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A big hand for Beto O'Rourke and his amazing waving arms

A big hand for Beto O'Rourke and his amazing waving armsThe Democratic 2020 presidential candidate has already made a big impression – with his meme-worthy hand movements Beto O’Rourke addresses supporters in Iowa. ‘I’ve never seen so much hand movement,’ said Donald Trump. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images Beto O’Rourke’s freshly announced 2020 White House run has been dismissed as vainglorious by some, but it generated significant excitement among others attracted by media hype and his undoubted charisma. None of that excitement, however, came near matching the candidate’s own. When the former Texas congressman laid out his vision at a coffee shop in Iowa, what he said wasn’t anywhere near as memorable as the way he said it. Standing on a counter, removing pieces of clothing and constantly gesticulating, O’Rourke’s hand movements were seized upon as remarkable if not downright odd and immediately headed into internet-meme territory. “I think he’s got a lot of hand movement,” Donald Trump told reporters after news of O’Rourke’s 2020 bid broke. “I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said, ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?’” Sensing the low-hanging fruit in O’Rourke’s chopping, pointing and waving, late-night hosts ran with it on Thursday night. “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Trump is right,” Trevor Noah joked on the Daily Show. On the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon played an exaggerated version of O’Rourke, mocking his announcement video in which he gestured broadly while his wife tried in vain to hold on to his arm. “I’m like if your friend’s hot dad had the energy of a golden retriever,” he joked. Body language experts say emphatic gesturing can help a speaker convey a message and help audiences receive it. An analysis of thousands of hours of TED talks found that the more popular lectures were given by speakers who used hand gestures twice as much as the least popular ones. As with much else about O’Rourke, it’s hard to say if his manner of speaking is born out of sincere enthusiasm or if he’s been made aware of studies like that and is attempting to work it into the packaging of himself as a candidate. Asked on Thursday to respond to Trump’s comments on his hand movements, O’Rourke declined. “I have nothing to say to that,” he told CNN. “I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness.”



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The Latest: US officials: No plan to use arms in Venezuela

The Latest: US officials: No plan to use arms in VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):



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Overwhelming majority of Americans believe U.S. should remain in controversial arms accord

Overwhelming majority of Americans believe U.S. should remain in controversial arms accordTwo-thirds of respondents oppose abandoning the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and favor pursuing diplomacy to resolve the dispute over Russia's compliance with the 1987 arms accord, according to a survey conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and the university’s Center for International and Security Studies.



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Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Khashoggi murder

Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Khashoggi murderCanada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday, as criticism mounts over the kingdom’s role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led war in Yemen. “The murder of a journalist is absolutely unacceptable and that’s why Canada from the very beginning had been demanding answers and solutions on that,” Trudeau said Sunday in an interview with CTV. “We inherited actually a (Can)$ 15 billion contract signed by (former prime minister) Stephen Harper to export light-armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia,” he said.



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US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargo

US urges UN to ban Iran nuclear missiles, keep arms embargoUNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal.



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Charges dropped against mother after police rip 1-year-old son from her arms in video

Charges dropped against mother after police rip 1-year-old son from her arms in videoJazmine Headley remained incarcerated as of Tuesday morning, four days after New York City police yanked her infant son from her arms in Brooklyn.



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Police rip toddler from mother's arms at benefits office

Police rip toddler from mother's arms at benefits officeNEW YORK (AP) — Outrage built Monday over a video showing police officers violently yanking a toddler from his mother's arms at a Brooklyn public benefits office, with officials criticizing police for not de-escalating the situation and clients of the facility complaining it is indicative of how the city treats social-services recipients.



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Video shows NYPD officers trying to take toddler from mother’s arms

Video shows NYPD officers trying to take toddler from mother’s armsThe New York City Police Department is investigating an incident, captured on video, showing officers trying to pull a 1-year-old from his mother’s arms. Jazmine Headley was at a Brooklyn government assistance center, and was sitting on the floor due to a lack of chairs. Security called the police after Headley did not get up off the floor. The confrontation started after police reportedly asked Headley to leave and she refused.



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NYPD Investigates 'Troubling' Video Of Cops Ripping 1-Year-Old From Mother’s Arms

NYPD Investigates 'Troubling' Video Of Cops Ripping 1-Year-Old From Mother’s ArmsThe New York Police Department is investigating a video shared on Facebook



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Democrats Are Planning To Target The Arms Sales Trump Loves

Democrats Are Planning To Target The Arms Sales Trump LovesWASHINGTON ― Top Democrats are discussing how to use their upcoming control of



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