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Josh Brolin Tries ‘Perineum Sunning’ And Burns His ‘Pucker Hole’

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Actor Josh Brolin has a message for today’s youth: Tanning your taint isn’t a good idea.

The actor learned that hard lesson a few days ago after he engaged in “perineum sunning,” a new trend in which people expose the area between the anus and the sex organs to the sun, according to the New York Post.

One practitioner, who calls herself Metaphysical Meagan, claims that perineum sunning can regulate hormones as well as sleep patterns.

The man who plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw the Post story and decided to try it out.

It wasn’t such a hot idea, he admitted on Instagram this weekend, and he hopes others don’t make the same mistake:

“Tried this perineum sunning that I’ve been hearing about and my suggestion is DO NOT do it as long as I did.

“My pucker hole is crazy burned and I was going to spend the day shopping with my family and instead I’m icing and using aloe and burn creams because of the severity of the pain.

“I don’t know who the fuck thought of this stupid shit but fuck you nonetheless. Seriously.”

New York-based dermatologist Jeremy Fenton isn’t surprised Brolin feels a little burned by the experience.

“This area is vulnerable for two reasons,” Fenton told Yahoo. “Number one, it is an area that has not received much sun exposure in most people, thus it would be lacking in the body’s normal response to sun exposure that protects it from future sunburn, such as producing pigment. Number two, it is sensitive skin to begin with, so any burn in that area may be more significant and more uncomfortable.”

Fenton warns people who insist on baring their buns to the sun that they could increase their chance of getting a sunburn.

“There is some evidence to suggest that the genitals may be more susceptible to skin cancer than other areas of the body,” Fenton said. “A skin cancer developing in this area may be more difficult to detect because people don’t regularly view this area on themselves.”

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Key Takeaways From House Intelligence Committee’s Impeachment Report

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee released a 300-page impeachment report on Tuesday accusing President Trump of trying to enlist Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election and obstructing the congressional inquiry by trying to cover it up.

The committee released the report on the eve of a public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee as the panel begins considering whether to draft articles of impeachment that could lead to a Senate trial and Mr. Trump’s removal from office.

Here are five takeaways from the report.

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Democrats on three House committees on Tuesday released a report documenting the impeachment case against President Trump.

The “Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report” was a sweeping indictment of Mr. Trump’s behavior, concluding that the president orchestrated a “scheme” to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats, while withholding nearly $400 million in military assistance and a White House meeting.

The report, written in narrative form, laid out the testimony of witnesses who came before the panel in public and private. It asserts that the president’s actions “subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential re-election campaign.”

The report accuses Mr. Trump of what it calls an “unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry,” saying he denied documents to Congress and tried to block State Department diplomats and White House officials from testifying.

The president’s categorical refusal to cooperate with the investigation or comply with demands for documents violated the law, the report said. It accused the president of engaging in “a brazen effort to publicly attack and intimidate” witnesses.

“The damage to our system of checks and balances, and to the balance of power within our three branches of government, will be long-lasting and potentially irrevocable if the president’s ability to stonewall Congress goes unchecked,” the report concluded.

The report stopped short of explicitly calling for the president’s impeachment and removal from office. But Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, made it clear he viewed the document as a road map to impeachment for the House.

“The founding fathers prescribed a remedy for a chief executive who places his personal interests above those of the country: impeachment,” the report said.

Mr. Schiff, in a preface to the report, warned that the clash between the two parties about Mr. Trump’s actions reflects the kind of factionalism that the country’s founders believed would be dangerous to the republic.

“Today, we may be witnessing a collision between the power of a remedy meant to curb presidential misconduct and the power of faction determined to defend against the use of that remedy on a president of the same party,” Mr. Schiff wrote.

The report largely recounts information already made public during testimony from administration officials. But it also indicated that Democrats have collected more raw evidence than previously known, including call records produced by AT&T and Verizon showing a series of phone calls between Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and his associates and several government officials.

The calls came as Mr. Giuliani was executing a smear campaign against the American ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and pressing Ukraine to begin investigations that would benefit Mr. Trump. The records show calls between Mr. Giuliani and others, including Representative Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Schiff said that the call records showed “considerable coordination among the parties, including the White House — coordination in the smear campaign against Ambassador Yovanovitch.”

Mr. Schiff declined to say whether he believed Mr. Nunes should recuse himself from the remainder of the inquiry, but suggested the records were not flattering.

“It is deeply concerning that at a time that the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity,” he said.

The release of the report largely concludes the investigation by the Intelligence Committee and moves the impeachment inquiry into a new phase led by the House Judiciary Committee, which plans to hold its first hearing on Wednesday.

That hearing will include four legal scholars for a discussion about the constitutional standards for impeachment. Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has said the hearing will also focus on whether Mr. Trump’s behavior rises to the level of those standards.

A second hearing is expected to provide a forum for Intelligence Committee lawyers to formally present their report to the Judiciary Committee members. And a third hearing could offer Mr. Trump or his lawyers the opportunity to defend himself, though the White House counsel has so far indicated that he is unlikely to take part in what they deem an unfair process.

If a majority of the House voted to approve articles of impeachment, which would be drafted by the Judiciary Committee, the president would be impeached. The proceedings would move to the Senate for a trial. Two-thirds of senators would have to vote to convict Mr. Trump to end his presidency.

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Pennsylvania teen posts TikTok video moments after car accident with friends

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A Pittsburgh teenager has gone viral after filming and then posting a video of her and friends just moments after the car they were driving in crashed and flipped over.

In the video, originally posted on the social media platform TikTok, Katie Cornetti is seen mouthing the words to an unidentified song as she pans the camera to her friends and the busted windshield.

Days later, Cornetti continued to joke about the accident, in which she and her friends suffered no injuries aside from a bruised lip from her phone hitting her face.

In a separate video, Cornetti and her friend Marissa apparently re-enact them flipping over during the crash.

“Me and Marissa flipping the [sic] over twice and the police thinking we died,” she said.

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Cornetti said she decided to record the video, which has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on Twitter, as a way to “cope” with the otherwise terrifying experience.

“While we were sitting there … waiting for the police to come, for some reason in my mind I was like, I should make a TikTok, why not, I have nothing better to do,” Cornetti told Buzzfeed News. “I picked the first song and made a random TikTok.”

“That was the first thing that came to mind… to do that,” she added. “It really was scary… But we decided, let’s do this to get our minds off of it, and honestly it helped a lot.”

Many online, however, didn’t find the viral video to be so funny.

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“It’s all fun and games til the insurance company sees this video,” one Twitter user commented.

“Yeah let’s promote being irresponsible,” another person said.

Another Twitter user added, “This is sad how people will do literally anything to get just a few minutes of exposure. Willing to risk their life.”

“Seriously what’s wrong with people,” another person said.

Still, Cornetti is taking all the negative comments in stride.

“The comments are not really bothering me ’cause who does make a TikTok after a car crash?” she said. “We are perfectly fine, we got really lucky.”

“There was not much we could do to make anything better, so that’s what we decided to do,” Cornetti added. “Literally the week before I got into a small car accident [and] I was freaking out and crying — that was not the best way to cope with anything.”

Cornetti admitted that social media can be distracting, but said, in this case, it helped them “get out of the real world for a second and helped us calm down. I would never have said that before this.”

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As for her parents’ reaction to the viral video, she said: “No one’s really mad; we all have it as a joke.”

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Al Green on impeachment support: Martin Luther King ‘didn’t march on Washington because of polls’

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Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, an early proponent of impeaching President Trump, said he hoped more Republican lawmakers would be on board with the current inquiry but added that past leaders didn’t check public polling before acting on their beliefs.

Green told Neil Cavuto on “Your World” the impeachment inquiry could go beyond the allegations involving Ukraine, with congressional leaders looking at possible charges of abuse of power and “obstruction” of the House probe.

Cavuto asked Green for his thoughts on continuing with impeachment despite no House Republican support. The host also referenced votes by Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn, and Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., against the initial impeachment proceeding.

“I would like for it to be bipartisan,” Green responded before adding that he believes the situation shows that “moral imperative trumps political expediency.”

“You do this because Dr. King was right. He said: ‘The time is always right to do that which is right’.”

Green said King did not “wait on polls” to decide whether or not to march on Washington, D.C. in support of civil rights.

“Rosa Parks didn’t take her seat on a bus because of polls,” Green continued, going on to reference Rep. John Lewis’, D-Ga., participation in the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Alabama in favor of African-American voting rights.

“John Lewis didn’t cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge because of polls,” Green said. “We have to do things because it is right, even if it is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.”

Green also compared Trump to former President Andrew Johnson, a Tennessee Democrat who was impeached in 1868.

“This president is quite similar to that president,” he said. “Andrew Johnson was impeached for his… incitive behavior.”

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During the interview, Cavuto asked Green if Trump should be considered to be engaging in obstructive behavior if he deems the House proceedings to be unfair and that of a “kangaroo court.”

“The president is entitled to characterize things as he chooses,” Green responded. “He often mischaracterizes things, and that would be a mischaracterization. I think the House has a duty to do this.”

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Trump Volatility in Markets Is Back

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After weeks of relative calm and record highs, stocks in the United States fell Tuesday for the third straight day after President Trump’s comments on his China trade war rattled investors and revived some of the market volatility that has become a signature of the dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

Speaking in London, where he was attending a NATO meeting, Mr. Trump hinted that he was ready to wait until after the 2020 election to come to terms with China. During a wide-ranging appearance with Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, Mr. Trump tamped down hopes that an agreement would be struck before the end of the year, telling reporters: “I have no deadline, no.”

On Wall Street, the remarks sent stocks lower. After falling more than 1 percent in early trading, the S&P 500 recovered a bit to finish the day down 0.7 percent.

The biggest drop was in energy shares, which are sensitive to the outlook for both the trade war and the slowdown in the global economy. Benchmark prices for American crude oil rose 0.3 percent to $56.10 a barrel.

For much of the last few months, stocks have inched upward, producing solid gains for investors.

The S&P 500 rose 2 percent in October, and 3.4 percent last month, in part because of rising confidence among investors that the Trump administration would want to make progress on the trade fight heading into an election year.

That climb, however, came with little indication that the fundamental outlook for corporate earnings or the economy has improved markedly, leaving stocks vulnerable to a pullback.

In the early days of December, some fear the pullback has arrived. Investors have grown restless about the lack of progress toward the so-called Phase 1 trade deal that was announced in October.

“That narrative of ‘Trump is definitely going to want to move toward resolution because 2020 is 12 months away’ is being questioned,” said Michael Purves, the chief executive at Tallbacken Capital Advisors, a market strategy and research firm.

Now, the looming imposition of an additional 15 percent tariff that the Trump administration planned for Dec. 15 is forcing investors to think hard about whether it’s a good time to take some of this year’s gains off the table.

The S&P 500 remains up more than 23 percent in 2019. Some major American companies have recorded huge gains. In tech, which has been under heavy public and political scrutiny, Apple is up 64 percent and Facebook has surged nearly 52 percent so far this year. The global conglomerate General Electric is also up 51 percent.

The tax scheduled to go into effect this month could be a heavier hit to the economy than previous rounds of tariffs. It would touch a further $160 billion of Chinese goods, including consumer products like smartphones, laptops and footwear. That could weaken what is currently the key pillar of growth for the United States: consumer spending.

Recent updates on other areas of the economy have suggested weakness. On Monday, a key gauge of industrial activity was weaker than expected, showing the sector contracted in November for the fourth consecutive month.

“I think there’s a little bit of a concern that we are just lagging the weakness in the global economy, and maybe we’re slowing down a little now,” said Michael O’Rourke, the chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Stamford, Conn.

In the first two trading days of December, stocks have fallen about 1.5 percent. That sell-off may provoke painful memories for investors. Last year, stocks were hammered by a 9 percent sell-off in December that culminated in a Christmas Eve plunge that nearly marked the end of the decade-old bull market for stocks.

Tuesday’s sell-off struck overseas markets in addition to the United States. France’s CAC 40 fell 1 percent and Britain’s FTSE 100 fell nearly 1.8 percent.

In Asia, China’s currency slipped after Mr. Trump made his remarks.

Investors moved money to the safety of American Treasury bonds, pushing prices up, and yields down. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note finished at 1.71 percent, a sharp drop from the previous day. Falling bond yields typically are seen to reflect declining expectation for economic growth and inflation among investors.

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Frothy, toxic foam covers famous beach

A popular beach in India has been knee-deep in frothy, toxic foam for the past few days.

This particular stretch of coast, known as Marina Beach in Chennai, reportedly sees tens of thousands of visitors daily and is the largest urban beach in India.

Although families with children have still been coming to the beach, experts warn that the foam, which forms every monsoon season, can cause skin problems.

“It is definitely not good for people to go into the foam but they just do not understand the risks,” said Pravakar Mishra, a scientist at the National Center for Coastal Research in Chennai who has seen the clouds of foam grow in recent years.

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Residents play over foamy discharge, caused by pollutants, as it mixes with the surf at Marina beach in Chennai on December 1, 2019. (Getty Images)

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The foam is probably the result of a mixture of washing detergent residue and other waste that gets whipped into a froth by wind and waves during monsoon season.

According to AFP, only 40 percent of Chennai’s wastewater is treated, meaning that the rest of the sewage from the large city washes right into the sea.

Fishermen have also been warned to stay away from the water.

One fisherman told AFP that the value of the fish he catches has dropped to almost nothing.

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Air pollution has long been a problem in rapidly-developing India — at times forcing officials to declare a public health emergency in New Delhi, a city with more than 20 million residents.

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Gutfeld on ‘existential’ being word of the year

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Dictionary.com has named “existential” its word of the year.

Why? Not because you used it, or because anyone in real life has used it since college. If you said ever said “existential” in college, it meant you weren’t a business major hoping for a real life. By which I mean a grown-up life with taxes, bills and brats.

That word was picked because desk-dwelling media types beat it to death.

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When they’re faced with good news, they just call Trump an existential threat. In the absence of a physical threat, they push a psychological one.

Just look at the measurable stuff, such as the economy, jobs and terrorism. You see all of the numbers trending positively. That leaves the media with just one option: push things that can’t be measured in order to predict gloom and doom.

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Remember, none of these smarty pants saw the internet as an existential threat to dictionaries. Or even bothered to look up the word “existential” in a dictionary. Yet., here they are, desperately competing for attention while the whole planet ignores them.

Which is why Oxford Dictionaries picked “climate emergency” as its word of the year, even though it’s two. Oxford said its use reflects the “ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year.”

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Translation: it’s what rich, elite liberals parrot as they board planes for a holiday in France.

I remember when dictionaries were awesome. They contained words, not the politics of pretentious editors. Now they’re just like every other medium, full of anxious social climbers straining for relevance.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Dec. 3, 2019.

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Frothy, toxic foam covers famous beach

A popular beach in India has been knee-deep in frothy, toxic foam for the past few days.

This particular stretch of coast, known as Marina Beach in Chennai, reportedly sees tens of thousands of visitors daily and is the largest urban beach in India.

Although families with children have still been coming to the beach, experts warn that the foam, which forms every monsoon season, can cause skin problems.

“It is definitely not good for people to go into the foam but they just do not understand the risks,” said Pravakar Mishra, a scientist at the National Center for Coastal Research in Chennai who has seen the clouds of foam grow in recent years.

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Residents play over foamy discharge, caused by pollutants, as it mixes with the surf at Marina beach in Chennai on December 1, 2019. (Getty Images)

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The foam is probably the result of a mixture of washing detergent residue and other waste that gets whipped into a froth by wind and waves during monsoon season.

According to AFP, only 40 percent of Chennai’s wastewater is treated, meaning that the rest of the sewage from the large city washes right into the sea.

Fishermen have also been warned to stay away from the water.

One fisherman told AFP that the value of the fish he catches has dropped to almost nothing.

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Air pollution has long been a problem in rapidly-developing India — at times forcing officials to declare a public health emergency in New Delhi, a city with more than 20 million residents.

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Guy Fieri unveils ‘Baby Yoda’ mashup

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Even “Baby Yoda” is a fan of diner food.

Since debuting on the Disney+ show “The Mandalorian” in November, “Baby Yoda” has become a massive hit and one of the most popular characters of the year. Even Guy Fieri is joining in on the fun.

The chef, famous for his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” posted an image to his Instagram account of the alien infant altered to look like it was dressed up as Fieri.

The image was captioned, “Guy Fieri, I am. For America’s greatest Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives I look,” obviously replicating Yoda’s famous pattern of speech.

While fans refer to the character as “Baby Yoda,” the creature’s official name has not yet been revealed — the character is often referred to as “the child.”

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Fieri has always been a fan of other people dressing up like him.

In October, he shared several images of fans dressing up as him for Halloween.

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The celebrity chef is known for his outlandish style — including fiery bowling shirts and platinum-blonde spiky hair — which apparently made for the perfect Halloween get-up, as people around the country flaunted their Fieri-fueled outfits on social media.

Fieri retweeted several images on his account, clearly thrilled with the results.

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In 2016, Fieri admitted to People that he finds the trend humorous.

“It’s cool. You gotta be able to laugh. You gotta be able to enjoy it,” he said.

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler contributed to this report.

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Kamala Harris Says She’s Still ‘in This Fight,’ but Out of the 2020 Race

Senator Kamala Harris of California dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday after months of low poll numbers and a series of missteps that crippled her campaign, a deflating comedown for a barrier-breaking candidate who was seeking to become the first black woman to win the presidency.

The decision came after weeks of upheaval among Ms. Harris’s staff, including layoffs in New Hampshire and at her headquarters in Baltimore, and disarray among her allies. She told supporters in an email on Tuesday that she lacked the money needed to fully finance a competitive campaign.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Ms. Harris wrote. “But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight.”

The announcement is perhaps the most surprising development to date in a fluid Democratic presidential campaign where Ms. Harris began in the top tier. Her departure removes a prominent woman of color from a field that began as the most diverse ever in a Democratic primary, and raises the prospect that this month’s debate in Los Angeles will feature no candidates who aren’t white.

Ms. Harris opened her campaign on Martin Luther King’s Birthday with a rousing speech in her hometown, Oakland, Calif., before an audience of 20,000 people, drawing comparisons to history-making black politicians like Barack Obama and Shirley Chisholm.

The speech was a signal of the careful balance her campaign tried to strike throughout the year: leaning on her personal story as a daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants while positioning her policy preferences outside the party’s moderate and progressive ideological wings. Ms. Harris sought to focus on incremental and deliverable change rather than the type of systemic upheaval popularized by rivals like Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

But almost immediately after her campaign began, she faced questions about her policy core that resulted in damaging news cycles. She reversed her position on single-payer health care, removing herself from the Medicare for All bill sponsored by Mr. Sanders. She struggled with how to frame her record as a prosecutor, oscillating between defending it against progressive criticism and embracing it in a play for more moderate votes.

On a conference call with donors, Ms. Harris said she arrived at the decision after conferring with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday. She stayed up meeting with advisers until 2 a.m. Tuesday, before concluding she had “no path” forward in the race, a person on the call said. Ms. Harris said she would have needed to raise $5 million in two weeks, a goal she described as impossible. “I just don’t want to bullshit you,” she said.

Over the weekend, after a New York Times story detailed problems within her campaign, Ms. Harris did a financial audit of her operation, according to a senior aide. One of Ms. Harris’s aides, who spoke with her about her decision to drop out, said that her instinct was to keep fighting but that she was told her campaign would have to go into debt in order to continue.

In her announcement Tuesday, Ms. Harris reaffirmed her commitment to her campaign’s unifying ideals. She is likely to immediately become a top-tier pick for the party’s vice-presidential nomination.

“Although I’m no longer running for president,” she said, “I will do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are.”

Ms. Harris’s withdrawal will set off an arms race between the presidential campaigns still in the race, as they try to lap up her top-tier roster of endorsements and staff. Some of her donors have already begun to field calls from her rivals.

But it is unclear how Ms. Harris’s exit will aid any one candidate in polling, considering how her standing had declined in recent months. She and Ms. Warren were competing for many of the same voters earlier in the year, but ideological moderates like former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., may seek a boost from her supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Throughout her candidacy, Ms. Harris faced concerns about her political strategy and her campaign’s organizational structure. She relied on a stable of California political strategists, led by the longtime political operative Averell Smith, who did not heed warnings from grass-roots organizers to invest more heavily in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Instead, the campaign focused on later primaries in states with more nonwhite voters, including South Carolina and California.

They miscalculated. Mr. Biden remained popular with black voters, preventing the campaign from making significant headway in South Carolina. In California, Ms. Harris was increasingly boxed out, as progressives like Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren excited the state’s liberal wing and Mr. Biden persisted among moderates.

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Still, Ms. Harris had already qualified for the next presidential debate, scheduled for Dec. 19, the only non-white candidate to do so thus far. Without her, Democrats may have an all-white debate stage after beginning the primaries with the most racially diverse field in history, though candidates like Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and the businessman Andrew Yang may still qualify in the coming days.

“No matter your candidate, you have to recognize that going from the most diverse field ever in January to a potentially all-white debate stage in December is catastrophic,” wrote Leah Greenberg, a co-executive director of Indivisible, a national progressive group, on Twitter.

It was on an earlier debate stage in June when Ms. Harris generated one of the most electric moments of the race so far, challenging Mr. Biden over his record on race and busing. “I do not believe you are a racist,” she began. Mr. Biden was so taken aback he cut his own answer short. “Anyway, my time is up. I’m sorry,” he said.

Money poured into her campaign and she spiked in the polls, rocketing to second place in several and generally peaking at 20 percent support. But her poll numbers declined steadily in the months that followed, beginning when she undercut her star turn when she had difficulty articulating her own position on mandated busing.

“She really showed the importance of having different perspectives on the debate stage,” said Amanda Hunter, research and communications director at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which supports women in politics and studies double standards. “Her personal story about being bused to school was something that a historically typical older white man would not bring to the conversation.”

But “there is still a very entrenched stereotype of what a presidential candidate looks like in this country,” Ms. Hunter said. “Simply by running, Senator Harris challenged that and broke down stereotypes. But a lot of the questions around electability and the challenges she faced were probably motivated by that entrenched stereotype that so many people held.”

Ms. Harris’s online fund-raising slowed in recent months and large donors increasingly turned toward other candidates. In the third quarter of the year, she spent more than $1.41 for every dollar she raised, burning through millions of her treasury. She stopped buying ads, both online and on television, slashed staff in New Hampshire and retrenched to Iowa, where she spent the Thanksgiving holiday with her family.

In the days leading up to her withdrawal from the race, as her campaign grew increasingly desperate, she surprised one donor who had hosted an event for her but is not a major Democratic bundler by telephoning him to see if he could reach out to his associates who had yet to give, in hopes of finding her additional checks. Another donor recommended to her that she leave the race.

Even as she struggled, Ms. Harris had assembled a coveted list of more than 130 bundlers who had raised at least $25,000 for her campaign, more than half of whom were from her home state of California, one of the deepest wells of Democratic cash. Ms. Harris canceled a scheduled fund-raiser with some of her top bundlers in New York on Tuesday just hours before the event. On Wednesday, she had been scheduled to attend an event in Los Angeles at the home of Sean Parker, the billionaire tech entrepreneur.

A pair of California-based Democratic strategists, Dan Newman and Brian Brokaw, had just secured the money and the implicit sign off from Ms. Harris’s campaign to begin a super PAC in support of her candidacy. The group, named People Standing Strong, was to begin a million-dollar ad buy in Iowa on Wednesday. Her campaign itself had been unable to afford ads in the state since September.

But it was not enough, as her campaign determined that she did not have the financial resources to continue. The group quickly began canceling its reservations.

In addition to the financial troubles, some of Ms. Harris’s supporters worried that a poor showing once voting began, particularly in the California primary, would leave Ms. Harris vulnerable to a Senate primary challenge in 2022.

Presidential candidates have dropped out after running out of money for decades, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former Representative Beto O’Rourke earlier this year. In 2015, Scott Walker, then the governor of Wisconsin, famously flamed out of the Republican contest months before balloting began because he was short on cash. Two decades earlier, in 1995, Pete Wilson, then the governor of California, quit that race after falling into debt.

Ms. Harris’s former rivals for the Democratic nomination quickly expressed their admiration for her on Tuesday.

“Her campaign broke barriers and did it with joy,” Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey tweeted. “Love you, sister.”

Mr. Sanders thanked Ms. Harris “for running a spirited and issue-oriented campaign,” and Ms. Warren praised her “commitment to fighting for the people, for justice, and to holding Donald Trump accountable.” The former housing secretary Julián Castro called her “a lifelong fighter for opportunity and justice for all Americans.”

Mr. Biden, campaigning in Iowa, called Ms. Harris “a first-rate intellect, first-rate candidate, real competitor.” He walked away when a reporter asked whether he would consider Ms. Harris as a running mate.

Maggie Astor and Alexander Burns contributed reporting.

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