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Sanders, Warren clash over USMCA trade deal at debate

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DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts see eye to eye on many issues, but their sharp differences on a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico grabbed prime-time attention during Tuesday’s debate.

At issue was the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a renegotiation of the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new deal – known as the USMCA – was negotiated by the Trump administration. A revised deal was overwhelming approved last month in a bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives.

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Sanders, the populist independent senator who’s making his second straight White House run, slammed the deal at the debate, saying that “we can do much better than a Trump-led trade deal.”

He argued that “this deal .. will result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs as a result of outsourcing.”

Sanders touted his vote against NAFTA and his opposition to other trade deals and also spotlighted that “I will not vote for a trade agreement that does not incorporate very, very strong principles to significantly lower fossil fuel emissions in the world.”

Warren also touted her opposition to past trade deals, saying “I led the fight against the trade deal with Asia and the trade deal with Europe.”

But disagreeing with her fellow progressive standard-bearer in the Democratic presidential field, Warren highlighted that “we have farmers here in Iowa that are hurting and they are hurting because of Donald Trump’s initiated trade wars.”

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“This new trade deal is a modest improvement. Sen. Sanders himself has said so,” Warren said, pointing to a past statement by Sanders.

She highlighted that the revised USMCA “will give some relief to our farmers, it will give some relief to our workers. I believe we accept that relief. We try to help the people who need help and we get up the next day and we fight for a better trade deal.”

Sanders – responding – warned that “if this is passed, I think it will set us back a number of years.”

The debate moderators then asked former Vice President Joe Biden about a past comment by Sanders that if Biden wins the Democratic nomination, Trump will “eat your lunch” for voting for “terrible” trade agreements.

The former vice president – ribbing Sanders – said that “I don’t know that there’s any trade agreement that the senator would think made any sense.”

And Biden pledged that “there will be no trade agreement signed in my administration without environmentalists and labor at the table. And there will be no trade agreement until we invest more in American workers.”

Sanders, spotlighting Biden’s support for NAFTA and other trade agreements, shot back that “Joe and I have a fundamental disagreement, in case you haven’t noticed.”

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Democrats Debate Stances on War and a Woman’s Chance at the White House

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DES MOINES — The leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed on Tuesday over America’s role in the Middle East and their credentials to be commander in chief, as the progressive candidates highlighted their dovish credentials and the moderates called for pragmatism in the last debate before the high-stakes Iowa caucuses next month.

The six candidates also debated the fraught subject of whether a woman could win the presidency, an issue that had produced a breach in recent days between the two top liberal candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Meeting onstage for the first time since President Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran this month, and in a state known for its anti-interventionist tendencies, each of the six contenders urged restraint about projecting American power.

But Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren were especially vocal in arguing that American troops should not be committed to the Middle East.

“The American people are sick and tired of endless wars,“ Mr. Sanders declared.

Ms. Warren invoked the parade of generals who claimed progress in Afghanistan as they testified before her at the Senate Armed Services Committee and said it is time to withdraw combat troops from the region.

“We’ve turned the corner so many times we’re going in circles in these regions,” she said. “This has got to stop. It’s not enough to say, ‘Someday, we’re going to get out.’”

Joseph R. Biden Jr., however, was more cautious on troop commitments. While he boasted about his efforts as vice president to draw down American forces from Iraq, he said there was a difference between deploying waves of combat troops and retaining the American special forces he said had degraded the Islamic State. “They’ll come back if we do not deal with them,” Mr. Biden said of the group, also known as ISIS.

At the same time, both Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., both said they were opposed to a conflict with Iran but vowed to stop the country from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The debate over a woman’s chances to win the White House followed two days of acrimony between Mr. Sanders’s campaign and Ms. Warren’s. On the eve of the debate, CNN reported that in December 2018 Mr. Sanders told Ms. Warren in a private meeting that he did not think a woman could win the presidency. Before the debate, Mr. Sanders denied he had said it; Ms. Warren said he had.

Mr. Sanders stood by his denial — “As a matter of fact I didn’t say it,” he said onstage — and said it was “incomprehensible that I would think that a woman couldn’t be president of the United States.” Citing that Hillary Clinton won a plurality of votes in the 2016 general election, he went on, “How could anyone in a million years not believe a woman could become president of the United States?”

Ms. Warren said she disagreed with Mr. Sanders’s version, but then tried to de-escalate the conflict, saying “Bernie is my friend and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie.’’ She pivoted to address a question that has loomed over her candidacy: how she matches up against Mr. Trump, and said the women onstage — Ms. Warren and Ms. Klobuchar — had outperformed the men.

“Collectively they have lost 10 elections,” Ms. Warren said. “The only people on this stage who have won every single election they have been in are the women: Amy and me. And the only person on this stage who has beaten an incumbent Republican in the past 30 years is me.”

The clash onstage could be consequential for the treasuries of the candidates in the closing weeks, as well. The Sanders campaign said it had received 15,000 donations in just the first hour of the debate — accounting for 43 percent of all money raised on ActBlue, the party’s online donation-processing platform.

In a rare policy split, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren clashed on the new North American trade deal that Mr. Trump is trying to push through Congress. Mr. Sanders said it was not worth supporting — even if it made a “modest” improvement. “We can do much better than a Trump-led trade deal,” he said.

Ms. Warren, however, said that was the reason to support it. “We have farmers here in Iowa who are hurting,” she said.

The exchange was an example of how Ms. Warren has sought to position herself as a progressive more willing to get things done than Mr. Sanders.

The candidates sparred, as they have in all the debates, on health care. Mr. Sanders was pressed by the moderators about the cost of his “Medicare for all” package; unlike Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders has not said what his proposal would cost or revealed which taxes he would increase to pay for it.

Mr. Sanders did not offer specifics onstage, saying only that it would cost “substantially less than the status quo.” Mr. Biden hit him for the size of the plan, which he said would double “the entire federal budget per year.” Mr. Sanders responded by saying that leaving the system as is would be “insane,” given how much of a worker’s earnings is devoted to health care.

Ms. Warren, who has found herself on the defensive over her embrace of Medicare for all in recent months, did not open by defending that package but instead focused on the first step of her transition plan, which would expand coverage with a public option.

“We have got to get as much help to as many people as quickly as possible,” she said, while pitching her plan as more expansive than those offered by Ms. Klobuchar or Mr. Buttigieg.

Ms. Klobuchar responded, “You would kick 149 million Americans off their health insurance.” And Mr. Buttigieg said, “It’s just not true that the plan I’m proposing is small,” suggesting that Ms. Warren’s approach would turn off too many voters.

The debate unfolded at an extraordinarily volatile moment in American politics — even by the standards of an unusually fluid primary race.

New polls in Iowa show that Democratic voters are roughly split between four top candidates, the longstanding nonaggression pact between Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders was fraying and half the contenders onstage are about to leave the campaign trail in the crucial days before the caucuses to serve as jurors at President Trump’s impeachment trial.

A large part of the electorate remains up for grabs in a contest that many of the campaigns believe will produce record-setting turnout. A Des Moines Register-CNN poll last week indicated that 45 percent of caucusgoers said they could still be persuaded to support a different candidate. And Tuesday’s debate was sure to reach more voters than any other event in the dwindling days before the Feb. 3 caucuses.

The four leading candidates in Iowa — Mr. Sanders, Mr. Biden, Ms. Warren and Mr. Buttigieg — are knotted so tightly together that Mr. Biden was fourth in the poll last week, but first in another, from Monmouth University. Mr. Sanders topped the Des Moines Register/CNN poll for the first time, putting perhaps the biggest target on his back yet ahead of a debate.

Mr. Sanders had the opportunity right from the start to stress his pacifist credentials as the debate opened with questions about the heightened tensions with Iran and who was best positioned to serve as commander in chief. Mr. Sanders immediately seized the opportunity to trumpet his past opposition to the war in Iraq. “I not only voted against the war, I helped lead the effort against the war,” he said.

Mr. Sanders warned that both the Iraq and Vietnam wars had been based on “lies.” “Right now, what I fear very much is that we have a president that is lying again and could drag us into a war that is even worse than the war in Iraq,” he said.

Mr. Sanders drew a distinction with Mr. Biden, who had supported the Iraq war resolution in the Senate. “Joe and I listened to what Dick Cheney and George Bush and Rumsfeld had to say,” Mr. Sanders said. “I thought they were lying. Joe saw it differently.”

Mr. Biden said he regretted his vote for that war. “I was a mistake and I acknowledge that,” Mr. Biden said, while noting that as vice president he had brought thousands of troops home from the Middle East.

The rift between Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders over whether a woman could be elected had been the dominant news of the primary the last several days, and had the ability to shake up the race if it divides the liberal camp and weakens either Mr. Sanders or Ms. Warren, or both of them, and produces a stronger moderate lane chiefly occupied by Mr. Biden.

Progressive activists who have hoped that either Mr. Sanders or Ms. Warren would emerge from a scrambled primary race were hoping that the sudden left-on-left violence would abate. And there were signs that both the Sanders and Warren campaigns would try to de-escalate the tension.

But in a sign that Mr. Sanders, whose most fervent online supporters have long faced claims of sexism, recognized the grave political risk of the accusations, his campaign began airing an ad in Iowa on Tuesday morning that highlighted his support of women’s rights.

“Bernie Sanders is on our side and he always has been,” a female narrator says in the commercial, trumpeting the senator’s support for abortion rights, support for family leave guarantees and equal pay legislation.

In another twist that had potential to impact the race in Iowa, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, as well as Ms. Klobuchar and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado (who did not make the debate), are confronting another looming challenge: how to mount a successful Iowa campaign while their duties in Congress require them to be in Washington.

With the senators likely to be in the Capitol up to six days a week for the impeachment trial of Mr. Trump, they will be unable to make their final appeals to Iowa voters in person as frequently as Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg.

That could make for a most unusual ending of the caucuses in their over-four-decade history: a split-screen between candidates hustling for votes in the state’s high school gyms and union halls and others seated at their desks in the Senate chamber deliberating about whether to remove from office the president they are trying to defeat.

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CNN blasted for ‘siding’ with Warren after Sanders denied sexism charge

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CNN is being accused of “media malpractice” over its handling of the disputed claim that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told Sen. Elizabeth Warren., D-Mass., that a woman couldn’t win the presidency during a December 2018 meeting.

The liberal news network broke the story on Monday. The network cited unnamed sources close to Warren who claimed that the Vermont senator told her that he didn’t believe she could win a presidential election because she’s a woman.  Sanders denied the claim, but Warren affirmed the report.

At Tuesday night’s debate in Iowa, Sanders was asked about the dustup by CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip.

“CNN reported yesterday that- and Senator Warren confirmed in a statement– that in 2018 you told her that you did not believe that a woman can win the election. Why did you say that?” Phillip asked.

“Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it,” Sanders sharply replied. “Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States. Go to YouTube today.  There’s some video of me 30 years ago talking about how a woman could become president of the United States.”

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Sanders then pointed to his attempt to “draft” Warren to run for president in 2016 and vowed to support the eventual Democratic nominee, including female candidates like Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

“Senator Sanders, I do want to be clear here. You’re saying that you never told Senator Warren that a woman could not win the election,” Phillip followed.

“That is correct,” Sanders answered.

“Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win an election?” Phillip then asked the progressive rival, which sparked audible laughs in the auditorium and a shake of the head from Sanders.

That exchange sparked backlash on social media.

“Incredible. The CNN moderator asked Warren as if it were de facto true that Bernie told her a woman couldn’t be president. I cannot believe a moderator did not ask her if it was true. She just said straight up what did you think when Bernie said that to you? I’m blown away.” Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoffrey Ingersoll reacted.

“Wait CNN just refused to listen to Bernie and just took what Warren said was the truth? progressive commentator Hasan Piker asked, later adding “what CNN is doing tonight should be criminal.”

“The kids gloves the moderators have right now is exasperating. Both candidates are, in effect, calling the other a liar. And they’re being allowed to just skate past it!” Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold exclaimed.

“Seriously it is outrageous that CNN would take Warren’s accusation as a statement of fact. Media malpractice,” The Hill TV host Saagar Enjeti declared.

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Even Donald Trump Jr. went to bat for Sanders and slammed the liberal network.

“How did CNN just pretend that Bernie didn’t totally deny that he said a woman couldn’t win and pretend like it it was a fact just because Warren said so? It’s not like her entire persona isn’t built on lies… Is the fix against Bernie in again???” the president’s son questioned.

Sanders flatly denied the claim that was made in CNN’s report on Monday while Warren initially did not comment the claim.

“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” Sanders told Fox News. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”

Following the report, a video clip from 1988 surfaced of Sanders expressing his support for a woman to become president.

“The real issue is not whether you’re black or white, whether you’re a woman or a man — in my view, a woman could be elected president of the United States,” Sanders said at the time while backing Jesse Jackson’s candidacy. “The real issue is whose side are you on? Are you on the side of workers and poor people or are you on the side of big money and the corporations?”

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However, Warren issued a statement affirming the report.

“Bernie and I met for more than two hours in December 2018 to discuss the 2020 election, our past work together and our shared goals: beating Donald Trump, taking back our government from the wealthy and well-connected, and building an economy that works for everyone. Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed,” Warren said.

She continued, “I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry.  I’m in this race to talk about what’s broken in this country and how to fix it — and that’s what I’m going to continue to do. I know Bernie is in the race for the same reason. We have been friends and allies in this fight for a long time, and I have no doubt we will continue to work together to defeat Donald Trump and put our government on the side of the people.”

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Rachel Brosnahan says ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ costumes caused ‘corset-related injury’

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Beauty is pain on the set of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Rachel Brosnahan, who stars in the Amazon comedy, appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Monday and revealed that she was injured by one of the show’s elaborate costumes.

“I actually got a corset-related injury,” said the actress, 29, when asked about wearing the fashion garment every day. “We talk so fast on the show that to get all the words out you can’t really take very many breaths, and I think I wasn’t breathing a lot and I was a bit constrained.”

She added: “Apparently some of my ribs are sort of fused together and I can’t take super deep breaths anymore.”

Brosnahan chalked it up to “Champagne problems.”

While Brosnahan only has to wear the corset to play a character, she has faced harsh criticism over the way she looks.

Last month, Brosnahan revealed that in the beginning of her career, she was repeatedly told to change her look.

“Early on, you get a lot of feedback on auditions… People give it to you like it is [the] Bible, like it is truth,” she said in a Q&A. “I’ve been told so many times I had to change my hair and learn to do my makeup and ‘buy different clothes’… It starts to get into your head.”

Luckily, Brosnahan didn’t listen to the critics, which seemed to work well for the Emmy winner.

“And all those things are sometimes an attempt to fit a square peg into a round hole,” she said. “The right thing will find you.”

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Dems abandon personal attacks in debate heavy on foreign policy

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The first Democratic debate since President Trump’s confrontation with Iran kicked off with foreign policy questions, as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders rehearsed their differences over the Iraq war and Elizabeth Warren attacked the defense industry.

Biden admitted he had made a “mistake,” but that Barack Obama picked him anyway, while Sanders acknowledged he supported the war in Afghanistan but warned that Trump could drag us into a war with Iran.

Wolf Blitzer’s questioning in the CNN debate in Iowa, with just six candidates on stage, reflected the turmoil in the Middle East since the president ordered the drone strike that killed Iran’s top general. And the candidates differed on America’s military presence, with Warren saying “we need to get our combat troops out” of Iraq and Sanders saying Americans “are sick and tired of endless wars.”

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Pete Buttigieg, bolstered by his service in Afghanistan, said “the very president who said he was going to end endless wars…now has more troops going to the Middle East.”

And Biden unintentionally highlighted his longevity in saying he first ran for Congress against the Vietnam War.

Blitzer, a onetime Jerusalem reporter, did a solid job of following up, confronting Biden with the fact that the Obama administration sometimes took military action without congressional approval.

As the questioning moved on to North Korea and trade wars, the sober and tone remained, perhaps reinforced by the candidates’ caution. There were no fiery exchanges or outraged interruptions of the kind that go viral, but viewers saw plenty of substantive exchanges.

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The closest thing to a jab came when Sanders said “Joe and I have a fundamental disagreement” on trade deals, which he said “increase the profits for multinational corporations.”

After 43 minutes, reporter Abby Phillip asked about the dustup between Warren and Sanders that had drawn heavy coverage in the days before the debate. And they both rushed to defuse it.

In a story undoubtedly leaked by the Warren camp, she says Sanders told her a year ago that a woman couldn’t win when she confided her plans to run for the White House.

When Phillip unfortunately presented Warren’s version as fact, Sanders said he never said that, called it “incomprehensible,” and noted he’d deferred to her in 2015, running only after she passed up the presidential race.

Warren, who has already benefited from the story, was careful not to contradict him, saying “Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie.” She quickly pivoted to how she had beaten Republicans and the virtues of female candidates.

What happened in those moments is not just that the two senators are ideologically aligned. Given Iowa’s history of rewarding a third candidate when two slug it out, they both calculated it was better to move on, and CNN didn’t press the issue.

Those in the media who have been hyping this spat seem to have forgotten how mild it is compared to the usual vitriol in primaries, especially compared to the name-calling and insults of the 2016 Republican campaign.

Even the discussion of health care—with Amy Klobuchar directly challenging Warren on Medicare for All—amounted to a reprise of past talking points.

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The stakes are especially high with three weeks until the caucuses, as  polls show the top four bunched at the top. Biden, Sanders and Buttigieg have all led, at least within the margin of error, in at least one recent survey.

The second hour was fairly dull. CNN didn’t mention the word impeachment until an hour and a half in, and that produced the closest thing to an emotional moment. When Blitzer asked Biden about Trump going after his family, the former vice president said the Republicans had “savaged my surviving son,” gone after him, “told lies,” but that he “can’t hold a grudge” and would try to heal the country.

The clash came the night before House Democrats plan to finally send the impeachment articles to the Senate, whose trial is slated for next week. In fact, had Nancy Pelosi moved the articles a few days earlier, the debate would have been scrapped since the contenders include three senators who will be confined to the chamber every day that the trial is in session.

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The Word Female Presidential Candidates Have Been Hearing Over and Over

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The truth about this week’s clash between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is that it’s not really about Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

It is partly about them, of course: about whether Mr. Sanders told Ms. Warren 13 months ago that he did not believe a woman could be elected president, as she says he did and he says he didn’t. But the bigger picture is The Electability Question, a conversation so well worn it may as well be a proper noun.

Because only one woman is polling in the top tier of the Democratic primary race — and much of the conversation surrounding her is not about whether she should be elected, but whether she can be.

In Tuesday’s debate, Ms. Warren addressed that dynamic directly.

After the allegation was reported on Monday, it was inevitable that it would come up on the debate stage. Both campaigns had signaled before the debate that they had little interest in litigating it further. But instead of dismissing the line of questioning altogether, Ms. Warren pivoted to the broader issue of “electability.”

“Bernie is my friend, and I am not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she said after a moderator asked her about the remark she says Mr. Sanders made during a private meeting in December 2018. “But look, this question about whether or not a woman can be president has been raised, and it’s time for us to attack it head-on.”

Ms. Warren then pointed out that she and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota were the only people onstage who had never lost an election. This is an argument the women in this race have made repeatedly: Of course they can win elections; they already have.

“Look at the men on this stage: Collectively, they have lost 10 elections,” Ms. Warren said. “The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women, Amy and me.”

She argued that she would be more electable against Mr. Trump than a candidate “who can’t pull our party together, or someone who takes for granted big parts of the Democratic constituency” — an implicit reference to more moderate candidates in the race.

On its face, the idea that women are less electable is a myth. Studies have shown that when women run, they win at the same rates as men. There is a gender gap in government not because women are “unelectable” but because, in comparison to men, so few have run.

But the continual debate over whether any given woman is electable places the burden on that woman to convince voters of what research has already shown. This is a burden men running for office don’t have.

“Women often have to run dual campaigns: a campaign of belief to convince donors and elites they can win, in addition to the main campaign,” said Amanda Hunter, research and communications director at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which supports women in politics. “That is the challenge Senator Warren is facing now, the constant drumbeat of doubts and questions regarding her electability.”

In other words, the fact that popular beliefs about who can win are inaccurate is not quite the point, because those beliefs can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. And that is what Ms. Warren is trying to prevent.

When voters who like a female candidate choose not to vote for her because they don’t think enough other people will vote for her, she can become less electable simply by virtue of being perceived that way. And inasmuch as the dispute between Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders affects public opinion of women’s electability, the very existence of the dispute poses a threat.

“It becomes a kind of vicious cycle,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “There’s a sense that there was backlash about the Obama presidency, and Hillary Clinton didn’t win — so the conventional wisdom, which starts to feed on itself, is, ‘Well, we’d better just elect the thing we’ve always had,’ which is white men.”

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Feds arrest Avenatti during California Bar Association hearing

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Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents Tuesday evening during a break in a disciplinary hearing in Los Angeles over allegations that the high-profile lawyer scammed a client out of $840,000.

The arrest occurred around 6 p.m. outside the State Bar Court, where the State Bar of California has initiated proceedings against him.

“I can confirm that he was arrested by federal agents,” Avenatti’s lawyer Dean Steward said. “I anticipate a bail hearing at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Magistrate’s Court in Santa Ana. I haven’t seen the details of the warrant, but should have it later this evening.“

Avenatti did not return to the court when the hearing resumed. His attorneys called for a sidebar with the judge and said he would not be able to return due to circumstances related to a criminal matter in Orange County.

The former lawyer for Stormy Daniels is accused of fraud, cheating on his taxes and lying to investigators. Federal prosecutors allege that he embezzled funds from clients. He has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, told Fox News that Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of violating his pre-trial release.

“I do expect him to appear in federal court in Santa Ana tomorrow,” he said, adding that documents related to the arrest were under seal.

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Tuesday’s hearing centered on allegations that Avenatti misappropriated $840,000 in settlement money owed to Gregory Barela, his former client. Barela made continued inquiries about the funds to Avenatti, and the attorney allegedly kept the cash for himself. He still owes Barela $710,000 but denies any wrongdoing.

Avenatti was supposed to travel to New York on Tuesday night for his criminal trial over his alleged plot to extort $25 million from sports apparel giant Nike.

Fox News’ Lee Ross and Nick Givas contributed to this report. 

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Discussion Thread: Seventh Democratic Presidential Debate | 1/14/20 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST | Part 2

Six candidates will be on stage Tuesday for the seventh Democratic Presidential Debate. In order to qualify for this debate, candidates needed to achieve at least 5 percent in four DNC-approved national or early-voting-state polls or at least 7 percent in two early-voting-state polls. Candidate also needed to have received donations from at least 225,000 unique donors and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

The seventh Democratic debate is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 and will be co-hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. The moderators will be Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Abby Phillip (CNN), and Brianne Pfannenstiel (The Des Moines Register). The debate will run from 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST.

The debate will air on CNN. It can also be streamed live on the CNN website (cable log-in not required), The Des Moines Register, CNN’s iOS and Android apps, and the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.

Candidates:

  • Former vice president Joe Biden

  • Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

  • Businessman Tom Steyer

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)


Part 1

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‘Captain America’ actress charged with second-degree murder of her mother claims self-defense: report

Less than two weeks after being arrested on the charge of second-degree murder of her mother, court documents show that actress Mollie Fitzgerald told police she acted in self-defense.

According to The Kansas City Star, medical examiners, however, found no signs that her mother was ever in control of the weapon. An overturned chair, a broken lamp and damaged drywall indicated to authorities that there was a struggle, police said.

Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, played a small role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011. She is now accused of stabbing her mother, Patricia Fitzgerald, to death in Olathe, Kansas.

‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ ACTRESS CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE MURDER OF MOTHER

In the affidavit for the arrest, obtained by The Kansas City Star,  Fitzgerald’s father told law enforcement that her “aggressive behaviors [had] been escalating.”

The documents say that Mollie Fitzgerald allegedly called the police on Dec. 20, 2019, to report that she had killed her mother in self-defense. Police arrived at the home and found Patricia Fitzgerald on the floor with a knife in her back, The Kansas City Star reported.

Mollie Fitzgerald said that her mother first came at her with a knife, but she took the weapon after hitting her with a vacuum attachment, court records said, according to the outlet.

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Mollie Fitzgerald, 38, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of her mother, authorities say. (Johnson County Detention Center)

According to the affidavit, “[Mollie Fitzgerald] said her mother just would not stop trying to take the knife to kill her, so she had to kill her mom.”

Mollie Fitzgerald was treated for minor cuts, and an autopsy revealed that Patricia Fitzgerald suffered from bruising consistent with being choked, as well as other “defensive injuries,” the newspaper reported.

According to the website IMDb, Mollie Fitzgerald is a movie director and producer, as well as an actress. She worked on mostly low-budget films, including “The Lawful Truth” in 2014 and “The Creeps” in 2017.

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In “Captain America” she played Stark Girl and worked as an assistant to the director, Joe Johnston. The film grossed $176.6 million in the U.S.

“Being a part of this production has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Fitzgerald told a comic book publication in 2011.

Patricia Fitzgerald was in the process of moving back to Kansas City after living several decades in the Houston area, her brother, Gary Hunziker, told The Kansas City Star.

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Hunziker, 72, said he knew few details about the circumstances surrounding his sister’s death.

“We were shocked,” he said. But, “it doesn’t matter the circumstances — the loss of a sister is what it’s all about.”

According to the newspaper, Mollie Fitzgerald said in a Jan. 2 court hearing that she would represent herself, but a judge on Tuesday ordered that she first undergo a mental competency evaluation before the case progresses any further.

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine wants to serve out his 2-year prison sentence at home

Tekashi 6ix9ine wants to go home.

A lawyer for the rainbow-haired rapper is asking a judge to allow his client to finish out his two-year sentence under home confinement, according to newly filed court papers.

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The 23-year-old snitch is serving out his time in an unspecified private jail for safety reasons, yet attorney Lance Lazzaro argued Tuesday this is akin to punishing Tekashi because he won’t get credit for early release at that facility. In the federal system, well-behaved inmates can typically expect a 15% reduction in their sentence for good time.

The Brooklyn-born rhymester, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was sentenced in December to 24 months behind bars for his role in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

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“Allowing Hernandez to serve the remainder of his jail sentence under home confinement would be the most reasonable means to adjust and prepare for his re-entry into the community,” Lazzaro wrote to Manhattan federal court Judge Paul Engelmayer.

“It would be a grave injustice for Hernandez to be denied the reasonable opportunity to adjust to and prepare for his re-entry into the community due to his cooperation with the government and placement in a private facility by the government for safety reasons,” the motion reads.

If the judge isn’t amenable to home confinement, Lazzaro suggests Tekashi could finish his sentence in a community correctional facility.

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Engelmayer has yet to rule on the motion.

This story originally ran in Page Six.

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