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In New Hampshire, 2020 Dems urge voters to not play it safe

In New Hampshire, 2020 Dems urge voters to not play it safeSeveral Democratic presidential candidates urged voters in New Hampshire on Saturday to not play it safe in the 2020 election, leveling an implicit critique of front-runner Joe Biden. Biden has centered his campaign on his years of experience in Washington and a perceived ability to steal the support of white, working-class voters away from President Donald Trump. Speaking at the New Hampshire Democrats’ state convention, Biden’s rivals told voters to aim for more.



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Germany welcomes U.S. readiness to talk with Iran, urges all to play their part

Germany welcomes U.S. readiness to talk with Iran, urges all to play their partGermany foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday that his country welcomed signs the United States was more willing to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal and that every country, including Iran, should work to end the impasse. “We welcome the result of the G7 summit in Biarritz, namely that the United States is more willing to talk… Everyone must contribute, including Iran, towards de-escalating the situation in the region and we want to play our part too,” Maas told reporters before a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Helsinki.



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Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez play with a penguin because it's pure, uncut goodness

Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez play with a penguin because it's pure, uncut goodnessThe world can be a cruel, unforgiving place. But, somehow, watching Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez play and dance with a penguin makes everything just a little bit better. Even if only for a moment. On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video of herself and her flipper-sporting friend engaged in a round of what looks to be playful dance. Seriously, it's adorable. The penguin is all the way in."A new day, a new friend," Ocasio-Cortez wrote of her encounter. Importantly, Ocasio-Cortez is not roaming around Antarctica. Rather, she appears to be in a science museum or zoo. The display next to the penguin enclosure includes facts about African Penguins — which have a home in the Maryland Zoo, among other places.SEE ALSO: Australian strangers engage in weird, elaborate feud over their coffeeshop fandom"The Maryland Zoo maintains the largest colony of African penguins in North America," the Zoo helpfully notes on its website for all you penguin heads out there.Regardless of the specific location, we're totally in. Now excuse us while we play this video on repeat to drown out the world's sorrows.  WATCH: A prehistoric human-sized penguin has been discovered in New Zealand



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FROM VICTIM TO PERPETRATOR: An overwhelming number of sex traffickers are men, but women often play a significant role in exploiting victims

FROM VICTIM TO PERPETRATOR: An overwhelming number of sex traffickers are men, but women often play a significant role in exploiting victimsBecause many suspected female offenders in sex-trafficking operations are also former victims, prosecution can be difficult.



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Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's play area bathroom

Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's play area bathroomOklahoma authorities are investigating after a man allegedly raped a 4-year-old girl inside the bathroom of a McDonald's in Midwest City.



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Can’t Any Democrat Here Play This Game?

Can’t Any Democrat Here Play This Game?Time to check on the 20 Smurfs.Joe Biden recorded a message on a friend’s iPhone in which he admitted that he’s made women and “some men” uncomfortable by, among other things, touching them, rubbing their shoulders, and smelling their hair. It’s his way of making a “connection,” Biden explained, as though he were a domestic animal introducing himself to another pet. Men, women, “young, old,” he’s touched them all. Handshakes and small talk aren’t enough for Joe. He’s “tactile.”Biden pledged to be “mindful” of personal space because “social norms” have changed since he was born in the late Cretaceous period. He still hasn’t announced his presidential run, but has signaled to allies that his prospective candidacy is “full steam” ahead — in which direction, and toward what destination, no one can say. It already resembles one of those Amtrak trains Biden admires so much: rickety, noisy, a relic transiting badlands.Biden’s old boss, Barack Obama, has maintained a studied silence throughout the controversy over his vice president’s creepiness. So has Michelle. The Obama team appears to be more intrigued by Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who launched his campaign at a rally in El Paso, Texas, last weekend. Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon wrote about it here. The AP had to correct its story on the speech, which said, “Mr. O’Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish.” Dios mio.Beto is as lily-white as Elizabeth Warren, whose finance director is leaving because of a disagreement over money. The director would like to raise some. Warren’s not so sure. She pledged not to accept donations from millionaires and billionaires, holding out for small-dollar contributions from folks like you and me. The problem: Folks like you and me don’t want anything to do with Warren.Some of us, apparently, are much more interested in the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg is winning the coveted media primary, as journalists gush over his youth, his Harvard credentials, his husband, and his language abilities. He answers questions in Norwegian. Elect this man! The other day an acquaintance of mine, a reporter for a major newspaper, got caught up in a reverie about the mayor’s dogs. They are, I’m told, SO cute.The geniuses narrating our lives can’t figure out where Buttigieg came from. Do they read bylines other than their own? The press has been chirping about this boy wonder since a 2016 Frank Bruni column. Now Buttigieg has risen in the polls. He had a solid first quarter for someone without a national profile. The media reputation machine — it builds them up and tears them down — is humming along nicely.I find Mayor Pete far less interesting than what he reveals about the Democratic field. He’s upstaged the Washington Senators — Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kristin Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and perhaps Michael Bennet — who have been dreaming of this moment for years. Buttigieg isn’t having a moment because Democrats have been waiting decades for a nominee who speaks seven languages and whose husband is good at Twitter.He’s enjoying his 15 minutes because even the most talented of these elected officials has yet to stand out. The afterglow of Kamala Harris’s successful launch faded rapidly. She’s running a professional campaign, raising cash, announcing policies, building coalitions. Don’t count her out.Even so, Harris’s bid to seize the mantle of “establishment frontrunner” during these early days has fizzled. Her colleagues are no better off. They gab on the talk shows, appear on the cable town halls, join in calls to tear down the Constitution. None commands authority.With one exception: Bernie Sanders. Who isn’t even a Democrat. But he looks more like the Democratic frontrunner every day. He is second to Biden in national polls and leading in some states. He has raised the most money and has the most donors, a solid core of supporters, and a simple but comprehensive message of economic and social equality. The party’s establishment is leery of him. In these times, that might be an advantage.Born a year earlier than Biden, Sanders is nevertheless more in sync with the moment. Not just because his fans include so many Millennials. Thinking dialectically, as Sanders does, the Vermont senator’s democratic socialism is the antithesis to the thesis of President Trump’s nationalist populism. He means to work the same changes in the Democratic party that Trump made in his. He’ll be resisted just as Trump was. The question is whether Democratic elites have a better sense of their voters than Republican elites do of theirs.That leaves the others — JohnHickenlooperJayInsleeJulianCastroTimRyanTerryMcAuliffeSteveBullockJohnDelaneyTulsiGabbard-EricSwalwellAndrewYangMarianneWilliamsonI’veneverheardofthemeither.Given the weakness of this gang, is it any wonder that Stacey Abrams is flirting with a bid of her own, and Michael Bloomberg might reverse course and run after all? Why the heck not, considering the competition?This is the opposite of the 1927 Yankees. It’s more like the 1916 Athletics.This article originally appeared in The Washington Free Beacon.



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Polish mobile operator Play warns of costs, delays if Huawei banned

Polish mobile operator Play warns of costs, delays if Huawei bannedBanning Huawei from developing 5G networks in Poland would result in higher prices for consumers and delays in implementing the new technology, the chief executive of Poland’s biggest mobile operator Play said. Huawei, whose equipment forms the backbone for most of Play’s telecommunications network, denies allegations that its technology could be used for spying. “We haven’t been provided with any evidence of security problems with Huawei equipment so far.



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Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to play 'diplomatic chess games' over British man arrested for spying

Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to play 'diplomatic chess games' over British man arrested for spyingBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Russia on Friday against playing "diplomatic chess games" following the arrest of Paul Whelan, an ex-Marine with dual UK and US citizenship, on spying charges. Paul Whelan was formally charged on Thursday, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. It was alleged that he had been handed a USB drive containing a secret list of Russian agents.  His case has been linked to that of Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted for seeking to influence US politics during the 2016 presidential election. "We don't agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games… We are all extremely worried about him and his family," Mr Hunt told the BBC in an interview. US officials in Moscow informed UK counterparts of Mr Whelan’s dual nationality status. The revelation will add to existing tensions between London and Moscow, after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury last March.   Mr Whelan, 48, was arrested for spying on December 28 at the Metropol hotel, yards from the Kremlin.  Outside of the Lefortovo detention centre in Moscow, where Paul Whelan is being held. His lawyer has meanwhile asked for bail Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov Vladimir Zherebenkov, the ex-marine’s lawyer, told Interpol that he had appealed against the charges and had requested that Mr Whelan be released on bail. A decision is not expected soon.  According to the Associated Press, Mr Zherebenkov said he visited Mr Whelan on Wednesday and found him in a “in a good mood and cracks jokes”.  On the same day, the American ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, met Mr Whelan at Lefortovo prison, a former KGB facility, where he is being held.  Washington has pushed for an explanation to Mr Whelan’s detention. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said he would demand his “immediate return” if the US found the detention was inappropriate.    Mr Whelan’s family has said that he was visiting Moscow for the wedding of a fellow former Marine, and that he had been to Russia “numerous times” since 2007.   He was born in Canada to British parents, and later moved to the US. His brother David Whelan said their family was from the West Midlands.     Russian authorities have given no further information about Whelan’s arrest.



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Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive' Role in Syria Peace

Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive' Role in Syria PeaceIn a New Year’s message to Erdogan published by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin said that “Moscow and Ankara are making a decisive contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria, as well as to the promotion of a political settlement in that country.”His comment came a day after the Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers, as well as the countries’ intelligence chiefs, held talks in Moscow on Syria as they move to fill the void left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to order a military pullout. “We reached an agreement on how Russian and Turkish military representatives on the ground will continue to coordinate their actions in these new conditions, with the goal of decisively defeating the terrorist threat in Syria,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after the talks.



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Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition case

Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition caseCanada's foreign minister warned the Trump administration not to politicize the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou.



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