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‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Ken Jennings on Alex Trebek, joining ‘Greatest of All Time’

Despite holding the record for most consecutive wins on “Jeopardy!” and being the second-highest-earning champion, it wasn’t easy for Ken Jennings to return to the game show for its “Greatest of All Time” tournament.

When Fox News asked how he felt receiving the invitation to return, Jennings, 45, revealed that he didn’t jump on the opportunity.

“I said ‘no,’ honestly. I said, ‘I don’t know if I want to,'” Jennings said at the ABC portion of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

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Jennings said he wasn’t keen on recording the show around Christmas.

“So, what? I’ve got to spend the whole holiday worrying about ‘Jeopardy? I think I’m too old,” he remembered thinking. “The more I thought about it, honestly, it was Alex [Trebek] that changed my mind.”

Trebek, who has hosted “Jeopardy!” for decades, also has been fighting Stage Four pancreatic cancer and was open about someday ending his hosting gig.

“Just the idea that you’ve got a chance to be associated with your favorite show one more time, kind of a capstone of Alex’s career, you don’t want to screw with that,” Jennings said.

“Being associated with my favorite show and my favorite host in some small way has just been the greatest honor of my whole life.”

— Ken Jennings

Greatest of All Time” brings Jennings together with Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, other record-breaking contestants, to compete for a $1 million payday.

“I’ve been listening to him my whole life,” Jennings said of Trebek. “Even now, just hearing that voice, it reminds me of being a kid and running home to watch ‘Jeopardy!’ when I was 10 years old. It reminds me of standing behind that podium and scrambling to come up with an answer. It’s a lot of the cadence of my life, that voice.”

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He added: “Being associated with my favorite show and my favorite host in some small way has just been the greatest honor of my whole life.”

Aside from being an emotional pillar for Jennings, he said Trebek, 79, had a deeper understanding of the game than most people realized.

“He’s both referee and play-by-play guy. He’s running the whole show,” Jennings said. “He’s just doing it all old-school off the top of his head and he’s been doing it for 30, 40 years and nobody understands the game better than him.”

Additionally, Jennings said the iconic host occasionally will offer feedback on the contestants’ choices.

“He’ll tell you, he’ll be like, ‘Oh that small wager might come back to haunt you, kid,'” Jennings recalled. “[He’s] rarely wrong.”

Of course, there was another reason that drew Jennings to return to the game show.

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Jennings, left, said Trebek had a deeper understanding of the game than most people realized. (Getty, File)

“I guess the reason I come back is because I keep losing to Brad Rutter,” Jennings joked. “Every time they invite me for a tournament, I’m excited and I make the finals, and I make second. I’m always just chancing that ring. Maybe one of these times my number will come up.”

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“But, it’s also just so much fun,” he added. “Once you’ve got that adrenaline rush to play ‘Jeopardy!’ against the smartest people, you don’t want to turn that down.”

“Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” airs its next episode Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Will Meghan Markle, Prince Harry keep their royal titles as Duke, Duchess of Sussex?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s announcement that they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family” has left the world with many lingering questions — a notable one being whether they will renounce their royal titles.

At this point, there is no definitive answer as to whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will continue to be known as the duke and duchess of Sussex, but a look back at past events might offer a hint at the answer.

First, it should be noted that Harry and Meghan signed their announcement as “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” inplying their continued attachment to the titles.

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In a similar manner, the message referred to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, by their official titles — Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, respectively — drawing parallels between themselves and their family members.

The two have used “SussexRoyal” as their official Instagram handle and website, and according to The Guardian’s reporting, they’ve been seeking to register the Sussex Royal brand as a global trademark.

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Meghan and Harry’s website also noted they would not be the only members of the royal family to engage in full-time jobs: “There is precedent for this structure and it applies to other current members of the Royal Family who support the monarch and also have full-time jobs external to their commitment to the monarchy.”

This may be in reference to Prince Andrew‘s daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, who have held full-time jobs but retained the title of “Her Royal Highness, Princess of York.”

Also of note, Buckingham Palace and its official press materials nearly always referred to members of the royal family by their official titles, including Harry and Meghan. Even the Queen’s husband is known specifically as “Prince Philip” and Anne, the daughter of the 93-year-old Queen, is called “The Princess Royal.”

However, after a face-to-face meeting between the Queen, Harry and other members of the royal family, the Queen released a statement calling Harry and Meghan by their given names rather than their royal titles.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the statement read.

While this language differed from past protocol, Her Majesty did refer to the royal couple as “the Sussexes” once in the statement.

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“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK,” she wrote.

The Daily Mail also reported that the Queen’s statement “could be an indicator the couple are poised to be stripped of their HRH titles.”

It’s not unheard of to keep royal titles after renouncing royal duties, however.

While Edward VIII, Elizabeth’s uncle, had to give up the title of King after his 1936 abdication, he and his wife, Wallis Simpson, kept the titles Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The two have since died.

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A source told People Magazine, however, that this new case was “vastly different” from Edward’s abdication.

Charles’ ex-wife Diana also maintained the title of Princess of Wales after she and Charles divorced, but she would no longer be called “Her Royal Highness,” as Charles still is. His current wife, Camilla, is known as “Her Royal Highness, Duchess of Cornwall” rather than taking on Diana’s former title.

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Amid all the speculation, a source told Vanity Fair that Meghan and Harry “are not understood to want to relinquish their royal titles and will continue to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” but that “nothing has been ruled in or out.”

The source also claimed that tension has been running high between Harry and his grandmother since his wedding and that the Queen “feels she has done everything to smooth the path for them but this could well be the last straw.”

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This Day in History: Jan. 14

On this day, Jan. 14 …

1970: Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.

Also on this day:

  • 1784: The United States ratifies the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War; Britain would follow suit in April.
  • 1898: Author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson — better known as “Alice in Wonderland” creator Lewis Carroll — dies in Guildford, Surrey, England.
  • 1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle open a wartime conference in Casablanca.
  • 1963: George C. Wallace is sworn in as governor of Alabama with the pledge, “Segregation forever!” — a view Wallace later would repudiate.
  • 1967: The Sixties’ “Summer of Love” unofficially begins with a “Human Be-In” involving tens of thousands of young people at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
  • 1968: The Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeat the AFL’s Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in the second AFL-NFL World Championship game (now referred to as Super Bowl II).
  • 1975: The House Internal Security Committee (formerly the House Un-American Activities Committee) is disbanded.
  • 1989: President Ronald Reagan delivers his 331st and final weekly White House radio address, telling listeners, “Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I’ll miss you.”
  • 1994: President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign an accord to stop aiming missiles at any nation; the leaders join Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk in signing an accord to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
  • 2004: Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleads guilty to conspiracy as he accepts a 10-year prison sentence. (He would actually be sentenced to six years and be released in Dec. 2011.)
  • 2009: A French court acquits six doctors and pharmacists in the deaths of at least 114 people who’d contracted brain-destroying Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after being treated with tainted human growth hormones.
  • 2018: Chelsea Manning confirms that she is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Maryland; the former Army intelligence analyst was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest that led to a conviction for leaking classified documents. (Manning would lose in a Democratic primary won by incumbent Ben Cardin.)  
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Iran announces arrests in shootdown of Ukrainian plane that sparked protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday arrests have been made over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran.

The announcement came shortly after Iran’s president called for a special court to be set up to probe the downing last week of the plane by Iranian forces.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted by Iranian state media saying that “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested.” He did not say how many individuals have been detained or name them.

IRAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS ERUPT OVER SHOOTING DOWN OF UKRANIAN PASSENGER PLANE: ‘DEATH TO THE DICTATOR’

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran, which initially dismissed allegations that a missile had brought down the jetliner, acknowledged — three days after Wednesday’s downing and in the face of mounting evidence — that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the Ukrainian plane by mistake.

“The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran on Tuesday. “This is not an ordinary case. The entire the world will be watching this court.”

Rouhani called the incident “a painful and unforgivable” mistake and promised that his administration would pursue the case “by all means.”

“The responsibility falls on more than just one person,” he said, adding that those found culpable “should be punished.”

“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

IRAN ADMITS TO ‘UNINTENTIONALLY’ SHOOTING DOWN UKRANIAN PLANE, SAYS IT MISTOOK AIRCRAFT FOR HOSTILE TARGET

Rouhani called the government’s admission that Iranian forces shot down the plane the “first good step”.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians — including many Iranians with dual citizenship — and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. There were several children among the passengers, including an infant.

Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible U.S. retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

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The shootdown and the lack of transparency around it has reignited anger in Iran at the country’s leadership, with protesters taking to the streets in past days. Online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets.

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Iran Announces Arrests Over Accidental Downing Of Ukrainian Jet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday arrests have been made over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran.

The announcement came shortly after Iran’s president called for a special court to be set up to probe the downing last week of the plane by Iranian forces.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted by Iranian state media saying that “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested. He did not say how many individuals have been detained or name them.

Iran, which initially dismissed allegations that a missile had brought down the jetliner, acknowledged — three days after Wednesday’s downing and in the face of mounting evidence — that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the Ukrainian plane by mistake.

“The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran on Tuesday. “This is not an ordinary case. The entire the world will be watching this court.”

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Brendan McDermid / Reuters Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that a special court should be formed to judge the accidental downing of a Ukrainian plane. More than 175 people perished in the crash.

Rouhani called the incident “a painful and unforgivable” mistake and promised that his administration would pursue the case “by all means.”

“The responsibility falls on more than just one person,” he said, adding that those found culpable “should be punished.”

“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

Rouhani called the government’s admission that Iranian forces shot down the plane the “first good step”.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians — including many Iranians with dual citizenship — and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. There were several children among the passengers, including an infant.

Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible U.S. retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

The shootdown and the lack of transparency around it has reignited anger in Iran at the country’s leadership, with protesters taking to the streets in past days. Online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets.

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Iran announces arrests in shootdown of Ukrainian plane that sparked protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s judiciary said Tuesday arrests have been made over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran.

The announcement came shortly after Iran’s president called for a special court to be set up to probe the downing last week of the plane by Iranian forces.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted by Iranian state media saying that “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested.” He did not say how many individuals have been detained or name them.

IRAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS ERUPT OVER SHOOTING DOWN OF UKRANIAN PASSENGER PLANE: ‘DEATH TO THE DICTATOR’

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Iran, which initially dismissed allegations that a missile had brought down the jetliner, acknowledged — three days after Wednesday’s downing and in the face of mounting evidence — that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the Ukrainian plane by mistake.

“The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech televised in Iran on Tuesday. “This is not an ordinary case. The entire the world will be watching this court.”

Rouhani called the incident “a painful and unforgivable” mistake and promised that his administration would pursue the case “by all means.”

“The responsibility falls on more than just one person,” he said, adding that those found culpable “should be punished.”

“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

IRAN ADMITS TO ‘UNINTENTIONALLY’ SHOOTING DOWN UKRANIAN PLANE, SAYS IT MISTOOK AIRCRAFT FOR HOSTILE TARGET

Rouhani called the government’s admission that Iranian forces shot down the plane the “first good step”.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians — including many Iranians with dual citizenship — and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. There were several children among the passengers, including an infant.

Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible U.S. retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

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The shootdown and the lack of transparency around it has reignited anger in Iran at the country’s leadership, with protesters taking to the streets in past days. Online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the streets.

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Kentucky coal miners block train carrying coal shipment, claim they’re owed pay

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A group of Kentucky coal miners and their families stood on top of railroad tracks Monday and blocked a train hauling a large shipment of coal after they claimed that they were never paid for nearly a month’s worth of work, according to reports.

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The miners, who work for Quest Energy in Pike County, claim they had worked since Dec. 16 without being paid. About 50 miners employed at the mine are owed for three weeks of work, the group at the track in Kimper told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“They won’t get their coal until we’re paid,” Kenny Collins, who operates a shuttle car at the underground mine, said. He said his power was cut off Monday, and he is owed more than $3,000.

Some claimed that they worked a 17-hour shift Thursday, expecting to receive a paycheck Friday, but the check never came, WYMT-TV reported. They said the mine then told them they would be paid Monday but the date was pushed back again.

The American Resource Corporation, which owns Quest Energy, issued a statement about the delay in workers’ pay but also refuted some of the protesters’ claims.

“Some of the employees are behind 8 days and some 1 day on their payday. They will all be paid as we don’t take this lightly. They have been paid since the 16th, so we are not sure where that number is coming from,” the statement said.

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“We do not work men 17 hours as stated. We work a very normal mining schedule. We value the employees greatly for their work and their future work. Given challenging markets we are focused on ensuring the longevity of the employment for all the men and women of our organization.”

The company did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Miners last summer in Harlan County held a similar protest when Blackjewel filed bankruptcy. The miners eventually were given a deal to be paid and let the train pass

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Andy Puzder: Democrats willing to tank the economy, trash the Constitution and empower bullies to defeat Trump

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Over the last six months, it has become increasingly obvious there is no limit on how far Democrats and their media allies are willing to go to bring down President Trump. Because of their obsessive hatred of the president, they have wantonly placed our economy at risk of collapse, created a false constitutional crisis, and most recently, opposed the takedown of an Iranian terrorist leader.

In August, it was the economy. We were told repeatedly that a recession was imminent. The Washington Post ran an article titled “Stocks losses deepen as a key recession warning surfaces” discussing how recession signals had “intensified.” CNN ran an article stating, “Two recession warning signs are here.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., published an article titled, “The Coming Economic Crash — And How to Stop It.”

The business climate is a subject I know something about. I ran an international company for 16 years. I knew, and said publicly many times, that there was no imminent recession. Consumer spending accounts for about two-thirds of our economic growth and it remained strong throughout this period.

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Could this overblown “recession” coverage have been an effort to cast a pall over the economy’s underlying strength, reducing consumer confidence and tanking the economy so as to topple Trump in 2020?

Of course it was, and at least one anti-Trump leftist was honest about it.

I don’t often agree with comedian Bill Maher, but I have to give him so credit for saying what he believes. When asked if he really wanted a recession, Maher responded “I do.” Why? Well, because “one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy.”

Luckily, consumers ignored the false recession hysteria. By December, The Washington Post ran an article almost apologetically titled “U.S. economy shakes free of recession fears in striking turnaround since August.”

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The truth is that there never was a meaningful recession threat. It was just a bunch of Democrats and their media allies trying to create one.

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By September, it was the “impeachment emergency.” Democrats claimed that the risk of Trump remaining in office was so great they could not take the time to get testimony from key administration witnesses before voting for impeachment. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., stated that impeachment was “an urgent matter” and Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called it a “matter of urgency.” Note the emphasis on “urgency.”

So, the House rushed a vote to impeach – and then the urgency died. It’s just died. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now claims she will send the articles to the Senate next week, after sitting on them for a month. Why the delay? Well, she wanted to be sure the Senate would take the time required to call the very witnesses she failed to call because the matter was so “urgent.”

The reality – the truth – is that the impeachment proceedings against Trump are and always were a farce.

The Democrats’ position is nonsense. They are insisting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.y., do what Pelosi would not do, even though it was her constitutional responsibility to do it; and they are trying to extort McConnell’s compliance by refusing to send him articles of impeachment he didn’t want in the first place.

That’s not statesmanship, or governance, or even politics as we’ve always understood the term. It’s the logic of obsession playing itself out in public view.

Democrats have now seized on Trump’s decision to take out Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a dangerous terrorist responsible for more than 600 American deaths among other atrocities, who was planning attacks on four U.S. embassies. This killing should have garnered bipartisan support, much like Obama’s taking out Usama Bin Laden. It didn’t.

Democrats and their media allies simply hate Trump more than they hate anti-American terrorists. He’s a bigger threat to their socialist agenda.

Warren admitted that Soleimani was a bad guy but said taking him out was a “reckless move” that “increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted that Trump’s decision “brought us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East.” Former Vice President Joe Biden said that Trump has “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.”

Of course, none of that was true.

Iran did not begin World War III as Democrats warned. Instead, it sent 15 missiles into Iraq, not one of which took an American or an Iraqi life. Iran’s foreign minister then tweeted that “Iran did “not seek escalation or war.”

The next morning, Trump acknowledged what we all knew. Faced with the power of the United States military, Iran was wisely “standing down.” Rather than throwing dynamite into a tinderbox, Trump utilized American military power to pour water on an inflammatory situation where an avowed enemy believed it could target our citizens, our allies and our embassies with impunity. Trump stood up to a regional bully and the bully backed down.

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Democrats’ response was to pass a non-binding, meaningless “war powers resolution,” which Pelosi said was intended “to limit the president’s military actions regarding Iran.” In other words, the Democrats don’t want our president to take out terrorists like Soleimani until he gets permission from Congress. No doubt, this resolution was lauded in Tehran, where the mullahs would like nothing better than having this do nothing Congress restrain the first president to stand up to them since Reagan.

As we head into 2020, the American people will have a choice. They can reelect a president with a record of undeniable success who puts their interests over politics, the media’s whims and personal gain. Or, they can elect the candidate of a political party willing to tank the economy, trash the constitution and empower bullies all in the name of seizing political power. It’s a choice that is becoming all too clear.

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Russians Reportedly Hacked Ukrainian Firm At Center Of Trump Impeachment Scandal

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian military agents have successfully hacked the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Russian agents launched a phishing campaign in early November to steal the login credentials of employees of Burisma Holdings, the gas company, according to Area 1 Security, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in e-mail security.

Hunter Biden, son of former U.S. vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, previously served on Burisma’s board.

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It was not clear what the hackers were looking for or may have obtained, said Area 1′s CEO, Oren Falkowitz, who called the findings “incontrovertible” and posted an eight-page report. But the timing of the operation suggests that the Russian agents could be searching for material that damaging to the Bidens.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump in December for abusing the power of his office by enlisting the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden, a political rival, ahead of the 2020 election. A second charge accused Trump of obstructing a congressional investigation into the matter.

“Our report doesn’t make any claims as to what the intent of the hackers were, what they might have been looking for, what they are going to do with their success. We just point out that this is a campaign that’s going on,” said Falkowitz, a former National Security Agency offensive hacker whose company’s clients include candidates for U.S. federal elected offices. In an earlier interview, he told The Associated Press that top candidates for the U.S. presidency and House and Senate races in 2020 have in the past few months each been targeted by about a thousand phishing emails.

Falkowitz did not name the candidates. Nor would he name any clients.

Russian hackers from the same military intelligence unit that Area 1 said was behind the operation targeting Burisma have been indicted for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee and the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 presidential race.

Stolen emails were released online at the time by Russian agents and WikiLeaks in an effort to favor Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller determined in his investigation.

Area 1 discovered the phishing campaign by the Russian military intelligence unit, known as the GRU, on New Year’s Eve, said Falkowitz, who would not discuss whom he notified prior to going public. He said he followed the industry standard process of responsible disclosure, which would include notifying Burisma.

In the report, he said the GRU agents used fake, lookalike domains in the phishing campaign that were designed to mimic the sites of real Burisma subsidiaries.

Falkowitz said the operation targeting Burisma involved tactics, techniques and procedures that GRU agents had used repeatedly in other phishing operations, matching “several patterns that lots of independent researchers agree mimic this particular Russian actor.” Area 1 says it has been tracking the Russian agents for several years.

The discovery’s timing — just weeks before presidential primaries begin in the United States — highlights the need to protect political campaigns from targeted phishing attacks, which are behind 95 percent of all information breaches, said Falkowitz.

“This is a real specific, timely case that has real implications,” he said. “To discover it and potentially get out in front of it is a significant departure from what’s typical in the cyber security community, where someone just tells you, yeah, you’re dead.”

In phishing, an attacker uses a targeted email to lure a target to a fake site that resembles a familiar one. There, unwitting victims enter their usernames and passwords, which the hackers then harvest. Phished credentials allow attackers both to rifle through a victim’s stored email and masquerade as that person.

Area 1 said its researchers connected the phishing campaign targeting Burisma to an effort earlier last year that targeted Kvartal 95, a media organiza tion founded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

In this case, the Russian military agents, from a group security researchers call “Fancy Bear,” peppered Burisma employees with emails designed to look like internal messages.

In order to detect phishing attacks, Area 1 maintains a global network of sensors designed to sniff out and block them before they reach their targets.

In July, the U.S. Federal Elections Commission gave Area 1 permission to offer its services to candidates for federal elected office and political committees at the same low rates it charges non-profits.

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BlackRock Will Put Climate Change at Center of Investment Strategy

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Laurence D. Fink, the founder and chief executive of BlackRock, plans to announce Tuesday that his firm will make investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal.

BlackRock is the largest in its field, with nearly $7 trillion under management, and this move will fundamentally shift its investing policy — and could reshape how corporate America does business and put pressure on other large money managers to follow suit.

Mr. Fink’s annual letter to the chief executives of the world’s largest companies is closely watched, and in the 2020 edition he said BlackRock would begin to exit certain investments that “present a high sustainability-related risk,” such as those in coal producers. His intent is to encourage every company, not just energy firms, to rethink their carbon footprints.

“Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance,” Mr. Fink wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times. “The evidence on climate risk is compelling investors to reassess core assumptions about modern finance.”

The firm, he wrote, would also introduce new funds that shun fossil fuel-oriented stocks, move more aggressively to vote against management teams that are not making progress on sustainability, and press companies to disclose plans “for operating under a scenario where the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees is fully realized.”

Mr. Fink has not always been the first to address social issues, but his annual letter — such as his dictum two years ago that companies needed to have a purpose beyond profits — has the influence to change the conversations inside boardrooms around the globe.

And now Mr. Fink is sounding an alarm on a crisis that he believes is the most profound in his 40 years in finance. “Even if only a fraction of the science is right today, this is a much more structural, long-term crisis,” he wrote.

A longtime Democrat, Mr. Fink insisted in an interview that the decision was strictly business. “We are fiduciaries,” he said. “Politics isn’t part of this.”

BlackRock itself has come under criticism from both industry and environmental groups for being behind on pushing these issues. Just last month, a British hedge fund manager, Christopher Hohn, said that it was “appalling” of BlackRock not to require companies to disclose their sustainability efforts, and that the firm’s previous efforts had been “full of greenwash.”

Climate activists staged several protests outside BlackRock’s offices last year, and Mr. Fink himself has received letters from members of Congress urging more action on climate-related investing. According to Ceres and FundVotes, a unit of Morningstar, BlackRock had among the worst voting records on climate issues.

In recent years, many companies and investors have committed to focusing on the environmental impact of business, but none of the largest investors in the country have been willing to make it a central component of their investment strategy.

In that context, Mr. Fink’s move is a watershed — one that could spur a national conversation among financiers and policymakers. However, it’s also possible that some of the most ardent climate activists will see it as falling short.

Even so, the new approach may put pressure on the other large money managers and financial firms in the United States — Vanguard, T. Rowe Price and JPMorgan Chase, among them — to articulate more ambitious strategies around sustainability.

When 631 investors from around the world, representing some $37 trillion in assets, signed a letter last month calling on governments to step up their efforts against climate change, the biggest American firms were conspicuously absent.

BlackRock’s decision may give C.E.O.s license to change their own companies’ strategy and focus more on sustainability, even if doing so cuts into short-term profits. Such a shift could also provide cover for banks and other financial institutions that finance carbon-emitting businesses to change their own policies.

Had Mr. Fink moved a decade ago to pull BlackRock’s funds out of companies that contribute to climate change, his clients would have been well served. In the past 10 years, through Friday, companies in the S&P 500 energy sector had gained just 2 percent in total. In the same period, the broader S&P 500 nearly tripled.

In an interview, Mr. Fink said the decision developed from conversations with “business leaders and how they’re thinking about it, talking to different scientists, reading different research.” Mr. Fink asked BlackRock to research the economic impacts of climate change; it found that they are already appearing in a meaningful way in the form of higher insurance premiums, for fires and floods, and expects cities to have to pay more for their bonds.

Wherever he goes, he said, he is bombarded with climate questions from investors, often to the exclusion of issues that until recently were once considered more important. “Climate change is almost invariably the top issue that clients around the world raise with BlackRock,” he wrote in his letter.

He wrote that he anticipated a major shift, much sooner than many might imagine, in the way money will be allocated.

“This dynamic will accelerate as the next generation takes the helm of government and business,” he wrote. “As trillions of dollars shift to millennials over the next few decades, as they become C.E.O.s and C.I.O.s, as they become the policymakers and heads of state, they will further reshape the world’s approach to sustainability.”

While BlackRock makes its green push, the Trump administration is going in the opposite direction, repealing and weakening laws aimed at protecting the environment and promoting sustainability. Indeed, Mr. Fink’s effort appeared to be another example of the private sector pressing on issues that the White House has abandoned.

Still, Mr. Fink made plain that while he intends for the firm to consider climate risks, he would not pursue an across-the-board sale of energy companies that produce fossil fuels. Because of its shear size, BlackRock will remain one of the world’s largest investors in fossil-fuel companies.

“Despite recent rapid advances in technology, the science does not yet exist to replace many of today’s essential uses of hydrocarbons,” he wrote. “We need to be mindful of the economic, scientific, social and political realities of the energy transition.”

BlackRock manages money for countries across the globe as well as states and municipalities across the nation. It could face opposition for its new stance in areas that benefit from fossil fuels, like countries in the Middle East or states where oil has become a significant part of their economies.

Mr. Fink said that because much of the money BlackRock manages is invested in passive index funds like those that track the S&P 500, the firm was unable to simply sell shares in companies that it felt were not focused on sustainability. But he did say that the firm could do so in what are known as “actively managed funds,” in which BlackRock can choose which stocks are included.

BlackRock also plans to offer new passive funds — including target-date funds that are based on a person’s age and are meant to be used to prepare for retirement — that will not include fossil fuel companies. Investors will be able to choose these instead of more traditional funds. To the extent that fossil fuel companies are in an index, BlackRock plans to push them to consider their eventual transition to renewable energy. Mr. Fink said the company would vote against them if they are not moving fast enough.

“We will be increasingly disposed to vote against management and board directors when companies are not making sufficient progress on sustainability-related disclosures and the business practices and plans underlying them,” he wrote.

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