U.S. targets 5 Iranian officials in latest sanctions action

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The State Department has blacklisted five Iranian officials, who have been accused of preventing free and fair elections in the Islamic Republic. According to U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook, the sanctions were imposed on members of Iran’s Guardian Council and its Elections Supervision Committee.

Secretary Ahmad Jannati and senior council member Mohammad Yazdi were among those blacklisted. The sanctions will freeze their U.S.-held assets and bar Americans from doing business with them, along with anyone else on the blacklist.

Hook said this isn’t the first time this has happened.

“In 2010, when Iranians protested his sham election, Jannati praised the regime for executing protesters (and) urged more executions until the protest stopped,” he stated. “Jannati is also well known for wishing death to America and Israel whenever the occasion presents itself.”

This new round of sanctions came one day before the nationwide parliamentary vote. Ahead of Friday’s elections, there were 90 sitting lawmakers seeking reelection.

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NATO defense ministers discuss Russia’s latest missile deployment, arms race

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second right, meets with U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper, second left, prior to a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

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NATO defense ministers and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are discussing Russia’s recent deployment of advanced cruise missiles. During the second day of their meeting in Brussels, NATO officials agreed to maintain deterrence strategies against the Kremlin while also seeking to strengthen dialogue.

“We have seen an unprecedented increase in defense spending across Europe and North America, with an extra $400 billion invested by the end of 2024,” said Stoltenberg. “This is making NATO stronger, but we need to keep up the momentum to keep our nations safe in a more unpredictable world.”

He said NATO will not mirror the Kremlin’s actions by deploying more weapons. He emphasized that both sides must avoid provocations.

He went on to say the latest military build-up increases the risk of miscalculation and misunderstanding, which could potentially spark a new conflict in Europe.

“We do whatever we can to prevent a new arms race,” stated Stoltenberg. “A new arms race, especially with nuclear weapons, is not good.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to receive credentials from newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia in Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

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Warren campaign cancels $500K in S.C. ads, $60K in Nevada after latest plunge in polls

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks to supporters at a primary election night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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2020 Democrat hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is cancelling campaign ads after a massive plunge in the polls. According to new reports, Warren has canceled $500,000 worth of campaign ads in South Carolina.

Her campaign also canceled $60,000 worth of ads in Nevada ahead of the Democrat debate later this month. Mike Bloomberg surged past her in the latest Quinnipiac and HarrisX polls.

The reports are stirring speculation Warren could drop out of the race as she struggles to maintain voter support. Thus far, the senator has rejected such claims.

“The fight we’re in, the fight to save our democracy, is an uphill battle, but our campaign is built for the long haul and were just getting started,” she said.

The Warren campaign reportedly still has around $300,000 worth of ads in both South Carolina and Nevada, as well as $67,000 worth of airtime in Maine.

READ MORE: Latest Polls Show Elizabeth Warren Trailing In N.H.

Supporters listen to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speak at a primary election night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Latest polls show Elizabeth Warren trailing in N.H.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks to members of the media on a media bus outside at a campaign stop at Rochester Opera House, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The latest polls in New Hampshire show Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) lagging behind other Democrat presidential front-runners in the state. For example, a new Reuters poll showed Warren with 11 percent support, trailing behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden as well as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Warren was hoping to win in the Granite Atate as it shares a border with her home state of Massachusetts. The senator has been doubling down on claims that she’s running a grassroots campaign that doesn’t receive money from billionaire donors.

“I don’t have a campaign that has been shaped by a bunch of consultants, you figured that one out,’ she stated. “I don’t have a campaign that has a bunch of proposals that are carefully designed not to offend big donors, I passed that stop sign a long time ago.”

Warren has also taken aim at former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in recent days, following his unexpected victory in Iowa. Meanwhile, Sanders has continued to outperform her in polls for her home state of Massachusetts.

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Trump takes nasty dig at Pelosi in latest slam of House Dems

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Judy Miller on the unexpected political impact of the proceedings.

President Trump on Sunday took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over her response to a reporter who asked why bribery wasn’t included in the newly unveiled articles of impeachment, despite Democrats – including the speaker herself – having leveled those charges repeatedly against the president throughout impeachment proceedings.

“You yourself accused [Trump] of bribery,” the reporter asked.

“Why did you decide not to make bribery one of the articles of impeachment?”

Pelosi said the decision not to include bribery in the articles of impeachment against Trump came after “working together with our committee chairs, our attorneys and the rest.”

In a retweet of Pelosi’s response, Trump wrote that the House speaker’s teeth “were falling out of her mouth, and she didn’t have time to think!”

He then followed up the tweet by writing that “Congressional Do Nothing Democrats are being absolutely decimated in their districts on the subject of the Impeachment Hoax.”

“Crazy Nancy is finding defending Shifty Schiff harder than she thought!” he tweeted, in reference to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., one of the most visible figures of the impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi did not immediately respond.


Democrats repeatedly have accused Trump of withholding military aid from Ukraine until it investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Trump and the White House have denied he did anything wrong.

After witness testimony last month, Pelosi lobbed the bribery accusation against Trump.

“Bribery—and that is in the Constitution and attached to impeachment proceedings,” Pelosi said. “The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the election—that’s bribery.”


When asked at the time whether bribery would be included as an article of impeachment, she replied: “We haven’t even made a decision to impeach. That’s what the inquiry is about.”

“I’m saying, [what] the president has admitted to as ‘perfect,’ is bribery,” Pelosi said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Warren slips as Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders battle for lead in latest New Hampshire poll

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – A new poll in New Hampshire — the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House — indicates an airtight contest among South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

And the MassINC Polling Group survey for WBUR released Wednesday also points to a deterioration of support for another top-tier contender for the Democratic presidential nomination – Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.


Buttigieg, a one-time longshot who’s soared in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire this autumn, stands at 18 percent among those likely to vote in the Granite State’s Feb. 11 Democratic presidential primary, with Biden at 17 percent and Sanders at 15 percent. Taking into account the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points, the three candidates are basically all tied up for the top spot.

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with voters after filing to place his name on New Hampshire's primary ballot, in Concord, NH on Oct. 30, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg shakes hands with voters after filing to place his name on New Hampshire's primary ballot, in Concord, NH on Oct. 30, 2019

"What's remarkable about this is how close it remains," MassINC president Steve Koczela noted. “We've got three candidates, all within three points of each other — and Elizabeth Warren not that far behind, right there in that top tier.”

Koczela emphasized that the race for the New Hampshire primary “could go in any direction."

Warren – who like Sanders hails from a neighboring state to New Hampshire – stands at 12 percent in the poll. Since this is the first time the pollsters put out a survey this cycle in the New Hampshire presidential primary, no direct comparisons can be made. But her standing in the new poll is in line with her support in other surveys the past month in the New Hampshire primary. Warren registered from the upper teens to around 30 percent in most Granite State polling conducted from September through early November.

Warren has also seen her standing in the polls in Iowa and nationally deteriorate over the past month. The drop came after increased scrutiny of Warren's plans to pay for and implement a government-run, "Medicare-for-all." The populist senator continued to swear off raising middle-class taxes to pay for the high price tag attached to the single-payer health care system (roughly $20 trillion in new spending over a decade). And she broke with fellow progressive champion and 2020 rival Sanders — who wrote the "Medicare-for-all" bill in the Senate — over implementation. Warren's transition play would delay the immediate end of privately held insurance.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang – who’ve both spent a lot of time meeting voters in New Hampshire – each register at 5 percent in the poll.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and billionaire environmental and progressive activist Tom Steyer each stand at 3 percent, with former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire media mogul Mike Bloomberg at 2 percent. Bloomberg – who jumped into the race late last month – is skipping Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, the first four states to hold contests in the presidential nominating calendar. Instead, he’s campaigning in the delegate-rich states that vote on Super Tuesday in early March, and beyond.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and best-selling spiritual author Marianne Williamson are each at 1 percent in the survey, with everyone else in the still large field of Democratic White House hopefuls registering less than 1 percent. That includes former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who last month declared his candidacy.

The poll also indicates that President Trump remains the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. Trump grabs the backing of 74 percent of those saying they’re likely to vote in the state’s GOP primary. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld – who’s been campaigning in New Hampshire nearly every week since launching his long-shot primary challenge to Trump in April, stands at 9 percent. Former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois – a very vocal Trump critic – registers at 4 percent.

The MassINC Polling Group survey for WBUR was conducted Dec. 3-8, with 442 likely Democratic presidential primary voters in New Hampshire questioned by live telephone operators.

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