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GOP primary challenger Bill Weld: Trump doing nothing to stop climate ‘catastrophe’

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As the New Hampshire primary kicks off, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld – who is running for the Republican presidential nomination against President Trump – called out the commander in chief on Tuesday for not making an effort to combat climate change.

“We’ve got the polar ice cap that’s going to melt with devastating consequences if we don’t get carbon out of the atmosphere,” Weld told “America’s Newsroom,” noting that he would plan ahead for an “environmental catastrophe.”

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Weld – who held an event in New Hampshire on Monday – said that he identifies as “libertarian” within the Republican Party and would not support Trump in 2020.

“I might support a third-party candidate or someone else,” Weld said, also criticizing Trump for failing to reduce the national debt and plan for changes to the 21st-century workforce, including increased use of automation.

Trump said he was looking to get under Democrats’ skin Monday with a rally in New Hampshire on the eve of the state’s first-in-the-nation primaries, and he wasted little time — quickly reliving his dramatic State of the Union speech with a thinly veiled shot at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Trump sped through his remarks to attendees unusually quickly, so that he could head to Dover Air Force base in Delaware late Monday night to participate in the dignified transfer of the remains of two soldiers killed recently in Afghanistan.

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Before he departed the rally, the president made sure to thank Pelosi for giving Republicans the highest poll numbers they’ve “ever” had — or at least since 2005, according to a recent Gallup survey. Pelosi, who ripped up Trump’s State of the Union address as soon as it concluded, was widely criticized especially after videos emerged showing she had visibly torn some of the pages in advance.

Trump said Republicans are more united than ever heading into the November election and he boldly predicted his party would retake control of the House of Representatives.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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New Ukraine Emails Prove White House Lied to Congressional Investigators

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Judge Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Deal Affecting 100 Million Customers

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A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint in a deal that would further concentrate corporate ownership of technology, combining the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers and creating a new telecommunications giant to take on AT&T and Verizon.

Judge Victor Marrero of the United States District Court in Manhattan rejected an unusual challenge led by attorneys general from 13 states and the District of Columbia. The suit was brought in June after regulators at the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission approved the deal.

The states argued that the combination of T-Mobile and Sprint would reduce competition in the telecommunications industry, lead to higher cellphone bills and place a financial burden on lower-income customers. Once the merger is complete, the great majority of the nation’s wireless users would become customers of three major providers. T-Mobile and Sprint have said they do not plan to raise prices.

In his ruling, Judge Marrero praised T-Mobile, calling it “a maverick that has spurred the two largest players in its industry to make numerous pro-consumer changes.” He added: “The Proposed Merger would allow the merged companies to continue T-Mobile’s undeniably successful business strategy for the foreseeable future.”

The deal will create a new carrier with more than 100 million users. After the merger is final, the majority of Sprint customers will eventually end up having T-Mobile plans. Customers of Sprint’s prepaid brands, including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint prepaid, will become Dish Network customers.

The original merger terms called for T-Mobile, the larger of the two companies, to effectively buy Sprint in an all-stock transaction that was earlier valued at $26.5 billion. Because of the lawsuit, the original deadline to complete the deal has passed, and T-Mobile has pushed to renegotiate the terms. The companies expect to close the transaction by April 1.

The combined company, to be called T-Mobile, would be a formidable rival to AT&T, the largest wireless carrier in the country, and Verizon, the second-largest. Shares in Sprint jumped more than 70 percent in early trading on Tuesday, while T-Mobile shares rose 10 percent.

“Today was a huge victory for this merger,” John Legere, the chief executive of T-Mobile, said in a statement. “We are FINALLY able to focus on the last steps to get this merger done!”

Known for his exuberant and often pugnacious leadership style, Mr. Legere made use of the court decision to call out his rivals, AT&T and Verizon, using special sobriquets for each: “Look out Dumb and Dumber and Big Cable — we are coming for you … and you haven’t seen anything yet!”

Marcelo Claure, the executive chairman of Sprint, said the judge’s decision “validates our view that this merger is in the best interests of the U.S. economy and American consumers.”

Letitia James, the New York attorney general who was a key plaintiff in the case, warned on Tuesday that the deal would not be good for consumers.

Ms. James, who has argued that a merger would cost subscribers at least $4.5 billion annually, called the ruling “a loss for every American who relies on their cellphone for work, to care for a family member, and to communicate with friends.” She added that the deal was always about “massive corporate profits over all else.”

Ms. James left open the possibility of an appeal, adding that her office “will continue to fight the kind of consumer-harming megamergers.”

T-Mobile and Sprint have long said the merger was crucial to their futures in an industry challenged by pricing wars that have undercut profits and stalled growth. By combining with Sprint, T-Mobile has said it would be able to accelerate its development of 5G, the next generation of cellular networks.

The deal is also important to Sprint, which has bled cash and subscribers in recent years. SoftBank, the Japanese conglomerate that controls the company, has been looking to raise cash for its newest tech investing fund.

The new company will be led by Mike Sievert, a T-Mobile executive who will take over from Mr. Legere, the face of the company since 2012 who will leave when his contract is up in April.

“Now we’re laser-focused on finishing the few open items that remain but our eye is on the prize: finally bringing this long-awaited merger and all the goodness it will deliver,” Mr. Sievert said in the statement.

Mr. Legere and Mr. Claure were once rivals whose companies needled each other in advertising campaigns and social-media posts. All was forgotten by April 2018, when the two companies announced their intention to join forces.

The two corporate leaders made personal appeals to officials in Washington as they worked to secure approval for the merger, which was granted by the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission last year. To get the nod from the government, T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to sell off significant portions of their businesses to the pay-television operator Dish Network as part of the plan to create a supersize wireless company.

Mr. Legere made numerous visits to the F.C.C. and the Justice Department, and Mr. Claure was a host of a fund-raiser for Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican. Several lawmakers expressed misgivings over Mr. Legere’s Washington visits, noting the dozens of times that he and other T-Mobile executives stayed at the Trump International Hotel when in town. The companies have denied doing anything inappropriate.

Another key figure who would benefit from the deal is Masayoshi Son, the outspoken chairman of SoftBank, the investment group that controls Sprint. Mr. Son has been trying to offload Sprint, a debt-laden business, for years.

In December 2016, Mr. Son met with Donald J. Trump, who was then the president-elect, at Trump Tower and pledged to invest some $50 billion in the United States in an initiative that would create 50,000 jobs. In February 2017, SoftBank executives held discussions in Washington with members of the president’s economics team.

Recently, Mr. Son has come under pressure from the activist investor Elliott Management. SoftBank’s outsize investments in tech start-ups, including WeWork, have failed to deliver for investors, and Mr. Son has struggled to raise more cash for a new investment fund.

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Joe Biden Is Getting Out Of New Hampshire As Quickly As He Can

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Sending a clear signal that he doesn’t think the results of the New Hampshire primary will go his way, former Vice President Joe Biden will be in South Carolina when the results come in on Tuesday night.

As New Hampshire voters headed to the polls Tuesday morning, Biden’s campaign announced that he and his wife, Jill, would be holding an event in Columbia, South Carolina, a few hours later.  

In other words, Biden is skipping his own party in New Hampshire. 

Since his fourth-place showing in the Iowa caucuses, Biden has been downbeat on his chances of a strong finish in New Hampshire. 

“I took a hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take a hit here,” Biden said Friday at the Democratic debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

His team has tried to clean up those remarks, insisting that he is competing hard in the state ― but also saying it’s important to view the first four primary states together, rather than focusing too much on Iowa and New Hampshire.

Nevada is next in line after New Hampshire, with caucuses on Feb. 22. Biden’s trip on Tuesday shows that his team is placing more of its focus, however, on South Carolina, which has its primary on Feb. 29. Biden expects to perform better there than his competitors, due in large part to the state’s large Black population.  

The appearance of Biden essentially giving up on New Hampshire rankled some of his supporters in the state. 

“I was kind of discouraged when I saw him writing off New Hampshire,” Alexandra Argasinsky, a Windham resident leaning toward Biden, said at one of his rallies on Saturday. “He needs to keep campaigning, keep meeting voters and keep trying to get his message out.”

“This is a race. You want to be upbeat,” said Barry Nestor, a Milford resident who is a Biden backer. “You don’t want to be ― he’s the leader. He’s the one. He needs to put on a brave face for all of us.”

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New Ukraine Emails Prove White House Lied to Congressional Investigators

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Syrian rebels shoot down government helicopter, while counter-airstrike kills civilians, including children: reports

Syrian rebel opposition forces, which are backed by Turkey, shot down a Syrian government helicopter Tuesday over the northwestern town of Nairab, located south of Idlib city, killing the two crew members aboard, according to reports.

This comes a day after five Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian government forces in northwestern Syria, according to Reuters, escalating clashes across the region as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad aims to seize control of a strategic highway linking southern and northern Syria for the first time since 2012.

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Syrian government helicopter bursts in flames after it was shot by a missile in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Associated Press footage showed the helicopter spiraling from the sky and breaking up as fire poured from the fuselage, followed by the wreckage on fire after crashing.

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Hours later, an airstrike hit Idlib, the provincial capital. Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, said the attack killed at least seven people and wounded nearly two dozen. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Step news agency, an activist collective, estimated 12 civilians were killed in the airstrike, half of them children, and wounded about 30.

Opposition activists said the airstrike on Idlib, which is home to some 800,000 people, was carried out by government warplanes in response to the shooting down of the helicopter.

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With backing from Russia, Syrian troops have been on the offensive for weeks in the last rebel stronghold in Idlib province and parts of nearby Aleppo. About 700,000 people have fled their homes, surging north toward the Turkish border, the Associated Press reported.

Tensions in the region escalated recently after two separate conflicts between Syrian rebels and the government forces, which killed 13 people on each side, including five Turkish soldiers.  In a speech Tuesday in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Syrian government that it will “pay a very, very heavy price” for attacks on Turkish troops.

“We have given the necessary response to the Syrian side at the highest level,” Erdogan said. “They found the trouble they were looking for in Idlib. But it’s not enough. It will continue.”

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Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the latest fighting, according to the United Nations. Over the course of the now nine-year conflict, nearly a quarter of the 3 million people from Idlib and surrounding areas have fled north. Turkey, which is a main backer of the Syrian opposition, has sent hundreds of vehicles into Idlib apparently to prevent government forces from reaching the border areas with Turkey. The country is home to some 3.6 million Syrian refugees and has concerns of more flowing into its border.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michael Bloomberg Slammed After Audio Of Him Defending Stop-And-Frisk Resurfaces

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is facing backlash after an audio clip of him defending the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing strategy in 2015 resurfaced Monday.

In the clip shared on Twitter by podcast host Benjamin Dixon, the now-Democratic presidential candidate can be heard saying during a Q&A at The Aspen Institute that kids in minority neighborhoods need to be “thrown up against the wall” and frisked in order to reduce crime rates.

“Put a lot of cops in the street,” Bloomberg said while discussing what other cities can learn from New York City’s policing model. “Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”

He continued: “One of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh, my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. That’s true. Why did we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.”

Bloomberg, who served three terms as mayor from 2002 to 2013, was a vocal proponent of stop-and-frisk, which allowed police officers to temporarily detain, question and search members of the public on the street for potential weapons and illegal contraband if the officer had a reasonable suspicion of a threat.

The policy, which disproportionally affected Black and Latino people, was condemned by many Democrats and civil rights activists as racist and ineffective. A federal judge ruled in 2013 that stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional. Bloomberg appealed the ruling, but the city dropped the appeal after Bill de Blasio, a staunch critic of stop-and-frisk, was elected mayor later that year. He announced a settlement in the case in 2014.

Days before formally announcing his 2020 Democratic presidential bid in November, Bloomberg apologized for supporting stop-and-frisk at a Black megachurch in Brooklyn.

“I was wrong and I am sorry,” he told the crowd at the time. “The fact is, far too many people were being stopped while we tried to [reduce crime] and the overwhelming majority of them were Black and Latino. That may have included, I’m sorry to say, some of you here today.”

While some accepted Bloomberg’s apology at face value, others questioned the sincerity of his reversal on the policy.

“For years, he has defended ‘stop-and-frisk,’ the racially discriminatory and ineffective police tactic that he backed and expanded as NYC’s mayor,” Rolling Stone writer Jamil Smith tweeted at the time. “Now that he is running for president and needs black votes, he’s sorry.”

Bloomberg, who blocked The Aspen Institute from releasing footage of his remarks at the time, said at the 2015 event that 95% of murderers and murder victims “fit one M.O.”

“You can just take the description and Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops,” he said. “They are male minorities, 15-25. That’s true in New York. It’s true in virtually every city. And that’s where the real crime is.”

“You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed,” he added. “Kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed. So they just don’t have any long-term focus. It’s a joke to have a gun. It’s a joke to pull the trigger.”

He continued:

Nobody in New York gets murdered ― if you get murdered, first thing we want to do is, what were you selling or who are your family members? Because it just has to be you’re a drug dealer or you have … a family quarrel. There’s just no other, no other kind of verdict whatsoever. In the other cities, where they haven’t gone after scaring the kids to get guns out … a lot of people don’t like the fact that what they do, but that’s what stop-and-frisk is all about.

The way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk ’em. And then they say, “Well, I don’t want to get caught.” So they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.

Bloomberg’s campaign did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Dixon’s tweet of the 2015 audio had garnered over 3.5 million views as of Tuesday morning. Though audio of the event has been online since 2015, Bloomberg’s run for president sparked renewed interest in his comments.

“I am staunchly against Michael Bloomberg buying his way into the campaign,” Dixon told HuffPost of the billionaire businessman’s presidential bid. “And this was hiding in plain sight. … People need to hear it.”

“For Black and brown boys in New York, he’s not much better for them than [President Donald] Trump is,” he added.

Bloomberg, who has poured millions of dollars into advertising his candidacy, has seen his support from Black voters rise in recent weeks. A Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday showed Bloomberg trailing only behind former Vice President Joe Biden in support from the Black community. Among Black Democratic-leaning voters, 27% said they support Biden in the primaries, compared to 22% for Bloomberg and 19% for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Asked why he believes Bloomberg’s support among Black voters has been climbing, Dixon offered two theories: “desperation” to beat Trump and “manufactured consent” through Bloomberg’s huge ad campaign.

“If all you see and all you hear all day long is Bloomberg, then you start believing that maybe he is the guy to beat Donald Trump,” Dixon said.

“I don’t believe it’s going to stop his campaign,” he said of the resurfaced audio. “But I think it will at least give him a little indigestion this morning.”

Twitter lit up in response to Dixon’s tweet, with some accusing Bloomberg of being “vile” and “racist.”

Trump, who encouraged Chicago police in 2018 to implement stop-and-frisk, shared the audio clip of Bloomberg’s comments on Tuesday morning.

“WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!” the president said in a since deleted tweet.

Trump later shared a tweet with the hashtag #BloombergIsRacist and appeared to mock his Democratic rival’s height and golf skills.

“Mini Mike is a short ball (very) hitter,” the president wrote.

The Twitter user whom Trump retweeted, @CANCEL_SAM, appeared to be a progressive commentator who frequently criticizes the president.

The White House declined to comment. A representative for Trump’s reelection campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Listen to Bloomberg’s 2015 comments at The Aspen Institute below. His stop-and-frisk remarks begin around the 41-minute mark.

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Bloomberg’s Blunt Defense of Stop-and-Frisk Policy Draws Scrutiny

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — A recording of Michael R. Bloomberg in 2015 offering an unflinching defense of stop-and-frisk policing was circulating widely on social media Tuesday, signaling that the former New York City mayor is about to face more intensive scrutiny as he rises in the polls as a Democratic presidential candidate.

While Mr. Bloomberg apologized for his administration’s law-enforcement tactics in November just before he entered the race, he had previously spent years insisting that the policy was justified and effective, showing no indication that he had developed serious misgivings about stop and frisk. The policing tactic was used disproportionately against black and Latino people across New York City for years.

He offered a particularly blunt defense at the Aspen Institute in 2015: The Aspen Times reported then that Mr. Bloomberg said that crimes were committed overwhelmingly by young, male minorities, and that it made sense to deploy police in minority neighborhoods to “throw them up against the wall and frisk them” as a deterrent against carrying firearms.

An audio clip of those comments was posted on Twitter Monday by Benjamin Dixon, a progressive podcaster, who highlighted it with the hash tag #BloombergIsARacist.

“Ninety-five percent of your murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O.,” Mr. Bloomberg said in the recording. “You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every every city.”

He went on, “We put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes. That’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign did not immediately comment on the audio. Material like this is certain to continue surfacing as the campaign advances: Mr. Bloomberg has not been shy about expressing his views since leaving office in 2013, often at elite conferences before friendly audiences.

But he is seeking to win over a different audience now, making significant inroads among Democratic primary voters thanks to a massive and largely unanswered blitz of television advertising. It remains to be seen whether the appeal he has demonstrated so far can survive a more searching examination of his record.

President Trump, who has supported the stop-and-frisk policing tactic and who has been criticized for statements widely criticized as racist, on Tuesday tweeted the audio recording of Mr. Bloomberg’s remarks. In a Twitter post that he pinned to the top of his feed, Mr. Trump wrote, “Wow, Bloomberg is a total racist!” He deleted the post a short time later, but his campaign manager and his son, Donald Trump Jr., aggressively pushed the recording on social media.

In Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign for president, he endorsed Mr. Bloomberg’s past use of stop-and-frisk and said it was an effective tool.

The highlighting of Mr. Bloomberg signals a change in approach for the broader Trump apparatus, which has mostly ignored Mr. Bloomberg even as the president has fretted about the billionaire’s profligate spending. Mr. Bloomberg rose to third place in a national poll of the Democratic primary released yesterday by Quinnipiac University.

Mr. Bloomberg’s 2015 remarks were far from the most recent occasion when he stood foursquare behind stop-and-frisk: As late as the fall of 2018, when he was laying the groundwork to run for president as a Democrat, Mr. Bloomberg told The New York Times that the policy had deterred crime without violating anyone’s civil rights, ignoring a court ruling to the contrary.

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Bloomberg’s Blunt Defense of Stop-and-Frisk Policy Draws Scrutiny

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — A recording of Michael R. Bloomberg in 2015 offering an unflinching defense of stop-and-frisk policing was circulating widely on social media Tuesday, signaling that the former New York City mayor is about to face more intensive scrutiny as he rises in the polls as a Democratic presidential candidate.

While Mr. Bloomberg apologized for his administration’s law-enforcement tactics in November just before he entered the race, he had previously spent years insisting that the policy was justified and effective, showing no indication that he had developed serious misgivings about stop and frisk. The policing tactic was used disproportionately against black and Latino people across New York City for years.

He offered a particularly blunt defense at the Aspen Institute in 2015: The Aspen Times reported then that Mr. Bloomberg said that crimes were committed overwhelmingly by young, male minorities, and that it made sense to deploy police in minority neighborhoods to “throw them up against the wall and frisk them” as a deterrent against carrying firearms.

An audio clip of those comments was posted on Twitter Monday by Benjamin Dixon, a progressive podcaster, who highlighted it with the hash tag #BloombergIsARacist.

“Ninety-five percent of your murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O.,” Mr. Bloomberg said in the recording. “You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every every city.”

He went on, “We put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes. That’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign did not immediately comment on the audio. Material like this is certain to continue surfacing as the campaign advances: Mr. Bloomberg has not been shy about expressing his views since leaving office in 2013, often at elite conferences before friendly audiences.

But he is seeking to win over a different audience now, making significant inroads among Democratic primary voters thanks to a massive and largely unanswered blitz of television advertising. It remains to be seen whether the appeal he has demonstrated so far can survive a more searching examination of his record.

President Trump, who has supported the stop-and-frisk policing tactic and who has been criticized for statements widely criticized as racist, on Tuesday tweeted the audio recording of Mr. Bloomberg’s remarks. In a Twitter post that he pinned to the top of his feed, Mr. Trump wrote, “Wow, Bloomberg is a total racist!” He deleted the post a short time later, but his campaign manager and his son, Donald Trump Jr., aggressively pushed the recording on social media.

In Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign for president, he endorsed Mr. Bloomberg’s past use of stop-and-frisk and said it was an effective tool.

The highlighting of Mr. Bloomberg signals a change in approach for the broader Trump apparatus, which has mostly ignored Mr. Bloomberg even as the president has fretted about the billionaire’s profligate spending. Mr. Bloomberg rose to third place in a national poll of the Democratic primary released yesterday by Quinnipiac University.

Mr. Bloomberg’s 2015 remarks were far from the most recent occasion when he stood foursquare behind stop-and-frisk: As late as the fall of 2018, when he was laying the groundwork to run for president as a Democrat, Mr. Bloomberg told The New York Times that the policy had deterred crime without violating anyone’s civil rights, ignoring a court ruling to the contrary.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Quarantine Ordered as Cases Are Linked to Shopping Center

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A photograph distributed on Tuesday by the state-owned China News Service showed a device that sprays disinfectant at an entrance to a residential compound in Tianjin, China.Credit…China News Service, via Reuters

Nearly a third of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Tianjin, a city of more than 15 million about 70 miles southeast of Beijing, have been linked to one department store, adding to fears about rapid transmission in tightly clustered communities.

Of 102 confirmed cases in the city, at least 33 patients worked or shopped at a department store in the Baodi district, or had close contact with employees or customers, according to the Tianjin health authorities. Many of them had no history of travel to Wuhan, the city where the outbreak emerged.

Officials estimated that 11,700 customers had visited the shopping complex during a period in late January. The authorities said that those customers would be quarantined, and that the store itself, which they did not identify, had been sealed and disinfected.

It was not immediately clear how the authorities had tracked the shoppers, but health officials in the city have put out alerts on social media and on state news outlets urging residents to contact the government if they visited the store recently. News reports also said residents had been asked at various checkpoints in the city if they had been there.

In addition, emergency measures were imposed over sections of Baodi — home to nearly one million people — with all but two entrances and exits for certain residential areas sealed off and security personnel on round-the-clock patrols. Some residents were allowed to leave their homes only once every two days.

Hong Kong officials have put into quarantine dozens of residents of one apartment building after two people who live on different floors of the building were found to be infected with the coronavirus, the authorities said on Tuesday.

The two cases appeared to suggest that the virus had spread through the building, perhaps through a pipe, raising new fears about how the virus spreads. In all, quarantines were ordered for residents of more than 30 units of the Hong Mei House, which is part of the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing block in the New Territories area of the city.

Officials from the city’s Center for Health Protection said the quarantine decision was made after an unsealed pipe was found in the apartment of a newly confirmed patient, a 62-year-old woman. She lives 10 floors below a resident who was earlier found to be infected.

Five more people living in different units displayed symptoms of the coronavirus, but all tested negative, officials said.

At a government-organized news briefing on Tuesday, Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, said that the exact route of transmission had not been confirmed, but that a pipe in one infected household appeared not to be sealed.

There are now 49 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Hong Kong, health officials said, including three extended family members of the 62-year-old woman living in the building.

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    • What is a Coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
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      According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is possibly transmitted through the air. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
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      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
    • Who is working to contain the virus?
      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
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      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

The official, He Qinghua, said that the provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong and Henan could see a rise in new cases, even as the rate of new infections declined outside Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak.

The remarks highlight the looming possibility that more people could become infected as they resume their normal routines. Government officials extended China’s official Lunar New Year holiday by three days to keep people home. Major business hubs, like the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and the provinces of Guangdong and Shandong, then further extended holidays until Monday.

On Monday the China representative for the World Health Organization said that his agency had found the numbers of cases slowly rising in 10 provinces. The representative, Guaden Galea, said that it was too soon to say the epidemic had peaked.

A British businessman believed to be the source of a cluster of coronavirus cases in Britain and in France came forward on Tuesday, saying that he had fully recovered but would remain in isolation as a precaution.

The businessman, Steve Walsh, from Hove, in southern England, contracted the virus while at a conference in Singapore last month, according to his representatives, before traveling on to a chalet in the French Alpine resort of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Five more of Britain’s eight known coronavirus cases are linked to Mr. Walsh or the chalet, as are those of five British people in France.

Mr. Walsh thanked his doctors in a statement released by a public relations firm representing him and his employer. “Whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus,” he added.

On Monday evening, British public health officials said that two of the cases in the cluster were health care workers and that they had been advised to isolate themselves.

“We are now working urgently to identify all patients and other health care workers who may have come into close contact, and at this stage we believe this to be a relatively small number,” Prof. Yvonne Doyle, the medical director of Public Health England, said in a statement.

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic is continuing to climb, Chinese officials said on Tuesday. By the end of Monday, the government said, 1,016 people had officially died from the coronavirus — an increase of 108 from the previous day. Most of the deaths occurred in Hubei Province.

The number of confirmed infections in China also grew, to at least 42,638 from about 40,000 a day earlier. Most of the infections are in Hubei, though the daily tally of new cases there fell compared to previous days.

Hubei recorded 2,097 new infections on Monday, compared to 2,618 a day earlier.

“With 99 percent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Tuesday.

One of the people evacuated to the United States from Wuhan last week is infected with the coronavirus, U.C. San Diego Health said in a statement. The Centers for Disease Control shared the diagnosis on Monday, the hospital said; the patient had previously been discharged after testing negative.

The patient, one of 167 passengers on a State Department-arranged flight, has since returned to the hospital near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

It is the 13th confirmed case in the United States, and the seventh in California.

Other government-arranged evacuation flights from China in the past two weeks have taken passengers — more than 500 in all — to other bases in California as well as to Nebraska and Texas.

Those evacuated are expected to be quarantined for 14 days, with frequent checks from medical personnel to determine whether they have developed fevers, coughs or other symptoms.

A man accused of imitating a coronavirus victim by collapsing on a subway train in central Moscow this month was arrested and will face up to five years in prison if found guilty, law enforcement officials have said.

In a video of the prank, a man is seen collapsing in the middle of a subway car. After other passengers try to assist him, he begins convulsing.

Others, believed to be accomplices, shout, “Coronavirus here, move out quickly!” The yelling prompts a panic in the car, with passengers scrambling for the exits.

The suspect was identified as Karomatullo Dzhabarov, a Moscow district court said on Monday. Two people suspected of being accomplices in the Feb. 2 prank were also held and their homes searched, the police said.

An Instagram account apparently belonging to Mr. Dzhabarov said, “Friends, we have not touched anybody, we have filmed this video for people to get serious about coronavirus.”

At least two coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia.

A Holland America cruise ship with more than 2,200 people aboard was denied entry to Thailand on Tuesday over fears that passengers may be carrying the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of ports from which it has been turned away to at least five.

The ship, the Westerdam, which left Hong Kong on Feb. 1, had already been turned away in at least five places, including the United States territory of Guam, the Philippines and Japan.

Thailand, which has reported more than 30 cases of the virus, had agreed to let the ship dock in Bangkok, but then reversed course.

The country’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, defended the decision to deny the ship entry on Tuesday and said the government would provide the vessel with humanitarian aid.

Holland America has said that no one onboard has come down with the virus.

“The ship is not in quarantine and we have no reason to believe there are any cases of coronavirus on board despite media reports,” Holland America said in a statement.

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The ship, said to have 1,445 passengers and 802 crew on board, was originally bound for Yokohama, Japan.

It was unclear where the ship would head next. A country may be more willing to accept the ship once it has been afloat for the standard 14-day quarantine period and has no reported cases of the virus.

A different ship, the Diamond Princess, has been docked for more than a week in Yokohama, Japan, where it was put under quarantine after cases of infection were confirmed. The total number of cases on board is about 135, including at least 10 crew members. More than 1,000 crew members will receive two months of paid leave after the end of the ship’s isolation period, Princess Cruises said Tuesday.

A Chinese law professor who blamed China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, for failing to contain the coronavirus outbreak has been confined to his home, according to one of his friends.

The professor, Xu Zhangrun, had published an essay in Chinese, “When Fury Overcomes Fear,” which circulated widely on overseas Chinese-language websites last week. The essay was translated into English and published on ChinaFile, a website that covers China, on Monday. It argues that Mr. Xi and his government have banned the free flow of information and that officials neglected their responsibilities as the outbreak worsened.

Mr. Xu, a law professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, wrote that the coronavirus epidemic “has revealed the rotten core of Chinese governance.”

“It is true: the level of popular fury is volcanic and a people thus enraged may, in the end, also cast aside their fear,” he added.

After publishing the essay, Mr. Xu was ordered by the Chinese authorities not to leave his home, according to the friend, Rong Jian.

The Chinese Communist Party has dismissed two health officials in Hubei, the province at the center of the epidemic, state-run news outlets reported on Tuesday. They were the first senior officials to be punished for the government’s handling of the outbreak.

The officials were replaced by a deputy head of the National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng, whom Beijing dispatched to the region three days ago to take over the provincial government’s response to the crisis, according to state media.

Mr. Wang will take over the duties of both officials: Zhang Jin, the Communist Party secretary for Hubei’s health commission, and Liu Yingzi, the health commission’s director. Mr. Wang previously held a variety of positions overseeing public health and family planning in the city of Tianjin, and on the national level beginning in 2016.

It was not immediately clear whether the dismissals were the beginning of a broader political shake-up in the provincial government, whose response to the outbreak has been widely criticized. The party secretary and the mayor of Wuhan both offered to resign but have so far remained in their posts.

Until now, only two others have been dismissed in connection with the outbreak: two officials from Huajiahe were ousted after a disabled teenager died when his father, his sole caregiver, was put into quarantine.

Reporting and research was contributed by Austin Ramzy, Vivian Wang, Steven Lee Myers, Russell Goldman, Elaine Yu, Richard C. Paddock, Ben Dooley, Motoko Rich, Amber Wang, Zoe Mou, Albee Zhang, Yiwei Wang, Claire Fu, Amy Qin, Sui-Lee Wee, Chris Buckley, Megan Specia and Ivan Nechepurenko.

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