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Wuhan coronavirus outbreak kills nine in China as first case found in US
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Chinese stocks slump, but airline shares improve amid coronavirus fears
Chinese stocks continued to fall Wednesday as a new virus spreads throughout the region, complicating plans for the millions of people traveling over the Lunar New Year.
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Netflix had slower subscriber growth thanks to rival streaming services
Streaming video giant Netflix said its US subscriber growth was slower than expected in the last three months of 2019 as rival services like Disney+ and Apple TV+ competed for eyeballs. The Los Gatos, Calif., company — known for hits like “The Irishman,” “Stranger Things” and “The Crown” — added a net 420,000 streaming customers...
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Venezuela has less cash in its coffers than Jay-Z is worth
Venezuela’s cash supply has tanked so far that it has less money than Jay-Z. The South American country’s reserves, which were already at a 30-year low, have now fallen below $1 billion amid economic sanctions, Bloomberg reported Friday. Venezuela’s central bank has only about $800 million in cash and $200 million in liquid assets, sources...
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Fairway planning to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, will close all stores
Legendary Big Apple grocer Fairway Market is getting ready to call it quits, The Post has learned. The New York City chain — known for its wide selection of cheeses and cheap produce — is planning to file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which means the grocery chain does not currently have a plan to...
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Damon Dash lands in court this week, trashes opponents’ wardrobe
"His suit was terrible," Dash fumed to Page Six.
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Gigi and Bella Hadid were polar opposites at Paris Fashion Week
Gigi’s locks were pulled back in a tight bun and she wore minimal makeup.
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Things have changed for Venezuela. But they're not what Juan Guaido hoped for
That's the question dogging Juan Guaido as he embarks on another global tour, an uncomfortable mirror of the near-triumphant voyage he took last February in the weeks after declaring himself the rightful interim president of Venezuela.
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Goldman Sachs chief David Solomon defends woeful WeWork IPO
Goldman Sachs Chief Executive David Solomon turned heads in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday by defending his bank’s handling of WeWork’s notoriously disastrous initial stock offering. “I’m not sure that we got it so wrong,” Solomon said of the most calamitous IPO process in recent memory. “There were things that were right, there were things that...
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READ: Amendment to subpoena the Defense Department for documents
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has unveiled a series of amendments on Tuesday to the organizing resolution setting the rules for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
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Rangers no match for Islanders without Artemi Panarin
Hard to know exactly how this would have turned out if Artemi Panarin had played, but it couldn’t have been too much worse for the Rangers. With their best player a late scratch presumably because of a lingering minor upper-body injury, the Blueshirts dropped a 4-2 contest to the Islanders at the Garden on Tuesday...
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Taylor Swift on not wanting to get political following Dixie Chicks controversy: 'It terrified me'
Taylor Swift is known for generally keeping her political views silent, and for good reason.
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Tiger Woods could become all-time wins leader this weekend
If he wins the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, he'll surpass Sam Snead with his 83rd PGA Tour victory.
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Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona
Steven Brashear, 66, was reported missing in December. Three mountain lions were euthanized after being found eating his body.        
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Resurfaced Video Shows Mitch McConnell Supporting Witnesses In Bill Clinton Impeachment Trial: 'I Voted For Live Witnesses Myself'
Footage rediscovered by CNN shows Mitch McConnell explaining that he "voted for live witnesses" during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, a position he no longer takes in regard to the Trump impeachment trial.
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Kansas, KSU game ends in massive brawl after late block
A violent brawl broke out between in-state rivals Kansas and Kansas State toward the end of a basketball game Tuesday that was seemingly sparked by a late block. 
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Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park will become American Family Field in 2021
The Milwaukee Brewers' ballpark, which has been known as Miller Park since it opened in 2001, will be renamed American Family Field in 2021.       
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Lawyer for ex-ballet benefactor calls client’s lewd texts ‘obnoxious’
A lawyer for a New York City Ballet benefactor accused of sending lewd text messages about dancers admitted in court that his client sent the “uncouth,” “obnoxious,” “sexist” and “gruesome” texts — but said that doesn’t mean his client harmed his accuser. Jared Longhitano — a one-time member of the New York City Ballet’s Young...
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Senate blocks Democratic bids for evidence, witnesses in Trump impeachment trial
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate rejected Democratic efforts on Tuesday to obtain evidence and call witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, an early sign the proceeding could advance along lines favorable to Trump.
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California man who killed family of 4 found in desert gets death sentence
Charles "Chase" Merritt was sentenced to die on Tuesday after being convicted of murdering an entire family and dumping their bodies in a shallow, Southern California grave in 2010. 
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Ex-Met coach Jim Riggleman backing Luis Rojas in manager search
Luis Rojas needed only one season on a major league bench to earn the respect of Mets players and co-workers. As the team moves to hire a manager for the second time this offseason, possibly within the next few days, the 38-year-old Rojas remains an intriguing candidate to club officials, according to industry sources. The...
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Wild brawl erupts at end of Kansas-Kansas State rivalry game
A massive brawl broke out at the end of the rivalry game at Allen Fieldhouse between Kansas and Kansas State.       
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Jeff Sessions: Democrats' impeachment mission is a taxpayer-funded 'political attack ad'
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Democrats are essentially producing a taxpayer-funded campaign ad by impeaching President Trump ahead of the November election.
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Almodóvar se confiesa ante el lanzamiento en Blu-ray de 'Dolor y gloria'
Habla Almodóvar habla sobre la cinta con dos nominaciones al Oscar
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Suspected Kansas City shooter could have been imprisoned on a previous gun charge. A gun law change set him free
The suspected gunman in the Kansas City bar shooting had previous firearm charges that could have sent him to prison, but legislators changing gun laws in 2017 kept him free.
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The suspected shooter in Kansas City could have been imprisoned on a previous gun charge. A change in Missouri gun laws set him free
Missouri legislators approved measures that permitted concealed weapons to be carried without a permit in 2017.
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Kansas-Kansas State melee includes stool-wielding player
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended their bitter showdown Tuesday night with a wild melee behind the basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool, moments after the Jayhawks tried to dribble out the time on their 81-59 victory. Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the...
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A Cost and Benefit Analysis of the Death of Qasem Soleimani.
Was it worth it?
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GM's autonomous car company, Cruise, unveils Origin self-driving shuttle
Moving beyond the car with a car that can move around by itself.
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15-year-old smashing power-lifting records
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VA Senate votes to eliminate Lee-Jackson Day
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Officer suspended in Delonte West incident
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Pizza delivery driver shoots armed robbers
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Elizabeth Warren apela a las mujeres en la recta final de las elecciones primarias en Iowa
Elizabeth Warren, que ha sido constantemente perseguida por las dudas sobre su elegibilidad, está haciendo un atractivo de género más explícito en las últimas semanas antes de las asambleas electorales de Iowa
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Jonathan ‘Foodgod’ Cheban caught up in collapse of sketchy burger chain
Burgerim allegedly aggressively signed up inexperienced franchisees, abandoning them after they'd paid the franchising fees.
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Magic Johnson bids final farewell to ‘angel’ David Stern
Magic Johnson fought back tears Tuesday as he eulogized the man he referred to more than once as “my angel.” Johnson was one of several boldfaced NBA names — also including Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yao Ming and others — to attend the Radio City Music Hall memorial service for longtime NBA commissioner...
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Tylenol a cancer risk? California considers warning on common painkiller acetaminophen
Acetaminophen, an active ingredient in popular pain-relief medications like Tylenol and Excedrin, may be considered a carcinogen by California.       
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Rep. Andy Biggs: Flawed Trump impeachment articles should be dismissed by Senate, ending his trial
As the impeachment trial of President Trump got underway in the Senate Tuesday, it was obvious that House Democrats can’t present a plausible case for removing the duly elected president from office. As a result, justice requires that the Senate should simply dismiss the two badly flawed articles of impeachment against the president and move on to more important business.
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What Derek Jeter had to say about hectic Hall of Fame bid
Almost unanimous Re2pect. The shortstop, No. 2, Derek Jeter — those words from legendary Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard are so familiar — entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, falling one vote short of a unanimous selection by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Jeter received 396 of 397 votes. Yankees...
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The Solemn Absurdity of Trump’s Impeachment Trial
The impeachment trial of the century had barely begun when word came down that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had softened his initial plan to make the House managers and President Donald Trump’s lawyers present their cases in marathon 12-hour sessions over four days. Instead, he’ll allow each team a more civilized eight hours over six days instead.And a good thing, too—if the first afternoon’s deliberations were any sign. One hundred senators accustomed to talking at length were silenced by the trial rules, and by sundown they were visibly chafing, frustrated by the unbridgeable gap between the 18th-century gravity of the proceedings and the universal assumptions about its forgone conclusion.At 3:45 p.m. ET, Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, stifled a yawn. Two minutes later, as debate dragged on, he vigorously rubbed his eyes with both hands and yawned again. At 4:04, he shielded both eyes and held his head in his right hand. By 4:45, his eyes seemed to briefly close altogether.“The eyes are on the Senate,” McConnell intoned during the opening period of “morning business” before the trial got formally underway in early afternoon (only in the Senate does the morning hour come after noon). “The country is waiting to see if we can rise to the occasion.” Minutes later, Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, echoed the sentiment. “My colleagues,” he intoned, “the eyes of the nation, the eyes of the Founding Fathers, the eyes of history are upon us. Will the Senate rise to the occasion?”The eyes of the nation may well have been on the Senate today, but the eyes of the senators themselves were drooping. Chief Justice John Roberts took the rostrum shortly after 1:15 p.m., and barely half an hour into House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s enthusiastic opening salvo against McConnell’s proposed rules, Republicans were already shifting uncomfortably in their seats. Things went downhill from there.[Read: Impeachment for breakfast, lunch, and dinner]Make no mistake: there was a frisson of real tension in the air as the session got underway, with the Senate chaplain Barry Black, a retired Navy admiral, solemnly praying, “Eternal God, you are our rock and fortress. Save us from dishonor.” All 100 senators atypically stayed put at their small wooden desks, silver containers of blotting sand placed on each one beside a row of sharpened pencils, in tribute to the days of quill pens and inkwells. Two brass spittoons sat under McConnell and Schumer’s desks in the same nostalgic tradition, and blue-suited pages silently refilled small water glasses on demand.Reporters who filed into the press gallery directly above the Chief Justice’s head faced a stern warning from a sign on the door: “ALLOWED: pen, paper, you. NOT ALLOWED: almost everything else,” including phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, recorders and “ALL ELECTRONICS.” This may be the second impeachment of the digital age, but no one would know that inside the room where it happens.The Senate chamber itself is an intimate and elegant space, and today it was full. There were special tables for the House managers and the presidents’ lawyers; a pack of aides ringed the room. Rotating relays of stenographers marched to the well of the chamber to record the official proceedings with waist-mounted stenotype keyboards that called to mind a ballpark peanut vendor or the cigarette girl in a vintage nightclub.The actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano sat in the visitors’ gallery opposite the Chief Justice, solemn in black against the yellow damask wallpaper adorned with Liberty Bells and laurel wreaths. In late afternoon, three of Trump’s most ardent defenders in the House—Louie Gohmert of Texas, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Lee Zeldin of New York—arrived to avail themselves of their privilege of the Senate floor, staring daggers from the rear of the chamber on the Republicans’ side.But soon enough, boredom seemed to set in. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who arrived in the chamber in a violet teddy-bear coat and bright yellow boots, took occasional notes in pink Hi-Liter, while her neighbors, Jacky Rosen of Nevada and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, passed notes back and forth. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii applied a coat of lipstick, while Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts perused a fat binder that appeared to contain biographies of the president’s lawyers.If the debates were less than riveting, it was because both sides fundamentally agree that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine while asking that country’s president for an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden. They disagree only on what, if anything, should be done about it, and they made no fresh arguments and no one’s mind seemed apt to change. When Schiff made his plea for additional witnesses and documents in the face of the White House’s stonewalling of the House inquiry, Schumer listened with a bemused smile. McConnell just glowered. When White House counsel Pat Cipollone spoke on behalf of the president, the leaders’ expressions were reversed.[Kim Wehle: Senators know they don’t know the whole story]The overriding truth is that in a trial in which McConnell needs only 51 of his side’s 53 Republican votes to prevail on procedure, the Democrats have limited power. Indeed, Schumer’s first proposed amendment—to subpoena a raft of documents from the White House—failed 53 to 47 along strict party lines. A second Schumer amendment to subpoena State Department documents succumbed to a similar fate just after 6:30 p.m. as Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado rose to his feet for a seventh-inning stretch.But McConnell’s own caucus did manage to force his hand on the matter of marathon sessions after Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Rob Portman of Ohio objected to his departure from the more deliberate pace followed in the Clinton impeachment 21 years ago this month. McConnell also agreed to automatically accept the evidence gathered by the House in its impeachment inquiry unless a senator objects, instead of subjecting it to a vote, as he had initially proposed.Schiff insisted that McConnell’s plan to vote on calling potential witnesses only after both sides present their arguments and senators have a chance to submit written questions would be a perversion of any normal trial. “The opening arguments are the trial,” he insisted. “They’ll either be most of the trial, or,” if no witnesses are called, “all of the trial.”But Schiff may have unintentionally voiced a more profound truth when he quoted Alexander Hamilton’s observation that under the Constitution, “The Senate is given awful discretion in impeachment.” Indeed, it is, and by the end of day one, Mitch McConnell had shown that he is ready, willing and able to exercise that discretion in the most commanding way.6.5.06.5.0
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Billionaires Really Do Know Each Other
Two of the world’s richest humans, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, were allegedly having a nice chat on WhatsApp in 2018 when the latter sent Bezos an infected file that exfiltrated data from the CEO’s phone. That’s according to a new report in The Guardian, which detailed the exchange according to anonymous sources.In the shadow of the new report, there is an indication of the murky reality of the network of the uber rich. The Bezos phone data may or may not have sparked the National Enquirer’s look at Bezos’s romantic life. Bezos may or may not have been targeted because he is the owner of the Washington Post, which had run critical editorials by the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was later murdered.There is so much we don’t know about the facts of this case, but the idea that two of the world’s super wealthy would just be chitchatting when one drops a sophisticated hack on the other drew gasps and splutters. It felt like the setup to a joke: So the richest tech CEO in the world and a crown prince were texting one day ... But beyond the specific nature of the exchange—neither Bezos nor the Saudi embassy has commented on the allegation—the new uber rich do know each other. These news stories can feel like billionaire Mad Libs, where you fill in an extractive industry, a man’s name, and a scandal type, but it’s the opposite of random. Few people have money at this scale, and the tentacles of that wealth are long. As the alleged Bezos-MBS conflict shows, many of these people are not working together, let alone toward one shadowy goal, as conspiracies tend to assert. But the story, like the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, hints at the reality of the dense connections that exist at the very tippy-top of the economic pyramid.Just by chance, the new revelation came at the beginning of Davos, the shorthand for the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Switzerland. Davos is famous for how it concentrates the globe’s private jets, which disgorge elites to listen to panels and hobnob. Davos is one of a bunch of institutions that serve to weave the wealthy together. Soaring global inequality means that the power of the ultra rich is growing. While these calculations are complicated, the different stats all tell a story of the same shape. Globally, the 500 richest people added more than a $1.2 trillion dollars to their wealth just last year. Domestically, the 400 richest Americans have as much wealth as the bottom 150 million people. It’s not that even the top 1 percent of Americans that has been making a killing since the Great Recession. No, it’s really the top 0.01 percent or even tinier percentages. At these levels, we’re not talking about some huge group of rich people—the so-called upper middle class—but a tiny, knowable universe of some thousands of people. The fortunes are huge, but the networks are not.As a result, the ultra wealthy have detached from the rest of the planet. Their lives are not the lives of 99.999 percent of us. The flipside of their estrangement from nearly all of humanity is that they are connected to each other just as the royals of Europe were (and are), but through completely different means.Their money ends up entangling seemingly disparate realms of human life. For example, when Jamal Kashoggi was murdered, reportedly on the order of Mohammad bin Salman, it touched off some panic in Silicon Valley. (MbS, as he is known, has taken “full responsibility” but denied giving the order). Saudi capital had been flowing freely through Masayoshi Son’s unprecedentedly large SoftBank Vision Fund, and into technology companies like Uber that were trying to create defensible businesses through money-losing growth. What would happen to that funding? When a small number of people control so much wealth, their decisions can affect the lives of millions, even billions of people.Billionaires are still humans on Earth, of course. Jeff Bezos has been working out, but he is not Batman with his own secret technologies. He uses WhatsApp like 1.5 billion others. In this way, perhaps the new elites are as relatable online—tweeting dumb things, sexting—as they are inconceivably wealthy and powerful offline. You and I could chat on WhatsApp, but we would not have a cyberattack team able to craft us a virus for hacking each other’s phones, nor would our beef contribute to the collapse of certain Silicon Valley business models.Messaging apps may work the same for everyone, but money works differently. The median American family’s net worth is around $100,000. Bezos’s net worth is around $115 billion. So, one Bezos worth of money is what 1.15 million families have. Plus, his money has different features. A normal person has money tied up in a home, usually, and some retirement accounts, stuff that’s relatively illiquid. A Bezos can send money winging around the globe because he or she has substantial cash and stock that can be sold whenever.It’s nice to think of the economy as a place where small businesses can flourish. But it takes a lot of tamales or plumbing services or Uber rides or freelance articles to make even $100,000. While it’s strangely familiar, almost comforting, to think of Jeff Bezos’s fingers tapping at glass, selecting the right gif to send to the crown prince, the lesson is not that the super rich use apps just like us. It’s that they are so different and so deeply connected.
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Senate continues to debate Dems' impeachment amendments as GOP knocks them down, one by one
The Senate entered an unusual closed session late Tuesday, after the chamber handed President Trump a major win by voting along party lines to effectively kill three proposals from Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to subpoena White House, State Department, and Office of Management and Budget documents -- even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made some tweaks that were likely to assuage Democrats' concerns over scheduling.
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Jelly Belly Sparkling Water is coming to Midwest Hy-Vee stores and comes in eight flavors
Jelly Belly has created jelly bean-flavored seltzer that will come in eight flavors. Don't worry, butter popcorn isn't one of them.      
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Alan Dershowitz Says He Is 'Correct Today' on Trump Impeachment, 'I Didn't Research' During Clinton Trial
Legal expert Alan Dershowitz retracted remarks from 1998 saying that impeachment does not require a crime, insisting that his current defense of President Donald Trump is "correct today."
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California could become America's sports betting capital as rival groups eye November ballot
Momentum is building in California to legalize wagering on athletic contests, setting off intense competition among rival gambling interests.
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Sophie Turner wants to join Hilary Duff in ‘Lizzie McGuire’ revival and play Miranda: ‘I’m here and available’
Sophie Turner is swooping in to save the day.
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Washington state resident treated for coronavirus
The U.S. has reported its first case of a new virus circulating in China. A Washington state resident returning from China last week was hospitalized and U.S. officials are now screening arriving passengers from China for signs of the virus. (Jan. 21)       
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Tucker Carlson: Bernie Sanders shouldn't have apologized to Biden for surrogate's op-ed
While the Senate spent much of the day Tuesday sparring over the rules governing the impeachment trial of President Trump, Tucker Carlson focused on the man at the heart of the investigation, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his simmering feud with Sen. Bernie Sanders l-Vt.
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