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Hans von Spakovsky: Senate sets Trump impeachment trial rules -- top takeaways from Day One

The first day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was largely taken up with procedural issues.
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Norwegian Cruise Line cancels 'all voyages in Asia' over coronavirus concerns
In total, 40 itineraries across all three of NCL’s brands will be affected.
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Katy Perry collapses from 'American Idol' gas leak during auditions
This Sunday's episode of "American Idol" apparently keeps the judges on their toes more than ever before.
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Kansas coach Bill Self calls No. 1 Baylor 'the best team we have played' in Big 12
Ahead of the showdown between No. 1 Baylor and No. 3 Kansas, Jayahawks coach Bill Self coach calls the Bears the best Big 12 team his team has faced.       
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Mike Fiers getting death threats after exposing Astros cheating
Fears of retribution for Mike Fiers have gone beyond the field. The former Astros starter, who exposed the team’s 2017 cheating in an interview with The Athletic, said on Thursday that he has received death threats from fans. Fiers, now with the Athletics, shrugged off his personal well-being, but noted that he is concerned for...
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Drew Carey's ex Amie Harwick was strangled before fatal balcony fall, coroner says
Drew Carey's ex-fiancee Amie Harwick was strangled before she was thrown off a third-floor balcony to her death, according to a new update from the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.
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Border protection officer, family found dead in Florida home in apparent murder-suicide, police say
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was found dead in his Florida home Thursday afternoon alongside his wife and two children in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. 
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Cheryl Hines talks filming 'Curb Your Enthusiasm's' most cringeworthy moment: 'What kind of job is this?'
Cheryl Hines sat down with Fox News to dish all things "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in honor of the show's 10th season premiere.
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Republican revenge: Record GOP field forms, on 2020 mission to take down ‘socialists’
EXCLUSIVE: A record number of candidates have filed to run for office in the House and Senate, breaking last cycle’s history-making numbers from the same point in time. But unlike 2018, the surge is on the GOP side.
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Doug Collins denies interest in national intelligence post after Trump names him as option
A day after tapping Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence, President Trump said he was considering naming Rep. Doug Collins as the nominee.
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Perez under pressure: the DNC chairman is in the hot seat as Nevada caucuses loom
As Iowa Democratic Party officials struggled with an epic meltdown on the night of February 3, unable to tally the results of their first in the nation caucuses with their new app, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez was a thousand miles away at his Washington headquarters on Capitol Hill.
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Trump complains "Parasite" won best picture Oscar
During his rally in Colorado Springs Thursday night, President Trump criticized the Academy Awards for giving the best picture Oscar to the South Korean film "Parasite."
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The NFL's schedule, playoff proposal is awesome -- or is it?
Week 3 of the XFL kicks off this weekend and then the NFL combine takes over next week in prime time. But for now, the talk is about the potentially expanded schedule and playoffs. Let's dive in:       
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McConnell-aligned Super PAC behind ads supporting liberal candidate in North Carolina Senate race
A mysterious PAC that emerged earlier this year in the US Senate race in North Carolina and propped up insurgent Democratic State Sen. Erica Smith in the Democratic primary was backed by a group aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Federal Election Commission filing reveals.
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Trump's top trade adviser 'hunting' for anonymous op-ed author
President Donald Trump's top trade adviser Peter Navarro said Friday he has been "hunting" for the author of the anonymous New York Times op-ed and the book, "A Warning," but avoided the question when pressed about who, specifically, he believes to be the author.
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Bernie Sanders confident he will have Barack Obama's backing despite reported opposition
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Democratic presidential primary frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said that despite past reports of friction, he believes his candidacy would have the support of former president Barack Obama if he is chosen as the party's nominee.
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New book promises unprecedented look inside Facebook
New book, “Facebook: The Inside Story,” promises an unprecedented look at the world’s largest social media company. Author Steven Levy interviewed more than 300 people, including nine interviews with founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. He joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss what he learned.
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Beyond slavery and civil rights: What parents need to know about Black History Month
For many black parents, February has become a time of increased stress as we have to support our children (and each other) through guffaws and fails that often do more to harm black children than to lift up black culture.
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Need to earthquake retrofit your house? California reopens applications for $3,000 grants
California is reopening applications for grants of up to $3,000 to fund seismic strengthening of some older homes that can slide off their foundations.
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Jollof rice is the ultimate one-pot chicken dinner
Jollof rice is a West African dish common in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana. This Ghanian version adds chicken and peppers to the tomato rice for a one-pot meal.
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In Oaxaca, Mexico, love blooms again and again
Oaxaca would wrap itself around my life for years to come.
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Kobe Bryant is gone; the Mamba lives forever in heart of Los Angeles
Los Angeles says goodbye to Kobe Bryant on Monday, but his competitive spirit will forever live in the hearts and minds of the people who watched him grow up and flourish.
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Lakers' first game after Kobe Bryant's death captured hearts everywhere
A Lakers game against the Clippers already had been postponed because of the death of Kobe Bryant, but their first game was an emotional affair that captured hearts everywhere.
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Column: Uber and Lyft increase traffic and pollution. Why do cities let it happen?
Uber and Lyft bring plenty of drawbacks to cities, but solutions aren't easy to find.
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Harmeet Dhillon: California Democrats can’t end homeless crisis – they keep pushing failed policies
Democrats have no real solution for California’s homeless crisis, which finds an estimated 150,000 people living on the streets on any given night – enough people to create the 39th largest city in the state if they all gathered in one place.
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David Limbaugh: Democrats need to figure out what they have to offer 2020 voters
With Democrats always having a built-in electoral vote advantage, Republicans should never be smug about an upcoming election. But we should be optimistic.
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Death of prominent Hollywood therapist raises questions about domestic violence, stalking laws
New details about the death of prominent Hollywood therapist Amie Harwick has raised questions about domestic violence and stalking. Harwick, 38, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home. Her former boyfriend has been charged with murder. Erin Moriarty reports for “48 Hours.”
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Bernie Sanders Is George McGovern
Let me begin with a confession. When I started to report out and write this article, I had a simple thesis: Bernie Sanders is not George McGovern. The catastrophic loser of the 1972 presidential election, McGovern has become a convenient bogeyman for any moderate or conservative arguing that leftism is a fatal disease in a general election. McGovern won just one state, Massachusetts, while the incumbent, Richard Nixon, commanded 96 percent of the Electoral College vote. It was then the largest Republican landslide in U.S. history.Pablo Martinez Monsivais / APSurely, though, I thought, the McGovern analogy was just glibness masquerading as historical analysis. America in 1972 was a different country—before personal computers, Star Wars films, and the electoral gender gap.But the more I read about McGovern’s candidacy, the more I realized that the spirit of ’72 is alive today—just not necessarily in the way that most Sanders critics think.To start, let’s play a game of “Name That Year.” Here are four clues.A profoundly unethical Republican sits in the White House during a fairly strong economy. In the Democratic primary, the early front-runner and establishment favorite is a veteran East Coast senator. But after months of leading in the polls, he falters in the early primaries, soon after the GOP president and his cronies concoct a scheme to undermine him —part of a dirty-tricks campaign that ultimately figures in an impeachment inquiry. Rising at the perfect moment to steal his momentum is a left-wing senator from a small, lily-white state. This senator advocates for single-payer health care and calls for the redistribution of wealth to the middle and lower classes. Over time, he consolidates the left-wing vote and bypasses an apoplectic Democratic elite with a grassroots campaign that—somewhat ironically, given his age— depends on the enthusiasm of young voters. This is clearly a fitting description of the 2020 political landscape. Clues one through four refer, respectively, to Donald Trump, Joe Biden, the Ukraine scandal involving Burisma and Hunter Biden, and the thriving campaign of Bernie Sanders.Every word of this description applies just as equally to 1972. Nixon was the incumbent. For much of the Democratic primary, his most likely challenger seemed to be Edmund Muskie, the long-serving senator from Maine, who had been nominated for vice president four years earlier. In February 1972, operatives for the Nixon campaign placed a forged letter in the Manchester Union-Leader newspaper, claiming that Muskie was prejudiced against French Americans. (The forgery is now known as the “Canuck letter.”) Muskie’s downfall provided an opening for McGovern. The left-wing senator drew enthusiastic support from newly enfranchised teenagers and won the Democratic nomination—before getting trounced by Nixon in November.The similarities between McGovern and Sanders go far beyond the plot points that connect the stories of their ascendance. In matters of policy, rhetoric, and demographics, there is little doubt that McGovernism animates the Sanders campaign.Many of Sanders’s policy priorities were central to McGovern’s platform 48 years ago, starting with health care. “McGovern called health care a human right and backed a free-at-the-point-of-service single-payer health-care plan,” says Joshua Mound, a historian at the University of Virginia who has written about the similarities between Sanders and McGovern. “He also proposed increased Social Security benefits, boosting union rights, steep hikes in taxes on the rich, and a universal basic income,” which he ultimately reworked into a jobs-guarantee proposal. Sanders’s policy platform includes all of those measures, right down to the federal jobs guarantee.[Read: The hidden history of Sanders’s plot to primary Obama]McGovern’s rhetoric—with its constant references to FDR’s legacy and the modern scourge of corporate greed—was effectively a first draft of Sanders’s standard riffs. Both men were explicit about their ambitions to extend the economic promises of the New Deal. Here is McGovern in 1972 (emphasis mine): Working men and women have been in the front lines of political progress, in all the great reforms sponsored by the Democratic Party since 1932, including civil-rights reforms in the middle 1960s. The party works for the people, and the people support their party. That has been the key to a better life for millions. And here is Sanders in 2019: Over 80 years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped create a government that made transformative progress in protecting the needs of working families. Today, in the second decade of the 21st century, we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion. These similarities extend to the way the two men juxtaposed corporate profiteering and the plight of the working class. Here’s McGovern in the same 1972 speech: Mr. Nixon cannot help working people even if he wants to, for his basic constituency is corporate power and corporate interests … The Democratic Party gains its chief numerical strength from working people. And Sanders in 2019: Decades of policies have encouraged and subsidized unbridled corporate greed … In opposition to oligarchy, there is a movement of working people and young people who, in ever increasing numbers, are fighting for justice. Finally, McGovern’s rise within the Democratic Party relied on small donations from a young and ethnically diverse grassroots base, rather than the support of party elites. His ability to win over black voters late in the primary was key to his victory at a fraught Democratic convention. Despite his loss, McGovern won 62 percent of Hispanics and 82 percent of African Americans in the national election.Again, the parallels with the Sanders campaign are profound. Rejected by party insiders and resented by Obama, Sanders has nonetheless built a grassroots fundraising machine. And like McGovern, his leap to the front-runner spot has been partly powered by his steady increase in support among African American voters. Despite recently running 32 points behind Biden among black voters, he has collapsed that gap over the past two months to a mere eight points.This is where I have to tell you that while Bernie Sanders is a lot like George McGovern, 2020 is not 1972.What most distinguishes the Democratic front-runner from his lefty predecessor are not policies and rhetoric but rather campaign tactics and the unpopularity of the incumbent.[Peter Beinart: Regular Democrats just aren’t worried about Bernie]No comparison of Sanders and McGovern is sufficient without acknowledging that McGovern’s campaign in the summer of 1972 was a one-of-a-kind disaster. At the national convention, McGovern faced widespread opposition from major Democratic figures, including future President Jimmy Carter. After securing the nomination in a messy war for delegates, he struggled to find a prominent Democrat to serve as his running mate. Senator Ted Kennedy, widely seen as the most popular choice, rejected multiple offers. When the convention finally agreed on Senator Thomas Eagleton, it was so late that McGovern famously didn’t take the stage to deliver his acceptance speech until after midnight on the East Coast. And this was all for naught: Within days, it was reported that Eagleton had received electroshock therapy for severe depression, and party officials urged him to quit the race. Eagleton withdrew from the ticket, the first vice-presidential candidate to ever do so, and McGovern went into late August down one running mate and 20 points in the polls.McGovern was deeply unpopular within certain quarters of his own party, but there’s another reason nobody wanted to serve on his ticket: Richard Nixon. Strange as it may sound today, Nixon was a popular incumbent in the summer of 1972. His approval rating hovered above 60 percent for most of the year, higher than Barack Obama or George W. Bush ever achieved in the fourth year of their presidencies. Since the 1950s, every president who has reached 60 percent approval in a reelection year has won in November.A strong electoral map only reinforced Nixon’s advantage. After the Democrats backed the Civil Rights Act, Republicans broke through in the South and dominated presidential elections for the next quarter century. From 1968 to 1992, Democrats won just one presidential election, when in 1976 Jimmy Carter triumphed over Gerald Ford, the unelected president who immolated his election odds by pardoning one Richard Milhous Nixon.While today’s Electoral College advantages Republicans, Democrats in 2020 are fighting on more even terrain than they were in 1972. The country has moved to the left on a host of issues that McGovern championed, including gay rights, health care, and income support for poor workers. And Hispanic and black voters, who broke hard for McGovern, account for a larger share of the electorate.Most important, Trump enters the general election as a much weaker candidate than Nixon did in 1972. According to many election forecasting models, strong economies make strong incumbents; and, to be fair, a growing economy may ultimately put Trump in the White House. But despite record-high consumer sentiment and record-low unemployment, Trump has been one of the least popular presidents in modern history. Since the 1950s, no president has been as unpopular as Trump throughout his entire presidency. This weakness is already evident in head-to-head polling. Nixon was projected to beat McGovern by 20 points in the summer of 1972. Trump, however, is consistently running several points behind Sanders, even when pollsters tell voters that the Vermont senator is a socialist.When commentators tell you that Bernie Sanders is another George McGovern, the correct response is: You’re not wrong. Sanders is another establishment-torching, grassroots-organizing, free-health-care-promising, working-class warrior, whose ascendency to front-runner status has eerie parallels with that of the big loser of the 1972 election. But the most important thing about the upcoming election is where those similarities end. America in 2020 is not America in 1972. And Donald J. Trump is no Richard M. Nixon.
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Flying Car Mode and other secrets of the 2020 Corvette Stingray
Evading helicopters and channeling the spirit of the godfather of the Corvette were business as usual for engineers developing the super sports car.       
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Is Jeff Bezos part of the climate solution or the problem?
The Amazon founder's $10 billion Earth Fund is a divisive move, with limits
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Tucker Carlson: Politico Printed Chinese Propaganda Smearing Hong Kong Protesters
During his Tuesday evening television program, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson explained why Politico's "content partnership" with The South China Morning Post is "one of the reasons sucking up to China seems normal in Washington."
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Five injured in Park Slope pileup possibly caused by drag racing
Two cars were driving southbound on Fifth Avenue near Fifth Street in Park Slope at around 11:40 p.m. when the crash happened, cops said.
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First defense against coronavirus: hand-washing
95% of people don't wash their hands correctly. We show you how.       
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Acting ICE chief rips sanctuary policies in NY and San Francisco: 'A clear public safety threat'
While there is pushback against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for requesting information on illegal immigrant suspects, Acting ICE Director Matt Albence said on Friday that the greatest misconception is that they are forcing local and state law enforcement to share information.
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U.S., Taliban agree to sign historic peace accord at month's end
Signing would follow weeklong reduction in violence in Afghanistan and could pave way for withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops
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Gavin Newsom Admits Homelessness a 'Disgrace' in California; Tackles Mental Illness
California Governor Gavin Newsom admitted Wednesday in his second annual "State of the State" address to the legislature in Sacramento that homelessness is a "disgrace" in the Golden State, and laid out a plan to address it.
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California’s Housing Crisis: How Can It Be Solved?
Friday: A conversation about how housing became the great problem of our time. Also: How a Central Valley town pushed back against an ICE facility.
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'Killing Eve' confirms new head writer for season 4
"Killing Eve" has tapped Laura Neal as head writer for Season 4 of the BBC series.
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See Gwen Stefani's reaction when Blake Shelton appeared on stage
Country singer Blake Shelton surprised his girlfriend Gwen Stefani and her audience at a concert in Las Vegas.
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American women seek $66 million in damages from U.S. Soccer
The U.S. women's national team players are seeking damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit.
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Six coronavirus cases discovered in north Italy, hundreds to be tested
Six people have tested positive in Italy for coronavirus, the northern Lombardy region said on Friday, in the first known cases of local transmission of the potentially deadly illness in the country.
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The week in pictures, Feb. 15 - Feb. 21
Here's a selection of the most amazing images captured around the world in the past seven days. Enjoy!
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Distributor for 'Parasite' Says Trump Can't Read After POTUS Mocked the Oscar-Winning Film
The distributor of the film "Parasite," which claimed the Oscar for Best Picture, was apparently triggered by President Donald Trump's criticism of the award-winning film.
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Midshipman dies at Naval Academy in Annapolis
Foul play is not suspected, academy officials said.
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Fox News personalities come to Neil Cavuto's defense after Trump's jabs
A couple of Fox News personalities jumped to Neil Cavuto's defense after Donald Trump attacked the journalist for his coverage.      
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UPDATE 1-Branson says new Virgin cruise line will overcome coronavirus fears
British entrepreneur Richard Branson heralded his first cruise ship "Scarlet Lady" on Friday as targeting a younger generation of holidaymakers with a range of attractions that he believes will outweigh any fears around coronavirus.
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The American farmer is on the mend
The worst may be over for farmers in the United States.
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Why the President is attacking a Roger Stone juror, months after trial
Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and threatening a witness regarding his efforts for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, but the legal battle isn't over.
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Vladimir Putin Wants to Stay in Power Until He Dies, Leading Pro-Democracy Campaigner Says
Putin is planning to amend the constitution to allow him to skirt presidential term limits and remain in power.
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