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International Space Station tweets photo of Miami prior to Super Bowl kick-off

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station shared a photo Sunday showing Miami Gardens from outer space ahead of Super Bowl LIV.

The photo shared on Twitter shows Miami Gardens hours before kick-off between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chief — its shoreline and the ocean clearly visible.

“Magnificent Miami! This photo, taken from the International Space Station, shows a sunny day of the Sunshine State and its beautiful beaches,” the tweet said.

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“Tonight, it’s the home of #SBLIV.”

Prior Super Bowl games have been watched aboard the International Space Station.

The space station happens to be the same size of a football field, from end zone to end zone.

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On Thursday NASA reported that astronaut Christina Koch was nearing the end of a 328-day mission aboard the orbiting lab.

She is due to land in Kazakhstan Feb. 6 aboard the Soyuz MS-13 crew ship with cosmonaut Alexander Skvorsov and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.

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Koch’s stay will be the second longest by a U.S. astronaut behind former astronaut Scott Kelley, who lived aboard the space station for 340 consecutive days.

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Who is Veronica Escobar? Texas rep chosen by Dems for Spanish-language response to State of the Union

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Freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Calif., is set to give the Democrats’ Spanish-language response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

Escobar — who was elected in the 2018 midterm elections to fill the seat vacated by Beto O’Rourke when he challenged Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for his spot in the Senate – is an outspoken critic of the president and his administration’s hardline immigration policies.

She represents a heavily-Latino district along Texas’ border with Mexico that includes the city of El Paso and has in the past slammed the Trump administration’s family separation policy that split up children from their parents after they illegally entered the United States.

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Earlier this year, Escobar introduced the Homeland Security Improvement Act, which is meant to bring more oversight to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in their work detaining immigrants.

Escobar first entered politics back in 2006 when she was elected as a County Commissioner of El Paso County in 2006 and as the County Judge of El Paso County in 2010. Along with O’Rourke and former El Paso City Council member Steve Ortega, she was part of a group that the local media in Texas dubbed “The Progressives.”

With her election to the House in 2018, Escobar became the first woman to represent Texas’ 16th District and, along with Rep. Sylvia Garcia, the first Latina to represent Texas in the lower chamber of Congress.

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Escobar was also elected late last year to be the special representative of the House’s freshman class, after Katie Hill of California resigned from her post.

Along with Escobar, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will give the Democrats’ rebuttal to Trump’s address.

The State of the Union address will occur on Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Americans spend over a billion dollars on beer before the Super Bowl even starts

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It doesn’t matter who plays in the Super Bowl. Beer wins.

While it may not be all that surprising, Americans love beer on Super Bowl Sunday. According to a new study, before the game has even started, the country will have spent over a billion dollars on the beverage.

The Beer Institute released a breakdown of pre-Super Bowl sales on their Facebook page. According to them, “As millions around the country hit stores this week in preparation for this weekend’s Super Bowl parties, beer remains the No. 1 alcohol beverage of choice on football fans’ shopping lists. According to data provided by Nielsen, last year Americans spent $1.2 billion on beer in the two weeks leading to the Super Bowl, compared to $568 million on distilled spirits and $652 million on wine.”

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They also revealed that over 58 percent of those sales were for aluminum cans of beer, with another 37.4 percent of those sales being attributed to glass bottles.

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The Beer Institute also released the results of a survey of Americans celebrating the Super Bowl on their website. According to them, 76 percent of Americans plan to drink beer as they celebrate the Super Bowl.

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“Across the country, men and women will take a few hours this Sunday to enjoy good friends, good food, good football, and – of course – good beer,” Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, said in the statement. “Our nation’s more than 5,600 brewers and beer importers are proud to be part of Super Bowl Sunday, and they have poured their talent and dedication into making sure each celebrant has the right beer for Sunday’s game and future occasions throughout the year.”

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Can Democrats Beat Trump in Iowa in November?

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DES MOINES — For a full year, Democrats owned the Iowa spotlight as presidential candidates logged thousands of visits, spent tens of millions on TV and digital ads, and boasted of rallies that drew, on some of their best days, 1,000 ardent supporters hoping to defeat President Trump.

Then on Thursday, Mr. Trump dropped in for two and a half hours and attracted more than 7,000 fans at a rally where he predicted that Iowa would deliver for him again in November — and warned what would happen if it did not.

“We’re going to win the great state of Iowa, and it’s going to be a historic landslide,” Mr. Trump declared. “And if we don’t win, your farms are going to hell.”

For the last three presidential elections, Iowa has been a barometer of the nation’s vacillating political sentiments. Twice it broke overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, who beat John McCain by nine points here in 2008. It swung back to give Mr. Trump a nine-point victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. And as the 2020 campaign formally begins on Monday with the state’s caucuses, Republicans and Democrats are again looking to Iowa for answers.

Is Iowa — with its large rural, blue-collar and overwhelmingly white population — the kind of state where the Republican Party that Mr. Trump remade is going to dominate as long as he is on the ticket? Or does it offer a glimmer of hope for Democrats to regain voters they lost in 2016?

As Mike Halepis waited to enter the rally at a Des Moines college campus the other night, he predicted the same “landslide” as Mr. Trump. “Look around you. You see anybody else getting this kind of crowd?” Mr. Halepis, a restaurant employee, said. “The numbers, the economy, everything’s headed in the right direction for the president, and we want to make sure we are too.”

But the indicators have not all been positive for Mr. Trump. Democrats roared back to life in the 2018 midterm elections, picking off two of the state’s four congressional seats from Republicans. The anti-Trump sentiment was most evident around cities like Des Moines and along the Mississippi River, which is home to the nation’s largest cluster of counties that voted twice for Mr. Obama and then for Mr. Trump. Those pivot counties have suffered from Mr. Trump’s trade war with China.

Democrats said they were making significant inroads with Republicans and independents. “We are up for grabs,” said Sean Bagniewski, chairman of the Democratic Party of Polk County, which includes Des Moines. He pointed to four Statehouse seats that Democrats flipped in Iowa in 2018. In Polk County, 871 people newly registered as Democrats in January, which the party says included 273 former Republicans. “Independent moderate soccer moms have all decisively gone against Republicans,” Mr. Bagniewski said.

But Jon Seaton, a Republican strategist with long experience in Iowa, said the party’s loss of suburban women — a national phenomenon — was more than offset by white blue-collar voters who have broken a historic allegiance to Democrats to vote for Mr. Trump.

“I think the numbers that they are able to move are just not going to be nearly sufficient to overcome what is happening on the Republican side,” he said.

And Republicans can point to winning the governor’s race, along with picking up three seats in the State Senate in 2018.

Before swooping into Des Moines, Mr. Trump tweeted a New York Times/Siena College poll showing him winning head-to-head matchups with four leading Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa. But what the president called “a great poll” also showed him ahead of Pete Buttigieg, the former Indiana mayor, by just one point, and besting former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. by two points. Those numbers show how his political standing has softened after three years in office. In addition, the networks of grass-roots activists the Democratic campaigns cultivated for a year in Iowa should spring back this fall in the presidential race and in a bid to unseat a Republican senator, Joni Ernst.

As Democrats consider which parts of the country and what kinds of voters are most persuadable, they are divided over whether Iowa’s swing voters are worth pursuing, compared to others who are more liberal-leaning, but didn’t show up in 2016.

Jeff Link, a Democratic strategist here who has held focus groups of Obama-Trump voters, said his party was passing up a huge opportunity if it ignored the 150,000 Iowans who cast ballots for Mr. Obama and then supported Mr. Trump.

Mr. Link’s research found that many who voted for Mr. Trump did not have strong attachments to him and started paying attention to the race only as Election Day approached. “They didn’t want to vote for Trump,” he said, but were resigned to him as a protest against Hillary Clinton and the Washington establishment.

To test Iowans’ feelings for the president, Mr. Link asked people who voted for the president what aspect of a beloved local institution, the Iowa State Fair, they associated with him. The most common answer was Bobo the Clown, who heckled fairgoers and baited them into hurling softballs at his dunk tank. (He was dropped from the fair after being accused of using racial slurs in 2009.)

Voters will respond to someone who is “gritty and authentic,” Mr. Link said, regardless of party identification, which is why he believes Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an avowed democratic socialist who joined the Democratic Party only so he could compete as a presidential candidate, has been leading in recent polls of likely caucusgoers.

As proof that Democrats can still appeal in Trump Country, the party’s strategists point to Representative Abby Finkenauer, who in 2018 flipped a congressional district in northeast Iowa by emphasizing her blue-collar, union-family roots and declaring she was “my grandfather’s Democrat.”

There are some signs that the Republican Party’s brand is in trouble in Iowa. Last year, the state’s longest-serving Republican legislator left the party and became a Democrat. Andy McKean, a representative from an area in northeast Iowa that broke for Mr. Trump in 2016 after voting for Mr. Obama in 2012, explained his switch, saying, “If this is the new normal, I want no part of it.”

But examples like these remain the exception because most Republicans understand that the voters who make up their bedrock support in elections have an affinity for Mr. Trump that is far greater than their attachment to the Republican Party.

For Iowa Republicans running for almost any office, “There’s only a downside to opposing Trump. And he’s more willing to take the bat to the dissenters,” said A.J. Spiker, a former chairman of the Iowa Republican Party who was aligned with the faction that supported Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman, and his son, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. In 2016, Mr. Spiker opposed Mr. Trump and called for him to step down after the leak of the “Access Hollywood” tape. Today, he is out of professional politics and sells real estate.

The current party chairman, Jeff Kaufmann, acknowledged that many of the president’s biggest fans are, at best, ambivalent about the Republican Party. “Remember these folks that voted for Trump didn’t necessarily become Republican,” he said, describing how his long career in politics is often a liability when he talks to voters. “When they hear that I was in the Legislature, when they hear that I’m the head of the party,” he added, “I still have to prove myself.”

In an interview this week, Mr. Kauffmann was especially wary of getting crosswise with the conservative base of his party. Asked whether he would support Steve King, the congressman from northwestern Iowa who was reprimanded by national party leaders and stripped of committee assignments after speaking favorably of white nationalism, Mr. Kauffmann said he would back the Republican candidate regardless of who it is. “If a state party ignores the winner of a fair primary election, then that state party ceases to function,” he said.

Key to Mr. Trump’s success is again turning out those pro-Trump voters — many of whom did not vote in 2018 and who live in rural areas where they are more difficult and expensive to reach — in equal or greater numbers than in 2016.

“This is probably the most important thing of all for us, and that is the Trump voters that voted in 2016 but sat it out in 2018 because the president wasn’t at the top,’’ said Mr. Kaufmann. “To me, that is the political gold mine.’’

But growing the president’s base could come at a steep cost, alienating persuadable voters who have never liked the president’s style but voted for him anyway.

Mark Waitek, an Obama-Trump voter in rural Osage, said he approves of Mr. Trump’s aggressive stance toward China — “I like the way he stood up to that” — but he does not plan to vote to re-elect him.

“I don’t like how he talks, he doesn’t talk intelligently, he’s simple-minded,” said Mr. Waitek, a retired physician assistant.

Rural and blue-collar industrial counties in Iowa have been hurt by the administration’s trade war with China. Prices for crops fell, farm debt soared and manufacturing jobs, after growth early in the Trump administration, reversed direction last year. Citing decreased demand for its tractors and construction machinery because of trade uncertainty, John Deere announced layoffs last year of 173 employees in Davenport.

Mr. Trump’s announcement of a deal last month with China to buy more farm exports, and his signing last week of a new North American trade agreement, may lessen the political price of his economic policies, which Democrats have been trying to use as a wedge to separate some of his supporters.

In rural Howard County in northern Iowa, Neal Shafer, the Republican chairman, said that he initially worried the trade war would erode Mr. Trump’s support. Now, farmers are more upbeat, he said. “Three months ago at harvest, there was a lot more angst and disunity among Trump supporters on the farm,” Mr. Shafer said. “Now they’re saying he has delivered.”

In Des Moines, Mr. Trump agreed, in his signature fashion, promising his Iowa audience they would soon be making “so much money,” despite the fact rural regions where he is strongest have yet to recover from the Great Recession.

“Just relax, take it easy, you’re going to enjoy your life,” he said.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the Super Bowl: ‘It’s become essentially its own holiday’

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In an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about “the big money” surrounding Super Bowl LIV telling host Maria Bartiromo that the game becomes “bigger and bigger every year and it becomes more complicated because of that.”

“But, that’s also the fun of it because more people share in it,” he continued. “More people have an opportunity to be part of the Super Bowl, whether you’re here in Miami or whether you’re home at a Super Bowl party. That is what we love. We love engaging our fans.”

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will go head to head Sunday for the NFL championship in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.

Both teams were among the top seeds in the NFL Playoffs and won their conference championship games decisively.

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The NFL celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, with last year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta marking the beginning of the league’s “NFL 100” initiatives, events and programs.

“We’re proud of our 100-year anniversary. It has been a wonderful celebration for us so that’s great, but the event is more than a football game now,” Goodell said.

“It’s something really special that people look forward to, plan around and it’s become essentially its own holiday.”

During the exclusive interview, Goodell also talked about the collective bargaining agreement with players as well as the renewals of contracts with media partners.

When Bartiromo mentioned contracts with broadcast and digital partners expiring after the 2022 season and asked how distribution might change, Goodell answered, “We love to be available on the broadest medium.”

“That’s why our network partners are important to us, but we’ve supplemented that by bringing in other opportunities to reach fans that may not be watching on network television, they may not be watching a full game, they may be watching highlights,” he continued.

“So social, over the top, digital transmission of our broadcasts are really important to us and so we make our games available on all those platforms.”

“We make it easy for people to engage because we want the broadest number of people to watch and to engage and to share in that,” he added.

Goodell also told Bartiromo “our discussions are always ongoing.”

He elaborated by saying, “I wouldn’t say we’re in formal negotiations, but we always have discussions.

“We are very open to changing packages, we’re very open to changing partners, we’re open to do the best thing we can for our fans and for the league overall for the long term,” he added.

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As it pertains to the collective bargaining agreement, Goodell acknowledged that the negotiation can always be challenging, “But it’s also the opportunity.”

“Because when people really put their focus on, OK here are the challenges, now let’s work to try to find solutions, our players have been extraordinary in looking at that and coming up with solutions and saying what about if we tried this? It actually leads to really terrific solutions when two parties can come together and say, ‘Here’s a great outcome,’” he explained.

The Chiefs are appearing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. San Francisco has won five Super Bowls, but has not lifted the Lombardi trophy since 1995. Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to their most recent Super Bowl appearance in 2013, but San Francisco fell 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Goodell also told Bartiromo about measures the NFL is implementing to make the game safer, saying, “there are things that we’ve been working on for years.”

“We all want to make sure that the game is as safe as possible for our players,” Goodell said, adding that that includes answering questions like, “How do we train them? How do we take techniques out of the game? How do we take drills out of the game?”

He added, “We’re improving on the equipment. We have six new helmets being introduced this year. All of that will raise, I think, the health and safety of our players.”

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Bartiromo said more of her exclusive interview with Goodell will air on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” on Monday.

Fox News’ Julia Musto and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Inside the Sanders Surge: Iowa leader deploys army of supporters, surrogates in fight to lock down the left

DES MOINES, Iowa – Looking out at a sea of supporters, Bernie Sanders boldly predicted victory ahead of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses — which will mark the first test of whether the fiery populist can achieve in 2020 what eluded him four years ago.

“We are going to win this election because we have the strongest grassroots movement in modern American history,” the insurgent and now-surging presidential candidate proclaimed as he spoke on Saturday night to more than 3,000 people at a campaign rally and concert in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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His campaign quickly touted that it was the largest rally of any Democratic presidential contender this cycle in the Hawkeye State.

“It all begins in Iowa in two nights. So tonight I am here for your support on caucus night,” Sanders emphasized.

The gathering – coming just 48 hours before the first contest in the long road to the White House – was another sign of the Sanders surge in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Crowd sizes are one way to gauge the momentum – two others are polls and fundraising figures.

The independent Vermont senator who’s making his second straight bid for the Democratic nod has soared in polls in Iowa the past couple of months. In October and the first half of November, Sanders was in the mid-teens in the Real Clear Politics average of the latest Iowa Democratic caucus surveys, trailing two key rivals – former Vice President Joe Biden and fellow progressive rock star Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

But Sanders’ numbers edged up to the upper teens by December and skyrocketed in January. He now stands at 24 percent support among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the latest RCP average, ahead of Biden at 20 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 16 percent and Warren at 15 percent.

None of this happened by accident. As the candidate fights to consolidate the party’s left flank, his campaign has deftly leveraged its grassroots fundraising machine, enthusiastic volunteers and famous political surrogates to get out the vote even as the senator himself has been stuck in Washington for much of the final stretch.

In the campaign cash battle, Sanders easily outraised his rivals in the fourth quarter of 2019, hauling in an eye-popping $34.5 million – almost entirely from people-powered small-dollar grassroots donations.

But more importantly, he spent the money, shelling out a whopping $50 million the final three months of last year to beef up his campaign and set the stage for this moment. The Sanders campaign spent roughly $4.1 million to run ads in Iowa in the month leading up to the caucuses – far more than any other campaign – according to data provided by ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics.

But Sanders also used his war chest to beef up his grassroots outreach.

“Television ads are important. We have TV ads. Radio ads are important. We have radio ads,” Sanders told the crowd Saturday at a campaign stop in Grinnell, Iowa. “But you know what’s more important? People knocking on doors. People talking to their neighbors, their co-workers, and their friends talking about the important issues facing our society.”

And hours later, in Cedar Rapids, he touted that “I am so proud to tell you that here in Iowa in the last month alone, our volunteers have knocked on 500,000 doors.”

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Sanders’ campaign tells Fox News that they now have 22 field offices across the state, with over 200 field staff on the ground

“We’ve got staff who are literally in every corner of the state,” Sanders’ Iowa field director Brooke Adams said. “We have over 150 staging locations, which are kind of like pop-up offices throughout the state where our staff and our top volunteers will meet up for shift times to launch canvasses so that we have organizing operations going in every single county to turn out Iowans.”

The Sanders campaign isn’t the only one with a formidable organization in Iowa. But asked what sets the Sanders campaign apart from its rivals, Adams pointed to staffers and volunteers and stressed that “there is an unprecedented level of energy right now.”

Some of those volunteers have come a long way to help out Sanders.

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Koelen Andrews traveled from Los Angeles a week ago on his own dime. He’s been canvassing and phone banking for the campaign out of a Des Moines field office.

“I believe in Bernie Sanders,” Andrews said when asked why he dug into his savings to take time off and come all the way to Iowa from California.

He insisted that “Bernie can beat Donald Trump” and said that the Iowa voters he’s talked to in person or on the phone the past week are “assured that Bernie can beat Donald Trump.”

Amanda Shumaker agreed.

The Iowa voter, who had at one time considered backing Warren, drove nearly two hours from Cedar Falls to suburban Des Moines on Friday to attend a large Sanders rally and concert.

“He’s the only candidate who can beat Trump,” she said. And pointing to the Trump campaign and the Republicans, she insisted that “they don’t have any dirt on Bernie.”

Her husband Charles said he’s noticed the Sanders surge. His take: “I feel like he’s making all the right moves … he speaks to the common person.”

Sanders seemed to take off after returning to the campaign trail in October after the 78-year-old candidate suffered a heart attack.

“I think his heart attack honestly sent a jolt through his supporters and reminded them this is the time to do this,” longtime Iowa based Democratic consultant Jeff Link noted.

Link, a veteran of numerous presidential and Senate campaigns in Iowa, noted that Sanders started with a leg up in Iowa – thanks to his 2016 showing when he narrowly lost to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in that year’s caucuses.

“The Sanders campaign was the big innovator in 2016. They really made texting for organization purposes a big part of their operation and no one had really done that before,” he said.

And Link highlighted that the Sanders campaign in Iowa is “smarter and better than they were in 2016.”

This has some in the party nervous, amid worries about the democratic socialist’s general election appeal — his multi-trillion-dollar plans, his uncompromising approach to governing, his history of qualified praise regarding communist leaders are all ammunition waiting to be used against him. His Democratic rivals already are eager to exploit those concerns. Buttigieg argued in an interview with Fox News on Saturday that he’s offering the “full package” of someone who can “govern well and win big,” seeking to draw a contrast with Sanders as well as Biden.

Sanders – like rivals Warren and Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado – was stuck in Washington in recent weeks, as the senators served as jurors in the impeachment trial of President Trump.

But he had some important help from political friends.

While he was off the campaign trail, the Sanders team brought in some of the biggest progressive rock stars to campaign on his behalf in Iowa. Among them were three members of the so-called ‘Squad’ of freshman House Democrats – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, as well as famed liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.

The surrogates headlined numerous Sanders events while the senator was stuck on Capitol Hill.

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While the high-profile surrogates helped keep Sanders supporters energized, their campaigning wasn’t without controversy.

Tlaib sparked headlines on Friday night when, responding to recent comments by Clinton that “nobody likes” Sanders, she led the crowd at a large Sanders rally in Clive, Iowa, in booing Clinton.

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She later said she had allowed her feelings about Clinton’s explosive remarks “to get the best of me.”

But Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir tweeted “Rashida, you’re all good. We love your passion and conviction. Don’t change.”

The candidate himself on Saturday morning avoided answering a question by Fox News regarding Tlaib’s booing of Clinton.

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Coronavirus prompts family to cancel vacation, they say Norwegian won’t refund them thousands of dollars

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing.

That’s the reason why one family is canceling their cruise vacation, which they booked a year ago, long before the coronavirus outbreak. Since the boat is scheduled to stop in Hong Kong, they decided that it was better to play it safe.

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“(Norwegian Cruise) is saying, ‘we understand the situation’ and ‘safety is our number one issue’ and ‘we would never put any of our passengers in harm’s way. But the bottom line is if you cancel you lose all your money,’” Pua Morrison told KHON 2. (iStock)

Unfortunately, they say that even though they’re canceling to avoid any potential outbreak, it’s still going to cost them.

Pua Morrison, a resident of Maui in Hawaii, says she bought the tickets for the Norwegian Cruise Line trip from Costco in February 2019, KHON 2 reports. After hearing the news of the coronavirus outbreak, which has prompted multiple airlines and cruise companies to alter routes and scale back their trips to China, Morrison says she and her family decided to cancel the trip.

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Unfortunately, she says she won’t be getting her money back. After contacting Costco, she says she was told to talk to Norwegian.

“(Norwegian Cruise) is saying, ‘we understand the situation’ and ‘safety is our No. 1 issue’ and ‘we would never put any of our passengers in harm’s way. But the bottom line is if you cancel you lose all your money,’” Morrison told KHON 2.

Morrison says that her family paid $4,000-a-person for the trip, coming to a total of $32,000.

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“We had excursions booked, we’ve updated the trip packages. This was a family vacation, so we were going for the gusto,” she explained. “Rather than put myself through all that headache and most of all the risk of getting this virus, I just want to be able to cancel my cruise and get my refund. That’s all I ask. And I don’t think that’s a lot to ask with what’s going on. And it’s getting worse every day.”

According to Morrison, she purchased trip insurance from Norwegian, but they told her it doesn’t cover epidemics.

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Fox News reached out to Norwegian Cruise Lines for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

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Schiff: ‘Nothing’ Dems Could’ve Done Differently Because ‘We Proved Our Case’

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And lets be honest – this is why there was pushback to impeachment to begin with – we all knew it would come down to this, where the republicans just stared blankly at all the evidence, and said “Doesn’t look like anything to me.”

There’s never been a chance that trump would be removed from this. It would have been nice to get some senate witnesses in, for more evidence, but truthfully, we already have more than enough to establish guilt.

The only reason it hurts now is because Schiff and Nadler and company did such an outstanding job, that it was easy to start to hope in spite of ourselves. But if nothing else, they did an excellent job of highlighting just how firmly republicans are aligned against rule of law and the constitution.

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Andrew Yang not so quick to investigate Trump if elected president

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A President Andrew Yang would want to leave the past in the past.

While some of his rivals in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary want to investigate President Trump if they win the White House come November, Yang struck a more conciliatory tone on Sunday – saying that “you have to see what the facts are on the ground.”

“If you look at history around the world, it’s a very, very nasty pattern that developing countries have fallen into, where a new president ends up throwing the president before them in jail,” Yang said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He added: “That pattern unfortunately makes it very hard for any party to govern sustainably moving forward with a sense of unity among their people, and so to me, America should try to avoid that pattern if at all possible.”

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While Yang did not give a hint on whether he would pardon Trump – who was impeached by the House in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – the entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate has been critical of his fellow Democrats in the past for the focus on impeachment. During the December PBS NewsHour/POLITICO debate, Yang said that both Democrats and the media were “obsessed over impeachment.”

Yang’s comments on Sunday come one day before the Iowa Caucus, the first test in the 2020 primary season. While Yang is not polling near the top of the pile, he has surprised many with his dark horse presidential bid as he has jumped from near obscurity to the debate stage over more well-known former candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

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Yang currently sits sixth in Iowa at 3.8 percent, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, according to RealClearPolitics.

But Yang said on Sunday that he expects to “surprise a lot of people” in Iowa.

“We think we’re going to surprise a lot of people on Monday night, George, and we’ve got a ton of support in New Hampshire,” he said. “I can’t wait to take this vision to the rest of the country.”

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Joe Grogan: Every American child should have a choice when it comes to school

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The foundation to achieve the American Dream is anchored in hard work, perseverance and, most importantly, a quality education. Every child in America that has a meaningful chance to learn, can unlock the gateway to success.

America’s antiquated approach to education is failing our country’s youth, and Washington is crippling our ability to provide a world-class education to every American child. When we fail to set America’s children up for success, we fail as a nation.

Many incredible public and private schools are preparing students to succeed. Most kids have the potential to access an education that will allow them to pursue remarkable success. But, far too many kids, especially in our nation’s poorest cities, are not allowed to capitalize on that opportunity. We must remain committed to revitalizing the American dream, and that means revitalizing our broken education system.

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Too many of our children are assigned by the government to schools that simply don’t work for them and their parents don’t have the economic means to do anything about it. They’re stuck with no real options and often become just another statistic. Zip codes and invisible lines drawn by government bureaucrats are constraining the success of our children.

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Advocates of this failed status quo are quick to highlight good graduation rates, but they ignore the fact that our students still continue to lag behind their peers worldwide. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that 28 countries outperformed U.S students in math and 17 outperformed U.S. students in reading.

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The most recent “Nation’s Report Card” found that two out of three students can’t read as they should. And inner-city, low income, and minority children perform even worse. Nearly half of fourth-graders who qualify for free and reduced lunch are functionally illiterate.

Only about half of America’s high school students took the ACT college entrance exam last year. Just a quarter of them are college-ready in multiple subjects.

The education establishment terrified of losing control to parents and students has ripped the American Dream away from forgotten families across the country, prolonging the cycles of poverty, crime and despair. The Trump administration continues to promote policies that provide low-income students and all students with the tools freedom necessary for long term economic security. Our policies can help end this devastating cycle and empower students to thrive and fulfill their American Dream.

The politically powerful should not deprive children of a great education, and no child in America should be on a waitlist for success.

Forty-three states have public and private school choice programs, which allow parents to decide how and where their children learn, regardless of school zones. Nearly 500,000 students are enrolled in private school choice programs, and more than 2.5 million students enrolled in public charter schools nationwide. Yet, more than one million students are on waitlists to attend public charter schools of their choice. In Pennsylvania, special interest groups motivated Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to veto a bill that would have helped 50,000 waitlisted kids to pursue the education that was right for them.

The politically powerful should not deprive children of a great education, and no child in America should be on a waitlist for success. That is why President Trump has called on Congress to pass Education Freedom Scholarships. The bill currently before Congress is a federal tax credit that would provide families with more educational opportunities. The proposal will bolster state efforts by providing $5 billion to state-based scholarship programs. The legislation would empower parents to send their kids to the desired public, private, religious, public charter, home, or magnet school that they feel best meets the needs of their children.

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Families in states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin, which have school choice programs, will greatly benefit. Other states will also be encouraged to step forward and leave the failed status quo behind and put America’s children first!

The truth is that families who can afford private school tuition or who have the means to move out of a bad school zone already have education freedom. All American families need that freedom. States across the country are empowering families to enhance their child’s education. Americans should rally behind President Trump’s plan to ensure that every child has a chance to achieve the American Dream.

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