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Oakland Raiders’ Trayvon Mullen could play in season finale after hard hit led to hospital visit

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Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback Trayvon Mullen could play in the season finale against the Denver Broncos after he was taken off the field on a stretcher following a scary collision during Sunday’s game.

The collision occurred late in the Raiders’ 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Mullen collided with teammate Curtis Riley while they were trying to tackle Chargers receiver Andre Patton. Mullen went down with a head and neck injury. He was strapped onto a backboard, carted off the field, and taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

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Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who played with Mullen while the two were at Clemson, told reporters after the game the injury was tough to watch, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He has been my dog for a long time,” he said. “I’m sure he’s going to be okay, but I’m definitely still worried about him. It was a really bad hit. He’s in everybody’s prayers.”

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Surprisingly, Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters Monday that there’s a chance Mullen plays at Denver on Sunday.

“We’re still in the process of getting all the information from the trainer,” Gruden said, according to Raiders Wire. “There is a chance [running back] Josh Jacobs could play, [Offensive lineman Richie] Incognito is still questionable. We got really good news on Trayvon Mullen. He’s got a chance to play this week. So does [safety] Lamarcus Joyner. Again, I won’t update the exact nature of their injuries until I get further notice from [head trainer] Rod Martin.”

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Mullen, a second-round draft pick, has played in all 15 games this season. He has 44 total tackles and one interception.

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Saquon Barkley hopeful for New York Giants’ future after strong performance

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was the perfect complement to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins and vowed it was just a taste of the organization’s future.

Barkley had 279 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in New York’s 41-35 overtime victory. He told reporters after the game that he believes that the performance that he and Jones gave was what the team envisioned when they selected both players in the first round of the 2018 and 2019 drafts respectively.

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“I think that’s kind of what they envisioned when they drafted D.J. and drafted me,” Barkley said. “I think we both have the potential and the talent to play well together and open stuff up for each other.”

Barkley, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, missed three games this season with an ankle injury. He told reporters that Sunday’s game was the best he felt in weeks, and it showed.

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“I haven’t felt this good since the bye week,” he said, according to SNY. “Opportunities, I feel like Philly [in Week 14]. When you go back and watch Philly, we run the ball really well. Just because everyone doesn’t get the sixes or sevens because when I hit six- and seven-yard runs, I don’t want to take the short ones. Because of Philly, when I break the long runs, we are getting five, getting five. It is just how the game played out. We had to go away from the run and unfortunately, we lost that game. These last two weeks we were able to stay with the run and definitely run the ball in [overtime] and last week ground and pound with like six, seven minutes left.”

Jones finished Sunday’s game with 352 passing yards and five touchdown passes. He became the first rookie quarterback to throw for more than 350 passing yards and five touchdown passes without an interception in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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New York improved to 4-11 on the season with the win.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Obama tells big-money Dem donors to back Warren if she wins nomination: report

Former President Barack Obama has been encouraging Democratic bundlers to pledge their full support to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., should she win the party’s nomination for president, The Hill reported Monday.

Warren has publically blasted billionaires and big corporations alike and has promised to not take campaign contributions from either, instead focusing on small-dollar contributions from the Democratic Party’s grassroots. That move has caused consternation among some wealthy Democrats about what policies the senator might push should she become president. In response, one Obama ally told The Hill that the former president is trying to “rally the troops,” particularly in the financial services industry.

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Obama has refused to endorse any candidate in the Democratic primary race, which includes his former Vice President Joe Biden. However, in private meetings, he has talked up Warren and made it clear he views her as a formidable and capable candidate.

“He obviously thinks she’s very smart,” one Democratic donor said. “He thinks her policy ideas matter. And I think he sees her running the campaign with the most depth.”

“He appreciates her intellect and is impressed by the campaign she’s run,” a former Obama aide told The Hill. “If anything, she has the most substantive achievements from his time in the White House. And he’s someone who can talk at length about her accolades.”

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Former President Barack Obama has talked up Sen. Elizabeth Warren to rich Democratic donors in recent weeks, according to media reports. (Getty Images / The Associated Press)

Warren’s campaign did not immediately return messages from Fox News on Monday.

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Warren has secured the support of some former Obama campaign staffers. Last week, more than 200 lower-and-mid-level Obama campaign employees threw their support to Warren. She has yet to garner support from senior-level Obama hires like former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who support Biden.

Warren has made income inequality a centerpiece of her campaign while pushing for an increased minimum wage and blasting corporations for not doing more to help American workers.

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She criticized fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg during last week’s Democratic debate for fraternizing with donors during his “wine cave” campaign fundraisers, leading to allegations that she was trying to wage class warfare.

“The mayor just recently had a fundraiser that was held in a wine cave full of crystals and served $900-a-bottle wine,” Warren said.

The senator was promptly called out over her past fundraisers, including a 2018 event at City Winery Boston where singer Melissa Etheridge performed and donors paid $2,700 for VIP experiences and souvenir wine bottles for $1,000.

Others have criticized Warren for her own financial dealings, which they say runs contrary to her knocks on the rich. Recently released financial records reveal she made $1.9 million from private legal work going back three decades.

After Warren’s swipe at Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor said Warren accepted donations from wealthy donors during her Senate run.

Obama’s praise of Warren comes after the pair were said to have disagreements on economic issues during his time in the White House.  In 2015, Obama was dismissive of her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, calling her “a politician like everybody else.”

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In 2017, Warren said she was troubled to hear of Obama’s six-figure public speaking fees.

While speaking at a private event on leadership in Singapore last week, Obama said women are “indisputably better” than men, the BBC reported. He did not mention Warren.

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” he said.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald pokes fun at dad after his phone rings during media scrum

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald stayed professional Sunday night during his postgame press conference, with not even a ringing cellphone putting him off.

Fitzgerald was speaking to the media after the Cardinals’ 27-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks when his father’s cellphone rang.

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The future Hall of Fame wide receiver stared daggers at his father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a longtime reporter for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

“Can we get some professionalism in here, please?” he asked.

Fitzgerald has been playing in the NFL long enough to command some sort of professionalism in the locker room setting – no matter who it is.

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The 16-year veteran has played in all 15 games this season. He has 71 catches for 759 yards and four touchdowns this season, including four catches for 48 yards and one touchdown Sunday. The 36-year-old has spent his entire career with the Cardinals.

Despite retirement rumors swirling around him last season, Fitzgerald signed a one-year extension to remain in Arizona. NBC Sports reported last week that the Cardinals are urging Fitzgerald to return to the team for one more season.

He told reporters last week that he wasn’t thinking about the future just yet.

“You never know,” the wide receiver said, according to the team’s website. “You never know. I don’t give it much thought. I told you before, I stay in the moment, man. The career will end. When it ends, it ends.”

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Fitzgerald has started 247 of the 249 games he’s played. He’s caught 1,374 passes for 17,038 yards and 120 touchdowns over the course of his career.

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Obama tells big-money Dem donors to back Warren if she wins nomination: report

Former President Barack Obama has been encouraging Democratic bundlers to pledge their full support to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., should she win the party’s nomination for president, The Hill reported Monday.

Warren has publically blasted billionaires and big corporations alike and has promised to not take campaign contributions from either, instead focusing on small-dollar contributions from the Democratic Party’s grassroots. That move has caused consternation among some wealthy Democrats about what policies the senator might push should she become president. In response, one Obama ally told The Hill that the former president is trying to “rally the troops,” particularly in the financial services industry.

ELIZABETH WARREN CALLED OUT OVER PAST FUNDRAISER AT WINERY, OTHER EVENTS WHERE WINE WAS SERVED

Obama has refused to endorse any candidate in the Democratic primary race, which includes his former Vice President Joe Biden. However, in private meetings, he has talked up Warren and made it clear he views her as a formidable and capable candidate.

“He obviously thinks she’s very smart,” one Democratic donor said. “He thinks her policy ideas matter. And I think he sees her running the campaign with the most depth.”

“He appreciates her intellect and is impressed by the campaign she’s run,” a former Obama aide told The Hill. “If anything, she has the most substantive achievements from his time in the White House. And he’s someone who can talk at length about her accolades.”

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Former President Barack Obama has talked up Sen. Elizabeth Warren to rich Democratic donors in recent weeks, according to media reports. (Getty Images / The Associated Press)

Warren’s campaign did not immediately return messages from Fox News on Monday.

FOX NEWS POLL: BIDEN STILL LEADS DEMOCRATIC RACE AS WARREN DROPS

Warren has secured the support of some former Obama campaign staffers. Last week, more than 200 lower-and-mid-level Obama campaign employees threw their support to Warren. She has yet to garner support from senior-level Obama hires like former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who support Biden.

Warren has made income inequality a centerpiece of her campaign while pushing for an increased minimum wage and blasting corporations for not doing more to help American workers.

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She criticized fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg during last week’s Democratic debate for fraternizing with donors during his “wine cave” campaign fundraisers, leading to allegations that she was trying to wage class warfare.

“The mayor just recently had a fundraiser that was held in a wine cave full of crystals and served $900-a-bottle wine,” Warren said.

The senator was promptly called out over her past fundraisers, including a 2018 event at City Winery Boston where singer Melissa Etheridge performed and donors paid $2,700 for VIP experiences and souvenir wine bottles for $1,000.

Others have criticized Warren for her own financial dealings, which they say runs contrary to her knocks on the rich. Recently released financial records reveal she made $1.9 million from private legal work going back three decades.

After Warren’s swipe at Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor said Warren accepted donations from wealthy donors during her Senate run.

Obama’s praise of Warren comes after the pair were said to have disagreements on economic issues during his time in the White House.  In 2015, Obama was dismissive of her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, calling her “a politician like everybody else.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

In 2017, Warren said she was troubled to hear of Obama’s six-figure public speaking fees.

While speaking at a private event on leadership in Singapore last week, Obama said women are “indisputably better” than men, the BBC reported. He did not mention Warren.

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes,” he said.

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Boston Celtics’ Tacko Fall earns ‘MVP’ chants in win vs. Charlotte Hornets

The signing of center Tacko Fall by the Boston Celtics during the offseason wasn’t a particularly remarkable acquisition but the 7-foot-5 center has quickly become a fan favorite since he made his NBA debut.

Fall played three minutes against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday and scored four points, receiving “MVP” chants from the TD Garden crowd after he threw down an alley-oop late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 119-93 win.

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Fall added two rebounds and a block.

It was the second time in less than a week that the big center delighted Boston fans. On Friday, the crowd urged Celtics coach Brad Stevens to play Fall in the final moments of their game against the Detroit Pistons.

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Fall has appeared in three games this season, averaging just 2.7 minutes and 4.3 points.

The UCF product has left an incredible impression on the Celtics’ fan base. In August, Fall was asked to sign several taco-related items at a fan event.

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The items included a box of taco shells, a taco hat, a tray from Taco Bell and even a picture of a taco, according to the Boston Globe.

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How A Kayaking Trip Changed A Wounded Warrior’s Life

When Marlene Rodriguez enlisted in the Army in 2003, the 23-year-old thought she’d figured out the rest of her life. Her father was a sheriff in California who taught her to fish, explore the outdoors, and serve others. Sitting behind a desk from 9-to-5 was out of the question, and putting herself in the line of fire to defend her community was embedded in her DNA.

“I think it’s the greatest honor in the world to protect the country and the flag,” said Rodriguez. “It was a life career for me. I wanted to do it forever.”

But Rodriguez’s military career came to a crashing halt when a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) careened into the side of her vehicle in 2007, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury that forced her into medical retirement the next year. Lost without her identity as a soldier, secluding herself indoors as she suffered up to 12 seizures a day, it wasn’t until a friend convinced her to join a veterans-only kayaking trip down Idaho’s Salmon River in 2014 that Rodriguez was able to rediscover a sense of purpose similar to what she’d felt in the Iraqi desert. After reconnecting with nature, her community and herself, Rodriguez embarked on a new path of service: Helping veterans heal their own emotional and physical wounds through recreational therapy.

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Rodriguez ahead of her second deployment in 2015.

Finding Purpose In The Desert

Rodriguez was sent to the Middle East just 12 days after getting her first duty station as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom’s first push, serving alongside a company that quickly became family. Immediately embracing her identity as a soldier, she excelled on the field and quickly rose in the ranks. In four years, she went from serving at an E1 status as a private — driving trucks containing anything from weapons to hazardous material to people — to an E6 military classification as a staff sergeant commanding a truck envoy and four soldiers.

Although Rodriguez abstractly understood the dangers she and her soldiers faced traversing Iraqi roadways, sometimes crossing active enemy lines, it wasn’t tangible she lost an 18-year-old driver who had become a close friend to an IED during her second deployment in 2005. And even then, there wasn’t time to reflect.

“You still have a mission,” said Rodriguez, who has the name of her deceased driver tattooed on her leg and stitched into the passenger side headrest of her truck, always riding along with her even now. “You can’t stop. You’re out there for a reason.”

With less than three months at home between deployments, Rodriguez didn’t fully process her loss and said the fear “we’re going to get blown up, we’re going to get blown up” played in her head over and over again during her third tour. “Then when it happened [in 2007], all I could think about was, ‘Nobody’s going to die on my watch again.’”

And then it happened again: Her envoy was hit with an RPG and pelted with enemy fire. After flinging her body over her driver’s to protect him from the gunfire, Rodriguez didn’t remember until waking up in a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany after being in a medically induced coma for seven days, asking if he was okay. Although her driver only suffered a dislocated elbow, Rodriguez sustained a traumatic brain injury that led to epilepsy.

“It took me a long time to realize I couldn’t be a soldier anymore,” said Rodriguez, who became one of 500 women to ever receive a Purple Heart. “I couldn’t get it through my head that that career was over. And I struggled with that. It put me in a really bad depressive state.”

Though out of the warzone, Rodriguez was still fighting physical battles against uncontrollable seizures and mental battles against anger and depression, a seemingly unending loop about the friends and life that she lost played on repeat in her head. Even individual and group therapy didn’t feel helpful and, in some of her darkest moments, Rodriguez would resort to self-harm. “I felt like it would never end,” she said. “So for me, the alternative was to just not be alive anymore.”

Thankfully a concerned (and persistent) friend was able to pull Rodriguez out of her thought cycle and isolation by convincing her to sign up for a five-day kayaking trip for female veterans.

“I thought that I couldn’t really do anything outside of just being at home because of my seizures were uncontrolled, so going on a whitewater rafting trip was not normal for me,” Rodriguez said. “But my friend kept hounding me, hounding me, hounding me, hounding me. And I finally just applied for the trip.”

She didn’t expect it to change her life.

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Rodriguez during her second deployment in 2015, when she was a gunner for a security truck.

Finding Purpose On The Water

Although Rodriguez had grown up exploring the outdoors, the first thing she felt upon arriving at Idaho’s pristine Salmon River was fear. Just like she replayed the fear of getting hit by an RPG during her third tour in Iraq, she replayed the image of losing control of her body and water and drowning.

Even though her seizures had become more manageable over the years and the trip was supervised by trained leaders, Rodriguez refused to get on a kayak and watched the other female veterans go down rapids for hours from the safety and solitude of the large boat that carried the group’s equipment. The hours became a day. And one day became two.

“Then finally, three days into the trip, I was like, ‘You know what? I got to do something. I’m not going to stay on this boat,’” Rodriguez said. “So I got on a kayak, and that one kayak changed my life.”

She didn’t seize when she got on the water. She didn’t drown. Rather, Rodriguez put her oar in the water and propelled her body forward. “It was like freedom all over again. It was like being born again, I guess. It was like I woke up.”

Once the cycle of self-doubt had been broken, Rodriguez progressed to being more adventurous on the water.

“Once I went down the rapids, it was like it just opened me up to everything,” Rodriguez said. “I started communicating with everyone. I realized that I wasn’t the only one that was dealing with the depression and injuries. Everybody in that group felt the same way I did, so I wasn’t alone anymore.”

Slowly but surely, Rodriguez began regaining the sense of camaraderie and autonomy she’d feared she’d lost.

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Rodriguez on a hunt she led with veterans in December 2019.

Finding A New Way To Serve

On her last night in Idaho, Rodriguez asked the group leaders how they got on the trip.

“When they told me they’re recreation therapists, I’d never heard anything like that before,” she said. “So I researched it and found out there was a school in Texas that could train me [in the field]. From that day forward… I told myself that I want to be the person that they were because it made me feel like a person again, and I wanted to impact as many people possible to have that feeling that I did because I know how much it changed my life.”

With the help of the Wounded Warrior Project, Rodriguez moved to Texas to receive her associate’s degree from Northwest Vista College in 2015 and received her bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from Texas State University in 2019.

Determined to help other veterans find new pathways to healing like she had on that trip down the Salmon River, Rodriguez is now an outdoors program manager for the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Skills For Life division.

“What we do is we take them out on outings — hunting, fishing, hiking, family outings — and let them experience the outdoors to try to get them mentally stable,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also began opening herself up to other venues of service, finding camaraderie again when she applied to become the first female officer of the San Diego’s Military Order of the Purple Heart, in which Purple Heart recipients donate their time and efforts to help brothers and sisters in arms who are adjusting back to civilian life.

“It’s just like being in a unit again,” she said. “We have a commander; we have a treasurer; there’s rank structure. We do functions like volunteering and raising money for different things, like if they need help to pay bills.”

Sometimes Rodriguez’s volunteer work and job as a recreational therapist overlap, like on a recent hunting trip of all-female Purple Heart recipients at Purple Heart Ranch in Texas. While it might have looked like a vacation to friends and family on social media, Rodriguez saw the impact her dedicated work had on a former Air Force medic on the trip.

“She had seen a lot of action [in war]… so her biggest fear was seeing the blood,” Rodriguez said. The woman was shocked when the act of shooting a gun or the sight of blood didn’t trigger traumatic combat memories like she was afraid it would. Knowing that she didn’t just leave the trip unscathed but having a good time helped alleviate her general anxiety. “She thanked me and told me, ‘I’d be comfortable with doing this again.’”

But the participants aren’t the only ones who find catharsis in these trips — they help Rodriguez’s healing process, too. Of course she still has her bad days. But now, seizure-free for the last three-and-a-half years with a job she loves, they are far outnumbered by the good days.

“I would beat myself up because I thought I was the only one that was having these dark thoughts, or dark worries,” Rodriguez said. “So I’d like to let [other injured warriors] know that they’re not alone, and there’s help out there. All they have to do is ask.”

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Rodriguez hiking the Bataan Memorial Death March through the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in March 2018. Her life goal is to climb Mount Everest.

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MSNBC’s Al Sharpton rips pro-Trump evangelicals: They’d ‘sell Jesus out’ for judicial appointments

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MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton harshly criticized pro-Trump evangelicals Monday in the wake of the president’s impeachment, claiming they would “sell Jesus out” in order to help a “shameless conman.”

Last week, the prominent evangelical magazine Christianity Today made headlines with an editorial supporting the removal of President Trump after the Democrats in the House of Representatives officially adopted two articles of impeachment over his response to an investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Appearing “Morning Joe,” Sharpton slammed evangelicals for trading in the “moral” position for “judicial nominees.”

“This is not a political position, this is a moral one,” Sharpton began, echoing the sentiment of the Christianity Today editor. “And by raising it to that level and putting in that perspective, he [Trump] not only exposes the president but he exposes a lot of the evangelical leaders saying, ‘I support the president on his judicial nominees, I support the president on a lot of things… But you can’t get away from his immorality, you can’t get away from his divisiveness, his lying, his race-baiting.”

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Sharpton went on to argue that the editorial is asking evangelicals if they are “bargaining and selling your soul for some judicial appointments” while sacrificing “the soul of the church.”

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“I think this is a devastating blow,” the MSNBC host continued. “The reason they’re so offended is it’s exposing all of them that they would take this shameless conman over the principles that they’re preaching in the holy season as we celebrate Jesus. They would sell Jesus out if they felt they could get something from it is the inference he is saying from the editorial and that’s sad on many levels.

Over the weekend, nearly 200 evangelical leaders condemned the magazine’s editorial, which “offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations,” they wrote to the magazine’s president.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.  

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Actor Edward Norton to be deposed in lawsuit over deadly Harlem fire

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Actor Edward Norton will give his account of the deadly fire on the set of his “Motherless Brooklyn” when he is deposed in February, according to new court papers.

The “Fight Club” star was shooting the movie at 773 St. Nicholas Ave. on March 22, 2018, when a blaze erupted, taking the life of firefighter Michael Davidson.

Davidson’s widow, Eileen, and five displaced tenants sued production company Class 5, Inc., as well as the building’s landlord, claiming their negligence led to the fire.

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Norton is set to testify in the cases on Feb. 20.

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Four of the displaced residents sought to depose Norton last month since he was present the night of the fire.

Video showed the actor apparently distressed as he stood outside the building while firefighters and trucks were on the scene combating the blaze.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs declined to comment.

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Lawyers for Class 5 and a rep for Norton did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Obama Is Reportedly Talking Up Elizabeth Warren With Donors

Former President Barack Obama has been privately praising presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), The Hill reported Monday.

According to sources familiar with the interactions, Obama has been talking up Warren in conversations with donors who are hesitant to support a candidate running a campaign that’s critical of Wall Street and America’s billionaire class.

“He obviously thinks she’s very smart,” one Democratic donor told The Hill. “He thinks her policy ideas matter. And I think he sees her running the campaign with the most depth.”

A longtime Obama ally told The Hill that Warren “checked the box” for all of the criteria Obama considers important in a presidential candidate. “I think he feels licensed to give an opinion on her because he’s ‘hired’ her,” the person added.

Spokespeople for Obama and for Warren’s campaign did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment on the matter.

Obama, whose onetime running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, is also vying for the Democratic nomination, has declined to formally endorse any of the candidates. Julián Castro, who served as Obama’s head of the Housing and Urban Development Department, is another one of candidates hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020.

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Privately, however, Obama has reportedly vowed to speak out against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) if he is on track to become the nominee. 

Support from Obama could be a boon for Warren, who’s trailing just behind South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in polls for the Iowa caucus that’s less than two months away. 

She already has support from more than 200 alumni of Obama’s campaigns and administration who signed on to a letter organized by a pair of former senior Obama aides.

There was periodic tension between Obama and Warren throughout his presidency. As a Harvard Law professor, Warren spearheaded the formation of Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but sparred with him over what role she could play in it ― reportedly causing a rift with both Obama and swaths of his staffers.

Warren doesn’t say much about Obama on the campaign trail, but what she does say is generally positive. However, her vows to tackle poverty by breaking up big businesses and raising taxes on the wealthy have the same undercurrent of one of her biggest gripes with the Obama administration. His top-down approach to avoiding a depression and global financial crisis by saving the country’s biggest financial institutions instead of starting with Americans losing their homes, she’s argued, is a big part of what helped someone like Trump ascend to the White House.

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