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Iowa Forum Will Spotlight Presidential Candidates’ Plans To Fix Democracy

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Things in Washington aren’t working right now. 

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates on political spending, giving outsize influence to corporations and wealthy donors who often face no accountability because their contributions are allowed to remain secret. 

Today, not surprisingly, Americans have less and less trust in government. A majority see corruption as a significant problem and want major changes to the political system. 

But what would those changes look like? And is it even possible to make them happen?

On Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3:00 p.m. Central time in Des Moines, Iowa, HuffPost’s Kevin Robillard and I will be talking with four of the Democratic presidential candidates ― Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) ― about their plans to address the dominance of big money in politics, protect the right to vote, ensure fair courts and create a democracy that the American people believe works for them.

The We The People 2020: Protecting our Democracy a Decade After Citizens United forum will be sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Common Cause, End Citizens United Action Fund, MoveOn Political Action, NAACP, People For the American Way, Progress Iowa and Public Citizen.

The candidates will present their plans for structural change and will take questions both from the moderators and the audience. 

A livestream of the event will be available on HuffPost that day. Please mark your calendars and tune in. 

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Canadian C.E.O. Tweets His Anger at U.S. Over Jet Downed in Iran

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Michael McCain, the chief executive of a Canadian meat processor, Maple Leaf Foods, strongly criticized President Trump and his foreign policy on Twitter on Sunday night.

In tweets published on the company’s official account but signed by him, Mr. McCain blamed “U.S. government leaders” and “a narcissist in Washington” for policies that led to last week’s downing of a jetliner near Tehran, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians.

Among the dead, Mr. McCain said, was the family of a Maple Leaf Foods colleague.

The plane was shot down as tensions escalated after the United States killed an Iranian military commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. Iranian leaders eventually conceded that they had shot the aircraft down and said it was a human error.

The statements, from the head of a large Canadian company, were a rare show of political anger from the corporate world, where executives tend to stay out of the fray. The tweets stated that they were personal reflections.

Maple Leaf Foods confirmed that Mr. McCain had written the statements, and said he would not comment further. “Michael would prefer to let the messages in his tweets speak for themselves,” the company said in an email. “He felt the tragedy warranted his response.”

“I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry,” Mr. McCain wrote. “A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran.”

“U.S. government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes,” he continued.

The statement did not use Mr. Trump’s name. Mr. McCain said a “narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishment apart; destabilizes region.” This had made the United States “unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq” and the “collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior” meant that “63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11 year old son)!” he said.

Mr. McCain, who has worked for Maple Leaf Foods since 1995 and became the chief executive in February, signed off saying: “We are mourning and I am livid. Michael McCain.”

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Rep. Chip Roy: California’s homeless crisis could be migrating to Austin – Here’s how to tackle it

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In my hometown, the phrase “Keep Austin Weird,” popularized on T-shirts and bumper stickers, symbolizes the funky, and historically offbeat, culture of the people and businesses of Texas’ capital city. But over the past several months, an ordinance approved by the Austin City Council and defended by Mayor Steve Adler has produced “tent cities” for the homeless and a surge in violent crime.

As droves of Californians move to Texas for jobs, it appears they and their values are turning parts of Austin from merely “weird” to potentially dangerous mirror images of failed California cities.

Beginning last July, the city implemented a new policy allowing homeless people to sleep and camp in public spaces. To be clear, we should do all we can in our community to make sure everyone has a home. But this policy does nothing to address the growing problem of housing affordability in Austin, has endangered the community, and is a bandaid approach that actually perpetuates homelessness.

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News from California about that state’s housing problems provides clear evidence that allowing the homeless to camp in the open creates public health and safety crises. Poor sanitation for homeless individuals living on the streets led to an outbreak of Hepatitis A in 2017 that grew to include communities up and down the state.

It is one of the reasons that so many Californians are seeking refuge in the state of Texas.

The residents of Austin deserve to walk the streets in safety and peace — and the homeless themselves deserve better than the “promise” of a tent in a public park.

As the congressman representing much of downtown Austin, I have seen and heard the impact of the homeless problem. Local business owners have told me about their increased security needs and of finding needles in their parking lots. These developments not only endanger the local community but also will have an impact on visitors’ perceptions of the city, threatening the vitally important tourism dollars that come to Austin every year.

The changes in Austin came at the same time that the downtown area experienced an 18 percent increase in violent crime during the first 10 months of 2019.

The tragic incidents of last week—when a homeless man fatally stabbed two individuals at a restaurant and subsequently died of his own injuries—speak to the trauma the homeless problem causes for all Austin residents, including the homeless themselves.

In response to the murders last week and the surge in violent crime in downtown Austin, Gov. Abbott wisely directed the Texas Department of Public Safety Thursday to patrol sections of downtown, as well as areas near the University of Texas campus.

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The city can and must do better to solve the problems of homelessness and make sure all Austin residents feel safe. City officials and community organizations can work together to provide individuals with access to temporary shelters, mental health care, and social services that will provide not just short-term assistance to displaced individuals, but long-term plans to get them in stable, permanent housing.

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More broadly, Austin must do a better job on the issue of housing affordability. As one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, our housing stock must grow to accommodate our burgeoning population. Otherwise, a shortage of houses will push prices and rents ever-upward, making any “solutions” to the homeless problems temporary and short-lived.

Anti-growth zoning restrictions and crushingly burdensome tax rates do not help “solve” the problem rather— as we have seen in recent weeks, have only created more problems by increasing the homeless population.

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As a proud Texan who once enjoyed living downtown – I know our city can come together to solve this problem. The residents of Austin deserve to walk the streets in safety and peace—and the homeless themselves deserve better than the “promise” of a tent in a public park.

Working together, we can prevent California’s homeless and housing crises from migrating to Texas’ capital.

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2021 GMC Canyon pickup debuts with new face

GMC’s small pickup will soon look more like its big ones.

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The midsize Canyon is being updated for 2021 by swapping its rectangular grille for a larger, six-sided version that resembles the one on the Sierra 1500, along with some other minor styling tweaks.

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The 2020 Canyon features the same rectangular grille the model has featured since its debut in 2015. (GMC)

Along with the fresh exterior styling, the Canyon All Terrain model is being rebooted as the AT4, which is an off-road trim level that’s already been introduced on the Sierra and Acadia SUV.

The AT4 package includes unique 17-inch wheels with 31-inch all-terrain tires, off-road shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, a skid plate for the transfer case and a set of red tow hooks.

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GMC said the top of the line Canyon Denali will be the most luxurious version yet, with features like chrome steps and open-pore ash wood trim, but has not yet released any photos.

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A carryover 308 hp 3.6-liter V6 will be standard on both models, which can also be equipped with the Canyon’s 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

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Pricing and information about other Canyon models will be available closer to its launch later this year.

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WATCH LIVE: Presidential Candidates Lay Out Plans To Fix Democracy At Iowa Forum

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Things in Washington aren’t working right now. 

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates on political spending, giving outsize influence to corporations and wealthy donors who often face no accountability because their contributions are allowed to remain secret. 

Today, not surprisingly, Americans have less and less trust in government. A majority see corruption as a significant problem and want major changes to the political system. 

But what would those changes look like? And is it even possible to make them happen?

On Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3:00 p.m. Central time in Des Moines, Iowa, HuffPost’s Kevin Robillard and I will be talking with six of the Democratic presidential candidates ― Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mnn.), Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) ― about their plans to address the dominance of big money in politics, protect the right to vote, ensure fair courts and create a democracy that the American people believe works for them.

The We The People 2020: Protecting our Democracy a Decade After Citizens United forum will be sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Common Cause, End Citizens United Action Fund, MoveOn Political Action, NAACP, People For the American Way, Progress Iowa and Public Citizen.

The candidates will present their plans for structural change and will take questions both from the moderators and the audience. 

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Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.

Mr. Barr’s appeal was an escalation of an ongoing fight between the Justice Department and Apple pitting personal privacy against public safety.

“This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access to digital evidence,” Mr. Barr said, calling on Apple and other technology companies to find a solution and complaining that Apple has provided no “substantive assistance.”

Apple has given investigators materials from the iCloud account of the gunman, Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi air force training with the American military, who killed three sailors and wounded eight others on Dec. 6. But the company has refused to help the F.B.I. open the phones themselves, which would undermine its claims that its phones are secure.

Justice Department officials said that they need access to Mr. Alshamrani’s phones to see messages from encrypted apps like Signal or WhatsApp to determine whether he had discussed his plans with others at the base and whether he was acting alone or with help.

“The evidence shows that the shooter was motivated by jihadist ideology,” Mr. Barr said, citing a message that Mr. Alshamrani posted on last year’s anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks warning that “the countdown has begun.” He also visited the 9/11 memorial in New York over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mr. Alshamrani also posted anti-American, anti-Israeli and jihadist messages on social media, including just two hours before he attacked the base, Mr. Barr said.

Mr. Barr turned up the pressure on Apple a week after the F.B.I.’s top lawyer, Dana Boente, asked the company for help searching Mr. Alshamrani’s iPhones. Apple said that it would turn over only the data it had, implying that it would not work to unlock the phones and hand over the private data on them.

Apple’s stance set the company on a collision course with a Justice Department that has grown increasingly critical of encryption that makes it impossible for law enforcement to search devices or wiretap phone calls.

The confrontation echoed the legal standoff over an iPhone used by a gunman who killed 14 people in a terrorism attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in late 2015. Apple defied a court order to assist the F.B.I. in its efforts to search his device, setting off a fight over whether privacy that was enabled by impossible-to-crack encryption harmed public safety.

As in the investigation into the Pensacola shooting, the San Bernardino gunman, Syed Rizwan Farook, was also dead and no longer had a right to privacy. In both cases, law enforcement officials worked to piece together a clear motive and any ties to extremist groups.

The San Bernardino dispute was resolved when the F.B.I. found a private company to bypass the iPhone’s encryption. Tensions between the two sides, however, remained; and Apple worked to ensure that neither the government nor private contractors could open its phones.

Mr. Alshamrani’s phones are also of interest because he tried to destroy them at some point before he began firing, according to a Justice Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Justice Department officials have long pushed for a legislative solution to the problem of “going dark,” law enforcement’s term for how increasingly secure phones have made it harder to solve crimes, and the Pensacola investigation gives them a prominent chance to make their case.

But the F.B.I. has been bruised by Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated complaints that former officials plotted to undercut his presidency and by a major inspector general’s report last month that revealed serious errors with aspects of the Russia investigation. A broad bipartisan consensus among lawmakers allowing the bureau to broaden its surveillance authorities is most likely elusive.

But much has also changed for Apple in the years since Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, excoriated the Obama administration publicly and privately in 2014 for attacking strong encryption. Obama officials who were upset by Apple’s stance on privacy, along with its decision to shelter billions of dollars in offshore accounts and make its products almost exclusively in China, aired those grievances quietly.

Now Apple is fighting the Trump administration, and President Trump has shown far more willingness to publicly criticize companies and public figures. When he recently claimed falsely that Apple had opened a manufacturing plant in Texas at his behest, the company stayed remained silent rather than correct him.

At the same time, Apple has financially benefited more under Mr. Trump than under President Barack Obama. It reaped a windfall from the Trump administration’s tax cuts, and Mr. Trump said he might shield Apple from the country’s tariff war with China.

Even so, people close to the company say that Apple will not back down from its unequivocal support of encryption that is impossible to crack.

Mr. Barr indicated on Monday that he is ready for a sharp fight.

He had said last month that finding a way for law enforcement to gain access to encrypted technology was one of the Justice Department’s “highest priorities.”

Mr. Alshamrani, who was killed at the scene of the attack, came to the United States in 2017 and soon started strike-fighter training in Florida. Investigators believe he may have been influenced by extremists as early as 2015.

The investigation into the shooting also found that some Saudi students training with the American military in Pensacola had ties to extremist movements while others possessed pornography, which is forbidden in Saudi Arabia. About a dozen trainees will be sent back to Saudi Arabia as a result.

Investigators have not found evidence to suggest that any of those students knew about Mr. Alshamrani’s contact with extremist groups or his mass shooting plan.

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Delta Air Lines pledges $250,000 toward Australian wildfire relief

The ongoing bushfires in Australia have been devastating, to say the least, with at least 24 reported deaths, thousands of homes lost, and hundreds of thousands — if not in the millions — of animals killed.

Some 12 million acres have been affected, drawing worldwide attention.

Now Delta Air Lines is doing its part to contribute to fight the devastation. The Atlanta-based carrier announced Monday it will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the Australian Red Cross as part of disaster response and humanitarian relief.

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The Atlanta-based carrier announced Monday it will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the Australian Red Cross as part of disaster response and humanitarian relief. (Delta)

“The record-breaking bushfires have been devastating for many Australians, and Delta has partnered with the American Red Cross and the Australian Red Cross to target resources to help provide immediate assistance to those areas hardest hit,” Tad Hutcheson, the managing director of community engagement for Delta, said in a statement.

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The collaboration is nothing new. The American Red Cross is Delta’s longest-standing nonprofit partner, which has allowed the airline, its employees and customers to help people in need since 1941. Delta employees participate in corporate blood drives throughout the year, making Delta the largest corporate sponsor of American Red Cross blood drives with 13,064 pints collected in the fiscal year 2019.

Delta customers can support the disaster relief efforts in Australia by donating through Delta-branded microsite partnership with the American Red Cross, which is working with the Australian Red Cross.

Customers also can donate miles to the American Red Cross through its SkyWish program, the charitable arm of Delta’s SkyMiles frequent flyer program, which allows Delta and its SkyMiles members to donate miles to charitable organizations worldwide.

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora to face harsh discipline in multiple MLB scandals: report

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is reportedly facing harsh punishment for his role in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal during the team’s 2017 World Series-winning season as well as a separate video scandal.

Cora served as a bench coach during the 2017 season and when Major League Baseball’s ruling on the cheating scandal dropped Monday, it appeared that he was going to get hammered with discipline, sources told ESPN.

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Cora allegedly was involved in setting up the Astros’ sophisticated sign-stealing system which involved a camera in center field and a team employee banging on a trash can to alert batters of potential breaking balls. According to a report from The Athletic in November, Cora played a “key role” in the system.

Cora has not been disciplined but will likely face penalties upon the conclusion of the investigation into Boston’s own video-replay scandal, which allegedly occurred in 2018 during their own World Series title run.

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Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Aug. 15, 2018. (Getty Images)

Some players would use the video replay room to steal signs between opposing pitchers and catchers during games in 2018, The Athletic reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources who said they were with the organization during the championship season. Boston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers that year.

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The sources told The Athletic that the team wasn’t able to do it in the postseason because of in-person monitors used by Major League Baseball (MLB) in those games.

It’s unclear when Cora’s punishment will come down.

Major League Baseball suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one year as part of the discipline for stealing signs.

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“I find that the conduct of the Astros, and its senior baseball operations executives, merits significant discipline,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said as part of the ruling. “I base this finding on the fact that the club’s senior baseball operations executives were given express notice in September 2017 that I would hold them accountable for violations of our policies covering sign stealing, and those individuals took no action to ensure that the club’s players and staff complied with those policies during the 2017 postseason and the 2018 regular season.

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues a strike three call with umpire Joe West during the fifth inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

“The conduct described herein has caused fans, players, executives at other MLB clubs, and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated. And while it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game.”

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Hinch and Luhnow are banned from performing any business on behalf of the Astros and will not be allowed in any major, minor or spring training facility.

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Winter weather hits Seattle as Northwest storm brings ‘treacherous’ travel impacts, power outages

Thousands of residents across the Pacific Northwest were without power on Monday after a storm system brought heavy snow to the region, part of an active stretch of rough weather over the next couple of days.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said a steady onshore flow will aid in production precipitation as pair of storm systems track through Washington and Oregon, bringing heavy snow.

“Big storms across the Pacific Northwest, that’s one spot to pay attention to,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “Fox & Friends.” “Higher elevations, maybe a whole lot of snow. Right along the coast, just heavy rain.”

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Forecasts said that snowfall will be measured in feet in the Cascades, the Northern Sierra Nevada, Northeast Oregon, Northern and Central Idaho, before impacts shift further east into Western Wyoming, North-Central Utah and the Colorado Rockies.

“Wintry weather is the headliner with numerous Winter Storms Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories in effect from the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, eastward to the Central Rockies,” the NWS said.

The region’s first major winter storm of the season spawned widespread warnings about forceful winds, snow dumps and freezing temperatures. The Seattle metro area has been under winter weather advisories until late Monday as they may pick up several inches of snow.

“Expect treacherous and icy travel conditions in these affected areas,” the WPC said.

The heavy, wet snow in the Seattle area was causing numerous problems, including school closures, as power lines and trees came down, according to Q13FOX. Some 12,000 customers were without power in the Seattle region due to the heavy snow, while around 3,000 additional customers were without lights in western Washington into parts of Idaho.

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A 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 2 was also closed at Stevens Pass due to downed limbs and power lines.

The Portland metro area was also bracing for a possible round of snow in the coming days that will be coupled with below-freezing temperatures.

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Several accidents were reported on Sunday as snow fell in parts of Oregon. (Oregon State Police)

Several crashes were reported Sunday in Oregon as snow was reported in central areas of the state along U.S. Highway 97.

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Many in the Portland area were preparing whatever may come later this week.

Jake Doherty, an employee at an Ace Hardware store in Lake Oswego, Ore., told FOX12 the store had already gone through half a pallet of ice melt by Sunday afternoon.

“As soon as the snowflakes start to come down, we really see people come in,” Doherty told FOX12. “It’s a pretty big surge of people, which is always fun. It’s fun to get everyone what they need and out the door safely.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders Told Elizabeth Warren A Woman Couldn’t Win, Report Says

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a private meeting in 2018 that he didn’t think a woman could win the 2020 presidential election, four anonymous sources familiar with the exchange told CNN.

Monday’s CNN report was based on accounts from two people Warren spoke with soon after her December 2018 sit-down with Sanders and two other people familiar with the meeting, which the two senators held to discuss the possibility that they would both be running for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

After Warren told Sanders she believed that broad support from female voters would make her a strong competitor against President Donald Trump, Sanders allegedly responded that he did not believe a woman could win.

The Vermont senator issued a strong rebuke of how CNN’s sources characterized his remarks. 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren reportedly made a pact not to disparage each other on the campaign trail.

“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” he said. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”

Warren’s campaign did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. It also declined to comment to CNN.

The report comes amid rising tension between the two candidates’ campaigns. On Saturday, Politico published some of the scripts that Sanders’ campaign gave volunteers. Talking points included claims that “people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that “she’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”

The story raised some eyebrows given that Warren and Sanders are longtime friends. According to CNN’s report, the two agreed during that December meeting to avoid attacking one another.

Warren fired back against the Sanders campaign scripts on Sunday.

“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Warren told reporters after a town hall meeting. “Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time. … I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”

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