Nev. gov. calls for state to be first caucus in the nation

Volunteers for various campaigns talk to voters as they enter a presidential caucus site at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, Nev., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

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The governor of Nevada has said he believes his state should replace Iowa as the first-in-the-nation caucus. On Saturday, Steve Sisolak suggested that Nevada deserves to be first in the nominating process because it’s more reflective of the country as a whole.

“I think Nevada should go first, I really do,” stated Sisolak. “You’ve got a lot of great candidates…that didn’t have the money to continue and didn’t get to Nevada, and that was lot of the diversity in the field.”

The governor touted the state’s diverse population, which he said included communities of African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ members, veterans and the disabled. He also claimed it could be a game-changer for minority candidates.

“You’ve got minority candidates (who) couldn’t make it to Nevada, and that’s really unfortunate,” said Sisolak. “Those are voices that should be heard.”

State residents took to caucus sites on Saturday to cast their vote for the Democrat nomination. Nevada is the first contest to be held in a western state in the 2020 election cycle.

According to early results, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) doubled the county delegate lead against his closet rival in the state, former Vice President Joe Biden. 2020 hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) trailed the former vice president, but are still hoping to make crucial gains ahead of the upcoming South Carolina primary.

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Gov. Newsom proposes prescriptions for housing during State of State address

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California’s governor has said doctors should be able to write a prescription for housing as they would for medication. Gavin Newsom recently reiterated the idea on Twitter after originally suggesting it during his State of the State address earlier in the week.

Newsom told lawmakers that having shelter is as fundamental to residents as a necessary prescription for insulin or antibiotics. The governor devoted much of his speech to this issue and emphasized California must act while still protecting civil liberties.

“California can no longer treat homelessness and housing insecurity as someone else’s problem, buried below other priorities that are much easier to win or better suited for soundbites,” he said. “It’s our responsibility and it must be the top of our agenda.”

FILE – In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street behind Los Angeles City Hall as crews prepared to clean the area. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

This came after President Trump criticized the governor’s handling of the homeless population in December and warned that the federal government could get involved if the issue was not resolved.

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Mo. State Rep. calls for FBI investigation into probe of fmr Gov. Eric Greitens

FILE – In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announces his resignation during a news conference in Jefferson City. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

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Republican lawmakers in Missouri have moved to “investigate the investigators” in the wake of the former Gov. Eric Greitens probe.

State Rep. Justin Hill (R-Mo.) introduced a measure in the House Tuesday, which would launch an investigation into the efforts that were taken to look into Greitens.

Specifically, he was accused of illegally using a charity donor list to raise funds for his 2016 campaign.

However, the nearly two-year-long probe ultimately found no wrongdoing, even after he resigned from office amid other allegations. Although, officials did find two violations of his campaign for “…failure to report in-kind contributions from LG Pac and a New Missouri.”

Now, a handful of GOP lawmakers in the state are introducing a bill to look into the origins of that investigation.

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Nev. Democrat Party gears up for state caucus

FILE -In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Christie Leavitt checks her sample ballot during primary election voting at the Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson, Nev. I (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, file)

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The state of Nevada is gearing up for its presidential primary vote. However, some residents are concerned over how the Democrat caucus will be run following the chaotic vote in Iowa earlier this month.

“I’m hoping we have success with the caucus. Knowing the people that are running the caucus, I expect it to be screwed up. They have a track record of screwing up the caucus. They screwed up Iowa a couple of weeks ago. The same people are saying that everything was going to be good again, so we’ll see.” – Mark Edward Rumpler, local business owner

The state’s Democrat Party has assured voters that a plan is in place to count votes and announce the results in a timely manner.

“When everything went the way it went in Iowa, we had contingencies in place (and) we evaluated those contingencies to pick the best plan,” stated Chairwoman Donna West. “We are now in the process of providing pretty much around the clock training to everybody that is a precinct chair or a site lead.”

Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez expressed optimism that the caucus would run smoothly. On Wednesday, he said he was confident this time would be more successful.

“I have a lot of confidence in Nevada,” said Perez. “We have gone to school on the lessons of Iowa (and) we’re as low-tech as humanly possible while still preserving efficiency.”

The chairman concluded by saying thousands of caucus volunteers have already been recruited and trained for the vote this Saturday.

FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, a volunteer holds a Presidential Preference Card before the start of a Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Despite some uncertainty, most voters have said they’re excited to pick their candidate.

“I don’t see (Democrats) them promising anything better than what we have going on right now,” said one local. “The market’s going up, the job increase here is going up.”

While early voting has been open since Saturday, the official caucus will be held on February 22nd.

“We’re one of the most diverse states in the nation, and we are certainly the first state of diversity to vote,” said West. “If we want to know how America is going to vote, watch the Nevada results.”

Democratic caucus-goers wait more than an hour in line in an early caucus ballot precinct site at an AFL-CIO union office in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo by Ken Ritter)

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State Dept. blacklists Russian oil company for helping Maduro regime avoid U.S. oil sanctions

File – Elliott Abrams, left, listens to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk about Venezuela at the State Department in Washington, D.C. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo]

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The Trump administration recently announced it’s imposing sanctions on a subsidiary of the Russian oil conglomerate Rosneft.

The sanctions will freeze all assets held in the U.S. by Rosneft Trading SA, the Swiss-incorporated broker for the Russian oil company, and also target firm President Didier Casimiro. Private holders of interests in the firm will be given 90 days to divest from the company or risk having their assets frozen.

Rosneft and its subsidiaries have been accused of helping embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro evade existing U.S. sanctions on its oil exports, a major source of income for the regime, which controls the world’s largest reserves of crude oil.

According to U.S. Special Rep. for Venezuela Elliot Abrams, the Russian company disguised shipments of crude oil. Just last month, it moved over 2 million barrels to West Africa.

Maduro’s regime has depended on aid from Russia, China, and Cuba since an attempt was made to replace him with Juan Guaido, the former president of the National Assembly of Venezuela. The U.S. and other Western allies recognize Guaido as the acting president of the South American country pending Democratic elections.

Self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela and opposition leader Juan Guaido attends a legislative session at the San Antonio municipal theater, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. The lawmakers are meeting at an alternative location due to the government blocking their access to the National Assembly chambers. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Since last year, the U.S. has increased pressure on Maduro to cede power and allow for elections by imposing sanctions on key Venezuelan industries. This included its state-owned oil and natural gas company Petróleos de Venezuela.

While announcing the sanctions, Abrams reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to continuing its campaign to oust Maduro from power and seek democratic elections for the people of Venezuela.

‘Today’s sanctions are another step in the policy of pressuring the Maduro regime to allow Venezuela to escape from its terrible crisis through free and fair presidential elections,” he stated. “There will be more steps and further pressure.’

Officials in the administration have added they do not believe the move will have an effect on global oil prices.

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Mass. State Rep. David Nangle arrested on corruption charges

This Sept. 20, 2019, photo shows Massachusetts State Rep. David Nangle in Lowell, Mass. Federal officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that Nangle, a Democrat who represents parts of Chelmsford and Lowell, has been arrested and charged with using thousands of dollars in campaign cash to fund personal expenses. (The Lowell Sun via AP)

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A Democrat state lawmaker in Massachusetts is facing dozens of corruption charges. FBI and IRS agents arrested state Rep. David Nangle (D-Mass.) Tuesday at his home just north of Boston.

He’s accused of using over $70,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as golf club dues, gambling as well as hotel and restaurant charges.

Feb. 21, 2018, photo, Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The U.S. Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling accused Nangle of charging the personal expenses to his campaign committee’s debit card.

“Corruption can be easy and tempting for state level elected officials, but here, Rep. Nangle went beyond that,” stated Lelling. “This was not a momentary lapse of judgment or a technical foul, this was a systematic pattern of theft and fraud going aback to at least 2014.”

Nangle appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 28 charges, including bank fraud and making false statements. His bond has been set at $25,000 and he could face decades in prison if convicted.

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Miss. gov. declares state of emergency due to excessive flooding

In this aerial photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP)

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Mississippi’s governor announced a state of emergency as one of the state’s rivers raged out of control. Gov. Tate Reeves made the decision Saturday as the Pearl River is expected to reach historic flood levels.

Officials have been working to curb the flooding as much as possible downstream from the Barnett Reservoir, just north of Jackson.

During a press conference, Reeves affirmed there were shelters ready if residents should need them. He also discussed the severity of the flooding and urged residents not to be fooled by the sunny weather as the river continues to rise.

“I want to be clear, this is a historic event,” stated Reeves. “We haven’t seen flood levels like this in the area since 1983.”

Snowy egrets take advantage of the temporary closing of the Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway Park in anticipation of floodwaters that already have covered both sides of the popular fishing and boat landing between Madison and Rankin counties, in central Mississippi, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The river is expected to peak at 38 feet Sunday, which is just two two feet above the major flood stage. Nearly 1,000 homes are expected to be impacted by the flooding.

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UN urges U.S. to remove Sudan from list of state sponsors of terror

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, center, arrives for the opening session of the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

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The United Nations called on the U.S. to remove Sudan from its state sponsors list of terror, following a fall of Islamic government in that country.

While speaking at the African Union Summit Sunday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praised ongoing political changes in Sudan and said Sudan needs international support to facilitate its transition to a secular democratic state.

The Sudanese military ousted the nation’s Muslim President Omar al-Bashir last year due to accusations of him supporting terrorist groups. Guterres said U.S. sanctions prevent Sudan from receiving aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

“I want to say clearly and loudly here that it is time to expunge Sudan from the list of states supporting and funding terrorism, and to rather drum up international support that will enable the country to overcome its challenges,” stated Guterres.

The new Sudanese government asked the UN for a peace keeping mission, humanitarian relief and economic assistance programs.

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Indian voters head to polls for anticipated state election

People wait for their turn to cast their vote at a polling station closest to the Shaheen Bagh protest where Muslim women have been protesting for weeks against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Residents in the capital of India are taking to the polls for a highly anticipated state election. Voting stations opened on Saturday in New Delhi, where millions of voters took part in the election.

About 70 seats in the nation’s assembly of representatives are at stake due to the region’s ongoing unrest, which stemmed from a controversial new citizenship law. The law was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in an effort to make the path towards citizenship easier for immigrants.

However, it quickly sparked outrage. Many rejected the policy, which they said discriminates against Muslims.

“These Hindu-Muslim divisions are nothing, this is all rubbish. People should vote for people who do actual work. If (Arvind) Kejriwal loses this election, I am telling you, no politician will ever do any work. They will just divide and sit at home for five years. I can guarantee you that.” – Mohammad Rashid, local businessman

FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, an Indian student holds a placard during a protest against a new citizenship law in front of India Gate war memorial, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

The election will determine whether or not voters reject the prime minister’s political party in a critical battle for congressional majority. The final election results are expected to be announced on Tuesday.

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Sen. Sanders delivers own rebuttal to State of the Union

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses an audience during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) delivered his own rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address. While speaking to supporters in New Hampshire Tuesday, he made his third annual rebuttal to the address.

The 2020 presidential candidate predicted this would be President Trump’s last State of the Union speech. The self-proclaimed Democrat socialist said while the economy is booming, it’s only booming for the wealthy. He also claimed the U.S. has the worst income inequality in a hundred years.

Sen. Sanders also questioned why the president didn’t mention so-called socialism in his address.

“How do you give a speech, State of the Union speech, and not mention climate change when the leading scientists of the world tell us that climate change is the greatest existential threat facing humanity?” he asked his supporters.

President Trump addressed the Democrat shift towards socialism in his address Tuesday, stating that his administration would never let socialism take away American’s choice for health care. It was the second year the president addressed the threat of socialism.

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Democrats respond to President Trump’s State of the Union address

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

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The governor of Michigan delivered the Democrat Party’s official response to President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would be giving the response late last month.

While speaking Tuesday night, Gov. Whitmer rebuked many of the president’s claims, including his statements on Democrat health care plans and the U.S. economy. She said Democrats are trying to make health care better and accused Republicans in Washington of trying to take it away. The Michigan governor also claimed the economy under the Trump administration’s doesn’t work for the American people.

“Doesn’t matter what the president says about the stock market,” she stated. “What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don’t have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans or prescription drugs — American workers are hurting.”

However, the president’s recently approved USMCA and China trade deals directly help American workers. Additionally, the average unemployment rate under the administration is lower than any other in history.

Immediately following her speech, Gov. Whitmer prompted a wave of backlash from the Republican Governors Association. She’s now facing heat from the association in a new digital ad campaign called “Broken Roads, Broken Promises.”

The group looks to put a spotlight on what they claim are failures to get anything done when it comes to infrastructure. It also touches on her vetoing of hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure funding. The ads will reportedly air on both Facebook and Instagram, and are targeted toward those in the Lansing area.

President Trump has previously called out Gov. Whitmer by suggesting she was failing the residents of Michigan.

“I understand she’s not fixing those potholes, that’s what the word,” he stated. “It was all about roads and they want to raise those gasoline taxes — we don’t want to do that, but she’s not fixing the potholes.”

Polls show Gov. Whitmer’s approval ratings falling in recent months with a seven point dip in her job approval since the passage of an auto insurance reform last year.

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Highlights from 2020 State of the Union address

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

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“America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise, and America’s future is blazing bright. The years of economic decay are over.”

— President Trump, 2020 State of the Union address

President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address to Congress. While speaking at the Capitol Tuesday night, he presented his legislative agenda for the coming year and used the platform to tout his administration’s accomplishments.

The president praised the strength of the U.S. economy and touched on his recently passed trade deals, including the USMCA and the ‘Phase One’ deal with China.

“I am thrilled to report to you tonight (Tuesday) that our economy is the best it has ever been, our military is completely rebuilt with its power being unmatched anywhere in the world, and it’s not even close, our borders are secure, our families are flourishing, our values are renewed, our pride is restored and for all of these reasons I say to the people of our great country and to the members of Congress; the state of our union is stronger than ever before,” he stated.

The president continued by pointing out the unemployment rate is the lowest in over half a century, and the average unemployment rate under his administration is lower than any administration in the history of the U.S.

President Trump also took aim at Democrats on the campaign trail by slamming their health care plans and socialist policies, which he said destroys nations.

“132 lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our health care system, wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180 million very happy Americans,” he stated. “To those watching at home tonight, I want you to know we will never let socialism destroy American health care.”

The president also discussed his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, which has been the focal point of his 2020 reelection campaign.

“The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law abiding Americans, not criminal aliens,” he explained. “My administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to secure the southern border of the United States.”

There were many guests present during the speech, all with special invitations from President Trump and First Lady Melania.

The president did not touch on the impeachment proceedings. Despite the partisanship between Republicans and Democrats, he emphasized the country is better off now than it was four years ago.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Meanwhile, tensions were clear between President Trump and Nancy Pelosi as the House Speaker could be seen ripping up a copy of the State of the Union speech right after the president delivered his closing remarks. It was in those final remarks, however, that the president said the best is still yet to come.

“This nation is our canvas and this country is our masterpiece. We look at tomorrow and see unlimited frontiers just waiting to be explored. Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made. The American age, the American epic, the American adventure has only just begun. Our spirit is still young. The sun is still rising. God’s grace is still shining. And my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come. Thank you.”

— President Trump, 2020 State of the Union address

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President Trump set to deliver ‘unifying’ State of the Union address

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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President Trump may not mention impeachment during his State of the Union address next week. Reports said the president’s team is preparing a unifying and optimistic message about the opportunities for all Americans.

The president will reportedly focus on America’s working families with a message of “relentless optimism.” On Friday, a senior administration official said the theme of the address will be ‘The Great American Comeback,’ in which President Trump will focus on continuing to build an inclusive economy.

The speech could also be seen as a fresh start to his reelection bid. He is expected to tout the achievements of his presidency, such as low unemployment rates and the USMCA. He has reportedly fulfilled several promises since his last annual address, including his unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The address is slated for Tuesday. President Trump will join Presidents Clinton and Nixon by delivering a State of the Union address during impeachment proceedings and investigations.

FILE – In this Jan. 19, 1999 file photo, then President Clinton acknowledges the crowd prior to giving his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool, File)

The president said his poll numbers are the highest they’ve been since his election, despite the “constant phony witch hunts.” On Saturday, he said tens of thousands of people are attending rallies, “which the fake news never mentions, to see ‘The Greatest Show On Earth.’”

He added, “fun because the U.S. is winning again.”

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Tenn. state lawmaker proposes labeling CNN, Washington Post ‘fake news’

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A Tennessee state lawmaker is pushing to officially label some mainstream media outlets ‘fake news.’ On Thursday, Republican Rep. James ‘Micah’ Van Huss introduced a resolution targeting CNN and The Washington Post.

The measure seeks to condemn both news outlets for what the lawmaker claimed is “denigrating our citizens.” It cited an article published last year by a Washington Post editor. The headline in question suggested the president’s supporters and the GOP are a cult.

The measure also accused an unnamed CNN host of making a similar suggestion on air not too long after. Although a specific segment isn’t identified, Brian Stelter did an interview in November that fits the description.

The Tennessee resolution went on to refute criticism by the media outlets against President Trump and praised what he’s done for the middle class.

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W.Va. governor tells unhappy Va. voters to join his state

From left: Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University, and Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia, answer questions at a press conference at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Martinsburg, W.Va. (Ron Agnir/The Journal via AP)

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The governor of West Virginia is encouraging residents who are unhappy with Virginia’s “new liberal government” to join his state. On Tuesday, Republican Governor Jim Justice held a press conference to remind Virginians of a decades old resolution that would allow them to secede into West Virginia.

“If there’s people, businesses or counties that are discontent, we want the world to know just how welcoming West Virginia is,” stated Justice.

The suggestion came after Virginia’s Democrat led state House passed restrictive gun control measures and vowed to loosen restrictions on abortion laws.

The move prompted backlash across the state. Earlier this month, thousands of protesters gathered at the capitol building in an attempt to protect their Second Amendment rights.

From left: Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University, and Jim Justice, Governor of West Virginia, answer questions at a press conference at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Martinsburg, W.Va. (Ron Agnir/The Journal via AP)

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. harshly criticized the Democrat majority in Richmond.

“What’s happening in Virginia right now is a tragedy in the making. Democratic leaders in Richmond, through their elitism and radicalism, have left a nearly unrecognizable state in their wake. They’re using their power to strip away the God-given rights held by every person in the state, despite their protections under the U.S. Constitution.”

– Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University

Both Falwell and Justice have acknowledged that the invitation is a long shot. The resolution will allegedly require petitions and a referendum before it can be sent to Virginia’s General Assembly. Democrat Governor Ralph Northam would then have to sign off on counties leaving his state.

However, the difficult process hasn’t stopped West Virginia lawmakers from introducing formal resolutions, which will invite parts of Virginia to secede.

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Wash. state authorities arrest 7 suspected of child sex crimes

File – Hands type on a computer keyboard in this photo illustration. (AP Photo)

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Authorities in Snohomish County, Washington arrested half a dozen men suspected of online sex crimes. On Tuesday, the Washington State Patrol announced seven men are in custody, following an investigation on attempted child rape, sexual exploitation of a minor and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The multi-day sting was reportedly part of ‘Operation Net Nanny,’ which is a joint effort with local law enforcement, Homeland Security, the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Authorities reportedly used social media to lure potential predators and target people involved in child abuse and exploitation through the internet.

“I’ve seen a lot of dark things, I’ve seen a lot of horrible things, but I was still shocked at what I saw over the course of this last week things this last week,” said Trooper Rocky Oliphant of the Washington State Patrol.

Experts have warned the internet can be a dangerous place for children as many online predators use anonymity to their benefit.

Washington state’s latest sting is the 18th operation led by the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force. In the last five years, the operation has led to nearly 300 arrests and has rescued over 30 children across the state.

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President Trump unveils Middle East peace plan with two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump stand on stage together during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to announce the Trump administration’s much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Trump proposed a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict as he unveiled his highly anticipated Middle East peace plan. While speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Tuesday, the president laid out his administration’s plan.

It includes a tunnel connecting the West Bank and Gaza. Additionally, President Trump said the proposal will double Palestinian territory and set its capital in Eastern Jerusalem, where the U.S. will open an embassy. The president also said his vision will end the cycle of Palestinian dependence on charity and foreign aid.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the president for recognizing the state of Israel and for demanding Israeli security be upheld. He said the White House peace plan would be successful because it attacks the root cause of the conflict. Netanyahu went on to call President Trump the “greatest friend” the state of Israel has ever had.

Critics have said Palestinian officials may resist the plan’s implementation as they may see it as too favorable for Israel.

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State attorneys general to meet with DOJ to share information about Google antitrust probe

File – A neon Google logo is seen as employees work at a Google office in Toronto. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo)

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Top federal and state attorneys could be forming a “trust-busting” group against Google. On Sunday, officials announced a group of seven state attorneys general will meet with Justice Department attorneys to share information about their investigation.

The probe is looking into claims of monopolistic behavior by Google and will touch on their control of online advertising as well as search traffic. The meeting is expected to discuss these issues as well as a division of labor of federal and state attorneys.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes recently spoke out regarding the investigation.

“There’s no question that Google is the market dominant player when it comes to internet search with nearly 90-percent of a share, and there’s nothing wrong with being the dominant player if it’s done fairly,” he stated. “That’s what our investigation intends to uncover and reveal; whether Google has played by the rules and acted fairly.”

Last year, attorneys general from 48 states along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. launched investigations into Google. This came as other giant tech companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook faced “anti-corruption” investigations from other federal agencies.

Attorney General William Barr commented on the “trust-busting” efforts and said the size as well as bipartisan nature of the coalition reflects the importance of the issue. The group is looking to take a broad approach in their investigation and hopes to cover the platform’s deep roots in other online markets.

File – Attorney General Ashley Moodyof Florida is pictured. (AP Photo)

“Google monitors our online behavior and captures data of every one of us as we navigate the internet, and this investigation will initially focus on the capture of that information and whether Google embedded itself in every level of the online market ad sales to monopolize this industry,” explained Florida Attorney General .

Details of the investigation have been kept quiet from the public. Some reports have speculated the meeting could conclude with the Justice Department and state attorneys general officially joining forces. The meeting is expected to take place later this week.

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Trump blasts ‘Crooked Hillary’ for ignoring swing-state Michigan in 2016, ponders her 2020 run

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President Trump used Wednesday night's rally in Michigan as a chance to take aim at his 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton, as well as a slew of other Democrats, as the U.S. House back in Washington voted along party lines to impeach him.

Trump addressed thousands of supporters who waited out in the cold to attend his “Merry Christmas” rally in Battle Creek. About 40 minutes after the rally began, the Democrat-controlled House voted – without any Republican support – to impeach Trump for "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress" related to his dealings with Ukraine.


“The radical left in Congress is consumed with hatred and envy and rage. You see what's going on. I'll tell you, these people are crazy. You ever hear it's the economy, stupid?” Trump said, touting the country’s successful economy before pivoting to Clinton.

“I have the greatest economy in the history of this country. And nobody talks about it,” Trump said. “Let me just tell you a little secret. If Crooked Hillary would have won, your economy would have crashed.”

Trump also suggested that Bill Clinton calls his wife “Crooked Hillary” – and further scolded her for ignoring Bill's advice to visit key swing states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, during the 2016 presidential election.

“You horrible human being, you better start listening to me, or you’re gonna get your a– whooped,” Trump said, imagining a conversation between the Clintons.

“In all fairness to Bill Clinton, you know, he used to be a friend of mine until I ran for office,” Trump added.

According to Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama made last-ditch attempts to win over voters with an “emergency trip” to Michigan on Election Day – generating a crowd of only about 500 people.


Trump claimed that about 2,000 people — who had lined up in the cold to see him Wednesday — were turned away because the arena could accommodate only about 5,500 people.

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Paul Manafort’s state fraud charges dismissed, New York judge cites double jeopardy

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IG report reveals Paul Manafort was under investigation before he joined the Trump campaign

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A New York judge has dismissed a state mortgage fraud indictment against Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, citing double jeopardy laws.

Manafort, 70, was previously sentenced in a pair of federal cases earlier this year as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.


Judge Maxwell Wiley ruled that state law precludes prosecution because the criminal case was too similar to that which landed Manafort in federal prison, writing that the factual overlap between the state and federal cases “is extensive — if not total.”

Manafort didn’t appear in court for Wednesday’s ruling due to a health problem. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images, File)

Manafort didn’t appear in court for Wednesday’s ruling due to a health problem. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images, File)

The 16-count New York indictment alleged Manafort gave false and misleading information in applying for residential mortgage loans, starting in 2015 and continuing until three days before Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

Prosecutors had argued that the case was based on allegations that were never resolved in Manafort’s 2018 federal trial in Virginia that found him guilty of eight counts of tax- and bank-fraud charges. The jury couldn't reach a verdict on 10 other charges, resulting in a mistrial on those counts.

Following the ruling, Todd Blanche, Manafort's attorney, said: “We have said since the day this indictment was made public that it was politically motivated and violated New York’s statutory double jeopardy law.


"We thank Judge Wiley for his careful consideration of our motion and his thoughtful opinion dismissing the charges against Mr. Manafort. This indictment should never have been brought, and today’s decision is a stark reminder that the law and justice should always prevail over politically-motivated actions.”

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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. said they would appeal the decision.

The move to turn back the case is a blow to what had widely been seen as an attempt by Vance, a Democrat, to hedge against the possibility that Trump might pardon Manafort for federal crimes.


The case was dismissed a day after former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who had worked closely with Manafort, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years of probation after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI and conspiracy as part of the Russia investigation. The counts related to his role concealing millions of dollars he made from lobbying work he and Manafort had done for Ukraine.

Manafort was sentenced in March to a total of roughly seven years in prison in connection with two cases. A federal jury in Virginia convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, while he pleaded guilty in a Washington court to charges related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering.


Manafort didn’t appear in court for Wednesday’s ruling due to a health problem. He had a heart-related condition and was moved last week to a hospital from a federal prison in Pennsylvania, two people familiar with the matter earlier told The Associated Press.

Fox News' Lissa Kaplan, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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