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Bloomberg once praised Trump as a ‘great guy,’ referred to himself as ‘big fan’ of future POTUS

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Long before former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched his campaign to defeat President Trump in 2020, he offered praise for the fellow billionaire as a “great guy” and someone he considers himself to be a “big fan” of.

In a resurfaced clip ahead of the 2012 election, Bloomberg was asked on “Good Morning America” about Trump’s potential presidential bid, something the then-reality show star didn’t pursue until the 2016 election.

“America’s a wonderful country. Everybody who’s born here and is over 35 has the opportunity,” Bloomberg jokingly began.

He continued, “I know Donald Trump. He’s a great guy. He doesn’t do everything he says, but he sure tries. And I’m a big fan of Donald Trump.”

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“Do you think he’s gonna run?” George Stephanopoulos asked.

“I have no idea,” Bloomberg chuckled. “You’ll have to ask Donald Trump.

In a 2011 interview on Fox News Sunday, Bloomberg repeated similar kind words, telling Chris Wallace “I’m a friend” of Trump and calling him a “New York icon.” He even appeared to downplay Trump’s involvement in pushing the birtherism conspiracy against President Obama.

“This birther issue is more than one person. There’s a lot of groups that have glommed onto this,” Bloomberg said.

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Bloomberg’s relationship with Trump has soured since then as the two billionaires have been feuding on Twitter. The president repeatedly calls Bloomberg “Mini Mike” and the former mayor labels Trump a “carnival barking clown.”

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Rod Blagojevich Comes Home to Chicago, Defiant, ‘Bloody,’ Ready to Talk

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CHICAGO — Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, emerged from his brick bungalow on Chicago’s North Side into shivering cold air on Wednesday, coatless, tieless and remorseless. Mr. Blagojevich, who had been in a Colorado prison until a day earlier, denounced a broken justice system, spoke of his “exile” behind bars, thanked President Trump for commuting his sentence and insisted that he had done nothing illegal.

“It’s been a long, long journey. I’m bruised, I’m battered and I’m bloody,” Mr. Blagojevich said, dabbing his chin with a handkerchief. He explained that he was still getting used to using a regular razor — unavailable in prison — and had nicked himself while shaving.

In a surprise move, Mr. Blagojevich, 63, was released from prison on Tuesday after Mr. Trump commuted his 14-year sentence criminal sentence for corruption after eight years. Mr. Blagojevich, then the Democratic governor, was arrested in 2008 when prosecutors said he had schemed to sell a Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama, who had newly been elected president. Mr. Blagojevich was swiftly impeached, unanimously removed from office, convicted and cast out by his own party.

On Wednesday, there was a sense that Mr. Blagojevich — Blago, to Illinoisans — was picking up where he had left off.

In 2012, he departed for federal prison from precisely this spot, his family home, surrounded by a frenzy of television cameras. The spectacle returned on Wednesday, as a helicopter buzzed overhead. News reporters bundled in parkas to chronicle his return, drawing stares from neighbors and dog-walkers in what is usually a quiet neighborhood. Someone waved a cutout photo of Mr. Blagojevich’s smiling face, attached to a broomstick, high in the air.

True to form, Mr. Blagojevich emerged from his house later than promised (“We’re back on Blago time,” one reporter said), his dark brown hair turned silvery in prison. He spoke expansively for close to 20 minutes without notes, and with his wife, Patti, at his side.

He quoted the Bible and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He recited poetry. He denounced racism. He dropped a few Spanish words. He described himself as a “freed political prisoner” and said he hoped “to turn an injustice into a justice.”

And he spoke of his eight years in prison, the solitary nights behind “the iron door that can shut you in, a small window with bars on it, and a bunk bed.”

“I slept on the top bunk,” Mr. Blagojevich recalled. “Often late at night I would look through that window and past those bars out into the night sky and I’d think of home, I’d think of my children, I’d think of Patti. Sometimes I could almost feel her near me,” he said.

“Trump! Yeah, Trump! Four more years!” a man in the crowd shouted.

“Just ignore him,” Ms. Blagojevich murmured through her teeth.

“I would say to myself, ‘One day, one day I’ll make it back to you, and hold your hand, sweetheart,’” Mr. Blagojevich said. “‘And I will remember what a gracious thing it’s been to walk through life with you. Thank you for waiting.’” He nuzzled her cheek.

“You’re bleeding,” she said, and he obligingly dabbed his chin again.

Ms. Blagojevich has been one of her husband’s most vocal defenders, making appearances on Fox News where she pleaded for mercy and appealed to Mr. Trump to commute Mr. Blagojevich’s sentence.

It is unclear what Mr. Blagojevich’s next act will be.

He offered one clue while flying back to Chicago on Tuesday, on a commercial flight from Denver, near the prison, to O’Hare International Airport. Chuck Goudie, an ABC7 reporter, sat next to Mr. Blagojevich on the plane; during the flight, Mr. Blagojevich said that he needed to get a job.

Among the neighbors and onlookers who had gathered outside Mr. Blagojevich’s home, Ziff Sistrunk, 63, a supporter from the South Side, hung a sign from the Blagojevich front steps and said that he hoped that Mr. Blagojevich would spend his post-prison life working on behalf of ex-felons.

Mr. Sistrunk said that he wrote Mr. Blagojevich letters early in his prison term (Mr. Blagojevich did not answer them) and sent him money, believing that he had been unfairly convicted for using language that what was just the typical blustery talk of politicians.

“Everybody ran away from him like he had the plague, but I stuck with him for eight years,” he said. “Now that he’s out, I hope he humbles himself.”

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Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Bernie Sanders Isn’t Electable. The belief that Bernie Sanders is too left-wing to win a presidential election is an article of faith among journalists and pundits. It’s also completely unfounded.

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Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What?

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Has there ever been a tech product more polarizing than Ring?

The internet-connected doorbell gadget, which lets you watch live video of your front porch through a phone app or website, has gained a reputation as the webcam that spies on you and that has failed to protect your data. Yet people keep buying them in droves.

Ring, which is owned by Amazon and based in Santa Monica, Calif., has generated its share of headlines, including how the company fired four employees over the last four years for watching customers’ videos. Last month, security researchers also found that Ring’s apps contained hidden code, which had shared customer data with third-party marketers. And in December, hackers hijacked the Ring cameras of multiple families, using the devices’ audio speakers to verbally assault some of them.

This week, Ring announced new protocols to strengthen the security of its products, such as mandating two-factor verification, which requires you to punch in a temporary code before logging in to your account to see your footage. A Ring spokeswoman said the company was focused on constantly enhancing its security.

Yet security experts said Ring had been slow to react and that its solutions were weak.

“Ring has done precious little to address the broader threats to privacy that their devices enable,” said William Budington, a technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights nonprofit group, who helped discover the trackers embedded inside Ring’s apps.

Based on the gaping security holes in this home security product, I personally wouldn’t recommend buying a Ring device. Yet millions of the cameras, which range from about $100 to $500, have been sold and tens of thousands of customers have left glowing reviews for Ring products on Amazon.

Ring cameras come in various forms, including models that can be mounted outdoors or installed on a door peephole, but the most popular version is the doorbell module. In addition to a camera, a Ring product includes a motion sensor, a microphone and a speaker so that visitors can communicate with you.

I tested a Ring peephole camera, which involved installing the device on my door and creating an account with an email address and password.

First, come up with a password that is difficult to crack. To make this simple, use a password manager, like 1Password or LastPass, which are apps that store all your passwords in a vault that is unlockable with a master password. These apps can also automatically create complex passwords for you.

If you prefer to manually create a password, try coming up with something long and complex. Consider mimicking this setup: Take the sentence “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

And convert it into this: “Mni!m.YkMf.PtD!

Ring now requires people to turn on two-factor verification, which involves sharing your cellphone number so that your handset can be used as a second factor to prove you are you. This way, whenever you log in to your Ring account, your cellphone will receive a text message with a temporary code, which must be entered before you can access your account.

In the Ring app, the settings to set up two-factor authentication are inside a menu labeled Control Center. Here, just enter a phone number to receive the codes.

One major caveat: sharing your phone number with someone you don’t trust is another privacy risk. If hackers gained access to your phone number, they could use it as a piece of information to break into other online accounts. Even worse, they could try to hijack your number by tricking your phone carrier into porting your digits onto a new SIM card — a practice called SIM swapping.

To keep your personal digits hidden from Ring, you can install an internet-calling app like Google Voice, which generates a second phone number that can be set up to automatically forward text messages to your normal phone number. This way, you can treat this as a burner number that you share with Ring for two-factor authentication.

By default, the Ring app will send you notifications when law enforcement agencies are seeking video footage from you to aid them in investigations.

This feature may sound altruistic, but there is a problem with the approach. Notifications are a nuisance, especially when you are in the middle of doing something important, so you might accidentally agree to share footage just to make the notification go away.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said there was a broader issue and called on Amazon to end its rapid expansion of law enforcement partnerships.

“Giving police direct access to request private footage endangers communities and facilitates near-constant surveillance by local police,” the digital rights group said in a blog post on Tuesday. “It also provides a way for police to access a widespread CCTV network without having to go through democratic processes or be subject to traditional oversight.”

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee issued a letter to Amazon, requesting information on Ring’s relationships with law enforcement and the data it collects.

Ring said in a statement that it works with police agencies to help make neighborhoods safer by opening up communication between community members and the police. The company added that users get to choose whether they want to share information.

If you are privacy conscious, you should disable these requests. In the Control Center menu, tap “Video Requests” and toggle the switch to the off position.

Does a security camera need to record sound? Thieves are the quiet type, and leaving on a microphone could let a hacker or corrupt employee eavesdrop on your conversations at home.

I suggest disabling the Ring microphones. In the app, select your camera, tap Device Settings, tap Video Settings and then Privacy Settings. Here, toggle on the switch for Disable Audio.

In response to how Ring’s apps were using invisible trackers to send data to third-party marketing and analytics firms, the company said it was “temporarily pausing the use of most third-party analytics services in the Ring apps and website” while it worked on tools for people to opt out of this type of data sharing.

The words “temporarily pausing” and “most” do not instill me with confidence.

Fortunately, there are apps designed to prevent trackers embedded inside apps and websites from sucking up your data. My favorite is Fyde, a free app for Android devices and iPhones.

Just download Fyde in the App Store or Google Play and follow the on-screen instructions. After activating Fyde’s protections, open the Ring app, and then return to Fyde and tap on the Activity tab to see which trackers are being blocked.

If that all sounds like a lot of effort just to use a security camera, that’s because the security concerns make Ring products impractical to own.

The broad lesson: A company’s data security practices should be a major consideration when shopping for a security product.

To help you assess that, the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting a healthy internet, offers Privacy Not Included, a guide that evaluates different tech products on their data security practices. It gave Ring a rating of two out of five, in part because of the company’s poor track record for managing vulnerabilities.

Other products do a better job at safeguarding your data, like Google’s Nest Hello Video Doorbell. Mozilla gave the Nest Hello a security rating of five, because it uses encryption and requires people to create strong passwords, among other practices. In other words, it’s a camera you can worry less about.

In a perfect world, you would not need to think about these issues in the first place.

“The onus shouldn’t be on the individual consumer to make sure all these things are secure and safe,” said Becca Ricks, a Mozilla researcher who worked on the guide. “Ultimately, it needs to be the responsibility of the company to make sure customer data is secure.”

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Fed Flagged Coronavirus Risk at January Meeting

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WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials left interest rates unchanged at their January meeting as the economy grew steadily, but they spent their meeting reviewing risks to the outlook — including fresh concerns about the coronavirus that had begun to take hold in China.

Minutes from the Fed’s Jan. 28 and 29 meeting showed that officials called the new coronavirus “a new risk to the global growth outlook.” At the time, the outbreak had killed more than 100 people and sickened about 5,000. It has continued to spread since, causing more than 2,000 deaths and infecting more than 75,000 people.

Central bankers have been cautious about predicting how much the virus will affect the United States economy, though they have made it clear that they expect some spillover. Swaths of China have ground to a standstill as authorities try to contain the virus by shuttering factories and enforcing quarantines, disrupting trade and tourism. Factories across the nation are reopening, but haltingly.

The Fed is monitoring how the economic fallout in China bears on American growth and inflation.

“The question for us really is: What will be the effects on the U.S. economy? Will they be persistent, will they be material?” Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chair, told lawmakers while testifying last week. “We know that there will be some, very likely to be some effects on the United States. I think it’s just too early to say.”

Fed officials have signaled that they plan to leave policy unchanged as they wait to see how the economy shapes up in 2020. That patient stance comes after central bankers cut interest rates three times last year in a bid to insulate the economy against fallout from President Trump’s trade war and a slowdown abroad.

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While an initial trade deal with China has alleviated some uncertainty that dogged America’s economy last year, tensions are not fully resolved. Beyond that, manufacturing remains slow and business investment is still weak.

“Participants generally expected trade-related uncertainty to remain somewhat elevated, and they were mindful of the possibility that the tentative signs of stabilization in global growth could fade,” according to the January minutes. Against that backdrop, they saw the current policy as “likely to remain appropriate for a time.”

Interest rates are currently set in a range between 1.5 and 1.75 percent. That is below the Fed’s longer-run estimate of where its rate will settle, and officials believe the current stance should give the economy a slight boost.

The central bank’s next meeting will take place March 17 and 18 in Washington. Since the January gathering, Fed officials have consistently signaled that they remain comfortable leaving rates unchanged for now, unless an economic surprise knocks them off that course.

Coronavirus is not the only risk on the Fed’s radar.

Some Fed officials fretted over financial stability risks at the meeting, noting that “financial imbalances — including overvaluation and excessive indebtedness — could amplify an adverse shock to the economy.”

And “several” pointed out that “planned increases in dividend payouts by large banks and the associated decline in capital buffers might leave those banks with less capacity to weather adverse shocks.”

But the minutes also suggest a paradox for regulators, noting that relatively high capital requirements could cause “potential migration of lending activities” into the shadow banking system — loosely regulated non-bank lenders where supervisors lack oversight authority. From the way the minutes are written, it is unclear how many people shared in that concern.

Officials also discussed a longer-running problem at the January gathering: inflation has remained below policy maker’s 2 percent goal even as the unemployment rate lingers near half-century lows and the economy grows steadily.

“A few participants stressed that the Committee should be more explicit about the need to achieve its inflation goal on a sustained basis,” the minutes said. Several said that “mild overshooting” might help the Fed to reinforce that its goal is symmetric, meaning that officials want price gains to oscillate around 2 percent rather than hovering below that level.

If prices grow too slowly, it diminishes the central bank’s already-limited room to cut interest rates in a recession, since the federal funds rate incorporates price gains. As of December, the central bank’s preferred price index accelerated by just 1.6 percent.

While Fed officials are hopeful that inflation will rise toward its 2 percent target in 2020, they have expressed a similar optimism for years, only to repeatedly fall short.

The Fed has been reviewing its monetary policy framework, and that discussion continued in January with a look at how to handle future financial stability concerns. If the Fed cuts rates at rock-bottom and keeps them there for an extended period of time to fight recessions going forward, they noted, it could encourage investors and financial institutions to take excessive risks — and that reality should potentially play into policy-setting.

But those at the meeting “generally agreed” that supervisory and regulatory tools should make up the backbone of the central bank’s main approach to financial stability concerns, according to the minutes.

While “many participants remarked that the Committee should not rule out the possibility of adjusting the stance of monetary policy to mitigate financial stability risks” participants noted that it was unclear how changes in rates would actually interact with financial vulnerabilities.

As such, “monetary policy should be guided primarily by the outlook for employment and inflation,” the minutes said.

Several suggested that the Fed would need a communication strategy to convey the Committee’s assessment of financial vulnerabilities and the policy implications of those views.

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Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Harrowing Daytona 500 Crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital on Wednesday, two days after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.

The team said the 42-year-old Indiana native “continues to show great improvement.” The team added that “true to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends and family while playing with his two daughters” and included a photo of Newman standing in a hospital gown, smiling with his arms around the girls.

Newman was injured Monday night when he crashed while leading NASCAR’s biggest race. Contact from Ryan Blaney sent Newman spinning into the wall and his Ford went airborne, where it was then hit by Corey LaJoie in the driver side door.

The car landed on its roof, slid across Daytona International Speedway and came to a rest upside down and on fire, with gasoline pouring out of the vehicle. It took a safety team nearly 20 minutes to remove Newman from the car and he was taken to a Daytona Beach hospital.

Details of Newman’s injuries have not been released. The team also has not announced who will drive the No. 6 Ford at Las Vegas this weekend.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing into Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

Blaney and LaJoie have stepped back from racing to process their roles in the accident. LaJoie climbed from his own burning car and dropped to his knees on the track, learning only after he was checked at the care center that Newman was injured.

Blaney seemed distraught as he paced beside his car following his second-place finish to Denny Hamlin. fellow driver Bubba Wallace, one of Blaney’s best friends, said he spent time with Blaney on Tuesday and advised him to stay off social media for a few days.

“He’s holding up, of course devastated and bummed about the situation,” Wallace posted on Twitter. “Had to sit there and explain to him could’ve happened to him or any of us in the field. IT’S RACING. Just unfortunate to be on either end of it.”

Wallace also praised Blaney’s atttempt to push Newman to the win in a move of brand alliance for Ford. When Blaney tried to lock onto Newman’s bumper to give him a shove the cars didn’t align properly and Newman was instead hooked into a spin.

“I know Ford should be proud to have him under their banner because he was so content on pushing his Ford teammate to win the biggest race of the year,” Wallace wrote. “Which makes it worse (because) a simple selfless gesture went south in the blink of an eye.”

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Neil Young calls Trump a ‘disgrace,’ backs Bernie for president

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Ryan Newman Released From Hospital After Harrowing Daytona 500 Crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital on Wednesday, two days after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.

The team said the 42-year-old Indiana native “continues to show great improvement.” The team added that “true to his jovial nature, he has also been joking around with staff, friends and family while playing with his two daughters” and included a photo of Newman standing in a hospital gown, smiling with his arms around the girls.

Newman was injured Monday night when he crashed while leading NASCAR’s biggest race. Contact from Ryan Blaney sent Newman spinning into the wall and his Ford went airborne, where it was then hit by Corey LaJoie in the driver side door.

The car landed on its roof, slid across Daytona International Speedway and came to a rest upside down and on fire, with gasoline pouring out of the vehicle. It took a safety team nearly 20 minutes to remove Newman from the car and he was taken to a Daytona Beach hospital.

Details of Newman’s injuries have not been released. The team also has not announced who will drive the No. 6 Ford at Las Vegas this weekend.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne after crashing into Corey LaJoie (32) during the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

Blaney and LaJoie have stepped back from racing to process their roles in the accident. LaJoie climbed from his own burning car and dropped to his knees on the track, learning only after he was checked at the care center that Newman was injured.

Blaney seemed distraught as he paced beside his car following his second-place finish to Denny Hamlin. fellow driver Bubba Wallace, one of Blaney’s best friends, said he spent time with Blaney on Tuesday and advised him to stay off social media for a few days.

“He’s holding up, of course devastated and bummed about the situation,” Wallace posted on Twitter. “Had to sit there and explain to him could’ve happened to him or any of us in the field. IT’S RACING. Just unfortunate to be on either end of it.”

Wallace also praised Blaney’s atttempt to push Newman to the win in a move of brand alliance for Ford. When Blaney tried to lock onto Newman’s bumper to give him a shove the cars didn’t align properly and Newman was instead hooked into a spin.

“I know Ford should be proud to have him under their banner because he was so content on pushing his Ford teammate to win the biggest race of the year,” Wallace wrote. “Which makes it worse (because) a simple selfless gesture went south in the blink of an eye.”

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Rod Blagojevich Comes Home to Chicago, Defiant, ‘Bloody,’ Ready to Talk

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CHICAGO — Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, emerged from his brick bungalow on Chicago’s North Side into shivering cold air on Wednesday, coatless, tieless and remorseless. Mr. Blagojevich, who had been in a Colorado prison until a day earlier, denounced a broken justice system, spoke of his “exile” behind bars, thanked President Trump for commuting his sentence and insisted that he had done nothing illegal.

“It’s been a long, long journey. I’m bruised, I’m battered and I’m bloody,” Mr. Blagojevich said, dabbing his chin with a handkerchief. He explained that he was still getting used to using a regular razor — unavailable in prison — and had nicked himself while shaving.

In a surprise move, Mr. Blagojevich, 63, was released from prison on Tuesday after Mr. Trump commuted his 14-year sentence criminal sentence for corruption after eight years. Mr. Blagojevich, then the Democratic governor, was arrested in 2008 when prosecutors said he had schemed to sell a Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama, who had newly been elected president. Mr. Blagojevich was swiftly impeached, unanimously removed from office, convicted and cast out by his own party.

On Wednesday, there was a sense that Mr. Blagojevich — Blago, to Illinoisans — was picking up where he had left off.

In 2012, he departed for federal prison from precisely this spot, his family home, surrounded by a frenzy of television cameras. The spectacle returned on Wednesday, as a helicopter buzzed overhead. News reporters bundled in parkas to chronicle his return, drawing stares from neighbors and dog-walkers in what is usually a quiet neighborhood. Someone waved a cutout photo of Mr. Blagojevich’s smiling face, attached to a broomstick, high in the air.

True to form, Mr. Blagojevich emerged from his house later than promised (“We’re back on Blago time,” one reporter said), his dark brown hair turned silvery in prison. He spoke expansively for close to 20 minutes without notes, and with his wife, Patti, at his side.

He quoted the Bible and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He recited poetry. He denounced racism. He dropped a few Spanish words. He described himself as a “freed political prisoner” and said he hoped “to turn an injustice into a justice.”

And he spoke of his eight years in prison, the solitary nights behind “the iron door that can shut you in, a small window with bars on it, and a bunk bed.”

“I slept on the top bunk,” Mr. Blagojevich recalled. “Often late at night I would look through that window and past those bars out into the night sky and I’d think of home, I’d think of my children, I’d think of Patti. Sometimes I could almost feel her near me,” he said.

“Trump! Yeah, Trump! Four more years!” a man in the crowd shouted.

“Just ignore him,” Ms. Blagojevich murmured through her teeth.

“I would say to myself, ‘One day, one day I’ll make it back to you, and hold your hand, sweetheart,’” Mr. Blagojevich said. “‘And I will remember what a gracious thing it’s been to walk through life with you. Thank you for waiting.’” He nuzzled her cheek.

“You’re bleeding,” she said, and he obligingly dabbed his chin again.

Ms. Blagojevich has been one of her husband’s most vocal defenders, making appearances on Fox News where she pleaded for mercy and appealed to Mr. Trump to commute Mr. Blagojevich’s sentence.

It is unclear what Mr. Blagojevich’s next act will be.

He offered one clue while flying back to Chicago on Tuesday, on a commercial flight from Denver, near the prison, to O’Hare International Airport. Chuck Goudie, an ABC7 reporter, sat next to Mr. Blagojevich on the plane; during the flight, Mr. Blagojevich said that he needed to get a job.

Among the neighbors and onlookers who had gathered outside Mr. Blagojevich’s home, Ziff Sistrunk, 63, a supporter from the South Side, hung a sign from the Blagojevich front steps and said that he hoped that Mr. Blagojevich would spend his post-prison life working on behalf of ex-felons.

Mr. Sistrunk said that he wrote Mr. Blagojevich letters early in his prison term (Mr. Blagojevich did not answer them) and sent him money, believing that he had been unfairly convicted for using language that what was just the typical blustery talk of politicians.

“Everybody ran away from him like he had the plague, but I stuck with him for eight years,” he said. “Now that he’s out, I hope he humbles himself.”

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Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler and other Hollywood conservatives

“Hollywood conservative” isn’t an oxymoron.

A number of beloved film icons and celebrities have achieved fortune and fame, despite their conservative political views.

Many of them keep a little quieter about it than their liberal counterparts, perhaps because “they’ve been browbeaten and ridiculed,” as Pat Boone once told The Hollywood Reporter. But they do exist.

Here are seven Hollywood heavyweights you likely didn’t know lean to the right:

1. Caitlyn Jenner 

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Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills in 2016. (Copyright Reuters)

A longtime Republican, Jenner was ridiculed in 2016 for supporting Donald Trump, who has been condemned for his perceived hostility toward the trans community.

“Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ issues, and I am here to help!” Jenner tweeted in 2017.

“I would rather convince the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues than to try to convince the Democrats to lower taxes and lower regulations and let our country thrive financially and economically,” Jenner told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in 2017.

However, she revoked her support for the president in 2018. “The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president,” Jenner wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

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2. Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone attends the 2015 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 5, 2016 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The star of the “Rocky” and “Rambo” movies publicly supported Republican Sen. John McCain’s run for president in 2008. In 2016, Stallone told Variety, “I love Donald Trump.”

The actor called Trump “bigger than life,” but said he didn’t know how that quality would translate into “running the world.”

Still, Stallone hesitates to call himself a member of the GOP. “May the best fighter win,” he said. “I don’t think you can be totally one-sided forever. Then you close your mind to all sorts of possibilities. It’s just, ‘Who comes along better at that time for what the planet is going through?’ Right now, it’s pretty confusing on every side.”

3. Vince Vaughn 

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Vince Vaughn, pictured here in 2019.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Vince Vaughn, despite the outrage that ensued when he was spotted fraternizing with Trump at the NCAA National Championship game in January, has made no effort to hide the fact that he leans right. A self-described libertarian, Vaughn strongly supported the failed presidential runs of Sen. Ron Paul, R-Ky.

In 2015, he expressed staunch opposition to gun control, telling GQ,  “I support people having a gun in public, full stop, not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”

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4. Adam Sandler 

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 Adam Sandler attends the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/FilmMagic) (Getty)

A spokeswoman for Sandler told the Wall Street Journal the iconic comedy star doesn’t like politics.

However, he’s been registered with the Republican Party in the past and even performed at the Republican National Convention in 2004. He also donated $2,100 to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign.

5. Tim Allen 

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Tim Allen speaks onstage as Moët & Chandon Toasts The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations on December 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moët & Chandon)

“I’m what they call a fiscal conservative,” the star of “Toy Story” and “The Santa Clause” told Sean Hannity in 2015.

Allen attended Trump’s inauguration in 2017 shortly after he accused liberal Hollywood of “bullying” Trump supporters. He sparked controversy when he appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live! ” and compared being a conservative in Hollywood to life in 1930s Germany.

“You’ve gotta be real careful around here,” Allen told Kimmel, according to Deadline. “You get beat up if don’t believe what everybody believes. This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ‘You know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.”

6. Jessica Simpson 

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Jessica Simpson signs copies of her new book “Open Book” at Barnes & Noble Union Square on February 04, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

This Texas-hailing daughter of a pastor’s political alliances might be less surprising than some of the others.

But Simpson was a huge supporter of President George W. Bush, frequenting state dinners and USO tours during his presidency. “Jessica loves the heck out of him,” her father Joe Simpson told “E News.”

7. Melissa Joan Hart 

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Actress Melissa Joan Hart, pictured here at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. (Reuters)

The “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” actress is openly Republican, and has told Fox News she finds it easier now to talk about her political alliances than in the past.

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She told Fox News in an interview that her “Sabrina” colleagues were “horrified” to learn she voted for Bob Dole over Bill Clinton when she came to work on Election Day 1996. Hart said she was pulled aside by Republicans on set and was able to talk politics in a “safe” space.

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