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Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders’ Cup fatality

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A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses.

In the 20-page report issued Wednesday, Dr. Larry Bramlage identified six suggested improvements aimed at refining safety and evaluation protocols for future events.

Mongolian Groom, a 4-year-old gelding, suffered what Cup officials described as “a serious fracture” of his left hind leg in the late stages of the Classic last November, which was shown on national television. Four vets recommended that he be euthanized.

Bramlage noted it was “unlikely” that the track surface influenced Mongolian Groom’s injury since it had recently been removed and re-done and there was no significant rain at the time. He said the question of whether Santa Anita’s surface predisposes horses to an increased incidence of injury long term was beyond the scope of his report.

Bramlage said Mongolian Groom had small stress fractures in both hind cannon bones before the Classic, but they hadn’t caused any inflammation in the fetlock joint even though they were just millimeters away from the joint surface. He said once the gelding’s left hind fracture occurred during the race, it resulted in a chain of events that created the fatal injury.

“There is no evidence that the horse’s injury was ignored or covered up,” Bramlage wrote.

He said the defect in Mongolian Groom’s left hind cannon bone was roughly one-quarter inch in size and not easily spotted on X-rays. It would have taken a combination of confirming lameness and X-ray proof to diagnose.

“It is not an easy task at any time,” Bramlage wrote, “but is especially difficult in the circumstances of a pre-race examination.”

Bramlage also found there was “no reason to believe medication played any role in the horse’s injury.”

During Breeders’ Cup week, Bramlage said Mongolian Groom was informally on a watch list for increased observation, but he said four other Classic runners were on the same list. In all, 24 Cup horses — including Mongolian Groom — were on the list for extra scrutiny. Of those, eight were disqualified from competition.

Three different officials made multiple observations that Mongolian Groom was “stiff” or “choppy” from behind, but was symmetrical in both hind legs, similar to his previous two races. He was one of 17 horses that had such issues on the pre-race barn exams. Sixteen of those horses competed without incident.

“It is hard to fault a process that had a 99.6% accuracy rate,” Bramlage said, noting that of the 229 horses that competed in last year’s world championships, Mongolian Groom was the only one to be injured.

But Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Mongolian Groom was “raced to his death” with two stress fractures.

“This should never have happened,” said Guillermo. “If the racing industry had listened to PETA five years ago when we urged a trial study of CurveBeam’s CT imaging equipment, Mongolian Groom would likely be alive today.”

Guillermo also said PETA isn’t convinced that medications played no role in Mongolian Groom’s death.

Bramlage’s six recommendations were:

— Pre-identify horses before arrival at the event with histories of concerns to be looked at

— Focus responsibility for individual horse exams. Seven regulatory vets looked at Mongolian Groom a total of 10 times and Bramlage concluded that had there been fewer people, a more focused assessment may have resulted

— Improve the quality of on-track observations leading up to the event

— Create space in the barn area where regulatory vets could observe horses on the extra security list jog in a circle

— Make diagnostic imaging part of the pre-race exams for selected horses

— Take advantage of all available video footage of horses before the event

After the event, the Breeders’ Cup board of directors hired Bramlage, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, to conduct an evaluation of Mongolian Groom’s pre-race condition and injury, as well as all pre-race safety and evaluation protocols in place for the two-day world championships.

At the time, Mongolian Groom became the 37th horse to die at Santa Anita since December 2018.

The CHRB is expected to release its long-awaited report on the track’s deaths later this month.

In preparing the report, Mongolian Groom’s trainer, groom, exercise rider and jockey were interviewed, along with members of the veterinary teams from the California Horse Racing Board, the Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita, and racing executives from track owner The Stronach Group, the racing board and Breeders’ Cup.

Bramlage reviewed the gelding’s veterinary and training records, necropsy report, medication history and relevant workout videos leading up to the Cup.

Last year, Santa Anita and the Breeders’ Cup put in place extensive safety, medication and evaluation protocols for the Cup, which was held at the track for a record 10th time.

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A Trade Deal Meant to Heal Rifts Could Actually Make Them Worse

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BEIJING — President Trump and China say their new trade pact is just the beginning of a fresh relationship between the world’s two biggest economies. Future deals will make China a better trading partner, the White House says. Beijing claims to foresee an end to American tariffs and the punishing trade war.

They are probably both wrong.

Wednesday’s partial trade pact, portrayed by both sides as a temporary truce, may be the lasting legacy of more than two years of economic conflict. It could ensure that American purchases of Chinese goods, already tumbling, will fall even more. And rather than heal the relationship, it could drive the two economic titans further apart, transforming how global business is done.

The deal signed on Wednesday by Mr. Trump and Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top trade negotiator, cuts a few of the American tariffs imposed over the past two years on Chinese-made goods and forestalls even more. It commits China to buying $200 billion more in American grain, pork, jetliners, industrial equipment and other goods over two years. It requires China to open further its financial markets and protect American technology and brands, while setting up a forum for the two sides to argue about their differences.

Solving those issues could take years. Already, the prospects of a quick second deal seem limited. Mr. Trump has said he might wait until after November’s election to finish what the two sides call a “phase two” deal.

Until then, American consumers and companies will continue to buy fewer goods from China. The Chinese government, for its part, will continue to seek customers elsewhere. The American-Chinese relationship, a major driver of global economic growth for decades, will weaken even more.

“The trade war has unleashed a set of structural forces that are likely to have a dampening effect on imports from China for some time to come,” said Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economist who specializes in China.

Unforeseen circumstances could change all that. An economic slump could drive one or both of them back to the bargaining table. Mr. Trump has torn up trade deals before. Americans could elect a less trade-hawkish leader in November.

But so far, both countries have shown they are willing to take the economic hit. The American economy, job market and stock market have only improved since the trade war began nearly two years ago, though many question how long that can last. On the political front, many Democrats have pushed Mr. Trump to be harder, not softer, on trade with China.

In China, the trade war has been only one factor behind the slowing economy. Beijing seems comfortable with its ability to handle the problem.

In recent weeks, advisers to the Chinese government have emphasized discussion of steps Beijing can take — like helping the job market or finding new trading partners elsewhere — instead of the steps that it can’t. Even as China’s exports to the United States have plunged, its sales elsewhere, particularly to poor countries, have stayed strong. Beijing has looked hard in recent months to open even more markets.

Also, complaining about the deal could make China look weak, an unpalatable position in a country where the Communist Party portrays itself as the savior from a century of humiliation by foreign powers.

Chinese state media and economists on Thursday welcomed the agreement as a respite for what has been two years of almost unrelenting focus on the trade issue by the government and many in the general public. Wednesday’s pact “will provide at least a truce in the trade war,” said He Weiwen, a prominent Chinese trade economist and former Commerce Ministry official.

Even within Wednesday’s deal, China has negotiated itself an out when it comes to its commitment to purchase $200 billion more in American goods. The agreement says that actual purchases must be “based on commercial considerations,” meaning China could still object to price and terms.

The pact showed that China could not be bullied and that the United States “is learning to live with China and accept China on its own terms,” said Andy Mok, a geopolitics and trade specialist at the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing research institute.

Chinese officials have not been intransigent. In recent months, even before they signed the trade pact, they loosened government limits on foreign companies in the auto and financial industries and pledged to outlaw efforts by Chinese companies to force foreign partners to give up their most sensitive trade secrets.

On the major issue of government support and control of the economy, however, Beijing has hung tough.

The Trump administration and American companies have complained that China unfairly uses the government’s vast coffers to build up industries that will directly compete with established players in the West. China downplayed those efforts in recent years as trade tensions rose.

Now China appears to be less shy about its efforts. Early in the trade war, Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, publicly visited a Chinese semiconductor business, an industry that Beijing has showered with subsidies, to show his support. New data shows China has ramped up its Belt and Road Initiative, a Beijing-driven plan to finance and build highways, telecom networks and other infrastructure throughout the developing world, clearing the way for more Chinese exports.

The price of China’s tough stance is the reordering of the global supply chains that its factories have long fed. Companies had kept them in China even as wages and other costs surged over the past decade.

The trade war has broken that inertia, and many businesses have started moving their supply chains elsewhere to avoid new tariffs or the prospect of still more. In November, Chinese exports to the United States fell by more than one-fifth compared with a year earlier. Exports to the United States now account for just 4 percent of the Chinese economy.

“This was the shock, the impetus to get people in motion,” said Ker Gibbs, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

That should please Mr. Trump, who has long complained about the more than $320 billion annual gap between what the United States buys from China and what it sells to China.

It does not mean jobs that left for China over the past two decades will return to the United States, however. High costs for labor and regulatory compliance in the United States, together with persistent shortages of skilled labor, have made most multinationals leery of shifting manufacturing back to the United States. The big winners instead appear to be American allies like Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and possibly India, all of which are welcoming floods of multinational executives on the hunt for alternatives to China.

Even if the two sides came to the table with new concessions, trade deals are difficult to complete. Wednesday’s pact followed more than two years of stop-and-start negotiations. Major pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada took even longer.

The longer that goes, the further apart the countries will drift economically.

Without the trade war, the United States probably would have been on track to buy $550 billion or more of Chinese goods this year, said Brad Setser, an economist who has specialized in Chinese data first as a Treasury official in the Obama administration and now at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Even with Wednesday’s trade agreement, American imports from China this year are more likely to be around $400 billion, he said.

“Tariffs,” he said, “have clearly had a big impact.”

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Ukraine Investigates Reports of Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Ambassador

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The police in Ukraine have opened a criminal investigation into whether allies of President Trump had the United States ambassador to the country under surveillance while she was stationed in Kyiv, the Ukrainian government said on Thursday.

Democrats in the House of Representative on Tuesday revealed evidence pointing to surveillance of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, just before Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate was scheduled to begin.

The House released text messages to and from Lev Parnas — an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer — who was involved in a campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is seen as a strong potential challenger to Mr. Trump.

As part of that campaign, the president’s allies were trying to remove Ms. Yovanovitch from her post. They ultimately succeeded.

Last March, an exchange between Mr. Parnas and another man, Robert F. Hyde, indicated that Mr. Hyde was in contact with people who were watching Ms. Yovanovitch.

“They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” said a message from Mr. Hyde.

The State Department did not reply to a list of questions about the text messages, surveillance of Ms. Yovanovitch, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s knowledge of the matter and role in her ouster.

“Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities on its territory,” Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday. “After analyzing these materials, the National Police of Ukraine upon their publication started criminal proceedings.”

“Our goal is to investigate whether there were any violations of Ukrainian and international laws,” the ministry added. “Or maybe it was just bravado and fake conversation between two U.S. citizens.”

Edward Wong contributed reporting.

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NASCAR is taking a right turn onto the road course in Indianapolis

NASCAR will be taking a right turn in Indianapolis. Several, in fact.

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The sanctioning body has announced that the second-tier Xfinity Series will race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield road course for the first time this July 4th weekend.

The final layout for the track will be determined after testing next week, but the version used for the Indycar Grand Prix of Indianapolis in early May features 14 turns over its 2,439-mile length.

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“As we’ve seen in recent years, road course racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series provides some of the most thrilling action of the entire season, and we are excited to bring it to an iconic venue like Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development Ben Kennedy said.

The switch comes less than two weeks after Roger Penske took ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an eye on adding new events and invigorating the historic facility.

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The race will take place on Saturday, July 4th, the day before the NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 is held on the oval track. The Xfinity Series raced on the oval in September last year.

The Indianapolis race is one of five road course events currently scheduled for the 2020 Xfinity season.

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NASCAR is taking a right turn onto the road course in Indianapolis

NASCAR will be taking a right turn in Indianapolis. Several, in fact.

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The sanctioning body has announced that the second-tier Xfinity Series will race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield road course for the first time this July 4th weekend.

The final layout for the track will be determined after testing next week, but the version used for the Indycar Grand Prix of Indianapolis in early May features 14 turns over its 2,439-mile length.

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“As we’ve seen in recent years, road course racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series provides some of the most thrilling action of the entire season, and we are excited to bring it to an iconic venue like Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development Ben Kennedy said.

The switch comes less than two weeks after Roger Penske took ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an eye on adding new events and invigorating the historic facility.

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The race will take place on Saturday, July 4th, the day before the NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 is held on the oval track. The Xfinity Series raced on the oval in September last year.

The Indianapolis race is one of five road course events currently scheduled for the 2020 Xfinity season.

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Ukraine Launches Investigation Into Possible Surveillance Of Yovanovitch

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police say they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the former U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance before she was recalled from her post.

The announcement Thursday came two days after Democratic lawmakers in the United States released a trove of documents that showed Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, communicating about the removal of Marie Yovanovitch as the ambassador to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry, which runs the police forces, said in a statement that Ukrainian police “are not interfering in the internal political affairs of the United States.”

“However, the published messages contain facts of possible violations of Ukrainian law and of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, which protect the rights of diplomats on the territory of another state,” the statement continued.

The Interior Ministry also said it has invited the FBI to take part in the investigation.

In another move touching on the Trump impeachment, Ukraine said it was opening an investigation into reports that Russian hackers gained access to computers of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

Hunter Biden, the son of Trump opponent and former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, was on the board of that company. The impeachment inquiry began with allegations that Trump, had tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy into investigating Burisma by withholding promised military aid.

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Influential evangelical leader on why Trump will get more Christian support in 2020

President Trump is set to mark Religious Freedom Day by signing an executive order expanding “Constitutional prayer” in public schools— just one of the reasons why his re-election is so important to Christians, Stephen Strang, the founder and CEO of Charisma News, told Fox News.

The author of “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election: Why He Must Win and What’s at Stake for Christians if He Loses” said Trump is pushing back against an anti-Christian culture with his new action.

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“The joke is as long as there’s exams, there’ll be prayer in schools,” Strang told “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy, adding, “It’s their constitutional right. We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and there’s been a hostile view of religion in our culture and evangelical Christians have felt this and Donald Trump is doing some things to reverse that and we appreciate it.”

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The self-described “Christian journalist” imparts the “spiritual point of view” about Trump, as opposed to the political or cultural one that is often discussed in the media.

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“I think that the hatred against Donald Trump can only be explained in spiritual terms,” he said. “Christians call it spiritual warfare.”

He explains Christians said “enough is enough” and were praying for a leader, and Trump is the “very unlikely person” who “has become a champion of religious liberty.”

Strang added, “Who would’ve thought that a New York billionaire that is a TV celebrity would become a champion of religious rights or become president of the United States?… I think he’s been a great leader but he doesn’t get much credit for it.”

After the now-retired Christianity Today editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, called for the removal of Trump from office, the Trump 2020 campaign launched Evangelicals for Trump at a Latino megachurch in Miami.

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Trump won white evangelicals by more than 81 percent in the 2016 presidential election, according to exit polls, and Strang predicts he “absolutely” will earn their support again in November.

“I think his evangelical percentage is going to go up,” Strang said.

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U.S.-China Trade Pact, Meant to Heal Rifts, Could Make Them Worse

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BEIJING — President Trump and China say their new trade pact is just the beginning of a fresh relationship between the world’s two biggest economies. Future deals will make China a better trading partner, the White House says. Beijing claims to foresee an end to American tariffs and the punishing trade war.

They are probably both wrong.

Wednesday’s partial trade pact, portrayed by both sides as a temporary truce, may be the lasting legacy of more than two years of economic conflict. It could ensure that American purchases of Chinese goods, already tumbling, will fall even more. And rather than heal the relationship, it could drive the two economic titans further apart, transforming how global business is done.

The deal signed on Wednesday by Mr. Trump and Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top trade negotiator, cuts a few of the American tariffs imposed over the past two years on Chinese-made goods and forestalls even more. It commits China to buying $200 billion more in American grain, pork, jetliners, industrial equipment and other goods over two years. It requires China to open further its financial markets and protect American technology and brands, while setting up a forum for the two sides to argue about their differences.

Solving those issues could take years. Already, the prospects of a quick second deal seem limited. Mr. Trump has said he might wait until after November’s election to finish what the two sides call a “phase two” deal.

Until then, American consumers and companies will continue to buy fewer goods from China. The Chinese government, for its part, will continue to seek customers elsewhere. The American-Chinese relationship, a major driver of global economic growth for decades, will weaken even more.

“The trade war has unleashed a set of structural forces that are likely to have a dampening effect on imports from China for some time to come,” said Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economist who specializes in China.

Unforeseen circumstances could change all that. An economic slump could drive one or both of them back to the bargaining table. Mr. Trump has torn up trade deals before. Americans could elect a less trade-hawkish leader in November.

But so far, both countries have shown they are willing to take the economic hit. The American economy, job market and stock market have only improved since the trade war began nearly two years ago, though many question how long that can last. On the political front, many Democrats have pushed Mr. Trump to be harder, not softer, on trade with China.

In China, the trade war has been only one factor behind the slowing economy. Beijing seems comfortable with its ability to handle the problem.

In recent weeks, advisers to the Chinese government have emphasized discussion of steps Beijing can take — like helping the job market or finding new trading partners elsewhere — instead of the steps that it can’t. Even as China’s exports to the United States have plunged, its sales elsewhere, particularly to poor countries, have stayed strong. Beijing has looked hard in recent months to open even more markets.

Also, complaining about the deal could make China look weak, an unpalatable position in a country where the Communist Party portrays itself as the savior from a century of humiliation by foreign powers.

Chinese state media and economists on Thursday welcomed the agreement as a respite for what has been two years of almost unrelenting focus on the trade issue by the government and many in the general public. Wednesday’s pact “will provide at least a truce in the trade war,” said He Weiwen, a prominent Chinese trade economist and former Commerce Ministry official.

Even within Wednesday’s deal, China has negotiated itself an out when it comes to its commitment to purchase $200 billion more in American goods. The agreement says that actual purchases must be “based on commercial considerations,” meaning China could still object to price and terms.

The pact showed that China could not be bullied and that the United States “is learning to live with China and accept China on its own terms,” said Andy Mok, a geopolitics and trade specialist at the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing research institute.

Chinese officials have not been intransigent. In recent months, even before they signed the trade pact, they loosened government limits on foreign companies in the auto and financial industries and pledged to outlaw efforts by Chinese companies to force foreign partners to give up their most sensitive trade secrets.

On the major issue of government support and control of the economy, however, Beijing has hung tough.

The Trump administration and American companies have complained that China unfairly uses the government’s vast coffers to build up industries that will directly compete with established players in the West. China downplayed those efforts in recent years as trade tensions rose.

Now China appears to be less shy about its efforts. Early in the trade war, Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, publicly visited a Chinese semiconductor business, an industry that Beijing has showered with subsidies, to show his support. New data shows China has ramped up its Belt and Road Initiative, a Beijing-driven plan to finance and build highways, telecom networks and other infrastructure throughout the developing world, clearing the way for more Chinese exports.

The price of China’s tough stance is the reordering of the global supply chains that its factories have long fed. Companies had kept them in China even as wages and other costs surged over the past decade.

The trade war has broken that inertia, and many businesses have started moving their supply chains elsewhere to avoid new tariffs or the prospect of still more. In November, Chinese exports to the United States fell by more than one-fifth compared with a year earlier. Exports to the United States now account for just 4 percent of the Chinese economy.

“This was the shock, the impetus to get people in motion,” said Ker Gibbs, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

That should please Mr. Trump, who has long complained about the more than $320 billion annual gap between what the United States buys from China and what it sells to China.

It does not mean jobs that left for China over the past two decades will return to the United States, however. High costs for labor and regulatory compliance in the United States, together with persistent shortages of skilled labor, have made most multinationals leery of shifting manufacturing back to the United States. The big winners instead appear to be American allies like Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and possibly India, all of which are welcoming floods of multinational executives on the hunt for alternatives to China.

Even if the two sides came to the table with new concessions, trade deals are difficult to complete. Wednesday’s pact followed more than two years of stop-and-start negotiations. Major pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada took even longer.

The longer that goes, the further apart the countries will drift economically.

Without the trade war, the United States probably would have been on track to buy $550 billion or more of Chinese goods this year, said Brad Setser, an economist who has specialized in Chinese data first as a Treasury official in the Obama administration and now at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Even with Wednesday’s trade agreement, American imports from China this year are more likely to be around $400 billion, he said.

“Tariffs,” he said, “have clearly had a big impact.”

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Robert Downey Jr. And Jimmy Fallon Share Their Worst Unaired ‘SNL’ Sketches

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Downey admitted his Suitcase Boy character from his single mid-’80s season on the satirical show was “so not funny, except to me and my weirdo friends.”

Fallon, meanwhile, aired an old bit called “Plate Boy and Cup Boy” that left him sweating. “It’s just the flop sweat is coming back,” he joked.

Check out the clip above.

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Tomi Lahren on murder of 92-year-old NYC woman: ‘Someone needs to answer for’ sanctuary policies

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Someone needs to answer for liberal policies in sanctuary cities that are hurting communities, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Thursday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Lahren said that the assault and murder of a 92-year-old woman named Maria Fuertes is “sanctuary cities and sanctuary states at work.”

“And the question that needs to be asked to these Democratic leaders is who is made safer by these sanctuary policies?” she asked. “It’s certainly not the American people. And, in fact, it’s actually immigrant communities that suffer the most from sanctuary city policies because these people — these criminal aliens — re-offend oftentimes in those communities making them more dangerous.”

ICE ISSUES DETAINER FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ACCUSED OF MURDERING 92-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

On Monday federal immigration authorities issued a detainer for an illegal immigrant who is in NYPD custody for the alleged sexual assault and murder of Fuertes in Queens last week.

Reeaz Khan, 21, a Guyanese national who is in the country illegally, is accused of violently attacking and raping her as she was walking home near Liberty Avenue and 127th Street around midnight on Jan. 6.

He was arrested Thursday night and confessed to the murder, The New York Post reported.

According to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) press release, Khan was previously arrested in November on assault and weapons charges. ICE had issued a detainer for him then, but Khan was released from custody because of New York City’s sanctuary policies.

In a statement, the NYPD said it “did not receive an ICE detainer” regarding Khan and a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that officials “mourn with the family of Ms. Fuertes.”

“It is shameful that the Trump administration is politicizing this tragedy,” she said.

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“It sounds great to put out a statement, but it’s a little too late,” Lahren remarked. “And, I’m sure that the family of this woman and the family of those who have been murdered by illegal immigrants — especially criminal aliens, especially when detainers have been placed on them by ICE — they want to know why these people are allowed to walk the streets.

“And you couple that with the felon-friendly policies that you just mentioned of course in New York and absolutely here in California, and you have mayhem. You have Gotham City,” she concluded. “Someone needs to answer for this.”

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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