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Trey Gowdy: Feds must be cautious with McCabe after Greg Craig acquittal

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If the federal government chooses to bring charges against fired former FBI Deputy Director and current CNN contributor Andrew McCabe, they must make sure they have an impenetrable case, according to Trey Gowdy.

Last week’s acquittal of former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig shows it is difficult to find a conviction in similar cases, Gowdy claimed Friday on “Hannity.”

“These are tough cases,” the former congressman said. “There was a trial in D.C. last week, and former White House Counsel Greg Craig was found not guilty in what was a really quick jury verdict.”

GREG CRAIG, FORMER OBAMA WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, FOUND NOT GUILTY OF FALSE STATEMENTS OVER UKRAINE WORK

“It is harder than it might appear to convince 12 people of anything — I used to have to do it for a living,” said Gowdy, who was previously a prosecutor in South Carolina.

The Fox News contributor added it is even more difficult to obtain a conviction against a “high-profile defendant.”

“If they go forward with McCabe, you can rest assured that’s going to be a tough trial. We don’t want the United States government going to trial and losing on a regular basis,” he said.

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“They lost the Greg Craig [case] — that’s not good, so if you’re going to trial you need to win.”

Craig, a prominent Washington lawyer, was found not guilty by a jury Sept. 4 of making false statements to the Justice Department about his work for the pro-Russian government of Ukraine in 2012.

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The verdict, which came after approximately four hours of deliberations in a Washington, D.C. federal courthouse, was a major setback for the DOJ’s recently redoubled efforts to scrutinize unregistered overseas lobbying work.

In April, Craig became the first prominent Democrat to be indicted in a case arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed probe into Russian election interference. Mueller referred the Craig case to prosecutors in New York last year after uncovering possible wrongdoing while he investigated former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s Ukraine lobbying.

Regarding McCabe, U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against him, Fox News has learned.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Alex Pappas and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Suspect admits deadly stabbing of DC jogger, gets 30 years behind bars

A man accused of stabbing a jogger to death while she was exercising in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., last year pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Friday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Anthony Crawford, 23, received five years’ probation in addition to his jail sentence for the murder of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez, according to Fox 5 DC.

Prosecutors said Crawford stole a kitchen knife from a grocery store and attacked  Martinez while she was out for an evening jog on Sept. 18, 2018. Martinez, who had gotten engaged a week earlier, was stabbed seven times in the head, neck and back.

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Wendy Karina Martinez. (Martinez family via AP)

After the attack, Martinez staggered into a nearby Chinese restaurant before collapsing as patrons tried to help her. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police have said the attack appeared to have been random. Court records show Crawford has a history of mental illness and drug use.

“The monster is not Crawford, the monster is his schizophrenia,” his lawyers said Friday.

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The very same month her daughter was murdered, Martinez’s mother, Cora, made a similar statement of forgiveness. “I want to say that I have forgiven,” the grieving mother said. “My heart has been broken in a thousand pieces, but I forgive the man because I know it wasn’t him. It was somebody else. It was evil.”

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Trump booed during military ceremony at Portland soccer game

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The military has been paying for this shit for a long time.

Remember the whole “kneeling for the flag” thing? The players used to not even be on the field during the anthem, but the military paid the NFL millions to show flyovers, flag wavings, and to “strongly encourage” that players and staff are on the field, hand over heart, during the anthem.

Patriotism, sold for millions, to generate nationalism.

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Matt Gaetz: In McCabe case, ‘swamp creatures’ are ‘chewing on each other for once’

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Former FBI Director James Comey and his ex-deputy, Andrew McCabe appear to be at odds when it comes to claims McCabe showed a lack of candor to investigators about leaks to the press, according to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

While bureaucrats in what President Trump and many of his supporters call the “swamp” are often directing their rhetorical fire at the administration, that may change, Gaetz said Friday on “The Story.”

“The facts have Andrew McCabe dead to rights,” he said. “He lied to Comey, he lied to the inspector general, and he lied to the internal affairs investigators who determined he had authorized the release of information that disclosed the work that was being done regarding the Clinton Foundation.”

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“McCabe said, ‘Well, Comey knew about all these things.’ Comey disputes that. Now we’ve got some of the swamp creatures chewing on each other for once.”

At the time, Comey claimed he never authorized an information leak to The Wall Street Journal.

However, McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich previously told Fox News that “Mr. McCabe’s interaction with The Wall Street Journal – which by FBI rule and practice he was fully authorized to do – was not done in secret: it took place over the course of several days and others knew of it, including Director Comey.”

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On “The Story,” Gaetz said the Justice Department’s rejection of a McCabe appeal against potential litigation shows the government will apply the law “equally to everyone.”

“Now, McCabe appears to be potentially at the business end of an indictment for his false statements where he was trying to shape the media narrative regarding how the FBI and the DOJ were interacting on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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Schiff accuses top intel official of illegally withholding ‘urgent’ whistleblower complaint

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Here’s the press release from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This seems… very concerning?

…On September 9, 2019, the IC IG transmitted a letter to the Committee notifying it of the existence of a whistleblower complaint…

…September 10, 2019, Chairman Schiff requested the full and unredacted whistleblower complaint…

…September 13, 2019, the Committee received a letter from the ODNI declining the Chairman’s request and stating that the DNI, contrary to an unambiguous statutory command, is withholding the complaint from the Committee because, in part, it involves confidentially and potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community…

…In Schiff’s September 13, 2019 letter to the DNI accompanying the subpoena, Schiff writes: “… in violation of the statute’s explicit command, and in a stark break with the unbroken practice of previous Directors of National Intelligence, you have refused to transmit to the Committee the whistleblower disclosure…

…“The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials.”

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By Turns Tearful and Stoic, Felicity Huffman Gets 14-Day Prison Sentence

BOSTON — Facing time in prison for her role in the nation’s largest college admissions scandal, the actress Felicity Huffman grew tearful, her voice breaking as she told a courtroom that she wished she had never taken part in a scheme to inflate her daughter’s SAT score. Earlier, she sat silent and stoic as a prosecutor ticked off all the reasons probation would not be sufficient punishment.

In the end, a federal judge in Boston sentenced Ms. Huffman to 14 days in a federal prison on Friday. She was the first parent to face punishment in a scheme in which nearly three dozen wealthy people are accused of using lies and bribes to smooth their children’s way into prestigious colleges.

Looming over Ms. Huffman’s sentencing were questions about fairness, and whether she and the other mostly white parents in the case would be treated more leniently than poor or nonwhite defendants accused of educational fraud. The issues were emerging in a case that has been seeped with questions of inequity — and well-to-do parents’ efforts not just to guard their advantages, but to grab more.

The judge’s decision to impose a prison sentence on Ms. Huffman, whom prosecutors saw as one of the least culpable parents, made it more likely that any parents convicted in the case will face at least some prison time, even if the period is brief and largely symbolic.

In arguing that the parents in this case should go to prison, prosecutors had pointed to examples of defendants like Kelley Williams-Bolar, an African-American single mother in Akron, Ohio, who was sentenced to five years in prison — a sentence later suspended to 10 days in jail, three years of probation and community service — for using her father’s address to get her children into a nearby suburban school district. They also pointed to a group of black public schoolteachers, principals and administrators in Atlanta, who were convicted in a conspiracy to cheat on state tests, some of whom were sentenced to as much as three years in prison.

“If a poor single mom from Akron who is actually trying to provide a better education for her kids goes to jail, there is no reason that a wealthy, privileged mother with all the legal means available to her should avoid that same fate,” Eric S. Rosen, the lead prosecutor in the case, said in court.

“If we believe in just punishment,” he added, “we should not put the Williams-Bolars in jail while letting the Huffmans go free.”

Ms. Huffman’s lawyer, Martin Murphy, argued that most comparable defendants were given probation rather than prison. And he said that, just as Ms. Huffman’s wealth and fame should not lead the judge to impose a lighter sentence, they should not lead her to impose a longer one, either. He had argued in a sentencing memorandum that a term of imprisonment was not needed as a deterrent in Ms. Huffman’s case because she had already suffered considerably, by being publicly shamed, seeing her acting career crater, and facing the anger of both her daughters.

“It can’t be the case that Ms. Huffman should be treated more harshly because of her financial circumstances and her notoriety,” he said.

Ms. Huffman herself addressed the judge, Indira Talwani, reading from notes and frequently choking up as she said how deeply she regretted taking part in the cheating scheme in which she paid $15,000 to inflate her daughter’s test score.

She recalled driving to the school where her daughter was to take the SAT and — afterward and unbeknown to her daughter — where a proctor planned to illicitly correct the answers. At one point along the drive, as her daughter asked whether they could get ice cream after the test, Ms. Huffman remembered having second thoughts about her plan. She told the court, “I thought to myself, ‘Turn around, turn around, turn around.’” She paused as she choked back tears. “To my eternal shame,” she said, “I didn’t.”

She said that when she was later arrested and had to explain to her daughter what she had done, “She said to me, ‘I don’t know who you are anymore, Mom.’”

“I realize now with my mothering that love and truth must go hand in hand,” she told the judge, “and that my love coming at the expense of truth is not real love.”

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Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among the wealthy parents accused of cheating or paying bribes to get their children into elite universities.

Judge Talwani also imposed a $30,000 fine, supervised release for a year and 250 hours of community service. Ms. Huffman was ordered to report in six weeks to a federal Bureau of Prisons facility that has yet to be chosen.

In a statement released by a spokesman after the hearing, Ms. Huffman said: “I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”

Prosecutors have charged 51 people in the expansive admissions case, including coaches and others, and 15 of the 34 parents charged have pleaded guilty. In the cases of some other parents who have pleaded guilty in the case, prosecutors are seeking as much as 15 months of incarceration.

They asked for a comparatively lighter sentence — one month — for Ms. Huffman in part, they said, because she paid less than many of the other parents and because she chose not to include her younger daughter in the scheme. Besides the cheating on tests, some parents are accused of conspiring to bribe college coaches to pass their children off as athletic recruits in sports they often did not play.

Ms. Huffman was not the only Hollywood celebrity charged in the case. The actress Lori Loughlin is accused of conspiring to use bribes to get her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as recruits to the women’s crew team. She has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors had raised the cases of Ms. Williams-Bolar, the black mother from Ohio, and the Atlanta educators, to argue that fairness required sentencing Ms. Huffman and the other parents in this case to at least some period of incarceration.

But some defense lawyers involved in those cases questioned that logic.

David Singleton, the executive director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, who represented Ms. Williams-Bolar in successfully seeking clemency in her case, said that there were indeed disparities in the justice system.

“When you are rich — and particularly if you’re rich and white in this country — there’s a different justice system,” he said. But, he added, “Sending Felicity Huffman to jail is not going to solve that problem.”

Similarly, lawyers who represented educators charged in the Atlanta test cheating scandal said that the sentences given to some of the defendants in that case were excessive.

“Our educators in our cheating scandal in Atlanta were way over-prosecuted and way over-punished,” said Bob Rubin, who represents Dana Evans, a former principal, who was convicted of a racketeering charge and of making a false statement to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent. Ms. Evans was sentenced to one year in prison; her case is currently on appeal.

“My answer is not to give Felicity Huffman more, but to give our clients less,” Mr. Rubin said.

Issues of equity seemed to be very much on Judge Talwani’s mind.

She told Ms. Huffman that what had outraged people about the admissions scandal was not the revelation that something that was supposed to be a meritocracy was not really one. Everyone already knew that the admissions system was distorted by money and privilege, she said, with wealthy students having numerous advantages over poor ones, including better academic preparation, individualized tutoring and college counseling, access to fancy internships, and basics like food and stable housing.

People’s outrage, she told Ms. Huffman in the crowded courtroom, was “that in a system of that sort, in that context, that you took the step of obtaining one more advantage to put your child ahead of theirs.”

She suggested to Ms. Huffman that, in imposing a sentence, she was clearing the slate for her.

After serving her time, she said, Ms. Huffman could move forward and rebuild her life.

“After this, you’ve paid your dues,” she said. “I think without this sentence you would be looking at a future with the community around you asking why you had gotten away with this.”

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‘Forgotten victims’ of 9/11 urged to apply for free World Trade Center health program

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In the 18 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a female student who attended high school in Lower Manhattan developed asthma. A man who worked as a technology consultant for Goldman Sachs following the attacks developed male breast cancer. A female professor discovered she had breast cancer — and had no idea she was entitled to free health care or compensation.

These people are among 40,000 students and teachers, 25,000 residents, and 300,000 office workers who are the “forgotten victims” of 9/11. And just like first responders, they are increasingly getting cancer and other illnesses after being exposed to toxins at Ground Zero, attorney Michael Barasch told Fox News on Friday.

Barasch’s firm advocated on behalf of James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died in 2006 from a respiratory disease he developed after working more than 450 hours at Ground Zero. He is one of three namesakes, along with late firefighter Ray Pfeifer and late NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez, on the bill that extended the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2090.

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Now, he’s on a mission to get the word out to all the victims and implore them to get checked out and to join the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides treatment for responders and survivors who were in New York City, at the Pentagon or in Shanksville, Pa.

“So many have moved away from New York,” he says. “So many students who went to college and didn’t come back. So many of the office workers who retired and moved to Florida. They don’t realize they’re entitled to benefits when they get sick.”

While many of the victims might be currently healthy, they were “breathing the same toxic dust as the firefighters and cops,” Barasch said.

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“There are only 100,000 people in the World Trade Center Health Program out of the more than 400,000 in the 9/11 community,” he explained. “What’s shocking is of those 100,000, there are only 20,000 survivors. Yet survivors make up three-quarters of the 9/11 community.”

“These people are entitled to free health care and compensation if they’re sick,” he pointed out.

In order to apply for the program, a person needs an affidavit, or sworn statement, proving they were at Ground Zero. Then they can apply for the health program, as well as the Victim Compensation Fund, Barasch said.

“Even if you’re healthy now, get your affidavit and sign up for the free program,” he stressed.

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“That’s when you really want to start [seeking care], when you have cancer?” Barasch asked. “Do it now.”

Barasch is hosting a free information session on Monday, Sept. 16 at  Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., from 6-8 p.m. ET.

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Biden and Warren Avoid Direct Conflict — But for How Long?

If Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Elizabeth Warren are headed for a showdown, neither of them appears in a hurry to get there.

The two candidates have seemed to be on a collision course for much of the last few months: Mr. Biden as the Democratic front-runner and de facto leader of the party’s moderate wing, with a steady but hardly dominant lead in polls, and Ms. Warren as his rising challenger, slowly trimming his lead and perhaps surpassing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont as the focal point of progressive energy in the race.

Despite some pre-debate chest-thumping by Mr. Biden’s camp, no great clash occurred in Thursday’s debate in Houston, the first time he and Ms. Warren have been onstage together during the primary.

It is almost inevitable that the race will grow more combative, and in the wake of the debate there were signs that some of the leading candidates were ready for conflict. Mr. Biden, who only challenged Ms. Warren in a single exchange on health care Thursday, delivered a veiled swipe at her policy-heavy campaign at a fund-raiser on Friday, saying that the country needed not just plans but also “someone who can execute a plan.” And Mr. Sanders sought to reignite his own clash with Mr. Biden, releasing a statement from his campaign manager that accused Mr. Biden of “echoing the deceptions and falsehoods of the health care industry.”

Ms. Warren, for her part, ignored the back-and-forth, seemingly content with a debate performance that her campaign said had presented her “like a president.”

Supporters of Mr. Biden claimed encouragement from what they called the best of his three debates, but his tendency to garble his words, and his dated instincts on sensitive matters of culture and race, are sure to be tested even more strenuously in the coming months.

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Ms. Warren, the Massachusetts senator, and Mr. Sanders are plainly unintimidated by Mr. Biden’s lead in the polls. While he has a solid electoral base, made up chiefly of moderates, older voters and African-Americans, he has not gained new support since he entered the race, and now appears vulnerable to defeat in at least three of the four early primary and caucus states — Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

“The question is, who is trying to play a long game, against Biden and for the nomination,” said Dan Sena, a strategist who helped oversee the Democratic takeover of the House last year.

Mr. Sena, who is now advising Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, a presidential candidate who failed to qualify for the Houston debate, suggested that Ms. Warren appeared satisfied with pursuing her own gradual and disciplined strategy.

“My suspicion,” he said, “is that the Warren campaign in particular is looking at a much, much longer runway.”

Among Ms. Warren’s goals in the near term are to consolidate her backing from liberals and expand her appeal to lower-income voters and minorities. Attacking Mr. Biden might not serve either goal. In the debate, Ms. Warren spent far more time highlighting her upbringing in a working-class Oklahoma family than engaging on any level with Mr. Biden. She must also still navigate the enduring presence of Mr. Sanders on the left.

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And Mr. Biden may have more immediate challenges. On Thursday night, he repeatedly expressed himself imprecisely — saying at one point that no nonviolent criminals should be in jail, when he meant to refer only to nonviolent drug offenders. He also referred to himself as the vice president of the United States, without appending the modifier “former.”

In a moment that drew criticism after the debate, Mr. Biden responded to a question about the legacy of slavery with a meandering answer that wound up involving a recommendation to place social workers in the homes of parents who “don’t quite know what to do.” Those parents, he suggested, might do well to “make sure you have the record player on at night” so that young children grow up hearing more words — a suggestion he has made more broadly at other times, though he does not typically allude to that particular technology.

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Mr. Biden’s obvious unsteadiness at certain moments opened the way for other candidates to question his strength as a challenger to President Trump. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, appearing on CNN after the debate, noted that Mr. Biden “tends to go on sometimes,” and depicted him as out of touch.

“At one point, he’s talking about people in communities like mine listening to record players — I don’t remember the last time I saw a record player,” Mr. Booker said, adding, “There are definitely moments when you’re listening to Joe Biden and you just wonder.”

Mr. Biden and his campaign surrogates have taken umbrage at suggestions that he has slipped in his political acuity, and on Friday they pushed back particularly hard on Julián Castro, the former federal housing secretary, for having bitingly questioned Mr. Biden’s recall of his own policies in the debate. Mr. Castro, who is polling near the bottom of the field, was the only candidate to attack Mr. Biden in such strong terms, drawing backlash that illustrated why other candidates had shunned that approach.

Asked by a reporter Friday whether he would release his medical records to address “concerns,” Mr. Biden, 76, said he would do so before votes are cast.

“What the hell concerns, man, you want to wrestle?” he said lightheartedly. He continued, “When I get the next physical. Look, I’ll release my — before there’s a first vote, that’s — I’ll release my medical records. There’s no, I mean there’s no reason for me not to release my medical records.’’

In Mr. Biden’s camp, there is a persistent sense that his rivals and the news media are underestimating him and giving him too little credit for the blocs of support he has already claimed. Whatever the flaws in Mr. Biden’s performance in Houston, there was no exchange in which an opponent obviously routed him, as Senator Kamala Harris of California did in the first debate and Mr. Booker did in the second.

He has faced many controversies throughout the campaign, his allies note, and he is still in the lead — a reflection, they argue, of the good will he enjoys from rank-and-file Democrats who feel that they already know him and who see him as best positioned to defeat Mr. Trump.

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Still, Mr. Biden may have exposed his anxieties about Ms. Warren in the one debate exchange that pitted him against her. He used his very first answer of the night to chide Ms. Warren for calling for the replacement of the Affordable Care Act with a “Medicare for All”-style system. Ms. Warren declined to swipe back; instead, she praised the A.C.A. but said it could be improved upon.

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Mr. Biden never went after Ms. Warren again. It was a more restrained performance than what several of his campaign surrogates had seemed to forecast, suggesting that he would question the pragmatism of Ms. Warren’s policies.

Instead, the differences that emerged between Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren arose largely by implication: the side-by-side contrasts between Mr. Biden’s manner of speech and Ms. Warren’s crisp, detailed answers; or between his proud ownership of the ideological middle and her refusal to be outflanked by other liberals.

Allies of Mr. Biden pointed to the exchange over health care as an example of how he would draw contrasts with Ms. Warren and other candidates without becoming venomous.

“He made clear that everybody knew about the differences in their two health care plans,” said Representative Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat and Mr. Biden’s campaign co-chairman. Asked about Mr. Biden’s aversion to making personal attacks onstage, Mr. Richmond said: “It’s not his style, he would never do that.”

Indeed, Mr. Biden, who served for decades as a senator from Delaware, at times acted more like a man on the Senate floor than someone in a crowded presidential field, referring to Ms. Warren as his “distinguished friend” as he raised questions about her plan to pay for single-payer health care.

“There’s no pressure at this point for either one of them to go on the attack,” said Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster. “The potential downside is, frankly, much more likely than the upside.”

The relative lack of engagement between Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren may carry risks, too. For Mr. Biden, there is the chance that holding back against Ms. Warren could allow her to amass momentum that would make her harder to overcome later on. And for Ms. Warren, there is the possibility that her status as the challenger who is creating the most buzz could pass to a rival candidate — perhaps someone more eager to make the case against Mr. Biden directly.

Kathy Sullivan, a former head of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said it would be a mistake to write off the rest of the field in favor of the top two or three candidates.

“I know people still want to focus on Sanders and Biden and Warren and say it’s a three-person race,” she said. “I don’t think that’s accurate. I think it’s a mistake and it would be unfortunate if people didn’t give all of these other candidates a good look, too.”

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Marc Thiessen on impeachment: Dems are risking WH and House majority

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Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen appeared on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Friday and talked about the Democrats’ push for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

“This is a disaster for Democrats if they will go down this path,” Thiessen said. “They’re not hurting Donald Trump, they’re hurting themselves,”

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Thiessen accused Democrats of not factoring in what Americans want.

“They’re not listening to the American people,” Thiessen said.

The columnist cited polling and focus groups as reasons why Democrats should change course on the issue.

“Americans see them as obsessed with impeachment and investigations at the expense of their agenda,” Thiessen told Baier. “That’s going to hurt those … seats they flipped in 2018 and Trump districts because those people want to focus on on the kitchen table issues.”

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Thiessen said Democrats have more on the line in 2020 than the White House. “It’s risking not just the White House but their House majority,” Thiessen said.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Ireland Baldwin roasts dad Alec over that 2007 ‘thoughtless, little pig’ voicemail

Ireland Baldwin let loose at the roast of her famous father, Alec Baldwin.

The 23-year-old took the stage at his soon-to-air Comedy Central special and joked about that infamous voicemail he left in 2007.

During his custody battle with ex Kim Basinger, Alec, now 61, called his then 11-year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless, little pig” on a voicemail. That led them to have an estranged relationship for many years.

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“Dad, I’m Ireland,” the model says in the preview.

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“I almost didn’t even know about [the roast], because I haven’t checked my voicemails for the last 12 years,” she joked and got the crowd laughing.

Ireland quipped that like the other celebrities at the roast, “I don’t really know you that well, either.”

“A lot of people know my dad as that guy from the ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies or that guy from ’30 Rock,’” Ireland added. “I know him as that guy from like, half of my birthday parties?”

After the voicemail leaked, Alec Baldwin did make a public apology: “I’m sorry, as everyone who knows me is aware, for losing my temper with my child. I have been driven to the edge by parental alienation for many years now,” he said. “You have to go through this to understand. (Although I hope you never do.) I am sorry for what happened.”

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Basinger did not show up to partake in the roast but Ireland did throw another jab at her father in her honor.

“It’s not easy to be the daughter of an iconic movie star,” she said. “But I’m not here to talk about my mom and her Oscar.”

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Others roasting Alec included Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Ken Jeong, and Robert De Niro.

“The Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin” airs Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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