released this week showed Mr. Steyer at 2 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in New Hampshire, while a Monmouth University poll released Thursday showed him at 4 percent in New Hampshire. But Nevada and South Carolina have a lot more black and Hispanic voters than Iowa and New Hampshire do, which can elevate different candidates.

Mr. Steyer has been spending abundantly in the early-voting states, and if he has in fact surged, money is an obvious factor.

Were it not for Michael R. Bloomberg’s nine-figure media budget, Mr. Steyer would be by far the biggest spender in the 2020 race. He has been a prolific advertiser both nationally — spending $11 million on national cable and $4.2 million on national broadcast — and in the early states, according to Advertising Analytics. He has also spent more than $20 million on Facebook advertising.

In South Carolina, Mr. Steyer has spent about $11.2 million on television, cable and radio ads, accounting for about 65 percent of political advertising in the state’s four major media markets, according to Advertising Analytics. (Mr. Bloomberg is not competing in the first four states.) In Nevada, Mr. Steyer has spent $10.3 million, which is nearly 75 percent of the overall political advertising there.

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