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Some Canadians Are Angry At The U.S. Over Iran’s Downing Of Flight 752

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Debris from the Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, which was shot down after takeoff from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran.

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Canadians have been questioning who is at fault for the downing last Wednesday of a plane carrying passengers from Canada, Iran and other nations.

Over the weekend, Iran admitted accidentally shooting down the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, killing all 147 onboard.

But some prominent figures in Canadian business and media have pinned part of the blame on the United States. They say the U.S. provoked Iran by killing a top Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Michael McCain, the billionaire CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, tweeted late Sunday he was “very angry.” He asked, were the passengers “collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior?”

McCain was not the only one. Many in Canada are questioning why President Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani when he did. Iran retaliated with attacks against American forces in Iraq, which the U.S. said caused no U.S. casualties. Iran later unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian plane because of “human error,” Iranian officials said.

“I think a significant question that Canadians, particularly the families of these victims, are going to have is, are 63 Canadians dead because of the unintended consequences of a decision made by the U.S. president?” Katie Simpson, Washington correspondent for Canada’s CBC News, reported the day after the plane was downed.

Canadian authorities have since lowered the number of Canadian passengers killed to 57.

Charles Adler, a popular Canadian conservative talk-radio host, would not let Tehran or Washington off the hook.

“Iran’s recklessness comes in response to the United States-ordered killing of Iran’s architect of terror, the head of their special Quds Force, General Soleimani,” Adler said in a recent show. “I’ll go to my grave believing those innocents who died aboard Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 would not have died had it not been for Trump’s decision to kill the general.”

That commentary went viral. So did a Maclean’s newsmagazine column written by another conservative commentator, Scott Gilmore, which featured this blunt headline, “Donald Trump gets impeached — 57 Canadians die.”

Speaking to CBC, Gilmore said, “I did see a direct line between the impeachment and the president afterwards being outraged at how unfairly treated he saw himself and continually trying to change the topic to the economy or to the strength of the U.S. military.” It was a change of topic, Gilmore said, that led to the U.S. killing of Soleimani and resulted in Iran downing Flight 752.

But many in Canada’s political and military establishment see the events differently.

“This is a failure of Iranian military planning,” says retired Maj. Gen. David Fraser, who led Canadian combat operations during the war in Afghanistan. Iranian military leaders “knew they were going to strike into Iraq, they were going to put their air defense systems on high alert, and they didn’t coordinate with the civilian authorities. So that’s just a failure of the Iranian command control structure to manage their airspace,” he says.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also avoided pinning any blame on Trump when asked directly about it by reporters, as he was over the weekend.

“The reality is there have been significant tensions in that region for a long time. And what we are calling for now is a de-escalation to ensure that there are no more tragic accidents or loss of civilian life,” Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa. “Our focus right now is primarily on ensuring accountability, answers and closure for the victims, and that is what we are engaged with.”

Trudeau said the questions that need to be answered are all to be found in Iran. The Iranian government issued 11 visas to Canadian crash investigators and officials.

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Sean Hannity on fight over impeachment trial: ‘Pelosi has totally botched this obvious political stunt’

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Sean Hannity ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Monday for holding on to articles of impeachment and refusing to send them to the Senate.

“Pelosi doesn’t get to tell the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, how to do his constitutional job and what his role is,” Hannity said on his television program. “Which is why, as McConnell pointed out, Pelosi’s stall tactics have achieved nothing except the phony belief that it was urgent to do it [impeach President Trump] so quickly.”

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“From start to finish, Pelosi has totally botched this obvious political stunt,” Hannity added.

Pelosi defended the delay in a television interview this weekend, arguing Democrats were successful in making the case to the American people that the Senate trial should include witnesses.

“What we think we accomplished in the past few weeks is that we wanted the public to see the need for witnesses,” Pelosi said during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.”

Pelosi also warned Sunday that Republican senators will “pay a price” if they block new witness testimony with a trial that Americans perceive as a “cover-up” for Trump’s actions.

Hannity criticized Democrats for focusing on President Trump and touted the president for his stewardship of the U.S. economy.

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“Now, since 2016, Democrats have cared about one thing and one thing only: Destroying, by any means possible, Donald Trump. This impeachment parade was their desperate, last-ditch attempt, and it has been an abject failure,” Hannity said. “Meanwhile, the Trump agenda continues to be a massive success. The economy is now. by every measure, firing on all cylinders.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders surges to the top in new 2020 California poll

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President Trump, Melania Trump cheered by crowd at LSU-Clemson national championship game

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump received a warm reception at Monday night’s national championship football game between Louisiana State University (LSU) and Clemson University.

The Trumps walked onto the field before the championship match at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans as their images appeared on the big boards in the arena before the National Anthem, causing the attendees to go wild.

Loud chants of “U-S-A” were heard throughout the stadium.

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This marks President Trump’s second LSU game.

He attended a November match between the university’s Tigers and the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Trump’s presence at sporting events made several headlines last year.

Many people in the crowd booed him at Game 5 of the World Series between the Nationals and the Houston Astros in Washington, D.C., last October. He also got a mixed reception at a UFC match in New York City in early November.

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Bernie Sanders surges to the top in new 2020 California poll

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An American citizen dies in an Egyptian prison amid hunger strike

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An American citizen jailed in Egypt since 2013 amid a crackdown on protestors during a deadly transition in power has died after going on a hunger strike, according to media reports.

Moustafa Kassem, 54, who held dual American-Egyptian citizenship, died of heart failure following the liquid-only hunger strike to protest his conviction. He was transferred on Sunday from a jail to a hospital in Cairo, Reuters reported.

“I am deeply saddened to learn today the death of U.S. citizen Moustafa Kassem who’d been imprisoned in Egypt,” Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker said during a State Department briefing Monday.

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“His death in custody was needless, tragic, and avoidable,” Schenker added. “I’ll continue to raise our serious concerns over human rights and Americans detained in Egypt at every opportunity, as will the entire team at the Department of State.”

Kassem’s lawyers at Pretrial Rights International said he died after going on a hunger strike that lasted more than a year. He was arrested with dozens of others in 2013 during a sit-in that ended with security forces killing hundreds of protestors. In 2018, he was sentenced to 15 years prison, along with 700 other co-defendants in a mass trial.

His lawyers said he was at a shopping center near the sit-in trying to change money when he was detained by Egyptian officials. He was slated to return to his home in New York the next day.

Authorities said Kassem, a taxicab driver, participated in a protest against the military takeover that removed the deeply unpopular President Mohamed Morsi weeks before. Human rights advocates and Kassem’s relatives decried the conditions he was being held in.

“The cells are filthy, infested with insects, rodents and snakes,” Kassem’s brother-in-law, Mustafa Ahmed, wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times last year.

At one point, Kassem appealed to President Trump for help in a letter.

“Dear President Trump: As an American beginning the hunger strike that could leave my two young children without a father and make my wife a widow, I pray that you secure my freedom,” he wrote.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., posted to Twitter that Egypt is currently detaining six American citizens. He urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to use military aid as a carrot and stick to get them released.

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“Pompeo must remind Egypt that military aid is legally tied to releasing prisoners, including at least 6 US citizens,” he posted Monday.

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Mark Steyn: Prince Harry touting Meghan Markle for voiceover work ‘the lowest point in the monarchy’ in a century

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Author and columnist Mark Steyn called reports that Prince Harry asked Disney CEO Bob Iger to consider hiring his wife — Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex — to do voiceover work might be the “lowest point” in the United Kingdom’s monarchy since the abdication of Edward VIII.

Steyn reacted Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to video obtained by the Daily Mail which shows Harry, 35, speaking with Iger at the London premiere of “The Lion King” last summer.

“You do know she does voiceovers?” Harry told Iger, gesturing to Markle.

“Oh really? I did not know that,” Iger responded.

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“You seem surprised,” said Prince Harry.  She’s really interested.”

“We’d love to try,” Iger said. “That’s a great idea.”

“That is the absolute lowest point of the monarchy in the last hundred years,” said Steyn, a native of Canada. “I think of all the pathetic things that the Duke of Windsor did after he abdicated the throne[in 1936]  when he entertained wealthy Americans and gave them a sort of pseudo-glimpse into royal life.

“[That’s] nothing like actually touting your wife available for ‘Lion King 7’ or whatever it is,” Steyn continued.

Pivoting to the press coverage of the couple’s so-called “Megxit” from the royal family, Steyn remarked that the British media seems more thorough in their reporting on powerful figures and wished the American media would be as thorough in their coverage of Hunter Biden and Chelsea Clinton as they are of Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“You mentioned that the talentless Chelsea Clinton made nine million bucks for doing nothing,” he told Carlson. “Right now, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police — The Mounties — are going to have to pick up the half-million-dollar tab for Harry and Meghan’s security costs in Canada.”

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“People are already beginning to chafe under that … That would be a rounding error in Chelsea Clinton or Hunter Biden’s expenses,” Steyn claimed.

On Saturday, it was announced that Markle, 38, had signed a deal with Disney to provide a voiceover for an upcoming studio project in exchange for a donation to a non-profit benefiting elephants in Botswana.

The American-born Markle has also reportedly told friends she will not make a rumored move to the U.S. until President Trump leaves office.

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.

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Progressives Are Desperate To Stop The Fight Between Warren And Sanders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa ― Tensions between the presidential campaigns of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the two leading progressive candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, are at an all-time high after the two candidates’ accounts of a 2018 meeting sharply diverged.

In a Monday night statement, Warren confirmed a CNN report that Sanders had told her in a late 2018 meeting that a woman could not win the presidency. “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed,” she said. 

The Sanders campaign has steadfastly denied the Vermonter said anything of the sort.

“It is a lie. Bernie Sanders has always stood for women and women’s rights,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told CNN.

The fight between the two progressive New England senators was the second in as many days and seemed to effectively end a truce that had held since the earliest days of the presidential race. It followed a dustup over a Politico story showing a Sanders campaign script for volunteers casting Warren as the candidate of the “affluent” who would bring “no new bases into the Democratic Party.”

Both campaigns have largely declined to officially elaborate on the escalating disputes, which come three weeks ahead of the all-important Iowa caucuses and just one night ahead of a debate in Des Moines. A Des Moines Register/CNN poll of the caucuses, released Friday, showed Sanders leading the contest, with Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg closely behind. 

While the battle is relatively tame by the standard of past presidential primaries — neither Warren nor Sanders has attacked the other with paid media or incorporated critiques into their stump speeches — the possibility of a broader clash between them has alarmed many progressive organizations, who fear the fight’s only beneficiary would be the more moderate Biden. 

Joe Biden is like the final boss in a video game, and the progressive candidates are rapidly eroding their health bar by fighting each other. Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data For Progress

Biden’s lead in national polling ― and especially his strong standing with Black voters ― has made him the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. 

“I think there’s a view among some people in the progressive community that Joe Biden will be very easy to beat,” said Sean McElwee, the co-founder of Data For Progress and an occasional adviser to Warren. “But Joe Biden is like the final boss in a video game, and the progressive candidates are rapidly eroding their health bar by fighting each other.” 

Democracy for America, another progressive group, has been scrambling to get the two campaigns to lower the temperature, with little apparent success so far. 

“There are only two candidates who are ready to fight for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, and those are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. And we need them working together,” said Charles Chamberlain, the group’s chair. “Don’t let the corporate wing or Donald Trump divide us.” 

Chamberlain suggested the two campaigns should work together to quickly end the dispute: “Just like this thing can blow up out of nowhere, they can put it out very quickly,” he said. “We don’t see Biden and Buttigieg fighting each other right now. They understand that’s not in their best interest.”

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But for a number of reasons, the dispute is unlikely to end anytime soon. While Warren’s statement seeming sought to downplay the rift, saying she had “no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry,” Tuesday night’s moderators from CNN and the Des Moines Register are likely to probe. And Sanders’ allies appear divided on whether or not to accept the seeming olive branch.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that has long functioned as Warren’s unofficial political arm, suggested in a statement on Monday night that “that a back-and-forth about this private meeting is counter-productive for progressives.”

“In this pivotal moment of the campaign, progressives must work together to defeat Donald Trump and prevent a less-electable establishment candidate like Joe Biden from getting the nomination,” said Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, the group’s co-founders. 

Larry Cohen, the chair of the Sanders-backed Our Revolution, has suggested that both Sanders and Warren should stay in the race as long as possible to maximize the number of delegates committed to a progressive candidate at the Democratic national convention. He was hopeful both candidates could bury the hatchet

“Elizabeth Warren’s statement points to that, not some continuing rift,” he said Monday night, suggesting that the two campaigns should engage in some public display of unity: “I think something like that would be helpful.”

Other Sanders allies were less forgiving.

“Shame on you,” Rose DeMoro, the former head of National Nurses United and a prominent Sanders backer, tweeted at Warren, saying Sanders “was a feminist when you were a Republican.” (Warren was a registered Republican until the mid-1990s.)

And even beyond the likelihood of a debate showdown, the staying power of each campaign means the two senators can no longer hope the other will gently fade into irrelevance. During Warren’s long and steady gains over the summer and early fall, Sanders’ numbers barely nudged, providing her campaign with the hope she could consolidate the left. Warren’s subsequent dip in polling provided Sanders’ team with the hope she would be obscure by the time the first votes were cast, but her resiliency has left both campaigns with little choice but to battle for left-leaning dominance.

Just like this thing can blow up out of nowhere, they can put it out very quickly. Charles Chamberlain, Democracy for America

Polling indicates both could pick up a majority of the other’s voters if they can manage to land a knock-out punch. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, Biden led the field with 25% of the vote, followed by Sanders at 19% and Warren at 16%, with every other candidate receiving less than one-tenth of the vote. But when asked who their second choice was, 52% of Warren supporters said Sanders and 57% of Sanders supporters said Warren. Biden, comparatively, would pick up 12% of Warren supporters and 11% of Sanders supporters. 

And both campaigns have accumulated a year’s worth of grievances from the truce period. As far back as June, the Sanders campaign would occasionally cast Warren as a member of the “corporate wing of the Democratic primary,” with aides going even farther. And in recent days, the Warren campaign has aggressively played up her ability to unite the Democratic Party ― implicitly arguing that baggage from Sanders’ 2016 campaign against Clinton will prevent him from doing the same. Warren herself invoked the “factionalism” that resulted from the 2016 race when responding to Sanders’ volunteer script.

Warren allies have begun citing her traditional refusal to attack other Democrats as a reason she could unite the party while Sanders ― who has attacked Biden near-constantly since the race’s beginning ― could not. 

“Caucusgoers, they see that she’s run a positive campaign, they see that she hasn’t been attacking other candidates,” said California Rep. Katie Porter (D), a Warren backer and Iowa native who was attending a house party for the campaign in Cedar Rapids. “That is important to unifying the party. We’re not going to win by dividing against each other ― we have to stand together. And stand together and then grow those who stand with us.”

Attendees at the party ― which took place before the CNN report on Sanders’ comments ― largely said they hoped Warren and Sanders would keep the peace.

“It’s a really touchy one because Bernie supporters can be Warren supporters in a heartbeat, and I don’t think you win them over by going after him,” said former state Sen. Steve Sovern (D), who hosted the house party with Porter and had backed Sanders in 2016. “And there’s not much to go after him on except for age or crankiness and stuff that are personality traits. I think she’s just got to wait it out.”

Warren’s campaign may have made a different decision.

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