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How The Iowa Caucuses Work — And Why They’re Important

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Iowa’s Democratic caucuses on Monday will happen at 1,678 precinct locations, including people’s homes, public libraries and school gymnasiums.

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Iowa Democrats gather Monday to kick off the nominating contests that will pick the party’s presidential nominee — the person who will take on President Trump in November.

But how they do it is complicated.

The Iowa caucuses are kind of like neighborhood meetings where people get together and — out in the open, with no secret ballot — try to win over their friends, family and neighbors to support their preferred candidate.

The caucuses start a months-long process that eventually leads to the selection of 41 delegates, who will vote for a candidate at the party’s national convention. It’s a complex, unique and exhausting process that might go a little differently if done in a place that was temperamentally unlike Iowa.

The caucuses quadrennially come under fire for being overwhelmingly white and not representative of the country, let alone the Democratic Party. But the candidates have spent millions there and over the last 40 years, and it’s been very predictive of who becomes the Democratic nominee.

Let’s break down how all this works.

What time do the caucuses take place?

They begin at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) and are expected to last roughly an hour. The Iowa Democratic Party is trying to expedite the process this year with just two rounds of caucusing, so they may very well be wrapped up in less than an hour.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden calls potential caucusgoers during a visit to a campaign field office in Waterloo, Iowa, earlier this month. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Former Vice President Joe Biden calls potential caucusgoers during a visit to a campaign field office in Waterloo, Iowa, earlier this month.

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Who can vote?

The caucuses are “open.” In other words, any registered voter in the state can participate.

But for as much attention as the caucuses get, not many Iowans actually participate. In 2016, for example, less than 16% of people eligible to vote actually caucused.

And that was the second-highest turnout in the history of the Iowa Democratic caucuses, at more than 171,000 people. The record was 239,000 in 2008.

For what it’s worth, given the record number of candidates this year, the Iowa Democratic Party is anticipating a record-breaking turnout.

Where do the caucuses happen?

They happen all around the state’s 99 counties at 1,678 precinct locations, including in people’s homes, public libraries and school gymnasiums.

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How will we know who wins?

This year will be extra confusing, because the state party will release three different results:

  1. the statewide preference after the first alignment;
  2. the preference after the second alignment;
  3. and the final “State Delegate Equivalents,” or SDEs.

SDEs are the estimated number of delegates each candidate would get to the congressional district and state conventions.

Various campaigns will use the potentially differing results to their advantage, but delegates are the name of the game in Iowa. That’s why the campaigns have built up operations with hundreds of staffers and volunteers in the state, to show their grassroots support and campaign strength of organization.

So while the first two results will be useful to inform analyses, the “winner” will be who gets the most SDEs.

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How are the delegates selected?

The caucusgoers from the 1,678 precincts determine 11,402 delegates, who will go to county conventions on March 21.

They are then filtered to a smaller universe of delegates who go to the congressional district conventions April 25, the state convention June 13 and then, finally, just 41 delegates who get to go to the national convention July 13-16 in Milwaukee, Wis.

To hold onto delegates, campaigns have to try and keep activists and staffers at each of these steps because they are not bound to their candidates, and often the results can be very different from the caucus night results.

For example, on the Republican side in 2012, Ron Paul’s band of activists gamed the system, stuck around for each step, wound up with the most delegates out of Iowa in the end (despite losing on caucus night), and took over the Iowa GOP.

How do the caucuses themselves work?

There are two rounds of caucusing, and candidates need to get at least 15% of the assembled crowd in order to receive any delegates.

If a candidate does not get 15%, they get no delegates, and their voters can re-sort and go to their second choice in the next — and final — round.

Once the re-sorting is finished, the number of people in each candidate’s corner is tallied and submitted using a complicated worksheet to figure out the number of delegates that would be assigned.

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So if a candidate doesn’t get 15% in the first round, he or she is eliminated?

Pretty much. That’s why candidates who have been polling far below that threshold have little chance of picking up any delegates.

It’s also worth noting that there is a 15% threshold to pick up delegates in every Democratic nominating contest in every state. This is a longstanding Democratic National Committee rule to avoid lots of candidates splitting the vote and creating brokered conventions.

Are there any exceptions?

There is one caveat in Iowa. Someone who doesn’t get enough support in the first round has a chance to move into the final round if they can convince enough supporters of other nonviable candidates to lend them their votes for the second round.

Here’s an example: Say 100 people caucus, and in the first alignment, 25 go for Bernie Sanders, 22 for Joe Biden, 17 for Pete Buttigieg, 14 for Elizabeth Warren, 10 for Amy Klobuchar, nine for Andrew Yang and three for Tom Steyer.

Sanders’, Biden’s and Buttigieg’s support is locked in. Their numbers can’t decline in the next round. If Warren’s team convinces one Klobuchar, Yang or Steyer first-round supporter to go with her, she’d be viable and would get some delegates. In theory, if Warren’s supporters convinced, say, all of Klobuchar’s, Yang’s and Steyer’s backers to go with her, Warren would actually win the most delegates from the caucus site. The odds of that are not very good, but the “Zombie Candidate” is, in theory, possible.

Is there any check on the number of caucusgoers tallied?

Yes. For the first time this year, caucusgoers will write down who they are supporting so there will be paper backups, in case recounts are necessary.

There was no way to do a recount in previous years, and that became a problem in some caucus locations in 2016 because at least a dozen precincts were decided by coin flip between Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

What about “superdelegates”?

There are eight unpledged delegates in Iowa who bypass this whole process and go straight to the national convention. They are officially called “automatic delegates” now.

They used to be colloquially called “superdelegates.” That was never their official name, but the media would call them that and members of the DNC would use it, too, because these current and former party leaders’ and elected officials’ “super” power used to be that they were able to vote however they wanted at the convention.

They could tip the scales of a campaign for their preferred candidate, although most went with the direction the political wind was blowing and backed the candidate ahead in the delegate race.

Still, as a result of the 2016 election, when so many came out early for Clinton, the party listened to the protests of the Sanders campaign and supporters and stripped superdelegates of their ability to vote on the first ballot at the national convention (unless there is already an overwhelming majority of delegates for one candidate).

Does Iowa have a big number of delegates at stake?

Not really. Iowa only has 41 pledged delegates to the national convention, and, as noted, it takes months to pick them. Those 41 delegates account for just 1% of all pledged delegates. (A candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates to become the nominee.)

Iowa and New Hampshire combined have just 2% of the delegates, and the first four states, including Nevada and South Carolina, have just 5%.

Then why are they so important?

The real impact of these early contests is momentum — who does well, who doesn’t and who beats expectations will determine who continues to see a viable path for themselves to the nomination.

And Iowa in particular is important for the Democratic nomination. The last seven of nine people who have won Iowa have gone on to be the nominee, including the last four.

It’s all why — despite the caucuses being more than 90% white — as of two weeks ago, the candidates had spent $50 million on ads in Iowa alone.

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Old videos of Bolton, Schiff raise credibility questions amid Trump impeachment trial

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‘GAME OVER,’ Trump declares, as old Bolton, Schiff videos surface amid Senate impeachment trial
A string of newly resurfaced video clips of former national security adviser John Bolton spurred President Trump and his supporters Wednesday to highlight what they described as serious credibility questions — raised by both Democrats and Republicans — amid the Senate impeachment trial, as the president tweeted, “GAME OVER!”

In his tweet, Trump linked to an interview of Bolton in August 2019 where he discusses Ukraine policy. In the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interview clip, Bolton makes no mention of any illicit quid pro quo, and acknowledges, as Republicans have claimed, that combating “corruption” in Ukraine was a “high priority” for the Trump administration.

Bolton also calls Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “warm and cordial,” without mentioning any misconduct. The video seemingly contradicts reported assertions in Bolton’s forthcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” that Trump explicitly told him he wanted to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.

Separately, Fox News has identified clips of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., now the lead House impeachment manager, in which he says Bolton had a distinct “lack of credibility” and was prone to “conspiracy theories.” This week, Schiff said Bolton needed to testify in the impeachment trial as an important and believable witness. Click here for more on our top story

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Hillary Clinton or her representatives have, on at least two occasions, declined to accept legal papers delivered in connection with Tulsi Gabbard’s lawsuit against her, Gabbard’s attorney claims.

Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii who is seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, filed a $50 million lawsuit against Clinton last week over the former secretary of state’s insinuation that Gabbard was a “Russian asset.” Brian Dunne, an attorney representing Gabbard, told the New York Post that Secret Service agents turned away a process server Tuesday when the server tried to deliver the lawsuit to Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., north of New York City.

Dunne said the server was instructed instead to deliver the papers to the Washington office of Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, but Kendall’s firm, Williams & Connolly, also declined to accept the legal papers, according to the Post.” Click here for more.

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Vanessa Bryant gives first statement on deaths of Kobe, Gianna 
Vanessa Bryant, widow of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, gave her first public statement Wednesday on the deaths of her husband, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash Sunday, posting a photo of the complete family with their four children.

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” Bryant wrote in part.

“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”

“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now.”

Vanessa Bryant’s statement came as the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner confirmed Wednesday that all nine victims in Sunday’s crash had been identified. Click here for more.
 
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Dr. Kent Ingle: Iowa Democratic caucuses will show which candidates are best at spinning their extreme agenda

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The Iowa Democratic caucuses are Monday night and as the presidential candidates pursue their own extreme agendas, they would like you to believe they are all bringing big, bold and new ideas to the table. But the truth is, they are all seeking the same goal – big-government control.

The caucuses will kick off the Democratic presidential nominating contests. They could offer some indication of who the Democratic nominee may be, not because Iowa carries more votes or holds more weight than any other state, but simply because it is the first.

A recent CNN/SSRS poll revealed 27 percent of Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents in favor of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., while 24 percent favored former Vice President Joe Biden. Both were significantly ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who came in at 14 percent. All remaining candidates fell below.

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Some speculate the Democratic Party may be ready for something new, or would at least like us to think that way. While Biden is pushing for drastic measures in climate change, Sanders is still promising “Medicare-for-all,” Warren is vouching for free education and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg believes we should decriminalize all drugs. Each candidate conveys the appearance of paving the way to something fresh or daring.

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At the end of the day, they all share a common denominator. They are all leading us down the path toward the same liberal and socialist ideals.

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While Sanders and Warren work to maintain the appearance of allies (regardless of what may have happened between the two at the end of the last debate), they are both promising the moon, and – within all things education, economic and business – something that is far from anything truly democratic. Ironically, Democratic candidates love to promise voters free things that will never be free.

Warren’s and Sanders’ Wall Street tax plans may sound promising to American voters, but they would only increase taxes and ultimately increase the financial burden on our nation. Using the word “free” with “education” is merely a word game, as it would inevitably cost Americans more than $2.2 trillion in taxes. What free education really means is robbing from our future. All of these “solutions” are nothing more than big-government control.

Of the two leading candidates, Biden enjoys the support of moderates, Biden is a safe choice for Democrats. He is the trusted and familiar candidate for the party. However, even with his established reputation, Biden feels the need to piggyback on ideas such as Sanders’ and Warren’s promises of free education. Even though he is the most moderate Democratic candidate, Biden is eager to offer the same promises as the other candidates.

The problem that all of these candidates are dodging is the federal control that would seep into all of these areas. In education, federal control would escalate over what is funded and what is taught. Our federal government would ultimately dictate funding and curriculum within all schools.

Federal control would also greatly escalate as a result of handing out free health care to all. Those working within health care would likely see pay cuts. Employer-based coverage would be eliminated. Those already insured through their employer would lose their coverage and be enrolled in new plans. Tax increases would be inevitable. Behind the majority of these big promises are more taxes, less freedom and more government control.

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All eyes are on the Democratic Party, so all of the candidates are putting their best performances forward. They are working hard to stand out as much as possible from one another. Don’t be fooled by plans that may sound alluring or promising. It is all a show to move the Democratic agenda forward, and an effort to draw our nation toward an increasingly socialist and liberal government. With proposals masquerading to bring us more freedom, these agendas will only limit our liberties.

Come Monday, the Iowa caucuses will certainly give us a better idea of which candidate is doing the best job at fooling Americans into their promises. We will see whether the Democratic Party can keep doing so through the end of this election.

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Deutsche Bank Reports Huge Loss for 2019

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The bank said it lost 1.5 billion euros, or $1.6 billion, in the last three months of 2019, bringing the total loss for the year to 5.3 billion euros. In 2018 the bank effectively broke even for the year and in the fourth quarter.

The Frankfurt-based bank, once Europe’s largest by assets, is in the midst of a desperate attempt to recover from years of scandal and mismanagement that has caused its share price to plummet more than 90 percent since 2007.

Among other things, the bank absorbed severance payments as it eliminated more than 4,000 jobs, bringing the total number of employees to 88,000. The bank also recorded losses as it acknowledged that some assets had lost value.

“Our new strategy is gaining traction,” Christian Sewing, the bank’s chief executive, said in a statement. “We’re very confident we can finance our transformation with our own resources and return to growth.”

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey trips over her dog, fractures shoulder: reports

Gov. Kay Ivey warned Alabamans on Wednesday that they can expect to see her with one of her arms in a sling following a Tuesday night fall.

The governor said in a statement that she expects no disruption of her work schedule after tripping over her dog Missy and fracturing one of her shoulders, Birmingham’s FOX6 reported.

“Alabama’s First Dog Missy is such a fun and active friend to have at home, and she is fiercely protective,” Ivey wrote. “Last night, she unintentionally tripped me up, and I hit my shoulder. You’ll see me in a sling, but this won’t slow me down a bit! I’ll keep you posted on the recovery, but most importantly, Missy is also doing just fine!”

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It wasn’t clear from the statement or from local news reports whether the governor’s left or right shoulder was injured.

The governor is expected to deliver the annual State of the State address next Tuesday, FOX6 reported. On Wednesday, Ivey congratulated President Trump after he signed the USMCA trade agreement.

“What an exciting day for our country as @POTUS officially signs #USMCA!” the governor wrote. “Alabama is grateful for the hard work & leadership of @realDonaldTrump & all involved for bringing this monumental deal to fruition. Thank you for supporting the American people!”

Ivey, 75, a Republican, became Alabama’s governor in April 2017 following the resignation of her predecessor, Robert Bentley. She was then elected outright in November 2018.

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Earlier this month Ivey announced she had received a positive report from her doctor following radiation treatment for a cancerous spot found on one of her lungs, according to AL.com.

In November 2018, Ivey’s 14-year-old Chow mix, named Bear, died after a struggle with some health issues, AL.com reported. Ivey had adopted that dog from a local veterinarian after it was struck by a car, the report said.

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Kobe Bryant fan’s selfie may be last photo of star

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A young boy’s sneak selfie of Kobe Bryant at the former NBA star’s basketball academy in California may be one of the last photographs of Bryant before he was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The boy, 13-year-old Brady Smigiel, took the photo of Bryant on Saturday at the Mamba Sports Academy, where Brady was playing in a tournament and Bryant was coaching his daughter Gianna’s team, the boy’s mother told The Post.

After Bryant wrapped up coaching the first game, Brady went up to the NBA legend and asked for a photo with him.

“Kobe gave him knuckles, and Brady said ‘he wasn’t in the mood to talk because they lost,’” Brady’s mother, Dionne Smigiel, said.

But as Bryant walked by him, Brady snapped a selfie and caught a profile view of the NBA star in the photograph.

Determined to get still a better photo, Brady waited until Gianna’s second game of the day ended and waited outside for Bryant and his daughter to walk out, his mother said.

“He kind of stopped Kobe on his way out the door, and just said: ‘Can I get a picture with you now?’” Dionne said.

“Kobe said, ‘Are you playing in the tournament?’ Brady said ‘yeah.’ He said, ‘I’ll get you a pic tomorrow.’”

As he was talking to Bryant, Brady snapped another blurry photo of Bryant.

Both Brady and his twin brother Beau are huge fans of Bryant and both “live and breathe” basketball, their mother said.

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Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed along with seven other people when the helicopter they were riding in crashed into a mountain near Calabasas, California.

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Coronavirus joke gets ESPN’s Richard Jefferson called for a foul on social media

ESPN color commenter Richard Jefferson was known as a pretty good shooter during his time in the NBA.

But on Wednesday night, Jefferson’s coronavirus joke about a Detroit Pistons player was a total misfire in the view of many fans on social media.

While working the Brooklyn Nets-Pistons game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jefferson commented after Detroit forward Tony Snell missed a pair of three-point shot attempts in the third quarter, with Detroit trailing by six points.

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“Tony Snell’s a good three-point shooter, shooting at 43 percent, but just hasn’t looked like he has his rhythm tonight,” Jefferson said. “You get two shots at it, that’s as good of an opportunity as you’re gonna have to knock down one. But bad starters and the way the bench is playing, they need a little bit more juice in order to get over that hump, in my opinion, for this game.

“Snell coming back from the flu,” his ESPN play-by-play partner observed. “Guessing that it takes you a while to get your wind and your cardio back after that.”

“Well, he’s shooting like he had the coronavirus,” Jefferson replied. “That’s the way he’s shooting right now. So hopefully he’ll be feeling better and get his stroke right.”

“Well, he’s shooting like he had the coronavirus. That’s the way he’s shooting right now. So hopefully he’ll be feeling better and get his stroke right.”

— Richard Jefferson, ESPN

Although Jefferson’s partner chuckled at the remark, many fans on social media made clear they weren’t amused.

“This is what Richard Jefferson thinks is so ‘funny,’ one fan wrote. “Trust me the Coronavirus is not funny.”

The fan’s tweet was accompanied by news video showing masked Thair Airways employees disinfecting aircraft that had returned from China, home to about 99 percent of the world’s nearly 6,000 reported cases of the virus.

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Richard Jefferson of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses with the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy after winning the NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors, June 19, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (Getty Images)

“Did Richard Jefferson really just make a joke about the Corona virus?” another fan wrote. “This is so tone deaf it’s unforgiveable.”

“Oh no!” a Twitter user wrote. “Richard Jefferson bout to get that long paid ‘vacation’ from ESPN.”

“Richard Jefferson gotta chill,” another fan posted.

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As of early Thursday, there were no comments posted by ESPN or Jefferson in reponse to the social media criticism.

Snell finished with 6 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds as Detroit fell to the Nets, 125-115.

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Trevor Noah Has A NSFW Message For Alan Dershowitz Over His Latest Trump Defense

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Trevor Noah has some harsh words for Alan Dershowitz over his latest defense of Donald Trump during the president’s impeachment trial.

The “Daily Show” host slammed Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s legal team, on Wednesday for claiming that if Trump believes his re-election was good for the country, any action taken by the president in order to get re-elected could be considered in the public interest.

“If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,” Dershowitz said on the Senate floor.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have finally arrived,” Noah said. “First, it was ‘there was no quid pro quo.’ Then, it was ’maybe there was a quid pro quo, but it was to help the country, not Donald Trump. And now, it’s like, ’Hey man, the Donald’s gonna do what the Donald’s gonna do, you little bitch asses need to shut the hell up.’”

Noah concluded his segment with a blunt message for Dershowitz.

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Joe Biden’s candidacy justifies Trump wanting to investigate his son, Alan Dershowitz says

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Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of President’s Trump’s impeachment defense team, argued Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy justifies the president wanting to investigate his son Hunter’s involvement with a Ukrainian oil company.

“The fact that he’s announced his candidacy is a very good reason for upping the interest in his son,” Dershowitz said, adding that the House managers would agree that Trump running for re-election is the only reason it could be an impeachable offense.

Dershowitz asserted that, hypothetically, if Trump wanted Hunter Biden investigated for alleged corruption in his second term it wouldn’t be impeachable.

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“The difference, the House managers would make, is whether he’s in his first term or his second term, whether he’s running for re-election or not running for re-election,” he said. “If he’s running for re-election suddenly that turns it into an impeachable offense.”

Dershowitz added that even if there was a quid pro quo by withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine it wouldn’t matter because “if a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”

He suggested Trump’s alleged request for investigations during the July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was a “mixed motive,” meaning Trump believed it would benefit both the country and incidentally himself.

The House managers have argued that Trump abused his power in asking Ukraine to meddle in a U.S. election by investigating the son of his political rival.

“If you say you can’t hold a president accountable in an election year where they are trying to cheat in that election, then you are giving them carte blanche,” House manager Adam Schiff responded. “So all quid pro quos are not the same. Some are legitimate, and some are corrupt and you don’t need to be a mind reader to figure out which is which.”

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Democrats have also said that if Trump was legitimately concerned about corruption involving Hunter Biden, he should have called for the Justice Department to launch an official investigation.

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John Travolta on reuniting with Olivia Newton-John: ‘We love each other’

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More than 40 years later and grease is still the word.

Despite being released in 1978, “Grease” still has a strong fanbase as evidenced by crowds gathering in Florida back in December for special “Meet ‘N’ Grease” singalong screenings of the film hosted by stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

And at a fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 25, Travolta, 65, gushed over the experience.

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“It was one of the highlights of our lives to see the joy of people’s unrequited love happening from 40 years of people waiting to be with us,” told the press, according to Us Weekly.

Travolta and Newton-John, 71, both donned their 1950s-inspired costumes, leather jacket and cardigans included, for the screenings.

“It was awesome,” Travolta said of wearing the costume once again. “For whatever reason, like, the bald head suits me, so does that ’50s getup. So either I’m gonna go bald or wear a Danny ’50s hairdo. It suits my appearance.”

As to how the stars have maintained a friendship spanning several decades, Travolta’s answer was simple.

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“I think we love each other and when you love someone you stay in touch,” he said.

Among the challenges the duo has faced together is Newton-John’s ongoing battle with cancer, which has spread to her bones after previously fighting off two bouts of the disease. Travolta, however, still feels optimistic.

“Olivia is a survivor and she’s smart and she’s got a lot of life in her,” said the “Hairspray” star. “I think she looks at it from the glass half full, always, and that’s her beautiful, natural approach toward life and I think we all need to do that.”

Newton-John also commented on her health.

“Life is a gift and I’ve had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer of course,” the “Physical” singer said, according to People magazine.

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Newton-John said she’s “winning over it well” and “getting stronger and better all the time.”

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