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LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball will miss the remainder of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ fading season, sources confirmed to ESPN, joining teammate Brandon Ingram on the sideline for the rest of the team’s disappointing campaign.

Sources said Ball has been shut down as he continues to make his way back from a Grade 3 ankle sprain and bone bruise first suffered Jan. 19.

The second-year point guard met again with team doctors Saturday. In a statement issued after the team’s 120-107 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, the Lakers would say only that Ball is making “good progress” in his recovery and will be re-evaluated again in two weeks. The Lakers (30-36) have a month left to play in the regular season and sit seven games out of a playoff spot.

Ingram has been diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis in his ailing right arm. A source said Ingram hopes to know more about his condition Monday. Coach Luke Walton was tight-lipped Saturday on any further details, other than to say the third-year forward is out for the season.

Ingram had missed the past two games after Walton said he had difficulty raising his arm without pain.

Further tests revealed deep venous thrombosis, a condition caused by a blood clot, frequently accompanied by swelling and pain in a limb. It usually occurs in legs, but it can happen in the upper body, too.

Ingram was playing the best basketball of his career prior to the condition. The Duke product averaged a career-best 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, but he had thrived since the All-Star break, averaging 27.8 points and 57 percent shooting in six games.

“When it rains it pours,” guard Rajon Rondo said about Ingram’s season-ending condition and all that the Lakers have endured with injuries this season.

According to Second Spectrum data, Ingram averaged 1.15 points per direct isolation play since Jan. 28, when the Anthony Davis trade demand put his future with the Lakers into question. That figure is tied for third-most behind Kawhi Leonard and Zach LaVine in the NBA over that span.

Walton would not go into further detail about Ingram’s condition.

“We’ve released what he’s got going on, but I’m not going to get into all the details,” Walton said. “I’m just finding out a lot of it myself. All I’m going to say on him right now is that he’s out for the rest of the season.”

Prominent athletes such as Chris Bosh and Serena Williams have been affected by blood clots in recent years. Bosh had to retire due to blood clotting issues.



Luke Walton announces that Brandon Ingram is out for the rest of the season, but doesn’t want to answer any questions about the topic.

Ball recently had been seen doing some shooting without jumping and dribbling exercises on the court. He suffered the Grade 3 sprain at Houston on Jan. 19, then he had a bone bruise that slowed his recovery.

The Lakers hope that Ball, 21, will be able to heal fully and have time to work on his game this offseason. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to repair a torn meniscus and not be able to use the offseason to work on his game.

“From my eye not being a doctor, he’s not quite ready,” Walton said before Ball was shut down.

With the Lakers’ season fading as they fall further out of playoff contention, the organization will play it safe with its young prospects. Kyle Kuzma also missed his second consecutive game Saturday night after rolling his ankle last week. And Josh Hart continues to play despite a knee injury that has been ailing him for a few months.

Hart said nothing has helped the tendinitis in his knee but that he wants to avoid joining Ball and Ingram on the sideline for the remainder of the season.

“I don’t want to give up on this team,” Hart said when asked if being shut down might be a consideration. “I’m going to play as hard as I can for however long I can. Obviously at the end of the day, I got to make sure I don’t make the damage worse. But I want to go out there and compete and play every game as best as I can.”

The Lakers went 15-8 when LeBron James, Ingram and Ball all played this season. However, the team is just 15-28 (including Saturday’s loss to Boston) when at least one did not play, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The trio has not been on the court together since Christmas Day.

The Athletic first reported Ball would be shut down after his latest medical evaluation Saturday.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted.

A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that the Raiders finalized the deal with the Steelers and will give Brown a new three-year contract worth $50.125 million instead of the $38.925 million he was owed by Pittsburgh. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be completed until the new league year starts Wednesday.

Pro Football Talk first reported the deal and says Pittsburgh will get third and fifth-round draft picks from Oakland.

The trade makes final what became a very messy and very public divorce between Brown and the team that helped turn the sixth-round pick into arguably the greatest wide receiver of his generation.

It also gives the Raiders a high-profile addition for second-year coach Jon Gruden after trading away two of the team’s biggest stars last year in edge rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper.

Oakland got extra first-round picks in those trades but didn’t need to give up any of its four picks in the top 35 in the upcoming draft to acquire Brown, who has topped 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in each of the past six seasons. The Raiders have had only one player reach those marks in a single season in franchise history, with Hall of Famer Tim Brown accomplishing the feat in 1997.

Brown now gives quarterback Derek Carr his biggest offensive weapon since entering the league in 2014 and the Raiders a legitimate star before they move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

The Raiders’ top wide receiver last season was Jordy Nelson, who had just 63 catches for 739 yards.

Gruden has always admired Brown from his time as a broadcaster and had nothing but praise for the receiver before the teams played last December.

“He’s the hardest working man, I think, in football,” Gruden said. “Hardest working player I’ve ever seen practice. I’ve seen Jerry Rice, I’ve seen a lot of good ones, but I put Antonio Brown at the top. If there are any young wideouts out there, I’d go watch him practice. You figure out yourself why he’s such a good player.”

Brown was obviously pleased with the development, posting a picture of himself in a Raiders uniform and a video with Carr at a Pro Bowl with the caption “Love at first sight ” on his Twitter account.

Brown is no stranger to drawing headlines for both his prolific on-field production and his off-the-field antics, including livestreaming from the locker room after a playoff win over Kansas City in January 2017 and getting pulled over for doing 100 mph in the northern Pittsburgh suburbs last fall.

The sometimes tumultuous relationship between the only player in NFL history with six straight 100-catch seasons and the franchise that made him the highest-paid player at his position in the spring of 2017 reached a breaking point in late December.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin benched Brown during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati after the wide receiver went radio silent in the final 48 hours before the game. Brown arrived in a fur coat, hung out for a half and then disappeared from view until well after his teammates had cleaned out their lockers following a 9-6-1 finish that left Pittsburgh on the outside of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

When Brown did resurface, he began engaging in a series of increasingly antagonistic acts designed to expedite his departure. He went on Instagram with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison during Tomlin’s season wrap-up press conference. He decried quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s “owner’s mentality” and chastised Tomlin for disciplining him in Week 17, no matter that Tomlin and the rest of the organization had spent years downplaying Brown’s off-the-field eccentricities.

Brown officially requested a trade last month, but not before photo-shopping his familiar No. 84 onto a San Francisco 49ers jersey or using his hyperactive social media feeds to indicate not only his displeasure with the Steelers but also his interest in signing a new deal with whomever should acquire his services.

Even with his benching in the finale, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a franchise-record and NFL-high 15 touchdowns. His last performance in a Pittsburgh uniform might have been one of his best, a 14-reception, 185-yard, two-touchdown masterpiece in a road loss to New Orleans.

A week later, the player who once said he wanted to retire a Steeler didn’t even suit up against the Bengals. Just over two months later, he now finds himself heading to the second act of a career that’s on a Hall of Fame trajectory and the Steelers have a hole at receiver and more than $21 million in dead money on their salary cap.


AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report


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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week, an administration official said.

For the first time, Trump plans to stick with the strict spending caps imposed years ago, even though lawmakers have largely avoided them with new budget deals. The budget will propose serious cuts in safety net programs, which are used by many Americans, and other non-defense accounts. That will likely trigger a showdown with Congress.

It’s unclear how much more money the president will seek to build the wall with Mexico. The request is coming on top of the $8.1 billion Trump already has access to, which includes some $3.6 billion he’s trying to shift from military accounts after declaring a national emergency. Trump invoked the emergency declaration last month after Congress denied his request for $5.7 billion. Instead, Congress approved nearly $1.4 billion for the border barriers, far less than he wanted.

The budget arrives as the president’s Republican allies in the Senate, uneasy over the emergency declaration, are poised next week to debate terminating it. Some view it as an overreach of executive power. Congress appears to have enough votes to reject Trump’s declaration, but not to overturn his expected veto of their action.

The official said Friday that the president’s plan promises to balance the budget in 15 years.

Trump will seek $750 billion for defense, a boost for the military, while cutting non-defense discretionary spending by 5 percent below the cap, said the official, who was unauthorized to discuss the document ahead of its release and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Budgets are mainly seen as blueprints for White House priorities. But they are often panned on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers craft the appropriation bills that eventually fund the government, if the president signs them into law.

Trump’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year will increase requests for some agencies while reducing others to reflect those priorities. Reductions are proposed, for example, for the Environmental Protection Agency.

The official said Congress has ignored the president’s spending cuts for too long. The federal budget is bloated with wasteful spending, the official said, and the administration remains committed to balancing the budget.

The cuts being requested by the White House would hit discretionary spending as well as some mandatory safety net programs, which Trump has proposed in the past. Many Republicans are often eager to reduce government spending, but Congress has had trouble passing bills that seriously slash the safety net programs used by many Americans.

Budgets often rely on various accounting measures to achieve desired results. This one, for example, counts $546 billion in defense money as a base, but another $174 billion in another account to keep within caps.

And while the budget will suggest it balances in future years, it is also expected to rely on projections for continued economic growth from the tax cuts Trump signed into law in 2017. But there’s no guarantee that would cover the lost tax revenues.

By proposing spending levels that don’t raise the budget caps, the president is courting a debate with Congress. Lawmakers from both parties have routinely agreed to raise spending caps established by a previous deal years ago to fund the government.

Trump, though, has tried to resist those deals. He threatened to veto the last one reached in 2018 to prevent a shutdown. Late last year, a fight over border wall funds sparked the 35-day shutdown that spilled into this year and became the longest in history.

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Democrats desperately want to turn the page on a painful week, but doing so is proving to be difficult.

Freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSchumer: Trump ‘redefined chutzpah’ by calling Dems an ‘anti-Jewish party’ Omar compares Obama to Trump: Both back bad policies, one is just ‘more polished’ Pelosi doubles down in defense of Omar MORE (D-Minn.), who has been the center of a debate on anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred that has exposed deep divisions within the new majority, on Friday signaled she’s not going to stop battling on social media with her critics.

Less than 24 hours after the House adopted a resolution broadly condemning bigotry in the wake of Omar’s comments about U.S.-Israel relations, she launched into a Twitter battle Friday morning with Meghan McCain over the thorny topic.

Omar did so by retweeting a message from Mehdi Hasan, a columnist for The Intercept and a host of Al Jazeera English, that was deeply critical of McCain’s father, former Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOmar retweets attack on Meghan McCain’s ‘faux outrage’ over anti-Semitism McConnell works to freeze support for Dem campaign finance effort Meghan McCain sends ‘love, prayers and support’ to Alex Trebek after cancer diagnosis MORE (R-Ariz.), who died last year.  

“Meghan’s late father literally sang ‘bomb bomb bomb Iran’ and insisted on referring to his Vietnamese captors as ‘gooks’” Hasan wrote. “He also, lest we forget, gave the world Sarah Palin. So a little less faux outrage over a former refugee-turned-freshman-representative pls.”

McCain, a co-host of “The View,” ripped Omar for sending out the message, calling it “trash” and “beneath a sitting member of Congress.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules thousands more migrants should be in lawsuit over family separations GOP lawmaker shows Chris Evans his ‘Captain America’ glass eye White House rejects Dem request to interview ex-Trump aide MORE also got into the act Friday, seizing on Omar’s remarks and the House resolution — which, to the dismay of several veteran Jewish Democratic lawmakers, changed from a measure condemning anti-Semitism to one that condemned many kinds of hatred — to argue that Democrats had become an “anti-Jewish” and “anti-Israel” party.

While Trump’s remarks were condemned by Democrats, they pointed to how Republicans think the week has moved to their advantage.

While every Democrat voted for Thursday’s resolution, the party was divided all week by its content.

Jewish Democrats openly expressed frustration that the measure initiated in direct response to Omar’s invocation of the “dual loyalty” trope didn’t focus solely on condemning anti-Semitism.

As angry as Jewish Democrats were, so were some progressives over what they viewed as unfair treatment of Omar.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care – Presented by Kidney Care Partners – Dem leaders, progressives at odds over ‘Medicare for all’ | HHS to divert 5M to shelter migrant kids | Azar to testify on 2020 budget The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House Dems pass electoral reform bill after difficult week 2020 will pit Trump’s wins against Dems’ dreams MORE (D-N.Y.) began fundraising off a report that pro-Israel activists want to pursue primary challenges against her and other members of their freshman “squad,” including Omar.

“Rashida, Ilhan, and Alexandria have at times dared to question our foreign policy, and the influence of money in our political system. And now, lobbying groups across the board are working to punish them for it,” Ocasio-Cortez’s team wrote in a fundraising email that also referenced freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill’s Morning Report – A rough week for House Dems Omar lauds House passage of anti-hate measure as ‘great progress’ Ocasio-Cortez fundraises off claim that AIPAC is ‘coming after’ her, Omar, Tlaib MORE (D-Mich.), who, along with Omar, is one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Caught in the middle of the battle is Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiPelosi names new chief of staff Pelosi doubles down in defense of Omar House passes sweeping electoral reform bill MORE (D-Calif.), who has the unenviable task of bringing her caucus together.

On Friday, she defended Omar for a second day in a row, arguing she is not anti-Semitic.

“I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning,” Pelosi said of the Somalian-born Omar, who came to the United States in 1995 after years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Omar’s critics in her caucus have not used the same language as Pelosi.

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHouse passes anti-hate measure amid Dem tensions Democrats tweak anti-hate resolution to include additional groups Pelosi defends Omar: ‘I feel confident’ she is not anti-Semitic MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, declined to share details of his private conversation with Omar, a member of his panel. But when asked if he believed Omar intended to invoke anti-Semitic undertones, Engel replied, “I have no idea what’s in her heart.”

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinSchumer: Trump ‘redefined chutzpah’ by calling Dems an ‘anti-Jewish party’ Trump: Dems an ‘anti-Jewish’ party Why restricting flavoring in e-cigs is the right call MORE (D-Md.), a Jewish lawmaker who helped draft the final version of the anti-hate resolution, said he also had “a few conversations” with Omar throughout the process. Like Engel, however, he declined to say if he left those talks convinced she doesn’t harbor anti-Semitic beliefs.

“I shouldn’t speak for her,” he said after a long pause.

Omar late Thursday joined Tlaib and Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), who also is Muslim, in lauding passage of the resolution. Their joint statement led with the news that the resolution marked “the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning anti-Muslim bigotry.”

The resolution the House voted on was heavily edited.

An initial version unveiled Thursday, hours before the vote, stated that white supremacists had targeted “traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants, and others.” The revised measure went on to include Latinos, the LGBTQ community, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The Omar controversy overshadowed the House’s passage of a sweeping election reform bill that was meant to be one of the party’s first major piece of legislation since taking over the House.

Some Democrats were deeply disappointed at that result — and some lashed out at the media.

“Every tweet by a freshman from Minnesota is not newsworthy, no matter how juicy the temptation may be,” said Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyQuestions mount over Cohen pardon claims Progressives come to Omar’s defense Dems feel growing pressure on impeachment MORE (D-Va.).

Yet there’s also frustration with Omar herself, not just over her choice of words in describing Israeli affairs but for doing so repeatedly — and airing much of it on social media.

“There are members of the caucus who are resentful that she has distracted people like you from a much more important agenda we think deserves attention,” Connolly said.

“That may not have been her intention, but, for God’s sake, don’t persist in it — knowing now that that’s going to happen,” he continued. “[If the media] is following every tweet, for God’s sake, take a break, go on vacation … whatever you have to do. But stop so we can refocus on substance. There’s a lot of frustration about that, too.”

Supporters of Omar said her colleagues shouldn’t expect her to change.

Omar, Carson suggested, isn’t about to alter her aggressive messaging style.

“On one end, we know that there are members who are going to be free. They’re going to candid. They’re going to be fearless in their approach to getting their message out,” he said. “There are other folks who are going to be more measured and pragmatic, and I don’t think we’re in a place to condemn one methodology over the other.”

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Critics say daylight saving time is an artifact of a different era. One of the purported virtues of the switch has been that it saves energy. But there’s no evidence that, in the modern world, shoving daylight into the evening hours saves significant amounts of energy, said Matthew Kotchen, a Yale professor of economics who co-wrote a study on energy usage in Indiana before and after the state adopted daylight saving time. Lighting is far more efficient now, he said. Moreover, when the sun remains in the sky into the “evening” hours, homes remain warmer and people are more likely to keep their air conditioners running. Heating and cooling are much bigger factors than lighting when it comes to energy consumption, he said.

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Demonstrations roiled Venezuela’s capital Caracas on Saturday as a near total blackout continued in the country.

Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó vented their anger over a major electricity outage and lack of other basics as Venezuelans backing President Nicolás Maduro held a rival demonstration.

“This is chaos,” said Jorge Jaimes, a physician who joined opposition protesters on Avenida Victoria. “We are at the end of this road.”

Since the outage started Thursday, at least 13 people have died in hospitals without electricity, according to reports.

Tensions remain high as Maduro keeps struggling to assert his authority in the face of calls by Guaidó and many foreign leaders for new balloting.

Addressing protesters, Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January, promised to embark on a tour of the country before leading a nationwide march on the capital.

“All the options are on the table,” he said, using a phrase employed by President Trump, who has refused to rule out a military intervention in Venezuela.

Guaidó was speaking from the back of a pick-up truck after security services prevented the opposition from setting up a stage at their original protest site. Three people were arrested.

Communication with the interior of the country was largely shut off by the outage. Sporadic power failures are common in Venezuela, but the latest one has been far more widespread than usual.

Maduro claimed the outage was caused by US sabotage of the national electrical system and accused Guaidó of collaborating. Local news outlets said regional authorities attributed the failures to problems at the country’s main power plants.

Maduro stepped up verbal attacks on Guaidó, calling him “a clown and puppet” in a speech to supporters outside Miraflores, the presidential palace.

The US and about 50 other countries have voiced support for Guaidó’s campaign to oust Maduro and hold new elections. But the ruler has retained the support of the military and allies including Russia and China.

Guaidó—who has the support of around 60 percent of Venezuelans, according to a recent poll—and the United States have tried a variety of approaches to lure the military away from Maduro.

They range from private talks to a proposed Venezuelan amnesty law that would shield officers from future prosecution.

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The latest CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll finds Biden and Sanders near even at 27% and 25% respectively, with no other candidate earning even 10% support. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (9%) and Sen. Kamala Harris of California (7%) come closest, and of the rest of the 20-person field tested in the poll, just former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas (5%), Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota (3% each) rise above 1% support.
The numbers haven’t shifted dramatically since our December poll: Biden and Sanders were the top two then, though their relative position has tightened. While Biden led by 13 points in December, he and Sanders are about even now. And the flurry of energy behind O’Rourke following his narrower-than-expected loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in November seems to have dissipated some, with his numbers slipping 6 points in the last few months. For the rest of the field, though, things are about the same now as they were then.

Several candidates land below the 1% marker set out as a baseline for inclusion in the Democratic National Committee’s upcoming debates — including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

A handful of candidates have seen improvements in their favorability numbers since December, and nearly all of those had announced their candidacies in between the two polls. Harris leads the pack, with her favorability number climbing 9 points to 58% while her negatives held steady. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro’s numbers have climbed 6 points (33% favorable now), as have Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s (17% favorable in the new poll). Klobuchar’s positive numbers have gone up 5 points to 43%. Klobuchar has seen a corresponding rise in negative views, however, with 15% now saying they have unfavorable opinions, up from 8% in December.

But that announcement bump hasn’t happened for all: Booker, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Sanders and Warren all announced runs or exploratory committees in the time between the two polls and saw no meaningful positive changes in their numbers. In Gillibrand’s case, her negative numbers rose between the two polls by 6 points to 16%.

2020 rankings: It's now or never for Democrats who want to be president

Likely caucusgoers continued to be divided along two key lines in assessing their choices for president: age and ideology. Among those under age 45, Sanders has a 9-point edge over Biden, 32% to 23%, with Warren at 10% and Harris at 9%. Among older likely caucusgoers, Biden stands 15 points ahead of Sanders, 32% to 17%, with no other candidate in double digits. The ideological divide is similar. Among liberals, 30% back Sanders, 21% Biden, 11% Warren and 7% each Harris and O’Rourke. Moderate or conservative likely caucusgoers, however, give Biden a wide edge: 36% to Sanders’ 18%, with the rest below 10%.

But Biden’s lower standing among liberals doesn’t necessarily mean he is seen as ideologically out of step. Overall, 70% of likely caucusgoers say his political views are about right, well ahead of the next closest contender on this score (54% consider Warren’s views about right). Sanders, however, faces concerns about his views that even extend to self-described liberals among Iowa’s likely caucusgoers. Overall, 44% say they consider Sanders’ views too liberal; that includes 41% of self-described liberals.

Most likely caucusgoers say the independent senator from Vermont has pushed the party in a good direction and that he should be in the race again (54% feel that way), but a sizable 43% say his time has passed and he shouldn’t be running.

Fewer feel Biden’s time has passed: 31% say so, while 64% say his substantial experience means he ought to get in the race.

The poll assessed what likely caucusgoers are looking for from their candidates in policy support, what they talk about on the trail and a handful of traits.

The survey finds likely Democratic caucusgoers are overwhelmingly looking for a candidate who will aim to unite the country rather than focusing on Democrats’ anger to defeat the President (83% to 13%). And most are looking for candidates willing to go all in on taxing the wealthy (67% want a candidate who fully backs new taxes targeting people with over $50 million in assets) and on the Green New Deal (65% favor a candidate who supports that package in full). Fewer are ready for full-bore support for “Medicare-for-all,” shifting to a government-run health system (49%) or legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide (44%). And just 36% feel the same on free tuition for public four-year colleges.

This group of likely caucusgoers is almost universally looking for a candidate who will spend a lot of time discussing health care (81%) and climate change (80%). Two-thirds want lots of airtime for income inequality (67%), and majorities say they would like the candidates to spend a lot of time on immigration (57%), race relations (57%), job creation (55%), student debt (55%), criminal justice reform (54%) and guns (52%). Far fewer are hoping for much discussion of international trade (37%) or impeachment (22%).

Seven in 10 say they would be dissatisfied if the party’s eventual nominee turned out to be one who held fundraisers with wealthy individuals and corporate lobbyists (71%), though most would be satisfied with a candidate who preferred a more socialist version of the country (56%). There’s a lot of ambivalence, however, about whether a straight, white man would be a satisfactory nominee: 38% say yes, 21% no and 40% are unsure.

Assessing the Iowa Democratic Party’s plan for virtual caucuses, most likely attendees don’t really know enough to say how they feel about it, but those expressing opinions are mostly behind the plan: 23% approve, 4% disapprove and 73% are unsure.

The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, from last Sunday through Wednesday among a random sample of 401 likely Democratic caucusgoers reached on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer. Results for the sample of likely caucusgoers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points; it is larger for subgroups.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are engaged! A-Rod popped the question on Saturday night and, according to his Instagram, “she said yes.”

Both J.Lo and A-Rod posted photos of the former New York Yankee holding her hand, which bore a massive diamond sparkler on it. Plus, her nails were appropriately painted white.It looked as if there was a bonfire going in the background. How romantic!

The couple is currently on a romantic getaway in Bakers Bay where their days are filled with white sand beaches, palm trees and warm weather. A-Rod perhaps hinted at his engagement on Saturday in one of his Instagram Story moments. He shared an excerpt from a poem called “Soulmate” that was most definitely in honor of his now-fiancée.

“A soulmate isn’t someone who completes you. No, a soulmate is someone who inspires you to complete yourself,” the poem says. “A soulmate is someone who loves you with so much conviction, and so much heart, that it is nearly impossible to doubt just how capable you are of becoming exactly who you have always wanted to be.”

J.Lo’s longtime manager Benny Medina told E! News, “Jennifer and Alex are engaged!” and confirmed the news.

The happy couple has been together for about two years and hardly shy away from professing their love for each other on social media and in public. On their two-year anniversary, J.Lo posted a sweet tribute to her man on Instagram. It said, “You make my world a more beautiful safe and stable place… in the midst of our ever-changing, ever-moving life…you make me feel like a teenager starting out all over again…”

A-Rod offered up just as much of a loving account on his Instagram profile on their big anniversary. “I can’t believe it’s been two years. Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words,” he wrote out. “From baseball games, to traveling across the world to shows in Vegas. We have done it all together and every moment with you is cherished. Where this road will take us next is unknown but there is no one else I would rather have by my side. The journey is just beginning and I am excited for what’s ahead.”

She even referred to the “twin” comment during the 2018 MTV VMAs when she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. She thanked her “twin soul” during her speech and added, “The universe is infinite, as what we can accomplish together, with love, trust and understanding.”

Indeed, their journey is just beginning!

In late 2018, the couple appeared on Vanity Fair‘s December cover and opened up about their relationship. “We are very much twins. We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things,” Rodriguez told the magazine.

She added, “I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever.”

In January, the 49-year-old talked about her past relationships with Harper’s Bazaar and how she blames herself for some of her failed ones.

“For me, the relationship journey has been very up and down. But it didn’t have to do with anybody else but me—it was about me figuring out me,” she said. 

J.Lo continued, “Until you learn to love yourself, you can’t completely love [someone else] in a way that is pure and true. Once you do that, you can have relationships that are based on love and respect, that are supportive and nourishing. There’s an evolution there that had to happen for me. I feel like I’m in a better place now.”

Lopez also hasn’t been afraid to gush about her man. 

“We complement each other, and there’s really pure, true love,” she told HOLA! USA for its October/November 2017 issue. “Just wanting to support the other person and make them happy. So there’s a different selflessness in the love that’s beautiful and different. And healthy!”

The couple’s love story started over two years ago when Lopez approached Rodriguez at the Beverly Hills Hotel. However, the “On the Floor” singer told Vanity Fair the two actually met years ago at a baseball game when her ex Marc Anthony threw the opening pitch. 


Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Marc Anthony

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After running into each other at the hotel, Rodriguez invited Lopez on a first date—or at least what J.Lo considered a first date—at the Hotel Bel Air.

“So he’s talking, talking about his plans, about how he had just retired from baseball, about how he saw himself getting married again, all these things you wouldn’t normally talk about on a first date,” she told Vanity Fair for the couple’s cover story. “I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date.”

However, that first date led to a whirlwind romance. The two kept their relationship relatively low-key. They vacationed together, visited the Yankees training camp together, and dined in New York together. Still, they didn’t make their red carpet couple debut until the 2017 Met Gala.

Throughout the course of their relationship, the two have enjoyed joint family outings. In fact, the athlete told Jimmy Kimmel his daughters considered him a hero for dating Lopez.

“My daughters think of dad as a hero now for the first time. It’s amazing,” the former Yankees player said while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in October. “They think they went to Heaven, and now they’re hanging out with Jennifer backstage. They’re dancing. They’re singing with her.”

This will be Lopez’s fourth marriage. The singer was married to Ojani Noa from 1997 to 1998 and then to Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003. She later married Anthony, with whom she shares two children: Emme and Max. Rodriguez was also formerly married to Cynthia Scurtis. However, the two filed for divorce in 2008. They share two children: Natasha and Ella.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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AUSTIN, Texas — A freshman congresswoman drew bigger crowds at South by Southwest than any presidential candidate, and no one was surprised because it was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The annual festival of music, film and tech has gotten political this year, with more than a half-dozen declared and potential 2020 candidates of all political stripes making the pilgrimage to this mecca for upwardly mobile young techies and hipsters.

But Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old left-wing Democrat from New York, was the star of the political track, attracting more interest Saturday than two senators— Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar — a former governor, a mayor and the former CEO of Starbucks.

More 2020 candidates are set to speak Sunday, but in smaller venues than the massive ballroom that Ocasio-Cortez filled to the brim, which didn’t come close to accommodating everyone who wanted to get in.

In her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez torched political moderation, which she equated with worshiping mediocrity, defended democratic socialism and took a question from Bill Nye, better known as The Science Guy.

“Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” she said, shrugging her shoulders for emphasis. “We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when … the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions.

“The ‘meh’ is worshipped now. For what?” she continued to cheers.

Speaking in the same room where former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz warned earlier in the day that socialism is taking over the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez defended her self-described democratic socialism and dismissed “fear-mongering” about it.

She dismissed concern about the government taking over corporations, which she said she doesn’t favor, by saying “corporations have already taken over our government.”

Instead, she said, her view of democratic socialism emphasizes making everything, politics and the economy, more democratic. And she said capitalism — which she defined as an ideology of “putting profit above of everything else in society” — “cannot be redeemed.”

The lawmaker took questions from the Intercept’s Briahna Joy Gray, and when the audience had a chance to ask some of their own, a familiar face appeared at the microphone, prompting a standing ovation: TV personality and science advocate Bill Nye.

He asked what can be done to make people that look like him (older white men) feel less afraid by the types of policies she’s promoting.

She said she appreciated the question and acknowledged that the fear from people currently in power is a major obstacle to change, but said they need not be afraid: “There can be a give without a take.”

“When you see someone who is fearful,” she said the best thing to do is “be the person who is courageous.”

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Tornadoes and strong winds were reported in parts of the South on Saturday as the region faced an “enhanced risk” of severe weather, according to the National Weather Service.

Two injuries were reported after a tornado touched down in Arkansas, a tornado was confirmed just outside Dallas and strong winds tore away roofs in Mississippi.

The weather service said in a statement that two mobile homes were destroyed and that two minor injuries were reported after an EF-1 tornado started in far southeast Pulaski County and moved northeast into Lonoke County. The two minor injuries were associated with one of the destroyed mobile homes.

“Luckily, it wasn’t a highly populated area,” said Thomas Jones, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Little Rock office.

The severe weather came just a week after powerful tornadoes swept through Alabama and killed 23 people.

Saturday’s tornado in Arkansas traveled along a 6.4-mile path, which was around 150 yards at its widest, according to the weather service. The estimated peak winds were 105 mph.

There was also video that appeared to show a tornado in eastern Lonoke County, and another track that could be a tornado east of that, but those storms have not been confirmed as tornadoes, Jones said.

In Texas, the National Weather Service confirmed late that an EF-0 tornado was responsible for damaging several homes and building in Mesquite, which is just east of Dallas. There were no injuries reported.

The weather that contributed to the storms had moved into Mississippi by Saturday afternoon, Jones said.

Earlier Saturday, The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas released video and images of storm damage, including a trailer pitched on its side. Officials said they had accounted for all the people inside the mobile home and that there were no reported injuries otherwise. It also posted photos of storm damage in Scott, Arkansas.

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