Democrats hope to limit president’s powers to recall ambassadors

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks with aide on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Democrats are working on a number of proposals to limit the president’s powers to recall ambassadors. According to reports, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is drafting new rules aimed at limiting the president’s power over the State Department, including one which would grant Congress more authority to question the president over their decision to recall ambassadors.

This comes amid speculation President Trump recalled former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovich last year after she was suspected of impeding an investigation into corruption in Ukraine. Democrats have argued this constitutes an abuse of power by President Trump. They have also alleged he kicked Yovanovitch out for political gain.

However, opponents of the rules have argued they would go too far to limit the executive branch. Former Afghanistan Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann weighed in on the proposals by saying it’s important the president has the ability to remove ambassadors at their discretion.

The controversy over the treatment of Yovanovitch by the Trump administration came to a head during the House’s impeachment hearings, following her testimony.

It was also alleged that President Trump had private associates of his follow the Ukraine ambassador, which prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to launch a probe into the incident. He said he doesn’t think the claims will prove to be true.

“We will do everything we need to do to evaluate whether there was something that took place there,” said Pompeo. “I suspect that much of what’s been reported we’ll ultimately prove wrong, but our obligation, my obligation as Secretary of State, is to make sure that we evaluate, investigate anytime there’s someone who poses there may have been a risk to one of our officers, we’ll obviously do that.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In recent weeks, there have been similar calls from Democrats to rein in the president’s power over the executive branch, specifically on President Trump’s decision to defy subpoenas for White House officials to testify in the House’s impeachment inquiry. This is something the president is allowed to do exerting executive privilege.

Either way, it appears the Democrat’s fight to limit the powers of the executive branch and to attack President Trump are far from over.

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Stacey Abrams on being possible VP pick: Of course I want it

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

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Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said she’s open to joining the Democrat ticket as vice president.

The former Georgia lawmaker hasn’t been asked by any current candidate, yet she’s still speaking out on the possibility. During an interview earlier Monday, Abrams said she’d be “honored” to run for vice president.

“Of course I want it.” stated Abrams “Of course, I want to serve America of course I want to be a patriot and do this work and so I say yes.”

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams makes remarks during a press conference at the Abrams Headquarters in Atlanta, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The former Georgia lawmaker was also asked if she would like to run for president later on. She replied “Oh absolutely.” She then went on to say, “Why should we not want someone to have the power to fix the problems and the brokenness that we have? I want to do good and there’s no stronger platform than president of the United States and that’s a position I want to one day hold.”

Abrams launched a failed gubernatorial bid back in 2018 and lost to current Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. She also stated she’s not planning on endorsing anyone for president now, but is focused on ensuring eligible voters can vote.

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Pakistani, UN officials urge Afghan peace settlement at refugee summit in Islamabad

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan addresses the Refugee Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is on a three-day visit to meet with country’s top leadership and attend an international conference to recognize 40 years of Afghans living as refugees. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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Pakistan hosted a UN Conference to discuss the future of Afghan refugees in the country.

While speaking at the Refugee Summit Monday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the majority of Afghans exiled from their country want to eventually come back home.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, attends the Refugee Summit with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

“Who wants to be a refugee? It is probably the most difficult decision for a human being to leave his home.” stated Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Pakistan hosted roughly 1.4 million Afghans, who have been displaced due to an ongoing war.

For their part, UN officials urged a long-term peace agreement and political dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

RELATED: Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against War In Afghanistan, Calls For Bringing Troops Home

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U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal to be signed at the end of month

Afghan security forces stand guard during a fight against Taliban fighters in Kunduz province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)

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A peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban is set to be signed at the end of the month. A senior Taliban official confirmed Monday both sides have finalized the agreement and it will be signed following a seven day period of reduced violence.

The U.S. and Taliban officials agreed to the truce last week and say it will take effect “very soon.”

Resolute Support (RS) forces and Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

If the cease-fire holds it could lead to a broader U.S.-Taliban Deal, in which thousands of American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban will begin direct talks with Afghanistan leaders.

In the meantime, millions of Afghanistan refugees remain fearful and uncertain about a possible peace deal that could see them repatriated back to their home country.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper also mentioned that he has future plans to cut down the number of troops in Afghanistan from 12,000 to about 8,600. However those steps were claimed as “conditions based.”

RELATED: Pentagon: U.S., Taliban Reach Short-Term ‘Reduction In Violence’ Deal

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Attorney General Barr assigns outside prosecutors to review cases

Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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William Barr took aggressive steps to ensure the cases against former Trump advisers were conducted properly. This came amid on-going allegations of misconduct on the part of the special counsel team.

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly worked on a review of the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Barr has assigned U.S. attorney Jeffrey Jensen to look over the handling of the case against the retired army general.

Reports said Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell had fought for months to get an external review. In a letter to Barr, Powell requested a new government counsel with no connection to the Mueller probe. For months, she wrote to the DOJ and accused the former special counsel team of gross misconduct. Flynn eventually withdrew his guilty plea of lying to the FBI.

FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Powell had previously called out the Mueller team for it’s aggressive methods.

“I think that’s why they picked him for the special council operation because he knew what a dirty prosecuter he is.” stated Powell.

Andrew Weissmann, the top prosecutor under former special counsel Robert Mueller, said no attorney general in U.S. history has involved him or herself into cases with such close ties to a sitting president.

“The question I have for him is tell me,” asked Mueller “…when have you ever reached in as the Attorney General to any other case?”

Weissmann also said the Justice Department closed the case against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in order to open new investigation reviews into former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI agent Peter Strzok. This came after the DOJ declined to bring charges against the Russia probe officials.

The New York Times reported over the past two weeks, U.S. attorney Jensen and prosecutors working under Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen have been questioning other line prosecutors about investigative steps and reasons for undertaking certain actions for prosecution.

The announcement of outside investigators came after Attorney General Barr along with Deputy Attorney General Rosen took control of Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation, causing four Mueller prosecutors to withdraw in protest from a case they spent years working on.

Barr also pulled the top treasury nomination of former DCUS attorney Jessie Liu and gave her a temporary position at the treasury as the interim U.S. attorney in Washington, which will oversea all of the investigative reviews into the former Trump advisers.

RELATED: White House Responds To Barr’s Interview As Democrats Demand Resignation

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Mike Bloomberg under fire for jabs at senior citizens and farmers

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg was under fire for comments he’s made, this time about the elderly and farmers. Current and past comments by the former New York mayor have been gripping the media for his apparent jabs at both senior citizens and farmers.

It began with a video of Bloomberg speaking on health care Sunday. He claimed health care will bankrupt us if we don’t begin turning away the elderly.

“If you show up with prosthetic cancer and you’re 95 years old, we should say go and enjoy, live a long life. If it’s a young person, we should do something about it.” stated the former New York City mayor.

Following those remarks, Bloomberg said society isn’t ready for that yet.

Later, a video from 2016 re-surfaced that showed Bloomberg giving an address at the University of Oxford’s School of Business. The one hour speech covered topics such as leadership and equality in the workplace. The topic that raised red flags across the nation was Bloomberg’s take on the farming industry.

“I can teach anybody in this room to be a farmer, its a proccessy,” stated Bloomberg.

The former New York City mayor claimed he could teach anyone in the lecture hall to farm, despite having no experience in the industry himself. He quickly summarized modern agriculture saying, “dig a hole, put a seed, put dirt on top, up comes the corn.”

Bloomberg went on to compare farming to information technology, saying IT requires more “grey matter,” which is a different skill set not everyone can learn.

“Now comes the information economy fundamentally different,” stated the presidential candidate. “It’s a skill set a lot more grey matter, not clear teachers can teach student can learn.”

The remarks have been met with major backlash from both sides of the aisle who have said Bloomberg is sorely out of touch with the agriculture industry, which is a vital part of the nation’s economy.

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Mainstream media reflects on Michael Avenatti coverage

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti, speaks outside court in New York.An indictment filed against Avenatti, Wednesday, April 10, alleges he stole millions of dollars from clients, didn’t pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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Following his conviction for trying to extort Nike, the mainstream media has reflected on its past propping up of disgraced attorney Michael Avennati. Michael Avenatti was once a consistently lauded figure in the mainstream media. Now, with decades of jail time potentially ahead of him after being convicted of attempting to extort Nike, pundits have pushed different takes on the disgraced attorney.

After once suggesting Avennati could be a strong presidential candidate, CNN anchor Brian Stelter questioned his network’s past coverage of him.

Stelter once said to Avennati on CNN, “Looking ahead to 2020, one reason I’m taking you seriously as a contender is because of your presence on cable news.”

A 2018 Media Research Center study found, Avennati appeared on CNN 74 times over a 10 week period and on MSNBC 57 times over the same time.

In reacting to Svenatti’s conviction last week, CNN Legal Pundit Jeffrey Toobin noted the attorney was on the network a lot and claimed he felt “snookered.”

“The total collapse of his life is really sort of extrordinary, and frankly I feel kind of snookered because I took him seriously.” stated Toobin.

Others in the mainstream media were more blunt about their past estimations of Avennati. In a tweet Sunday, Daily Beast reporter and MSNBC contributor Sam Stein admitted he gave Avennati too much credibilty.

Though Avennati already appeared destined for a lengthy spell behind bars, his legal troubles are far from over.

The lawyer is still facing a trial on embezzlement charges in California and a trial on wire fraud and identity theft charges in New York. That case is connected to an accusation he stole $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels.

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Record flood warnings issued in England as Storm Dennis hits

A general view of the aftermath of Storm Dennis in Acaster Malbis, England, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

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Authorities in England issued a record number of warnings as residents evacuated their homes in the face of Storm Dennis. According to reports Monday, police and firefighters worked to rescue people trapped in their cars after the storm brought 90 mile-per-hour winds and as much as six inches of rain to some areas.

The government issued nearly 600 warnings and alerts over the weekend, including five severe flood warnings Monday in at least three counties. Some rivers are still expected to peak later this week.

A general view of the aftermath of Storm Dennis, in Maidstone, England, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Michael Drummond/PA via AP)

“Well we have 1,000 environment agency staff out in the field, helping people prepare for the floods, helping people to evacuate where, sadly, that’s necessary,” stated George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment. “We’re monitoring things very closely, in particular the severn towns, such as Shrewsbury, Bewdley and Tewkesbury.”

Dyfed-Powys Police stated an older gentleman in his 60s was killed after falling into River Tawe in South Wales. No other major causalities have been reported.

Residents in Britain were still recovering from the effects of Storm Ciara two weeks prior to when Dennis hit. The storm also hit parts of France with around 20,000 people still without electricity.

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VA. Democrats push to ban assault weapons fails Senate vote

FILE – This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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The Virginia State Senate rejected a measure to ban the sale of some semi-automatic weapons and large magazines. State senators rejected the measure in a 10-to-five vote Monday, postponing the bill for the rest of the year and asking the State Crime Commission to study the issue.

The state of Virginia has been known as the center of all the gun debates. Protesters have been gathering at the state’s capital the past couple of weeks to showcase their right of keeping their legal weapons.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran argued that Americans apparently have no right to carry firearms because those guns are made for war.

On the other hand, the NRA was delighted to hear the news of Virginia’s rejected bill.

A group of four moderate Democrats joined their Republican counterparts in voting against the measure. The bill would have prohibited the sale of AR-15 style rifles and banned the possession of magazines holding more than 12 rounds.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his allies believe this bill could potentially save lives and help prevent future mass murders.

A spokeswoman for the governor said his office would be back next year in a renewed push for the bill.

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Chicago Police rescue man from icy waters of Lake Michigan

Photo of local jogger helping a man that fell into Lake Michigan. (Chicago Police Twitter)

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Chicago Police released video of officers rescuing a man from the icy waters of Lake Michigan.

The accident occurred around 7 a.m. Saturday where a 22-year-old man was walking near the edge of the lake, when he suddenly slipped into the water.

A jogger happened to be passing by and noticed the man struggling in the lake. He then waved down cars for help before two SWAT officers eventually arrived on the scene.

The officers pulled the man from the lake and administered first aid as other first responders arrived to help.

The Chicago Police thanked the jogger for giving the 22-year-old man a helping hand, that ultimately saved his life.

“A special thank you also goes out to the individual who looked out for their fellow Chicagoan and flagged down assistance from our first responder community,” stated an officer.

The man was rushed to an area hospital and is in critical condition.

Officials said Saturday was the “coldest day of the year,” where the wind chill temperature reached to a chilling 5 degrees.

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U.S. citizens evacuated from Diamond Princess cruise ship touch down in Calif. and Texas

Journalists work near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship sitting at the Yokohama Port Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Chartered flights carrying Americans who were stuck on a quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan, touched down in California and Texas. The flights landed at Travis Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base late Sunday night.

The State Department has announced 14 of the passengers tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, but were still allowed to board the aicraft.

Buses carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

All passengers will undergo a 14 day quarantine and some are struggling with the thought of two more weeks of seclusion.

“They have sent over a dozen emails assuring us that there would not be an additional quarantine, and they just told us that we would be re-quarantined for 14 more days,” stated cruise ship passenger Karey Maniscalo. “I’ve just lost a whole month of my life.”

Others who were on board said they are grateful to the president and the U.S. government for rescuing them from the virus stricken vessel.

China has recently updated the number of COVID-19 cases to 70,635, which incldues 1,772 deaths.

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More women come forward to accuse FMR gynecologist of sexual assault

FILE- In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former technology executive Andrew Yang, leans on his wife with his wife Evelyn, as they join in at a Fair Fight phone bank at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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The wife of former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang found support from other alleged victims of the OB-GYN she said sexually assaulted her. Dozens of women accused a former New York State gynecologist of sexual assault, who also allegedly assaulted the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Nearly 70 women have now been named in a recently filed civil lawsuit filed against 61-year-old Robert Hadden, accusing him of a range of inappropriate and even illegal behavior. Two of those plaintiffs are minors aged 15 and 16-years-old.

Evelyn Yang first revealed her shocking allegations in January, saying the incident took place in 2012 at the Columbia University Medical Center when she was seven months pregnant. She said Hadden grabbed her, forcibly undressed her and performed an un-needed internal exam while un-gloved.

“He said, I think you might need a c-section and he proceeded to grab me over to him, undress me and examine me internally ungloved and at first I was like what’s going on here?” stated Mrs. Yang

Hadden has since lost his license and had to register as a low-level sex offender but spent no time in jail, thanks to a plea agreement for two-lesser sexual assault charges reached in 2016.

Former Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang passes as he speaks at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Andrew Yang, who announced he would be suspending his Democrat campaign earlier this month, said he is proud of Evelyn for sharing and abuse victims deserve support and protection.

Public backlash has also mounted toward the Manhattan district attorney responsible for drafting the plea agreement, allowing Hadden to avoid a trial. Some accusers said they feel like justice has not been served.

As it stands, there are still questions about when or if the New York City’ District Attorney’s office can pursue additional charges due to stipulations contained in Hadden’s plea deal.

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Top White House official: Bloomberg abused “stop-and-frisk”

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters during his visit in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Khadejeh Nikouyeh/News & Record via AP)

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A top White House official said Michael Bloomberg abused the “stop-and-frisk” policy during his years as New York City’s mayor. Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said in an interview Sunday, “stop-and-frisk” was enforced fairly under Bloomberg’s predecessor Rudy Giuliani.

However, Short said under Mayor Bloomberg, the number of arrests of African-Americans significantly increased. This came after President Trump criticized Bloomberg for his version of “stop and frisk,” despite supporting the policy in general.

Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contribution, walks out of federal court, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mariela Lombard)

Short claimed Bloomberg took the policy to the extreme.

“The president has said under Rudy Giuliani he thought ‘stop and frisk’ was applied legitimately.” stated Short.

Bloomberg has repeatedly apologized for alleged racial profiling as part of “stop and frisk,” but he insists the policy helped bring down crime rates in New York.

RELATED: President Trump: Bloomberg Is A Mass Of Dead Energy

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Small rockets explode near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, U.S. Embassy is seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

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Reports revealed small rockets hit near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad early Sunday. U.S. military and Iraqi officials confirmed the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. local time, but added no casualties have been reported.

Iraqi officials said two small rockets struck within the U.S. Embassy compound, while a separate rocket exploded outside a coalition military base.

Last week, U.S. officials reported one rocket hit an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk, hosting coalition troops.

A Hezbollah supporter holds pictures of slain Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah leaders, Abbas al-Moussawi, Ragheb Harb and Imad Mughniyeh and the end of a 40-day Muslim mourning period for Soleimani, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

There has been recent tension between Iran and President Trump’s administration these past couple of months. This came after the U.S. killed top Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani back in Janurary, which could have led to this back and forth tension.

Details are still underway as they look into the reasoning of the attack. Authorities are reportedly working to determine who is responsible.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar raises $12M following N.H. primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a campaign event, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced the surge in donations in an interview Sunday. The funds came pouring in after her third place finish in last week’s Democrat primary in New Hampshire.

Although, she is still trailing behind her 2020 rivals financially.

Klobuchar said she’s finally gotten the resources she needs to open offices in Super Tuesday states, while Michael Bloomberg has been able to saturate the air-waves with an unprecedented numbers of ads.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at her election night party, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The Minnesota senator stated she is very confident she can beat Michael Bloomberg.

“I think he has to come on the shows and I personally think he should be on the debate stage,” stated the senator. “I’m never going to beat him on the air-wave, but I can beat him on the debate stage.”

Her comments come as she heads into the Nevada primaries. She is polling in fifth place behind Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer.

RELATED: Democrats Looking To New Hampshire Ahead Of Tuesday’s Primary

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Judge in Roger Stone’s case schedules phone conference ahead of sentencing date

In this Feb. 21, 2019, photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The case of Roger Stone took a new turn just days ahead of his sentencing. On Sunday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson called for an on-the-record telephone conference for this coming Tuesday with attorneys from both sides. It’s not clear what the discussion will focus on.

This came amid speculation that President Trump could pardon Stone after the DOJ moved to alter its sentencing recommendation last week.

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., arrives at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Meanwhile, some Republican senators said Stone is facing a disproportionately tough sentence.

“Roger Stone is pretty good at bad decisions and nobody would confuse him with Alexander Hamilton,” stated Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “Being, Mr. Stone’s status as a chucklehead is not a criminal act.”

The upcoming conference comes after Stone’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial last week amid allegations of potential juror bias.

RELATED: Attorneys For Roger Stone Request New Trial

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Zuckerberg: Social media facing greater threats, must accept some govt. regulation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said social media companies need more regulation to fight the growing problem of misleading content online. A gathering of politicians, diplomats and security specialists converged in Germany for the annual Munich Security Conference.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at this year’s event about the social media giants work to counter online election interference. Zuckerberg once again called for more regulation on social media platforms, similar to existing rules for the telecoms and media industries.

“I think that there needs to be regulations in at least four areas touching our company,” stated the Facebook CEO. “They are elections, political discourse around content more broadly, content moderation, privacy and data portability.”

FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Zuckerberg added, due to the many decisions in these areas, regulations would create a balance with different social values. The Facebook CEO also said, despite the work needed to be done, he is more confident about Facebook’s security now than in previous years.

“The scale of what we need to do on security today is bigger than the scale of what the whole company was just eight years ago, so certainly the threats are out there,” stated Zuckerberg. “I think we are getting increasingly sophisticated, the partnerships are getting better, I am more confident about where we are.”

35,000 people are now employed at Facebook to review online content and implement security measures. Facebook, Twitter and Google have come under pressure globally to better combat governments and political groups, who use their platforms to spread false information.

Zuckerberg is expected to meet with European politicians in Munich and Brussels to discuss data practices, regulation and tax reform.

RELATED: Google Invests In Digital Media News Courses On YouTube

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VA. teen charged after opening fire on parents

Picture of wanted poster of Levi Henry Norwood. (Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department)

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A manhunt for a Virginia teen, accused of opening fire on his family, has come to an end. 17-year-old Levi Norwood was taken into custody in North Carolina Saturday evening.

Norwood allegedly shot his parents and younger brother in Fauquier County on Friday. The mother and child were killed in their home. The father, however, survived after entering the house and seeing his wife and child dead. That’s when the teen shot him as well, but he managed to escape with gunshot wounds.

Norwood fled the scene in a red Toyota Camry, but he was later apprehended after being caught shoplifting in the next state over.

There was a large operation underway across different departments to take the teen into custody.

“When they reported to the scene, they observed a 6-year-old child that had been killed, the mother of the child, and also the father had been shot as well,” stated sheriff Bob Mosier of Fauquiier County. “He’s (the father) in stable condition at the hospital.”

Norwood is facing two-counts of murder. A motive for the attack remains under investigation.

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White House officials do not trust China’s reporting on coronavirus infection

A worker wearing a protective suit gestures to a driver outside a tumor hospital newly designated to treat COVID-19 patients in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

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White House officials appeared to have suspicions about the accuracy of China’s reporting of coronavirus cases. According to a report Saturday, the U.S. did not have high confidence in the information coming from China regarding the number of those affected by the disease.

This came as a number of officials have expressed doubt that China is being fully transparent, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a tv news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Last week, Kudlow addressed ongoing concerns following a change in China’s measuring criteria, which added 15,000 cases in a single day.

“We thought there was better transparency coming out of China, but it doesn’t appear to be,” stated the economic advisor. “It’s the great unknown and I wish we did know more because, you know, this should not be about politics or for that matter, trade.”

Chinese officials said the number of new cases are dropping overall.

RELATED:China Reports Over 2K New Cases Of Coronavirus, 143 Deaths

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Ukrainian President Zelensky ‘ready’ for next call with President Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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UPDATED 11:07 AM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky said he’s ready for his next phone call with President Trump. During an interview with CNN Friday, he stated he’s willing to speak with the United States President again if it will help Ukraine.

Zelensky’s’ phone call with President Trump last year was at the center of the impeachment probe after a whistle-blower alleged the U.S. president of pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, walks after inauguration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

However, Zelensky denied this and thanked everyone in America for supporting Ukraine.

“If this way will help Ukraine I am ready for next call with Mr. Trump…” stated the Ukrainian president. “…I want to thank you guys and thank everybody and thank USA and just ordinary American people, first of all, for support of Ukraine.”

Zelensky said he’s trying to set up a White House meeting, which he wants to be special with positive outcomes for both countries.

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