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Juul Faces Multistate Investigation Into Possible Marketing To Children

A multistate investigation of Juul Labs’ marketing and sales practices is underway, with plans to examine whether the popular e-cigarette company targeted its products toward children.

Attorneys general from Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas are spearheading the investigation by 39 state attorneys general, officials said in a joint statement Tuesday.

The probe will look into the company’s possible targeting of youth, its claims regarding nicotine content, and statements regarding risks, safety and effectiveness as a smoking cessation device.

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A cashier displays a packet of tobacco-flavored Juul pods at a store in San Francisco.

“I will not prejudge where this investigation will lead, but we will follow every fact and are prepared to take strong action in conjunction with states across the nation to protect public health,” said Connecticut Attorney General William Tong in a statement.

“As Florida’s Attorney General and a mother, I cannot sit on the sidelines while this public health epidemic grows, and our next generation becomes addicted to nicotine,” said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Juul, in a statement Tuesday, said it will cooperate in an effort to combat underage use of its products and help “transition adult smokers from combustible cigarettes.”

“As part of that process in the U.S., we are preparing comprehensive and scientifically rigorous Premarket Tobacco Product Applications, stopped the sale of flavored pods other than Tobacco and Menthol in November, halted our television, print and digital product advertising, implemented a $1 billion restructuring plan, and support the Administration’s final flavor policy,” the company said in a statement. “Our customer base is the world’s 1 billion adult smokers and we do not intend to attract underage users.”

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Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. The popular e-cigarette company has faced a number of lawsuits over its products and its use by children.

Juul, which launched in 2015, has branded itself as “the smoking alternative” that can be used to help adult smokers quit. Despite this branding, the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that underage middle and high school students are increasingly using e-cigarettes. The majority of users surveyed named Juul as their usual go-to brand.

“While cigarette smoking is at an all-time low among high school students, increases in e-cigarette use have reversed progress made in the decline of overall youth tobacco use,” the survey found.

New regulations against the products have popped up across the country in response to underage use. The company has also faced a number of lawsuits filed over concerns that its products are internationally advertising to teenagers.

Nine attorneys general previously announced lawsuits against the company, including the Massachusetts attorney general’s office earlier this month. That lawsuit accuses Juul of purchasing online advertisements for its products on websites for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Seventeen magazine just after the company’s launch.

News of the multistate investigation came the same day it was reported that two Juul executives are leaving the company and that Juul plans to scale back its operations in Singapore. Those two executives, Kenneth Bishop and Grant Winterton, oversaw Asia Pacific South, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Fashion industry titan Peter Nygard’s Times Square office raided in sex-trafficking probe, report says

The FBI and NYPD Tuesday morning raided the Time Square offices of Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard as part of a sex-trafficking investigation, officials said.

Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, confirmed to The Post that the raid was carried out but would not elaborate or provide details.

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FILE: Peter Nygard attends the 24th Night of 100 Stars Oscars Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (Invision/AP)

Photos from the scene show federal agents and city cops swarming throughout the company’s Broadway headquarters, and hauling away at least a half-dozen cardboard boxes from the building.

Nygard and his company, Nygard International, have been under investigation for months after several women accused the 78-year-old of sexually assaulting them in his Lyford Cay estate in the Bahamas, sources told The Post.

The ritzy retreat was once featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” ABC News reported.

Tuesday’s raid comes on the heels of a federal lawsuit filed Feb. 13 against Nygard and his company by 10 women who accuse the Canadian businessman of a “decades-long sex-trafficking scheme” — among them a 15-year-old girl.

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According to the lawsuit, Nygard regularly hosted sex- and alcohol-laced gatherings called “pamper parties” at the Bahamian estate and in California, where young girls were allegedly subjected to depraved fetishes.

The parties were “both to promote the Nygard company’s brand and facilitate commercial sex acts,” according to the lawsuit.

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Lawyers for the women who sued said they have “over 100 witnesses” in the case that include “dozens of victims.”

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CDC Urges Americans To Prepare For Coronavirus Spread

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Federal health officials said Tuesday that Americans should prepare to see a nationwide spread of the new coronavirus that has so far killed around 2,700 people worldwide.

Nancy Messonnier, a director with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters that the U.S. is “buying more time to prepare” for likely outbreaks with its current containment measures. 

“To date, our containment strategies have been largely successful. We have relatively few cases in the United States,” Messonnier said.

She continued: “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

Community spread, in public health lingo, means that people become infected without knowing how or where they became infected.

It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness. Nancy Messonnier,  National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC

Fears about the virus, named COVID-19, caused a massive 1,000-point drop in the stock market on Monday and another dramatic dip on Tuesday as the Trump administration scrambled to take action. On Monday night, the administration requested a supplemental $2.5 billion budget ― which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized as insufficient ― to help battle the virus. 

The markets appeared affected again after the CDC’s warning Tuesday morning.

In response, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow made wildly misleading claims about the virus on CNBC aimed at quelling fears.

“We have contained this,” Kudlow erroneously said, adding, “I won’t say airtight but pretty close to airtight.”  

So far, COVID-19 meets two out of three criteria for a pandemic, which is defined as the worldwide spread of a new disease. 

Authorities have been seeing a steady uptick in cases that lack a known source of exposure to the virus, Messonnier said.

She outlined three categories of protective measures that Americans can take: personal measures, which include hand-washing; community measures, which include “social distancing efforts” such as quarantines and school closures; and environmental measures, which involve frequent surface-cleaning. 

“I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to daily life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now,” Messonnier said. 

She encouraged parents, in particular, to make alternate child care plans.

“You should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures. Ask about plans for teleschool,” she said.

The CDC also recommends that businesses increase the use of videoconferencing to avoid physical gatherings in the event of an outbreak.

COVID-19 is different from other novel viruses in that it has a relatively low fatality rate of 2%, unlike viruses that have caused panic in the past. Avian flu, for example, has a fatality rate of around 60%. Because COVID-19 also has the ability to spread without causing severe symptoms ― and for some people, no symptoms at all ― an article in The Atlantic this week predicted that a large swath of the population is likely to contract it within the next year. 

Messonnier also urged Americans to understand what they are up against, saying: “As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.”

As of Tuesday, COVID-19 has sickened more than 80,000 people globally after appearing in China’s Wuhan region late last year. There have been just 14 confirmed cases in the U.S. so far. 

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Joe Scarborough mocks Sanders’ defense of Castro: ‘Like saying Mussolini had the trains running’

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blasted Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Tuesday, likening his defense of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to praise for Italy’s Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

His comments came after Sanders appeared to defend Castro for his support of a “literacy brigade” on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday.

“They helped people to read and write,” Sanders told interviewer Anderson Cooper. “You know what, I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing.”

“That’s like saying Mussolini had the trains running,” said Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida. “You cannot talk about Fidel Castro’s literacy programs, you just can’t — not in American politics — and shouldn’t be able to without talking about the long laundry list of evils committed by Fidel Castro against his own people over decades.”

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Earlier in the program, Scarborough acknowledged that Castro “had a literacy regime, but he also had a regime who tortured Catholics, tortured people who worshipped God in a way he didn’t like, tortured students that had newspapers, kept people locked up for years, killed people.”

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Scarborough then predicted that the comments meant that “Bernie Sanders will get wiped out in South Florida, which means he will never — like I’m talking about in the general election — I don’t know how he’ll do in the primary there. Kiss Florida goodbye.”

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In remarks at the University of Vermont in 1986, Sanders — then the mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city — recalled “being very excited when Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba.”

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“I was a kid … and it just seemed right and appropriate that poor people were rising up against rather ugly rich people.”

During that speech, Sanders said he almost had to “puke” when he saw John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon “talking about which particular method they should use about destroying the revolution” during a 1960 election debate.

“For the first time in my adult life, what I was seeing is the Democrats and Republicans … clearly that there really wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the two,” he said.

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CDC Urges Americans To Prepare For Coronavirus Spread

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Federal health officials said Tuesday that Americans should prepare to see a nationwide spread of the new coronavirus that has so far killed around 2,700 people worldwide.

Nancy Messonnier, a director with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters that the U.S. is “buying more time to prepare” for likely outbreaks with its current containment measures. 

“To date, our containment strategies have been largely successful. We have relatively few cases in the United States,” Messonnier said.

She continued: “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

Community spread, in public health lingo, means that people become infected without knowing how or where they became infected.

It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness. Nancy Messonnier,  National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC

Fears about the virus, named COVID-19, caused a massive 1,000-point drop in the stock market on Monday and another dramatic dip on Tuesday as the Trump administration scrambled to take action. On Monday night, the administration requested a supplemental $2.5 billion budget ― which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized as insufficient ― to help battle the virus. 

The markets appeared affected again after the CDC’s warning Tuesday morning.

In response, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow made wildly misleading claims about the virus on CNBC aimed at quelling fears.

“We have contained this,” Kudlow erroneously said, adding, “I won’t say airtight but pretty close to airtight.”  

So far, COVID-19 meets two out of three criteria for a pandemic, which is defined as the worldwide spread of a new disease. 

Authorities have been seeing a steady uptick in cases that lack a known source of exposure to the virus, Messonnier said.

She outlined three categories of protective measures that Americans can take: personal measures, which include hand-washing; community measures, which include “social distancing efforts” such as quarantines and school closures; and environmental measures, which involve frequent surface-cleaning. 

“I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to daily life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now,” Messonnier said. 

She encouraged parents, in particular, to make alternate child care plans.

“You should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures. Ask about plans for teleschool,” she said.

The CDC also recommends that businesses increase the use of videoconferencing to avoid physical gatherings in the event of an outbreak.

COVID-19 is different from other novel viruses in that it has a relatively low fatality rate of 2%, unlike viruses that have caused panic in the past. Avian flu, for example, has a fatality rate of around 60%. Because COVID-19 also has the ability to spread without causing severe symptoms ― and for some people, no symptoms at all ― an article in The Atlantic this week predicted that a large swath of the population is likely to contract it within the next year. 

Messonnier also urged Americans to understand what they are up against, saying: “As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.”

As of Tuesday, COVID-19 has sickened more than 80,000 people globally after appearing in China’s Wuhan region late last year. There have been just 14 confirmed cases in the U.S. so far. 

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Tesla and Industry Criticized at Hearing on Autopilot System

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WASHINGTON — A top federal safety official said on Tuesday that Tesla, the auto industry and regulators were not doing enough to prevent accidents involving advanced driver-assistance systems like Tesla’s Autopilot.

The criticism from the official, Robert L. Sumwalt, who is chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, came at the start of a hearing at which the board is expected to conclude its investigation into a fatal 2018 crash involving a Tesla in California.

“Industry keeps implementing technology in such a way that people can get injured or killed, ignoring this board’s recommendations intended to help them prevent such tragedies,” Mr. Sumwalt said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, safety board’s staff will present findings, analysis and recommendations from its investigation into the 2018 crash, which killed the car’s driver, Wei Huang. Mr. Sumwalt also said other federal regulators had provided “scant oversight” to the auto industry.

The board’s staff and members issued sharp criticism for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which they accused of taking a “misguided” and “hands-off” approach to regulating such technology.

In a statement, N.H.T.S.A. said that all crashes caused by distracted driving, including those in which driver-assistance systems were in use, were a “major concern” and that it planned to review the board’s report.

The board meeting is the latest development in a string of federal investigations into crashes involving Tesla’s Autopilot system, which can, among other things, keep a moving car in its lane and match the speed of surrounding vehicles. Tesla has said that the system should be used only under certain conditions, but some safety experts say the company doesn’t do enough to educate drivers about those limitations or take steps to make sure drivers do not become overly reliant on the system and, thus, distracted.

Mr. Huang had been playing a game on his phone during the drive, but it was not clear whether he was engaged with the game in the moments before the crash, according to the investigation.

The concerns about Autopilot have done little to slow Tesla’s rise. The company’s share price has more than tripled since October as Tesla’s financial performance has surpassed even the rosiest of analyst expectations. In September, Tesla earned its first safety award from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and, last week, Consumer Reports named Tesla’s first mass-market electric car, the Model 3, one of its top picks for 2020.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment, but the company has previously said that Autopilot makes its vehicles safer. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the company reported one accident for every three million miles driven in a Tesla with Autopilot engaged. Over all, the national rate was one accident for every 498,000 miles driven in 2017, according to N.H.T.S.A.

Still, the electric carmaker faces scrutiny on multiple fronts. The N.T.S.B. and the traffic safety administration are currently investigating more than a dozen crashes in which Autopilot might have played a role.

In the 2018 accident, Autopilot had been engaged for nearly 19 minutes, according to the safety board’s investigation. Mr. Huang put his hands on and off the wheel several times during that period and, in the final minute before the crash, the vehicle detected his hands on the wheel three times for a total of 34 seconds. It did not detect his hands on the wheel in the six seconds before impact.

Tesla’s event data recorders routinely collect a wide variety of information, such as location, speed, seatbelt status, the position of the driver’s seat, the rotation angle of the steering wheel and pressure on the accelerator pedal.

Mr. Huang had been traveling in his 2017 Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle on U.S. 101 in Mountain View when the car struck a median barrier at about 71 miles per hour. The speed limit was 65 m.p.h. The collision spun the car, which later hit two other vehicles and caught fire.

Mr. Huang had previously complained to family of problems with Autopilot along that stretch of highway, his brother told investigators. Data from the vehicle confirmed at least one similar episode near the area dividing the two highways, according to documents from the investigation.

The first known fatal crash with Autopilot in use occurred in May 2016 in Florida, when a Tesla failed to stop for a truck that was turning in front of it on a Florida highway. The vehicle hit the trailer, continued traveling underneath it and veered off the road. The driver of that car, Joshua Brown, was killed in the accident.

Both the N.T.S.B. and the traffic safety agency investigated that crash, but came to somewhat different conclusions. In January 2017, N.H.T.S.A. cleared Autopilot, finding that it had no defects and did not need to be recalled, though the agency called on automakers to clearly explain how such systems work to drivers. Nine months later, the safety board determined that while Autopilot worked as intended, it had nonetheless “played a major role” in the crash.

“The combined effects of human error and the lack of sufficient system controls resulted in a fatal collision that should not have happened,” Mr. Sumwalt said at the time.

That finding reflects a common critique of Autopilot — that it does not go far enough in forcing drivers to maintain their focus on the road. Unlike Autopilot, Super Cruise, a driver-assistance system offered by General Motors, works only on certain highways and tracks driver’s heads to make sure they are paying attention to the road.

Critics also say that Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk, have exaggerated Autopilot’s capabilities.

In 2018, for example, Mr. Musk was widely criticized for taking his hands off a Tesla Model 3 steering wheel while demonstrating Autopilot for the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” something the vehicle owner’s manual instructs drivers using Autopilot never to do.

In January, Mr. Musk told investors that Tesla’s “full self-driving capability” might be just a few months from having “some chance of going from your home to work, let’s say, with no interventions.”

Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, an advocacy group, said that “by calling it Autopilot, by using terms like ‘full self-driving,’ Tesla is intentionally misleading consumers as to the capabilities of the technology.”

To avoid false expectations, German regulators reportedly asked Tesla in 2016 to stop using the term Autopilot, arguing that it suggests that the technology is more advanced than it really is.

Autonomous technology is commonly categorized into six levels, from zero to five, as defined by SAE International, an association of automotive engineers. Level 5 represents full autonomy in which a vehicle can perform all driving functions on its own, including navigating to a chosen destination. Autopilot and Super Cruise are considered Level 2 “partial automation” technologies, which enable a vehicle to control steering and braking and accelerating yet require the full attention of a human driver.

Evidence of drivers misusing Autopilot abound on the internet. And in a survey last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 48 percent of drivers believed it was safe to remove their hands from a steering wheel while using Autopilot. By comparison, 33 percent or fewer drivers said the same thing about similar systems in cars made by other automakers.

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Larry Kudlow Claims Coronavirus ‘Contained’ In U.S. As CDC Warns Of Likely Spread

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National Economic Director Larry Kudlow on Tuesday claimed the coronavirus is “contained” in the United States after public health officials warned earlier in the day that the virus will likely begin spreading throughout the country.

“We have contained this,” Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said during an interview with CNBC. “I won’t say airtight, but pretty close to airtight.”

“This is a human tragedy,” Kudlow continued. “That’s the worst part of this. The business side and the economic side ― I don’t think it’s going to be an economic tragedy at all.”

Kudlow spoke after financial markets sharply declined for a second day as investors speculated how the virus, named COVID-19, might affect the global economy. 

His statement appeared at odds with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s assessment during a news conference earlier Tuesday, where officials warned of a potential pandemic. 

“We expect we will see community spread in this country,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “It’s more of a question of when.”

Messonnier called on communities to prepare for potential outbreaks.

“The disruption of daily life might be severe,” she said.

The death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 2,700 worldwide as of Tuesday afternoon, with the vast majority of cases in mainland China. The virus is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. 

China has reported more than 77,000 confirmed cases.

At least 53 Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the CDC’s website. At least 36 of those people were infected while onboard a cruise ship.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” on Jan. 30.

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Gloria Allred Ran This Bus Ad To Get Prince Andrew’s Attention

Gloria Allred is banking on a bus to get Prince Andrew’s attention. 

The women’s rights attorney, who is representing five individuals who say they were abused by the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, recently found an eye-catching way to try to get the Duke of York to cooperate with authorities in the U.S.

She purchased a banner ad on a yellow school bus that circled outside Buckingham Palace over the weekend, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Between two photos of a smiling Andrew, the ad reads: “If you see this man please ask him to call the FBI to answer their questions.” It lists a phone number for the FBI’s national press office as well as Allred’s website.

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Allred explained why she took out the ad in a statement to Harper’s Bazaar.

“I have been urging him to speak with the FBI re Jeffrey Epstein on radio and television and by sending a letter to his home in Dec. 2019. I represent 5 victims of Jeffrey Epstein and I have filed 3 lawsuits in New York on behalf of 3 of his victims whom he sexually abused when they were underage,” she said.

“He did not respond to my letter and as far as I know he did not respond to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who held a press conference recently and also urged Prince Andrew to speak with the FBI.”

Allred said that she was urging the disgraced duke, who partied and stayed with Epstein on multiple occasions, to cooperate since her clients had been “denied justice in the case of Jeffrey Epstein.” 

“Prince Andrew could and should provide what he knows to the FBI, because they are still conducting an investigation into who may have conspired with Jeffrey Epstein to sex traffic underage girls to him,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. 

Allred also represents Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who contended in a 2015 lawsuit that she was recruited to have sex with Epstein and his friends, including Andrew, by the late financier’s alleged madame, Ghislaine Maxwell. 

The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations and even claimed he never met Giuffre in a BBC Newsnight interview in November ― despite there being a photo of the two together. 

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LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA via Getty Images The Duke of York stepped away from royal duties after a disastrous BBC interview about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.

After that disastrous interview, the Duke of York announced that he was stepping away from royal duties “for the foreseeable future.” He also said he would cooperate with investigations surrounding Epstein. 

“I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required,” Andrew said at the time. 

But in January, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed at a press conference that the FBI and U.S. prosecutors had not been able to reach the duke.

“To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation,” Berman said. The Associated Press reported that was the first time investigators had acknowledged that they sought and failed to obtain information from the Duke of York.

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Joey Jones predicts Bernie can’t win White House ‘in a million years’ with his socialist message

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Fox News contributor Joey Jones on Tuesday explained why Sen. Bernie Sanders’ socialist message will not get him elected in a “million years” in the United States.

“No matter what your path is there, the country gives you a promise that there is a path there,” Jones told “Outnumbered.”

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“When you attack those that have taken advantage of it, which is what this feels like, even the poorest people in this country see that as an attack on them,” Jones said. “The whole reason we have this whole social contract is to help one another protect what’s theirs and stop each other from taking it. So if you’re the government taking it, everyone is going to coalesce around it,”

Jones, a Marine veteran who lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, said that growing up, his family only saved for “dinner tomorrow.”

“That was it. No bank accounts, no savings, nothing like that,” he said. “A couple hundred dollars stashed away was an amazing thing for us and we never felt vindictive to those on the other side of town about it – our entire livelihood was based on, if we worked a little harder, that could be us.”

Sanders is poised to face perhaps the toughest debate of his political life Tuesday night in South Carolina, as his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination signal they will attack his record on socialism, guns and much more in a bid to arrest his momentum before he can clear a path to the nomination.

A frequent topic could be Sanders’ comments about communism. The senator from Vermont has taken heat this week for remarks on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” defending the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s policies, saying “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.” Sanders touted social welfare programs introduced under Castro’s regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator’s human rights violations against Cubans.

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“I don’t believe in a million years Bernie Sanders, with that specific message, can win the presidency,” Jones said. “I have to believe that because I believe in this country.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Colorado House, in late-night vote, passes death penalty repeal – governor could sign bill Wednesday

Colorado House lawmakers on Tuesday voted to repeal the state’s death penalty after a lengthy 11-hour debate, clearing one of the last hurdles before the controversial bill becomes law.

The vote from bleary-eyed lawmakers finally came around 4 a.m. after Republicans repeatedly tried to slow the process by making lengthy speeches or bringing unsuccessful amendments up for a vote.

Republican Rep. Steve Humphrey spent nearly 40 minutes reading from the Bible.

At one point, Republicans forced two hours of debate on whether voters, not lawmakers, should be able to decide whether capital punishment should be legalized in the state.

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“I’m not going to dodge the hard issues by sending them to the people,” Rep. Jeni Arndt, the sponsor of the repeal bill, said. “We are the people.”

Among the Republicans that held up the vote was Rep Lori Saine.

“One side of this assembly defended families and victims,” the Denver Post reported her saying. “One side defended criminals.”

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This year marks the seventh time Colorado’s legislature has wrestled with the death penalty issue. Lethal injection is the only permitted method of execution in Colorado (file). (AP)

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No Republicans supported the repeal.

Democrats have a 17-vote advantage in the House.

The bill, which cleared the Senate last month, needs one final vote from the House, which could happen as early as Wednesday. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has indicated he will sign it into law.

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This year marks the seventh time Colorado’s legislature has wrestled with the death penalty issue. When signed, the law would apply to offenses on or after July 1 and would not apply to the three men currently on Colorado’s death row.

Only one person has been executed by the state of Colorado since the reintroduction of capital punishment in 1977. Gary Lee Davis, a convicted murderer and rapist, was executed by lethal injection in 1997

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