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  • AOC and Michael Moore urge Iowa voters not to 'play it safe' as they stand in for Sanders
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    AOC and Michael Moore urge Iowa voters not to 'play it safe' as they stand in for Sanders

    Two of Bernie Sanders's highest-profile allies, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, filled in for him on the campaign trail Friday night, speaking to a rally here at the University of Iowa, as the Vermont senator participated in the impeachment trial in Washington, D.C. Their message to the audience, overwhelmingly students, was not to settle for more moderate candidates who claim to have a better chance in the general election against President Trump, but to stick with Sanders. Moore referenced campaign ads by another (unnamed) Democratic hopeful, paraphrasing his message as: “You should vote for him because he's the safe candidate.

  • China seals off more cities as virus toll climbs
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    China seals off more cities as virus toll climbs

    China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on Friday, shutting down public transport in an eighth city in an unprecedented quarantine effort as the death toll climbed to 26. While the World Heath Organization held off on declaring a global emergency despite confirmed cases in half a dozen other countries, China expanded a lockdown now covering some 26 million people and cancelled some Lunar New Year celebrations to prevent the disease spreading further. The virus that emerged in the central city of Wuhan has now infected 830 people, the national health commission said.

  • Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned
    The National Interest

    Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned

    In the wake of Washington's assassination of former Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Arab Shi'a desires and interests across the Middle East are under a microscope. Have they shifted their protest slogans from opposing Iran to denouncing the United States? Americans should not assume that wide-angle television images of Shi'a protests in Iran calling for the downfall of the Great Satan reflect Shi'a sentiment across Arab societies.

  • Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in Kansas
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    Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in Kansas

    Two pedestrians were killed early Friday morning after they were struck by a snowplow in Kansas, authorities said. The victims were identified as Anthony Stephen Toler, 22, and Jayden J. Rosa, 20, both of Manhattan. The driver of the Riley County snowplow, Lawrence J. Gassman, 65, of Manhattan, was reported uninjured.

  • Parishioner Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Criticizes Bloomberg on Gun-Control Efforts
    National Review

    Parishioner Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Criticizes Bloomberg on Gun-Control Efforts

    The armed parishioner who took down a shooter at a Texas church in December criticized former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control efforts on Wednesday. “Mr. Bloomberg, had we operated by his standards or his wishes, the carnage would have been significantly greater because the individual still, after the shooting, still had seven live rounds in his gun and three more in his pocket,” Jack Wilson said in an interview on Fox News. Wilson, a member of West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, fired a single round at an armed intruder on December 29, killing the assailant.

  • AP Exclusive: Feds plan to move Epstein warden to prison job
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    AP Exclusive: Feds plan to move Epstein warden to prison job

    The warden in charge when Jeffrey Epstein ended his life in his jail cell is being moved to a leadership position at another federal correctional facility, putting him back in the field with inmates despite an ongoing investigation into the financier's death, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The federal Bureau of Prisons is planning to move Lamine N'Diaye to the role at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in Burlington County, New Jersey, the people said. The move comes months after Attorney General William Barr ordered N'Diaye be reassigned to a desk post at the Bureau of Prisons' regional office in Pennsylvania after Epstein's death as the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general investigated.

  • Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S.
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    Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the United States on Thursday he would repeal an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises if Washington did not reinstate the visa of a political ally.

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    New Moon Photos! Get Your New Moon Photos Here!

    Piping hot and fresh from China's Chang'e 4 mission. From Popular Mechanics

  • US military investigating after finding Pornhub video of Navy service members shot through peephole
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    US military investigating after finding Pornhub video of Navy service members shot through peephole

    The Navy is reportedly investigating videos found on the website Pornhub that they believe show unsuspecting service members through a peephole in a bathroom. The videos were discovered earlier this month by an agent from the Naval Criminal Investigative Series, according to a report by NBC News. Several reportedly show sailors and Marines in uniform, with visible name patches.

  • Democrats pounce as Trump says he would consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare
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    Democrats pounce as Trump says he would consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare

    While much of the nation was focused on Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, the president gave an interview in Davos, Switzerland, that undercut one of his key pledges from his 2016 campaign, declaring his intention to “take a look” at cutting benefits to entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. Asked by CNBC host Joe Kernen whether he would ever consider cutting entitlements, Trump, who had run on a promise to protect Social Security and Medicare, didn't rule it out. At some point they will be.

  • Photos show how China is grappling with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as 12 cities are quarantined and hospitals run out of space
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    Photos show how China is grappling with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as 12 cities are quarantined and hospitals run out of space

    Getty Images When it became known that the virus could spread from human to human contact, China imposed screening precautions in Wuhan and began checking people for the virus at transportation hubs. Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Medics wearing Level D Hazmat suits were seen scanning passengers arriving from Wuhan on January 22. Emily Wang/AP As the death toll climbed to nine, the Chinese government urged people to avoid traveling to Wuhan and stay away from public spaces — a warning that came just as millions of people were planning to migrate for the Lunar New Year.

  • China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It
    The National Interest

    China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It

    For decades, the Indian Navy has been the dominant regional power in the Indian Ocean, and has even boasted a carrier aviation capability that was nearly unique in Asia. But as outlined in a report by the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the growth of Chinese military power in the last two decades has dramatically eclipsed India's own attempts to modernize and expand its forces—particularly in the maritime domain. This is problematic due to New Delhi's tense relations with Beijing since a 1962 border war.

  • Smugglers tried to bring 3,700 invasive crabs through the Port of Cincinnati
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    Smugglers tried to bring 3,700 invasive crabs through the Port of Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its agriculture specialists at the Port of Cincinnati have stopped 51 shipments of invasive mitten crabs from being smuggled into the country over the past four months. The shipments containing 3,700 of the live crabs weighed about 3,400 pounds, originated in China and Hong Kong and were destined for businesses and homes in multiple states – mostly New York, a CBP press release said. Nationwide, CBP agriculture specialists and others have refused entry to more than 15,000 mitten crabs since September.

  • Chinese University of Minnesota Student Jailed for Anti-Xi Tweets Has Been Released to Wuhan
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    Chinese University of Minnesota Student Jailed for Anti-Xi Tweets Has Been Released to Wuhan

    A Chinese student of the University of Minnesota sentenced to six months in prison for posting tweets critical of president Xi Jinping has been released to his hometown of Wuhan, which is coincidentally under quarantine due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported on Friday. The Tribune received a message from student Luo Daiqing's university email address saying he had been released. University of Minnesota spokesman Jake Ricker told the paper that while Luo had attended for the 2018-2019 academic year, the student was not currently enrolled at the University.

  • Mexico's tough response to migrants doesn't stir outcry
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    Mexico's tough response to migrants doesn't stir outcry

    The hundreds of Central American migrants walking north in southern Mexico have received steady media coverage in Mexico, but with sky-high murders, a stagnant economy and corruption topping the national agenda, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's aggressive efforts to stop them hasn't stirred a widespread reaction. López Obrador, a leftist who throughout his campaign talked about protecting human rights and more respectful treatment of migrants, has taken some criticism from the left, even from within his own party, for Mexico's more militarized reception of migrants who arrived at the Guatemala-Mexico border last weekend.

  • U.S. charges former Mexico police commander in El Chapo-linked cocaine probe
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    U.S. charges former Mexico police commander in El Chapo-linked cocaine probe

    U.S. prosecutors on Friday charged a former Mexican federal police commander with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Mexican drug cartels to help them send cocaine into the United States, in a case linked to imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The defendant Ivan Reyes Arzate pleaded not guilty to three conspiracy charges at a hearing in the Brooklyn, New York, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in Brooklyn said. Reyes was arrested at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he was serving a 40-month prison term after pleading no contest in 2018 to obstruction charges in an Illinois case.

  • Virologist who helped identify SARS on coronavirus outbreak: 'This time I'm scared'
    The Week

    Virologist who helped identify SARS on coronavirus outbreak: 'This time I'm scared'

    Experts are seeing shocking similarities between the coronavirus that has now spread beyond China and the SARS outbreak of 2003. Like the infectious pneumonia that has killed at least 17 people, SARS was caused by a coronavirus that originated in China. People were out at markets without masks, "preparing to ring in the New Year in peace and had no sense about the epidemic," Guan Yi of the University of Hong Kong's State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases told Caixin.

  • Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans
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    Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans

    Warren's student loan comments begin at the 6-min. mark in video above After being confronted by a man questioning her student loan forgiveness plan, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren dismissed his argument. "We don't build an America by saddling our kids with debt," she said on "CBS This Morning" Friday.

  • Donald Trump is suddenly scared of Mike Bloomberg — as he should be
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    Donald Trump is suddenly scared of Mike Bloomberg — as he should be

    The president is projecting his own personality onto Bloomberg because he doesn't want the former New York City mayor, who is roughly 17 times as rich Trump, to “spend money helping whoever the Democrat nominee is” — and hurting Trump's own reelection chances. In other words, Trump is afraid. His fear is justified.

  • Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washout
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    Photos from the Lunar New Year show how coronavirus turned China's biggest party into a washout

    Crowds gather in Ditan Park in Beijing, China. Thomas Peter/Reuters2020: Ditan Park is eerily empty as workers took down the lantern decorations after the Lunar New Year celebration was cancelled. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters2019: Signs with the Chinese character "Fu," which means "Good luck," hang in the Forbidden City.

  • Iran Cannot Defeat American Stealth Planes, but They Could Cause Real Damage
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    Iran Cannot Defeat American Stealth Planes, but They Could Cause Real Damage

    The once-formidable Iranian Air Force, starved of spare parts for its 1970s-era American-built fighters, is unlikely to effectively challenge U.S. air superiority. Instead, Iran has doubled down on a diverse array of surface-to-air missile (SAMs) systems in its Air Defense Force (IRIADF) as well as the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Together, these form an integrated air defense system that can tackle threats approaching at different ranges, speeds and altitudes, aided by powerful over-the-horizon surveillance radar described in this article.

  • This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like
    Architectural Digest

    This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like

    From the sand dunes of Namibia to South Africa's world-class Tiffindell resort, this is what makes skiing in Africa like no place on the planet Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • The US government will reportedly evacuate its diplomats and citizens from Wuhan on a chartered plane amid the coronavirus outbreak
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    The US government will reportedly evacuate its diplomats and citizens from Wuhan on a chartered plane amid the coronavirus outbreak

    REUTERS/Martin Pollard The US government will charter a plane on Sunday to evacuate US diplomats and US citizens from Wuhan amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The State Department had already ordered all non-emergency US personnel to evacuate last week, though the Chinese government issued a travel ban on the city the same day. The 230 seats on the Boeing 767 aircraft will be offered to the around 1,000 US citizens in Wuhan.

  • Belarus' leader blasts Russia for pushing merger of 2 states
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    Belarus' leader blasts Russia for pushing merger of 2 states

    The president of Belarus on Friday accused Moscow of pressuring his country to merge with Russia and vowed not to let it happen. Talking to workers of a paper plant in eastern Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko lambasted Russia, the country's main provider of cheap oil and gas, for halting oil supplies in order "to dissolve Belarus ... in the brotherly Russia.

  • Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’
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    Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’

    A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US. Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. The 33-year-old mother-of-one was only rushed to hospital after guards later found her “unresponsive” in her cell, the document states.