Gov. Newsom deploys FEMA trailers to L.A. as part of $750M homelessness executive order

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, holds a new conference at PATH San Diego’s Connections Housing facility in downtown San Diego after the annual point-in-time homeless count, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020, in San Diego (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom began rolling out what he’s calling “accelerated state action on homelessness.” Newsom announced 30 state owned FEMA trailers are heading to Los Angeles County to serve as emergency shelters.

The move came as part of Newsom’s $750 million executive order, which was issued earlier this month to combat homelessness. The city of Oakland has already received 15 trailers and up to 100 are expected to be used across the state in total.

The plan has come under scrutiny for its high cost to taxpayers. Critics have also argued shelters alone are not the answer.

FILE – In this Monday, 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)

Newsom fired back, saying he is also investing money in medical for better mental health care.

“We gotta own up to this in a way we haven’t in the past. We’ve done good work to support our social service safety net. That has now changed. We have a plan.” – Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

The Department of Urban Housing and Development estimated about 151,000 people are homeless in California alone.

Moving forward, the Los Angeles trailers are expected to arrive no later than February 7th.

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White House unveils new visa rule to rein in ‘birth tourism’

Fernando Arredondo of Guatemala reunites with his daughters Andrea, left, Keyli, right, and Alison, second from left, at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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The Trump administration is unveiling a new rule that aims to rein in so-called ‘birth tourism.’ The State Department rolled out the rule on Thursday, which will enable customs and consular officials to deny visas to foreigners suspected of seeking citizenship for their child by giving birth in the U.S.

It will only affect the B-1 and B-2 non-immigrant visas, which are temporary visas given to visitors for tourism or business. The new rule also require applicants who seek medical treatment to submit their arrangements to customs officials, along with their visa applications. They will also have to prove they can pay all associated costs.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned that birth tourism attracts the attention of human smugglers, who prey on travelers to help secure citizenship for their children.

Photo via CBP Twitter.

The practice has inspired the rise of so-called “maternity hotels” on U.S. soil, where immigrant women have paid tens of thousands of dollars to carry out the scheme. The CDC estimated around 10,000 children are born each year to parents with U.S. tourist visas.

It’s still unclear how the rule will be enforced. The White House said officials will not be able to directly ask women if they are pregnant.

Analysts said the legislation could signal the administration is looking for other ways to end the abuse of birthright citizenship.

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White House assures American people are safe amid deadly coronavirus outbreak

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley speaks with members of the press at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The Trump administration is addressing the health of the American people amid an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. On Thursday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley responded to concerns of the virus spreading from China to the United States.

He said the American people “should rest assured they are safe” and added the administration is monitoring the situation in real time. Gidley went on to say the president has been briefed and remains consistently vigilant in making sure this doesn’t spread throughout the country.

“The CDC has the lead on this, they have all the information, as they continue to monitor it,” said the secretary. “But the American people should rest assured that we’ve taken all the precautions necessary…and we’ll continue to do so.”

Wuhan is an important flight hub and it is thought that travelers from the airport could have carried the new strain of Coronavirus prior to the airport’s closing January 23;

The first U.S. case of the new strain was reported on Tuesday, when a man from Washington state tested positive for the virus. He is expected to make a full recovery.

President Trump has said the U.S. is in a good position to handle any cases of the new virus. While speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, the president said the U.S. has a plan in place and has the situation totally under control.

“We think it’s going to be handled very well, we already handled it very well,” he said. “The CDC has been terrific, very great professionals, and we’re in very good shape.”

The deadly coronavirus has killed at least 25 people and infected more than 830 others.

RELATED: Coronavirus: A Global Health Emergency?

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Turkish FM: Russian-made missile system no threat to NATO or allies

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

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Turkey’s foreign minister is saying his country’s use of a Russian missile defense system poses no threat to NATO or its allies. On Thursday, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called for NATO to form a working group and address the claim the Russian S-400 missile system isn’t compatible with U.S. made F-35 fighter jets.

Turkey received a delivery of the missile system last summer, which prompted the Department of Defense to kick it out of the F-35 program.

NATO’s secretary general said the organization will do whatever it can to find a way to solve the issue.

“Let me just briefly say that Turkey is really an important ally for many reasons: for their contributions to NATO missions and operations, but also bordering Iraq and Syria,” stated Jens Stoltenberg. “Of course, the enormous progress we have been able to make liberating all the territory that ISIS controlled until recently.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sideline of the conference on Libya at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Turkish Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Recent reports said Russia has shipped more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey, along with additional equipment. A number of other countries are also reportedly interested in the missile system, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.

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Sen. Graham compliments Rep. Schiff on oral arguments, but wants trial to be over

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to the media before attending the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Sen. Lindsey Graham is clarifying his interaction with lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff. While speaking to reporters on Thursday, the South Carolina senator said Rep. Schiff was well-spoken during Wednesday’s arguments.

“He’s well-spoken, did a good job of…making the email come alive,” said Graham. “Quite frankly, I thought they did a good job of taking bits and pieces of the evidence and creating a quilt out of it.”

Despite these compliments, Graham insisted he was not on board with calling for additional witnesses and evidence. He stated he wants to get the trial over with.

“They could have called all these people if they wanted to in the House. They denied the president his day in court and I’m not going to legitimize that. There are a bunch of people on my side who want to call Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. I want to end this thing sooner rather than later, I don’t want to turn it into a circus.” – Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator (R-S.C.)

He added Biden isn’t above being investigated over he and his sons’ dealings with Ukraine.

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Netanyahu accepts President Trump’s invite to White House to discuss peace plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the dedication of a monument honoring the veterans and victims of the siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.(Marc Israel Sellem/Pool Photo via AP)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted President Trump’s invitation to visit the White House next week. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence invited Netanyahu, along with his chief election rival Benny Gantz, to discuss stalled Mideast peace plans.

Pence said the visit will be an opportunity to “discuss regional issues as well as the prospect of peace in the Holy Land.”

Netanyahu said he “gladly” accepted the invitation and added it was his idea to invite Gantz to Washington. He said he didn’t want to lose this historic opportunity for a peace plan backed by the U.S.

“I think the president is seeking to give Israel the peace and security that it deserves,” stated the prime minister. “I gladly accept his invitation to come to Washington and discuss with him his ideas of how to advance peace, and to work closely with him to advance that goal.”

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. January 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

President Trump tweeted about the visit, saying the U.S. is looking forward to welcoming to Netanyahu and Gantz to the White House next week. The president also responded to reports he will release the full plan this spring. He said the details and timing of their closely held peace plan are purely speculative.

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Saudi Arabia denies claims crown prince hacked into Bezos’ phone

This combination of photos shows Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2019 and Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, in Washington, on Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo)

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Saudi Arabia is denying allegations Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ phone. On Wednesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud called the allegations absurd and based on false information.

“All I can say is that the allegations are completely untrue. They’re really based on conjecture and information that’s not complete. There’s no real evidence that we can see, and therefore, you know, we think it’s not a serious accusation at all.” – Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia

The United Nations is calling for a U.S. investigation into bin Salman’s alleged involvement in the hacking back in May of 2018. Sources said the prince sent Bezos a corrupted video file on WhatsApp that allowed hackers into his phone after he opened it.

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

UN officials reviewed forensic analysis, commissioned by Bezos, that alleged surveillance on the Amazon CEO was being used to influence the Washington Post’s reporting on Saudi Arabia.

Five months after the hack, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents. Four months later, The National Enquirer allegedly threatened to expose private photos and messages Bezos shared with another woman while he was still married.

UN officials said the hack may lead to information regarding what Saudi officials were doing in the months prior to threats against Bezos and Khashoggi’s death.

“I think the hacking, and the demonstrated hacking of Mr. Bezos’ phone, should lead to a thorough investigation into the practices of hacking more generally by Saudi Arabia, and possibly other states,” stated UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard.

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

However, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said the investigation lacks merit.

“The idea that the crown prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly,” said Al-Saud. “It’s a statement based on a report by a private company that has not been vetted…(and has) no hard evidence to substantiate the claims it’s making.”

Amazon has not responded to requests for comment since the allegations came to light. However, Bezos shared a photo of himself honoring the slain Saudi journalist on Twitter.

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Pence calls on world leaders to confront Iran’s role in rise of anti-Semitism

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the World Holocaust Forum marking 75 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP)

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The U.S. is criticizing the Iranian regime for bolstering anti-Semitism and threatening the state of Israel. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence joined world leaders in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. He gave a speech at the event in which he discussed the importance of combating anti-Semitism’s global rise.

Studies showed the large increase in attacks against members of the Jewish faith in recent years have allowed anti-Semitism to become more mainstream in western cultures.

During his speech, Pence stressed that this hatred towards Jews needs to be stopped right away. He warned that its complacency helped bring about the horrors of the Holocaust. The vice president then called on world leaders to confront Iran’s role in perpetuating anti-Semitism in today’s world.

“We must also stand strong against the leading state purveyor of anti-Semitism, against the one government in the world that denies the Holocaust…and threatens to wipe Israel off the map,” stated Pence. “The world must stand strong against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the dedication of a monument honoring the veterans and victims of the siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.S. for standing up against what he called the “most anti-Semitic regime on the planet.”

“I am concerned that we have yet to see a unified and resolute stance against the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet. A regime that openly seeks to develop nuclear weapons and annihilate the one and only Jewish state. Israel salutes President Trump and Vice President Pence for confronting the tyrants of Tehran.” – Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

The prime minister went on to say if the world learned one thing from Auschwitz, it was to stop bad things when they are small. He noted, Iran “is a very bad thing” that has the potential to become worse if the country obtains nuclear weapons.

RELATED: Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism Draws Thousands In New York

World leaders pose for a family photo during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

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Rep. Gabbard files defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, following ‘Russian asset’ comment

Democratic presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is taking action against attacks from Hillary Clinton by filing a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the former secretary of state. The 2020 hopeful filed the suit on Wednesday in response to Clinton’s prior accusation that Gabbard was a “Russian asset.”

“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on someone that’s currently in the Democratic primary. They’re grooming her to be the third party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sights and bots, and other ways of supporting her so far.”

– Hillary Clinton, Former First Lady of the United States

On Thursday, Gabbard said Clinton tried to paint her as a “traitor” to the U.S., which the lawmaker refuted by touting her 17 years of military service. She added if Clinton had the power to make this attack against her, she has the ability to turn on anybody.

Although Clinton did not explicitly name Gabbard in her comments, she said she believes the ambushes are rooted in her outspoken opposition to Clinton’s foreign policy and her endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016.

Hillary Clinton participates in the Hulu “Hillary” panel during the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The representative recently took another stand against Clinton, in defense of Sanders, after the former secretary of state said “nobody” likes or wants to work with the Vermont senator.

“They said, ‘Clinton will never forget.’ That she and her rich, powerful friends, her allies in politics and the media will make sure that you are destroyed. Well, there have been countless hit pieces and smears against me from day one of this campaign. They’ve tried to destroy my reputation and my lifetime of service because I stood up to them.”

– Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Representative (D-Hawaii, 2nd District)

Gabbard’s defense team alleged this is the reason Clinton has gone after the 2020 hopeful. They called her “cutthroat” for lobbing so-called “false assertions” at the lawmaker to derail her presidential campaign.

Gabbard said the lawsuit was necessary to keep the former senator and other Democrat elites “accountable” for their actions.

“If you stand up to Hillary and the party power brokers…they will destroy you and discredit your message,” said Gabbard. “But here is the truth: They will not intimidate us, they will not silence us.”

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President Trump says Democrats are ignoring that Obama held aid from several countries, including Ukraine

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, right, arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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President Trump blasted Democrat lawmakers, following their opening statements in day two of the Senate impeachment trial. He took to Twitter Thursday to state that their arguments, specifically those of lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s, were full “lies and misrepresentations.”

During Wednesday’s hearings, Schiff called President Trump’s decision to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine funds highly unusual.

“It was President Trump himself who originally authorized additional financial military assistance to Ukraine in 2017 and 2018, without reservation,” said Schiff. “Making his abrupt decision to withhold assistance in 2019, without explanation, all the more surprising to those responsible for Ukraine policy.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

However, President Trump said that Schiff, along with his colleagues, are refusing to state that the Obama administration withheld aid from many countries in an effort to side-step the fat that the measure is common practice for presidents. He further noted that Obama withheld aid to several countries undergoing political strife, including Ukraine as well as Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, Honduras and Mexico.

This comes as President Trump maintains there was no pressure in his communications with Ukraine and gave this explanation on releasing aid to the country:

“That’s the whole case right there. There was no pressure whatsoever. I do say two things: we have to check corruption and we also have to find out why is it that the United States is always giving foreign countries money.”

The president concluded his Thursday tweet, noting that the Democrat impeachment efforts are a “witch hunt!”

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Coronavirus: A global health emergency?

Passengers wear masks to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus in the high speed train station, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The first case of coronavirus in Macao was confirmed on Wednesday, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The infected person, a 52-year-old woman, was a traveller from Wuhan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Washington, D.C. officials announced it’s now conducting health screenings of travelers arriving from Central China at five U.S. airports amid concerns over the coronavirus.

“If you start your travel in Wuhan, no matter where you’re ending up, eventually in the U.S., no matter what your intermediate travel may be, your initial point of entry to the U.S. will be in one of the five airports.”

— Allison Arwady, commissioner – Chicago Department of Public Health

Health inspectors will be stationed at the international terminal at LAX, JFK, San Francisco and Chicago as travelers come in from the Central Chinese city of Wuhan, where it is believed this strain of coronavirus originated. They will be taking temperatures and asking travelers about symptoms, which include runny nose cough, sore throat, headache, fever, shortness of breath and diarrhea.

A health official scans the body temperature of a passenger as she arrives at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Indonesia is screening travelers from overseas for a new type of coronavirus as fears spread about a mysterious infectious disease after its first death reported in China. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

This comes after the CDC reported the first U.S. case earlier this week. A Washington state man in his 30’s contracted the illness after visiting China. Meanwhile, authorities confirmed a sick passenger who arrived late Wednesday night to LAX from Mexico City with flu-like symptoms is undergoing a medical evaluation due to concerns over the deadly coronavirus.

Beyond China and the U.S., the coronavirus has hit Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

RELATED: CDC confirms first case of coronavirus in the U.S.

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President Trump advances EU, U.K. trade deals at Davos forum

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UPDATED 9:50 AM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

President Trump praised America’s economic success during a press briefing before leaving the World Economic Forum. The president also advanced his proposals to reform the international trading system to make the global economy a more fair and sustainable environment.

One America’s Kristian Rouz has more.

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Democrats seek creative ways to campaign amid impeachment trial

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

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UPDATED 9:42 AM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

The ongoing impeachment trial has presented a challenge for 2020 hopefuls who are seeking to ramp-up campaign efforts before early voting begins next month.

This week, senators are stuck in Washington sitting in as jurors in the impeachment trial for President Trump. This means Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will miss out on crucial campaign days during a key stretch in their campaigns.

“I would rather be in Iowa today, there’s a caucus there in two and a half weeks,” said Sen. Sanders. “I’d rather be in New Hampshire and in Nevada, and so forth.”

In an effort to make up for lost time, Democrats are forced to get creative with their campaign tactics. Sanders, Warren and Klobuchar are now deploying surrogates across early primary states.

Behind Sanders is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to appear in Iowa on his behalf. Meanwhile, the daughter of Klobuchar will be hosting so-called “hot-dish house parties” in the state. Plus, residents who endorse her campaign will even offer office hours for local supporters.

While candidates such as Bernie Sanders have said that they would rather be in Iowa, some voters believe the impeachment trial is more important.

“What we have to do is protect the Constitution of the United States, that’s more important, even in this moment, than what happens at the next elections because if we don’t protect that Constitution it won’t matter who the next president is.”

— Ann Valentine, retired higher education executive – Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appear to have the upper hand as they continue to campaign in early primary states. However, some supporters argue the creative efforts put forth by the other candidates are helping shed a different light on their campaigns.

RELATED: Rep. Gabbard defends Sen. Sanders amid Clinton criticism

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Julian Assange extradition hearing split in two

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leaves in a prison van after appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, for an administrative hearing in London, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Assange made a brief court appearance Monday in his bid to prevent extradition to the United States to face serious espionage charges. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

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A London judge has ruled to have WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition trial divided over two days, delaying the second part of the proceedings until May. The hearing Thursday was supposed to determine whether Assange would be extradited to the U.S. from the U.K. on 18 counts, including violating espionage law.

Assange’s legal team and lawyers representing the United States agreed to split the trial, with the first week of the trial to begin February 24th and resume May 18th for the remaining three weeks.

Supporters believe Assange is a champion for exposing what they call abuse of power by modern states, while critics believe Assange is dangerous and undermined U.S. security.

Demonstrators supporting Julian Assange hold banners outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Assange is scheduled to be presented before the court in Westminster by videolink, for a case management hearing ahead of his full extradition trial which begins on Feb. 24. at Woolwich Crown Court. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

“He is the acid test for the future of free speech in the world. It’s simple, it’s very simple. If he goes, if he disappears, so does free speech. It’s the acid test.” — John McGhee, Assange supporter

If Assange is extradited to the U.S. and convicted, he could spend decades behind bars.

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Biden dismisses idea of ‘witness swap’ deal in impeachment trial

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at the North Iowa Events Center, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden said the idea for a “witness swap” in the impeachment trial is off the table. When asked by voters Wednesday if he would consider testifying in exchange for the testimony of other Trump officials, Biden dismissed the idea.

He stated his reasoning for denying testimony is based on the fact that the impeachment trial is “a constitutional issue.” The Democrat said he wants no part of what could be turned into a “political theater.”

The former vice president went on to defend the actions of his son Hunter by saying other than his appearance in Ukraine, he did nothing “inappropriate”‘ or “wrong.”

Other Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have also ruled out the possibility after pushing for witnesses to testify in the Senate trial.

House managers are set to reconvene Thursday for another day of arguments in the impeachment trial.

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Analysts: White House counsel Cipollone snubs Rep. Nadler, scores major win for Trump’s legal team

White House counsel Pat Cipollone arrives at the Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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UPDATED 7:04 AM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

President Trump’s legal team marked its first major victory in the ongoing impeachment trial in an effort to sway public sympathies in favor of the president.

During debate on the impeachment case in the Senate Wednesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone fiercely criticized House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler for making false allegations against President Trump.

This comes after Nadler accused the president and his attorneys of lying to the Senate. However, Cipollone said Nadler has shown disrespect for the legislative body.

“We’ve been respectful of the Senate,” he stated. “Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team, he made false allegations against all of you, he accused you of a cover up.”

Impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., second from left, and other impeachment managers, walk to the Senate chamber with for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Chief Justice John Roberts called on trial participants to avoid using inappropriate language or manner of speech. Analysts say Cipollone’s rebuttal of Nadler could further erode the case for impeachment.

Additionally, Cipollone called out Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for pushing false allegations regarding the Ukraine phone call. He pointed out how Schiff knowingly manufactured a fraudulent version of the call and read it to the American people. The White House counsel slammed the California Democrat for the ultimate lack of transparency.

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House prosecutors rehash old arguments on second day of Senate trial, cry corruption

Night falls on the Capitol, in Washington, Wednesday evening, Jan. 22, 2020, during in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. House prosecutors are outlining what they refer to as President Donald Trump’s “corrupt scheme” to abuse power and obstruct Congress as they open six days of arguments in his impeachment trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 6:45 AM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

Arguments and accusations from House prosecutors marked the second day of the Senate impeachment trial. The trial kicked off Wednesday with two-hours of opening statements.

Democrat House managers reportedly went into lengthy and worn-out arguments. In one instance, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) cited the founding fathers to accuse the president of corruption for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political opponent.

“The framers of the Constitution worried then, as we worry today, that a leader might come to power not to carry out the will of the people that he was elected to represent, but to pursue his own interests,’ he stated. “They fear that a president would subvert our democracy by abusing the awesome power of his office for his own personal or political gain.”

Rep. Schiff went on reportedly suggesting removing President Trump from office is necessary to safeguard the 2020 elections from a Russian meddling.

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., holds redacted documents as he speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Although House Democrats promised to create a “overwhelming and damning” picture of the president’s alleged misconduct they failed to appeal to their Republican colleagues. One of those GOP members is Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wy.), who made the following comments following the trial:

“Well, we’ve just come out of listening to, what, about six hours of testimony so far today, six and a half. I didn’t hear anything new at all. We were here all day yesterday for about 13 hours. No new material presented. It still seems to me this this was an effort by the Democrats in a very partisan way to bring a case against President Trump because they weren’t happy with the results of the 2016 election and are concerned that they’re going to have real problems in the 2020 election when we look at the candidates running for president against President Trump.”

Meanwhile, President Trump seems to be unaffected by the trial against him and issued a response before leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “They’re doing a very good job, we have a great case,” he stated.

As the trial concluded for the day, the president’s impeachment defense team echoed similar optimism.

“I want to let them try their case and we want to try our case, because we believe without a question that the president will be acquitted,” said Jay Sekulow, personal attorney for President Trump. “There is not a doubt.”

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1 dead, 5 injured in downtown Seattle shooting

Screengrab via Michael Spears Twitter report.

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UPDATED 7:36 PM PT — Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A mass shooting has left one dead and five injured in downtown Seattle. Police said the shooting happened on Wednesday near the busy shopping intersection of Third Avenue and Pine.

At least six people, including a child, were shot. One of those victims has died. The other victims are being treated for their injuries.

It’s unclear what prompted the shooting, but a massive manhunt is currently underway for a male gunman.

Sources said there may have been a second shooter involved, but these reports have yet to be confirmed by local authorities.

Screengrab via Michael Spears Twitter report.

This is developing news. Please check back later for updates.

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President Trump: Service members injured in Baghdad airstrike received only minor concussions

US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 7:05 PM PT — Wednesday, January 22, 2020

President Trump is easing concern over reports American troops were injured during an Iranian counterstrike on a base in Iraq. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the president said some U.S. service members suffered concussions during the incident.

Last week, the Pentagon said at least 11 service members were evacuated from Iraq with minor injuries. The president suggested the media was sensationalizing reports of their injuries to drum up bad press on the White House.

“I heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I can report it is not very serious. I don’t consider them very serious injuries, relative to other injuries that I’ve seen. I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops. I’ve seen people with no legs and with no arms, and I’ve seen people that were horribly, horribly injured.”

– Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The strike was in retaliation for the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The president said the general was plotting an “imminent” attack on U.S. forces before he was killed.

RELATED: Iranian-Backed Militants Led Attack On U.S. Embassy In Baghdad

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Sekulow: President Trump’s legal team to challenge impeachment aggressively

Personal attorney to President Donald Trump Jay Sekulow speaks to reporters during a recess in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))

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UPDATED 6:42 PM PT — Wednesday, January 22, 2020

President Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, said Democrats are failing to present a coherent impeachment case. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Sekulow said Democrats have tried to deny the president his constitutional rights by dismissing executive privilege.

The attorney stressed executive privilege is protected by Supreme Court decisions and added any attack against it amounts to an attack on the U.S. Constitution.

He went on to say Democrats are contradicting themselves and making irrelevant points while trying to present their case for impeachment.

“Adam Schiff today talked about quid pro quo. Notice what’s not in the articles of impeachment: allegations or accusations of quid pro quos. That’s because they didn’t exist. There’s a lot of things we’ll rebut, but well do it in an orderly and, I hope, more systematic fashion.” – Jay Sekulow, Attorney for President Trump

Sekulow said the president’s legal team will aggressively challenge and rebut impeachment allegations. He added the facts are on the president’s side.

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