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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ‘are looking at houses’ in Los Angeles, pal claims

It looks like Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry will be soaking up the sun this summer at the Duchess of Sussex’s hometown.

“They love being in Canada, but they are looking at houses in L.A., too,” a friend who is part of their close circle told People magazine in this week’s issue.

“They’ll likely have houses in both places,” added the pal.

According to the outlet, the former American actress has a big support system in Los Angeles, including her mother Doria Ragland, as well as several friends who visited the couple on Vancouver Island, where they have been staying with their son Archie.

The insider said life in Vancouver Island is similar to the one Markle, 38, enjoyed in Los Angeles.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY ‘ARE RELIEVED’ TO BE LIVING IN CANADA AFTER MEGXIT, PAL CLAIMS

“[The couple] go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks,” said the friend. “They are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs,”

The outlet noted that Markle once wrote on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig: “I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach or a few avocados.”

The British royal and former American actress kicked off the New Year by announcing on Jan. 8 they were stepping back as senior royals and instead splitting their time between the U.K. and North America.

However, pals claimed that Markle and Harry aren’t just sitting back and relaxing far away from the rest of the British royal family. They said the pair is actively working on “laying the groundwork” for their own charity foundation.

MEGHAN MARKLE WAS A ‘DADDY’S GIRL’ YEARS BEFORE RIFT WITH ESTRANGED DAD THOMAS, FAMILY FRIEND SAYS

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Meghan Markle originally starred in ‘Suits’ before becoming a member of the British royal family. (Shane Mahood/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

PRINCE HARRY, PRINCE WILLIAM ‘DIDN’T LEAVE ON GOOD TERMS,’ REPORT SAYS

“These plans take a lot of time, and staff is putting in the legwork to prepare it properly and make sure it delivers on the expectations and the couple’s ambitions,” said a source. “[Harry] really cares about his work. He’s a good guy. It’s full throttle for them right now. They have a lot happening in 2020, and it will be really exciting to see.”

Back in October 2019, Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell told Fox News he wouldn’t be surprised if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would eventually consider leaving the U.K. altogether to escape the intense British press.

Burrell served as a footman to Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II before he began working for the Princess of Wales in 1987 until her passing.

“Diana was looking for a refuge to take her children,” said Burrell at the time. “She looked at South Africa herself because [her brother] Charles Spencer has an estate in South Africa. So the princess decided to disguise it by going to visit Christiaan Barnard, the heart surgeon. She was also looking for an estate or property, but she couldn’t find one in South Africa, and security was an issue there.”

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Princess Diana on a ski holiday with her sons in Lech, Austria, on March 25, 1994. (Kent Gavin/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

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Burrell alleged Diana was considering moving across the pond.

“She turned her search to America,” he claimed. “Ironically, we had the plans for a house on the west coast of America in Malibu. It used to be owned by Blake Edwards and [his wife] Julie Andrews. We had the plans for that house, and we dedicated the rooms to William and Harry and the princess. Myself and my wife and the children were going to live above the house. So her future was turning towards America.”

“And I do believe wholeheartedly that Meghan will want to bring up her children as half American, so they will need a place here,” added Burrell. “It wouldn’t surprise me if they bought a place in the United States.”

Burrell pointed out that the former “Suits” star has been treated unfairly by the tabloids since becoming a member of the British royal family when she married Harry in May 2018.

“I just feel we should give them space to develop as a young family and as a newlywed couple,” he explained. “She’s only been married to him for a year. She’s a newlywed. She’s a wife, a mother, a royal — all in one year — as well as being embraced by a family who is renowned for not having really much love. They’re not used to expressing their emotions… Do we really want to chase two people down the same path [as Diana]?”

MEGHAN MARKLE WON’T APPEAR IN BEST FRIEND JESSICA MULRONEY’S REALITY SHOW FOR 1ST POST-‘MEGXIT’ GIG, NETFLIX SAYS

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Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell. (Reuters)

‘THE CROWN’ IS COMING TO AN END AFTER 5 SEASONS AMID REAL-LIFE ‘MEGXIT’ DRAMA

Burrell noted that unlike Prince William, who is second in line to the British royal throne, his younger brother Harry is still trying to carve out his own role within the family. Harry is sixth in line after William’s three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

“William and [his wife] Kate [Middleton], they have a road map in front of them,” said Burrell. “They know exactly where they’re destined. Meghan and Harry don’t. They’re trying to forge their way forward, and I just feel it’s very unfair, as Meghan said, to have so much vitriolic media pointed in your direction. I think it’s really unfair and I think the media should lay off of them, let them live and give then oxygen to develop a young family. Otherwise, we’ll lose them.”

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DNC chair calls for ‘recanvass’ in Iowa caucuses; key Trump impeachment witness to be reassigned: reports

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Iowa Dems release ‘100 percent’ of caucus vote totals showing Buttigieg ahead, amid calls for ‘recanvass’
The Iowa Democratic Party announced that “100 percent” of precincts were finally reporting results late Thursday night — 72 hours after the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses concluded on Monday. Still, numerous irregularities continue to plague the Iowa caucuses, prompting Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez to call for a complete “recanvass” to “assure public confidence.

The state party’s numbers showed that Pete Buttigieg would be awarded 564 SDEs, or state delegate equivalents, while Bernie Sanders would receive 562 SDEs. In the popular vote, Sanders was ahead of Buttigieg, 45,826 votes to 43,195.

Still, no winner has been officially declared. Almost immediately after the new results posted, more reports of discrepancies popped up. And despite the Iowa Democrats’ website saying “100 percent” of precincts were reporting, it appeared several caucus sites still had no data reported.

The ongoing confusion and skepticism surrounding the Iowa Democratic caucuses results come as seven of the Democratic presidential candidates — Sanders, Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Billionaire activist Tom Steyer and entrepreneur Andrew Yang prepare for a debate in New Hampshire on Friday. Click here for more on our top story.

Other developments from the 2020 campaign trail:
Buttigieg catches up with Sanders in New Hampshire due to polling surge
Warren, in apology, cites America’s ‘long legacy’ of ‘racism and oppression’ after women of color quit Nevada campaign

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National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik/FILE)

National security official who was key Trump impeachment witness for Democrats to be reassigned: reports
The White House is weighing plans to dismiss a national security official who testified against President during House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, according to reports.

The Washington Post reports that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — a National Security Council aide who testified during House Democrats’ impeachment hearings in the fall — will be informed, likely on Friday, by administration officials that he is being reassigned to a position at the Defense Department. The move would come after Trump, in a triumphant scene at the White House Thursday, railed against what he called an “evil” impeachment process.

Bloomberg reported that the White House plans to frame it as part of an NSC staff downsizing, not a retaliation. Click here for more.

Treasury complies with GOP Senate inquiry, hands over highly confidential info on Hunter Biden, report says
The Treasury Department complied with a Republican-controlled Senate inquiry into Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and handed over highly sensitive financial records and “evidence’ of questionable origin,” a report on Thursday said.

Yahoo News first reported that the Treasury Department began to turn over the documents related to the Senate inquiry late last year. Biden, the son of former 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, once held a $50,000-a-month job with Ukrainian gas giant, Burisma Holdings, while his father served under then-President Obama and was tasked with handling Ukraine policy. Click here for more.
 
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California hunter fined $20G for baiting, shooting trophy deer on his property after season: report

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A Northern California man was reportedly fined $20,000 this week for illegally baiting and killing a trophy deer on his property outside of the hunting season in 2018.

William Valden, 70, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges Tuesday and will serve time through a work project or wear an ankle bracelet for violating California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s trophy animal rules, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California Fish and Wildlife game warden Dave Moskat said he kept an eye on Valden’s property after he noticed in 2017 what appeared to be a camouflaged feeder that dispensed food to lure animals. In California, an animal must be hunted through a “fair chase,” not baited through grain.

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Valden had purchased the required “deer tag” permit and reported where and when he shot the deer, but he eventually admitted that he lied about shooting the deer before the season ended and forged the required signature of a department official who had previously signed off on his legal kills, the report said.

Valden hasn’t commented on his sentence.

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Lt. Stacey LaFave told the Times “for a lot of those people that commit poaching crimes, it’s kind of a way of life for them.”

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Sixty-One People on Cruise Ship Off Japan Have Virus

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Wearing protective gear near the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday.Credit…Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Japanese officials said on Friday that 61 people had tested positive for the coronavirus on a quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama, a steep increase from the 20 confirmed cases on Thursday.

Officials have screened 273 passengers they said were potentially exposed to the virus. The 41 new patients were to be taken off the ship for medical treatment.

More than 2,000 passengers on the Diamond Princess ship have been stuck inside their cabins for days as part of a two-week quarantine. Meals have been irregular, and only on Thursday were small groups finally permitted to go outside and breathe some fresh air.

“I keep hearing painful coughs from a foreigner in a nearby room,” one passenger wrote on Twitter on Thursday, noting with concern that crew members were delivering meals from room to room. “I might get infected today or tomorrow.”

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The virus has sickened more than 31,400 people in China and 24 other countries.

Other passengers who have been whiling away some of the time on social media told of more hopeful signs. One noted that supplies were being moved into the port and that ambulances were in position. Another said that entertainment crews had been visiting guest rooms to cheer people up, and that toilet paper had been distributed.

Of the 41 new cases, 21 were Japanese, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. None of those 41 passengers were in serious condition as of Friday morning.

Separately, a cruise ship with 3,600 people on board remains stranded in Hong Kong. Yu Li, a mother of two infants on the World Dream cruise, said the most difficult part was a lack of clarity from the local authorities about where passengers would be quarantined.

“Most passengers are willing to be isolated whether or not they have symptoms,” she said in an interview. “I hope the government can give us a reply as soon as possible and tell us whether it would take place at home, or on the cruise, or in designated quarantine centers.”

Families with young children are mostly bunkered in their rooms and watching movies that the cruise ship company has distributed to help alleviate boredom, Ms. Li said. Older passengers, she said, were less willing to be confined to their rooms, choosing to play mahjong in communal spaces.

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, spoke by telephone with President Trump on Friday morning to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, telling him that the government had spared no effort in what he called “a people’s war,” according to CCTV, the state television network.

In the official account of the conversation, Mr. Xi made no reference to Chinese grievances over the Trump administration’s response to the epidemic, including being the first foreign government to close its consulate in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and order the evacuation of diplomats.

Mr. Xi offered no words of thanks, a stark contrast to messages of gratitude the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been posting for other nations, including Italy, Poland, the Maldives and Pakistan.

Mr. Xi told Mr. Trump that Beijing’s efforts to control the outbreak were “gradually achieving results.”

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“We are fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic,” he said, according to CCTV.

A week ago, the Trump administration announced it would bar entry to any foreign citizens who had traveled to China during the last 14 days, saying the coronavirus constituted a public health emergency even though the United States had relatively few cases. It now has 12 confirmed infections.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, sharply criticized that decision earlier this week, accusing the United States of spreading panic and not doing anything to support China’s fight against the outbreak.

The death toll and the number of infections continued to soar in China, according to official data released early Friday.

Nationwide, more than 70 new deaths and 3,100 new cases emerged in the previous 24 hours, the national health authorities said.

The new figures brought the total number of deaths in China to at least 636. And the total number of confirmed cases rose to 31,161.

Sixty-nine of the newly reported deaths occurred in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak, the authorities said, but there were also four deaths outside of the province: one each in Jilin, Henan, Guangdong and Hainan Provinces.

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So far, the vast majority of confirmed deaths have been in Hubei, though deaths have also been reported in other Chinese provinces, Hong Kong and the Philippines. More than 200 infections have been reported outside of China.

Many doctors believe that deaths and infections in China are undercounted because hospitals and laboratories are under severe strain to test for the virus. Local officials in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak, have called on health care workers to speed up the process.

Many sick residents in Hubei also say that they have been turned away by overstretched hospitals, which lack test kits and beds.

China’s ruling Communist Party, bending to public pressure, said on Friday that it would send a team from its powerful anticorruption committee to investigate the issues surrounding a whistle-blower doctor who had died hours earlier.

The doctor, Li Wenliang, who was among the first to warn about the coronavirus outbreak, only to be silenced by the police, died on Friday after himself becoming infected with the virus, the hospital treating him reported.

The Wuhan City Central Hospital said at 3:48 a.m. on Friday that Dr. Li had just died. “We deeply regret and mourn this,” it said on the Chinese social media site Weibo. Just hours earlier, the hospital had said it was still fighting to save the 34-year-old doctor.

The death of Dr. Li set off an outpouring of grief and anger on social media, with commenters on Weibo, a Twitter-like website, demanding an apology from the authorities to Dr. Li and his family. “I want freedom of speech” also emerged as one of the top trending topics on the site, until government censors stopped the messages.

The State Supervisory Committee has “decided to send an investigation team to Wuhan, Hubei Province, to conduct a comprehensive investigation on related issues reported by the masses about Dr. Li Wenliang,” it said on Friday in a one-line statement on its website.

It is rare for the Communist Party to react so swiftly to public outrage. Several top officials and state-run media outlets had also joined in the chorus to mourn Dr. Li’s death. In statements online, the National Health Commission and the Wuhan government said they expressed their condolences.

The police and others questioned Dr. Li in early January after he warned a circle of medical school classmates on Dec. 30 about a viral outbreak that he said appeared similar to SARS. The police compelled him to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.

The New York Times wrote about Dr. Li on Feb. 1. “If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier,” he told The Times, “I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”

In Angers, France, a company owned by the medical supply company Kolmi Hopen makes 170 million medical face masks a year. It isn’t enough.

As orders pour in at a staggering rate, Kolmi Hopen is hiring more workers to keep up with demand.

“We’re making masks as fast as we can,” said Guillaume Laverdure, the chief operating officer of Kolmi Hopen’s parent company, Canada-based Medicom.

“But demand is still rising,” he added.

The coronavirus outbreak has set off a run on protective masks across China and in major Asian cities. The Chinese government has ordered citizens to don masks every time they go outside. That has led to shortages. In Hong Kong, for example, long lines form early in the morning in front of pharmacies as people try to buy them before supplies run out.

China produces about half the world’s sanitary face masks. But production had already slowed as Chinese factories wound down for the Lunar New Year holiday in early January. Some sites around Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, have yet to fully revive production, according to the government.

For now, people are rushing to buy them when and where they can.

Ha Fong, 80, stalks the streets of her Hong Kong neighborhood every morning to search for surgical masks, hand sanitizers and detergent.

“I line up wherever people are lining up,” she said, adding that she didn’t feel panicked, believing the shortage to be temporary.

There are currently no approved treatments for illnesses caused by coronaviruses. But as the outbreak shows little sign of abating, China is forging ahead with attempts to find one.

On Thursday, China began enrolling patients in a clinical trial of remdesivir, an antiviral medicine made by Gilead, the American pharmaceutical giant.

The drug, which has to be given intravenously, is experimental and is not yet approved for any use. It has not been studied in patients with any coronavirus disease. But studies of infected mice and monkeys have suggested that remdesivir can fight coronaviruses.

And it appears to be safe. It was tested without ill effects in Ebola patients, although it did not work well against that virus, which is in a different family from coronaviruses.

Doctors in Washington State gave remdesivir to the first coronavirus patient in the United States last week after his condition worsened and pneumonia developed when he’d been in the hospital for a week. His symptoms improved the next day.

Still, company officials urged caution. “It is important to keep in mind that this is an experimental medicine that has only been used in a small number of patients with 2019-nCoV to date,” Ryan McKeel, a Gilead spokesman, said in an email.

This year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, one of the most important destinations in the international art market calendar, has been canceled, with organizers citing the “sudden and widespread outbreak” of the coronavirus in China.

The fair was to run March 17 through March 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and feature premier galleries from Asia and beyond.

“The decision to cancel Art Basel Hong Kong was an extremely difficult one for us,” said Bernd Stadlwieser, chief executive of MCH Group, the Swiss company behind the fair. He said organizers had explored “every other possible option, including postponing the fair” before concluding it should be canceled.

MCH cited numerous factors, including the health and safety of workers and visitors, the logistical challenges of mounting the event and the escalating difficulties of travel to Hong Kong. Three American airlines have suspended flights to mainland China.

Last week, as Hong Kong shut down museums and schools, and restricted flights from the mainland, participating dealers called for the closure of the fair.

On Wednesday, the London-based dealer Richard Nagy, one of more than 240 exhibitors at the event, sent an email to the organizers.

“Not one of our foreign clients will be attending, and they are surprised the fair is still on,” Mr. Nagy wrote. “There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that this art fair is now commercially on artificial life support.” The email concluded that the fair was “fatally wounded” and needed to be “put out of its misery.”

A second large planeload of Australian citizens and permanent residents will be evacuated from Wuhan, and this time they will be quarantined at a vacant mining village in Australia’s Northern Territory, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

About 270 Australians who were evacuated from Wuhan on Monday are currently being housed in a former immigration center on Christmas Island, 2,000 miles west of Australia’s mainland.

But with that center at capacity, the government is now preparing the village of Manigurr-ma, near the northern city of Darwin, to house the new planeload of evacuees. The village was formerly used by Inpex, an oil and gas corporation, to house construction workers, and it has a gym, a dining hall and a swimming pool.

The village will be declared an isolation zone and be ready to receive about 280 people on Saturday, when the evacuees’ plane is due to land in Darwin, the Northern Territory government said. None of the evacuees have symptoms of the coronavirus, officials said.

Chinese leaders are seeking to reassure the public that the economic devastation of the coronavirus will be short-lived and controlled. But they are taking steps to weather extended factory shutdowns and store closures.

The deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, Pan Gongsheng, said on Friday that controlling the virus was a “top priority.” This week, the central bank pumped some $175 billion into the financial system, and the government has issued a flurry of financial aid measures at the local level.

The country has been on virtual lockdown for weeks, with major factories and highways closed, trains shut and airplanes grounded. Some of the world’s biggest companies have already felt the impact, including Starbucks, Ikea and Apple.

Toyota on Friday said its non-plant operations would reopen on Feb. 10 but that its production plants would remain closed for at least another week. Uniqlo said it would close 370 of its 750 stores in China because of the outbreak, Reuters reported.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing, Mr. Pan acknowledged that the outbreak had already hurt entire industries like tourism, food and entertainment. But he said the impact would be limited to the first quarter.

“After the epidemic is controlled, the economy will return near the potential output quickly,” he said.

Reporting was contributed by Daniel Victor, Eimi Yamamitsu, Steven Lee Myers, Sui-Lee Wee, Elaine Yu, Elsie Chen, Christopher Buckley, Isabella Kwai, Liz Alderman, Denise Grady, Alexandra Stevenson, Scott Reyburn, and Vivian Wang.

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Democratic Candidates Reject Trump’s Foreign Policy, but Don’t Agree on Theirs

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang say that if elected, they would continue President Trump’s personal diplomacy with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. But Joseph R. Biden Jr., Michael R. Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar would not: That approach has just propped up a dictator while his nuclear arsenal expands, Mr. Biden argues.

Mr. Sanders, Ms. Warren and Tom Steyer say they might put conditions on American military aid to pressure Israel to stop building settlements in disputed territory, or to discourage annexation of the West Bank. But only Mr. Steyer says he would reverse Mr. Trump’s move of the American embassy to Jerusalem.

Only Mr. Biden and Mr. Bloomberg would consider using military force to protect the free shipment of oil supplies, which could escalate toward a military confrontation with Iran. But only Ms. Warren and Mr. Yang said they wouldn’t consider using force to stop North Korea or Iran from testing a nuclear weapon or missile, something that does not usually pose an immediate threat to American territory or troops.

These are a few of the deep differences among the Democratic presidential candidates on foreign policy and national security, based on responses to a New York Times survey on a range of issues that the nation’s commander in chief is likely to face in 2021.

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The New York Times sent a survey to the presidential candidates about matters of war and peace, diplomacy and national security.

As seven of these candidates gather on Friday night for their next televised debate, the survey shows a party less committed to the Obama era than one might expect, and unified by very few issues: most prominently containment of Russia, which many Democrats believe stole the presidency in 2016.

At the same time, the Democrats say that America’s role in the world would look radically different under them than under President Trump: a rapid rebuilding of alliances, no more “America First” unilateralism and a renewed commitment to human rights, even if it comes at some economic cost.

“There are so many easy ways a Democratic president could reverse the damage of Trump decisions that foreign policy hasn’t been a way to discriminate among the candidates,” said Kori Schake, the director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute and a Republican who served in the Bush White House. “But the differences are really significant.”

Ms. Schake said she was “particularly surprised” by the candidates’ broad willingness to entertain pre-emptive force against Iran simply for conducting a missile test, while they broadly rejected the use of force to preserve oil supplies.

Veterans of the Obama administration say that the candidates have a lot of work to do to convince voters — even those who reject Mr. Trump’s worldview — to focus on their approaches to building alliances, using force and competing with an aggressive Russia and a rising China.

“Every presidential campaign I’ve ever been a part of, there’s a commander in chief ad,” Wendy Sherman, who conducted the day-to-day negotiations with Iran for the 2015 nuclear agreement, told an audience at the University of New Hampshire last week. “Everybody says at least once, you know, ‘You can rely on me at 3 in the morning.’” But the issues are “rarely central except when we’re in crisis.”

She noted that only a month ago, with the targeted killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Iranian military leader, “we were on the brink of war.”

And the Democrats, it turns out, even disagree on whether that killing was legal, or wise.

Perhaps the most striking takeaway from the survey was that the candidates have sharply different views on what circumstances justify the use of military force, aside from responding to an attack on the United States or a treaty ally.

Their disagreements were particularly clear on whether they would consider using force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test — in other words, to prevent a launch that was meant to prove a country’s capability, but not to attack American territory, troops or interests. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama each faced that decision and decided not to strike.

Most of the candidates campaigning as moderates said they would consider it: Mr. Biden, Mr. Bloomberg, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Interestingly, one of the most liberal candidates, Mr. Sanders, said the same.

Only Ms. Warren and Mr. Yang said they would not consider force in that situation. Ms. Klobuchar did not answer the question, and Mr. Steyer gave a noncommittal answer.

But when asked if they might use force to protect the flow of oil through the Persian Gulf or other areas, only Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Biden said yes.

“I would consider the use of the military, in partnership with allies, to defend shipping lanes or important assets if the disruption to oil supplies posed a threat to the global economy,” Mr. Biden said.

The candidates unanimously said that they would consider using military force for a humanitarian intervention, or that they could at least envision a scenario in which they might. But three — Mr. Biden, Ms. Warren and Mr. Steyer — included caveats. Mr. Biden specified that he was referring to stopping genocide or the use of chemical weapons. Ms. Warren and Mr. Steyer emphasized that military intervention should remain the last resort, and all three said they would undertake such intervention only as part of a coalition.

There was a split on whether President Trump acted legally — or wisely — when he ordered the killing of General Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force.

Mr. Bloomberg argued that the killing was legal and would have been justifiable if there was evidence of an imminent attack (evidence the Trump administration initially claimed existed, but never produced). But he said it would remain unclear whether it was wise until he knew whether it had reduced Iran’s support of terrorism or helped stop Iran’s nuclear program for a time.

Most of the other candidates leaned toward opposing the killing, with Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren giving the most definitive rejections. (Mr. Biden did not answer the question.)

“The right question isn’t ‘was this a bad guy,’ but rather ‘does assassinating him make Americans safer?’” Mr. Sanders’s campaign said. “The answer is clearly no.”

Just about all of the candidates said they would re-enter the Iran nuclear deal that Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018, as long as the Iranians also came back into compliance.

But they were divided on pursuing Mr. Trump’s leader-to-leader diplomacy with North Korea.

Mr. Biden views the one-on-one negotiations with Kim Jong-un as a form of reward for a dictator, one in which Mr. Trump has gotten nothing in return because the North has continued to build up its nuclear arsenal and its missile program. “As Kim advances his ability to hit the United States — and anywhere else in the world, for that matter — we can’t rely on Trump’s tweets or threats to keep us safe,” he said. Mr. Biden did say he was open to meeting with Kim if it wasn’t just for show.

Mr. Bloomberg and Ms. Klobuchar agreed that they would halt the one-on-one meetings. But Mr. Sanders and Mr. Yang said they would keep the talks going, but insisted they would get concrete results.

Ms. Warren said she was open to such talks only “if it advances substantive negotiations, but not as a vanity project.” Any meeting with Mr. Kim, she added, would be “part of a clear strategy, with substantive agreement already reached at the working level, and developed in close coordination with our allies and partners.”

The candidates described their views on how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before Mr. Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, announced a radically new plan that would make permanent all the Jewish settlements in disputed lands and let Israel — and Israel alone — declare Jerusalem its capital.

The Democrats generally embraced an older idea: that Israel should return largely to its pre-1967 borders, with agreed-upon land swaps to reflect some modern realities of how control has shifted on the ground.

But only Mr. Steyer said he would reverse Mr. Trump’s decision — widely criticized at the time — to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. Mr. Sanders, though, made his agreement to keep the embassy there contingent on Israeli behavior, saying moving it back to Tel Aviv “would be on the table if Israel continues to take steps, such as settlement expansion, expulsions and home demolitions, that undermine the chances for a peace agreement.”

Most striking was the divide among the candidates on whether to put conditions on military aid to Israel — something Mr. Sanders, Mr. Steyer and Ms. Warren indicated they would consider if Israel continued to build settlements in disputed territory.

Keeping a two-state solution viable “may mean finding ways to apply pressure and create consequences for problematic behavior by both parties, as previous Democratic and Republican presidents have done,” Ms. Warren said. “Today, the continued expansion of Israeli settlements and the increasing normalization of proposals for Israel to annex parts or all of the West Bank are the most immediate dangers to the two-state solution.”

Of the Democratic candidates, only Mr. Biden has been involved in a critical judgment call about whether to use cyberweapons against another country: He was a participant in the decisions over a covert attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment center at Natanz.

So it was interesting that Mr. Biden embraced the idea — enacted in 2018 in an order issued by Mr. Trump — that United States Cyber Command can launch certain attacks without the explicit presidential approval required for, say, launching a nuclear weapon.

While some cyberattacks could involve “such a significant impact on civilian targets that a presidential order is appropriate,” he said, “others may be so precise or contained that a presidential order is unnecessary.”

Only Mr. Bennet agreed with him.

By contrast, Ms. Warren argued that presidential approval was vital and “the same laws, values and oversight under which the United States pursues military action should be consistently applied across domains.”

There were internal tensions in some of the candidates’ other cybersecurity responses.

Six of them — Mr. Biden, Mr. Bloomberg, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Yang, Mr. Bennet and Mr. Patrick — said they supported “persistent engagement,” the new American strategy of planting malware deep inside adversaries’ computer networks to provide early warning of attacks, and a pathway for counterattack. But none of those candidates said they would accept Russia, China, Iran or North Korea planting their own code in American power or communications grids.

Presidents have always struggled to deal with China. When Mr. Clinton ran for president in 1992, he denounced the “butchers of Beijing” and then ushered China into the World Trade Organization.

More than a quarter of a century later, the Democratic candidates still struggled with the question of whether China’s human rights violations merited cutting off trade with what is now the world’s second largest economy.

Almost all of them said that normal relations with China should depend on its “respect for Hong Kong’s political independence” and an end to its crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. But several spoke about balancing the need to work with China on a variety of common interests — from climate change to North Korea — without forgetting about American human rights concerns.

“We will need to work with China to advance some of our highest priority national interests, including addressing the climate crisis and nonproliferation, even at the same time as we address areas where we have little common ground,” Ms. Warren said. “But our values cannot be used as a bargaining chip.”

It sounded a lot like the Clinton administration’s explanation.

HOW WE COLLECTED THE DATA

In December, we sent a questionnaire to the 14 Democratic presidential candidates who were then in the race. Eleven completed it, including two — Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson — who subsequently dropped out of the race.

John Delaney (who has also since dropped out) and Tulsi Gabbard did not respond, and Pete Buttigieg answered only some of the questions.

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After impeachment, Trump, Pelosi, Romney and media keep the war going

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In this post-impeachment era—one day into it, anyway—I was ready to move on.

I wanted to write about how Joe Biden admitted he suffered a “gut punch” in Iowa—and the press is filled with aides and allies trashing him—as he sharpens his attacks in New Hampshire.

I wanted to write about how Pete Buttigieg shrewdly utilized the media (including Fox) to eke out his miniscule lead over Bernie Sanders, who’s actually ahead in votes cast as opposed to state delegates equivalents and…but it’s all so complicated. Besides, DNC chairman Tom Perez just blew up the thing by calling for a new canvass, so we may never know who really won Iowa.

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But it turns out no one else is moving on.

The tone was set yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast, where 21 years ago, after his Senate acquittal, Bill Clinton talked about seeking forgiveness.

President Trump was, well, far more combative: “My family, our great country, and your President, have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us.”

And he took this not-so-veiled shot at Mitt Romney for voting to convict him: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.” And at Nancy Pelosi, sitting nearby: “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that’s not so.”

The House speaker fired back at a news conference, where she again called his speech to Congress (which she tore up) a “manifesto of mistruth” and added: “I don’t know if the president understands about prayer or people who do pray. But we do pray…And I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our Constitution, our values.”

The following hour, in a rambling and celebratory speech at the White House, the president called impeachment B.S. (using the full word), returned to the Russia probe and denounced the perpetrators of impeachments:

“It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars…

“Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person…She may pray, but she prays for the opposite. But I doubt she prays at all.”

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CNN’s fair-and-balanced banner: “TRUMP VINDICTIVE & VULGAR IN IMPEACHMENT ACQUITTAL ‘CELEBRATION.’”

And CNN’s new White House correspondent, John Harwood, hired from CNBC, offered this assessment: “It was dark because he’s made clear that his mind is dark. This is somebody in deep psychological distress right now. Self-pitying, insecure, angry.”

This is where we are. The media, just like the president, his party and the Democrats, aren’t moving on.

This was starkly obvious in the treatment of Mitt Romney.

Back in 2012, when Romney was the GOP nominee, the media tried to bury him under stories depicting him as a greedy, heartless capitalist who enjoyed laying people off, a flip-flopper with no convictions, and a weird guy who once tied a dog to the roof of his car.

Now he is a statesman.

From the left, a Washington Post editorial said Romney “defied the partisanship and political incentives of the moment — and was willing to endure the punishment that is surely on its way — simply because he judged conviction to be the right call… At least one Republican acted with integrity and honor. History will remember the rest very differently.”

Pete Wehner, in the Atlantic, lauded the Utah senator in a piece titled “A Profile in Courage”: “Mitt Romney is doing something nearly unheard of these days: He’s putting his country above his party. He’s voting his conscience when doing so comes at a cost.”

From the right, Lou Dobbs declared that “Romney is going to be associated with Judas, Brutus, Benedict Arnold forever when he is not even a footnote in a footnote otherwise because of his betrayal.”

Laura Ingraham said that if she had to she’d move to Utah in 2024 and run against him. “Mitt, you made your stand, now you should resign. You committed a fraud on the people of Utah on the Republican Party.”

The annals of history will record that the Trump impeachment ended on Wednesday afternoon. But the Trump war may never end, at least not until Election Day and probably beyond. It seems as though it’s in everyone’s self-interest–the president, the opposition party and the press—to keep it going.

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White House considering plan to dismiss Alexander Vindman: report

The White House is reportedly weighing options to dismiss Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council (NSC) in an effort to shrink its foreign policy bureaucracy, a report said.

Bloomberg reported that the White House plans to frame it as part of an NSC staff downsizing, not a retaliation. Vindman gave testimony last year during President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings.

Vindman was an important witness for the Democrats in July and raised concerns over Trump’s phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Vindman had drawn applause from spectators during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee — after expressing his love for America when asked how he overcame his fear of retaliation.

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“Congressman, because this is America. This is the country I have served and defended, that all of my brothers have served. And here, right matters,” Vindman said. “I knew I was assuming a lot of risk. [My father] deeply worried about [my testimony]. Because in his context, it was the ultimate risk.”

CNN reported that Vindman has been telling colleagues that he expects to be leaving the NSC and return to work at the Department of Defense.

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His departure is expected to be soon after Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Nick Givas and the Associated Press contributed to the report

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Karl Rove: Iowa fiasco may mean the end to Hawkeye Caucus

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Former Bush adviser Karl Rove said the ongoing troubles with the Iowa Democratic presidential caucus process may be its death knell before the next iteration rolls around in 2024.

Rove made the remarks on “Hannity” moments before 100 percent of the precincts were being recorded as reported with Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. in a tight race at the top of the count.

“I think this is the last Iowa caucus we see,” Rove said. “I understand why Chairman [Tom] Perez came out and said he wanted to recanvass [Iowa] because there are roughly 1700 precincts.”

Rove said other news outlets had reported that dozens of Iowa voting precincts’ counts had mistakes or irregularities in them.

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“You have to be in the room at 7:00 [PM]. If your candidate doesn’t meet the viability threshold, you can either go home or go vote for somebody else who is already in there. But that means there should be no precinct in the state in which there are more votes cast in the final alignment than were cast in the first one,” Rove explained.

Pivoting to his trademark whiteboard, Rove projected what the final delegate count would be. Fox News has, at press time, not called the Iowa race for any candidate.

Rove predicted that no matter which of the top two candidates squeeze out a win, both are likely to get 12 delegates, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would get nine and former Vice President Joe Biden would receive eight.

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The Iowa state party’s numbers showed that Buttigieg would be awarded 564.012 SDEs, or state delegate equivalents, while Sanders would receive 562.497 SDEs. Sanders held a sizeable popular vote lead, though, and finished ahead of Buttigieg by a 43,671 to 37,557 vote margin. He fell behind in delegates due to Iowa’s unusual voting system that gave different delegate weights to different precincts.

After the “second alignment” — meaning the popular vote after the elimination of candidates who received less than 15 percent of the vote in the first round of caucusing — Sanders was still ahead of Buttigieg, 45,826 votes to 43,195.

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Nevertheless, as the results posted, Buttigieg was speaking on-stage at a CNN town hall, and anchor Chris Cuomo suggested the former South Bend, Ind., mayor had won the caucuses.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Devin Nunes: This is the most important thing Trump has done

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House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the impeachment fight revealed that one of President Trump’s top accomplishments has been exposing the left-wing or anti-Trump bent in much of the Beltway media.

Nunes said Thursday on “The Ingraham Angle” that the press in Washington, D.C., has always been unsavory, but their repeated expressions of outrage at every White House development has made their ideology clear.

“The most important thing the president has done — though all the things he’s done are very important — but he’s finally outed the media,” he said.

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“The media in this town has been corrupt. It took somebody like Trump to bring them out of their shell so now they will just openly go out and tweet about it late at night. They get drunk and send drunk tweets out. They are vicious to him and Republicans.”

Nunes added that he would like his Republican colleagues to stop paying the media any attention as they go about the people’s work.

“They are assassins, they are working for the other team,” he said of the press.

The Tulare lawmaker added that Trump essentially riled up the press by foregoing his prepared remarks in the White House East Room earlier in the day — when he reacted to the Senate’s impeachment acquittal.

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In his delivered remarks, Trump called out many of his GOP allies individually and praised them for their teamwork, at times riffing on them in a jocular manner.

He joked about Sen. Charles Grassley’s, R-Iowa, apparently gruff voice during hearings, Rep. Jim Jordan’s, R-Ohio, workout routine and Rep. John Ratcliffe’s, R-Texas, legal expertise.

He also made sharp remarks about his political adversaries, referring to former FBI Director Jim Comey as a “sleazebag,” and rebuking Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, for voting to convict him on one of two impeachment articles.

In closing, Nunes added that it is imperative for the Republicans to continue to rally behind the president and take back control of the House of Representatives in November to help in that endeavor.

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Steve Scalise: ‘People ought to go to jail’ over origins of Russia probe after failed impeachment

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Thursday that people who allegedly abused their power in an attempt to overturn the results of President Trump’s election should be promptly sent to prison.

Scalise made the remarks on “Hannity” on the day Trump celebrated his impeachment acquittal inside the White House East Room.

“The president was very candid today. Clearly he has been focused on doing his job. But I think it was important today that he pointed out that there are some very crooked people, including some dirty cops who were still out there,” Scalise said, appearing to refer to figures in the top brass of federal law enforcement. Trump had remarked how he “fired that sleazebag” Jim Comey, the former FBI director and that “all hell broke out” afterward.

Trump’s White House speech on Thursday was wide-ranging. He called the Russia investigation “bulls—t.”

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The Senate on Wednesday acquitted the president on both articles of impeachment following a weeks-long trial.

Scalise told Sean Hannity he is looking forward to hearing from Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham.  Durham was tasked by the Justice Department to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation with a wider purview than an inspector general would have.

“People need to be held accountable. They abuse their power to literally try to take down a candidate for president of the United States. People ought to go to jail,” he said.

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“Hopefully Durham names names. I think the attorney general is waiting to see what comes out of that.”

He said that Durham’s report should also vindicate the “99 percent” of the FBI rank-and-file who he said are “good people” at an important agency.

“[It] could be compromised by bad apples,” Scalise said.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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