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Josh Turner tour bus carrying road crew crashes, killing one, injuring seven

A tour bus carrying the road crew for country singer Josh Turner crashed Wednesday night in California, killing one and injuring seven others, according to the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.

Turner and his band were not on the bus.

The bus was going eastbound on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., after a show at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles.

JOSH TURNER TALKS FAITH-BASED ALBUM, EVOLUTION OF COUNTRY MUSIC

JOSH TURNER MAKES TOURING A FAMILY AFFAIR

The crew was traveling to Washington for a concert scheduled for Thursday.

The SLOFD claims that the driver of the bus went off the roadway, plunging the bus into an embankment.

The accident’s cause remains unclear.

JOSH TURNER ON WHY HE BRINGS HIS FAMILY ON THE ROAD

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Josh Turner performs in Nashville, Tenn., in March 2018.  (Getty)

JOSH TURNER SHOWS NEW SIDE ON ‘DEEP SOUTH’

The casualties, including the person who died, have not yet been identified.

Firefighters said two people from the bus were airlifted to a hospital with major injuries, while five others were hospitalized via ambulance for moderate injuries.

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Reps for Turner did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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Josh Turner tour bus carrying road crew crashes, killing one, injuring seven

A tour bus carrying the road crew for country singer Josh Turner crashed Wednesday night in California, killing one and injuring seven others, according to the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.

Turner and his band were not on the bus.

The bus was going eastbound on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., after a show at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles.

JOSH TURNER TALKS FAITH-BASED ALBUM, EVOLUTION OF COUNTRY MUSIC

JOSH TURNER MAKES TOURING A FAMILY AFFAIR

The crew was traveling to Washington for a concert scheduled for Thursday.

The SLOFD claims that the driver of the bus went off the roadway, plunging the bus into an embankment.

The accident’s cause remains unclear.

JOSH TURNER ON WHY HE BRINGS HIS FAMILY ON THE ROAD

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Josh Turner performs in Nashville, Tenn., in March 2018.  (Getty)

JOSH TURNER SHOWS NEW SIDE ON ‘DEEP SOUTH’

The casualties, including the person who died, have not yet been identified.

Firefighters said two people from the bus were airlifted to a hospital with major injuries, while five others were hospitalized via ambulance for moderate injuries.

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Reps for Turner did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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A Clash Over Barack Obama’s Legacy? Democratic Voters Don’t Want to Hear It

In some of the tensest moments of the 2020 debates, a viewer might have concluded that Democrats were poised for a large-scale clash over the legacy of President Barack Obama.

There have been heated arguments about whether to stick with Mr. Obama’s architecture for health care policy or to pursue a single-payer system, and flashes of direct criticism over his record on immigration. In televised debates, Democratic rivals like Julián Castro have pressed his former vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., to repudiate the large-scale deportations carried out under Mr. Obama’s watch.

There have also been defiant professions of loyalty, delivered as though Mr. Obama were under siege from fellow Democrats. Mr. Biden, the Democratic front-runner, has made these moments a hallmark of his candidacy: “I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good, bad, indifferent,” he said at the last debate.

Yet among the vast majority of Democratic voters, there is little appetite for a brawl over the merits of Mr. Obama’s record. And while Mr. Obama’s consensus-seeking liberalism appeals to many Democratic voters, few appear to be thinking about the 2020 primary as a forum for determining which candidate would follow Mr. Obama’s exact policy blueprint.

Interviews with Democratic voters and party leaders found near-unanimous admiration for the former president and his policies, a sense of nostalgia for what they recall as his dignified conduct — and, at the same time, a hunger for something new.

Mr. Obama remains immensely popular among Democrats: In a poll published Tuesday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, nine in 10 Democrats said they viewed him in positive terms. More than three quarters said they believed Mr. Obama “did as much as was possible at the time in addressing the issues facing the country.”

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Mr. Obama has kept a low profile in the presidential race, meeting privately with many of the Democratic candidates but telling associates that he does not see it as his place to direct the party’s future. He has expressed interest, at different times, in rising stars like former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. Mr. Obama had issued a warm statement about Mr. Biden’s entry into the primary but had declined to endorse him or anyone else.

An Obama family photo on a bag at a campaign rally.CreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York Times At a rally for Joseph R. Biden Jr., a woman with a President Obama sweatshirt.CreditAlicia Vera for The New York Times

Some of the aura around Mr. Obama surrounds Mr. Biden, too, granting him much of the party’s good will.

“He was with President Obama,” said Tajshiek Nehemiah, 31, who watched Mr. Biden deliver a speech in Birmingham, Ala., last Sunday. “I like the way he spoke as vice president, what he stood for, what he believes.”

But Democrats supporting other candidates have no difficulty reconciling that preference with their affection for Mr. Obama. And they do not necessarily connect the social problems the left is most focused on, like economic inequality and health care costs, to the agenda Mr. Obama pursued on those issues.

“I love Obama,” Maureen Conboy, a lawyer in New York, said Monday after watching Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts give a speech in Washington Square Park. “He made mistakes but he’s honest, he really cared — you could just tell he’s a good person.”

Ms. Conboy also said that was the past.

“I think re-litigating what happened, making this about Obama, the Obama administration, is the wrong thing,” she said, adding, “We’ve got to look forward, and if it’s Biden, we’re going to do nothing but looking back.”

Patrick Dillon, Mr. Obama’s former deputy political director in the White House, said many Democrats shared that mind-set. He said candidates had to offer new ideas, but saw little evidence that skepticism of Mr. Obama was growing.

“I think every candidate has to talk about how they’re going to build forward from the Obama legacy,” said Mr. Dillon, who is married to Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign manager but is not working for the campaign. “The notion of ‘building on’ seems to have won the conversation, versus the notion of aggressively reassessing or tearing down.”

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That any Democrat might consider running as an Obama clone underscores his unusual political stature. No recent former president has enjoyed a comparable glow immediately after leaving office. Even relatively popular presidents were seen as more tainted: for Ronald Reagan, there was Iran-Contra; for Bill Clinton, the lurid ripples of impeachment.

Mr. Obama is different, especially for Democrats. If elements of his political ethos have gone out of vogue — his peacemaking with Wall Street, for instance, or his championing of free-trade agreements — the Democratic candidates who have departed from his approach have shown no desire to make that split explicit.

A “miss you” shirt with President Obama’s photo.CreditJonathan Ernst/Reuters A supporter of Mr. Biden sports campaign material touting the Obama-Biden relationship.CreditMark Makela/Getty Images

The two most prominent liberals in the race, Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, have couched their calls for sweeping policy change within praise for Mr. Obama, all but erasing disagreements they had with him in the past. In demanding a single-payer health care system, they have praised the Affordable Care Act and called “Medicare for All” a logical next step. Whether Mr. Biden can successfully brand that stance as a rejection of Mr. Obama, as he attempted to do at the last debate, remains to be seen.

For now, the liberals’ approach has worked with some Democrats in the early-voting states. Zach Simonson, a Democratic county chairman in Wapello County, Iowa, said if Democrats took the view that Mr. Obama “made zero mistakes, or that he didn’t even leave anything unfinished, then we have nothing to run on but undoing the Trump presidency.”

“We can’t be the party of ‘Make America 2016 Again,’” Mr. Simonson said. “Being for hope and change and progress is the best way to carry on the Obama legacy.”

JoAnn Hardy, a party leader in Iowa’s Cerro Gordo County, said she saw Mr. Biden as “best positioned to carry on Obama’s legacy” because of their close relationship. But she said she believed all the candidates had “respect for Obama and his policies.”

“I think some of those proposing policies different from Obama are just moving the policies another step toward realization.,” Ms. Hardy, who is neutral in the race, said.

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Blunter criticism of Mr. Obama has been left to more desperate candidates, like Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who have sought traction by courting activists with intense but narrow grievances about Obama-era policies, particularly on immigration, trade and national security.

John Anzalone, a pollster for Mr. Biden who worked for Mr. Obama, said there was no strong Democratic constituency for such criticism. According to his research, Mr. Anzalone said, primary voters were pining not just for Mr. Obama as a person but for his steady, pragmatic approach, something he suggested Mr. Biden was well positioned to provide.

“They wish they could get back to the normalcy of someone like Barack Obama,” Mr. Anzalone said.

Mr. Obama’s enduring popularity owes much to his status as the first black president of the United States. And Mr. Biden’s standing in the race flows from his role as Mr. Obama’s steadfast defender, with his lead built on strong support from African-Americans.

“He had no problem with defending the president when asked to do so,” said Lashunda Scales, an Alabama Democrat who is president pro tempore of the Jefferson County Commission. She wasn’t making an endorsement, she said, but added, “that, to me, said a lot about his character.”

But African-American voters are far from uniform in preferring Mr. Biden, or in seeing the primaries as a referendum on Mr. Obama.

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“We can’t be the party of ‘Make America 2016 Again,’” an Iowa county chairman said.CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times

Elizabeth Bowens, a retired hospitality worker in Myrtle Beach, S.C., said that she disliked the contentious tone of the Democratic race and that she longed for the Obama years.“Him and Michelle, that’s a beautiful couple,” she said.

But Ms. Bowens did not seem to be leaning toward Mr. Biden.

“It’s time for a woman,” she said.

To Mr. Obama’s sharpest critics on the left — chiefly activists and policy experts concerned with issues like financial regulation, drone warfare, immigration and criminal justice — his Teflon reputation can be frustrating.

Matt Stoller, a fellow at the liberal Open Markets Institute who is a scathing critic of Mr. Obama’s economic record, said he saw Democrats as caught between their personal reverence for Mr. Obama and the reality that the country faces a “existential crises” — on matters like climate change and economic inequality — that Mr. Obama did not resolve.

At some point, Mr. Stoller said, Democrats might face a stark choice between Mr. Obama’s center-left policy framework and the agendas of liberal candidates they now favor. But Mr. Stoller acknowledged no such test had yet arrived.

“I’m still waiting for that moment when Democrats are going to have to make that choice,” he said.

There is no guarantee that it will ever arrive. And the choice Democratic primary voters see before them now has less to do with Mr. Obama’s policies than with the immediate challenge of ousting President Trump.

Susan Chase, a retiree in Southport, N.C., said candidates who attacked Mr. Obama would not get her vote, and she criticized Senator Kamala Harris for attacking Mr. Biden in the first debate.

But that does not mean she will vote for Mr. Biden.

“Part of me says it’s time for something really new and different,” Ms. Chase said, “but then the other part says we’ve got to have somebody who can beat Trump.”

Jonathan Martin contributed from Galivants Ferry, S.C., Katie Glueck from Birmingham and Reid J. Epstein from Washington.

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Kobe Bryant recalls what then-Charlotte Hornets GM told him before draft day trade: ‘I was triggered’

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Kobe Bryant was selected with the No. 13 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets but his tenure with the organization lasted only a few hours.

Bryant was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for center Vlade Divac. The rest is, well, history. Bryant went on to have an incredible career and win five championships. Divac, on the other hand, spent two seasons with the Hornets before going to the Sacramento Kings.

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Bryant appeared on the “Knuckleheads” podcast Tuesday and told hosts Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles that interaction with then-Hornets general manager Bob Bass stuck with him for his whole career. He revealed what Bass told him on the night he was drafted and traded.

“We couldn’t have used you anyway,” Bryant said Bass told him. “I was triggered. I was ready to go to the gym.”

Bryant was only 17 at the time he was drafted out of high school.

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While in hindsight it may look like Bass’ decision to trade Bryant for Divac was an incredible oversight, Bass had won the 1989-90 NBA Executive of the Year with the San Antonio Spurs. He won it again as a member of the Hornets front office during the 1994-95 season. At that time, the Hornets finished with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

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The Russian Student Who Has Become Moscow’s New Face Of Dissent

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A protester holds a poster reading “Free Yegor Zhukov!” during an August rally in Moscow, after mass police detentions.

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On Aug. 1, Yegor Zhukov posted his last YouTube video, making an impassioned appeal to support anti-government protesters caught up in the wheels of Russia’s criminal justice system. Wearing a dark blue button-down shirt, the 21-year-old Moscow political science student leaned into the camera and urged Russians not to be cowed into silence.

“Russia will eventually be free,” he said. “But we may not live to see it if we let fear win.”

Hours later, law enforcement agents arrested Zhukov and charged him with rioting during an unauthorized rally in downtown Moscow.

Overnight, Zhukov became the human face of a crackdown on political dissent that Amnesty International calls an “unprecedented” attack on Russians’ freedom of assembly and expression. At demonstrations ahead of Sept. 8 local elections, police beat dozens of protesters and detained hundreds.

Zhukov’s arrest mobilized his fellow students and fueled a petition drive by Russian academics against political reprisals. Oxxxymiron, one of Russia’s most successful rappers, even offered to put up a 2 million-ruble ($31,000) bond for Zhukov, but a Moscow court turned him down.

Protests broke out this summer, after election authorities barred more than a dozen opposition candidates from running for Moscow’s city council, claiming they had not collected enough valid signatures. The opposition seized the opportunity to turn a local election into a battle with President Vladimir Putin, who has held on to power for 20 years.

The Kremlin stood its ground, viewing the legitimization of its opponents as a dangerous precedent — and a slippery slope to sharing power in other regions. The ruling party ended up narrowly holding on to Moscow’s city council, ceding seats to other parties under the Kremlin’s control.

Zhukov briefly made a run as an opposition candidate for Moscow city council.

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“I’m not the most experienced or famous candidate. I have nothing to offer you but energy, commitment and my convictions,” he wrote in his campaign pitch. “But I can guarantee three things: I will never deceive you, I will never look down on you, and I will never stop fighting for you.”

Zhukov later dropped out of the race, saying he wasn’t able to collect enough signatures to launch his candidacy. But he continued analyzing politics on his video blog and attended an opposition rally on July 27 that had been banned by Moscow’s mayor, a Putin loyalist.

The police detained more than 1,000 protesters at that demonstration and later charged a dozen of them, including Zhukov, with rioting. Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest human rights groups, denounced the criminal cases, saying the protests on that day were overwhelmingly peaceful and that the police — instead of guaranteeing citizens’ right to assembly — used force to disperse them.

Zhukov’s classmates at Moscow’s prestigious Higher School of Economics have rallied to his support, collecting money for his legal defense.

Artyom Tyurin, an 18-year-old political science student, was arrested while demonstrating for Zhukov’s release and was jailed for a week.

“Seeing what’s happening right now in my country, I understand how much things need to change,” Tyurin said. “I want to live in Russia. I think Russia deserves to be free, and its citizens need to get out from under the yoke of Putin and his gang.”

Tyurin calls Alexei Navalny, Russia’s best-known opposition leader, a hero. The 43-year-old anti-corruption campaigner was a driving force behind the last wave of street protests that started in late 2011. Despite serious handicaps, including limited media coverage, Navalny won 27% of the vote in Moscow mayoral elections in 2013 and ran the only real presidential campaign challenging Putin last year by building a nationwide network of regional offices.

Navalny’s investigations into official corruption have sparked anti-government street protests in the past. In this summer’s campaign for Moscow city council, his allies were banned from running and many served repeated jail sentences.

On a recent evening, Khatima Mutayeva, an 18-year-old journalism student, was at a charity auction to raise funds for political prisoners. Mutayeva wore a T-shirt saying “Free Zhukov!” and sold stickers, buttons and T-shirts demanding his release. She laughed at the cliché that young people are only interested in their phones and rap music.

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“If it weren’t for our phones and our rappers, we wouldn’t have gotten where we are now. Even Oxxxymiron supported Yegor Zhukov,” Mutayeva said. “When smartphones, the Internet and rap appeared, it immediately became clear that politics would take over this space.”

Mutayeva said she is well aware of the risks associated with her activism. “I won’t lie. Of course it’s scary.” But she says she doesn’t have a choice: “I can’t just sit at home. My conscience wouldn’t let me.”

Student activists celebrated a small victory in early September, when a judge moved Zhukov from jail to house arrest. But as the prosecutors’ case against him for rioting crumbled, he is now being charged with “extremism,” which carries up to five years in prison.

“The danger hasn’t passed, it just looks a little different,” said Ilya Novikov, a lawyer representing Zhukov. “His situation hasn’t radically improved, because he still faces several years in prison.”

Novikov says Zhukov is cheerful enough, considering his circumstances. His name has been added to a government blacklist of extremists and terrorists. The terms of his house arrest mean he can’t use the Internet or receive visitors; he required special permission to have a barber come and cut his hair.

Zhukov lives with his parents, brother and grandmother; his father has worked in the Russian space program. Zhukov’s family is not commenting on the case.

Other protesters detained during opposition rallies have already been sentenced in rushed court proceedings. A blogger, Vladislav Sinitsa, was handed a five-year jail sentence for a tweet that prosecutors said threatened the children of law enforcement officers. A computer programmer, Konstantin Kotov, was given four years for repeatedly taking part in unauthorized rallies.

Shortly before Zhukov was placed under house arrest, he wrote an open letter from his jail cell. In it, Zhukov predicted that a change in Russia’s leadership would come as unexpectedly as his own arrest.

“What we once thought impossible will suddenly happen,” Zhukov wrote. “And in hindsight, it will appear to have been inevitable.”

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Jessica Jaymes, Porn Star And ‘Weeds’ Actor, Dies At Age 43

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Adult film star Jessica Jaymes, who appeared on Showtime’s “Weeds” and the HBO docuseries “Vivid Valley,” has died, according to reports. She was 43, according to several outlets, although a local newspaper reported her age as 40. 

Jaymes was found “unresponsive” at her San Fernando Valley home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office told People. The cause of death had not been reported.

LAPD Officer Tony Im told the Southern California News Group foul play was not suspected. EMS responded to a call for cardiac arrest at her address and she had a history of seizures, TMZ noted.

Jaymes had more than 906,000 followers on Instagram and appeared in more than 220 adult features and web scenes, according to Adult Video News.

Born Jessica Redding, the Anchorage, Alaska, native worked as a grammar school teacher before entering the porn industry, TMZ wrote. 

Jaymes was Hustler Video’s first contract model, Hustler magazine reported. In 2008 she co-founded the websites Spizoo.com and Spizcash.com, calling for “proper treatment” of porn industry performers. In 2018 she was inducted into the Adult Video News Hall of Fame.

Spizoo tweeted that she was kind, generous, creative and energetic, “a true star.”

Jaymes’ mainstream credits included a few episodes of the Mary-Louise Parker marijuana series “Weeds” on Showtime in 2007, the HBO porn docuseries “Vivid Valley” and guest appearances on “The Howard Stern Show.” 

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Vows ‘All-Out War’ if U.S. or Saudis Strike

A military strike against Iran by the United States or Saudi Arabia would result in “an all-out war,” Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Thursday, repeating his government’s denial of responsibility for an attack last week that damaged Saudi oil facilities.

The Houthi rebel faction in Yemen — supported by Iran in its fight against a Saudi-led coalition — claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack. But Saudi and American officials blamed Iran, raising the threat of military retaliation. But so far it is not clear how they will react.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out an “act of war” with the aerial attacks, but President Trump has appeared reluctant to order a military strike.

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“I’m making a very serious statement that we don’t want war; we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation,” Mr. Zarif told CNN in an interview. “But we won’t blink to defend our territory.”

Mr. Zarif said of the Houthis: “I cannot have any confidence that they did it, because we just had their statement. I know that we didn’t do it.”

Saudi officials said this week that they were examining drone and missile parts that they said were recovered from the attack sites. United States and Saudi officials said that the attack on the Abqaiq processing facility and Khurais oil field — viewed as the most destructive strike to Saudi Arabia since it opened an offensive in Yemen more than four years ago — did not come from the direction of Yemen, in the south, but from the direction of Iran, in the north.

The kingdom’s oil production fell more than 50 percent in the aftermath of the attacks.

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Dallas Cowboys’ Robert Quinn accuses media of twisting anthem protests message

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn was asked Wednesday whether he would raise a fist during the national anthem and used the opportunity to lambast the media over the national anthem protests.

Quinn, who is expected to be active in his return to the Cowboys after serving a two-game suspension, lectured reporters over why players started to protest during the national anthem and how the media allegedly twisted the message.

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“Why did the protest start?” Quinn asked reporters, according to the Dallas Morning-News. “Then what did you all turn it into? I’m asking you. You’re media, right? You all took the message and made it into what you all wanted to make it. Now, I could sit there and beat this over the head, beat this over the head.”

He added: “Again, I’m not going back writing the story. At the end of the day, y’all know what’s being done. Y’all see what’s being done about it. You want to know what I’m about, you come speak to me in my personal space, not at work. And you’ll see how I really roll.”

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Quinn is one of a handful of active NFL players still protesting during the national anthem. Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson and Carolina Panthers defensive back Eric Reid kneel during the anthem.

In December, when Quinn was with the Dolphins, he complained about the lack of coverage for his protest during the national anthem.

“Y’all ignore it. Because when I gave my first message on trying to bring unity, y’all swept it under the rug. It’s not me. When you don’t give a problematic story, y’all just ran away,” he said at the time, according to the Miami Herald.

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He vowed in an August 2018 Sports Illustrated profile that he wouldn’t stop protesting during the anthem “until they get rid of me.”

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Eli Manning’s ‘simple’ advice to Daniel Jones as he takes reins as New York Giants quarterback

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Eli Manning was asked Wednesday if he had any advice for rookie Daniel Jones, who will be making his first start as New York Giants quarterback Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants announced earlier in the week that the Duke product will be taking the reins after the team lost their first two games of the season. Manning talked about moving to a backup role behind Jones.

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“Throw it to the guy wearing the same jersey you are. Simple,” Manning said when asked about his advice to Jones, according to the New York Daily News.

Manning was then asked whether if this was the end for him.

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“I’m not dying and the season’s not over,” the two-time Super Bowl winner said. “There’s a lot to be positive about, a lot to be grateful for. I just have to accept my new role and make the best of it.”

Manning isn’t a stranger when it comes to replacing a veteran quarterback. He was tabbed as the starter in Week 11 of the 2004 season, replacing Kurt Warner. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions in a 14-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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From there, Manning would go on to start 232 of 233 regular-season games. The only game he missed was in 2017 when he was controversially benched for Geno Smith.

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James Carafano: Venezuela is still carrying out Chavez’s strategy to poison America, but Trump can stop it

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Venezuela continues to go down the drain. As the world wonders how thuggish Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro manages to cling to power, we received a fresh reminder that the problems plaguing Venezuelans started long before him.

It was Hugo Chávez, Maduro’s predecessor and mentor, who set Venezuela on the road to ruin almost two decades ago. We have also learned that, as part of that journey, Chávez initiated a campaign to flood the United States with cocaine. That’s just one more reason why the Trump administration must keep pressing to rid the Western Hemisphere of Chavismo.

U.S. federal prosecutors have claimed that, shortly before his death from cancer, Chávez directed his top lieutenants to work in tandem with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to weaken the U.S. via an epidemic of drugs. With Chávez’s backing, the guerillas became a major producer of hard drugs, distributing them to Latin American cartels and splitting the profits with el presidente and his cronies.

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Chávez’s handpicked successor, Maduro, inherited his criminal enterprise as well as the presidency. Today, it’s not just the support of China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba that keeps Maduro in power — it’s his criminal network and the cash it provides.

There is little doubt that the unholy alliance between the Venezuelan regime and FARC is still in operation. Recently, FARC guerrilla commander Luciano Marin — a key figure in the peace talks with Colombia — renounced the peace deal he helped broker and declared he was taking up arms again.

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Guess where he has been operating. If you said “Venezuela,” go to the head of the class. Maduro has declared that Marin and another guerrilla commander were “leaders of peace who would be welcomed in Venezuela.”

The documents filed by federal prosecutors were not public before this month. But the Trump administration has long labeled Maduro a de facto drug lord. One of the officials cited by prosecutors, Diosdado Cabello, was already under sanctions for trafficking and money laundering.

And it is not just the U.S. that suffers from the regime’s drug war on us. Colombia, Panama and several Caribbean states, have to deal with the debilitating influence of criminal cartels — their violence, mayhem and corrupting riches. Meanwhile, the entire region struggles under the responsibility of caring for the millions of Venezuelans who have fled from Maduro’s despotic and economically ruinous rule.

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Maduro has dug in deeper than an Alabama tick, but that shouldn’t deter the U.S. from continuing its campaign to isolate, punish, and hopefully convince the strongman to finally let go and let the people of Venezuela have a future.

When Ambassador John Bolton left as national security adviser, many assumed the administration’s interest in the people of Venezuela would go with him. That is unlikely to happen. Bolton may have pressed too hard and been too optimistic over how quickly the regime could be brought to heel.

Still, over the last two years, the U.S. has worked with a coalition of nations in the region who see clearly the dangers posed by the Maduro regime. It is important to keep that coalition together.

Only in partnership with these friends and allies can the continent banish the drug cartels, master migration issues, deal with dangerous transnational terrorists groups such as Hezbollah, promote economic freedom and regional growth, empower women, and keep destabilizing actors including China, Russia, Iran and Cuba at bay.

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The good guys of the Western Hemisphere can start by banding together at the United Nations General Assembly and making it clear that they won’t stand for this kind of bad behavior anymore. They could begin by protesting the very idea that the illegitimate Venezuelan regime should stand for election to the Human Rights Council. In fact, it is an embarrassment that Maduro’s people are recognized at all at the U.N.

Now is the time to say “no mas.”

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