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Biden and Sanders Trade Criticism Over Honesty, Social Security and Guns

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MASON CITY, Iowa — A day after former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders appeared to have brokered a truce after weeks of tension, Mr. Biden released a video on Tuesday night suggesting the Sanders campaign was engaging in “dishonest attacks” and Mr. Sanders responded with a video of his own criticizing Mr. Biden over his Social Security record.

The escalation between the two leading presidential candidates, who are competing for an overlapping slice of blue-collar voters here in the leadoff caucus state, came on the same day that an explosive interview with Hillary Clinton landed, in which the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee blasted Mr. Sanders in starkly personal terms.

Mr. Sanders, a senator from Vermont, is required on Capitol Hill for President Trump’s impeachment trial, and will have only limited ability to respond on the campaign trail and in local media markets with less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

“Bernie’s negative attacks won’t change the truth: Joe Biden is still the strongest Democrat to beat Donald Trump,” says the video that Mr. Biden tweeted on Tuesday evening. The video is a social media spot with no money behind it, according to Mr. Biden’s campaign.

In recent weeks, the Sanders campaign has indeed been intensely critical of Mr. Biden: over his vote to authorize the war in Iraq, a record Mr. Biden has repeatedly mischaracterized; over Mr. Biden’s long record on Social Security, issuing at least one false attack, according to the fact-checking outlet PolitiFact; and over his reliance on high-dollar donors, with a prominent Sanders surrogate claiming in an op-ed article on Monday that Mr. Biden had “a big corruption problem.”

Mr. Sanders’s campaign circulated the article. But by the end of the day, Mr. Sanders had told CBS News that “it is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that that op-ed appeared.” Mr. Biden, who has also been critical of the Sanders campaign and claimed without evidence on Saturday that Mr. Sanders’s team was promoting a “doctored” video about his Social Security position, tweeted his thanks.

Yet by Tuesday afternoon, the Biden campaign was fund-raising off the candidates’ clashes, repeating a tactic from over the weekend.

“Bernie Sanders’ campaign has unleashed a barrage of negative attacks, lying about and distorting Joe’s record,” read a fund-raising text message. Still, Mr. Biden acknowledged Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Mr. Sanders had personally apologized for the corruption op-ed and that Mr. Biden had accepted the apology.

The video and the fund-raising appeal centered on a recent Sanders campaign claim that Mr. Biden had praised former Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Mr. Biden’s 2012 rival for the vice presidency, in support of making cuts to Social Security. PolitiFact found that claim to be false and lacking context.

But it is the case that throughout his decades in public life, Mr. Biden, a former senator from Delaware, has supported freezes and proposals that worried some Social Security advocates.

“Bernie’s campaign is not telling the truth,” Mr. Biden’s video says, going on to detail his record on the matter and to say that his current plan would protect Social Security and increase benefits.

In a statement Tuesday night, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, called the Biden spot the “first negative ad of the 2020 Democratic primary.”

He added: “Let’s be clear about why: He’s trying to distort his decades-long record of proposing and voting for cuts to Social Security benefits for millions of people. Joe Biden is no defender of Social Security, and a negative ad won’t help him outrun his record.”

Mr. Sanders is seeking to cut into Mr. Biden’s base of older caucusgoers in Iowa, seizing on an issue of great significance to them.

“Let’s be honest, Joe,” Mr. Sanders wrote as he tweeted out his own video on Tuesday, using Mr. Biden’s own words from years ago about freezing Social Security. “One of us fought for decades to cut Social Security, and one of us didn’t. But don’t take it from me. Take it from you.”

Sydney Ember contributed reporting from Des Moines, and Thomas Kaplan from Washington.

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Meghan Markle Shares Previously Unseen Photos Of Secret Charity Visit

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Meghan Markle paid a visit to one of her first patronages, Mayhew, an international animal charity, just before jetting off to Canada for good. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram account, Sussex Royal, shared photos Wednesday from her visit in early January, likely before Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping back from the royal family. 

“Earlier this month, The Duchess of Sussex popped in to see the amazing people at Mayhew to hear about the incredible progress made throughout the festive period,” read the caption below two photos.

One photo showed the duchess walking into the charity, wearing a dark coat with a blue-and-white-striped outfit underneath. Another picture showed her with her hand on a dog, who was being helped by a nurse. 

“The Duchess of Sussex, having been proud patron of Mayhew since January 2019 and long understanding the connection between animal and community welfare, applauds the people at Mayhew for the vital work that they do every day,” the caption continued. 

Last January, Queen Elizabeth handed down two patronages to Meghan: the National Theatre (a perfect fit for the former “Suits” actress) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which offers scholarships and “life-changing educational opportunities,” Kensington Palace said in a statement at the time. 

In addition to the charities from the queen and Mayhew, it was also announced that Meghan was working with Smart Works, a charity that helps unemployed women with interview preparation and styling sessions, and provides them with clothing for interviews. 

Meghan has stayed busy since heading back to Canada to reunite with little Archie, while Harry remained in London to negotiate their royal exit. 

On Jan. 14, the Duchess of Sussex stopped by Justice for Girls, a Vancouver-based program that addresses “the specific needs and vulnerabilities of girls, particularly in relation to homelessness, poverty, and violence.” 

The charity released two photos of the visit and said that Meghan and the women at the organization spoke about “the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership.” 

On the same day, Meghan also stopped by the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver.

Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,” the center captioned a Facebook photo with Meghan. 

On Monday, Prince Harry arrived back in Canada to reunite with Meghan and little Archie after over a week apart. 

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Bernie Sanders leads Donald Trump by widest margin of all 2020 candidates: Election poll

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Influencer defends faking broken ankle for flight upgrade

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One Australian influencer is putting his best foot forward and defending his decision to fake a broken ankle in hopes of receiving a flight upgrade during a recent trip with Cathay Pacific Airways. Though the man’s stunt was successful, his followers are divided over whether or not the ploy was ethical.

Last week, social media personality Jamie Zhu shared a three-minute video across his various platforms titled “How To Fly Business Class For FREE!” In the clip, Zhu bought a moon boot at Sydney Airport, put it on his right leg and boarded the flight, fooling Cathay Pacific flight attendants with the lie that he had a broken ankle and couldn’t fit in his economy class seat “at all” because of the large boot.

The footage then cut to Zhu giggling in the cushier business class digs. The influencer boldly removed the moon boot and propped up his legs, getting comfortable for the long-haul flight and enjoying the space’s complimentary food, drinks, TV and room to sleep.

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“In all seriousness guys, I just had an amazing 8 hours of sleep,” Zhu later revealed. Meanwhile, the person filming behind the camera moaned that they only got about “8 minutes” of shut-eye.

Zhu was all smiles when he ultimately walked off the plane, sans boot for the faux injury.

“Thank you, I hope your ankle gets better,” a Cathay Pacific staffer said as he deplaned.

“Oh yeah, I forgot about that” he replied.

Though some of Zhu’s 1.1 million Instagram followers declared that he was a “genius” and “cool” for pulling off the trick, others on YouTube were more critical.

Some blasted Zhu’s actions as “reprehensible” and agreed that the airline should blacklist him or charge him for the fraudulent upgrade.

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“Shame on you! My Daughter is a flight attendant and you are taking advantage of their good will to try and help those in need,” one said.

“Loser. I spent weeks in a boot for surgery. Disabilities are not something to prank about!!!” another exclaimed.

In response, Zhu told Insider that the majority of his followers thought the upgrade “prank” was “cheeky” and that he isn’t letting the critics bring him down.

“I have had a mixed response but most of my followers loved it and thought it was a cheeky, clever, and lighthearted prank to play,” he said in an interview published Tuesday.

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“I would say to these [crtitics] that I’m sure we have all tried to find a way to get something for free or for a discount and in this video I have done nothing but that,” Zhu continued. “At the end of the day, my intentions for my videos are to make fun, lighthearted, and entertaining content and the video really showcased Cathay Pacific’s high standard of customer service on their flights.”

Furthermore, the influencer said the experiment was inspired by a real-life injury.

“I once broke my ankle back in high school from soccer and at the time was getting all this ‘special treatment’ from everyone, so I decided to put that theory to the test in the form of a flight!” he said.

Neither Zhu nor a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific Airways were immediately available to offer further comment.

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Arizona mother of 2 vacationing in Belize vanishes from small island, is ‘feared no longer alive,’ family says

An American mother of two vacationing in Belize disappeared over the weekend while she and her boyfriend camped on an island less than an acre in size, officials said Wednesday.

Alison MacKenzie, 43, was last seen Friday evening after she arrived on the small island of Rendezvous Caye as apart of a three-day tour with a group of 15 people and 3 crew members, said the company running the expedition, Raggamuffin Tours Limited, in a statement.

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MacKenzie, a resident of Prescott, Ariz., was said to be traveling with her 58-year-old boyfriend and is believed to have disappeared during the early morning hours of Saturday.

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Alison MacKenzie, 43, was last seen Friday evening after she arrived on the small island of  Rendezvous Caye as apart of a three-day tour with a group of 15 people and 3 crew members. (Facebook)

MacKenzie’s mother confirmed her disappearance in a Facebook post, adding that the family is concerned over the inconsistencies in the information they have received.

“We are working with the Belize Police, the American Embassy, and the tour company owner. We have received 3 different stories about what happened that morning. None of them consistent with the others. We are getting nowhere finding out where she is,” Cherie MacKenzie wrote.

She said the family fears she is “no longer alive” considering how much time has passed since the last time she was seen on the island.

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Rendezvous Caye is a small island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea.  (Google Maps)

“I want her home with us, no matter how she may be found. I want my daughter back,” she added.

The State Department confirmed to Fox News in an email Wednesday that they are aware of MacKenzie’s disappearance and are working with local authorities as they continue their search.

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the statement read. “Whenever a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts, and we share information with their family however we can. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment at this time.”

Raggamuffin Tours has also said that it is fully cooperating with police in Belize as they investigate MacKenzie’s disappearance.

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A row of thatched palapas on golden sand on the tiny island of Rendezvous Caye in the Belize Barrier Reef, off the coast of Belize, Central America

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MacKenzie’s family is seeking information from anyone on the trip who might know something.

“We have no idea where in the world they may live. But we are praying if enough people send this around, someone who knows something will contact me,” her mother wrote on Facebook.

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Pro Bowl will feature changes to onside kick, pre-snap penalties

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The NFL announced Tuesday it will be testing two new rule changes at the Pro Bowl over the weekend, involving the onside-kick attempt and pre-snap penalties.

After a successful field goal or extra-point attempt following a touchdown, the scoring team will have two options. The team could choose to give the opposing team the ball at their 25-yard line starting a new set of downs or the scoring team could take the ball and try to convert a 4th-and-15 on their own 25-yard line and if successful they will be able to continue the series like normal. If they fail, then the opposing team gets possession at the dead-ball spot.

The changes would only be for the annual Pro Bowl matchup.

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The pre-snap penalty rule changes are as follows:

“It is not a false start if a flexed, eligible receiver in a two-point stance who flinches or picks up one foot, as long as his other foot remains partially on the ground, and he resets for one second prior to the snap. A receiver who fits this exception is not considered to be ‘in motion’ for purposes of the ‘illegal shift’ rules.

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“It is a false start if all 11 offensive players have been set for at least one full second, and any flexed, eligible receiver breaks his stance by picking up both feet.”

The Pro Bowl will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Players from the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins were not selected to the Pro Bowl. Players from the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers pulled out of the game to prepare for Super Bowl LIV.

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The Baltimore Ravens have the most players in the Pro Bowl with 12. The New Orleans Saints lead NFC selections with 10.

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U.N. Experts: Saudi Crown Prince Likely Involved In Hacking Of Jeff Bezos’ Phone

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — United Nations experts Wednesday called for an “immediate investigation” by the United States and others into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.

Bezos owns The Washington Post and is the founder of Amazon.

At a time when Saudi Arabia was supposedly investigating the killing of Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and prosecuting those it deemed responsible, “it was clandestinely waging a massive online campaign against Mr. Bezos and Amazon targeting him principally as the owner of The Washington Post,” the experts said in their statement.

The U.N. experts reviewed a 2019 digital forensic analysis of Bezos’ iPhone, which they said was made available to them as U.N. Special Rapporteurs.

The experts said that records showed that within hours of receipt of a video from the crown prince’s WhatsApp account, there was “an anomalous and extreme change in phone behavior” with enormous amounts of data from the phone being transmitted over the following months.

The Financial Times has seen the forensic report that was done by FTI Consulting, a private firm hired by Bezos. The newspaper said the forensic report “does not claim to have conclusive evidence,” and “could not ascertain what alleged spyware was used.”

The forensic report assessed with “medium to high confidence” that his phone was infiltrated on May 1, 2018 via an MP4 video file sent from a WhatsApp account used personally by the Saudi crown prince.

Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October that same year.

Associated Press writers David Rising and Jon Gambrell in Dubai contributed to this report.

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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli’s daughters may serve as ‘star witnesses’ in college admissions scandal: report

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s daughters may become “star witnesses” in the upcoming college admissions trial, according to a new report.

The Hollywood couple is accused of working with scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer in an effort to get daughters Bella Rose, 21, and Olivia Jade, 20, into the University of Southern California.

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Lori Loughlin exits the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse after appearing in Federal Court to answer charges stemming from college admissions scandal in April 2019. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Loughlin and Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty to expanded charges of bribery brought against them in October along with 11 other parents swept up in the scandal. According to Us Weekly, if Loughlin and her fashion designer husband do not change their plea to guilty, Bella Rose and Olivia Jade could be called to the stand.

A source told the outlet that the “Fuller House” star’s daughters would be used as “star witnesses in hopes of securing a conviction.”

The insider added that Loughlin has questioned if anything can be done to ensure her daughters do not have to testify in court.

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The insider told the magazine that the only way to ensure Loughlin’s daughters would not become witnesses is if she changed her plea from “not guilty to guilty.”

“Accepting a plea bargain would be the only solution,” said the source.

Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of arranging a total collective payment of $500,000 to Singer to get their daughters, OIivia Jade and Isabella, recruited to USC as athletes on the crew team.

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The charge of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The couple was previously hit with charges of money laundering and conspiracy that could land them behind bars for 40 years if convicted on all of them.

Olivia Jade recently returned to YouTube in December after a months-long hiatus due to the scandal. Fans reacted to the social media influencer with mixed reviews, with some saying they still love her but felt “conflicted.”

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Actress Felicity Huffman served 11 days in prison in 2019 for her own role in the national scandal.

The 57-year-old “Desperate Housewives” star pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She confessed to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter Sophia’s answers on the SAT.

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Trump Says He’ll Add ‘A Few Countries’ To Controversial U.S. Travel Ban

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President Trump announces that his administration will add more countries to its travel ban, saying the move is needed for national security. Trump discussed the plan Wednesday during a news conference at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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President Trump says he’ll widen a controversial travel ban that prohibits nearly all people from seven countries from traveling or immigrating to the U.S., calling it “a very powerful ban” that’s necessary to ensure national security.

“We’re adding a couple of countries” to the ban, Trump said when asked about his policy shift at a news conference at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He added, “We have to be safe. Our country has to be safe. You see what’s going on in the world. Our country has to be safe.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the White House plan to expand the ban, the Trump administration wants to double the scope of the ban by blacklisting seven more countries: Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

Trump did not share any more details about the ban’s expansion, saying, “it’s going to be announced very shortly.”

When a reporter asked Trump about the plan to expand one of the signature pieces of his immigration policy, Trump criticized how the legal battles over the ban have been portrayed, emphasizing that after some losses in lower courts, the Supreme Court sided with him in 2018.

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Trump signed the original version of the travel ban in his first week in office three years ago, triggering confusion and chaos in airports and legal challenges in federal courts.

The Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s third version of the ban, which bars nearly all travelers from five majority-Muslim countries as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

The intense legal battles over the ban were resolved in 2018, when the Supreme Court backed Trump’s assertion of presidential power under the Immigration and Nationality Act – the 1965 law that originally abolished the U.S. quota system that limited immigrants based on their national origin.

Before the high court upheld Trump’s travel ban, federal courts had put two early iterations of the ban on hold after lawsuits accused them of discriminating against majority-Muslim nations. In court filings, challengers to the prohibition pointed to Trump’s numerous negative comments about Islam as proof of bias.

After those setbacks, the Trump administration added North Korea and Venezuela to the travel ban list.

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Trump Says He’ll Add ‘A Few Countries’ To Controversial U.S. Travel Ban

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President Trump announces that his administration will add more countries to its travel ban, saying the move is needed for national security. Trump discussed the plan Wednesday during a news conference at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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President Trump says he’ll widen a controversial travel ban that prohibits nearly all people from seven countries from traveling or immigrating to the U.S., calling it “a very powerful ban” that’s necessary to ensure national security.

“We’re adding a couple of countries” to the ban, Trump said when asked about his policy shift at a news conference at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He added, “We have to be safe. Our country has to be safe. You see what’s going on in the world. Our country has to be safe.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the White House plan to expand the ban, the Trump administration wants to double the scope of the ban by blacklisting seven more countries: Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

Trump did not share any more details about the ban’s expansion, saying, “it’s going to be announced very shortly.”

When a reporter asked Trump about the plan to expand one of the signature pieces of his immigration policy, Trump criticized how the legal battles over the ban have been portrayed, emphasizing that after some losses in lower courts, the Supreme Court sided with him in 2018.

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Trump signed the original version of the travel ban in his first week in office three years ago, triggering confusion and chaos in airports and legal challenges in federal courts.

The Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s third version of the ban, which bars nearly all travelers from five majority-Muslim countries as well as North Korea and Venezuela.

The intense legal battles over the ban were resolved in 2018, when the Supreme Court backed Trump’s assertion of presidential power under the Immigration and Nationality Act – the 1965 law that originally abolished the U.S. quota system that limited immigrants based on their national origin.

Before the high court upheld Trump’s travel ban, federal courts had put two early iterations of the ban on hold after lawsuits accused them of discriminating against majority-Muslim nations. In court filings, challengers to the prohibition pointed to Trump’s numerous negative comments about Islam as proof of bias.

After those setbacks, the Trump administration added North Korea and Venezuela to the travel ban list.

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