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Bernie Sanders calls Netanyahu ‘racist,’ stands up for Palestinians

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New York DA on historic MS-13 bust: ‘the fight continues’

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Friday’s announcement of the largest-ever MS-13 crackdown is a “huge blow” against the gang but the fight is not over, Suffolk, County New York District Attorney Timothy Sini said Saturday

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth and Emily Compagno, Sini confirmed that 96 MS-13 gang members and associates were charged with significant crimes in the historic bust including murder, conspiracy, drug distribution, and assault. The ages of those arrested range from 16 to 59 and include U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants.

The developments come following a two-year investigation involving law enforcement from the local to the federal level in Suffolk County, one of the gangs’ longtime hotbeds.

MS-13 CRACKDOWN — THE LARGEST-EVER IN NEW YORK — ENSNARES NEARLY 100, MEMBERS, ASSOCIATES

Sources told the New York Post that most of the arrests were made Thursday and Friday morning.

“And, as a result of intelligence generated throughout the investigation, law enforcement made over 230 arrests throughout the world including in New York, throughout the United States, and in El Salvador,” Sini said. “This was a global operation.”

Throughout the investigation, authorities recovered drugs in gang members’ possession such as cocaine and fentanyl, as well as handguns and more than $200,000 in cash.

MEXICAN MS-13 GANG MEMBER ARRESTED CROSSING BORDER INTO ARIZONA, WAS PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED

Sini said the use of social media analysis was crucial and they obtained wiretaps on over 215 phones.

“And, I have to say: law enforcement did such a tremendous job because, as they were gathering intelligence, they would use that intelligence in real-time to stop acts of violence and they put their lives on the line to stop those acts of violence,” he said.

“This is a huge blow,” Sini stated. “This decimates the leadership on Long Island.”

MS-13, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, recruits young teenagers from El Salvador and Honduras, though many gang members were born in the U.S. The gang has been blamed for dozens of killings since January 2016 across a wide swath of New York’s Long Island – where Suffolk County is — the Los Angeles area and the D.C. suburbs.

MS-13 also has been singled out by President Trump for its brutality, which has led to a series of crackdowns by law enforcement.

“I cannot underestimate the blow that this is,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts. “However, the fight continues. They will attempt to reconstitute.”

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“The leadership in El Salvador will undoubtedly try to send additional leaders to Long Island so they can reconstitute, and we need to stay vigilant,” he warned.

Fox News’s Greg Norman, Stephen Sorace, and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Demi Lovato poses in black bra with ex-boyfriend Austin Wilson before breakup

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Demi Lovato and Austin Wilson went official with their relationship in November and now the couple is over.

The singer, 27, confirmed her split with the model on social media. She asked fans to “not go after” him. “He’s a good guy. Much better than what people see on the outside just because he’s got a lot of tattoos,” she said.

“Breakups are hard for both parties involved. Just stay nice and say prayers,” she added.

DEMI LOVATO’S ALLEGED NUDE PHOTOS RELEASED BY HACKERS ON HER OWN SNAPCHAT

Before the breakup news, Lovato and model posed together for a steamy photo shoot that featured Lovato in a lacy black bra and Wilson shirtless showing off his multiple tattoos.

“My girlfriend is hot AF photo by @angelokritikos,” he captioned the image. The 25-year-old model is the son of George Wilson, a legend of the skateboarding scene and one of the famous Z-Boys of Dogtown.

DEMI LOVATO’S NEW TATTOO PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER LATE FRIEND

The photographer uploaded another image of the couple. This one featured Lovato holding a single red rose as Wilson’s arms wrapped around her.

The shoot comes just after the former Disney star debuted a new neck tattoo. She had the word “survivor” inked by celebrity artist Doctor Woo.

In November, Lovato opened up about her struggles with eating disorders and self-esteem in her first interview in over a year.

DEMI LOVATO SHARES ‘EMPOWERING’ BIKINI PHOTO: ‘I FEEL CONFIDENT’

“I think it’s been a very introspective year for me. I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot,” she said at the Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles over the weekend. The “Confident” singer confessed that she’s still struggling at times to accept her body, an idea she said was much different from the concept of body positivity.

“We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body,” she said. “Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself.”

“I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say ‘I love my body, you’re beautifully and wonderfully made.’ But I didn’t believe it,” she continued. “I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is ‘I’m healthy.’ In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body.”

“I am saying I’m healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything,” she added.

Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with bulimia, says she took the entire month of October off from the gym because she realized her relationship with exercise wasn’t healthy.

“For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym, I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme,” she admitted. “I think that’s what led me down a darker path — I was still engaging in these behaviors. Embracing my body as it is naturally is why I took the month of October off the gym.”

Lovato overcame a near-fatal drug overdose in July 2018, and while the world was largely supportive of the star, not everyone was so kind. Her battles with bipolar disorder, self-harm and other issues occasionally have made her a target for cruel online trolls and cyberbullying, and it hurt her, she said.

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“Over the past five years, I’ve learned life is not worth living unless you’re living for yourself,” she said. “If you’re trying to be someone you’re not, or you’re trying to please other people, it’s not going to work out in the long run.”

“If you want to dye your hair purple, dye your hair purple,” she added. “If you want to love someone of the same sex, love someone of the same sex. Be yourself and don’t be afraid of what people think.”

Fox News’ Jessica Sager contributed to this report.

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Russia working social media to manipulate American voters (again)

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All Roads Lead to Putin

Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing – Donald J. Trump, Jul 7 2016 [1]

There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump – Kevin McCarthy, Jun 15 2017 [2]

It [interference in our 2016 election] wasn’t a single attempt. They’re [Russia] doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign – Robert S. Mueller III, Jul 24 2019 [3]

I would think that if they [Ukraine] were honest about it, they’d start a major investigation … they should investigate the Bidens … China likewise should start an investigation – Donald J. Trump, Oct 3 2019 [4]

Thank God. No one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore; now they’re accusing Ukraine. – Vladimir Putin, Nov 20 2019 [5]

Mar 18 2014. Russia invaded Ukraine [6]

Sep 1 2016. Mitch McConnell refused to sign bipartisan statement on Russian Interference into US elections [7]

Sep 22 2016. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen Adam Schiff issued statement warning about Russian effort to influence the U.S. Election [8]

Nov 10 2016. Obama warned Trump about putting Michael Flynn in a high-level position [9]

Nov 18 2016. Elijah Cummings warned Mike Pence in a letter about Michael Flynn’s foreign lobbying [10]

Jan 6 2017. The CIA, NSA, FBI, and ODNI concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election [11]

Jan 20 2017. Trump hired Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser [12]

Jan 20 2017. Michael Flynn messaged business associates that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” and a business project was “good to go” [13]

Jan 20 – Feb 7 2017. The Trump Administration worked intensly to lift sanctions on Russia the moment they took office [14]

Jan 26 2017. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House Michael Flynn might be subject to blackmail by the Russians [15]

Feb 13 2017. Michael Flynn was fired by the Trump Administration [9]

It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. It would have been impossible for me to know this but, if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change? – Donald J. Trump, May 17 2019 [16]

May 10 2017. Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister (Lavrov) and ambassador in White House Oval Office meeting [17]

May 10 2017. Trump told Russian officials he was not concerned with Moscow’s meddling in the US election [18]

Apr 19 2018. Rudy Giuliani joined Trump’s personal legal team [19]

May 9 2018 – Jan 18 2019. Florida governor Ron DeSantis met with Lev Parnas six times and his committee received $50,000 from him [20]

Jul 4 2018. Seven Republican Congressmen travelled to Russia during the Fourth of July [21]

Jul 16 2018. Trump sided with Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community regarding Russia’s election interference in the US 2016 election [22]

Aug 2 2018. 8 US Intelligence Groups warned Russia disrupting the US 2018 midterm elections [23]

Nov 1 2018 – Ongoing. House Intelligence Ranking Member Republican Devin Nunes was directly involved in the push for Ukraine Biden investigations by Trump associate Lev Parnas [24]

Feb 25 2019. Trump asked Moscow’s advice in dealing with North Korea [25]

Mar 1 2019. House Intelligence Ranking Member Republican Devin Nunes called off a staff trip to Ukraine when he realized House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff would be told [26]

May 30 2019. Mitch McConnell vowed to block election security bills [27]

Jun 15 2019. Trump accused the NYT for treason for reporting that US escalated counter cyber-attacks on Russia [28]

Jul 25 2019. Trump asked for a favor from Ukranian President Zelensky as he looked for a White House visit [29]

Sep 1 2019. Trump associate Lev Parnas, who pushed Ukranian conspiracy, received $1 million from a Russian bank account [30]

Oct 10 2019. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Giuliani and Trump, were arrested [31]

Nov 13 2019. The conspiracy that Ukraine interfered in the US 2016 elections has been thoroughly debunked [32]

Dec 2 2019. John Kennedy backed Russian conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the US 2016 election [33]

Dec 9 2019. Ted Cruz backed Russian consipiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in US 2016 election [34]

Dec 10 2019. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Oval Office for second time since Russian election interference [35]

Dec 13 2019. McConnell vows total coordination with White House on Impeachment trial in Senate [36]

Dec 14 2019. Lindsey Graham backed Russian conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the US 2016 election [37]

Dec 14 2019. Lindsey Graham gives his word not to be a fair juror in the trial of Donald John Trump’s impeachment [38]

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California shop owner fatally shoots masked robbers, 3rd suspect on the run

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A California smoke shop owner fatally shot two armed robbers in ski masks when they tried to rob his store Friday night, police said.

A third suspect is on the run after he fled from the Smoke N Vape Smoke Shop near the intersection of Blackstone and Cambridge avenues in Fresno.

Police Lt. Tim Tietjen said the three armed men, dressed in dark clothing and ski masks, entered the shop around 9:30 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk.

CALIFORNIA K-9 JUMPS THROUGH SHATTERED CAR WINDOW, TAKES DOWN ASSAULT SUSPECT

The store owner, who was outside, re-entered the shop and confronted the robbers as they were trying to leave, the Fresno Bee reported.

Tietjen said the owner pulled out his own gun and multiple shots were then fired.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOLBOY, 7, DIES AFTER CHAIN LINK FENCE COLLAPSES IN PLAYGROUND

“As we understand, there might’ve been an exchange of gunfire,” he added.

Police said two of the suspected robbers were hit by bullets and were taken to the Community Regional Medical Center where they later died.

A third suspect fled the scene on foot and remains loose. A description of the suspect was not immediately available.

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Tietjen said there were no other injuries and that the store owner is not expected to face any charges.

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Demi Lovato poses in black bra with boyfriend Austin Wilson for sultry photo shoot

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Demi Lovato and Austin Wilson went official with their relationship in November, and the couple looks all loved up in a new photo.

The singer, 27, and model posed together for a steamy photo shoot that featured Lovato in a lacy black bra and Wilson shirtless showing off his multiple tattoos.

“My girlfriend is hot AF photo by @angelokritikos,” he captioned the image. The 25-year-old model is the son of George Wilson, a legend of the skateboarding scene and one of the famous Z-Boys of Dogtown.

DEMI LOVATO’S NEW TATTOO PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER LATE FRIEND

The photographer uploaded another image of the couple. This one featured Lovato holding a single red rose as Wilson’s arms wrapped around her.

The shoot comes just after the former Disney star debuted a new neck tattoo. She had the word “survivor” inked by celebrity artist Doctor Woo.

In November, Lovato opened up about her struggles with eating disorders and self-esteem in her first interview in over a year.

DEMI LOVATO SHARES ‘EMPOWERING’ BIKINI PHOTO: ‘I FEEL CONFIDENT’

“I think it’s been a very introspective year for me. I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot,” she said at the Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles over the weekend. The “Confident” singer confessed that she’s still struggling at times to accept her body, an idea she said was much different from the concept of body positivity.

“We hear the term body positivity all the time. To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body,” she said. “Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself.”

“I used to look in the mirror if I was having a bad body image day and say ‘I love my body, you’re beautifully and wonderfully made.’ But I didn’t believe it,” she continued. “I don’t have to lie to myself and tell myself I have an amazing body. All I have to say is ‘I’m healthy.’ In that statement, I express gratitude. I am grateful for my strength and things I can do with my body.”

“I am saying I’m healthy and I accept the way my body is today without changing anything,” she added.

Lovato, who has been open about her struggles with bulimia, says she took the entire month of October off from the gym because she realized her relationship with exercise wasn’t healthy.

“For so many years I dealt with an eating disorder. What I wasn’t ever open with myself about was, whenever I was in the gym, I was doing it to an unhealthy extreme,” she admitted. “I think that’s what led me down a darker path — I was still engaging in these behaviors. Embracing my body as it is naturally is why I took the month of October off the gym.”

Lovato overcame a near-fatal drug overdose in July 2018, and while the world was largely supportive of the star, not everyone was so kind. Her battles with bipolar disorder, self-harm and other issues occasionally have made her a target for cruel online trolls and cyberbullying, and it hurt her, she said.

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“Over the past five years, I’ve learned life is not worth living unless you’re living for yourself,” she said. “If you’re trying to be someone you’re not, or you’re trying to please other people, it’s not going to work out in the long run.”

“If you want to dye your hair purple, dye your hair purple,” she added. “If you want to love someone of the same sex, love someone of the same sex. Be yourself and don’t be afraid of what people think.”

Fox News’ Jessica Sager contributed to this report.

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Trump Is Impeached, But There’s No Endgame In Sight

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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Michigan on Wednesday.

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When it was announced Wednesday night in the House of Representatives that all time allotted for debate on impeachment had expired, a cheer went up within the chamber. After a dozen hours of rancor and wrangling, there seemed for a moment to be an end in sight.

The spirit of that cheer was generally shared in the nation at large. But alas, that night, there would be closure only for the House and not the nation.

Soon enough, it became clear that even in the House, the process was still unfinished. The two articles of impeachment against President Trump were not delivered to the Senate by the time both chambers left town for the holidays. The “House managers” who will go to the Senate to serve as de facto prosecutors of the impeachment case have yet to be named. Even the presumption of a trial beginning soon in January is now less certain.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi held up the formal process of notifying the Senate so as to negotiate, directly or indirectly, the parameters of the trial to be held there. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had already declared he was coordinating plans for that trial with the White House and proclaimed himself “not impartial at all” as a juror about to deliberate on the fate of the chief executive. Negotiations with his Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer of New York, were at a standstill.

So the holiday break began, the cloud of impeachment over the Capitol still hanging so low as to be ground fog.

All sides expect it to lift soon enough for some form of trial in the Senate to go forward early in 2020. But what then?

What trophy can be said to await the Speaker or her party at game’s end?

The case against the president, however strong in the assessment of hundreds of lawyers and historians, has not penetrated the popular membrane of resistance to the idea of impeachment.

The polls show the country divided more or less evenly on the question. That is far more support than the 30% approval the House had for impeaching President Bill Clinton in 1998. But it is not sufficient to produce a two-thirds majority for conviction in the U.S. Senate as required for conviction and removal of a president.

So what then?

What comes next is 2020, a presidential election year likely to be unlike any other. The question of this president’s guilt or fitness moves on to the voters and the ballot box. None of the three presidents who have been subject to impeachment proceedings in the past had been prospects for re-election. So having the voters as the ultimate deciders is unprecedented.

How will impeachment affect the president’s prospects of re-election? No one knows for certain.

It has been said the president will always carry the impeachment as a mark. Some call it a stain, some a mere asterisk. Whichever it is, it would be substantially erased by re-election.

But how will the intervening year look and feel as it unfolds? One early suggestion may come on Feb. 4, when President Trump is slated to deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. By then, if the Senate has voted as expected, he will be able to proclaim himself exonerated. But he will also be facing a Congress in which a slight majority of all the members seated before him will have voted to have him removed.

That face-off offers a metaphor for the awkward election season to come. The president may sense that a Senate acquittal not only exonerates him but unleashes him.

After all, neither a lengthy probe by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller nor an actual impeachment in the House has stopped him or even slowed him down. He once said he thought Article II of the Constitution allowed him to do whatever he wants. In a few weeks, he may have all the more reason to think so.

The president will surely still have his critics, in official Washington, the news media, social media, and the electorate itself. But with all the legal restraints of our system having proved unavailing, and with an attorney general in William Barr endorsing the most robust theories of executive power, the president may well feel himself empowered as never before.

He would surely feel emboldened by the loyalty of his support in Congress and among those who put him in office and continue to approve his performance. All indications are that impeachment has only served to strengthen this bond and energize these voters.

We do not lack for examples of what the unleashed Trump can do. On the night of impeachment, speaking at a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., Trump went after Rep. Debbie Dingell. D-Mich., whose husband John Dingell died this year after serving in Congress longer than anyone else in history. Angered by the widow’s vote for impeachment, Trump said Dingell might not be looking down from heaven these days but “looking up” – a suggestion that brought groans among the cheers and catcalls. Several Republican members from Michigan and elsewhere called on the president to apologize.

The next day the president was enraged by one particular editorial supporting his removal from office. There have been many of these in newspapers around the country but this one appeared in the evangelical magazine Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham. Taking to Twitter, the president denounced “ET” and said the “Graham family” had nothing to do with it anymore.

In the days ahead, will the president tweet comments on his continuing trial in the Senate? Will he continue his pursuit of foreign governments’ assistance in winning a second term?

Though unchallenged within his base, the president is at risk if his excesses are unceasing. The central question of 2020 is the degree to which Trump unleashed may become an incumbent imperiled.

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Trump Is Impeached, But There’s No Endgame In Sight

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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Michigan on Wednesday.

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When it was announced Wednesday night in the House of Representatives that all time allotted for debate on impeachment had expired, a cheer went up within the chamber. After a dozen hours of rancor and wrangling, there seemed for a moment to be an end in sight.

The spirit of that cheer was generally shared in the nation at large. But alas, that night, there would be closure only for the House and not the nation.

Soon enough, it became clear that even in the House, the process was still unfinished. The two articles of impeachment against President Trump were not delivered to the Senate by the time both chambers left town for the holidays. The “House managers” who will go to the Senate to serve as de facto prosecutors of the impeachment case have yet to be named. Even the presumption of a trial beginning soon in January is now less certain.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi held up the formal process of notifying the Senate so as to negotiate, directly or indirectly, the parameters of the trial to be held there. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had already declared he was coordinating plans for that trial with the White House and proclaimed himself “not impartial at all” as a juror about to deliberate on the fate of the chief executive. Negotiations with his Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer of New York, were at a standstill.

So the holiday break began, the cloud of impeachment over the Capitol still hanging so low as to be ground fog.

All sides expect it to lift soon enough for some form of trial in the Senate to go forward early in 2020. But what then?

What trophy can be said to await the Speaker or her party at game’s end?

The case against the president, however strong in the assessment of hundreds of lawyers and historians, has not penetrated the popular membrane of resistance to the idea of impeachment.

The polls show the country divided more or less evenly on the question. That is far more support than the 30% approval the House had for impeaching President Bill Clinton in 1998. But it is not sufficient to produce a two-thirds majority for conviction in the U.S. Senate as required for conviction and removal of a president.

So what then?

What comes next is 2020, a presidential election year likely to be unlike any other. The question of this president’s guilt or fitness moves on to the voters and the ballot box. None of the three presidents who have been subject to impeachment proceedings in the past had been prospects for re-election. So having the voters as the ultimate deciders is unprecedented.

How will impeachment affect the president’s prospects of re-election? No one knows for certain.

It has been said the president will always carry the impeachment as a mark. Some call it a stain, some a mere asterisk. Whichever it is, it would be substantially erased by re-election.

But how will the intervening year look and feel as it unfolds? One early suggestion may come on Feb. 4, when President Trump is slated to deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. By then, if the Senate has voted as expected, he will be able to proclaim himself exonerated. But he will also be facing a Congress in which a slight majority of all the members seated before him will have voted to have him removed.

That face-off offers a metaphor for the awkward election season to come. The president may sense that a Senate acquittal not only exonerates him but unleashes him.

After all, neither a lengthy probe by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller nor an actual impeachment in the House has stopped him or even slowed him down. He once said he thought Article II of the Constitution allowed him to do whatever he wants. In a few weeks, he may have all the more reason to think so.

The president will surely still have his critics, in official Washington, the news media, social media, and the electorate itself. But with all the legal restraints of our system having proved unavailing, and with an attorney general in William Barr endorsing the most robust theories of executive power, the president may well feel himself empowered as never before.

He would surely feel emboldened by the loyalty of his support in Congress and among those who put him in office and continue to approve his performance. All indications are that impeachment has only served to strengthen this bond and energize these voters.

We do not lack for examples of what the unleashed Trump can do. On the night of impeachment, speaking at a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., Trump went after Rep. Debbie Dingell. D-Mich., whose husband John Dingell died this year after serving in Congress longer than anyone else in history. Angered by the widow’s vote for impeachment, Trump said Dingell might not be looking down from heaven these days but “looking up” – a suggestion that brought groans among the cheers and catcalls. Several Republican members from Michigan and elsewhere called on the president to apologize.

The next day the president was enraged by one particular editorial supporting his removal from office. There have been many of these in newspapers around the country but this one appeared in the evangelical magazine Christianity Today, founded by Billy Graham. Taking to Twitter, the president denounced “ET” and said the “Graham family” had nothing to do with it anymore.

In the days ahead, will the president tweet comments on his continuing trial in the Senate? Will he continue his pursuit of foreign governments’ assistance in winning a second term?

Though unchallenged within his base, the president is at risk if his excesses are unceasing. The central question of 2020 is the degree to which Trump unleashed may become an incumbent imperiled.

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For Joe Biden, 1987 Brought Triumph In The Wake Of Political Setback

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In 1987, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., center, was running for president and also chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responsible for leading the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Robert Bork. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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In 1987, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., center, was running for president and also chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responsible for leading the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Robert Bork.

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In late 1987, Joe Biden was in the midst of two high-stakes battles: one for the Democratic presidential nomination, and another, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to try to stop President Reagan’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Robert Bork.

His fight for the presidential nomination would end abruptly, dealing Biden his biggest political setback up until that point. But Biden was successful in the other battle, as he thwarted Bork’s nomination to the high court.

Plagiarism charges against Biden

It was Sept. 23, during a break in the Bork confirmation hearings, that Biden held a press conference announcing his presidential campaign was over.

“It seems to me I have a choice,” Biden said. “I have to choose between running for president and doing my job to keep the Supreme Court from moving in a direction that I believe to be truly harmful.”

There’s a question of how much of a choice it really was. Had he stayed in, it’s not clear Biden’s campaign would have been able to recover from the scandal that had enveloped it since just before the hearings began.

The month before, the Democratic presidential candidates debated at the Iowa State Fair. In his closing statement, Biden made a biographical turn, talking about why his family had remained working class for generations.

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“Is it because they didn’t work hard?” Biden asked. “My ancestors who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and then would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours.”

It turns out he was paraphrasing a rousing speech-turned-campaign ad from a British Labour Party politician named Neil Kinnock.

“Was it because they were weak?” Kinnock asked. “Those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football.”

Biden had referenced it in speeches before, with proper attribution. But this time, he made it his own. Line after line, the similarities were unmistakable.

It took a couple of weeks for the story to break, seeded by a rival campaign. But Biden had very little time to tamp down the controversy. The Bork hearings began three days later.

Dropping out of the presidential race

As a law professor, Bork had criticized the legal reasoning behind Supreme Court decisions on civil rights and abortion. Republicans saw his nomination as a chance to reshape the court and public policy. Democrats were determined to stop him.

“This nomination is more — with all due respect, judge, and I’m sure you agree — than about you,” Biden said in his opening statement of the hearings.

Now, hearings for Supreme Court picks last a couple of days and very little is revealed about the nominee’s views. But with Bork, with Biden holding the gavel, the Judiciary Committee hearings went on for 12 long days. Bork went on at length about his judicial philosophy and his writings about the law when he was a professor at Yale University. He didn’t do himself any favors.

Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign was in trouble. There were questions being asked about whether his slip-up with the Kinnock speech was part of a pattern, whether it said something about Biden’s character.

Biden went out and defended himself. “You’ll all be the judge and the people will be the judge,” Biden said in a press conference that was at turns combative and sarcastic. “I think this is much ado about nothing.”

He insisted he had done nothing wrong, but also said he would certainly remember to attribute the quotes to Kinnock in the future.

“Shouldn’t have made much difference anyway,” Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, said in an interview with NPR. “But you guys, the press, jumped on him.”

Reid was a relatively junior Democratic senator at the time. But looking back, he said Biden did what he had to do.

“You could not be running for president and trying to overcome some of the things that had gone wrong and still chair that committee,” Reid said. “He had to get rid of the running for president or his running that committee would not have worked.”

And that’s exactly what Biden did. On Day 8 of the Bork hearings, he announced his campaign was over.

“There will be other opportunities for me to campaign for president,” Biden said, foreshadowing his runs in 2008 and now. “But there will not be many other opportunities for me to influence President Reagan’s choice on the Supreme Court.”

In a way, the Bork hearings allowed Biden to save face while quitting the race. He didn’t have to stand there and say he was dropping out because of the plagiarism charges. No, he had something important to do.

“This country’s going to be lifted up and I’m going to play a big part in doing it,” Biden said, referencing a refrain from his stump speech. “But for now folks, gotta go handle the Bork hearings.”

“Oh, Joe, you just forget that stuff”

At some point during that difficult day, Biden called the Judiciary Committee members together behind closed doors. It was a gut check.

“It was devastating,” said Alan Simpson, then a Republican senator from Wyoming. “He was ambitious, as he is now, and he was running for president of the United States. And he was quite filled with angst.”

Simpson says Biden told them he was embarrassed and hurt, but took responsibility, that the “buck stops” with him. Biden offered to resign his chairmanship, Simpson said, if he had embarrassed the committee in any way.

There was silence in the room.

“And then old Strom Thurmond, who was ranking member, leaned over and slapped his knee and said, ‘Oh, Joe, now let me tell you, just forget that stuff,’ ” Simpson said, adopting a Southern accent in an impression of the late South Carolina senator.

By Simpson’s telling, the senators went around the room talking about all the mistakes they had made over the years and had a good laugh.

Biden had long known that trying to run the Bork hearings while running for president might end badly, said Mark Gitenstein, a longtime Biden friend and adviser who was then chief counsel on the Judiciary Committee. He remembers a contentious meeting Biden attended with civil rights leaders about the Bork nomination where they asked him: “Which is more important, your presidential race or the Supreme Court fight?”

In Gitenstein’s retelling, Biden said, “Without a doubt, Supreme Court fight. I’ll give up my presidential race if necessary to win this fight.”

The meeting happened months before the Kinnock controversy broke, said Gittenstein. “And of course ultimately that’s what happened.”

Bork defeated

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Supreme Court nominee Anthony Kennedy, right, shakes hands with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Biden before the start of his confirmation hearing on Dec. 15, 1987. Kennedy, President Reagan’s third nominee for the position, won bipartisan praise from senators.

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After Biden ended his campaign in the press conference, he went back to the hearing room and swore in the next witness.

“Look, my business is behind us. Let’s move on,” Biden said after a couple of Senate colleagues piped up to offer him support.

Ultimately Bork’s nomination failed in the Senate. It was bipartisan. Biden was able to sway a handful of moderate Republicans to vote with Democrats against Bork.

Reagan went on to nominate Anthony Kennedy for that Supreme Court slot. Over his generation on the court, Kennedy became a swing justice. And when it came time for the next president, George H.W. Bush, to nominate a justice, he picked David Souter because he was less ideological, with less of a paper trail than Bork, in hopes that he would be able to get get bipartisan support.

Gitenstein argues Biden was able to do more for progressive causes by sinking Bork than he would have been able to do as president.

“It shaped the court for 30 years on everything from saving Roe vs. Wade to, you know, the gay marriage issue,” Gitenstein said.

And, as Biden said the day he quit the race, there would be other presidential campaigns, and he would be there.

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7 tech freebies, Facebook tracking, secure gadgets, and more: Tech Q&A

Facebook Tracking

Q: I heard that Facebook is tracking me when I shop in retail stores now. How can I make this stop? It’s annoying and intrusive.

A: Facebook is partnering with actual stores, so they’re not just collecting data from your browser but your real-life activities. This practice is called “off-Facebook activity,” and it’s already in use by retail chains like Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Luckily, you can opt-out, if you know what settings to change. Tap or click here to stop Facebook from watching you.

Data Breach Alerts

Q: I learn about data breaches before it’s too late to do anything about it. Is it possible to get ahead of the game?

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Get Disney+ and Apple TV+ for Free

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Secure Your Tech

Q: With all the gifts being tech this year, I am worried about hackers and scammers. How can I make sure that my new tech is secured correctly? Or am I just being paranoid?

A: This holiday season, millions of people will hurry to set up their devices, create accounts, and register their new gifts. They’ll be so eager to fire up their tablets, phones, streaming gadgets, and virtual assistants that they totally forget to review any security settings. Certain apps and devices, such as smart TVs, are infamously insecure. Others, like smart speakers, may create a significant archive of voice recordings before you even realize it’s doing so. Tap or click here for 10 essential steps to secure your new devices.

Retrieve Lost Texts

Q: I made a huge mistake. I deleted a bunch of text messages, but I need to get them back. Is it even possible to get these texts back?

A: If you’re an iPhone user, you may be able to dig into your iCloud and find the missing data, or you can restore factory settings and reset your phone from an earlier date. That can take some time, and you would have to estimate when these messages were deleted. You might also lose more current data, so you’ll have to decide how much those messages are worth to you. But whether you use iPhone or Android, you can also use certain apps to preserve messages, even when they’ve been removed. Tap or click here to recover your deleted text messages.

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