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Renee Zellweger pays tribute to ‘courageous men and women in uniform’ during Oscar speech

Renee Zellweger made sure American military service members weren’t forgotten during her acceptance speech at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The 50-year-old won best actress for her performance as the late Hollywood icon Judy Garland in the biopic “Judy.” During her speech, Zellweger thanked the American military for their service.

“I have to say that this past year of conversations celebrating Judy Garland across genders and … I’m sorry, it’s across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us. No, the best among us who inspire us to find the best in ourselves,” said Zellweger.

“They unite us,” she continued. “When we look to our heroes, we agree, and that matters. Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, Dolores Huerta, Venus and Serena and Selena, Bob Dylan, Scorsese, Fred Rogers, Harriet Tubman. We agree on our teachers, and we agree on our courageous men and women in uniform who serve. We agree on our first responders and firefighters. When we celebrate our heroes, we’re reminded of who we are as one people united.”

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The actress also paid tribute to Garland, who passed away in 1969 at age 47 from a barbiturate overdose.

“No, Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time,” noted the star. “I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy that began on our film set. It’s also representative of the fact that her legacy of unique exceptionalism and inclusivity and generosity of spirit, it transcends any one artistic achievement. Miss Garland, you are certainly among the heroes who unite and define us, and this is certainly for you. I am so grateful.”

Zellweger also thanked her “immigrant folks,” who inspired her to pursue the American dream. She previously told People magazine her mother endured a difficult childhood in Norway during World War II. The outlet also noted her father immigrated from Switzerland.

“My immigrant folks who came here with nothing but each other and a belief in the American dream. How about this?” said Zellweger while holding her Oscar.

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Renee Zellweger stars as the late Hollywood icon in the biopic ‘Judy.’ (Official Teaser Trailer | Roadside Attractions)

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Before her Oscar win, Zellweger recalled her mother’s tumultuous upbringing before arriving in America.

“She was a tiny girl in World War II,” she explained to People magazine. “There’s a World War II museum in New Orleans, it’s an extraordinary experience. We walked it all and we were looking in the glass cases and my mom’s like, ‘Oh,’ and she pointed at a series of hand grenades. There were a bunch of hand grenades in the case and she said, ‘We used to play with those ones. Not those ones, not those ones, but those ones. We used to play with those!’“

“She was living in an occupied country and there were bullets falling from the sky and you had to run inside because that was part of your day. And you’d find one every now and then,” Zellweger continued. “It was a real treat apparently. ‘Don’t pull the pin! You better run!’ And when you think about that being your reality as a child, can you imagine the value system that you establish? And my brother and I have been the beneficiaries of that. She’s cool.”

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Russell Wilson’s Hair Just Had The Busiest 3 Days In History

Russell Wilson let his hair down over the weekend, and did a few other things to it as well.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback sported three different looks, the first of which prompted a Twitter meltdown.

After posting a shot of his longer, teased locks from the Tom Ford fashion show in Los Angeles with wife Ciara on Friday, the one-time Super Bowl champ got called out by many for a style fumble. Some people on Twitter compared his look to Prince, John Stamos and George Michael. (See the fun tweets below.)

“So this is what you’re doing w your extension money,” one user wrote, referring to the massive contract Russell signed recently.

Sure, some loved the new look as well.

On Sunday afternoon, the NFL star was spotted at his sister Anna’s Stanford senior day basketball game at Stanford University with a more tamped-down look.

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Cody Glenn via Getty Images Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joins his younger sister Anna Wilson #3 of the Stanford Cardinal to celebrate Senior Day with mother Tammy Wilson on February 9, 2020, in Palo Alto, California. 

And then at Sunday’s night’s Vanity Fair Oscars bash, Wilson flashed a small man bun.

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John Shearer via Getty Images Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California. 

If the Seahawks’ offense could change this fast, maybe the team could have advanced to the Super Bowl this time around. 

People on social media couldn’t get over that first ’do, though.

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What would the Iowa recanvass process look like?

With uncertainty still swirling around the results of the Iowa caucuses, the campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., indicated Sunday night that it will ask the party to recanvass parts of the state’s results, triggering a process many are unfamiliar with.

Less than an hour after the results posted Sunday, the Sanders campaign announced that it would seek a partial recanvass of some precincts in which there were apparent irregularities, Fox News has confirmed. The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) has allowed campaigns to call for a recanvass until Monday at 1 p.m. ET. The results released by the IDP show Sanders trailing Buttigieg by a small margin.

But what would a recanvass look like in Iowa? And how is it different from a recount?

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Precinct captain Carl Voss, of Des Moines, Iowa, holds his iPhone that shows the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus reporting app icon on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa. The app’s failure contributed to the confusion and irregularities in reporting caucus results. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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A recanvass involves simply checking the math used to tabulate the results from each caucus location. The IDP provides “Mathematics Worksheets” to caucus sites that would be consulted in the recount process, according to its delegate selection plan.

damning analysis by The New York Times last week found that the Iowa Democratic Party’s figures were full of apparent errors, in which vote numbers from several precincts did not match totals provided by the party, and in which numerous precincts seemingly didn’t follow caucus rules.

The recanvass requested by the Sanders campaign would likely focus on precincts where such irregularities have been reported rather than the entire state, as the campaign did confirm it would request a “partial” recanvass. The state party would provide the location for the recanvass and observers from the presidential campaigns or the public would be allowed in the room, according to the Des Moines Register.

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A recount, however, would involve going through each individual vote once again and tabulating the results of the caucus independent from the previous count. The party’s Delegate Selection Plan provides for the “Presidential Preference Cards” that record who each voter caucused for in both the first round and second round of the caucus to be preserved for this purpose, but they would not be used in a recanvass.

The Des Moines Register reported that a manual for the recanvass requires candidates to provide evidence of which precincts have irregularities. That should not be difficult for the Sanders campaign, which has already pointed out 14 precincts with results it questioned. It would also have to provide evidence in its request due Monday that the error or errors could have affected how many delegates the candidates will receive to the national convention this summer, the Register reported.

Currently, Buttigieg is slated to get 14 delegates and Sanders 12.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Andrew Craft contributed to this report. 

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XFL Week 1 recap: Rebooted football league returns to national spotlight

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The XFL made its return to the national spotlight over the weekend and received some positive reviews about the quality of play, unconventional rule changes and other things.

All of the teams were in action as several familiar faces took the field including, Matt McGloin for the New York Guardians, Cardale Jones for the DC Defenders and Matt Jones for the St. Louis BattleHawks. Bob Stoops, of the Dallas Renegades, and Jerry Glanville, of the Tampa Bay Vipers, also returned to the sidelines to coach their respective teams.

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Here were the scores from the weekend in the XFL.

DEFENDERS 31, DRAGONS 19

ROUGHNECKS 37, WILDCATS 17

GUARDIANS 23, VIPERS 3

BATTLEHAWKS 15, RENEGADES 9

Here are some moments you may have missed.

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FIRST XFL TOUCHDOWN: The Seattle Dragons put the first XFL touchdown on the board against the DC Defenders. Quarterback Brandon Silvers found Austin Proehl for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Proehl is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ricky Proehl – who was a two-time Super Bowl champion.

NICK HOLLEY BACK ON A FIELD: Nick Holley made his debut with the Houston Roughnecks on Saturday. He never found longevity in the NFL because of injuries. But after three torn ACLs and a broken back, he told FOX Sports’ Brock Huard why he keeps playing the game. He had four catches for 50 yards in the Roughnecks’ win.

DC DEFENDERS BLOCKED PUNT: The Defenders showed off their special teams’ prowess against the Dragons. In the second quarter, Defenders player Jonathan Celestin recovered a blocked punt and scored a touchdown. The score was a part of a high-scoring affair for DC.

FIRST XFL EJECTION: While the XFL had a bunch of firsts in its opening weekend, nobody probably saw the league’s first ejection happening. Tampa Bay Vipers defensive tackle Ricky Walker became the first player to get ejected when he threw a punch at New York Guardians center Ian Silberman.

FANS GET WEIRD: Guardians fans packed the lower bowl of MetLife Stadium for the first game of the season. There was one moment where fans were spotted eating cheese straight out of the plastic wrapping and looking directly into the camera. It caught even the broadcasters off guard.

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Here is the schedule for Week 2 of the XFL.

FEB 15: Guardians @ Defenders

FEB 15: Vipers @ Dragons

FEB 16: Renegades @ BattleHawks

FEB 16: Defenders @ Wildcats

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Who was the first to live in the White House?

As the country gets set to commemorate Presidents Day, it’s time to reflect on the most famous address in the world: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington.

That’s the White House — the president’s official residence in the nation’s capital.

The first president, George Washington, chose the location in 1791, but never lived there.

John Adams and his wife, Abigail, were the first occupants of the President’s House, moving into the unfinished structure in 1800.

Fourteen years later, British troops burned it to the ground during the War of 1812.

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George Washington chose the location for the White House, but he never lived there. (iStock)

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The original architect, Irish-born James Hoban, was appointed to rebuild the house, and President James Monroe and his wife, Dolley, took residence in 1817.

The building’s South Portico was constructed during Monroe’s administration in 1824.

The North Portico was built in 1829 under President Andrew Jackson.

Construction of the Oval Office — the president’s work quarters — took place in 1909 when Howard Taft was president as part of a project to expand the executive wing.

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In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Ellen, planted the outdoor White House Rose Garden, the backdrop for press conferences, bill signings and special ceremonies.

The White House Residence comprises 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, and has six levels. Additionally, there are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators.

Painters need 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside surfaces.

President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901 on his presidential stationery.

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It remains the only private residence of a head of state open to public visitors without an admission charge.

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Jim Daly: Valentine’s Day — What dads want

Valentine’s Day is traditionally reserved for romantic dinners, flowers, chocolate and clothing the world in red. It’s a time to express devotion and appreciation to our significant other.

But parenthood often changes us in ways big and small, readjusting our values and priorities, even on a holiday set aside for amorous fun.

The origin of Valentine’s Day is one of those traditions enshrouded in mystery – part history and part legend. Some people believe the Catholic Church reimagined the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia, which was held each February 15th – and instead refocused attention on Saint Valentine, a martyred priest who defied the emperor’s orders and married lovers in secret.

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Regardless of where the facts end and the fiction begins, Valentine’s Day has become big business. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $27.4 billion this year – up from just over $20 billion in 2019.

That’s a lot of chocolate and red roses!

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Cute little girl celebrating Valentine’s day with parents, family and herself, holding heart shape decorations, home interior.

But what do men really want for Valentine’s Day – especially fathers?

More than anything, men want to be loved and respected by their wives – and loved by their children, to the point their kids enjoy spending time with them.

Society often depicts fathers as bumbling fools, but being a dad is hard work. The demands they feel are very real – there’s the boss at the office and the bills that never stop.

Just when you think you’re getting ahead, the hot water heater blows out or the car breaks down. After a long day of work, you have to referee squabbles at home, taxi kids to practices and spend your Saturday mornings down at the ballfield.

More than anything, men want to be loved and respected by their wives – and loved by their children, to the point their kids enjoy spending time with them.

And if you don’t work, the kids won’t eat and the mortgage will be foreclosed on – so, no pressure.

But the parenting season is so brief and so quick that it’s only the short-sighted father who doesn’t try to maximize time with his kids. So, good dads keep trying to find points of connection with the family.

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As someone who grew up in a dysfunctional home – my father was abusive to my mother and abandoned us when I was five – I’m acutely aware of what kids want because I know what I missed.

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So, I parent out of my pain. I’m eager to spend time with my sons, Trent and Troy, doing the things they love and the things we love doing together.

We love to camp, ride our ATVs, ski and go to ballgames. We have special memories of hunting and fishing in Colorado’s aspen and pine forests or up in Big Sky Country in Montana.

Both of my boys are in their late teens now, and if I could, I would turn back the clock and relive highlights of the past.

But I can’t. None of us can.

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Time is the world’s most precious and yet fleeting commodity. We all get the same amount of it each day, yet we sometimes seem to think everybody else has more of it than we do.

I don’t know where you’re at this Valentine’s Day week. Gallup recently suggested the majority of people are happy with their economic status – but what about life at home with your family?

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Maybe you’re struggling with your spouse or wishing you could spend more time with your kids. Healing wounds is never easy – but it’s always worth the time and effort.

As a Christian father, I want my boys to love God and have a personal relationship with the Creator and Savior of the world.

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“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth,” the apostle John wrote.

What does this father want this year? To say thank you and happy Valentine’s day to my beautiful wife, Jean. She has been there for me and our boys through good times and bad. I want to thank her for her love and bask in her love reflected back at me. THAT is the best Valentine’s gift of all.

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Sally Pipes: Coronavirus could break ‘Medicare-for-all’ — single-payer systems struggle with outbreaks

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On Jan. 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the head of the president’s Task Force on the Novel Coronavirus, declared a public health emergency in response to the global outbreak of the pathogen. The coronavirus has claimed more than 600 lives around the world so far, including that of Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first warned of its potential dangers.

There are more than 31,000 reported coronavirus cases worldwide, including 12 in the United States. Though the pathogen has reached our shores, U.S. health officials have told Americans they don’t need to worry.

Countries with single-payer health care may have a more difficult time. In the not-too-distant past, Canada and the United Kingdom have struggled to handle outbreaks of everything from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the seasonal flu.

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That’s largely because these countries’ government-run, “Medicare-for-all”-style systems lack enough health care personnel, hospital beds and other resources to meet the needs of their populations even in good times. A public health threat like a pandemic can stretch single-payer health care to its breaking point.

First identified in Wuhan, China, the novel coronavirus causes a potentially deadly form of viral pneumonia. The pathogen belongs to the same family as SARS, which caused a global pandemic nearly two decades ago.

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Containing pathogens like the novel coronavirus requires fast action and close coordination among physicians, hospitals and public health officials. That’s tough to do when there aren’t enough doctors or hospital beds to accommodate the sick.

During the first six months of 2019, nearly half of the Canadian province of Ontario’s acute care hospitals were over 100 percent capacity, according to an analysis conducted by CBC News. Almost one-fourth of the province’s hospitals averaged 100 percent capacity — or more — over that period.

As the CBC reported last month, “Overcrowding has become so common in Ontario hospitals that patient beds are now placed in hallways and conference rooms not only at times of peak demand, but routinely day after day.”

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That kind of crowding could make quarantining patients difficult, if not impossible, in the midst of an outbreak. Leaving someone with coronavirus in a hallway could expose countless patients and staff to the highly contagious pathogen.

Canada has experienced this kind of thing firsthand, during the SARS pandemic of 2002-2003. Nearly 375 people contracted SARS in Ontario, 44 of whom died. For context, SARS infected just 27 people in the United States — and killed none.

According to the final report of the Canadian government’s SARS Commission, 72 percent of Canadians infected with SARS contracted the disease “in a health care setting.” Forty-five percent of that group were health care workers.

The report laid the blame squarely on Canada’s “public health and emergency infrastructures,” which “were in a sorry state of decay.” Another government report concurred, saying the Canadian health care system “lacked adequate resources, was professionally impoverished and was generally incapable of fulfilling its mandate.”

Single-payer systems don’t just struggle with pandemics. Every year, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) struggles to treat patients during flu season.

Single-payer systems don’t just struggle with pandemics. Every year, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) struggles to treat patients during flu season. The British press calls this perennial disaster “the winter crisis.”

During the 2018-2019 winter, one in four patients waited more than four hours in major emergency departments. That year those departments were so crowded that over 11 percent of ambulances carrying patients were kept waiting outside hospitals for more than 30 minutes.

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In January 2018, the NHS postponed some 55,000 operations because of an outbreak of seasonal illnesses like the flu. One doctor in central England apologized for what he called “third-world conditions,” including 12-hour waits and patients being treated in corridors at his hospital. Another physician likened the scene in his London hospital to “battlefield medicine.”

The Canadian and British health care systems show just how hard it can be to battle an outbreak under single-payer. Let’s not replicate their experiences by adopting “Medicare-for-all.”

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Sally Pipes: Coronavirus could break ‘Medicare-for-all’ — single-payer systems struggle with outbreaks

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On Jan. 31, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the head of the president’s Task Force on the Novel Coronavirus, declared a public health emergency in response to the global outbreak of the pathogen. The coronavirus has claimed more than 600 lives around the world so far, including that of Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first warned of its potential dangers.

There are more than 31,000 reported coronavirus cases worldwide, including 12 in the United States. Though the pathogen has reached our shores, U.S. health officials have told Americans they don’t need to worry.

Countries with single-payer health care may have a more difficult time. In the not-too-distant past, Canada and the United Kingdom have struggled to handle outbreaks of everything from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the seasonal flu.

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That’s largely because these countries’ government-run, “Medicare-for-all”-style systems lack enough health care personnel, hospital beds and other resources to meet the needs of their populations even in good times. A public health threat like a pandemic can stretch single-payer health care to its breaking point.

First identified in Wuhan, China, the novel coronavirus causes a potentially deadly form of viral pneumonia. The pathogen belongs to the same family as SARS, which caused a global pandemic nearly two decades ago.

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Containing pathogens like the novel coronavirus requires fast action and close coordination among physicians, hospitals and public health officials. That’s tough to do when there aren’t enough doctors or hospital beds to accommodate the sick.

During the first six months of 2019, nearly half of the Canadian province of Ontario’s acute care hospitals were over 100 percent capacity, according to an analysis conducted by CBC News. Almost one-fourth of the province’s hospitals averaged 100 percent capacity — or more — over that period.

As the CBC reported last month, “Overcrowding has become so common in Ontario hospitals that patient beds are now placed in hallways and conference rooms not only at times of peak demand, but routinely day after day.”

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That kind of crowding could make quarantining patients difficult, if not impossible, in the midst of an outbreak. Leaving someone with coronavirus in a hallway could expose countless patients and staff to the highly contagious pathogen.

Canada has experienced this kind of thing firsthand, during the SARS pandemic of 2002-2003. Nearly 375 people contracted SARS in Ontario, 44 of whom died. For context, SARS infected just 27 people in the United States — and killed none.

According to the final report of the Canadian government’s SARS Commission, 72 percent of Canadians infected with SARS contracted the disease “in a health care setting.” Forty-five percent of that group were health care workers.

The report laid the blame squarely on Canada’s “public health and emergency infrastructures,” which “were in a sorry state of decay.” Another government report concurred, saying the Canadian health care system “lacked adequate resources, was professionally impoverished and was generally incapable of fulfilling its mandate.”

Single-payer systems don’t just struggle with pandemics. Every year, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) struggles to treat patients during flu season.

Single-payer systems don’t just struggle with pandemics. Every year, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) struggles to treat patients during flu season. The British press calls this perennial disaster “the winter crisis.”

During the 2018-2019 winter, one in four patients waited more than four hours in major emergency departments. That year those departments were so crowded that over 11 percent of ambulances carrying patients were kept waiting outside hospitals for more than 30 minutes.

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In January 2018, the NHS postponed some 55,000 operations because of an outbreak of seasonal illnesses like the flu. One doctor in central England apologized for what he called “third-world conditions,” including 12-hour waits and patients being treated in corridors at his hospital. Another physician likened the scene in his London hospital to “battlefield medicine.”

The Canadian and British health care systems show just how hard it can be to battle an outbreak under single-payer. Let’s not replicate their experiences by adopting “Medicare-for-all.”

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