February 25, 2020

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Sanders doubles down on his Fidel Castro praise amid criticism: ‘Teaching people to read and write is a goo…

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., doubled down on his remarks praising former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro during a televised town hall on Monday night after he raised eyebrows for complimenting the brutal leader’s education reforms.”When Fidel Castro first came into power … you know what he did? He initiated a major literacy program. It was a…

CNN continues obsession about Trump’s eating habits, this time over food options in India

The liberal network that once hyperventilated because President Trump is sometimes served an extra scoop of ice cream has struck again – this time mocking the president because he might have to eschew a cheeseburger or two during his trip to India.CNN published an article on Sunday – “’I have never seen him eat a vegetable:’ Trump…

Bernie Sanders says ‘major plans’ to be funded in part by new taxes, lawsuits

Bernie Sanders unexpectedly released a fact-sheet Monday night explaining that he’d pay for his sweeping new government programs through new taxes and massive lawsuits, as well as by slashing spending on the military, among other methods.The move sought to head off complaints from Republicans and some rival Democrats that his plans were economically unrealistic, especially after a head-turning CBS…

Judge Napolitano calls Weinstein verdict a ‘monumental setback’ for government

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to the Harvey Weinstein verdict on “America’s Newsroom” Monday, calling it a “significant victory” for the disgraced movie producer and a “monumental setback” for prosecutors.Weinstein, 67, was convicted of first-degree commission of a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape but was acquitted of two more serious charges…

Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats | TheHill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments Liberal author Matt Stoller: Iowa caucus screw-up was ‘Boeing 737 Max of the Democratic Party’ MORE (I-Vt.) is standing by the praise he extended to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in wake of mounting backlash from a contingent of…

GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman | TheHill

Republicans are eagerly watching Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments Liberal author Matt Stoller: Iowa caucus screw-up was ‘Boeing 737 Max of the Democratic Party’ MORE’s (I-Vt.) surge toward the Democratic presidential nomination.GOP lawmakers and strategists believe Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, is…

62-year-old retired Marine and DEA agent breaks Guinness World Record for planking

A 62-year-old retired Marine and DEA supervisory special agent broke the world record for planking last week – holding the abdominal pose for a total 8 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds.George Hood broke the men’s record for the longest time in the plank position at a gym in Chicago. Five15 Fitness, a gym dedicated to…

Vanessa Bryant files lawsuit against helicopter company: report

Vanessa Bryant reportedly filed a lawsuit against the helicopter company that owned the aircraft that was carrying her husband, Kobe, her daughter Gigi and seven others in the fog and crashed last month.Island Express, which owned the helicopter, was only allowed to fly under visual flight rules and the conditions were not fit for flying, TMZ…

Dow craters over 1,000 points as coronavirus spreads

U.S. equity markets were under severe pressure Monday following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases outside China.The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by as many as 1,030 points, or 3.6 percent, before slightly trimming its losses while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell by as much as 3.5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. The early selling…

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of third-degree rape, criminal sex act

NEW YORK – Former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty by a Manhattan jury Monday of two of five charges relating to sexual assaults and faces as many as 25 years in prison.He was found guilty of a criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 and…

The Hill’s Morning Report – Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday | TheHill

Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Happy Monday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to…

Trump receives warm welcome in India, announces $3 billion defense deal | TheHill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making ‘false claims’ about Russia intel: ‘You’ve betrayed America. Again.’ Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE on Monday was offered a warm welcome during his first trip to…

Dow futures plunge 400 points on coronavirus spread

U.S. equity futures are pointing to a large decline in stocks on Monday morning on concerns about the spread of coronavirus outside China, with Italy, South Korea and Iran seeing a big jump in infections.The major futures indexes are indicating a decline of 1.3 percent when trading begins on Wall Street.Economically sensitive oil is tumbling for…

Bernie Sanders: The only guarantee in 2020 is there’s no guarantee

The alarm bells are now sounding in the Democratic party – especially as Democrats try to hold control of the House, win the Senate and topple President Trump this fall. Some quarters of the Democratic party don’t think Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is viable enough to defeat Trump. And, they fret what that means down-ballot…

Trump heads to India, where massive rally and Taj Mahal visit await: What to know

President Trump is headed to India for a huge rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit meant to highlight the relationship between two countries that have become strategic allies in recent years.Trump may address the largest crowd he ever has on Monday before he and members of his administration attend a set of Tuesday meetings,…

Mark Levin warns conservatives ‘there’s nothing to celebrate about Sanders’ victory’

“Life, Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin warned conservatives on Sunday that “there’s nothing to celebrate about [Bernie] Sanders’ victory and possible if not likely nomination.”Levin made the statement on Twitter on Sunday responding to a PJ Media article titled, “Stunning: A Delusional Socialist Just Blew Away the Democrat Competition in Nevada. Now What?”According to PJ Media’s…

Five things to know about emerging US, Taliban peace deal | TheHill

The United States and the Taliban are on the verge of signing what would be a historic agreement aimed at winding down America’s longest war, potentially fulfilling one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making ‘false claims’ about Russia intel: ‘You’ve betrayed America. Again.’ Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed…

Judge denies Roger Stone’s motion to disqualify her | TheHill

The judge presiding over Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump’s Roy Cohn Roger Stone moves to disqualify judge Roger Stone deserves a new trial MORE’s case has denied a motion from the defendant to have her disqualified.Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a filing issued Sunday evening said Stone’s legal…

New Zealand surfer fights off great white shark by punching it repeatedly, cursing it off

This surfer knew he had to fight for his life.A 60-year-old man in New Zealand fought back against a great white shark on Saturday after he was attacked at Pauanui Beach, located in the country’s Coromandel region.Nick Minogue from Auckland told the New Zealand Herald he was paddling out in the water around 11:30 a.m.…

Georgia crash on Interstate 95 leaves 6 dead, including 3 children, officials say

Six people were killed – including three children – after a head-on collision on Interstate 95 in Georgia early Sunday, according to officials.The Georgia State Patrol told Fox 5 the deadly crash happened around 2:05 a.m. near the Exit 76 on-ramp to the interstate in Liberty County, located about 30 miles south of Savannah.Officials said a Lexus…

Graham reveals big questions he has ahead of Senate FISA probe

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., revealed key questions he has going into the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation of the initiation of the Russia probe and the FBI’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.Graham’s investigation comes after the Justice Department Inspector General released a report detailing significant…

12-year-old boy drops off pit bull puppy at shelter to protect it from his abusive father

A young boy is being branded as brave for leaving a puppy at an animal shelter to save it from abuse.The shelter shared images of the small animal, who was left with a heart-wrenching note explaining his situation. Fortunately, it seems that the dog has a bright and happy future ahead of him now.The shelter, named…

5 takeaways from the Nevada caucuses | TheHill

LAS VEGAS — Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill The Democratic nominee won’t be democratically chosen Fox’s Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: ‘Are we a Third World country?’ MORE (I-Vt.) won a resounding victory at the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, putting together a coalition of young people, Latinos and working-class voters…

On The Trail: Bernie Sanders and the paradox of choice | TheHill

Sanders has not yet earned an outright majority in either of the two states he has won, and he is unlikely to in either South Carolina or any of the 14 states that cast ballots on Super Tuesday. The fact that he still leads the pack and appears in such a strong position to consolidate…

Former MLB player Aubrey Huff explains World Series reunion snub: ‘It was all about President Trump’

Former MLB player Aubrey Huff shared his take Saturday night on why his former team, the San Francisco Giants, snubbed him from a reunion of their 2010 World Series team, being planned for this coming baseball season.Huff said on “Watters’ World” that his social media posts supporting President Trump likely prompted the Giants’ decision.”If you look at my Twitter account,…

Sarah Sanders warns Trump backers about Bernie’s momentum: ‘We can take nothing for granted’

Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders warned supporters of President Trump on Saturday night not to underestimate Sen. Bernie Sanders following his projected victory in the Nevada Democratic caucuses.”I think [Bernie Sanders] is looking like the presumptive Democrat nominee at this point. He’s certainly moving in that direction,” Sanders said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”…

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compares Sanders’ Nevada win to France’s fall to Nazis, draws calls for his firing

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews drew ire on social media Saturday after he compared the Nevada Democratic caucus victory of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to France’s fall to the Nazis in 1940.“I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,” Matthews said during the netowk’s caucus coverage. “And the general calls up Churchill and says, ‘It’s…

Sanders’ win in Nevada reinforces his front-runner status, draws more attacks from rivals

LAS VEGAS – Celebrating what appeared to be a convincing Nevada caucuses victory, an exuberant Bernie Sanders crowed to a large crowd Saturday night after moving on to the Super Tuesday state of Texas.“Don’t tell anybody, I don’t want to get them nervous,” Sanders said. “We’re going to win the Democratic primary in Texas.”Sanders’ win in…

Body of North Carolina infant found in cemetery after Amber Alert, mom’s robbery arrest

North Carolina police went to a cemetery early Saturday and found the body of an infant whose disappearance hours earlier prompted an Amber Alert.Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department homicide detectives had been assigned to investigate the death of the baby, Chi-Liam Cody Brown-Erickson, who was 6 months old, Fox 46 Charlotte reported.The Matthews Police Department issued the…

Impeachment backfire? Schiff opponent launches new ad thanking him for helping Trump

Eric Early, a Republican vying to oust Rep. Adam Schiff from office, launched his first TV ad Saturday mocking the “limelight”-seeking California Democrat for leading an unsuccessful impeachment crusade.The 30-second spot features several people telling Schiff “thank you.”Early, a Los Angeles attorney running against Schiff for Congress, says Republicans are grateful that Schiff’s impeachment backfire has boosted President Trump’s…

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