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Biden Proposes Smaller Tax Increases Than Rivals Do

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. would raise taxes on high earners and corporations by at least $3.4 trillion over the course of a decade if elected, his campaign said Wednesday, releasing a set of plans that are far less aggressive than his more liberal rivals’.

Mr. Biden would raise a much smaller amount of tax revenue from the wealthiest Americans and businesses than his rivals Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who have each proposed wealth taxes on the assets of billionaires and some multimillionaires, along with corporate tax increases.

The gulf in tax proposals mirrors the candidates’ divide on plans for new government spending. Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders want to spend trillions of dollars more per year on new federal programs, including Medicare for All and student debt relief, than Mr. Biden has suggested.

Ms. Warren has proposed about $30 trillion in new tax revenues to pay for her spending plans. Mr. Sanders has said his health care plan alone will cost $30 trillion. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of the South Bend, Ind., who has emerged as one of Mr. Biden’s main rivals in wooing moderate Democrats, has proposed nearly $7 trillion in new taxes, according to his campaign.

It remains possible that Mr. Biden could propose additional spending plans and other new taxes to help pay for them. But his tax increases are already more than double the amount that the last Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, proposed in the 2016 campaign.

While less aggressive than his rivals’, Mr. Biden’s proposals reflect a growing focus among Democrats to reduce economic inequality through higher tax and spending programs.

Mr. Biden would use the tax revenues to fund new spending on higher education, infrastructure, health care and carbon emissions reduction.

The list of proposals he released Wednesday shields more Americans from tax increases than Ms. Warren’s or Mr. Sanders’s would, and it tweaks — rather than scraps entirely — President Trump’s tax cuts for corporations.

Mr. Biden has cast his plans as both progressive and achievable, a contrast the campaign sought to underscore with the details it released. They include revenue projections that are more conservative than some of his opponents’.

For example, Mr. Biden projects raising less than $2 trillion over a decade from all of his corporate tax increases combined. Ms. Warren forecasts she can raise more than $2 trillion solely by cracking down on companies that underpay their American tax liability.

Mr. Biden “is committed to being transparent with the American people about the smart and effective ways he’d pay for the bold changes he’s proposing,” said his policy director, Stef Feldman. “He believes that being forthright with voters about how plans would be financed is critical to building the public support necessary to beat Donald Trump, help more Democrats win up and down the ballot, and then pass legislation through Congress.”

Some high-earners — those who make around $450,000 a year — would pay lower tax rates under Mr. Biden’s plan than they did during the Obama administration, when Mr. Biden was vice president. That is a deliberate choice by Mr. Biden: He proposes returning the top income tax bracket to 39.6 percent, after Mr. Trump’s 2017 tax law cut it to 37 percent.

But Mr. Biden would only subject individuals’ income above $510,000 to that top rate. Before the Trump tax cuts, the top rate started at just under $420,000 for individuals.

Mr. Biden would also repeal a limitation that the Trump tax law placed on the deduction of state and local taxes from federal taxes. The law capped the so-called SALT deduction at $10,000 for individuals or households, a change that raised taxes on some higher-earning taxpayers in high-tax and predominantly Democratic states like California, New York and New Jersey.

Corporations would also be subject to a lower rate under Mr. Biden’s plan than they were before the passage of Mr. Trump’s tax cuts. The 2017 cuts reduced the corporate rate to 21 percent from a high of 35 percent. Mr. Biden would raise it to 28 percent — the same rate Mr. Obama proposed in a tax overhaul plan he was unable to push through as president.

Mr. Biden would unambiguously raise taxes on millionaires, and not just by lifting the top rate. He would raise the tax rate on capital gains — the proceeds from the sale of a stock, vacation home or other investment asset — to 39.6 percent from 23.8 percent, for taxpayers earning more than $1 million a year. He would also limit those taxpayers’ itemized deductions and eliminate an inflation adjustment at death that reduces capital gains liabilities for wealthy heirs.

Mr. Biden would raise additional tax revenues from multinational corporations whose effective tax rates are below the 21 percent corporate rate by enacting measures aimed at discouraging companies from shifting profits overseas. The proposals target companies like Amazon and Apple that report little or no federal tax liability.

They include a type of alternative minimum tax of 15 percent on companies’ total revenues worldwide, with credit given for taxes paid in foreign countries. A similar, but not identical, proposal from Ms. Warren would tax companies on the difference between their foreign taxes paid and her proposed American corporate rate of 35 percent.

Another of Mr. Biden’s plans would double the rate of a new minimum tax of sorts, which was established by Mr. Trump’s tax law and which applies to certain income from multinationals.

Thomas Kaplan contributed reporting from Ames, Iowa.

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Blogger celebrates breast implant removal with warning: ‘Grass isn’t always green with bigger boobs’

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A blogger celebrating the one-year anniversary since she removed her breast implants is warning women of the potential dangers before deciding to go under the knife.

Sia Cooper, who blogs about motherhood and fitness, took to Instagram on Wednesday to commemorate her implant removal. Her breast enhancements deteriorated her health, she told her more than 1.1 million followers, and now she wants other women to beware.

“I cannot believe it’s been one freaking year since I removed my breast implants,” Cooper captioned a photo of herself holding up the former implants. “Last year, I found myself on what honestly felt like the verge of death. I was 29 feeling like I was trapped in an 80 year old’s body.”

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The mother of two listed a number of health defects she experienced with her breast implants, including weight gain, body pains, energy deficiency, hair loss and autoimmune symptoms. 

After consulting doctors and getting no answers and negative blood test results, Cooper said she “decided to consider the two large foreign objects inside of my body.”

“I took a gamble and chose to remove them,” she said.

Within days, Cooper said she saw improvements to her body and overall health. After seven years, she said, she could breathe properly. Soon she was able to reach her desired weight loss goal and got back the energy of a 20-year-old.

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“Within a year, most of my symptoms are either gone or improved,” Cooper said.

The blogger warned women to stay informed and do their research before deciding to get breast implants, which she pointed out could potentially cause cancer, according to an FDA report.

“The cosmetic surgery is a billion [dollar] industry that preys on the insecurities of women,” she said.

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“Removing my implants has taught me to [love] myself and my body more than ever,” she added. “I mean, the grass isn’t always green with bigger boobs.”

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Instagram Now Requires Users To Provide Their Age

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Instagram is now requiring users to give their birthday before they use the photo sharing app.

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Users on Instagram will soon be required to enter their birth date in order to use the social networking app. The Facebook-owned company previously only checked that the new user was at least 13 years old.

The changes are being made in the hopes of making the platform safer for younger users, Instagram said in a statement. The birth dates will be used to recommend different privacy settings and features. Birthdays will not be visible to the public.

It will also be used for targeted ads, an Instagram spokesperson told NPR.

“While we expect ads targeted by age to be more accurate on Instagram following this update, this isn’t the reason we made these changes,” Instagram said in an email. “Our focus is on developing new, age-appropriate experiences for young people using this information.”

Instagram said ads for age-restricted products, such as alcohol and tobacco, will no longer be displayed for people under the legal age limit in their country.

The company also said it will soon give users more power to restrict who can send them direct messages.

Reaction to the announcement has been mixed. Many have noted that Instagram is not verifying birth dates, which will allow children to lie about their age to gain access to the platform. Others are wary about the social media giant’s access to more personal data.

The changes come as lawmakers and agencies double down on enforcing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, a law that bans online services from collecting personal data from children under 13. Earlier this year, YouTube paid the Federal Trade Commission a record $170 million to settle allegations that the company illegally collected children’s personal information.

In recent months, Instagram has announced other changes to its user experience. Most recently, the app announced its plans to test hiding the number of “likes” on a post in an attempt to “depressurize” the platform.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern with NPR’s News Desk.

Note: Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, is among NPR’s recent financial supporters.

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GOP keeps asking for more evidence, but won’t allow people who have it to testify

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Iranian missile parts headed to Yemen captured by US Navy warship, officials say

U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that a U.S. Navy warship has intercepted a “significant cache” of what is thought to be missile parts from Iran headed to rebels in Yemen.

This is the first time such high-level missile components have been seized en route to the four-year civil war in Yemen, officials said, where Iranians support the Houthi rebels. The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of smuggling arms to the rebels, who are battling the Yemeni government.

A small Navy boat and a Coast Guard boarding team seized the weapons last Wednesday in the northern Arabian Sea. The weapons have been linked to Iran.

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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), the Navy warship that seized the missile parts said to be from Iran en route to Yemen.

The Yemeni civil war has been seen as a proxy conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and as a means to quell Iranian influence in the region. In light of the violence, 20 million people have been rendered food-insecure, with half of those suffering extreme levels of hunger, according to a United Nations report from February.

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The seizure came just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss counterbalancing Iran.

According to officials, the USS Forrest Sherman, part of the Harry S. Truman strike group operating in the region, was conducting routine maritime operations when sailors noticed a small wooden boat that was not displaying a flag from any country.

Navy and Coast Guard personnel stopped the boat and boarded it for inspection when they found the weapons. They did not determine an exact number but asserted it was a significant cache.

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They said the small boat was towed to port and the boat’s crew was transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard. The weapons are being stored on the American warship.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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GOP keeps asking for more evidence, but won’t allow people who have it to testify

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Young Sheldon, Meet SpongeBob: CBS and Viacom Are Back Together

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After more than a decade apart, CBS and Viacom are reuniting.

In a deal that closed on Wednesday, the CBS Corporation, the company behind the broadcast network CBS and the publisher Simon & Schuster, merged with Viacom, the owner of Paramount Pictures and the cable outlets MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The combination brings together a set of businesses that once dominated the media and entertainment industries but are now fighting to stay relevant in an increasingly digital world.

CBS and Viacom were already corporate siblings before the deal, both controlled by National Amusements, a theater company that grew into a major conglomerate under the mogul Sumner M. Redstone, who is ailing at age 96. His daughter, Shari Redstone, emerged as the company’s leader in recent years and had sought a merger since 2016. With the deal, Ms. Redstone cements her role as a trailblazing figure in a male-dominated industry, a woman whose peers now include leaders of media behemoths like Brian Roberts of Comcast and Robert A. Iger of the Walt Disney Company.

Now that Disney has joined Netflix and Amazon as a force in the streaming industry, the merger is meant to make ViacomCBS, as the new company will be called, a bigger player in digital entertainment than the two companies had been as separate entities.

Unlike its streaming rivals — a group that includes Apple, with its new Apple TV Plus streaming service, and AT&T, the owner of HBO Max, scheduled to make its debut in May — ViacomCBS will focus on supplying films and television series to other companies. With an executive team led by Ms. Redstone, the chairwoman of the company’s board, ViacomCBS intends to follow a strategy of selling its wares to the highest bidder as demand for original content increases.

The number of streaming subscribers around the world surpassed the number of cable subscribers for the first time last year, and Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other platforms are fighting to attract customers who have cut the cord or are one cable technician visit away from doing so.

That has set off a frenzy of activity among the streaming companies, and ViacomCBS has already started to take advantage of the new demand. Paramount’s TV arm, for example, created “Jack Ryan,” a popular series on Amazon Prime Video, and CBS has produced content, like the true-crime drama “Unbelievable” and the comedic thriller “Dead to Me,” that streams exclusively on Netflix. In October, Viacom sold streaming rights to the animated comedy series “South Park” to AT&T’s HBO Max in a deal worth $500 million.

“I actually feel great about this positioning,” Ms. Redstone said at a November event at the Paley Center in Manhattan. She described the combination as a “global content powerhouse” that has an “incredible library.”

Viacom properties include “Mission: Impossible,” “Star Trek” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and CBS is home to “NCIS,” “60 Minutes” and “Young Sheldon,” a breakout comedy that is owned by AT&T’s Warner Bros. but has become a durable hit for CBS.

ViacomCBS also has a small toehold in streaming services with CBS All Access and Showtime, which together have more than eight million subscribers and feature originals such as the reboot of “Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek: Picard,” which is scheduled to have a January debut. Viacom’s free, ad-supported streaming service, Pluto, has more than 20 million viewers a month.

From 2000, when National Amusements acquired CBS, until 2006, the two companies were a single entity. Mr. Redstone split them apart when the Viacom properties were growing faster than the CBS broadcast network and radio stations. A reunification was seen as necessary now that television audiences have eroded and the movie business is adjusting to streaming.

The creation of ViacomCBS is a victory for Ms. Redstone, whose efforts to bring about a merger drew opposition from the CBS Corporation board, including its former chief executive Leslie Moonves. Mr. Moonves was pushed out last year after several women accused him of sexual misconduct, charges he has denied.

Some analysts have questioned the deal, saying it may not be enough to fend off the decline in traditional television. Michael Nathanson, an analyst with the Wall Street research firm MoffettNathanson, said ViacomCBS would have to “explain how the combination helps better insulate it” from the current pressures on the cable and satellite business.

The merger seems to be largely a “defense play,” he said. “For the stock to work, they have to prove that their current strategy is either building long-term asset value or generating more attractive” returns, he said. “If they can’t, we remain in purgatory.”

Shares of both CBS and Viacom have dropped about 20 percent since the merger was announced in August.

Viacom’s chief executive, Robert M. Bakish, leads the new company, and Joseph Ianniello, the CBS acting chief executive, remains the head of the CBS unit. The combined company expects to see about $500 million in cost savings, which typically come in the form of layoffs. The deal’s closing is sure to set off several rounds of job cuts over the next few years.

David Nevins, the head of Showtime, has been put in charge of overseeing collaborative efforts between programmers across both CBS and Viacom, reporting to both Mr. Bakish and Mr. Ianniello. Mr. Nevins is directly in charge of programming for CBS, Showtime and BET. He has also developed a close working relationship with Ms. Redstone. This is the first season in decades that CBS programming has come from someone other than Mr. Moonves, who was often credited with the network’s ratings dominance over the past decade.

For this season so far, CBS has lost the crown to NBC, with ratings falling more than 12 percent from last year. The 2019-20 television season could ultimately shake out differently. On a conference call with analysts last month, Mr. Ianniello predicted that CBS would finish the season in May “as America’s most-watched network.”

The deal is the last in the current wave of media megamergers. Two major transactions totaling more than $150 billion closed just last year. AT&T buttoned up its $80 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Shortly thereafter, the Walt Disney Company beat out its rival Comcast to win the majority of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox business for $71.3 billion.

But the combination of CBS and Viacom amounts to a fraction of those deals, underscoring the need for such a merger. The equity value of the new business is about $25 billion, putting it far behind rivals like Disney, which also has a theme parks business, and NBCUniversal, which is owned by the cable giant Comcast.

Several key advisers to Ms. Redstone have suggested a bigger deal could come in the future, with ViacomCBS selling to a tech giant, four people familiar with those discussions have said. Even so, Ms. Redstone is not in a rush to sell off a business she has just spent years pulling together, they added.

When asked if ViacomCBS was large enough to compete against its supersize competitors, Ms. Redstone said it would be a mistake to confuse a company’s value with its heft.

“I think people make a mistake and they look at scale as being about market cap,” she said at the Paley Center. “Scale is not about market cap. Scale is about the ability to create the quantity and quality of content that people want to see.”

She went on to make an impassioned defense of the company’s track record: “We have 4.3 billion subscribers around the world. We have 22, almost 23 percent of TV and cable viewership. We’re No. 1 in all key demos in the United States.”

The person conducting the interview at the Paley Center was one of her principal bankers, Aryeh Bourkoff, the head of LionTree Advisors, who helped broker the merger. After her response in defense of the company, he said, “I didn’t mean to offend you by the question,” eliciting laughter in the room.

The deal is an important moment for Ms. Redstone, who has long waited in the shadow of her father, a combative, cantankerous entrepreneur who over decades forged an empire through a series of mergers bankrolled by big loans. He built it only to dangle succession in front of his daughter, creating a caustic relationship that led to one of the most bitter family disputes in corporate America.

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Matt Gaetz grills impeachment witnesses over Democratic donations, slams professor’s dig at Barron Trump

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House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., grilled three of the four impeachment panel witnesses for their past support for Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, and admonished one for making a joke at the expense of the teenage son of President Trump.

Gaetz began his allotted five minutes of question time by responding to the previous questioner, House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem S. Jeffries, D-N.Y., who noted that Americans had elected a Democrat majority in the House to serve as a check on Trump.

“The will of the American people also elected Donald Trump to be president of the United States in the 2016 election, and there’s one party that can’t seem to get over it,” Gaetz said, adding that unlike Jeffries’ caucus, Republicans haven’t focused all of their resources on attempting to remove the top official in the opposing party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“Frankly, we’d love to govern with you,” he added.

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Turning to the professors, he asked UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Michael Gerhardt to confirm that he donated to President Barack Obama.

“My family did, yes,” Gerhardt responded.

Shifting his attention to Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman, Gaetz noted the educator has written several articles that portray Trump in a negative light.

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Gaetz further pressed Feldman, asking him: “Do you believe you’re outside of the political mainstream on the question of impeachment?”

Responding to Gaetz, Feldman said impeachment is warranted whenever a president abuses their power for personal gain or when they “corrupt the democratic process.” The professor added he was an “impeachment skeptic” until the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

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After the exchange, Gaetz turned to Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan and challenged her on reported four-figure donations to Clinton, Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“Why so much more for Hillary than the other two?” he added, smiling.

The Florida lawmaker went on to criticize Karlan for a remark she made while answering an earlier question by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.

Karlan had told Jackson Lee that there is a difference between what Trump can do as president and the powers of a medieval king.

“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son ‘Barron’, he can’t make him a baron.”

Gaetz fumed at the remark, saying it does not lend “credibility” to her argument.

“When you invoke the president’s son’s name here, when you try to make a little joke out of referencing Barron Trump… it makes you look mean, it makes you look like you are attacking someone’s family: the minor child of the president of the United States.”

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Tennessee woman found brutally murdered inside counseling center, police say

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Police in Tennessee are investigating the “brutal murder” of a 50-year-old woman who was found dead Wednesday morning inside the counseling center where she worked, authorities said.

“Madison Precinct detectives are investigating the brutal murder of counselor Melissa Hamilton, 50, sometime overnight inside Crossroads Counseling, 521 Gallatin Pk S, where she worked,” the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted on Wednesday.

Hamilton’s body was found with obvious trauma, police added.

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The counseling center is located in Madison, Tenn., which is about 20 minutes from Nashville.

Hamilton was the assistant director at Crossroads Counseling, according to police.

Her husband woke up Wednesday morning and realized his wife had not returned home, police said, and that he called 911 around 6 a.m. Officers went to the counseling center shortly thereafter and found her body inside.

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Investigators said Hamilton facilitated a group session at Crossroads Counseling that ended at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. It was not uncommon for Hamilton to hold individual counseling following a group session, according to police.

Hamilton’s car was found parked near the front door of the center, police added.

The alleged murder took place in a counseling room toward the back of the building, Fox 17 reported.

Police are reportedly trying to identify who was in the group session on Tuesday night. Detectives are also interviewing Hamilton’s clients and going through files as part of their investigation, according to the station, which said officers are canvassing the area for surveillance footage, as well.

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A medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death, police said.

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Greg Gutfeld and Brian Kilmeade: Why people think we hate each other

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Fox News hosts Greg Gutfeld and Brian Kilmeade had a great time on Gutfeld’s Fox Nation show joking about how some people think they don’t get along.

“When I go on my sold-out tours,” said Gutfeld, bragging about his live performances, “people assume that you and I absolutely have a problem with each other.”

“I play into it,” laughed Kilmeade. “You do it too, right?”

“It’s great,” agreed Gutfeld on his Fox Nation show “One Smart Person and Greg Gutfeld.” “Especially, when you are on ‘The Five’ and I start insulting you and people are like, ‘What did Brian do to him?’ And if anybody asks, I go, ‘It’s too long to get into on Twitter.”

Kilmeade joked that Gutfeld’s putdowns have been more stinging when they’re delivered in his absence.

“It’s worse when I’m not there,” Kilmeade deadpanned, “because I find out like two days later… I go, ‘Woah, woah, woah, you mentioned me on Sunday? What was it in context with?'”

Kilmeade said he got the same reaction from some fans at his live shows.

“My third question’s always like, ‘So what’s going on between you and Gutfeld?’ and I go, ‘We don’t get along. He’s jealous’… I never say that there’s no problem.”

Kilmeade was appearing on Gutfeld’s Fox Nation show to discuss his new book, “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History,” and they did eventually find the time to discuss it — briefly.

“You are upsetting so many historians,” Gutfeld observed, “because historians don’t have morning talk shows, they’re not going into your turf.”

“There’s no Meacham in the morning?” joked Kilmeade, an apparent reference to presidential historian Jon Meacham.

Turning serious for a moment, Gutfeld asked, “So, who is Sam Houston?”

Kilmeade said he became interested in Sam Houston while he was doing research for one of his previous books on President Andrew Jackson. Houston, who died in 1863, was a lawyer, politician, and leader in the Texas Revolution.

Jackson “mentored Sam Houston and they were buddies,” Kilmeade said

“On Andrew Jackson’s porch… It would be James K. Polk, President Buchanan, Martin Van Buren, Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson. And, they used to try to solve the world’s problems, and they used to talk about Manifest Destiny and did it, they used to talk about Texas and took it. They used to talk about taking Florida and he had it in 1819, so to me, it was an impactful group of guys.”

“Wow,” reacted Gutfeld. “That’s like the male version of the Golden Girls.”

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