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New Hampshire Officials Taking Every Step To Avoid Iowa Chaos At Primary

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire voters rarely rubber-stamp the results of the Iowa caucuses. And they won’t follow the lead of Iowa’s chaotic caucuses when votes are counted and reported from the state’s first-in-the-nation primary, state officials said Thursday.

Both New Hampshire officials and outside experts agree the state is unlikely to experience the problems that plagued Iowa’s Monday contest for a variety of reasons: The New Hampshire primaries are run by towns and cities, not the political parties. Voters mark paper ballots, which are counted by hand or by machines that are not connected to the internet. Local election officials announce results to the public and the media on election night, and their handwritten tallies are delivered to the secretary of state’s office by state police the next morning.

As Secretary of State Bill Gardner is fond of saying, “You can’t hack a pencil.”

“We’ve kept it simple. I’ve always preached that the more moving parts that you have in the election process, the more room there is for something to not function right,” he said earlier this week.

At a news conference Thursday, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and others described the state’s election preparedness and security for the Feb. 11 primary. New Hampshire has more than 6,000 local election workers who are trained by the secretary of state’s office. On Election Day, inspectors from the attorney general’s office will visit each of the state’s 300-plus polling places and will have a team of attorneys responding to calls to a hotline for reporting problems.

“The 2020 presidential primary will take place against the backdrop of New Hampshire’s long history of conducting elections that are fair, with complete integrity, well run and with a very high level of voter participation,” he said.

Iowa kicked off the presidential nominating contests, but the results remained muddied days later by reporting delays. Officials initially attributed the delays to technical problems with an app that precinct chairs were supposed to use to record votes, then to backlogs as those volunteers tried to call in their totals.

Eddie Perez, global director of technology development for the OSET Institute, an election technology research organization, said he expects things will be different in New Hampshire because “so many of the process failures that happened in Iowa and the uncertainty that resulted were really due to the uniqueness of the mobile app they were using, which of course is not going to be operative in New Hampshire.”

If something big goes wrong, the Statehouse will be opened that night to the media and campaigns so officials can keep the public informed, said Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan. But he and others said that was highly unlikely. Not only has New Hampshire had the first presidential primary for 100 years, it also elects its governor and 424-member Legislature every two years, meaning local election officials get lots of practice.

“What you’re hearing today about the incredible details that go into this process, the checks and the balances … this is typically how New Hampshire runs its elections year after year after year,” said Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said. “We do it right, and frankly we do it better than anybody else does.”

David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, agreed that New Hampshire “almost certainly” will not have problems like Iowa, in large part because the primary is run by state and municipal election officials. But he does see room for improvement. Most other states that use paper ballots perform audits to check results before certifying them, he said, but New Hampshire does not.

“It’s very good to have a check on the machine, not just for malware, but for the much greater likelihood that machines sometimes malfunction,” he said.

Michele Courser, the town clerk in Warner, said she doesn’t anticipate any problems. The town has about 2,100 registered voters, and poll workers count ballots by hand.

“There’s always pressure, but we know how we’re supposed to be running it, so as long as we’re running it that way, we’re not going to have issues,” she said.

In Tamworth, former longtime town moderator George Cleveland said he did sometimes worry about elderly eyesight coupled with poor lighting as poll workers counted ballots. And there was that one year when the ballot box went on a bit of an adventure.

Cleveland, the grandson of President Grover Cleveland, said election officials had a long-standing tradition of going out to eat after the polls closed and before counting ballots. One year, he put the box in the police chief’s car, figuring that was as safe a place as any. It was a great idea, until the chief got called away to respond to a car accident, and drove off with the ballots.

“After that, we started having dinner brought in,” he said.

Catch up on the 2020 election campaign with AP experts on our weekly politics podcast, “Ground Game.”

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Greg Gutfeld fires back at critics of Trump’s post-impeachment remarks: ‘I would be screaming’

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The Five” hosts responded Thursday to outrage over President Trump’s triumphant speech at the White House, in which he railed against “vicious” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hours after his historic acquittal in the Senate.

“I have a piece of advice for these people: If you want to get Trump out of the White House, here is an easy strategy. Wait five years. That’s all you have to do,” co-host Greg Gutfeld said.

Greeted by thunderous applause and a standing ovation by his supporters, the president declared “we went through hell” but described the moment as a “celebration” — repeating, as he did throughout the impeachment inquiry and trial, that he “did nothing wrong.”

TRUMP PROUDLY DISPLAYS ‘ACQUITTED’ HEADLINES, MERE FEET FROM PELOSI AT PRAYER BREAKFAST

Trump turned his rhetorical fire on those who prosecuted the impeachment case and other investigations against him. He called Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “horrible” and “vicious” people.

“It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars. This should never, ever happen to another president, ever,” Trump said. “It was a disgrace.”

He detailed the timeline of investigations, remarking of the Russia probe: “It was all bulls—.”

“People are upset about the presser,” Gutfeld responded. “I would’ve been worse. I mean, three years…I would be screaming — I would be using much worse language. I thought that the presser was hilarious, it was great. He was right to say everything.”

TRUMP SPEAKS OUT AFTER SENATE ACQUITTAL: ‘IT WAS A DISGRACE’

Guest host Lawrence Jones said he understood the president’s anger, adding that he has earned the right to “gloat” after he emerged from the impeachment process with a “total acquittal.”

“They destroyed this man’s family, went after everyone in the cabinet, every business associate,” Jones said. “They used political pressure in the prosecution to squeeze people on false charges that had nothing to do with collusion. They destroyed everyone that was associated with the president. So, of course, he’s gonna gloat.”

Emily Compagno said the country is “exhausted” and that the Democrats have lost credibility as they continue to manufacture accusations against President Trump.

“We’ve sat through two years of Mueller and six months of impeachment and the Democrats have tried to tell the American people what they said he did. No one wants to go off that ledge anymore,” she explained.

“We have been sold a bombshell over and over again. Who wants to take another leap of faith? Everyone is exhausted. To see her [Pelosi] perpetuating that selfsame lie and that same echo chamber, there’s nothing to show for it except our fatigue and the fact that she’s not going to be speaker next time around.”

Juan Williams largely disagreed with his co-hosts, saying he “couldn’t believe” Trump included profanity in his victory speech, which he believes was “inappropriate and wrong.”

“I think most Americans, by the way, would agree with me,” he said.

SENATE ACQUITS TRUMP ON ABUSE OF POWER, OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS CHARGES

Turning the conversation to Pelosi’s shocking response to Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday where demonstratively ripped up a copy of his speech before a joint session of Congress, Jones said the Democrats would no longer be able to “claim moral high ground.”

“For years we’ve heard the Democrats say that Nancy Pelosi was the adult in the room,” he said. “‘She doesn’t do name-calling’ … she called the president sedated today. ‘She’s classy,’ and in the House, she ripped up his speech.”

“The Democrats can no longer claim they have the moral high ground. What I’ve been telling people for years is that the way Trump behaves is much like many of the people in the House. They just do it behind closed doors. The difference with Trump is, he is who he is, and this was a day of celebration.”

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Compagno agreed, adding that Pelosi was symbolically “ripping up” Americans, and putting her disdain for the president on full display.

“She was ripping up names and policies and help and identification and a feeling of being heard [that] this president has done this entire time.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Trump Blasts Romney Over Impeachment Vote

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks to reporters as he arrives at the Capitol. He became the first Senator to vote to convict and remove a U.S. President of the same party on Wednesday.

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In two separate speeches Thursday President Trump, buoyed by his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial a day earlier, continued to lash out at the lone Republican who voted to convict and remove Trump from office – Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

But the president’s ire against the former GOP presidential nominee began just after midnight when he tweeted his displeasure with Romney, while needling him for coming up short during his White House bid in 2012.

“Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election. Read the Transcripts!”

In reality Romney’s guilty vote against Trump on the Article I charge, Abuse of Power, had no impact on the all-but-certain final act of the president’s impeachment trial. The first-term senator’s decision to vote with all 47 Senate Democrats still fell well short of the two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes, needed to remove Trump from office.

Romney made history by becoming the first senator to vote to remove a sitting president of his own party.

That move robbed Trump and his allies of the ability to label the impeachment proceedings a “partisan” affair, even as Romney joined the rest of the Senate Republicans in voting not guilty on the second charge facing Trump, obstruction of Congress.

“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump said Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, a typically apolitical event.

That statement was a not-so-veiled reference to Romney, who said on the Senate floor ahead of his vote: “As a Senate-juror, I swore an oath, before God to exercise impartial justice.”

Trump doubled down on his castigation of Romney during an East Room speech in which he declared victory.

“And then you had some that used religion as a crutch. They never used it before,” Trump said. “But you know it’s a failed presidential candidate, so things can happen when you fail so badly running for president.”

Trump later added, when addressing Utah’s other Republican senator, Mike Lee, at the victory ceremony, “Say hello to the people of Utah. And tell them I’m sorry about Mitt Romney.”

Bucking his party has led some, most notably Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, to call for Romney to be excommunicated from the Republican Party altogether. He tweeted:

“Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats the so he’s joining them now. He’s officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.”

In later tweets he added a hashtag: #ExpelMitt.

As a Fox News report points out, there is nothing in the Republican National Committee Rules, adopted in 2016, that allows for expelling someone from the party.

Bylaws amended by the Utah Republican Party late last year allows candidates to forfeit their party membership if they do not sign a candidate certificate agreement, which states they back the party’s platform. If they don’t support portions of the platform, the candidate must itemize what those exceptions are.

As the Fox piece points out that would not apply to Romney, a sitting elected official. But the state party tweeted Wednesday it “strongly disagreed” with Romney’s vote.

Following the acquittal vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was asked if Romney would be reprimanded for defecting from the rest of the Republican caucus. McConnell, who referred to impeachment as a “colossal political mistake” for Democrats, replied Romney would not be rebuked.

“We don’t have any doghouses here,” he said. “The most important vote is the next vote.”

Back in Utah, reaction was mixed to Romney’s vote to remove Trump from office, as KUER’s Sonja Huston reported on Morning Edition. But the Salt Lake City Tribune newspaper praised Romney, who is not up for reelection until 2024, saying the senator displayed a “profile in courage.”

“Mitt Romney could have ducked this one,” the editorial board wrote. “But when it was crunch time, Romney just could not avert his eyes from the fact that this president had, without a shadow of a doubt, abused his power as commander and chief.”

Romney met Thursday with GOP leaders at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City who were upset with him about his vote. House Speaker Brad Wilson said they had a “very frank” discussion about it.

Some Republican lawmakers were discussing voting on a censure resolution as a way to preserve the relationship between the state party and the White House. Others in the state senate wanted to move past the controversy and defended Romney’s right to have his own opinions and break with his party when he thought it was the right thing to do.

KUER’s Sonja Hutson contributed to this report

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John Mulaney Looks Like A Snack And The Whole Internet Wants A Bite

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A photo of comedian John Mulaney appeared on Instagram Thursday that is making me feel things.

Andy Samberg is in it, too. He looks good! That’s not what this story is about. This story is about how Mulaney and his bicep have collectively wreaked havoc on the internet as well as my cold heart.  

It’s not hard for me to decipher what it is exactly about this photo that has turned my thirst for Mulaney unquenchable. I already love him for his whip smart comedy, precise timing, very cool wife Anna and very cute dog Petunia. And I always find him handsome in his tailored suits and with his clean-shaven face.

But seeing him in this photo, in a T-shirt with rolled-up sleeves, hands in his pockets, biceps that say “I go to the gym, but only sometimes,” just a little bit of scruff and those glasses

Oof. Feelings.

Much like every other feeling I have had on the internet that I’ve thought was unique, this one was not. I quickly learned that I am not even close to the only person lusting over this black-and-white masterpiece. 

That’s why it shocked me so much to share my, uh, interest with co-workers only to find our inter-office communication apparatus descend into utter chaos immediately following. “Who is this man?” one co-worker asked. “Are straight men so disappointing and usually slovenly that the mere appearance of an average arm drives women crazy?” another, who I am no longer speaking to, wondered aloud.

Someone suggested that it’s Mulaney’s status as nonproblematic comedian that contributes to his hotness, which, sure, but not in this case. This arm, this whole look, is like biting into an unmarked piece of chocolate from the box and finding peanut butter inside. It’s a delightful surprise. It’s ― and he’s ― a bona fide snack.   

Mulaney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this thirst trap, but he did later announce he will be hosting “Saturday Night Live” on Feb. 29. Hopefully in a T-shirt with rolled-up sleeves.

Basically the entire HuffPost newsroom contributed to this story. 

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Oscars to ‘embrace’ Kobe Bryant during In Memoriam segment, producers say

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Kobe Bryant will be given a tribute during the 2020 Oscars.

Producers from the award show revealed on Wednesday that Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident last month at the age of 41 along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other passengers, would “be embraced” during the In Memoriam portion of the program.

KOBE BRYANT WON AN OSCAR IN 2018 FOR ‘DEAR BASKETBALL’

“I think the In Memoriam segment has always been an important part of the show and this year is no different in that we’re honoring all of our community that we’ve lost,” said show producer Stephanie Allain (via Entertainment Tonight). “I think what’s really appropriate is that Kobe was part of the film community, and as such, he will be embraced within the In Memoriam segment.”

Bryant’s death occurred on Jan. 26, mere hours before the 2020 Grammys kicked off at the Staples Center, where Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career.

JAY-Z REVEALS KOBE BRYANT’S LAST WORDS TO HIM BEFORE NBA STAR’S DEATH

The Grammys quickly pulled together its own tribute to the fallen Los Angeles Lakers great. Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement to ET at the time that viewers of the 2020 Oscars could expect a similar outcome, saying, “We can confirm that Kobe Bryant will be acknowledged in the telecast.”

The iconic basketball star and visionary won best animated short at the 90th Academy Awards for “Dear Basketball,” which is based on a poem of the same name he wrote following his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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At the time, Bryant tweeted his excitement and disbelief over his nomination writing: “This is beyond the realm of imagination. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”

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Sen. Murphy requests GAO to check Trump administration’s classification of documents – “You are not allowed … to keep information from the public simply because it’s going to hurt you politically,” he says.

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Executive Order 13526

Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations. (a) In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to:

(1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency; (3) restrain competition; or (4) prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security. (b) Basic scientific research information not clearly related to the national security shall not be classified. (c) Information may not be reclassified after declassification and release to the public under proper authority unless:

(1) the reclassification is personally approved in writing by the agency head based on a document-by-document determination by the agency that reclassification is required to prevent significant and demonstrable damage to the national security; (2) the information may be reasonably recovered without bringing undue attention to the information; (3) the reclassification action is reported promptly to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) and the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office; and (4) for documents in the physical and legal custody of the National Archives and Records Administration (National Archives) that have been available for public use, the agency head has, after making the determinations required by this paragraph, notified the Archivist of the United States (Archivist), who shall suspend public access pending approval of the reclassification action by the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office. Any such decision by the Director may be appealed by the agency head to the President through the National Security Advisor. Public access shall remain suspended pending a prompt decision on the appeal. (d) Information that has not previously been disclosed to the public under proper authority may be classified or reclassified after an agency has received a request for it under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552), the Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. 2204(c)(1), the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), or the mandatory review provisions of section 3.5 of this order only if such classification meets the requirements of this order and is accomplished on a document-by-document basis with the personal participation or under the direction of the agency head, the deputy agency head, or the senior agency official designated under section 5.4 of this order. The requirements in this paragraph also apply to those situations in which information has been declassified in accordance with a specific date or event determined by an original classification authority in accordance with section 1.5 of this order. (e) Compilations of items of information that are individually unclassified may be classified if the compiled information reveals an additional association or relationship that:

(1) meets the standards for classification under this order; and (2) is not otherwise revealed in the individual items of information.

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Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s ex-fiancé, cause of death revealed: reports

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s ex-fiancé Nick Gordon‘s cause of death has been revealed.

Gordon died of heroin toxicity with the manner of death officially deemed accidental, according to E! News, citing an autopsy report. Per E! and TMZ, citing the docs, Gordon was found unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. He was administered Narcan and hospitalized for seven hours before he died.

Gordon, who was 30 at the time of his death, was suspected to have overdosed on New Year’s Day in Florida. He had reportedly suffered a series of heart attacks following the now-confirmed overdose and later died at Altamonte Springs Hospital, the Daily Mail reported at the time.

NICK GORDON 911 AUDIO: BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN’S EX HAD ‘BLACK’ FLUID COMING FROM MOUTH

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, left, and Nick Gordon attend the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Sparkle’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Aug. 16, 2012 in Los Angeles. (The Associated Press)

In a 911 dispatch call obtained by TMZ at the time of Gordon’s death, an operator is heard saying, “Black stuff is coming out of his mouth and he was not breathing.” According to the outlet, it is possible black discharge is released from the mouth and nostrils following an opioid overdose.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN DEAD AT 22

Joe Habachy, Gordon’s lawyer, released a statement to Fox News following the 30-year-old’s death. While the attorney did not provide details surrounding the cause of death, he revealed Gordon had been working hard to maintain his sobriety.

“My heart is heavy today after learning that my long time client Nick Gordon died at the young age of 30. While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends, all of whom were loved and had immense potential,” the attorney told Fox News.

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Nick Gordon, the ex-partner of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown was ruled to have died of a heroin overdose. (The Associated Press)

“Despite all of the incredible challenges Nick faced over the last few years I can honestly say that he worked hard to hold his head up and stay sober and that he genuinely wanted a happy healthy life with his family more than anything else. My heart goes out to the family and friends Nick leaves behind and to any other families dealing with the losses and heartache caused by drugs.”

Randall Kessler, another attorney for Gordon, reacted to his death at the time.

NICK GORDON, BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN’S EX-FIANCÉ, DEAD FROM APPARENT OVERDOSE, REPORT SAYS

“My heart sunk when I heard the news. This is a tragic ending to Nick’s troubled life,” Kessler said.

Gordon’s brother, Junior Walker, mourned his death in a Facebook post, writing, “God why did I have to lose my brother on New Years.”

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Nick Gordon, left, and Bobbi Kristina Brown attend the opening night of ‘The Houstons: On Our Own’ on October 22, 2012 in New York. (Reuters)

“All I can do is cry,” he continued.

In January 2015, Gordon was present when Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s daughter, was found unconscious in the bathtub of her Georgia home following a suspected drug overdose. The 22-year-old was placed in a medically induced coma and died six months later.

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Houston passed away at the age of 48 in 2012 after drowning in a bathtub in January 2012.

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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Trump Blasts Romney Over Impeachment Vote

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In two separate speeches Thursday President Trump, buoyed by his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial a day earlier, continued to lash out at the lone Republican who voted to convict and remove Trump from office – Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.

But the president’s ire against the former GOP presidential nominee began just after midnight when he tweeted his displeasure with Romney, while needling him for coming up short during his White House bid in 2012.

“Had failed presidential candidate @MittRomney devoted the same energy and anger to defeating a faltering Barack Obama as he sanctimoniously does to me, he could have won the election. Read the Transcripts!”

In reality Romney’s guilty vote against Trump on the Article I charge, Abuse of Power, had no impact on the all-but-certain final act of the president’s impeachment trial. The first-term senator’s decision to vote with all 47 Senate Democrats still fell well short of the two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes, needed to remove Trump from office.

Romney made history by becoming the first senator to vote to remove a sitting president of his own party.

That move robbed Trump and his allies of the ability to label the impeachment proceedings a “partisan” affair, even as Romney joined the rest of the Senate Republicans in voting not guilty on the second charge facing Trump, obstruction of Congress.

“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump said Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, a typically apolitical event.

That statement was a not-so-veiled reference to Romney, who said on the Senate floor ahead of his vote: “As a Senate-juror, I swore an oath, before God to exercise impartial justice.”

Trump doubled down on his castigation of Romney during an East Room speech in which he declared victory.

“And then you had some that used religion as a crutch. They never used it before,” Trump said. “But you know it’s a failed presidential candidate, so things can happen when you fail so badly running for president.”

Trump later added, when addressing Utah’s other Republican senator, Mike Lee, at the victory ceremony, “Say hello to the people of Utah. And tell them I’m sorry about Mitt Romney.”

Bucking his party has led some, most notably Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, to call for Romney to be excommunicated from the Republican Party altogether. He tweeted:

“Mitt Romney is forever bitter that he will never be POTUS. He was too weak to beat the Democrats the so he’s joining them now. He’s officially a member of the resistance & should be expelled from the @GOP.”

In later tweets he added a hashtag: #ExpelMitt.

As a Fox News report points out, there is nothing in the Republican National Committee Rules, adopted in 2016, that allows for expelling someone from the party.

Bylaws amended by the Utah Republican Party late last year allows candidates to forfeit their party membership if they do not sign a candidate certificate agreement, which states they back the party’s platform. If they don’t support portions of the platform, the candidate must itemize what those exceptions are.

As the Fox piece points out that would not apply to Romney, a sitting elected official. But the state party tweeted Wednesday it “strongly disagreed” with Romney’s vote.

Following the acquittal vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was asked if Romney would be reprimanded for defecting from the rest of the Republican caucus. McConnell, who referred to impeachment as a “colossal political mistake” for Democrats, replied Romney would not be rebuked.

“We don’t have any doghouses here,” he said. “The most important vote is the next vote.”

Back in Utah, reaction was mixed to Romney’s vote to remove Trump from office, as KUER’s Sonja Huston reported on Morning Edition. But the Salt Lake City Tribune newspaper praised Romney, who is not up for reelection until 2024, saying the senator displayed a “profile in courage.”

“Mitt Romney could have ducked this one,” the editorial board wrote. “But when it was crunch time, Romney just could not avert his eyes from the fact that this president had, without a shadow of a doubt, abused his power as commander and chief.”

Romney met Thursday with GOP leaders at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City who were upset with him about his vote. House Speaker Brad Wilson said they had a “very frank” discussion about it.

Some Republican lawmakers were discussing voting on a censure resolution as a way to preserve the relationship between the state party and the White House. Others in the state senate wanted to move past the controversy and defended Romney’s right to have his own opinions and break with his party when he thought it was the right thing to do.

KUER’s Sonja Hutson contributed to this report

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Gayle King Faults CBS for Promoting Interview Questions About Kobe Bryant

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Gayle King criticized CBS on Thursday for how it had promoted a recent interview that touched on Kobe Bryant, an unusual public rebuke from one of the most powerful figures in the network’s news division.

Ms. King, the lead anchor of “CBS This Morning,” made her frustrations known on Instagram early Thursday in response to a social media backlash over her interview with Lisa Leslie, a former star in the Women’s National Basketball Association and a longtime friend of Mr. Bryant’s.

To promote the five-and-a-half-minute interview, CBS used a 94-second video clip in which Ms. King asked Ms. Leslie about a woman’s 2003 sexual assault accusation against Mr. Bryant, who died last month in a helicopter crash.

“I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me, too,” Ms. King said in the video she posted on Instagram.

In a statement hours after the anchor’s Instagram post, CBS News said it had mishandled the promotion.

“Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant,” a network spokeswoman said. “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this, and changes have already been made.”

During the interview, which aired Tuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Ms. Leslie replied to Ms. King’s bringing up the topic by saying that “the media should be more respectful at this time.”

“I just have never seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way,” Ms. Leslie added. “That’s just not the person that I know.”

The allegation against Mr. Bryant, who reached a private settlement with his accuser out of court after the criminal case against him was dropped, has become a point of contention since his death.

In the social media backlash, the anchor’s critics, who included the basketball star LeBron James, pointed to an excerpt from the interview that appeared on the “CBS This Morning” Twitter account and featured Ms. King and Ms. Leslie speaking solely about the allegation.

In the exchange, Ms. King said to Ms. Leslie at one point, “As his friend, you wouldn’t see it.”

Snoop Dogg was among those critical of Ms. King, saying in an Instagram video, “Why you attacking us?”

“Respect the family and back off,” he added, using obscenities to describe Ms. King. His video had more than one million views. He also posted several pictures of Ms. King, as well as her friend Oprah Winfrey, posing with Harvey Weinstein, the film mogul who has been accused by more than 90 women of sexual misconduct, including rape and harassment.

Ms. King blamed CBS for not providing a fuller picture of the interview in its promotion.

“For the network to take the most salacious part when taken out of context and put it up online — for people who didn’t see the whole interview — is very upsetting to me,” she said in the Instagram video. “And that’s something I’m going to have to deal with them. And there will be a very intense discussion about that.”

The public complaint was unusual: Network anchors usually iron out problems with news executives behind the scenes. Ms. King did not respond to requests for comment through her representatives.

The anchor addressed her online critics weeks after Ms. Winfrey was similarly put under the social media spotlight because of her role as an executive producer on a documentary film focused on sexual assault allegations against the music executive Russell Simmons. Ms. Winfrey ultimately abandoned the project, which went on to be well received by critics at the Sundance Film Festival and has been picked up by HBO Max.

Ms. King is one of the most powerful people at CBS News. Its weekday morning show earns more, by far, than any other program at the network’s news division.

She has become more central to CBS since her former co-anchor Charlie Rose and the CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves were ousted from the network after multiple women accused them of sexual misconduct.

CBS News started a new chapter last year, appointing Susan Zirinsky as the news division’s president, naming Norah O’Donnell as the anchor of “CBS Evening News” and overhauling the morning show, with Ms. King as its centerpiece.

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Casper, the Mattress Start-Up, Goes Through With Lackluster I.P.O.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Casper Sleep, a start-up that sells mattresses online, became on Thursday the latest money-losing outfit to get a cold shoulder from Wall Street investors.

The company’s stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $14.50 a share, slipped below $14 in the afternoon and ended the day at $13.50. The lackluster first day of trading did not come close to fulfilling what Casper’s venture-capital investors thought it was worth a few months ago.

The New York-based start-up had been valued at $1.1 billion by private investors last year. But that was before the five-year-old company publicly revealed in January that it lost $67 million on $312 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2019, thanks in part to spending $114 million on marketing.

Casper reduced its proposed share price, valuing the company at less than $500 million. It raised $100 million in the offering.

In an interview, Philip Krim, chief executive and co-founder of Casper, was still enthusiastic about his company’s first day of trading. “Getting out to public investors has gone great,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed telling people what we’re trying to build and helping people understand it at a level of depth that the headlines might mislead you from.”

Mr. Krim said his company’s model of selling goods directly to customers, rather than exclusively through retail chains, is a new concept to public market investors. “Our business is not what investors are used to seeing at this scale,” he said.

Casper’s lower I.P.O. valuation was just a moment in time, he said. “That doesn’t change what we’re focused on at Casper,” Mr. Krim said, “which is building the world’s first sleep brand.”

The company’s disappointing initial public offering follows a year of letdowns for Silicon Valley’s high-profile start-ups. Public market investors have shown more interest in profitable companies serving other businesses, like Zoom Video Communications, a teleconferencing company, and Tradeweb, an electronic trading platform.

This year, the I.P.O.s of 1Life Healthcare, a membership-based health care service, and Reynolds Consumer Products, the household goods company, have also soared.

Before it went public, Casper had been the toast of the start-up world. The company shook up a stodgy mattress industry by selling beds online, delivering them to peoples’ doorsteps in boxes the size of mini-fridges.

To lure customers from traditional department stores and mattress chains, Casper heavily advertised itself on subways, podcasts, television and through quirky marketing campaigns.

“They transformed the way people buy mattress, sort of forever,” said Ben Lerer, an early investor in Casper through the investment firm Lerer Hippeau. “People didn’t buy mattresses online before Casper existed and now they do.”

Venture investors poured more than $340 million into the company, according to Crunchbase, and Casper began calling itself the “Nike of sleep,” selling pillows, sheets, dog beds and other accessories to what it termed the “sleep economy.”

The company opened 60 of its own retail stores. In 2017, Casper turned down a $1 billion acquisition offer from Target, which sells Casper products in its stores. The chain invested in the company instead.

But as Casper grew, competitors saw an easy opportunity and rushed in, with an average of one new “bed-in-a-box” company launching per week between 2015 and 2018. There are now 175 competitors in the market, according to GoodBed, a mattress comparison website. There are even copycats of the older mattress companies, like “Cocoon by Sealy.”

“Because of their success, there was a very clear blueprint to follow for other people, and the barriers to entry are very low,” said Michael Magnuson, founder of GoodBed. “But as other companies followed their blueprint those marketing tactics became more expensive.”

Mr. Krim said some aspects of Casper’s heavy spending are over. Opening more stores and striking more retail partnerships means the company could spend less on sales and marketing, he said.

“The investment phase of ramping up things like Casper Labs is behind us,” he said, referring to Casper’s research and development facility in San Francisco.

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