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Why did this man’s taste buds disappear?

When a 64-year-old man stuck out his tongue for a physical exam, doctors could immediately tell something was off: Instead of a typical, textured tongue, his was smooth and shiny. It didn’t take long for them to recognize why: The man’s taste buds were missing.

His tongue’s strange appearance would turn out to be a sign of an underlying blood condition that required a relatively simple treatment, according to a new report of the case.

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The man, who lives in Singapore, went to the doctor after he experienced pain and redness in his tongue along with a burning sensation around his lips, which had lasted six months, according to the report, published today (Oct. 16) in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors from the National University of Singapore observed that the man’s glossy tongue was missing “papillae,” the small bumps on the tongue that often contain taste buds.

The man’s symptoms fit a condition called atrophic glossitis, or inflammation of the tongue that leads to changes in color and texture, including the loss of many papillae, according to Healthline.

But what had caused the atrophic glossitis? Blood tests revealed an important clue: The man’s levels of vitamin B12 were very low.

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He was diagnosed with pernicious anemia, a condition in which a person has low levels of red blood cells due to a deficiency in vitamin B12. In some cases, people develop pernicious anemia because their immune system attacks a protein needed for the absorption of vitamin B12. Indeed, further tests showed the man had the autoimmune form of the condition.

Red blood cells contain a protein called myoglobin that is important for the health of muscles, including the tongue muscle, according to Healthline.

Fortunately, pernicious anemia is usually easy to treat, according to the National Institutes of Health. Patients receive large doses of vitamin B12 in the form of shots or high-dose pills.

In the man’s case, he received shots of vitamin B12, and within one month, his tongue was back to normal. He will continue to need regular vitamin B12 shots to keep him from developing a vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Originally published on Live Science.

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Trump campaign unfazed by Buttigieg, Klobuchar cash hauls, RNC boss Ronna McDaniel says

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Reports of big post-debate cash hauls by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg pose no threat to the Trump 2020 campaign, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Friday.

“There’s no bigger juggernaut right now in fundraising than President Trump,” McDaniel said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“There’s no bigger juggernaut right now in fundraising than President Trump.”

— Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman, Republican National Committee

“The RNC and President Trump combined raised $125 million in the third quarter,” she continued. “We have $156 million cash on hand and there’s nobody even close.”

BIG POST-DEBATE CASH HAULS FOR BUTTIGIEG, KLOBUCHAR COULD SPELL TROUBLE FOR BIDEN

Democrats were likely talking up the Klobuchar and Buttigieg fundraising boosts amid signs that the candidacy of former Vice President Joe Biden, who had been the party’s 2020 frontrunner, seems to be “waning,” McDaniel said.

“It’s been three debates,” she said. “He’s not been able to solidify any frontrunner status. And now the donors are saying, ‘Oh my goodness, we’ve got to find another person’.” (The Democrats have actually had four rounds of debates since late June — in Miami, Detroit, Houston and Westerville, Ohio.)

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Biden’s lead in the polls appears to be “dissipating,” McDaniel continued. But she acknowledged the Democratic presidential primary field isn’t likely to thin out anytime soon.

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During a campaign stop in New Hampshire’s capital city, Klobuchar told the crowd she had raised $1.1 million in the 24 hours following Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Ohio.

“That shows something happened, that people were watching and they responded. And that is a very big deal for us,” Klobuchar said.

Additionally, Buttigieg’s campaign touted his reported $1.1 million haul as “one of our biggest fundraising days yet.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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What to Watch For in Today’s Brexit Vote: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know:

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Three times before, Britain’s Parliament took up a thorny divorce agreement between Britain and European Union. And three times before, Parliament resoundingly voted it down.

The first deal was presented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May. And the process has driven Britons to anger, frustration, relief and despair. But on Thursday, Mr. Johnson announced that he and European leaders had agreed on a new Brexit deal, creating the potential for a breakthrough in the nation’s yearslong quagmire.

Now, he must get British lawmakers to approve it. Parliament is sitting in a special “super Saturday” session for the first time since the invasion of the Falklands in 1982. The prime minister, who has vowed to get the country out of the bloc by the deadline, Oct. 31, has worked the phones, lobbying, cajoling and pleading with lawmakers to back him.

Lawmakers are debating the prime minister’s Brexit deal with impassioned speeches, shouts and jeers. Around 2:30 p.m., the first vote is set to occur.

Mr. Johnson needs 320 votes to pass his deal, and the vote is too close to call.

In what commentators called the biggest political speech of his life, Prime Minister Boris Johnson argued strenuously in the House of Commons on Saturday that his deal was the best available Brexit deal and that Britain could not waste another day in extracting itself from the European Union.

“There can no longer be any argument for further delay,” Mr. Johnson said. “As someone who passionately believed we had to go back to our European friends to seek a better agreement, I must tell this House that with this deal, the scope for future negotiations has run its course.”

“Now is the time for this great House of Commons to come together,” he said, “as I believe people at home are hoping and expecting.” Amid shouts from the opposition benches, he added that any further delay to Brexit would be “pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust.”

Mr. Johnson cast his deal as a fulfillment of decades of conflict in Britain over its place in the European Union. He said it would allow the entire country to benefit from future trade deals and avoid a dreaded hard border on the island of Ireland.

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The European Commission released a copy of the draft withdrawal agreement shortly after the deal was announced.

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But he was also contending with a looming amendment that could stall the vote on Saturday and push the debate over Mr. Johnson’s deal into next week, when legislators will be able to try to tweak it to their liking.

He warned lawmakers that European officials did not want a delay any more than he did. And he said Britain urgently needed to move on from Brexit, though analysts have warned that whatever the outcome, lawmakers would argue for years over the future.

Mr. Johnson’s odds are complicated by the fact that he does not have a working majority in Parliament and has not won a major vote there in the three months he has been in office.

Many of the lawmakers he needs to back his deal include the 21 members of Parliament he purged from the Conservative Party after they voted for a measure to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal.

His allies in Northern Ireland, 10 lawmakers from the Democratic Unionist Party, flatly rejected his Brexit deal, accusing Mr. Johnson of selling the territory short by accepting checks on some goods passing through Northern Ireland to get a deal. And many people in Northern Ireland said they felt betrayed by the draft plan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be betting that enough lawmakers will be fed up with the three years of haggling and will hold their noses and vote for his Brexit deal, seeing it as better than the alternatives of a no-deal exit or no Brexit at all.

But even if he loses, analysts say, Mr. Johnson may be hoping that his ability to bring home a deal will win him a public mandate to pull Britain out of the bloc as swiftly as possible.

Then, he is likely to call for a general election in the coming weeks.

Some lawmakers who support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal don’t trust him or his hard-line Brexit backers, fearing that their colleagues could pull a procedural trick to force Britain to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

They also worry that Parliament could approve Mr. Johnson’s deal on Saturday, absolving the prime minister of any obligation to delay the Brexit deadline. And then next week, they fear, when he introduces the accompanying legislation, pro-Brexit lawmakers will vote it down, and Britain could crash out of the bloc without a deal.

So a former Conservative lawmaker, Oliver Letwin, whom Mr. Johnson kicked out of the party, put forward an amendment as sort of an insurance policy to make approval of the deal conditional on also passing necessary legislation.

In essence, if the so-called Letwin Amendment is chosen by the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow for a vote, would turn Parliament’s up-or-down vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal into a much weaker motion, and Saturday would not be the day that lawmakers will fully endorse or reject the Brexit deal.

Mr. Johnson would be forced by law to send a letter to the European Union on Saturday to request an extension of the Brexit deadline, currently Oct. 31. The prime minister has been doing everything in his power to avoid sending such a letter.

Then, before Brexit could happened, lawmakers would get to not only vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal, but also to debate, amend and vote on actual legislation putting that deal into law. That process risks quickly becoming bogged down by rival lawmakers trying to tweak Mr. Johnson’s deal into something more to their liking.

Mr. Letwin himself supports Mr. Johnson’s deal, and some lawmakers say that voting for the amendment would still leave them room to express approval of the deal. But they say they are pushing ahead with the amendment, because they hope it would stop any underhandedness.

Thousands of protesters were gathering in London on Saturday morning to demand a another referendum on Brexit — a show of defiance as British lawmakers prepared to vote on a deal outlining the nation’s exit from the European Union.

Organizers of the People’s Vote March said they hoped to draw more than one million people, which would make it one of the largest demonstrations on record in Britain.

“We are now reaching a crucial moment in the Brexit crisis,” the organizers said in a statement. “The government has adopted the slogan ‘Get Brexit Done’ to try and browbeat an exhausted public into accepting whatever botched Brexit Boris Johnson presents to them but we know this slogan is a lie.”

This is not the first time that throngs of people have taken to the streets over Brexit. A year ago, about 700,000 gathered in advance of a previous deal reached by Theresa May, who was then prime minister.

But even as the protesters were assembling on Saturday, for the supporters of Brexit, the people have already had their say.

It has been more than three years since voters in Britain narrowly supported a referendum to leave the European Union. Those three years have been marked by growing public anger, with the crisis upending friendships and tearing families apart.

Reporting was contributed by Stephen Castle, Mark Landler, Ben Mueller, Marc Santora, Alan Yuhas and Megan Specia.

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Why This Nebraska Democrat Thinks She Can Get Elected In Trump Country

A Nebraska Democrat is hoping GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s devotion to President Donald Trump — and the state’s sinking support for the president — will help her flip a district that’s elected a Republican to Congress since 1964. 

State Sen. Kate Bolz, a former social worker who grew up on a family farm southeast of Lincoln, is running to oust Fortenberry next year. Since Fortenberry won his seat in 2004, he has been reelected by comfortable margins in the state’s 1st Congressional District, which encompasses Lincoln (home of the University of Nebraska), Bellevue, Offutt Air Force base and rural towns. 

Bolz sees an opening in 2020, despite Fortenberry’s past popularity and the Trump’s triumph in the district in 2016 by 20 percentage points. She hopes to capitalize on the “blue wave” momentum of the 2018 election and her state’s large share of independent voters to finally flip the seat.

“I think people are paying attention more now than ever, partly because of the national context,” she said. 

Bolz is one of thousands of Democratic women running for higher office across the country in 2020. While she’s no first-time candidate, having won her legislative seat in 2012, she’s part of the larger push to get more Democratic women elected next year. 

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GETTY/KATE BOLZ Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) “has done nothing to help Nebraska farmers hurt by the trade war,” state Sen. Kate Bolz said. She hopes to oust him in the 2020 election.

Fortenberry is a staunch Trump defender, and Bolz told HuffPost she was inspired by his inaction against the president to run for the House seat. Even after Fortenberry’s teenage daughter approached him in tears over Trump’s degrading comments about women in 2016, the congressman stood by the president, and he has since spoken out against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. 

“The most troubling things are less the actions that [Fortenberry] has taken ― it’s his inaction on issues of such great importance,” Bolz said in discussing her decision to challenge him.

“Bolz is going to be a strong candidate, but I’m not sure that will be enough,” said John Hibbing, a professor of politics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I do think it’s a long shot.”

A surefire route to a Bolz win, Hibbing said, would be “a complete collapse of the Trump administration.”

And that potential collapse may be coming in the wake of the president’s Ukraine controversy.

“The key would be what Fortenberrry’s position is on that, and if he goes down with the ship, which could be damaging to him,” Hibbing said. “It would look bad, so I’m not sure he would do that.” 

But thus far, he has. 

Fortenberry — a Louisiana native who moved to the Cornhusker State after college and served on Lincoln City Council before being elected to Congress ― has called the impeachment inquiry “drama.” He said he “found no violation of campaign laws” after reading the White House-issued summary of Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that kicked into gear the push to oust Trump from office.

 Fortenberry did not return HuffPost requests for comment. 

Bolz, 40, is running on a platform that she said is influenced by her background in social work and her deep understanding and connection to her district. Before she was elected to the Legislature, she worked for children and families at the non-profit Nebraska Appleseed. She also serves as executive director at the Nebraska Association of Service Providers, which offers professional support and resources for people with disabilities. 

“My social work background helps me keep people first,” she said. “We need to be focused on the people and not on the politics … I believe Nebraskans are still open to voting for the person, not the party.”

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That belief fuels her bid to break the entrenched GOP hold on the 1st Congressional District. ”Nebraskans are independent-minded,” she told HuffPost.

The state’s fastest growing bloc of voters are independents, designated as non-partisan. In 2018, 21% of Nebraskans were registered as non-partisan ― a significant jump from the 14% in 2000. 

“There are lots of reasons that we really believe we can run and win,” Bolz said. She’s primarily interested in stressing the need for affordable health care access and ensuring economic stability for the district’s farmers. 

Since announcing her campaign last month, Bolz has hit Fortenberry hard for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. 

“One of the things that motivates me the most is the fact that Rep. Fortenberry voted against 768,000 Nebraskans” when he opposed the ACA, she said.

She noted that the state approved Medicaid expansion through a ballot initiative, and that most voters in the 1st Congressional District supported it. 

Fortenberry, 58, also supports Trump’s trade dispute with China, despite the estimated $950 billion that Nebraskans have lost because of it. 

The incumbent “has done nothing to help Nebraska farmers hurt by the trade war,” Bolz said when she announced her campaign.

Bolz plans a listening tour of the state during November, and told HuffPost she’s encouraged that “people have been so kind and supportive” of her as she has campaigned.

“I think people are eager for a race in this district, and a political leader who’s willing to listen,” she said. “I care about my neighbors and my community, and if you care about the best interests of farmers and families and Nebraska voters, you have to care about this election.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Endorsing Bernie Sanders. Will That Matter?

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont needed a big moment at the Democratic debate on Tuesday. Absent from the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier, he and his aides were aware that his performance and his health would be under intense scrutiny.

Mr. Sanders made his mark, but it did not occur onstage: His presidential campaign confirmed that he had secured the endorsements of two of the most prominent left-wing women of color in Congress, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Mr. Sanders will appear alongside Ms. Ocasio-Cortez at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Queensbridge Park in Queens at his first rally since his heart attack, when she is expected to formally announce her support. The crowd is likely to be large and diverse; Mr. Sanders even teased the rally and a “special guest” during the debate.

The endorsements jolted the primary race, signaling that Mr. Sanders, 78, was still a formidable contender just as it had increasingly seemed like a contest between Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. They also shifted the conversation away from his health issues and his age, infusing his campaign with a renewed sense of vitality.

“There’s been some degree of criticism overall — Bernie Sanders can’t win because his movement is tapped out,” Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, said. “This discounted that.”

But if the endorsements were an obvious indication that Mr. Sanders was not ready to surrender the party’s left flank to Ms. Warren, it is not clear how much they will ultimately change the race — in part because there are signs that voters are not taking their cues from endorsements. Ms. Warren, for instance, has attracted huge crowds, posted some of the biggest fund-raising numbers, and surged to the top of national and early-state polls despite lacking endorsements from a single governor, big-city mayor or senator outside her home state. At the same time, Senator Kamala Harris of California is struggling to gain momentum even though she has the backing of politicians across the country, including her state’s governor, Gavin Newsom.

Mr. Sanders’s endorsements could inject fresh energy into a campaign that in some respects needed it badly. Consistently trailing Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren in recent polls and struggling to expand his base, he spent the last two weeks facing a barrage of questions about his health. His campaign made a show of financial strength this month when it reported it had collected $25.3 million between July and September — the most of any candidate in that period — but the announcement was quickly eclipsed by the news of his heart attack.

Mr. Sanders’s campaign is hoping that endorsements from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar — and possibly Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan— prove that he is building a multiracial, working-class coalition of voters. His aides are also confident that the women will motivate young people, a group that was critical to his success in 2016 and that his allies know he must win over again, both optically and for actual votes.

“I don’t think anyone would question or doubt that they, more than a lot of people, have the ability to inspire young people,” Mr. Shakir said, referring to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar. “That in itself is going to be tremendous.”

The endorsements underscore how Mr. Sanders is striving to portray himself as the candidate furthest to the left. In recent months, as support for Ms. Warren has swelled, Mr. Sanders has unveiled policy proposals that have gone beyond hers — including plans to completely eliminate student debt and medical debt, and to impose a wealth tax that would apply to more households and is steeper for rich people than the one Ms. Warren has proposed.

Several Democratic officials and strategists said the endorsements of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar could stoke enthusiasm among the far left and perhaps prompt some of Ms. Warren’s supporters to take a second look at Mr. Sanders.

But some said the endorsements might not do much to grow his existing coalition, pointing out that the two women carry a similar anti-establishment, populist message that already appeals to Mr. Sanders’s voter base. Some suggested the endorsements could even help Ms. Warren by making her appear more moderate and pragmatic in comparison with Mr. Sanders.

Though Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar have a big following nationally, and have become preferred targets of President Trump’s, their support may not help woo voters, particularly in critical early states.

Jess Morales Rocketto, a Democratic strategist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, said the endorsements could give Mr. Sanders a fund-raising bump and more media attention. But she was skeptical that the new support would sway undecided voters.

“I don’t know that a congresswoman from New York, one from Minnesota, one from Michigan are super influential to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina,” she said.

Mr. Sanders’s allies said the visual imagery alone — an older man standing with younger women of color — could be enough of a benefit, especially as he continues to fight the perception that his voter base is skewed white and male.

Cori Bush, who was endorsed by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez in her unsuccessful bid for Congress last year in St. Louis, said the endorsements from the two women “knocks away that whole Bernie Bro idea.”

She also said their support “wipes away the idea that maybe he’s not the progressive champion anymore,” she said.

Last month, the Working Families Party, an influential liberal group that backed Mr. Sanders in 2016, endorsed Ms. Warren. The announcement infuriated his supporters. But it also sent a message: It was time for progressives to pick a side and starting organizing.

Maurice Mitchell, the Working Families Party’s national director, dismissed the notion that the dueling endorsements would splinter the left.

“We’ve said from the beginning that progressives need to get involved, and that’s exactly what they did,” he said, referring to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar. “It’s a good thing for our movement that folks choose one of these candidates.”

Mr. Mitchell said his group — which endorsed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s opponent, then-Representative Joseph Crowley, in the 2018 primary — planned to marshal its network of volunteers across the country to work with voters to nominate Ms. Warren.

What is less obvious is the role Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar will play for the Sanders campaign. Waleed Shahid, the communications director for the progressive group Justice Democrats, which helped propel Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign, said the two women can mobilize their own networks of volunteers and donors. He pointed to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s influence this year in the Democratic primary for district attorney in Queens, where her support for Tiffany Cabán helped to nearly lift her to victory.

And because the two congresswomen represent the activist base of the party, he said, they could galvanize progressive activists around the country.

But perhaps above all, the endorsements will help dispel questions about Mr. Sanders’s viability post-heart attack, he said.

“Some voters do have questions around his age,” Mr. Mitchell said. “Voters who have that question in mind are probably thinking twice about that now that they see the youngest leaders of the Democratic Party supporting Bernie.”

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Karl Rove to Hillary Clinton: ‘Put up or shut up’ on Tulsi Gabbard accusations

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Former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove admonished Hillary Clinton on Friday for accusing Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian asset, saying Clinton should present proof of her claims or “go away.”

“Put up or shut up,” Rove said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

“She’s either got to come forward with the evidence of the bots in the platforms or the sites that are being used on behalf of Gabbard,” Rove continued. “She has to come up with the evidence of Jill Stein was a Russian asset. Tell us who proved that that was the case. Or better yet, just shut up or go away. This is just appalling.”

HILLARY CLINTON FLOATS CONSPIRACY THAT TULSI GABBARD IS BEING ‘GROOMED’ BY RUSSIANS

Earlier Friday, Clinton in a podcast interview appeared to float a conspiracy theory that the Russians were “grooming” Gabbard, the Hawaii congresswoman and U.S. military veteran, to be a third-party candidate in 2020 — although Clinton didn’t mention Gabbard by name.

In the same discussion, Clinton claimed that 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein was “also” a Russian asset.

Some Democrats have repeatedly accused Gabbard of being a “puppet for the Russian government.”

Gabbard responded to Clinton on Friday in a Twitter message.

“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.”

Rove called Clinton’s charges “outrageous” and wondered aloud why the former first lady would “engage in this kind of bizarre activity.”

“And she better either prove them, give the evidence to the FBI if she believes it. Or if [the allegations are] actually true, give them to the American people, “Rove added.

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Also on “The Story,” Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman defended Clinton’s remarks and attacked President Trump, prompting Rove and MacCallum to ask Zimmerman to quit deflecting.

“Hillary Clinton has either lost it, and if she hasn’t lost it, then put the evidence out there and let all the American people judge whether or not this is true,” Rove said.

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Former ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ star Alfonso Ribeiro explains why he won’t be doing sitcoms anytime soon

Alfonso Ribeiro is back on TV.

The 48-year-old actor, who’s been in show business for 40 years, is returning to hosting “Catch 21” as the reboot launches on Game Show Network. The half-hour series unites pop culture trivia with the classic Sin City card game 21. And reuniting does feel good for Ribeiro, as he is teaming up with his former “Dancing with the Stars” partner, Witney Carson, who joined the show as a card dealing.

But “Catch 21” isn’t new to Ribeiro. In fact, he hosted the original run on the Game Show Network for four seasons between 2008 until 2011. However, the former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star has kept busy and is juggling roles as the current host of “America’s Funniest Videos.” However, Ribeiro admitted sitcoms aren’t in the cards anytime soon.

Ribeiro spoke to Fox News about taking on “Catch 21” again, the strange encounters he’s had with fans, why he’s putting sitcoms on hold, and what has kept him going in Hollywood.

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Alfonso Ribeiro starred in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 until 1996. (Getty)

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Fox News: Would you consider taking on a sitcom anytime soon?
Alfonso Ribeiro: There’s no plan to. I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I think that it’s fun to do this. I spent so many years trying to get America and the industry to learn the name Alfonso Ribeiro instead of Carlton Banks, that it’s pretty cool that people actually start to know my name now versus calling me a character. So I’m enjoying what I’m doing, everything is always on the table, but I’m very happy with where I’m at.

Fox News: You’ve been in show business for 40 years. What has kept you going?
Ribeiro: Work. Work has kept me going. I love what I do. I feel like I’m so blessed and so lucky that I’ve been given this opportunity and these talents to be able to continue to work. I’m very lucky and very happy and I think just hard work will always succeed.

I feel like if the timing is right and the opportunities are right, as long as you keep working hard and keep doing everything you can to deliver the best results that you can, I feel like there’s a great chance that you get to continue to do what you love to do. And I’ve been fortunate enough to put into work, but also be lucky enough to get the opportunities.

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Alfonso Ribeiro (right) admitted that some of his encounters with fans were rather unusual. (Jan Sonnenmair/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty)

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Fox News: What’s the funniest or most unusual encounter you’ve ever had with a fan over the years?
Ribeiro: I’ve had a lot of difficult, sometimes confrontational situations where people think of me as that old character. And people can get, at times, unfortunately, very disrespectful. And so, I’ve had a few of those where people get a little ridiculous.

But the fun stuff is just, right now, it’s really with the kids, especially with AFV. Kids walk up to me and they… I’m that funny host dude. And so, those are the best encounters. And I try to make sure that I give every one of those kids an opportunity to feel special in some way at that moment.

Fox News: You previously hosted Catch 21 from 2008 until 2011. What made you come back?
Ribeiro: … I thought it’d be fun to come back and do it again. It’s a game where, as the host, it’s a very difficult game show to host because you really got to be great and quick with numbers. I’m constantly doing the math and telling everybody what they have and what they’re ultimately looking for, which is there to build the drama for when a card shows up, everybody knows what that card means.

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So, if a guy has a 15 and you’re looking for a six and that six shows up, everybody’s instantly not trying to do the math in their heads, so I’m doing it for them. So I’m doing that with all three players. It’s a lot. But it’s fun for my brain to do and I get to have some fun and be silly. And this year it’s even great because I’ve got Whitney Carson dealing the cards.

Fox News: What’s it been like reuniting with Witney Carson?
Ribeiro: Well, it’s great. I always say, you never reunite really because it’s just on camera because Whitney and her husband, my wife and I, we were like their aunt and uncle. Right? We’re always with them, we love them to death. And so, she’s never left, she’s part of the family now. So right from “Dancing with the Stars” on, I’m Uncle Al to her.

Fox News: What do you believe is missing from game shows these days?
Ribeiro: I don’t really know if there’s anything really missing in game shows. I think everybody’s trying to make them bigger, make them better. I think that the reality is, as time has moved on, it’s not one of the main genres, it’s not what people are focusing on. So, some work, some don’t.

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Witney Carson with Alfonso Ribeiro. (Photo by Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

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I think we live in a different time where game shows are not as prevalent as they were back in the ’60s and ’70s. But I still think they work. I still think game shows are fun to watch. And it’s trivia. Obviously, I think that there’s a battle today because of the Internet and you could always get information and play games on your phone and that kind of thing. Whereas before it was pretty much watching it on TV, it was the best way to play along with a game.

So times have changed a little bit, but it’s still fun to watch them. It’s still fun to sit on the couch and throw a game show on and watch how someone’s playing it. And this is a game that way, where you’re watching strategy, you’re watching someone answer questions. So intellect and numbers. So it’s a little bit of everything that I like in game shows.

Fox News: You’ve recently welcomed baby Ava Sue.
Ribeiro: She’s five months now, which is very awesome. She’s an awesome little girl. She’s the best sleeper, great temperament, just great energy, she’s cute as a button, and I’m lucky to have my fourth and final child.

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Fox News: How important has it been for you to be a hands-on parent, especially having such a high-profile career?
Ribeiro: I feel like it’s the most important thing. At the end of the day, I’ve got two jobs. The first one, obviously, is to be a parent, and to be there and to give my kids the best experience that I could possibly give them while teaching them how to have a chance in life once they become adults.

And then, obviously, my regular work life on TV. My kids don’t know the difference. All they know is I’m dad and I need to do the same as every other dad out there, trying to make their home happy. That’s my number one focus: what can I do to make them happy children that see the world in a positive way.

“Catch 21” airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on Game Show Network.

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Elijah Cummings’ widow expected to run for his House seat: report

Maya Rockeymoore, widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, is expected to run for her late husband’s House seat, according to a report.

Rockeymoore has not yet said whether she plans to run, The Washington Examiner reported.

The Maryland Democratic Party released a statement that Rockeymoore would not be making announcements while she grieves.

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“We ask the public and the press to allow Maryland Democratic Party Chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings — and the rest of the Cummings family — time and space to grieve their loss,” the party said.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died early Thursday at age 68, is seen with his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 3, 2019. (Getty Images)

Rockeymoore, 48, has previously worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and was a staffer on the House Ways and Means Committee. She also ran for governor in Maryland but dropped out when Cummings was hospitalized in 2018.

Cummings was elected to his seat in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in 1996 and served 12 terms until his death due to underlying health conditions.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has 10 days to schedule a special election for Cummings’ seat, but he has wide leverage over when it will take place. It could be as early as February or more than a year from now, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Cummings and Rockeymoore married in 2008, according to the Examiner.

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Cummings will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol next week and a funeral will be held in Baltimore on Friday.

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Britain’s Parliament set for knife-edge vote on Brexit’s ‘Super Saturday’

LONDON – British lawmakers are set to vote Saturday on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new withdrawal deal with the European Union, an important moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate and one that could have far-reaching consequences for Brexit, for Johnson and for the trajectory of the country. 

Johnson does not command an absolute majority in Britain’s 650-seat Parliament and the vote is expected to be extremely close. It is the first time that Parliament has sat on a Saturday in nearly 40 years, and only the fourth time it’s done so since World War II. 

Britain’s media have dubbed the vote “Super Saturday.” 

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At stake is whether Britain’s fractious Parliament will approve a long-delayed exit deal Johnson negotiated with the EU that will enable an orderly departure from the bloc on Oct. 31, a deadline Johnson has repeatedly vowed to honor. Opposition parties and a key parliamentary party in Northern Ireland are expected to vote against it. 

Lawmakers will spend the day debating the proposed deal. There is no set time yet for the vote, which rebels will try to frustrate or restrict in various ways through amendments, but it’s likely to come in the late afternoon local time (mid-morning ET).

Ahead of the vote, Johnson urged lawmakers to “come together.”

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If Johnson wins the vote, he will claim victory over a Brexit process that led to the resignation of his two predecessors (David Cameron and Theresa May); bitterly divided British households; and caused deep anxiety among the nation’s business community, as well as among millions of EU nationals living in Britain and Britons living in EU nations on the continent. Johnson will go down in history as the British leader who delivered Brexit. Britain would leave the EU in an orderly fashion on Halloween. 

If lawmakers reject the deal, the impact is harder to predict. Johnson will face the humiliation of Brexit unraveling after repeatedly promising that he would get it done by Oct 31. Earlier this year, Parliament passed legislation that compels the prime minister to ask the EU for a Brexit extension to avert a “no-deal” Brexit – a scenario where Britain crashes out of the EU without a formal withdrawal agreement, potentially causing chaos on its borders and shortages of fresh foods and essential medicines. 

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Johnson could be forced out of office if the deal is rejected. He could resign. An election might be triggered. Opposition parties might try to launch a revolt that ties approval of the new deal to a new national referendum on Brexit and the deal’s terms. They may try to delay the vote. Meanwhile, the EU has not committed to granting another extension, even as it wants to avoid a “no-deal” Brexit because the EU’s economy, security arrangements and other key infrastructure are linked to Britain’s. 

The fate of the United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is also to an extent potentially tied to the outcome of the vote. 

Scotland’s top government official Nicola Sturgeon, who strongly opposes Brexit, told the Scottish National Party’s annual conference this week that the UK’s central government in London has “shattered the case for the union.” A 2014 Scottish independence vote failed to pass but polls show support been rising as a result of Brexit and the Institute of Government, a think tank, published a report that concluded that a “no-deal” Brexit could bring the 300-year-old union to “breaking point.”

Still, the dirty little secret is that Brexit is not complete whatever happens Saturday. In fact, even if Parliament approves the deal and Britain leaves the EU at the end of this month from a legal perspective, the process of Brexit does not end there.

The agreement that Britain and the EU are trying to get done before Oct. 31 only really establishes the broad rules for a transition period as the two parties negotiate a new relationship on trade, consumer protections, security and more.

Some of the complication related to Brexit is about the post-Brexit status of EU-member Ireland’s land border with Northern Ireland, which currently enjoys frictionless trade.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for example, has threatened to block a free trade deal Britain is hoping to sign with the United States if Britain’s EU withdrawal undermines the Good Friday Agreement that ended Northern Ireland’s violent conflict.

Johnson’s deal is about limiting disruptions while those negotiations take place. The transition period would run to the end of December 2020.

Further muddying the waters: Polls of polls show average support for staying in the EU among the British public is now almost exactly the opposite of where it was three years ago: 53% to 47% favor the “Remain” side. “Leave” won the 2016 vote 52% to 48%.  

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