Apr 18, 2017

Sandy Hook dad rips Alex Jones over "playing a character" claims

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InfoWars founder Alex Jones, who is battling for total custody over his children, previously fueled a conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook shooting never happened, and that the 20 killed children were actors planted by the U.S. government.

Jones' attorney argued that he shouldn't be evaluated based on his on-air character, saying:

"[that] would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in 'Batman.'"

Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son was killed at Sandy Hook, said in response:

"I wish I could be there in the courtroom to stare him down to remind him of how he's throwing salt on a wound, and so he can remember how he handed out salt for other people to throw on mine."

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

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Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

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14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.