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Dem and GOP strategists talk Biden’s early frontrunner status for the Democratic presidential nomination

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As former Vice President Joe Biden was about to kick off his first campaign speech in Pittsburgh, Pa., Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov and GOPAC Chairman David Avella weighed in on new poll numbers Monday suggesting the Democratic field is wide open, with Biden at the top.

In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, Joe Biden, who officially announced his 2020 bid Thursday morning, enters as the early frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. According to the poll, 17 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents back Biden, followed by 11 percent for self-proclaimed Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Thirty-five percent had no opinion.

When asked to weigh in on the latest poll Avella said on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulker,” “When the initial Google search terms are ‘creepy Joe Biden’ and ‘Joe Biden’s age,’ and in many polls he is leading, that is not the way to start the campaign.”

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The veteran Republican strategist added, “If Joe Biden wanted to beat Barack Obama’s third term, he should have when it would have been the third term, which is 2016. Joe Biden is going to lose. He’s going to lose big and he is going to lose early.”

Biden’s announcement that he was a candidate marks the beginning of his third campaign for the White House.

Despite the recent #MeToo controversy potentially complicating his campaign, the former vice president has remained at the top of most public opinion polls.

Biden’s campaign hit a bump recently after several women publicly accused him of touching them inappropriately at events. The accusations came before Biden officially announced he was entering the race.

O’ROURKE SAYS HIS CAMPAIGN’S IN A ‘GOOD PLACE’

“The overall ranking still has Joe Biden with about a six or seven-point edge over Bernie Sanders, keeping him in first place,” said Tarlov, a Fox News contributor.

“The fundraising numbers from his first 24 hours were astoundingly good with $6.3 million. That’s more than Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke pulled in. But again, this is week one. We’ve got to see how all this plays out,” Tarlov said. “I’m not surprised he’s showing up in union country right away. I think we’ll know more in the next few weeks, but it seems like he is maintaining that frontrunner status.”

By picking Pennsylvania for his first campaign speech of the presidential race, Biden is signaling he hopes to own what may be the 2020 election’s toughest battleground.

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“Democrats are putting their number one issue as electability. They want to make sure that they can win in 2020, and Biden is winning across the board when you ask that question,” said Tarlov.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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ADL director on California synagogue shooting: Anti-Semitism is a ‘vicious problem right now’

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Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said the shooting at a southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover proves “anti-Semitism is a virulent and vicious problem right now in America.”

Greenblatt made the comment on “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, shortly after he landed in New York City from San Diego. He said he flew to San Diego on Saturday, shortly after authorities said a 19-year-old man armed with an assault-type rifle opened fire inside a synagogue as worshipers were celebrating the last day of Passover, killing a woman and injuring three others.

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, died of injuries she sustained in the shooting at the Chabad of Poway, located in a suburb near San Diego. Three others were wounded and transported to the hospital, including the synagogue’s rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein. Goldstein was injured after suffering a gunshot wound to his hand. Noya Dahan, 8, and her uncle, Almog Peretz, 34, were also injured. Dahan was hit by shrapnel in the face and leg. Peretz was reportedly shot in the leg as he was trying to protect children in the synagogue. All three have been discharged from the hospital.

“I got there on Saturday afternoon and spent the evening praying with Rabbi Goldstein’s family and spent Sunday morning (with) Lori Kaye’s (family)” Greenblatt said on “America’s Newsroom.”

When asked how they are doing he answered, “It’s very, very hard.”

He added, “They are thankful for the fact that only one person was killed, but the loss of even one life is an enormous tragedy. And this, six months to the day of the shooting at the Tree of Life (Synagogue in Pittsburgh), the most violent anti-Semitic attack in American history and on the day, yesterday, when we kick off Holocaust memorial week. So looking at all these things come together reminds us that anti-Semitism is a virulent and vicious problem right now in America.”

LEADERS STRUGGLE TO MAKE SENSE OF FATAL ATTACK ON SYNAGOGUE

Authorities identified the alleged shooter in Saturday’s attack as 19-year-old John Earnest. He was taken into custody following the shooting.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said FBI and homicide agents have interviewed Earnest and they are looking into his social media accounts.

He said they are investigating reports that the 19-year-old, who had no prior contact with law enforcement before Saturday, had written an anti-Jewish screed online.

Gore said Earnest is also being investigated for a possible connection to arson that caused property damage at Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, Calif. last month. No injuries were reported in that fire.

“He is a white supremacist. His manifesto clearly identified with a series of conspiratorial ideas that have been used to persecute Jews as well as other minorities for a long time,” Greenblatt said.

He added, “He’s someone whose bigotry, it may start with the Jews in terms of anti-Semitism, but anti-Semitism never ends with the Jews. It’s a disease. Hate will consume us all if we don’t respond to it.”

Greenblatt said there is a series of things that need to happen to combat the hate.

“First and foremost, our leaders need to lead and speak out clearly and consistently not only after a crisis but every day about the values that we hold dear,” said Greenblatt.

“Secondly, I think social media has a special responsibility here. Silicon Valley needs to not just innovate for financial returns, but it needs to work those algorithms to protect all of its users because Facebook and YouTube and these other platforms really are the front line today in fighting hate. It’s the place where white supremacists and many other kinds of bigots spread their poison.”

NEW YORK TIMES APOLOGIZES AGAIN FOR ‘OFFENSIVE’ TRUMP, NETANYAHU CARTOON THAT ‘INCLUDED ANTI-SEMITIC TROPES’

On “America’s Newsroom,” Greenblatt also responded to a cartoon of President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that was called offensive because of “anti-Semitic tropes.”

The New York Times Opinion section issued a second apology Sunday over the cartoon, which showed an apparently blind Trump wearing a pair of sunglasses and being led by a dog depicted as Netanyahu. The dog had a Star of David collar. The cartoon appeared in the paper’s opinion section next to a column penned by Thomas Friedman.

“We are deeply sorry for the publication of an anti-Semitic political cartoon last Thursday in the print edition of The New York Times that circulates outside of the United States, and we are committed to making sure nothing like this happens again,” the opinion section tweeted Sunday.

“Such imagery is always dangerous, and at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, it’s all the more unacceptable,” continued the apology, which was widely shared on Twitter.

The new apology said that the decision to run the syndicated cartoon was made by a single editor working without adequate oversight.

The political cartoon was criticized globally by numerous social media users, who said the Times’ first statement was inadequate.

“Let’s not call it a cartoon. It’s propaganda pure and simple,” said Greenblatt in response.

He added, “It doesn’t belong in any mainstream American publication, certainly not the New York Times.”

He added, “It reminds us that anti-Semitism comes in many forms. We were just talking about new media, you also see it in traditional media. Sometimes it’s over chants of ‘Jews will not replace us’ in Charlottesville. Sometimes it’s thinly veiled like this supposedly criticism of Israel. But it’s anti-Semitism pure and simple.”

Greenblatt said he felt compelled to tweet in reaction to the drawing because “we feel so strongly about this” but added, “the ADL doesn’t just tweet, we act. So we’ve been engaged with the management at The New York Times.”

Greenblatt said, “I spoke to management at the Times before that second apology and I explained to them clearly, an apology is not enough. We need action and accountability. That means policies and procedures need to change. That means they need to not only own up to what they’ve done, they need to get out front of this.”

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“Just Imagine the man who murdered Lori Kaye in San Diego County on Saturday, he was influenced — we know from his manifesto — by this idea of Jewish control, Jewish manipulation, exactly the kind of image that The New York Times printed just a few hours earlier.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kayleigh McEnany: ‘Job-killing Joe’ Biden is no match for President Trump

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National press secretary for President Trump’s re-election campaign Kayleigh McEnany argued Monday that former Vice President Joe Biden‘s history of “killing jobs” doesn’t bode well for his presidential bid.

During an appearance on “Outnumbered,” McEnany highlighted President Trump’s push for employment for America’s middle class, calling him a “savior” for blue-collar workers.

“For Joe Biden, for his job, we might as well call him Job-killing Joe,” she said. “He oversaw and voted for NAFTA – it killed a million jobs. He wanted TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) – it would’ve killed half a million jobs,” she continued. She then argued that President Trump “tore up” TPP and renegotiated a “better” NAFTA deal, bringing back manufacturing jobs to America.

“When you lose 211,000 manufacturing jobs under Biden, and President Trump in two short years has brought back nearly half a million – Job-Killing Joe, best of luck going into Pennsylvania,” she said, referencing Biden’s announcement that he’ll hold his first presidential rally in the state. “President Trump brought back manufacturing,” she added.

Trump slammed Joe Biden on Twitter Monday afternoon, writing, “The Media (Fake News) is pushing Sleepy Joe hard. Funny, I’m only here because of Biden & Obama. They didn’t do the job and now you have Trump, who is getting it done – big time!”

McEnany backed his statement on Fox News, adding that those rallying for Biden are simply nostalgic for the Obama era.

“The media are dreaming of a third-term of Obama in the form of Joe Biden,” she said.

“They don’t care about the middle class. They don’t care about the American people. They don’t care that those policies meant that we had the worst economic recovery in modern history going back to World War II,” she continued. “Never mind the fact that wages were depressed. They don’t care that under President Trump, wages are growing twice as fast for low and middle-income Americans.”

Biden did appear to get some support from middle class workers on Monday, after being endorsed officially by The International Association of Fire Fighters. They are the first major labor group to back a 2020 presidential candidate.

President Trump took to Twitter to respond to that news, writing, “The Dues Sucking firefighters leadership will always support Democrats, even though the membership wants me. Some things never change!”

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Sean Spicer: Trump will run ‘on a record of accomplishment’ in 2020

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Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during an appearance on “America’s Newsroom”  Monday that Democratic presidential candidates just want “anyone who can beat Trump,” but that the president will run in 2020 on his accomplishments.

As the number of Democratic candidates running reached 20 with the announcement of former Vice President Joe Biden, Spicer told Fox News that those running against Trump are “continuing to the far-left, socialist extreme.”

“This president has done what he said he was going to do and run on a record of accomplishment,” Spicer said. “He won 306 electoral votes – states like Michigan and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – the GOP hadn’t put some of those states in their column since 1988. The biggest problem for the Democratic party is that these elections will come down to a big binary choice, a contrast,” he continued. He went on to discuss the recent rise in the GDP for the first quarter of 2019, which clocked in at an impressive 3.2 percent – a win for Trump’s economic policy.

Spicer added that in his travels, he’s discussed with a lot of young people who their ideal candidates are, and believes that the younger generations are galvanizing around big issues like climate change. Overwhelmingly, he says, he sees support for Bernie Sanders.

“Bernie had this same kind of issue last cycle, which is, here is this older gentleman that believes in socialism, and that’s really attractive to young people. I have had the opportunity over the last year to visit several college campuses and I ask students who do you want?”

TRUMP SLAMS LEADERS OF ‘DUES SUCKING FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION AFTER BIDEN ENDORSEMENT

TRUMP SAYS HE WOULD BEAT BIDEN ‘EASILY’ IN 2020, TAKES SWIPE AT FORMER VP’S AGE

“They still by and large want Bernie,” he said. “It is an interesting contrast –  they get younger, new generation hipper candidates and still want to go with the old white guy.”

He went on to discuss the massive age and experiential differences between political veterans like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, and candidates like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is currently at one of the top spots in the polls.

Spicer argued that it’s important to not just consider Democratic candidates in the context of what demographics they might appeal to, but what the big issues are that they’re running on.

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“I think that too often we’ve tried to look at the Democratic race through the lens of what demographic do they fit, what gender are they? What color are they and their ethnic background as opposed to what are their big issues? That’s where you see a lot of energy in the Democratic party focused on people championing the big issues,” he added.

Ultimately, he said, there is still a lot that needs to take place before a nomination is secured. The first official Democratic primary debates will be held this summer, when voters will get a much clearer picture of the issues championed by each candidate.

“You’ll see a lot of ups and downs before this nomination is clinched,” Spicer said.

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Obama border patrol chief on immigration crisis: Congress not ‘looking at what they need to do right now’

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President Obama’s border patrol chief said Monday that he isn’t optimistic Congress can end the immigration crisis on the southern border — or even wants to deal with it.

Mark Morgan told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” that Congress has “shown again and again their failure to do what’s right” to fix the problem.

“They want to eat the elephant in one bite instead of looking at what they need to do right now,” he said.

Morgan said what Congress should be doing is fixing the so-called Flores Settlement, which prevents migrant families and children caught crossing the border illegally from being detained for more than 20 days.

EX-OBAMA BORDER PATROL CHIEF SUPPORTS IDEA OF SENDING MIGRANT DETAINEES TO SANCTUARY CITIES

He said Congress also needs to amend the Trafficking Victims Protections Reauthorization Act, which prevents unaccompanied illegal immigrants under the age of 18 from being returned home to Central America when caught.

“If they would do those two legislative fixes they would end ‘catch-and-release’ and 85 percent of the humanitarian crisis would end immediately and the numbers would stem,” Morgan said.

He said he agrees with President Trump who has made much the same argument and said it would only take 15 minutes for Congress to do it.

OBAMA’S BORDER CHIEF WARNS CONGRESS: IMMIGRATION CRISIS ‘AT A MAGNITUDE NEVER SEEN IN MODERN TIMES’

“The president is factually correct on this,” Morgan said.

Morgan agreed that the crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico is getting exponentially worse.

“Right now if you grab a kid and come to our country illegally you’re allowed in,” he said.

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“They’re not even asserting credible fear claims, they’re not even asserting asylum now,” he said. “They don’t need to because our laws are so broke.”

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Geraldo Rivera to pharmaceutical companies: ‘They’re drug pushers in white coats’

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Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera got an inside look at the opioid crisis with a visit to the Sarasota County Jail in Florida. Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

After his revealing look at the growing and deadly crisis, Rivera was moved to call pharmaceutical companies, “drug pushers in white coats.”

“They’re drug pushers in white coats and they’re big manufacturers, you know, in their suits and ties,” said Rivera.

“It’s a lot different than it used to be and they are responsible for devastating much of our country.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including prescription opioids, which is nearly double the number of people who died from drug overdoses a decade before.

TRUMP TOUTS SUCCESS IN BATTLING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Sarasota, Florida is among more than 1,500 state and local governments fighting the opioid crisis by taking drug makers to court.

Rivera said on Monday: “1,500 state, county and local governments are all suing big pharma and the distributors of these prescription opioid drugs. Why? Because they have decimated the communities.”

The lead attorney in the Sarasota suit against drug companies, William Robertson Jr., told Fox News: “They started a marketing campaign to change the narrative and what they wanted, and if you look at the statistics, was to convince the mainstream physicians and medical professionals that opioids would be appropriate for chronic pain and they are not because the body gets used to it.”

He added: “If you’re on them a month, you’ve got about (a) 56 percent chance that you’re going to be addicted and that’s an addiction that will last for the rest of your life.”

When Rivera asked some of the inmates if any of them blame the big pharmaceutical companies that produce drugs or the distributors for their addictions, some were blunt in their responses.

“Of course I have a little bit of bitterness towards them. If it wouldn’t have been for prescription pharmaceuticals, I never would have started on opiates in the first place,” one inmate said.

Another inmate told Rivera: “Pharmaceutical companies and the doctor industry in Florida definitely plays a big part in it.”

“When I started my pain management program. I was on a much less dose and my doctor, gradually over time, he got me on the really super-duper heavy stuff, including fentanyl,” a third said.

She added: “I can see both sides of it. We all make choices but if my doctor hadn’t — I don’t know.”

A fourth inmate acknowledged she is lucky to be alive after overdosing six times. She said she blamed her doctors.

“It was more to the doctors prescribing it to me. They said I needed it. And then I just abused it,” the inmate said, before adding, “if it wasn’t for my surgeries that started it, I probably would have never touched it.”

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Opioid drugs have long been used for end-of-life and post-surgery pain but starting in the 1990s, a new generation of the drugs was increasingly used to treat chronic pain.

Lawsuits filed by state and local governments across the country assert that the change was a major factor in a national opioid addiction and overdose crisis.

Rivera said: “It used to be they just were incarcerated. They just were kept off the streets and punished for whatever crime they committed to get the money they needed to buy their prescription drugs. But now in Sarasota and many other places they’re trying a much more comprehensive rehabilitative approach to it where they’re trying to lessen recidivism, get these people on the straight-and-narrow, where they can get some coping skills, some survival skills.”

Rivera said while members of law enforcement are “taking care of those patients” they are also, “busting drug manufacturers.”

He brought up the example of federal prosecutors charging one of the nation’s largest opioid distributors, Rochester Drug Cooperative, and two of its former executives on Tuesday.

“Two of the chief executives were arrested for knowingly and intentionally pedaling opioids, knowing that they were more addictive and more damaging to these people than they were saying,” Rivera said.

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He added that there is “some evidence” the opioid crisis is “plateauing,” saying it’s “because of these aggressive federal actions but there’s a long way obviously to go.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former deputy assistant AG: immigration court backlog ‘stunning’

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The immigration court backlog that has left asylum seekers waiting years for a ruling in their case while they remain in the U.S. is “stunning,” according to former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tom Dupree.

“This is intolerable what we have right now,” Dupree told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Monday in response to figures showing the backlog has grown to more than 869,000 cases as of March 31.

In January 2017, immigration court judges had a backlog of more than 542,000 cases, according to numbers compiled by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse research center.

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Dupree’s comments came a day after President Trump criticized the immigration court system during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“What we need is new laws,” Trump said, adding, “We have a court system that has 900,000 cases behind it. In other words, they have a court that needs to hear 900,000.”

“It’s just a situation Congress can fix … and they don’t,” the president continued.

Attorney General William Barr issued a rule this month that would prevent some asylum-seekers from asking an immigration judge to be released on bond while their case is pending.

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The ruling does not apply to unaccompanied children or families who can legally be held no more than 20 days. It would take effect in 90 days.

Dupree, who was the deputy assistant AG from 2007 to 2009, said the backlog prevents cases from being processed quickly.

“There is not fair and efficient justice,” he said.

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“I think at a minimum you have to make sure we have resources in the legal system to ensure that everyone who comes here is treated fairly under the laws of the United States,” he said.

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Sarah Sanders: We must call out antisemitism, bigotry and racism for what it is

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning to discuss the fatal shooting at a San Diego synagogue on Sunday, and stressed the importance of condemning hate in America.

The shooter, a 19-year-old nursing student named John Earnest, released a manifesto prior to the shooting, filled with a tirade of abuse directed towards people of the Jewish faith.

“We have to call out this type of antisemitic behavior, racism, bigotry. We have to call it out,” Sanders said Monday. “We have to continue to identify and make sure that people know it is evil and look at it right in the face call it exactly that.”

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She also said President Trump reached out directly to the rabbi targeted during the shooting to offer his and the country’s condolences.

Sunday’s shooting is the latest in hate-motivated attacks in America and took place just a few months after a gunman shot seven people dead at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October.

One ABC analyst argued Trump needs to “look in the mirror” and consider that “the words he uses … inflame a part of what’s going on in America.”

Sanders called the statement “outrageous” and a “complete misrepresentation” of the president and his goals.

“I don’t think anything we could be further from the truth,” Sanders said. “We have a president that has a heart for people. He cares about people, he cares about this country. He wants to see it succeed on every single level.

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“Words like that are not helpful to this process at all, we’re looking for how we can actually change people’s hearts. The president has condemned not only this act but all acts of evil, hatred, racism, and bigotry and we will continue to do that.”

Sanders added that she knows the president and the rest of his administration are working to ensure that people of all religions feel safe wherever they worship.

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Taylor Swift adopts kitten from ‘Me!’ music video set

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Not only did Taylor Swift release her much-anticipated music video for the song “Me!” featuring Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie on Friday,  but she also revealed she adopted a kitten from the music video set.

“And then there were three…” Swift wrote on Instagram and Twitter, posting a photo of herself with a fluffy, blue-eyed kitten.

Another post on social media revealed that she named the kitten Benjamin Button. She added that he’s a “good boy.”

According to People, Swift adopted Benjamin Button from the set of the “ME!” video, where the kitten makes a cameo.

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“He was just a cute kitten who didn’t have a home,” she told PEOPLE, adding that he was part of a program that “tries to get cute kittens adopted by putting them in commercials and stuff.”

Swift said the kitten’s handler, “Handed me this tiny cat, and he just starts purring and … he looks at me like, ‘You’re my mom, and we’re going to live together.’”

She added, “I fell in love.”

Another Instagram post shows the singer carrying Benjamin Button around in her arms like a baby. “This is how he prefers to travel,” she says in the clip posted on Saturday.

Benjamin Button is the third cat for Swift. Her other two, Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey, also have roles in the “ME!” video.

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The fantasy-themed music video, which Swift co-directed, was released at midnight Friday after much anticipation from fans. It’s the first single from her upcoming seventh album.

The singer announced the song and video release on Instagram after a week of cryptic posts, including a mysterious countdown clock and a colorful Nashville butterfly mural captioned with the April 26 release date.

Swift’s previous album, 2017’s “Reputation,” topped Billboard charts throughout last year. Most recently, the country-turned-pop star has also been working on a big-screen adaptation of “Cats.”

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Swift is scheduled to open next week’s Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single “ME!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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U.S. did not pay North Korea $2M for Otto Warmbier’s medical bills: John Bolton

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National security adviser John Bolton insisted Sunday that the U.S. did not pay North Korea $2 million for the medical care of Otto Warmbier, despite a U.S. official signing a document pledging to do so.

Speaking to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Bolton said it “appears” as though North Korea presented then-U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Joseph Yun with a hospital bill for Warmbier, who fell into a coma after he was detained in 2016.

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“This occurred before I came into the administration, but that’s my understanding, yes,” Bolton told Wallace when asked about the North Korean demand, which was first reported Thursday by The Washington Post. The paper also reported that the North Koreans insisted that Yun sign the reimbursement pledge before allowing Warmbier to be flown to the U.S. in a vegetative state days before his death in June 2017.

When Wallace asked if Yun signed the document, Bolton answered: “That is what I’m told, yes.”

“I guess the bottom-line question is: Did the U.S. pay any money to North Korea, however it was disguised, after Warmbier was released?” Wallace asked.

“Absolutely not, and that’s the key point,” Bolton answered.

A State Department spokesman declined to comment to Fox News and referred inquiries to a White House statement issued in the wake of the Post report, which said: “We do not comment on hostage negotiations, which is why they have been so successful during this administration.” Yun, who retired in early 2018, has not commented publicly on the matter.

“The president’s been successful in getting 20-plus hostages released from imprisonment around the world and hasn’t paid anything for any of them,” the national security adviser said.

On Friday, President Trump reiterated that “no money” was paid to Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“We did not pay money for our great Otto,” Trump told reporters. “There was no money paid, there was a fake news report that money was paid.”

Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel. That March, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor.

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North Korea repeatedly has denied accusations Warmbier was tortured and officials told their U.S. counterparts at the time that the University of Virginia student had suffered from botulism and then slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report.

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