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Watch Jeff Flake erupt in laughter after Jake Tapper asks if Trump ‘broke’ him: ‘I’m still standing’

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Tuesday spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper after delivering a monumental speech on the Senate floor, during which he denounced Donald Trump and announced he would not seek reelection in 2018.

“It’s not enough to be conservative anymore,” Flake told Tapper shortly after delivering that speech. “It seems that you have to be angry about it.”

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Asked if he agrees with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who on Tuesday said he thinks Trump is “debasing” the nation, Flake agreed we shouldn’t “normalize this kind of behavior”

“We keep waiting for a pivot that isn’t happening,” Flake said.

Later, Tapper asked for Flake’s reaction to Sarah Palin and the far-right website Breitbart “saying Trump broke you.”

Flake immediately burst out laughing.

“I’m still standing,” Flake replied.

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China reports 323 new cases of mysterious virus — as death toll rises to 54

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The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.

The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.

President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

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California offers to reimburse Trump for abortions — but he has to free the women from non-disclosure agreements

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The state of California is offering to reimburse President Donald Trump for any abortions he's paid for in the state, but there's a catch.

On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a "notice of violation" against the state for mandating universal abortion coverage in health insurance plans sold in the state, which the administration claims is "unlawful discrimination."

“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

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Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.

"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."

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