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Fox News’ Dana Perino criticized the Democratic presidential candidates who have come out in favor of dismantling the Electoral College, during her Wednesday appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke have all stated their belief that the country should do away with the Electoral College and elect presidents via the popular vote.

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“It’s a litmus test, right? Is there a Democratic candidate who is saying no? Cory Booker kind of tapped the breaks on it, whoa, whoa, whoa, I don’t know. But he will get there. This is happening,” Perino stated. “Remember, it’s Eric Holder also, I think, who during the Obama administration suggested this. But the Democrats didn’t need to talk about this when President Obama was president because he won the Electoral College. Okay?” (RELATED: Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Abolish The Electoral College)

“The institutions have held up but the Democrats are now talking about actually dismantling those institutions. And what is interesting to me is that the reason that the country is set up this way with different states is because we are republic. You have a representative government,” she continued.

“If you do away with that and you just elect the president by whoever lives in New York and California, then, and you just erase all of those boundaries, then you truly are for open borders,” Perino concluded. “Then you are no longer of the United States of America. You are like united people of America where perhaps, not so united, right, just the people of America.”

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rebuked the Democrats’ plan to get rid of the Electoral College on twitter Tuesday morning.

US senator Marco Rubio, addresses the press on the humanitarian aid shipments sent by the US government for Venezuela that are stockpiled at a collection center in the Colombian border, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, border with San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela on February 17, 2019. - Thousands of volunteers in Venezuela will begin mobilizing on Sunday to bring American aid into their crisis-hit country despite a blockade by President Nicolas Maduro who claims the assistance could be cover for a US invasion. US aid that has been piling up in the Colombian border town of Cucuta has become the frontline of the confrontation between Guaido and Maduro. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

US senator Marco Rubio, addresses the press on the humanitarian aid shipments sent by the US government for Venezuela that are stockpiled at a collection center in the Colombian border, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, border with San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela on February 17, 2019. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

“The Democrat plan to get rid of the Electoral College has nothing to do with making sure every vote counts,” Rubio stated. “It’s about diminishing the electoral power of what liberals arrogantly call the ‘flyover states’ & of Americans they habitually disrespect as uneducated & backwards.” (RELATED: Marco Rubio Rebukes Democrats’ Attempt To Get Rid Of The Electoral College)

President Donald Trump also supported the Electoral College on Twitter, saying, “Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win.”

Twelve states have passed laws mandating that their Electoral College votes go to the winner of the national popular vote, but none of the laws will go into effect unless the combined number of Electoral College votes reach 270 — the number of votes needed for a presidential candidate to win.

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Former Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, calling his state "unorganized," on Wednesday told Politico he plans to launch a massive voter registration effort to register 1 million new voters before the 2020 presidential election.

"We're looking at a target of 1 million – we've got over 3 million people eligible to vote, and that's to say nothing of the 1.4 million returning citizens,” he said in reference to the former felons who will have their voting rights restored following a constitutional amendment approved by voters last year.

"Voter registration is red flag No. 1," he added.

Gillum on Wednesday also told The New York Times during a wide-ranging interview that Democrats have not been disciplined in Florida and organizing is key to defeating President Donald Trump.

"When you don't have a governor who can raise money for a party in 24 years, it's very difficult for you to expect that party to turn on a dime and pull rabbits out of the hat," he said. "I'd say it's a failure, writ large, of how people have treated Florida when it comes to organizing. It's a state to go to when you want a presidential win, but outside of that? Good luck."

Gillum told The Daily Beast he plans to pull from his list of supporters and volunteers to help register new voters.

"We're going to be a major player and deliver Florida to whoever the Democratic nominee is," he told the news outlet.

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U.S. Senator Rubio arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) arrives for the weekly Republican Party caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

March 21, 2019

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio met on Wednesday with the Haitian president and members of parliament and discussed the formation of a new Cabinet following the ouster this week of Jean Henry Ceant as prime minister.

The Florida Republican lawmaker arrived in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, following crippling nationwide protests and a political crisis touched off by the dismissal of Ceant in a vote of no confidence by the country’s legislative body on Monday.

Haiti has had several prime ministers in recent years. President Jovenel Moise remains in office.

Rubio wrote on his Twitter account that he discussed the formation of a new government in his meeting with Gary Bodeau, head of the lower house, and Carl Cantave, president of the Senate.

Ceant took office in September as thousands of demonstrators were streaming through the streets in the main cities of the impoverished island nation.

In renewed protests since Feb. 7, many called for Moise to step down because of ballooning inflation, a weakening currency and allegations of misused funds from a Venezuelan oil subsidy scheme called PetroCaribe.

Ceant, who has likewise been blamed for the rampant inflation and protests, has insisted his dismissal on Monday was unconstitutional and that he is still the head of government.

Moise said on Twitter that he spoke with Rubio about security and holding parliamentary elections.

Rubio heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues.

His visit comes days before Moise and four other Caribbean leaders attend a meeting on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela and China’s commercial expansion.

(Reporting by Ezequiel Abiu Lopez; Editing by Delphine Schrank and Peter Cooney)

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Beto O’Rourke “enjoys a set of privileges in his decision making that” others don’t, former Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said Wednesday in an interview with The New York Times.

“Can you imagine it for any of the women that are in the race for president or considering a run?” Gillum said during a wide-ranging interview where he said he wasn’t running for president and outlined his plans to help Democrats win the presidency in 2020.

“They probably could not muse out loud, or in the recesses of their mind have these sorts of conversations and then say them out loud, and think it would be taken seriously or they would be taken seriously.”

“I recognize that, but, as I understand it, the congressman also recognizes that there is privilege that accompanies him here,” he added. “That doesn’t make him less deserving of consideration, it’s just something that has to be acknowledged.”

O’Rourke, the former representative who lost a close race for senator to Ted Cruz last November in deep-red Texas, announced his candidacy last week.

The Times’ asked whether O’Rourke’s entrance into the presidential race was a “sign of privilege, as some have suggested.”

O’Rourke has described himself as a white man who has had privileges, and last week said he would be more thoughtful in “the way in which I acknowledge the truth of the criticism that I have enjoyed white privilege.”

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 12384288

March 20, 2019

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 2-1 spring training victory over the New York Yankees at Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros starter Wade Miley gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings as five Astros pitchers held the Yankees to four hits on the day.

Gary Sanchez drove in the only run for the Yankees on a double in the first inning.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 7

Andy Wilkins hit a home run and drove in two runs while Charlie Culberson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each also drove in two as Atlanta won at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a home run for Toronto.

Tigers 3, Phillies 1

Josh Harrison hit a home run and Spencer Turnbull pitched five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Detroit won at Clearwater, Fla. Bryce Harper had a single and scored the only run for Philadelphia on an Odubel Herrera ground ball.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 0

Neil Walker hit a home run and Pablo Lopez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Drew Robinson had two of the three St. Louis hits.

Pirates 6, Twins 5

Colin Moran had a pair of RBI singles as Pittsburgh scored all six runs over the final two innings for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Jonathan Schoop hit a home run for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 12384288

March 20, 2019

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 2-1 spring training victory over the New York Yankees at Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros starter Wade Miley gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings as five Astros pitchers held the Yankees to four hits on the day.

Gary Sanchez drove in the only run for the Yankees on a double in the first inning.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 7

Andy Wilkins hit a home run and drove in two runs while Charlie Culberson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each also drove in two as Atlanta won at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a home run for Toronto.

Tigers 3, Phillies 1

Josh Harrison hit a home run and Spencer Turnbull pitched five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Detroit won at Clearwater, Fla. Bryce Harper had a single and scored the only run for Philadelphia on an Odubel Herrera ground ball.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 0

Neil Walker hit a home run and Pablo Lopez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Drew Robinson had two of the three St. Louis hits.

Pirates 6, Twins 5

Colin Moran had a pair of RBI singles as Pittsburgh scored all six runs over the final two innings for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Jonathan Schoop hit a home run for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

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A former operator of a spa that’s entangled in a prostitution investigation responded Wednesday to top Democrats’ call for the FBI to investigate her because of her ties to President Donald Trump and China.

“I’m Republican and I’m Chinese,” Li “Cindy” Yang told NBC News. “That’s the reason the Democrats want to check me.”

Yang sold Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, roughly seven years ago. Now the spa and its new operators are in the news after authorities charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in late February with soliciting a prostitute there. (RELATED: Brazil’s New President Says What He And Trump Have In Common: ‘We Are God-Fearing Men’)

Senate and House Democrats requested the FBI open criminal and counterintelligence investigations into Yang, reported ABC News. They point to media reports claiming Yang’s company GY Investments sells opportunities to get close to Trump to Chinese clients.

”Although Ms. Yang’s activities may only be those of an unscrupulous actor allegedly selling access to politicians for profit, her activities also could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes,” the Democrats wrote in a March 15 letter according to NBC News.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates on Cambridge street during the New England Patriots Victory Parade on February 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates on Cambridge street during the New England Patriots Victory Parade on Feb. 5, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Yang told NBC News she has lived in the U.S. for roughly two decades and has not had contact with any Chinese government officials.

“I love Americans. I love our president. I don’t do anything wrong,” she said.

Yang has made numerous social media posts of photographs with Trump, including a selfie with the president at a Super Bowl party at the Trump International golf resort in Florida, reported NBC News. She is “part of a network of organizations pushing for Taiwan to return to Chinese control and that fall under the oversight of the Chinese government,” reported the Miami Herald.

Kraft is expected to reject a plea deal that would result in prosecutors dropping criminal charges against him for allegedly soliciting prostitutes, according to reports Wednesday. Many pundits have weighed in on the scandal, including CNN’s Michael Smerconish, who called investigating Kraft “the largest waste of resources since Jussie Smollett” on Feb. 23.

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

A former operator of a spa that’s entangled in a prostitution investigation responded Wednesday to top Democrats’ call for the FBI to investigate her because of her ties to President Donald Trump and China.

“I’m Republican and I’m Chinese,” Li “Cindy” Yang told NBC News. “That’s the reason the Democrats want to check me.”

Yang sold Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, roughly seven years ago. Now the spa and its new operators are in the news after authorities charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in late February with soliciting a prostitute there. (RELATED: Brazil’s New President Says What He And Trump Have In Common: ‘We Are God-Fearing Men’)

Senate and House Democrats requested the FBI open criminal and counterintelligence investigations into Yang, reported ABC News. They point to media reports claiming Yang’s company GY Investments sells opportunities to get close to Trump to Chinese clients.

”Although Ms. Yang’s activities may only be those of an unscrupulous actor allegedly selling access to politicians for profit, her activities also could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes,” the Democrats wrote in a March 15 letter according to NBC News.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates on Cambridge street during the New England Patriots Victory Parade on February 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates on Cambridge street during the New England Patriots Victory Parade on Feb. 5, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Yang told NBC News she has lived in the U.S. for roughly two decades and has not had contact with any Chinese government officials.

“I love Americans. I love our president. I don’t do anything wrong,” she said.

Yang has made numerous social media posts of photographs with Trump, including a selfie with the president at a Super Bowl party at the Trump International golf resort in Florida, reported NBC News. She is “part of a network of organizations pushing for Taiwan to return to Chinese control and that fall under the oversight of the Chinese government,” reported the Miami Herald.

Kraft is expected to reject a plea deal that would result in prosecutors dropping criminal charges against him for allegedly soliciting prostitutes, according to reports Wednesday. Many pundits have weighed in on the scandal, including CNN’s Michael Smerconish, who called investigating Kraft “the largest waste of resources since Jussie Smollett” on Feb. 23.

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FILE PHOTO: Dustin Johnson of the U.S. stands on the putting green before withdrawing from the 2017 Masters in Augusta
FILE PHOTO: Dustin Johnson of the U.S. and his caddie Austin Johnson stand on the putting green shortly before Dustin Johnson withdrew from play due to injury during the first round of the 2017 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

March 20, 2019

(Reuters) – Nearly two years after Dustin Johnson was knocked out of the Masters when he injured his back slipping on stairs on the tournament’s eve, his caddie and brother Austin has broken a bone in his hand in a similar mishap.

Austin suffered the injury while packing up on Sunday night at the rental house where the brothers were staying at the Players Championship in Florida, world number one Dustin told reporters.

“He had a bit of a run-in with a pair of stairs, kind of like I did,” Dustin said on Wednesday on the eve of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

“Those stairs, man, they’ll get you.”

Austin is not letting the injury prevent him from his professional duties.

He caddied in the pro-am at Innisbrook on Wednesday with his left arm in a sling and a cast on his wrist.

Dustin was the hot favorite at the 2017 Masters, as world number one and coming off the back off three straight victories.

The back injury, which he described as severe bruising, kept him out of action for a month.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Toby Davis)

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A new bill in the Florida State Legislature would make the practice of leaving animals behind during natural disasters illegal and punishable by a fine and possibly jail time.

According to the Miami Herald, Senate Bill 1738 was introduced by Republican Joe Gruters, a member of Florida's Senate, on March 1. Pet owners in violation of the law could be slapped with a $5,000 fine and up to one year behind bars because of an animal cruelty charge, which is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor.

The Florida Senate is considering the bill, which according to the Herald would go into effect on July 1 if it makes it through the legislative process. It already passed in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday by a 5-0 vote.

The law would be applicable during all natural disasters and during both mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Pet owners would be subjected to it if they retrain their animals outside and then leave the property to escape the storm.

"We want to give these dogs a fighting chance," Gruters said during Monday's Agriculture Committee hearing, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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Freshman Florida Rep. Greg Steube was one of four Republicans to introduce a resolution last week condemning anti-Semitism that specifically addresses comments made by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Steube introduced the resolution, which he doesn’t believe will get passed, with Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jeff Duncan and Louie Gohmert in response to the resolution the House passed condemning all forms of bigotry that didn’t name Omar. Many have interpreted the freshman Minnesota rep.’s comments as anti-Semitic.

“I filed my own resolution because I believe that we need to set an example, not just for the country as members of Congress calling out racial and anti-Semitic remarks,” Steube told The Daily Caller Wednesday, adding, “but we need to set an example for the world that we’re not going to put up with that type of behavior, especially from a member of Congress and deal with it directly.”

The resolution mentions Omar’s now-deleted 2012 tweet in which she accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world.” She doubled down on this tweet before eventually apologizing for it and it also listed her more recent accusation that a pro-Israel lobbying group pays for Congressional support for Israel. It also referenced her questioning if some members of Congress have a “dual loyalty” to the United States and Israel. (RELATED: Omar’s Experiences Are ‘More Personal’ Than Children Of Holocaust Survivors)

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, speaks to a group of supporters in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 6, 2018. - US voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on November 6, 2018, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP)

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket … (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP)

The “dual loyalty” comment specifically spurred the resolution condemning all types of bigotry, which is why Steube felt like he needed to draft a separate resolution specifically addressing anti-Semitism. Omar has apologized for the 2012 tweet and for the congressional support allegation but has not issued an apology for posing the “dual loyalty” question.

Steube added, “So, after the first time when she got called out for the first remark when she was a congress[wo]man. After her own leadership condemned her statements, she apologized and then she had, after that anti-Semitic remarks that she hasn’t apologized for. The result of that was a watered-down resolution condemning hate in general and not addressing her specific anti-Semitic remarks.”

Many of the people who defended Omar were quick to suggest that the criticism against her was misguided and disingenuous with some bringing up the question of whether or not criticizing the Israeli government is considered anti-Semitic.

“Anyone can be critical of policy decisions. I mean, we have that debate in the halls of Congress every day,” Steube said, but explained that Omar’s “remarks” were “nowehere near” criticizing policy decisions. “I think anybody can debate policy and decisions that are made by leaders of different countries, but that doesn’t give you latitude to be anti-Semitic.”

Republican House member-elect Dan Crenshaw (R) … (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Omar, one of the first female Muslim members of Congress, published an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she lays out her foreign policy beliefs for the region including where she called for “a two-state solution, with internationally recognized borders.”

The Florida Republican said that he had read parts of Omar’s op-ed. In response to what her stance is, he said:

In order to truly have peace in that region the Palestinians are going to have to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a country and denounce terrorism. And they still have failed to do that and they still, as far as I know, unwilling to do that. And until you have the Palestinian government say, Palestinian Authority, say that Israel has a right to exist in the country, in that region and denounce terrorism, I don’t see how you can ever have, even start to begin the process of negotiating a peace agreement because the very existence of Israel as a country, they don’t support.

Steube declined to comment on the indictment of sitting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Freshman Florida Rep. Greg Steube was one of four Republicans to introduce a resolution last week condemning anti-Semitism that specifically addresses comments made by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Steube introduced the resolution, which he doesn’t believe will get passed, with Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jeff Duncan and Louie Gohmert in response to the resolution the House passed condemning all forms of bigotry that didn’t name Omar. Many have interpreted the freshman Minnesota rep.’s comments as anti-Semitic.

“I filed my own resolution because I believe that we need to set an example, not just for the country as members of Congress calling out racial and anti-Semitic remarks,” Steube told The Daily Caller Wednesday, adding, “but we need to set an example for the world that we’re not going to put up with that type of behavior, especially from a member of Congress and deal with it directly.”

The resolution mentions Omar’s now-deleted 2012 tweet in which she accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world.” She doubled down on this tweet before eventually apologizing for it and it also listed her more recent accusation that a pro-Israel lobbying group pays for Congressional support for Israel. It also referenced her questioning if some members of Congress have a “dual loyalty” to the United States and Israel. (RELATED: Omar’s Experiences Are ‘More Personal’ Than Children Of Holocaust Survivors)

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, speaks to a group of supporters in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 6, 2018. - US voters elected two Muslim women, both Democrats, to Congress on November 6, 2018, marking a historic first in a country where anti-Muslim rhetoric has been on the rise, American networks reported. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP)

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket … (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP)

The “dual loyalty” comment specifically spurred the resolution condemning all types of bigotry, which is why Steube felt like he needed to draft a separate resolution specifically addressing anti-Semitism. Omar has apologized for the 2012 tweet and for the congressional support allegation but has not issued an apology for posing the “dual loyalty” question.

Steube added, “So, after the first time when she got called out for the first remark when she was a congress[wo]man. After her own leadership condemned her statements, she apologized and then she had, after that anti-Semitic remarks that she hasn’t apologized for. The result of that was a watered-down resolution condemning hate in general and not addressing her specific anti-Semitic remarks.”

Many of the people who defended Omar were quick to suggest that the criticism against her was misguided and disingenuous with some bringing up the question of whether or not criticizing the Israeli government is considered anti-Semitic.

“Anyone can be critical of policy decisions. I mean, we have that debate in the halls of Congress every day,” Steube said, but explained that Omar’s “remarks” were “nowehere near” criticizing policy decisions. “I think anybody can debate policy and decisions that are made by leaders of different countries, but that doesn’t give you latitude to be anti-Semitic.”

Republican House member-elect Dan Crenshaw (R) … (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Omar, one of the first female Muslim members of Congress, published an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she lays out her foreign policy beliefs for the region including where she called for “a two-state solution, with internationally recognized borders.”

The Florida Republican said that he had read parts of Omar’s op-ed. In response to what her stance is, he said:

In order to truly have peace in that region the Palestinians are going to have to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a country and denounce terrorism. And they still have failed to do that and they still, as far as I know, unwilling to do that. And until you have the Palestinian government say, Palestinian Authority, say that Israel has a right to exist in the country, in that region and denounce terrorism, I don’t see how you can ever have, even start to begin the process of negotiating a peace agreement because the very existence of Israel as a country, they don’t support.

Steube declined to comment on the indictment of sitting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Rep. Francis Rooney | Florida Congressman

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

This quote, attributed to Evelyn Beatrice Hall, is the embodiment of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Unfortunately, this constitutional right is under siege on university campuses across the country.

Many colleges and universities use dangerous and insidious methods to suppress free speech. One example is “free speech zones”, which are specifically delineated areas on a campus where “free speech” is allowed, converting these words into an oxymoron. An absolute truth, a right guaranteed under the Constitution, should not become a negotiable, transient issue of policy. When we go down the road of dismissing or flouting elements of the Constitution we are damaging the institutions which have flourished under it and risk inviting similar attacks on other constitutional rights.

At the University of Cincinnati, freedom of speech was limited to a “zone” that comprised only 0.1 percent of their 137-acre campus and required up to 15 business days’ notice for students to use the space. Additionally, a UC student group was told its members could be arrested if they went outside the zone while collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative.

In an ironic case at Kellogg Community College in Michigan, students were arrested for handing out copies of the United States Constitution without the administration’s permission. How incredible is this? In their greatest hopes, Marx and Lenin couldn’t have been bold enough to conceive of this.

Although the examples above have become all too common, not all colleges have succumbed to political correctness. In 2016, John Ellison, dean of students at the University of Chicago, sent an email to incoming freshman defending academic freedom and free speech while denouncing the politically correct invention of “safe spaces.”

Recently, the Nevada System of Higher Education adopted a similar position on free speech, stating, in part “History shows that when institutions of higher education attempt to censor or punish the free expression of ideas, they undermine their core function of promoting rational discussion, inquiry, discovery, and the dissemination of knowledge. It is not the proper response of NSHE and its institutions to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”

We need more examples like the University of Chicago and NSHE.

This assault on the First Amendment is occurring with greater frequency on campuses every day and is wholly unacceptable. For this reason, I have introduced H.R. 1672, the Free Right to Expression in Education Act. This legislation, which was first introduced in the 115th Congress by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, will prevent colleges from quarantining free expression and end the unconstitutional “zones” used to stifle student speech.

There are a multitude of other assaults on our constitutional right of free speech that must also be addressed, such as college professors that seek to indoctrinate and block free debate in classes, leading to groupthink — the phenomenon where the desire for conformity replaces rational thought. Banning conservative speakers from campus is another violation.

In combination with President Trump’s executive order cutting off research funding to schools that do not respect freedom of speech, we can stop this erosion of our constitutional rights. Higher education should be a platform for the peaceful but free exchange of ideas and open debate. Learning occurs when one’s beliefs are challenged and defended.  This is what the original idea of the university was all about.

In a climate of free expression our American ideals, as embodied in the Bill of Rights, will be championed rather than compromised. Zealously protecting our constitutional rights is critical for assuring the evolution of a generation of graduates who can think critically, accept differences of opinion and assure that our hard-earned freedoms are protected and nurtured in America in the future as in the past.

Francis Rooney (@RepRooney) has represented Florida’s 19th congressional district since 2017 and is the ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2008.


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Rep. Francis Rooney | Florida Congressman

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

This quote, attributed to Evelyn Beatrice Hall, is the embodiment of our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Unfortunately, this constitutional right is under siege on university campuses across the country.

Many colleges and universities use dangerous and insidious methods to suppress free speech. One example is “free speech zones”, which are specifically delineated areas on a campus where “free speech” is allowed, converting these words into an oxymoron. An absolute truth, a right guaranteed under the Constitution, should not become a negotiable, transient issue of policy. When we go down the road of dismissing or flouting elements of the Constitution we are damaging the institutions which have flourished under it and risk inviting similar attacks on other constitutional rights.

At the University of Cincinnati, freedom of speech was limited to a “zone” that comprised only 0.1 percent of their 137-acre campus and required up to 15 business days’ notice for students to use the space. Additionally, a UC student group was told its members could be arrested if they went outside the zone while collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative.

In an ironic case at Kellogg Community College in Michigan, students were arrested for handing out copies of the United States Constitution without the administration’s permission. How incredible is this? In their greatest hopes, Marx and Lenin couldn’t have been bold enough to conceive of this.

Although the examples above have become all too common, not all colleges have succumbed to political correctness. In 2016, John Ellison, dean of students at the University of Chicago, sent an email to incoming freshman defending academic freedom and free speech while denouncing the politically correct invention of “safe spaces.”

Recently, the Nevada System of Higher Education adopted a similar position on free speech, stating, in part “History shows that when institutions of higher education attempt to censor or punish the free expression of ideas, they undermine their core function of promoting rational discussion, inquiry, discovery, and the dissemination of knowledge. It is not the proper response of NSHE and its institutions to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”

We need more examples like the University of Chicago and NSHE.

This assault on the First Amendment is occurring with greater frequency on campuses every day and is wholly unacceptable. For this reason, I have introduced H.R. 1672, the Free Right to Expression in Education Act. This legislation, which was first introduced in the 115th Congress by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, will prevent colleges from quarantining free expression and end the unconstitutional “zones” used to stifle student speech.

There are a multitude of other assaults on our constitutional right of free speech that must also be addressed, such as college professors that seek to indoctrinate and block free debate in classes, leading to groupthink — the phenomenon where the desire for conformity replaces rational thought. Banning conservative speakers from campus is another violation.

In combination with President Trump’s executive order cutting off research funding to schools that do not respect freedom of speech, we can stop this erosion of our constitutional rights. Higher education should be a platform for the peaceful but free exchange of ideas and open debate. Learning occurs when one’s beliefs are challenged and defended.  This is what the original idea of the university was all about.

In a climate of free expression our American ideals, as embodied in the Bill of Rights, will be championed rather than compromised. Zealously protecting our constitutional rights is critical for assuring the evolution of a generation of graduates who can think critically, accept differences of opinion and assure that our hard-earned freedoms are protected and nurtured in America in the future as in the past.

Francis Rooney (@RepRooney) has represented Florida’s 19th congressional district since 2017 and is the ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2008.


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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives for the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party in Beverly Hills
FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives for the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

March 20, 2019

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will reject a conditional plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors on charges of soliciting prostitution, sources told CNN on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial.

Additionally, any defendant who accepts the deal must complete an education course about prostitution, perform 100 hours of community service, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and pay court costs, according to the Journal.

Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, told CNN the offer was standard for first-time offenders, and that none of the people charged had accepted as of Wednesday morning.

Kraft entered a not guilty plea after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money.

Jupiter police have said Kraft was caught on surveillance video on both occasions, Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

Kraft is scheduled to be arraigned March 28 in Palm Beach County, Fla.

The charges came in a police sting that law enforcement said was aimed at stopping human trafficking through massage parlors in Florida.

If Kraft chooses to go to trial and is convicted, he could receive one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Edmondson told CNN, however, that those misdemeanor charges generally result in no more than a 60-day sentence in county jail.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: A rig contracted by Apache Corp drills a horizontal well in a search for oil and natural gas in the Permian Basin in West Texas
FILE PHOTO: A rig contracted by Apache Corp drills a horizontal well in a search for oil and natural gas in the Wolfcamp shale located in the Permian Basin in West Texas, U.S. on October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Terry Wade/File Photo

March 20, 2019

(Reuters) – Next-day natural gas prices for Wednesday at the Waha hub in West Texas plunged to a record low due to an equipment failure in New Mexico that stranded gas in the Permian basin.

Spot prices at the Waha hub collapsed to an average of just 12 cents per million British thermal units (mmBtu) for Wednesday.

That fell below the contract’s prior all-time low of 21 cents in February and compares with an average of $1.72/mmBtu so far this year, $2.10 in 2018 and a five-year (2014-2018) average of $2.80, according to data available on the Refinitiv Eikon going back to 1991.

The equipment failure was on El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline Co LLC’s Lordsburg and Florida compressor stations. That failure, which caused El Paso to declare a force majeure, cut the operational capacity through the stations by about 0.2 billion cubic feet per day to around 0.4 bcfd starting on Tuesday.

El Paso, which is a unit of Kinder Morgan Inc, said the reduction will remain in effect until further notice.

The Permian is the biggest oil-producing shale basin in the United States and since much of that oil comes out of the ground with gas, it is also the nation’s second-biggest shale gas producing region, behind Appalachia in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

With production of both oil and gas more than doubling to record highs over the past five years, the pipeline infrastructure in the Permian has not been able to keep up with the rapid growth in output.

That has caused the basin’s existing oil and gas pipes to become constrained and forced some producers to burn or flare off some of the gas associated with oil production.

Those gas constraints have trapped gas in the Permian and depressed Waha prices, boosting the discount Waha trades at below the U.S. Henry Hub benchmark in Louisiana.

That spread reached $2.79/mmBtu for Wednesday, its widest since December. That compares with an average discount of $1.21 so far this year, $1.06 in 2018 and a five-year (2014-2018) average of 34 cents.

Several new pipelines are being built or developed to enable more gas to flow out of the Permian, including Oneok Inc’s WesTex and Roadrunner projects, Kinder Morgan’s Gulf Coast Express and Permian Highway projects and NAmerico Energy Holdings’ Pecos Trail.

Drillers will, however, have to wait until late 2019 and beyond for those projects to enter service.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils
Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

March 20, 2019

Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J., to move into sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom collected his 50th assist of the season, and Pheonix Copley made 20 saves.

Kenny Agostino scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves for the Devils, who have lost two straight.

Blues 7, Oilers 2

Jaden Schwartz capped his hat trick with a power-play goal at 18:48 of the third period as St. Louis defeated visiting Edmonton.

David Perron added two goals and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 15 saves to improve to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen stopped 17 of 20 shots before being pulled 5:42 into the second period after the Blues took a three-goal lead. Connor McDavid failed to tally a point, ending his 12-game scoring streak.

Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2

Michael Frolik scored the winning goal in a two-point night, and David Rittich was sensational while making 31 saves as host Calgary defeated Columbus. The Flames moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

While Rittich had incredible fortune on his side with the Blue Jackets ringing four pucks off iron, he was outstanding all game, including a one-sided third period in which he stopped 11 shots.

Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk added goals for Calgary, which has won four of its past five games. Zach Werenski and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets.

Stars 4, Panthers 2

Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including the winner with 9:28 to play in the third period, and Tyler Seguin had four assists to lift host Dallas to a victory over Florida.

Dallas is now four points ahead of idle Arizona for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Florida lost its second straight and is now 4-2-0 in its past six games.

Jamie Benn and John Klingberg collected the Stars’ other goals. Aleksander Barkov tallied twice for the Panthers.

Avalanche 3, Wild 1

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored, and Colorado won at Saint Paul, Minn.

The Avalanche won their second in a row to tighten the Western Conference wild-card race. Colorado moved within a point of the Wild and within two points of Arizona. The Coyotes currently hold the second wild-card spot.

Zach Parise had a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Minnesota. The Wild have lost two in a row, and they fell to 2-7-3 in their past 12 home games.

Predators 3, Maple Leafs 0

Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville defeated visiting Toronto.

Rinne has four shutouts this season, and the past two have been against the Maple Leafs. He has 55 career shutouts.

Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Predators, who managed only 20 shots on goal but won their third in a row. Frederik Andersen finished with 17 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Bruins 5, Islanders 0

Sean Kuraly scored two goals in a regular-season game for the first time in his career, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 13 shots he faced as Boston cruised to a win at Uniondale, N.Y.

The Bruins have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Boston allowed 15 goals in the skid but has given up just one goal in its last two games. Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins.

The Islanders lost for the second time in three games (1-2-0). New York goalie Robin Lehner, who played for the first time since sustaining what was believed to be a concussion on March 5, made 34 saves.

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

Dougie Hamilton scored on the first attempt of a shootout, and that was enough for Carolina in a victory against Pittsburgh at Raleigh, N.C.

The Hurricanes made it past regulation when Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in the third period after the Hurricanes opted to go with an extra skater.

Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang scored with 4:37 remaining, but the Penguins couldn’t hold on.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2

Jimmy Howard made 41 saves, and Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as Detroit opened a five-game road trip by holding on for a victory over New York.

Howard helped the Red Wings sweep the three-game season series with the Rangers by making at least 40 saves for the fifth time this season and 21st time in his career.

Detroit’s Frans Nielsen scored in the first period, and Athanasiou tallied in the second before adding an empty-net goal in the final minute. Ryan Strome and Brendan Smith were the Rangers’ goal-scorers.

Canadiens 3, Flyers 1

Goals from Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi carried Montreal to a win at Philadelphia.

Andrew Shaw tallied two assists and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.

Sean Couturier scored and Carter Hart made 33 saves for the Flyers, who took a second straight home loss for the first time since early January.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
FILE PHOTO: Mar 3, 2019; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

March 20, 2019

Right-hander Yu Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings for a Chicago Cubs split squad in a 6-4 spring training win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday at Mesa, Ariz.

Darvish, making his return from a season-ending stress reaction in his throwing elbow to cap a disappointing first year with the Cubs, lowered his spring ERA to 2.25 through four starts. He has struck out 14 in 12 innings.

Jason Heyward and Javier Baez each went 2-for-3 to lead the Cubs’ offense. Top outfield prospect Kyle Lewis homered among his two hits for the Mariners, raising his spring average to .429.

Yankees 6, Rays 2

Greg Bird hit his third home run this spring, and Gary Sanchez clubbed two doubles as New York topped visiting Tampa Bay at Tampa, Fla. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings for the Rays.

Pirates 3, Tigers 1

Adam Frazier, Corey Dickerson and Josh Bell each had two hits as host Pittsburgh held off Detroit in Bradenton, Fla. The Tigers scored their lone run on a Bobby Wilson single in the ninth.

Nationals 3, Braves 2

Collin Cowgill’s two-run homer in the ninth inning capped a three-run Washington rally past host Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla. Left-hander Max Fried drew the start for the Braves and struck out seven in five scoreless innings.

Rangers 3, Brewers 2

Right-hander Lance Lynn struck out nine in five innings, and Willie Calhoun drove in all three runs as visiting Texas trumped Milwaukee at Phoenix. Jesus Aguilar doubled in a run for the Brewers.

The following Florida games were canceled by rain:

–Blue Jays at Red Sox

–Mets at Marlins

–Twins at Orioles

–Phillies at Astros

–Field Level Media

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Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

U.S. scientists reportedly purchased hundreds of cats and dogs from Asian meat markets, used them for experiments and fed the remains to other lab cats, according to the White Coat Waste Project.

Scientists reportedly conducted the experiments at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lab in Maryland between 2003 and 2015. The experiments involved hundreds of animals from markets in Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia, according to the watchdog group. Some of the meat markets in question have been condemned by Congress.

“It’s crazy,” former USDA scientist Jim Keen told NBC News, which obtained a copy of the report. “Cannibal cats, cats eating dogs — I don’t see the logic.”

“It’s totally unrelated to the food safety mission,” Keen said. “We shouldn’t be paying for that as taxpayers.”

Lawmakers are already targeting the Agriculture Department labs with legislation to curb testing on cats. (RELATED: Congressmen Introduce Bill To Stop Government Cat Killers)

“The details of these kitten experiments keep getting worse and they need to end now,” Republican Rep. Brian Mast of Florida told NBC. “The fact that the USDA has been rounding up pets and other innocent dogs and cats in foreign countries — including at Chinese meat markets condemned by Congress — killing them and feeding them to lab cats back here in the States is simply disgusting and unjustifiable.”

Cat smacking her lips. Shutterstock/AltamashUrooj

Cat smacking her lips. Shutterstock/AltamashUrooj

Mast is a cosponsor of the legislation called Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now, or KITTEN.

The White Coat Waste Project previously uncovered other cat-related experiments in a 2018 report.

After the experiments are completed, the kittens are often euthanized and their bodies burned, according to the report.

The USDA did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives for the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party in Beverly Hills
FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives for the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

March 20, 2019

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft can have the solicitation of prostitution charges in Florida against him dropped, but there’s a catch.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that prosecutors have offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial.

Additionally, the defendant must complete an education course about prostitution, perform 100 hours of community service, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and pay court costs, per the report.

Kraft entered a not guilty plea in late February after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money both times.

–In an interview with Sports Illustrated, running back Le’Veon Bell said he never intended to sit out the entire 2018 season.

Bell, who recently signed with the New York Jets as a free agent, told the outlet that his original plan was to miss only Week 1 of last season. But the running back had a change of mind as events played out with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Once he realized the Steelers could again put the franchise tag on him following the season, Bell continued to sit out, and never joined the team. He became a free agent after the season and received a four-year, $52.5 million deal from the Jets.

–Coveted quarterback Kyler Murray met with Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury near the Oklahoma campus, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and the Oklahoma product and Heisman Trophy winner is under heavy consideration as he is viewed as a solid fit for first-year coach Kingsbury’s offense.

Arizona took quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall in last year’s draft but the team’s actions involving Murray may display a willingness to move on from Rosen.

–Tempted to join his brother with the Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett said he will instead remain retired to focus on his creative work.

Michael Bennett was acquired by the Patriots from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month, sparking speculation the defensive lineman might soon be joined by his 32-year-old brother, who retired after being released by New England last offseason.

–The Carolina Panthers signed defensive end Bruce Irvin to a one-year contract reportedly worth up to $5 million in an effort to boost their pass rush after the retirement of Julius Peppers. The seven-year pro has 43.5 sacks, 277 tackles, 15 forced fumbles and three interceptions.

–The Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Randall Cobb agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced. The deal is worth $5 million, according to the NFL Network. Cobb, 28, has been with the Green Bay Packers since they drafted him in the second round in 2011. He missed seven games last season due to concussion and hamstring injuries and caught just 38 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.

–Defensive end Robert Quinn visited the Cowboys as a precursor to a potential swap with the Miami Dolphins, but reportedly left town without a deal pending. The Dolphins are willing to pay part of Quinn’s 2019 salary to help facilitate a trade of the pass rusher, according to NFL Network.

–Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad has been cleared for pre-draft workouts after he had to leave the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month when a heart issue was found during his physical. Prior to the combine, most outlets had pegged him as a late-round prospect.

–Kicker Dan Bailey re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings, agreeing to a one-year deal with a base value of $1 million, per reports. … The Patriots have reportedly re-signed punter Ryan Allen to a one-year deal. … The Detroit Lions have signed restricted free agent running back Malcolm Brown to an offer sheet, which the Los Angeles Rams have until Monday to match, according to multiple reports.

–Field Level Media

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

March 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Friday with the leaders of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his Florida resort, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

The leaders will discuss countering “China’s predatory economic practices,” the situation in Venezuela and energy investment in the Caribbean, among other issues, the statement said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander)

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Tennis: Miami Open
Mar 19, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A general view outside stadium court at Hard Rock Stadium during a rain delay in the first round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2019

By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) – Rain wiped out the opening day play at the Miami Open on Tuesday, delaying the start of the tournament at its new Hard Rock Stadium home.

Having outgrown the cramped quarters of Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park, and unable to secure the necessary approvals to renovate and expand, the Miami Open has moved to the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins but the day-long rain spoilt the moment.

With a 25 percent jump in ticket sales, tournament director James Blake, the former world number four, had been expecting a record crowd but instead the 14,000 seat temporary show court inside the stadium stood empty and the luxury boxes were silent.

Germany’s Andrea Petkovic and 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova were scheduled to christen the action on the main show court with Mari Osaka, the sister of Japanese world number one Naomi Osaka, taking on Whitney Osuigwe in the nightcap.

Tuesday’s first round play was supposed to be a dress rehearsal for Wednesday’s official opening, which will see Serena Williams, who is a part-owner in the Dolphins, Roger Federer and world number ones Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“When we get through the first day or two and see what we are in store for I have a feeling we will be announcing a lot of (attendance) records broken this year,” American Blake told Reuters in a pre-tournament interview.

“I don’t want to be too pie-in-the-sky but I do think we are going to break a records.”

Once the rain disappears fans can expect a wide open tournament if the season follows the current trend.

There have been 19 ATP Tour events this season and 13 WTA events each producing a different winner.

Bianca Andreescu, the 18-year-old Canadian who stunned the field in Indian Wells last week to claim her first career win, is on that list and comes to Miami looking to complete what would be an even more unlikely Sunshine Double.

Sloane Stephens, the reigning Miami champion, and Serena Williams, an eight-time winner of what she considers her home event, can count on having the American crowd in their corner as will John Isner, who is back to defend his crown.

Serena, whose name is not among the 13 women’s winners this season, has sister Venus in her quarter of the draw along with the always dangerous second-seeded Romanian Simona Halep.

The men’s draw is also thick with former champions led by six times winner and world number one Djokovic and three-time winner Federer.

The Swiss comes to Florida in superb form after collecting his 100th career win in Dubai and coming off a finals appearance in Indian Wells but will be on alert after crashing out in the first round here a year ago.

World number one Osaka will also be wary with in-form German Angelique Kerber, a losing finalist in Indian Wells, lurking in her quarter.

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced Tuesday on Twitter his intention to introduce a constitutional amendment that would permanently keep the number of Supreme Court justices at nine.

“We must prevent further destabilization of essential institutions,” Rubio tweeted. “Court packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates. Therefore I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to keep the number of seats on #SCOTUS at 9.”

Rubio’s proposal comes as multiple Democrats vying for the 2020 nomination have come out in favor of expanding the court. Democratic presidential candidates, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg have all expressed a willingness to adding justices. (RELATED: Is Chief Justice John Roberts Tacking Left?)

US senator Marco Rubio, addresses the press on the humanitarian aid shipments sent by the US government for Venezuela that are stockpiled at a collection center in the Colombian border, at the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, border with San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela on February 17, 2019. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump also addressed the recent emergence of court-packing as a Democratic talking point during a Tuesday press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

“No, I wouldn’t entertain that,” Trump asserted of the idea. “The only reason they’re doing that is they want to try to catch up. So if they can’t catch up through the ballot box by winning an election, they want to try doing it in a different way. We would have no interest in that whatsoever. It’ll never happen. It won’t happen, I guarantee. It won’t happen for six years.”

Republican Tennessee Rep. Mark Green also announced Tuesday that he “will be introducing a constitutional amendment that would limit the number of Supreme Court justices to 9,” later this week.

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Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump blasted the increasingly popular idea among Democratic presidential candidates of adding seats to the Supreme Court, during a Tuesday afternoon press conference in the Rose Garden.

“I wouldn’t entertain that,” Trump noted. “The only reason they are doing that, they want to catch up. So if they can’t catch up through the ballot box winning an election, they want to try a different way. No interest in it whatsoever,” he said, adding, “It won’t happen, I guarantee you, for six years.”

Presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand have all noted their willingness to consider a proposal that would add seats to the Supreme Court.

“We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” Harris said in a recent interview. “We have to take this challenge head-on, and everything is on the table to do that.” O’Rourke similarly said that packing the court is “an idea that we should explore.” (RELATED: Court-Packing Emerges As Litmus Test In 2020) 

Buttigieg said of court packing, “I don’t think we should be laughing at it. Because in some ways it’s no more a shattering of norms than what’s already been done to get the judiciary to where it is today.”

The growing calls have brought widespread condemnation from Republican politicians, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who introduced a constitutional amendment Tuesday afternoon to keep the number of seats on the court at nine.

The Trump campaign recently told the The Daily Caller News Foundation, “This is just what the Democrats always do. When they lose, they try to change the rules. This is no different from when they attack the Electoral College every time they lose the White House. Now it’s court-packing. They want to change our institutions to fit their own political desires.”

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FILE PHOTO: Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
FILE PHOTO: NFL Football – Super Bowl LIII – New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. – February 3, 2019. New England Patriots’ Julian Eddleman (R) and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrate with the Vince Lombardi trophy after winning the Super Bowl LIII. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

March 19, 2019

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots could be spared prosecution on charges of soliciting prostitution in Florida if he agrees to community service and other obligations, a spokesman for prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Robert Kraft, the National Football League team owner, is receiving the same offer from the Office of the State Attorney for Palm Beach County as the other first-time misdemeanor offenders caught up in the case last month, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the office. Edmondson declined to say if Kraft has agreed to the offer for avoiding prosecution.

Kraft, 77, a businessman who built the Patriots into the NFL’s most dominant franchise, was charged following a police sting targeting sex-trafficking in day spas and massage parlors. The operation has led to charges against hundreds of people.

An attorney for Kraft could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for the New England Patriots did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Prosecutors would defer prosecution of Kraft if he agrees to 100 hours of community service, receives education on the harms of prostitution, undergoes screening for sexually transmitted diseases and pays court costs, Edmondson said by phone.

Prosecutors also generally require defendants avoiding prosecution in such cases to admit guilt or acknowledge that prosecutors would prevail in the case at trial, he said.

Kraft is one of 25 people who were charged in Palm Beach County with soliciting prostitution, a charge with a maximum sentence one year in jail if a person is convicted.

The New England Patriots play just outside Boston. Kraft lives in Massachusetts but owns property in Florida’s wealthy Palm Beach, 80 miles (130 km) north of downtown Miami.

Kraft is accused of visiting Orchids of Asia Day Spa in the Palm Beach County community of Jupiter on two separate occasions to solicit sex and was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution.

Kraft, a friend and supporter of President Donald Trump, could face discipline from the NFL under a policy that applies to team owners and prohibits “conduct detrimental to the integrity” of the NFL.

In 2004, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended six games and fined $500,000 after he pleaded guilty to driving while on drugs.

Kraft’s wife of many decades, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011 of ovarian cancer. He has not remarried.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; editing by Bill Tarrant and Grant McCool)

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Former Democratic Texas Rep. and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke expressed support for getting rid of the electoral college while speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

“I think there’s a lot to that because you had an election in 2016 in which the loser got three million more votes than the victor. It puts some states out of play altogether,” O’Rourke stated in response to a question from MSNBC’s Garrett Haake.

“They don’t feel like their votes really count,” he continued. “So if we really want every person to vote and give them every reason to vote, we have to make sure their votes count and go to the candidate of their choosing. I think there’s a lot of wisdom to it.”

O’Rourke’s answer came a day after Democratic Massachusetts Sen. and fellow presidential contender Elizabeth Warren expressed a similar sentiment during a CNN town hall. (RELATED: Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Abolish The Electoral College)

She said, “My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pushed back Tuesday morning on Warren’s idea.

He tweeted, “#ElectoralCollege was work of genius by founders. It requires candidates for President to earn votes from various parts of country. And it makes sure interests of less populated areas aren’t ignored at the expense of densely populated areas.”

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham made similar comments to Rubio.

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis: BNP Paribas Open-Day 14
FILE PHOTO: Mar 17, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) with the championship trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber (not pictured) in the final match of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2019

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Bianca Andreescu has brushed aside several big-name players during her meteoric rise in women’s tennis, but the Canadian teenager is wary for now of injuries, and not opponents, becoming the biggest obstacle in her career.

Andreescu, who has dealt with several injury setbacks in her young career, needed to overcome nerves, fatigue and arm and leg issues during her triumph over former world number one Angelique Kerber in Sunday’s Indian Wells final.

The triumph made Andreescu, 18, the youngest Indian Wells champion since Serena Williams in 1999 and the first wildcard to take home the title from one of the biggest tennis tournaments outside of the four Grand Slams.

“I’ve never been in a situation like that before. Never been in a final of a premier event playing a very high-level opponent,” Andreescu said on Tuesday during a conference call from Florida where she is competing in the Miami Open.

“So I think it was also all of the emotions and all of the tension that was going through my body that caused me to get even more tired than I usually would.”

A struggling Andreescu called for her coach after falling behind 3-2 in the decisive third set of her win over three-times Grand Slam champion Kerber and said her “feet were burning” and that she was having trouble moving on the court.

Andreescu, who as a junior in 2016 missed six months due to stress fractures in her foot and last year missed action with back issues, said she has already taken steps to try to find ways to avoid further injuries.

“Tennis Canada has a great group of doctors and I’ve been running some tests with them to see what the problem is,” said Andreescu. “But definitely after Miami I will take a good two or three weeks off just figuring out what to do better with my body and my nutrition and my mind.”

Andreescu first made waves in January when she beat former world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams on consecutive nights in a tune-up event for the Australian Open where fatigue seemed to play a factor in her second round loss.

Still, the whirlwind start to the year, a period in which Andreescu has shot to 24th in the world rankings from 152nd, has given the Canadian a sense of confidence when competing against the world’s best players.

“Now that I am gaining more and more experience and getting more and more confident playing against these top-level players I am definitely not starstruck anymore,” said Andreescu, whose run in Indian Wells included wins over five seeded players.

“But I want to just go into every match not trying to focus on who’s on the other side (of the net) and just focus on myself.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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A new Rasmussen poll released Tuesday shows only 17 percent of likely U.S. voters support lowering the federal voting age from 18 to 16, with an overwhelming 74 percent rejecting the idea.

The poll comes just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she personally supported the idea of 16-year-olds voting in federal elections. (RELATED: Pelosi Says She Personally Supports Lowering The Voting Age To 16)

According to Rasmussen, the poll shows that only 25 percent of Democrats support lowering the voting age and nine percent of Republicans support this view. Broken down between race, only 32 percent of blacks support lowering the voting age and 16 percent of whites favor that stance.

Both male and female voters are relatively on the same page with this issue, according to Rasmussen. Seventy-seven percent of males surveyed oppose lowering the voting age and 71 percent of females oppose it as well.

Voters line up to vote in the U.S. midterm congressional and gubernatorial elections in Deerfield Beach, Florida, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

The poll also shows 65 percent of 18- to 39-year-olds oppose lowering the voting age, 77 percent of those aged 40 to 64 do not want to see the voting age lowered, and 84 percent of those 65 or older say the voting age should not be lowered either.

The Rasmussen poll was a survey of 1,000 likely voters and was conducted between March 17-18. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

“I myself, personally—I’m not speaking for my caucus—I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said last week. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote.”

Reducing the voting age to 16 was debated on the House floor two weeks ago when it came up as an amendment on the “For The People Act,” a House Democratic passed bill (H.R. 1) that would revamp U.S. election and campaign finance laws.

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley proposed the amendment, but it was defeated 126-305, with just one Republican, Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, supporting the measure. (RELATED: 125 Democrats And 1 Republican Vote To Lower Voting Age To 16)

The House Speaker joined Democratic Missouri Rep. Lacy Clay Monday in his home state in Ferguson to discuss H.R.1 and the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R.4).

She further explained, “Many years ago, when I was in school, civics was a requirement. Then — remember that? Well, you don’t remember that, but you read about it.”

She added in part, “But then, it became an elective, and I don’t know. There were other things kids took instead. So, the point is that when they are in high school, we see such a heightened interest in history and civics and climate and gun safety and you name it. And that would be a time for them to be registered to vote.”

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 14: Voters fill out ballots for the 2018 Minnesota primary election at the Weisman Art Museum polling place on August 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Two Democratic presidential candidates, Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris appeared interested in listening to those who support lowering the voting age. (RELATED: 2020 Dems Open To Lowering Voting Age To 16)

Republicans panned the idea, arguing that Democrats are supportive of the measure simply because younger voters tend to support Democrats more often than Republicans.

“I’m of the opinion that we shouldn’t arbitrarily lower the voting age just because, right now, I believe Democrats think they’ll gain more votes,” said Republican Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis said during debate on the floor of Pressley’s amendment.  “I believe it will institutionalize a Democrat majority here in this House of Representatives.”

Since 2013, 13 states have proposed bills to lower the voting age, ranging from school board elections to state elections.

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President Donald Trump indicated on Twitter Tuesday that his administration is looking into reports that Facebook censored his social media campaign director.

“I will be looking into this!” Trump said before adding the hashtag “#StopTheBias.” The president was likely referring to media reports showing that White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. was temporarily blocked from making public Facebook comments on Monday evening.

Trump linked to a tweet from Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard that detailed the events that led up to Scavino being temporarily blocked from the platform. (RELATED: Facebook Temporarily Blocks White House Social Media Director) 

Scavino posted a screenshot of the ban with the caption, “Dear Facebook— AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks.”

Facebook’s warning to Scavino noted that “some of your comments have been reported as spam,” and that “to avoid getting blocked again,” he should “make sure your posts are in line with the Facebook Community Standards.”  The message does not specify which comments were flagged or what standard they had violated.

FILE PHOTO: White House social media director Dan Scavino heads to the Marine One helicopter to depart the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump on the way to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, U.S., February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Facebook and Twitter have faced significant criticisms recently as a number of prominent conservative personalities have accused the platforms of censorship. Twitter claimed Monday night that the company “mistakenly remove[d]” a tweet from The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis about Lisa Page’s congressional testimony Monday but denied employing “shadow banning” tactics against users.

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz announced at the time that he was bringing a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against the company, and Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes was said to be exploring legal options.

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Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rebuked Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other leading presidential contenders who have endorsed abolishing the electoral college.

In a Tuesday morning tweet storm, the 2016 presidential candidate accused 2020 Democrats of trampling on America’s constitutional norms, arguing that the proposal is politically motivated. (RELATED: Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Abolish The Electoral College)

“The Democrat plan to get rid of the Electoral College has nothing to do with making sure every vote counts,” Rubio said. “It’s about diminishing the electoral power of what liberals arrogantly call the ‘flyover states’ & of Americans they habitually disrespect as uneducated & backwards.”

Rubio’s tweets came in response to Warren’s call for the elimination of the electoral college in an MSNBC town hall. The elimination of the electoral college has been a rallying cry for Democrats ever since 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lost the electoral college, despite winning the popular vote. (RELATED: The 2020 Democratic Field Grows As Hillary Considers Another Run)

Twelve states have passed laws mandating that their electoral college votes go to the winner of the national popular vote, although all of them are solid blue states.

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A bunch of bikini-clad women in Miami apparently thought it was a good idea to get into a brawl.

According to a Tuesday report from The Sun, “dozens” of people appeared to be engaged in the street combat throughout the altercation this past weekend. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

Of all the brawl videos that I’ve seen recently, this is right up there with the worst of them. Give it a watch below, but be warned that it is highly disturbing. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

I’ll never get over just how dumb some people are. Imagine being on spring break, and finding yourself in a massive street brawl. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

My friends, if that ever happens to you, then you’ve made some terrible decisions along the way. That’s just a fact. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) 

People want to be on spring break in order to enjoy the weather, have a few cold drinks along the way and not do much else. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

What they’re most certainly not on vacation to do is to get rocked in the face by some women in bikinis. Don’t get me wrong. We love women in bikinis. They’re an essential part of my empire, but I’m not a big fan of getting punched in the face.

I’m not sure anybody is. We just want to get drunk, and party. We don’t want to witness women pulverizing each other.

Do better, Miami. Do much better.

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers
FILE PHOTO: Feb 25, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) looks on prior to facing the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

March 19, 2019

For the first time since 2010, Clayton Kershaw won’t be the Opening Day starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The left-hander, who has started a club-record eight straight openers, was ruled out of the March 28 start against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to the persistent shoulder inflammation he has dealt with all spring. He has yet to pitch in a spring training game.

“When he’s ready to pitch for us is when he’s going to pitch for us,” said manager Dave Roberts, adding that it was unlikely Kershaw will begin the season on the active roster.

Roberts didn’t announce an Opening Day starter on Monday, but right-hander Walker Buehler is definitely in the mix. The last Opening Day starter for the Dodgers not named Kershaw was Vicente Padilla in 2010.

–Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran is set to make his sixth consecutive Opening Day start, which would tie him with Hall of Famer Warren Spahn for the longest modern-day streak in franchise history.

Teheran’s Opening Day streak is now the longest current one in the majors after the Dodgers said that Kershaw’s streak will end at eight. Spahn opened six seasons in a row from 1957 to 1962, when the Braves were in Milwaukee.

Teheran, 28, has spent all eight of his major league seasons with the Braves, compiling a 67-62 record with a 3.64 ERA. Teheran went 9-9 last season with a 3.94 ERA, striking out 162 and walking 84 in 175 2/3 innings over 31 starts.

–A poor spring training won’t prevent Ichiro Suzuki from starting the Seattle Mariners’ opener in his native Japan.

Seattle manager Scott Servais said Ichiro will be in the starting lineup Wednesday when the Mariners face the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.

Suzuki, 45, is just 2-for-31 this spring, but Servais has no qualms about penciling his name in the lineup.

–Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yohander Mendez will miss the first half of the season because of an elbow injury, team officials announced.

The 24-year-old exited his spring training start Sunday in the third inning after losing velocity and feeling tightness in his pitching elbow. An MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain of the ulnar collateral ligament. The left-hander will not need Tommy John surgery.

The plan is to give him six weeks of rest, followed by about another six weeks of a throwing program.

–Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will not break camp with the team and instead will begin the 2019 season on the injured list.

Pedroia expects to remain in Florida and play extended spring training games to build strength in his surgically repaired left knee. Manager Alex Cora said there is no reason to fear a long-term absence from Pedroia.

Utility options Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez are likely to platoon at second base with Pedroia out of the mix.

–In the midst of the Philadelphia Phillies’ late-season collapse in 2018, Carlos Santana apparently provided the biggest hit in the team’s clubhouse.

Philadelphia posted an abysmal 8-20 record in September after having the best record in baseball in late July, and the team’s then-first baseman — now with the Cleveland Indians — reportedly took his bat to the clubhouse television upon discovering his younger teammates playing the video game Fortnite during one game against rival Atlanta.

“I see a couple players — I don’t want to say names — they play video games during the game,” the 32-year-old veteran told ESPN, relating how he slugged the TV the players were using. “We come and lose too many games, and I feel like they weren’t worried about it — weren’t respecting their teammates or coaches or the staff or the (front) office. It’s not my personality. But I’m angry because I want to make it good.”

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Kimberly Guilfoyle definitely got everyone’s attention Monday when she posted a jaw-dropping shot of her wearing a sleeveless yellow dress during a trip to Palm Beach.

The former Fox News host looked just as terrific as ever in the bright dress that had a large ruffle trim and went down to her knees as she posed for pictures with Donald Trump Jr. on their recent trip to Florida for spring break.

She captioned the series of snaps in the gorgeous outfit simply, “Lovely spring break with @donaldjtrumpjr and our kids. Incredibly blessed to have our special family time together. #family #springbreak #kidsrule #momlife #blessings #momlifeisthebestlife @themaralagoclub @trumpgolfpalmbeach.” (RELATED: Guilfoyle: President Trump’s State Of The Union Was A Grand Slam)

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Guilfoyle’s social media account is truly can’t miss with some amazing shots she’s shared from her various speaking engagements to trips with friends and family. (RELATED: Celebrate Melania’s Birthday With Her Greatest Looks As First Lady [SLIDESHOW])

Here are a few that really stood out, including one picture of her wearing a stunning vanilla-colored dress as she posed for a group shot with Tiffany and Ivanka Trump and more after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. (RELATED: Celebrate Ivanka Trump’s Birthday With Her Greatest Looks [SLIDESHOW])

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Twitter claimed it “mistakenly remove[d]” a tweet from The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis about Lisa Page’s congressional testimony Monday but denied employing “shadow banning” tactics against users.

Davis tweeted out a portion of the former FBI lawyer’s testimony last week but soon noticed that the tweet was not appearing for other users, despite still being visible when he was logged into his own account.

On Monday, Twitter Support confirmed to Davis that they mistakenly removed the tweet, writing in an email, “Our priority is to keep people safe on Twitter. As part of that work, we sometimes mistakenly remove content that doesn’t break our rules.”

“When those mistakes happen, we work quickly to fix them,” the tech company added. “We have corrected the issue.”

Twitter did not preemptively inform Davis that action was taken on the tweet, nor did they indicate why it was initially removed. Davis noted that Twitter also did not explain why he was still able to see the tweet when he was logged into his account, even while it was removed for other users.

“Is conning users a bug, or a feature?” Davis questioned.

When tweets are removed for violations, Twitter uses one of three enforcement options: limiting the tweet visibility, requiring tweet removal, and hiding a tweet while waiting for a user to remove it.

A person familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that removing the tweet was an “error,” but a Twitter spokesperson denied that the company ever uses “shadow banning” as an enforcement method.

“Shadow banning” refers to situations where an account and/or its content is suppressed without the user’s knowledge.

“Twitter does not engage in bias and we categorically do not enforce so-called ‘shadow banning‘ tactics. Period,” Twitter told the Caller. “We enforce the Twitter Rules dispassionately and equally for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our effort.”

Twitter has faced allegations of shadow banning before, most prominently this past fall when several Republican congressmen’s accounts were suppressed in Twitter search results. (RELATED: Twitter Algorithm Buried Republicans For Something Totally Out Of Their Control)

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz announced at the time that he was bringing a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against the company, and Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes was said to be exploring legal options.

On Monday, Nunes filed a lawsuit seeking over $250 million in damages from Twitter for allegedly “shadow-banning conservatives” and systematically censoring opposing viewpoints.

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FILE PHOTO: PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Final Round
FILE PHOTO: Mar 17, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Patrick Reed chips on the ninth hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY/File Photo

March 18, 2019

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Patrick Reed has yet to string together four solid rounds of golf this year and would like to find some consistency before setting off on his Masters title defense next month.

Reed is fresh off a share of 47th place at The Players Championship and only eight days removed from a T-50 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but for the 28-year-old American there is no need to panic ahead of the April 11-14 Masters.

“I’ve put myself in position and have put some solid rounds together, I just haven’t quite put four out there yet at the same time,” Reed told a pre-Masters conference call on Monday.

“I feel like I’m really close. I feel like I’ve got the bag where I feel really comfortable and confident with it, and now it’s just get some more reps (golf) underneath me and just kind of get ready for Augusta.”

Reed took the golf world by storm with a one-shot victory at last year’s Masters, where he spent much of the week at Augusta National Golf Club under he radar until storming into a two-shot lead after the second round.

The American led by three strokes going into the final round and turned back an early challenge from Rory McIlroy and then held off later charges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to capture his first major title.

The Masters triumph was the most recent of Reed’s six PGA Tour victories and while he knows a win going into the year’s first major would be a welcome boost it is far from necessary.

“It definitely would help but, honestly, I feel like my mindset and state of mind that I’m in right now is better than it was last year at this point,” said Reed.

“I’ve hit golf shots and have done things on the golf course that I feel a little bit more comfortable this year doing than I did last year at this point, but I just need to go out and continue playing to put four rounds together.”

Reed will compete in the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, starting on Thursday, and then in next week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play event in Austin before setting his sights on Augusta.

While Reed would love to snag a victory ahead of his Masters title defense he insists his main goal is simply to find more consistency in his game before making his way to Augusta.

“The preparations have been going really well. I feel like I am in as good form, if not a better place, than I was last year at this time,” said Reed.

“The big thing is just to continue to build and grow on the things that we’ve been working on — my coach and I and my team and I — throughout the year, and just get ready and kind of get in playing shape for the tournaments coming up.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Ken Ferris)

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FILE PHOTO: A police boat patrols in front of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

March 18, 2019

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic congressional leaders have asked the FBI to investigate the founder of a Florida massage parlor chain who is an alleged acquaintance of President Donald Trump, according to a letter released on Monday.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said they want investigators to look into “public reports about alleged activities by Ms. Li ‘Cindy’ Yang and her apparent relationship with the president.”

A chain of massage parlors founded by Yang is “suspected of involvement” in human trafficking and prostitution which involves female immigrants being forced to serve as “sex workers,” the two leaders said in the letter to the FBI and other federal investigative agencies.

Pelosi and Schumer said Yang also reportedly created a business called GY US investments which they allege “may be selling access to the president and members of his family to clients from China.”

Michelle Merson, a Florida lawyer who says she is representing Yang, could not immediately be reached for comment. On a website, Merson posted a video in which she said Yang is scared and in hiding.

Merson said Yang denies the allegations made against her. “Ms. Yang is not concerned because she feels she’s speaking the truth and the truth will free her,” Merson said in the video.

The Democratic leaders said Yang’s website, which has been taken down, once offered clients the “opportunity to interact” with Trump and other political figures as well as participation in White House and Capitol Hill dinners.

Schumer and Pelosi said that, if proven, such allegations “raise serious counterintelligence concerns.”

They asked if Yang has been the focus of earlier federal or state probes and for an assessment of “counterintelligence risks” which Yang’s activities might have posed.

The Democrats also asked if other individuals have used Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Palm Beach estate, to offer foreigners access to Trump or people around him, as well as whether Yang or her foreign clients have had access to Trump or U.S. officials at the White House, Mar-a-Lago, or other Trump properties.

The FBI had no comment on the legislators’ letter. The White House, the Office of Director of National Intelligence, and the Secret Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Tom Brown)

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Quote of the Day:

“The thing about arguing with @AnnCoulter is that in a small restaurant— EVERYONE HEARS IT.” 

Editor wonders if reporter has major hangover from St. Patty’s Day 

“Reporter texts me at 3:17 in the a.m. to tell me he’s been throwing up for a couple hours, but assures me it is not St. Patrick’s Day-related. Should I believe him? Oh, and did I mention today is the day we were to go over his annual performance review?” — Matt Schwartz, assistant city editor, Houston Chronicle.

Joe Biden nearly declares his run for the White House 

“‘I get criticized by the new left. I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the United … anybody who would run,’ Biden said, catching himself at a Delaware Democratic Party fundraising dinner. ‘I didn’t mean …Of anybody who would run!’” — Manu Raju, CNN.

Rudy Giuliani has an ‘endearing’ name for Twitter

“In what I think is a most endearing typo, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani calls it “tweeter” in a message to @thedailybeast just now.” — Asawin Suebsaeng, reporter, The Daily Beast.

Trump ravages the late Sen. McCain in a weekend tweet 

“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!” — President Trump on Saturday afternoon.

HuffPost/New York Mag’s Yashar Ali: “My god let the poor man die. …I would really like to see @LindseyGrahamSC stand up for his dear departed friend right here on Twitter.”

Megyn Kelly, ex-FNC, NBC: “I can’t help but think that, at worst, John McCain would have been mildly amused by the Trump attacks. The guy had been thru so much, gracefully; to think he would have been irritated by someone’s self-serving jabs? I doubt it.”

ABC “The View’s” Meghan McCain: “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”

Maggie Haberman, NYT: “An attack on @MeghanMcCain and a tweet completely distorting a report about @IlhanMN maybe possibly facing a primary challenge in future. POTUS’s weekend reminder that he may smash whatever remaining norms that exist/will continue in 2020 race to try to shock.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did not reply directly to Trump. But on Sunday he tweeted this: “As to @SenJohnMcCain and his devotion to his country: He stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under difficult circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body. Nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished.”

Journo washes the gray right out of his hair

“I just dyed my hair to get rid of the gray and I successfully look like someone who has dyed their hair to look younger. Nice!!!!! …Can’t wait to wake up in the morning and find out I didn’t wash all the dye out and ruined my sheets.” — Ben Dreyfuss, editorial director, Mother Jones.

Rep. AOC turns her narcissism inward (if that’s possible) 

“The reason people know more is bc Fox News has turned into ‘AOC TMZ’ (no offense to TMZ), so awareness is growing w/ GOPers. @JaneMayerNYer has reported deeply on this propaganda machine + it will be aimed at any Dem they want. Nothing changes that. We can’t be scared by that.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Katie Couric really wants you to read her newsletter 

Nathan Barry asks, “Who is someone famous you follow who writes an email newsletter?”

Couric: “Me! Sign up at katiecouric.com and let me know what you think? (smiley emoji)”

BuzzFeed asks Gov. Newsom about ex-wife’s relationship with Don Jr.  

And he says absolutely NOTHING. 

I’m all for getting dirt out of someone. But BuzzFeed‘s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith is going to need a bigger shovel if he wants California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the ex-husband to Kimberly Guilfoyle, to dish about his ex-wife dating Donald Trump Jr. Newsom said he finds it “interesting.” It’s a big fat so what! When asked if his ex-wife’s relationship with Don ever came up in a conversation with President Trump, Newsom replied, “We may have had a private moment on that conversation, which in and of itself, makes life just interesting.”

No, it doesn’t. None of that is interesting.

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Reuters reporter promised Beto he wouldn’t write about his hacking until after the Senate race 

“After more than a year of reporting, [Joseph] Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record. In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.” — Reuters backstory of how Menn got the story of Beto’s membership in a computer hacking group called the Cult of the Dead Cow.

Beto had to ‘pedal his balls off’ when biking with his father 

“His dad once bought a tandem bicycle and entered them in races without asking him. ‘I hated it, because it involved a lot of yelling at me, like, ‘Quit leaning to the right, goddammit!” he recalls. ‘And then just harrowing, just racing through an intersection and he’s got the breaks and the steering and all I can do is just pedal my balls off and hope that we don’t die.’”

Beto O’Rourke, Democrat, presidential hopeful, Vanity Fair profile. (RELATED: Beto Financially Clobbers Competitors On First Day) 

Journo is in therapy to boost her self-esteem 

“I graduated high school with few of the real learning skills I needed because I was relatively well-behaved and had an excellent memory. Because I was an early reader, but my math skills were average for a child my age, I was constantly told, ‘You are good at words’ and ‘You are bad at numbers.’ I got the message that having to try at something meant I was bad at it. Now I’m 32 ywca old and working with my therapist to undo my belief that every hard won win is also proof that I’m not ‘good’ at anything.”

Ashley Ford, BuzzFeed News.

Mediaite reporter digs dude sneaking photos of her 

“So like. I don’t wanna be obnoxious or anything. but there’s this dude at the coffeeshop I’m in literally snapping photos of me while pretending to take a selfie lmfao. Is it crazy that I’m low-key digging the shit out of this?” — Pardes Seleh, formerly a scriptwriter at Fox News.

Yashar Ali: ‘I’m not boring’

“I’m a mess but I’m not boring and that’s much more important.” — Yashar Ali, HuffPost, New York Mag.

Bette Midler lashes out at Trump his view on planes 

“Conald Trump says planes have gotten ‘too complex’ to fly, but…really? this is a guy who struggles mightily with the umbrella and the water bottle.” —  Bette Midler, singer, actress.

Patrick Howley threatens the ‘Fox News Corporation’ with a couple exceptions 

“Big League Politics will spare Tucker and Judge Jeanine in our Investigative Series on Fox News. They don’t deserve our scorn. But the Fox News Corporation is against us, and they think they are untouchable. They are doing this to themselves.” — Patrick Howley, editor-in-chief, Big League Politics, former reporter, Daily Caller.

Rep. Crenshaw comes down hard on anyone using NZ tragedy to bash American conservatives 

“If you find yourself using the tragedy in New Zealand to take backhanded swipes at conservatives in America – many of my colleagues already have – then you really have no shame and you are part of the problem. It should be easy for us to stand united and condemn terrorism.” — Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).

Gossip Roundup 

NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engle gets a much awaited “Dada” from his son, Henry, 3, who has Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that keeps him from walking or moving independently. Here.

CNN’s Brian Stelter questions the “mental health” of Fox News. Seriously. Here.

Sec. Ben Carson lunches with My Pillow founder…“Sec. Carson’s daily schedule from 2017 shows a HUD sec. who held senior staff mtgs. once a week, lunched with the author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ and the founder of My Pillow, and left work before 2 p.m. on some Fridays to fly to his Florida mansion.” — NBC Politics. Here.

Don Jr. defends Chelsea Clinton

“It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.” — Donald Trump Jr. on Saturday morning.

Even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is patting Don Jr. on the back for that one

“I believe in finding common ground wherever possible. This should be common ground for us all.” — Joe Scarborough, co-host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (RELATED: Beto’s Message is All ‘Goop’) 

ABC’s “The Bachelor’s”… Colton and Cassie are still together…for now. Here.

Ex-Breitbarter Raheem Kassam, editor of the new Human Events, really hates it when journalists lie. Here.

Khloe Kardashian says… Tristan Thompson is a good father to daughter, True, despite reports to the contrary. Here.

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NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Mar 17, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal with defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime at PPG PAINTS Arena. Philadelphia won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

Sean Couturier scored with 3.4 seconds left in overtime Sunday to give the visiting Philadelphia Flyers a critical 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Couturier’s 29th goal came when he blasted the puck from the right circle to the far side past goaltender Matt Murray, who also gave up James van Riemsdyk’s tying goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart, in just his second start in 11 games, made 41 saves.

The game was played 16,000 days after Philadelphia (35-29-8, 78 points) last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, and the two points helped keep the Flyers’ playoff hopes alive. They are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 10 games to play.

Islanders 3, Wild 2 (OT)

Brock Nelson scored at 1:04 of overtime as New York defeated host Minnesota, which had twice erased one-goal deficits.

Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored, and goaltender Thomas Greiss made 32 saves as the Islanders won for the fifth time in their past seven games and bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday in Detroit.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota, which lost for the fourth time in its past five games. Goalie Alex Stalock, making just his second start in the past 14 games, stopped 17 of 20 shots.

Golden Knights 6, Oilers 3

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner early in the third, and Malcolm Subban had 16 saves to lead Vegas over visiting Edmonton.

Mark Stone, Cody Eakin, Brayden McNabb and Alex Tuch also scored goals, and William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each had two assists for the Knights (40-27-5, 85 points), who won for the eighth time in nine games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Russell scored goals, and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton (32-33-7, 71 points), which remained seven points out of the second wild card in the Western Conference. It was the eighth straight multi-point game for McDavid, who now has 105 points this season.

Sabers 4, Blues 3 (SO)

Sam Reinhart scored in the third round of the shootout as host Buffalo snapped a seven-game skid with a victory over St. Louis.

Reinhart nearly won the contest in the waning moments of overtime, but his shot caromed off the left post.

Buffalo captain Jack Eichel and St. Louis forward Tyler Bozak each scored in the first round of the shootout. Reinhart’s bid banked off Jake Allen’s glove and into the net to set the stage for former Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly, whose shot deflected off the crossbar to end the game.

Avalanche 3, Devils 0

Tyson Barrie scored two goals, Philipp Grubauer had 22 saves and Colorado kept its postseason hopes alive with a win over New Jersey in Denver.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to give him 91 points on the season. He joins Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg as the only two Avalanche players to have consecutive 90-point seasons. Colorado trails Arizona by four points in the Western Conference wild-card race. The Avalanche host the Coyotes on March 29.

Cory Schneider stopped 31 shots for the Devils, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. New Jersey has not won three straight since late December.

Canucks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

Josh Leivo’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout lifted visiting Vancouver past Dallas.

The Canucks posted their second win in three games, while the Stars took their second straight loss, which prevented Dallas from gaining ground on St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.

Tim Schaller led the Canucks with two goals, marking the first two-goal game of his NHL career. Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun tallied for the Stars.

Ducks 3, Panthers 2

Adam Silfverberg scored with 4:43 to play as Anaheim continued to play spoiler with a victory over visiting Florida.

Devin Shore and Adam Henrique also scored goals, and Ryan Getzlaf had a pair of assists as the Ducks (30-35-9, 69 points), won for the sixth time in their past nine games, with all six of those victories coming against teams either currently in a qualifying position for the playoffs or fighting to become eligible.

The Panthers (32-28-12, 76 points) were the furthest out from eligibility in that group, but their hopes had been raised with a four-game winning streak that had them believing they could grab the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

–Field Level Media

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PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Final Round
Mar 17, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Eddie Pepperell on the 18th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

(Reuters) – Another chapter to the rich history of the 17th hole at the Players Championship was written on Sunday when two players in contention sank monster birdie putts within minutes of each other during the final round in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The island-green par-three at the TPC Sawgrass course in Florida has been the scene of much high drama over the years, and the thousands who congregated around the hole on Sunday were not disappointed.

First to fire them up was Eddie Pepperell, the ever-quotable Englishman whose game is almost as impressive as his dry sense of humor.

His tee shot stopped near the front of the green, 50-foot from the hole which was cut in its traditional Sunday position on the far right.

Pepperell’s rollercoaster putt climbed a slope, broke to the left and plunged downhill. As it neared the hole the ball broke hard to the right, before toppling in.

“I just figured it was going to be a tap-in,” he told reporters.

“I was kind of relieved I didn’t have to face a three-footer in front of all those people, and then obviously when it went in, what can I say, it was pretty awesome.

The effort lifted Pepperell to 14-under-par, which at the time looked to have given him a shot at winning but ultimately was only good enough for a share of third two shots behind champion Rory McIlroy.

The drama at the 17th was not over yet, however, as Jhonattan Vegas was in the next group to approach the hole.

The Venezuelan’s tee shot barely cleared the water and his ball stopped, unpromisingly for his birdie chances, some 70 feet from the hole.

Undeterred, he banged it home to join Pepperell at 14-under with the longest putt ever made at the hole, according to the PGA Tour.

“Absolutely mind blowing,” said Vegas, who also shared third place. “I mean, it never crossed my mind that I was going to make such a long putt on such a phenomenal hole.

“That’s kind of what you play golf for, to be in those kind of situations, with that crowd, it just doesn’t get any better … something I’ll remember forever.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

  • Freshman Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Mike Braun of Indiana are the cosponsors of the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act.
  • Scott and Braun want to put an end to lawmakers stepping into the so-called “revolving door of K Street” — using their connections to become well-heeled lobbyists once they are out of office.
  • “I think that here you’d attract better people if you didn’t have them make a career out of it,” Braun told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, co-sponsor of a recently introduced bill banning ex-members of Congress from lobbying Congress, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview his bill would help get Congress out of a “rut” — but he’s not expecting the legislation to gain traction anytime soon.

“I think that here you’d attract better people if you didn’t have them make a career out of it,” Braun said. “But so many incentives are put in place with pensions, the ability after you’re done to become a lobbyist, so you do nestle in, and then you start maybe not making the right long-term decisions. You basically make a decision: what will be best for me to nestle in further, be around here longer.”

Braun and Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott are the cosponsors of the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act, introduced Feb. 28. Braun connected the legislation to his reform agenda, including doing away with taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress(RELATED: Two Senators Introduce Bill To Keep Members Of Congress From Cashing In As Lobbyists)

Although the lawmakers are “barking up the right tree,” their solution might not be realistic, a government transparency expert told TheDCNF.

(L-R) Incoming Senator Mike Braun, incoming Senator Mitt Romney, incoming Senator Josh Hawley, incoming Senator Marcha Blackburn, Florida Governor and Senatorial connate Rick Scott, and incoming Senator Kevin Cramer pose with Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (3rdR) before a meeting on Capitol Hill November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(L-R) Incoming Senator Mike Braun, incoming Senator Mitt Romney, incoming Senator Josh Hawley, incoming Senator Marcha Blackburn, Florida Governor and Senatorial connate Rick Scott, and incoming Senator Kevin Cramer pose with Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (3rdR) before a meeting on Capitol Hill November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

“You generally do see more of a reform agenda from some of the newer members that come into the Senate or into the House. We’re hoping some of their policies actually gain traction and can be supported in a bipartisan way,” Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, said in a phone interview. “The public is tired of politics as usual.”

Scott and Braun want to put an end to lawmakers stepping into the so-called “revolving door of K Street.” Current law mandates ex-House members must wait a year to lobby their former colleagues, while ex-senators must wait two.

Few have voiced opposition to the BLAST Act, but Braun predicts “people from everywhere coming out against it” if it ever received a committee hearing. 

“Part of it would have to be where you grandfather the people that are here so you can get people to vote for it,” Braun said. “To be honest, there’s not enough urgency among the average individual here … That’s what we’ve had running the place the last three, four decades and look at the results.”

Scott and Braun’s bill could have unintended consequences, Bruce Mehlman of lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas told TheDCNF.

“The bigger challenge is that registered lobbying represents only a small part of the total spent on influencing government policy, and this proposed law would merely encourage even more ex-Members to avoid disclosure while serving as ‘senior advisors,’ ‘strategists’ or ‘consultants at law and PR firms,’” Mehlman said in an email.

“Whenever you’ve got a system that is so ingrained like this one, I’m sure there will be resourceful ways to skirt,” Braun said in response. “If you craft good legislation from the get-go … you have a way to at least throw something out there as the first barricade.”

Braun also discussed President Donald Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” slogan, which the senator said he used some while campaigning.

“I think [Trump] just shook the system, like maybe on the Richter scale a seven earthquake, but not many buildings toppled,” Braun said.

Braun and Scott want to topple those buildings one at a time, although it’s slow-going. Both were in the small club of freshman senators who arrived on Capitol Hill for the start of the 116th Congress. They would always beat the other lawmakers to lunch by at least 15 minutes, and a friendship was born, Braun said.

“Scott said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve always believed in being punctual,’ and I said, ‘Well, I just like to be the first one in the food line,’” Braun said with a laugh.

They’ve worked on numerous reform-minded pieces of legislation together, including a bill introduced during the partial government shutdown to cut off congressional salaries if Congress fails to pass a budget. It gathered more than 10 cosponsors.

“I think until Scott and I got here a lot of people spoke about it in their campaigns, but we’re in here actually dropping bills. That’s the difference,” Braun said.

Braun is serving his first term in the Senate after beating former Democratic Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly in a close race during the 2018 midterm elections. A former state representative, Braun grew his father’s automotive parts business Meyer Distributing and has a multimillion-dollar net worth. He self-funded his Senate campaign through the Republican primary, reported The Indianapolis Business Journal.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The March Madness bracket was released Sunday, and Duke took the top-overall seed in the tournament.

The Blue Devils are the number one seed in the East Region, and the Michigan State Spartans take the number to seed. (RELATED: Duke Star Zion Williamson Suffers Sprained Knee In Loss To North Carolina)

Virginia took the top seed in the South Region after an incredibly successful year for the Cavaliers. The other top teams in the region are Wisconsin, Kansas State, Purdue and Tennessee.

It think it’s safe to say the South Region is absolutely loaded with talent. All of those top teams are capable of making a run.

As a Badger fan, we didn’t get an easy road at all.

As for the Midwest Region, North Carolina takes the top seed. The other top teams in the region are Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky and Houston.

In the West Region, Gonzaga took the top spot. The other top teams in the region are Marquette, Florida State, Texas Tech, and Michigan.

A very strong region by every metric.

Check back for updates as we have them on the other regions.

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PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Final Round
Mar 17, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 18th tee during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

(Reuters) – Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy emerged as the last man standing in a wild final round to win the Players Championship by one shot from American Jim Furyk in Ponte Vedra, Florida on Sunday.

McIlroy overcame an early double-bogey to card two-under-par 70 in a testing breeze at TPC Sawgrass.

A tap-in birdie at the par-five 16th gave him the lead and he parred the final two holes to finish at 16-under 272.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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MSNBC anchor Katy Tur claimed on “Meet The Press Daily” March 4 that President Donald Trump once promised to win 100 percent of the black vote in 2020.

Verdict: True

Tur was close. Trump gave a speech in Dimondale, Michigan, Aug. 19, 2016 in which he claimed that, if elected president, he would win over 95 percent of the black vote in his 2020 re-election bid.

Fact Check:

Tur was talking with PBS Newshour’s Yamiche Alcindor about the upcoming 2020 presidential election when she made the claim. “He did promise he’s gonna win 100 percent of the black vote in 2020. He has made that promise,” Tur said.

She was likely referring to remarks Trump made during an August 2016 campaign rally in Dimondale, Michigan. During the speech, Trump made the case that black Americans should vote Republican.

“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” asked Trump. “And at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you. Because I will produce.”

Black Americans have voted decidedly in favor of Democrats since at least 1936, according to a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Exit polling data from the National Election Pool shows that Trump only won 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, compared to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s 88 percent.

National polls vary, but monthly averages from Rasmussen show Trump’s approval rating among black Americans fluctuating between 20 and 30 percent over the last year. Polling from Gallup shows his support hovering around 10 percent. (RELATED: Did Black Support For Trump Double In One Year?)

When speaking to black Americans, Trump often touts low black unemployment and a strong economy. Some political pundits, and Trump himself, have speculated that he received a greater level of black support due to his friendship with rapper Kanye West.

Albert Eisenberg, a Philadelphia-based political consultant who works on diversity issues within the GOP, believes that if Trump can garner a higher level of support among black Americans, it could be key to a re-election victory. “The black vote is both crucial and possibly in play at the margins,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

“Black voters represent over 20% of the electorate in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, and over 10% of voters in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and Michigan. If the GOP can raise support among black voters from the high single digits or low teens to even 20%, you take home all of those states, just like that, and the GOP has guaranteed itself a national election victory,” he continued.

The Trump campaign and White House did not respond to requests for comment.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Duke star Zion Williamson had a golden line after winning the ACC tournament Saturday after beating Florida State 73-63.

The ultra-athletic forward missed several weeks with a sprained knee, but he’s been dominating since returning. Judging from what he said after the game, I don’t think his reign of terror on opponents will end anytime soon. (RELATED: Duke Star Zion Williamson Suffers Sprained Knee In Loss To North Carolina)

The freshman phenom was asked what his mentality was for the postseason, and responded with a simple, “Killers kill.”

It’s wild that a week ago I likely wouldn’t have even put Duke in the Elite 8. Now, I think I’d be crazy to not take them for a deep run.

After all, killers kill. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, right?

For as much as I hate the Blue Devils, this year’s team has been incredibly fun to watch when Zion is playing. He just does things on the court that are simply beyond words.

I can’t wait to see what he does in the big dance. I have a feeling he’s going to humiliate a ton of opponents.

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
Mar 16, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) shoots as Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) makes a save during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Alex Killorn recorded his first career hat trick, Tampa Bay set a franchise record for wins in a season, and the Lightning beat the visiting Washington Capitals 6-3 on Saturday in the first meeting this season between the Eastern Conference’s two division leaders.

The Lightning notched their 55th victory and became just the fourth team in NHL history to win 54 games or more in consecutive seasons.

Tyler Johnson, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also tallied, and Nikita Kucherov notched two assists for the Lightning, who won their fourth straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots and won for the 13th time in his past 14 starts.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals, and John Carlson added a marker and an assist for Washington, which lost for just the third time in its past 15 games. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 33 shots.

Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime as Edmonton claimed a victory in Glendale, Ariz.

Mikka Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers, and Matthew Benning added a goal.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Arizona. Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 22 shots.

Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

Brad Marchand scored at 3:30 of overtime as Boston returned home and snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Columbus.

Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves. The Bruins put together a streak of 19 straight games with a point, the longest in the NHL this season, before going 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Pittsburgh, Columbus and Winnipeg.

Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo stopped 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 0

Corey Crawford made a career-high 48 saves in his hometown as visiting Chicago won its fifth in a row, beating Montreal. Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini were the goal-scorers, both on assists from Alex DeBrincat.

Crawford, who missed 28 games in the middle of the season due to concussion issues, posted his second shutout of 2018-19. He owns a 1.48 goals-against average during a five-game winning streak.

The Canadiens are 6-10-1 following an impressive 8-1-1 stretch.

Blues 5, Penguins 1

Vince Dunn scored twice, and Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist as St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak by winning at Pittsburgh.

Oskar Sundqvist and Jay Bouwmeester also scored, and Colton Parayko and Robert Thomas each had two assists for St. Louis, which built a 4-0 lead through the game’s first 23 minutes. Jordan Binnington made 40 saves and is 17-4-1 in his first 22 NHL starts.

Dominik Simon scored for the Penguins, who had won three straight and six of seven. Matt Murray stopped nine of 13 shots before being relieved by Casey DeSmith, who allowed one goal on 13 shots.

Red Wings 2, Islanders 1

Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals as host Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.

Danny DeKeyser assisted on both goals, while Jonathan Bernier turned aside 41 shots. Detroit avenged a pair of one-goal losses to the Islanders earlier in the season.

Anders Lee scored the only goal for the Islanders, who had won their previous two games. Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for New York.

Panthers 4, Kings 3

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the go-ahead goal with 1:56 left in regulation to lead Florida over host Los Angeles.

Huberdeau also had a game-tying assist. Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and had an assist, Mike Hoffman added a goal, and Aleksander Barkov posted three helpers for the Panthers.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Leipsic also tallied for the Kings, who are 2-11-4 in their past 17 games.

Jets 2, Flames 1

Mathieu Perreault’s second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as host Winnipeg held on for a win over Calgary in a clash of Western Conference division leaders.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, to record the victory for Winnipeg, which has won two straight games. Hellebuyck had some good fortune, too, as the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau twice rang shots off the post and Mark Jankowski drilled the crossbar — all in the opening frame.

Mark Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Jankowski tied the game with a short-handed goal in the second period. Mike Smith stopped 19 shots for the Flames.

Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

Magnus Paajarvi scored two consecutive goals during the second period as Ottawa beat visiting Toronto.

Cody Ceci added a goal and an assist, and Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Senators, who won their second straight. Zack Smith added three assists for the Senators.

Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed 23 goals while losing three of their past four games.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2

Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his third goal in three games as Carolina recorded its ninth straight win over Buffalo, prevailing in Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Staal scored to notch his 500th career point, and Justin Williams and Lucas Wallmark also tallied for the Hurricanes, who improved to 8-2-1 in their past 11 contests. Curtis McElhinney finished with 35 saves.

Former Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner matched his career high with his 37th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons also tallied for the Sabres, who have dropped seven in a row (0-6-1).

Wild 5, Rangers 2

Ryan Donato recorded his second career two-goal game as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over New York in Saint Paul, Minn.

Eric Staal also scored for the Wild, who won for just the second time in their past 11 home games (2-6-3) since Jan. 19. Jared Spurgeon added a power-play goal, and J.T. Brown scored an empty-net tally for Minnesota.

Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who went 0-3-1 on their four-game road trip. They lost their seventh straight road game and dropped to 2-6-5 in their past 13 games.

Predators 4, Sharks 2

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist as Nashville won at San Jose.

Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, and goaltender Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Nashville won its second straight and remained a point behind Winnipeg, which beat Calgary 2-1 Saturday, in the chase for first place in the Central Division.

Timo Meier and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots. The Sharks lost their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Boston Red Sox-Workouts
Feb 18, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) during a spring training workout at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Chris Sale made his spring training debut in impressive fashion, striking out seven over four innings as the Boston Red Sox posted a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Fort Myers, Fla.

The Red Sox delayed Sale’s spring preparation after the team made a long postseason run while winning the World Series. Sale recorded Boston’s last three outs in its clinching Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mookie Betts hit a home run for the Red Sox, his first of the spring. Ozzie Albies had two hits for the Braves.

Cardinals 8, Nationals 5

Nolan Gorman, St. Louis’ 18-year-old top prospect, hit a home run, while Randy Arozarena and Andrew Knizner went deep as well as the Cardinals won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Yan Gomes hit a home run for Washington.

Marlins 11, Mets 6

Pedro Alvarez came off the bench to hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Michael Conforto hit a home run for New York.

Tigers 6, Pirates 3

Christin Stewart hit a home run, his third of the spring, and drove in three runs as Detroit won at Lakeland, Fla. Bryan Reynolds had a two-run single for Pittsburgh.

Yankees 17, Blue Jays (ss) 7

Aaron Judge hit one of six New York home runs and the Yankees pounded out 19 hits in the victory at Tampa, Fla. Veterans Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit home runs for Toronto.

Astros 13, Phillies 5

Michael Brantley had three hits and drove in three runs, while Yordan Alvarez and Max Stassi each had two RBIs as Houston won at Clearwater, Fla. J.T. Realmuto hit his third home run of the spring as Philadelphia played without Bryce Harper, who sat with a bruised right ankle.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays (ss) 3

Austin Hays hit a home run in the eighth inning to put Baltimore ahead for good in the victory at Dunedin, Fla. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio gave up two runs on two hits over 3 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts, for Toronto.

–Field Level Media

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PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Third Round
Mar 16, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Ollie Schniederjans (right) and Seamus Power (left) shake hands on the 18th green after completing the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

(Reuters) – Americans Brandt Snedeker and Ollie Schniederjans surged into contention by carding seven-under-par 65s in the third round at the Players Championship in Florida on Saturday.

Their performances came after they had started the day nine strokes behind halfway leaders Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

After benign conditions for the first two rounds, the breeze switched to the north on the back of a cool front, but scores were still hot.

Snedeker notched seven birdies and Schniederjans was helped by an eagle at the par-five ninth, where he holed out from 70 yards.

They signed for 10-under 206, finishing as the halfway leaders set off at 12-under.

“I saw this coming all week, had some great practice rounds,” nine-times PGA Tour winner Snedeker said.

He said he had played well the first two rounds, only to spoil his score with a double-bogey each day.

“I was really focusing on not making a bogey (today), given my first two days, how well I played,” Snedeker said.

“I was able to hit some quality iron shots and make some good putts.”

Tiger Woods also started the day nine shots back, but went in the wrong direction with a 72 that included three bogeys on the front nine, and three birdies on the back.

Woods appeared in good spirits, however, flashing his beaming smile on several occasions as he joked around with playing companion Kevin Na.

“I struggled hitting the putts hard enough,” he said.

Irishman Seamus Power enjoyed an early St Patrick’s Day present when he made a hole-in-one at the 155-yard third.

He shot 73 for two-under 214.

There have been three aces this week, one each at the third, 13th and 17th holes.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz said he heard “demons” to police officers moments after getting caught following the 2018 Parkland school shooting, according to body camera footage released Friday.

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The two-minute video shows Cruz handcuffed on the ground as an officer questions him with helicopters heard hovering in the sky.

“What’s going on today, bro?” an officer asked Cruz.

“Demons man,” Cruz responded.

Cruz added he heard “voices.” (RELATED: Initial Findings Show Police And School Messed Up In Parkland Shooting)

Broward State Attorney’s Office released the video Friday, according to the Miami Herald.

Cruz said in an interrogation hours after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14, 2018, that he had heard voices when his dad died around 15 years earlier. He said they got worse when his mom died of pneumonia in November 2017, The Associated Press reported.

The demons statement could potentially be used as an insanity defense, but Cruz’s attorneys have not said whether they will use it. Cruz could face the death penalty if convicted. A trial is set for early 2020, according to the AP.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting left 17 dead.

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Why bury my lead? Here’s my advice to the president: “Leave New York for Florida. Make Florida your state of residence, and you’ll go on to win re-election in 2020.”

I’d like to think I have some standing to offer the president a bit of council. In December 2014, I penned a column titled “Why Trump Should Run.”

I wrote: “The elite media will scoff at a potential Donald Trump candidacy for president. They will consider it a publicity move and a bluff. The Washington insiders will write off Trump as completely unqualified to be a presidential candidate, much less president. And as usual, they will be wrong.”

The day before the 2016 elections, I appeared on major Fox affiliates and also with Newsmax. I knew the polls were flawed, and said so. I declared Donald Trump would carry Florida, North Carolina, and Michigan — and would pull off an amazing upset. And that’s precisely what he did.

Now, as we look forward to 2020, the question is: Can he do it again? The same useless polling that botched 2016 suggests it highly improbable. And once again, those polls could be wrong.

Opinion surveys today have so many cell phone interviews, which skew heavily towards younger voters and Democrats, that even the raw numbers can’t be rescued. What we do know is Florida elected a Republican governor and displaced incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson with former Gov. Rick Scott, in a midterm election that heavily favored Democrats. And Democratic voter registration numbers in Florida are on the decline.

I’ve polled Florida as much as anyone over the years. When a Florida poll says global warming is the No. 1 issue in a state where residents are still terrified of another Great Recession, I know it’s off. It’s jobs and the economy in this state.

To be sure, Florida’s demographics are in flux. The state has seen a massive influx of Puerto Rican voters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Traditionally, those who leave “the Commonwealth” tend to vote Democrat.

Another factor to keep in mind: The socialist turmoil in Venezuela. There are about 200,000 people of Venezuelan heritage in Florida, and you’ll notice President Trump, Gov. DeSantis, Sen. Scott, and Sen. Marco Rubio are all decrying socialism every chance they get. With the rise of the socialist strain in the Democratic Party, make no mistake this issue resonates powerfully both among those who hail from Venezuela, as well as with Cuban-Americans — who comprise about 6 percent of the Florida electorate.

How all that will play out in 2020 remains to be seen. But this much is clear: To win in 2020, President Trump needs a base of operations from which he can branch out in attempting to win other potentially razor-tight states like Georgia, North Carolina, and possibly Virginia. Why do that in New York, where Democrats are putting every facet of his life under a microscope, when he spends most of his free time at the historic Mar-a- Lago resort on Palm Beach island in Florida anyway? 

What’s rarely reported by the media is that each time President Trump arrives at his home in Palm Beach, spontaneous groups of supporters waving American flags and holding pro-Trump banners line the roads there. Where I live in Tampa, it’s not unusual to see boats cruising on Tampa Bay with large flags that declare “Trump 2020.” The same is true in many parts of the state.

So why stick around in New York, a city that sent Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress, and that’s indifferent to Amazon’s 25,000 jobs.

Of course, the New York-centric mainstream media would howl about it. I’m pretty sure Trump could hardly care less.

Trump has derided the nanny state tax-and-spend ways of New York’s current leadership. He proudly notes that these large liberal cities are losing residents every day. So, why not join the exodus? Do what New York’s other septuagenarians do: Head south to Florida, it will drive your enemies bonkers.

Florida, mind you, has never had a native son elected president. As a “true” Floridian, Trump would be able to identify with a state where his leadership is appreciated. Moreover, his “home state” status would probably help him with Florida voters. Even if that edge was just an extra 5,000 votes, Florida is a state where a 5,000-vote margin can be considered a landslide.

Can Trump change his residency? As an attorney who has dealt with such issues in the past, my short answer is yes. I would suggest that as commander-in-chief, the guideline used for troops stationed abroad would apply to the president anyway — and Trump could easily meet them.

Of course, the blowback from Democrats and the media would be strong, but none of it would matter. Trump has the right to live wherever he wants. The Trump Organization would still be in New York, so the on-going investigations and harassment could continue unabated. It would just be easier for Trump to ignore it. Instead of going to “his Mar-a-Lago retreat,” Trump would be simply commuting home each week. From there, it would be a quick dash to visit supporters throughout South Florida at a moment’s notice on weekends.

If he’s lucky, his critics would label it a tax dodge. Florida, after all, has no state taxes.

Trump’s best comeback: “I don’t need a tax break. But I can’t in good conscience support tax-and-spend cities and states that prefer to elect socialists.”

That alone would send a message not only to Floridians, but to other hinterland states as well. His message: “I’m one of you, and I’m practicing what I preach.”

Making such a bold move could put Trump over the top in 2020. I’m convinced that the polls still do not properly reflect his political strength, and I believe he will be re-elected either way.

But to the president, I say: Why not go where your heart is?

President Trump, your new home state awaits you.

Matt Towery is a graduate of Cambridge University and Florida’s Stetson University College of law. For 15 years he wrote a syndicated column for Newsmax. A retired pollster, author, TV analyst and former Georgia legislator, he now resides in Florida.

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The Miami Dolphins shipped Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans Friday.

The former Texas A&M star took a big pay cut in order for the trade to go through. He was scheduled to make nearly $20 million in 2019, but he’ll only make $7 million with the Titans in fully guaranteed money, according to Ian Rapoport.

The number could go up to $12 million if certain incentives are met, which seems highly unlikely as long as Marcus Mariota is healthy.

Tannehill thanked the fans in Miami, and said he “experienced some of the greatest blessings” of his life over the past few years.

We’ve known for awhile the Dolphins were trying to move their QB of the past few years. It was clear that his time under center for the Dolphins was nearing a rapid end. (RELATED: Miami Dolphins Haven’t Made Any Decision Yet On Ryan Tannehill)

It’s too bad because he’s been solid when healthy. The only problem is the fact that he’s routinely been hurt.

You can’t mortgage the future of a franchise on a gunslinger who can’t stay healthy.

I hope Tannehill has a few years left in his career. He’s got all the physical skills necessary to be a successful quarterback, but he just can’t stay healthy.

Plus, he really does seem like a guy who’s down to earth, and we could always use more guys like that in the NFL. At the very least, he’s going to make some good money next season in a backup role.

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