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Eric Trump blasts Hunter Biden over ‘rampant corruption’

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Eric Trump said Tuesday it’s never good to criticize the children of politicians, but stressed that critiques of Hunter Biden are not based on personal animus.

Trump claimed on “The Ingraham Angle” that Biden, the 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden, is involved in “rampant corruption.”

“I don’t like attacking politicians’ kids — I’ve been on the receiving end of this,” he said.

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“I would never do it to the Obama kids, I’ve never done it to the Bush kids, I wouldn’t do it to Chelsea [Clinton],” he added. “The problem is this is rampant corruption.”

Reacting to clips from the younger Biden’s Tuesday interview with ABC News, Trump said it was interesting to hear Biden mention his experience on the Amtrak’s board when reacting to questions about his foreign business dealings.

“Isn’t the next obvious question, ‘What qualified you to sit on the board of Amtrak?'” Trump asked.

Trump told host Laura Ingraham he believed Biden got his place on the Amtrak board because his father, a former U.S. senator from Delaware, was vice president.

Trump remarked he would ride Amtrak weekly while attending Georgetown to commute on weekends between New York and Union Station in Washington.

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“That does not qualify me to sit on the board of Amtrak,” he said.

“It is rampant corruption and it … shouldn’t happen and it’s disgusting and quite frankly it is disqualifying.”

Trump also offered a response to Hunter Biden’s remarks about himself and his elder brother, Donald Trump Jr.

In response to Eric Trump joking to a Minneapolis rally crowd that shouts of “Lock her up!” might change to “Lock him up!” — in an apparent reference to Biden — the son of the former vice president told ABC News, “Who cares?”

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“Barnum and Bailey,” he remarked, making a nickname for Donald Trump Jr., and calling him, “not somebody I really care about.”

In response to Biden, Eric Trump told Ingraham there is a difference between himself and the younger Biden.

“The difference between us and Hunter is, when my father became commander-in-chief of this country, we got out of all international business. When his father became vice president of the United States, he got into international business.”

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6-year-old Minnesota boy vanishes after getting off school bus

Hundreds are helping in the search for a 6-year-old boy who vanished after he got off a school bus in a small town in Minnesota Tuesday afternoon.

The boy, identified only by his first name, Ethan, left the bus with his siblings north of Becker, Minn., and ran off to play with his family’s dog just after 4 p.m., the Sherburne County Sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

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He has not been seen since.

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Ethan has blond hair and was wearing a light blue Becker spirit T-shirt, grey Becker sweatpants and blue hoodie with no writing on it, the sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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Warren Draws Fire From All Sides, Reflecting a Shift in Fortunes in Race

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WESTERVILLE, OHIO — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts faced a sustained barrage of criticism from her Democratic rivals at a presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday, tangling with a group of underdog moderates who assailed her liberal economic proposals, while former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared to fade from the fray after parrying President Trump’s attacks on his family.

The debate confirmed that the primary race had entered a new phase, defined by Ms. Warren’s apparent strength and the increasing willingness of other Democrats to challenge her. She has risen toward the top of the polls while confronting limited resistance from her opponents, and in past debates she attracted a fraction of the hostility that Democrats trained on Mr. Biden.

That changed in a dramatic fashion on Tuesday, when a group of her rivals voiced sharp skepticism of Ms. Warren’s agenda or accused her of taking impractical stances on issues like health care and taxation. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., insistently charged Ms. Warren with evading a “yes-or-no” question on how she would pay for a “Medicare for all” health care system, while Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota cast parts of Ms. Warren’s platform as a “pipe dream.” Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas branded Ms. Warren’s worldview as overly “punitive.”

Ms. Warren sought at every turn to dispense with her critics by casting them as lacking ambition or political grit. When she addressed criticism of her proposal to tax vast private fortunes, for instance, Ms. Warren suggested her opponents believed it was “more important to protect billionaires than it is to invest in an entire generation” but did not single out her rivals.

The debate unfolded in a drastically altered political landscape, with Mr. Trump facing impeachment and Mr. Biden in the center of a firestorm over his son’s financial overseas financial dealings. The candidates were prompted to cover a wide range of issues, including a number that had featured little or not at all in past debates, such as the impeachment of Mr. Trump, the Turkish invasion of Syria and the details of gun control policy and the taxation of great wealth.

The moderators began with a series of questions about impeachment to each of the 12 candidates — the largest field ever for a primary debate — affording them an opportunity to denounce Mr. Trump. And Mr. Biden was quickly asked about his son Hunter Biden’s overseas financial work, delivering a narrow, repetitive answer in which he said neither he nor his son had done anything wrong.

Foreign policy played a greater role on Tuesday evening than in any other debate, pushed to the political foreground by the renewed outbreak of war and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. The Democrats chiefly trained their attention on Mr. Trump’s role in instigating the crisis there: For instance, Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, condemned Mr. Trump for “caging kids on the border and letting ISIS prisoners run free” in Syria.

With Mr. Biden a diminished force, Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar appeared determined to present themselves as strong alternatives for voters in the middle. Both emphasized their Midwestern credentials, and Mr. Buttigieg invoked his experience as a military veteran in several wide-ranging answers on foreign policy.

Their new aggressiveness represented a shorter-term calculation about halting Ms. Warren’s increasing strength in Iowa. With Ms. Warren gaining there, Ms. Klobuchar and Ms. Buttigieg plainly decided to target her in an effort to appeal to the state’s moderate voters, who so far have lined up with Mr. Biden.

With a powerfully funded campaign and an expanding field operation in Iowa, Mr. Buttigieg may be uniquely well positioned to cut into Mr. Biden’s blocs of support in the leadoff caucus state.

In an intense argument that reflected their changing fortunes in the race, Mr. Biden briefly went on the offensive against Ms. Warren toward the end of the debate, describing her health care plans as “vague” and demanding in a raised voice that she give him some credit for her signature accomplishment, the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 financial crisis. Ms. Warren expressed gratitude for the help she had received — not from Mr. Biden but from former President Barack Obama.

But Ms. Warren was on the defensive for much of the evening and most of all on the issue of single-payer health care, when she again declined to specify precisely how she would fund a sweeping system of government-backed insurance. Unlike Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Ms. Warren has not acknowledged in plain terms that a “Medicare for all” plan would quite likely have to substitute broad-based taxes for private insurance premiums and other costs.

“I will not sign a bill into law that does not lower costs for middle-class families,” Ms. Warren said, declining to elaborate.

Ms. Klobuchar, in her most assertive debate performance yet, chided Ms. Warren for not explaining to voters “where we’re going to send the invoice” for single-payer care.

“At least Bernie’s being honest here,” Ms. Klobuchar said.

Ms. Warren was squeezed, at times, from the left as well: While Mr. Sanders never broke their informal nonaggression pact, he agreed with several of the moderates that it was “appropriate” to enumerate the financial trade-offs involved in single-payer health care, including taxes on Americans that would be “substantially less than what they were paying for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.”

And while Mr. Sanders, who had a heart attack this month, was forced to address new concerns about his health, his campaign aides confirmed during the debate that he had secured an endorsement from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York that could inject new energy into his candidacy.

But there were also the germs of a broader debate about the role of the United States in the Middle East: In an intense exchange between the two military veterans onstage, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said that it was not only Mr. Trump who had “the blood of the Kurds on his hands,” but also politicians in both parties and news media organizations that had cheered for “regime change war.”

Her remarks drew forceful pushback from Mr. Buttigieg, who said Ms. Gabbard was “dead wrong,” arguing that “the slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence — it a consequence of a withdrawal and a betrayal by this president of American allies and American values.”

While Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren did not clash directly over foreign policy, they diverged in a stark fashion over the situation in Syria. Mr. Biden said he would want to keep American troops there and convey to the Turkish government that it would pay a “heavy price” for its invasion. Ms. Warren said she opposed Mr. Trump’s handling of the situation but believed the United States should “get out of the Middle East.”

Throughout the evening, Mr. Biden played a far less central role than he did in past debates, stepping to the foreground for exchanges over foreign policy but otherwise taking a more passive approach. His most important moment of the night may have come early on, when he was pressed by a moderator to explain why his son had not crossed any ethical lines by doing business in Ukraine while his father was overseeing diplomacy there for the Obama administration.

Mr. Biden said several times that he and his son had done “nothing wrong,” and alluded repeatedly to an interview Hunter Biden gave to ABC News, in which he said it had been an error in judgment to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while the elder Mr. Biden was vice president. Mr. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption, often in false or exaggerated terms, and his efforts to enlist the government of Ukraine in tarring Mr. Biden instigated an impeachment inquiry.

“This is about Trump’s corruption,” Mr. Biden said. “That’s what we should be focusing on.”

None of Mr. Biden’s Democratic rivals chose to press the subject, reflecting both the political sensitivity of issues touching on Mr. Biden’s family and also a calculation, by his most immediate rivals, that Mr. Biden is likely to continue sinking in the race without a further onslaught from fellow Democrats. While a number of candidates are hoping to peel away moderate voters from Mr. Biden, they tried to do so on Tuesday by challenging the left rather than by blasting the leading candidate of the center.

Defending his political stature, Mr. Biden at one point described himself as “the only one on this stage who has gotten anything really big done,” and cited his work on the Violence Against Women Act and the Obama administration’s health care law.

That argument drew a fierce response from Mr. Sanders, who said Mr. Biden had also achieved far less laudable feats, like the passage of the NAFTA trade deal and a law tightening the federal bankruptcy code. “You got the disastrous war in Iraq done,” Mr. Sanders said.

And Ms. Warren, too, took issue with Mr. Biden’s claim, pointing to her role as the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — an agency, she said, that represented “structural change in our economy.” In a moment of crackling tension, Mr. Biden raised his voice and urged Ms. Warren to give him credit, too, for the birth of the agency.

“I went onto the floor and got you votes,” he said.

Ms. Warren retorted by saying she was “deeply grateful for President Obama, who fought so hard to make sure that agency was passed into law,” as well as for others in the administration who did the same.

Just as striking as the offensives by Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Buttigieg were the more passive showings by Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris — both of whom were counting on a strong outing.

Mr. Booker repeatedly said the focus of the debate should be on Mr. Trump. He denounced the moderators’ questions about Mr. Biden’s son. “The only person sitting at home enjoying that was Donald Trump,” Mr. Booker said.

And he even defended the fitness of the septuagenarian candidates onstage — Mr. Biden, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren — by noting that Mr. Trump would be the least healthy candidate running in 2020. Ms. Harris also mostly trained her fire on the president, at one point using her new catch line: “Dude gotta go.”

The only moment when Ms. Harris showed any appetite for tangling with the other candidates was when she demanded to know why Ms. Warren would not join her in urging Twitter to remove the president’s account.

Ms. Harris seemed more focus on trying to build support with women, as she spoke most forcefully about the importance of defending abortion rights. “It is her body, it is her right, it is her decision,” she said.

After presenting her message at the previous three debates with only intermittent challenges from her rivals, Ms. Warren was met with cutting criticism of her signature populist flourishes.

“I want to give a reality check to Elizabeth,” said Ms. Klobuchar, before alluding to another candidate onstage, the hedge fund executive Tom Steyer. “No one on this stage wants to protect billionaires. Not even the billionaire wants to protect billionaires. We just have different approaches.”

Mr. Buttigieg was just as pointed, repeatedly casting Ms. Warren as a “Washington politician,” but he and Ms. Klobuchar were not alone. Even lagging candidates such as former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Andrew Yang, a former tech entrepreneur, took on Ms. Warren, all but confirming her front-runner status.

Mr. Sanders was not as ubiquitous a presence as he had been at past debates, but he drew applause by pre-empting a question about his health. “I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” he said before vowing “a vigorous campaign.”

That, Mr. Sanders said, “is how I think I can reassure the American people.”

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Washington Nationals sweep St. Louis Cardinals for first trip to World Series in 86 years

The Washington Nationals picked the right time to get hot.

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The team scored seven runs in the first inning at home in Washington, to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 for a four-game sweep of the National League Championship Series. The wild-card team, which quickly dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series, benefited from their star pitchers that have closed the doors on their opponents.

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The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The team will have one week to bask in the glory of their first pennant in 86 years before they face off against either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the World Series.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar To Endorse Bernie Sanders

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the race for the White House, their campaigns said on Tuesday evening. 

The Washington Post was the first to report that the rising progressive star planned to back the senator. HuffPost has confirmed the endorsement, which will be publicly announced at a rally in New York on Saturday.

Sanders has faced questions about his health and fitness during the 2020 race after suffering a heart attack earlier this month, although he moved to downplay those fears with his energetic performance during the fourth Democratic debate in Ohio on Tuesday. 

“I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” Sanders said during the debate, thanking supporters and fellow candidates for their words of support. “I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I’m so happy to be back here with you this evening.”

The endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez, who got her start in politics volunteering for Sanders in the 2016 primary, is a major political win for Sanders, and one of the most coveted of the 2020 cycle. It provides a welcome jolt to Sanders’ campaign as he tries to arrest his flagging position in the polls and reassure voters nervous about his health.

It is also a setback for his progressive rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has prided herself on having a knack for relationship-building. Warren had worked to develop a rapport with Ocasio-Cortez, joining her in, among other things, social media appearances such as a lighthearted discussion of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a fellow freshman progressive, announced that she was endorsing Sanders on Tuesday night as well.

When she was elected in November, Omar became one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress. She is liable to serve as a surrogate for Sanders to a faith community with whom he did exceptionally well in key states like Michigan in 2016.

In a statement announcing her endorsement, Omar cited her work with Sanders on legislation eliminating student debt, making public school meals free, adopting a more humane immigration policy and ending the United States’ “forever wars.”

“Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography,” Omar said. “And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020.” 

Omar might also have mentioned that Sanders, who would be the first Jewish president if elected, was one of her first and most ardent defenders when she faced allegations of employing anti-Semitic rhetoric in February.

“What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate,” he said in a statement. “That’s wrong.”

CNN reported that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the other Muslim woman elected to Congress in 2018, plans to throw her support behind Sanders on Saturday as well, though the Sanders campaign declined to confirm it. A spokesperson for Tlaib did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s unclear who the final member of “the Squad” of four liberal congresswomen, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), will support. Pressley, who previously served eight years on the Boston City Council, has a more conventional pedigree than the other Squad members and a history of taking less radical stances on matters like U.S. policy toward Israel.

Sanders remains a front-runner in the Democratic race, and his campaign reported more than $25 million in campaign donations in the third quarter of 2019.

But the Vermont senator has been dropping in the polls, and all eyes were on Warren during Tuesday’s debate in Ohio.

This article has been updated with more details on the endorsements and background about the congresswomen. 

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Another Democratic Debate, Another Pointless Argument About Health Care

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Americans who tuned into the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign on Tuesday expecting to hear more about the candidates’ views on health care couldn’t be blamed if they thought they were watching a rerun.

Once again, the discussion focused almost exclusively on the question of how to pay for ”Medicare for All,” the sweeping plan to replace the current mixed private-public health coverage system in the United States with a government-financed single-payer program

“Will you raise taxes on the middle class to pay for it, yes or no?” New York Times national editor Marc Lacey asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

And once again, voters were subjected to a virtually pointless trading of talking points that shed no new light on how the candidates diagnose the flaws of the U.S. health care system or how they propose to cure them. Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) support Medicare for All. Former Vice President Joe Biden (D), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and the other candidates don’t.

If you’re a Democratic voter, the only reason this would be news to you is if you awoke from a coma immediately before the start of Tuesday’s debate.

Focusing a conversation about America’s deeply messed up, unaffordable and unfair health care system with a “gotcha” question about whether fixing it would require tax increases serves no one other than moderators looking to frame progressive proposals entirely around their costs.

The aim here is not to illuminate the trade-offs inherent in any health care reform proposal. It’s to create a clip of a leading candidate ― in this case, Warren ― talking about tax increases based on the assumption that tax increases are inherently bad, in the view of the people asking the question.

Sanders has spoken plainly about the need for new taxes to finance his Medicare for All plan. “At the end of the day, the overwhelming majority of people will save money on their health care bills,” Sanders said Tuesday. “But I do think it is appropriate to acknowledge that taxes will go up.”

Warren avoids the word “tax,” but it doesn’t take a genius to understand that she is saying the same thing.

“Costs will go up for the wealthy, they will go up for big corporations, and for middle-class families, they will go down,” Warren said. “I will not sign a bill into law that does not lower costs for middle-class families.” 

In other words, new taxes would target those who have lots of money and, to the extent that middle-class people see new taxes to finance Medicare for All, those will be lower than what such families pay today for health care. Sanders and Warren describe this the same way, except for the “t” word.

Voters are getting pretty sick of this argument, according to survey results the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation published Tuesday. Last week, 48% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents reported they thought the candidates were talking too much about Medicare for All. Fifty-one percent thought there was too much discussion of health coverage programs, and 45% thought there was too much talk about the Affordable Care Act.

A majority of these voters told pollsters they wanted to hear more about subjects like the cost of prescription drugs and dealing with surprise medical bills.

The organizers of the Ohio debate must not have seen that survey. 

Of course, creating a federal program that provides health coverage with no premiums, no deductibles and no out-of-pocket costs at the point of service would require tax increases. Health care that’s free when you receive it isn’t actually free. Taxpayers just pay for it in advance.

Centralizing the health coverage system would surely enable more aggressive cost-containment than is possible under the fragmented coverage system America has today. If the federal government were the sole purchaser of health care services and products, the federal government would have unparalleled power to push down the prices for those services and products. Eliminating private insurance also would do away with the money insurance companies spend on administrative costs and enriching their executives and shareholders.

Yet no serious person can claim the government wouldn’t need to raise money to finance a single-payer system. 

The real question is who would pay those taxes and how the burden of new taxes would compare to what American households are currently paying in premiums, co-payments and care their insurance plans don’t cover at all. And that’s to say nothing of the millions of uninsured Americans, who today face unlimited costs when they get sick or injured.

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Nationals sweep Cardinals in NLCS, reach first World Series in franchise history

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WASHINGTON – Tonight, the Nation’s Capital will party like it’s 1933.

The Washington Nationals completed a dominating sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 7-4 victory that wrapped up the National League Championship Series – and set the stage for the first World Series in Washington, D.C., since the original Senators lost to the New York Giants 86 years ago.

The Nationals hit rookie starter Dakota Hudson with seven runs in the first inning to give the sellout crowd of 43,976 an anticipation of celebration throughout the game. But the Cardinals cut the lead to three runs in the fifth and had the bases loaded in the top of the eighth before closer Daniel Hudson wiggled his way out of a jam by getting pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter to ground out to end the inning.

The inability of the St. Louis hitters to generate any offense was the story of this NLCS. Corbin’s four earned runs in Game 4 were the first ones Nationals starting pitchers allowed in the series. The Cardinals could muster just 16 hits in 123 at-bats over the four games, for a collective .130 average. And they never had a lead at any point in the entire series.

“It’s great, but it’s not just the starting pitchers, it’s everybody. Everybody has a hand in this,” Max Scherzer said prophetically after Game 3. “You can give starting pitchers credit, but it’s also been the offense, defense, baserunning. We’re clicking and firing on all cylinders and that’s what makes it so much fun.”

Man of the moment

He didn’t quite pitch to the standard of the first three Nationals starters, but left-hander Patrick Corbin did show a similar streak of dominance – striking out the side in the top of the first inning and fanning seven of the first nine hitters to come to the plate.

Entering the game with a 7.56 ERA in the postseason, Corbin settled back into his familiar starting role after a relief appearance in Game 2. After cruising through the first three innings, recorded strikeouts eight and nine before Yadier Molina plated the Cardinals’ first run with a solo homer in the fourth. Although he gave up three runs in the fifth, Corbin came back to fan Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna – both on his trademark slider – to end the threat.

Corbin’s final line: five innings, four runs, four hits, three walks and 12 strikeouts.

Turning point

The Nats made an immediate statement in Game 4, blasting rookie right-hander Dakota Hudson for seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the first inning.

Anthony Rendon drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Juan Soto added an RBI double to get things started. The Nationals also benefited from a pair of defensive misplays: second baseman Kolten Wong dropped a throw on a potential force play and a trio of Cardinals – Wong, right fielder Jose Martinez and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt – allowed a shallow popup off the bat of Victor Robles to drop in between them that allowed another run to score.

That one inning typified the Nationals’ complete dominance in the series … and also the Cardinals’ relative ineptitude. Even thought St. Louis did cut the lead to three, their anemic offense never gave any indication they could fully recover from such a huge early deficit.

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Manager’s special

Knowing the reward was nearly a week’s worth of rest if his team could complete the sweep, Nationals manager Dave Martinez was aggressive in going to his bullpen in the sixth inning with Corbin showing signs of fatigue.

Martinez pulled Corbin after 94 pitches and turned the game over to hard-throwing right-hander Tanner Rainey for a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

In the seventh he called on left-hander Sean Doolittle, who retired five consecutive batters before allowing a two-out single. So with four outs remaining, Martinez brought out closer Daniel Hudson to extinguish any threat in the eighth and get the final three outs in the ninth.

Needing a mulligan

The Cardinals’ No. 3 and 4 hitters, Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna, both hit .412 with an OPS over 1.300 in the division series. However, it was a completely different story against the Nationals in the NLCS.

Goldschmidt struck out four times in Game 3 and each of his first three times up in Game 4. He finished the series with one single and nine strikeouts in 16 at-bats.

Ozuna wasn’t much better. After striking out his first three trips to the plate against Corbin, he singled in the eighth to finish the series 3-for-16.

Combined they hit a meager .125 with one extra-base hit in four games. With such as devastating lack of production from the heart of the order, the Cardinals never had a lead in the entire series.

State of the Nationals

Following their sweep, the Nationals will have a little extra time to rest before traveling to either Houston or New York for Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday.

Nats manager Dave Martinez will have the luxury of giving his four starting pitchers – who were so dominant in sweeping the Cardinals – even more rest than they were accustomed to having in the regular season.

Most likely that means Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg will start Games 1 and 2 on the road with Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez in some order for Games 3 and 4 as the World Series returns to Washington for the first time since 1933.

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Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib reportedly will endorse Bernie Sanders

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At least three members of the “Squad” of far-left freshman members of Congress will endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

Fox News has learned that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will appear with Sanders on Saturday in Queens, N.Y., at a “Bernie’s Back” rally designed to generate excitement for the senator’s campaign following his recent heart procedure.

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In addition, Fox has confirmed that Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will endorse Sanders as well. It was not immediately clear if Omar and Tlaib will appear at the same Sanders event.

The endorsements would be a significant blow to the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who like Sanders has been representing the party’s progressive wing.

Word of the endorsements also followed Tuesday night’s democratic debate in Ohio, where Warren was under attack from multiple candidates after rising in the polls in recent weeks.

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Winning the OK of the “Squad” members was also viewed as crucial in attracting young voters, as the top three Democrats in the polls are all senior citizens – Sanders is 78, former Vice President Joe Biden is 76 and Warren is 70.

There was no indication that the fourth member of the Squad, Rep. Ayannna Pressley, D-Mass., was ready to make an endorsement – either of Sanders or any other candidate.

​​​​​​​Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Andrew Craft contributed to this report.

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Trump Suggests CNN’s President Will Resign. CNN Replies ‘LOL.’

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President Donald Trump is spreading a rumor that CNN chief Jeff Zucker is about to resign, but CNN’s communications team didn’t seem to be taking it too seriously.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he’d heard Zucker would be resigning “now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud”:

The president’s claim comes after CNN was targeted by right-wing nonprofit group Project Veritas this week. The group released hidden-camera recordings of Zucker telling news staffers to focus coverage on impeachment proceedings. The group claims the footage exposes bias at the network. Past claims by the group against other media have been discredited.

Trump and Zucker have had an ongoing feud throughout Trump’s presidency, with Trump regularly attacking the network for perceived bias against him. 

CNN’s global vice president of communications, Matt Dornic, seemed to find Trump’s tweet rather laughable, replying with a short and sweet “lol.”

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