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The View’s Meghan McCain explodes in righteous indignation after co-hosts celebrate ‘Year of the Woman’

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Meghan McCain on Wednesday scoffed at her fellow “The View” co-hosts over “identity politics” after Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin celebrated a Republican woman defeating the GOP incumbent in South Carolina.

The hosts were discussing Donald Trump critic Mark Sanford’s defeat Tuesday in South Carolina’s first congressional district. Trump, who came out in support of Sanford’s opponent Katie Arrington hours before the polls closed, took credit for the results Wednesday.

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Hostin described the “upside” of Sanford’s defeat in terms of the “the year of the woman.”

“On Tuesday, three women won Democratic primaries,” Hostin began as McCain tried to interject.

“One second,” Hostin said to McCain.

“But when you’re talking about identity politics, the woman who just beat Mark Sanford is a woman,” McCain complained. “She’s a Trumper. So again, if it’s just about gender.”

“She’s a woman, so it’s the year of the woman,” Hostin explained.

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“So she won ‘cause it’s just about gender?” McCain continued.

“I’m happy about that,” Hostin said as McCain rolled her eyes.

“I am woman—hear me roar!” Behar sang.

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“Did you hear what I just said?” McCain shouted. “This is ridiculous. The woman who beat Mark Sanford that’s a major Trumper is a woman. Is it just about electing all women even if they’re hyper Trump supporters.”

“I think the thing is representation,” Sara Haines explained.

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Japan’s prime minister calls for nationwide closure of schools over virus

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country's fourth death linked to the outbreak.

The move comes as crew members from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan, began leaving the vessel where more than 700 people have tested positive for the disease.

"The government considers the health and safety of children above anything else," Abe said.

"We request all primary, junior high and high schools... across the nation to close temporarily from March 2 next week until their spring break."

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The Constitution prohibits Trump from pardoning Roger Stone: law professor

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President Donald Trump has been dropping hints for a long time that he will pardon ally Roger Stone, the man who lied to Congress and obstructed justice to conceal the truth about his efforts to acquire emails that Russian hackers stole from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Corey Brettschneider, a professor of political science at Brown University and visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School, argues in an editorial for Politico that the Constitution might prohibit Trump from issuing this particular pardon, despite the fact that the president's clemency powers are generally seen as very broad.

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A historian points out a startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era

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America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.”

This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed 298 bills in 2019, yet the Republican-led Senate refused to consider hardly any of that legislation.

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