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Trump Just Tweeted A Clip From A TV Show That Was Totally Making Fun Of Him

Westlake Legal Group 5e42311d250000320033d5eb Trump Just Tweeted A Clip From A TV Show That Was Totally Making Fun Of Him

President Donald Trump shared a video clip he seems to think shows that “tough guys” support him. 

Just one problem: The footage of a biker reacting to a “Make America Great Again” cap was from an episode of Larry David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” And the episode not only mocked the caps but called them “a great people repellent.” 

On Monday, Trump tweeted the clip, which contained at least eight profanities: 

In the episode, the notoriously prickly David discovers that people want nothing to do with him when he wears the MAGA cap so he dons it as a “people repellent.” The cap gets him out of a lunch meeting he had been trying to avoid, and helps him keep the seat next to him at a sushi bar empty.

In the clip shared by Trump, David accidentally cuts off a biker, who angrily pursues him, dropping f-bombs along the way. When David dons the cap, the angry biker ― Trump’s “TOUGH GUY” ― suddenly becomes much friendlier.

Last month, sportscaster and talk-show host Michael Kay asked David if he was worried the episode mocking the MAGA hats would alienate Trump supporters.

“Alienate yourselves. Go. Go and alienate, you have my blessing,” David said to laughs from the audience. “No, I could give a fuck.” 

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Evacuee confirmed to have coronavirus in California as US total reaches 13

One of the evacuees who was transported from China to California last week due to coronavirus fears was diagnosed on Monday with the new virus, becoming the 13th known case on U.S. soil, reports said.

The patient left Wuhan — the epicenter of the virus — on a State Department chartered flight carrying 167 evacuees that arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego on Wednesday.

The patient is under observation and isolation at UC San Diego Medical Center and is “doing well,” according to the hospital.

4 AMERICAN CORONAVIRUS EVACUEES HOSPITALIZED AFTER SHOWING SIGNS OF ILLNESS

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A plane carrying evacuees from the virus zone in China arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

“CDC is conducting a thorough contact investigation of the person who has tested positive to determine contacts and to assess if those contacts had high-risk exposures,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The evacuee was among four people — three adults and one child — who were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center with a fever or a cough, according to the CDC.

CHINA’S DAILY CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL TOPS 100 FOR 1ST TIME; TOTAL DEATHS TOP 1,000

The CDC said all four patients had tested negative for the coronavirus on Sunday and were returned to MCAS Miramar, according to Reuters. However, on Monday, the CDC said that additional testing showed the patient had tested positive while in the 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Another patient was also transported to the hospital on Monday for evaluation and will remain there for further tests. It’s not clear if they were part of the four people originally tested.

“Both patients are doing well and have minimal symptoms,” the medical center said per the news organization.

Nearly 540 U.S. nationals have been evacuated from Wuhan to the San Diego base. They have been subject to the CDC’s first public health quarantine in 50 years, according to Reuters.

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It marks the seventh confirmed case of the virus in California and the first in San Diego County. Other cases in the US have been confirmed in Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington state.

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Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes

Here’s what you need to know:

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_168737208_0480321c-de1f-44da-b344-51b2632e3114-articleLarge Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes Infections Hubei Province (China) Hong Kong Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) China

The authorities outside a building in Hong Kong on Tuesday where two residents were found to be infected with the coronavirus.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Hong Kong officials evacuated and quarantined dozens of residents of an apartment building after two people living on different floors 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 the virus’s ability to spread.

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

In addition to the infected residents, four other people living in three different units displayed symptoms of the coronavirus, according to Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s health secretary.

In all, quarantines were ordered for the residents of 23 units of the Hong Mei House, a building on the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing block in the New Territories section of the city.

The local outbreak prompted comparisons to an incident in 2003 when 329 residents of a housing estate in Hong Kong became infected with SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. The virus was later found to have spread through defective piping. Forty-two of the infected residents died.

“Our initial understanding is that the relevant household may have done some self-remodeling work,” Frank Chan, Hong Kong’s secretary for transport and housing, said of the outbreak on Tuesday.

  • What do you need to know? Start here.

    Updated Feb. 10, 2020

    • 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.
    • How contagious is the virus?
      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.
    • How worried should I be?
      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.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

Mr. Chan denied that the recent cases were comparable to the 2003 outbreak because of the location of the pipes. In the earlier case, the pipes were outside the building and the SARS virus was spread through the air.

At a government-organized news briefing on Tuesday, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, said the situation this time appeared to be different. But he said the authorities were not ruling out the possibility of airborne transmission of the virus.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said determining what happened at the housing complex was of “great importance” and ordered an investigation.

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Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak

The virus has sickened more than 43,100 people in China and 24 other countries.

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic is continuing to climb, Chinese officials said Tuesday.

The government put the nationwide figure at 1,016. That was up 108 from the day before, when it was 908.

The number of cases of infection also grew, to over 42,638. The figure for the day before was put at 40,171.

Deaths in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak, drove the increase — there were 103 — though the number of infections reported there actually declined somewhat.

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 dangerous coronavirus, bringing the total number of ports from which it has been turned away to at least five.

The ship, the Westerdam, which departed from Hong Kong on Feb. 1, has already been turned away at ports in at least five countries, including the United States territory of Guam, the Philippines and Japan.

Thailand, which has reported more than 30 cases of the virus, had earlier agreed to let the ship dock in Bangkok on Thursday.

But the public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, posted a cryptic message on Facebook on Tuesday saying, “I have issued orders. Permission to dock refused” with a cruise ship emoji.

Holland America has said that no one on board 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 issued Monday.

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How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors

Here’s what early research says about how the pathogen behaves and the factors that will determine whether it can be contained.

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 is headed 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.

The company said that all passengers would receive a 100 percent refund and a 100 percent credit for a future trip. The ship was providing free internet and phone access to passengers, the company said.

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.

Sixty-five more infections were confirmed on Monday, that ship’s captain told passengers, raising the total number of cases on board to 135.

At least 20 of the infected passengers are from the United States, according to a Princess Cruises spokeswoman. In all, 416 American passengers boarded the vessel, the Diamond Princess, at the start of the voyage according to the spokeswoman.

Reporting and research was contributed by Russell Goldman, Elaine Yu, Richard C. Paddock, Ben Dooley, Motoko Rich, Amber Wang, Zoe Mou, Albee Zhang, Yiwei Wang, Claire Fu, Amy Qin.

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Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes

Here’s what you need to know:

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_168737208_0480321c-de1f-44da-b344-51b2632e3114-articleLarge Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes Infections Hubei Province (China) Hong Kong Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) China

The authorities outside a building in Hong Kong on Tuesday where two residents were found to be infected with the coronavirus.Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Hong Kong officials evacuated and quarantined dozens of residents of an apartment building after two people living on different floors 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 the virus’s ability to spread.

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

In addition to the infected residents, four other people living in three different units displayed symptoms of the coronavirus, according to Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s health secretary.

In all, quarantines were ordered for the residents of 23 units of the Hong Mei House, a building on the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing block in the New Territories section of the city.

The local outbreak prompted comparisons to an incident in 2003 when 329 residents of a housing estate in Hong Kong became infected with SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. The virus was later found to have spread through defective piping. Forty-two of the infected residents died.

“Our initial understanding is that the relevant household may have done some self-remodeling work,” Frank Chan, Hong Kong’s secretary for transport and housing, said of the outbreak on Tuesday.

  • What do you need to know? Start here.

    Updated Feb. 10, 2020

    • 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.
    • How contagious is the virus?
      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.
    • How worried should I be?
      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.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

Mr. Chan denied that the recent cases were comparable to the 2003 outbreak because of the location of the pipes. In the earlier case, the pipes were outside the building and the SARS virus was spread through the air.

At a government-organized news briefing on Tuesday, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, said the situation this time appeared to be different. But he said the authorities were not ruling out the possibility of airborne transmission of the virus.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said determining what happened at the housing complex was of “great importance” and ordered an investigation.

Westlake Legal Group china-wuhan-coronavirus-maps-promo-articleLarge-v21 Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes Infections Hubei Province (China) Hong Kong Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) China

Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak

The virus has sickened more than 43,100 people in China and 24 other countries.

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic is continuing to climb, Chinese officials said Tuesday.

The government put the nationwide figure at 1,016. That was up 108 from the day before, when it was 908.

The number of cases of infection also grew, to over 42,638. The figure for the day before was put at 40,171.

Deaths in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak, drove the increase — there were 103 — though the number of infections reported there actually declined somewhat.

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 dangerous coronavirus, bringing the total number of ports from which it has been turned away to at least five.

The ship, the Westerdam, which departed from Hong Kong on Feb. 1, has already been turned away at ports in at least five countries, including the United States territory of Guam, the Philippines and Japan.

Thailand, which has reported more than 30 cases of the virus, had earlier agreed to let the ship dock in Bangkok on Thursday.

But the public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, posted a cryptic message on Facebook on Tuesday saying, “I have issued orders. Permission to dock refused” with a cruise ship emoji.

Holland America has said that no one on board 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 issued Monday.

Westlake Legal Group china-coronavirus-contain-promo-1580431440996-articleLarge-v7 Coronavirus Updates: Infection May Have Spread Through Hong Kong Building’s Pipes Infections Hubei Province (China) Hong Kong Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) China

How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors

Here’s what early research says about how the pathogen behaves and the factors that will determine whether it can be contained.

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 is headed 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.

The company said that all passengers would receive a 100 percent refund and a 100 percent credit for a future trip. The ship was providing free internet and phone access to passengers, the company said.

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.

Sixty-five more infections were confirmed on Monday, that ship’s captain told passengers, raising the total number of cases on board to 135.

At least 20 of the infected passengers are from the United States, according to a Princess Cruises spokeswoman. In all, 416 American passengers boarded the vessel, the Diamond Princess, at the start of the voyage according to the spokeswoman.

Reporting and research was contributed by Russell Goldman, Elaine Yu, Richard C. Paddock, Ben Dooley, Motoko Rich, Amber Wang, Zoe Mou, Albee Zhang, Yiwei Wang, Claire Fu, Amy Qin.

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Late Shows Cook Up Their Own Bizarre Biden-Style ‘Pony Soldier’ Insults

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Former Vice President Joe Biden left people mystified with an oddball insult directed at an audience member over the weekend … and the late-night shows can’t get enough of it. 

Biden jokingly called a voter who asked about his poor performance in the Iowa caucuses a “lying dog-faced pony soldier.” 

He has used the line in the past, saying it’s from the 1953 John Wayne flick “Hondo,” although that line doesn’t appear in the script. 

Regardless of where it originated, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert wondered how in the heck Biden settled on that particular ― and very specific ― set of words.

Then, Colbert guessed at what others insults the former vice president had considered: 

Trevor Noah’s “Daily Show” team took it a step further.

They constructed a Twitter bot that will hurl a Bidenesque insult at anyone who tweets BidenInsultBot:

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5 Things To Watch For In The New Hampshire Primary

MANCHESTER, N.H. ― After a disappointingly messy Iowa caucuses, the Democratic Party is hoping for a straight-forward and clean election Tuesday in New Hampshire, the second state to vote in the presidential primary.

The candidates have largely spent the past week up here, with a cluster of candidates hoping to make it into the top three vote-getters. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is widely expected to do well, and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has seen a burst of attention after coming in strong in Iowa. 

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden is already playing down expectations, publicly saying he doesn’t expect to do well in the state. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is hoping to place near the top in order to stay in the top tier, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) is rising in the polls after a strong debate performance. 

Here are some things to watch for in the New Hampshire primary: 

Biden Playing Down New Hampshire

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Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Former Vice President Joe Biden has been lowering expectations about New Hampshire, saying publicly he doesn’t think he’ll win. 

Biden came in fourth place in the Iowa caucuses, a disappointing showing for the man considered the frontrunner in the race. And then at the Democratic debate a few days later, Biden essentially wrote off New Hampshire, saying, “I took a hit in Iowa, and I’ll probably take a hit here.” Traditionally, Bernie won by 20 points last time. And usually it’s the neighboring senators that do well.

His comment at the debate was an attempt to lower expectations, but it also could have the effect of dampening enthusiasm. 

“I was kind of discouraged when I saw him writing off New Hampshire,” said Alexandra Argasinsky, a Windham resident leaning toward Biden. “He needs to keep campaigning, keep meeting voters and keep trying to get his message out. So I would encourage him not to give up on New Hampshire yet.”

Biden’s team worked to clean up the remarks, insisting that it was competing heavily in the state and not giving up yet. But it was a clear sign that it’s not expecting to come out on top in New Hampshire. His team has stressed that it sees the first four states as a package and believes he will do better in Nevada and South Carolina, which are more racially diverse. 

Still, a heavy loss in New Hampshire will deepen questions about his electability that are already starting to rise

Buttigieg Benefiting From Iowa Win

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Mary Altaffer/Associated Press Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out with the most delegates in Iowa and has been seeing a boost of attention since then.

Buttigieg is currently leading in delegates in the Iowa caucuses, but a win in New Hampshire would solidify his position in the race and help sustain his campaign as the race shifts to the contests in Nevada and South Carolina, which boast more racially diverse communities where he has struggled to gain traction. 

Buttigieg has been taking fire from all sides ― mostly over his experience and wealthy donors ― but that hasn’t deterred curious voters of all ages from packing his events in record numbers to hear his pitch about “turning the page” and unifying the country to oust Trump in November. Many of them said they found the 38-year-old former mayor impressive regardless of the fact that he lacked the accomplishments of the other candidates in the race. 

“How about all the experience Trump had? None. Zero. Less than zero,” said one New Hampshire voter who turned out to see him in Keene over the weekend. 

The Race For Third Place

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Elise Amendola/Associated Press Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and others are hoping that they make the top three in New Hampshire in order to stay viable going forward. 

Sanders is expected to do well in New Hampshire, just as he did in Iowa. But beyond that, the candidates are fighting to remain in the top three. Buttigieg has momentum and renewed interest after his strong showing in Iowa, Biden is fighting to show that he’s still the most electable and Warren is looking for a path to break out. Klobuchar has also been drawing larger crowds and attracted positive press after her strong debate performance last week. Polls show her closing in on the top tier.  

Where Independents Go 

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Matt Rourke/Associated Press Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) does not do as well with independent voters, who make up 42% of New Hampshire’s electorate.

Independent voters make up a sizable share ― 42% ― of the New Hampshire electorate, and where they go could be key to who wins here. There’s no competitive GOP primary on Tuesday, meaning more independents will be voting in the Democratic primary.

More independents could be a problem with Warren, who runs strong with Democratic voters but behind with independents. 

A Monmouth University poll of likely New Hampshire primary voters released last week put Warren in fourth place with 13% of the vote overall. But Warren earned the support of 21% of registered Democrats, trailing only Sanders. Her standing was hurt because just 5% of independents said they planned to back her. (Other polls in New Hampshire, including ones by Marist College, WBUR and Suffolk University, find similar gaps.)

Warren gets significant support from Democratic women, and her progressive policies may not play as well with more moderate or conservative voters. While Sanders is also obviously progressive, his refusal to officially join the Democratic Party and the fact that he often highlights his disagreements with the party make him less of a partisan figure to some. 

No Problems Like Iowa

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Niyazz via Getty Images New Hampshire has a primary election, not a caucus system, so officials expect to not have as many issues as Iowa did. 

New Hampshire is not a caucus system. It’s just a regular old election where people go to the polls and vote. They don’t have to use an app, and they don’t have to commit to an hourslong process that involves convincing people to switch sides. 

It’s run by professional election officials, rather than the Democratic Party, and the person who gets the most votes will win the state. 

Of course, there have been plenty of elections beset by problems in this country, but New Hampshire officials say they feel confident that their primary will be less chaotic than the Iowa caucuses. 

Igor Bobic contributed reporting. 

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New Hampshire primary voting kicks off, with Sanders and Buttigieg locked in fierce battle

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MANCHESTER, NH – New Hampshire’s presidential primary kicked off at midnight – as voters in three tiny townships in the state’s North Country and White Mountains cast the first ballots in the first primary in the White House race.

Dixville Notch – which has held the midnight voting tradition for 60 years – as well as nearby Millsfield and Hart’s Location – grab the national spotlight every four years as they report the first results  in New Hampshire.

NEW HAMPSHIRE’S TRACK RECORD IN PICKING PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES

On the final day before the before primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders emphasized to supporters that “what happens here in New Hampshire is enormously important…the whole country is not only looking at New Hampshire – in fact the whole world is looking at New Hampshire.”

The populist senator from Vermont who’s making his second straight White House run is in the driver’s seat – is sitting atop the final public opinion polls, drawing large and energetic crowds in the closing days,  and sporting arguably the largest grassroots get-out-the-vote operation in the Granite State.

After getting out of Iowa’s caucuses with essentially a tie with 2020 nomination rival Pete Buttigieg, expectations are high for Sanders in a state where he shares home-field advantage with fellow progressive standard-bearer Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

As he did in Iowa, Sanders is stressing to his supporters that “if we have the highest voter turnout in New Hampshire primary history, I am confident that we are going to win here in New Hampshire and if we win here in New Hampshire, we’re going to set the pace to win Nevada and South Carolina and California.”
But meeting expectations in a state where he crushed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton four years ago is crucial for Sanders.

Sanders closed out his bid in the first primary state with a massive rally and concert that drew over 7,500 to the University of New Hampshire at Durham – which was by far the largest crowd for any Democratic presidential candidate in New Hampshire this cycle.

He was joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a bunch of other high profile surrogates.

“New Hampshire remains Bernie’s to lose. He dominated in 2016 and his coalition seems confident again. That said, if he doesn’t win, it’s a huge hit to the Sanders path,” emphasized longtime Democratic strategist Sean Downey, a national adviser on Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey’s now defunct 2020 presidential bid and a veteran of numerous political campaigns in New Hampshire.’

THE FINAL POLL POSITION IN NH AHEAD OF TUESDAY’S PRIMARY

Sanders declared victory in Iowa – where the results dribbled in for days after a reporting debacle on caucus night – by pointing to his lead in the raw vote totals coming out of the caucus precinct sites.

Buttigieg -the former South Bend, Indiana mayor – also claimed victory, spotlighting his narrow edge in the percentage of state delegates won. And for Buttigieg – like Sanders – a strong finish in New Hampshire is vital for his hopes of capturing the nomination.

Buttigieg was also stressing the importance of the primary, telling supporters the eve of the primary that Tuesday will be a “historic night that will set the course for the party and the rest of the world.  We are lucky and unlucky enough to be in a point of history where it will be recorded what we did.”

The 38-year old candidate – the youngest in the field – told supporters on the primary eve that Tuesday will be a “historic night that will set the course for the party and the rest of the world.”

Buttigieg closed in on Sanders in the polls in the days after the Iowa caucuses. But one of the two tracking polls suggested that the candidate saw his numbers drop over the weekend. That wasn’t reflected on the campaign trail, as Buttigieg drew more than 5,000 people to his events on Sunday.

Buttigieg has struggled to resonate with African American and Latino voters. And with the White House race moving next to Nevada and South Carolina – which have much more diverse electorates – a strong finish in New Hampshire is paramount for Buttigieg.

Pointing to the calendar ahead, Downey emphasized that “Mayor Pete’s situation here is urgent given his real lack of traction in the south and out west.”

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Illustrating the tension between the top two contenders, Buttigieg once again took aim at Sanders on Monday, saying that “at a moment when our country is so divided we can’t risk further polarizing the American people. That’s why I’m very concerned about the suggestion that either you got to be for revolution, or you must be for the status quo, because that  vision of politics as all or nothing is a vision that most of us can’t see where we fit in.”

Sanders – who’s funding his massive campaign war chest through small dollar grassroots donation – took jabs at Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden – saying they “have dozens and dozens of billionaires contributing to their campaigns.”

The former vice president’s message on Monday night to his supporters: “stick with me 24 hours and we’re going to be just fine. We’re going to win this nomination.”

Biden’s said he’s not “writing off” New Hampshire– but it sure looks like he’s lowering expectations.

“I took a hit in Iowa and I’m probably going to take a hit here,” Biden said in a striking moment at the top of Friday night’s prime-time Democratic presidential nomination debate.

Asked the next day by Fox News if he was writing off the Granite State, the former vice president fired back, saying, “I’m not writing off New Hampshire. I’m going to campaign like hell here in New Hampshire, as I’m going to do in Nevada, in South Carolina and beyond. Look, this is just getting going here. This is a marathon.”

For Biden, however, at least a third-place finish here could be critical, if only to prevent an exodus of donors and the possible erosion of his so-called “firewall” of support in the looming South Carolina contest. With the race for first increasingly looking to be between Sanders and Buttigieg, Biden’s essentially battling with Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for a top-three ticket out of the Granite State.

It’s a stunning predicament for the candidate who was once the unrivaled front-runner for the nomination. He’s long made electability central to his campaign pitch. But University of New Hampshire pollster Andrew Smith highlighted that the final UNH tracking poll for CNN – conducted after Biden’s lackluster fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, indicate that “Bernie Sanders is seen as the most electable candidate” to take on Republican President Donald Trump in November’s general election.

“If your candidacy is based on electability, once you don’t win elections, that electability argument dissipates very rapidly,” Smith explained, “If Biden does very poorly in New Hampshire, going forward those voters in Nevada and South Carolina are going to look at that electability argument in a very different light because to be electable, you need to win elections.”

Warren – once a co-frontrunner in the nomination race – is also under the spotlight. She faced a deluge of questions the past couple of days from reporters asking how crucial a strong finish in New Hampshire is to her White House bid

“I didn’t start by doing polls a year ago, and I still don’t do polls,” responded the senator, who famously avoids all talk of her position in the polls.

Warren – who’s repeatedly avoided saying New Hampshire’s a “must-win” state,  has emphasized that “the way I see this is it’s going to be a long campaign…we’ve built a campaign to go the distance.”

Talking to reporters on her campaign’s press bus on Monday, the candidate told reporters “I’ve been counted down and out for much of my life.”

But she emphasized that “you get knocked down, you get back up. And you keep fighting because it’s not about me, it’s about the people who are counting on me.”

Downey noted that “with a full field, the difference between third and fourth could be a few points and I’d look to strong organizing game and surrogate operations from Warren and Biden to make things interesting.”

But thanks to a last-minute surge, add Klobuchar to the mix in the fight for third place.

Klobuchar touted on Monday that “as you probably heard we’re on a bit of a surge. I woke up this morning to find out that we are third in two polls.”

One of the two final surveys – a Suffolk University tracking poll for the Boston Globe and WBZ – suggested that Klobuchar soared nine percentage points over the past two days.

But the big question is whether Klobuchar can capitalize on her late tide of momentum.

Smith cautioned that “I don’t think though that Klobuchar’s going to have the organization necessary to take advantage of her debate performance and her performance in Iowa and get those people out to vote. She doesn’t have anywhere near the on-the-ground organization as the other top candidates.”

Adding to the uncertainty ahead of the primary results – the fact that Granite Staters are traditionally late deciders. The final polls illustrate the point – showing that nearly half of those who are currently backing a candidate suggested that they could change their minds before they vote.

Smith gauged that “I would see, easily 15-20% of New Hampshire Democrats making up their mind on primary day.”

And Downey said “I can’t stress this enough. New Hampshire likes underdogs and will decide late. This race isn’t over.”

Fox News’ Kelly Phares, Tara Prindiville, Andrew Craft, Andres del Aguilla, and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report

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Trump cuts New Hampshire rally short to receive remains of 2 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — President Donald Trump traveled Monday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay respects to two U.S. soldiers killed Saturday in Afghanistan when a soldier dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire with a machine gun.

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National security adviser Robert O’Brien told reporters traveling with Trump on Air Force One that the president wrapped up a reelection campaign rally in New Hampshire a bit early so he could visit with the families of the soldiers. He described such moments as “probably the toughest thing he does as president,” along with visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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“These are terrible sacrifices for the families. And these guys are heroes, they’re real warriors and did a great job for the American people,” O’Brien said. “These are tough times. It’s tough for the president but he thinks it’s important to be there for the families and recognize them.”

The Defense Department has identified the dead American soldiers as Sgt. Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28; and Sgt. Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28. Six other American soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Gutierrez was born in Jacksonville, N.C. He had also served in Iraq. Rodriguez was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He deployed eight times in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, which began in 2015. Both men were posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class and awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

Six U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of 2020, including Saturday’s casualties. Last year, 20 U.S. service personnel died in combat there and there were two non-combat deaths.

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The incident came as Washington has sought to find an end to the war in Afghanistan.

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Hannity spars with Tulsi Gabbard over drug legalization: ‘You’re dodging’

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Sean Hannity and 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, engaged in some friendly sparring on Monday over the topic of drug legalization.

Hannity had asked Gabbard whether, despite running to unseat President Trump, she could find common ground on any issue with him.

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Gabbard said she would push for drug legalization and end the federal government’s battle against controlled substances.

“There’s far more we want to do on criminal justice reform,” the lawmaker said. “I would love to be able to work with President Trump on ending this failed war on drugs.”

“Do you want to legalize drugs?” Hannity asked in an ensuing follow-up.

Gabbard said she would start by striking the federal prohibition on marijuana possession.

“I think we need to look at the model in Portugal where there has been decriminalization and in some cases legalization and regulation so we treat substance abuse and addiction as a health care issue,” she said.

“You’re ducking — you’re dodging,” Hannity quipped. “Would you legalize heroin?” The host was referencing former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s recent statement that if he were elected president, drug possession would be decriminalized or reduced to a misdemeanor offense — including in cases involving dangerous drugs such as heroin.

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Elsewhere in the interview, Gabbard reiterated her call for Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez to resign following the Iowa caucuses fiasco, in which full results were not reported for several days and are being contested by two campaigns.

“Voters in this primary need to have the confidence that their votes will be counted and their voices will be heard,” she said. “And unfortunately, he’s had a failure of leadership in [terms of] being able to uphold that faith and that trust. We’ve got a lot of, a lot of primaries, a lot of elections between now and the convention and we need to be able to get back on track.”

Gabbard, a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, also backed the dismissal of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council after he was a prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

“It is the Constitution that provides that our foreign policy is set by the president of the United States as well as, in some significant ways, by Congress. Not by unelected bureaucrats, not by the military,” she said. “And the reason why our founders had the wisdom in doing this is because they knew, if voters were unhappy with the foreign policy decisions being made, they could make that decision at the ballot box to hire or fire, whereas they can’t do that with unelected bureaucrats or others.”

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Washington Post editorial board declares Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar aren’t ‘centrists’

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The conversation driving the Democratic primary has been about the ongoing battle between the progressive and the moderate wings of the Democratic Party, but the Washington Post editorial board declared that the so-called “centrist” frontrunners, like former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, aren’t actually how they’ve been described.

In an editorial published on Saturday, the Washington Post determined that it has been an “unchecked assumption” that the ideological war between the “left” and “center” among the candidates, a narrative the paper deemed was “false.”

The piece laid out prominent policy proposals of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. such as Medicare-for-all and free college, but pointed to Buttigieg’s proposals “to make college free for pretty much everyone — just not for the wealthiest families” and how his health care plan would “eventually drive private insurance companies out of business.” It went on to say out Biden may not back the Green New Deal but “wants to spend a whopping $1.7 trillion to enable the country to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050.”

The Post also invokes legalizing marijuana and the $650 billion federal spending proposals Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and hefty tax hike proposal from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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“Then there are the policy moves that practically all Democrats agree on: giving legal safe harbor to the young immigrants known as ‘dreamers’; reviving and expanding President Barack Obama’s climate regulations; reengaging with Iran; raising the minimum wage; keeping abortion legal; cracking down on guns. In fact, every major Democratic candidate is running on an agenda to the left of Mr. Obama’s,” the Post editorial board wrote.

It continued, “Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Buttigieg expressed sympathy for Mr. Sanders’s ‘goals.’ But, he added, Mr. Sanders ‘makes it feel like you’re either for a revolution or you’ve got to be for the status quo, and there’s nothing in between.’ The Democratic race does not present such a choice, and observers should stop advancing the myth that it does.”

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Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor applauded the Post for “admitting” that the Democrats don’t have moderates running for president.

“It’s amazing that The Washington Post is willing to admit that the Democrats are left, lefter and leftist,” Gainor told Fox News. The problem is, you can’t find this correct view hardly anywhere else in the press… Journalists have been calling the top Democrats, ‘moderate’ or ‘centrist’ as a way of pretending the party hasn’t made a huge left turn.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.  

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