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‘Fox & Friends’ try to knock down Beto O’Rourke: ‘As if it’s a big plus that he reads books’

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Kilmeade Clearly Upset – That Beto Reads Books, and That Vanity Fair Mentioned It

Fox News tried to take down former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke Thursday morning, just after the Texas Democrat announced he is entering the race for the White House.

Vanity Fair published a lengthy, nearly 9000-word profile of O’Rourke this week, in advance of his expected announcement, and the “Fox & Friends” crew couldn’t help but try to mock the 46 year old who came surprisingly close to unseating Senator Ted Cruz this past November.

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But out of all that nearly 9000 words in the Vanity Fair profile, it was this sentence that appeared to really bother “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade:

“A candidate of honesty and basic decency, à la Jimmy Carter, is in high demand among a lot of Democrats looking for optimal results in 2020, as is that sense of generational shift that powered Democratic campaigns dating back to John F. Kennedy (whose Profiles in Courage is in O’Rourke’s library).”

Kilmeade was clearly upset – that Beto reads books, and that Vanity Fair mentioned it.

Vanity Fair has a huge article and feature on [Beto O’Rourke], it’s almost as if they helped launch his campaign,” Kilmeade says, as Media Matters reports.

“They also point out that he has this huge library. As if it’s a big plus that he reads books. We would assume that. And he talks all the presidential libraries there, and the writer writes, there’s always a sense that he belongs on that, as if a book of a president’s going to be in there.”

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Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report

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The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.

It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.

"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.

"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.

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Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo

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Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.

Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.

In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.

But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."

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Threatened and endangered species among the animals hard by Australia’s bushfires

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Australia's bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.

Wildlife experts worry that more than a billion animals have perished in the unprecedented wave of bushfires that have ravaged eastern and southern Australia for months.

Twenty-eight people died in the blazes, which have swept through an area larger than Portugal.

Officials say it will take weeks to assess the exact toll as many fire grounds remain too dangerous to inspect.

But the government's Department of the Environment and Energy on Monday issued a preliminary list of threatened species of plants, animals and insects which have seen more than 10 percent of their known habitat affected.

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